What’s on This Weekend
FRI 8 - SUN 10 SEPTEMBER
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. cowleymanor.com
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
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. coriniumales.co.uk
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 Nomvete, whose 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. rsc.org.uk
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.
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. framptoncountryfair.co.uk