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Fritillaries, Cricklade, to Sat 28 April

Calling all flower lovers – now is the time to see the rare Snakes Head Fritillaries in flower in North Meadow. It’s why people come to Cricklade, dontcha know? crickladeinbloom


Miranda Carter – New Paintings, Malmesbury, to Fri 27 April

A collection of new paintings by Wiltshire artist Miranda Carter. Miranda paints intuitively creating balance and capturing atmosphere in her paintings with layers of mixed media.


The Winslow Boy, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 16 to Sat 21 April

Terence Rattigan’s classic family drama based on a real-life event involving a Gloucestershire boy will tug at your heart strings and moral compass. From the producers of The King’s Speech and Single Spies, Tessa Peake-Jones (of Only Fools and Horses and Grantchester fame) and Aden Gillet (Jack in The House of Elliot) play the mother and father to a boy who’s been expelled from naval college for theft. Gripping stuff.


Penguins, Salisbury Arts Centre, Mon 16 April

A co-production between Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Cahoots NI and Prime Theatre, based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins who lived at New York’s Central Zoo; together they hatched an abandoned egg and raised a chick.


Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes Tour, Salisbury, Wed 18 April

With over 14 million albums sold, multiple JUNO Awards and Grammy nominations, world renowned rockers Barenaked Ladies have released their fifteenth studio album, Fake Nudes. This is the tour to accompany the album. cityhallsalisbury


Un Ballo in Maschera, North Cotswold u3a Opera Group, Stanton Village Hall, Stanton, Wed 18 April, 2pm

Fancy a mid-week blast of opera? It’s good for you, you know, and Verdi’s political and romantic thriller will definitely give you a bit of a hump-day fillip. You don’t have to be a member of the u3a opera group to come along for free.  And then if you do like it, why not join up? Members pay just £20 a year to hear 11 operas, each with a short talk and coffee break. No snobbery here, just enthusiasm and curiosity. Email: 


Race for Life, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Thu 19 & Sat 20 April

Walk, jog, run or drag yourself around the park in a variety of events, all in aid of Cancer Research UK. Saturday 19 May is Pretty Muddy Kids, an obstacle course for little ones, followed by Pretty Muddy for us lot. Sun 20th is a 5k or 10k for the tougher amongst us. lydiardpark


Moonfleet, Salisbury, Thu 19 April to Sat 5 May

Haunted by the ghost of the marauding pirate, Blackbeard, Moonfleet is a village of intrigue and drama where shadowy smugglers lurk. Against this backdrop, young orphan John Trenchard dreams of Blackbeard’s treasure and the wealth and happiness it could bring.


Misty Monique’s Fabulous Quiz, AquaVitae, Cheltenham, Fri 20 April, 7.30-10pm

man in drag red and black check shirt stars skirt

A quiz but not as you know it, drag queen Misty Monique’s rounds will include Coc or Bull, Balloon Thrust and Misty Lip Sync to name just a few. From 7-8pm there’ll be two-for-one cocktails to get you in the mood and the winning team will bag a cash prize of £50 and a bottle of fizz. Dress up, down or inside out – anything goes!


Arabian Nights Spring Banquet, Crown & Sceptre, Stroud, Fri 20 & Sat 21 April, from 7pm

The fab Natural Cookery School is taking over the Gert Yurt at Stroud’s Crown & Sceptre to put on one humdinger of a Middle-Eastern feast. There’ll be four British veg, Syrian flavour courses – including delectable such as spring fattoush, cauliflower shawarma and pistachio rosewater meringues – a botanical cocktail bar and Egyptian dancing by the Haziz dance troupe. And it’s all for a good cause with money being raised for Humans 4 Humanity Refugee


The Drystones, The Prince Albert, Rodborough, Stroud, Fri 20 April, 8-10.30pm

two folk musicians guitar

An up-and-coming young duo who were nominated in the Radio 2 Young Folk Awards this year, expect an exhilarating performance that will round the week off nicely. And it’s Jamaica Inn Kitchen pop-up night, so you can fill your boots with Jamaican patties, plantain, jerk chicken and goat curry.


Gin Festival at Methuen Arms, Corsham, Sat 21 April

A day-long celebration of all things gin, with tasty tipples, expert talks from artisan suppliers and gin-flavoured food. Yep, that’s the one for me.


Coastal Perspectives, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sat 21 April

oil painting chalk cliff and sea

Former fishing boat skipper turned artist Robert Jones and Gloucestershire-based artist Chris Hardman both bring Cornish inspiration to their stunning seascape oil painting, with work by Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen members Graham Ikin, Derek Elliott and Colin Chetwood among others. thechapelarts-com


Cheltenham Beauty Week, various locations, Cheltenham, Sat 21 to Sat 28 April

OK ladies, time to get serious about grooming. The week will see loads of free talks and lectures about all sorts of topics from non-surgical facelifts (yes please) to makeup masterclasses (could do with that too, as well as skin analysis with Iiaa at Martin & Phelps, Laura Leigh’s pop-up hair and make-up bar at Topshop and Cowley Manor’s C-Side spa popping up at Laura Leigh! Be prepared to be dazzling by the end of the week.


Bex Jazz, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, near Stroud, Sat 21 April, 7.30-10pm

London’s 100 Club is just one of the venues Bex has belted out her Brazilian Portuguese sounds. Her voice is amazing and she moves effortlessly from big and powerful to soft and subtle, shape shifting through jazz, Latin and pop.


Jazz Sunday with The Jazzy Pixels, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, Sun 22 April


Playing a wide repertoire of blues, jazz, swing and funk plus its own original material The Jazzy Pixels are sure to entertain while you enjoy a three-course meal in Whatley’s revamped Grey’s Brasserie. Nice.


Kim Wilde – Here Come The Aliens Tour, Salisbury, Sun 22 April

Platinum Selling Kim Wilde is back with her “Here Come The Aliens” Tour 2018. The Kid’s In America star brings  a show packed full of brand new music and some good ‘ole oldies too. cityhallsalisbury


Spring Farm Open Day, Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Sun 22 April

Spend a day on the farm, and see a different side to Hartley Farm. Get up close and personal in an interactive, fun and educational way. hartleyfarm


Foraging Trip, Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Forest of Dean, Sun 22 April

wild mushrooms

Raoul van Den Broucke is one expert forager – dubbed “the Carluccio of the Wye Valley” by The Guardian no less, he knows the Forest’s foraging spots like the back of his hand and will show guests to all the best edible mushrooms, pennywort, wimberries, march samphire, sea beat and wild strawberries depending on the season.


Profiteroles & Éclairs, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 22 April, 10am-1pm

chocolate profiteroles

OMG, we love profiteroles and éclairs at Muddy are salivating at the thought of this masterclass under the tutelage of Andy Robertson who knows a thing or two about how to make choux pastry. Light, crisp and twice-baked, it sounds complicated and not one you can cheat, so this will be three hours well spent – and you’ll get to eat the fruits of your labour!


Earth Day Yoga with Rachel Mellish, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 22 April, 5-6.30pm

woman outside downward dog yoga

A perfect way to celebrate Earth Day, this workshop will explore earthy practices to ground and connect you, strengthening your sense of self and security, led by the inspirational Rachel Mellish, who will round off the nurturing session with an earth meditation.


Hype Art Show, Unicorn House, Cirencester, Mon 23 to Fri 27 April

Contemporary art dealer Laura Long is putting on an art show with a difference at Cirencester’s cool co-working space Unicorn House. With work by Stuart Semple, Phil Bedford, Detta Fane, Bella Thewes and Debby Besford, expect knockout art in a knockout setting. Oh, and there’ll be prints for sale so bring your credit card!


The W Club Launch, Unicorn House, Cirencester, Mon 23 April, 9am-5pm

Starting your own business? Then make sure you drop in at Cirencester’s über-stylish co-working space Unicorn House to check out its new networking club for women who are getting something exciting off the ground. A great way to meet likeminded women and share ideas, it’s also an incredibly reasonable price at only £10 per session. There are limited place, thoughs so don’t dilly dally. Email:


Banff Mountain Film Festival – World Tour, Salisbury, Tue 24 April

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. cityhallsalisbury

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