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April guide


****Discounts for Muddy readers!**** Meda Gedara Villa, Sri Lanka, dates in April and July!

Meda Gedara, a colonial villa sleeping up to 18 on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is officially ‘the new island pin-up’. Condé Nast Traveller says so, and I for one am not going to argue. The brainchild of Cheltenham-based Fiona McLeod, the dreamy destination is now top of Muddy’s holiday wish list. Just some of the edited highlights include tropical gardens leading out to the Indian Ocean, a huge cinema space, a magnificent teak staircase, split level pools, one with a 74ft water slide, a kids’ TV room, daily Sri Lankan menus, a yoga shala and beautiful artefacts everywhere you look. We reckon it’s the perfect family escape – take a day out to go surfing, sightseeing, visiting temples, or seeing turtle hatcheries, plus there are water sports in abundance for the more active Mudlets and some of the best beaches in the world. The great news is that we’ve just been told of availability 14-15 April, plus 23 July – 1 Aug, with 10% DISCOUNT FOR MUDDY READERS! From $1250 per night.
10% off Wanderlust Camper Co vans!!! Throughout April

Bag a bargain in April. We luuuurve these unique campervans (each with their own personality, no less) which will totally make you stand out from the crowd at the best of the fests. Book one for your favourite festival, and then you’ll be back to bag it again for the summer hols – Wanderlust Camper Co are launching a series of experiences, and whether it’s road tripping around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, or hitting the Cider Route for artisan cider and perry producers around Herefordshire, you’ll want to take a look. *BREAKING NEWS* Wanderlust Camper Co are offering 10% off to all Muddy readers for any 2019 break when taken by 30th September. Minimum 3 nights. Enter ‘muddy10’ at the checkout to redeem.


Freebies in the Alps (sort of!), Morzine, France, to 6 April 

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Chalet Fourmiliere is offering free transfers to Geneva for all last minute March/early April bookings. Breaks start at from €480 pp for 3 days, based on two sharing a room. Or what about Easter school holiday week 6 – 13 April, when the resort is truly rocking? Trust me, it’ll be worth it!


Lifestyle Health and Beauty, nr Malmesbury, throughout April

***HOT OFF THE PRESS!*** Lifestyle Health and Beauty are offering an Easter special with one of their therapists, Aggeliki – get a fabulous Gel manicure for only £20, as well up to 40% off all of their BareMinerals stock. What are you waiting for? Get booking, Mudsters!


A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until Sun 6 April

Photo Joe Roberts

Hidden agendas, flawed relationships, wild self-abandonment– the course of true love never runs smooth. Mad, bad romance in a new and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. 


Wiltshire Residents Week, Lydiard Park, Swindon,  to Sun 7 Apr

To celebrate Residents Week, Lydiard Park are offering 2 for 1 admissions to the house and walled garden. Tour the stately Elizabethan home in all its grandeur. Offer exclusively available to residents with post code SP, SN, BA11, BA12, BA13, BA14 and BA15. lydiardhouse


New Year, New Members, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham,  to Sat 14 April

 The Guild at 51 have welcomed three new members to The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. Cleo Mussi, a mosaic artist, Louise Pocock a milliner and Rhian Wyman a weaver, are all masters of their handcrafted work. Their exquisite talent will be exhibited in the gallery for all to


Easter Bunny Trail & Afternoon Tea, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Mon 1 Apr to Wed 17 Apr

The stunning grounds of Woolley Grange Hotel are an absolute delight, especially in the spring as the flowers begin to bloom, trees turn green and the sun shines brighter and warmer. Explore the Easter Bunny trail throughout the grounds, free for both hotel guests and those who are booked for afternoon tea.


Sharmanka Travelling Circus, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Tues 7 May

Photo Robin Mitchell

Artist and inventor Eduard Bersudsky turns old furniture, metal scrap and grotesque carved figures into performing mechanical theatre (Sharmanka is Russian for barrel organ); a humorous and slightly macabre experience.


Richard III, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, to Sat 13 April

Tom Mothersdale (Peaky Blinders, The Glass Menagerie) as Shakespeare’s iconic villan in a production from the Roayl & Derngate, Northampton and the Oxford Playhouse.


Koala Creek, Longleat, throughout April

This Easter, for the first time ever, you’ll get the chance to discover the wonderful world of Koala Creek, home to the Safari Park’s newest (and furthest travelled) residents; a group of iconic southern koalas and two endearing hairy-nosed wombats. They share their brand new abode with long-nosed potoroos; rabbit-sized, kangaroo-like, marvellous marsupials. Go on a journey through indoor and outdoor habitats where you can observe the wonderful and iconic Australian animals, and discover the down-under lowdown of the fascinating adaptations of the marsupials in the area.


Private Evening Painting Sessions, Splash of Colour Café, Salisbury, throughout April

Got a creative flare or fancy a new hobby? Splash of Colour Café are holding adult painting evenings this month so you can try your hand. Whether you consider yourself a bit of a Picasso,or struggle with stick figures, this is a great way to relax, wind down and relieve everyday stresses.


Equus, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 2 – Sat 6 April

Ira Mandela Siobhan as Nugget and Ethan Kai as Alan Strang. Photo The Other Richard

Peter Shaffer’s famous psychological thriller re-imagined. The story of a psychiatrist (Zubin Varla, currently shortlisted in the 2019 Olivier Award noms for Best Actor in a Musical) and a young man (Ethan Kai, Emmerdale) with a pathological religious fascination with horses. Inspired by a true story and gripping stuff.


Live Cinema, Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, cinemas around Wilts, Tues 2 April

Photo Monika Rittershaus

Shenanigans involving nobleman forbidding daughter to marry beloved, beloved killing nobleman, nobleman’s son seeking revenge.

Find a cinema near you


Horrible Histories, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 3-7 April

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead. So it’s time to prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage. Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips!


Lebanese and more, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Fri 5 Apr

Wafaa Powell joins the talented team of Vaughan’s Cookery school to teach you flavour combinations and cooking techniques that go into Middle Eastern cooking.


Easter Egg Hunt with Ducklings Toy Shop, Marlborough and Wootton Bassett, Fri 5 Apr to Tues 23 Apr  

Grab your trail map from Duckling Toy Shop and get hunting. Collect all the stickers from independent retailers or cafes down the high street to complete the map, and you’ll be rewarded with special Easter prizes on completion.


Swindon Fringe Festival, Sun 7 Apr to Tues 14 Apr

The biggest comedy event of the year! Opening night kicks off with a bang, with live music, entertainment and plenty of drinks. On the 7 April a fast paced and humorous offering from award winning Quirky Bird Theatre ‘Heartbreak Beautiful’ has a tongue in cheek look at youth culture, then comes character comedy taking centre stage with ‘Harvery Greenfield is Running Late’, performed by 2018 winner Best Comedy Performance Paul Richard. A festival line up packed with brilliant, inventive, original and down-right funny performances, whether you’re into one-liners, or comedy skits.


Tom James Fitness Workout, Sat 6 April

Join VERVE Festival and Tom James Fitness for a workout in the gardens and grounds of 10 Castle Street in Dorset on Saturday 6th April at 10am.  £12.50 payable on the day.  To sign up contact VERVE wellness festival is this September 7&8 in Wiltshire.


Easter Eggstravaganza, Cotswold Farm park, Cheltenham, Sat 6 Apr to Sun 28 Apr

You’ll be skipping and jumping into the spirit of spring with an egg hunt around the Park this Easter with a prize for every child. There will also be craft activities and a puppet show to entertain the little ones, as well as all of the usual Farm Park fun – stroking bunnies and holding chicks, bottle feeding the lambs twice daily and the opportunity to feed those greedy goats! They’ll still be lambing in the Animal Barn too, which is not to be missed, with new arrivals due every day of the holidays. All activities included in the cost of admission.


Go East for Easter, Monkey World, Wareham, Sat 6 Apr to Mon 22 Apr

Monkey World are key players in helping sustain the monkey population around the world. This Easter the park will be fundraising to put six gibbon back into the wild from the sister sanctuary Dae Tien in Vietnam. Do your part by visiting the park and get involved in helping our wild cousins.


Victorian Easter Festival, Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham, Sat 6 Apr to Tues 23 Apr

Holst Birthplace Museum hosts a Victorian themed Easter Festival with special events dotted throughout the whole of April. Kicking off is ‘Bake Back in Time for Easter’ enjoy some delicious treats from a time gone by. Or join in the craft sessions, spring cleaning workshops and floristry courses.


Brian Patten: The Book of Upside Down Thinking, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Sat 6 Apr

One of the UK’s most influential poets, and a member of Liverpool Poets of the 1960’s, Brian Patten reads with emotion, beat and meaning. Here, he revisits a number of classic favourites but the performance also combines two very different strands of his most recent poetry.


Bowood’s Big Spring Adventure, Bowood House, Calne, Sat 6 April to Sun 22 Apr

The Easter Bunny has been busy getting ready for his big spring adventure, and all around the gorgeous Bowood estate, clues have been hidden, with plenty of yummy chocolate treats to find.


The Girl on the Train, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 8 – Sat 13 April

Samantha Womack (Eastenders) is the girl peering out of the train window at the seemingly perfect lives of Megan and Scott (Oliver Farnworth, (Corrie).  But all is not as it seems.


Dinosaur World Live, Swindon, 8-9 April

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus. A special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.


Zog, Swindon, 10-11 April

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with Gadabout the Great! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s (founder and Artistic Director of Kneehigh) magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s (award-winning actor and singer-songwriter with The Sussex Wit) sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages.


The Magic Flute, Bristol Hippodrome, Thurs 11 & Sat 13 April

Magritte-inspired production from the Welsh National Opera involving an angry lobster, a newspaper-reading lion and a fish turned into a bike.



Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 12 to Sun 14 April

Fabulous, eye-catching and unusual art and antiques return to Westonbirt School this 12-14 April at our fave fair of the year, the Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair. With a huge variety of pieces for collectors, home furnishers, interior designers and anyone looking for unusual decorative accessories, it’s your chance to find some real gems, from vintage fashion and costume jewellery, to traditional antique pieces or the latest in decorative chic style. A cut above other vintage fairs, dealers from all over the UK and Europe will be selling Mid-Century Modern, eye-catching Art Deco, contemporary sculpture, industrial chic, painted furniture, portraits and glamorous jewellery…need I go on?


Stuart Goldsmith: End Of, Salisbury Playhouse, Sat 13 April

Stu’s back with a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares. Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who’ve lost touch with all their old friends and can’t eat just one pain au chocolat. Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions.


Wedding Showcase with Fabulous Functions, The Bear Hotel, Hungerford, Sun 14 Apr

Fabulous Functions pride themselves on providing excellent and bespoke wedding services from centrepieces, table linen, flower walls and more. And rightly so – they are gorgeous! Held at The Bear Hotel in Hungerford, check out their Wedding Showcase for some seriously good advice from the wedding experts.


Heather Small, Swindon, 14 April

A very special evening with Heather Small. As Part of M People, Heather had hits such as Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and Search For The Hero and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success. Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming. Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her Proud album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England’s victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.


National Theatre Live Screening: All About Eve, The Pound Arts, Corsham, Wed 17 Apr

Margo Channing has always been in the spotlight. For years she has been the golden girl, but young and beautiful Eve is hot on her toes and is quickly becoming Margo’s biggest threat. This tale of jealousy, ambition and celebrity status has found great fame thanks to the incredible National Theatre production.


Creative Print Making, Birmingham Studio, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Wed 17 Apr

Make the most of the Easter break and enrol your teens into this Print Making workshop. Creating multi-layered prints using rollers and paper stencils, they’ll come home with some cracking artwork worthy of putting on the fridge.


Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Salisbury Playhouse, Wed 17 April

Ten years after ‘Mamma Mia!’ grossed more than 600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.


Kids Tea and Tour, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 17 April

Enjoy a tour of the theatre and a delicious afternoon tea especially for the kids this half-term.


Rob Auton: The Talk Show, The Pounds Art, Corsham, Thurs 18 Apr

After having second-best reviewed show and bagging ‘Funniest Joke’ award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rob Auton is quickly becoming a big name in the comedy scene. You’re your tickets for this hilarious show combining comedy, theatre and spoken word.


Step in Time, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Thurs 18 Apr to Sat 20 Apr

After a sell-out tour last year, Theatre Studio Tour are back celebrating all thing musical theatre.


Little Pickle Pop-up, Manor Farm Buildings, Upper Slaughter, Fri 19 Apr to Sat 20 Apr

Local business The Little Pickle have hosted several Supper Club pop-up dining experiences in the past few months, and the menus just keep getting better and better. Enjoy a menu of Canapés and Sourdough bread with cultured butter, heritage tomato salad, Burrata, wild garlic pesto, lardo and lemon & gin cured mackerel, pickled fennel, sour cream. To top it all off, you can bring your own booze. What could be better?


80’s Themed Dinner, Hillbrush Restaurant, Mere, Fri 19 Apr  

Join Hillbrush for a throw-back to 80’s fine dining for just 3 courses for £20. Dishes include chicken liver pâté and toast, melon boat, chicken chasseur and Eton mess.


Good Friday Fish Supper, The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Fri 19 Apr

This five-course banquet is all about the flavours of the sea. For just £55 per person you’ll also get champagne and canapes.


Easter Sunday Lunch, The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Sun 21 Apr  

Enjoy a traditional Easter Sunday lunch with the family, with the option to order 2 or 3 courses.


Things I Know to be True, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Mon 22 Apr to Sat 27 Apr

Bob and Fran Price have worked hard to give their family all of the opportunities they never had and now, with their children ready to fly the nest, it should be their time – a time to sit back and smell the roses. But a change of season brings some shattering truths as reality is tested and lives are redefined.As beautifully touching as it is funny, Things I Know To Be True is a portrait of marriage and family as seen through the eyes of four siblings, Pip, Mark, Ben and Rosie, all of whom have their own struggles and secrets.


An Evening with Jason Robinson, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wed 24 Apr

Rugby Legend Jason Robinson hosts a four-course dinner at the impressive Whatley Manor. Hear personal anecdotes from the sporting star about his experience as an England rugby captain and the highs and low of his explosive career.


Walled Garden Tours, Bowood House, Calne,  from Wed 24 Apr

Rhododendrons and bluebells in the woods of the Bowood Estate in Wiltshire.

The popular walled-garden tours kick off for 2019, with tea and coffee on arrival, a guided tour and a two-course lunch served in the Stables Restaurant.


The Edit, Salisbury Playhouse, 25-27 April

If you could re-write your past, would you? Nick Loved Elena. Elena loved Nick. Their relationship was a disaster. The Edit unfolds in real time, a year after they broke up, as they desperately try to unpick where things went wrong, and whether they could – or should – take another chance on each other. A new play by Fest West Writer’s Prize 2016 finalist Sarah Gordon.


Style Pod at Bodega, Cheltenham, Fri 26 April

Pop into Bodega for a fab Style Pod and bra fitting workshop, with colour expert Michelle Blake offering advice on style. Bring along pieces from your wardrobe that you need help with or ideas on how to wear, plus Harts of Monmouth and expert bra fitter Carrie will be available for fittings. And it’s all free, which is what we like to hear!


Kids Arcade Pop Up, Burford, Fri 26 April

Shop for stylish, unique kids’ brands with our fave kids’ suppliers Kids Arcade at their Spring Pop Up event. Kids Arcade is a stylish pop-up concept that serves up a cool edit of kids’ fashion and lifestyle products, championing small and emerging British and European labels as well as those less well-known in the UK market. Grab gear not easily found on the high street – even less so in the countryside!


E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: In Concert, Colston Hall, Bristol, Sat 27 April

Small boy meets lost alien. The original with live music from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. This sounds awesome.


The Long Arms Music, Cider & Beer Festival, The Long Arms, Steeple Ashton, Sat 27 Apr

After 11 successful years and hundreds of loyal guests, The Long Arms festival returns for another year of fabulous music and bevvies. The perfect way to kick off spring and the festival season.


Desert Island Poetry with Annette Badland, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Sun 28 Apr

Margaret Blain, Birdie Henshall, Babe Smith are just a few of the iconic characters Annette Badland has played over the years, and her talent doesn’t stop there. As part of the Cheltenham Poetry festival, Annette is ‘castaway’ and asked to choose eight poems and a luxury item that she would take to a desert island and discusses her life, and work and the reasons for her poetry choices.


Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Komedia, Bath, Sun 28 April

Stand up talks gaslighting, lies and cheating in her new show Victim, Complex.



Charity Lunch and Fashion Show, Bodega, Cheltenham, 20 April

Join Bodega for a Charity Fashion Show and Lunch in support of Acorns Children’s Hospice. Join them from 12 noon  at The Three Ways House, Mickleton for a fab fashion show and style workshop with Michelle Blake Style Consultancy. Tickets £25 includes 2 course lunch, goody bag and Fashion Show.


Rubi Warren Jewellery Open Evening, The Consortium, Winchester, Wed 1 May

Chrissi Harcourt-Wood, the designer-maker behind Rubi Warren Jewellery, showcases her exceptional craft and new design space. Admire her elegant timeless pieces in the studio where the creation process happens. If you would like to attend, please contact with the subject WFW Open Evening.


‘In Conversation With’ Debz and Nicky, founders of Arkell & Wills, Malmaison Cheltenham, Wed 1 May 

Enjoy a delicious two course lunch and glass of wine with friends, whilst hearing the inspirational A&W story – a must for any budding entrepreneurs, they’ll be sharing their tips for building their luxury cashmere brand and doing business in the digital world up against the big brand names. Of course there’ll be the opportunity for a little retail therapy too! Buy your tickets here


Knot, Salisbury Playhouse, Thurs 2 May

Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé. These talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice:  How can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love?  Knot is a finely crafted theatrical journey through the struggles of commitment. Created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance Company, Knot is a very modern affair told with delicate sensitivity through breath-taking acrobatics and heart-wrenching dance.


Greg James at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham Racecourse, Fri 3 May

Radio 1 DJ and celeb Greg James kicks off the May bank holiday with a bang. To say goodbye to the racing season, join the renowned DJ on the final race day for a party in The Centaur.


The Elvis Years, Swindon, 3 May

The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ – Elvis Presley. Join Mario Kombou (Jailhouse Rock, West End), our all-star band and our award-winning singers for an unforgettable journey through over 50 golden greats that span over three decades – from the early Sun Records hits to the majestic Las Vegas performances, via The Jordanaires, the army years, authentic re-creations from the Hollywood movies and the stunning 68 TV special. With nostalgic film footage, and over twelve costume changes, this glittering two-hour production includes classic hits such as That’s Alright Mama, Suspicious Minds, It’s Now or Never, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, If I Can Dream and many more.


The Dorset Brocante, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Sun 5 May to Mon 6 May

The Dorset Brocante celebrates timeless vintage goods and artists. Whether you consider yourself a keen collector, a vintage fashionista or a proper foodie, this is the perfect way to enjoy a lazy Sunday or bank holiday Monday. There will be over 40 stalls to browse throughout the day, or if you fancy getting more invoiced, there will be a workshop or two for you to try your hand, including hand tied bouquets, calligraphy and needle felting.


Bank Holiday Open Day: 30th Birthday Party, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Mon 6 May

Celebrate 30 years since Woolley Grange hotel opened their doors with tea and cake, party games, plenty to drink and a BBQ. To top it off there will be a fun dog show, so bring along your favourite furry companions.



Book Ahead

Susie Watson Designs Grand Opening, Susie Watson Designs, Marlborough, Thurs 9 May

The hugely talented Susie Watson welcomes her fantastic customers to join her for the opening of her brand-new lighting and fabric room. Browse the lighting displays in the gorgeous new show room filled with hand-made lampshades and embroidered fabrics. She will also be signing copies of her new book “The Magic of Making Things”.


Offenders – Art Exhibition, Cells, Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge, Launch: Thurs 9 May

Artist Fiona Campbell’s brave exhibition explores the idea that every member of society is an offender due to the state of our world today. Flesh, tongues, waste, nature, violence: Fiona Campbell’s huge sculptural tongue in the making, fragile and exposed, activates the whole space in a basement cell at Town Hall Arts. Fiona’s strong opinions on humans environmental and social impact is clear through her expressive work, displayed in the medium of recycled and found materials.


Ladies’ Lunch with Arkell and Wills, The Painswick, Tues 14 May

Jjoin Debz and Nicky at The Painswick for a delicious ladies lunch at The Painswick, after which they will chat to you about Arkell & Wills, why they founded the business and how it is growing
from their kitchen tables in Cheltenham and also an insight into the background of cashmere production.
 To buy tickets for this event please click

May Gin Masterclass with Shakespeare Distillery, Cotswold House, Chipping Campden, Thurs 16 May

Shakespeare Distillery are experts in a cracking G&T so join them for an arrival gin and tonic, 3 tasters and a gin talk, supported by charcuterie sharing boards.


Cinema Night: Terrace Screenings, Cowley Manor, Sat 18 May, Sat 18 June, Sat 24 Aug, Sat 21 Sep

Fresh from the silver screen, catch tip tops screenings at the top lawn at Cowley this summer, featuring Bohemian Rhapsody,. A Star is Born, Grease and The Greatest Showman.


Lechlade Music Festival, Riverside Park, Lechlade, Fri 24 May to Sun 26 May

For 8 successful years, Lechlade has been growing bigger and better, after a record six thousand guests in 2018. This year the festival promises to be jam-packed with over 100 performers, including Ivor Novello award-winning Brit Award-nominated band The Feeling headlining. Sticking to its roots, the festival is a family friendly event, with comedy, camping (and glamping for those not suited to the outdoor lifestyle), free family workshops, burlesque and more. Saturday night sees the return of ‘That 80s Rock Show’, performing 80s stadium rock anthems and power ballads with larger than life characters. Children 16 and under go free, whether camping or visiting for the day. This is brilliant way to make the most out of your bank holiday weekend, plus special Christmas Saver tickets are available until 31st January.


Cheltenham International Film Festival, Cheltenham, Mon 27 May to Sat 1 June

One of the biggest new festival to hit Cheltenham in years. Mike Leigh and Simon Pegg lead the long line of respected film industry figures, and films from all over the world will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry titans. Whether it’s an independent short or foreign masterpiece, there is plenty of talent to be marvelled at during the festival.


Interior Design Workshops, Little London in Broad Chalke/Hero in Stockbridge, Fri 17 May and Friday 21 June

Photo Gemma Brunton Photography

Moving home? Or just fancy a spruce up in your old one? Ah, you’ll need a super-Muddy interior designer. Tamzin Newby is the amazingly clever brains behind Heliotrope Designs – an interior design company with a difference. Forget cookie-cutter designs, replicated over and over – Heliotrope tailors their designs to fit your needs, your ideas and, most importantly, the light, space and colour in your home. And now you can try your own hand at design as Tamzin has set up a series of oh-so-popular workshops for budding designers – book now to find your interior stylerenovation goalswellbeing at home and interior design tools and tips. Friday 17 May  10am-12.30pm and Friday 21 June 2-4.30pm, £60 per workshop, price includes coffee and cake plus a goody bag of favourite samples so you can see how they work at home. I am THERE! A small percentage of Heliotrope design and workshop fees are donated to Shelter.


Hatch House Open Garden, Hatch House, Salisbury, Sun 2 June

This annual event gives families a chance to see the gorgeous 17th century estate with a walled Dutch garden with unbeatable views over the Vale of Wardour. Not only can you tour the beautiful gardens, but you can enjoy a classic English cream tea, browse stalls packed with second-hand books, jewellery, bric-a-brac, cakes and Lady Rumbold & Mrs Vernon’s famous clothes. An absolute magnet for bargain hunters, with proceeds going to Salisbury Hospice Charity.


Party at the Castle, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Thurs 6 June to Sat 8 June

Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show – Just Can’t Get Enough 80s.


Fresh Air Sculpture 2019, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Sun 16 June to Sun 7 July



This impressive biennial contemporary art show and sculpture exhibition celebrates the stark yet beautiful differences between the rural, tranquil landscape of The Old Rectory, and cutting-edge sculptures and artwork. Fresh Air Sculpture brings over 130 pieces of outside sculptural work to this fantastic setting, with its expansive organic garden, lovely lawns, and River Coln running through. Each piece is created from a variety of ornate stone, stunning glass, textiles and impressive metal work – and is for show and sale, you lucky people! Take a tour around the grounds where they’ve been specially built, as if the work belonged there. Alongside this, The Pool House transforms into a contemporary craft gallery for the duration of Fresh Air Sculpture, inviting artist makers from across disciplines to interpret views through clay, glass, metals, wood and cloth emerging to form unique collections for visitors to purchase. The full line up of Pool House Gallery exhibitors can be seen here. Fancy getting stuck in yourself? Check out their range of workshops including collage, lettering, paper cut out and textile-based printing. £7.50 entry, under 18s free,


The Comedy of Errors, venues in Glos, 1 June – 14 July

Downpour Theatre Company presents The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s shortest yet wittiest play at Thornbury Castle (9 June), Kingshill House, Dursley (15 June), The Gardens at Miserden (21 and 22 June), and Rendcomb College (5 and 6 July), as well as Stroud (1-2 June) and Bristol Shakespeare Festivals (13-14 July). Be transported to the Byzantine Empire, when hilarity ensues when Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive in the hustle and bustle of Ephesus which, unbeknownst to them, is the home of their identical twins, Antipholus and Dromio from whom they were separated in a tragic shipwreck when they were just infants. Over the course of a single day, mistaken identities lead to unfair beatings, wrongful arrests and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and even demonic possession. A gloriously silly farce, performed by a marvellously talented cast; what better way to spend a summer weekend! Get your tix


 Chalke Valley History Festival, nr Salisbury, 24-30 June

See history, hear history, even feel history at this extraordinary festival dedicated entirely to – you guessed it – history. Talks, workshops and debates bring alive an incredible living past on these rolling plains in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside – check out the through-the-ages encampment, interactive events, plus sign up now for a mega-impressive list of speakers from Victoria Hislop to Mariella Frostrup, with a jaunt through Niall Ferguson and Antonia Fraser in between. The Festival also boasts a range of interactive tents and activities such as SOE Commando training and Secret Agent Training; as well as archaeology walks, vintage vehicles, a book store, shopping emporium, a bar, fine dining and street food. Early ticket sales are available from 30 April.


Cheltenham Music Festival, Thurs 5 July to Sat 14 July

Cheltenham is famous for its established, respected and varied festivals, with tents appear throughout the historic town throughout the summer months celebrating arts, literature and of course, music. Cheltenham Music Festival is a celebration of music culture, musicians, instruments and song writing. Kicking off the festival are free concerts in Imperial Square, followed by an impressive line-up of acts including London Symphony Orchestra, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti and many more.


Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Wed 18 July to Sat 21 July

Larmer Tree is back once again after another smashing year. This family festival has a bigger line up than ever with The Cat Empire, KT Tunstall, Kate Tempest and Jack Savoretti. Each day will be packed with activities, family fun and live events.


New Brewery Arts Summer School, Cirencester, 13 July – 23 August

Book NOW for this fab host of workshops covering all kinds of different craft at the brilliant New Brewery Arts. Their second Summer School is a feast of craft – sculpture, papercraft, textiles, printmaking, ceramics, stone carving, drawing and painting. Workshops are half, one, two or three days, and are run by experienced tutors, allowing you to explore a craft in greater depth. Got a crafty little one on your hands? These are a great way to keep the Mudsters busy on the loooooooong summer break. If you’re coming from further afield, accommodation is available at The Barrel Store next door.


Ballet Under The Stars, Hatch House, 26-28 July

The Covent Garden Dance Company celebrates the 10th Anniversary of ‘Ballet Under the Stars’ this July, in Hatch House’s beautiful and romantic 17th Century Walled Dutch Garden. Enjoy breathtaking dance performances – a stunning mix of classical, neo-classical and contemporary ballet, celebrating the last decade of dance. This year boasts one of the most impressive line-ups of world class dancers that have ever performed at Hatch, including stars such as Xander Parish OBE of The Mariinsky Ballet, the first British dancer to ever be employed by this prestigious company, Steven McRae and Lauren Cuthbertson, both Principals with The Royal Ballet and Ksenia Ovsyanick, Principal Staatsballett Berlin. The programme will take some beating too, with highlights including tap work “Something Different” performed by Steven McRae. A quintessentially British evening in a beautiful country garden – a truly unmissable event.


Verve Festival, Ebbesborne Wake, Wilts, 7-8 Sep

Get your tix now for this fab new wellness festival celebrating health, fitness and the great outdoors. All ages are welcome for a weekend of yoga and meditation, Pilates, exercise classes and guided farm runs in the most picturesque location imaginable in South Wiltshire, plus there will be a full education programme, covering health & wellness, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, life coaching, children’s health and much more. Enjoy mindful activities such as foraging, bushcraft in the woods, silent walks or landscape drawing with a local artist. Reconnect with yourself and your surroundings in workshops that celebrate the beauty of The Chalke Valley and promote mindfulness and wellbeing. Oh, and there is a Zest Spa! What’s not to like?


Autumn Yoga Retreat, Saxon Barn at Priory Farm, Hosted by Emma Tilley Yoga, Sat 7 Sep to Mon 9 Sep 2019

We’re giving you plenty of notice with this one because spaces fill up quick! Get in touch with your inner zen during a full weekend of relaxation, yoga, massages, reflexology and meditation. Enjoy comfortable and stylish accommodation, food provided by the delicious Natural Cookery School and there’s a hot tub if you fancy a soak after a busy day of doing nothing… bliss!


Born to Parent course, 9-10 May

There is a reason Born to Parent won Muddy Stilettos Best Children’s Business 2018, and that’s because mantra reads true. They bring traditional values to modern parenting, and are now offering local schools (including Sherborne Girls and Godolphin) the opportunity to take part in their varied courses, including Babysitting and Mothers help. This is a great addition to social care education and has proved so successful in helping children & mothers alike be more confident when it comes to young children, taking on responsibility and growing up. If you would like your school to get involved, give them a buzz.
And, if you don’t already know it, Born to Parent has created an amazing approach to the classic ante-natal course – putting you in charge. You tell them what you want and they’ll do it, with courses covering all the traditional elements while focusing on the areas you’re interested in. No time wasted on things that aren’t relevant here! Emily Rittner and Georgie Bateman’s fab Ante-Natal Express course covers everything you would expect to learn in a classic ante-natal course but is delivered over two days in the comfort of Emily’s home.  The course includes lunch and refreshments and partners are welcome to attend, dates include 19-20 September 2019. Their Post-Natal Express covers breastfeeding, the practicalities of a new baby, implementing healthy sleep routines, returning to work and finding childcare. It also takes place in Emily’s home and is taught by both Emily and Georgie. Dates include 9-10 May and 7-8 November 2019. Each two day course costs £275 per couple; but NEW FOR 2019 and EXCLUSIVE TO MUDDY READERS, The Essential Express Package: if you book both courses at the same time you will benefit from a 20% discount. Book here now!

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