WANNA BE A RECORD BREAKER?
Hello again and welcome to our 10th edition! We really hope you're enjoying The Somersetter so far. This issue covers two weeks - up to June 5 - and has more items than any previous Somersetter issue in history (all nine of them…). We hope you find something great in there. As always, if you do, then please forward this to a friend and suggest that they sign up too.
BREAK A WORLD RECORD
RELAY ROWING RECORD ATTEMPT IN FROME
Outside Frome library, 4pm Sat 2nd June to 4pm Sun 3rd June
Since the death of their mother, Shirley Wiggins in 2011, from leukaemia, Rachel Clark and her brothers, Matthew and Daniel have raised over £19,000 for local causes by undertaking a series of gruelling physical challenges. This year, they're letting you join in too - with the chance of breaking a World Record! All you have to do is join the relay, rowing 500m on an indoor rower in under 3 minutes. More than 600 people have already signed up - and the current record is 600. Find out more and add your name by clicking here.
TAKE A FAMILY-FRIENDLY COASTAL WALK
CIRCULAR WALK AROUND KLIVE
Kilve Village car park, TA5 1EA
Starting at the Kilve car park, this family friendly walk on the coast near Bridgwater, takes in the northern edge of the Jurassic Coast as well as the lush, rolling Quantocks. At low tide, Kilve Beach, rich in fossil-laden limestone, is awash with rock pools to explore. Back up on dry land, as well as taking-in some fine views over the water to Wales, you can visit the charming Chantry Tea Gardens (Sea Lane, Bridgwater TA5 1EG, 01278 741457), and enjoy a cuppa literally in the shadows of the 14th century chantry remains that lend the cafe their name. For a detailed guide, click here.
WATCH OUTDOOR THEATRE AT GLASTONBURY ABBEY
ROMEO & JULIET - HANDLEBARDS
Glastonbury Abbey, Thursday 31st May, 6.30pm, $15 adv/£17 on the gate.
The HandleBards are, we're told, the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their “seriously silly” production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they took it 1,500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the all-female troupe is pedalling into the glorious Glastonbury Abbey for this one-off outdoor performance. Bring a a blanket or a low-backed chair, as no seating is provided. Click here for tickets.
CHECK OUT HAUSER & WIRTH'S NEW EXHIBITION
ALEXANDER CALDER: FROM THE STONY RIVER TO THE SKY
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, 26 May - 9 September, Free entry
The new main exhibition at Hauser & Wirth opens this weekend, and it looks like a corker, with works by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, most of which has never been exhibited in the UK before. The sculpture, paintings, mobiles and other works run through all five gallery spaces, with over 80 pieces, including large-scale outdoor pieces. Top international art, with free entry, on your doorstep - what’s not to like? Click for more info.
VISIT A FREE, GREEN FESTIVAL IN BATH
FESTIVAL OF NATURE
Green Park, Bath, BA1 1JB. Saturday June 2, 11am-5pm. Free.
This is a glorious celebration of all that is green and good, right in the heart of Bath, just a stone’s throw from the Bath Spa station. Spend the day in beautiful Green Park, on the banks of the River Avon, with music, fabulous food and, of course, the obligatory festival face painting. Get your hands on some wriggling mini-beasts, embark on wildlife treasure hunts and get in touch with the wonderful world we depend on. For more info and a list of exhibitors, click here.
RIDE A WATER-POWERED RAILWAY
LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH CLIFF RAILWAY
The Esplanade, Lynmouth, EX35 6EQ. 01598 753486. Adult return £3.90, child £2.40.
This beautiful vintage funicular claims to be the world’s highest and steepest completely water-powered railway, about 30 minutes’ drive west of Minehead, just into Devon. It’s a gem of Victorian engineering and easily the best way to travel between the gorge-perched resort of Lynton and her seaside sister, Lynmouth, down below. Their Grade II listed Cliff Top Cafe offers some amazing views and a darn good Devon cream tea. For more info click here.
HAVE SOME FAMILY FUN IN FROME
FROME CARNIVAL FAMILY FUN DAY
Saturday June 2, 12pm-5pm. Free entry.
Frome Carnival have pushed the, erm, float out for this year’s fundraising event. Set in pretty Victoria Park, just a stone’s throw from Frome’s buzzing town centre, there’s promise of a land train, horse rides, carnival fun and even a dog show, alongside the usual stalls and foodie concessions. Click here for more info.
BOOK FOR SOME TOP COMEDY IN YEOVIL
DAVID BADDIEL MY FAMILY: NOT THE SITCOM
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Tuesday 12 June, £26.50
Following two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel is bringing his Olivier-nominated one-man show to Yeovil as part of a UK tour (many dates of which have already sold out). My Family: Not the Sitcom is “a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats”. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you can book tickets here.
HAVE A DRINK IN A CLASSIC 1960S PUB
THE CENTURION, BATH
Poolemead Road, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1QR. 01225 332160.
Rising out of concrete suburbia, this Twerton community local, ten minutes walk from Bath City’s football ground, has just been awarded Grade II Listed status. But like the homes it serves, there’s not a thatched roof or mimsy Tudor timber in sight. Instead The Centurions historical charms lie in its evocative 1965 architecture with its huge wall of windows, and the original features that litter its decor. Oh yes, and the uber kitsch bronze statue of a Roman that adorns its wall. To learn lots more about it, click here.
SOMERSET FACT OF THE WEEK
ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S ODYSSEY BEGAN IN MINEHEAD
The legendary science fiction writer who co-wrote the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, was born in 1917 at 13 Blenheim Road in Minehead (TA24 5PZ), where there's a blue plaque in his name. As a teenager, Clarke worked in the post office in Bishops Lydeard near Taunton, where he had his first experience with global communications. "I was night operator for quite a long time at Bishops Lydeard, and one night there was a call from New York - very rare in those days. The call came by radio, of course; it was long before there was any telephonic cable. The operator in Taunton must have detected me listening in, and told me to unplug. I was probably weakening the signal."
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