Circus Journal Vol 19

This issue explores the elements. We meet ocean activist Hugo Tagholm from Surfers Against Sewage to find out how to save our waves, and share some of the favourite secret swim spots in the south-west. Vegetable growers from all walks of life share the joys of living off the land, while Bristol fire cooking collective Ubunto welcome us to a smoky supper club. We showcase some of the best kids' fashion brands, plot the perfect 48 hour escape to Totnes, and round up the best local events taking place in August and September.

This issue explores the elements. We meet ocean activist Hugo Tagholm from Surfers Against Sewage to find out how to save our waves, and share some of the favourite secret swim spots in the south-west. Vegetable growers from all walks of life share the joys of living off the land, while Bristol fire cooking collective Ubunto welcome us to a smoky supper club. We showcase some of the best kids' fashion brands, plot the perfect 48 hour escape to Totnes, and round up the best local events taking place in August and September.


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An independent journal on style, creativity and community

Volume 19 Late summer 2022 Elements

Save our seas + Meet the growers

+ Fire cooking + Swim spots

+ Kids’ fashion + 48 hours in Totnes

+ Late summer events


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There’s a lot more to love than great stays here. Our kitchen and bar

team serve up the essence of great British escapes, their dishes and

drinks feel familiar and original all at once. And our afternoon tea is

a joyful experience that can be enjoyed as a picnic.

Down in the quiet calm of our spa, skilled therapists listen carefully

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A quiet dawn river dip, or the first scent of bonfires.

Pulling potatoes from the earth. Nature provides,

whatever your story. This issue is a study of the

elements: earth, water and fire.

We revel in the joy of growing your own with three

allotmenteers, and tackle saving the waves with head of

Surfers Against Sewage, Hugo Tagholm.

Fire-cooking supper club hosts Ubuntu Food light the

coals, and we head to Totnes in Devon for a weekend of

art, culture and radical thinking.

Plunge into six of the best cold water swim spots,

and check out our edit of vintage and locally made

kidswear, perfect for mini adventures.

Finally, we round up the best late summer events,

and the folk behind Bath restaurant Corkage share an

elemental recipe. Happy reading.

Emily Payne, editor

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Wave power 19

Ocean campaigner Hugo Tagholm

Down to earth 25

Allotmenteers on the good life


Archery in the


Glad rags 39

Togs for mini adventurers


Six of the best 49

Swim spots in the south-west

48 hours in... 53

Join us for a weekend in Totnes

Food + drink

Fire with fire 61

Getting smoky with Ubuntu Food


The Edit 11

Design, community + lifestyle

“Let’s not lose hope. This

isn’t a binary fight which

we win or lose. It’s about

how to win more and lose

less in the fight for

this planet.”

Learn to forage in Chew Valley

Directory 65

Indie businesses we love

The Guide 71

Events in August + September

Waves of Wellness: yoga,

breath and saltwater swim

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Ready late



Best view in the south-west?

We asked the Circus team

On the cover

Photography by Nell Mallia

Sebastian Lander

Writer (p19)

Sunsets over south

Milton Sands, Devon

Natalie Paris

Writer (p49)

Dawn at the stone

circle, Glastonbury

Anna Turns

Writer (p53)

Snape’s Point over

Salcombe estuary, Devon

Emily Payne


Selsley Common

at dusk, Stroud

Nell Mallia

Photographer (p39)

Porthmoina Cove,


All our stockist deliveries

are now made using zeroemission

electric cargo bikes

The team

Creative director + founder

Kate Monument


Publisher + founder

Simon Tapscott



Emily Payne


Sub editor

Camilla Cary-Elwes

Instagram: @circusjournal


Amanda Nicholls

Writer (p25)

Chew Valley Lake,

Woodford Lodge side

Kirstie Young

Photographer and writer (p61)

Coaley Peak, across

the Severn Valley

Camilla Cary-Elwes

Sub editor

Bath from

Bathwick Fields

Felicity Lynch

Stylist (p39)

Kelston Park,

looking over Bath


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Circus Journal Late summer 2022

The Edit

Updates on design, community + lifestyle

Kitchen + Bar has arrived at Bristol Old Vic.

A fabulous place to socialise and enjoy a deli-fresh foodie offer that’s just

right for the summer. Our menu features a vibrant range of locally-sourced

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rolls, and small plates for the evenings. Plus the best in coffee, local beers,

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Open oceans

Hands up if you’ve ever

struggled getting into or

out of a wetsuit. Or if the

thought of skin-tight neoprene

puts you off getting in the

sea. Launched at The Wave

in Bristol earlier this year,

the Seasuit by Finisterre is

a full-coverage swimsuit,

designed to give women of

all faiths and preferences

access to the ocean. It’s easy

to slip into, roomy and allows

your limbs to move freely in

water. “From day one, this has

been a collaboration between

women, to take what they

love to do and make it easier,”

says Finisterre ambassador,

Easkey Britton. The Into the

Sea range is made up of the

Seasuit and accompanying

hijab, and is created using

recycled sea waste fabrics.

For each one purchased, the

Finisterre Foundation will

donate another to charity.


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Turning the tide

Championing a return to the wooden

surfboards of the 1960s, Bristolbased

maker Noah Addison Kay cuts

his hollow boards from Paulownia

timber. The result is almost as

lightweight as a foam board but more

eco-friendly. “Wooden surfboards are

a lot more durable, so can ride the

waves for decades,” says Noah.


Photography: Annina Korjus

Skate school

At Campus Pool, a swimming poolturned

skatepark in Bishopsworth,

inclusivity is actively encouraged.

There are weekly female, femaleidentifying

and non-binary sessions.

Founder Tim Nokes says: “I grew

up skating in the 1990s when it

was very male-dominated. Fast

forward 25 years and there’s been

a huge growth in female and queer

skateboarding. I’d like to think that

Campus plays a positive part in this.”


Water ways

Listen out for the debut album

from Bristol saxophonist and

composer Sophie Stockham.

Ria is inspired by the beauty

of our oceans and rivers, with

influences ranging from Björk to

Mary Lou Williams. Sophie plays

St George’s on September 14.


New brews

Head to Wiper and True’s lush new taproom

in Old Market for beer brewed on site (try

the tasty Iced Tea Pale Ale), incredible food

from Eatchu, and wines chosen by Cave.


Seaside dreams

Walls calling out for beach-themed art?

We love the simplicity of this seashell

print by Natalia Bagniewska, as spotted

on Glasette. It’s also available from

Mon Pote in Bedminster.



Words: Natalie Paris, Emily Payne and Valentina Hernandez Gomez

Splash time

Keep the kids cool in

this cute paddling pool

in muted tones by Liewood

from Devon-based lifestyle

store, Folk Interiors.


Suits you

The Wylding weatherproof

boiler suit comes with a

cosy fleece lining, dries

quickly and is designed for

easy dress ing – perfect for

cold water pursuits.


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The Edit


Plant list

● Iris Germanica ‘Wondrous’

● Rosa ‘Lark Ascending’

● Geum ‘Mai Tai’

● Papaver Somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’

● Verbascum ‘Helen Johnson’


Mum’s the word

“This too shall pass” is the mantra

of the Mothers for Mothers Garden,

entered into the RHS Chelsea Flower

Show this year by Pollyanna Wilkinson

for the Bristol charity of the same

name. Now relocated to Hartcliffe City

Farm, the garden depicts challenges

faced by mothers. The luminescent,

apricot clouds of the rose Lark

Ascending, and others, denotes hope.


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Smell the roses

Owen Mears and Emily Cameron,

the brother and sister team behind

small-batch perfume company

Ffern, grew up in Somerset, near

a herb farm. “I remember late

summer evenings, when the scent

of cinnamon, cumin and cardamom

would drift into the garden,” says

Emily. Sign up to receive four

seasonal fragrance samples per year,

dropped each equinox. Summer 22 is

an enchanting mix of zesty kumquat,

dusky rose otto and sultry nutmeg.


Green garms

Focusing on zero-waste garments and

‘post-pandemic elegance’, menswear brand

Neem London is tackling climate change one

effortlessly stylish shirt at a time.


Picture perfect

Starting out as a stall at local

markets, Bath’s Botanica Studio

is now a thriving plant shop with a

new photography studio upstairs.


A simple life

Built with timber from

nearby woods and named

after the great-greatgrandfather

of owner Tim

Bowles, Abel is the new

cabin at off-grid glamping

site Campwell Farm in

Winsley. Abel farmed here

in Wiltshire in the 1800s.

Harking back to a simpler

time, the cabin uses wood

fuel and is insulated with

sheep’s wool. Guests can

enjoy walks, swimming,

foraging and bushcraft.



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The Edit


All the gear

The Garden Cook is an online store based in

Stroud. It’s packed with must-have outdoor

cooking tools and accessories, including

elegant tongs and steel pans. Forged by hand

in Somerset, they’re perfect for fire cooking and

made to last a lifetime.


Hyle by

Lotte Scott

Homely glow

Autumn at Graham and Green brings

homeware with lashings of whimsy,

in russet, terracotta and ochre.

Townhouse tea light holder, pictured.



Fresh from

the Farm

Did you know we deliver fresh and pantry

groceries from our estate to the Bath area?

Shop a range of delicacies plucked from the

land around us. Lovingly prepared by our team

of farmers, gardeners, chefs, butchers, bakers,

cheesemakers and cyder makers.




Plus choice picks from our Somerset neighbours

and wines from our sister estate, Babylonstoren.

Burnt embers

Somerset artist Lotte Scott is inspired by

traditional rural industries like coppicing and

lime-burning. She runs charcoal-making courses

at Clayhill Arts in Bridgwater, and will be showing

at Somerset Art Weeks Festival in September.


Love and light

Behind climbing roses in Lacock,

OLIV is the cute new lifestyle shop

from Olivia and Oliver Thomas, a

couple who began pouring candles

in lockdown to relieve stress. Their

vegan soy wax creations come in

fragrances like Tuscan leather and

are piled beside pastel-hued journals

and illustrated matchboxes. Candle

workshops run upstairs.


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Whether you’re new to opera, an opera aficionado, or a family looking

for a new summer tradition, we have something for everyone.

Picnic in the stunning grounds of Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon,

or join us at the If Opera bar for Prosecco and Gin Cocktails before

experiencing an unforgettable evening of music right here on

your doorstep.


Into the blue

Ocean activist and head of Surfers Against

Sewage Hugo Tagholm on wave power,

river health and never losing hope



Sebastian Lander

Nick Pumphry

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Wherever you live,

however you live,

the ocean is vital

to your existence.

The sea is the world’s thermostat. It’s

the driver of a lot of food for people. It is

the provider of oxygen. It also gives us

the biggest opportunity to protect and

restore nature. It has an incredible ability to

rebound, given the chance. More pristine

areas of the ocean give us a better balance

of nature versus humans on this planet.

That’s what we need.

I’ve always been in awe of all things

wild and wonderful on our coastline. My

childhood was filled with that: scouring the

tide-line for shells, being fascinated

by rock pools and all of the life the ebbing

and flowing tide would bring to the

seashore. I had a huge collection of things

I found in nature. To this day, seeing the

different wildlife out there – whether that’s

dolphins, whales or basking sharks – gives

me a real spark.

Surfing’s a great antidote to some of the

ills of the modern world. It gives you a

place to check out, be in nature, get some

endorphins, disconnect. Waves might have

come from hundreds, if not thousands, of

miles away. You’re riding that bit of energy

in a wave that’s yours and only yours, that

comes, dissipates its energy and leaves.

It’s an incredible privilege. The most

memorable surfs I have are with my 14-yearold

son. The look of joy on his face and in

his eyes as he gets his wave. The whole

experience – the sun shining, crystal clear

water, seaweed, animals around us – there’s

nothing better. That’s life.

There have been some big steps forward

to stopping sewage discharges around

the coastline since the 1990s. But we see

the spectre of sewage pollution returning,

due to the decreasing investment from

water companies in treating sewage

pollution. They discharge millions of hours

of sewage pollution into our rivers and

coastline every year.

I’ve swum through slicks of sewage,

sadly. I might be surfing at the mouth of a

river and smell the familiar smell of sewage

and see the remnants of it around me. Often

there’s quite a lot of debris; sometimes

sanitary items. We’ve got this amazing

app called the Safer Seas & Rivers Service,

which gives people real-time information

for bathing water. And we’re calling for

200 bathing waters by 2030 to help drive

investment and improvement of water

quality and river health around the country.

Surfers Against


The Cornish charity

was created in 1990,

in Porthtowan Village

Hall, Truro.

It is dedicated to the

protection of oceans,

beaches and wildlife,

and advocates for water

quality and the creation

of plastic-free coastlines.

Its interactive map

tracks CSOs (combined

sewage overflows) and

pollution around UK

rivers and coastline.


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The Wave

Bristol’s Inland

Surfing Destination

The Wave Giveaway

Seven Weeks of Summer


Cornwall’s best


Find Out More

Photography: Jake Oates

Pollution is something we can

all act on. You can reduce your

plastic footprint: refill your coffee

cup and water bottle, look at how

you’re getting products for your

house, avoid single-use items

and take a packed lunch to work.

In terms of water quality, avoid

putting the wrong things down the

loo, wet wipes for example, that

can cause blockages and end up in

the sea.

Surfers Against Sewage has a

whole raft of things people can

get involved with. From beach

cleans through to plastic-free

communities and parliamentary

petitions to get behind. Lending

your voice to an organisation or

an issue you care about is one of

the biggest things you can do to

create change.

I think you can manage [climate]

anxiety with hope and purpose.

We try to give people practical

tools to use in their day-to-day

lives, things to get involved with

that can build good communities

and resilience. That proactive

approach and connections with

other people can be really helpful.

Let’s not lose hope. We still live

on an incredibly beautiful planet.

We’ve got some big challenges

ahead. This isn’t a binary fight

which we win or lose. It’s about

how to win more and lose less

in the fight for this planet. How

can we restore nature in the

biggest way we can, and live the

most sustainable life that we can

within our society? Let’s look

optimistically about how to make

those things happen.

Hugo is a speaker on Ocean and River

Conservation at this year’s Blue Earth

Summit in Bristol, October 11-13.


“The Cornish coast is so

varied and beautiful.

You’ve got so much

coastline. There’s

invariably a wave in one

corner or another you

can surf.”

Perranporth, north


“A huge beach with

excellent waves, golden

sand and dunes for the

kids. And there’s a beach

bar – fantastic for

watching sunsets.”

Gyllyngvase, Falmouth

“Perfect for a day out –

take a dip or a longer swim

around the buoys. When

it’s calm, crystal clear

waters await, and the

seaweed forests are

spectacular in spring.”

Crantock, near Newquay

“A stunning spot which

has great walks and a

good variety of waves

breaking off the river

mouth and headlands.”

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We meet growers across the south-west to

talk seed sharing, no-dig and the infectious

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Soil behaves like Dust in a Philip Pullman novel: it

organises itself spontaneously into coherent worlds,”

writes George Monbiot in Regenesis: Feeding the World

Without Devouring the Planet. “Yet we treat it like dirt.”

In his new book, the environmentalist speaks of an

agricultural industry in flux; a broken farm-to-shop model

and monoculture fields upsetting the natural balance.

Acknowledging the complexity of the food crisis, he calls

for an equally complex tapestry of solutions.

One of them is living off the land in a localised way –

whether it’s an edible window box, allotment or patch of

soil on a street corner – and it’s flourishing. Inflated living

costs and the fallout of the pandemic have given rise to

grassroots groups establishing their own regenerative

systems. Growing your own is having a moment.

It’s not about neat borders, but protecting natural

processes. It’s about slowing down; taking five from

the hectic world we’ve constructed, and the pleasure of

autonomy. The local area is full of ambitious plot-potterers

nurturing the land, recognising it as a place of sanctuary

and self-sufficiency. We met three of them…

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is a former GB Olympian – so

the physical nature of growing

appeals. “As my grandad says:

when you’ve done half an hour’s

digging, you know about it! I

feel connected to my history

here. I love being able to give

my grandparents food – making

sure they’re healthy – and I enjoy

watching ecosystems breed;

all the little components. It’s the

circle of life.”

The 33-year-old uses his produce

to run a Caribbean cuisine pop-up.

“Being self-reliant makes me feel

empowered. During the war, the

government encouraged people

to grow their own, but we’ve lost

those skills. It’s rewarding, good for

your health, something you can

always go back to and rely on.”

I feel connected to

my history here.

And I enjoy watching

ecosystems breed. It’s

the circle of life.”

Ashley Burrowes

Founder of Jerk King catering

Where I grow

Thingwall Park Allotments,


What I grow

Jamaican spinach (callaloo) –

“Cut it when it’s young and it

grows into a self-sowing red

flower” – plus scallions, chillies,

garlic, squash, beans, cucumber,

rhubarb and Jamaican pumpkin.

Why I grow

Ashley feels an affinity with the

Fishponds land he inherited

from his grandfather and greatgrandfather.

His own father was

part of the Windrush generation,

many of whom tended the

disused plots abandoned due

to World War II civilian losses,

finding them places of peace

and refuge, pre-civil rights era.

As well as green fingers, there’s

fitness in the family – Ashley’s

weightlifter dad Newton Burrowes

Allotment life

Three times a week, Ashley heads

to Thingwall and still gets tips from

his grandfather’s 90-year-old pals.

There’s wheelchair access, and

a plot available to any disabled

person or group wishing to take

it on. “Learning from older, wiser

people, you’re building your

knowledge about life. I feel very

wealthy to have that opportunity.”

Seed sharing between

neighbours makes for a sociable

atmosphere, and there are lots

of big characters. “One guy, Sam

Gordon, who made it to the age

of 98, had 12 plots! Everyone’s got

something in common, so there’s

not much prejudice; what you’re

growing is always the main topic.”

Best allotment creations

“Vegan pumpkin curry, sweet

plum chilli and green seasoning

using my red-bottomed scallion.

I blend them down with garlic.

Callaloo with onions is a popular

breakfast side complementing

ackee and saltfish.”


“Put minerals back into

the ground. Don’t let the

moisture out; try no-dig

[avoid digging over the plot

to minimise disturbance to

the soil]. Don’t overgrow –

rest the ground rather than

taking too much out of it.

Try copper mesh to protect

plants and water them once

the sun has gone down.”

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Katie Wales

Founder and maker at plastic-free

shop Cotton Lily

Where I grow

Roots allotments, Bath

11-13 October 2022 — Bristol


Harnessing the power of the outdoors

to inspire positive change.

What I grow

Parsnips, beetroot, radishes, dill,

tomatoes, strawberries, onions,

carrots, peas, beans, courgettes,

squash, garlic, coriander, peppers.

Why I grow

Katie, 38, lives off-grid on a 65ft

narrowboat with partner Scott,

and Pomeranian pooch Lily. She

is one of a huge boating set

who don’t have gardens, but

discovered the ‘world’s first fully

no-dig allotment community’ while

seeking to become more selfsupporting.

West country outfit

Roots – opened in April by William

Gay on his family farm, with friends

Ed Morrison and Christian Samuel

– welcomed Katie as one of its

first customers.

Join Hugo and 5,000 other

people in business taking

positive action.


You invest weeks,

waiting and weeding,

then get some sunshine

and it all starts coming

through. It’s fulfilling.”

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9 July —

2 October


Free entry

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explore the forest with …

Rodrigo Arteaga / Mark Garry / Alma Heikkilä

Eva Jospin / Jumana Manna / Zakiya McKenzie

David Nash / Maria Nepomuceno / John Newling

Rosa Nguyen / Ben Rivers / Ai Weiwei

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Rosa Nguyen — Leaf Becoming, 2021. Glazed porcelain, black clay, combusted botanical matter. Photo: Angela Moore

“We always wanted an allotment, to live

like Tom and Barbara in The Good Life – my

first birthday present from Scott was the

DVD. When we moved onto the boat in 2021,

we wanted a plot between Devizes and Bath

but it didn’t look achievable with the council

waiting list.” The pair now has one of Roots’

couples patches, and access to toolkits,

courses and speaker events.

“Working with the land: I love it. You invest

weeks, waiting and weeding, start to get

disheartened, then get some sunshine and

it all starts coming through. It’s fulfilling.”

Inspired by Blue Planet, Katie tries to live

plastic-free, making reusable face cloths

and beeswax wraps from her floating shop.

“Pre-Covid, supermarkets were selling

loose vegetables, then we had to take a step

back, and now it’s hard to find places that

do it. At the allotment we can be plasticfree,

plus we know where our produce has

come from; what we’ve put into the soil and

our bodies.”


“We’ve tried all of the old

wives’ tales – eggshells,

coffee grounds – but

keeping the brassicas alive

is a struggle. We’ve lost

broccoli and cabbages,

and had to start again, so

we’ve invested in higherquality

covers and tied

them down.”

Allotment life

“There’s a Facebook group where people

post ideas and successes, and a tipi [soon to

offer yoga] where you can have lunch or get

out of the rain. It’s nice to have a proper chat

with people we pass on the canal; we’d only

been able to exchange a wave previously.”

In essence, anyone can be an

allotmenteer, but years-long waiting lists

can make it seem like an exclusive club –

besides, who knows if you’ll even be living

in the area when you reach the front of the

queue? Roots gets people planting within

months. It also tackles another allotmentkeeping

barrier – commitment – with

maintenance help at hand for holidays.

Best allotment creations

“The peas are lovely sautéed in proper

butter with chilli.”

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Malcolm Dowling

Hedge-laying teacher, founder of

Grandad’s gardening services

Where I grow

The walled garden, Backwell


What I grow

Apples, pears, apricots, mint,

sage, rhubarb, strawberries, figs,

grapefruit, runner beans, broad

beans, tomatoes, kaffir lime,

peppers, coriander, oregano,

purple sprouting broccoli, leeks,

sweetcorn, asparagus, turnips,

cauliflower, cabbage, onions.

Why I grow

“You can’t beat fruit and

vegetables from the garden.

During the war, when there were

horse-drawn ploughs and it was

a different country, everyone dug

their allotment. Good Friday was

planting day with Dad – snow on

the ground or not. We’d put chaff

on the potatoes to insulate and

fertilise them.

“Every day was about growing.

There were leek competitions,

everybody knew everybody. It was

great. Being hands-on with the

land was normal. I’d gather gorse

for the local farmhouse to cook

Christmas turkeys on; collect

apples for three pence a bag and

suck cider pulp through a piece

of straw.”

England’s second-oldest

hedge-layer, 80, is fascinated by

the way plants grow. “I saw on

television how they get chillies so

strong in Mexico: every time you

cut them back, they grow back

hotter because they think it’s an

animal trying to eat them!”

He grows for security, too.

“Once, I was made redundant and,

while times were hard, we always

had blackberries, wild plums and

damsons to freeze. But with the

loss of our hedgerows, and the

resulting soil erosion, we’re not

getting the wild stuff in like we

used to.”

Allotment life

Malcolm works at the walled

garden at Backwell Down near

Bristol – home to one of only two

Mexican pine trees in the country,

where he and his grandson take

their sandwiches after a morning’s

gardening. “It’s like a cathedral,

over 100 years old, 20 metres high.

Pine cones the size of pineapples.”

Like Katie, the professional

gardener practises no-dig, and

doesn’t use any chemicals on the

land, instead using green manure

to enhance the soil. Purple catmint

and silky phacelia abound, putting

goodness back into the ground

and helping with its fertility, as well

as contributing to the garden’s

pollinator-friendly zone. “We’ve got

30 varieties of bees, 15 butterfly

species. It’s so peaceful.”

Best allotment creations

“Elderflower cordial, strawberry

flans with my own purée, red

onion chutney, pork chops with

runner beans and new potatoes,

and baby mushrooms pickled in

malt vinegar – we eat them cold

with salad.”

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More folk


how we

produce food



Private studios a short walk from Frome town centre

with full access to The Old Church School. Ideal for

freelancers and small or growing teams. Find out more

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Street Goat

Urban goat-farming

cooperative striving

for food sovereignty

through projects

that see local people

manage and care for

livestock, producing

milk, fibre and meat.


Down to Earth Stroud

Growing schemes,

a seed bank and a

fruit exchange, plus

the development

of unused ground

at Vale Community

Hospital into allotments

available on social





01373 888 108


“Respect the soil. Clear

up your leaves or you’ll get

slugs under them. Don’t use

sprays. Put basil between

tomato plants to stop white

fly; plant marigolds beside

salad potatoes to stop black

fly. Wear perfume by Victoria

Beckham to avoid horsefly

bites – they hate it!”

Adrian Boots

Landscape ecologist

and Mendips forager

running wild food

activities, designing

nature trails and

helping farmers

gain maximum

environmental benefit

from their land.


*excluding VAT

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No. 1 Queen Square, Bath





Private Offices Dedicated Desks Lounge Membership Co-working

From vintage finds, all frills

and flowers, to hand-sewn

togs made to last generations.

We pick out the loveliest

kidswear labels in the west



Nell Mallia

Felicity Lynch

Book your viewing now at HOSJ.co.uk

Odetta wears tulle and

satin formal dress, £175,

Margo Marché

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Both pages: Coralie wears

organic cotton jumpsuit

in Hungry Bugs print, £32,

Humphries & Begg, and

vintage leather jacket, £85,

Butterworth’s Vintage Company

Josephine wears Leinikki

gingham nightdress in

strawberry, £160, Projektityyny,

and vintage suede jacket, £75,

Butterworth’s Vintage Company.

Wes gingham quilt in rusty

blush, £160, Projektityyny

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Above: Josephine wears 1950s

cotton floral pyjama set, £65,

Margo Marché. Top right: Millie

wears oversized collar stripe

top, £36, and denim barrel-leg

jeans, £30, from Whistles Kids,

and Kelila pink cotton scarf,

£14.90, Honey on the Hill

Right: Coralie wears crochet

headscarf, £18, and Libertyprint

top by Beatrice & Bee,

£21, Tilian Kids, and Porter

short bib and brace dungarees,

£80, Monty & Co

Opposite page: Odetta wears

folk blouse, £65, Susie Petrou,

and shorts in Blue Bridge print,

£28, Humphries & Begg

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Nursery | Prep | Senior | Sixth Form

Day | Boarding


around care

7:30 - 18:00




Learning through discovery

Nursery for ages 3 -4 Situated in the heart of Weston Village

Join us for one of our Nursery in Action days

Girls making their mark

Josephine, as before. Millie

wears red stripe 1940s

dress, £50, Margo Marché.

Quilt as before


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Right: Josephine wears


headband, £14, Tilian Kids,

and blue floral 1940s dress,

£65, Margo Marché, and

Easton faded rainbow

sunglasses, £30, Leosun

Below: Odetta wears Paula

dress, Le Petit Mico, £38, and

socks, £6, Tilian Kids. Millie

wears oversized collar stripe

dress, £45, Whistles Kids,

and socks, £6, Tilian Kids.

Coralie wears 1940s school

dress, £45, Margo Marché,

and crochet headband, £14,

Tilian Kids











Shot on location at the site of

Swainswick Explorers in Bath

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Ahead of the reopening of

Bath’s Cleveland Pools, we round

up the region’s best places

for a late summer dip



Natalie Paris

Rosie Yates

Creators of high quality bespoke furniture

and interiors throughout the south west and

beyond, from design through to completion.

liamrushdesign.com liamrushdesign@gmail.com 07860 950 662 @liamrushdesigns

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Cleveland Pools

The UK’s oldest lido is set

on a bank of the River Avon

in Bath. Following a

mammoth fundraising

effort, the Georgian

changing rooms and pools

have been restored and

will finally reopen to

swimmers this September.

Only cold water swims will

be possible initially, but

there are plans for the lido

to be heated sustainably

(to 27°C), using a river

pump, from next spring.


Marine Lake

Knightstone Road,


Safe sea-swimming whatever the

tide. While Clevedon’s nearby

marine lake has plenty of

dedicated fans, 30,000 tonnes of

silt were dredged from Weston’s

version in time for summer,

restoring the water’s original

depth. Swimmers can gaze out to

sea for miles and the sunsets are

truly spectacular.


River Avon

Bradford on Avon

On Barton Bridge, spot the

dazzling blue flash of kingfishers

in the early morning and find the

entry point beside the WWII

pillbox. Alternatively, follow the

bend to the first muddy bank for a

quieter swim. Hot drinks are sold

opposite, near the Tithe Barn.


Farleigh and District

Swimming Club

Farleigh Hungerford, Bath

Forget muddy toes – new stone

steps lead into the River Frome at

this historic swimming club. Water

rushes over a small weir and there

is 70 metres of river to navigate,

as dragonflies flit about. A pizza

van arrives on hot Friday nights.


ReWild Swim Club

Elmore, Gloucester

This club outside Gloucester offers

members an exclusive, tranquil

swim in a lake fringed by bulrushes,

set in the beautifully rewilded

landscape of Elmore Court.

Access the lake on foot, change

in a yurt warmed by a log burner

and try the wood-fired sauna.


Dundas Aqueduct

Monkton Combe, Bath

The canalside views from Bath’s

Dundas Aqueduct are lovely,

but a bigger thrill comes from

swimming through the arch

beneath. Hit the Dawdling Dairy

canal boat for ice cream, bask on

the pontoon, then float past sheep

in the river’s moderate current.


Cromhall Quarry

Cromhall, Gloucester

The limestone cliffs of this flooded

quarry, between Bristol and

Stroud, provide a dramatic

backdrop for a serious swim. Plus,

the delightfully clear water,

beginners classes and seating for

warming up afterwards make it

well worth the drive.


Read the Outdoor Swimming Society’s

safety advice before taking the plunge.


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48 HOURS IN...

Private Bridgerton Tours


at No.1 Museum

Channel your inner Duke or Duchess

and give the ‘ton something to talk about!

This exclusive evening tour will let

you immerse yourself into true

regency life as you wander around

this authentic eighteenth century

house – otherwise known as the

home of the Featheringtons!

It’s the perfect way to spend an

evening with friends.

Tot nes

Private tours cost £30 a head,

with prosecco and luxury nibbles

available for an additional £10

a head. Booking is essential –

call 01225 428126 or email


Opening Times

Tuesday – Sunday

10am – 5.30pm

Last entry 4.30pm

The Bull Inn

South Hams’ creative hub stays true to its

alternative roots; challenging the status quo

and protecting its independents. Here’s how to

spend a weekend in this vibrant market town


Anna Turns


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Publican and entrepreneur

Geetie Singh-Watson

outside The Bull Inn, her

ethical pub with rooms


Canteen feast

First, head to Ticklemore Street, an

area full of tasty food offerings. Go for a

home-cooked Japanese feast by

Yoshimi Taguchi and Keiko Storey at

the town’s own ‘comfort food canteen’

Taguchi-Ya (taguchiyacanteen.com).

Dishes are understated and big on flavour,

plus there are plenty of vegetarian and

vegan options, like the inari: delicious

deep-fried tofu parcels. Special events

include ramen nights.

The Bull Inn

Dartington Trust


Time to sleep, organically

On the corner of Rotherfold Square, The

Bull Inn (bullinntotnes.co.uk) is a radical

pub that has been beautifully restored

by ethical entrepreneur, Geetie Singh-

Watson. Everything – from the seasonal

dishes and biodynamic wine to the bed

linen and toxin-free mattresses – is

sustainably sourced and organic, but

it’s far from elitist. Local drinkers are

as welcome as far-flung travellers, and

upstairs nine bedrooms are finished with

reclaimed furniture and vintage fabrics.

And there’s a new self-catering apartment,

The Albatross, over the road.

Photography: Rachel Hoile

The Curator café



Coffee pitstop

The gorgeous Curator café

(thecurator.co.uk) on The Plains has

become something of an institution

since it first opened a decade ago.

It’s a little slice of Italy in sunny

Devon, with bistro tables spilling

out onto the pavement on warm

days and the best specialty coffee in

town, freshly roasted. Traditional

cannoli pastries are optional but

very much advised.


Up the Dart

Take a stroll upstream along the

River Dart to Dartington Trust

(dartington.org), a centre for social

justice, arts, crafts and ecological

thinking, first founded by the

Elmhirst family in 1925. Clock the

Henry Moore sculpture among

the Grade II* listed grounds and

gardens, or follow the familyfriendly

nature trail that will inspire

plenty of den-building and bughunting

along the way. Once you’ve

worked up an appetite, stop off for a

nutritious lunch at The Green Table.

Until August 20, the Dartington

Music Summer School & Festival

offers a mix of relaxed concerts

and family-friendly workshops,

plus a lineup of classical, jazz and

folk artists. This year’s programme

celebrates the power of music

through four elements – water,

earth, fire and air – with acclaimed

performances from folk trio Leveret,

soprano soloist Carolyn Sampson,

and the Brodsky Quartet.

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Ben’s Wine

& Tapas


Sustainable shopping

Totnes High Street is full of

delightful one-off surprises.

From The Potting Shed


bursting with leafy greens

and colourful plant pots, to

homeware at Holly Keeling’s

interior design emporium

(hollykeelinginteriors.co.uk), and

natural kidswear and toys from

SMALL-FOLK (small-folk.co.uk).

Halfway up the hill, stop to

browse at Totnes Market for fresh

produce, jewellery or antique

knick-knacks, and grab a bite to

eat from one of the street food

sellers to refuel. Then delve into

the trove that is Revival Clothing


perfect for one-off army dress

jackets, varsity paraphernalia or

1940s floral tea dresses.


Spanish farm-to-fork

At Ben’s Wine & Tapas

(bensfarmshop.co.uk) the emphasis

is firmly on seasonal ingredients,

and there’s an easy, casual vibe.

Run by Nell Watson, daughter

of Ben, whose family first founded

Riverford Organic, must-try small

plates include manchego with

membrillo and walnuts, beetroot

borani and feta with toasted

focaccia, and English asparagus

with lemon aioli and an anchovy

crumb. The impeccable wine list

comes directly from local growers

and winemakers.


Totnes spirit

Saturday is live music night at

The Barrel House Ballroom

(barrelhousetotnes.co.uk), with DJs,

bands and emerging songwriters

performing in this intimate,

buzzing grassroots venue. Over the

years, artists like Seth Lakeman,

Ben Howard and Metronomy have

raised the roof here. Continue

the evening downstairs at the

Totnes Brewing Company

(thetotnesbrewingco.co.uk), which

serves craft beer brewed in small

batches, plus an impressive array

of artisan ales and spirits.

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for September

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After Bath College I’m going to University to do a PGCE degree so

I can become a PE teacher. The courses at college have helped

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The Almond Thief


Breakfast of kings

Before it even opens, there are

queues forming outside the

Almond Thief (thealmondthief.com)

at the top of South Street.

Loaves are baked using organic

Shipton Mill flours and locally

grown heritage grains milled

at Almond Thief HQ in nearby

Dartington, using a stone mill.

Sourdough, rye, brioche and

cardamom buns… divine.


Vine to wine

A couple of miles from Totnes, in

nearby Stoke Gabriel, the familyowned

Sandridge Barton winery

(sandridgebarton.com) produces

60 tonnes of fruit per year from

this 32-acre vineyard overlooking

the Dart Valley. Follow a walking

trail through the vines or book a

guided tasting experience in the

new low-carbon visitor centre to

sample fine English wines and

award-winning locally-produced

Sharpham cheeses. The perfect

finish to a delicious weekend.

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Food + drink

Stoking the fire

Shop in store or online

Commission and reworking service available

33 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5NH

T: +44(0)117 9090225


We get smoky and seasonal with Ubuntu Food

at Chew Magna’s magical Limeburn Hill Vineyard

Words and photography

Kirstie Young

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Food + drink

he directions to Ubuntu Food’s supper club arrive as

a beautiful hand-drawn note, marked with things like

‘owl box’ and ‘tree hive’. In the middle: the word FIRE,

with a heart scrawled beside it.

This enchanting map points to the Limeburn Hill

Vineyard near Chew Magna, owned, tended and run by

the biodynamic winemaker, Robin Snowdon. And

there, among flourishing hand-planted vines, stands

chef and Ubuntu Food founder Imke Potgieter, her

little dog Rusty, and a steel fire pit piled high with

ripe and colourful produce.

A connection with nature is at the centre of how

Imke cooks. There is no fiddling with vents and

gadgets. It’s a ceremonial, intuitive opportunity to

slow down and see the elements of fire and air at

work. “The style and menus are guided by the cycles

of the year,” she explains. “We are inspired by what

the land and sea is able to provide us as we move

through each season.

“By deepening our relationship with the natural

cycles of the world, we develop a much more ecological

approach to cooking. One that delves into our food

history, exploring the cultural ways people would

work with local produce at a time when shopping for

ingredients out of season just wasn’t an option.”

Imke grew up as one of four children in a big South

African family living on the Norfolk coast. From an

early age, she acted as a kitchen-hand to her parents,

running to and from the fire, and spent years observing

older friends and family members cook. It’s this

sense of community that she aims to replicate in

her workshops and supper clubs.

Additional photography: Jacob Ponting

Left to right:

Imke cooks

seasonal food

over fire; Limeburn

Hill Vineyard;

scenes from

a supper club;

smoking salmon

An evening with Ubuntu Food is an immersive

experience, this is ‘smoke in your eyes, elbow-to-elbow

with the other diners’ kind of eating. Dishes are served

down the middle of a long table, where reflective, lively

conversations can thrive. This is somewhere for people

to come together and challenge how the food system

works, and Imke hopes to remove the disengagement

that so often happens when people eat in restaurants.

The team is currently developing a venison and

smoked cherry dish after talking with the Limeburn Hill

winemakers about managing deer numbers on the land

to minimise the destruction of the vines. The intention

is for the venison course to spark debate about how

places like the vineyard approach land management and

find the right balance within a farm ecosystem.

Much of what guests eat is influenced by Imke’s

South African heritage. On the day we meet, the food

is based on a Cape Malay flavour palate: a delicious

combination of sweet and salty with a touch of the

spicy heat beloved of the Malaysian people who settled

in the Cape when the spice trade was prolific. After

feasting on a plate of the sweetest tomatoes, charred

sweetheart cabbage, salty halloumi and sweet doughnut

peaches, I bag myself a couple of tickets to the next

supper club. I suggest you do the same.



Where to

find Ubuntu


August 6

Cooking over fire

demo, Valleyfest

August 13

Fire cooking

workshop, Limeburn

Hill Vineyard

August 26 + 27

Immersive demo,

talk and tasting at

Shambala Festival

September 3

Seafood lunch club,

Arnos Vale woodland

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Showcasing independent businesses in the south-west


Somerset's Greatest Littlest Comedy Festival




4 nights of world-class comedy under canvas in a beautiful field near Frome & Bath. Line-up includes...






Tickets from: rodecomedyfestival.com



An independent lifestyle store based in Clifton Village, Bristol

and Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. Truce features a selection

of modern design pieces, from Scandinavian homeware and

statement furniture, to home scents, accessories and artwork.


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The Bristol Artisan

A curated space for contemporary

design and craft, supporting

independent makers from Bristol

and beyond. Stock up on ceramics,

jewellery, clothing, cards, candles,

prints, vegan products and dried

flowers. Get 10% off online using

the code CIRCUSTBA.



Sandra Higgins Art

Advice on art for your home, office

or commercial project. With years

of experience in the international

art world, Sandra sources artwork

from established and emerging

artists, and can arrange studio

visits, so you get to know the

artist and their work personally.



Homefront Interiors

This independent Bath-based

store follows a simple ethos: to

source sustainable and ethically

made items for your home. You’ll

find work by regional artists

and makers displayed alongside

handmade, fair-trade interiors

products from across the globe.




At this award-winning independent

restaurant, bar and bottle shop in

Bath, you can expect creatively

cooked, locally sourced food and

tasty daily specials. Plus, there’s a

broad range of wines from around

the world, and a beautiful covered

terrace and courtyard garden.



Manage My Website

A friendly Bath-based team of

approved experts who build great

websites, train people to use

Squarespace and advise on SEO/

online marketing. If you need a

new website, a refresh or would

like to learn to build your own,

they’d love to hear from you.



House of St John’s

The perfect place to work, connect

and grow. The elegant building, at

1 Queen Square, offers co-working,

dedicated desks, offices, meeting

rooms and an events space.

High-end fittings and ultra-fast

broadband are complemented by

a relaxing lounge and bar.



Lo Rapitenc

This Frome deli and tapas bar sells

a range of Spanish specialities

such as Iberico meats, cheese and

olives, as well as wine, beer and

sherry. Evening menus change

every month to reflect the season.

Book your table now on the

website or social media channels.




Handcrafted crystal jewellery and

crystals for the home. Peruse the

store in Wincanton, near Bruton,

for unique designs for both men

and women. Joodaboo also offers

bespoke commissions and tailormade

talismans. Find them on

Instagram @joodaboojewellery.



We Are The Loves

An experienced and creative

team of designers, brand experts,

photographers and filmmakers,

with a background in business

strategy. Bath-based We Are The

Loves offer a full-service multidisciplinary

agency, in an agile,

accountable team of two.



Julia Davey

An independent lifestyle shop

located in Bath, with a focus on

locally made gifts and homeware.

Curation based on colour, form

and natural materials. Sitting

alongside these items are Julia’s

handmade lampshades and

unique upholstered furniture.



Noughts & Ones

The people at Bristol-based

Shopify agency Noughts & Ones

are champions of sustainable

commerce. The all-round lovely

bunch partner with planetconscious

ecommerce brands

to help them sell their products

the right way on Shopify.



Rengen House

A home-from-home community

to co-work, host meetings and

events, and relax with clients

or colleagues. With high-end

finishes and a cool, laid-back

vibe, Rengen House offers

a refreshing change to the

traditional office environment.


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Cassia’s mission is to change how

people work, eat and socialise;

to create spaces where you 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.



Customer IQ

Through rigorous, cost-effective

research, the experts at Customer

IQ can help organisations to

understand their customers’

needs, collect feedback and

ultimately make great decisions

more of the time. Get in touch with

Gideon for a chat.




A Bristol co-operative shop

founded in 1996, by its members

for its members. Featuring the

work of 25 local ceramic artists,

including guest potter Ali Tomlin,

there is functional ware and

ceramic art for every taste. Now

accepting new members.



Verve Wellness Festival

Unwind by day with yoga,

sound healing, breathwork 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.



McKenzie & Co Financial


Financial adviser Jonathan Knee

DipPFS specialises in providing

high-quality, face-to-face financial

planning advice for individuals,

families and businesses. A

vouched for ‘Top Rated’ adviser

in 2020, 2021 and 2022.



Honey Willow

A homegrown independent

jewellery shop on historic Pulteney

Bridge. Running since 2010, the

company is named after the

owners’ daughters: Honey and

Willow. Meaningful personalised

jewellery is designed and handmade

in the Bath workshop.



Hybrid Health Physiotherapy

Situated in the heart of Bath,

Hybrid provides bespoke

physiotherapy and specialised

services to help with pain, injury

or muscle tension. Treatments

include individual exercise plans,

sports massage, acupuncture, dry

cupping and running analysis.




A space to transform, to live and

feel better. Founded by Syreeta

Challinger, who sensitively and

intuitively helps you to find a path

to success through workshops,

podcasts and bespoke coaching

sessions. Step towards the life you

want. Positive change is possible.



Raphael’s Mediterranean Deli

Looking for the perfect dinner

party nibbles this summer?

Choose from the award-winning

and delicious Mediterranean

product range, from olives to

herbs. Take 5% off your first

online order with code




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 place.



MAMA Coaching

Bristol-based support for parents

to flourish – in creativity and

business. Online and in-person

1:1 and group sessions create the

time and space for reflection, and

provide the accountability to make

tangible progress. Programmes

run during term-time only.



Taylor Black Jewellery

Fine jewellery with an affordable

price tag, made using unusual,

carefully chosen stones. Headed

up by designer and maker Philippa

Taylor, whose shop in Tetbury

allows visitors to see her working,

and buy or commission her

beautiful pieces.


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Late summer events in the south-west


Clemmie Millbank

Traditional Gentlemen's Barber





A P P O I N T M E N T S A N D W A L K - I N S


B A 2 4 N G


Libby Dillon at Berdoulat

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The THE Guide EDIT



Forest: Wake

This Ground

at Arnolfini

Amitai Romm: Hum

Spike Island, Bristol

Until September 18

In his first solo UK exhibition,

Amitai Romm explores how

scientific modelling relates to the

world around us. Blending and

blurring the lines between art and

science, the artist encrypts and

relays data from an environmental

sensing system set up in a mature

beech forest in east Denmark, to

produce new works in sculpture

and sound.


Forest: Wake This Ground

Arnolfini, Bristol

Until October 2

Dig a little deeper into the forest

floor with this major new group

exhibition at Bristol’s harbourside

gallery. Featuring artists, writers,

filmmakers and composers from

across the globe, works will

be inspired by forests’ ancient

rhythms and the changing

climate, as well as exploring

stories, myths and folklore passed

down through the centuries.


Mary Fedden: Simple


Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Until October 16

Celebrating the life and work of

Bristol-born artist Mary Fedden, this

exhibition concentrates on the joy

she found in simple compositions

and still-lifes. Featuring over 100 of

her works, from both private and

public collections, this curation

will shed new light on her working

practices and showcase the

development of her artistic career.


Earth: Digging Deep in

British Art 1781-2022

Until September 11

The summer exhibition

looks at how artists have

represented our environment

over four centuries, inviting

us to consider the planet in all

its abundance, precarity and

preciousness. With work by

Richard Long (pictured), JMW

Turner, John Constable, Yinka

Shonibare and more.

After Hours at RWA

August 18, 6-9pm

A chance to see and enjoy the

newly-transformed RWA, soak

up the atmosphere outside

on the remodelled forecourt

and immerse yourself in the

galleries after-hours with a

drink in hand.

Art classes at RWA


Art classes for all abilities

are back. Courses and

workshops include woodblock

printmaking, bookbinding,

painting for beginners, life

drawing and more.

Head to rwa.org.uk

to see more

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton

Until October 23

Pulling together exciting new

work from five different artists,

this exhibition explores art and

sustainability in the face of the

climate emergency and declining

biodiversity. The artists will

continue to grow and develop

their work throughout the

summer, with highlights including

a giant camera obscura created

overlooking Hestercombe’s

formal garden.


Reveal and Conceal

East Quay, Watchet

September 10 – January 1

Mary Fedden

at Victoria

Art Gallery

The latest exhibition by Welsh

sculptor Laura Ford will present

a surprising cast of both old and

new characters in a reconfigured

installation of more than 30

sculptures. Featuring humansized

comical cats, a pink-knitted

poodle and a frog facing the

wall, Ford’s sculptures are easy

to connect with, but complex in

what they portray, combining the

tender, satirical and political.


Welcome to My World:

ceramics with narrative

August 13 – October 15

Thirty-five contemporary artists

address cultural, social and

political issues through the

medium of clay. Each find a

powerful way of conveying

messages using everyday,

domestic and commonplace

items as their canvas.

Autumn courses and


Throughout autumn

Gain a taste for a particular

craft in a workshop or create

larger, more intricate work

that requires time to progress

during a course.

Autumn residential


October 22 + 23

Have a break, immerse yourself

in craft and enjoy a two-night

stay in the heart of the beautiful

Cotswolds at New Brewery

Arts’ stylish accommodation.



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Ready to make the most of your Vyoo?


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Jane Eyre: Heartbreak


The Bishop’s Palace, Wells

August 11

Step right up to an outdoor

production of Charlotte Brontë’s

classic – complete with acrobats,

jugglers and death-defying

escape artist Jane Eyre. With

Bishop’s Palace gardens as a

backdrop, watch as Jane escapes

from her school, the moors and

(spoiler alert) finally finds safety

with her true love, Mr Rochester.


The Beast Will Rise

The Holburne Museum, Bath

August 12

Created by playwright Philip

Ridley, this show features two

monologues written in lockdown.

It’s an out-there celebration of

the ‘glittering dark’ and takes

audiences to a place where a

starling haunts a lover’s fever, and

Chihuahuas are held to ransom in

an apocalyptic landscape.


Adventure Cinema:

The Princess Bride

Dyffryn Gardens, Glamorgan

August 28

Experience the 1987 cult

classic in one of the National

Trust’s most beautiful outdoor

locations. With the film starting

at around 7.15pm (just after

sunset), snuggle up on a picnic

blanket for a daring tale of

swashbuckling romance and

comedy that turns the old

damsel-in-distress trope on

its head. Inconceivable?

Absolutely not.


Ed Gamble at

Bristol Old Vic

Ed Gamble, Electric

Bristol Old Vic

September 4

You’ve probably seen Ed

popping up on Taskmaster,

Great British Menu, Mock the

Week and Live at the Apollo,

or you may have heard him on

his hilarious podcast Off Menu,

which he hosts with fellow

comedian James Acaster. His

latest stand-up tour, Electric,

has had dates added due to its

popularity, so be sure to catch

him when he rolls into Bristol’s

iconic Old Vic.




Whole School Open Day Saturday 1 October 2022

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Sun & Moon Theatre:

Much Ado About Nothing

Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol

August 20-21

While away an afternoon with this

Shakespeare favourite about love,

deception and second chances.

Set in 1945 and featuring live

music and razor-sharp wit, it takes

place in the open-air surroundings

of south Bristol’s city farm.


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If Opera: La rondine

by Puccini

Belcombe Court,

Bradford on Avon

August 26 + 29, September 1 + 3

Where better to set a tale of young

love and heartbreak than in the

stunning grounds of the Grade I-

listed Belcombe Court? Immerse

yourself fully in the waltzes, foxtrots

and soaring melodies, including

one of Puccini’s most beautiful

compositions, the quartet Bevo al

Tuo Fresco Sorriso, which translates

to ‘I drink to your beautiful smile’.


Summer Solstice: Outdoor

Garage Rave

Motion, Bristol

August 27



Sixth Form Open Evening Friday 23 September 2022

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Kurt Vile at

The Forum

Green Gathering

Near Chepstow,


August 4-7

Going beyond the usual festival

hedonism, Green Gathering

focuses on environmental and

social justice. Powered by wind

and solar (and the passion of

those that run it), this not-for-profit

event features an impressive

lineup of great music – headliners

include Seize the Day and 3 Daft

Monkeys – as well as ethical

traders, inspiring raconteurs and

craft and wellness workshops.


The Bristol Ball, Part 1

Trinity Centre, Bristol

August 13

Strike a pose. The Bristol

Ballroom Community is inviting

you to Bristol’s first official

voguing ball. Witness the

spectacular fusion of dance,

fashion, performance and gender

expression. If you’re feeling in the

mood you can even ‘walk’ the

ball. Beware, there are different

tickets for spectators and a whole

load of categories to choose from

for walkers, so do your research

before you pick.


Get your fill of old-skool garage

bangers with ten hours of anthems

and a top-secret headliner spot.

Enjoy a one-day festival vibe with an

outdoor rave space, glitter stations

and lineup of UK garage legends,

including Artful Dodger, Lisa Maffia

& Romeo, Crazy Cousinz, and DJs

Redhot, M1 and Bad Boy Brown

(plus, many more).


Kurt Vile and the Violators

The Forum, Bath

August 27

Join the acclaimed Philadelphia

musician, songwriter and producer

for an excellent night of offbeat

indie rock, accompanied by his

band The Violators, plus special

guests. The European leg of Kurt

Vile’s tour will feature tracks from his

epic ninth studio-length solo album,

Watch My Moves, brought to life in

Bath’s former Art Deco cinema.


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Wim Hof fundamentals at Goldney House


Campfire cooking

Brocks Adventures, Bath

Throughout August

Have you always wanted to

master the perfect outdoor fire?

Get your Bear Grylls on in this

relaxed course, where a friendly

instructor will assist your group

in building the ideal campfire in

your own little woodland glade.

Once it’s roaring away, it’s time to

cook a basic dinner, followed by

cuddling up with a hot choc and

toasted s’mores.


Wim Hof fundamentals

Goldney House,

Chipping Sodbury

August 28

Known in the health and wellness

world as the Iceman, the Wim

Hof method uses breathing

techniques and cold water

therapy to challenge the body

and improve mindset. At Goldney,

you’ll work with a certified

instructor, Jack Witts, on a fourhour

fundamentals workshop and

finish with an (optional!) ice-bath.


Bookbinding – decorative

and dyed papers

Dillington House, Ilminster

September 5

This in-depth course encourages

participants to crumple, colour,

manipulate, dye, rearrange and

weave paper to make one-of-akind

decorative sheets for use

in bookbinding and crafts. You’ll

experiment with spirit and waterbased

dyes, paste-papers and

layering. Come armed with plenty

of ideas and dressed for many

messy experiments.


Mini masterclass in oil paint

with Libby Dillon

Berdoulat, Bath

September 13

Feel free to explore any subject

matter, whether it’s still-life,

portraiture or landscape, with this

two-and-a-half-hour masterclass

from professional painter and

teacher Libby Dillon. Bring

along photos and ideas for your

composition, get to grips with oil

paints and learn tips for working in

an alla prima (wet-on-wet) style. All

materials and a glass of wine from

the Berdoulat cellar included.


Forest bathing at Miserden

Miserden Estate, near Stroud

September 16

Start this three-hour experience

in a private woodland clearing of

the Miserden Estate. Led by Rosie

Mockford, learn to slow down and

tune into the natural world around

you as you bathe in the sights,

sounds and smells of the forest. Oh,

and don’t panic, you do keep your

clothes on for this kind of bath.


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Food +


Sheppy’s cider tours

Bradford on Tone, Taunton

Various dates until November

Dating back to 1917, this familyrun

cider farm is a Somerset

institution. Treat yourself to a

guided afternoon around the site,

with a visit to the orchards, press

house, vat house and rural-life

museum. Round off the tour by

sampling the vast array of awardwinning

ciders and picking up

something to swig at home.


Cook & Dine: Spanish tapas

Thyme, Southrop Manor

Estate, Gloucestershire

August 18

This half-day course starts in the

kitchen garden, where attendees

learn all about Thyme’s field-tofork

techniques. Then take a trip

through the flavours of Andalusia

and Catalonia, with a look at

traditional Spanish plates, learning

how to recreate these flavour

sensations in your own kitchen.



Vegan Fast & Delicious:

cookery course

Demuths, Bath

August 20 + September 17

Looking for some more go-to

midweek meals? This full-day

course will improve your plantbased

repertoire, introduce you

to some new cupboard essentials

and sharpen up your knife skills.

Expect to create dishes such

as miso-glazed aubergines and

sesame tofu chips.


Fire & Feast Summer at

Wild Herb

Glove Factory Studios,

Bradford on Avon

September 2

Experience what the chefs at the

Wild Herb kitchen can do with

the very best seasonal produce

cooked over roaring coal fire-pits.

Enjoy a welcome drink and threecourse

dinner overlooking the

idyllic fields and lakes at Wild Herb,

where much of the produce has

been locally sourced.


Introduction to fermented

veg with Get Pickled

Lo Rapitenc, Frome

September 12

Get to know your kimchi from your

sauerkraut, and unscrew the jar

on the history, process and health

benefits of fermentation with this

fantastic two-hour introductory

course. Inspired by a zero-waste

approach, Get Pickled aims to

make the most of fresh food

surplus and transform it into food

with a longer shelf-life. You’ll also

come away with a one-litre jar of

your very own pickled creation.



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Tuscan summer

supper clubs

August 6 + 13 + 20

Head over to the barn this

August as the Castle Farm

team cook up favourite dishes

from Italy. The menu is inspired

by balmy summer holidays

in Tuscany, and paired with

sunkissed organic produce

from the garden and specially

selected wines.

Welcome to Hawkins

August 27 + September 3

For two nights only, the folk at

Castle Farm will be dressing up,

giving the venue a makeover

and rustling up a menu entirely

inspired by the hit show

Stranger Things. A must for

fans to immerse themselves in

total 1980s joy.

Castle Farm Curry Club


Friday night is curry night! With

an array of delicious, spicy

Malaysian and South Indian

dishes on the menu, mopped

up with the ever-popular

roti canai, booking is highly

recommended for this weekly

feast for the senses.



All supper clubs are booked

through the website

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Serves 2

Elements-inspired roast scallops,

sobrasada butter and wilted spinach

from Corkage restaurant in Bath

Wool is


4 scallops

125g butter

200g sobrasada

6 tarragon leaves

Cooking oil (not extra

virgin olive oil)

2 thyme sprigs

250g baby spinach

Salad leaves of choice

(or seaweed)

Sea salt and black pepper

• Naturally insulating

• Hard-wearing

• Easy to care for

• Sustainable

• Hypoallergenic

• Naturally fire resistant


Dry the scallops on a cloth or

kitchen paper.

Soften the butter and blend

with about half the sobrasada.

Turn on the grill.

Chop the tarragon leaves.

Heat the pan and add the

cooking oil. Season the scallops

with salt and pepper and

carefully add to the pan.

Slightly reduce the heat and

allow the scallops to colour but

do not turn. Once the scallops

have caramelised a bit, turn

them over and add a knob of

sobrasada butter and the thyme.

Cook for another minute

and a half, spooning the melted

foaming butter over the scallops.

Don’t allow the butter to burn.

Remove the scallops from

the pan and put on a heatproof

tray. Then add the spinach,

remaining sobrasada and

tarragon to the scallop pan,

season and allow to wilt.

While the spinach is cooking,

spread the sobrasada butter

over the scallops and place

under the grill.

To plate

Put the wilted spinach on the

plate first, then the scallops and

butter. Dress with salad leaves

and serve.


Neck of the Woods

‘Madhouse’ Pinot Gris 2020

“Citrus and fruit notes in this

Kiwi Pinot Gris balance the spice,

sweetness and salt in the

scallop dish,” says head chef

Richard Knighting. “You’ll get pear,

elderflower, lemon zest and vanilla

bean on the nose, with citrus

notes to follow. White blossom

and stone fruit on the front palate

lead to a long and fresh finish.”


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