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JUNE

Matilda the Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 8 June

 

children on swings on stage

 

The story of the girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Read our reviewTickets

 

Masterclasses at Daylesford, dates in June

Join now for the best of the best in cookery courses, experiences and masterclasses. Includes Seasonal Dinner Party, Artisan Bread Making and Show Stopping Canapes. Dates throughout June. daylesford.com

 

Art Exhibition: Revival, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, to Sat 8 June

With their cheerful subject matters, zinging colours and bright and breezy style, Fiona Forbes’s pictures bring a touch of spring sunshine to Fisherton Mill. Fiona will be showing nearly 90 paintings in what is her first solo show in Wiltshire. She lived abroad for many years before moving to back to the UK ten years ago and the pictures include scenes from France, as well as some inspired by Salisbury such as a view of the Cathedral from the water meadows and the market square on a busy Saturday. fishertonmill.co.uk

 

Salisbury International Arts Festival, to 9 June

The 2019 Salisbury International Arts Festival marks two global anniversaries – the 1969 moon landings and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall – with an ambitious mix of music, spoken word, film, dance, circus, theatre, comedy and family events. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

Displaced, Waller & Wood, Bath, until Thurs 20 June

Unusual placement of objects and utensils associated with the ritual of food and dining and a new collaboration between feltmaker Liz Clay, and Carole Waller. Weds to Sat 11am – 5pm; Sun 12pm –4pm. wallerandwood.co.uk

 

The Comedy of Errors, venues in Glos, 1 June – 14 July

Downpour Theatre Company presents The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s shortest yet wittiest play at Thornbury Castle (9 June), Kingshill House, Dursley (15 June), The Gardens at Miserden (21 and 22 June), and Rendcomb College (5 and 6 July), as well as Stroud (1-2 June) and Bristol Shakespeare Festivals (13-14 July). Be transported to the Byzantine Empire, when hilarity ensues when Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive in the hustle and bustle of Ephesus which, unbeknownst to them, is the home of their identical twins, Antipholus and Dromio from whom they were separated in a tragic shipwreck when they were just infants. Over the course of a single day, mistaken identities lead to unfair beatings, wrongful arrests and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and even demonic possession. A gloriously silly farce, performed by a marvellously talented cast; what better way to spend a summer weekend! Get your tix herewww.downpourtheatrecompany.co.uk

 

La Bohème, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Mon 3 & Tues 4 June

Marcin Kopec (Schaunard), Gareth Morris (Rodolfo), Dickon Gough (Colline), Michael Davis (Marcello)

It’s opera Jim, but not as we know it. OperaUpClose brings Puccini’s opera into the 21st century with their Olivier-Award winning English language production, where idealistic undergraduate and aspiring novelist Rodolfo discovers a harsher reality when he falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi. bristololdvic.org.uk

 

Educating Rita, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 3 – Sat 8 June

Photo Robert Day

Stephen Tompkinson (Drop the Dead Donkey, DCI Banks etc) as university tutor Frank and Jessica Johnson (Cuckoo and Corrie) as the hairdresser who wants to expand her horizons in Willy Russell’s comedy. Originally commissioned by the RSC. Well I never. theatreroyal.org.uk

 

Emil and the Detectives, the egg, Bath, Weds 5 – Sun 9 June

Erich Kästner ‘s 1929 classic tale of a boy who outwits a thief – with theatrical magic, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Watch the trailer! theatreroyal.org.uk

 

RSC Live Screening: The Taming of the Shrew, Pound Arts, Corsham, Wed 5 June

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista inola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. poundarts.org.uk 

 

Smoke Without Fire: Vegetarian Barbecue, The Cookery School at Daylesford, Daylesford, Wed 5 June

As the summer season kicks off, the smoky aroma of BBQ’s will be filling the evening air. If you still love BBQ classics like sausage and burgers but hoping to cut down on your meat intake or even go full-time veggie, this is the perfect class for you. Learn to make delicious vegetarian BBQ dishes including Mexican-inspired bean burgers, salads and grilled vegetables. daylesford.com

 

Party at the Castle, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Thurs 6 June to Sat 8 June

 

Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show – Just Can’t Get Enough 80s. www.partyatthecastle.co.uk

 

Rambert2 Triple Bill, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Thurs 6 – Sat 8 June

 

Killer Pig. Meshach Henry, Imogen Alvares, Conor Kerrigan, Antonello Sangirardi, Darlyn Perez © Foteini Christofilopoulou

Rambert’s new ensemble of 13 of the world’s best young dancers showcasing the most exhilarating and fierce choreography around, including the new Grey Matterby Rambert’s Guest Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

bristololdvic.org.uk

 

Gin Tasting on the Terrace, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 7 June

This sell-out event is back for its 3rd year. Sample a selection of gins from a variety of makers including Cotswold Gin, Chase Gin, Whitley Neill Gin and many more. The spirits will be accompanied by specially paired Fever-Tree tonics. There will also be some delicious cocktails for you to try, plus some picky bits to snack on. www.bowood.org

 

Gin Tasting Garden Party, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Sat 8 June

Did someone say unlimited gin? I’m in! Join Old Bell Hotel for evening BBQ with live entertainment and I’ll say it again, BOTTOMLESS gin. It can’t get any better. oldbellhotel.co.uk

 

Al Murray – Land of Hope and Glory Tour 2019, Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Sun 9 June

One of the UK’s biggest comedians, The Pub Landlord returns to Salisbury for his newest comedy tour. www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

 

Live screening of Royal Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet, across Glos and Wilts, Tues 11 June

Matthew Ball as Romeo, Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet. (c) ROH, 2015. Photo Alice Pennefather

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

Find a cinema near you.

 

Raising Confident Cooperative Kids, The Parenting Partnership, The Old Rectory, Saintbury, Tues 11 June

Join them for a FREE introductory talk, learn a new approach to parenting kids of all ages just in time for the summer hols. Come and hear about the  programmes they run and get your burning parenting questions answered. www.theparentingpartnership.com

 

Blue Sky Festival, Corsham, 11-16 June

A fab family arts festival including Twisted Tales for Terrible Children, David Baddiel and Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids. blueskyfestival.org.uk

 

Retreat in a Day, with Kalm n’ Kind Yoga, South Barn, Calne, Wed 12 June

This one-stop shop to pure relaxation will have you feeling better than ever, and all in one day. Spend your time practicing yoga, enjoying delicious healthy home-made food, catching up with friends and meeting new people. No matter your skill or fitness level, you can take part in this retreat day specially designed to help you get that much needed R and R. kalmnkindyoga.co.uk

 

Gala at the Gorge, The Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol, Fri 14 June

The charity Above & Beyond have been taking important strides in improving hospital care and standards in the South West, and have partnered with The Avon Gorge Hotel to host a fab charity ball in aid of University Hospitals Bristol. Support a brilliant and worthy cause by joining them for a sumptuous gala dinner with champagne and canape reception, delicious three-course banquet, coffee, entertainment and charity auction, with lots from Cowley Manor, Aston Martin, John Lewis and more. The proceeds of the gala will go towards the refurbishment of ward D603, which specialises in oncology and haematology. www.tickettailor.com

 

Top of the Gorge Festival,  Cheddar, Fri 14 – Sun 16 June

Live music comes with trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving, walking, foraging, campfire cooking and stargazing on a spectacular site overlooking the Cheddar Gorge. Top of the Gorge

 

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Part 1 Fri 14 – Sat 22 June,  Part II Weds 19 –Sat 22 June

Spot the stars of the future. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s graduating year perform together in David Edgar’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning play based on Dicken’s comic masterpiece. Spot the stars of the future?

Part 1 and Part 2

 

Beerex 2019, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury, Fri 14 June to Sat 15 June

Salisbury’s’ annual beer and cider is back. With over 15 pilsners, ales and ciders on offer you’ll be plenty busy trying all the different booze on offer. There will be plenty of fresh and hot food, plus live music and your own tankard included for the serious beer drinkers. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

Smoked and Uncut, THE PIG-near Bath, Sat 15 June

More glamour than grunge, set against the rolling Mendips with views across THE PIG-near Bath’s deer park, top chef Angela Hartnett’s Italian banquet and Mark Hix Ruby Curry House – this isn’t yer average festival. Music supplied by Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May and more. smokedanduncut

 

Bowood’s Treasure Island Day, Bowood House, Calne, Sat 15 June

Pirates have seized Bowood’s ground as their own and they’ve invited us to join their adventures. Take part in the treasure trail and the bouncy castle. But make sure you’re dressed in pirate gear or they might think they have a traitor in their midst. www.bowood.org

 

Poco Culina Pop Up Restaurant, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Sat 15 June

Miserden holds a variety of impressive pop-up restaurants throughout the year, and even more impressively every chef that takes over the kitchen comes up with new and impressive dishes to feed their diners. Poco Culina presents “Wandering the Western Mediterranean”, a six-course vegan selection of dishes combining the warmth of North African cuisine and the vibrancy of South Western Spain. www.miserden.org

 

The Gruffalo, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 15 June to Sun 16 June

 

The Gruffalo has gone from a charming children’s picture book published in 1999 to a hugely famous franchise of books, films and live shows. Join brave Mouse through the deep, dark wood in this live adaptation of the classic picture book. This performance is absolute delight for both children and adults. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

 

Fresh Air Sculpture 2019, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Sun 16 June to Sun 7 July

This impressive biennial contemporary art show and sculpture exhibition celebrates the stark yet beautiful differences between the rural, tranquil landscape of The Old Rectory, and cutting-edge sculptures and artwork. Fresh Air Sculpture brings over 130 pieces of outside sculptural work to this fantastic setting, with its expansive organic garden, lovely lawns, and River Coln running through. Each piece is created from a variety of ornate stone, stunning glass, textiles and impressive metal work – and is for show and sale, you lucky people! Take a tour around the grounds where they’ve been specially built, as if the work belonged there. Alongside this, The Pool House transforms into a contemporary craft gallery for the duration of Fresh Air Sculpture, inviting artist makers from across disciplines to interpret views through clay, glass, metals, wood and cloth emerging to form unique collections for visitors to purchase. The full line up of Pool House Gallery exhibitors can be seen here. Fancy getting stuck in yourself? Check out their range of workshopsincluding collage, lettering, paper cut out and textile-based printing. £7.50 entry, under 18s free, www.freshairsculpture.com

 

Funny Bones, Nish Kumar & Friends, Bristol Hippodrome, Sun 16 June

One nighter in aid of Above & Beyond, the official charity for Bristol city centre hospitals. On the bill with Nish: Laura Lexx, Kiri Prichard-McLean, Jake Lambert, Mark Olver and more.

Tickets

 

Father’s Day Lunch, Bowood House, Calne, Sun 16 June

Treat dad to a delicious Sunday Lunch at The Shelbourne Restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day. www.bowood.org

 

More Happy Hips, The Santosha Studio, Chippenham, Sun 16 June

Modern life has led to a sedentary life, and our bodies don’t move us much as nature intended. Surprisingly quickly our joints can become rigid and stuck which can restrict movement and flexibility but also cause pain in the lower back and hips. It’s important to take some time for yourself to stretch, relax and get those hips moving. Spend a morning discovering where you have movement and where you don’t, you’ll learn how to release tension in your hips and find more movement within your body and your mind. www.santoshastudio.co.uk

 

Father’s Day Lunch, Woolley Grange Hotel, Calne, Sun 16 June

Indulge in a delicious Sunday Lunch at Woolley Grange Hotel for Father’s Day and enjoy a lovely wander round the grounds and parks afterwards. www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

 

Father’s Day Shoot, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Sun 16 June

Start your morning off with some delicious breakfast nibbles at the gorgeous Greenway Hotel and then go on to enjoy a day of clay pigeon shooting. Even if this isn’t your cup of tea, I bet dad will have a blast. www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

 

Father’s Day at Monkey World, Wareham, Sun 16 June

Dad’s get 50% off entry at Monkey World on Father’s day! Simply download the voucher from the website and present it at the entrance gate. monkeyworld.org

 

The Rocky Horror Show, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 17 – Sat 22 June

Joanne Clifton (Janet), Ben Adams (Brad), Duncan James (Frank). Photo Richard Davenport

A genuine Time Warp, the show’s been wowing audiences for over 40 years *gulp*. In this production Strictly‘s Joanne Clifton plays squeaky clean Janet, Blue’s Duncan James wears the fishnets with comedian Dom Joly narrating. Tickets

 

Interior Design Workshops, Little London in Broad Chalke/Hero in Stockbridge, Friday 21 June

Photo Gemma Brunton Photography

Moving home? Or just fancy a spruce up in your old one? Ah, you’ll need a super-Muddy interior designer. Tamzin Newby is the amazingly clever brains behind Heliotrope Designs – an interior design company with a difference. Forget cookie-cutter designs, replicated over and over – Heliotrope tailors their designs to fit your needs, your ideas and, most importantly, the light, space and colour in your home. And now you can try your own hand at design as Tamzin has set up a series of oh-so-popular workshops for budding designers – book now to find your interior stylerenovation goalswellbeing at home and interior design tools and tips. Friday 21 June 2-4.30pm, £60 per workshop, price includes coffee and cake plus a goody bag of favourite samples so you can see how they work at home. I am THERE! A small percentage of Heliotrope design and workshop fees are donated to Shelter. www.heliotropedesign.co.uk

 

Martin Kemp DJ set, Komedia, Bath,  Fri 21 June

Spandau Ballet turned EastEnders/The Krays actor takes to the decks to spin 80s club hits. komedia.co.uk

 

Pub in the Park, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Fri 21 – Sat 23 June

Tom Kerridge’s popular gourmet scran meets live music fandango,  with Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Texas, Will Young, Gabrielle, Soul II Soul Sound System and cookery demos and talks from Michelin-starred chefs like Angela Hartnett, Chris Cleghorn and Josh Eggleton and First Dates Fred Sirieix.  Read our interview with Tom herepubintheparkuk.com

 

Evening with Jamie Knight, The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Fri 21 June

Jamie Knight is a firm favourite and regular of the Kings Hotel, and his rendition of some world-famous classics get better by the day. Enjoy a drink or meal in the bar whilst jamming to his top picks of the night. www.kingscampden.co.uk

 

Food & Drink Festival, Longleat, nr Warminster,  Sat 22 & Sun 23 June

Demos from Masterchef’s John Torode, meet Emma, Viscountess Weymouth and more, food & drink stalls selling everything from Japanese to Mexican, cakes and ices, vegan options from Chinese cuisine to sweet treats, a fairground with a big wheel, swing boats plus crazy golf – and live music all the while. All included in a day ticket to Longleat. longleat.co.uk

 

The Hot Potato Syncopators, Pound Arts, Corsham, 22 June

The funniest, jazziest act in the Empire. The Hot Potato Syncopators are a comedy swing whoopee band featuring a brace of ukuleles, musical saw and tea-chest bass played by three eccentric English gentlemen. Taking the world by storm since the end of the Second World War, playing your favourite tunes of the 1920s 30s & 40s, expect stage theatricals, acts of ear and eye defying balancing and pop guns. Tip top jazz! poundarts.org.uk

 

Cinema Night: Terrace Screenings, Cowley Manor, 22 June, 18 July, 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

 

Westy’s Great British Menu Masterclass, Lucknam Park, Chippenham, Sat 22 June and Sat 29 June

Thomas Westerland has become one of the most accomplished chefs in the local area. After being crowned National Chef of Wales 2018 and competing in this year’s Great British Menu, his skill, flavour combinations and culinary imagination is something to be envious of. Join Westy at the Lucknam Park Cookery School for a day of learning the tips and tricks of mastering his complex GBM dishes. www.lucknampark.co.uk

 

Chalke Valley History Festival, nr Salisbury, 24-30 June

See history, hear history, even feel history at this extraordinary festival dedicated entirely to – you guessed it – history. Talks, workshops and debates bring alive an incredible living past on these rolling plains in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside – check out the through-the-ages encampment, interactive events, plus sign up now for a mega-impressive list of speakers from Dan Snow to Mariella Frostrup, with a jaunt through Al Murray, Harry Enfield, Niall Ferguson and Antonia Fraser in between. You’ll get a real sense of an interactive living history here – recreate a wartime kitchen garden, crawl through a Second World War trench and try your hand at being part of the Women’s Land Army. The Festival also boasts a range of interactive tents and activities such as SOE Commando training and Secret Agent Training; as well as archaeology walks, vintage vehicles, book store, shopping emporium, and street food. Fancy a Pimms with a hairy Viking or fizz with a WWII Tommy? This is the fest for you. Oh, and there’s camping too. cvhf.org.uk

 

Fashion Dinner with Bodega, The Ox, Cheltenham, Mon 24 Jun

I absolutely adore the fashion at Bodega in Cheltenham. Their unique yet classic pieces are the reason they’ve made a real impact and huge success, even competing against the high-street giants. Now you’re invited to a fashion dinner in support of LINC – The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund. Enjoy a glass of wine and a 3-course dinner whilst you mingle with other fashion lovers over this summer’s fashion inspirations. www.shopbodega.co.uk

 

Legally Blonde Jr. The Musical, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Wed 26 June

Based on the cult-classic film and award-winning Broadway musical, Legally Blonde. This hilarious amateur adaptation takes you on fabulously pink journey of self-empowerment by disbanding stereotypes and proving we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. This production is filled with humour, wit and sass and let’s not forget some instantly recognizable Broadway songs. www.cheltplayhouse.org.uk

 

Jack Dee – Work in Progress, Pound Arts, Corsham, Wed 26 June

Jack Dee will be performing at Pound Arts before kicking off his UK tour. Get an exclusive taste of his brand-new material before he takes it on the road. Dedicated to brightening peoples’ day, Jack hopes his new show will leave people a big fat smile at the end of his brilliant performance. www.poundarts.org.uk

 

The Art of Afternoon Tea, Daylesford Cookery School, Daylesford, Thurs 27 June

There is something quiescently British about afternoon tea. Learn to make some high-tea staples including tarts, cakes, biscuits and savoury treats. Enjoy a glass of prosecco whilst the cookery school team guide you through the important steps to mastering afternoon tea. Soon enough, you’ll be hosting the classiest tea parties in your own home for friends and family. daylesford.com

 

Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products Workshop with Packaging Not Included, Café Thirty8, Marlborough, Thurs 27 June

Learn how to make every day cleaning products using essential oils and natural ingredients. www.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Bowood Triathlon, Bowood House, Calne, Sat 29 June to Sun 30 June

Swim, cycle and run through the beautiful Bowood Estate, home to the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne. There are two distances LPS Events are offering,  a choice of a Sprint and a Super Sprint Triathlon. www.bowood.org

 

Cheltenham Music Festival, Thurs 5 July to Sat 14 July

Cheltenham is famous for its established, respected and varied festivals, with tents appear throughout the historic town throughout the summer months celebrating arts, literature and of course, music. Cheltenham Music Festival is a celebration of music culture, musicians, instruments and song writing. Kicking off the festival are free concerts in Imperial Square, followed by an impressive line-up of acts including London Symphony Orchestra, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti and many more. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

 

Not to Miss!

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 June

Bag a bargain in May. 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

 

Book ahead:

Japanese with Wakako, Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes, Sat 6 July

Specially trained Japanese chef Wakako Guppy, will be teaching you how to combat the notoriously difficult authentic Japanese cooking. Wakako wants to make Japanese food more accessible and give people the confidence and skills to try delicious Japanese recipes in their own homes. This class will teach you how to make sushi, Japanese fish soup, tempura batter, gomaae salad and tofu cheesecake. www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk 

 

Marlborough College Summer School, 14 July – 1o 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, 13 July – 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

 

8 Stars 1 Kitchen, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Mon 15 July 

Join four of the most renowned chef’s in the country for a spectacular banquet in aid of Hospitality Action’s Social Sunday. Whatley Manor welcomes three accomplished chefs’ including Christian Bau, Mark Birchall and Brett Graham, who between them have 8 Michelin stars. There are few opportunities you’ll get to taste such exceptional food from chefs with such different styles, techniques and talents. www.whatleymanor.com

 

Ballet Under The Stars, Hatch House, 26-28 July

 

The Covent Garden Dance Company celebrates the 10th Anniversary of ‘Ballet Under the Stars’ this July, in Hatch House’s beautiful and romantic 17th Century Walled Dutch Garden. Enjoy breathtaking dance performances – a stunning mix of classical, neo-classical and contemporary ballet, celebrating the last decade of dance. This year boasts one of the most impressive line-ups of world class dancers that have ever performed at Hatch, including stars such as Xander Parish OBE of The Mariinsky Ballet, the first British dancer to ever be employed by this prestigious company, Steven McRae and Lauren Cuthbertson, both Principals with The Royal Ballet and Ksenia Ovsyanick, Principal Staatsballett Berlin. The programme will take some beating too, with highlights including tap work “Something Different” performed by Steven McRae. A quintessentially British evening in a beautiful country garden – a truly unmissable event. www.coventgardendance.com

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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 Urban Guide to the Countryside - Wiltshire