The Muddy Guide to What’s On (7-13 April)
Well hellooo weekend. No, I know we’re not quite there yet but I’m in town, got my heels on and I’m ready to par-ty! Come with me as we sneak a peek at the fab things to do this week.
Play in a Day, Salisbury Arts Centre, 14 April
Run them ragged (so they’ll sleep tonight, obvs) with this workshop for 8-12 year olds. It’s fast paced as they plan, create and develop a piece of drama for performance the same afternoon. A fantastic and fun workshop, not to be missed.
Showjumping, Lucknam Park, Chippenham, 10-12 April
Hone your riding skills (I have none, sadly. It’s as much as I can do to spell jodhpur) with legendary showjumping trainer Stephen Hadley in the bucolic surroundings of Lucknam Park. The 90 minute clinics will concentrate on striding, related distances and jumping on a course. No idea what that means but it sounds impressive, country and cool. Bring your own horse, of course.
Lambing at Roves Farm, Swindon, 7-9 April
It’s Lambing Time again at the farm, with over 400 (how many??) lambs expected, and several Pygmy nannies due to kid (I think that means baby goats). So basically loads of cute fluffy things to gawp at, plus tractor rides, indoor play and activities for the Mudlets. Bingo.
Singing workshops with London Gay Men’s Chorus, 8 April
No, I’m not having you on, this is for real – it’s singing, it’s with gay men, and you get to wear a rainbow T-shirt. What could be more fun?
Spring Action Day, Castle Combe, 8 April
I’m no petrol head but this is gripping stuff – non-stop track action, awesome paddock displays, thrilling demos, plus you actually get to drive some beauties. This one ain’t just for the guys.
Oyster Boy, Salisbury Playhouse, 11 April
Based on the title story of The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton, this bittersweet tale mixes clowning, singing, dance and puppetry. Ideal for ages 8+, and for any older crazy cats out there.
Comedy Club 4 Kids, 9 April
Split your sides open with the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit. They’re doing their thing, they’ve just ditched the rude bits. In fact, it’s just like a normal comedy club but it’s on during the day, kids are allowed in and there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face?”
Easter Egg Hunt, Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, 8-18 April
The Easter bunnies have been inspired by Lacock Abbey and the photography museum and are capturing their own memories in the abbey grounds. Get spotting them and…Oh, who cares? There’s chocolate involved, that’s all I need to know.
Hey Clay! Fisherton Mill Gallery, Salisbury, 8 April
Create your own piece of jewellery using silver clay (clay, you say? Yes, indeedy). Tutor Fiona Ingram is a metal clay and mixed media jewellery artist and teacher working in Shaftesbury, and she will no doubt wring those creative juices out of you. Bring the Mudlets – it’s free!
Sing, Malmesbury Town Hall, 11 April
Put your feet up and have a well-earned snooze while the Mudlets hoover up the popcorn and watch this little belter. Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.
Swindon Fringe Festival, Swindon 1-9 April
Last chance to catch the Swindon Fringe Festival, complete with Thriller Theatre, black comedy evenings, kids’ workshops, musical afternoons, missing Easter eggs and homeless pandas. And everything else totally nuts.
Marvellous Monsters, Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, from 8 April
Check out the mind-boggling new residents at Longleat as over 20 larger-than-life animatronic bugs take over the park. Come face to face (eye to antennae?) with some humungous creepy crawlies – a tailless whip scorpion or hulking Hercules beetle, anyone? Brings a whole new meaning to the word arachnophobia.
Need more inspiration? Check out my mega uber monster fab bumper Easter Guide