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January Guide


Freebies in the Alps (sort of!), Morzine, France, throughout January

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Chalet Fourmiliere is offering free transfers to Geneva for all last minute January bookings and flexible dates in January. Breaks start at from €480 pp for 3 days, based on two sharing a room. Or fancy pushing the boat out? Get 10% off half term week for exclusive use of the entire chalet, 16 to 23 February. It’s pricey but worth it!


Winter Warmers at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, to 5 Jan

Enjoy two-courses from Whatley’s festive lunch menu Monday to Saturday to 5th January. Plus, watch this space for exciting changes at the Manor, with new souped-up bedrooms, a brand new kitchen and ‘Kitchen Table’ dining experiences at lunchtime, where guests take a seat at the table in Niall’s brand new kitchen and are served by the chefs themselves. Whatley will close from 6th January and re-open just in time for Valentine’s on 13 February. We can’t wait to see it!


Bottomless Brunch, The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tues 1 Jan

Purchase any meal at The Porch House and enjoy all the Mimosas, Bloody Marys or Prosecco you can handle.


Rebel Heroes, Café Rene, Gloucester, Fri 4 Jan

This fantastic David Bowie cover band plays Café Rene for one night only. Sing and dance along to Bowie classics as these talented musicians bring life to his biggest hits.


Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 4 to Sun 6 Jan

Fabulous, eye-catching and unusual art and antiques return to Westonbirt School this 4-6 January 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?


FLOW: New Year’s Yang to Yin with Jay Foo, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sat 5 Jan

Start the new year with relaxation, exercise and mindfulness. Whether you already regularly practice yoga and meditation or are hoping to finally stick to a new year’s resolution, this class welcomes all levels.


Festival of Light, Longleat, Wiltshire, to Sat 6 Jan

Longleat have added a dose of Christmas magic to their safari experience for the festive season. After so many successful years the Chinese lanterns are returning to the prestigious grounds once more. Take an exhibition around the world and meet all the animals from different continents, lit up by an incredible art display.


Whitehall Ice Skating, Lacock, until Sat 6 Jan 2019

Whitehall’s coolest attraction for the whole family…with an Ice Rink Cafe for afters and plenty of penguins and banana skate aids to turn you into the ultimate Torvill or Dean.


Gloucester Quay, Gloucester, until Sat 6 Jan 2019

A traditional Christmas at Gloucester Quays full of festive fun, a Victorian Christmas Market and Santa and his magical friends in Claus’ Christmas Cabin. The ice rink is fab – the only open-air ice rink in Gloucester.


Millennium Square, Bristol, until Sat 6 Jan 2019

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Photo Daniel Watkiss

This ice rink comes with its own fairground – including helter skelter,  SkyView big wheel (fab views over the city) and kids’ rides – as well as a disco on ice, Apres Ski bar, Christmas market and free seasonal film screenings of Love Actually, Elf, Gremlins, Polar Express and Home Alone.


Bath on Ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, until Sun 6 Jan 2019

ice rink ice skating

Outdoor ice skating – and glow in the dark mini golf – in the centre of Bath. Take the weight off your skates in the Moguls Alpine bar and cafe and have a hot choc, hot cider or mulled wine or scoff pizzas and fries (not chips, you notice).


Winter Wonderland, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol until Sun 6 Jan 2019

Leave the kids on the ice – or Enchanted Ice Castle, vintage fairground stalls, a train inside the Mall – while you get down to the serious business of trawling around all those shops.


Salisbury Christmas Market, Guildhall Square, Salisbury, to Sun 6 Jan

Guildhall Square has been transformed into a festive wonderland for the whole family to enjoy, for free. salisburychristmasmarket


Aladdin, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, to 6 Jan

Fly high on a magic carpet ride to the Far East for this magical family pantomime, featuring magnificent scenery, beautiful costumes, a lamp-full of laughter and an Aladdin’s cave of spectacular surprises.


Beginners’ Floristry Course, Daylesford Farm shop, Kingham, Wed 9 Jan

Floral artistry is a brilliant and alternative way to explore your creativity. This course will give you all the basic skills you need to explore floristry and to create the most magnificent, wild and aromatic creations.


Shivers, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, Thurs 10 Jan to Sat 12 Jan

Something creeping in the shadows, a cold breeze down your back, a bad feeling in your throat. Is it just a story? Or is there something deeper, more sinister going on? Hear some of the most chilling tales, told live.


Whiskey Tasting, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Thurs 10 Jan

A bottle of really good scotch is normally on the pricier side, and even the biggest whiskey lovers can fall into the trap of drinking the cheapest booze on offer. Take a masterclass and learn about all the different flavour notes for a range of scotch whiskeys with a varied price tag. Find a new favourite and impress your friends with your new-found knowledge.


The Old Curiosity Bookshop, Kings Theatre, Gloucester, Fri 11 Jan to Sat 12 Jan

This captivating tale by Charles Dickens comes to Kings Theatre for two nights only. With live song and music, this unique adaptation brings life to the tragedy and beauty to the little shop full of wonders.


The Great Western Wedding Show, Steam Museum, Swindon, Sat 12 Jan to Sun 13 Jan

This spectacular 2-day event will have any bride-to-be giddy with excitement. With over 60 exhibitions, a bridal catwalk, inspiration zones and a special shopping zone with one off discounts.


Takeaway Specials – Chicken, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sat 12 Jan

Despite our best efforts to eat healthy, sometimes our cravings can’t be beaten. However, that desperation for a curry on a Friday night that doesn’t mean we can’t eat delicious, aromatic Indian food without it being twice our allowed daily calories. Take this cooking class to learn some delicious recipes you can make in your own kitchen.


Lambing Time, Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Sat 12 Jan to Tues 15 Jan

Meet new-born lambs at Roves Farm, and maybe even witness the birth of one of the beautiful little Poll Dorset ewes.


Furniture Sale, Whatley Manor, Easton Grey, Sat 12 – Sun 13 Jan

Don’t miss out on your chance to pick up some of the Whatley glamour for yourself at their furniture sale. Soft furnishings, furniture and hotel items are all up for grabs as the hotel closes for redecoration until mid Feb – browse at your leisure in the Stable Suite on Sat 12 and Sun 13 Jan, 10.30am-3pm.


Juanita’s Kitchen (MasterChef), Vaughan’s Cookery School. Devizes, Sun 13 Jan

Vaughan’s Kitchen is delighted to welcome back Juanita, a finalist from the hit cooking show Master Chef. Her colourful, delicious and inventive dishes won her a place in the final and she quickly became a firm audience favourite. Learn some unique new dishes and get all the behind the scenes goss about the nations favourite cooking show.


Parent and Child Workshop, Pure Punjabi, Salisbury, Sun 13 Jan

The mother-daughter duo who run Pure Punjabi know better than anyone the benefits that cooking with your children can bring. Plus, you get some delicious food at the end of it. Learn to cook traditional West Indian food bursting with – all the dishes you learn you’ll be able to bring home and make in your own kitchen for the whole family to enjoy.


The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sun 13 Jan

After huge success in London and a sold out world-wide tour, Roses Theatre is proud to welcome the team behind the immense production responsible for this live hit. Featuring the biggest songs from the famous duo, huge projections of original film footage and a live band. This 50th anniversary celebration is bound to be a


Beauty and the Beast, Salisbury Playhouse, to 13 Jan

Written by the team behind last year’s record-breaking Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast will include all the traditional elements of pantomime – comedy, song, dance, beautiful sets and costumes and plenty of audience participation.


Just So – The Musical, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, 13 Jan

All of Kipling’s wondrous tales have been stitched together, with a couple of funky tunes thrown in for good measure, to create the brilliant Just So – The Musical. Journey through the jungle with some exotic friends on a trip of a lifetime.


Aladdin, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, to 13 Jan

December means pantomime season. Hop on your magic carpet and take a trip with Aladdin. Everyman Theatre is telling the famous and much-loved story, where a pauper becomes a prince. Kids will love every piece of this over the top production.

Jazz at the Chapel, John Pearce with Alex Steele, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Thurs 16 Jan

This brand-new jazz programme celebrates the best jazz artists from all over the globe, including the USA, Europe and of course, the UK. The first to grace the Chapel Arts stage is internationally recognised jazz and classical musician John Pearce. After performing in esteemed venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, we’re very lucky to catch a glimpse of this talented performer.


Wedding Open Evening, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Fri 18 Jan

The Greenway Hotel is an ideal wedding location for any lucky couple looking for a piece of Elizabethan history in amongst the rolling Cotswold Hills. Meet the in-house wedding team and discuss all things nuptial from table decorations to floral arrangements.


Pop Up Restaurant, Miserden, Stroud, Fri 18 Jan

Join the feast at the oh-so-popular Pop Ups at Miserden this winter. Bring Your Own booze for a delish evening and be treated by one of their fab local chefs. This time it’s Soushi Cirencester, who always impress with their gloriously fresh Japanese banquet including a ‘choose your own’ sushi bar.


Showcase: TedXCorsham – So What…?, Pound Arts, Corsham, Fri 18 Jan

After a knock-out sell out event in 2018, Ted Talks return for another evening packed full of thoughtful conversation, discussions about global issues and personal anecdotes.


Bradford Roots Community Music Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Fri 18 Jan to Sun 20 Jan

After six successful years, Bradford Roots has become a beloved celebration in Wiltshire and surrounding areas. With over 50 local music acts, creative workshops, homemade food and craft ale, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to swing by the Gin Bar and have a tipple or two, or show off your literature skills at the poetry reading. Plus, there will be plenty of fun outdoor activities to keep you busy all weekend. This event is worth braving the cold, I promise!


The Vegan Indian Experience, Pure Punjabi, Salisbury, Sat 19 Jan

Vegan food has been sweeping the nation for the last few years, with more and more diet conscious people turning to plant-based lifestyles. Just some of the huge benefits include helping the environment, improving your health and becoming more socially and ethically aware of food and where it comes from. However, the common misunderstanding of vegan food is that its bland and boring. Pure Punjabi are holding cooking classes to prove that idea wrong. This hands-on experience will give you the skills you need to create delicious, west-Indian dishes.


Quirky Bird’s Comedy Fundraiser, Spotlight Room, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 19 Jan  

This legendary comedy fundraiser will be an absolute blast, supporting a great cause. Try your hand at some improv comedy or community panto, or just sit back and enjoy the madness…either way you’re bound to have some giggles.


The Rocket Man, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 19 Jan

It’s hard to mimic the man who brought us Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and Your Song. You also can’t forget his iconic look either, the sparkly suits and giant red sun glasses that he is so well known for. But this tribute does justice to Sir Elton John. Hear some exceptional vocals whilst jamming to your favourite tunes from one of the biggest selling artists of all time.


Chefs Reunion Dinner, Lucknam Park, Chippenham, Sat 19 Jan

Lucknam Park host the ultimate feast cooked by six guest chefs, all famed for their skill and flavour combinations. This seven-course menu will have your taste buds going wild.


From Darkness to Light Illuminations, Salisbury Cathedral, to Sun 3 Feb

The grounds around Salisbury Cathedral can be haunting in the darkness, but for the next two months the surrounding area will be lit up with pure beauty. Take a walk around the spellbinding displays, with over 500 neon light and audio spheres. salisburycathedral


Offers in the Alps, Morzine, France, from 20 Jan

Fancy a last minute offer on the slopes? Check out chalet company Reach 4 The Alps for their fab-tastic short stay offers: 20-23 January NOW €495 pp for 4 nights, includes transfers and a 3 day Morzine/Les Gets ski pass at Chalet Martinet. Also 20-24 January NOW €545 pp for 4 nights, includes transfers and a 3 day Morzine/Les Gets ski pass at Chalet Aux Joux and at Cairn Lodge. Perfect for big and little kids. Find out more here.


Circus of Horrors, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sun 20 Jan  

This blood-pumping and hair-raising theatre is pure rock n’ roll. Death threatening stunts, physics defying tricks and some wicked sound and light effects, this is the ultimate extreme production. This production has been all over the world and the media, celebrities and audience everywhere can’t get enough of it.


All is Calm, All is Well with Bridgette Sunman, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 20 Jan

The first of three workshops specifically designed to get you ready for the year ahead. Work on your flexibility, muscle strength, energy and vitality. Start off with a gentle workshop designed to help your de-stress with breathing exercises, meditation and yoga postures to keep the new year pressure off.


Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting Course, Averys Wine Cellar, Bristol, Sat 21 Jan

This six-week course is for any wine lover wanting to learn the intricacies of a wine-tasting. Learn to recognise its flavour notes, age and location, and soon enough you’ll be tasting like a pro.


Food and Wine Matching, Averys Cellar, Bristol, Wed 23 Jan

If there is one thing any wine expert will insist, it’s that the right wine is the key to completing any dish. Enjoy a selection of mini plates to taste with a specially selected wine. This workshop will soon have you choosing the perfect wines to pair with your Friday night dinner.


This Woman’s Work: Female Artists in the Swindon Collection, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon, Thurs 24 Jan to Sat 16 Mar

Explore the works of the talented women behind this collection, including Gwen John, Mary Fedden, Gillian Ayres, Nicola Tyson and Sylvia Goss.


Chef’s Table Supper Club, Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes, Fri 25 Jan

Seeing a Chef cook and prepare a meal right in front of your eyes is more popular than ever. This increasingly regular feature in up-market restaurants is all about showing the process from produce to plate, making the plating process a performance as much as providing a service. Peter Vaughan has worked in Michelin starred restaurants all over the country, and his personal, thoughtful and balanced style of cuisine is perfect for the ‘Chef Table’ style of cooking.


Parenting Talk and Workshop, Woolley Grange Hotel, Fri 25 Jan

Don’t miss this morning talk and workshop with Caroline Penney, great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud. Caroline Penney is a well-known parenting specialist and systemic family therapist, and will explore the needs and meaning underlying children’s behaviour, as well as using advanced listening skills to understand your child.


Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Salisbury Playhouse, Fri 25 Jan

After winning an Olivier Award in 2016, the Showstopper! Musical has had non-stop runs all over the country, notably the West End. This performance promises hilarity, spontaneity and that’s about it, because anything could happen!


Burns Night, Hillbrush Café, Mere, Fri 25 Jan 

Robert Burns still remains one of the most inspiring and dearly loved poets of our nation. Join Hillbrush to celebrate Burns Night, marking the 260th anniversary of his birth. Hillbrush are working on something special for everyone to feast on for the night, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for announcements of the unique menu.


Murder at The Manor, Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Fri 25 Jan 

Greenway Hotel host a night of glamour, glitz, fine-dining and a cold-blooded murder. Enjoy 5-courses of delicious food and drink doused in mystery and suspicion. Who’s the killer? Will you be the one to catch the culprit?


Afternoon Tea Experience, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sat 26 Jan

Learn how to create your own fine dining high-tea experience including French macaroons, scones and orange madeleines. Say goodbye to cheese and ham sandwiches and hello to a delicious selection of pastries and English tea.


Bowood Argentinian Wine Dinner, Bowood House Hotel, Calne, Wed 30 Jan

Argentinian wines are some of the finest in the world, and renowned expert Matias Riccitelli has selected some of the best wines on offer from the region for his three-course menu at Shelburne Restaurant. The prestigious winemaker’s family is famous for their expertise in wine, with several vineyards growing around the world. If anyone knows a good wine, it’s him.


Pop Up Restaurant, Miserden, Stroud, Fri 1 Feb

Join the feast at the oh-so-popular Pop Ups at Miserden this winter. Bring Your Own booze for a delish evening and be treated by one of their fab local chefs. This time it’s Rubols Fusion Kitchen, the first Miserden Pop Up for cousins Ruby and Holly, who have combined their love of Mexican & Middle Eastern food to create unique fusion dishes such as the ‘Shawarrito’ (a cross between a Shawarma Wrap & a Mexican Burrito).


Midwinter Breaks, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, to Sun 3 Feb

England’s oldest hotel offers some not-to-be-missed breaks this winter. This two-night break includes breakfast, a delicious three-course meal and a glass of bubbly on arrival.


Just Fabrics: Winter Sale, Wood Grove Farm, Fulbrook, Burford, to Fri 28 Feb

Just Fabrics winter sales run all the way to the end of February. The quality of Just Fabrics products are unparalleled, so take the opportunity to spruce up any room with a new blanket, throw for your sofa, curtains or cushions.


Not to Miss!


Private Evening Painting Sessions, Splash of Colour Café, Salisbury 

If you’ve always had a creative flare or hope to pick up a new hobby, Splash of Colour Café are holding adult painting evenings this month. Whether you consider yourself a bit of a Picasso or struggle with stick figures, this is a great way to relax, wind down and let out some stress.


Winter Hideaway Deal, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Forest of Dean, January & February  

Tudor House Hotel, Clearwell, Gloucestershire.

Stay at this gorgeous country retreat in the Forest of Dean, with dinner included. Snuggle by the fire, drink and eat to your hearts content and get in some proper new year relaxation.


One Grove, Cheltenham, All Year Round

NEW for January 2019 is a bumper schedule with now 60 weekly classes Monday to Saturday that you can attend as and when you wish on a fully-flexible basis  – there’s no termly payment or commitment necessary at this gaff. Classes include Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Rehab Pilates, Yoga and Barre classes. Trim up after all that Christmas excess and sort out any hip/back/knee/shoulder niggles you have. Bring it on, we say! Email to have a chat.


Book ahead:

Wedding Open Day, Cotswold House, Chipping Campden, Sun 24 Feb

The stunning Cotswold House is a dream location for any bride-to-be looking for her fairytale manor wedding. Tour the venue, shop different wedding retailers, meet with the events team and see what they can offer to make your fantasy wedding come to life.


Born to Parent

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 21-22 March and 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!


Made by Hand, Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, Fri 8 Mar to Sun 10 Mar

Calling all contemporary craft-lovers…whether it is scrapbooking, sewing, jewellery making, textiles or wood work, there is something here to catch your eye. This celebration of 100 award-winning craft makers exhibits their skill, creativity and expertise. Explore the stalls, take a workshop and become truly inspired.


Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, 12 to 15 March

Cheltenham Racecourse presents Four Days of Extraordinary. Join them for the pinnacle Jump racing event of the year, an event with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. To be there any day for the Cheltenham Festival 2019 is extraordinary, from Day One: Champion Day with pent up anticipation let go in one mighty roar, to Day Two: Ladies Day, where tweed becomes fashionably becoming, or Day Three: St Patrick’s Thursday, part of England, forever Ireland. And then there’s Day Four: Gold Cup Day, with Jump racing at its heart, witness the creation of a legend. Book your place in history now


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 as headliners, The Feeling. 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, comedy 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.


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!


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