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Mike Searle shows off an exhibition of costumes for Carole Lee-Scott (aka Grotbags) at the Bridgwater museum.

Bridgwater gets into the spirit as Quayside Festival hits top gear

THE Bridgwater Quayside Festival got into full swing today with a number of performances, exhibitions and activites throughout the town.

Blake Museum was closed to normal visiting but held a one-off exhibition about Carol Lee Scott – aka ‘Grotbags’ – the green witch who many will remember from their childhood.

Blake Gardens hosted a Picnic in the Park featuring the Walkabout Street Theatre, music and performances by the Bluebirds Theatre, The Musicians of Bremen and Beeology.

Children could follow an art trail  in the town centre along West Quay, Fore Street and East Quay.

And there was street theatre and performances with Pirates of the Caribena, Corvus Angelicus, Detritus of the Deep and Mr Jules.

Musicians on the move featured Instruments of Joy, and Blake Statue music featured Gypsy Dreams, Jon Maybey and Andy Foster.

The doors of Bridgwater Arts Centre, which were first opened in 1946, were open all day and a short, entertaining guided tour took people from the front door in Castle Street, through the art gallery, down into the vaulted basement (which was once part of the original town castle) and across the stage of the theatre and back out into Queen Street. Art work and a video installation was also on display

The Engine Room exhibited a range of ‘virtuous’ video games and a Bridgwater Through the Ages sound installation.

And at Bridgwater Library there were traditional tales and spontaneous stories from storyteller Sarah Mooney. Sarah will be out and about in the park and near the library during the day.




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