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ARTS Exhibitions, Music & Movies

VISUAL ART

Until Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition entitled ‘Endangered’ by Sky Siouki. A new collection of abstract paintings overlaid with intricate illustrations of various endangered species. These paintings become their own imagined, ethereal landscapes, full of rich, earthy hues and a multitude of textures inviting the viewer to look deeper and contemplate the threat of extinction the animals in the artworks are facing. Exhibition open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit www.acearts.co.uk.

Until Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition entitled ‘Materiality’. 2020 was a time to look at the material world with new eyes. Everyday objects are no longer taken for granted. How did this happen? How did they become inspirations for artists and acquire new meanings? This exhibition explores these questions through the new work of fourteen artists (all members of Somerset Art Works) and a unique collaborative book with more than fifty participating artists. Exhibition open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit www.acearts.co.uk. Until Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.30pm at David Simon Contemporary Art Gallery, Castle Cary, there is an exhibition ‘The Cornish Path’ featuring Julia Cooper, George Dannatt, Alice Mumford, Myles Oxenford and Neil Pinkett. Open Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesday and Sunday). The gallery specialises in established and emerging British artists with a focus on semi-figurative painting, ceramics, sculpture and glass. For more information, phone 01963 359102 or visit www.davidsimoncontemporary.com. Until Friday 13 August from 9.30am at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is the annual Open Exhibition. This year’s event is showcasing winners’ work from the annual competition for local artists. It is a highlight of the centre’s support for local amateur and professional artists. Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Saturday 9.30am to 3.00pm (please note that on the final day of an exhibition the gallery will close at 12.00 noon). For more information, phone 01460 54973 or visit www. themeetinghouse.org.uk. Until Saturday 28 August at The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, there is a summer exhibition showing a variety of new work from several of the gallery’s regular artists, plus a few who are new to the Gallery: Christie Bird, Michael Clark and Daniel Shadbolt. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm. For more information, visit www.jerramgallery.com or phone 01935 815261. Until Thursday 30 September at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is an exhibition of nature-inspired paintings entitled ‘Light in the Dark’ by the artist Jackie Henderson. Country lanes, The Levels and Moors, birds, flowers and even home-grown vegetables are all celebrated in vibrant watercolour. A year-long project commenced when the world had turned into a dark place, but the light was there, if only one chose to see it. The exhibition will be held in the Exhibition Room of the Palace. Entrance is included with any valid admission ticket to the Palace and Gardens. For further information, visit www.bishopspalace.org.uk or phone 01749 988111.

From Saturday 24 July to Saturday 14 August from 10.00am to 5.00pm at East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, there is an exhibition ‘Petal Poise’ by Helen Simpson. Helen’s pastel and oil paintings are no ordinary views of flowers – they are well observed and beautifully drawn but not immediately recognisable, partly due to their enlarged scale. ‘There is a stillness about a flower, but a stillness that masks an unceasing journey of transformation’. The Studio and Malthouse Galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry to exhibition. For further information, visit www.eastlambrook.com.

From Saturday 24 July to Sunday 5 September at the Market House, Castle Cary, there is a fascinating display ‘Cary21: Castle Cary through Time in 21 Objects’. Explore the story of the town from the Stone Age through the Roman and Norman invasions, the Civil War and right up to date through a selection of intriguing objects and accompanying video presentation. Illuminated by a 4000-year-old axe head, a Roman housegod, the story and model of the castle, a hoard of hidden coins, the horsehair factory and more – see how the town has developed through the ages. A joint venture by the Cary History Society, Castle Cary Town Council, Castle Cary and District Museum, and The Newt in Somerset. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 3.00pm to 5.00pm.

JULY 20 - AUGUST 13

Painting by Leo Davey

Don’t miss this years event showcasing the winners work from our annual competition for local artists.

From Saturday 7 August to Saturday 4 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACEarts, Somerton, there is a community art exhibition entitled ‘Putting on a Show’. An exciting and vibrant exhibition of works made during intergenerational community workshops led by artist Edwina Bridgeman. Expect narrative-based work and a whole host of imaginative pieces made by the pupils at King Ina School. Exhibition open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit www.acearts. co.uk.

From Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 August from 11.00am to 5.00pm at Kings Bruton Memorial Hall, Bruton, is Bruton Art Society’s 68th annual exhibition. Affordable art from regional artists – some of the best amateurs and professionals in Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and beyond! Free entry. www. brutonartsociety.co.uk.

MUSIC

From Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 July in the grounds of Minterne House is the Minterne Festival of Music. Thursday: one of most exciting British cellists of his generation, Guy Johnston, performs a programme that includes Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. Friday: an evening of jazz with internationally renowned jazz pianist Ben Waters and his band. Saturday: Les Gray’s MUD II closes the event with 70s pop nostalgia filling the grounds. Order a hamper or bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds before the concerts begin. Tickets for each event are sold in ‘pods’ (maximum of four guests per pod). To book tickets or to find out more, visit www.minterne.co.uk/ minterne-festival-of-music.

On Friday 23 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Jive Talkin’ performs ‘The Bee Gees Live in Concert’. Renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show, and the only Bee Gees tribute show that has actually performed with the original Bee Gees! As with the original Bee Gees, Jive Talkin’ is very much a family affair, with brothers Gary and Darren Simmons taking the roles of Barry and Maurice Gibb, with Darren’s son Jack joining the group in 2014, taking on the role of Robin Gibb. For a truly amazing experience and an opportunity to hear all the great Bee Gees hits; Tragedy, Night Fever, Massachusetts, Stayin’ Alive, Jive Talkin’, and more, in a two-hour explosion of music and vocal harmony, this is a night not to be missed! Tickets £21.00 to £22.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www.octagon-theatre. co.uk.

On Friday 30 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, listen to adventurous jazz played by The Dominic Ingham Quintet. The band comprises Dominic Ingham (violin), Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone), David Swan (piano), Will Sach (bass) and Boz Martin-Jones (drums). Expect to hear thoughtful and refined compositions, played in a way that requires careful listening, played by five extremely talented musicians. The acoustics in the building are superbly suited to the sound that this band generates. Tickets £15. Box Office 01460 54973. www. themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Mr Tea and the Minions

On Friday 30 July at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, there is a ‘chance to dance’ event with Mr Tea and the Minions. United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and cake, Mr Tea and the Minions have been unleashing their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences since 2013. Their raucous Ska Folk blended with full-fat Balkan beats has made them festival favourites, and has inspired frenzied dancing all over the UK (and on a number of forays into continental Europe)! Tickets £16.00, concessions £15.00. Tickets can be purchased via the website or from N&D News in South Petherton. For more information, phone 01460 240340 or visit www. thedavidhall.org.uk. On Friday 6 August at 7.30pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, come and see Totally Tina, voted the UK’s official No 1 Tina Turner tribute for the past six years by the Agents Association of Great Britain. – probably the closest thing to a live Tina Turner concert. This is a sparkling mix of nostalgia and surprise, featuring all the hits, her best loved covers and the odd twist in the tale – plus sequinned heels, flamboyant tail feathers, high energy dance routines and musical genius, not to mention the band’s legendary sense of humour. Simply the best! Tickets £18.50 to 19.50. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. For further information, visit www.sturexchange.co.uk.

On Friday 6 August at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is an evening of UK traditional jazz at its very best with The Pete Allen Jazz Band. Pete’s bands in their various forms have been running for almost 40 years and, along with Messrs Ball, Barber, Bilk and many others, have continued to keep the

The Pete Allen Jazz Band

BRUTON ART SOCIETY 68th Annual Exhibition

Affordable Art from Regional Artists

some of the best amateurs and professionals in Somerset, Wilts, Dorset & beyond

21 - 28 Aug 2021

Kings Bruton Memorial Hall Bruton BA10 0ED

11 - 5 daily Free entry

Exhibition

traditional jazz flame well and truly alight since its 50s/60s heyday. The ‘Three Bs’ are sadly no more, but Pete still continues to carry the flag. Book soon to guarantee a seat! Tickets £20. Box Office 01460 54973. www. themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Moscow Drug Club

On Saturday 7 August at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, enjoy an evening with the Moscow Drug Club – troubadours of gypsy cabaret and swing. Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where elements of Berlin cabaret, Hot Club de France, French musette and storytelling meet. This brilliant five-piece band combines original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Leonard and Eartha Kitt to deliver an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. Tickets £19. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit www. thedavidhall.org.uk.

On Thursday 12 August at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there’s Harmonica Blues with Johnny Mars and the Craig Milverton Blues Band. Johnny Mars was born in southern USA, where he started playing the harmonica at a very early age. Before coming to England, he toured with the big names of the blues scene, such as Magic Sam, BB King, Earl Hooker and Jesse Fuller. He will be accompanied by the highly versatile (near resident!) keyboard man, Craig Milverton, and his blues band. This will be a cracking good night of music. Tickets £20. Box Office 01460 54973. www. themeetinghouse.org.uk. On Saturday 14 August at 7.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, go ‘Live and Local’ with Reg Meuross. ‘Live and Local’ is the hall’s first ever evening dedicated to showcasing local talent. With so many fantastic local musicians in the area, this is the perfect opportunity for The David Hall to provide them with a performance platform. Reg Meuross is the headline act, also featuring Tom Clements, Mandy Woods, Guitarist on Wheels and Olly Howard. Support local talent! Who knows, the next big act might be on stage! Tickets £10. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit www. thedavidhall.org.uk.

On Saturday 21 August at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, there is a ‘chance to dance’ event with Talisman. In the late 70s and early 80s, Talisman were one of the UK’s top Roots Reggae bands. The band had support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. After thirty years apart they reformed in 2011, with two of the original line-up - now one of Bristol’s and the UK’s finest live acts are back and ready to party once again. A not to be missed gig! Tickets £16, concessions £15. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit www.thedavidhall.org.uk. On Friday 27 August at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a tribute to the First Ladies of Jazz with Annika Skoogh. Annika has a widespread reputation for her adventurous approach to her various styles – jazz, gospel and soul music, and has performed several times at the Arts Centre. Accompanied by guitarist Nigel Price, tenor sax player Martin Dale and the Craig Milverton Trio, she will sing songs made famous by well-known vocalists, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Blossom Dearie, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, and so many others. Tickets £20. To book, email musicbookingsIAC@gmail.com or phone 01460 54973. www. themeetinghouse.org.uk.

On Saturday 28, Sunday 29 and Tuesday 31 August at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘Andre Rieu: Together Again’. The King of the Waltz has handpicked his all-time favourite show tunes, operatic arias and dance numbers from stages around the world - from São Paulo, Mainau, Bucharest, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Istanbul - featuring many performances never seen before on the big screen. André brings together performers from all over the world in one global spectacular. Smile, sing and dance with Andre! Book soon – don’t miss this one! Tickets £8.50 to £14. Box Office 01935 422884. www. westlandsyeovil.co.uk.

Johnny Mars and the Craig Milverton Blues Band Talisman Annika Skoogh

Andre Rieu: Together Again Until Thursday 22 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Project Play presents an amateur production of ‘Dad’s Army’ by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals Company. The classic BBC comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-onSea, who battle daily against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges, comes to the stage complete with all the well-loved characters: Pike, Jones, Fraser, Godfrey, and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson. Three wonderful episodes, more side-splitting comedy and a nostalgic finale to boot! Tickets £16.00. Box Office 01935 422884. www.octagontheatre.co.uk.

On Thursday 22 July at 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, enjoy an evening with Paul Smith. A lot has changed for Paul in recent years. Join him for his third and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off-thecuff wit. Suitable 16+. Tickets £23.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www.westlandsyeovil. co.uk.

On Friday 23 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, Concerts in the West presents ‘Creating Carmen’ by Clare Norburn. Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Who is in control? And what will happen next? A fun-filled performance of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music arranged from Bizet’s Carmen and inspired by Boccherini, de Falla, de Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albéniz. Live music performed and arranged by

the Andrews Massey Duo with Francisco Correa. Tickets £15. Box Office 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. On Saturday 24 July at 7.30pm at The Dance House, Crewkerne, Concerts in the West presents ‘Creating Carmen’ by Clare Norburn. Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Who is in control? And what will happen next? A fun-filled performance of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music arranged from Bizet’s Carmen and inspired by Boccherini, de Falla, de Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albéniz. Live music performed and arranged by the Andrews Massey Duo with Francisco Correa. Tickets £15, student £5, under 12s (with a paying adult) free. Book in advance from Town Hall Information Centre (email lic@crewkerne-tc.gov.uk or phone 01460 75928) or email concertsinthewest@ gmail.com. On Saturday 24 July and Sunday 22 August from 7.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, it is the monthly Acoustic Night. Petherton Arts Trust is encouraging local performers to come to The David Hall and perform on a professional stage. All types of performance welcome – music, comedy, poetry, dance! Everyone has the opportunity to deliver for 10 to 15 minutes with full PA and lighting. To attend as a performer or audience member, please email Chris Watts at folk@chriswatts.org or call 07715 501157. Payment is on the door. On Sunday 25 July at 6.00pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s breathless and brilliant tragedy ‘Macbeth’ by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, UK’s premier all-male theatre company with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare. This is a play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy watching Shakespeare in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Doors open 5.30pm. Suitable 9+. Tickets £16, under 16s £10, family (two adults plus two under 16s) £45. For further information, visit www.bishopspalace.org. uk or phone 01749 988111. On Friday 30 July at 7.30pm at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, Illyria Theatre presents ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ by William Shakespeare - breathing new life into the Bard’s tale of love and deception. Please bring picnics, blankets, seating and warm clothes for an evening of fast and furious madcap comedy in the walled garden. Gates open 6.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, under 16s £5.00. Tickets on sale from Castle Gardens and online via www.illyria.co.uk.

On Saturday 31 July at 2.00pm in Stalbridge Village Hall, The Last Baguette presents ‘King Arthur’. Somewhere in England, a very, very, very long time ago – so long ago that nobody quite knows whether it happened or not – boy pulled a sword from a stone and became king. A story of the old world, with knights, wizards, mist, and magic. This fun and farcical family adventure is a deliberately anarchic and anachronistic re-telling of the Arthurian legend with live music, physical comedy and lo-fi acrobatics. Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Suitable 5+. Tickets £6, under 18s £5, family £20. Book in advance. For more information and to book, visit www. artsreach.co.uk or call 01963 362978.

On Wednesday 4 August at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘Broken’ performed by Motionhouse. ‘Broken’ examines mankind’s precarious relationship with the earth. Hanging in suspense and scrambling to safety, the dancers negotiate the cracks and craters of this world of illusions where nothing is quite as it seems. Athletic contact work, spectacular acrobatics and a gripping narrative combine with revolutionary set design, amazing musical soundtrack and digital imagery that melds with the performers as they move. The 2.30pm screening includes live workshop and 7.00pm includes virtual Q&A with Kevin Finnan, the artistic director of Motionhouse. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884. www. westlandsyeovil.co.uk.

On Wednesday 4 August at 3.00pm at the Recreation Ground, Nether Compton, Dorset’s own Treehouse Theatre presents an open-air performance of a brand new family show ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. In a world without music and dance, nobody is buying dancing shoes and the shoemaker is almost out of leather. The elves will need everyone’s help to save the shoemaker’s shop and to help humans remember the joy of music and dancing – all without being discovered! Expect live music and the energy, humour and pathos of great storytelling in this immersive and interactive show. Suitable 3+. Tickets £6, under 18s £5, family £20. Tickets must be booked in advance and full details are available when booking. Book online at www.artsreach.co.uk or phone 01935 815033.

On Friday 13 and Saturday 14 August at 7.30pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, SNADS returns to the stage with its summer Adult Cabaret. This will be a great opportunity to banish the blues

King Arthur Broken

and have a really good laugh. They have a great cast, under the direction of Craig White, who cannot wait to be treading the boards and entertaining a ‘non-zoom’ audience. Over 18s only. Tickets £12.50. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. For further information, visit www.stur-exchange.co.uk.

On Sunday 15 August at 2.00pm at Yetminster Community Sports Club, there is an outdoor performance of ‘The Cameraman’ by Bash Street Theatre. Sometime in the future, a jaded detective looks back on his early career as a young crime-fighter in the ‘Roaring 20s’ - the days of fake news, a world pandemic and global warming. With influences as diverse as Tintin, Roger Rabbit, Humphrey Bogart and Buster Keaton, ‘The Cameraman’ offers a comic view on the digital age with a touch of nostalgia for the analogue past. Fast-moving comedy with live musical accompaniment – fun for all ages. Tickets £10, under 18s £5, family £25. Full details are available when booking. Book online at www. artsreach.co.uk or phone 01935 873546 or at the club.

On Thursday 19 August at 7.00pm at Halstock Village Hall, Circus Around & About presents a circus double bill ‘Pirate Taxi’ and ‘Roll Up, Roll Up’. Pirates of the Carabina are award-winning circus artists, acrobats and musicians; their brand-new show ‘Pirate Taxi’ tells their own tale of running away to the circus. Skilled duo, Simple Cypher, performs explosive tricks with effortless agility within a Cyr Wheel (a large, spinning steel ring); freestyle hip hop and acrobatics are combined with juggling in this innovative and original playful production of ‘Roll Up, Roll Up’. Extraordinary physical skill, humour and storytelling – fun for all the family! Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Suitable 5+. Tickets £10, under 18s £5, family £25. Book in advance. For more information and to book, visit www. artsreach.co.uk or call 01935 891744. On Saturday 21 August at 3.00pm at Collett Park, Shepton Mallet, the Tall Tails Theatre Company presents ‘The Adventures of Madame Carol Sell and Mr Popsy’. This is a free, family show with fully integrated Makaton. For further information, visit www.talltailstheatre.com or the theatre company’s Facebook page. On Saturday 21 August in Hallr Wood, Charlton Mackrell, join the Spindle Ensemble for an interactive familyfriendly matinee at 3.00pm or a beautiful candlelit evening concert at 8.00pm. The ensemble has garnered much praise for its innovative take on contemporary classical music, rooted in spontaneity and improvisation, performed with deft musicianship and unique instrumental pairing all resulting in truly captivating sonic soundscapes. Email deb@ wilderwoods.org for family booking form for the activity afternoon. www. wilderwoods.org. www.spindleensemble. com.

On Wednesday 25 August at 7.30pm at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, Illyria Theatre presents an outdoor performance of ‘HMS Pinafore’. Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such great British institutions as class, patriotism and the Royal Navy. Gilbert & Sullivan’s wonderful comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set. Gates open 6.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, under 16s £5.00. Tickets on sale from Castle Gardens and online via www.illyria. co.uk.

The Cameraman

CHILDREN

On Tuesday 27 July at 10.30am and 1.30pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, is ‘The Bishop’s Code’ – escape room family fun in The Undercroft. The Bishop of Bath and Wells needs help! It’s 1953 and Bishop Bradfield is getting ready to leave for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. He has locked something very important in the Palace’s safe and he cannot remember the code! Aimed at families with children aged 5-12, The Bishop’s Code is an escape room style activity session where families will solve clues and puzzles together. What does it take to crack the Bishop’s Code? Price is included in any valid admission ticket. For further information, visit www.bishopspalace.org. uk or phone 01749 988111. On Wednesday 28 July at 10.00am in Halstock Village Hall, there is a children’s ‘Wild Withy’ workshop with Fran Quinlan. Create giant structures out of willow, inspired by seed pods, flowers, cones, vegetables and fruits. Decorate these using recycled paper, wool, threads, strips of fabric and tissue paper to create a graceful sculpture which can be taken home and suspended or displayed freestanding. Dress for mess! Suitable age 8+. Tickets £8. For more information and to book, visit www.artsreach.co.uk or call 01935 891744.

On Friday 30 July at 2.00pm at Yetminster Jubilee Hall, there is an Artsreach children’s workshop ‘The Secret Circus’ with Kevin Burke. In this circus skills workshop, take the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at juggling (clubs, rings, balls and scarves), diabolo, flowerstick/ stuntstick, plate-spinning, stilts, poi and rolla bolla. Age group 7-11 years. Tickets £6. To book, phone 01935 873546 or email ycp873@gmail.com. For further information, visit www.artsreach.co.uk.

On Monday 2 August at 10.00am at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is an Artsreach children’s workshop ‘Plastic Paradiso’. Join Dorset Youth Dance Director Claire Benson to explore themes of climate change, plastic pollution and the impact it has on the planet, through dance and puppetry, making moving props such as fish from recycled materials. Age group 7-11 years. Tickets £5. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. www.stur-exchange.co.uk. On Monday 9 August at 10.00am at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is a Fiddlesticks Toddler Session with Kathy Kelly. This workshop gives parents and young children the opportunity to get hands on and be creative together through a variety of simple art and craft activities. In this nature-inspired session, use clay, paints, sheep’s fleece and other natural resources to create exciting works of art, then join together to sing songs, make music, tell stories, bake bread and share food. All children must be accompanied. Age group 3-5 years. Tickets £5. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. www.stur-exchange.co.uk. On Tuesday 10 August at 2.00pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is an Artsreach children’s workshop ‘The Secret Circus’ with Kevin Burke. In this circus skills workshop, take the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at juggling (clubs, rings, balls and scarves), diabolo, flowerstick/stuntstick, plate-spinning, stilts, poi and rolla bolla. Age group 7-11 years. Tickets £6. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. www.stur-exchange. co.uk.

Paint like a Caveman

On Wednesday 11 August at 10.00am at Sandford Orcas Village Hall, learn to paint like a caveman with Sarah Butterworth. Use stones to grind local soils into coloured powders and mix them into paint. Using this paint, make a caveman painting and create marking tools from natural materials, binding twigs and grasses. During the day, learn a little about local geology and examine fossils found in the different rock layers. Dress for mess and bring empty jars to take the paint home. Remember a packed lunch. Suitable age 8+. Tickets £10. To book, phone 01963 220171. For further information, visit www.artsreach. co.uk.

On Wednesday 11 August at 11.00am at Yetminster Jubilee Hall, join Treehouse Theatre for the story of ‘Sally and the Limpet’. Hear about poor Sally who gets her finger stuck in a limpet in this eco-conscious story which encourages children to think about the inhabitants of seaside rock pools. This exciting and interactive hour of making music, dressing up, singing songs and creating stories is perfect for parents and little ones to enjoy together. Suitable for ages 2-5 years, all children to be accompanied by parent or guardian. Tickets £3. To book, phone 01935 873546 or email ycp873@gmail.com. For further information, visit www.artsreach.co.uk.

On Monday 16 August at 10.00am in Halstock Village Hall, there is a ‘Stop-Frame Animation’ workshop by experienced, skilled, and intuitive filmmaker, Gary Jarman. A fun and engaging stop-motion animation workshop for children who want to create their very own short film – a great introduction to the world of animation! Construct a small set, create scenes and use props to film a new story themed around the effects of climate change. Dress for mess and remember a packed lunch! Age group 7-12 years. Tickets £10. To book, phone 01935 891744 or 07939 550719. www.artsreach.co.uk.

On Thursday 19 August at 10.30am at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is an Artsreach summer workshop ‘Wildlife on the Edge – Tigers’ with Darrell Wakelam. The children will create their own 3D scene including a fantastic tiger sculpture. They will gradually build up their artwork using cardboard and other recycled materials. Once the construction is complete, they will papier mâché it and use collage materials to enhance the effect before painting and Wildlife on the Edge – Tigers completing it, ready to take home. Please bring a packed lunch and soft drinks. Age group 6-12 years. Tickets £6. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. www. stur-exchange.co.uk. On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 August from 10.00am at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are coming to Yeovil with their fun-filled live show ‘Igglepiggle’s Busy Day!’. Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all! See all the favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, enchanting music and the amazing flying Pinky Ponk. Now in its twelfth year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. See website for various performance times. Tickets £15.50 to £19.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www.octagontheatre.co.uk.

Save the date!

Outdoor Cinema returns to The Bishop’s Palace. Friday 3 September 2021. 6.30pm

The Bishop's Palace & Wells Film Centre Present:

Calling all Pink Ladies and T-Birds!

This September, join The Bishop’s Palace and Wells Film Centre for a fabulous outdoor screening of the classic 1978 film ‘Grease’ in its singalong version. Get those vocal cords warmed up to join in with well-loved numbers such as Grease Lightning, Summer Lovin’ and or course ‘You’re the One That I Want’.

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Enjoy the chance to watch this perennial favourite whilst seated on the famous Palace Croquet Lawn. Tickets are £20 for adults and £18 for children and include a hog roast provided by the Film Centre (or vegetarian/vegan option) and a drink.

Bring your own blanket or low-backed seating and an umbrella, as the show will go on whatever the weather.

This event usually sells out quickly, so buy your tickets now!

Outdoor Cinema at The Bishop's Palace 3rd September 202

Gates open 6:30pm, Film starts 8pm Fancy Dress encouraged. Bring low-backed seating or blanket as seating is not provided Tickets £20 Adult, £18 Child to include Hog Roast & drink Available from www.wellsfilmcentre.co.uk

Feature length: 111 minutes.

Tickets: Adult £20, Children £18, available from www.wellsfilmcentre.co.uk. 6.30pm doors open. 8pm show begins. The evening will finish no later than 10.45pm.

MOVIES

AROUND THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES

BLACK WIDOW (12A)

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), aka Black Widow, is pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down. When a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and with the broken relationships left in her wake.

SHOWING AT Yeovil on Friday 30, Saturday 31 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue,

11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

CHARIOTS OF FIRE (PG)

In the post-WWI era, two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), both naturally gifted fast sprinters, strive for Olympic glory in their own fashion and for their own separate reasons. Inspirational film with Oscar-winning score by Vangelis.

SHOWING AT West Camel on Friday 30 July, The Davis

Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £5 on the door.

DREAM HORSE (PG)

Jan Vokes, a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal - which they name Dream Alliance. This is a classic story of triumph against adversity, and a tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground.

SHOWING AT Yeovil on Wednesday 21 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm,

7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

Black Widow

ELLIE AND ABBEY (AND ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT) (15)

Seventeen-year-old Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) is struggling to find the courage to ask her classmate Abbie (Zoe Terakes) out. Luckily her Aunt Tara, a lesbian who died in the 80s, has shown up as a ‘fairy godmother’ to dish out advice, whether Ellie wants it or not!

SHOWING AT Yeovil on Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue,

11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

Yeovil on Sunday 1 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm, 7.00pm.

Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

LITTLE WOMEN (U)

Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) tells the story of the March sisters - four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms. Following the Civil War, Jo is in New York City making her living as a writer, Amy (Florence Pugh) studies painting in Paris, and Meg (Emma Watson) is married to a schoolteacher. Then Beth (Eliza Scanlen) develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.

SHOWING AT West Camel on Friday 27 August, The

Davis Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £5 on the door.

OLD (15)

A chilling and mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their lives into a single day.

SHOWING AT Yeovil on Saturday 7 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm,

7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

Yeovil on Sunday 8 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm, 7.00pm.

Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (PG)

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, the monsters have returned. It’s up to Raya, a lone warrior, to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.

SHOWING AT Yeovil on Friday 23 July, Westlands

Entertainment Venue, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

Yeovil on Saturday 24 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm,

7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

Yeovil on Sunday 25 July, Westlands

Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

THE CROODS 2: A NEW AGE (U)

The prehistoric family, the Croods, need a new place to live, so they set off in search of a safer place to call home. They discover an idyllic paradise that meets all their needs, except for one thing – another family, the Bettermans (emphasis on the ‘better’!), already lives there. However, a new threat forces them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

SHOWING AT Yeovil on Wednesday 4 August, Westlands

Entertainment Venue, 11.00am. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.

Yeovil on Thursday 5, Friday 6 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue,

11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884.

Petherton Picture Show Please visit the website to check dates and titles. www. thedavidhall.org.uk.

Music Gigs

All Music Gigs are FREE entry unless mentioned.

JUNE

24 Chill, 60s to 90s Covers, The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, 9.00pm

The Relics, Rock/Blues, The Railway Hotel, Yeovil, 8.30pm

Wrecking Ball, Country Rock, Westfield Playing Fields, Curry Rivel Live, 12.00 noon. From £6 25 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, Mike Saint Cricket Pavilion, South Petherton, 3.00pm 31 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, The Railway Hotel, Yeovil, 9.00pm Lewis & The Sound of the Suburbs, Ska/2-Tone, The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, 9.00pm

The Rhythm Collective, Rock/Pop Covers, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm

AUGUST

1 Chill, 60s to 90s Covers, The Brewers Arms, South Petherton, 3.00pm 7 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, White Hart Inn, Crewkerne, 9.00pm 14 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm

Unknown Identity, Covers & Originals, Coopers Mill, Yeovil, 8.30pm 20 Ultimate 80s Night, 80s Covers, Yeovil Labour Club, 8.00pm 21 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, White Hart Inn, Crewkerne, 8.30pm 28 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, Fleur De Lis, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, 4.00pm

Roadstars, Rock/Pop Covers, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm 29 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, The Halfway House, Pitney, time tbc 30 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, Recreation Ground, Castle Cary, 2.00pm

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