Swing into Lyme for the jazz and blues weekend

LYME Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend, 26th to 28th May, brings some of the country’s most exciting bands and performers to the Marine Theatre. The opening night gig, from 8pm, features The Jive Aces and Amy Baker. The six-piece band has an international reputation for high energy performances guaranteed to get you on your feet…

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Fifty years of convening Fairport

FAIRPORT Convention, the original folk rockers, visit the Tivoli in Wimborne on Friday 26th May as part of a tour to celebrate their golden anniversary. It’s an incredible 50 years since the first incarnation of Fairport took to the stage in the summer of love, 1967. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of…

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Michelle returns to where it all began

EQUESTRIAN artist Michelle McCullagh is back at Guggleton, the Stalbridge gallery which launched her  career in 2009, with a selection of recent paintings and drawings. Riding and drawing horses came hand in hand for Michelle from an early age and are now a living obsession in her daily life. She works from her studio in…

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Clouds Hill – from Desert to Dorset

THE National Trust is marking the centenary this year of the part played by TE Lawrence – Lawrence of Arabia – in the Great Arab Revolt during the First World War. Events are taking place at Lawrence’s Dorset home, Clouds Hill near Wareham, exploring the life of this secretive and fascinating man. Born the illegitimate son…

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New toddler club at Knoll Gardens

A NEW club for toddlers, Bugs and Buds, will open at Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, on 27th May. The aim is to inspire a love of nature from an early age with tots enjoying planting, nest building and bug hunting, and seasonal activities. Knoll Gardens is famous for its glorious ornamental grasses that provide wonderful habitats…

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Fleas in Bridport’s Electric Palace

THE eagerly-awaited community circus-opera-musical Flea! will be opening at Bridport’s Electric Palace on Tuesday 23rd May. Devised by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s Hester Goodman, with music by award-winning west Dorset composer Andrew Dickson, the circus-themed community production has ukuleles, fleas, dogs – and a cast of more than 100. It’s been three years…

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Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017

WILTSHIRE’s largest open studio event, the 2017 Wylye Valley Art Trail runs from 27th May to 4th June, with 73 venues showing the work of the area’s painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, jewellery and furniture makers, photographers and even a milliner. The trail is set in some of the most gorgeous countryside this beautiful county…

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Silver surfers wait for God

WAITING for God, the popular television series that ran in the early 1990s, has been reimagined and fast forwarded to 2017, and is now a touring stage play starring Nichola McAuliffe and Jeffrey Holland. The tour visits Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th May and Poole’s Lighthouse from 5th to 10th June….

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The Foghorn Stringband – an intoxicating old time brew

IF you love American old-time stringband music you won’t want to miss the only West Country dates for a quartet who are masters of this foot-tapping genre, coming to Dorset at the end of May. The Foghorn Stringband has two dates with Artsreach at Corfe Castle village hall on Saturday 27th and Portesham hall on…

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Take your towel to the town hall

THE inventive Where West Begins film programme continues at Wincanton Town Hall on Thursday 25th May with a screen ing of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to celebrate International Towel Day! (We aren’t making this up – see below.*) The evening begins with the film at 6pm followed by a child-friendly pub quiz. The late…

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Women-only audience for BOV’s Medea

BRISTOL Old Vic will host an all-female audience for its powerful and politically charged re-imagined Medea, at the historic theatre on Friday 26th May. Responding directly to the reaction from audiences through the preview period and press night, this unique evening will also include a panel discussion looking at the issues raised – what it…

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A weekend of laughter at Wells

WELLS Comedy Festival returns over the bank holiday weekend, 26th to 28th May, with an line-up of A list comedians including Stewart Lee, Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Richard Herring, James Acaster and Milton Jones. Venues for the packed weekend programme include the Little Theatre, the Globe Inn, Cedars Hall and the White Hart Hotel. The…

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Marta’s first Cherubino – at Garsington

MOZART’S The Marriage of Figaro was the first production (by Opera 80) at Garsington Manor in 1989, leading to the founding of Garsington Opera the following year at the home of Leonard (brother of Richard) Ingrams. It was also the final opera at the original location in 2010, so festival regulars will be waiting with…

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True colours of Joseph at the Regent

STAGEWISE, based at Poole Lighthouse, will be mounting its spring show at Christchurch Regent Centre from 25th to 27th May. The youth company has chosen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and it will be performed by students from Poole and the outposts of Wimborne and Christchurch. The title role is played by 14-year-old Joe…

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Back home with a new album

BARTON boys Phil and Tilley are lifelong friends who began performing together in 2012. They will be at Forest Arts in New Miton on Saturday 27th May for a special homecoming gig after four years touring the Antipodes,  playing more than 800 live gigs with an acoustic guitar and a folding upright bass! They take…

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Jump in and join the Bath Festivals

BATH Festivals, combining the city’s long-established music and literary festivals, opens on 19th May with the always eagerly anticipated Party in the Park, followed by nine days of varied and exciting events. The line up includes some of the world’s best known authors, a debate on the American political scene, three months into Donald Trump’s…

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Rex the King, Inn the Square, West Coker and touring

THERE’S nothing new under the sun, as Ecclesiastes would have it. We might think that the cult of celebrity is a modern phenomenon, but of course it’s not. And it’s just as important to be careful what you wish for now as it ever was. If someone suggests you go to the pub to see…

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