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FRI 9 - SUN 11 NOV and FRI 16 - SUN 18 NOV

Adventurous Photo Shoots, Victoria Tapper Photography, across Wilts and Glos, throughout Nov

Right, get your boots on and meet up at your favourite wild location. Climb trees, kick leaves, wade streams, build dens – the kids will love it and you’ll get some utterly gorgeous pics to cherish forever. Tried and tested by yours truly, I can vouch that the lovely Victoria will capture all this adventure beautifully and naturally, leaving you with fabulous memories and  photos that whole family will love for a lifetime. Book now at Victoria Tapper Photography

Art and Conflict: Works from the Swindon Collection, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon, to Sat 1 Dec

Don’t miss this wonderful exhibition – the Art and Conflict collection reflects six artists interpretations of war and conflict, all coming from the Swindon collection of Modern British Art. These drawings are paired with Cicatrix, which displays the story of Wiltshire during World War 1 in a contemporary art form. It’s a bit of culture before the silly season! swindonmuseumandartgallery



Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, to Sat 24 Nov

The haunting tale of The Hound of Baskervilles is filled with twists, turns and absolute insanity.



Royal Opera House, Month of Sundays Festival, London, to Sun 25 Nov

The Royal Opera House is opening itself up for a month of interactive fun. They’ll be live demos from technicians and craftspeople who work on the ROH productions, you can take guided tours and learn new moves in a dance class, sing tunes from opera classics and make something crafty to take home. The Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera artists will be performing in the public areas and there’s a sound installation that explores the history of the Opera House.


Celebration & Decorations, The Farm Cookery School, Chippenham, Mon 5 Nov

Learn to work with fondant and icing so you can decorate your own cakes and biscuits. After this class you’ll be prepped for any special occasion and all the sweet treats that come along with it. Impress friends and loved ones with your brand-new decorating skills, does your little one wants a dinosaur birthday cake? No problem. Fondant Fancies? Done!


Retail Rocks the Cotswolds, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Tues 6 Nov

Rock the Cotswolds has played a pivotal role in bringing awareness to the eccentric, creative and pioneering place the Cotswolds has become. Next on their to do list is getting high street brands to work alongside independent retailers. They have invited speakers from the biggest names in retail to debate the future of the retail in the Cotswolds – what’s the ultimate shopping experience? And how do you turn passion into product? Come along to learn, question, be inspired and share your experience of retail in the Cotswolds.


Wanderlust: Exhibition, 1793 Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tues 6 Nov Sun 23 Dec

1793 will be exhibiting the works of Mike England for the next two months. The Cotswold local finds inspiration in colourful landscapes and primarily uses oil to replicate this in his paintings. His use of colour is imperative to the story in his work. It’s easy to see why people from all over Europe have come to admire his artwork.


One Pot Wonders, Natural Cookery School, Nailsworth, Wed 7 Nov

Sometimes when you get home from a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is spend your early evening prepping a meal. These quick, delicious one pot dinners are perfect for a busy weekday or a cold evening, if you’re craving something hearty and warm.


Stroud Book Festival, Venues throughout Stroud, Wed 7 Nov to Sat 11 Nov

Stroud’s 5-day festival brings book worms together to celebrate literature in all its brilliant forms. The line-up includes Mary Queen of Shops, Bake Off judge Prue Leith, Alan Johnson, Ade Adepitan and many more.


The Big Fat Christmas Quiz, The Porch House, Cheltenham, Wed 7 Nov

The Porch House have put their own twist on their traditional pub quiz. Do you know your flavours? Find out in their taste test. Just remember to scrub up on your Christmas knowledge as winner takes all.


Thick as Thieves, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, Thurs 8 Nov to Sat 10 Nov

This intense and emotional play will have you on the edge of your seats. A tale of two women both running from the same demons, but one is better at pretending that everything is OK. All is well until they meet again, out of the blue, and running becomes no longer an option for either of them.


Cheese and Wine Tasting, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Fri 9 Nov

This intimate style evening is a perfect alternative to your standard date night or evening out with the girls.


Christmas Shopping with Instant Vintage and Strawberry Blue, Bradford on Avon, Fri 9 Nov

Receive 10% off all purchases during the evening (5-8pm), and enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival at Instant Vintage in Bradford on Avon. There will be lots to get get you in the Christmas spirit, including fabulous gift ideas and this seasons’ must-have pieces from stylish yet wearable evening wear to beautiful coats and cosy winter accessories.



Chafyn Grove Christmas Fair, Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury, Sat 10 Nov

The festive celebrations are well and truly underway as Chafyn Grove School have amped up their Christmas fair with a secrets room, festive crafts room, brilliant selection of stalls and an artisan coffee shop.


Beyond the Barricades, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 10 Nov

The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour, delivering the best of Broadway and the West End, is now in its 19th successive year and features past principal performers from Les Miserables, two hours of the best of Broadway and, of course, a stunning finale from Les Mis.


Cooking to Impress, Vaughans Cookery School, Devizes, Sun 11 Nov

Learn to cook some impressive new dishes, including an advanced fish dish, sticky toffee pudding and delectable canapés. You’ll leave this class having learnt how to plate your food to look fantastic as well as taste delicious.


Chunky Blanket Arm Knit Workshop, The Bottle of Sauce, Cheltenham, Tues 13 Nov

Chunky knit blankets have been the must-have soft furnishing of 2018, and as the temperature drops you’ll be reaching for that extra soft blanket in the evenings. Pick your own colour and learn to knit your very own chunky knit. It’s the perfect gift for a home-proud loved one, or a great new addition to any room in your house.


Ladies That Lunch – Festive Spirit, The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Tues 13 Nov

This ladies lunch with a festive twist is definitely one for the calendar. Take part in a cocktail master class, with specially selected festive cocktails. Plus, a delicious two course lunch.


Christmas Shopping Evening, Paprika Gifts, Chippenham, Thurs 15 Nov

Paprika gifts specialise in specially selected homewares, gifts and soft furnishings. Everything you find in their shop is unique and contemporary, so join them for an evening of Christmas shopping and enjoy the bubbly, goody bags and raffle in aid of Dorothy House.


Jack Mac’s Funk Band, The Wheatsheaf Free House, Chilton Foliat, Fri 16 Nov

Jack Mac’s band is guaranteed to get any audience on their feet and flying round the dance floor.


Clues & Crime at Minstead Lodge, Minstead Lodge, Minstead, Fri 16 Nov

Get on your thinking cap at Minstead Lodge murder mystery evening. Immerse yourself in the story, dress up in 1940’s gear and figure out who dunnit.


The November Meeting, Cheltenham Racecourse, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Nov

The wait is over – racing season returns to Gloucestershire in its inimitable and oh-so-alluring style with The November Meeting, where glamour, gambling and very, very fast gee gees all rock up at Cheltenham next month. Tempted by three days of fundraising, fabulous racing and remembrance, not to mention shopping to die for, delicious food and bubbles (you’ll find me in the Golden Miller Champagne Bar), we at Muddy poked our noses into the equine action to find out more about it.


Mums, Dads and Tots Coffee Morning, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Fri 16 Nov

Meet other parents in your area whilst enjoying a smooth coffee surrounded by the beautiful grounds of Woolley Grange.


Lowden Garden Centre Christmas Market, Melksham, Fri 16 Nov to Sat 17 Nov

Get into the Christmas spirt at Lowden as they host their annual Christmas market. Join in on wreath making sessions, buy handmade gifts to fill your stockings, roast chestnuts on the fire and soak in the festive atmosphere whilst enjoying a glass of free fizz and singing along to Christmas carols.


Magic and Wine Night with Sieko, Averys Cellar, Bristol, Fri 16 Nov

Professional magician and member of the magic circle, Sieko has brought his unique and relaxed style of magic to Averys Cellar. Enjoy an intimate show whilst drinking some of the best wines on the market, specially selected for you.


The Parenting Toolkit: Simple Steps to Happy and Confident Children, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Sat 17 Nov

Great granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, Caroline Penney holds a one-off workshop debuting the methods and lessons she discusses in her book. The parenting expert delves deep into acknowledging your child’s feelings and changing emotions and, importantly, how to look after yourself whilst raising a family. Discuss and learn from like-minded parents, plus take this opportunity to get expert advice. Pick up a free copy of the book at the end of the seminar.

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