What's on around the Mendips this weekend?
What's on around the Mendips this weekend?
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Post-capitalism, comedy festival & get down on the farm: what’s on around the Mendips

The Mendips and the Westcountry have a truly varied line-up of activities over the next few days.  Why go anywhere on holiday when all these delights come to you?

Big names in comedy come to the smallest city.  Omid Djalili, Katy Brand, and Sarah Pascoe along with many other comedy talents star at Wells Comedy Festival.  The festival will be opened by legendary grump, Arthur Smith.

Be a farmer for a day at The Community Farm near Chew Magna.  The farm holds one-day volunteer events at the Farm called Community Farmer Days. These involve volunteers coming to help out in the fields.  Volunteers actively participate in the work of the farm, but these events are intended to be sociable and fun too.

If you fancy  a boogie after volunteering get down on the city farm this half term.  Cut Capers – one of Live Mendips’s favourite bands is playing at St Werburgh’s summer fair, which also includes carnival samba, three music stages, local artists and a bar as well as lots of family activities.  Advance tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for youths (aged 13-17).

Former Newsnight reporter and journalist Paul Mason talks about possible futures at Bristol’s Festival of Ideas.  He will argue how a revolution in information technology has the potential to reshape our familiar notions of work, production and value, and to destroy an economy based on markets and private ownership. He explains how we now have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable global economy. Moving beyond capitalism, he argues, is no longer a utopian dream.

Finally, you can chug around central Bristol the leisurely way.  Take a 30 minutes trip around Bristol harbour on the John King – a 1935 diesel tug built to tow cargo ships from Bristol City Docks to the mouth of the River Avon.

Whatever you do have a great time and tweet us your pics!  take a look at our What’s on page for more ideas