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The Barber of Seville, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, to Sat 5 Oct


Rossini’s famous comic opera, a prequel to The Marriage of Figaro,  with recognisable tunes sung in English by Opera Project –and a stonking set of wigs.


Reasons to Stay Alive, Bristol Old Vic, to Sat 5 Oct

Mike Noble and Dilek Rose in Reasons to Stay Alive. Photo Johan Persson.

World premiere! Matt Haig’s frank and funny bestselling memoir about depression – or how to live better, love better and feel more alive – imagined for the stage. Watch this space for our review


Bath Children’s Literature Festival, around Bath, to Sun 6 Oct

Some of the biggest names in children’s books and TV like Cressida Cowell, Harry Hill, Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson, Greg James of Radio1, David Baddiel, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, who have a new book and Konnie Huq.


Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, to Sun 6 Oct

Loyal Muddy readers will know how much we adore Woolley Grange Hotel. This fabulous hotel is a proud sponsor of Bath Children’s Literature Festival, so why not stay here whilst enjoying the festival? Their two-night festival break includes a two course dinner each evening and a complimentary 30 minute spa


Wildlife Safari, Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Dates October

Wildlife expert and broadcaster Ed Drewitt has teamed up with Tudor Farmhouse to create the ultimate West Country safari. Explore the ancient wonderland to discover one it’s many residents including bats, deer, badgers, foxes, voles, mice, hedgehogs and wild boar.


Disney’s The Lion King, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 23 Nov

The first Disney animation with an original story (and more than a few passing resemblances to Hamlet) on stage with a cast from around the world.



Richard Twose: Experiments with Flying, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, to Sun 24 Nov

The famous artist living near Bath puts acrobats from the CircoMedia Bristol to the test in this selling show.


Private Peaceful, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wed 2 Oct

Relive the story of the brave First World War Private, Tommo Peaceful. From his wild days during his youth to the accident in the forest which killed his father, this heartwarming tale is a brilliant representation of staying strong against adversity.


Billionaire Boy, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 3 – Sat 5 Oct  

Photo by Manuel Harlan

The team who brought Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie brilliantly to the stage are back with another Walliams classic – Billionaire Boy. 12-year-old Joe Spud may get £10,000 a week pocket money and have two pet crocodiles thanks to his dad’s special toilet paper invention but he doesn’t have any friends and he sets out to try and change that with adventures along the way.  It’s aimed at aged 5+ and there are two shows a day with various prices.


The Kitchen Pop Up, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Fri 4 Oct to Sat 5 Oct

Chef Rory Baxter impresses with his excellent culinary skills and impressive, original, and most importantly delicious menus. Book early to avoid missing out.


The Lobster Project, The Chequers, Bath, Fri 4 & Sat 5 Oct


Jlanghelle from PIxabay

The world’s your lobster, this weekend at least. The foodie pub showcases the Great British Lobster with eleven small plates, mains, a sharing feast and a donation to the National Lobster Hatchery. Reserve a table 01225 360017 or


Woolly Weekend, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Fri 4 Oct to Mon 7 Oct

To celebrate UK Wool Week, Cotswold Farm Park has come up with some brilliant wool-themed activities and workshops to keep visitors busy over the weekend. On Saturday they’ll be joined by Furzie for felting workshops to make your own finger puppet out of wool. There will also be Loom Weaving workshops, and the Gloucestershire Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers will be showing us how it’s really done.


Breaking the Code, Salisbury, 5-26 Oct
At the height of the Second World War eccentric genius Alan Turing was breaking the complex German code, Enigma, at Bletchley Park. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was later put on trial and publicly humiliated by the revelation of his sexuality. Hugh Whitemore’s compelling play intertwines an account of Turing’s most heroic hour with that of his betrayal by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour. Turing’s story went on to be told in the 2014 Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Midnight Skyracer, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Sat 5 Oct

This all-female folk group is the epitome of girl power. After gaining notoriety in the UK bluegrass and folk scene over the past two years, nothing has held them back and their success has come at an astounding pace.


Frome Vegan Market, 5 Oct

A vibrant social market for all things vegan, with a selection of great street foods, deli items, drinks, sweets, chocolate and cakes. Skincare and costmetics, candles and jewellery, clothing and lifestyle products.


Voyages – An Exhibitions of Textile Art by Visual Marks, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 5 Oct to Sat 2 Nov

Visual Marks is a group of textiles artists who joined forces six years ago to share one another’s ideas, their inspiration and their skill. Each artist has a clear and unique style, yet all pieces come together as one collection, and in turn, create artwork that has true beauty and emotion.


Ceramic Tealight Holder Workshop, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Sat 5 Oct

Come and learn how to create your own hand-crafted ceramic tea light ready for the winter months.


Wedding Fayre, The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury, Sun 6 Oct

Tythe Barn is an absolutely gorgeous and rustic wedding venue. Come and explore the potential venue in all its glory.


Wrapping the Perfect Present – Workshop, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Mon 7 Oct 

There is something pleasing about giving or receiving a perfectly wrapped present. Step up your wrapping game ahead of the festive season with this workshop at Old Bell Hotel.


Don Giovanni, ROH Live screening, venues around Wilts, Tues 8 Oct



Serial seducer commits murder and continues in his old ways haunted by the ghost of the dead man. Eek.


Find a screening near you.


Macbeth, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Tues 8 Oct to Thurs 10 Oct

This fast-paced adaptation of Macbeth is a great introduction to any newbies to Shakespeare. This legendary play is as tragic as it is beautiful, with themes of ambition, power, and revenge.


Create a Room Scheme – Workshop, Susie Watson Designs, Marlborough, Thurs 10 Oct

Susie Watson designs are making full use of their amazing new fabric and lighting showroom. Join the team for a morning interactive workshop on how to create different room schemes, highlighting the importance of colour, texture, pattern and lighting choices.


Celebration of British Game, Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Fri 11 Oct

Greenway Hotel invites Muddy readers to join them for a dinner party to celebrate the very best of British game, with a special seven-course menu with wine tasting.


Yoga Retreat, The Yoga Glow, Calne, Fri 11 Oct to Sun 13 Oct

Escape the buzz of every-day life for a tranquil yoga wellness weekend in Calne. This grade || listed home is a gorgeous location for those searching to reconnect with the beauty of slow and simple. The two-night retreat will include all of the yoga and meditation sessions and delicious meals. If you’re searching for the chance to escape, recharge and rebalance, this will be the retreat for you.


South West’s Chef’s Table, Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes, Fri 11 Oct

Showcasing the beloved apple. Watch a 3-course meal cooked right before your eyes and then enjoy said delicious meal cooked personally for you by a professional chef.


Creative Dressmaking Details – Workshop, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Sat 12 Oct

Upcycling old clothes is a great way to save money and reduce waste. Explore a variety of dressmaking skills include machine embroidery, needle felting, and hand stitch.


Autumn Charity Fair, Beaudesert Park School, Minchinhampton, Sat 12 Oct

This hugely popular annual charity shopping event has raised more than £100,000 since it launched 15 years ago by selling gifts, accessories, ceramics homewares, clothing and more from over 40 stalls, many of them Cotswold-based.


Only Fools & Boycie, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Sat 12 Oct

John Challis captured the nation’s hearts in Only Fools and Horses and is now recognised as one of the greatest comedy actors to come out of the UK. Grab tickets to this one-off show where this national treasure will reveal secrets from the set, plus stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.


Gaslight, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 14 – Sat 19 Oct

Martin Shaw and James Wilby in the classic thriller about a woman who’s being psychologically manipulated to think she’s going mad. Where the expression ‘gaslighting’ comes from.


Briony Talks Baking, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Mon 14 Oct

GBBO semi-finalist Briony May is spending the afternoon at Woolley Grange discussing all things Bake Off and her life after.


Nothing to Lose – Online Course, Inger Kenobi Life Coach, Wed 16 Oct

Inger Kenobi believes we should always be questioning how we live our lives, and who is the person we’re meant to be. Join this five week course to embrace a courageous new way of being and shake off all the baggage which is stopping you from living as your free self.


Wedding Showcase, Bowood House, Calne, Thurs 10 Oct

Struggling to figure out what venue would suit you and your partner best? Bowood House has invited you to their next Wedding Showcase to prove they are the perfect location for your special day. The gorgeous Kerry Suite will be dressed in seasonal floristry and will feature an exclusive collection from only the best and most trusted wedding suppliers.


Bruton Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Sparkford, Somerset, 18-20 October

Fabulous, eye-catching and unusual art and antiques return at our fave fair of the year. 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… 

Get your free tickets here.


Argentinian Asado, Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes, Fri 18 Oct

Argentinian cuisine is famous for its richness and of course, steak. An Asado is a traditional social gathering or dinner party in Argentina. Enjoy freshly made chimichurri dressing, bread cooked in a wood-fired oven, fresh salad and of course, malbec wine.


Family Morning, Hidden Woods, between Frome and Bath, Sun 20 Oct

Photo: Jess Chettham Photography.

Around 80 acres of huge oak and beech trees, burbling brooks and an abundance of plants and wildlife as well as rope swings, dens, mud kitchens and more for families with littlies. Read our review.


Living Together, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 21 – 26 Oct

When the Norman Conquests (named after the plays leading character, assistant librarian Norman, as opposed to the Kings William and Harold!) burst onto the theatre-going public in the early 1970s, they were a revelation. Here was domestic comedy that spoke to everyone; intelligent, well-observed and extremely funny. Today they are regarded as possibly Ayckbourn’s most ingeniously constructed set of plays.


Pumpkin Picking, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Mon 21 Oct to Thurs 24 Oct

Pick your very own pumpkin to light up your garden on Halloween night. Cotswold Farm Park has been growing the very best, biggest and brightest pumpkins. They’re available for sale at just £1.00 if you have a valid Farm park ticket.


Bowood’s Enchanted Autumn, Bowood House, Wed 23 Oct to Fri 1 Nov

The landscape is changing to autumnal colours and frostier mornings, which means the spooky season is upon us. An evil witch has caused mayhem around the Bowood Estate and now the whole place is riddled with ghouls, ghosts and creepy crawlies. Follow the scarecrow trail and take part in all the Halloween activities around the grounds.


A Halloween Tale, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Cheddar, Weds 23 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

Help a detective duo find Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and Bill Sikes hiding in the caves. Included in day ticket.


The Chef’s Menu, The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Fri 25 Oct

Get to know the team behind the delicious menu at The Kings Hotel. Each chef from Kings Hotel kitchen will each create a course of their choice using only the best local ingredients.


Half term at Monkey World 

Monkey World is spook-tacular this half term! This half-term at Monkey World, you can learn all about their creatures of the night, the slow loris. Not only are these fang-tastic primates nocturnal, with heightened senses to enable them to negotiate the dark forest, but they are also able to deliver a toxic bite. Visit the spook station by the loris house to test your senses against a loris, and take part in their terrifying trail, and creepy crafts. To top it off, on October 31st, kids in full Halloween fancy dress get into Monkey World for FREE! The best costume will receive a prize, in the FREE fancy dress competition. 


The Great British Autumn, Longleat, nr Warminster, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

Giant pumpkins, a parliament of owls, Autumn-themed sand art, a chilling ghost walk through the dark corridors of Longleat House and a fireworks finale.


Halloween Land, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Fri 25 Oct to Sun 3 Nov

There is plenty of spooky fun to be had at Cotswold Farm Park’s Halloween Land. Each child will get their own free pumpkin to pick and then decorate with haunting designs.


Rubols Fusion Kitchen, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Fri 25 Oct to Sat 26 Oct

Rubols have combined their love of Mexican & Middle Eastern food to create unique fusion dishes. Every dish on their menu is packed with flavour, colour, and spices – a clear tribute to their unique heritage.


Fantastic Fireworks, Longleat Grounds, Warminster, Fri 25 Oct to Sat 26 Oct

Longleat is already a brilliant day out with the family, but chuck some fireworks in the mix and you know you’re in for a treat. This epic display will be bursting with beautiful, bright and bold autumnal colours.


Mini & Young Chefs – Day of the Dead (Mexican Halloween), Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sat 26 Oct

Get the Mudlets out and having fun making something that sounds ghoulish but tastes delicious at Vaughan’s Day of the Dead / Mexican Halloween cookery class.


Ghost Tours, Longleat House, Warminster, Sat 26 Oct to Thurs 3 Oct

Join Longleat for a spine-chilling tour of Longleat House. There have been some other-worldly visitors rumored to be walking the halls just waiting to be discovered. You’ll hear all about the ghostly residents and get the chance the wonder through the unseen cellars, eerie attics, and dark corridors.


Chippenham Vegan Fair, Chippenham, Sun 27 Oct


Whether you’re vegan yourself or just interested in learning more about the lifestyle that is taking the world by storm, join the Vegan Fairs team this October to celebrate all things plant based. Feast on delicious vegan food, shop a range of fantastic cruelty free products, visit the Vegan Human Book Library or even find your soulmate by taking part in the speed dating session! It’s all here at Neeld Community Centre, 10am-3pm,


Harry Potter Halloween School, The School of Wizardry, by CAMDA – Cheltenham Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Mon 28 – Thus 31 Oct


The School of Wizardry (inspired by Harry Potter) runs for 4 magical days from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October inclusive.  Hours are 10-4.30 pm in the heart of Cheltenham. Featuring ‘Conjuring’ with Magic Circle Magicians, Acting Potter and live owls! TO BOOK, please phone or email Camda’s Magic Team; 07545 345655 and  Don’t forget your wands!


Painted Furniture – Workshop, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Tues 29 Oct


Bring along a medium-sized piece of furniture that you’d like to transform into a unique and chic new item for your home. Learn creative and contemporary furniture techniques along with the added knowledge of woodcare.


Halloween Ball, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 1 Nov

Bowood House is throwing the most exclusive and glam Halloween event in the West Country this season. Guests must come in their best fancy dress and will be welcomed with a terrifyingly delicious buffet and a DJ with killer tunes.


Plant-based Pop Up, The Little Pickle, Upper Slaughter, Sat 2 Nov

Supper-club is back with a brand new set of menus including a 5-course plant-based tasting menu. Dishes include Smoked Tofu Bao bun, Tarka Dhal, and Cauliflower cheese croquettes. Who said vegan means boring?


Cirencester Vegan Fair, Cirencester, Sun 3 Nov

Cirencester Vegan Fair is back and it’s bigger and better than ever! Celebrating the best vegan products and brands from the Cotswold area and beyond, Cirencester Vegan Fair will be a true celebration of all things plant-based, showcasing all your favourite vegan foods including cakes, chocolate, pies, packaged goods and cheeze. Plus, check out their range of ethical clothing brands, accessories, cruelty free health and beauty products and handmade artisan crafts. Don’t miss it!


Military Month at Monkey World, throughout November

15% off entry for military personnel and their families during November! Monkey World knows the importance of quality family time for all primates, and the strain that military families are often under. That’s why they are offering discounted entry to all military personnel throughout the month of November. 


Don’t miss!

Bottomless Brunch, Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Sat 5 Oct 

Bottomless Brunch has become hugely popular and it’s easy to see why. For £30 simply choose your bottomless beverage of choice and two or three courses from the brunch menu.


£65 a Night Stay with Wanderlust Camper Co, Dymock, Throughout October

Wanderlust Camping Co. is offering its cheapest rate ever for the colder seasons, but don’t worry heating is available! Take your own autumn escape for only £65 a night and get your very own camper van.


The Whistlestop Cafe, throughout October

*** Hot off the Press*** The Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run starts and finishes outside The Whistlestop Cafe every Saturday morning at 9am. Runners with a park run barcode get 15% off food and drinks in the cafe!

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.


Book ahead:


Stroud Book Festival, Stroud, 6-10 Nov


Don’t miss this fab festival, now in its 4th year, presenting 50 events across the five days. FamiliesfictionforgivenessFaber’s 90thfood,futurefabricsfilmfitness and fun are all on the menu, and some events sell out quickly, so book now! Highlights for us include Ian McEwan and Katy Brand and, for kids, Julia Donaldson and the fab team from Aardman Animations. Check out our preview


The Goods Shed Piano Series, dates from 16 Nov

To celebrate the recent arrival of their gorgeous Steinway piano, The Tetbury Goods Shed are very proud to be launching an annual subscription series of master concerts, curated by pianist William Howard. *** HOT OFFER *** They are now are selling a “Subscription” to the Piano Series, which gives people 4 concerts for the price of 3 PLUS an Early Bird Offer for everyone who purchases a Series Ticket before 31st October 2019 – you’ll be invited to a special Piano Series Launch Reception during which William Howard will be giving a short piano recital on Sunday 10th November at 6:30 pm.


Christmas Table Decorating & English Sparkling Wine Tasting, Susie Watson Designs, Marlborough, Thurs 21 Nov


Susie Watson loves to host special complimentary events to thank her customers and her newest venture is definitely worth dropping in for. Customers are invited to a ‘Christmas Table Decorating’ demonstration day. Learn to bring that extra magic to your Christmas table using hand-painted ceramics, glassware, flowers, and candles. You’ll also get to enjoy a tipple from an independent wine merchant, The Naked


Magic of Christmas at Stourhead, Warminster, Fri 29 Nov to Mon 30 Dec

The world-famous landscape garden Stourhead will be lit up in all its festive glory for the whole of December. The tree-tops will glisten and the gardens will shimmer and sparkle with seasonal colours. If there is anything to get even the scroog-iest of people in the Christmas spirit, this is it.


Carol Concert, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Fri 20 Dec


Spend an evening in the stunning Salisbury Cathedral singing festive carols. Make sure you grab your tickets early as this event is always






Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane work is the subject of a new V&A exhibition (until 8 March). Tilda Swinton, Björk and, er, Sir David Attenborough are among his subjects and he’s also created 10 new works for the show.


Meanwhile this autumn’s big-hitter is William Blake at Tate Britain, below, (until 2 Feb 2020). The visionary painter and poet’s work will be imaginatively displayed – some of it blown up to enormous scale using digital technology, other works in an immersive room that recreates the space in which Blake first showed his art in 1809.


Elsewhere Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican (4 Oct – 19 Jan) is probably the nearest I’ll get to clubbing this autumn. It’s such a cool concept – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s, including the Berlin cabaret scene in Weimar Germany and Harlem’s jazz clubs and lifesize recreations of some of the hotspots.


Then there’s a major retrospective of 88-year-old Bridget Riley‘s life’s work at the Hayward Gallery (23 Oct – 26 Jan), taking in her famous monochrome, makes-your-eyes-go-funny Op Art paintings from the 1960s among its 70 year career span.


And finally, playing “spot the Angel Of The North” as we drive up the A1 to Newcastle is a family ritual in our house (Geordie in-laws, you see), so I’ve got a soft spot for Antony Gormley’s striking sculpture. His new show at the Royal Academy (until 3 Dec) is billed as his most ambitious in a decade and involves six tonnes of steel mesh, eight km of coiled tubing and a gallery flooded with clay and sea water. Blimey!


THEATRE: Lungs, Old Vic theatre, London, 14 Oct – 9 Nov

The Crown alumni Claire Foy and Matt Smith (aka The Queen and Prince Philip, of course) are reunited in Lungs at the Old Vic (14 Oct–9 Nov), playing a couple wrestling with life’s big issues, such as whether to have children, against the backdrop of a world teetering on the edge of environmental and political disaster.


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