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Easter Trail, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Sun 1 April

little girl pink bunny ears

Hop into Easter at Lydiard Park. The trail begins at the Coach House Activity Centre and you’ll travel round the lakes, woodlands and lawns. Search for clues hidden around the park to claim your Easter surprise.


The Mountain Between Us, Whatley Manor Sunday Cinema Club, Sun 1 April

red velvet cinema seats

Lose yourself in a good film in Whatley’s divine cinema, with plenty of popcorn and a three-course meal in the newly-refurbed and pretty cool Grey’s Brasserie.


The Easter Joust, Sudeley Castle, Sun 1 April

Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and their Tudor entourage will also be making an appearance at Sudeley Castle, where they will preside over an exciting and rumbustious jousting competition. The Cavalry of Heroes will be battling it out on horseback in an impressive display of jousting skills and horsemanship with a fantastic falconry display beforehand to warm everyone up.


Reggae Roast, The Prince Albert, Rodborough, Stroud, Sun 1 April, 2-10pm

Hot food and cool vibes – enjoy Easter with a difference at The Prince Albert where Caribbean food by Jamaica Inn Kitchen will be on the menu, alongside a  soundtrack by Stroud Dub Club. Oh, and there’ll be Easter egg hunts too of course! All funds raised will go to Longfield



Easter Eggspress, GWR, Winchcombe, Mon 2 April

If you can forgive the pun, this steam railway ride is eggsellent fun (sorry). Climb aboard at either Toddington Station or Cheltenham Racecourse and enjoy a retro journey to Winchcombe Station where the Easter Bunny will be waiting to greet you and there’ll be loads of Easter-type activities, including egg and spoon races, egg rolling, craft activities and an Easter egg hunt.


Where Is Mrs Christie?, Everyman Studio, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 3 to Wed 4 April, 7.45pm

elderly lady in sitting room rug chair desk

A one-woman show investigating the ‘disappearance’ of the queen of crime Agatha Christie, who in 1926 sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history when her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and she was – da, da, dah – missing presumed dead for 11 days. When she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate, she claimed to remember nothing about it. Was she really suffering from amnesia? Or was it a publicity stunt or something darker? Actor Liz Grand (of The Second Best Bed fame) picks up the tale.


Kids’ Easter Drama Workshop, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Tue 3 to Fri 6 April

If you’ve got a budding actor of primary school age and are wondering how to stimulate their genius (or, er, just entertain them over Easter), can I recommend this fab-sounding workshop! No auditions required (phew), kids will be put through their dramatic paces playing theatre games, telling stories, creating characters and learning songs, which will culminate in a performance on the Friday on the main stage in full costume with song and dance in front of an audience! It’s first come first served, so get yourself a place quick. Here’s the link.


The Handmade Tour, Bowood House and Gardens, Wed 4 April
Ahead of The Handmade Fair with Kirstie Allsopp coming to Bowood for the first time this summer, a one-of-a-kind crafting caravan will be drawing up at Bowood this April. All you arty lot can take part in free drop-in craft workshops and demonstrations.

Gangsta Granny, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Wed 4 to Sat 7 April

A great kids’ Easter holiday outing whether it’s raining or not (and it looks like the former I’m sorry to report), David Walliams’ novel has been adapted for the stage by The Horrible Histories gang who have form when it comes to slick and hilarious shows that keep adults entertained too. Walliams himself says it’s “so much better than the book”, so what are you waiting for, get yourself tickets before they all sell out!


International Film Festival at Swindon Fringe, Wed 4 to Fri 6 April

A 3-day exhibition of Feature Films, Short Movies, Documentaries, Quick Clips and Arthouse from local, national and international filmmakers, with audience members voting on the best films throughout. A definite for film buffs. swindonfringe


Swindon Fringe 2018, Wed 4 to Sun 15 April

‘The Swinge’ is back and this year there are even more fabulous comedians, fun family shows, exciting workshops, and live music courtesy of The Groovy Pig Music Festival. Catch a slick modern drama, a semi-autobiographical account of one woman’s struggles with PTSD, a look at money troubles in the modern world, even a play about Alzheimer’s. They’ll chuck a couple of clowns and magicians in to lighten the mood cos, y’know, you might just need it. Plus live music, spoken word and drama and improv workshops. swindonfringe


So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs, City Hall, Salisbury, Thu 5 April

The hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now! cityhallsalisbury


Membership Open Day, Aquarias Spa, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Fri 6 April

outdoor hydrotherapy pool woman

Fancy some pampering and general ‘me’ time? Uh, obviously. Join the fabulous team at Whatley Manor’s Aquarias Spa at 4-7pm to snoop around the impressive facilities and see what is on offer, plus Ollie will be there to tell you all about their new Spa Membership. It’s a very exclusive club, so you’ll want to be in it!
Chocolate Tasting Workshop, Salisbury, Fri 6 April
Learn all about chocolate and how it is made in this workshop by local chocolatier Alexander Chocolates.
West of England Youth Orchestra, Bradford on Avon, 6 April
A dazzling Easter programme with Wiltshire Music Centre Artist in Residence Joanna MacGregor taking centre stage in a concert performed by outstanding young musicians from the region.
‘Chef’s Table’ in the Green Room,Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, Fri 6 & Fri 20 April

We’ve been lucky enough to have a snoop around the brand new Green Room at Whatley – and it’s pretty special. Take a seat at the ‘Chef’s Table’ and the super-talented chef will chop, fry and cook up some culinary magic right in front of you. First up is Thai Night, hosted by chef Craig Lunn, followed by a Taste of India with talented chef Nikesh Patel who will whip up six-courses of curried loveliness followed by a screening of The Lion with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman in Whatley’s very own cinema. The chef’ll bring you desserts there, too.


World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, Lechlade, Fri 6 April

Come on, you know you want to, you competitive old thing, you!


Dead Dog Cider, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, near Stroud, Sat 7 April, 7.30-10pm

Loving the name of this two-piece made up of Bodhran impressario Pru and Mark, who regularly entertain Stroud Brewery punters with their lively mix of English, Celtic and American song.


Spring Action Day, Castle Combe, Chippenham, 7 April

steering wheel vintage car

The official kick-start to the performance car season – surely that’s got to tickle any zoned-out taste buds? Expect countless modified motors, non-stop track action, thrilling drift demos, impressive club displays…Maybe enough to keep the kids busy so I can disappear off to the bar for a few hours? springactionday


Knights Jousting, Berkeley Castle, Sun 8 April

two men knights armour swords boy toy shield knight's helmut

The puntastic Dressed To Kill will be rocking up at Berkeley Castle this Sunday to impart their expert battling skills, where you can learn the ancient skill of sword fighting, get up close and personal with authentic steel armour and make like a 15th-century knight.


Second World War Operational Base Afternoon, Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Coleshill, Sun 8 April & Sun 13 May

Descend into darkness and imagine life as a sabateur exploring the secret underground replica bunker on this family-friendly open afternoon. Learn all about Churchill’s Secret Army, which was based at Coleshill. See the displays and quiz the volunteers about the lives of the Auxiliers, their training and bravery. nationaltrust


The Dinosaur Disco, AquaVitae, Cheltenham, Sun 8 April, 2-4pm

A genius idea, this kids’ disco with Dinosaur Elno is just what the grown-ups ordered! Throw some moves with Elno, get your face painted, jump in a ball pit, pop bubbles, balloons and glow sticks and maybe have a cheeky drink or two. And the kids will love it too!


Flow: Yin Yang Yoga, The Yoga Glow, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 8 April, 10.30am-12.30pm

two women yoga

Get back in balance for the week ahead with this cleansing, nourishing and energising sequence combining the stillness of yin with dynamic and strengthening yang. Jay from The Yoga Flow will get your body moving, wringing out stresses both mentally and physically. A Sunday saviour, but be quick, tickets are selling fast.


Grumpy Old Women to the Rescue, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 9 & Tue 10 April

Jenny Eclair superhero costume

Apparently Cheltenham is home to some of the UK’s grumpiest old women – eek! So thank goodness for Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper who are flying to the rescue with their superpowers. Expect belly laughs and female bonding!


Showjumping with Stephen Hadley, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, nr Calne, Mon 9 to Wed 11 April

Hone your equestrian skills with legend Stephen Hadley in the 500 acres of parkland at Lucknam Park. Commentator at the BBC for 28 years as a showjumping analyst, Stephen Hadley has vast competition and training experience, including showjumping trainer of the British Three Day Event Team. The 90 minute clinics will concentrate on striding, related distances and jumping a course.


Higgledy Piggledy Pie, Salisbury Arts Centre, Wed 11 April

When the king asks for a higgledy piggledy pie for his supper the royal chefs are thrown into a spin, especially when they find the cupboard is bare. The chefs are helped by their vegetapals to collect the special nursery rhyme ingredients. How many rhymes will it take to make a higgledy piggledy pie, and will it be ready before the dish runs away with the spoon? salisburyartscentre


Creeping Caterpillar Workshop, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Thu 12 April

Create colourful creeping Caterpillars in this fun family Easter workshop. Create a colourful pompom crafted caterpillar and then make him somewhere to live. Or conveniently bin it when the Mudlets aren’t looking… swindonmuseum


Beyond Beans on Toast: Teen’s Cookery, Daylesford Farm, Thu 12 April 

Great course title, great idea. It’s so hard to find proper teen cookery courses, but Daylesford Farm’s teens cookery school offers a huge range of course for all ages and abilities, including this one for teens, where they focus on seasonal ingredients, cook their own dishes, and then sit down together to enjoy each dish they make, accompanied by organic Daylesford juices, teas and coffee. For teens going off to uni in September, there’s also a Flying the Nest: Cookery Skills for Student Life course which runs in late August. 11-2pm. Age 13-17 years; £75 per person; includes practical and demonstration cookery sessions, refreshments and all course materials.


Hamlet, Salisbury Playhouse, Thu 12 to Sat 14 April


Presented by Salisbury Playhouse’s exhilarating Youth Theatre, Stage 65, the young cast explodes the classic text with exciting projection design, digital technology and their unique ensemble style to present a fresh and modern take on this iconic play. 


Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 13 – Sun 15 April

Roll up, roll up, as the Fair rolls into town! Set in the gorgeously charming Westonbirt School, 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.


Singalonga Beauty and the Beast, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 13 April, 7pm

Bit irresistible this, especially if you’ve got an all-singing, all-dancing mudlet who drives her brothers mad by her constant ‘performances’. What better opportunity for such a child to binge on some Disney classics, while dressed up as her (or his) favourite character?


London Astrobeat Orchestra, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Fri 13 April, 8-11pm

band check shirts guitars drums hats

A funky, hypnotic, groovy outfit, don’t miss this gig at Stroud’s buzziest music venue by the “African Talking Heads”. In the words of World Headquarters: “This is Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense delivered live and with a degree of raw, cosmic, human energy that will totally, utterly and completely blow your wig off.” Right then, better book us some tickets. 


Fritillaries, Cricklade, Sat 14 to Sat 28 April

Calling all flower lovers – now is the time to see the rare Snakes Head Fritillaries in flower in North Meadow. It’s why people come to Cricklade, dontcha know? crickladeinbloom


MET Opera: Verdi’s Luisa Miller, Salisbury, Sat 14 April

Starring Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life.


Miranda Carter – New Paintings, Malmesbury, Sat 14 to Fri 27 April

A collection of new paintings by Wiltshire artist Miranda Carter. Miranda paints intuitively creating balance and capturing atmosphere in her paintings with layers of mixed media.


Zero Day Jazz, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, near Stroud, Sat 14 April, 7.30-10pm

Bristol artists Jim Blomfield (keys) and Alex Taylor (violin) will be entertaining with their repertoire of classic jazz inspired by the masters.


Larmer Tree Wedding Fair, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, nr Salisbury, 15 April

Nestled in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, look no further for the most magical setting for the most perfect wedding…in which case you’d better hot foot it to the Larmer Tree Wedding Fair and take a shifty for yourself. Originally created by Pitt Rivers in 1880, they were the first privately owned gardens to be opened to the public, and boast a tip top collection of ornate buildings to get hitched in, whether you’ve a bijou dozen or a whopping hundred guests rocking up. It’s Pimm’s, deck chairs and garden games in summer or mulled cider and roast venison in deepest winter, here. Either way, chat to their professional wedding planners and chefs and meet a selection of recommended suppliers, peacocks, and free-flying Macaws.

Tudor Gentry and Falconry Displays, Berkeley Castle, Sun 15 April

two women in Tudor dress

Henry VIII will be paying a visit to the castle no doubt with a wife or two and royal entourage in tow. Admire their stature, watch them dance and then pop outside for a spot of falconry with impressive wing spans.


The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt, Batsford Arboretum. Moreton-in-Marsh, Sun 15 April

A brilliant way to get your offspring around this lovely arboretum and garden offering, it’s only £2.50 per child, you don’t have to book and they’ll be running around tiring themselves out looking for prizes meaning you can relax afterwards in the garden terrace café.


Till Debt Us Do Part, Swindon, Sun 15 April

How to make friends with debt without jumping into bed with it. Award-winning poet Tina Sederholm gets real about money in this unflinching but comic plunge into the nether regions of debt as she wakes up amongst rumpled credit card receipts and a pile of rejection letters, in the embrace of an offer she couldn’t resist. How did she get here, and more importantly, how is she going to get out? Yikes! swindonfringe


Easter Bunny Hop, Bradford on Avon, Sun 15 April

A folk-filled Easter special with storytellers, Morris dancing and a Bunny Band.


Spring Festival, Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, until Sun 15 April

two cute bunnies rabbits

Your Easter holiday saviour is here! Everyone’s favourite farm is getting into the spirit of spring over the school holidays with a special ‘hopstacle’ course and a treasure hunt around the park with a prize for every child. There will also be craft activities and a puppet show, as well as all of the usual Farm Park fun – stroking bunnies and holding chicks, bottle feeding the lambs twice daily, lambing and the opportunity to feed the greedy goats.


Easter at Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, until Sun 15 April

Get stuck into daily activities including bottle feeding super-cute and cuddly critters, egg collecting, animal racing, hand feeding and generally hanging out with kids and chicks of the pygmy varieties. There’s craft and tractor rides too.


Easter Holiday Fun at STEAM Museum, Swindon, until Sun 15 April

Loads of activities to keep the Mudlets busy this holiday, plus there are two news exhibitions opening, ‘The Art of Publicity’ and ‘The GWR Publicity Machine’
Living with Nature’s Design, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, until Sun 15 April

handmade chest of drawers

If you’re on the prowl for one-off, original interiors finds, then this is your mecca. Among the goodies will be furniture designer-makers Kristian Pettifor and David Ian Smith’s table, chest of drawers and lighting, and sheer linen textile panels printed and painted with patterns inspired by ripples and reflections in nature by the very talented Jenny Bicât.


The Winslow Boy, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 16 to Sat 21 April

Terence Rattigan’s classic family drama based on a real-life event involving a Gloucestershire boy will tug at your heart strings and moral compass. From the producers of The King’s Speech and Single Spies, Tessa Peake-Jones (of Only Fools and Horses and Grantchester fame) and Aden Gillet (Jack in The House of Elliot) play the mother and father to a boy who’s been expelled from naval college for theft. Gripping stuff.


Penguins, Salisbury Arts Centre, Mon 16 April

A co-production between Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Cahoots NI and Prime Theatre, based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins who lived at New York’s Central Zoo; together they hatched an abandoned egg and raised a chick.


Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes Tour, Salisbury, Wed 18 April

With over 14 million albums sold, multiple JUNO Awards and Grammy nominations, world renowned rockers Barenaked Ladies have released their fifteenth studio album, Fake Nudes. This is the tour to accompany the album. cityhallsalisbury


Un Ballo in Maschera, North Cotswold u3a Opera Group, Stanton Village Hall, Stanton, Wed 18 April, 2pm

Fancy a mid-week blast of opera? It’s good for you, you know, and Verdi’s political and romantic thriller will definitely give you a bit of a hump-day fillip. You don’t have to be a member of the u3a opera group to come along for free.  And then if you do like it, why not join up? Members pay just £20 a year to hear 11 operas, each with a short talk and coffee break. No snobbery here, just enthusiasm and curiosity. Email: 


Race for Life, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Thu 19 & Sat 20 April

Walk, jog, run or drag yourself around the park in a variety of events, all in aid of Cancer Research UK. Saturday 19 May is Pretty Muddy Kids, an obstacle course for little ones, followed by Pretty Muddy for us lot. Sun 20th is a 5k or 10k for the tougher amongst us. lydiardpark


Moonfleet, Salisbury, Thu 19 April to Sat 5 May

Haunted by the ghost of the marauding pirate, Blackbeard, Moonfleet is a village of intrigue and drama where shadowy smugglers lurk. Against this backdrop, young orphan John Trenchard dreams of Blackbeard’s treasure and the wealth and happiness it could bring.


Misty Monique’s Fabulous Quiz, AquaVitae, Cheltenham, Fri 20 April, 7.30-10pm

man in drag red and black check shirt stars skirt

A quiz but not as you know it, drag queen Misty Monique’s rounds will include Coc or Bull, Balloon Thrust and Misty Lip Sync to name just a few. From 7-8pm there’ll be two-for-one cocktails to get you in the mood and the winning team will bag a cash prize of £50 and a bottle of fizz. Dress up, down or inside out – anything goes!


Arabian Nights Spring Banquet, Crown & Sceptre, Stroud, Fri 20 & Sat 21 April, from 7pm

The fab Natural Cookery School is taking over the Gert Yurt at Stroud’s Crown & Sceptre to put on one humdinger of a Middle-Eastern feast. There’ll be four British veg, Syrian flavour courses – including delectable such as spring fattoush, cauliflower shawarma and pistachio rosewater meringues – a botanical cocktail bar and Egyptian dancing by the Haziz dance troupe. And it’s all for a good cause with money being raised for Humans 4 Humanity Refugee


The Drystones, The Prince Albert, Rodborough, Stroud, Fri 20 April, 8-10.30pm

two folk musicians guitar

An up-and-coming young duo who were nominated in the Radio 2 Young Folk Awards this year, expect an exhilarating performance that will round the week off nicely. And it’s Jamaica Inn Kitchen pop-up night, so you can fill your boots with Jamaican patties, plantain, jerk chicken and goat curry.


Gin Festival at Methuen Arms, Corsham, Sat 21 April

A day-long celebration of all things gin, with tasty tipples, expert talks from artisan suppliers and gin-flavoured food. Yep, that’s the one for me.


Coastal Perspectives, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sat 21 April

oil painting chalk cliff and sea

Former fishing boat skipper turned artist Robert Jones and Gloucestershire-based artist Chris Hardman both bring Cornish inspiration to their stunning seascape oil painting, with work by Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen members Graham Ikin, Derek Elliott and Colin Chetwood among others. thechapelarts-com


Cheltenham Beauty Week, various locations, Cheltenham, Sat 21 to Sat 28 April

OK ladies, time to get serious about grooming. The week will see loads of free talks and lectures about all sorts of topics from non-surgical facelifts (yes please) to makeup masterclasses (could do with that too, as well as skin analysis with Iiaa at Martin & Phelps, Laura Leigh’s pop-up hair and make-up bar at Topshop and Cowley Manor’s C-Side spa popping up at Laura Leigh! Be prepared to be dazzling by the end of the week.


Bex Jazz, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, near Stroud, Sat 21 April, 7.30-10pm

London’s 100 Club is just one of the venues Bex has belted out her Brazilian Portuguese sounds. Her voice is amazing and she moves effortlessly from big and powerful to soft and subtle, shape shifting through jazz, Latin and pop.


Jazz Sunday with The Jazzy Pixels, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, Sun 22 April


Playing a wide repertoire of blues, jazz, swing and funk plus its own original material The Jazzy Pixels are sure to entertain while you enjoy a three-course meal in Whatley’s revamped Grey’s Brasserie. Nice.


Kim Wilde – Here Come The Aliens Tour, Salisbury, Sun 22 April

Platinum Selling Kim Wilde is back with her “Here Come The Aliens” Tour 2018. The Kid’s In America star brings  a show packed full of brand new music and some good ‘ole oldies too. cityhallsalisbury


Spring Farm Open Day, Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Sun 22 April

Spend a day on the farm, and see a different side to Hartley Farm. Get up close and personal in an interactive, fun and educational way. hartleyfarm


Foraging Trip, Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Forest of Dean, Sun 22 April

wild mushrooms

Raoul van Den Broucke is one expert forager – dubbed “the Carluccio of the Wye Valley” by The Guardian no less, he knows the Forest’s foraging spots like the back of his hand and will show guests to all the best edible mushrooms, pennywort, wimberries, march samphire, sea beat and wild strawberries depending on the season.


Profiteroles & Éclairs, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 22 April, 10am-1pm

chocolate profiteroles

OMG, we love profiteroles and éclairs at Muddy are salivating at the thought of this masterclass under the tutelage of Andy Robertson who knows a thing or two about how to make choux pastry. Light, crisp and twice-baked, it sounds complicated and not one you can cheat, so this will be three hours well spent – and you’ll get to eat the fruits of your labour!


Earth Day Yoga with Rachel Mellish, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 22 April, 5-6.30pm

woman outside downward dog yoga

A perfect way to celebrate Earth Day, this workshop will explore earthy practices to ground and connect you, strengthening your sense of self and security, led by the inspirational Rachel Mellish, who will round off the nurturing session with an earth meditation.


Hype Art Show, Unicorn House, Cirencester, Mon 23 to Fri 27 April

Contemporary art dealer Laura Long is putting on an art show with a difference at Cirencester’s cool co-working space Unicorn House. With work by Stuart Semple, Phil Bedford, Detta Fane, Bella Thewes and Debby Besford, expect knockout art in a knockout setting. Oh, and there’ll be prints for sale so bring your credit card!


The W Club Launch, Unicorn House, Cirencester, Mon 23 April, 9am-5pm

Starting your own business? Then make sure you drop in at Cirencester’s über-stylish co-working space Unicorn House to check out its new networking club for women who are getting something exciting off the ground. A great way to meet likeminded women and share ideas, it’s also an incredibly reasonable price at only £10 per session. There are limited place, thoughs so don’t dilly dally. Email:


Banff Mountain Film Festival – World Tour, Salisbury, Tue 24 April

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. cityhallsalisbury


B Peaceful Day Retreat, Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham, Wed 25 April hand water bowl white

This pampering day has been put together by the Bamford Haybarn Spa and The Cookery School and kicks off with a 90-minute mindfulness session in the Haybarn’s beautiful loft studio. Then it’s on to The Cookery School where you’ll be served reviving juices and herbal teas and then be guided to make a nourishing, healthy lunch made with delicious organic ingredients. After lunch it’s back to the spa for a bespoke Bamford facial. The perfect mid-week skive. And just think of the Instgrammable hump-day pics!


Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 25 April to Sat 12 May

linocut print people in Tube

Gail Brodholt’s London Bridge Underground (linocut)

This looks rather special – along with Bankside in London, Cheltenham’s own Chapel Arts is showing 52 selected prints and drawings to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Francis Seymour Haden. Members of the society will be visiting the gallery to walk people round the exhibition, explaining the different techniques and processes being used. Don’t miss!


Spell Your Life Launch,  Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Wed 25 April, 6.30-9pm

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I’m hot-footing it to this launch as Spell Your Life sounds like it could quite literally change your life for the better. A life-coaching experience with a difference, it helps you wake up the magic in your mind, body and soul to set you on course for making all your dreams come true. Fairy godmother, I’m coming! As well as all the magic, there’ll be fizz and fun, and Tetbury Pilates and beauty emporium Mayfair & Grace on hand to help sprinkle even more fairy dust.


The Marriage of Figaro, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Wed 25 & Sat 28 April, 7.30pm

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This energetic new production by English Touring Opera is not to missed with big performances, voices, laughs and music.


Heather Small, Salisbury, Wed 25 April

As Part of M People with hits such as ‘Moving On Up’, ‘One Night In Heaven’ and ‘Search For The Hero’ achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s. Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums and is now on tour. cityhallsalisbury


A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Fri  27 April to Sat 5 May

This raucous musical comedy pays tribute to Roman playwright, Plautus with vaudevillian delivery. Set in Ancient Rome, the plot revolves around three neighbouring houses. Pseudolus schemes to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master Hero who, in return, has promised to grant him his freedom. Ever since the original 1962 Broadway production won several Tony Awards, Forum has proved itself to be one of the funniest musicals ever written. As in the words of one of its most popular songs, there is truly ‘something for everyone – a comedy tonight!’ wharftheatre


KidsArcade Fashion Pop-up, The Bull Hotel, Fairford, Fri 27 April, 11am-3pm

women shopping kids clothes
No need to schlep to London to deck out your offspring. KidsArcade, brainchild of super-stylish mum Rachel Bisker who used to work for InStyle, has an emporium of hard-to-find designer brands such as Five Boys Clothing, Outside the Lines and Four Fairies and she’s bringing them all to one of Muddy’s favourite pubs, The Bull! With champagne thrown into the mix, what’s not to love? Email: Tel: 07939587964


Fresh Contemporary Art Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse, Fri 27 to Sun 29 April

orange background painting two men in arab dress one with stick

Whether you’re a seasoned collector and newbie dipping your toe in the world of art collecting, this contemporary offering is the place to head. There’s something for all budgets and tastes and this year sees a new sculpture park showing 70-odd pieces by 20 artists.


A Forest Feast Supper Club, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 27 April, 7-11pm

The Forest of Dean supper club returns with the best the royal forest has to offer, including forest mushroom pate with blackberry chutney, braised wild boar with roasted root vegetables and a special hazelnut gateaux. Harts Barn supper clubs are always brilliant fun – and packed, so don’t wait to book or it’ll be too late!


Spence Cater, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, near Stroud, Sat 28 April, 7.30-10pm man guitar

A Stroud-based singer songwriter who’s played on Broadway, Spence Cater is a cross between Elvis Costello, James Taylor and They May Be Giants. Yeah, he’s good. Don’t miss.


Flavoured & Coloured Pasta Masterclass, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sat 28 April, 10am-12.30pm

yellow orange green pasta chilli tomato wooden spoon

Wow, this is going to impress at your next dinner party! Learn how to knock up not only homemade pasta, which is a feat in itself, but flavour and colour it as well. There’ll be pre-made fillings so you can test out your shaping skills too and, just to make sure you’re on the right track, there’ll be tastings throughout and you can take home your creations at the end. So come hungry!


Wonder, Whatley Manor Sunday Cinema Club, Sun 29 April

red cinema seating

Lose yourself in a good film in Whatley’s divine cinema, with plenty of popcorn and a three-course meal in the newly-refurbed and pretty cool Grey’s Brasserie.


Pause: Spring Renewal Yin Yoga, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 29 April, 10.30am-12.30pm

woman yoga butterfly pose

This workshop by Jay at The Yoga Glow will help you embrace the natural cycle of renewal and growth and release anything that no longer serves you. There’s magic in the moves and sweet, healthy treats to finish up with. A Muddy favourite!


Tony Parkin Pop Up, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, Mon 30 April

man tattoos carving roast

Book now for Tony Parkin of The West House in Kent fame, who descends on Wilts with his Michelin star to feed a few lucky peeps. Places are limited so book now for the foodie experience of a lifetime.


A Talk On the Tudors, Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Mon 30 April

Join Tracy Borman, Sunday Times Best Seller, in the stunning setting of the Chapel at Wycliffe as she takes us behind closed doors to explore the private lives, loves and scandals of the most celebrated royal dynasty in history. Oo er, missus. Gets a bit gruesome too, as she delves into the lingering, excruciating death of Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI… Reserve your free ticket here.



Springtime Discovery Trail, Mompesson House, Salisbury, until Mon 30 April


Spot the signs of spring around the house and garden. mompessonhouse



Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert, Salisbury, 1 May

Ed says: I originally intended to call the show, “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title, “off-puttingly baffling”. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way. Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. cityhallsalisbury


Learn to Bake Bread, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 4 May, 10am-3pm

There’s nothing like the smell and taste of freshly baked bread and if you’ve baked it yourself, how satisfying is that! But if you’re anything like me and your bread-making skills are a bit hit and miss (er, mainly miss), this day-long course will see you rising (see what I did there) to the next level as you master making a sandwich loaf, seeded rolls, soda bread, tear and share bread, pittas and pizza bases.


Giffords Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud, Fri 4 to Mon 14 May

two women red velvet hats and jackets

Photography by Gemma Hall

The annual outing of England’s most glamorous and wonderfully quirky circus has come round again, kicking off at its Stroud home – where a spanking new big top has already gone up with Giffords in lights and sumptuous red velvet and chandelier interiors. The theme this year is My Beautiful Circus to celebrate 250 years since the very first circus near Westminster Bridge in London started the magic in 1768. After Stroud, the troupe head to Sudeley Castle from Thu 17 to Mon 21 May and Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham from Thu 24 May to Mon 4 June. See full list of dates here.


Lechlade Festival, Highworth, Fri 25 to Sun 27 May

With Scouting for Girls, glam-rock band Doctor and the Medics and punk-rock outfit From the Jam headlining, this May Bank Holiday music fest is NOT TO BE MISSED! There are even more things to do for kids this year, a bigger and better comedy stage and so many amazing acts across loads of genres, I could write an essay. Which I won’t do, but will just mention that Hendrix-esque duo The Roscoes Wild Child are flying in from LA again this year and The Missy Malone and Burlesque Review will also be returning. Tickets are selling fast with live-in vehicle pitches nearly sold out, so get your tickets NOW.

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