Belly laughs

You funny bone will certainly get tickled this month as the Bath Comedy Festival returns from 26 March – 14 April, bringing more than 150 shows and events to venues across the city. Popular impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner will open the festival at Walcot House, while multi-award-winning Jess Robinson, pictured, will be bringing her best celebrity impressions, top jokes and vocal gymnastics to Widcombe Social Club on
5 April. Other top names include Henning Wehn, Tracey Collins and Friends, Sally-Anne Hayward, Chris Arnold, and Micky P Kerr. You can also experience the most enjoyable disastrous dining experience of your life as the interactive Faulty Towers The Dining Experience comes to the Apex Hotel, where Basil, Sybil and Manuel will serve you a three-course meal with a side of shambolic service. See the full programme online;

Be crafty

Fans of cult magazine Selvedge will be glad to hear that the team behind the brand will be exhibiting more than 50 merchants and makers at The Assembly Rooms on 30 March, 11am–5pm. From rare vintage fabrics, covetable haberdashery and skilfully handmade textile treasures, there will be something for everyone to marvel at. Advance tickets from £2.50, or admission is from £5 on the door. The Assembly Rooms Café will be open throughout for refreshments. Turn to page 28 to find out more;

Girl power

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, comedic dance-­theatre company The Hiccup Project present an insight, celebration and ode to being a woman in the 21st century on 8 March, 7.30pm at Bath Spa University Theatre, Newton Park. In their award-winning show Lovely Girls, Chess and Cristina open up the confusing pot of contradictions and expectations that face women today – have lots of sex, but not too much; strive for a good career, but make time for everyone else; have curves, but don’t be fat; be assertive, but not bossy… Blimey! Tickets £5–£10;


Join Turner-Prize nominee and one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists George Shaw in conversation with Professor Mark Hallett (Director, Paul Mellon Centre), as they discuss Shaw’s latest exhibition – A Corner of a Foreign Field – which is open at the Holburne Museum until 6 May. Shaw will talk about his remarkable paintings which focus on the Tile Hill estate on the outskirts of Coventry on 7 March, 7pm. Tickets £10, free access to the exhibition and Garden Café from 6pm;


Celebrated artist Kaffe Fassett is returning to the American Museum and Gardens this month with a new exhibition showcasing 20 brand new quilts alongside the museum’s world-renowned collection of antique American quilts. Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America is open from 16 March – 3 November, admission £13/£7. Kaffe will also be delivering the museum’s annual Claridge Lecture on 3 April, 7pm, to discuss his new works and how the museum’s collection helped to inspire him. Tickets: £20;

Featured image: Ash Wednesday: 8.30am, 2004-5 by George Shaw