Circus Journal Vol 16
The early spring issue of Circus is here. This time, we meet hobbyists from across the west (including a penny farthing enthusiast and a family of Irish dancers); take our seats at the world's first Sexual Health Circus, and forecast the mood in design, food, technology and travel for 2022.
The early spring issue of Circus is here.
This time, we meet hobbyists from across the west (including a penny farthing enthusiast and a family of Irish dancers); take our seats at the world's first Sexual Health Circus, and forecast the mood in design, food, technology and travel for 2022.
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Volume 16 Early spring 2022 Love
Things to love in 2022 + Meet the hobbyists + Sexual Health Circus
+ Holm + Spotlight on Tisbury + Events in February and March
Love, love, love. If you strip back the time-worn clichés,
love is the fuel that powers us; propelling us to do what we
do and be who we are.
Who or what will you love this year? For early spring, we
forecast the mood for the rest of 2022, from home trends
and travel to food and technology.
The way we teach young people about sex is evolving. Take
your seat at the world’s first Sexual Health Circus – where
nothing is taboo and awkwardness is fully embraced.
Meet a gaggle of dedicated hobbyists, including a motherdaughter
dance duo and a fire-fighting metal detectorist.
And then take a tour around terrific Tisbury.
Lunch is served at Holm, Somerset’s hottest new
restaurant, and we round up the best seasonal events.
Emily Payne, editor
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The Edit 9
Design, community + lifestyle
Brilliant local businesses
The Guide 67
Events in February + March
Meet the hobbyists 16
Did someone say penny farthing?
A class act 27
The Sexual Health Circus
Mood forecast 35
Ten things to love in 2022
Spotlight on Tisbury 50
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Food + drink
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We asked the Circus team for their first loves
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Updates on design, community + lifestyle
Words: Emily Payne. Photography: Sarah Louise Shorrock
“If you see someone
without a smile today,
give ‘em yours,” Dolly
Parton once wisely
said. We love Dolly and
we love this gorgeous
print of her by Molly
from Good Store Studio
in Old Market, Bristol.
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Simple tees dedicated to Toots
Hibbert of ska band Toots and the
Maytals, who died in 2020. “He
accompanied me through the good
times,” says creator Ben Menter.
The new season at Bath
interiors store Neptune
feels light, easy and quietly
elegant. We’ve got our
eyes on the oak and marble
Wycombe dining table.
Spring clean your beauty rituals with
Floragy’s affordable, all-natural and
cruelty-free skin and hair oils.
Three indie cinemas
give us their top love
films from across
Louise Gardner, Watershed
The devastating story
of Anne and Georges, a
happy Parisian couple
in their 80s whose lives
are thrown off course
when Anne suffers a
series of strokes. How
do you cope with the
sudden deterioration of
a loved one, and what
role does love have
in it all?
These Two Hands
Stock up on handmade gifts at
this cute shop in Brislington.
Nature-inspired earthenware jug by
ceramicist, Wendy Calder, pictured.
Mexican tiles, baskets and recycled
glassware in jolly colours and
traditional patterns, as seen at Soho
Farmhouse and Wahaca.
Covetable cardis made in a field in
Somerset by Bee&Sons, a knitwear
brand emphatic about circular clothing
production. Behold the navy, coral and
bubblegum pink loveliness.
Anja and Tomas have
grown apart, their
careers taking them
in different directions.
When Anja receives an
their life begins to
fracture, exposing years
of neglect. The two
embark on a journey in
which they rediscover
In the Mood for Love
Two married couples,
alienated from their
partners, slowly fall in
love while living in a
building in Hong Kong.
contrast with the neon
lights of the city and the
you in the tiny but
tumultuous world of
the main characters.
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Opening February 2022
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Photography: Jon Craig © Bristol City Council
Have you been to Grayson’s Art
Club: The exhibition at Bristol
Museum yet? It’s a must – and
packed with powerful art made
during the pandemic.
“I grew up as a Muslim kid
who couldn’t go to the pub,”
says actor Mawaan Rizwan of
his painting, Favourable Chicken
“In a chicken shop, you buy a
packet of chips and sit in there
for two hours to do all your
catching up. I just love that they
went for ‘Favourable’.”
Fellow celebrity artist Boy
George describes his work (left)
as depicting his ‘disco family’.
He says: “When I got on the
train to the West End my world
became more colourful and
more bohemian. I’d never been
anywhere really glamorous.
We’d never eaten prawns or
courgettes. We were quite a
basic family. This is the family
that I’ve created. My nightclub
family. My fake family. My
Catch Grayson’s Art Club: The
exhibition at Bristol Museum
until September 2022
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Loving Humanity founder
Amy Peake in Kibera, Kenya
27 JAN – 27 MAR 2022
An exhibition bringing together over 50
contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and
their families, shining a light on their lives and our
collective responsibility to cherish their stories.
In partnership with the Imperial War Museum, Jewish
News and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
Thurs – Sun
10:00 – 17:00
© Tom Hunter
Photography: Joe Short
Strong girls’ clubs
Founded in 2012 by
human rights activist
Syrian women and
clubs and the sales
satisfying to make
something with your
hands and know
you did it well,” says
Nariman, a maker
based in Lebanon.
“Sabbara gave me
strength in myself.”
women who have
from trafficking and
opportunity to build
new skills, through the
making and selling
of natural beauty
products. Says one
trainee: “I have learnt
to see that I’m not
hopeless, I am a
precious person and
it’s not impossible for
me to get a job in the
near future. I never
thought I’d get a job.”
Over 100 million girls
across the globe don’t
go to school – in part
due to period poverty.
Loving Humanity sets
up at-cost period pad
some of the world’s
In 2021 it sent 500
washable pad kits
to schoolgirls in
Burundi, 310 kits to
girls living in care
in Sierra Leone, and
500 kits to a refugee
camp on the Greek/
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We tracked down an assortment
of enthusiasts living in the
south-west to find out why they
really love what they do
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What’s the hardest bit?
L: Learning the moves, it gets harder
and harder. And at competitions you
have to smile the entire time, which
makes your mouth hurt.
Who’s the best?
A: I find it hard to remember the
steps. My brain is full of managing
my business and family stuff. By the
time it gets to the evening class, I’m
What do you do when you’re not
A: I’m a nutritionist and help people
with gut problems.
L: And I’m in year 7.
Do you enter competitions?
A: Yes. My poor husband has to watch
us Irish dancing all day.
Can’t Dad join in too?
A: It’s just not his sort of thing.
L: He prefers playing his guitar.
Nutritionist Anna Mapson
and her daughter Leila go
to the same Irish dancing
class in Bristol
ANNA AND LEILA MAPSON,
IRISH DANCING DUO, BRISTOL
What is your hobby and why
do you love it?
Anna: We love Irish dancing!
Leila: I like winning trophies and
learning new moves.
How did you get into it?
L: I started with my friend when
I was five.
A: My mum’s parents were both
Irish. My nan really wanted me to
learn when I was a child. It looked
like good fun, and it keeps me fit.
Do you mind your mum joining
L: It was OK when she was in a
different class. Now she’s joined
my class, it’s a bit weird.
A: No one else has their
Are you always dancing?
L: My school friends say, “Stop
dancing!” when they see me practising
under the table. Our guinea pigs get
scared because all they can hear is
bang, bang, bang.
A: Sometimes I rehearse my dance
steps in my sleep.
What’s the best way to get involved?
A: Just come to a class and give it
a go. Anyone can start as an adult
– men too!
Michael Flatley is the most famous
Irish dancer and he’s male.
L: I saw Riverdance when it came to
Bristol a few months ago. My hands
were sore from all the clapping.
Are you the next Michael Flatley?
L: Maybe if I practise!
My school friends say
‘Stop dancing!’ when
they see me practising
under the table.”
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What’s the best thing you’ve ever found? A medieval
gold ring, a couple of months ago, on a group dig in
Evesham. It’s from the 14th or 15th century, and has an
inscription in French Latin that means “I am
here in place.”
STEVE PRICE, METAL DETECTORIST, STROUD
What is your hobby and why do you love it so much?
I go around with my metal detector looking for
treasure. It gets me out of the house, it’s good exercise
and it’s good for your mental health. As soon as I put
on my headphones, I forget all my worries.
What’s the worst? Modern belt buckles, doorknobs,
ring pulls, costume jewellery and chewing gum
wrappers… 90% of what I find is rubbish.
So, what are the rules? Finders keepers? No. Anything
that is over 300 years old is classed as treasure. So, in
the case of my gold ring, the Crown owns it and I have
to report it. The coroner decides whether they want
to sell it to a museum. If not, I have to get a quote and
offer 50% to the landowner so I can keep the ring.
CLICK & COLLECT
BATH | BRISTOL JEWELLERS
PERSONAL APPOINTMENTS FACETIME & ZOOM HOME VISITS BESPOKE
You’re known as The Dapper Detectorist. Which
came first, the dapper or the detectorist? The dapper.
I grew the moustache to go as Freddie Mercury to a
fancy-dress party. My wife said: “Maybe you should
keep it going?” I shaved it off a year ago and my friends
went: “You need to bring it back.”
How did you get into metal detecting? It started seven
years ago after watching the Detectorists TV show with
Mackenzie Crook. I said to my wife: “I’d like to do that.”
What do you do when you’re not detecting? I’m
How can people get involved in metal detecting?
You can’t detect anywhere without permission from
the land owner. So, the first thing is to see if you can
acquire land to actually detect on. The best thing is to
join the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD)
for £10 a year.
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Stroud firefighter Steve Price
took up metal detecting after
watching Mackenzie Crook’s
cult TV show, Detectorists
It’s good exercise and it’s good
for your mental health. As soon
as I put on my headphones,
I forget all my worries.”
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Alberto Bona runs the Bath arm
of the Penny Farthing Club, a
community of riders, racers and
polo players, which offers training,
private hire and team building
ALBERTO BONA, PENNY FARTHING
What is your hobby and why do you love it
so much? I joined the Penny Farthing Club in
2016 because I thought, why not? I now run
the Bath franchise. Going around on these
strange bikes has become a healthy addiction,
full of passion and adrenaline. It’s the closest
thing to a feeling of flying because you are
higher than usual, hovering over the floor.
Is it hard to learn? It can take anything
between two minutes to two hours. It really
depends on confidence, balance and agility.
Have you ever fallen off? A few times, in
slippery weather. We play an annual game
of penny farthing polo between England,
Scotland, Wales and the Rest of the World,
which I am lucky enough to captain as I
originally come from Milan. But you don’t
really get injured when you fall on turf.
Do you wear a helmet? When I race, I always
wear a helmet. For the tours, the guests wear
helmets but I prefer the classic protection of
my bowler hat.
How do other road users react? Usually cars
slow down, take photographs and get very
excited. But the odd cretin will try to overtake
you before a corner. It’s just envy, really!
Should they have penny farthing racing in
the Olympics? They have mountain biking
and BMXing, so I don’t see why not. I’ve done
the London Nocturne race around St Paul’s
Cathedral, which was a bit of bone-shaker.
Could you enter the Tour de France on a
penny farthing? No. It’s too hilly! Bath is
challenging enough. Although I would love
to invent the penny farthing pedalo to cross
What do you do when you’re not riding
your penny farthing? I make films and music
videos using old-style film. I’ve just made a
video for The Darkness – featuring a penny
farthing, of course.
Would Boris Johnson be any good on a
penny farthing? Penny farthings are all
about balance – so I think he should stick
to Boris bikes.
Going around on
these strange bikes
has become a healthy
addiction… It’s the
closest thing to a
feeling of flying.”
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Sixth Form at
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The Sexual Health Circus is a radical new initiative
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In September 2020, a new relationships and sex education
(RSE) was launched. For the very first time, it made
relationships education compulsory in primary schools,
and relationships and sex education compulsory in
secondary schools. The acronym changed from SRE to RSE
– an indication that the relational element would now take
priority. Staggeringly, this was the first time that sex education
guidelines had been reviewed in 20 years.
Think of all the things that have happened since 2000: social
media, porn on-demand, dating apps, incel culture and the
#MeToo movement… the list goes on. The landscape within
which young people are expected to navigate their sexuality
has become more complex, and yet they have been no better
equipped to handle it.
No wonder some turn to pornography for guidance (65% of
15-16 year olds have seen pornography, according to the NSPCC),
with all of the unhealthy expectations and insecurities that come
with it. The 2019 Netflix series Sex Education was an instant hit,
somewhat capturing the zeitgeist. In it, the protagonist Otis, son
of a sex therapist, sets up as an underground counsellor himself
– muddling through the myriad complexities of teenage sexuality
with his peers.
What’s a circus got to do with it?
Jess Herman is the founder of the Sexual Health Circus (SHC).
Seven years ago she was in Nicaragua, teaching circus skills with
Performers Without Borders. Having previously worked as a
sexual health educator, she decided to hold a few sex-ed sessions.
“I did a condom demo on a juggling club and thought, ‘I wonder
if there’s a way of pulling this together?’”
And so she did, along with her fellow performers, Jake Hirsch-
Holland, Emily Ball and Winston Pyke. In 2020, with funding
from the Arts Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Jess
launched the pilot of the Sexual Health Circus to tour around
schools in Bristol.
Using an incredible array of aerial silks, tandem balancing
acrobatics and juggling, each act explored themes from the new
RSE curriculum. It was a resounding success.
Since then, Jess and the team have created a new and
improved live show, and an educational film, along with five
relationship and sex education lesson plans for teachers. These
cover gender and sexual orientation, consent and healthy/
unhealthy relationships, pornography and nudes, contraception
and STIs, as well as pleasure, rights and responsibilities.
In November, the SHC did a tour of five schools, for years 9,
10 and 11. Again, the show was met with overwhelmingly positive
feedback. “Every school in the country should have a Sexual
Health Circus!” one teacher told them.
Girls in senior school are
taught “self-reverence, self
control and true modesty”.
Schools begin to teach
about the prevention of
syphilis and gonorrhoea.
Sex is taught via the
reproductive systems of
rabbits. Boys warned about
‘dangers’ of masturbation.
Students learn about
contraception, puberty and
reproduction. Gender roles
Section 28 states
that the teaching of
the acceptability of
a “pretended family
not be promoted.
Momentum to improve sex
education grows, amid
concerns of teen pregnancy
and STI rates.
The first SRE guidance
is published – but is not
After a decade of
campaigning for SRE to
be made compulsory, the
new government discards
RSE becomes statutory
from September 1.
Source: Open University & Sex Education Forum
*Taken from anonymous feedback forms given after the show.
“We learnt about our
bodies in a funny and
“The circus part of the
show takes away the
awkwardness of the
sexual health part.”
“It’s a lot better than
sitting in a classroom
and having discussions
with your teacher.”
“It discusses serious
topics with humour,
while not compromising
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Nurturing wellness amongst nature
When you become a member of The Club at Combe Grove, you are joining so much more than just a gym.
Set in 64 acres of woodland we offer unrivalled views of the Limpley Stoke Valley. Members have
access to a well-appointed nature-inspired gym, studios, indoor and outdoor pool and tennis
courts, all of which benefit from space and natural light. Join our volunteering opportunities,
drop into an event or take part in a mindful movement class.
We look forward to welcoming you.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
to children from the
age of four. They
have the lowest
rate in the world.
“There are two sides to the sex and relationship
curriculum – there’s the facts, the biology and the law
– but we have to teach that alongside the relational,
social side,” says Jess
“You can know the laws around consent, but how do
you have the actual conversation? There are skills there,
body language you can pick up on and ways to ask if
someone is into it.”
The same is true for gender and sexual orientation,
Jess goes on to say, which goes beyond just learning
the terminology. “It’s how to put into practice
accepting people and the nuances of how to really
embody and demonstrate a way of being in society –
not being judgemental.”
SHC is there “to make people feel comfortable and
respected and accepted – which is love, actually.
And not just romantic love, but also for one’s
friends and self. One section asks the audience
how they would help a friend in an unhealthy
relationship. Another explores how self pleasure
can also be an act of self love.”
“We always – every show – get asked about
penis size,” Jess laughs. But on a serious note,
she adds, this does highlight the insecurities
and damage done by turning to pornography for
instruction. It has created a mess of expectations
and fantasies, often far removed from self or
partner love, or even kindness. This is why good
sex education is so vital, says Jess, to provide a counternarrative
more grounded in reality.
“We teach young people so that they can go on to
make informed and empowered choices. To respect
themselves and their partners – with communication
at the heart of it.”
What Sex Education and the SHC have in common is
not that they avoid the cringe, but that they fully lean
into it. They blend the serious and the silly, the tender
with the titillating. They take sex education out of the
biology lab and into the relatable lived reality – the
crazy, confused, hormone-filled context within which
humans scramble towards sexual maturity.
Jess has big plans for 2022: expanding the team,
getting the video out to schools far and wide
and performing another live tour. As she says,
“Our aim is to share the love. And the education.”
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A new Truespeed survey reveals the need
for speedy broadband in the south-west
“The internet has
become so ingrained
in our day-to-day lives
that many of us don’t
realise just how much
we rely on it.”
CEO of Truespeed
he average adult in the south-west
spends four years of their life streaming
TV shows and films online, according to
a recent study. They’ll also spend around
three years on social media, two years online shopping
and a further three years on video calls for work.
Streaming music accounts for another three years,
while checking emails amounts to an average of two
years and four months over a typical lifetime.
The study, which polled 2,000 adults across the UK,
found that 73% consider the internet to be part of their
daily life. And 49% couldn’t imagine going a whole day
“The internet has become so ingrained in our
day-to-day lives that many of us don’t realise just
how much we rely on it,” says James Lowther,
CEO of Truespeed, the broadband provider which
commissioned the study. “It has become almost
impossible to function without it.”
Founded in 2014, Truespeed delivers ultrafast fullfibre
broadband to hard-to-reach homes and businesses
across the region. By building a new infrastructure, it
can provide ten gigabit-capable broadband directly into
homes, ensuring high-performance and reliable, futureproofed
The Bath-based firm also provides free broadband
for life to more than 80 schools and community hubs,
including village halls, libraries and sports centres –
allowing vital funds to be put back into curriculums and
activities that are lifelines to local residents.
Visit truespeed.com and
enter your postcode.
Place your order for
If we’re not live in your
area, register your
interest and we’ll keep
you updated with plans
for your area.
The research found people across the southwest
are logging onto the internet at least four
times a day, and over half believe they will
become more reliant on the internet over the
next few years. Despite this, only around a
third of those polled via OnePoll have reliable
broadband, and 42% experience problems with
their connection at least once a week – wasting
on average 12 minutes a day.
James added: “In this internet age, we can
get most things in an instant without really
having to think about it. To keep pace with
people’s internet expectations, which are only
going to continue to rise, we need to ensure our
broadband is reliable and up to the job for our
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This year, go with what you truly love,
rather than following a formula. Blocking,
coordinating or clashing – anything goes.
That’s certainly the approach chosen
by kaleidoscopic colour enthusiast and
designer Adam Nathaniel Furman. “I
am gearing towards richer and warmer
tones: burgundy, deep ocean blues and
dark ochres. But my preference is that
people mix and match with abandon,
according to their own whims and desires
at any given point in time,” he says. His
eye-popping ceramic murals at Bristol’s
Everards Printworks, open from February,
will be hard to miss.
Nagatachō Apartment in
Tokyo, designed by Adam
Photography: Jan Vranovsky
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Illustrations by Tammy Kerr
“For me, it’s all about going
wilder,” says south-west-based landscape
designer and gardener Steve Williams.
An increase in extreme weather will call
for more tolerant plants, he forecasts.
“But without being too doom and gloom,
this opens up opportunities to look at
things differently and creatively.” Species
that are commonly thought of as weeds
can be great garden plants in the right
scenario. Budding gardeners should
try planting purslane, a leafy weed that
is high in vitamin C and has a tangy,
peppery flavour. Wild carrot, fennel and
thyme will also liven up even the most
unpromising patches of land, while giving
local biodiversity a welcome boost.
Young author Moses McKenzie’s
star is on the rise. His debut, An
Olive Grove in Ends, is a gripping
and tender portrait of Black-British
life in and around Stapleton,
Bristol. “I’d always written bars
and song lyrics from a yute, but I
started writing prose in my initial
year of university. I was reading
all the classics for the first time
and thought I could do better,”
Moses tells us. “I quickly found
that I couldn’t. But by then I
loved writing and decided I’d
do it forever.” The novel “allows
Black-British young men to see
themselves in literature; teenagers
in the present and olders upon
reflection”. McKenzie’s lyricism is
already drawing comparisons with
Zadie Smith and James Baldwin.
The novel launches at Bookhaus,
Wapping Wharf, on April 27.
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Tom Baxter, founder of the Bristol Fungarium, harvests
some 450kg of mushrooms per week at his farm in
Somerset. Most of the crop, which includes lion’s mane
and maitake varieties, is used for organic mushroom
tinctures. “There’s an increase in awareness of the myriad
ways mushrooms can be used from a health perspective,
and also the ecological benefits,” says Tom. The world
of fungi is ripe for discovery – from mycofiltration
systems that filter pollutants out of river water to fashion,
courtesy of mushroom ‘leather’, a carbon-neutral, grownto-order
product that has recently hit the runways. “Since
Covid, people are looking for a connection or a way to
feel more integrated with the natural world,” says Tom,
“and mushrooms are a big part of the story.”
Illustrations by Tammy Kerr
“Non-fungible tokens have always
been nonsensical to a lot of people,”
says Bath-based creative director
and technology expert Stuart O’Neil.
“But what happened in 2021 that
made me go ‘aha’ was Balenciaga
putting its new collection on Fortnite.
So you can now be a character [in
the game] wearing a Balenciaga
hoodie.” Essentially, it’s about digital
ownership. Big brands like Nike will
start to give out codes, so when you
buy a pair of trainers, you can wear
them anywhere in the digital world.
“It’s very nascent at the moment but
when you connect the virtual with
the physical, that’s when it starts to
become interesting,” says Stuart.
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Frequently touted as an
easy fix to our housing
crisis, prefabrication is often
thought of as utilitarian and
merely temporary. But it
doesn’t have to be. Recent
advances in construction
mean that modern prefabs
are smart, ecologically
sound and beautiful. “With
prefabricated homes being
showcased on global
stages such as COP26,
awareness of this kind of
net-zero design is growing
at a fast pace,” explains Zoe
Little, co-founder of Koto,
a firm that makes designled
Its latest project is Falcon
House, a cosy family home
in the Cotswolds (pictured).
Its USP? “It requires much
less energy to run, the
construction time is far
quicker [than bricks and
mortar] and material waste is
kept to a minimum.”
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“Simple objects made from
quality materials will never
go out of fashion,” says Alice
Paling, who runs Object Story,
an online store and pop-up
in Stroud, selling beautiful
household accessories. But,
she adds, the era of stark
minimalism is over. She’s seeing
a rising demand for lampshades,
wall hangings, comfy throws,
cushions, luxurious curtains
and tablecloths. The desire
to add warmth, colour and
texture to homes has even led
to some people giving it a go
themselves. “What could be
better than using our hands
again to create a quilt using
offcuts of fabric?” says Alice.
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Happy New Year
We are excited to open the doors of our museums
and welcome all visitors.
We are busy preparing No.1 Royal Crescent and the Herschel Museum of
Astronomy for re-opening on Tuesday 1 February. Plus we have exciting news...
Beckford’s Tower opens at weekends from March.
Did you get engaged over Christmas? Maybe you are looking for the perfect
wedding venue or planning ahead for half term fun, then do take a look at our
websites for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you in 2022.
“This year will be all about renting
unforgettable houses,” says
travel editor Kerry Smith. In the
UK, Living Architecture, founded
by Alain de Botton, provides
rentals including the fantastical
House for Essex, designed by FAT
Architecture and Grayson Perry,
which is a setting for a number
of works by Grayson. While
further afield in Morocco, Dar El
Sadaka is part-villa, part-gallery
and the home of French artist
Jean-François Fourtou, known
for his animal sculptures. There’s
a giant sheep by the swimming
pool, a giraffe in the dining room
and orang-utans in the living
room. Says Kerry: “Sip cocktails
overlooking Fourtou’s House Fallen
From the Sky – a full-size upsidedown
house in a field – and dine
under the Tree of 1,001 Candles.”
Photography: Jack Hobhouse
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Seaweed print from Cornish ethical
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FOOD + DRINK
Josh Eggleton is head chef of The
Pony Chew Valley, which is due
to relaunch in April, with baking,
foraging and fermentation courses
alongside its regular dining.
For him, it’s all about seaweed.
“We’re on an island and we have
an abundance of seaweed.
People should start to get into
natural mother-fermented cider
vinegar, too – it is indigenous
to our country. Cider vinegar
cuts through things nicely,” says
Josh. “We make a tossed salad
with everything from our garden
and season it with Cornish sea
salt, Cornish seaweed and cider
vinegar. It will be one of the best
salads you’ve ever tasted.”
Avon Terror Corps is the
“most exciting movement
in Bristol for years”, says
Adam Reid of Schwet,
an events company that
champions new acts. The
hugely talented 25-person
experiments with different
styles and groupings,
and covers everything
from techno and metal
to trip-hop and dub.
They’re riding the rising
wave of experimental
music, defined by its
rawness and relatability.
Also tickle your earbuds
with sounds coming from
Nyege Nyege Tapes, a
specialising in frantic,
future-shock dance music,
and experimental folk
and punk bands from
Gothenburg, like Loopsel
Historical charm, independent
shops and a thriving contemporary
art scene. What’s not to love?
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Pythouse Kitchen Garden
Wander among fruit and vegetable
patches, pick your own flowers, shop
for baked goods and scented soaps,
or sample Pythouse’s non-alcoholic,
shrub-infused spirit, Sprigster, made
with five ingredients found locally. The
18th-century, three-acre walled garden,
opened by Piers Milburn in 2016 with the
mission of delivering seasonal produce
to customers. It is famed for its delicious
charcoal-cooked meat and fish dishes
piled high with abundant veg. Want
to stay longer? Book into the boutique
glamping village on-site, with bell tents
and a shepherd’s hut available from
March to October.
Old Wardour Castle
You’re never far from an English
Heritage site in Tisbury, and Old
Wardour Castle is an alternative to
Stonehenge, with plenty of drama
and fewer crowds. The 14th-century
castle may be a ruin, but still has
plenty to inspire (fans of Robin Hood,
Prince of Thieves will notice its distinct
similarities to Locksley Castle in
the film). There are castle rooms to
explore, winding staircases to climb
and a grotto with plenty of hiding
nooks. Take a picnic to the dreamy
lake or, if you’re feeling energetic, try
the circular walk and amble through
over five miles of atmospheric
woodland and countryside.
Place Farm, Court Street
2 The Square
Every ingredient at Tisbury’s field-to-fork deli – from
the meals, cakes, cold-pressed juices and pantry items –
are made less than 30 miles away. “You can’t get more
Provenance than that,” laughs co-owner Sam Rosen-Nash.
After 15 years as senior buyer at Fortnum & Mason, Sam
opened Provenance with Anna Hayward (co-founder
of Verve, the Wiltshire wellness festival), just over
a year ago. Customers can’t get enough of the
handmade quiches and tarts, rainbow-coloured
salads, Winchester-brewed coffee and
homegrown jams and chutneys – and the jars
of kimchi apparently “walk off the shelf”.
Sean Henry’s giant bronze Seated Figure
– which has been compared in likeness
to Jeremy Corbyn – looms
invitingly (or intimidatingly)
outside Tisbury’s contemporary
art space, Messums Wiltshire.
In addition to large-scale
sculpture you’ll find paintings,
photography and ceramics.
The gallery is headquartered
in the Tithe Barn, a restored
13th-century building, the
biggest of its kind in the
UK. Explore the gardens,
enjoy a midweek lunch
or book into a Friday night
banquet. Sitting at one long
table, you’ll dine on head chef Ana
Ortiz’s South American-inspired fare –
think potato tortilla, beetroot salsa
and pork frittatas.
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Even before Tokyo 2020’s inspiring Olympic
skateboarders had us all dreaming of a new set
of wheels, Tisbury Parish Council commissioned
a state-of-the-art concrete skatepark for the
village. The £105,000 facility has been enjoyed
by Tisbury teens (as well as a middle-ager or
two) since opening in summer 2020, and was
constructed by the company behind London
2012’s BMX race track. You don’t
need to be Sky Brown to have a
go, as the skatepark boasts a
unique ‘mousehole’ feature (a
doorway and tunnel running
through one of the ramps),
meaning it’s accessible to
skaters who haven’t yet
mastered those elusive drop-ins.
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The Refill Station
London House, High Street
The village’s first bulk store was
opened by Claire and Mike Simpkins
in April 2021. The Refill Station’s
laundry liquids from ethical brands
Sesi and Bio-D are already firm
favourites, as are natural bath
and body products from Bramley.
You can top up your weekly food
shop, filling glass bottles with
olive oil, jars with British Black
Bee Honey, and stock up on seeds,
legumes, grains and fresh herbs
(all wholefoods are sourced from
Essential Trading Co-operative in
Bristol). “We are proof that refilling
can have a cost benefit as well as an
environmental one,” notes Mike.
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Photography Ed Schofield
of handmade kitchens
Putting pretty South Petherton firmly
on the map with its urban take on
farm-to-table dining, Holm should be
the place on everyone’s to-eat list
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Westcombe cheddar fries,
Lobster brioche, elderflower,
Lobster bisque, kohlrabi
Smoked mackerel, burnt
Sourdough bread, whipped
chanterelles, dashi butter
Venison, spiced carrot,
Venison ragu, savoy
Apple, brown butter, cider
n an enchanting village in south
Somerset, something is afoot. Littleknown
South Petherton was namechecked
in Sunday Times Style magazine in January as
one of the coolest postcodes to move to in 2022, and
the reason can be found at the heart of its high street.
It’s here that you’ll discover Holm, the new rural
outpost from the team behind three of London’s most
fêted eat spots: Salon, Larry’s and Levan.
The striking double-fronted pile Holm now occupies
was once the village’s only bank, but had lain empty
for six years and was in a sorry state – it had no heating
for two years and was fast deteriorating. But for chef
Nicholas Balfe, who was approached by the building’s
forward-thinking new landlord, it was a chance too
good to turn down. “I wanted to open a banging
restaurant that wasn't in London or Manchester or a
big city, but slap-bang in the middle of the Somerset
countryside,” he explains.
After selling-in the idea to his co-directors Matt
Bushnell and Mark Gurney, the restaurant took shape
at pace. They signed the lease in April last year and
served their first customers in November, opening
with a menu laden with the best from local producers:
just-picked radicchio from Twelve Acre Farm (seven
miles away); spelt from Sharpham Park; Black Down
ham from Somerset Charcuterie Company; and
Wood Blewit mushrooms from The Happy Forager
The ageing exterior was restored and its
woodwork painted a vibrant teal. For locals who
remember popping in to cash a cheque when the
Georgian building was a NatWest six years ago, its
transformation is eye-popping. Inside, there are
polished cement floors, spindle-backed seating, and
raw plaster and bare brick walls spotted with abstract
art and an occasional hay wreath.
At its heart is the constant thrum of the kitchen,
which greets you as you enter. “We have open-plan
kitchens in all our restaurants,” says Nicholas. “It’s so
important and connects you with your customers. This
one is immediately in your face as you walk in. I love it
because I can be working and see everyone. I can greet
them and say goodbye and thank you as they leave.”
Although the interiors are swoon-worthy, the
limelight-hogger is, of course, the food. Because who
even cares about the AEAND studio prints on the walls
when you are ladling black truffle brioche pudding into
your mouth or inhaling Westcombe cheddar fries?
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For Nicholas, the cheek-by-jowl proximity
to the people who grow and make and tend
the food is the key to its deliciousness (the
team planted their own field of onions in the
field of one of their suppliers, Pitney Farm,
and will harvest them in the spring). “I spend
so much more of my time on farms, talking to
the people who produce all these incredible
ingredients that end up on our menu.
That connection means everything.”
First-timers are advised to succumb to the
six-course tasting menu (£55 per person),
which floats out of the kitchen in the hands
of Albam-clad waiters. During our visit, we
coo over dishes like artfully stacked celeriac
raviolo, and a lobster bisque that tastes like
some sort of distilled magic.
Every plate comes with nuggets of
satisfying intel. The venison (which arrives
alongside delicately spiced carrot and Savoy
cabbage) was “shot near Sherborne by
flavour and one
of the building
blocks of so many
to dishes is a
given, but what
so interesting is
their ability to
One of my
to add umami
to sweet and
misos and the
Ed White from The Gamekeepers Larder”;
the fragrant elderflower vinaigrette gracing
our Lobster brioche was “harvested canalside
Peckham and brought to Somerset in
the move”; and the beautiful steak knives are
made by a local blacksmith using 200-yearold
elm salvaged from the building.
Despite the Michelin-star-worthy food,
the vibe is unstuffy. “Do whatever floats your
boat,” says our waiter kindly, when we quiz
him on the cutlery etiquette during our multiplate
lunch marathon, “We just want you to
enjoy your meal.” Parents also take note: they
have a six-pound-a-pop kid’s pasta on the
menu. Even an ace chef like Nicholas knows
that sometimes only tomato fusilli will do.
Your only bump may come when deciding
who gets lumped with designated driver
status at the end of the meal – there’s a stellar
line-up of more than 80 organic, biodynamic
and Jura region bottles in the cellar, housed in
the old bank vaults.
Thankfully, there are seven guest
bedrooms in the pipeline for upstairs, which
are due to be ready by May (along with an
east-facing garden complete with outdoor
kitchen, vegetable patch, work pods and
seating for 50). So soon you can tuck into one
of the best meals of your life before crashing
out and dreaming of breakfast. Unless you
happen to live in this once-secret village. In
which case, lucky you.
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“Have nothing in
your house that
you do not
know to be
or believe to
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This Bristol co-operative shop
was founded in 1996 by its
members, for its members.
Over 25 makers from across the
south-west and Wales create
unique handmade ceramics, with
special guest potters exhibiting
throughout the year.
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We Are The Loves
A creative studio offering branding,
film, design and photography.
We Are The Loves was founded
by Jules and Emma Love, who
use their 40 years’ experience in
creativity and business to boost
any brand. Their pool of freelancers
provide everything under one roof.
VERVE Wellness Festival
Unwind by day with yoga, sound
healing, forest bathing and
meditation. Relax in the spa, enjoy
the best in local food and drink,
and listen to expert talks on health
and wellbeing. Then, at night,
party to Huey Morgan and Will
Streetwise. September 17.
Cassia Bath + Bradford on Avon
Cassia’s mission is to change
how we work, eat and socialise;
to create somewhere people can
grab a coffee, work at a desk for
a few hours, take a yoga class
or attend a talk, all in one place.
Whatever you do there, you’ll leave
feeling connected and uplifted.
BAM Store + Space
A non-profit independent shop
in Easton selling art, cards, gifts,
books, vinyl, toys, games and
other treats designed to provide
a mood boost. Shop in-store or
online, and check out the creative
workshops with local makers in
this happy, colourful space.
Emma Rose Art Works
Exhibiting in the south-west and
London, Creative Bath Awards
winner Emma Rose paints to
commission, selling original
paintings, limited-edition giclée
prints, art cushions and cards.
Her beautiful Wellow studio is
open by appointment.
These Two Hands
Nature-inspired gifts and
homeware made from natural,
sustainable materials by over 60
independent makers in the southwest.
Founder Naomi Evans has
just opened a physical shop in
Brislington, alongside the online
shop and running craft workshops.
Manage My Website
A Bath-based team of approved
Squarespace experts who build
great websites, train people to use
Squarespace and advise on SEO/
online marketing. They’d love to
hear from anyone that needs a
new website, a refresh, or would
like to learn to build their own.
Sandra Higgins Art
Sandra provides a personal service,
helping to build art collections to
suit any home, office or commercial
project. As well as sourcing work
from established artists, she
arranges studio visits, hosts art
talks and curates the walls of
The Drawing Rooms in Bath.
FOOD + DRINK
An Australian-influenced cafe
bringing nourishment to the Bath
food scene. Think cold-press
juices, superfood smoothies, poke
bowls, açaí smoothie bowls and
Aussie coffee – alongside laidback
vibes, lo-fi beats and modern
Scandi decor. Speedy takeout too.
An independent lifestyle store
based in Clifton Village, Bristol
and Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.
It features a curated selection
of modern design pieces, from
Scandinavian homeware and
statement furniture, to home
scents, accessories and artwork.
House of St John’s
A new place to work, connect and
grow. The building, at 1 Queen
Square, Bath, offers co-working,
dedicated desks, offices, meeting
rooms and a stylish event space.
High-end fittings and ultra-fast
broadband are complemented by a
relaxing members’ bar.
A fun and experimental art
room with a passionate ethos in
Redland. Chandos Atelier offers
children’s art parties and creativity
clubs in a colourful, well-stocked
workshop. Its aim is to build
confidence and resilience through
the exploration of art materials.
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The Frome Independent
March 6 + April 3
The ever-popular street market
reclaims Frome’s high street on
the first Sunday of each month,
from March to December. Expect a
lively atmosphere and the region’s
best independent craftspeople,
designers, makers, food producers
and vintage traders. Plus live
music, DJs, street performances
and activities for all.
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Bristol Beacon presents
The Forum, Bath
An intermingling of folk music
traditions from Ireland, Scotland
and the US, this enchanting
evening features an all-star cast
of singers, songwriters and
instrumentalists. Soak up the
atmosphere as legendary Irish
musician Paul Brady is joined by
and singer Dirk Powell, a revered
exponent of Appalachian and
A Bristol Old Vic production
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Emma Wharton Love
Bath Art Fair, Bath Pavilion
Highly acclaimed Bath-based
artist Emma Wharton Love
exhibits at the Bath
Art Fair. Emma’s arresting
works are influenced by her
background in graphic design,
with playful placement of bold
colours, inspired by different
landscapes. Emma will be
displaying original paintings
and limited-edition giclée prints.
Emma Wharton Love
The Cuban Brothers
Cheese & Grain, Frome
From sold-out tours, festival
spots and support slots for rock
royalty, to crazy club nights, film
roles and fashion shows, The
Cuban Brothers’ unparalleled act
is ingrained in pop culture. Two
decades since their inception,
Miguel and his sidekicks are
known the world over for their
party-starting skills, B-boy
moves and funk-fuelled music.
How to become your own
Prior Shop, Bristol
Why hire someone else when
you can become your own
interior designer? During this
with Rebecca Claire Designs,
you’ll create a mood board
for your chosen room, while
learning about design, colour
and selecting furniture. A fun and
easy way to get to grips with
Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol
Until April 3
This new exhibition, curated
by Jacqueline Ennis-Cole, brings
together a selection of exciting
contemporary artists and
photographers. The diverse work
raises awareness of the complex
relationships between the most
pressing concerns of our time,
from gender to climate change.
Diana Porter Jewellery, Bristol
Until March 31
Diana Porter Jewellery holds
its annual RING exhibition.
The event brings together a
specially curated mix of eight
leading independent designers
showcasing their most exclusive
rings. Each collection delivers
a range of one-of-a-kind,
alternative pieces, created
especially for the exhibition.
Reginald D Hunter
Reginald D Hunter:
Reginald D Hunter is back with
a brand new show, and there’s
no time for niceties. Unafraid to
tackle head-on the subjects the
rest of us skirt around, Reginald
is the voice of his generation.
He’s searingly honest, brutally
funny and uniquely placed to
commentate on the unfolding
meltdown of life as we know it.
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Beautiful: The Carole
Theatre Royal, Bath
The inspiring true story of
Carole King’s remarkable rise to
stardom. From being part of a
hit songwriting team with her
husband Gerry Goffin, to her
relationship with fellow writers
and best friends Cynthia Weil
and Barry Mann, and becoming
one of the most successful solo
acts in popular music history.
A vibrant mix of exhibitors from
across the UK and Europe.
Get your fill of English country
house antiques, period Swedish
furniture, mid-century design,
industrial chic, vintage portraits
and iron garden furniture. Or
look to more recent history
as you admire a selection of
decorative staples of the 1980s
and 1990s, which are now very
much back in demand.
Bath Art Fair
Bath Pavilion, Bath
The fifth Bath Art Fair secures
this fabulous event’s place as the
premier independent art fair in
the south-west. Featuring over
90 creative talents from across
the country, it’s the perfect relaxed
environment to meet the artists,
discuss their creative processes
and buy something beautiful and
original to adorn your walls.
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Wed 2 Feb
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Sun 6 Feb
St Stephen’s Church
Fri 11 Feb
Sat 12 Feb
Sat 12 Feb
Tue 15 Feb
The Tonic Sessions
— Beth Rowley
Thu 17 Feb
Bob Log III
Thu 24 Feb
Fri 25 Feb
Sat 26 Feb
Wed 2 Mar
Rough Trade Bristol
This Is The Kit
Wed 2 Mar
Rough Trade Bristol
Thu 3 Mar
St George’s Bristol
Sun 6 Mar
Thu 10 Mar
Sat 12 Mar
Sun 13 Mar
Sun 13 Mar
Sir Simon Rattle
Mon 14 Mar
Melt Yourself Down
Tue 15 Mar
Amadou & Mariam
and Blind Boys
Wed 16 Mar
John R Miller
and JP Harris
Wed 16 Mar
The Tonic Sessions
— Emily Breeze
Thu 17 Mar
& JD Wilkes
Sun 20 Mar
Tue 22 Mar
Rough Trade Bristol
Wed 23 Mar
John Carroll Kirby
Wed 23 Mar
Rough Trade Bristol
Thu 24 Mar
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© Ida Applebroog. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
of Holocaust Survivors
Ida Applebroog at Hauser & Wirth
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Ida Applebroog. Right Up
To Now 1969-2021
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton
Until May 2
Feminist pioneer Ida Applebroog
has explored the interconnected
themes of power, gender, politics
and sexuality throughout her
career. Now in her 90s, this
exhibition reflects Ida’s radical
introspection as a woman and
an artist, presenting life as it is,
along with the repetitive patterns
of our existence.
Will Lawton and the
Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
An intimate performance from
singer-songwriter and pianist
Will Lawton and his full band of
Alchemists. The band blends
eloquent jazz moves, elegant
progressive grooves, classical
charm, ambient indie cool, digital
soundscapes, deft musicianship
and sweeping cinematics.
Generations: Portraits of
The Royal Photographic Society,
Until March 27
A new exhibition bringing
together more than 50
contemporary portraits of
Holocaust survivors and their
families, shining a light on
their lives and highlighting
our collective responsibility to
cherish their stories. Free entry,
but advanced booking required.
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Bristol Beacon presents
Sir Simon Rattle
Fondue at Marston Park
Mon 14 Mar, 7pm
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle
Hannah Kendall The Spark Catchers
Antonín Dvořák American Suite
Robert Schumann Symphony No. 2
Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony
Orchestra present a concert that will transport
you to other worlds, taking you on a fantastic
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Fondue at Marston Park
Marston Park, Frome
Fancy some lakeside fondue?
Visit the Terrace at Marston
Park on Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays, and choose from
delicious traditional or vegan
fondue, served with crusty
bread, pickles and cornichons.
Charcuterie and vegetable sides
are also available. Pre-booking
essential, ski gear optional!
LGBTQ+ History Month:
Girls on stage
M Shed, Bristol
From Classical Greece to
Shakespeare and beyond,
restrictions on women appearing
in the theatre resulted in men
taking female parts in plays.
What did this cross-dressing
mean to the male actors who
performed these roles, and
to those who watched them?
Cheryl Morgan explores some of
theatre’s queerest moments in
this fascinating online talk.
With an impressive career
stretching across two decades,
German electronic composer
Ulrich Schnauss inhabits an
otherworldly space with his
soundscapes. His brilliantly
collection, Now is a Timeless
Present, was released last year.
The James Webb: The
next generation of
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific
Over the last 30 years, the
Hubble Space Telescope has
become an icon of astronomy,
but the James Webb Space
Telescope will soon extend
our frontiers of observation.
Professor Martin Ward is involved
in this exciting project, and
during this lecture provides an
insight into what is to come.
Paula Rego: Subversive
February 5 – May 29
Venture into the extraordinary
imagination of Paula Rego, one
of the leading figurative artists of
our time. Rego returns to Bristol
almost 40 years after her first
exhibition in the city, creating
the perfect opportunity for a new
generation to explore her rich
and ingenious world.
London Symphony Orchestra
with Sir Simon Rattle
The Forum, Bath
Sir Simon Rattle and the London
Symphony Orchestra make a
triumphant return to The Forum
with a spine-tingling concert to
transport audiences to another
world. Showcasing Hannah
Kendall’s The Spark Catchers,
Antonin Dvořák’s playful American
Suite, and Robert Schumann’s
most personal work, Symphony
No 2 – this programme will be
both emotional and uplifting.
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Bath brand Roomytown makes joyful wall art for kids.
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Siminovich, the collection grows with your family,
adapting to reflect their changing passions. Its latest
drop (hitting February) includes this awesome print,
inspired by New York stationery shops – just the thing
for any aspiring artist.
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