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August

AUGUST

Fancy summer in the Alps?Morzine, France, July and August

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Chalet Fourmiliere is offering  A FABULOUS 15% OFF all stays in this utterly gorgeous chalet, throughout July and August (subject to availability), exclusively to you gorgeous Muddy readers. Morzine is utterly perfect in the summer – only an hour from Geneva, it offers trekking, white water rafting, paddle boarding on the lake, a fab outdoor pool (or three), a wild and wacky Goat Village and the best mountain biking in the alps. Take my word for it – it’s the best family holiday ever. Book now! www.chaletfourmiliere.com Email them to find out more!

 

Stone Age Summer, Cheddar Gorge & Caves, to Sat 1 Sept

Relive the Stone Age in Somerset’s pre-historic caves. Learn about Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest most complete skeleton discovered in Gough’s Cave. Discover the story of early man via the Dreamhunters multimedia experience. Dress up as Stone Age person, make thumb clay pots and brass rubbings of a woolly mammoth. See original artefacts and meet a hunter-gatherer. cheddargorge.co.uk

 

Marlborough College Summer School, to 10 August

 

OK, so you’re going to have to wait for this one until the summer hols, but definitely book your place now to avoid disappointment! Recognised as one of the South West’s top Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experiences, the Summer School caters for kids from 3 years to 90 – choose from day courses, week-long camps or residential jaunts for the whole family. Kids are split into Junior Troopers, Young Adventurers and Teenagers, with a bonkers amount of action-packed courses to choose from including Cricket, Clay Shooting, Martial Arts, Dance Fusion, Drama, Fencing, Water Polo, Adventures in Clay, Beginners Harp and Stay Alive Survival. While there’s plenty of the obvious, the majority of courses are designed to offer your little ones experiences they’ve never tried before. summerschool.co.uk

Outdoor courses include Horse RidingTennisRoad CyclingMetal Detecting: Discover History Beneath Your Feet,A Week of ForagingOutdoor Adventures and LOADS more!

 

New Brewery Arts Summer School, Cirencester, to 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. www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/summer-school

 

Wildlife Safari, Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Dates in August, September and October

Wildlife expert and broadcaster Ed Drewitt has teamed up with Tudor Farmhouse to create the ultimate West Country safari. Explore the ancient wonderland to discover one it’s many residents including bats, deer, badgers, foxes, voles, mice, hedgehogs and wild boar. tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk

 

Bowood Wedding Open Evening, Bowood House, Calne, Thurs 1 Aug

 

Dreaming of a gorgeous outdoor summer wedding? Visit Bowood House and Gardens for a glimpse into your dream day – which could become a reality! Held in the outdoor wedding pavilion, the whole venue will be dressed to replicate a luxury summer ceremony and the glamorous Kerry Suite will be decked out for the reception. Exclusive offers will also be available on the day. www.bowood.org

 

‘Gin Experience’ – An Indulgent Lunch with Salcombe Gin, Howard House Hotel, Teffont Evias, Fri 2 Aug

Try a selection of handcrafted gins with Devonshire distillery experts in Salcombe Gin. Paired with a delicious al fresco lunch on the delightful garden terrace in the sunshine. howardshousehotel.co.uk

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A Tribute to Ariana and JoJo, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 3 Aug

 

The UK’s number one tribute to global superstar Ariana Grande & kids’ YouTube and TV sensation JoJo Siwa together in the most exciting new pop production of 2019. Join Wyvern Theatre for a brilliant, realistic and pop-tastic tribute to these two superstars. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

For the Love of Brunch, The Cooking School, Warminster, Sat 3 Aug

 

Enjoying a delicious brunch can be a bit of a luxury, we don’t always have the time to sit down and truly enjoy a delicious breakfast. Instead, we’ll opt for a quick slice of toast and onto the next task. Join the Cooking School for some proper time to savour brunch for all the deliciousness that it is. Enjoy a laid-back morning putting together a selection of traditional brunch dishes including eggs benedict, sweet and sticky cinnamon bread as well as lots of other delicious treats. You’ll also learn how to make a bloody Mary… don’t mind if I do! thecookingschool.com

 

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Dyrham Park, nr Bath, Fri 2 & Sat 3 Aug

 

Men in dresses. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (the name of Shakespeare’s original troupe of travelling players), put on full Elizabethan costume for an al fresco story of warring lovers, meddling fairies and a man who sports a donkey’s head. nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrhampark

 

Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 2 to Sun 4 Aug

 

Fabulous, eye-catching and unusual art and antiques return to Westonbirt School this 2-4 August 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? cooperevents.com/westonbirt

 

Open Air Opera, Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley, Sun 4 Aug

Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera, Pirates of Penzance is being performed in the Forest of Dean this summer. The show is set alongside the mill pond. What a gorgeous and fitting venue for the opera on a summers evening. www.deanheritagecentre.com 

 

Family Fun Day, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sun 4 Aug

Now the summer holidays have finally began, it can be so difficult to keep the little ones busy and entertained every day without spending a fortune. Well, Wyvern Theatre have you covered. The hugely popular FREE Family Fun Day is back for another year running. Lookout for character appearances, workshops, back-stage tours, live music, face painting and much more. swindontheatres.co.uk 

 

On the Horizon, ArtBar, Abbey Hotel, Bath,  Mon 5 Aug (Private View) – Mon 30 Sept

Do not adjust your set. This is one of 12 images of Bath by graphic artist Georgina Morgan (ArtBar Winner’s Award), designed to be viewed through 3D glasses. Part of an art exhibition of work by 10 2019 graduates from Bath Spa University. Sounds fun. abbeyhotel.com

 

School of Wizardry, Cheltenham, Mon 5 Aug to Fri 9 Aug and Mon 12 Aug to Fri 16 Aug 

This spellbinding magic school is only for the most dedicated young witches and wizards, enough to rival the famous students of Hogwarts. Inspired by the magical world created by J.K Rowling this summer school gets your little magicians acting out magical scenes, singing enchanting songs and even learn a magic trick or two. www.camda.org

 

The Argument, Theatre Royal Bath, Weds 7 – Sat 24 Aug

Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, etc) and Rupert Vansittart (most recently in Gentleman Jack) star in William Boyd’s comedy about how arguments can provide a catalyst for brutal honesty (ouch!) in relationships. theatreroyal.org.uk

 

Relaxed Watercolour Painting, Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, Wed 7, 14 and 21 Aug

Where better to get in touch with nature and your artistic side than watercolour painting outside in the sunshine (weather permitting). Learn basic water colour techniques with no pressure to get things right and find your inspiration in the natural environment and relaxed atmosphere. shed-arts.co.uk

 

Play Day 2019, Churchill Gardens, Salisbury, Wed 7 Aug

In celebration of National Play Day, Salisbury City Council have arranged a day of FREE family fun. The Play day scheme celebrates the right of children to play and the importance of play time to children’s social, physical and mental development. Events will be taking place all over the country, so why not get involved? www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

 

Hillside Beer Festival, Hillside Brewery, Longhope, Fri 9 Aug to Sun 11 Aug

This weekend long festival is a brilliant excuse to drink plenty of beer and be merry. The award-winning Hillside Brewery will be hosting this celebration of beer for the its third year running. Enjoy a huge rage of cask and keg beers, music by local bands and reduced prices. www.hillsidebrewery.com

 

Marlborough Rising, 9-11 Aug

Marlborough Rising bursts back into town 9-11 August for its second year on the music-fest scene. This three-day banger of an event showcases live music from acoustic strings to blues, from orchestral pop to songs from the shows – there’s something for everyone this year! The venture (dreamed up by an enthusiastic group in the back room of the Green Dragon, no less) deserves a whack of support – the music promises to be wide ranging, catering for all tastes and has already proved to be a fabulously threatening new kid on the block in the Wilts live music scene.

 

Yoga retreat with Yoga Glow, Ellenborough Park Hotel, 11 Aug

 

A whole day of uplifting, feel-good and relaxing yoga, delicious nourishing food and fun at Ellenborough Park Hotel, the finest luxury hotel in Cheltenham. Spend a day in beautiful surroundings with like-minded people, a chance to discover well-being from inside out and wind up feeling blissfully rested, inspired and energised. Book now! www.theyogaglowuk.com

Professional Kitchen Essentials, Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes, Thurs 12 Aug to Mon 30 Aug

If you’re looking for your get your foot into the door of the culinary career, this course would be a great place to start. This internationally recognised qualification is perfect for those looking to be a chalet or yacht chef, or just start a completely new career! www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

Act Now Summer School, Pound Arts, Corsham, Thurs 12 Aug to Fri 16 Aug

Whether you’ve already got a budding thespian or hoping to give your Mudlet a boost of confidence, the ‘Act Now Summer School’ is a great choice to get them involved in. This fun and intensive week of activities will not only develop their performance skills, but they’ll graduate with some new friends, feel inspired and entertained (at least for now). www.poundarts.org.uk

 

Open Air Theatre – Much Ado About Nothing, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Tues 13 Aug

Every summer Miserden Estate host a brilliant selection of out-door theatre shows. The stunning setting and brilliant performances make this the perfect date setting or family evening out. www.miserden.org/theatre

 

Student Survival: The Essential Cooking Guide, The Cooking School, Warminster, Thurs 15 Aug

Moving away from home and finally being independent can lead you down the wrong path when it comes to health and diet. As a student, it can be easy to fall into the same traps of pot noodle, pasta and frozen food for dinner every night because… well, it’s cheap and easy. This full day course will provide your teen with the knowledge and skills necessary for surviving the university kitchen – including eating on a budget. Learn basic knife skills, eating healthy within a budget, shopping economically, quick simple meals, making the most out of leftovers and storage tips and tricks. thecookingschool.com

 

Soul Circus, Yoga & Wellness Festival, Elmore near Gloucester, Glos, 16-19 Aug

 

The ultimate wellness festival, Soul Circus promises to blow your mind, body and soul, show you a good time and leave you feeling balanced and Zen-like at the end of it. Now in its fourth year, expect sunrise sessions with masters of yoga and sunset kickback parties, with a menu of healthy food and drink (yes there’s booze!). Tickets are going quick, so book now – it’s good for you! soulcircus.yoga

 

Pizza Night, Hillbrush Restaurant, Mere, Fri 16 Aug

Join Hillbrush restaurant for a night of Italian dining. Enjoy a selection of delicious pizza on the menu. visit.hillbrush.com    

 

Wedding Open Evening, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Fri 16 Aug

Take a personal tour of the gorgeous Greenway Hotel as a potential wedding venue. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or you’ve got your heart set on a location, the qualified team at Greenway will help you every step of the way. www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

 

Big R Big Band, Tetbury Goods Shed Art Centre, Tetbury, Sat 17 Aug

The sixteen-piece Big R Big Band are truly brilliant to witness on a live stage. A firm favourite in the west country for their funky swing dance tunes. They are regular performers at local festivals, and will be taking to the Goods Shed stage for a roaring celebration of swing music from the 30’s and 40’s. shed-arts.co.uk

 

Moby Dick, SS Great Britain, Bristol,  Sun 18 – Mon 26 Aug

What a great idea:  an immersive promenade performance of Moby Dick on board Brunel’s famous ship. tobaccofactorytheatres.com

 

Bowood’s Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, Bowood House, Calne, Sun 18 Aug

Car lover or not, this classic car show will entertain just about anyone. This huge range of vintage, classic and modern motors from pre-60’s, 60s, 70s, 80, 90s and 00’s. Tour the incredible collection and variety of stands from private exhibitors and famous car clubs. www.bowood.org

 

Make Your Own Soap, Packaging Not Included Workshops, Marlborough, Tues 20 Aug

It’s estimated that 745,000 miles of cling film is used in the UK every year. Enough to wrap around the circumference of the world over 30 times. Can you imagine how many waste could be cut down if we all made small changes like cutting our single use plastic usage? Learn how to make your own soap and beeswax wraps at home. Not only will you learn how to make some incredible homemade soap, but this product will also be waste free. Book here.

 

FriendsFest, Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol, Fri 23 Aug – Sun 1 Sept

monicas apartment in Friends TV show

Could you BE any more excited to discover that Comedy Central’s FriendsFest, a celebration of all things Friends, is returning to the UK as part of a 25th anniversary tour?  You (or your teens) can completely immerse yourself in every aspect of the show: hang out Monica, Ross and Joey and Chandler’s apartments; relive classic Friends’ moments, eat themed nosh and watch fave episodes on an open air screen. Tickets

 

Intro to Clay, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Fri 23 Aug

This teens pottery class is a great workshop for any young budding artists (11-18 years). Learn some basic hand building techniques giving you the skills to great your own ceramic artwork. www.newbreweryarts.org.uk

 

Cinema Night: Terrace Screenings, Cowley Manor, 24 Aug, 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. www.cowleymanor.com

 

Tetbury Beach, The Royal Oak, Tetbury, Sat 24 Aug to Sun 26 Aug

Calling all surfer chicks and dudes – grab your Hawaiian shirt, shell necklace and flower garland and get ready for the ultimate bank holiday beach party. There will a huge range of street food snacks to feast on, tropical cocktails and soft drinks. Of course, it wouldn’t be a beach party without some sand between your toes, so The Royal Oak will be creating their very own mini beach just for the evening! Find out more here.

 

The Big Feastival, Kingham, Oxon; 23-25 Aug 

This posh nosh extravaganza on the farm of cheese-obsessed Blur bassist Alex James hosts top chefs alongside music acts. Line-up details are tba but this is definitely one to bookmark if you’re a foodie. The only downside is you might bump into Cotswolds locals David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson.

 

Sushi School, Dinghams Cookshop, Salisbury, Sun 25 Aug

Sushi can seem incredibly complicated and intricate but can actually be super easy if you know how to execute the important steps carefully. You’ll spend your Sunday learning the delicious art of marking sushi for you to eat or take home and share with loved ones. Book here.

 

End of the Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, Dorset, 29 August to 1 September

Small but perfectly formed, this alternative music festival is perfect for anyone who balks at massive crowds and loves a bit of folk, Ameriana and alt country. They get some good headliners here – last year Jesus and Mary Chain for one. Early Birds and Tier 1, 2 and 3 tickets have already sold out, so don’t dilly dally. endoftheroadfestival.com

 

Gag House Comedy Superstars, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Fri 30 Aug

The hilarious and hugely popular Gag House Comedy will be making its debut on the Swindon stage. The bill is jam packed with quality, stomach curling jokes and an impressive line-up. You’ll recognise some of the same from shows such as QI, Mock the Week and Live At The Apollo. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

The Downs, Clifton Down, Bristol, Sat 31 Aug & Sun 1 Sept

Bristol’s largest one-day fest with Ms Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones, Neneh Cherry, Madness ….

thedownsbristol.com

 

The Lemon Timers – Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 31 Aug to Sat 28 Sep

The Lemon Timers are making a long-awaited return to Fisherton Mill. After the huge success of their last exhibition, the talented group of local artists will be displaying their diverse and vibrant painting, drawings and sculptures. fishertonmill.co.uk

 

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? www.feeltheverve.com

 

 Not to Miss!

Manor Garden Picnic, Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Throughout August

Make the most of this gorgeous weather and take an afternoon to laze in the sun. Enjoy a delightful picnic for two or more guests at the picturesque Greenway Hotel grounds. You’ll be welcome with cocktails, nibbles and a two-course picnic. Little bit fancier than sarnies and sausage rolls. www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

 

British Tapas Deal, The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Available from Monday to Sunday throughout August and September

Enjoy some picky bits from the delicious menu at The Old Bell Hotel. This bargain deal includes two British Tapas dishes and glass of wine or pint of beer – whatever your tipple! oldbellhotel.co.uk

 

Schools Summer Challenge, Cotswold Discovery Trail

Get your school involved in the Summer Schools Challenge and compete against other schools in the area. Get the students out and exercising with a dose of healthy competition as you jump up the school’s league table, available on the website. Schools will also receive a big discount on all the trail packs throughout the Cotswold. www.cotswolddiscoverytrail.com

 

Grandma Came Too, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Available until Mon 30 Aug

The Woolley Grange Hotel is inviting the whole family to come stay with them for the summer holidays. Snap up this two room, two-night offer with dinner one night and a yummy family cream tea, plus a bottle of wine! www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

 

Water Babies, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, Discount on Autumn Term!

Water Babies offer Muddy readers a 5% discount on Chapter 1 swimming lessons, if booked by the 31st of July. Snap this up quick as places are hugely popular. www.waterbabies.co.uk

 

The Holibobs Facial, Lifestyle Health and Beauty, Hankerton

Lifestyle Health and Beauty are offering an absolute fab one-off deal this summer. If you’re looking for a bargain pamper session to get you ready for your holiday, this dual facial will do just the trick. The first step will help prep your skin and the second step will deep moisturise and hydrate using a vitamin E infused cream to help prolong your healthy glow. Each facial usually costs £75 each, but this special offer includes both facials for £120. lifestylehealthandbeauty.co.uk

 

Baby’s First Stay Away, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Valid Sunday to Wednesday until Thurs 19 Dec  

Bringing kids away for the first time can be a daunting experience. The plans you had to relax and unwind can quickly become stressful. Woolley Grange Hotel have set up the perfect get away if you plan to bring a baby. They’ll provide anything you need whether its bottle cleaning, baby listening service, highchairs or cots. They have thought of everything to ensure you’ll have the most stress-free family break possible. Included in the deal is a personalised welcome hamper, parent and baby first swim lesson, Baby Breakfast Club and babysitting services. www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

 

10% off Wanderlust Camper Co vans! Throughout August

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. www.wanderlustcamperco.com

 

Silver ‘Tutti Frutti’ Rings, Watling Goldsmiths, Chippenham

This incredible collection of handmade jewellery is growing by the minute. These stackable designs are a perfect gift for a love one or just to add to your own collection. All these designs are completely individual and unique. Originally designed for the owner’s personal collect for her holidays. She loved her creations so much that she decided to sell them in her store. watlings.com

 

Book ahead:

Born to Parent course, 19-20 September

There is a reason Born to Parent won Muddy Stilettos Best Children’s Business 2018, and that’s because mantra reads true. 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. 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. Dates include 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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The Early Early Christmas Fair, Tidworth, 24-25 September
Nope, I’m not joking, it’s that time of year again (well, not quite, but blink and it will be!). So it’s a good job Muddy has got your Christmas shopping all sorted – check out super cool one-stop-shop Early, Early Christmas Fair where you can eat, chat and shop ’til you drop with an incredible range of original gifts, many sourced locally (you know how we love to support a local business at Muddy). Check out a fab range of delicatessen food, fashion and cosmetics as well as imaginative gifts for home and garden, plus loads of ideas for kids, teens and him indoors. There’s the obligatory personalised stationery, books and Christmas decorations, with many more unusual stocking fillers and gotta-have-’em goodies – definitely something for every passion, every interest, and every person-who-has-everything. www.eecfair.org.uk

 

Yoga Retreat, The Yoga Glow, Calne, Fri 11 Oct to Sun 13 Oct

Escape the buzz of every-day life for a tranquil yoga wellness weekend in Calne. This grade || listed home is a gorgeous location for those searching to reconnect with the beauty of slow and simple. The two-night retreat will include all of the yoga and meditation sessions and delicious meals. If you’re searching for the chance to escape, recharge and rebalance, this will be the retreat for you. www.theyogaglowuk.com

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