Party band comes home for LiftOff!

A POPULAR party band that was formed in Salisbury in 2005, The Deloreons will be the headliners at Wiltshire Creative’s LiftOff! free evening of music and fireworks in Salisbury Cathedral Close on Friday 24th August from 7pm. The Deloreons played in Salisbury in 2012, when they headlined the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. They sold out at…

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Set sail with Gail’s Storyboat

BOAT-builder Gail McGarva, who is coming to Messums Wiltshire on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, at 11am, for a free talk, has an extraordinary story, a journey that began in 2004 when at the age of 39 she left her career as a sign language interpreter and went to train at the Lyme Regis Boat…

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Mamma Mia madness

CHRISTCHURCH is going Mamma Mia mad this summer, celebrating the arrival of the eagerly-awaited follow-up to the smash hit 2008 movie Mamma Mia. The Regent Centre has been showing the new film, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, since 3rd August and the jollifications come to a climax on Saturday 25th August with a Mamma…

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Something entirely new at the Merlin

THIS year’s Tri.art summer school at the Merlin in Frome has something very different in store for participants and audiences. The chosen show is In the Heights, the first major work by the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tri.art Theatre won Best Youth Produc­tion at the Somerset Fellowship of Drama David Beach awards for its…

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The Price, Bath Theatre Royal

ARTHUR Miller’s play The Price, written in 1968 at the end of what is regarded as his greatest period, draws from his own experiences of the Depression. Two brothers, both with great student promise, have gone different ways. One is a successful doctor, the other a policeman. It’s 16 years after the death of their…

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The Cuban Brothers at Lyme Regis

A FAVOURITE festival band, whose fans include Elton John, Richard Branson and Robbie Williams, the Cuban Brothers will be bringing their funk and soul review to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on 24th August. Half-music, half comedy, their residency at Rob da Bank’s celebrated Sunday Best parties led to the band hosting the main…

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Ubu Karaoke, Kneehigh at the Asylum, Lost Gardens of Heligan

WHAT do we need in a time of frightening uncertainty and incomprehensible world events? How about getting together with a few dozen strangers in a tent, joining hands and singing? Kneehigh’s prescription, Ubu Karaoke,  is freely and brilliantly based on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, first seen in Paris in 1892 when it caused riots and…

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Switzerland, Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal

PATRICIA Highsmith, the American writer who died in Switzerland in 1995, is best known for her Ripliad, five books in which the central character is the amoral and conscienceless Tom Ripley. A hiatus in her writing following the fourth book in 1980 predictably caused some consternation at her New York publishing house. From there, Australian…

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Kevin Bridges at Bristol Hippodrome

TICKETS go like hot cakes when Scotland’s biggest comedy export, Kevin Bridges, announces a tour – so expect to have to go a waiting list if you want to catch him with his new show,  Brand New, at Bristol Hippodrome from 23rd to 25th August.. Kevin is pretty much sold out for this tour, including…

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Squashbox tells Tales from the Trees

CRAIG, the friendly Forest Ranger and resident tree expert has to make sure that the woods are a peaceful and happy place, but he’s having a tough time of it with some mischievious forest creatures. You can share in Craig’s adventures on 17th and 18th August  when Squashbox Theatre tells Tales from the Trees at…

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Hats off to Hank at Bridport

ALT country hat-wearing icon Hank Wangford returns to Bridport with his Lost Cowboys, on Saturday 1st September to provide the musical icing on the titfer cake of Bridport’s Hat Festival weekend. The festival is one of the biggest (and most eccentric) days in the West Dorset calendar, with the main focus on “Haturday” – Saturday…

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Summer fun in Salisbury Cathedral and Close

SALISBURY’s magnificent Cathedral and elegant, historic Close should be full of laughter and excited voices as childen and their families enjoy some of the many holiday activities on offer, from music to painting, treasure hunts and fun ways to explore the Cathedral. This year’s summer trail, New Animal Antics, is available from the Welcome Desk,…

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August music in Bristol

THE closure of the Colston Hall for refubishment means that a number of venues across Bristol will be used for concerts, and one of them is the Tunnels, where on Wednesday 15th August the Virginia-based band of brothers Sons of Bill will be performing at Bristol Tunnels.  They are in the UK promoting their new…

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Silent classic revived at the EP

BRIDPORT’s Electric Palace has a special film and music event on Sunday 16th September, when a rare silent film, Beggars Of Life will be shown, with a live musical accompaniment by The Dodge Brothers, followed by a Q&A with three leading cinema experts. Beggars Of Life, made in 1928 by William A Wellman, and starring…

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August at Glastonbury Abbey

THERE’S a busy month ahead at Glas­t­onbury Abbey, continuing on Saturday 18th August, IK Productions brings its new adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Join D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they travel the length and breadth of France saving the day, rescuing people in distress and generally being heroes, in a show that promises to…

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The Arborealists at Black Swan

TREES are so important in so many aspects of our lives, and a group of artists who celebrate every aspect of these amazing living things, has an exhibition at Frome’s Black Swan Arts from 21st July to 2nd September. The Arborealists and Guests has a very special additional attraction, Paul Nash’s painting Pond in the…

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Who WAS Percy Topliss?

SALISBURY-based History at Large teams up with the city’s Studio Theatre to perform a new show in the courtroom in the Guildhall on Friday 24th August at 7.30. Monocled Mutin­eer? is the simulated trial of Percy Topliss, who in fact was shot dead by Cumberland police in 1920, after he went on the run from…

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August Americana in Bristol

TIM Martin brings two more Americana performances to Bristol this August, starting at The Tunnels on Wednesday 22nd Ausut with Lee Baines III and the Glory Fires. If you don’t like noisy, opinionated, angry and confrontational music, stay away, he says. The band from Alabama also make music that’s passionate, honest and thoughtful. Their new…

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Alexander Calder at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

ART lovers in this region are so fortunate these days – we really don’t have to travel to London (or even Bristol) to see world-class art. With Hauser & Wirth Somerset at Bruton, Messums Wiltshire at the Tisbury tithe barn, and the New Art Centre at Roche Court near Salisbury, some of the most exciting…

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Material: Wood at Messums

IT would be hard to imagine a more impressive or entirely fitting venue for an exhibition of contemporary art, craft and furniture in wood than the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, the largest thatched building in the country, which is home to Messums Wiltshire. The latest in the gallery’s series of exhibitions focusing on…

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Come into the Magic Garden

IT’s summer and the teddy bears are going to have a picnic in the Magic Garden under the shade of a magical tree – take your toddlers and young children along to The Beehive at Honiton and join in the adventure on Thursday 16th August at 10.30am. The tree is home to fairies and some…

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PUSH comes to Salisbury

SALISBURY composer and conductor Howard Moody will be directing two performances of his community opera, PUSH, as part of Wiltshire Creative’s inaugural weekend, Lift Off! in and around the city over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Salisbury-based music charity and production company La Folia, in association with Wiltshire Creative, will present two performances of the…

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Feast of folk in store at Bath festival

BATH Folk Festival, now in its ninth year, comes to the city from 11th to 19th August with a feast for performers and listeners. There will be concerts, pub and café sessions, storytelling and dance around the city, as well as the popular Bath Trad­it­ional Music Summer School, where students learn for five days under…

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Longleat launches koala breeding programme

LONGLEAT is spearheading an international breeding and awareness-building programme for Australia’s iconic and increasingly threatened koala. Later this year the Wiltshire estate, which opened the world’s first drive-through safari outside Africa in 1966, will receive a group of up to six southern koalas from Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide. After spending time in quarantine the…

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Artsreach helps kids to get creative

THE start of the school holidays means parents looking for interesting ways to keep the children busy and entertained and Artsreach as always has a packed and affordable programme of exciting, fun and creative workshops and activities. The Artsreach summer programme, which runs from 27th July to 31st August, has something for everyone including music,…

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