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July Guide


Awesome August Offer, The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, throughout Aug

England’s oldest hotel in the heart of historic Malmesbury has been recently restored to the height of English charm and, like Cinderella, it has its glad rags on and is ready to go to the ball. After a good snoop around, we’ve given The Old Bell a big Muddy tick for lovers of fantastic food and a good night’s kip in a stunning historic setting. The restaurant is modern yet cosy, and upstairs are 34 luxe bedrooms, prettily decorated, from Cosy rooms to huge Master Suites that would make even the snootiest Lord of the Manor nod his approval. Our Muddy noses certainly sniffed out a haven here, perfect for lovers of luxury, yet no need for a boot full of wellies as you’re in a bustling town centre.

And guess what? We’ve only gone and sniffed you out a mega deal here just in time for summer…Just for families, the hotel are offering a family stay this August on either a Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast offer. Even better, you get to hit Bowood House or Westonbirt Arboretum for free!

Family bed & breakfast package includes:

  • Overnight stay for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Breakfast for all
  • Family pass for either Bowood House or Westonbirt Arboretum

Family dinner, bed & breakfast package includes:

  • Overnight stay for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Breakfast for all
  • 3 course dinner for all
  • Family pass for either Bowood House or Westonbirt Arboretum
Prices start from £130 for bed & breakfast. Don’t miss out, Mudsters, it’s a pretty amazing deal! Book here now


Summer School, Marlborough College, Marlborough, 8 July – 4 Aug

There is honestly something for everyone at Marlborough College this summer, and it’s for the whole family too – you can send your kids as day students or the whole family can stay on site together, like a mini holiday.  Children are split into Junior Troopers, Young Adventurers and Teenagers, with a bonkers amount of action-packed courses to choose from including Mountain Biking, Yoga, Cricket, Water Polo, Jewellery Making, Drama and Performance Skills, Stay Alive Survival, Light Saber Combat and Duelling Training (yup!) and a Young Chef’s Academy courtesy of Vaughan’s Kitchen (see below). For adults, courses include arts & crafts, landscape and architecture, literature and creative writing, history, music, dance, theatre and film, technology and computing, life skills, sport, country pursuits…phew!


Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, until Sun 15 July

Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of MoscowThe annual outing of summer’s Cheltenham Music Festival is a cornucopia of some of the best classical musicians of the moment, as well as talks, kiddie’s events and this year a bit of opera by the Kolobov Novaya Opera Moscow, which I’m liking the sound of, my interest in all things Russian having been piqued by the World Cup.


The Farm Cookery School, Netherstreet Farm, Bromham, dates throughout July

If you’re looking to try some new recipes, The Farm Cookery are holding classes on much-loved classics from over-seas including a taste of Italy, India and Thai. They have a variety of classes over the whole month, so you shouldn’t have problem fitting it into your schedule!


Summer Garden Party to celebrate National Democracy Week, The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Sun 1 July

 This July marks 100 years since women got the vote. Celebrate the people who were brave enough to fight for equal rights. Speaking to local councillors while taking part in a mock election and getting crafty in all the activities. If watching from the side lines is more your gig, then enjoy a tea and cake at the pop-up café.


Reggae Roast, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Sun 1 July

Jamaican Inn Kitchen has added a Caribbean twist to the traditional Sunday roast. Instead of roast beef this Sunday, why not try some jerk chicken or curry goat?


Introduction to Nordic Walking, Westonbirt Arboretum, Sun 1 July

Enjoy beautiful sights and sounds of nature while learning the basics behind Nordic walking.


Ladies Club Launch with Countess Bathurst, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Mon 2 July

The Old Bell Hotel are hosting the Ladies Club launch. Meet the ladies and sign up to enjoy weekly meetings with other like-minded ladies in the community. Enjoy talks ranging from interiors, flower arranging and even social media tips.


La Traviati, The Longborough Festicval Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, until Tue 3 July

woman on stairs evening gown

Considered by Verdi to be his greatest work, this extraordinary, heart-wrenching love story features some of the best-known music in operatic repertoire.


Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Mon 2 to Sun 15 July

Kick off Wimbledon celebrations as you mean to go on. Enjoy pimms and afternoon tea at Greenway Hotel, even catch yourself a game of tennis after the match if you’re feeling inspired!


The Gruffalo’s Child, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 3 to Thu 5 July

stage actor dressed up as Gruffalo

The top West End theatre group are coming to the Everyman as part of their huge UK tour, so don’t miss it – family-friendly, feel-good theatre.


Vase Flower Arranging, Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Wed 4 July

Weddings can break the bank and finding a cheaper alternative to small details can save a lot. Bring along a jam jar, vase or jug to learn how to make beautiful arrangements perfect for a wedding or party.


Barn on the Farm, Over Farm, Gloucester, Thu 5 to Sun 8 July  

After winning best independent festival in 2014, Barn on the Farm will be a blast for music and festival lovers alike. To top it all of it there is a great line up of acts to discover new music to fall in love with.


Henri Chenot Detox Cookery Course with L’albereta, Lucknam Park, Sat 7 to Sun 8 July

Take this half day course and learn to make exquisite Italian cuisine with less calories and toxins, promoting a healthier digestive system and general health benefits.


Cheese & Chilli Festival, Lydiard Park, Sat 7 to Sun 8 July

The British have a long-term love affair with cheese, and we have adopted the same passion for chilli in recent years. Come and try some of the best cheese and chilli on the market and take part in plenty of family activities.


Summer Action Festival, Castle Combe, Sat 7 July

Bring along your motor and tour around to see the cars of other like-minded petrol heads. Even enter your car into a show and it might win a prize.


Dinosaur World Live, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 6 to Sun 8 July  dinosaur on stage

Keep both adults and kiddies entertained as you travel back to the Jurassic era. Meet an array of prehistoric creatures, even get up close and personal with a T-Rex.


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, Sat 7 July to Sat 4 August

Award-winning comedy is coming to the Barn Theatre. A heart-warming and brilliant story of the girl next door with a wondrous ability to impersonate the great singers of our generation.


Giant Lego Brick Animal Trail, WWT Slimbridge, Slimbridge, Sat 7 July to Sun 23 September

boy girl Lego bird

Inspired by the varied wildlife at WWT Slimbridge, lifelike Lego animals have been dotted around the nature trail. Spot and get a picture with your favourite woodland friends including Lottie the otter and Flavia the flamingo.


Stroud Children’s Festival, The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Sat 7 to Sun 8 July

For a second year in a row the children’s festival has returned. With plenty of free activities, talks and workshops for children of different ages, it’s the perfect weekend in the sun if you’re on a budget!


Sensational Salads & Summer Sides, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sat 7 July

Not so tempting to get into a hot kitchen during all this scorchio weather, but, hey, we still gotta eat, which makes this course perfecto. Never be bored by salad again.


Home Practice: Making Space with Emma Tilley, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 8 July

yoga mat purple legs up the wallFor those times when you can’t get to class – and even when you can, a daily practice is supposed to be sooo good for you. But where to start with a home practice? It can all be a bit daunting, but it won’t be after this class! Emma Tilley’s deep, but straightforward yoga instruction is always spot-on.


Mexican Street Food Cookery Class, Natural Cookery School, Asparagasm, Nailsworth, Sun 8 July

Perfect for summer, Mexican food is packed full of fresh, powerful flavours and colours. Learn to cook a three-course vegan and gluten-free menu – and then plan that dinner party.


Olivia O’leary presents The Heart of Summer, Glebe Gallery, Salisbury, Weds 11 July

Hear a collection of music and poetry encompassing each poet’s personal experiences with summer and their interpretation of the warmer months.


Tai Chi, Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Thu 12 July

Tai Chi can help flexibility, joint paint and balance, so that’s a prescription for me then! Take part in a basic class surrounded by beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum.


Ben Waghorn Trio, Jazz Night, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Thurs 12 July

If you’re lucky enough to be dining at the Old Bell Hotel on Thursday, then you’ll be accompanied by the talented jazz band Ben Waghorn Trio. If you fancy getting involved, you can get a single ticket for just a tenner!


Gin Masterclass, Neston Farm Shop, Hartley Farm, Melksham, Thurs 12 July 

Want to learn how to pair the perfect gin with the right mixer? Or keen to find out what fruits bring out the best flavour in certain gins? Come along to this class and you’ll be impressing all your friends with your new-found gin knowledge.


Two Thousand Trees Festival, Upcote Farm, Cheltenham, Thu 12 to Sat 14 July

 The award-winning independent music festival is back again with another brilliant set of acts. The line-up includes Twin Atlantic, Enter:Shikari and At The Drive In.


Gin Tasting Evening, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Fri 13 July 

A gin and tonic in the summer can be absolute heaven. Come along to the beautiful Grittleton House to try a range of 30 gins, listen to live music and enjoy plenty of nibbles.


A Taste of Thai, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 13 July

A three-hour extravaganza creating fragrant Thai dishes, the class will include both demonstration and hands-on cooking, including recipes such as Tom Ka- famous Thai soup, Tom Sum – sweet, sour and spicy salad, Thai Green Curry, Thai Red Curry, Pad Thai.


Penguinpig, Pound Arts, Corsham, Sat 14 July 

This is the perfect show for the whole family. Especially if you have kids, they’ll be giggling their socks off and be talking about the show all the way home.


Psychic Night with Nikki Kitt, Swindon Arts Centre, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 14 July 

Nikki has been touring around the UK connecting her audience with people who have passed. Come and watch her work, and possibly speak to a loved one.


Comedy Nights, Gloucester Brewery, Gloucester, Sat 14 July

Every second Saturday of the month Gloucester Brewery hold stand-up comedy nights with a hilarious selection of comedians.


Hedgerow Gin Safari, Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Sat 14 July  

herbs lavender bowl

Did someone say free booze? Normally you wouldn’t find the words gin and safari in the same sentence, but the hunt to seek out the perfect G&T is a tireless one. Create your own gin from the plants you’ve picked to take home and learn the recipe, so you can make it again and again… and again!


Jonathon Richardson & Open-Air Theatre, Miserden Pop-up Restaurant, Miserden, Sat 14 July

chef cooking kitchen

Enjoy a pre-theatre dinner with food by the acclaimed Jonathon Richardson and watch Old Herbaceous live.


A Franks or 2, Alex & Adrian Franks Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, until Sat 14 July

Father and son Alex and Adrian come together to exhibit their artistic abilities. Newcomer Alex uses traditional print techniques in combination with darkly comic themes discussing the relationship between reality and dreams, while Adrian, veteran exhibitionist at Fisherton Mill, shows a collection of work inspired by line and shape.


Gourmet BBQ, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 15 July

fish on barbecue

Take your summer entertaining to the next level with this gourmet BBQ course where you’ll learn how to use a biscuit tin smoker to create hot-tea smoked trout with a cucumber and poppy salsa; marinate and cook bavette steak with chimichurri sauce and a flower and foraged leaf salad; make and cook flat breads over the coals; and prepare chilli and mint marinated charred pineapple with lime and rum spiked mascarpone. Drooling? Me too!


Kim Cypher Quartet, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sun 15 July

woman blonde hair saxophone

Kim’s style for funky, quirky jazz is what her audience adore her for, and why she has been dubbed as one of the UK’s most exciting saxophonists.


Chunky Needle Market Stall, Cotswold Summer Market, Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, Sun 15 July

armchair opal chunky knit throw

There will be lots of goodies at the not-to-be-missed Cotswold Summer Market, not least The Chunky Needle’s delicious stall of snuggly chunky-knit blankets and cushions, which I’m ordering a job lot of. See founder Courtney’s styling tips


Meat-free Monday with Natural Cookery School, Crown & Sceptre, Stroud, Mon 16 July

An Indian vegetable tikka kebab served with crunchy pickled red cabbage, chickpea and tomato salad, cucumber mint raita and naan bread followed by British berry pavlova? Yes please!


Break a Leg with Gyles Brandreth, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Mon 16 July 

The multi-talented Gyles Brandreth is spending an afternoon celebrating all things theatrical at Whatley Manor. Along with that enjoy a three-course lunch and champagne reception.


Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 16 to Sat 21 July

Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant character has remained in popular culture throughout history, and modern takes on the classic have kept the story alive. Work alongside Sherlock in his later years. Although he may be older he is no less brilliant.


Amadeus Orchestra, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Thurs 19 July 

A powerful selection of classical music from France, Russia and the United States. Including the famous works of Stravinsky.


Sourdough Bread-making workshop, Star Anise Café, Stroud, Thu 19 July

Sourdough bread is becoming more common as gourmet pizza restaurants have become a popular dinner destination. Learn to make delicious baked loafs and create your own dough to prove and bake the next day.


Amelia White, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Thu 19 July

Enjoy an evening of a mixture between hard rock and alternative country. No matter what, you’ll be off your feet by the end of the night.


Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Thu 19 July to Sun 22 July    

Larmer Tree Fest returns to its beautiful surroundings for its 27th year running. The ultimate party for the whole family as the gardens transform into a sensory utopia, presenting top national music artists, a brilliant comedy stage and a huge selection of children’s stars and presenters. It’s no wonder Larmer Tree won Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards. larmertreefestival


Ballet Under the Stars, Hatch House, Tisbury, Fri 20 – Sun 22 July

Credit Alice Pennefather

Don’t miss this gorgeous, unique summer event discovered by us, just for you! Under canopy in the beautiful 17th century walled Dutch garden at Hatch House you’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner gala….oh, and you get to watch world class ballet while you’re at it. This year the theme is ‘Best of British,’ showcasing dancers, choreography, design, music and food from all corners of the kingdom. Presented by the Covent Garden Dance Company, this is a magical evening that we can’t recommend highly enough. And you know that when we recommend something, it’s sure to be fab!


Rain or Shine: Much Ado About Nothing, Bacon Theatre, Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, Fri 20 July

Join Rain or Shine theatre company in their production of the loved classic Much Ado About Nothing. Pack yourself a picnic and enjoy some theatre while the sun sets in the beautiful amphitheatre.


The Importance of Being Earnest, Lydiard Open Air Theatre, Lydiard Park, Fri 20 July 

Bring your own picnic blankets, chairs and drinks to this hilarious adapation of Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest.


Maize Maze, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Sat 21 July to Sun 2 Sept

The famous maize maze is returning to Cotswold Farm Park for another year running. How quickly can you beat the Wonderland themed maze, or will you fall down a rabbit hole?


Recreate Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 21 July to Sat 1 September 

Artists have transformed old materials and given them new life at this fabulous and eco-friendly exhibition celebrating recycling at Fisherton Mill.


The Dreamboys, City Hall Salisbury, Salisbury, Sat 21 July 

Dream boys are storming the UK with their dance moves and killer abs. Collect some of your girls for a night out on the town and bring Magic Mike to life.


Wedding Open Day, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 22 July 

Grittleton House is open to all so you can explore their beautiful grounds as a possible wedding venue.


Bear Hunt, Roves Farm, Swindon, Mon 23 July to Sun 29 July 

Come and tackle Roves Farm obstacle course to see if you can find their resident bear. And remember, if you can’t go over it, and you can’t go under it…you’ll have to go through it!


Café Rene Rhythm and Blues Festival, Café Rene, Gloucester, Mon 23 to Sun 29 July

Spend a week in the sun drinking ale and eating hog roast while listening to some of the best blues and jazz music from the past 16 years.


Summer Children’s Wednesday, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, Wed 25 July

Kids are in for plenty of fun including a bouncy castle, inflatable play area, Punch and Judy, unicycling and juggling all day long. Sounds like my dream day out when I was little. Plus, Sudeley castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens that are perfect to have a cuppa in.


Womad, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wilts, Thu 26 to Sun 29 July

In the warm blur of the festival season, this celebration of international music, arts and dance founded by Peter Gabriel in 1980 still stands out. Acts are yet to be announced, but there’s always a feel-good offering of global culture with large side dish of happy vibes.


Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Thu 26 to Sun 29 July

Bestival’s less wild little sister, the award-winning Camp Bestival is the Rolls-Royce of family festivals. There’s tonnes for kids to do and the music bookings are always high calibre – this year Simple Minds, Rick Astley and Clean Bandit have already been announced and there’s going to be an inflatable church and the world’s biggest bouncy castle and disco ball!


Notting Hill, Alfresco Film Company, Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Thu 26 July

Fall in love with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in this British comedy classic Notting Hill. The film is being shown in the stunning Cowley Manor gardens.


DOT Productions: A Woman of No Importance, Bacon Theatre, Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Thu 26 July

Join Lady Hunstanton’s dinner party and watch the art of melodrama come to life. A DOT Production of, arguably, Oscar Wildes most famous play, this is not one to miss.


Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Thu 26 July

It takes a military operation to keeping children entertained during the summer holidays. This show is a pure delight full of giggles. It’s the perfect solution to a summer holiday break down.


Soushi: Brett Mills, Miserden Pop-up Restaurant, Miserden, Fri 27 July

Brett Mills motto is to serve the freshest food possible and he believes that is Sushi. You’re promised absolutely stunning dishes with even better taste.


Gigglebox, Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester, Fri 27 July

Hear the new material from all the best comedians on the local circuit. (You might want to bring an extra pair of knickers to this one.)


Young Chefs’ Academy, Marlborough College Summer School, Marlborough, Mon 30 July to Sat 4 Aug 

Vaughans Kitchen Cookery School are holding week long courses for teenagers interesting in cooking. Learn all the best tips from experienced chefs whether you’re a beginner or a regular home cook.


David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tues 31 July to Sat 4 Aug

David Walliams’ is one of the nation’s favourite comedians and his star power comes in the bucket loads on a live stage. Listen to his tales of frights, friendship and an absolutely awful auntie.


Midweek Summer Special, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-Upon-Avon, Available until 20th July!

The luxurious Woolley Grange Hotel is offering a one-off bargain deals for a 2, 3 or 4 nights Sunday to Thursday, including breakfast and dinner. If you’re hampering for a night away with the partner, or a fun girly weekend then you would be silly to miss this offer!


Not to miss!

Glitter Parties by Eleanor Rosmond, throughout July

Glitter parties are a great idea for a birthday party or hen do. Try glittery hairstyles, make up looks and mani-pedis. You’ll have all your friends looking fabulous and blinged to the max.




The Cotswold Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 10 to Sun 12 Aug

Fabulous, eye-catching, unusual and even bizarre antiques go on sale at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School this August. Splash your hard-earned on vintage fashion and costume jewellery, traditional antique pieces and the latest in decorative chic style. This is your chance to snoop out some real gems, whether you’re a collector (I wish), interior designer or just on the hunt for unusual accessories for your cool rural boudoir (that’s more like it.) 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? They’ve got some pretty cool retro arm candy too. Now you’re talking… Tickets to the Fair are £5 but you can get a FREE TICKET HERE. Open Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm.


Theatre Studio Summer School, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Mon 20 to Fri 24 Aug 

red curtains

Performing arts is a great way for kids to build confidence and develop creatively and the Theatre Studio’s courses are fab. And it’ll fill a week of the summer holidays! For young performers between the ages of four and 19, it’s a great way for kids to mix with all ages too. And you’ll get to watch a performance at the end of the week.


Theatreland Workshops, Southrop, Mon 27 to Fri 31 Aug

Got Mudlets between 7 – 17 who were born to go on the stage? Do they love performing and having fun? Then look no further, as Theatreland Workshops return to the Cotswolds this August. The workshops give young people a chance to work with inspiring professionals from across the business, and whatever your ability you will be pushed to a new performance level, covering musical production numbers, acting pieces, audition technique, choreography, singing and whole bag more. This time it’s a workshop themed around The Greatest Showman – don’t miss out!


Early, Early Christmas Fair, Tedworth Park, Tidworth, 25-26 Sep

Nope, I’m not joking, it’s that time of year again (ARRRGHHHH!). So it’s a good job Muddy has got your Christmas shopping all sorted – check out 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), from delicatessen food, fashion and cosmetics to imaginative gifts for home and garden, plus loads of ideas for kids, teens and him indoors. It all takes place on the glorious Polo Ground at Tedworth Park so the setting ain’t too shabby, either. There are over 100 stalls, plus book signings from some seriously famous authors, and the big news is that Antiques Roadshow experts Marc Allum and Lisa Lloyd are popping in to value that seemingly useless piece of trash in your attic and turn you into a multi-gazillionaire! And all in aid of ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity. The fair opens Tuesday 25th Sep 2pm-6pm with an evening reception 6.30pm-9.30pm, and Wednesday 26th Sep 9.30am-4pm, tickets from only £3.50.


Words by Amy Ballantyne

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