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Theatre. The GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA FESTIVAL CINEMA SEASON continues with the screening of a recorded performance of Britten’s BILLY BUDD. £15/£13 concs; 01458 442846; www.

Wed 21 Aug. Wells. Farmers’ Market. 9am- 2.30pm. Market Place. Lots of local produce.

Fri 23-Sun 25 Aug. Cheddar. Sat In A Field Festival.Lower Notlake Drove, nr Cheddar. Sat in a Field is a non-profit event, with all the money we raise going to charity: The Children’s Hospice South West and Myeloma UK - tickets £30. Three stages plus Childrens’ Tent with lots of activities such as Punch and Judy, hair braiding and a circus workshop. Headliners include The Riverbrew, The Communicators and Jamie Clarke’s Perfect. Camping available. Beer tent - ID required. Food and other stalls. For more info:

Fri 23-Sun 25 Aug. Watchet. Music Festival. Missed Glastonbury? Here’s a smaller version in West Somerset. Three stages, all the usual stalls, campers welcome, headliners The Hoosiers and for those of a certain age: Showaddywaddy. More at www.watchetfestival.

Sat 24 Aug. Axbridge. Somerset Showcase. Mendip Rocks!

A rock-filled festival to celebrate the fascinating geology of the Mendip Hills. Now in its third year, the festival offers a wide range of events that includes talks, walks, workshops and visits. Admission Charges – unless otherwise stated events are free but a donation of £3/ adult, £1/child is welcome.

Thurs 1 Aug. 11am-4pm. Rocky Roadshow. Longleat Conference Room, Goughs Cave, Cheddar Gorge. Family drop-in workshops from the Somerset Earth Science Centre team joined by the Bristol Dinosaur Project, Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers, and Somerset Wildlife Trust. Dr Gill Odolphie, 01749 840156 or

Sat 3 Aug. 10.30am-4pm. Banwell Bone Caves Treasure Trove. Guided tours. Discover the geology of Banwell Hill and the follies built from local stone, constructed by Bishop Law in the early 19th century. £6 includes tea.

Tues 6 Aug. 10am-3pm. Crook Peak Drystone Walling. Learn to build a drystone wal. Suitable for 16 yrs and over. Booking essential, Andy Mallender (AONB) 01761 462338 or course symbol

Thurs 8 Aug 10.30am-2.30pm. Living Seas Brean Beach Walk. Explore the coastal wildlife of this rocky beach below the Carboniferous cliffs of Brean Down with Nigel Phillips. Bring food for beach picnic. 01278 732266 or

Sun 11 Aug 10.30am-4pm. Vallis Vale’s hidden geological gems. Exploration of the De la Beche Unconformity followed by a fossil foray at Tedbury Camp. Bring picnic lunch. ST 749492 Mells River Bridge at Great Elm village. FFI

Weds 14 Aug 10am-2pm. Discover Black Down and Burrington Ham. Age 11+. A 6 mile 26

Sunday 4th August 2013 Cycle ride with Weston Hospicecare and help raise £7,500 on a 10, 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile distance

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Places to go

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Sign up today and join friends, family and colleagues on this fantastic day of cycling and celebrate the berry best of the North Somerset countryside

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10am-11pm. A tasty display of arts, crafts and country life hosted by Axbridge Chamber of Commerce. The festivities start at 10am and continue through the day until live music in The Square brings it to a close at 11pm. Opened by the Town Crier and the Carnival Queen. Features: Fayre, Street Market; Vintage Tractors; Childrens Corner; Roy Shallish and Bell

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circular walk with Andy Mallender, Mendip Hills AONB. Meet in the car park at the bottom of Burrington Combe (next to Ham Link Lane). BS40 7AT. Andy Mallender (AONB) 01761 462338 or

Thurs 15 Aug 10.30am-4pm. Under The Sea with RockWatch. Hands-on experiments, and visits to old and operating quarries. Somerset Earth Science Centre, near Stoke St Michael £5/family. Dr Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 or

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Sat 17 Aug 2-5pm. Wild Westbury Quarry. A tour of this former limestone quarry where cave bears once lived and now a haven for wildlife. Westbury Quarry, Stancombe Lane, Westbury- sub-Mendip, Wells BA1 1HT. Age 11+. Nigel Taylor, Quarry Manager 01749 871289 or nigel.

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Sun 18 Aug 11am-4pm. Blackmoor Nature Reserve Family Fun Day. Bring your own picnic. FFI Odette Stevens 01749 342081 or

Wed 21 Aug 2-4pm. Explore Ebbor Gorge. With its prominent position on the southern escarpment of the Mendips, this reserve commands breathtaking views across Somerset. ST 520484 Ebbor Gorge car park on Wookey to Priddy road. Age 11+. Booking essential,Simon Clarke 01458 860120 or

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Wells Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. Open daily. • Free - it’s worth paying to enter the moated palace. Don’t miss the Medieval street at Vicars Close and of course the city shops. CAFE

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Wookey Hole. Wookey, nr Wells BA5 1BB. Open daily. £16/£11/£49 family. 01749 672243; www.wookey. • Includes the papermill, museum, mirror maze, the Fairy Garden, Dinosaur Valley and summer circus shows.

Thurs 29 Aug 10am-3pm. Quarry tours to Moons Hill and Whatley. Meet Somerset Earth Science Centre, nr Stoke St Michael. 01749 840156 or

Sat 31 Aug 10am-2pm. Explore Black Rock. Follow a trail with lots of activities along the way. Families can come and join in the fun anytime between 10am until 3pm. Somerset Wildlife Trust 01823 652400 or enquiries@ Doulting Stone Quarry,

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Weston-super-Mare. The town has a wide bay with a sandy beach stretching for more than a mile or so - but beware of venturing too far to the sea at low tide as it turns to mud. There’s the Grand Pier, the town’s museum at Burlington Street with its exhibitions of life in World War II, Clara’s Cottage, vintage wedding dresses and its cheerful presentation of an Iron Age massacre. Don’t miss the Helicopter Museum and the Sea Quarium. All this and more at http://www. information.aspx

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Weston-super-Mare. Studio 8 Artists Summer Exhibition. Old Town Quarry. Display and refreshments in the Rowan Tree Tea Room. Sat Aug 4th - Sun Aug 25th.Open daily from 10.30am-4.30pm exc Mondays. Further info: Strawberry Line Times

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Strawberry Line Cycle and Footpath. It runs 10 miles from Yatton to Cheddar but you can join it at any point along the former railway line. Highlights include Shute Shelve Tunnel, Winscombe’s Millennium Green, Axbridge Square, Cheddar Reservoir near the cycle path and the long leafy stretch across the levels from Yatton to Sandford. There’s cafes, pubs and shops along the route and plenty of places for a picnic. And it’s free.



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Somerset Rural Life Museum. Abbey Farm, Chilkwell St, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB. Open Tue-Sat. Free. • Set in an ancient medieval barn with lots of stuff about cider making, farming and the good old days.

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