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Icons of the North Wessex Downs

THE North Wessex Downs is an area of beautiful unspoiled countryside a few miles north of the vast sweeps of Salisbury Plain, with its many prehistoric monuments. The landscape and ancient marks of man are recorded by artist Anna Dillon in a new exhibition, Icons of the North Wessex Downs, on show at Salisbury Museum…

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Printmaking at Mompesson House

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THERE is a programme of print-making activities at the National Trust’s Mompesson House on Thursdays and Fridays in August, inspired by the current exhibition of work by the late Dorset-based artist and printmaker Rena Gardiner, at the 18th century house in Salisbury Cathedral Close. The workshops will include making block prints using pressed foam and…

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Jupitus weaves his spell on Bath

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PHILL Jupitus makes his Shakespearean debut on the stage of Bath Theatre Royal from 4th to 20th August to play the role of Nick Bottom the weaver in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This third play of the summer season celebrates the Bard’s anniversary year, and brings director Laurence Boswell from his eerie round the corner at…

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Shindell back in Devon

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SINGER and songwriter Richard Shindell is in the UK for a short tour at the end of August before heading to mainland Europe. He has added an extra date to his schedule, at the Pig and Pallet on Topsham Quay on Tuesday 30th August – his only stop in the south west. Richard’s new album…

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Sidmouth Folk Week

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FOR more than 60 years, East Devon has been the centre of the folk music world, with singers, musicians and dancers heading for Sidmouth FolkWeek, a week-long seaside celebration in this Regency coastal resort. There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955 attracting tens of…

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Music and more by the sea

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POOLE Harbour Festival, at Baiter Park on 30th and 31st July, is hailed as Dorset’s newest family event, bringing live music and some of the tastiest street food in the county to the park by the sea. The music comes from leading tribute bands as well as the local groups. Listen out for the music…

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Put on your Glad Rags

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GLAD Rag theatre company returns to the Regent in Christchurch from 27th to 30th July for six performances of the eagerly-awaited Summer Spectacular. The Regent team is delighted that, for the second year running, the centre has been awarded the TripAdvisor  Certificate of Excellence, so the performances, at 2pm and 7pm each night, will be…

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Mermaids and pirates at Swanage

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TESSA Bide’s delightful Tap Dancing Mermaid tiptoes into Swanage on Saturday 30th July as part of the town’s first Pirates Festival. It is a magical story about the moon and a dancer, Marina Skippett, who creeps out of her house to tapdance on the boardwalk at night. One night Marina meets a mysterious watery boy…

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August laughs with Joe Pasquale

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ONE of the most original comedy entertainers on the circuit, Joe Pasquale is back with a new show in August, taking in five West Country venues on a month-long tour. The star of five Royal Variety Shows, the musical Spamalot and a hit with audiences for I’m A Celebrity, in his new show Joe is…

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Electric August music

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FOUR nights of music are scheduled at the Electric Palace in Bridport during August, starting on Friday 5th with a visit by Debbie Bond and the Trudats as part of the Blues Night series. Alabama-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Debbie, often compared with Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur, has been paying her dues in the…

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Persuasion (the musical) comes home

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AN American musical version of Jane Austen’s last completed novel comes home to one of its key locations – Lyme Regis – when Chamber Opera Chicago performs Persuasion at the town’s Marine Theatre at the end of July. The production features songs from Austen’s manuscripts, music, sets and costumes of the Regency period, and award-winning…

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Shooglenifty-plus at the David Hall

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ON Sunday 31st July, Shooglenifty returns to the David Hall in South Petherton, with guest  Kaela Rowan. Fiddle-toting Highland front man Angus R Grant still rules the roost, and will be joined by fiery young mandolin player Ewan MacPherson and ‘puirt à beul’ vocalist Kaela Rowan. This is Gaellic/Breton singing, literally translated as “tune from…

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