WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
MON 16 - SUN 22 MARCH
Craft Workshops, New Brewery Arts, throughout March
There are too many to highlight this month, so check out their website for fabulous crafty workshops, courses and classes. Choose from lino printing, machine embroidery, needlefelt, drawing and much much more. www.newbreweryarts.org.uk
St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze: A Creative Celebration, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon, to Tues 24 Mar
The historic St Mary’s Church was awarded funding from the National Lottery Fund in 2018 to conserve the artifacts inside. The exhibition will bring together the sketches and finished work created by the project’s Artists in Residence along side medieval paintings, monuments and decorative schemes.
Into Africa – Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, to Sat 4 Apr
Exhibiting artist Louise recently achieved her lifelong dream to go on a safari in Africa and paint the stunning wildlife on her travels. Her beautiful oil paintings are inspired by the light and nature she experienced during her time in Kenya. Her work is becoming ever more popular and her prints are now exhibited throughout the UK, but this is a rare opportunity where Louise is exhibiting her original pieces as a solo artist. fishertonmill.co.uk
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year, M Shed, Bristol Museum, until 04 May
Avoid looking like this Himalayan Marmot when you’ve realised you’ve missed out on one of the best exhibitions of the year. Instead head to the brilliant M Shed at Bristol Museum to see the amazing Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition. Incredible moments caught on camera – it is the most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world and comes from London’s Natural History Museum. Over 100 stunning images to see. Photo © Yongqing Bao, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner 2019.
Grayson Perry, The Pre-Therapy Years, Holburne Museum, Bath, to 25 May
Seventy of Perry’s earliest pots, plates and sculptures, many of which were sourced from across the UK after a successful appeal to the public in 2018.
The Dress of the Year, Fashion Museum, Bath, to Nov
Dress of the Year 2019, as chosen by Donna Wallace, Fashion and Accessories Editor at British Vogue is a pleated pink tulle dress by Giambattista Valli for H&M. Go drool.
The Cooking School, cookery courses, varied dates
A fabulous selection of cookery courses for beginners and experts, including Perfect Pies on 6 March, Curries from Around the World on 7 March, Tasting Tapas on 10 March, Vegan Simple Suppers on 12 March, and Perfect Your Patisserie on 14 March. Lunch with wine is included. thecookingschool.com
Faustus, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Tues 10 – Sat 21 March
Award-winning theatre maker Chris Bush (The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Pericles) reimagines Faustus as a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice to traverse centuries and alter the course of history.
Night & Day; 1930s Fashion and Photographs, American Museum & Gardens, nr Bath, Sat 14 March – Sat 21 June
Back to the glam ’30s, with couture and classic clobber and photos of art deco architecture, wild parties and the Golden Age of Hollywood.
We Will Rock You, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 16 – Sat 21 March
If Bohemian Rhapsody, unleashed a Queen obsession that you’re struggling to shake off, We Will Rock You, should scratch that itch. This worldwide hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK and it’s rocking up in Bristol, with 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances.
The Kite Runner, Salisbury Playhouse, 17-21 March
The Kite Runner, an outstanding and unforgettable theatrical tour de force returns to Salisbury Playhouse direct from London’s West End. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a country on the verge of war and best friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, the skies are full of colour and the streets are full of the excitement of a kite flying tournament, but no one can foresee the terrible incident that will shatter their lives forever. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Seafood Asian Style Cookery Class, Devizes, 21 March
Seafood and fish is low in calories, high in protein and rich in vitamins; so brilliant for you. By the end of this hands-on class you’ll be confident prepping and cooking a range of seafood, fish and accompaniments which you’ll get to enjoy at the end of the class with a glass or two of wine! www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk
Mother’s Day Floral Workshop, Newton Farm, Newton St Loe, nr Bath, Thurs 19 March
Impress your mum with a seasonal, hand-tied bouquet and table centre piece. £45 includes everything you need and refreshments. Booking essential: 01225 873707 option 3 or email@example.com
Edible Garden Afternoon Tea, Woolley Grange, Thurs 19 March – Sun 31 May
Woolley Grange offers two entirely different teas; one especially designed for adults; and the other for children; both incorporating Potter’s best-known characters and drawing on her life as well as her classic tales for inspiration. The adult menu celebrates Potter’s life outside her writing and alongside the traditional sandwiches and scones, it also features a delicious Herdwick lamb pie to reflect the years she spent breeding Herdwick sheep on her Lake District farm. Adults can also indulge in Benjamin Bunny’s carrot cake with mascarpone and orange icing. The children’s tea includes healthy options of a hummus and crudités flowerpot and fresh carrot and orange juice, together with a selection of sandwiches and a freshly baked scone. woolleygrangehotel.co.uk
Big Bowood Quiz Evening, Bowood Hotel, 20 March
Put your knowledge to the test at the next themed Bowood Quiz Evening. Drinks and food will be available to purchase from The Brasserie Bar. The theme for this month’s quiz is ‘A Year of Sport’, so we advise you to revise both past and future…www.bowood.org
St Patrick’s Night, Hillbrush, 20 March
Book now for an evening with a menu dedicated to Irish delights at Hillbrush. And don’t forget Steak Night on 6 March, and Seafood Night on 13 March. visit.hillbrush.com
Jesus Christ Superstar, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 20-28 March
Jesus Christ Superstar traces the last seven days of the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Judas fears that the compassionate movement with Jesus at its head has become a personality cult with many of Jesus’ statements being taken up and twisted by his followers. Jesus must be stopped. www.wharftheatre.co.uk
Chippenham Vegan Chocolate Festival and Eco Art/Craft Fair, 21 March
Check out this fabulous event at Neeld Community and Arts Centre, High Street, Chippenham. Kids go free!
Mother’s Day at Bowood, Bowood Hotel, 22 March
Join Bowood for an extra special Mother’s Day, and let mum know just how much she means to you by treating her to one of our three fabulous feasts. Choose from a three course Sunday lunch, a carvery, or a Mother’s Day Sparkling Afternoon Tea. www.bowood.org
Mother’s Day at Monkey World, 22 March
Mum’s get 50% off entry at Monkey World on Mother’s day! Simply download the voucher from the website and present it at the entrance gate. monkeyworld.org
Mother’s Day, The Dog and Gun, 22 March
Join them and treat your mum! www.thedogandguninn.co.uk
Mother’s Day Prosecco Afternoon Tea, Dinghams, Salisbury, 22 March
£25 for 2, with a complimentary small bottle of Prosecco, a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Drop into the Cafe to book, or call 01722 506045. www.dinghams.co.uk
Caribbean Night, The Marlborough Tavern, Bath, Weds 26 March
Rum punch and a five course tasting menu – ackee and salt cod fritters, jerk pigeon, blackened tiger prawns, curried goat and sweet potato pudding, anyone? £45 per person.
Bibury Literature Festival, Bibury, Glos, Fri 27 March – Sun 29 March
It’s only the second year running for this underground, boutique festival and it’s going from strength to strength. Head to the prettiest village in The Cotswolds (I live here, but not biased at all!) for this three-day lit fest. It manages to pull really big names for a village festival, making for intimate setting and great events. From historian Diarmaid MacCulloch to the Rev Jonathan Aitken (yes him!) authors Jessica Fellowes and Anne De Courcy and Nicholas Coleridge, the former chairman of mag giant Conde Nast. Brilliant talks, debates and canapes guaranteed.
Shoephoria, Fashion Museum, Bath, Sat 28 March – March 2021
100 pairs of shoes and boots from the last 300 years including a pair belonging to Queen Victoria, and designer shoes, sneakers and trainers designed by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Versace and Jimmy Choo.
Integrative Breathwork, Studio Zest, Tisbury, 28 March
Enjoy a guided Breath Journey using the Conscious Connected Breath to gently build energy, heal, soothe and integrate old patterns, using the power of the breath for healing and empowerment. Workshop run by Breathwork Practitioner Deborah Maddison. £30.
Plus, throughout March they will be offering a special deal in honour of all mums in the run up to Mother’s Day! They have a 90 minute treatment, including a 30 minute massage, 30 minute facial and 30 minutes of reflexology – all for just £50 – so come and be pampered. www.studiozest.co.uk
White Wedding Hosting, Alexandra House, Swindon, 29 March
Getting hitched? Pop into Alexandra House’s wedding open event, with complimentary champagne and canapes upon arrival.
Bowood’s 10k Fun Run, Bowood House, 29 March
Bowood’s friendly 10km Fun Run caters for a wide range of participants to enjoy a few hours in the fresh air in picturesque Bowood. Money raised for this event will be donated towards Calne Welfare Charities and The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. www.bowood.org
Vegan Variety Cookery Class. Devizes, 1 April
Come along and be inspired to cook and eat more vegan food. Plant based dishes are all the rage and we know we should all be eating less meat. You’ll make a mouth-watering vegan menu in a hands-on class, which is also a great social experience. You’ll also get to enjoy some of what you’ve made at the end of the class, along with wine and refreshments – and of course they’ll be lots to take home for later. www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk
Skin Analysis, The Equilibrium Clinic, 1 April
Join The Equilibrium Clinic for a FREE Skin Analysis. Spaces are limited, so if you haven’t booked your free 45-minute appointment yet, give them a call on 01672 851212 now. (If you can’t make the April date, their next event will be on Thursday 16th July from 12–7pm. You can reserve your space now.) At the appointment you’ll discover what’s going on under your skin as their skincare professional uses the latest advanced imaging technology to highlight problem areas, UV spots, red and brown spots, wrinkles, pores and texture issues. Tailored skincare recommendations will ensure you don’t waste money on products that won’t address your skin’s needs. Go and see for yourself! equilibriumclinic.co.uk
Not to Miss!
Safari Drive Through, Longleat Zoo, Warminster
For the first time in nearly 20 years, you can see Amur tiger cubs in the Safari Drive-through at Longleat! Born in July 2019, Yuki and Rusty are growing fast and enjoying roaming around Tiger Territory. You can also explore the rest of the exciting activities around the Park and gain hands- on experience feeding the lorikeets and sea lions and if you’re feeling brave, handle tarantulas and snakes! www.longleat.co.uk
2020 Open Art Competition, Little Buckland Gallery, Little Buckland, Closing date Sun 26 Apr
The Open Art Competition has begun once again for any budding artist hoping for some national recognition. The competition is open to any artist in the country in any medium including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, installation and designers. The theme for this competition is ‘HInterland’. Finalists will be showing both online and at the Broadway Arts Festival, there is also an impressive selection of prizes for the winners. Good luck! broadwayartsfestival.com
Jennifer Young Spa Day, Bowood House, Calne, Weekend and Weekday Spa Experiences Available
Bowood House is offering a rejuvenating spa experience for those weathering the pre and post-effects of cancer treatment. Jennifer Young has trained therapists to provide specialised and superior spa treatments with cancer in mind. As part of the experience, you’ll receive a 60-minute spa treatment and chakra oil and crystal. Plus, spa facilities, robe & slippers, a glass of bubbly and healthy lunch with a fruit platter.
Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 17 to Sun 19 April
Fabulous, eye-catching and unusual art and antiques return to Westonbirt School this 17-19 April 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
Alexandra Robins Pet Photography
Book now for a the latest in super cute pet photography, with a fabulous Bluebell Session from Alexandra Robins. Bluebell sessions take place at West Woods, Marlborough from late April. Pet portrait sessions include a one hour photography session for one pet, viewing and ordering of your final images at Alexandra’s studio, plus a digital image of your choice and a large credit towards products. Get in touch now for available dates and more details. www.akrobinsphotography.com
Italy Yoga Retreat, 23-30 May
Reset and realign with the calm and joy that is inherently yours – gift yourself this special week of yoga, meditation, and self-discovery – immerse your senses in Mother Nature’s splendour on a retreat nestled in the heart of the Sabine Hills, Italy. Simply arrive, unplug, and experience the shift from hectic to calm, quiet, coming back to your centre. Prepare to be enchanted every day by the gorgeous rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside during your yoga retreat. Located only an hour from Rome, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Two beautifully restored 17th Century stone buildings overlook an incredible panorama of olive groves and fruit trees. The grounds are lush and abundant, with a natural spring, gardens, lily pond and swimming pool. The setting is peaceful, rustic and magical.
You’ll start each morning with meditation & energising hatha/vinyasa flow on the open-air wooden yoga platform, surrounded by lush, unspoilt nature. The morning practice will gently open the body and attune the mind to breath, moving and building into a dynamic sequence. Then meet again late afternoon for a gentle & relaxing yin yoga practice. This retreat is suitable for all levels of ability. This may just be what you need to help kickstart your yoga & wellbeing journey today! www.theyogaglowuk.com
Lechlade Music Festival, Riverside Park, Lechlade, 22-24 May
For 9 successful years, Lechlade has been growing bigger and better, after a record six thousand guests in 2019. This year the festival promises to be jam-packed with over 100 performers, including The Boomtown Rats headlining. Sticking to its roots, the festival is a family friendly event, with comedy, camping (and glamping for those not suited to the outdoor lifestyle), free family workshops, burlesque and more. Children 16 and under go free, whether camping or visiting for the day. Early Bird tix are available until 31 March, so don’t miss out! www.lechladefestival.co.uk
Longleat Live, Longleat, 4-5 July
Book now for Longleat’s brand new festival with bite! Longleat Live, a family friendly festival, takes the musical glory from their previous Food & Drink Festivals and hypes it up to the next level with amazing live music from headliners The Wombats (Saturday) and Razorlight (Sunday). Of course, the popular food festival will still be there, including the culinary delights of live cooking demonstrations with much-loved Hairy Bikers (Saturday) and ever-popular James Martin (Sunday) with appearances from Emma, Viscountess Weymouth. There’ll also be funfair entertainment and activities for all ages. Have a fun-filled day with all the family exploring the Safari Drive-through and Adventure attractions, eating locally produced, delicious food while soaking up the atmosphere as artists take to the big stage. A one of a kind day out! www.longleat.co.uk
The School of Pirates, Cheltenham Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Monday 24 Aug to Fri 28 Aug
Although we’ve just begun the new year, the school summer holiday may already been on your mind. Balancing child care, work and fun summer activities can be a real challenge but we’ve found a great solution, The School of Pirates stage school. Your littlens will enjoy a week of sea-faring, story-telling, magical performance inspired by the buccaneer tales of Treasure Island. www.camda.org
♥ BALLET: Swan Lake, Royal Opera House, London, 5 Mar – 16 May
And pliett! … Celebrated as one of the most famous classics in the ballet canon, Swan Lake returns to the RO. The production has won two Benoit de la Danse awards last year for Principal twirler Vadim Mnutagirov and designer John Macfarlane. A spectacular and breathtaking show that has been reimagined for a new generation.
♥ EXHIBITION: Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk, V&A Museum London, from 29 Feb
Tokyo fever is in the air with the impending Summer Olympics and the V&A is turning Japanese in homage. Paying tribute to the kimono, this show shines a light on the clothing as an icon of fashion, culture and status. Glimpse stunning examples from the 1660s up to the present day. Expect to see the kimono Alexander McQueen designed for Björk for the cover of ‘Homogenic’, the Star Wars costumes inspired by them and much more. Our Muddy tip is book ahead, it’s sure to be very popular.
♥ COMEDY: Michael McIntyre Warm Up Show, Ally Pally, Mon 2 March
Smart-suited Norf London joker Michael McIntyre is doing a special warm up show for his Big World Tour tour on Mon 2 March. Be part of the audience first to hear the gags (and some of his best old stuff). The fun starts at 18.30 and age rating is 14+.
THEATRE: The Whip, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Sat 21 March
This thought-provoking new play by award-winning playwright, journalist and University of Birmingham creative fellow, Juliet Gilkes Romero is the hottest ticket in town. Set at the beginning of the 19th Century in London as politicians of all parties come together to abolish the slave trade. The price of freedom turns out to be a multi-billion pound bailout for slave owners rather than those enslaved. Two women navigate their way to the true seat of political influence, challenging members of parliament who dare deny them their say.
THEATRE: King John, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon now until Fri 20 Mar
♥ SHOW: Magic Goes Wrong, Penn & Teller, Vaudeville Theatre, London, throughout March
Co-created by magic rebels Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjures up and evening of grand illusion to make your head spin. The show hinges on a hapless gang of magicians and (of course) things soon spiral out of control. From the same team who created Olivier award-winning Peter Pan Goes Wrong. 11+ age recommended. Now booking until August 2020.
♥ THEATRE: Pretty Woman The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre, London, until 2 Jan 2021
It may not be the most #MeToo show of the year – but hell, it’s an of-its-time classic, right? Hot on the heels of its hit Broadway premiere in 2018, Pretty Woman this month begins its West End residency. Let’s be honest it’s going to be a huge crowd puller, so book up fast. Plus, the production has some major names with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan ‘Everything I do, I do for you’ Adams.
Mama Mia, how we love a bit of ABBA, and this spectacular night out at the O2 is a definite must-see. Created by the one and only beardy one Bjorn Ulvaeus, this immersive all-singing, all-dancing theatrical dining experience awaits you (booking until May 2020). Over the course of four hours (you’ll need a lot of Cosmo-fuelled endurance we reckon) you get a four course gourmet Mediterranean meal and a fabulous ABBA disco. Pure pop escapism, and we want to be there right now.
♥ EXHIBITION: Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, 13 Feb – 11 May
So cool, you’ll be name dropping this one all month. London is Steve McQueen’s home town and this is the first major exhibition of his work here since he won the Turner prize in 1999. Also the director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his stellar career in film, photography and sculpture. The display will cover the last 25 years and include personal works such as his early film on Super 8 camera and this breathtaking aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above). The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3, on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.
♥ DANCE: Message in a Bottle, Sadlers Wells, London, until 21 March
They were some of the songs that defined the 80s and 90s – Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Fields Of Gold and Shape of My Heart. Iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. So our cool culture alarm went off big style with Message In A Bottle – a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, Featuring exhilarating dance dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, this uplifting show is a story of humanity and hope.
♥ ART: Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts, until 12 April
Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this simply brilliant exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. Don’t forget to book ahead people, big crowds are expected at this one, give yourself enough gawp time (1 – 2 hours) and tickets start at £18.
♥ BOOK NOW! Alicia Keys, Arena Birmingham (soon to be Utilita Arena Birmingham), 8 June
Following the announcement of Alicia – The World Tour, tickets have just gone on sale this week for the Grammy award-winner’s only West Midlands concert. Just a hop and a skip over the border! Her seventh studio album ALICIA is set to be released on March 20. Tickets via theticketfactory or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.
♥ ART: David Hockney: Drawing From Life, National Portrait Gallery, London, until Thurs 28 June
♥ ♥ ♥ BEAUTY NEWSFLASH ♥ ♥ ♥
♥ And lastly … word on the vine is that makeup and skincare sensation Beauty Pie is opening its first ever POP-UP SHOP at Harvey Nichols Beauty Hall. Launching on Thursday 12 March, we can’t wait to get down there and have a rummage. This members-only (and highly addictive) subscription service has only been online until now so we’re giddy with excitement.
In a global 12-week exclusive, catch this luxury beauty buyers paradise (how could you not with 80% off retail price on products). Prepare to flex your debit card like never before.