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So what’s on in May in Wiltshire?

We're so excited about IRL Wiltshire events. Coming up in May there is drive-in cinema, delicious craft sales, Bristol photography exhibitions and more. Let. Me. Out.

PLANT SALE: Great Chalfield Manor Sunday 2nd May 10am-4pm

In beautiful countryside between Melksham and Bradford-on-avon, their annual charity hurrah is always a treat. Proceeds go to Friends of Great Chalfield and Jamies Farm.


If Great Chalfield is giving you a taste for plant life, the delightful Courts Gardens are just down the road – or along a lovely cross-country half hour walk. NT Gardens are now mostly open, but book a time-slot in advance.

DRIVE-IN ENTERTAINMENT: The Alfresco Theatre, Warleigh Lodge Farm, Bathford, Bath Thurs 6 – Sun 9 May

From the people who brought you Pub in the Park and Drive & Dine Theatre, comes The Alfresco Theatre Drive-in. Choose nosh from five top chefs – Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Jason Atherton, Atul Kochhar and Paul Ainsworth – with live entertainment. Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club with Angela Barnes & Zoe Lyons (Fri 7 May) and The Gruffalo Live on stage (Sun 9 May); movies Jo Jo Rabbit (Thurs 6 May), Grease (Sat 8 May), B, The Greatest Showman (Sat 8 May), Jurassic Park (Sun 9 May) and Bohemian Rhapsody (Sun 9 May).

OUTSIDE: National Garden Scheme’s Open Gardens, throughout Wiltshire from May

A great opportunity to nose around gardens that rarely open. Get some inspiration for your summer planting, or just chose the ones that serve tea &cake

MARKET: The Atworth Artisan, Sunday 9th May 11-3pm

Some Atworth creatives found there was a silly amount of local crafting talent on their doorstep – so they’ve assembled it all here for you on the second Sunday of every month. They will be taking over the White Hart pub (and a marquee) with around 25 stalls of plants, food, gifts and all sorts of lovely stuff. The jewellery and flowers look particularly lustworthy. I’m practically hyperventilating at the thought of an actual market.

FESTIVAL: The Bath Festival live, Mon 17 – Mon 24 May

The festival celebrating the best in music and books in a beautiful city. Don’t miss spoken word poet Holly McNish – you won’t regret it. Other Highlights include comedian Tez Ilyas; comedian/writer Robert Webb; author of Breathtaking, Dr Rachel Clarke; entertainer Mel Giedroyc and skincare queen and beauty blogger Caroline Hirons. And don’t forget the Bridgerton walking tour… See the full line up.

EXHIBITION: Bristol Photo Festival at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery from 18th May

MOSH, The Face 1997. © Elaine Constantine courtesy Martin Parr Foundation / Bristol Museum and Art Gallery 
Accra, 1971 A shop assistant at the Sick-Hagemeyer store © James Barnor Courtesy of Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière courtesy Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Actual exhibitions IRL! And all sorts of other photo-related stuff in this extensive biennial. I’ll be sure to report back when I’ve been allowed in, but a couple that look particularly interesting are: Island Life: Photos from the Martin Parr Foundation; and British-Ghanian James Barnor’s 1950s photos.

DRIVE-IN CINEMA: Daisy Duke’s Drive-in Cinema Swindon Greyhound Stadium 21st-23rd May

Drive-in cinema comes to Swindon! Chose from It /Grease / Wonderwoman on 21st; Pulp Fiction / Bohemian Rhapsody / The Greatest Showman on 22nd; The Joker / A Star is Born / Mama Mia / Harry Potter on 23rd.

CRAFT FAIR: Living Crafts in Cirencester Park 29th-31st May

A one-stop creative and shopping experience showcasing the talents of hundreds of acclaimed designer-makers from across the UK. Living Crafts is making its first appearance at the spectacular Bathurst Estate in Cirencester from Saturday 29th May to Monday 31st May (that’s Bank Holiday sorted then).

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE: Roll Play, Guildhall Square, Salisbury SP1 1JH Sun 30th & Mon 31st at 10.30 & 2.30pm

Salisbury are on fire this month – particularly on the second bank holiday – with lots of outdoor performance – and this looks like one of the highlights. Simple Cypher are three performers who blur the boundaries between hip hop and circus. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance.

A PROMENADE SHOW: Invisible Man Market Square, Salisbury, SP1 1JH, Mon 31 May at 11am, 1pm & 4pm

Well this looks interesting. The Invisible Man is an interactive two person 30 minute walkabout performance using 3D projection technology and and interactive sound system. Book free tickets in advance.

DANCE: Bonded, Guildhall Square, Salisbury, SP1 1JH
Sun 30 May & Mon 31 May 2021 at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Twin sisters Sadé and Kristina Alleyne have had rave international reviews for their work around the interdependency of siblings, combining aspects of Hip hop, Afro-Caribberan and Kathak dance with circus skills. Book free tickets in advance.

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