Thursday, January 4

Taunton’s Farmers’ Market

THE Vale is a genuine Farmer and Producers co-operative which has grown from strength to strength since its launch in 1999. We are fully certified by FARMA – the National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association, so you can be confident you are really buying local produce.

It all takes place in Taunton High Street, every Thursday from 9am until 3pm, year round.

Friday, January 5

Festive Skating GET your skates on…

Come and have a go on the undercover skate rink at Hestercombe this Christmas (it’s artificial so you won’t get too chilly!).

Housed in a magical winter marquee, you can skate whatever the weather and enjoy some festive refreshments rink side too.

Skating at Hestercombe is popular, so booking a time slot is a good idea as spaces fill up quickly on busy days.

The festive skating takes place from 10am-5pm until January 7 at Hestercombe Gardens, Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG.

Sunday, January 7

Wayfarers - Aladdin

THE Award Winning Wayfarers Pantomime Society return to the Brewhouse with a classic panto for 2018, Aladdin.

The show is bursting with laughter, song and dance. The panto-famous Widow Twankey leads the laughs and is less than ably assisted by her son, Wishee Washee.

Not to be outdone in the laughter stakes are local policemen Yu-Dun- Wong and Hu-Dun-Pong.

As the story unfolds, will Aladdin get the better of the evil Abanazar?

Will he get the hand of the beautiful Princess Mandarin? Or will her father, the Emperor, have something to say about this?

Looking after good and Aladdin is the Spirit of the Ring, while the Genie of the Lamp is all powerful and so cool with it.

There are plenty of songs and high energy dance routines, interspersed with copious amounts of humour.

Combine this with a love story, great characters and a wish or three, then you’ll believe magic carpets really do fly.

The show runs from January 7-13.

Tickets £11.

Buy online at or call the box office on 01823 283244.

Monday, January 8

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society

Upottery Airfield (Smeatharpe), a talk by Robin Gilbert of the Southwest Airfields Trust. Upottery was the last of three airfields to be built on the Blackdown Hills during 1943.

It played a vital role in D-Day missions which involved thousands of American troops.

The talk takes place from 7.30pm -9pm.

The group meets at North Town School, off Wood Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1DF For further details call: 07736 374003.

£2 for non-members.

- Colours of Exile: The Art of Hans Schwarz at The Museum of Somerset

VIBRANT paintings of places and people by the Austrian artist who made his home in London and West Somerset Runs from 21 October 2017 to 3 March 2018 Free entry at The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton.

Tuesday, January 9

Wildlife of Devon - from shore to moor J

OHN Walters, entomologist and naturalist, artist and writer will give a talk on the wildlife of Devon, which will include field sketches, photographs and video clips Admission is £3 to include tea or coffee and biscuits.

It all takes place from 7.30pm - 9.30pm at St George’s Catholic School, The Mount, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3NR.

Outside In Wassail n An alternative wassail for the good harvest of creative endeavours in 2018 at the Brewhouse.

This event will take place around James Lake’s tree sculpture in the gallery with singing, music and cider.

This is a family friendly event and children can join in with our wassailing ceremony as we decorate our tree with fabulous colours and wish for an artistically fruitful New Year.

This event takes place from 6.30pm - 9.30pm at The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL

Wednesday, January 10

Creative Movement Workshop

VIV Gordon is hosting a Creative Movement Workshop on Wednesday, January 10 from 11am – 1pm This fun introductory workshop offers a safe space to explore how dance and creativity can improve our wellbeing.

Led by Viv Gordon, a dance artist and mental health campaigner with her own experience of mental ill health, Viv is a leading voice in dance and mental health practice.

It is FREE to attend.

Suitable for adults of all ages, abilities and motilities.

No experience necessary.

Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. For more information or to book a place please email Caroline at

Thursday, January 11

Chair Based Pilates at 1pm for 4 weeks and then Tuesday 9th January at 1pm and Thursday 11th January 2018 then weekly thereafter.

Why not call or text our team of Instructors to see how we can help you build strength and gain confidence in either of our specialist classes.

Call on 07854 456793 for more information on how we can help you increase mobility, flexibility and Core Strength so you are able to gain more confidence in your movements and ultimately lead to an increased independent and active lifestyle.

For further information contact The Studio at Bank House, Magdalene Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SG or call 07854 456793