What's on in pictures

Messing about at The Wardrobe

QUANTUM Theatre brings a colourful new production of The Wind in the Willows to The Wardrobe in Salisbury Cathedral Close on Saturday 24th August at the early time of 4.30pm. The company, which specialises in adapting classic and favourite stories, is known for its entertaining style and original music. Expect all the favourite characters, Mole,…

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Tri-art goes Footloose at Merlin

THIS summer’s Tri-art summer school students are putting the final touches to Foot­loose the Mus­i­cal, on stage at the Merlin in Frome from Thurs­­day 22nd to Saturday 24th August. Based on the 1980s hit film, Footloose the musical sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance. The youth company Tri.art has put the…

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Belcombe welcome for Iford Opera

IFORD Festival supporters are excitedly awaiting this year’s production of L’elisir d’amore, in the new setting of Belcombe Court at Bradford on Avon. On 31st August, 3rd, 6th and 7th September, the grounds of rarely-open house will welcome the audience in a specially-created geodesic dome, providing seating for an audience of up to 240, as…

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Street arts take over Exeter

THE 2019 Exeter Street Arts Festival transforms the city centre and the Phoenix on Saturday 24th August, from 10am til late. The festival, in its fourth year, fills the city with colour and sound in a free celebration of music, dance and arts throughout the day and a flamboyant party as  night falls. This year’s…

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The Argument at Theatre Royal, Bath

WRITER William Boyd came to the theatre late in his illustrious career as a novelist and scriptwriter for the big and small screens, and thank goodness he made the move. His play The Argument, first seen in Hampstead Theatre’s studio in 2016, seems at first to be a mixture of early Ayckbourn and Yasmina Reza…

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Three star bonanza for Capreolus

THE announcement of this year’s Great Taste Award stars brought delight and a quartet of top awards for one of Dorset’s finest artisan businesses, Capreolus, the charcuterie specialists at Rampisham. To add to the excitement for Karen and David Richards, who are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Capreolus this year, one of the products, Guanciale,…

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Stellar line-up at Purbeck Folk Festival

PURBECK Valley Folk Festival 2019, at its new location near Harmans Cross, from 15th to 18th August, has a stellar line-up, including Thea Gilmore, Cara Dillon and Karine Polwart (pictured). It really is a festival for everyone, with lots of activities and entertainment for children and a line-up of established and rising stars for music-lovers….

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Here we go again – open air at Street

THE annual outdoor cinema at The Grange at Clarks Village finishes on Saturday 17th August with the screening of Disney’s  Beauty and the Beast. The weekend is jointly organised by Strode Theatre, Clarks Village and the Alfred Gillett Trust, the Somerset-based charity which preserves the heritage collections of C & J Clark Ltd., the family…

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Summer cinema under the stars

PURBECK Film Festival has three more films on offer in its now traditional cinema under the stars  season. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend there is a triple bill of some of the most successful films this year – How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) on Friday 23rd, Mary Poppins Returns (U) on…

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Moon and stars at Burton Bradstock

THERE’s more than sun, sea and sea-food at Burton Bradstock in high summer, with the return of the annual festival of music and art, from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th August. Now in its 39th year, the festival looks back to an event 11 years before, and celebrates the 1969 moon landings when Neil Armstrong…

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Disney films at Bristol Hippodrome

FOUR classic Walt Disney films are being shown at Bristol Hippodrome this August. Twice each day on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month, audiences can enjoy film and tea in the Piano Bar this summer. The new Sum­mer Movies and After­noon Tea series continues with The Lion King on 23rd and 24th August. Scree­n­ings start at…

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Malory Towers, Wise Child­ren at the Passenger Shed, Bristol

EMMA Rice’s Enid Blyton adaptation has taken over the former Passenger Shed at Temple Meads station for the summer, filling the cavernous space with fun, frolics and friendship. The Malory Towers books, written between 1946 and 1951, interwove with her other favourite series, the Famous Five (1942 to 1963) and the Secret Seven (1949 to…

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Medieval Village at Corfe Castle

RE-ENACTORS will present a medieval village at Corfe Castle, bringing history to life for visitors in the peak summer period to Monday 19th August. They will portray characters from the turbulent 12th century, when the castle was on the front line in a bitter civil war. Knights, scribes and siege engineers are among those who…

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Kids go wild with Lost Words

THE start of the school summer holidays finds parents looking for inventive and creative ways to keep their children entertained. They need look no further than the Artsreach summer programme of activities, which runs from 26th July to 30th August. This summer’s programme is inspired by The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s stunning…

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Listen at Frome

LISTEN, which continues through August, brings composer Errollyn Wallen to the town on 29th August. The summer programme of inspiring music, visual art, sound and exploration is based at Black Swan Arts and other Frome locations and curated by composer and local resident Helen Ottaway working with artist Mel Day. The aim is to make…

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Arabian Nights at the egg

BATH Theatre Royal’s egg, the dedicated youth theatre space, hosts the fourth year of Summer Company productions from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August. This year the participating students will be performing The Tales from the Arabian Nights, the ultimate in story telling. The famous stories have been used as the bases for endless films,…

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Aftermath back in Wimborne

THE final part of a documentary trilogy by State of Play and commissioned by Priest’s House Museum has more performances in Wimborne in September. Aftermath – in the wake of war, is about the impact of the Great War on people living in East Dorset. Based on letters, diaries, photographs and other research material, the…

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Conservation day at Lytes Cary Manor

VISITORS can join National Trust rangers and experts from other wildlife charities at a conservation day for families at Lytes Cary Manor, near Yeovil, on Tuesday 20th August. The day will include bumblebee safaris and a Mosey in the Margins – a wildlife walk to reveal the importance of field margins as a habitat for…

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Lights, Camera and Swing!

SWING Unlimited Big Band  returns to the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Saturday 17th August for a Night at the Movies summer concert. The 20-piece big band and  singers promise a musical  Lights! Camera! Action! experience, as the audience enjoys the best in big band swing from the silver screen, a rich blend of movie…

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Praise the Lord at Edington

FOR the 64th year, the Wilt­shire village of Edington welcomes musicians and singers for the festival of music within the liturgy, from Sunday 18th to Sunday 25th August 2019. This year’s theme is Laudate Dominum, and the festival is based, as always, at the magnificent 14th century Priory church. Structured between the offices of Matins…

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Moby Dick in Bristol Docks

BRISTOL’S Tobacco Factory Theatres have a full prog­ramme for the summer in the two air-conditioned performance spaces in Southville – and on the SS Great Britain. Darkstuff Productions will stage Moby Dick  in an immersive promenade performance on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, from Sunday 18th to Monday 26th August. Fans of improvised comedy will…

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August with Dorset Wildlife Trust

WHETHER you are on holiday or just doing days out with the family in August, Dorset Wildlife Trust has an activity or an event for you. For volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering Saturday 17th – Kingcombe Mobile Planetarium, 10am,  celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! Presentations for primary age children & view a star-filled…

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Arborealists at Young Gallery

THE infinite inspiration and beauty of trees is the subject of the new exhibition, The Arborealists and Guests: the Art of the Tree, at The Young Gallery at Salisbury, from 2nd to 24th August . The show features work by 40 Arborealists and nine guest artists, and is curated by Peter Riley. The exhibitors include…

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Diane Maclean goes Beyond at Salisbury

SALISBURY Cathedral’s summer exhibition, inside the cathedral and on the lawns outside, is Beyond, new work by the award-winning international sculptor Diane Maclean, on show until the end of September. Beyond, which has been curated by the Cathedral’s visual arts adviser Jacquiline Creswell, comprises of eight large-scale pieces in stainless steel or feather-light aluminium. Diane…

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