What’s on in July in Wiltshire
It's properly summer, let's just hope someone's told the Wiltshire weather. We've got a top line-up of outdoor music, cinema, markets and festivals. What ya waiting for? Go!
OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL Bounce Back at Iford Manor, 2-4 July
Three days of world-class classical and jazz in the most spectacular setting, and socially distanced too. The weather is looking promising and we’re super-excited. We’ve got ours, but if you still need tickets get on it – there are just a few left. For more info about Iford, see our brand new feature. Grab a blanket and a posh picnic, and see you there.
ARTS & CRAFTS Make Well Workshops, the Guild in Wilton, Sat 3 July
Super-cool Bruton mag / shop / arty-people Hole & Corner bring you a day of workshops in the gorgeous surrounding of The Guild. Try your hand at model making with master animators, Aardman; screen printing or Letterpress printing (yes please). Everything these folk touch is so stylish, we think you’re going to love it, so have arranged a Muddy discount: use code ALLCHANGE20.
THEATRE The Woman in White, Theatre Royal Bath, 5-10 July
This classic spine-chilling ghost story is celebrating it’s 30th year in production. Not for the faint-hearted, but if you’ve got some brave teens, they’ll love it.
MUSIC Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Salisbury Playhouse, 10 July
With fans such as Riz Ahmed and Gilles Peterson, this cellist, singer and songwriter is a musical talent to watch. Expect mesmerising vocals and a unique mix of classical meets RnB.
COMEDY Lucy Porter, Pound Arts, Corsham, 11 July
Fancy a giggle? Lucy Porter (yes, her off the telly) is the woman to give you one in her latest stand-up show. A veteran of the Edinburgh Festival and a regular face on QI and Would I Lie to You, her upbeat schtick promises a fun and feel-good night out. Amen to that.
GARDENS Charity open day Fonthill House, 11 July
The 3rd Lord Margadale of Islay and his family will be welcoming visitors into their rather impressive grounds in a special event to raise funds for the Pancreatic Action Charity. If you haven’t discovered this corner of Wilts, then make this your chance to – it’s stunning – and swing by Bird and Carter cafe while you’re there. Prepare to feast your eyes on azaleas, rhododendrons and majestic oaks in the woodlands; an ornamental kitchen garden; mixed planting in the formal garden and we haven’t even started on the Deer Park and Lake. Opera singer Rosalind Plowright will be performing throughout the afternoon and there’ll be sandwiches, cakes and a wine bar to keep you refreshed. How very civilised.
MARKET The Atworth Artisan, The White Hart, Sun 11 July 11am
This little monthly community market of local makers really punches above its weight. Great for presents (one for you, one for me…): handmade soap, funky macrame, loads of jewellery, prints and flowers.
FOOD FESTIVAL Bradford-on-avon 17-18 July
There’ll be artisan producers, dahling, chef demos and all manner of delicious local fayre at this fab foodie weekender. Yes, the first one in 2019 was such a hit they’ve now extended it to run over a fabulous two days. Fill your face with yummy street food and fill your bag with all manner of cheese, chutney, cider and gin. Wahey! Happy shopping.
DANCE Classic Ibiza, Bowood, 23 July
If you can’t get to the White Isle this summer, then let it come to you, when the grounds of Bowood turn into an outdoor club complete with lasers and all the classic ‘toons’ you can shake a (glow) stick at. The evening kicks off with a chilled vibe, courtesy of Pacha and Ministry of Sound DJ, Jose Luis, before ramping up to what we’ve all been waiting for, the dance set with anthems from Faithless, Underworld and The Prodigy – you know the drill. But look sharp, tickets are going fast. Adult tickets £45.
LUXE OUTDOOR CINEMA The Greatest Showman, Berkeley Castle 30 July & St Michael’s Park Cirencester 31 July
The Lost Cinema love a fancy location, and these two screenings are no exception. Grab some mates and sing along under the stars to this camp hit musical. Buy tickets here, or try your luck in this Muddy Reader Treat competition.