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5 things to do in Somerset this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:07 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 13 August 2018

Westlands in Yeovil is the venue for the first Somerset Cider and Cheese Festival (c) Diane Hemani / Getty Images

Westlands in Yeovil is the venue for the first Somerset Cider and Cheese Festival (c) Diane Hemani / Getty Images

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The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in Somerset

1. Dunster Show

Don’t miss the 172nd Dunster Show, a wonderful day out for all the family on Friday August 17. As well as the usual livestock classes, there will be a fleece competition, motorbike and falconry displays, ferret racing, music from Ron King’s Hot Six jazz band, The Puppetree Company and free entrance to The National Festival Circus. There will also be plenty of trade stands, a fun fair, food outlets, archery, laser shooting, a craft tent and an amazing food hall. Entrance is £12 for adults and £5 for children, with free parking.

2. Shrek The Musical, Bristol Hippodrome

Everyone’s favourite ogre is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome as the musical version of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film Shrek continues on its nationwide tour. This hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Shrek The Musical runs up until Sunday August 19. Evening performances begin at 7pm or 2.30pm for matinees. Tickets from £17.50.

3. Mid-Somerset Show, Cannard’s Grave Road in Shepton Mallet

The Mid-Somerset Show, taking place on Sunday August 19, is a one-day agricultural show with livestock classes including cattle, pigs and sheep. Equestrian classes include heavy horses, driving, hunter classes and showjumping. Entry is free.

4. Cider and Cheese Festival, Westlands in Yeovil

Taking place August 17-18, Westlands in Yeovil is the venue for the first Somerset Cider and Cheese Festival. The festival will offer visitors the chance to try more than 60 different ciders and local cheeses. Entry to the festival includes a free glass to take away as well as a brochure listing the ciders and cheeses on offer, and there will be live music from local bands throughout the festival. Tickets start from £6. Over-18s only.

5. The Price, Theatre Royal Bath

In the Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House, David Suchet is set to star in the 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s spellbinding drama The Price. David Suchet plays the silver-tongued used furniture dealer Gregory Solomon, who arrives at the house he grew up in expecting a straight-forward financial transaction which turns out to be anything but. Evening performances from 7.30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm up until August 25. Tickets from £22.50.

We update 5 things to do in Somerset at the weekend every Monday. If you are in need of inspiration, bookmark this page for events from Friday through to Sunday.

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