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MON 13 - SUN 19 JAN

The Dress of the Year, Fashion Museum, Bath, Weds 1 Jan – Nov

Dress of the Year 2019, as chosen by Donna Wallace, Fashion and Accessories Editor at British Vogue is a pleated pink tulle dress by Giambattista Valli for H&M.​ Go drool.


Snow Mouse, Roper Room at the egg, Bath, Thurs 2 Jan – Sun 2 Feb 2020

The egg and Travelling Light’s show about a child who finds a sleeping mouse in the snow and has marvellous musical adventures together. For 6 months – 4 years.



Exhibition: ‘Interbeing’, The Pounds Art Centre, Corsham, Wed 8 Jan to Sun 8 Feb

Interbeing explores the intense relationship of the human body and the ‘more than human’ world. Together, artists James Aldridge and Jonathan Mansfield examine the ways that visual arts practice can enable experiences of connection and belonging.


Calendar Artists 2020 Exhibitions, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 11 Jan to Sat 22 Feb

Thirteen talented artists who have previously exhibited at Fisherton Mill have contributed a piece of their artwork to feature on the pages of their charity calendar. The exhibition will showcase the carefully selected paintings, prints, illustrations and photographs as a special thanks to their generous donation. A portion of the sale from each calendar sold will go to support Harnham Water Meadows Trust.

Ghost Stories, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Jan

january 2020

The Lyric Hammersmith’s supernatural spectacular is described as a fully sensory and electrifying encounter with moments of extreme shock and tension, the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror. So not one for us scaredy cats then.


St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze: A Creative Celebration, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon, Tues 14 Jan to Tues 24 Mar

The historic St Mary’s Church was awarded funding from the National Lottery Fund in 2018 to conserve the artifacts inside. The exhibition will bring together the sketches and finished work created by the project’s Artists in Residence along side medieval paintings, monuments and decorative schemes.


The Book of Mormon, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 15 Jan – Sat 22 Feb

Photo Paul Coltas

The Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical comedy about a pair of Mormon boys – ‘foul-mouthed, funny and wild’ – on a mission comes to Bristol.


Vegan Variety, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Thurs 16 Jan

If you need some ideas going into Veganuary, this is where you’ll find them. This class is suitable for those dedicated to a vegan lifestyle or anyone who wants to reduce their meat intake for health or ethical reasons.


Live screening: The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, venues around Wilts, Thurs 16 Jan (encore Sun 19 Jan)

january 2020

Princesses, fairy godmothers, spells and fairytale creatures in the live screening of the Royal Ballet’s production of Petipa’s classic ballet. Find a screening near you.


Big Bowood Quiz Evening, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 17 Jan

Put your knowledge to the text at Bowoods Big Quiz Evening. The theme this month is the 20th century – do you think you’ve got what it takes? Don’t forget to grab tickets!


Family Coffee Morning, Woolley Grange Hotel, nr Bradford on Avon, Fri 17 Jan

Cosy up in one of the lounges for a natter and a paly! £5 per adult, children go free. 9-11am.


Soushi Pop Up Restaurant at Miserden, Fri 17 Jan

Deliciously fresh, clean cuisine with an abundance of flavour is perfect after indulging in all those festive meals and treats!  So we are delighted that Soushi has added a new January date to the pop up schedule at Miserden. The log burners will be roaring and the heating turned up, making the Garden Cafe the perfect setting to enjoy Soushi Chef Brett Mills’ Japanese delights. Book in advance, bring your own booze.


Romantics Anonymous, Bristol Old Vic, Sat 18 Jan – Sat 1 Feb

Socially anxious chocolate maker meets awkward chocolate factory boss and sweet romance ensues. See Wise Children’s new musical here, ahead of its major international tour.


Wedding Fayre, The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury, Sat 18 Jan


Dreaming of a gorgeous rustic barn wedding? Visit Great Tythe Barn Open Day for a glimpse at your potential dream venue. Entry is completely free so there is no need to book in advance. Caterers and GTB’s favourite suppliers will all be on hand to help in any way they can!


The Schmoozenbergs, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Sat 18 Jan


The schoomenbergs’ music is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, with european influences from Paris and Eastern Europe the melody is guaranteed to bring energy to this ultimate jam session.


The Little Pickle Pop Up, Hanwell Village Hall, Hanwell, Sat 18 Jan

The Little Pickle have created a brand-new menu to kick off their pop up events in the new year. Join them at Hanwell Village Hall for a selection of delicious treats including jerusalem artichoke and chestnut veloute and a slow roast Gloucester Old Spot pork belly.


Mark Brzezicki’s Drum Clinic, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Sat 18 Jan

Mark is recognised as one of the most talented drummers of this generation, don’t miss the chance to snap up this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the best musicians of all time.


Mame – Life’s A Banquet, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, Tues 21 Jan to Sat 25 Jan

This touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame, starring critically acclaimed Tracie Bennet and theatre favourite Harriet Thorpe is tipped to be an absolute hit for theatre lovers.


Slapstick Festival, venues around Bristol, Weds 23 – Sun 26 Jan


Engin Akyurt for Pixabay

Oops, mind that banana! A celebration of silent, visual and classic comedy, with shows, screenings and appearances from the likes of Shappi Khorsandi, Harry Hill, Rob Rydon, Stephen Merchant, Paul McGann – and The Goodies. Full programme.


Deeper into Spain, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Thurs 23 Jan


Spanish cooking has created some of the best mediterranean dishes to exist. Delve further into the cuisine with a completely new menu to experiment and learn. Dishes include pan con tamate, croquetas au jamon and merluza.


Grayson Perry, The Pre-Therapy Years, Holburne Museum, Bath, Thurs 24 Jan –  25 May


Seventy of Perry’s earliest pots, plates and sculptures, many of which were sourced from across the UK after a successful appeal to the public in 2018.


Fermented Foods Talk, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Fri 24 Jan

Learn how to make gut friendly fermented foods with Head Chef Jethro Lawrence, who will be demonstrating and talking about the fermentation of fruits and vegetables, live culturing of butter, probiotics and making Kombucha. Jethro has been making and using fermented foods in his cooking for many years and is Woolley’s resident expert. Tea/coffee & cake included. £7.50 per person. Book tickets: Note: If you would like to come but have young children there may be space in their Ofsted registered Woolley Bears Den supervised morning session. Please call the Den on 01225 864705 to enquire.


Stroud Vegan Fair, The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, 25 Jan 

If you’re thinking of taking part in Veganuary (but what about the cheese?!) then The Subscription Rooms is hosting Stroud’s third vegan Fair with local traders selling plant-based food, ethical clothing and household products.


Burns Night at Bowood, Bowood House, Calne, Sat 25 Jan


You can count on Bowood to brighten a winter evening with delicious food and drink to celebrate the Scottish tradition Burns Night.


End Of – Comedy Show, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Sat 25 Jan


Stuart Goldsmith is back at Pound Arts with a comic odyssey on how it always works out in the end.


The Adult Panto – Peter Panties, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 25 Jan


Panto’s don’t always have to be all about the kids, The Market Theatre Company have returned to Wyvern Theatre to corrupt another traditional panto with sexual innuendo, corny jokes and raunchy plots.


Mini & Young Chefs Cookery Class, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sat 25 Jan


Mini & Young Chefs is the perfect monthly workshop for any youngsters who love to be or need more experience in the kitchen. Each month has a different theme – this month it’s Thai where your Mudlets will make a firm family favourite: Delicious Thai green curry and coconut rice.


Night Terrors with Gerard Logan, Tetbury Goods Shed, Tetbury, Sat 25 Jan


E.F Benson’s brilliant collection of haunting ghost stories, Night Terrors will be told by the talented Gerard Logan. His masterful storytelling techniques transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb.


Ferment Fortnight, Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Mon 27 Jan – Sun 9 Feb


Bi-annual work-in-progress festival showcasing the some of the finest innovation-seekers and theatre-makers in the South West. You get to play a crucial role as they ask for feedback on each work. Tickets just a fiver each.


Six The Musical, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 27 Jan- 1 Feb 


I can’t wait to see this! Nominated for five Olivier awards, including Best New Musical, this retelling of Tudor history turns Henry VIII’s is wives into popstars. A dead cert for a brilliant night out with your girl posse.


Live screening of The Royal Opera’s La Bohème, various venues around Wilts, Weds 29 Jan


Joy and heartache of young love in Paris. It doesn’t end well but the tunes are sublime.  Find a screening near you.


Living Spit’s Swan Lake, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Thurs 30 Jan


january 2020

Water-based avian ballet reaches new heights with Living Spit and two real-life ballet dancers.


Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene, St George’s Bristol, Fri 31 Jan


The inspiration for this show was a 3-hour phone call between Ute Lemper and Marlene Deitrich in Paris 30 years ago. Ute tells Marlene’s story, singing songs from each chapter of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her Burt Bacharach collabs.


Two Dine for £49, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 31 Jan


Join Bowood for an evening of contemporary dining on Friday 31st January. The Head Chef has crafted a bespoke three-course menu perfect for a special occasion, date night or just because!



Not to Miss!


Design Fabric Appointments, Heliotrope Interior Design, Broad Chalke

Having an image of your perfect home is easy, but being able to bring those ideas to life…not so much. This is why Heliotrope Interior Design are here to lend a helping hand. For £25 you can schedule an appointment with the designer to work through fabric cuttings and pattern books and select as many samples as you may wish. Once your appointment has finished you can either take your samples away or finalise your selections and make an order. If you place an order during your visit, the £25 appointment fee is refunded. You can select out other furnishings during your visit, including carpet, lighting and other interior bits and bobs. This is an absolutely fabulous and unique way to shop and will protect you from any unwise purchases that you’ll regret later down the line.


Jennifer Young Spa Day, Bowood House, Calne, Weekend and Weekday Spa Experiences Available

Bowood House is offering a rejuvenating spa experience for those weathering the pre and post-effects of cancer treatment. Jennifer Young has trained therapists to provide specialised and superior spa treatments with cancer in mind. As part of the experience, you’ll receive a 60-minute spa treatment and chakra oil and crystal. Plus, spa facilities, robe & slippers, a glass of bubbly and healthy lunch with a fruit platter.


Silver ‘Tutti Frutti’ Rings, Watling Goldsmiths, Chippenham

This incredible collection of handmade jewelry is growing by the minute. These stackable designs are a perfect gift for a loved one or just to add to your own collection. All these designs are completely individual and unique. Originally designed for the owner’s personal collection for her holidays. She loved her creations so much that she decided to sell them in her store.


January Taster, Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Throughout Jan

After a month of spending, the purse strings are never tighter than in January. The Kings Hotel know this all too well, so have reduced the price of their tasting menu for two from £100 to £80 for the month of Jan.


January Sales, Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Throughout Jan

Enjoy 10% off your total bill when enjoying a scrumptious meal in The Garden Room Restaurant Monday to Thursday in January.


New Year New You, Fluid Pilates Boot Camp, Cheltenham

Start your new year running with 15 classes for £180 over 40 days. This challenge is the perfect opportunity to kickstart your fitness journey or get back into a healthy workout routine after a boozy & gluttonous December. The offer can be accessed via their website or through the app which can be downloaded through the app store. Looking to go live next week will confirm when. Muddy readers get an extra 10% off MUDDYNYNY.


Free Flowing Fridays, Fire Station, Cheltenham, Every Friday

Two hours of Bottomless prosecco, bellinis and mimosas every Friday from 5.30pm till 7.30pm – who’s in? I know I am!


Steak Night & Dirty Thursday, The Plough, Cold Aston, Every Tuesday and Thursday

The Plough at Cold Aston have some fab deals for evening dining during this festive season. On Tuesday enjoy two steaks and a bottle of house wine for £30 for 2 people, and on Thursday’s get your hands dirty with a BBQ platter and can of craft beer for £15 per person.


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Wedding Open House, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 15 Mar

Come and experience the wonder of Grittleton House, set for a wedding day. With the beautiful interiors, sweeping double staircase and stunning Italian sunken gardens, this is the perfect venue if you’re after grandeur and elegance.

Find more ideas here

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