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End Of The Road, Tollard Royal, Wilts, 31 August – 3 September

Wolf’s Cove: Rebuilding a Model Village, Snowshill Manor and Garden, Mon 4 & 28 Sept

A chance to learn about the little world the eccentric architect owner of Snowshill Charles Wade created in the manor’s gardens and to watch the Snowshill team rebuild it.

Giffords Circus, to Sun 24 Sept

This year the inimitable Giffords Circus is recreating a 17th-century Spanish court and putting on a candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy. It kicks off on Friday 12 May at the circus’s home ground of Fennells Farm near Stroud, then tours Gloucs, Oxon and London until landing bang smack in Wilts from 24 August for 2 weeks. Worth booking early, this one.

Pretty Woman & Moulin Rouge, Cowley Manor, near Cheltenham, Wed 6 & Sat 9 Sept

Bring a blanket and a deck chair (or for an extra £4 you can pre-book one or a beanbag, and you get popcorn thrown in) and cosy up poolside to enjoy one (or both, you film buff, you) of these classics that serve up a good story, good frocks and good tunes in the romantic grounds of Cowley Manor.

Betrayal, Salisbury Playhouse, 7-27 Sept

Jerry is a literary agent; Emma runs an art gallery; Robert is a publisher. Emma and Robert are married and Jerry is Robert’s best friend, but Emma and Jerry have a seven-year affair and Robert has secrets of his own. Well, that’s not going to end well, is it?

Chippenham Comedy Festival, 7-10 Sept

The fourth annual Chippenham Comedy Festival – and this year’s line up is supposed to be their best yet! Featuring Chippenham Comedy Club favourites, some new faces and some older ones you might recognise from the telly.
Acts include Norman Lovett, Robin Ince, Andrew O’Neill, Sarah Bennetto and Michael Redmond.


Brewery Tour & Tasting, Corinium Ales, Cirencester, Sat 9 Sept

Stephen Shepherd Photography

As well as its usual Saturday Brewery Tour, this Saturday at Corninium Ales as part of Cheltenham and Gloucester Beer Week, you’ll also be able to join a tasting session, with generous portions of beers to quaff. And you get a branded pint glass to take home with you.

The Brutalist Playground, The Edge, Bath, until Sat 9 Sept

Part sculpture, part architecture, all play! Artist Simon Terrell and 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble have worked with RIBA curators to recreate abstract concrete playgrounds that were found in post-war housing estates throughout the UK. Free admission but book here to guarantee you’ll have a go.

Charlie’s Annual Charity Barn Dance, Cholderton Charlie’s Farm, Salisbury, 9 Sept

Annual Barn Dance on the Farm for all the family to enjoy. Learn how to barn dance in style and enjoy the farm. Open to all ages.

Glow in the Park, Longleat, 9 Sept

Sometimes it’s hard to get kids active -especially when they have so many other exciting electronic things at their finger tips. So come to an event where they won’t even know they’ve broken out into a sweat because they’ll be having too much fun! SWEET.

The Cells Residency, Trowbridge Town Hall, 9-18 Sept

An exhibition in their basement cells revealing the creative results of time spent in the space from June to September 2017 by invited Artist in Residence Andrea V Wright. Sound bonkers? You might be right!

Vice Versa, The Swan, Stratford, until Sat Sept 9

An entertaining new farce ‘lovingly ripped off ‘from the Roman comedies of Plutus by playwright Phil Porter (2014’s WWW1 drama The Christmas Truce & 2013’s very funny A Mad World My Masters).  A clever servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle Trump-like pompous general. Felix Hayes is fantastic as the bombastic General Braggadocio, playing his servant, Dexter, is the wonderfully charismatic Sophia Nomvetewhose credits include The Colour Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe). ‘Allo ‘Allo star Kim Hartman makes her RSC debut as ‘a lady of the night’ called Climax. Read Muddy Warwickshire editor Catherine’s review here.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Marvellous Music, Victoria Hall, Tisbury, 10 Sep

Join Rebecca Kenny’s spell-binding journey through the magical world of Roald Dahl’s poetry with marvellous new music performed by the Magnard Wind Ensemble. Go with the performers deep into the forest on an interactive musical adventure. On the way you’ll meet your favourite characters – Little Red Riding Hood – Three Little Pigs – and of course a Big Bad Hungry Wolf or two. You might think you know how the stories turn out … but keep your wits about you – in the weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl’s imagination nothing is ever quite as you’d expect.

Cherubim Music Trust

Salisbury Food and Drink Festival, 10 Sept

Salisbury Market Place and Guildhall Square will fill with over 60 stalls offering the best of local and regional produce. Join us from 10am – 5pm for a jam-packed day of chef demonstrations, workshops, fun for families, local bands, street theatre and a beer tent stocked with local beers, ales and ciders. Loosen those belts now, ladies.

Frampton Country Fair, Manor Farm The Green, Frampton on Severn, Sun 10 Sept

The seeds were sown for this country fair in the pretty village of Frampton in the 1970s and is still properly old-school with a blessing kicking off proceedings, which include lurcher/longdog coursing, inter-hunt relays, parade of the hounds, an aerobatic display, falconry and a parachute jump by Jump4Heroes. And that’s just in the main ring. Elsewhere, there is a farmers’ market, dog shows, shooting events and food and drink stalls.

Wait Until Dark, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 12 to Sat 16 Sept

Get ready to feel the fear! Set in London in the 1960s, this thriller by Dial M For Murder author Frederick Knott, follows the story of Suzy, a blind woman alone in her apartment plunged in darkness with the phone line cut dead and murderous visitors. I’m hiding under my seat already…

Back to School for Grown Ups, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, Tue 12 Sept to Sun 5 Nov

Remember the pleasure of buying lots of new things for the start of school term, that lovely smell of leather and pleasingly neat stationery before it all got mucked up in your bag? Well this exhibition will take you back to those halcyon days with exquisite handmade leather goods, books and pens – which are all for sale.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Blenheim Palace, 13 – 17 Sept

show jumping blenheim horse trials

Tally-ho! The 27th annual Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials return this week, a three day event over four days (go figure) featuring dressage, cross country and show-jumping. It’s very horsey as you can imagine – the trade stands are rammed with tweed, leather boots and strange equine fashion, but you get great views of the competition (nearly so close you can touch in some instances), and it’s a slickly run event in stunning surrounds.  This year the popular Fun ride route has been changed with more jumps and both a long and short course, plus there’s a new shopping pavilion. Horsey heaven.

Carmen on the Lake, Melksham Assembly Hall, 14 Sept

Experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage.


National Theatre Live: Yerma, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 14 Sept

This radical production of Lorca’s powerful masterpiece about a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive is utterly compelling and was a sell-out at the Young Vic. Starring Billie Piper, the former child star (do you remember Scratchy & Co.?!) who’s grown up into a seriously credible actress (Doctor WhoSecret Diary Of A Call GirlPenny Dreadful), her “earth-quaking” performance (The Guardian) won her an Olivier award, so this is would be something of a mid-week cultural treat.

Crazy Bird Comedy Club, The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Stroud, Thu 14 Sept

Good food and belly laughs guaranteed at this comedy night at The Malthouse. Fill your face from 5-7.30pm and then enjoy the wit of Belfast boy Ryan McFonnell, Kiwi comic Richard Lindesay and headliner Mark Palmer, the South African funny man who mines married life, babysitting, airport madness and technology for his laughs.

Sky Safari – Hot Air Balloon Festival, Longleat, 15-17 Sept

Following the huge success of last year’s event, Longleat will be once again playing host to over 50 hot air balloons in every conceivable shape, size and colour which will be making a series of spectacular mass launches and taking part in magical night glows throughout the three-day festival (weather permitting).

Family Fiesta, Salisbury Arts Centre, 16 Sept

A giant whale with surprises and stories in his tummy is on his way to Salisbury for Family Fiesta. Enclosed in a lobster-net fence and guarded by a nosy Fish Wife, brave swashbucklers will encounter a shipwrecked Pirate with a treasure tale to tell and a real live mermaid with a haunting siren’s song and an intriguing secret. Get stuck into workshops and enjoy free performances throughout the day.

Murder Mystery, Stanton Manor, Chippenham, 16 Sept

Murder on the dance floor…The former judges of Strict Lee’s Come Dancing Show are having a VIP Dinner to celebrate the relaunch of the famous show after five years off the air. They have had just a one off Reunion Show and ratings were through the roof. The network wants them back but at what cost……surely not murder??? Anyone up for a murder mystery night?

Daylesford Cookery School, Supper with Rose Prince, 16 Sept 

Fancy a night in the Cotswolds? Food writer and best-selling author Rose Prince rocks up at Daylesford Cookery School for a four-course, seasonal tasting menu created by Rose featuring dishes and ideas from her latest book, DINNER & PARTY. Yum, yum and yum.

Ultimate Gin Evening, Grittleton House, Chippenham, 16 Sept

Calling all gin lovers for the Ultimate Gin evening in association with The Cotswold Distillery. Well, that’s me then…
Ticket price includes 4 course meal plus canapés, prepared by their Michelin trained chef, 7 glasses of Gin (3 created especially by the mixologist to pair with the starter, main & cheese course) and music by Paper Moon swing band.

London Design Festival, various locations, 16 – 24 Sept

This festival, now in its 15th year, is just incredible – hundreds of events taking place across the city at venues including the V&A where you can see this stunning Reflection Room, by designer Flynn Talbot,  an immersive coloured light experience that will be the first London Design Festival installation to be housed in the Prince Consort Gallery.

The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court, Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sept

I can’t even sew labels onto school clothes so this kind of event is way out of my comfort zone. However, you may be au fait with a with needle and thread, sewing machine, knitters and fabric scissors, in which case fill your boots at this slick annual offering from everyone’ favourite Head Girl Kirsty Allsopp. Joining her are interior designer and author Sophie Conran and founder of Not On The High Street, Holly Tucker, and, of course, Kirstie Allsopp. Plus there’s the chance to try something new in the interactive workshops – from calligraphy to wirework, machine sewing to screen printing.

The Handmade Fair

The Vintage Collections LFW, The Yard, Shoreditch Sun 17 Sept 

women with short blonde hair holding up purple vintage dress girl looking over shoulder in cream vintage dress

Open to industry and the style-loving public this London Fashion Week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair arrives at Shoreditch venue The Yard for one day of unique shopping. 50 of the best vintage traders from across the UK selling Chanel and Gucci, and vintage faves like Biba and Ossie Clark, plus original designs dating from the Victorian era to the 1980s will all blow your retro rocket sky high. A major resource for the fashion industry, the pieces sourced at the fair go on to be next season’s trends, so here’s your chance to be fashion forward.

11am until 5pm at The Yard, 89&1/2 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF. Entry to the fair is £4 (£2 for students) on the door.

Some Guys Have All The Luck: The Rod Stewart Story, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 18 Sept

Come on, admit it, Rod Stewart is a guilty pleasure. Who can’t resist swaying along to Maggie May, Sailing and the classic Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (You do? Thanks very much.) From street busker to rock god, follow the life of the blond-haired icon brilliantly portrayed by Paul Metcalfe.

The Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 18 to Sat 23 Sept

It’s the laughter festival! And there are more comedians than you can shake a stick at in this week-long giggle fest. From Lee Nelson to Alan Davies, book yourself in and give your abs a happy workout.

Kanye the First, North Wall, Oxford, Weds 20 – Fri 22 Sep

pixelated picture of Kayne west

No, Kanye West isn’t coming to Oxford – although I have heard that his lovely wife Kim Kardashian is a big fan of Inspector Morse. This is actually a new play inspired by the giant-egoed rapper and social media ranter and it looks pretty darn good. It’s written by award-winning, hotshot young playwright Sam Steiner and explores notions of identity in modern culture. Our heroine Annie feels her life is a bit rubbish and dull, unlike the celebrities she slavishly follows on social media. What if she could reinvent herself as someone else, someone glitzier and glossier? If you’ve got a teenager who’s constantly glued to Instagram, this should make a thought-provoking outing, and it’s suitable for children aged 14 and over.

Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles, Chipping Norton Theatre, Tues 19 – Sun 24 Sep

Sherlock Holmes ilustration moustache magnifying glass

Sherlock Holmes is one of those fictional characters with enduring appeal, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s TV turn as the tricksy detective has brought in a whole new generation of mini brainiac sleuths. This new play is family-friendly – suitable for children aged 12 and over – and especially commissioned for Chipping Norton Theatre. Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel murders but when the evidence points to only one possible conclusion about the identity of Jack the Ripper, is Holmes prepared to believe the unbelievable?

Summer Celebrations with Champagne & Raymond Blanc, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Weds 20 Sep

yellow building with chimney surrounded by purple and yellow flowers and bushes

An evening at Le Manoir, you say? Well, if you insist. Everybody loves Raymond, after all (geddit?). The super-chef is joined by David Hesketh, from Laurent-Perrier – who sounds like someone we urgently need to network with – as the devilish duo host an evening of gastronomic delights paired with the finest fizz. The proceedings commence with canapés – well, of course – ahead of a five-course summer dinner, including coffee and petits fours, in the most beautiful, 5 star surroundings you could imagine. Of course such luxury comes at a price, with this clocking in at £235 per head. Early Christmas present perhaps?

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxon,

Tosca and Madama Butterfly by the Russian State Opera, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 22 & Sat 23 Sept

The extraordinary force that is the Russian State Opera comes to the Everyman to put on two stonking performances. First up is Puccini’s Tosca, a heartrending melodrama of love, politics and murder in Rome. The following night is Puccini’s favourite opera Madama Butterfly, another tearjerker following the story of a doomed love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride.

The Ridgeway Run, Ashbury, 23 Sept

A trail run of either 5 or 10 miles starting and finishing in Ashbury, taking in Ashdown House, Uffington White Horse Hill, Wayland’s Smithy along the Ridgeway. 2017 sees the launch of the children’s trail run which will follow the start of the 5 and 10 mile course. Whether you are a hare or a tortoise the event is for everyone; run individually or as part of a team. Ready, ladies?

The Ridgeway Run

Dr Zebo’s Wheezy Club, Westbury, 23 Sept

Dr Zebo’s Wheezy Club brings together the lively genres of jazz & swing from the 1930s & 40s, with original and traditional fiddle tunes. It’s all very jolly and guaranteed to keep everyone on their toes.

Swindon German Beerfest, 23 Sept

Buzzing with live ompha music, steins of real German ale, sumptuous sausages and pretzels all served by traditionally dressed mädchens. Um, should I go on…?

Theatre: 600 People by Third Angel

“We step out of our solar system, into the universe, seeking only peace and friendship…” So says the message from the human race on the Voyager spacecraft. But is there, y’know, anyone out there?

Dreamboats and Petticoats, Swindon, 25-30 Sept

Inspired by the smash-hit multi-million selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats One, Two, Three, Four and Five, the West End sell out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era and we’re excited for it to return to the Wyvern Theatre this September.

The Early, Early Christmas Fair 2017, Tedworth Park, Tidworth 26-27 Sep

This delightful and popular fair is a great social occasion to start those festive preparations early. It’s, among the first fairs of the season so filled with ideas and fresh inspiration, and stalls full of new goodies. You’ll find inspiring gifts and treats for everyone – for men and women; gifts for children and babies; there’ bound to be something for even the trickiest relative!

Cinema Under The Stars, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, Wed 27 & Thu 28 Sept

The trend for open-air movies continues into the autumn with screenings of Top Gun (Wed) and Grease (Thu) coming to Cheltenham’s atmospheric Pittville Park. You can bring your own blanket or chair or treat yourself to a premium ticket (£27.50 as opposed to £15) and you’ll get a reserved director’s chair in prime position of the screen, a fee drink and priority access to the bar and hot food.

Children’s Literature Festival Break, Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon 29 Sep – 8 Oct

Stay for two nights during the Bath Children’s Literature Festival and treat yourself to a 30 minute complimentary treatment in the spa whilst your child enjoys storytelling, dressing up and crafty book themed activities in the Woolley Bears Den. Also included is breakfast on both mornings, a two course dinner for two (family or candlelit dining) and, if requested, a courtesy taxi to and from Bradford on Avon station for the 12 minute train ride into the heart of Bath and the book festival. Yippee, I say!

Marlborough Literature Festival, 28 Sept – 1 Oct

The eighth annual Marlborough LitFest brings the best writing to the historic market town of Marlborough. The LitFest has grown in popularity year on year and is now an established event in the town calendar. The 2017 programme is currently being put together and includes a wide variety of speakers throughout the weekend. Author Will Self opens the festival this year and other events include new and young fiction writers as well as established names, children’s authors, creative writing workshops and poetry events.

Barnstormers Comedy, Salisbury Arts Centre, 29 Sept

Ending the month with a healthy dose of laughter, Barnstormers brings you three great comedians, including hugely talented topical stand-up Ian Stone, named ‘One of the top ten stand-ups in Britain’ by The Independent; deadpan Geordie Gary Colman, ‘A seasoned gagsmith with a sharp eye for the absurdities of family life’ and one great act, as yet to be named. ‘Least we hope they’re great, after that build up.

The Daylesford Health & Wellness Retreat, Daylesford Cookery School, 29 -30 Sept

This two day retreat allows you to experience the best of both The Cookery School and Bamford Haybarn Spa, whilst staying in the Daylsford cottages. In collaboration with Daylesford’s resident nutritionist, Rhaya Jordan and yoga teacher Nikki Jackson, take part in deeply relaxing classes as well as restorative massages and facials. There are demos and hands on classes in The Cookery School, plus a Chef’s Table Supper on Saturday evening where the chefs create a health-giving, seasonal tasting menu right in front of you. All you have to do is relax (and, er, don’t look at your bill till you get home).

Sugar Free Bake Off, Salisbury, Fri 29 Sept

In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Body Fabulous Nutrition in Salisbury is co-hosting a sugar free Bake Off coffee morning at Parkwood Heath and Fitness, with a top prize of £100 for the best sugar free cake! Email to find out more.

Cotswold Airport Open Day, Cirencester, Sun 30 Sept

A bit of a boys’ day out (though I quite fancy it myself to TBH), you’ll find vintage and military vehicles and planes, wartime re-enactments, steam traction engines, control tower and airside tours, pleasure flights, balloon rides, a beer tent… Phew, I’ve run out of breath. Basically, you’re going to have a good day that will culminate in a night glow balloon son et lumière. And it’s only a fiver to get in with under 16s free!

Calne Town Crier Competition, Calne, 30 Sept

Nope, I’m not kidding. Head down to the Beach Terrace to witness some of the best Town Criers in Wiltshire.

Journey by Melanie Cormack-Hicks, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, to Sun 24 Sept

The first solo show by this local artist with a talent for intense landscapes will include smaller works produced outdoors as well as her larger, studio-based pieces. Open fields, woods and the River Severn provide local inspiration, while the countryside of Devon and Scotland also draw her eye.

Family Fun in the Woods – Harvest Time, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, 30 Sept

An autumnal session of fun, fruit and food around the fire. With a special site in the woodland, these are fun bushcraft sessions are fun. No need to book.


Shackleton, Corsham, 30 Sept

Live music, playful performance and puppetry combine to tell a tale of one man and his dog who rediscover the thrills of adventure. Mr Middle has created a predictable routine for himself and his loyal dog, Shackleton, who longs for adventure. One day the garden gate is left ajar…

Dinosaur World, Banbury Museum, to 9 Sept

This is a summer hols saviour if you have little ones who love dinosaurs. At Banbury Museum they can create their own dinosaur lands, creature, masks and fossil collages and even a hatching dino baby. It’s on Saturdays and every day during the Oxon school holidays, with two daily sessions: 10:30am – 12:30pm or 2pm – 4pm.

Whales Beneath the Surface
■  Natural History Museum
, London SW7  ■ to Feb 2018

A major new exhibition exploring the extraordinary life of whales. Dive through one of the world’s most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibitionwhen more than 100 specimens from the Museum’s collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.

■ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. 


The Sherlock Holmes Experience
■ Madame Tussaud’s ■ Mon 18 July – Fri 30 Sept

A departure for Madam Tussauds, this new Sherlock Holmes Experience (included in the normal ticket price) is live walk-through adventure. Journeying from 221B Baker Street to Dartmoor where a demon hound lurks, with plenty of stops along the way. You must help Dr. Watson find the missing Sherlock Holmes to reach a dramatic ‘watery’ conclusion. The experience is totally interactive with textured theatrical sets laden with detail, hidden clues and special effects. Bring your own deerstalker.
■ Madam Tussauds, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR.


Robot Zoo
Horniman Museum, London SE23  ■ until Sun 29 Oct

It doesn’t get much cooler than a robotic zoo. Let’s be fair it needs to be impressive to schlep deep into south east London. But it’ll be worth it to see a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-ft tentacles and a mahoosive house fly with a vacuum cleaner for a mouth at the Horniman’s Museum in Honor Oak. All the robot animals are made from everyday machines and gadgets. Through interactive games and challenges the creations will reveal how real anatomy works. Plus this museum with its quirky exhibits and large cafe and terrace is a big favourite with families at any time. Tickets: Adults £7; Kids, £4.
■ The Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.


Cliveden Literary Festival, Sat 14 – Sun 15 Oct

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The River Café’s Ruth Rogers, novelists Robert Harris and Ian McEwan, and historian Lady Antonia Fraser are among the speakers at Cliveden’s refined gathering. The 5 star country house hotel has held literary salons since the 17th century, inspiring writers from Pope to Swift to Tennyson, so you’ll certainly be in rarefied company. And be sure to have a snoop around the exquisite grounds while you’re there.


The Muddy Literary Salon at Thame Arts & Literature Festival, Thurs 12 Oct

Did someone say girls’ night out? There are only 120 tickets available to see five frankly awesome authors at our inaugural literary event so be quick! Fashion/food blogger Sasha Wilkins (aka LibertyLondonGirl), Clover Stroud, Elizabeth Heathcote, Tamsina Perry and Alexandra Heminsley make up the line up, plus there’ll be more Prosecco than you can shake a stick at. Read all about it, or go straight for the jugular and book here for a bargainous £10.

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