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What’s on in September

No plans? Muddy's monthly what's on guide is back, baby, with loads of local stuff to keep you entertained

What’s occurring this month around Wilts? This little lot. Remember to check the venue website beforehand as you may have to pre-book at some places. We’ll be adding in more events in as we hear about them, so keep watching this space.

WHAT’S ON

The Alfresco Film Company, Wiltshire College Lackham, nr Chippenham, 18-19 Sep

A selection of great films in stunning settings, Alfresco’s rescheduled late summer dates are still going ahead (subject to any changes – stay tuned), but all film goers will get socially distanced deckchairs and all the 2-metre apart snack and food services, along with a giant LED HD screen of course. If you want your own private, pop-up experience you can even hire Alfresco to come to your own back garden and set up a 13ft screen (from £400+ VAT) – the ultimate non-drive, drive-in. Book here. Your friends will love you forever.

Encounters Film Festival, Bristol online, Fri 18 Sep – Sun 11 Oct

The UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival based in Bristol but this year it’s online. Get a taster here.

The Early Early Christmas Fair, 21 Sep – 1 Oct

Mark your diary for the very first The Early, Early Christmas VIRTUAL Fair. The Fair has been a very successful event held annually for the last 28 years in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and this year due to Covid 19 they are doing it differently. This year is not just about the Charity but about looking after the small, hard-working businesses that are the key enablers of the event and all our supporters. SAVE THE DATES: Monday 21st September – Thursday 1st October 2020 www.eecfair.org.uk for more details. Check out this ten day, exclusive, online shopping extravaganza for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Their loyal stallholders have all come together and offered discounts many of which include free delivery, plus 10% of everything you buy is being donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. You’ll find wonderful small businesses, brimming over with fabulous, new inspiring gifts and treats for everyone, including delicious food items, fashion, personalised stationery, books, beauty products, pictures, stocking fillers; beautiful things for your home and garden; gifts for men, women, children and babies, and much more. Why not join them for a fabulous Virtual Pinkster Gin tasting evening with over 200 virtual parties taking place? Pull up a chair, grab some glasses and kick back for a half hour as ginmeister Stephen (founder of Pinkster Gin) teases your senses and tickles your taste buds. Be sure to order a Home Gin Tasting Kit for Two before the Virtual Gin Tasting Event (25th September @1900hrs), or enter our fabulous Reader Treat for the chance to WIN one!

Live screening of Romantics Anonymous, various venues, Thurs 24 Sept

When gifted chocolate maker and painfully shy Angélique takes a job at equally socially anxious Jean-René’s struggling factory, a fragile love affair unfolds. Wise Children’s fully staged, live streamed musical directed by Emma Rice (former artistic director of the Kneehigh Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, where the show was first seen) is beamed in direct from the Bristol Old Vic. Read our review.

Live screening of Rambert’s Draw From Within, Theatre Royal Bath, Thurs 24 & Fri 25 Sept

Photo Wim Vandekeybus

Rambert’s London South Bank studios will be transformed into a series of contrasting, vivid theatrical worlds, some dream worlds, some nightmares, some turned upside down for their first real-time, live-stream performance with leading choreographer and film-maker, Wim Vandekeybus. Tickets £10 per household.

Marlborough LitFest, 26 Sep

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s festival will not take place in its usual form. However the LitFest will continue its outreach programme, running activities for the community – mainly online – including the annual Big Town Read, free author talks for local primary schools as well as competitions for all ages. This year’s Big Town Read will be a free, virtual event, taking place on Saturday 26 September at 6pm. Register for the online session with author Louise Doughty, where you’ll be able to put questions to her about her latest novel, the 2020 Big Town Read Platform Seven.

Bowood House, Calne

Discovery waits around every corner at the gorgeous Bowood estate, with 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and, especially for Mudlets, an adrenaline-fuelled Adventure Playground featuring a life size pirate ship plus a soft play area for the younger children. Day Visitors are now able to visit Bowood House & Gardens by purchasing a ticket online in advance. Access will be controlled using a timed, wristband system – wristbands will be allocated at admissions on arrival, giving each family the chance to access the Adventure Playground for two hours during the course of their visit. www.bowood.org

River Bourne Community Farm, Laverstock

Wiltshire’s only FREE to visit community farm (just what we like to hear), it sits prettily on the edge of Salisbury by the River Bourne, overlooking stunning water meadows. They are open for limited hours each day of 10am to 1pm. Go to their website and book a slot. The café and farm shop will be open for drinks, cakes and ice-creams from 10am to 1pm.

Wiltshire Music Centre, 26 Sep

To celebrate the reopening of Wiltshire Music Centre on Saturday 26th September the Centre plans to host a FREE community concert, featuring performances by many of the local groups who work out of the Centre – including Wiltshire Young Musicians, the Zone Club and many more – followed by an energetic performance by local folk stars the Carrivick Sisters. Bring the family, a picnic and the sunshine if you can for this fantastic outdoor concert on the lawn, which marks the start of WMC’s return to live events.

Woolley Grange, Bradford on Avon

Love food? Come away for a two night Gourmet Break. Enjoy a fabulous cooked breakfast on both mornings and, on your first evening, a gin tasting followed by a five course tasting menu by award winning Head Chef Jethro Lawrence. Bon Appetit! This break includes a pre-dinner artisan gin tasting and teach in session by the bar staff. There are three gins to contrast and compare: Woolley’s own Walled Garden gin produced by local Scout & Sage Microdistillery using botanicals from their walled garden, 6 O-Clock Jekka and Monkey 47. Truly a gin lovers heaven! Follow with a delicious 5 course tasting menu showcasing the very best of Jethro Lawrence’s cooking using locally sourced fresh ingredients, many from their own kitchen gardens.

New baby? Book Baby’s First Stay Away at Woolley and make the most of a baby video monitoring service, 2 hours of childcare per day in their Ofsted registered nursery, a Mary Poppins lie-in service and all the baby equipment you need as well as a beautiful Storksak Organics welcome gift. Plus, they still offer their ‘Time for You’ Toddler Break where parents can enjoy some peace and spa time whilst they look after the little one.

COURSES

The Cooking School, Warminster

Even a total non-cook like me loves a cooking course (actually, I need a cooking course), and you’ve certainly come to the right place. The Cooking School runs a great range of cooking lessons and courses, in a relaxed, fun atmosphere (no culinary snobs here). Whether you are a kitchen novice or a Master Chef hopeful, there’s a lesson or a course to help you finesse those skills in the kitchen. Book now for Indian Street Food on 16 Sep, Best of Italy on 18 Sep, and loads more.

Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes

Book now for Vaughan’s fabulous courses in their friendly professional kitchen on the outskirts of the historic town of Devizes. Our faves this month are
Chocolate! on 13 Sep and A taste of Italy on 30 Sep.

The Santosha Studio

This fantastic yoga studio’s September schedule is full of in-studio and online classes, courses and workshops. Highlights include mixed Level Hatha classes, run everyday in the Studio, plus Flow Yoga (online) on Monday evenings at 6.15pm, Yang & Yin Yoga (online) on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm (brand new class), Yin Yoga (online) on Friday evenings at 7.30pm, Yoga 4 lunch (online) on Tuesday lunchtimes at 12.30pm, Rise & Shine (online) an early morning stretch to start your working day on Wednesday mornings at 8am and Flow Yoga (online) on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Check online for many more sessions.

EAT OUT

The Cricklade Club 

– have reopened! They are now open all day till 10pm for drinks and @timperspizza has a pop up shop 5-9pm. 

SHOPPING

La Cotonniere, Bradford on Avon

We’re thrilled to announce that La Cotonniere is now alive, with lots of new products in store! Their face masks are just flying; they designed and manufactured them in their factory in Turkey, made out of non-woven technical fabric with special breathing technology. They are washable, re-usable and come individually in re-sealable pouch.

Equilibrium Clinic, Pewsey

One of our favourite beauty salons is open again for all treatments, welcoming new and existing clients for their full range of treatments and therapies. It looks as though masks and face coverings are here to stay for a while yet, so why not make sure your eye area is looking its best? Try their Environ Focus-On Frown or Focus-On Eye treatments which are specifically developed to target these specific areas using Environ’s revolutionary dual electro-sonic DF technology to help deliver more of what your skin needs, where it needs it most. This month, they’re offering a saving of 15% on treatments booked in September. Call the salon to book (01672 851212), mentioning this offer when you make your appointment. Go on, you deserve it! 

BOOK AHEAD

Grittleton House Wedding Open House, 10 and 11 October

After a wedding venue of your dreams? Look no further!Muddy has a good snoop around Grittleton House, one of our favourite country house wedding venues in the Cotswolds. Sign up now for their Wedding Open House on 10 and 11 October. www.grittletonhouse.co.uk

Wedding Fair at Alexandra House, Swindon

Book now for the fabulous Wedding Fair on 25 October. www.swindonalexandrahouse.co.uk

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