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The Guide: weekend things to do

Theatre Royal Bath's cast of Stop Messing About
Kenneth's "Infamy.." quote was voted the funniest one-liner in film history

It's a bumper Bank Holiday edition of The Guide this weekend.

Take a look at our snapshot of events and activities taking place in Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Weston-super-Mare from Friday, 30 April to Monday, 1 May 2010.

Things To Do

If you love the sound of a revving bike, then Weston-super-Mare may have just the thing this Saturday.

From 11am until 1pm, there will be a Harley Davidson Cider Rally which will feature loads of the classic motor cycles parading around the town before displaying on the Beach Lawns.

You can find out more information about the event by visiting the Bridgwater Chapter Harley Owners Group website, or call Hilary Perris on 01823 352535, or you can email her directly.

A crime spree will be hitting Bristol's libraries in May, with readers being invited to join in.

On Saturday, 1 May the Central Library's Reading Room will be the location for a murder mystery.

Written by local author, Sara Jane Arbury, the event will form part of the Spring Poetry Festival.

When poet, Colonel Kipling is murdered it will fall to the audience to decide 'whodunit' by examining the evidence, considering the witness statements and interrogating the suspects.

Expert help will be at hand from special guest author, Janet Lawrence who will talk about her experiences and inspirations as a writer of popular crime fiction.

The event starts at 5pm and tickets cost £6, which includes a glass of wine - for more information, check out the Bristol City Council website.

If you're a bit of a sci-fi geek at heart, you'll be in your element at Weston's Winter Gardens this Saturday.

The Stars of Time event, from 10.30am until 5pm, is a one-day science fiction and film convention featuring well-known stars of the large and small screen.

There will be prizes for the best fancy dress, an audience with a Dalek show, a dealer's room packed with collectables, and an invasion of the 'evil' Daleks along with Darth Vader.

Tickets cost £6.50 for adults, with children at £3.50 - they are available from MT Games Exchange in Meadow Street.

For more details call 01278 641503 or email sales@toymachine.co.uk

Nature & Outdoors

HRH Prince Charles loves to talk to his trees and you can too this Sunday... well, gaze at them anyway.

A Tree Gazing event is being held at Tyntesfield Estate in Wraxall between 1pm and 3pm, with expert Tony Titchen at the helm.

It is suitable for both gardening or horticulture enthusiasts, and for those who want to learn something new.

The walk starts from reception and normal admission prices apply.

For more details, call 0844 2491895 or visit the National Trust website.

If you're more bird spotter than tree spotter, then the Dawn Chorus on May Bank Holiday Monday may be just the thing.

The Folly Farm Centre in Pensford - a nature reserve between Bath and Bristol - will be hosting the event, which takes place between 5.30am and 7am.

You can enjoy a guided walk through the woodlands and meadows, whilst identifying the different birds and learning their calls.

It costs £15, including a fireside breakfast, and will be led by expert Ed Drewitt.

For more information, call 0117 9177270 or email mail@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk - you can also check out the Avon Wildlife Trust website.

The RSPCA's Bristol Dogs and Cats Home is asking you to "strut your stuff" for animals in need.

Their sponsored Mutt Strutt takes place on Saturday, 1 May, as part of the national RSPCA Week 2010.

It is a sponsored three-mile circular dog walk, around some of Bristol's historic landmarks.

The event will raise funds for the 2000 animals that come through the doors of the RSPCA Bristol Branch and Bristol Dogs and Cats Home every year.

Strutters can either be accompanied by their own dog or one of the home's residents.

For more information about RSPCA Week, or to receive a Fundraising Pack, you can call 0117 300 3968 or email rusti@rspca-bristol.org.uk.

You can also find more information on the RSPCA Bristol Dogs and Cats Home website.

For the Children

A host of activities are on offer for the little ones at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Bank Holiday weekend.

On Saturday, 1 May a group of dancers from the Pennyroyal Garland Dancers will be performing on Saturday afternoon, along with a group of Morris Men and a band.

If that's not enough, children's favourites, Postman Pat and Jess the Cat, will be making a special appearance on Monday, 3 May.

The much-loved duo will be appearing at various times throughout the day.

For more info, head to the Bristol Zoo Gardens website.

You could also take them to Bath for a performance of The Ugly Duckling at the egg theatre on Saturday, with show times at 11.30am and 3pm.

Sea Legs Puppet Theatre is behind the new "must-see show". which features brilliant storytelling, fantastic puppets and a delightful new musical score.

The 45-minute production is suitable for children aged three years and over.

For more information, head to the egg theatre website.

Arts & Culture

"Infamy, infamy - they've all got it in for me"... a famous quote from Carry On's Kenneth Williams, an extravaganza of whom is at the Theatre Royal Bath until Saturday.

Stop Messing About is based on the 1970 BBC Radio show and is set during a live recording.

It is packed with "outrageously funny sketches, parodies and songs", and comes from the pens of comedy writing legends Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke.

It features actor Robin Sebastian, who reprises his leading role after winning huge critical acclaim for his portrayal of Kenneth Williams in the West End production.

For more information, including ticket prices, head to the Theatre Royal Bath website.

Narrow House's new show Anything But Love - which has been enjoying a sell-out run in London - will be at The Brewery Theatre in Bristol for the last time this weekend.

Written by Phil Bowen and directed by Dominic Brewer, the musical comedy-drama follows the meeting of two remarkable lives.

It charts the "lives and loves" of the great wit, poet, critic, dramatist and adventuress Dorothy Parker and fellow wordsmith and equally hard-drinking Dorothy Fields - the greatest female lyricist of all time.

The duo laugh, drink, and reminisce while romping through classic songs that include "I Won't Dance", "A Fine Romance", "In The Mood For Love", and "The Way You Look Tonight".

For more info, including ticket prices and performance times, head to the Tobacco Factory Theatre website.

You can take a tour of the animal kingdom in Bath on Saturday, as the Museum of East Asian Art in Bennett Street holds a special event between 2pm and 3pm.

Artist Li Fuyuan's representative, and director of ArtChinese, Jimmy Lek will be leading an "insightful tour" of the venue's current exhibition "Animal Kingdom".

The tour will be followed by a painting demonstration by the artist.

Admission is free and there is no need to book, with spaces available on a first come basis.

You can find more details on the Museum of East Asian Art website.


One of the UK's favourite singers, and BBC TV presenter, Aled Jones, will be the special guest at a concert on Saturday at The Bath Forum.

As regular presenter of BBC One's Songs of Praise, Aled will be the guest of Bath Male Choir, conducted by Grenville Jones.

The Bath Forum concert starts at 7.30pm with doors opening at 6.30pm.

Tickets are available from Bath Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362 and are priced from £5 to £25.

Check out The Bath Forum website for more information.

If a bit of jazz is more your thing, then St George's Bristol will be playing host to Clare Teal and her great British songbook this Saturday.

Clare is seen as one of the UK's most talented and "uniquely exhilarating" jazz singers, and described as "wonderful" and "worth raving about" by Sir Michael Parkinson.

Advance tickets cost £19, on the door £21, for the performance which starts at 7.30pm.

More information can be found at the St George's Bristol website.


Funny man Sean Lock will be presenting his new stand-up show, Lockipedia, at the Theatre Royal Bath on Sunday, 2 May at 7.30pm.

Team captain of Channel 4's topical comedy quiz show 8 Out Of 10 Cats and star of BBC's QI, he's in Bath on one of his first regional dates since 2007.

Ticket availability is very limited and more details can be found on the Theatre Royal Bath website.

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