Sketchbook of swans on show at Creative Innovation Centre

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:34pm Monday 25th August 2014

A SKETCHBOOK of swans is scattered across the walls of the Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton. The art show ‘gets’ what many of us already knew: swans are no ordinary beasts.

The Voice star Sally Barker in concert at Taunton's Brewhouse

Bridgwater Mercury: MOVING: Sally Barker

2:30pm Monday 25th August 2014

MILLIONS of viewers tuned in to see Sally Barker on BBC talent show The Voice.

Great Dorset Steam Fair set to roll into Blandford Forum

Bridgwater Mercury: Great Dorset Steam Fair gets under way at Tarrant Hinton next week

2:25pm Monday 25th August 2014

THE Great Dorset Steam Fair rolls into Blandford Forum next Wednesday for five days celebrating the heritage of engineering.

In cinemas now: INTO THE STORM (12A)

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:19pm Monday 25th August 2014

EIGHTEEN years after Twister spiralled on to our cinema screens, storm chasers return as new director Steve Quale and his special effects wizards unleash tornados on an unsuspecting town in this found-footage action thriller.

Somerset Flood Concert, Saturday

Bridgwater Mercury: Music for a Summer's Evening

2:15pm Monday 25th August 2014

A QUINTET, quartet and a trio are lending their musical gifts to a Somerset Flood Relief Fund concert on Saturday August 30.

Punk-pop heroes The Splash secure main stage slot at Canadian festival

Bridgwater Mercury: The Splash win UK competition and are en route to Canada!

1:26pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

ONE of Bridgwater’s punk-pop legends are to play a Canadian festival after winning the UK final of the global Planetrox music competition.

England cricketer Matthew Hoggard to talk at Somerset Cricket Ground

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:19pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

FORMER England cricketer Matthew Hoggard will give a talk on his career in the sport at Somerset County Cricket Ground this October.

A 'Frozen' tea party for charity at Bridgwater Arts Centre

12:10pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A TEA party inspired by Disney’s Frozen movie is raising money for Cancer Research UK on Saturday, August 30 at Bridgwater Arts Centre.

SEPTEMBER: Night of cracking comedy at Bridgwater Arts Centre

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

MASTERS of improvised comedy, Instant Wit, will whip up a night of inventive fun at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Saturday, September 6.

REPORT: Cabaret to help Harry goes down a storm at Bridgwater Town Hall

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:18pm Thursday 7th August 2014

TWO vibrant cabaret concerts sang up over £6,000 in the name of getting one Bridgwater performer a big step closer to his drama school dreams.

Good cause for a wedding fair with a difference

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

A WEDDING fair to help couples living with terminal illness celebrate their big day heads to Bridgwater this autumn to raise money for the cause.

British Film Institute calls young cinema fans to sign-up for academy

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:43pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

YOUNG and love film?

AUGUST: Foodie delights at Burnham Food Fest's Garden Party

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:29pm Thursday 17th July 2014

DELICIOUS things are hard to resist, as any foodie will tell you.

Somerset film and TV extras sought by casting company

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:19pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A CASTING agents providing extras for big Hollywood feature films seeks Somerset talent for its ranks.

Stay-at-home mum on one-woman mission to spark off Bridgwater supper clubs

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:10pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A STAY-AT-HOME mum has set herself a one-woman mission: to revolutionise Bridgwater’s social scene by cooking up a storm for complete strangers … in her front room.

Pinstripe Productions brings Avenue Q to Bridgwater Arts Centre

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:58pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PINSTRIPE Productions brings the triple Tony Award-winning puppet-packed production, Avenue Q, to Bridgwater Arts Centre next week.

SATURDAY: Westlife frontman's single Somerset show

Bridgwater Mercury: Shane Filan

12:51pm Thursday 17th July 2014

ONE of the biggest names in UK boy band history comes to Bridgwater’s Blake Hall on Saturday for his sole Sedgemoor show.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger's round-up

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:51am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

DAISY survived her first ever Glastonbury after five days of live blogging from Worthy Farm. And yes, she met Ed Sheeran! Read the Lone Ranger's round-up...

Somerset Levels croc-horror film promising "to be Jaws for moors"

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:19pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

PEOPLE across Sedgemoor who volunteered as extras for a film about crocodiles on the Somerset Levels have been praised by the director.

Robbie Williams among stars snapped in Bridgwater Arts Centre show

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:01pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

BRIDGWATER photographer Janie Burden is showing a selection of her photography in Bridgwater Arts Centre’s Corridor Gallery this month.

REVIEW - ACTS sharpen their talons for Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at Town Hall

Bridgwater Mercury: ACTS Theatre School “redefined excellence” in their storming Andrew Lloyd Webber show.

10:18am Monday 23rd June 2014

ACTS Theatre School, even by their previous high standards, set new definitions of excellence with a truly memorable presentation of the School’s Edition of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.

Carnivalites head to Glastonbury Festival

Bridgwater Mercury: Pentathlon CC's cart, Oz: Emerald City

1:46pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

Stewarding Worthy Farm's world-famous music celebration has long-been a “lifeline” for many Carnival Clubs. DAISY BLACKLOCK finds out more...

Not long now! Newt Beer Fest just weeks away...

Bridgwater Mercury: ORGANISER Frank Clegg and his team of volunteers with the 102 beer casks.

1:17pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

MUSIC lovers will be out in their thousands again for next month’s highly anticipated Newt Festival.

Tracey Emin among big-name artists in Hestercombe House's debut art show

Bridgwater Mercury: WORK by Tracey Emin hangs on the walls of Hestercombe House in Cheddon Fitzpaine. PHOTO: Alain Lockyer.

7:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE stripped-back grandeur of Hestercombe House has flung open its doors for a radical art exhibition featuring lightwork by Turner Prize-winning artist Tracey Emin.

WATCHET LIVE: Interview with Boney M frontwoman Maizie Williams

Bridgwater Mercury: THE original and the best: Boney M frontwoman Maizie Williams.

12:17pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

WITH their Eurodisco sound and daring attire, “Daddy Cool” pop group BONEY M were one of the biggest hits of the '70s.

REVIEW: "Heavenly" concert from Music on the Levels

Bridgwater Mercury: Harp summer school to continue

12:09pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

THE latest concert in the Music on the Levels series was a heavenly delight by the young and very talented Welsh Harpist Elen Hydref.

INTERVIEW: Unstoppable Andy Kershaw

Bridgwater Mercury: ANDY Kershaw.

12:00pm Friday 16th May 2014

ROCK 'n' roll journalist Andy Kershaw chats to Daisy Blacklock ahead of his one-man show at Bridgwater Arts Centre.

Are you ready for Bridgwater's New Age Festival?

Bridgwater Mercury: ZOLTAR Speaks.

1:24pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

A MASSIVE alternative music event is headed Bridgwater’s way this summer with more than 30 bands set to play loud and proud across four stages.

Exciting arts entertaiment project for Bridgwater Arts Centre

Bridgwater Mercury: BRIDGWATER Arts Centre.

12:48pm Thursday 1st May 2014

BRIDGWATER Arts Centre will host an array of events as part of an exciting arts and entertainment project.

Music stars all set for Blake Hall gig in aid of flood victims on May 16

Bridgwater Mercury: STEVE Harley. PHOTO: Karlheinz Beck.

1:40pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

THE countdown to a big name, big-hearted Bridgwater concert for people recovering from the Somerset flooding devastation is well and truly on.

Wind & Wave recital at St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: St Albans Cathedral pulling out all the stops for brass and organ emsemble

10:01am Tuesday 29th April 2014

EASTER Monday afternoon saw the launch of a series of organ recitals sponsored by the Somerset Organists’ and Choirmasters’ Association in aid of the Somerset Flood Relief Fund. 

INTERVIEW: dance troop Diversity

Bridgwater Mercury: JORDAN Banjo.

9:30am Monday 28th April 2014

DREAM, believe, achieve.

The King and I

Bridgwater Mercury: PICTURED are Sue Rawle as Anna and Malcolm Hogg as the King.

3:10pm Sunday 27th April 2014

IF you’ve not yet bought tickets to see a magnificent musical classic on the Bridgwater stage you’d best be quick as they’re selling fast.

REVIEW: Blithe Spirit by Blake Drama Club

Bridgwater Mercury: MADAME Arcati conjures up more Entry costs £6 to the slide show, which starts at 8pm. than she or anyone else expects at a séance, unleashing considerable problems for Charles Condomine

6:20pm Saturday 26th April 2014

NOEL Coward wrote Blithe Spirit in five days and never changed a word of it, which is good because it still holds a fascination and surprise for a modern audience.

TONIGHT (April 25): Sliding back in time

Bridgwater Mercury: PHOTO: Paul Bovett

12:40pm Friday 25th April 2014

Paul Bovett’s slide collection, entitled ‘50 years of a Somerset town’, is a bright mixture of his own and donated shots takes place tonight at the arts centre.

Exciting programme of events lined up at Coleridge Cottage in May

Bridgwater Mercury: Coleridge Cottage

10:04am Friday 25th April 2014

THE National Trust-owned Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey hosts a variety of activities in its Garden Room in May.

Greinton singer Zelah releases debut single on iTunes

Bridgwater Mercury: ZELAH.

1:02pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

AN 18 year-old singer-songwriter from Greinton with influences ranging from Adele to the Arctic Monkeys releases her debut single on iTunes this Sunday.

Wurzel Tommy Banner urges Mercury readers to support floods gig

Bridgwater Mercury: TOMMY Banner.

12:53pm Thursday 20th March 2014

“We’re doing it for everybody involved – and not only people in their houses, but farmers and businesses – especially having only just ‘got back’ after last year’s floods" - TOMMY BANNER

REPORT: Highbridge Festival of the Arts – impressive, friendly, and fun

Bridgwater Mercury: DANCERS Emma Orledge and Connie Hazleton-Cavill, ten.

5:26pm Thursday 20th March 2014

WHETHER you're under five or in the U3A, Highbridge Festival of the Arts is all about celebrating community talent – and the success of the amateur performer over the honed professional.

MARCH 30: Jim Davidson and Richard Digance together again in Weston

Bridgwater Mercury: Jim Davidson

5:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

JIM Davidson and Richard Digance are 'Together Again' for the Spring, and coming to Weston's Playhouse Theatre on March 30.

REVIEW: Jazz night at Cossington village hall goes down a treat

Bridgwater Mercury: MIKE Snelling.

4:57pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE first of a quartet of fine jazz evenings booked for 2014 was enjoyed by a capacity audience at Cossington Village Hall on Saturday evening.

More Taunton literary events in store for book lovers

Bridgwater Mercury: What's On module top link image

4:18pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A “BEAUTIFUL stylist” of language with the ability to turn books into “companions”, brought the tales of remarkable women from across the centuries into the upper echelons of a Taunton bookshop earlier this month.

Our Big Gig 2014: How to get involved

Bridgwater Mercury: Our Big Gig 2014: Be part of it

3:56pm Thursday 20th March 2014

MUSIC makers in Burnham and Highbridge can take part in a UK-wide community music festival this summer.

ACTS youngsters "excel" themselves at Bridgy town hall

Bridgwater Mercury: ACTS’ talent did a sterling job at Bridgwater town hall.

1:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

YOUNG stars from Bridgwater have “excelled themselves” in their two-day town hall show.

REVIEW: Marketeers' Cabaret provides top evening of entertainment

Bridgwater Mercury: webpix entertainment theatre

1:07pm Thursday 20th March 2014

MARKETEERS Carnival Club made a return to their old venue, Chilton Trinity School, on March 1 in its swish new building, with a spectacular cabaret night of music, laughter and excitement.

FRIDAY: Bristol band-to-watch play Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: THE Magnus Puto.

1:02pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE Magnus Puto (above) have shared a stage with Rizzle Kicks, Haim, the XX and Daughter … but on Friday they’ll have Bridgwater in their sights.

REVIEW: Top food writer shares the spice of her life in BACTalk

Bridgwater Mercury: JOSCELINE Dimbleby.

12:40pm Thursday 20th March 2014

WITH cookery her art-form, Josceline Dimbleby exposed the nation to fusion food with her best-selling books, supported recession-hit families with her recipes, and made variety king.

REVIEW: Sean Hughes' 'Penguins' at Bridgwater Arts Centre

Bridgwater Mercury: Comedian Sean Hughes performs intimate gig in Central Studio this month

12:48pm Thursday 27th February 2014

“EVER tried. Ever failed. No matter.

FRIDAY: Pick up a penguin (or a ticket) for comic Sean Hughes' Arts Centre show

Bridgwater Mercury: Comedian Sean Hughes aims to have Bromley in stitches with rare appearance

1:37pm Thursday 20th February 2014

AWARD-winning funny man Sean Hughes comes to Bridgwater Arts Centre this Friday (February 21) with his newest show ‘Penguins’.

Aladdin panto: INTERVIEW with the Puriton Players' Widow Twankey!

Bridgwater Mercury: JOHN Rowlands as The Emperor, and Alan Scott as Widow Twankey.

1:03pm Thursday 20th February 2014

ALADDIN’S poverty-struck world is turned upside down when he stumbles on an enchanted lamp in Puriton Players’ pantomime.






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