1. Where else would you want to be this weekend but The Royal Bath and West Show? The biggest event in the West Country’s rural calendar promises finishes on Saturday. From cheeses to Charolais, it really does have something for everybody and even the most bored teenager in Somerset would struggle to keep a poker face watching FMX champion Jamie Squibb’s mid-air jumps and stunts. The 151st show and is at the Shepton Mallet showground.
2. If you’ve already seen the show or the local livestock isn’t exciting enough for the kids, why not frighten the life out of the little blighters with trip to Bristol Aquarium for Shark Week. There will be colouring workshops, mini behind the scenes tours and feeding sessions. The 33 species of shark found off the British isles may be pretty harmless but few bars of the Jaws music and they’ll be too scared to get in the bath. Duh Nuh, Duh Nuh, Duh Nuh.
3. Didn’t get a ticket for Glastonbury? Well this weekend festival lovers are spoilt for choice. Dig out the wellies and the tents and head on down to. Cheltenham or Chepstow. Choose between Bob Geldof and the Stranglers at Wychwood and Little Roy and the Orb at Sunrise at Chepstow. Both niche festivals boast of their green and family credentials and claim to offer something different from the mainstream. You choose.
4. Don’t fancy camping in field? The Salisbury International Arts Festival allows you to enjoy the festival spirit without getting down and dirty. It opened last weekend but there’s still plenty to see. From Pinocchio for the kids, Insomnia for the grown ups and a churches walk of the Chalke Valley for the fit and healthy, it’s not yet run out of steam. One of the highlights this weekend is the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and this year the festival takes on a Nordic theme.
5. If you prefer a bit of English cheese then you’ll be delighted with the new exhibition at the M Shed in Bristol which takes a sentimental journey back over the 25 years since the first Wallace & Gromit film. The exhibition looks at Aardman Animations and features previously unseen storyboards, models and drawings in series of “rooms” from the duo’s home. You will even get the chance to create your own story to share with family and friends. "Cracking good job, Gromit!"
6. Shopaholics who have spent the half-term in Cribbs or Cabot might like to head to Bath this weekend where Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair is setting up in the Guildhall on Saturday. From the ’20s through to the ’90s, Judy says you will find clothes, jewellery, accessories, trinkets, collectibles and even homewares from your favourite decade.
7. Don’t forget your glasses if you fancy the latest art exhibition at Wells town hall. The Hilliard Society International Exhibition of Miniature Art is said to be one of the largest of its type in the UK. There are hundreds of paintings and sculptures by some of the world's leading miniaturists, as well as demonstrations, cards books and prints.
8. Ahoy me hearties! If the kids refuse to let you browse the teeny tiny pictures in peace then make them walk the plank at the good ship Tyntesfield where the National Trust have laid on a half term pirate trail for young scallywags. On Saturday night there will be an outdoor theatre production of Treasure Island for buccaneers of all ages.
9. Mad about Masterchef? Bonkers about baking? Why not sign up for one of the many cookery schools across the region. This weekend you can get your hands on some dough and pretend you are one of the Fabulous Baker Brothers at Vaughan’s Kitchen Cookery School in Devizes, Wiltshire. Learn the magic of bread making first hand and come way with sticky spicy buns, brioche and rum baba. If you are more of drinks person, head to the Hillside Brewery on a picturesque farm in Longhope on the edge of the Forest Dean.
Drivers can watch with envy as their passengers sample the signature ales and tuck into the barbecue at the grand opening on Saturday. They have asked visitors to give a quick call in advance on 01452 830222.
10. Saturday sees the return of the annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Road Run to raise money for Help for Heroes. You can wave them off from Bretenoux Road, Glastonbury, at 5pm or wait for them to arrive at Burnham on Sea after a 45-mile cavalcade.