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Yoga in the Yurt, Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon, throughout Aug

For grownups looking for some relaxation this summer, find your inner zen with Woolley Grange’s drop-in yoga and meditation classes in a yurt in the grounds – open to hotel guests, spa members and non-residents, from only £10. Plus, all of August is packed with fun activities for the whole family at Woolley, with a different task every day from nail painting, mocktail making and bonfire building to archery, storytelling and kettle bell training. Enough to keep even the grumpiest of teenagers happy, quite frankly.


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

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

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

Family bed & breakfast package includes:

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

Family dinner, bed & breakfast package includes:

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

Wild Swimming Breaks, Tudor Farmhouse, Coleford, throughout Aug

England is blessed with beautiful wild swimming spots all over the country – and boutique hotel and culinary hot spot Tudor Farmhouse knows exactly where they all are in our ‘hood. Guests are sent off with coordinates, a splendiferous picnic and this year hot sunshine – hurrah! Read the Muddy review


Sunday Lunch, Malmaison, Cheltenham, throughout Aug

No matter how hot the weather gets, you still need to eat Sunday lunch, right? Malmaison is offering a pretty tempting deal of two courses every Sunday (including unlimited hors d’oeuvres – do they know how many I can eat?) for just£19.95. Book me in!


Children’s Wednesday, Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Winchcombe, until Wed 29 Aug

With its fab adventure playground and Summer Children’s Wednesdays – where there’ll be Punch & Judy shows, bouncy castles, an inflatable activity centre for under fives, storytelling and arts and craft – this stunning castle set in equally stunning grounds is a day out no-brainer.


Summer Family Break, Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon, throughout Aug

Stay for two, three or four nights this summer on an dinner inclusive package at the fab Woolley Grange. Stay for 3 nights and enjoy a complimentary cream tea for two and a 30 minute spa treatment or stay for 4 and get a complimentary afternoon tea for two and a 60 minute spa treatment. Um, yes please!


Minerva Owl Art Trail, in association with Strawberry Blue, Bath, throughout Aug

The stunning Owl Art sculptures are being displayed in Bath for another year. Follow the trail and find your favourite of all the whacky, colourful and hypnotic designs. See if you can spot the Bradford-on-Avon owl, Frida Owlo!


Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, throughout Aug

Don’t miss these summer workshops every weekday during August where kids can take part in loads of music activities including playing in a rock band, dance, animating a film, circus skills and waaaaaay more.


Fieldview Festival, Little Somerford, Wilts, Thu 2 to Sun 5 August

If you can’t face the magnitude of size or price of Bestival, Latitude or Cornbury Park, Fieldview is a small but perfectly formed bundle of summer festival loveliness, with a non-profit ethos that ploughs any surplus funds into charities and causes it loves and believes in. The line-up is yet to be announced and while you won’t find chart-topping outfits, you might well witness nascent stars in the making. Early bird tickets go on sale Thu 1 Feb.


Summer School, Marlborough College, Marlborough, to 4 Aug

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


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

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


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

One to delight the kids (and give you a bit of a laugh too) David Walliams’ tales of frights, friendship and an absolutely Awful Auntie will get the old stomach muscles working. And, if you come to a matinée, kids eat free in the café. How good is that?


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, to Sat 4 Aug

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


Iford Arts, Iford Manor, nr Bradford on Avon, to Sat 4 Aug

The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival (opera, picnic proms and classical cloister concerts) stages Puccini’s Madame Butterfly this summer. This all-time favourite – a poignant mixture of warm, luxuriant melody together with a depiction of a young girl abused, deceived and deserted – will be conducted by Tom Blunt, making his Iford debut.


The Camp Kitchen Pop-Up Restaurant, Miserden Nursery, Miserden Sat 4 Aug

tables set for pop-up dining eventExpect another magical evening at Miserden Nursery’s atmospheric greenhouse eaterie with food courtesy of The Camp Kitchen, helmed by Rory Baxter who honed his culinary skills with Gordon Ramsay, Raymond Blanc and Fergus Henderson. Never disappoints.


The Elizabethan Playhouse, Manor Farm, Corsley, 4 and 16 August

Illyria rock into Corsley with a double bill, kicking off with The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sat 4 August) – the original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this faithful, cheeky but chilling adaptation. This is followed by The Merchant of Venice (Sun 16 August) when Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Lydiard Bark Dog Show, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Sun 5 Aug

Nope, I’m not kidding. Bring Rover for a day of fun in the stunning Lydiard Park with this annual dog show. There will also be load of stalls to pick up something tasty for your favourite four-legged companion, and probably for you too.


Kitchen Survival, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 5 Aug

Harts Barn principal Yvette Farrell created this course for all those people out there who think they can’t cook. She believes everyone can and after a day in the hands of Harts Barn you’ll leave brimming with confidence. Especially good for teenagers about to flee the nest, they’ll learn how to cook nutritious, easy and delicious food, as well as knife skills, food hygiene, budgeting and how to batch cook.


Keith Browning Exhibition, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Mon 6 to Fri 31 Aug 

Local artist Keith Browning is amazing! A proper multihyphenate, he trained as an architect, is a classical guitarist and composer and he’s also worked as a professional actor on film, TV and stage. This show focuses on his multimedia art though, which will blow your mind.


Jurassic Farm, Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Mon 6 Aug to Sun 12 Aug

Prehistoric monsters have taken over Roves Farm, but don’t worry, these dinosaurs are friendly. Apparently.


Seed to Plate Cookery Course, Natural Cookery School, The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester, Mon 7 to Fri 11 Aug

This five-day gardening and cookery course hosted by Muddy fave the Natural Cookery School, takes place at the wonderful Abbey Home Farm nestled in the Cotswolds. Learn how to grow vegetables and create delicious seasonal meals from seed to plate. You’ll learn how to make seasonal vegetarian meals inspired by the veg garden and also explore preservation, fermentation and sourdough bread baking.


Chunky Knitting Cushion Workshop, Meggie’s, Stow-on-the-Wold, Thu 9 Aug, 6.30-8pm
Join Muddy favourite The Chunky Needle at the lovely Stow-on-the-Wold’s Meggie’s gift shop for a 90-minute lesson on chunky knitting where you’ll make your very own 14in merino wool round cushion in one of The Chunky Needle founder Courtney’s gorgeous shades – she’s got over 40! Tickets cost £55 and include all supplies, refreshments and special discounts for Meggie’s and The Chunky Needle. 


The School of Wizardry, Dean Close, Cheltenham, Glos, Tue 8 to Sat 11 & Mon 13 to Fri 17 Aug

A spellbinding week of magic and wizardry awaits courtesy of the Cheltenham Academy of Music and Dramatic Art’s wand-erful School of Wizardry. Kids will walk into the pages of Harry Potter and be immersed in a Hogworts-style environment for the week where there’ll be music to sing, stories to act out and, of course, spells to be cast taught to them by bona fide magicians from The Magic Circle. Email the Magic Team at or call 07545 345655


Jethro – The Count of Cornwall, Comedy Show, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 9 Aug

Veteran comedian Jethro is back again with his hilarious, whacky and weird show. Always a sell-out, he’s funny!!


Young Chefs Academy, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Thurs 9 Aug

This all-day course will set your kids up with the cooking skills they need as they hit their teen years. Which is whipping you up a three course meal with added gin, right?


An Evening with Diamond, The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham, Thu 9 Aug

 The Greenway Hotel are dedicating a whole evening to living legend, Neil Diamond. Sing along to Sweet Caroline (you know you want to) while chowing down on a burger and beer (or two)!


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

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


BRSCC Caterham Race Weekend, Castle Combe Circuit, Castlecombe, Sat 11 Aug

This home of motorsport has been welcoming petrol-heads for 65 years and this famous Race Weekend is one of the best – check out a huge variety of classic and new cars.


Labyrinth at Forestry Commission Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Glos, Sat 11 Aug

The Forest of Dean is perhaps the perfect place to watch the wonderful 1986 Jim Henson-directed musical fantasy Labyrinth, in which David Bowie stars as the Goblin King. An ice-cream bar will be on hand to dish out sweet treats as well as beer, Prosecco, wine, gin and soft drinks.


Family Cooking Together, Daylesford Cookery School, Daylesford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos, Sun 12 & Sun 26 Aug

They say the family that eats together, stays together, so this fab day’s cooking in the salubrious surroundings of Daylesford will be good for you in more ways than one. There will be lots of late-summer flavours from the market garden to experiment with and a chance to explore the 25-acre horticultural wonder. Suitable for ages four plus, ingredients, refreshments and lunch all included.


Cody Flom Meet and Greet, Rush Skatepark, Stroud, Mon 13 Aug

bmx ramp teenager

Scooter legend Cody Flom is challenging anyone to a ride off at one of the biggest indoor skate parks in the UK. Bring along any excited riders and meet the extreme sport pro, get the chance to ride with him and learn some cool new tricks.


Youth Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Glos, Mon 13 to Fri 17 & Mon 20 to Fri 24 Aug

This professional-level stage school dispenses two weeks of high kicks, music hits and brilliant one liners and a chance for your kids to bond, gain confidence and learn independence. Plus, you’ll get to see your shining star in action on the theatre main stage.


Les Misérables, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, Tue 14 to Sat 18 Aug

Get your tissues out and singing voices ready for this production of world-famous musical, Les Mis. With some of the best songs in the biz you’re guaranteed to be humming the tune to I Dreamed a Dream for the rest of the week.


Kids Cookery Day, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Wed 15 Aug

Introduce your little ones to the basics of cooking, including making pasta and knife skills (eek!). But you never know you might get them making dinner for you if you’re lucky (er, very lucky).


Arch House Deli Cheese & Wine Tasting, Avery Cellars, Bristol, Thu 16 Aug

wine cellars of Avery bristol

Cheese and wine, here we come! This evening in the atmospheric cellars of Averys Wine Merchant in Bristol will titillate your tastebuds with fine wines and knockout cheese . You’ll also learn about the history and process each wine has been through before reaching Averys storied wine cellars.


The Conjuror Live, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 16 Aug

Mathew Pomeroy is taking the theatre circuit by storm with his night of unforgettable magic, illusions and mind-reading. The last could get tricky especially if it’s a date night.


Hog Roast, Visit Hillbrush, Mere, Fri 17 Aug

Do you love a good BBQ? Hillbrush recently opened their beautiful visitors centre with an amazing south facing terrace and invite you to join them for a night of drinks, food and friends and, most importantly, a Hog Roast on 17 Aug. Professional vocalist and songwriter Ginnie Breakwell will provide music throughout the evening. From 6pm.


Soul Circus, Yoga & Wellness Festival, Elmore near Gloucester, Glos, Fri 17 to Sun 19 August

The ultimate wellness festival, Soul Circus promises to blow your mind, body and soul, show you a good time and leave you feeling balanced and Zen-like at the end of it. Now in its third year, expect sunrise sessions with masters of yoga and sunset kickback parties, with a menu of healthy food and drink (yes there’s booze!). Tickets are going quick, so book now – it’s good for you!


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

red curtains

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


Top Gun at Cotswold Airport, near Cirencester, Fri 24 Aug

Yeah, yeah, Tom Cruise flying high and looking hot in aviators seems to be something of an alfresco fave, but what better place to watch it than in an airfield! It’s like the Stanislavski method for the audience. (And it definitely merits several rewatches.)


Open-air cinema, Lydiard Park, Swindon, to Fri 24 August

There’s a lot on offer at Lydiard House this Aug, not least a Palladian house to drool over and 260 acres of parkland. But for my money, I’m thinking throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy a thespy al-fresco offering with Luna Cinema, starting with Pretty Woman on 10 Aug and followed swiftly by a spattering of Harry Potter Magic.


Timbell’s Yard Gathering 2.0, Bradford-on-Avon, Sun 26 Aug

Bank holiday weekend is bound to be packed with goodies, and Timbrell’s Yard are pulling out the stops this year as festival lovers unite for an evening of fun including a Rum n’ Reggae event, plenty of vegan treats and, obvs, great tunes.


The People’s String Foundation, Pound Arts, Corsham, Fri 24 Aug

This 32-piece gypsy orchestra have been performing all over the country and wowing audiences as they go, mixing urban and classical style to create a sound completely their own. Catch them live this summer.


Lift off! Weekend, Salisbury Playhouse, Fri 24 Aug to Mon 27 Aug

A whole weekend of events and activities across the city, from music to art quests to fireworks.


The Tempest, Roses Theatre, Victoria Gardens, Tewkesbury, Sat 25 Aug

The Tempest set in space? Interesting and you can enjoy this intergalactic story of Prospero, Ariel, Caliban et al in the beautiful Victoria Gardens, so double novelty.


Vintage Brocante, Deans Court, Wimborne, Mon 27 Aug

Shop for amazing vintage goods at Deans Court, plus take part in their huge selection of creative workshops including creating floral crowns, calligraphy writing and hand embroidery. It’s vintage gold, honest.


Theatreland Workshops, Southrop, Mon 27 to Fri 31 Aug

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


New World vs Old World Wine Tasting, Avery Cellars, Bristol, Wed 29 Aug

Consider yourself a little bit of a wine connoisseur? If not, who cares?! It’s a battle between the old and new at Averys Wine Cellar. Pit some of the finest new wines from America, Australia and New Zealand against the old-school European contingent.


Spanish and Latin America Cookery Course, Cookery at Winston House, Standish, near Stonehouse, Wed 29 Aug

Learn the art of Spanish and Latin American cooking at one of  Cookery at Winston House’s fab demos, where you’ll learn lots of insider tricks, eat all the spoils as you go along and then enjoy an amazing lunch in the beautiful dining room or garden if the weather stays Mediterranean. Perfect for a girls’ day out.


End of the Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, Dorset, Thu 30 August to Sun 2 Sep

This alternative music festival is perfect for anyone who balks at massive crowds and loves a bit of folk, Ameriana and alt country. They get some good headliners here – last year Jesus and Mary Chain for one. Early Birds and Tier 1 tickets have already sold out, so don’t dilly dally.


Lacock Abbey, Chippenham, Thu 30 Aug

Another outing for the wonderful Chapterhouse as they take over the magical surroundings of Lacock’s beautiful South Lawn with their version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


The Lost Cinema at Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wilts, Fri 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sept

One of England’s most beautiful cathedrals and grounds, how perfect is Salisbury for an alfresco cinema outing?! There’s an on-site bar and catering, or you could bring a picnic if you can be bothered. (Nah…) Friday night is kid-friendly classic The Goonies and Saturday what seems to be an outdoor cinema fave Pretty


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

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


Maize Maze, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, to Sun 2 Sept

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


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

boy girl Lego bird

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


Not to miss!

Glitter Parties by Eleanor Osmond, throughout Aug

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



Make Your Own Pendant Workshop, The Citadel Hall, Chippenham, Sun 2 Sep

Get mucky, messy and creative with Barking Hen Jewellery – learn the basics of silversmith techniques and come home with your own stunning, original pendant.


Marlborough Rising, Marlborough, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sept

Marlborough bursts onto the music-fest scene with all new Marlborough Rising – a three day banger of an event with live music from Joe Stilgoe, Turin Brakes and…wait for it…Scouting for Girls headlining. This brand new 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, quite frankly, could potentially be a fabulously threatening new kid on the block in the Wilts live music scene. Get your tix at


Charity Polo Day in association with Whatley Manor, Beaufort Polo Club, Tetbury, Sun 9 Sep

Hospitality Action’s annual polo day at Beaufort Polo Club offers an outstanding lunch prepared by six award-winning chefs prior to a thrilling game of polo. The day begins with a Champagne reception and polo demonstration on the lawns of the Beaufort Polo Club, followed by a three course lunch prepared by Richard Davies of Calcot Manor, André Garrett of Cliveden House, Robby Jenks of The Vineyard, Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park, Niall Keating of Whatley Manor and Rob Potter of The Manor House. Phew! Tickets are limited so bag yours now.


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

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

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