The Festival of Light, Longleat, nr Warminster, until Sun 5 Jan
A thrilling odyssey as myths and legends from across the world are brought to life in giant light sculptures.
BUMP roller disco, Millennium Square, Bristol, to Sun 5 Jan
Who needs an ice rink when you’ve got your own wheels? Lace up your roller skates at the Christmas pop-up Bump roller disco, with a Disco Ball Bar, Pepe Nero pizzas, bratwursts, Yorkshire pud wraps and crepes and more.
Robin Hood, Salisbury, to 12 Jan
Join Robin and his merry band for a fantastic adventure this Christmas. With all the elements of a traditional pantomime – comedy, dance, audience participation, fantastic sets – and familiar songs, you won’t want to miss this year’s Playhouse extravaganza. It’s the perfect treat for all ages. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, until 12 Jan
Artist Maggie Taylor exhibited at the National Trust venue back in 2008 and has returned to the exhibition space with her new collection of digital artwork inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s books.
The Dress of the Year, Fashion Museum, Bath, Weds 1 Jan – Nov
Dress of the Year 2019, as chosen by Donna Wallace, Fashion and Accessories Editor at British Vogue is a pleated pink tulle dress by Giambattista Valli for H&M. Go drool.
Snow Mouse, Roper Room at the egg, Bath, Thurs 2 Jan – Sun 2 Feb 2020
The egg and Travelling Light’s show about a child who finds a sleeping mouse in the snow and has marvellous musical adventures together. For 6 months – 4 years.
Antigone, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Weds 8 to Sat 11 Jan
Too early in the year for some Greek tragedy? No? Head up to Bris’l then.
Exhibition: ‘Interbeing’, The Pounds Art Centre, Corsham, Wed 8 Jan to Sun 8 Feb
Interbeing explores the intense relationship of the human body and the ‘more than human’ world. Together, artists James Aldridge and Jonathan Mansfield examine the ways that visual arts practice can enable experiences of connection and belonging.
Songs of Friendship, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 9 – Sat 11 Jan
Three shows – Team Viking, A Hundred Different Words for Love and Revelations – with live music by acclaimed storyteller and Edinburgh Fringe First/Vault Festival award winner James Rowland.
Rock for Heroes, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Fri 10 Jan
Rock for Heroes is back on the road for 2020; bringing the perfect combination of fundraising and pure rock n’ roll. With music from artists such as Queen, David Bowie and Guns N Roses – come and let your hair down in the name of charity!
Luxury Yoga & Organic Beauty Retreat with The Yoga Glow, Pauntley Court, Fri 10 to Sun 12 Jan
Start the New Year on the right foot with a weekend of holistic weekend of yoga, organic beauty and freshly prepared nourishing food. The Yoga Glow will be hosting the whole weekend, held at the impressive Pauntley Court. During the trip you’ll enjoy morning meditations, yoga nidra, a sound healing gong bath, organic beauty and nutrition workshops. Plus, a variety of yoga classes to suit all levels. www.theyogaglowuk.com
Calendar Artists 2020 Exhibitions, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 11 Jan to Sat 22 Feb
Thirteen talented artists who have previously exhibited at Fisherton Mill have contributed a piece of their artwork to feature on the pages of their charity calendar. The exhibition will showcase the carefully selected paintings, prints, illustrations and photographs as a special thanks to their generous donation. A portion of the sale from each calendar sold will go to support Harnham Water Meadows Trust. fishertonmill.co.uk
Holder & Smith a tribute to Django & Grappelli, Tetbury Goods Shed, Sat 11 Jan
Join violin and guitar gypsy jazz duo Holder and Smith in a tribute to Django and Grappelli. The show promises explosive energy with style and an unforgettable ambience of 1940s swinging Paris Jazz with a twist.
Healthy Vegan Nutrition, Demuth’s Cookery School, Bath, Sat 11 Jan
Get off to a good start in Veganuary with a whole day of plant-based cooking plus fitness tips, nutrition tips and lifestyle hacks from vegan nutritionist TJ Waterfall and chef Helen.
Learn to Meditate, Santosha Studio, Chippenham, Sat 11 Jan
Meditation can have astounding effects on our body, mind and general wellbeing. Are you struggling with anxiety, sleep issues, pain or chronic stress? It’s well worth trying you hand at meditation to provide some relief. This workshop is the perfect start for any beginner to dip their toes into regular mediation practices.
Stephen K Amos: Everyman, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, Sat 11 Jan
A man on a mission to bring about world peace, or at least an evening of peace (and belly laughs).
One night of Queen, Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Sat 11 Jan
Garry Mullen has had a hugely successful career after winning “Stars In Their Eyes” in 2000. He’s been touring since with his band ‘The Works’ paying tribute to rock legends Queen. Come and witness the spectacular performance of Garry and his band – you won’t believe the likeness!
Great Western Wedding Show, Steam Museum, Swindon, Sat 11 Jan to Sun 12 Jan
This huge 2-day wedding special has been organised by the brilliant team at The Whitewed Directory. Anything and everything wedding related will be available to shop. Meet the most talented suppliers from all corners of the industry including cars, stationers, venue stylists, DJ’s, florists, bridal studios and many more.
Ghost Stories, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Jan
The Lyric Hammersmith’s supernatural spectacular is described as a fully sensory and electrifying encounter with moments of extreme shock and tension, the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror. So not one for us scaredy cats then.
St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze: A Creative Celebration, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon, Tues 14 Jan to Tues 24 Mar
The historic St Mary’s Church was awarded funding from the National Lottery Fund in 2018 to conserve the artifacts inside. The exhibition will bring together the sketches and finished work created by the project’s Artists in Residence along side medieval paintings, monuments and decorative schemes.
The Book of Mormon, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 15 Jan – Sat 22 Feb
The Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical comedy about a pair of Mormon boys – ‘foul-mouthed, funny and wild’ – on a mission comes to Bristol.
Vegan Variety, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Thurs 16 Jan
If you need some ideas going into Veganuary, this is where you’ll find them. This class is suitable for those dedicated to a vegan lifestyle or anyone who wants to reduce their meat intake for health or ethical reasons.
Live screening: The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, venues around Wilts, Thurs 16 Jan (encore Sun 19 Jan)
Princesses, fairy godmothers, spells and fairytale creatures in the live screening of the Royal Ballet’s production of Petipa’s classic ballet. Find a screening near you.
Big Bowood Quiz Evening, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 17 Jan
Put your knowledge to the text at Bowoods Big Quiz Evening. The theme this month is the 20th century – do you think you’ve got what it takes? Don’t forget to grab tickets!
Family Coffee Morning, Woolley Grange Hotel, nr Bradford on Avon, Fri 17 Jan
Cosy up in one of the lounges for a natter and a paly! £5 per adult, children go free. 9-11am. www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk
Soushi Pop Up Restaurant at Miserden, Fri 17 Jan
Deliciously fresh, clean cuisine with an abundance of flavour is perfect after indulging in all those festive meals and treats! So we are delighted that Soushi has added a new January date to the pop up schedule at Miserden. The log burners will be roaring and the heating turned up, making the Garden Cafe the perfect setting to enjoy Soushi Chef Brett Mills’ Japanese delights. Book in advance, bring your own booze.
Romantics Anonymous, Bristol Old Vic, Sat 18 Jan – Sat 1 Feb
Socially anxious chocolate maker meets awkward chocolate factory boss and sweet romance ensues. See Wise Children’s new musical here, ahead of its major international tour.
Wedding Fayre, The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury, Sat 18 Jan
Dreaming of a gorgeous rustic barn wedding? Visit Great Tythe Barn Open Day for a glimpse at your potential dream venue. Entry is completely free so there is no need to book in advance. Caterers and GTB’s favourite suppliers will all be on hand to help in any way they can!
The Schmoozenbergs, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Sat 18 Jan
The schoomenbergs’ music is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, with european influences from Paris and Eastern Europe the melody is guaranteed to bring energy to this ultimate jam session.
The Little Pickle Pop Up, Hanwell Village Hall, Hanwell, Sat 18 Jan
The Little Pickle have created a brand-new menu to kick off their pop up events in the new year. Join them at Hanwell Village Hall for a selection of delicious treats including jerusalem artichoke and chestnut veloute and a slow roast Gloucester Old Spot pork belly.
Mark Brzezicki’s Drum Clinic, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Sat 18 Jan
Mark is recognised as one of the most talented drummers of this generation, don’t miss the chance to snap up this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the best musicians of all time.
Mame – Life’s A Banquet, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, Tues 21 Jan to Sat 25 Jan
This touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame, starring critically acclaimed Tracie Bennet and theatre favourite Harriet Thorpe is tipped to be an absolute hit for theatre lovers.
Slapstick Festival, venues around Bristol, Weds 23 – Sun 26 Jan
Oops, mind that banana! A celebration of silent, visual and classic comedy, with shows, screenings and appearances from the likes of Shappi Khorsandi, Harry Hill, Rob Rydon, Stephen Merchant, Paul McGann – and The Goodies. Full programme.
Deeper into Spain, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Thurs 23 Jan
Spanish cooking has created some of the best mediterranean dishes to exist. Delve further into the cuisine with a completely new menu to experiment and learn. Dishes include pan con tamate, croquetas au jamon and merluza.
Grayson Perry, The Pre-Therapy Years, Holburne Museum, Bath, Thurs 24 Jan – 25 May
Seventy of Perry’s earliest pots, plates and sculptures, many of which were sourced from across the UK after a successful appeal to the public in 2018.
Fermented Foods Talk, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Fri 24 Jan
Learn how to make gut friendly fermented foods with Head Chef Jethro Lawrence, who will be demonstrating and talking about the fermentation of fruits and vegetables, live culturing of butter, probiotics and making Kombucha. Jethro has been making and using fermented foods in his cooking for many years and is Woolley’s resident expert. Tea/coffee & cake included. £7.50 per person. Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fermented-foods-demonstration-talk-tickets-88475294989. Note: If you would like to come but have young children there may be space in their Ofsted registered Woolley Bears Den supervised morning session. Please call the Den on 01225 864705 to enquire.
If you’re thinking of taking part in Veganuary (but what about the cheese?!) then The Subscription Rooms is hosting Stroud’s third vegan Fair with local traders selling plant-based food, ethical clothing and household products.
Burns Night at Bowood, Bowood House, Calne, Sat 25 Jan
You can count on Bowood to brighten a winter evening with delicious food and drink to celebrate the Scottish tradition Burns Night.
End Of – Comedy Show, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Sat 25 Jan
Stuart Goldsmith is back at Pound Arts with a comic odyssey on how it always works out in the end.
The Adult Panto – Peter Panties, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 25 Jan
Panto’s don’t always have to be all about the kids, The Market Theatre Company have returned to Wyvern Theatre to corrupt another traditional panto with sexual innuendo, corny jokes and raunchy plots.
Mini & Young Chefs Cookery Class, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sat 25 Jan
Mini & Young Chefs is the perfect monthly workshop for any youngsters who love to be or need more experience in the kitchen. Each month has a different theme – this month it’s Thai where your Mudlets will make a firm family favourite: Delicious Thai green curry and coconut rice.
Night Terrors with Gerard Logan, Tetbury Goods Shed, Tetbury, Sat 25 Jan
E.F Benson’s brilliant collection of haunting ghost stories, Night Terrors will be told by the talented Gerard Logan. His masterful storytelling techniques transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb.
Ferment Fortnight, Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Mon 27 Jan – Sun 9 Feb
Bi-annual work-in-progress festival showcasing the some of the finest innovation-seekers and theatre-makers in the South West. You get to play a crucial role as they ask for feedback on each work. Tickets just a fiver each.
Six The Musical, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 27 Jan- 1 Feb
I can’t wait to see this! Nominated for five Olivier awards, including Best New Musical, this retelling of Tudor history turns Henry VIII’s is wives into popstars. A dead cert for a brilliant night out with your girl posse.
Live screening of The Royal Opera’s La Bohème, various venues around Wilts, Weds 29 Jan
Joy and heartache of young love in Paris. It doesn’t end well but the tunes are sublime. Find a screening near you.
Living Spit’s Swan Lake, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Thurs 30 Jan
Water-based avian ballet reaches new heights with Living Spit and two real-life ballet dancers.
Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene, St George’s Bristol, Fri 31 Jan
The inspiration for this show was a 3-hour phone call between Ute Lemper and Marlene Deitrich in Paris 30 years ago. Ute tells Marlene’s story, singing songs from each chapter of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her Burt Bacharach collabs.
Two Dine for £49, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 31 Jan
Join Bowood for an evening of contemporary dining on Friday 31st January. The Head Chef has crafted a bespoke three-course menu perfect for a special occasion, date night or just because!
Not to Miss!
Design Fabric Appointments, Heliotrope Interior Design, Broad Chalke
Having an image of your perfect home is easy, but being able to bring those ideas to life…not so much. This is why Heliotrope Interior Design are here to lend a helping hand. For £25 you can schedule an appointment with the designer to work through fabric cuttings and pattern books and select as many samples as you may wish. Once your appointment has finished you can either take your samples away or finalise your selections and make an order. If you place an order during your visit, the £25 appointment fee is refunded. You can select out other furnishings during your visit, including carpet, lighting and other interior bits and bobs. This is an absolutely fabulous and unique way to shop and will protect you from any unwise purchases that you’ll regret later down the line.
Jennifer Young Spa Day, Bowood House, Calne, Weekend and Weekday Spa Experiences Available
Bowood House is offering a rejuvenating spa experience for those weathering the pre and post-effects of cancer treatment. Jennifer Young has trained therapists to provide specialised and superior spa treatments with cancer in mind. As part of the experience, you’ll receive a 60-minute spa treatment and chakra oil and crystal. Plus, spa facilities, robe & slippers, a glass of bubbly and healthy lunch with a fruit platter.
Silver ‘Tutti Frutti’ Rings, Watling Goldsmiths, Chippenham
This incredible collection of handmade jewelry is growing by the minute. These stackable designs are a perfect gift for a loved one or just to add to your own collection. All these designs are completely individual and unique. Originally designed for the owner’s personal collection for her holidays. She loved her creations so much that she decided to sell them in her store.
January Taster, Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Throughout Jan
After a month of spending, the purse strings are never tighter than in January. The Kings Hotel know this all too well, so have reduced the price of their tasting menu for two from £100 to £80 for the month of Jan.
January Sales, Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Throughout Jan
Enjoy 10% off your total bill when enjoying a scrumptious meal in The Garden Room Restaurant Monday to Thursday in January.
New Year New You, Fluid Pilates Boot Camp, Cheltenham
Start your new year running with 15 classes for £180 over 40 days. This challenge is the perfect opportunity to kickstart your fitness journey or get back into a healthy workout routine after a boozy & gluttonous December. The offer can be accessed via their website fluidpilatesbootcamp.com or through the app which can be downloaded through the app store. Looking to go live next week will confirm when. Muddy readers get an extra 10% off MUDDYNYNY.
Free Flowing Fridays, Fire Station, Cheltenham, Every Friday
Two hours of Bottomless prosecco, bellinis and mimosas every Friday from 5.30pm till 7.30pm – who’s in? I know I am!
Steak Night & Dirty Thursday, The Plough, Cold Aston, Every Tuesday and Thursday
The Plough at Cold Aston have some fab deals for evening dining during this festive season. On Tuesday enjoy two steaks and a bottle of house wine for £30 for 2 people, and on Thursday’s get your hands dirty with a BBQ platter and can of craft beer for £15 per person.
Wedding Open House, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 15 Mar
Come and experience the wonder of Grittleton House, set for a wedding day. With the beautiful interiors, sweeping double staircase and stunning Italian sunken gardens, this is the perfect venue if you’re after grandeur and elegance.
Lechlade Music Festival, Riverside Park, Lechlade, 22-24 May
For 9 successful years, Lechlade has been growing bigger and better, after a record six thousand guests in 2019. This year the festival promises to be jam-packed with over 100 performers, including The Boomtown Rats 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. Children 16 and under go free, whether camping or visiting for the day. Early Bird tix are available until 31 March, so don’t miss out! www.lechladefestival.co.uk