Literary festival to lantern parade – more dates for the diary

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Looking for more things to do in North Somerset this month?

Here are some fun ways to get out and about in the area over the next week or two…

  • Portishead is hosting its first Vegan Fair next week for people to sample and buy tasty food and drink and other treats made from plant-based goodness. The festival runs from 10am-3pm on Saturday 23 February at Somerset Hall, in the Precinct. A wide variety of stalls will be showcasing some of the best vegan products from the local area, as well a hand-picked ethical brands and businesses from across the South West. Entry is £2 (accompanied under-14s free). www.veganfairs.co.uk
  • A lotus shaped pink lanternLight up the end of winter with Blagdon’s second Lantern parade on Saturday 23 February. This community event starts with lighting amazing hand-made (electric) lamps at the New Inn, in Park Lane, before the parade starts at 6pm. Follow the parade along footpaths through the village to the sound of music.
  • Let out your inner drag queen! Theatre Orchard is hosting a drag workshop with Atomic Rhubarb – a free drop-in session for people to become whoever they want. Dress up, lip sync and dance like no one’s watching. Bring along clothes and make-up, or whatever else you want, and play. The session takes place from 6.30pm-8.45pm at Weston Museum, in Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare, on Wednesday 20 February.
  • Book-lovers and would-be authors can find out more about the print business during Weston-super-Mare’s second Literary Festival. The event runs between Friday 22 February and Friday 1 March, with talks and workshops at the Blakehay Theatre and Weston Museum.The festival is organised by Weston-super-Mare Town Council and features an exciting line-up of authors. Tickets are needed for these events.A free children’s trail is also now running throughout the town. Collect a booklet from Weston Museum or the Blakehay Theatre and follow the clues.For the latest news about the event visit www.facebook.com/westonlitfest
  • Free adult drop-in theatre sessions are launching in Weston-super-Mare for people to learn new skills in a relaxed, informal and fun way. Theatre Lounge sessions are being set up by arts development charity Theatre Orchard and led by professional theatre maker Angela Athay-Hunt. They are open to all and no previous experience is necessary. The first one takes place on Thursday 28 February, and then every following Thursday from 10am-noon, at Douglas Court, in Stradling Avenue. Email angela@theatreorchard.org.uk to find out more.