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Rubi Warren Jewellery Open Evening, The Consortium, Winchester, Wed 1 May

 

Chrissi Harcourt-Wood, the designer-maker behind Rubi Warren Jewellery, showcases her exceptional craft and new design space. Admire her elegant timeless pieces in the studio where the creation process happens. If you would like to attend, please contact chrissi@rubiwarren.com with the subject WFW Open Evening. www.rubiwarren.com

 

‘In Conversation With’ Debz and Nicky, founders of Arkell & Wills, Malmaison Cheltenham, Wed 1 May 
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Enjoy a delicious two course lunch and glass of wine with friends, whilst hearing the inspirational A&W story – a must for any budding entrepreneurs, they’ll be sharing their tips for building their luxury cashmere brand and doing business in the digital world up against the big brand names. Of course there’ll be the opportunity for a little retail therapy too! Buy your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arkell-wills-ladies-lunch-tickets-59231074739

 

Bristol WalkFest, around Bristol and beyond, Weds 1 – Fri 31 May

Photo: Friends of Trooper’s Hill

Are you a trooper? You might want to go up this hill. Just one of more than 250 walks in the city and surrounding countryside as part of the UK’s largest celebration of putting one foot in front of the other. bristolwalkfest.com

 

Beauty and the Beast, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 1 – Sat 4 May

Momoko Hirata as Belle with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet as the Ravens. Photo Andrew Ross

Love conquers all in David Bintley’s mysterious and magical production, highlighting the darkness of the original 18th century fairy tale. Review to come! Tickets

 

Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Wed 1 May to Mon 6 May

Festival season is well and truly underway, and to kick off the celebrations Cheltenham Jazz Festival promises the best line up ever. Local and national artists will perform on a variety of free stages throughout town. Browse the impressive line-up of events and performances to enjoy throughout the festival – from sit down dinners to classic jazz performances in the big top tent. The festival has also teamed up local businesses, from shopping centres to bars, ensuring the whole of Cheltenham is packed with fun, festival atmosphere. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

 

Catch Peachy at Badminton Horse Trials, 1-5 May

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Peachy Belts launches its fabulous new Baby Bit key ring at Badminton – a replica of their Bit belt buckle that has been extremely successful but in a smaller, chunky version to attach to your keys. The go-to fashion house for many of the UK’s top event riders, you can bag yourself their new Spring collection and statement belts. www.badminton-horse.co.uk

 

Knot, Salisbury Playhouse, Thurs 2 May

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Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé. These talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice:  How can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love?  Knot is a finely crafted theatrical journey through the struggles of commitment. Created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance Company, Knot is a very modern affair told with delicate sensitivity through breath-taking acrobatics and heart-wrenching dance. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

Greg James at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham Racecourse, Fri 3 May

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Radio 1 DJ and celeb Greg James kicks off the May bank holiday with a bang. To say goodbye to the racing season, join the renowned DJ on the final race day for a party in The Centaur. www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham

 

The Greatest Showman: Sing along, Nadder Centre, Tisbury, Fri 3 May

Warm up those voices and get your dancing shoes on, as Tisbury Community Choir will be showing a sing-along version of hit film, The Greatest Showman. One of the biggest musical hits in recent years, the track list has become a firm favourite for any musical geek and has even topped international music charts, making it perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

 

The Elvis Years, Swindon, 3 May

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The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ – Elvis Presley. Join Mario Kombou (Jailhouse Rock, West End), our all-star band and our award-winning singers for an unforgettable journey through over 50 golden greats that span over three decades – from the early Sun Records hits to the majestic Las Vegas performances, via The Jordanaires, the army years, authentic re-creations from the Hollywood movies and the stunning 68 TV special. With nostalgic film footage, and over twelve costume changes, this glittering two-hour production includes classic hits such as That’s Alright Mama, Suspicious Minds, It’s Now or Never, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, If I Can Dream and many more. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Polly Parsons Pop Up Restaurant, Miserden, Fri 3 May to Sun 5 May

Polly Parson has had years of experience within the catering industry. Her company, Hassle Free Weekends offers a unique and bespoke approach to catering, promising every single event is catered to the standard of high end restaurants a-la carte menu. They couldn’t resist returning to Miserden to sample their spring offerings, a menu that includes locally foraged ingredients such as wild garlic and this season’s newest produce. www.miserden.org

 

NYJO Ambassadors and Mark Armstrong Family Concert, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Sat 4 May 

 

This fun-packed interactive jazz and improvisation concert will get the whole family off their feet and grooving. Presented by the National Youth Orchestra. www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

 

Swing into The Ivy, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, Cheltenham, Sat 4 May to Sun 5 May

To celebrate Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Kim Cypher, one of the UK’s most talented saxophonists, vocalists and composers performs live jazz at The Ivy, in Cheltenham. To really celebrate the occasion, The Ivy have created two delicious jazz-inspired, bespoke cocktails, The Big Easy and In The Mood, only available during the festival. www.theivycheltenhambrasserie.com

 

Bowood Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, Bowood House, Calne, Sun 5 May  

Tour the vast and impressive line up of classic vehicles at Bowood Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, celebrating motoring heritage and engineering excellence. Whether you’re a diehard vintage lover, or if modern sport cars are what gets your engine running, this huge display of motors will please any car lover. www.bowood.org

 

The Dorset Brocante, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Sun 5 May to Mon 6 May

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The Dorset Brocante celebrates timeless vintage goods and artists. Whether you consider yourself a keen collector, a vintage fashionista or a proper foodie, this is the perfect way to enjoy a lazy Sunday or bank holiday Monday. There will be over 40 stalls to browse throughout the day, or if you fancy getting more invoiced, there will be a workshop or two for you to try your hand, including hand tied bouquets, calligraphy and needle felting. www.vintagebrocante.co.uk

 

Bank Holiday Open Day: 30th Birthday Party, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Mon 6 May

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Celebrate 30 years since Woolley Grange hotel opened their doors with tea and cake, party games, plenty to drink and a BBQ. To top it off there will be a fun dog show, so bring along your favourite furry companions. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bank-holiday-open-day-30th-birthday-party-tickets

 

The Rocky Horror Show, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 6 Sat 11 May

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Joanne Clifton (Janet) and Stephen Webb (Frank). Photo David Freeman

Steve Punt (Punt and Dennis, The Now Show), Joanne Clifton (Strictly champ) and pop star Ben Adams (a1) in the iconic musical. theatreroyal.org.uk

 

Sharmanka Travelling Circus, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Tues 7 May

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Photo Robin Mitchell

Artist and inventor Eduard Bersudsky turns old furniture, metal scrap and grotesque carved figures into performing mechanical theatre (Sharmanka is Russian for barrel organ); a humorous and slightly macabre experience.

victoriagal.org.uk

 

Yoga for Teens, Balance, the Countryside Gym, Tisbury, Tues 7 May – Tues 18 June

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A six-week yoga course especially designed for teenagers. It increase flexibility and strength, improve concentration, focus and posture but above all – help to relax. balancelifestyleandfitness.co.uk

 

Matilda the Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 7 May – Sat 8 June

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. Tickets

 

Reginald D Hunter – Facing the Beast, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wed 8 May

Comedian Reginald D Hunter has been making the rounds for 20 years. To celebrate his decades long success, he’s set out on a forty-date tour of the UK. His new material is as brilliant as ever, it’s easy to see why he has had such a long and successful career on the comedy circuit. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Offenders – Art Exhibition, Cells, Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge, Launch: Thurs 9 May

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Artist Fiona Campbell’s brave exhibition explores the idea that every member of society is an offender due to the state of our world today. Flesh, tongues, waste, nature, violence: Fiona Campbell’s huge sculptural tongue in the making, fragile and exposed, activates the whole space in a basement cell at Town Hall Arts. Fiona’s strong opinions on humans environmental and social impact is clear through her expressive work, displayed in the medium of recycled and found materials. www.townhallarts.co.uk

 

Born to Parent course, 9-10 May

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 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!
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Spanish Tapas Wine Dinner, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Thurs 9 May

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Summer is well on its way and that means seasonal vegetables and Mediterranean dishes are more popular than ever. Bowood Hotel hosts their own Spanish wine dinner to kick off the summer months – you’ll be served several Spanish Tapas dishes each paired with a glass of wine. www.bowood.org

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Salisbury Playhouse, 8-10 May

Born in the most unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Trapped in a body where he doesn’t belong, locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of freedom and adventure. And more than anything, he dreams of love. But just as he gives up hope, resigning himself to a life of solitude, a miracle occurs – a local girl, by the name of Elowen Keene. But, as we all know, time and tide wait for no man, and as the decades pass, their lives begin to move in reverse. And when war calls Benjamin across the seas, time is not their only enemy. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

Camp Kitchen Pop-Up, Misderden, 9-11 May

Don’t miss another fab Camp Kitchen pop up at the Miserden Garden Café on 9th, 10th & 11th May – check out their seasonal spring menu on the Camp Kitchen website. www.miserden.org 

 

Wedding Open Evening, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Fri 10 May

The stunning Greenway Hotel is a dream location for any bride-to-be looking for her fairy-tale manor wedding. Tour the house and grounds and enjoy cocktails and canapés whilst discussing your fantasy wedding with the in-house wedding team. www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

 

Cello and Piano Recital ‘The Art of Transcription’, Beaudesert Park School, Minchinhampton, Fri 10 May  

As part of the concert series being held in the historic Beaudesert Park School, London-based cellist Patrick Johnson and pianist-composer Louis Mander perform together. Their repertoire will include a broad range of music from baroque times through to the 21st century. www.beaudesert.gloucs.sch.uk

 

Masterclasses at Daylesford, Fri 10 May and other dates in May

Join now for the best of the best in cookery courses, experiences and masterclasses. Includes Seasonal Dinner Party, Vegetarian BBQ, Show-Stopping Canapes, and Lazy Brunch. Dates throughout May. daylesford.com

 

Silver and Copper Pendant/Earring Making Workshop, Barking Hen Jewellery, Citadel Hall, Chippenham, Fri 10 May

This is the perfect workshop for novices in jewellery making. Learn basic and traditional silver smithing techniques and create your own completely custom piece of jewellery. Add your own personalised initial or words, to give that extra something special. www.barkinghenjewellery.co.uk

 

Heritage Beef Tasting Menu, The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Fri 10 May

The Kings Hotel prides itself in hosting events that it’s patrons will absolutely adore. They’ve collaborated with award winning Fillet & Bone to create a mouth-watering six-course tasting menu of the very best local ingredients. www.kingscampden.co.uk

 

Cheltenham Cocktail Week, 10-18 May

Have you ever wished that you were laying on a gently swinging hammock on a golden beach with a fruity concoction in hand? If like us, your favourite tipple reminds you of your happy place but is slightly out of reach for this time of year, we’re pleased to let you know that it could be a little closer to home than you think. For the third year running, Cheltenham Cocktail Week returns on the 10th – 18th May, offering the opportunity to see behind the bar at your favourite venues and experience new and adapted exclusive drinks, live bands and food & drink pairings designed especially for a week of celebrating the art of mixology.

 

Art Exhibition: Revival, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 11 May 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

 

GROW, the egg, Bath, Sat 11 & Sun 12 May

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men looking at flower growing out of seed

The arrival of Spring begins with tiny tendrils of new life peeping out of the ground and ends with a Busby-Berkeley-esque showstopperA dance performance for younger kids from Indepen-dance, Scotland’s professional inclusive dance company. theatreroyal.org.uk

 

Planting a Kitchen Garden with Andy Spreadbury, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Tues 14 May

Head Gardener of the impressive gardens of Whatley Manor manages a successful kitchen garden responsible for all the fresh produce served. Spend the day with him to discover top tips for successful plants and produce. Pick his brains on all things gardening from nutrients, seasonal planting and how to get the most successful kitchen garden all year round. www.whatleymanor.com

 

Ladies’ Lunch with Arkell and Wills, The Painswick, Tues 14 May

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Jjoin Debz and Nicky at The Painswick for a delicious ladies lunch at The Painswick, after which they will chat to you about Arkell & Wills, why they founded the business and how it is growing
from their kitchen tables in Cheltenham and also an insight into the background of cashmere production.
 To buy tickets for this event please click https://thepainswick.wearegifted.co.uk/lunch-with-arkell-wills
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Shorts in Focus, Komedia, Bath, Tues 14 May

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Budding filmmakers: submit your short film – finished piece, a work in progress, or even a glimpse of what’s to come – in a screening in the Komedia Arts Cafe. komedia.co.uk

 

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 14 – Sat 18 May

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man and women embracing

Photo Marc Brenner

Can you believe it’s 25 years since Louis de Bernières published his best-selling novel, a love story set on the Greek island of Cephalonia against a backdrop of World War II. Read our review.

 

John Lewis Fashion & Beauty Show, Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Wed 15 May

The stylists and beauticians from John Lewis Cheltenham have created a thrilling catwalk show to showcase their summer 2019 line. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink, learn about summer style secrets, enjoy the show and finish the night with a delicious late dinner. cowleymanor.wearegifted.co.uk

 

May Gin Masterclass with Shakespeare Distillery, Cotswold House, Chipping Campden, Thurs 16 May

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Shakespeare Distillery are experts in a cracking G&T so join them for an arrival gin and tonic, 3 tasters and a gin talk, supported by charcuterie sharing boards. www.bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse

 

RWA Secret Postcard Auction, Bristol, Thurs 16 May

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Bid on unique postcard-sized works of art by the likes of Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George,  Anish Kapoor and Maggie Hambling. You can bid online or in person. rwa.org.uk

 

Party in the City, around Bath, Fri 17 May

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Huge free street party kicking off the 10-day Bath Festival of music and literature (which runs until Sun 26 May), with music of all genres – classical, jazz, pop, punk, folk and choral – across 36 venues and into the night. Details of when and where here. bathfestivals.org.uk

 

Curry Night, Hillbrush, Mere, Fri 17 May

As part of their monthly themed events, Hillbrush hosts their own Curry Night with a special menu of classic Indian dishes. Award-winning Greg Agar will also be performing on the night. visit.hillbrush.com

 

 Interior Design Workshops, Little London in Broad Chalke/Hero in Stockbridge, Fri 17 May and 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 17 May  10am-12.30pm and 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

 

Cinema Night: Terrace Screenings, Cowley Manor, Sat 18 May, Sat 18 June, Sat 24 Aug, Sat 21 Sep

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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

 

Hey Clay! Masterclass, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Sat 18 May

Explore your creativity with the use of different mediums, materials and inspiration. Join New Brewery Arts to learn simple hand building techniques to produce your own cup and saucer – once the work has been glazed you’ll be able to sip a soothing cuppa’ out of a cup you’ve crafted with your own hands. www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/hey-clay

 

Bowood Hotel’s 10th Birthday Summer Ball, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Sat 18 May

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of stunning Bowood Hotel & Spa, join a fabulous four-course banquet in the glamorous Kerry Suite. An evening of celebration, beginning with a glass of fizz and ending the night with a performance from cover band, The Deloreons. www.bowood.org

 

Hancock & Co, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Sat 18 May

After a hugely successful sell-out show in 2018, James Hurn and his many voices are back on the Wharf Theatre stage. In celebration of radio comedy classic, Hancock’s Half Hour, his show includes a classic episode as if written, presented and performed in the classic radio style. James’ incredible mimicking ability brings this show and his characters to life, just like if they were in the room. www.wharftheatre.co.uk

 

Open Gardens, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Sun 19 May

The expansive organic gardens of The Old Rectory in Quenington will be open to the public from 2pm – 5pm on Sunday 19th May with all proceeds going to the British Red Cross. The Old Rectory, a grade II listed property, is set in a beautifully tranquil position. This richly varied riverside garden is completely organic and around five acres in size. There are interesting, quirky features throughout such as a stunning water wheel, very individual sculptures, and countryside views across the fields. Among these are mature trees and plantings, a large vegetable garden, herbaceous borders, shade, a pool and a bog garden. It’s also a great chance to get a sneak peek at some of the works featuring in Fresh Air Sculpture 2019, (16th June – 7th July), a biennial curated event showcasing and selling unique sculptural pieces as well as decorative arts. redcross.org www.freshairsculpture.com

 

Mini & Young Chefs – Greek Theme, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Thurs 23 May

This is a great one for any budding chef Mudlets! This 2-hour cookery class is designed to help build the base skills needed to be competent in the kitchen. www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

Lechlade Music Festival, Riverside Park, Lechlade, Fri 24 May to Sun 26 May

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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 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. 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. www.lechladefestival.co.uk

 

Gourmet Evening – A Celebration of the Classics, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Fri 24 May

Classics are classics for a reason – because they’re bloomin’ delicious. The Greenway Hotel celebrates the very best of traditional gourmet dishes, with a seven-course tasting menu from the past and wines to pair. www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

 

Salisbury International Arts Festival, 24 May – 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

 

Tractor Ted Big Machines Weekend, Bowood House, Calne, Sat 25 May to Mon 27 May

If you’re digging for something active and family friendly for the bank holiday weekend, this is right up your street. Big machine arena displays, Tractor Tug-of-War and Slurry Soak! The weekend will be packed with fun including tractor rides, bouncy castles and welly wanging. www.bowood.org

 

Cheltenham International Film Festival, Cheltenham, Mon 27 May to Sat 1 June

 

One of the biggest new festival to hit Cheltenham in years. Mike Leigh and Simon Pegg lead the long line of respected film industry figures, and films from all over the world will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry titans. Whether it’s an independent short or foreign masterpiece, there is plenty of talent to be marvelled at during the festival. cheltfilm.com

 

Packaging Not Included Workshop – Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products, Café Thirty8, Hughenden Yard, Marlborough, Tues 28 Mar

 

Makeup and hygiene products have had a huge push to go chemical free, but what about our household cleaning products? We’re spraying them on counter tops and table we eat on, our dishes and laundry which can cause more damage than we’re even aware. This class will show you how to create your own everyday cleaning products using essential oils and natural ingredients including bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and castile soap. www.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Pastel Portraits, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Tues 28 May

Pastels can be daunting to work with at first, but tutor Mark Kelland insists that even those who think they can’t draw, can work with pastels. With his twenty years’ experience in drawing and portraiture, Mark will demonstrate the sensitive and expressive side to pastel portraits and how to get the most out of your materials. www.newbreweryarts.org.uk

 

Deutz Champagne Dinner, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Thurs 30 May

The Old Bell Hotel has put together a delicious selection of taster dishes to compliment and celebrate the finest French Deutz Champagne. Book now! oldbellhotel.co.uk

 

Upcycled Creatures, New Brewery Arts, Circencester, Fri 31 May

Re-purposed materials and eco-friendly thinking has gained serious momentum in the past year – with fashion labels creating recycled clothing lines to food chains replacing plastic for paper, there is no better time to integrate eco-living into every aspect of your life, including educating your little ones on the importance of green living. Bringing life back to used or unwanted materials by creating soft animals is a brilliant way to reduce waste and create something original, unique and hand-made. New Brewery Arts will teach kids how to use cycled clothes and fabrics to create unique soft creature friends, full of character. Bring buttons, patches or decorations to customise the creatures, to create the perfect cuddly toy for a very lucky little someone. www.newbreweryarts.org.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

 

Hatch House Open Garden, Hatch House, Salisbury, Sun 2 June

 

This annual event gives families a chance to see the gorgeous 17th century estate with a walled Dutch garden with unbeatable views over the Vale of Wardour. Not only can you tour the beautiful gardens, but you can enjoy a classic English cream tea, browse stalls packed with second-hand books, jewellery, bric-a-brac, cakes and Lady Rumbold & Mrs Vernon’s famous clothes. An absolute magnet for bargain hunters, with proceeds going to Salisbury Hospice Charity. www.salisburyhospicecharity.org.uk hatch-house.co.uk

 

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

 

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

 

Not to Miss!

 

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 May

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

 

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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

 

****Discounts for Muddy readers!**** Meda Gedara Villa, Sri Lanka, dates in July!

Meda Gedara, a colonial villa sleeping up to 18 on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is officially ‘the new island pin-up’. Condé Nast Traveller says so, and I for one am not going to argue. The brainchild of Cheltenham-based Fiona McLeod, the dreamy destination is now top of Muddy’s holiday wish list. Just some of the edited highlights include tropical gardens leading out to the Indian Ocean, a huge cinema space, a magnificent teak staircase, split level pools, one with a 74ft water slide, a kids’ TV room, daily Sri Lankan menus, a yoga shala and beautiful artefacts everywhere you look. We reckon it’s the perfect family escape – take a day out to go surfing, sightseeing, visiting temples, or seeing turtle hatcheries, plus there are water sports in abundance for the more active Mudlets and some of the best beaches in the world. The great news is that we’ve just been told of availability 23 July – 1 Aug, with 10% DISCOUNT FOR MUDDY READERS! From $1250 per night. www.medagedara.com
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Fresh Air Sculpture 2019, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Sun 16 June to Sun 7 July

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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

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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

 

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

 

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!

 

Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Wed 18 July to Sat 21 July

 

Larmer Tree is back once again after another smashing year. This family festival has a bigger line up than ever with The Cat Empire, KT Tunstall, Kate Tempest and Jack Savoretti. Each day will be packed with activities, family fun and live events. Larmertreefestival.co.uk

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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! www.facebook.com/events

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