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An independent journal on style, creativity and community<br />

<strong>Volume</strong> <strong>11</strong> Spring 2021<br />

THE<br />

ISSUE<br />

Hope in the south-west + Cool cabins<br />

+ Surf therapy + Birdgirl + Buying better<br />

+ Spotlight on Castle Cary<br />

+ 25 awesome things to do this spring

THE EDIT<br />


UNTIL 6 JUNE 2021<br />

A jolt; a shift. After the storm, the tides must change.<br />

Welcome to the reset issue. This time, we turn to<br />

the people shaking things up – bringing new ideas,<br />

fresh air and hope.<br />

Chew Valley’s answer to Greta Thunberg, Mya-Rose Craig,<br />

tells us why birds are worth watching ( p 18), while Bristol<br />

surf guru Nick Hounsfield reveals the healing power<br />

of waves ( p 22).<br />

With freedom in mind, we lust after cabins to escape to<br />

( p 38), and our long read delves into the brilliant ways the<br />

local community is building back better, post-pandemic ( p 55).<br />

Shopping has changed irreversibly – here are the positive<br />

changes we can all make ( p 46). Plus, we take a wander<br />

around Castle Cary ( p 61), and bring you the best seasonal<br />

events from across the south-west ( p 67).<br />

Until next time, happy reading.<br />

Emily Payne, editor<br />





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Nurturing wellness amongst nature<br />

The Club at Combe Grove is open to new memberships from the spring<br />

with access to the newly refurbished nature-inspired gym, swimming pools,<br />

tennis courts and classes.<br />

Come and surround yourself with nature in the 64 acre estate in support of<br />

your health and wellbeing.<br />


The Edit 9<br />

Top notes on design, community<br />

and lifestyle in the south-west<br />

The Guide 67<br />

Twenty-five things to do this April and May<br />

in Bristol, Bath and beyond<br />

PEOPLE<br />

My future 18<br />

Chew Valley’s answer to Greta Thunberg,<br />

Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl<br />

Local hero 22<br />

The Wave’s Nick Hounsfield on surf therapy<br />

and recovering from a stroke<br />

PLACES<br />

Notes 30<br />

The best of local architecture, travel,<br />

property and interior design<br />

Cabin fever 38<br />

Escape the everyday and regroup at one<br />

of these dreamy cabins<br />

01225 834644<br />

newmemberships@combegrove.com<br />

www.combegrove.com/memberships<br />

Image: Pete Helme<br />

Combe<br />

Grove<br />



Buying better 46<br />

The way we shop has changed forever...<br />

and not in a bad way<br />

Hope springs 55<br />

We’ve had a rough ride, but here’s how the<br />

south-west is coming back stronger<br />

Spotlight on... 61<br />

Where to eat, drink and shop in style,<br />

in Somerset’s enchanting Castle Cary<br />

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We would like to thank the talented people<br />

who helped to bring our latest issue to life<br />

Kavita Ashton<br />

Flying high (p18)<br />

Kavita is a Bristol-based writer who<br />

works with green brands and charities.<br />

She’s also part of the Visit Bristol<br />

marketing team.<br />

Laura K Williams<br />

Hope springs (p55)<br />

Bristol journalist Laura writes for the<br />

Independent and Metro. She is a director<br />

of The Bristol Cable and co-founder of<br />

Bristol24/7.<br />

Lauren Bravo<br />

Buying better (p46)<br />

Lauren writes about ethical fashion, food<br />

and pop culture. She is the author of<br />

What Would the Spice Girls Do? and How<br />

to Break Up with Fast Fashion.<br />

Veerle Evens<br />

Buying better (p46)<br />

Dutch-born Veerle specialises in<br />

interiors, lifestyle and food photography.<br />

Her clients include Condé Nast and<br />

Soho House.<br />

Sherilyn Dykes<br />

Flying high (p18)<br />

Sherilyn is a designer at Supple Studio<br />

in Bath. She has a love for illustration,<br />

wildlife (especially otters), adventure<br />

and the sea.<br />

Velimir Ilic<br />

The Guide (p67)<br />

Vel is a Frome-based writer and editor.<br />

Specialising in music, arts and food, he<br />

has written for the Guardian, Electronic<br />

Sound and many others.<br />

Words: Sarah Baxter, Vishaka Robinson and Vanessa Langford<br />

Photography: Karl Mackie and Dave Watts. Styling: Clare Piper<br />


The Danish Cabin at Kudhva<br />

photographed by Karl Mackie<br />

THE TEAM<br />

Creative director + founder<br />

Kate Monument<br />

kate@circusjournal.com<br />

Publisher + founder<br />

Simon Tapscott<br />

simon@circusjournal.com<br />

Editor<br />

Emily Payne<br />

emily@circusjournal.com<br />

Sub editor<br />

Camilla Cary-Elwes<br />

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Updates on design, community and lifestyle<br />


From April 26, TOAST is expanding its free in-store repair service,<br />

with the creation of five regional store hubs (including at the Bath store).<br />

Customers can bring back their cherished, worn TOAST threads to be<br />

fixed using traditional techniques such as sashiko, darning and patching,<br />

extending their lifespan and saving dollar.<br />

toa.st/uk<br />

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THE EDIT<br />


YETI @ Nomad<br />

Photography Ed Schofield<br />


Breathe & Be Incense<br />

Enhance your yoga session with<br />

the sublime new Chakra range from<br />

Breathe & Be Incense. Available in eight<br />

fragrances, from a woody, earthy blend<br />

to a refreshingly light yet spicy sweet<br />

scent. Ohm to that.<br />

breatheandbeincense.com<br />

Sturdy, built to be<br />

bashed around and<br />

capable of holding at<br />

least 16 cans of beer…<br />

Cooler season is almost<br />

upon us and we want<br />

this one. YETI products<br />

are flying off the shelves<br />

at Frome outdoor<br />

equipment, clothing<br />

and skateboard shop,<br />

Nomad. The YETI<br />

Roadie 24 Hard Cooler<br />

comes in multiple<br />

colours, including<br />

limited-edition shades<br />

dropping in April.<br />

nomadsupplystore.com<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

The Old Pharmacy<br />

We’re hanging out for the opening of Bruton’s new<br />

épicerie, The Old Pharmacy, set to be this spring. From<br />

Merlin Labron-Johnson, Michelin-starred owner of nearby<br />

Osip, think rustic country vibes and top-quality Somerset<br />

produce. Spot ceramics by Sue Paraskeva and handcarved<br />

wooden spoons by Mark Reddy, while listening to<br />

crackly old vinyl from Merlin’s eclectic personal collection.<br />

@oldpharmacybruton<br />


Leaven<br />

“Life, being a human, is not<br />

linear. Sometimes joyful,<br />

sometimes messy. Other times<br />

dark and bloody painful. We<br />

believe it’s all worthy of being<br />

talked about. This is how<br />

Leaven came to be.” From the<br />

founders of Bath lifestyle studio<br />

and online store, MOSS, Leaven<br />

is a series of conversations with<br />

people who have navigated<br />

something formative, while<br />

holding on to hope. Its<br />

message: whatever you’re<br />

going through – whether it be<br />

trauma, grief, loss or change<br />

– there is a way through.<br />

momentsofsenseandstyle.com<br />


Ding Frome<br />

“Sustainable towns and green transport start<br />

with helping people to fix their bikes,” says<br />

Ding Frome co-founder, Lolita. The initiative<br />

offers pop-up repair days around Frome, and<br />

30-minute slots for bike servicing. Donations<br />

welcome, but there is no formal charge.<br />

@dingfrome<br />


Cassia<br />

Hurray for this beautiful new café/co-working space at Bath<br />

Riverside. “People can come and eat lunch, have a meeting, hire<br />

a desk for the day, have a post-work/pre-dinner drink, or any<br />

combination of the above,” says boss Anna Sabine. The terrace<br />

and co-working space opens in April. cassiacommunity.co.uk<br />


Love From Aunty<br />

Cirencester-based Sam Muxworthy<br />

(aunty to seven) started this online<br />

gift store when a dream job fell<br />

through due to lockdown. While<br />

living abroad, she wanted an easy<br />

way to send presents to the UK.<br />

This is it. Check out these cute<br />

wooden peg dolls.<br />

lovefromaunty.co.uk<br />

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THE EDIT<br />

ART<br />

Frank Bowling<br />

@ Arnolfini<br />

© Luca Tombolini LS XI: Vistas Paradossales<br />

At last we can<br />

scribble joyous<br />

things in the<br />

diary again. This<br />

summer (July<br />

3 – September<br />

26), the bold,<br />

experimental<br />

work of the<br />

legendary Sir<br />

Frank Bowling<br />

shows at<br />

the Arnolfini.<br />

Featuring old<br />

and new work<br />

from one of the<br />

greatest living<br />

modern masters.<br />

arnolfini.org.uk<br />




EXHIBITION 163<br />

Be part of the IPE 163, the world’s<br />

longest running exhibition celebrating<br />

photography from across the globe<br />

Closing date: 27 April 2021<br />

• Exhibit at the<br />

RPS, Bristol<br />

• £4000<br />

Prize Fund<br />

• Awards<br />

• Entry open to all<br />

Enter now:<br />

rps.org/ipe163<br />

@the_rps<br />

@royalphotographicsociety<br />

@royalphotographicsociety<br />

#IPE163<br />

STYLE<br />

Charlotte<br />

MacMillan-Scott<br />

Frome designer<br />

Charlotte MacMillan-<br />

Scott makes beautiful<br />

illustrated silk scarves.<br />

Ten per cent of each<br />

sale goes to the Habibi<br />

Campaign, which<br />

holds craft workshops<br />

in refugee camps in<br />

northern Greece.<br />

charlottemacscott.com<br />


Co-forest<br />

Founded in 2020 by Katrina and David<br />

Kelly and Adam Pope, Co-forest is a<br />

tree-planting initiative in the south-west,<br />

aiming to bring people together to create<br />

new woodland. Its first forest, ‘Acorn’ is<br />

set to be within 15 miles of Bristol and<br />

Bath, and will extend existing woodland,<br />

increasing habitat for wildlife as well as<br />

sequestering carbon. You can get involved<br />

by sponsoring a plot of land to be forested,<br />

or by volunteering on planting days.<br />

coforest.co.uk<br />

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THE EDIT<br />

SPRING SHOW 2021<br />

ROBYN<br />

NEILD<br />


FOOD + DRINK<br />

Sugar Cane Studio<br />

French-style patisserie with east Asian flavours? We’re game.<br />

Sugar Cane Studio, on Bath’s Grove Street, is a welcome<br />

newcomer to the city’s cake shop scene, headed up by pastry<br />

ace Fang-Yu Lin. Feast on pastel-hued choux buns, macarons<br />

and madeleines, along with Taiwanese teas and black sesame<br />

lattes. There’s also handmade Taiwanese homeware for sale.<br />

sugarcanestudio.co.uk<br />


Great and Good Kids<br />

Avoid mountains of tat and<br />

support local. Lacock-based<br />

Great & Good is a collection of<br />

vintage treasure, toys and kids’<br />

clothing from British designers.<br />

thegreatandgood.com<br />


Wild Source<br />

Apothecary<br />

5 Margaret’s Buildings . Bath . BA1 2LP<br />

gallery@graymca.com<br />

www.graymca.com<br />

Exhibition also available to view online<br />

We all know we should<br />

unhunch our shoulders<br />

sometimes. Mindfulness<br />

is a lifeline. Bristol’s Wild<br />

Source Apothecary is pairing<br />

products with meditations.<br />

So you can lie back and<br />

listen to soothing words on<br />

self-acceptance while a Pink<br />

Clay and Elderberry Radiance<br />

Mask does its thing. Or drift<br />

off to sleep with a relaxation<br />

meditation while Prickly Pear<br />

and Chia Night Nectar sinks<br />

into very grateful pores.<br />

wildsource.co.uk<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

Paxton & Whitfield<br />

Cheese always helps. And<br />

this Bath cheesemonger has<br />

launched a same-day delivery<br />

service with zero-emissions cycle<br />

courier service Three Bags Full.<br />

Order cheese and booze before<br />

midday and it will arrive at your<br />

door within a two-hour window.<br />

paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk<br />

Raf Simons for Christian Dior, Unique Cast Bronze, 24 cms<br />

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Who we’re talking about this spring<br />

PEOPLE<br />


01225 233 060<br />

truespeed.com<br />


Oliver Coysh and Tom Oxford are co-founders of The Exploding Bakery in Exeter. We like<br />

them for two reasons. One: they deliver criminally good, letterbox-friendly brownies across<br />

the UK (the blood orange one tastes like a giant Jaffa Cake). Two: they’re turning the idea<br />

of a ‘successful business’ on its head. “It’s cake, it’s supposed to be fun,” says Oliver. “We<br />

want to bring back the good old days, while sticking the finger to the fat cats.” The aim is<br />

for profits to be shared between everyone who contributes to production,<br />

with a cut going directly to charity.<br />

explodingbakery.com<br />

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PEOPLE<br />


Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl, is a 19-year-old<br />

British-Bangladeshi ornithologist and activist<br />

from Somerset’s Chew Valley. She talks twitching,<br />

stereotypes and escaping polar bears in the Arctic<br />

Words<br />

Illustrations<br />

Kavita Ashton<br />

Sherilyn Dykes<br />

The Observer<br />

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WWT Slimbridge<br />

Indigo bunting<br />

Where to see birds in the south-west<br />

A wetland wildlife reserve in<br />

Gloucestershire, set up by<br />

renowned naturalist Sir Peter<br />

Scott and home to the world’s<br />

largest collection of swans,<br />

geese and ducks.<br />

Avalon Marshes<br />

This part of the Somerset<br />

levels and moors covers<br />

several nature reserves.<br />

See bitterns, marsh harriers<br />

and great white egrets – as<br />

well as starling murmurations.<br />

Birds are accessible. Even in the middle of the city,<br />

there are birds everywhere – and not just pigeons,”<br />

enthuses Mya-Rose Craig. Connecting people to nature<br />

and wildlife, improving diversity in the environment<br />

sector, and protecting the planet for future generations<br />

is what this 19-year-old is all about.<br />

They might sound like overwhelming priorities, but<br />

delving into these weighty topics at a young age came<br />

naturally to Mya-Rose. Her parents passed down a<br />

love for birds and nature, along with an awareness<br />

about environment and diversity issues. “They were<br />

always really frank about stuff like that and were big<br />

on encouraging me to talk assertively about things<br />

I care about.”<br />

Growing up near Bristol helped, too. The city’s green<br />

spirit was on show to the world during the Bristol Youth<br />

Strike 4 Climate event in February 2020, where Mya-Rose<br />

was one of the speakers. “It was so exciting to get that<br />

email asking if I wanted to speak on stage with Greta<br />

Thunberg. Not to be corny, but it felt like there was this<br />

energy of change in the crowd.”<br />

At that time, she had no idea how far from home<br />

(and any crowds) her next climate protest would be.<br />

In September 2020, Mya-Rose joined a Greenpeace<br />

expedition to the Arctic, to witness the effects of declining<br />

sea ice levels. It coincided with the first Fridays For<br />

Future mass strike action since the pandemic began (the<br />

movement was started in 2018 by Greta Thunberg, who sat<br />

in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for<br />

three weeks to protest against the lack of action on the<br />

climate crisis). So on the day, she took to an ice floe by<br />

herself with a ‘Youth Strike for Climate’ placard.<br />

“I was out on the ice for about five hours, but weirdly<br />

didn’t feel the cold too much, because I was so filled with<br />

adrenaline.” Not that the glacial conditions were the<br />

team’s biggest concern. “You aren’t usually allowed out<br />

on the ice on your own because of the polar bears. But<br />

they made an exception and I had a special polar bear<br />

man keeping watch to make sure I didn’t get eaten.”<br />

Langford Lakes<br />

A Wiltshire Wildlife Trust<br />

reserve made up of meadows<br />

and lakes, where you can spot<br />

everything from kingfishers<br />

to Canada geese, depending<br />

on the time of year.<br />

Sand Point<br />

Catch sightings of swallows,<br />

greenfinches, skylarks<br />

and more, as well as<br />

plenty of seabirds on this<br />

beautiful stretch of north<br />

Somerset coastline.<br />

“People have this concept<br />

of what you need to be a<br />

‘proper nature person’...<br />

But it’s not true at all.”<br />

While the adventure of birding trips first got her<br />

hooked on the hobby, now it’s the tranquillity of birdwatching<br />

she values most. “The older I get and the more<br />

I’m doing, the more I appreciate how peaceful it is to just<br />

get away from everyday life and chill outdoors,” she says.<br />

Could birdwatching help the rest of us unwind, too?<br />

Mya-Rose thinks so. But what puts some people off giving<br />

it a go is the idea that you need to head deep into the<br />

countryside or have a certain level of knowledge about<br />

birds. There’s also this “lingering image of a middle-aged<br />

bloke”, as she puts it, as the typical birder. She’s eager to<br />

give the hobby a rebrand.<br />

“People have this concept of what you need to be a<br />

‘proper nature person’,” she says. “But it’s not true at all.”<br />

In her opinion, you can experience the joy of birding<br />

just by watching from your window or putting a feeder<br />

in your garden and seeing what comes and goes. “You<br />

don’t need to know what you’re looking at or the features<br />

Birdgirl’s<br />

top twitches<br />

Sandhill crane,<br />

Orkney<br />

“This super-rare bird from America<br />

turned up in Scotland – it had only<br />

been in the UK a few times before.<br />

My dad drove us up overnight.<br />

We got the ferry across to Orkney,<br />

spent the day there and drove all<br />

the way back on Sunday.”<br />

Indigo bunting,<br />

Isles of Scilly<br />

“We were staying on the Isles of<br />

Scilly and were birdwatching, when<br />

this very rare bird turned up. It was<br />

only the third time one had been<br />

seen in the UK – it had been blown<br />

over from the USA.”<br />

Black-browed albatross,<br />

Cornwall<br />

“I was one of about ten people to<br />

see this albatross. They’re usually<br />

in the southern hemisphere, so it’s<br />

rare to spot one in Cornwall. When<br />

I added my count to the website I<br />

use to record sightings, someone<br />

reported it as fake because they<br />

thought I was lying!”<br />

or calls or whatever. It’s much more important to just<br />

absorb nature.”<br />

“A lot more people are into it than you realise, and<br />

you can easily find them through social media. It can<br />

give you that sense of community we’re all looking for,<br />

especially during the pandemic.”<br />

The positive impact of both bringing people together<br />

and connecting them to nature is something Mya-Rose<br />

sees first-hand through her Black2Nature camps. Aware<br />

that it can be rare to see other VME (visible minority<br />

ethnic) people like herself out in the countryside, she<br />

started organising the camps for inner-city VME kids.<br />

For some, it’s their first time taking part in nature<br />

activities and the effect it has on them is clear. “We<br />

always have kids wanting to come back. I’m hoping<br />

now we’ve got charity status, we can get the funding to<br />

expand.” It’s clear that for this ambitious teenager, the<br />

sky’s the limit.<br />

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PEOPLE<br />


Nick Hounsfield founded The Wave<br />

in Bristol, Britain’s first inland surfing<br />

lake. After suffering several strokes<br />

in February 2020, he’s now on the<br />

road to recovery<br />

Words<br />

Vanessa Langford<br />

Image Cabin<br />

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background. Being so close to central Bristol, we<br />

have a great opportunity to say, “Right, let’s get some<br />

kids from different backgrounds surfing.” We also<br />

work with a great charity in Cornwall that works with<br />

kids that have autism and ADHD. It’s been great to see<br />

them benefiting from surf therapy.<br />

We have had 70 and 80-year-old ladies who come<br />

surfing. We have people of many different shapes and<br />

sizes who may have initially thought they wouldn’t be<br />

seen dead in a wetsuit. Suddenly, they are comfortable<br />

to surf and that is so rewarding to see.<br />

urfing is healing. Being in water, being immersed,<br />

being held by water – it relaxes you from the impact<br />

of gravity. That weightlessness is really important.<br />

The energy you get from the waves and then the<br />

calm you get between the waves. You swing from<br />

being scared witless by a big wave to a moment of<br />

calm, when you can reflect, look around and<br />

appreciate nature.<br />

The reality is that surfing has always been a very<br />

male-dominated, white, middle-class sport. But I<br />

believe there is absolutely no reason why anybody<br />

can’t surf, no matter what your age, ability or<br />

To start with, having a stroke felt like massive<br />

confusion. It was like someone had scrambled my<br />

brain. Then I felt fear and panic. Then, within about<br />

an hour, it was an unremitting headache. I knew<br />

what I wanted to say but just couldn’t make myself<br />

understood by anyone. It was really, really frightening.<br />

I knew I had lost my speech, and thought: oh my<br />

goodness, what am I going to lose next?<br />

“I felt fear and panic... I knew<br />

what I wanted to say but<br />

just couldn’t make myself<br />

understood by anyone.”<br />

Image Cabin<br />

Nick’s top UK<br />

surf spots<br />

I love trying to find new places<br />

slightly off the beaten track.<br />

The best thing to do is to pack<br />

a bag, do some coastal walks<br />

and find some secret places of<br />

your own.<br />

One area which is sometimes<br />

overlooked is the Gower<br />

Peninsula. Everyone seems to<br />

head to Devon and Cornwall,<br />

but there are some real<br />

untapped gems in the Gower<br />

and across to Pembrokeshire.<br />

There are four or five great<br />

spots around the Bude area<br />

– places like Sandymouth.<br />

studio | garden office<br />

www.hutsmith.co.uk<br />

studio | garden office<br />

www.hutsmith.co.uk<br />

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PEOPLE<br />



Glamping at The Wave<br />

Twenty-five safari-style tents<br />

are set to open at The Wave from<br />

May 17. Designed to be a place<br />

to “relax, reset and reconnect”<br />

after a day of surfing, tents sleep<br />

up to eight people and come with<br />

a private loo, fridge, balcony and a<br />

wood burner. thewave.com<br />

Having lost and then regained my speech, I don’t<br />

take language for granted. When it comes to talking,<br />

the middle of the day is best for me. I’ve met other<br />

people who have had strokes and they haven’t done<br />

as well, so I just feel very lucky that I got away with<br />

this to some degree. It could have been a lot worse.<br />

Everything at The Wave is so much bigger than I first<br />

envisaged over ten years ago. We had to scale the<br />

whole thing up. My original vision of building a surf lake<br />

and some gardens would never have worked. On an<br />

average day we have around 500 surfers in the water.<br />

Covid had a huge impact. But when restrictions lifted<br />

a little, it was great for people to be able to use our<br />

huge space to exercise safely. People come in early,<br />

have a surf, have some breakfast in the café, then<br />

have a couple of online meetings.<br />

My personal reset has been to find out what my<br />

new tolerance level is. Since having a stroke, I<br />

don’t want to go back to being so crazy busy<br />

that I haven’t got the right balance. For me, it’s all<br />

about perspective. I think loads of people have gone<br />

through that over this past year and want to reset.<br />

I’m working towards resetting the dial on that level,<br />

so I don’t get stressed and I don’t get ill.<br />

TomGPhoto<br />

The Wave is a legacy to my dad. He died tragically<br />

from pancreatic cancer. It was pretty horrid and a bit of<br />

a shock. I suddenly had a new perspective on mortality<br />

and the fact that you could be spending most of your<br />

time working and not enjoying life. I started thinking<br />

about what makes me the best version of myself. It’s<br />

really quite simple. I created the perfect place to spend<br />

time with my friends and family.<br />

Nick supports the Stroke Association.<br />

stroke.org.uk<br />

What are you into? Music? Dance?<br />

Art? Science? We provide a wide<br />

range of unique courses at our Sixth<br />

Form. And not only that, we have<br />

Scholarships and Awards available<br />

giving you up to £4000 remission<br />

on fees, which can be further<br />

supplemented with bursaries.<br />

Get some<br />

aqua therapy<br />

The White Spring,<br />

Glastonbury<br />

Devotees come here to<br />

bathe, drink the water or to<br />

take time out. The water<br />

is said to be sacred as it’s<br />

rich in the beneficial mineral<br />

calcite. Entry is free but<br />

donations are welcome.<br />

Marine Lake,<br />

Clevedon<br />

The Marine Lake is open<br />

almost every day of the year,<br />

so there are no excuses not<br />

to take a nourishing dip. Plus,<br />

paddleboarding and canoeing<br />

are available if you don’t want<br />

to fully immerse just yet.<br />

Westward Ho!<br />

Sea Pool, Devon<br />

A free dip in a safe pool<br />

that’s warmer than the sea.<br />

What’s not to like? The pool is<br />

positioned among rock pools,<br />

so after your swim you can<br />

scramble across the rocks<br />

looking for crabs and urchins.<br />

Register for our Open Day on Monday 3 May on our website: www.badmintonschool.co.uk<br />

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THE BATH<br />


GROUND<br />

PLACES<br />

SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 2021<br />

Where we want to be this spring<br />





SUNDAY 8 AUGUST 2021<br />







Book now for the July<br />

opening of a magical new<br />

campsite at the Bathurst<br />

Estate in the Cotswolds.<br />

Cloud Nine Glamping,<br />

which also has sites in<br />

Dorset and Norfolk, will<br />

offer up a festival vibe with<br />

loads to do for kids and<br />

adults, along with tasty<br />

street food and pop-up<br />

bars. Choose from bell<br />

tents, tepees, Airstreams<br />

and safari tents. Activities<br />

include trampolining, a<br />

silent disco and even a spa.<br />

cloudnineglamping.com<br />

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PLACES<br />

NOTES<br />

Our pick of the best interiors, architecture<br />

and places to stay across the south-west<br />


Graham & Green<br />

SS21 at Graham & Green is all about<br />

dusky neutrals and warm, rusty tones.<br />

We love the Bamboo Bubble Pendant,<br />

Circle Candle Holder and Long Orange<br />

Stripe Seat Pad (pictured).<br />

grahamandgreen.co.uk<br />


Plykea<br />

If a tight budget is the<br />

only thing between you<br />

and the kitchen of your<br />

wildest dreams, hit up<br />

Plykea. Co-founded by<br />

two friends, Tim Diacon<br />

and Adam Vergette, the<br />

idea came from their<br />

own desire to give their<br />

kitchens a little bespoke<br />

pizzazz. By combining ply<br />

or Formica doors, drawer<br />

fronts and worktops with<br />

IKEA’s kitchen cabinets,<br />

they can help you to<br />

create the look of a posh<br />

handmade plywood<br />

kitchen for a fraction<br />

of the cost.<br />

plykea.com<br />


Design Store<br />

Bath’s Milsom Street<br />

welcomed new arrival,<br />

Design Store, in December.<br />

Step inside for oh-so<br />

desirable design brands,<br />

including Scandi delights<br />

&Tradition and Verpan.<br />

@designstore_bath<br />


Timberwoolf<br />

Andy Woolf designs and makes exquisite smallbatch<br />

furniture from his workshop in Nailsworth,<br />

Gloucestershire. “My designs take a heavy influence from<br />

mid-century Scandinavian craftspeople, whose work<br />

stands the test of time,” he says. “I’m a big believer in<br />

buying quality, so I use this ethos when making furniture.<br />

Everything I make uses traditional techniques.”<br />

timberwoolf.co.uk<br />

DESIGN<br />

Viv Yapp<br />

Creative director and designer<br />

Viv Yapp makes eco-conscious<br />

homewares at her studio in Bristol. She<br />

uses jesmonite to make jewellery trays,<br />

mini plant pots, ring cones and other<br />

nifty storage pieces that are designed<br />

to bring life and colour.<br />

vivyapp.com<br />

DESIGN<br />

Kloth + Klay<br />

Bath designer and ceramicist<br />

Kylie Mordle makes work inspired<br />

by sun-drenched Greek lunches,<br />

stone floors and sea shells. “I<br />

want to convey a sense of purity,<br />

serenity and a calming influence,”<br />

she says. Kylie is planning to run<br />

small group workshops at<br />

Bath Artists Studios.<br />

klothandklay.co.uk<br />

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Covid-secure<br />

and FaceTime<br />

viewings<br />

available<br />


Room<br />

With estuary views and woodland<br />

surrounds, this striking home in Portree<br />

on the Isle of Skye was totally reinvented<br />

by Bath architects, Room. “The structure<br />

follows the contours of the land, allowing<br />

every main space to face out over the<br />

water,” says co-founder Nina Cooley.<br />

Built from blackened timber and local<br />

stone, the property will be a short-stay<br />

holiday home for half of the year.<br />

room-studio.co.uk<br />


Studio Rey<br />

PLACES<br />

Major House, near the Pembrokeshire coast, was<br />

restored by Bristol interior designers Studio Rey for<br />

home owner Cathy Colston. Avoiding traditional coastal<br />

decor, the property’s location was pointed to through<br />

artwork and local textiles.<br />

studiorey.co.uk<br />

New build Georgian-style 4 and 5 bedroom houses<br />

with contemporary interiors<br />

l<br />

l<br />

l<br />

l<br />

Set in over 6 acres of landscaped parkland with<br />

country and waterside walks on your doorstep<br />

Within walking distance to Bath City Centre<br />

Ideal for working from home with provision<br />

for ultrafast broadband connectivity<br />

Selected properties ready for immediate<br />

occupation<br />

4 bedrooms from £950,000*<br />

James Dredge<br />

james.dredge@knightfrank.com<br />

01225 325 999<br />

View the virtual flythrough online<br />

holburnepark.co.uk<br />

Contact us to arrange a viewing:<br />

01225 302 888<br />

sales@holburnepark.co.uk<br />

The Marketing Pavilion, Holburne Park,<br />

Warminster Road, Bath BA2 6SF<br />

Rosemary McAndrew<br />

rmcandrew@savills.com<br />

01225 302 888<br />

* Prices correct at time of going to press<br />

Images are of the Coates show house at<br />

Holburne Park<br />

Chris Snook<br />


Your Apartment<br />

We spy a new hotel in<br />

Clifton Village. In a stately<br />

Bath stone building on Regent<br />

Street, the newest member<br />

of the Your Apartment family<br />

(you’ll find eight others dotted<br />

around the city) has 34 stylish<br />

and light-filled apartments.<br />

yourapartment.com<br />

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Make<br />

your<br />

mark<br />

Box Makers Yard makes renting<br />

fairer and more flexible, allowing<br />

you the freedom to live how you<br />

want in your favourite city<br />

ristol is not afraid to push<br />

boundaries. So it’s fitting that<br />

the city has embraced a new<br />

way of renting – one that’s fairer<br />

and more flexible, and that enables<br />

residents to live the life they want. One<br />

that champions the city’s rich and varied<br />

community, as well as supporting local<br />

independent businesses.<br />

Five minutes away from Temple<br />

Meads station, in the thick of Bristol’s<br />

bustling cafés, restaurants, galleries and<br />

awesome independent shops, you’ll find<br />

Box Makers Yard – a collection of designled,<br />

spacious studio, one, two and threebedroom<br />

apartments.<br />

It is hard to top what’s on offer here:<br />

a prime location, impeccable aesthetics,<br />

A new way to rent<br />

At Box Makers Yard, in<br />

Bristol’s Temple Quarter<br />

neighbourhood, renting<br />

is easy, flexible and has<br />

community at its heart<br />

outdoor space and, crucially, a landlord<br />

who cares. Box Makers Yard is created and<br />

managed by Legal & General, a company<br />

which is on a mission to improve the<br />

quality of renting for city dwellers.<br />

Inside the apartments, there are parquet<br />

wooden floors, high-spec kitchens with<br />

plenty of built-in storage, grade A/A+<br />

appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows<br />

which fill the open-plan living areas with<br />

natural light. Bedrooms are designed with<br />

wellbeing in mind and come with double<br />

or king-sized beds and blackout blinds.<br />

Fibre-optic broadband is included in the<br />

rent and available wherever you are, from<br />

the moment you move in, and BT and Sky<br />

TV ports are ready to be connected.<br />

Go for an unfurnished apartment or<br />

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Studio, one, two and threebedroom<br />

apartments are<br />

available to rent at Box Makers<br />

Yard from £945 pcm. Get in<br />

touch and find out how you<br />

could move in now.<br />

What’s included<br />

in the rent:<br />

• Your spacious<br />

apartment<br />

• Designer furniture,<br />

if required<br />

• Free high-speed<br />

broadband, set up and<br />

ready to go in every<br />

room and shared space<br />

Location<br />

Box Makers Yard is<br />

situated in Temple<br />

Quarter, a buzzing new<br />

neighbourhood just<br />

a short walk from all<br />

Bristol has to offer.<br />

• A dedicated on-site<br />

management team<br />

• Flexible contracts to<br />

suit you<br />

• Parcel collection<br />

• Amazing amenities:<br />

- Residents’ clubroom<br />

- Games and chill areas<br />

EAT<br />

You’re spoilt for choice with<br />

food markets at Finzels Reach<br />

and Temple Quay. Wilsons<br />

and Casamia restaurants also<br />

come highly recommended.<br />

DRINK<br />

For cocktails, visit To the<br />

Moon. Don’t miss The Barley<br />

Mow, Bristol Beer Factory’s<br />

flagship store, or hit Temple<br />

Quay Market for vegan beer.<br />

SHOP<br />

Good Store Studio in Old<br />

Market is there for all<br />

your indie shopping needs.<br />

Or head to Clifton Village<br />

for classy shops and<br />

Georgian architecture.<br />


With venues like the Old<br />

Vic, Bristol Beacon and the<br />

Arnolfini on your doorstep, you<br />

have access to theatre, art<br />

and live performances on tap.<br />

COFFEE<br />

Wapping Wharf is bulging<br />

with awesome food and drink<br />

options – you can’t beat<br />

coffee and cake at Mokoko<br />

on Gaol Ferry Steps.<br />

choose a furniture package curated by a<br />

team of interior designers. These include<br />

gorgeous pieces from HAY, Workstories,<br />

NoNo and Roger Lewis – all set up and<br />

ready for when you move in.<br />

In today’s world, our homes are required<br />

to shapeshift; adapting to our work/life<br />

needs. At Box Makers Yard, you can swap<br />

out a second bedroom for a study, which<br />

comes with a sofa bed, desk and chair.<br />

There is a leafy rooftop terrace with<br />

360-degree views of the city; a clubroom<br />

with workspaces, lounge areas, a grand<br />

piano and games area; communal kitchen<br />

area and ten-person private dining rooms.<br />

An on-site gym is kitted out with all the<br />

equipment needed to keep yoga lovers<br />

and heavy lifters happy, and there’s plenty<br />

Bespoke interiors<br />

Opt for an unfurnished<br />

property or go for a<br />

furniture package that<br />

includes pieces from<br />

HAY, Workstories,<br />

NoNo and Roger Lewis<br />

Book a viewing<br />

Studio, one, two and threebedroom<br />

apartments are<br />

available to move in to now.<br />

Book your viewing today on:<br />

of bike storage and car<br />

0<strong>11</strong>7 374 1840<br />

parking (including car club<br />

boxmakersyard.com<br />

parking bay) with electric<br />

boxmakersyard<br />

charging bays, so you can zip<br />

around Bristol with ease.<br />

Another big bonus is freedom.<br />

From six months to five years – you get to<br />

decide the length of your contract. There are<br />

no letting fees, there’s an on-site team to<br />

help with receiving parcels and maintenance<br />

issues, pets are welcome, and you can<br />

decorate as you please.<br />

Resident events run by the on-site team, in<br />

collaboration with local businesses, are set<br />

to include wine and cheese tastings, BBQs,<br />

book club and volunteering days. There will<br />

be something for everyone. Welcome to<br />

renting as it should be.<br />

- Working-from-home<br />

areas<br />

- Roof terrace<br />

- Gym and studio<br />

- Private dining rooms<br />

with courtyard<br />

gardens<br />

- Private meeting<br />

rooms<br />

- Secure cycle<br />

storage<br />

- Underground<br />

car park with<br />

electric carcharging<br />

bays<br />

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Words<br />

Sarah Baxter<br />

PLACES<br />

CABIN<br />

FEVER<br />

As restrictions ease, our dreams of escaping to a<br />

wilderness hideout could soon become a reality.<br />

Roll on birdsong and the scent of wood smoke<br />

and wildflowers; days filled with lake-dipping,<br />

book-thumbing, fire-lighting and life-musing.<br />

Here’s our pick of the coolest cabins out there<br />

1. Kudhva, Cornwall<br />

A self-proclaimed ‘campsite with<br />

a difference’, Kudhva (Cornish for<br />

‘hideout’) aims to get you thinking<br />

– and sleeping – in an alternative<br />

way. It’s all about sustainability<br />

and creativity here, epitomised<br />

by Kudhva’s four architecturally<br />

audacious shelters: curiouslyshaped<br />

wooden cabins on stilts,<br />

with mezzanine bed nooks and<br />

full-length triangular windows<br />

that look out over deer-nibbled<br />

heath to the dramatic north<br />

Cornish coast beyond. You’ll<br />

have to share kitchen facilities,<br />

fire pits and toilet blocks with<br />

fellow Kudhvans, and the ‘pool’<br />

is a quarry-turned-lake, great for<br />

refreshing wild swims. This is<br />

low-fi living at its most original.<br />

kudhva.com<br />

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PLACES<br />

4. Mayo Landing,<br />

Gloucestershire<br />

2. Lake Cabin at Lime Wood,<br />

Hampshire<br />

In 1980, this Cotswolds site was an unloved<br />

old gravel pit. Now it’s a private nature reserve<br />

and designated Site of Special Scientific<br />

Interest, with a handful of lovingly made wood<br />

cabins scattered around a peaceful lake (where<br />

on a good day you might spot kingfishers and<br />

otters). The largest of Log House Holidays’<br />

retreats is Mayo Landing, which sits on its<br />

own island – reached only by crossing a private<br />

bridge. It is the ultimate in backcountry luxe<br />

for all the family, complete with its own hot<br />

tub, sauna, sunken garden, jetty and rowing<br />

boat, little beach and even a heated pool.<br />

loghouseholidays.co.uk<br />

This one’s less Into the Wild, more into the lap<br />

of luxury. Lake Cabin at Lime Wood Hotel in<br />

the New Forest is bookable for stays between<br />

April 12 and May 16, as part of the gradual<br />

reopening of the hotel (along with its other<br />

self-contained cottages and suites). Decked out<br />

in reclaimed timber and a living sedum roof, it<br />

is cantilevered over the lake, giving it a floatingon-water<br />

vibe. Guests can lunch alfresco on<br />

flame-cooked fish and homemade pasta from<br />

chefs Angela and Luke Hartnett, and breakfast<br />

and dinner will be delivered to the door. Plus,<br />

the hotel’s spa is open. See you there?<br />

limewoodhotel.co.uk<br />

3. Secret Devon Cabin<br />

The surrounds are pure Exmoor but this cool<br />

cedar-clad cabin is Scandi in style. Gazing<br />

over the Taw Valley, it was handmade by the<br />

farmer whose meadow it occupies. The finish<br />

is impeccable, from the copper-backed kitchen<br />

and Swedish wood-burning stove to the foldback<br />

doors that open onto an expansive deck.<br />

Outside there’s a fire pit and barbecue (the<br />

farm rears rare Dexter cattle, and will provide<br />

a meat hamper if you ask). There’s also a<br />

wood-fired hot tub, perfect for sinking into<br />

after dinner to soak with a view of Exmoor’s<br />

internationally-recognised dark skies.<br />

kiphideaways.com<br />

5. Sky Hut, Wales<br />

Astronomy doesn’t get any more<br />

laid-back than this: the Sky Hut (as<br />

seen on Channel 4’s Cabins in the Wild)<br />

doesn’t just have sliding glass doors,<br />

it has a fully openable roof, so you can<br />

star-gaze the unpolluted west Wales<br />

darkness from the warmth and comfort<br />

of your bed. The space itself is small but<br />

perfectly formed, with a bijou bathroom<br />

and kitchen. Outside, there’s a raised<br />

deck overlooking a little lake (where<br />

you can canoe and fish) and the big,<br />

green Ceredigion countryside. Cook<br />

your dinner in the shared pizza oven,<br />

dip in the hot tub, then get back to bed<br />

to watch a dazzling late-night show.<br />

originalcottages.co.uk<br />

6. The Oak House, Somerset<br />

Technically, the Oak House is not remote. A few miles<br />

outside Bath, just off the Cotswold Way national trail,<br />

you can walk there from the city (and a very lovely walk it<br />

is too). But once settled in at the Oak House you feel<br />

a million miles away. This idyllic woodland-tucked<br />

bolthole oozes high hygge. It’s thoughtfully crafted too,<br />

made from largely recycled finds: old scaffold planks,<br />

eBay windows, a lab sink, a vintage Danish sofa and<br />

secondhand rugs. Snuggle up by the woodburner with a<br />

book from the shelf and Jimmy the friendly cat on your<br />

lap and inevitably, you’ll never want to leave.<br />

canopyandstars.co.uk<br />

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18–20 JUNE 2021<br />




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SAT AM<br />

SAT PM<br />

SUN AM<br />





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What we’re talking about this spring<br />

SHAKER & MAY<br />


01373 764345<br />

L<strong>11</strong> Commerce Park Frome BA<strong>11</strong> 2FB<br />

www.shakerandmay.co.uk<br />



One lockdown trend that can stay is the ‘at home box’. If you haven’t<br />

enjoyed farm or restaurant-quality grub sent to your door yet, do it.<br />

Especially as Bruton gem, the Durslade Farm Shop now delivers fresh,<br />

seasonal farm boxes locally, along with other delights such as its Roth Bar<br />

& Grill Burger Box and Weekend Brunch Box.<br />

dursladefarmshop.co.uk<br />

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Words Lauren Bravo Photography Veerle Evens Styling Clare Piper<br />


BUYING<br />

BETTER<br />

Our shopping habits have changed forever.<br />

Here are the new ways we’re taking stock<br />

Whether it’s a chore or a hobby, shopping<br />

is an unavoidable fact of life. But after a<br />

year in which countless stores closed<br />

their doors and we saw more of our delivery drivers<br />

than our loved ones; retail is in flux, and the way we<br />

shop is changing for good.<br />

The pandemic both broadened our perspectives<br />

and shrunk our worlds. We are more aware of<br />

the global provenance of our purchases – from<br />

quarantining parcels flown in from who-knowswhere,<br />

to fighting for the millions of garment<br />

workers left destitute by big brands – while<br />

lockdown served to remind us of the great<br />

businesses on our own doorsteps.<br />

“Use it or lose it” has become a pertinent motto,<br />

with 46 per cent of people shopping more locally<br />

and 80 per cent feeling more connected to their<br />

communities. “Local businesses were quickest<br />

to adapt their business models in the first<br />

lockdown,” explains retail expert Clare Bailey of<br />

retailchampion.co.uk. “They went above and beyond,<br />

and were more responsive to consumers’ needs.<br />

National chains were slow to adapt, and customers<br />

will remember this.”<br />

Campaigns such as #WhereYouShopMatters from<br />

Visa are helping to fuel this new mood, as is a new<br />

£95m government fund to revive ‘historic’ high<br />

streets across England. Retail guru Mary Portas<br />

believes the ‘kindness economy’ is more than a<br />

fleeting trend. “We’ve seen mass introspection and<br />

a re-examination of how we live and want to live,”<br />

she told the Guardian recently. “Deeper, meaningful<br />

connections with where you live will become far<br />

more important than a day trip to an out-of-town<br />

shopping centre or retail park.”<br />

In some ways, we’re returning to a rosier past,<br />

swearing off homogeneous supermarkets and<br />

one-stop shops in favour of doing it the way our<br />

grandparents used to: visiting each small specialist<br />

in turn. Yet it’s thanks to tech that all those<br />

butchers, bakers and candlestick makers are able to<br />


After nearing extinction<br />

in recent years, the<br />

humble milk van is making<br />

a comeback. Not just<br />

because glass bottles are<br />

better for the planet, but<br />

because these days they<br />

deliver so much more than<br />

just dairy. Milk & More<br />

works with local suppliers<br />

to keep you stocked up on<br />

everything from sausages<br />

to artisan sourdough.<br />

Helping to cut down on<br />

food miles, save reams of<br />

unnecessary cellophane<br />

and broaden our culinary<br />

horizons, sales of organic<br />

veg boxes rocketed<br />

during lockdown too, with<br />

smaller schemes such as<br />

Somerset’s Community<br />

Farm and Bristol’s Tobacco<br />

Factory Community<br />

Kitchen particularly in<br />

demand. Ocelot Chocolate<br />

proves that compostable<br />

packaging can be a work<br />

of art, while postal coffee<br />

subscriptions like Perky<br />

Blenders and Bristol-based<br />

Sweven help to ensure<br />

we never have to risk a<br />

morning without caffeine.<br />

Equally buzzy are<br />

zero-waste shops such<br />

as Scoop Wholefoods,<br />

which has branches in<br />

Bath and Bristol, with a<br />

gorgeous pick-and-mix<br />

of plastic-free groceries.<br />

Big names are catching<br />

up too – Asda, M&S and<br />

Sainsbury’s have trialled<br />

refilling stations in-store,<br />

and Tesco is piloting a<br />

scheme that delivers<br />

family favourite brands in<br />

special packaging which is<br />

collected and reused.<br />

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sell their wares so easily. “This isn’t traditional<br />

e-commerce,” notes Clare. “This is much wider<br />

– using social selling, marketplaces and even<br />

social media to promote and take sales via<br />

phone and messenger.”<br />

Instagram might be responsible for more<br />

than a few dodgy impulse purchases, but it’s<br />

also good at storytelling, making us more<br />

invested in the names and faces, communities<br />

and causes behind the products we buy. Even<br />

before the pandemic hit, 83 per cent of<br />

millennials claimed it was important for a<br />

company’s values to align with their own. While<br />

the tricky question of ethical consumerism (is<br />

it a paradox?) will take longer to settle, there’s<br />

no doubt that we care more when we know.<br />

Of course, Covid hasn’t been the only crisis<br />

making headlines. The mounting threat of<br />

climate change is one of the biggest factors<br />

affecting consumer behaviour today, with many<br />

of us looking for ways to reduce our plastic<br />

consumption and cut down on excess<br />

packaging. “Sustainable and eco-friendly<br />

models are becoming more mainstream, with<br />

zero-packaging shops popping up in all kinds of<br />

locations – from small market towns to major<br />

cities,” says Clare. The days of the flimsy<br />

impulse buy are numbered, as ‘quality’ and<br />

‘durability’ start to sound sexy again.<br />

We’re becoming more organised shoppers,<br />

too. Having stared down empty shelves amid<br />

the mayhem of panic-buying, more of us are<br />

choosing to sign up to a subscription service<br />

for everyday basics like coffee, cleaning<br />

products and toilet paper. Let’s be honest;<br />

while shopping can have a recreational value,<br />

nobody was stocking up on loo roll for fun.<br />

Finally, we’re questioning whether we need<br />

to buy things at all. Fashion rental is on the rise,<br />

and it’s never made more sense – especially<br />

to satisfy those trend cravings that might not<br />

clock up more than a handful of wears. A<br />

mending revolution is also afoot, with new apps<br />

like The Seam helping to match our missing<br />

buttons and straggling hems with talented local<br />

tailors. Loved Clothes Last, the new book from<br />

Fashion Revolution co-founder Orsola de<br />

Castro, promises to teach us how re-wearing<br />

and repairing “can be a revolutionary act”.<br />

One day, the circular economy might make<br />

shopping obsolete. But until then, there are plenty<br />

of positive changes we can make to buy better.<br />


Scrubbing the bath<br />

might never be a sensory<br />

pleasure, but we’re<br />

getting closer, thanks to<br />

brands such as Spruce<br />

and Homethings, which<br />

offer non-toxic cleaning<br />

products in bottles<br />

you only buy once.<br />

Concentrated refills are<br />

sent to your door – just add<br />

water. In fact, there’s barely<br />

anything in your bathroom<br />

cabinet that can’t be<br />

replenished on a rolling<br />

basis these days, from<br />

Ohne’s plastic-free period<br />

supplies to Wild natural<br />

deodorant, Georganics<br />

dental products and<br />

razors from FFS. As big<br />

on ethics as they are on<br />

puns, brands like Smartass<br />

and Who Gives A Crap<br />

deliver their stylish,<br />

eco-friendly toilet paper in<br />

bulk – so you need never<br />

walk back from the shop<br />

with a nine-pack under<br />

your arm again.<br />

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Small businesses are proving<br />

there’s life beyond the infinite<br />

Netflix scroll. For the quarter of<br />

Brits who took up a new hobby in<br />

2020, making is the new buying.<br />

Molly Mahon’s beautiful blockprinting<br />

kits bring the studio<br />

to your door, and Charcoal Art<br />

Club offers virtual life-drawing<br />

classes, plus (non-virtual) art<br />

supplies, candles and snacks to<br />

get your creative juices flowing.<br />

Or if you’d rather drinks were<br />

flowing instead, Kask’s at-home<br />

tasting kits are a wine and cheese<br />

education worth adding to the<br />

basket.<br />

Surprise reading subscriptions<br />

from Mr B’s Emporium and Max<br />

Minerva’s kept Bath and Bristol’s<br />

bookworms in suspense during<br />

lockdown. Finally, bookshop.org<br />

is online shopping the way<br />

it should be: supporting<br />

independent booksellers with<br />

all the convenience of Amazon,<br />

but none of the guilt. Ideal.<br />


Buying clothes is so over – it’s<br />

all about borrowing. Try Nuw, a<br />

clothes-swapping and sharing<br />

platform that allows you to<br />

raid other people’s wardrobes,<br />

or Onloan, a fashion rental<br />

subscription that feeds your<br />

craving for newness by sending<br />

you chic pieces to wear for a<br />

month at a time.<br />

The legend of the ‘investment<br />

buy’ has evolved, thanks to<br />

brands like Sika, Yala and Mashu,<br />

which help to fairly fund artisan<br />

communities in Ghana, Kenya and<br />

Greece. Meanwhile, trailblazing<br />

Devon boutique Sancho’s has<br />

introduced ‘price transparency’,<br />

with three different price tags<br />

allowing customers to pay what<br />

they can afford.<br />

And for all the essentials which<br />

have become so much more<br />

essential this past year, quality<br />

wins out over quantity every<br />

time. Using recycled polyester<br />

made from plastic bottles, fishing<br />

nets and other waste, Girlfriend<br />

Collective’s sportswear and<br />

loungewear (available at Caro<br />

Somerset) is comfy on the<br />

conscience, too. Its supply chain<br />

is fully transparent; its leggings<br />

mercifully opaque.<br />

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or every challenge 2020<br />

brought, pioneers across the<br />

south-west found new ways to<br />

solve problems and support<br />

communities through the<br />

biggest crisis of our lifetime. It<br />

was a year of monumental<br />

change – the way we live, work<br />

and move around – but as<br />

well as challenges, it created many<br />

opportunities. People came together,<br />

innovation came to the fore and<br />

the commitment to build back better signalled a<br />

sense of hope.<br />

The region was thrust onto the global stage in<br />

the summer of 2020 with the tearing down of<br />

Bristol’s Edward Colston statue during a Black Lives<br />

Matter protest. It led to big conversations locally<br />

and the reshaping of the future of the city; but it<br />

also created a domino-like ripple of action across<br />

the world.<br />


Bristol adopted a ‘One City’ approach to both the<br />

pandemic response and the recovery. When the<br />

virus first hit, the council coordinated the response<br />

through a We Are Bristol helpline – creating a dozen<br />

community hubs across the city to get support<br />

where it was needed. An army of volunteers was<br />

assembled, pop-up food banks created, and mutual<br />

aid groups launched across the city.<br />

Bristol Food Union is a collaboration of local<br />

hospitality outlets which worked together to feed<br />

NHS workers, before teaming up with Caring in<br />

Bristol to provide food for people who were<br />

self-isolating or in need of support – something<br />

they continue to do today. James Koch runs The<br />

Gallimaufry restaurant, one of thousands of<br />

restaurants and bars in the region which faced a<br />

rollercoaster year of opening and closing in line<br />

with government guidance. The Gallimaufry is one<br />

of Bristol Food Union’s main hubs.<br />

James explains: “Commercially, it’s been<br />

desperate. It’s also been difficult keeping up with all<br />

the changes in government policy around lockdown<br />

and tiers, but we’ve tried to pivot to takeout food<br />

and merch sales with a degree of success.<br />

“Mental health and anxiety have been a challenge<br />

for all of us, but our team really stepped up and I<br />

think it’s helped having something positive to focus<br />

on. It’s been great to come together with other<br />

Bristol hospitality and volunteers to combine our<br />

voices and energies positively.<br />

“Bristol is progressive and resilient. But we must<br />

not be complacent – there’s still a huge amount<br />

of inequality, especially now with the pandemic<br />

and Brexit.”<br />


Everywhere you look across the south-west, there<br />

are brilliant people pushing all kinds of boundaries.<br />

Active mayoral commissions play a central role<br />

in tackling the various facets of inequality; from<br />

the women-led Commission on Race Equality<br />

and Bristol Women’s Commission – the only<br />

commission of its type in the UK – to the new<br />

Domestic Abuse Commission.<br />

The Commission on Race Equality’s BAME<br />

Magistrates Bench programme led to the recruitment<br />

of <strong>11</strong> BAME magistrates across the area; increasing<br />

BAME magistrate representation to an area record<br />

of 33 per cent. Bristol Women’s Commission’s 50/50<br />

campaign has seen the number of local women<br />

councillors rise from just over 20 per cent to over<br />

40 per cent in recent years. Three out of the four<br />

Bristol MPs are women, and the fourth (Darren<br />

Jones) was recently named in Wired’s list of 32<br />

innovators building a better future. The deputy mayor<br />

and the lord mayor are both black women – working<br />

alongside the city’s black, working class mayor. It’s<br />

real, tangible progress and it’s making a big difference.<br />


Against all odds, 2020 also saw the launch of many<br />

new innovative organisations and projects, including<br />

Dream Space in Bath – which brought together over<br />

200 Bath citizens to share and listen to personal<br />

stories of the climate and ecological crisis, racism<br />

and life in the pandemic.<br />

“Our intention was to host a series of open mic<br />

events in Bath,” says Dream Space’s Bex Fox. “An<br />

opportunity for people to connect, share and listen<br />

to the lived realities of these issues from fellow<br />

citizens. As lockdown returned, we had to rethink<br />

our approach and offer a totally digital experience.<br />

The sense of togetherness we have experienced has<br />

been remarkable, and we can’t wait to share these<br />

stories with our city, helping more people to<br />

connect on a human level.”<br />

The team are now planning a ‘Dreaming’ event,<br />

where people will be invited to envision ideas for<br />

how the city could evolve, so more people can feel<br />

like they are seen, heard, represented and able to<br />

participate fully with agency.<br />

“Bath is not without its challenges. However, as<br />

we have heard, there are some truly extraordinary<br />

people who are committed to improving the lives<br />

of others, protecting the natural world, creating a<br />

brighter future for the next generations, and who are<br />

willing to step up to offer their support during a<br />

time of crisis.”<br />


As a one-time European Green Capital and the UK’s<br />

first cycling city, sustainability has been on Bristol’s<br />

radar for some time, but the pandemic has acted as<br />

a catalyst for many trends. The city closed several<br />

busy city centre roads to cars this year, making<br />

more space for cycling and walking. Residents<br />

are now taking advantage of a scheme to try out<br />

e-scooters for free.<br />

“Bristol is progressive and<br />

resilient. But we must not be<br />

complacent – there’s still a<br />

huge amount of inequality,<br />

especially now with the<br />

pandemic and Brexit.”<br />

Jamie Bellinger<br />

Bristol was thrust onto the<br />

global stage last summer with<br />

the tearing down of the Colston<br />

statue; Bristol Food Union is a<br />

collaboration of local hospitality<br />

outlets, which came together to<br />

feed those in need of support<br />

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“Back when the streets were free<br />

of cars, people were amazed and<br />

delighted by the change... There<br />

was a tangible sense of optimism<br />

that things could change if we<br />

seized the moment.”<br />

In Brimscombe, near Stroud, the<br />

Art Shelter Project saw rundown<br />

bus stops transformed into<br />

beauty spots by local artists<br />

Green spaces in the west country – from parks<br />

and rivers to nature reserves and cycle paths – were<br />

busier than ever in 2020. Small nature reserves<br />

tucked away in urban communities provided a<br />

lifeline for local people, and saw record visitor<br />

numbers. It’s a similar picture in more high-profile<br />

landscapes, such as Exmoor National Park and the<br />

Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.<br />

Anita Konrad, chief executive of Campaign for<br />

National Parks, said: “Natural landscapes such as<br />

national parks have helped people through a very<br />

difficult time – giving local people the space and<br />

substance to connect with nature and reset. They’re<br />

well placed to play a significant role in the green<br />

recovery, creating green jobs with nature recovery<br />

projects and hosting social prescribing initiatives.”<br />

Bristol is one of seven areas in the UK to benefit<br />

from a multi-million pound ‘green social prescribing<br />

project’, which will see the local NHS’s Healthier<br />

Together partnership prescribe time in nature to<br />

people struggling with mental health.<br />


“Lots of children didn’t go out at all in lockdown<br />

and their mental and physical health has suffered<br />

hugely,” said Alice Ferguson co-founder of Playing<br />

Out – an initiative designed to restore children’s<br />

freedom to ‘play out’ where they live. “It confirmed<br />

what we already knew – that children desperately<br />

need to be outdoors and active.”<br />

The south-west-grown initiative which involves<br />

closing ‘play streets’ to cars for a few hours has<br />

spread across the UK and the world, from London<br />

to Berlin and beyond, but its operations ground to a<br />

halt as social distancing measures took precedence.<br />

Alice says: “During the early days of lockdown,<br />

when streets were free of cars, people were amazed<br />

and delighted by the change – being free to walk<br />

down the middle of the road, cycle with young<br />

children, or stop and chat to a neighbour (at<br />

a distance). There was a tangible sense of optimism<br />

that things could change if we seized the moment.<br />

“We strongly believe that play streets could be<br />

an important way for communities to come back<br />

together and start to heal, once we are allowed to<br />

do that. They create a safe space on the doorstep,<br />

for both children and adults to come out of their<br />

homes, meet, chat, play and connect with their<br />

neighbours. It’s an incredibly resilient and low-cost<br />

way to give children what they need. Time, space<br />

and permission to play – to make friends, to be<br />

active, to feel a sense of belonging in their ‘patch’,<br />

to let off steam and be free.”<br />


Across the region, towns and cities hit the headlines<br />

with their resilience and creativity. Bath migrated<br />

some of its key events online – from the Virtual<br />

Bath Half Marathon to the Bath Christmas Market.<br />

Frome live-streamed its popular Christmas lights<br />

switch-on and its not-for-profit gig venue, the<br />

Cheese & Grain, has booked 21 shows for 2021 in the<br />

hope it will be able to bring music back to the area.<br />

The south-west is full of creative minds working<br />

together to create rich culture, boosting the quality<br />

of life for those who live and work here. Many are<br />

self-employed or freelance, and rely on the venues<br />

which were forced to close their doors in 2020<br />

as a space to connect with audiences. It was an<br />

incredibly difficult year for the self-employed,<br />

who had to fight for government support and<br />

dramatically transform their businesses.<br />

Show of Strength Theatre Company founder<br />

Sheila Hannon runs theatre walks, which tell<br />

forgotten stories in the places where they happened<br />

– from Frankenstein in Bath to the pirates of Bristol.<br />

She worked hard to evolve her offer in 2020 to take<br />

into account the social distancing requirements –<br />

which led to a wave of sold-out tours last autumn.<br />

It’s not been easy, but like many of her peers, Sheila<br />

innovated to deliver the culture that people need in<br />

the most restrictive of circumstances.<br />

“It’s the worst time for live performance – and<br />

performers – but thankfully our performances are<br />

outdoors so we’ve been able to continue outside<br />

during the less restrictive lockdowns. Many people<br />

spent too much time indoors last year and our<br />

Theatre Walks are good exercise, an opportunity<br />

to walk and talk with a friend, explore local history,<br />

get to know your neighbourhood – and perhaps<br />

somebody else’s – and hear some amazing true<br />

stories.”<br />

Meanwhile, up the A46 near Stroud, Brimscombe<br />

and Thrupp Parish Council found a brilliantly<br />

creative, collaborative way to transform its rundown<br />

bus stops. After receiving complaints about graffiti<br />

and vandalism, it commissioned a group of young<br />

artists to transform them into original and beautiful<br />

works of art.<br />

Parish chair Colette Cuddihy said: “The bus<br />

stops were old and broken, and made the area look<br />

a bit run down. When it came to the conversation<br />

about removing graffiti, I started to think about<br />

how we might better approach this – and came up<br />

with the Art Shelter Project. It’s been a brilliant<br />

experience which has brought the community<br />

together. We couldn’t have asked for more really.”<br />

The darkest hour is just before dawn, so the<br />

saying goes. While the pandemic has shaken our<br />

society to its core, it’s also given us an opportunity<br />

to come together and look at building a better<br />

future – fairer, greener and grounded in community.<br />

The south-west is a beacon of hope – brimming with<br />

innovators, ideas and armed with the collaborative<br />

spirit needed to see them through.<br />

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Words<br />

Vishaka Robinson<br />


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The transformation of crumbling 17th-century<br />

Hadspen House and its surrounding 800 acres<br />

into The Newt has been nothing short of<br />

spectacular. Encompassing a 23-bedroom hotel,<br />

500 varieties of apple tree, woodland, kitchen<br />

garden and three restaurants, even by the standards<br />

of its founders Koos Bekker and Karen Roos (who<br />

also launched South African farm-meets-hotel<br />

Babylonstoren), it’s a game-changing concept.<br />

This spring, The Newt will be opening its new<br />

apiary and hosting workshops in everything from<br />

fermentation and pruning to falconry.<br />

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Somerset Wine<br />

Company<br />

Market Place<br />

Tucked away in an ancient,<br />

low-ceilinged building that<br />

was once a malt house, this<br />

brilliant wine emporium stocks<br />

over 300 different bottles,<br />

with an emphasis on small and<br />

low-intervention producers. It<br />

shares its pretty, fig tree-shaded<br />

courtyard with neighbour<br />

Pinsents Deli. Stop by on a<br />

‘Foodie Thursday’, when wine is<br />

served up alongside delicacies<br />

from next door. It’s also a hub<br />

for budding wine nerds, with<br />

one and two-day Wine & Spirit<br />

Education Trust-accredited<br />

courses available.<br />

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Pinsents Deli<br />

Market Place<br />

Dinky but perfectly formed,<br />

go here for delectable kitchen<br />

essentials, on-the-move<br />

lunches, gooey cakes and good<br />

coffee. It was opened four years<br />

ago by Charlie Pinsent, who<br />

used contacts gleaned during<br />

his days at high-end London<br />

eateries to stock the shelves with<br />

deliciousness. Pile your basket<br />

with Gorges Cooks Fennel &<br />

Aleppo Pepper Granola, Lambton<br />

& Jackson Smoked Salmon,<br />

and more than 20 cheeses<br />

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Contemporary<br />

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These side-by-side stores<br />

upped sticks from Bath last<br />

year and have spread out into<br />

the old Stuckey’s Bank building<br />

– a gorgeous double-fronted,<br />

honeycomb-coloured pile on<br />

the High Street. The Article<br />

side is a flurry of fresh flowers,<br />

Liberty scarves and merino<br />

wool blankets, while out back is<br />

a workspace set to host floralthemed<br />

classes in 2021. Beside<br />

it, the gallery is an expertly<br />

curated sanctuary, specialising<br />

in British painters and sculptors.<br />

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Apothe-Cary<br />

Fore Street<br />

The Shed<br />

Pithers Yard<br />

Over lockdown, hairdresser<br />

Carly Franklin made the most<br />

of her downtime and took on<br />

the shop space next to her<br />

salon, filling it with her other<br />

passion: vintage home and<br />

garden paraphernalia. It’s an<br />

ever-changing mix of crittall<br />

window mirrors, linen napkins<br />

and farmhouse chopping<br />

boards. Don’t miss the colourful<br />

bottle-shaped, natural beeswax<br />

candles (made using 40-yearold<br />

Bovril jars and Victorian-era<br />

lemonade bottles) by local<br />

costume-maker turned waxwhizz,<br />

Charlotte Austen.<br />

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In the Grade II-listed home of<br />

founder Nell Game, Apothe-<br />

Cary is a treasure trove of<br />

organic, cruelty-free and natural<br />

beauty products. Nell has done<br />

all the legwork, only filling<br />

her antique French counters<br />

and drawers with brands that<br />

have impeccable credentials<br />

and pack their goods in ecofriendly<br />

packaging. Look out for<br />

Somerset-based MAKE Skincare<br />

(which creates the most amazing<br />

hand sanitiser using local<br />

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1<br />


Rooms<br />

At home<br />

April 8-<strong>11</strong><br />

ART + CRAFT<br />

Scribble and Sketch Online:<br />

Inky Smudgy Marks<br />

At home<br />

Ongoing<br />

Try your hand at textural drawing<br />

experiments using ink and water,<br />

in this free and fun RWA workshop,<br />

perfect for kids big and small. Be<br />

mesmerised by how ink flows onto<br />

wet paper or get creative with<br />

a toothbrush and a tissue. Just<br />

download the PDF from the<br />

RWA website and get messy.<br />

rwa.org.uk<br />

3<br />


Mojo Moves<br />

At home<br />

Ongoing<br />

Feelgood, 1980s-style<br />

online workouts led<br />

by Cheryl Sprinkler,<br />

high priestess of<br />

disco. They combine<br />

proper aerobics, a bit<br />

of dance and a load<br />

of fun. Get ready<br />

to HIIT to the hits.<br />

Classes take place<br />

throughout the week.<br />

mojomoves.co.uk<br />

Camilla Greenwell<br />

For anyone missing the drama of a live<br />

show; here’s the next best thing. From<br />

the Rambert dance company comes<br />

Rooms, a livestream event created by<br />

Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren.<br />

An edgy blend of dance, theatre and<br />

cinematography, featuring 17 dancers<br />

playing 100 characters across 36 scenes.<br />

theatreroyal.org.uk<br />

4<br />

2<br />


The Newt in Somerset<br />

Castle Cary<br />

Ongoing<br />

With spring upon us, Somerset’s<br />

sprawling Georgian country<br />

estate is an outdoor godsend.<br />

Enjoy woodland walks, acres of<br />

abundant landscaped gardens<br />

and gorgeous panoramic views,<br />

as well as plenty of artisan<br />

foodie treats to indulge in.<br />

thenewtinsomerset.com<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

Castle Farm<br />

at Home<br />

Bath<br />

Ongoing<br />

Castle Farm’s popular<br />

weekly food boxes allow<br />

you to enjoy gorgeous,<br />

restaurant-quality meals<br />

at home, whether you’re<br />

craving a proper curry<br />

fix, a supper club-style<br />

feast, or an indulgent<br />

Sunday roast with all<br />

the trimmings.<br />

castlefarmmidford.co.uk<br />

6<br />


Arnolfini at 60<br />

Arnolfini, Bristol<br />

Until December 23<br />

A programme of exhibitions (featuring<br />

renowned artists such as Peter Blake,<br />

Keith Piper, Sutapa Biswas and others),<br />

performance art, workshops, family<br />

events, talks and more, celebrating the<br />

60th birthday of Bristol’s contemporary<br />

arts hub. Here’s to the next 60 years!<br />

arnolfini.org.uk<br />

7<br />


Bristol Old Vic Favourites Box Set<br />

At home<br />

Until April 30<br />

Fancy watching the Old Vic’s five most popular<br />

shows from the comfort of your sofa? This<br />

lovely box set features hits from the last decade,<br />

including Messiah, Swallows and Amazons, The<br />

Grinning Man, The Night That Autumn Turned to<br />

Winter, and A Christmas Carol. bristololdvic.org.uk<br />

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ART TOUR<br />

A Piece of Banksy<br />

Across Bristol<br />

Ongoing<br />

10<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

The Big Outdoor Lunch<br />

THE PIG-near Bath, Somerset<br />

April 12 – May 16<br />

Alfresco eating comes to THE PIG-near Bath.<br />

Think lazy, delicious lunches, coffee on the<br />

lawn, indulgent puds and sunny cocktails<br />

to while away the afternoon, with outside<br />

heaters and blankets to keep you cosy.<br />

From noon until 4.30pm.<br />

thepighotel.com<br />

13<br />

ART + CRAFT<br />

Colourful Minds<br />

At home<br />

Ongoing<br />

A wealth of online<br />

arts, crafts, baking<br />

and science<br />

inspiration to keep<br />

the kids amused<br />

and entertained. You<br />

can order story and<br />

craft kits (we like<br />

the look of the disco<br />

collage bird one),<br />

and there are plenty<br />

of brilliant activity<br />

PDFs to download.<br />

colourfulminds.square.site<br />

Downloadable to any smartphone,<br />

this self-guided, Covid-secure art tour<br />

uncovers the story of the elusive street<br />

artist and over 30 years of graffiti art<br />

history, with 13 audio commentaries in<br />

13 different locations around the city.<br />

Exercise and culture combined – result!<br />

wherethewall.com<br />

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ART + CRAFT<br />

Lockdown Photography<br />

Challenges<br />

At home<br />

Ongoing<br />

Run by experienced<br />

photography teacher Emily<br />

Middleton, this is a chance to<br />

play around with your camera,<br />

share your work with others,<br />

get feedback on your photos<br />

and get ideas and tips for ways<br />

to shoot different themes.<br />

emilyartandphotography@gmail.com<br />

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The Human Nature Project<br />

Leigh Woods and Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol<br />

April – October<br />

A new series of free two-hour mental health<br />

workshops set in glorious woodland. Featuring<br />

forest bathing to boost mood and group<br />

discussion, pair-work and exercises to promote<br />

psychological wellbeing. Sessions run on<br />

Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Spaces are limited.<br />

wearelightbox.co.uk<br />

12<br />


Mick Lindberg: Faces of Hope<br />

At home<br />

Until April 10<br />

Exploring the ways in which we seek ‘hope’ during these strange times,<br />

Swedish-born artist Lindberg uses intricately layered vintage fabrics<br />

to make engaging portraits. Exhibitions can be viewed online, or you<br />

can make an appointment for a one-to-one video tour of the gallery.<br />

davidsimoncontemporary.com<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

Paco Tapas<br />

at Home<br />

Bristol<br />

Ongoing<br />

Eating in is the new<br />

eating out, so fill your<br />

boots with food to<br />

go from Paco Tapas.<br />

Their ‘at Home’ boxes<br />

offer Michelin-starred<br />

tapas dishes to finish<br />

cooking at home (with<br />

instructions), while<br />

takeaway options<br />

include bestsellers such<br />

as jamón croquetas<br />

and stuffed quail.<br />

pacotapas.co.uk<br />

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FOOD + DRINK<br />

The Scallop Shell<br />

Bath<br />

Ongoing<br />

There’s no better pick-me-up than<br />

good fish and chips. The Scallop<br />

Shell is currently operating a takeaway<br />

service (walk-ins or pre-order/click<br />

and collect) on Fridays and Saturdays.<br />

If you fancy something a bit different,<br />

try the bubble and squeak scotch eggs.<br />

thescallopshell.co.uk<br />

19<br />


Big Jeff Johns:<br />

Welcome to My World<br />

At home<br />

Until April 30<br />

Live music uber-fan Big Jeff presents his<br />

debut collection of art. Intended to spark<br />

conversations about mental health, the<br />

online exhibition also highlights Jeff’s own<br />

issues with anxiety, expressed through his<br />

distinctive and colourful work.<br />

bristolbeacon.org<br />

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16<br />


Bristol Markets Online<br />

At home<br />

Until June 25<br />

Taking place every Friday from 8pm, this virtual,<br />

24-hour Instagram market provides access to the<br />

best local independent artists and craftspeople, with<br />

purchases made directly from traders online. Expect<br />

homewares, jewellery, crafts, gifts and more.<br />

bristolmarket.co.uk<br />

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FOOD + DRINK<br />

Durslade Farm Shop<br />

Bruton<br />

Ongoing<br />

Pop in for fresh bread and treats from<br />

the deli – the merguez sausage rolls are<br />

to die for. Or order one of the seasonal<br />

farm boxes for local delivery. The coffee<br />

machine is always on for takeaways.<br />

dursladefarmshop.co.uk<br />


Charles Dowding:<br />

No Dig Gardening<br />

At home<br />

Ongoing<br />

Described by Monty Don as<br />

“the guru of no dig gardening”,<br />

Charles Dowding’s online<br />

course demonstrates how ‘no<br />

dig’ makes it easier to grow an<br />

abundance of vegetables in a<br />

smaller space, with better soil<br />

drainage and less weeding.<br />

Designed for beginners and<br />

experienced gardeners alike.<br />

charlesdowding.co.uk<br />

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20<br />


Seasonal blooms subscription<br />

At home<br />

Ongoing<br />

What better way to lift your spirits than<br />

with a subscription of bright and cheerful<br />

blooms? Dead Head Flower Farm, near<br />

Frome, offers a fragrant delivery of<br />

seasonal flowers every two weeks.<br />

Now that’s what we call petal power.<br />

deadheadflowerfarm.co.uk<br />


Henry Taylor<br />

Hauser & Wirth, Bruton<br />

Until June 6<br />

The American artist’s ‘imagined realities’ –<br />

paintings, sculptural work, collected objects<br />

– combine to form a personal and immersive<br />

cultural landscape. You’ll be able to visit<br />

the exhibition in real time too, from April<br />

13 (booking required). Just let that sink in…<br />

hauserwirth.com<br />

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Mr B’s Reading Subscriptions<br />

At home<br />

Ongoing<br />

If you’re looking for your next riveting<br />

read, try this bespoke subscription from<br />

Bath’s esteemed Mr B’s indie bookshop.<br />

Just complete a short consultation,<br />

and one of the shop’s dedicated<br />

‘bibliotherapists’ will select a book each<br />

month, chosen especially to suit you.<br />

mrbsemporium.com<br />

22<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

A Taste of Marrakesh<br />

Little Kitchen Cookery School, Bristol<br />

May 28<br />

If you love Moroccan dishes – think tagines,<br />

couscous, harira and saffron – this one-day<br />

cookery course will be right up your street, as<br />

you explore the big flavours and heady aromas<br />

of Marrakesh, Morocco’s food and culture haven.<br />

Ingredients, recipe cards and apron provided.<br />

little-kitchen.co.uk<br />

23<br />

TALK<br />

Philosophical Times<br />

At home<br />

April 17<br />

Join St George’s resident philosopher, Julian<br />

Baggini, on Zoom to explore the philosophy<br />

behind the weekend headlines, and the often<br />

under-explored philosophical issues tied up with<br />

the big issues of the day. There’s a chance to ask<br />

questions and feed into the conversation, too.<br />

stgeorgesbristol.co.uk<br />

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Life in the Universe<br />

At home<br />

Until April 22<br />

Delivered via Zoom, this interactive, virtual<br />

planetarium show from We The Curious searches<br />

for alien life and imagined worlds different from<br />

our own. Find out how our future lives could<br />

evolve, and how encounters with aliens might<br />

impact us. For ages 10+, booking essential.<br />

wethecurious.org<br />

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