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Ceramic Summer Planter with Libby Ballard, The Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham, Fri 1 June

If you are looking to pick up a hobby or craft, this could be a great starter class for you. Hand build a beautiful ceramic planter to take home and add as a lovely decoration your garden. If pottery isn’t your thing, The Pound hold various different craft workshops which could be right up your alley.


Giffords Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham, Fri 1 to Mon 4 June

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.


Britten Sinfonia, Wiltshire Music Centre, Braford-on-Avon, Fri 1 June

World-class ensemble Britten Sinfonia return to Wiltshire Music Centre with an impeccable arrangement of Bach’s works.


Nature Week, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Fri 1 to Sun 3 June

kids and mum looking at nature

Celebrate nature in all its beauty in a variety of activities at Cotswold Farm Park. From pond dipping to log rolling, you’re guaranteed the kind of outdoor fun that will leave your kids knackered and ready to go to bed when you get home. Result.


Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Glos, Fri 1 to Sun 3 June

stage festival band dancing cowboy hat

This three-day shindig is on its 14th outing and this year is once again promising a cornucopia of live music alongside comedy, workshops, kids’ fun and real ale. Pitch a tent (or grab yourself a luxury tepee) and stay for the whole weekend or just book in for a day.The Gypsy Kings have been confirmed (whoop whoop!) and previous acts have included the Buzzcocks, Billy Bragg, The Levellers, OMD and The Strypes, so expect quality music and a kid-friendly, chilled-out vibe.


Hairspray, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 1 to Sun 3 June 

Let your down hair down and dance and sing like you’re 17 – Hairspray is coming to the Everyman for the first time and it promises to have you making shapes like John Travolta.


Big Green Egg Summer Cook Out, Hartley Farm, Bradford-on-Avon, Sat 2 June

Drop by Hartley Farm to celebrate national BBQ week. Experts will be cooking up some delicious summer treats to snaffle up.


Street Chilli Fiesta, Cambray Place, Cheltenham, Sat 2 June

A street festival themed around chillis? Interesting, but why not?! Explore the huge selection of the country’s best chillies, chilli jams, chutneys and marinades and see how hot you can go in the ‘clash of the titans’ chilli-eating competition.


Getting Away With Murder, Alfie Moore, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Sat 2 June

Experience first-hand the art of murder investigation in thiswitty performance by Alfie Moore. The perfect combination of dark humour and intellectual wit.


Guild Crafts Tetbury, Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, Market House, Tetbury, Sat 2 to Sun 10 June

Don’t miss this exhibition of beautifully designed contemporary craft presenting the work of 20 designers demonstrating knock-out skills in jewellery making, ceramics, weaving, book-making and basketry.


Comedy Night, Hillside Brewery, Longhope, Sat 2 June 

Nurse your pint of craft ale and chuckle along to a brilliant comedy line-up. The beers are award-winning, the food is fab and you can work your beer belly off with laughter. Saturday night, sorted. 


Salisbury Art Trail, Salisbury, Sat 2 June to Sun 17 June

After a three-year break the celebrated Salisbury Art Trail returns. Featuring 75 artists across 50 different venues in the local area. Venues taking part include Salisbury Library, Salisbury Cathedral and Fisherton Mill. Luckily, you have plenty of time to visit all of the stunning art work at the display will last two weeks.


Connected Parents in the Digital Age, The Parenting Partnership, The Old Refectory, Saintbury, Mon 4 June

boys on phones

I can’t recommend this course enough! It really helped me deal with my three digital addicts – and I learned a whole lot of parenting skills besides. Check out my feature here – and then book yourself on the course!


Brad Carter, Guest Michelin Chef Pop-ups, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Mon 4 June

Want to experience gastronomy at its very best? Spend an evening in the company of guest chef Brad Carter at gorgeous Whatley.


Flora Guided Walks, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Tue 5 June

Here’s something to take your mum to – a two-hour guided tour around the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum learning about the wildflowers that grow in the woodland.


Aperitivo Evening: A Taste of Italy, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wed 6 June

Rome-based liqueur producer Del Professore gives you a taste of Italian culture Aperitivo, Italy’s version of happy hour, with plenty of gin, spritzes and negronis.


Der Fleigende Holländer, The Longborough Festicval Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, Wed 6, Sat 9, Mon 11 & Wed 13 June

painting ship stormy sea

Inspired by the legend of the flying Dutchman and the composer’s experiences of a particularly rough sea crossing, Der Fliegende Holländer was Wagner’s first step from opera to music drama – with music that seethes and rages like a terrific storm.


Second World War Walk, The Buscot and Coleshill Estate, Coleshill, Swindon, Thurs 7 June

Discover the history of Coleshill Estate, the headquarters for Churchill’s secret army during World War II. Learn the details behind their training and view the remaining artefacts from the war.


Jazz Soirée, “Gypsy Jazz” with Ultrafaux, The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Thurs 7 June

Enjoy a night of dinner and jazz with an exciting line-up including famed jazz guitarist, Michael Harris and local instrumentalist Lewis Dickinson.


Five Valleys Session, Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Thurs 7 June

Folk music fans, everyone is welcome to come along and listen or play at Stroud Brewery’s Five Valley Session. Featuring international music from the UK, France, Denmark, Germany, Canada and America, it’ll be a right hootenany.


The Goonies, Alfresco Film Company, Over Farm, Gloucester, Thu 7 June

HEY YOU GUYS!! Spend an evening with everybody’s favourite bunch of kids, in classic 1980s adventure The


Glebe Gallery Opening Exhibition, Glebe Gallery, Salisbury, Thurs 7 June to Sun 10 June

Glebe Gallery holds its first exhibition showing the eclectic works of 9 British contemporary artists. Founder Flora Harvey hopes to break the barriers associated with galleries and display art in an authentic way.


Broadway Arts Festival, various locations, Broadway, Fri 8 to Sun 17 June

In the late 19th century Broadway was awash with artists, writers and musicians – and its annual arts festival channels the creative heritage of this über-pretty Cotswold village superbly. Former Labour MP and new director of the V&A Tristram Hunt will be giving a talk (calm down at the back there ladies), and there’ll also be workshops, theatre, exhibitions and activities for the kids.


Grease, Alfresco Cinema, Grittleton House, Grittleton, Chippenham, Fri 8 June                

Dust off that Pink Lady jacket (come on, you know you’ve got one) and jive down to Grittleton House to sing along to the coolest musical film EVER.                      


Middle Eastern Mezze, Natural Cookery School, The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester, Fri 8 June

I love Middle-Eastern food and am very excited about this masterclass where you’ll learn to make flatbreads, falafels and lots of those super-yummy small dishes and dips. Come with an empty stomach!


Fork to Fork Gourmet, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Cheltenham, Fri 8 June

A luxury seven-course tasting menu celebrating local Cotswold produce in the lavish Greenway Hotel with a flight of wines. What’s not to love?


Star Bistro, The Garden Café, Miserden, Fri 8 June


Not only do you get fab food from Star Bistro – at the helm is head chef Joe Parke who’s worked with Michelin-starred chefs in the UK and Italy – it’s an amazing set-up that gives young people with disabilities the opportunity to get stuck into work. Go and be amazed.


Glass Angel, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Sat 9 June

Impressive on their own, when these four group together to form pop-punk masterpiece Glass Angel, well, prepare to be blown away.


RMHB FEST, Old Down Country Park, Bristol, Sat 9 June

This family-friendly festival will be jam-packed with live music including Toploader, free activities and yummy food. And if you fancy an all-nighter you can pitch up a tent and party until the sun shines, warm in the knowledge that you’re helping to raise money for kiddies being treated at Bristol Royal Hospital.


Tea Tasting Masterclass, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Sat 9 June

Spend an afternoon tasting a selection of fine teas, with scones and pastries handmade by Whatley Manor pastry chefs.


Romeo & Juliet, The Handlebards, Casterley Barn, Pewsey, Sat 9 June

The world’s first cycling theatre company present on an all-female performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Expect  a serious dose of silliness.



Gin Garden Party, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Sat 9 June            

Unlimited gin…well, what are you waiting for? The Old Bell Hotel invites you to taste over 20 gins, be entertained by live music and enjoy a sausage (or three) from the BBQ.


Vocal Works Gospel Choir, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Sun 10 June

Director Tim King works his magic to create a show celebrating soul and pop legends. Listen to Whitney Houston, George Michael, The Jacksons and Queen through one of the UK’s leading gospel choirs.


Wedding Garden Party, Elmore Court, Stroud, Sun 10 June    

wedding tables Gilly Flower

A wedding fair like no other, Elmore Court is DREAMY and they’re bringing together a roll call of amazing local florists, stylists, photographers, cake makers and live music. If you’ve got nuptials on the horizon or just want to bathe in some romance make a date with this one.


A Franks or 2, Alex & Adrian Franks Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wed 13 June to Sat 14 July

Father and son Alex and Adrian come together to exhibit their artistic abilities. Newcomer Alex uses traditional print techniques in combination with darkly comic themes discussing the relationship between reality and dreams, while Adrian, veteran exhibitionist at Fisherton Mill, shows a collection of work inspired by line and shape.


DIY Wedding Flowers, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Wed 13 June

Josephine from Josephine’s Fabulous Flowers will be holding a workshop on how to build your own flower crown for your special day. Because you will be a princess!


Mining Perceptions, Sally Fawkes & Alex Ho, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 13 to Sat 30 June


Glass artist Sally Fawkes and compose, Alex Ho have come together to create a multi-sensory exhibition to explore the relationship between human kind and nature. Yes, it’s cerebral, but it’s good for you.


Rocky Horror Picture Show & Dirty Dancing, Open-Air Cinema Festival, Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Fri 15 & Sat 16 June

Cult classics Rocky Horror and Dirty Dancing are showing at historic Cotswold Airport. Say goodbye to cramped cinema seats, kick back your car seat and relax at this drive-in cinema. After all “nobody puts baby in a corner!”


Cinderella, Ballet Cymru, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Fri 15 June

ballet dancers full moon

Prokofiev’s Cinderella brought to life by the award-winning Ballet Cymru – this is not to be missed as Ballet Cymru always likes to do things a bit differently, so expect to be surprised in a good way.


Big Girls Don’t Cry, 10th Anniversary Tour, City Hall Salisbury, Sat 16 June

God I love these guys….Experience the iconic sounds of Franki Valli & The Four Seasons performed by a brilliant cast and live band. Oh, what a night….Somebody stop me now.


Top Gun, The Alfresco Film Company, Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Sat 16 June

outdoor screen bean bags people

BBQ , booze, Tom Cruise in aviators and the Muddy Award-winning Cowley Manor. Sounds like a pretty good Saturday night. Just add a balmy summer night and we’re away!


Bee Day, Mompesson House, Salisbury, Sat 16 June

Meet local beekeepers, scoff honey and learn how to keep bees.


Blue Sky Festival Comedy: The Scummy Mummies Show, The Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham, Sat 16 June

Guaranteed belly-laughs for parents who relate to baby farts, pelvic floor exercises and fish fingers all too well. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson’s brilliant take on parenthood and its far-from-glamorous reality.


The Tempest, Bowood House & Gardens, Bowood, Sat 16 June

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present The Tempest in classic rhythmic Shakespeare style. An all-male cast promise brilliant characters, hilarious comedy and a heart-warming love story.


Darkside The Pink Floyd Show, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 16 June, 7.30pm 

Loving the sound of this tribute to the prog rock band that knows how to blow your mind with music. Seven musicians will play tracks from Pink Floyd’s massive back catalogue from the early days of founder Syd Barrett (anyone else out there love the super-trippy Arnold Layne?) through to later iconic albums including Wish You Were Here and Dark Side of The Moon. And a dramatic laser light show will be all part of the package.


Father’s Day Ale & Whiskey Tea, Lucknam Park, Chippenham, Sun 17 June

The perfect afternoon to thank all the dads out there. Enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea with a selection of Ale and Whiskey.


Father’s Day Joust, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Sun 17 June

Knights in shining armour, swords, jousting, Henry VIII and his six wives – it’s all here for a heroic Father’s Day that will keep the offspring entertained too.


Yoga Day Retreat, Highway Hill, Calne, 17 June

Does what it says on the tin! Book here


STEAM Museum, Father’s Day: Carvery Lunch, Swindon, Sun 17 June

Treat Dad to a guided tour of Swindon’s Steam Museum learning about the history of the railway workers and even getting the chance to handle original railway pieces. Then end the tour with a roast stuff-up.


Father’s Day – Big Machines, Roves Farm, Swindon, Sun 17 June

Dads go free at Roves Farm on Father’s Day – get up close and personal with farm machinery, tractor rides and small furry animals.


Broken Wing, The Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Tues 19 June to Sat 23 June

Emotional and thoughtful performance about the loss of identity, loss of self and fragility of relationships. wharftheatre


OKA Froxfield, Marlborough, Tues 19 June 

Enjoy a morning of faux flower demonstrations (it’s all the rage, dontcha know?) with florist Lindsey Kitchin of The White Horse Flower Co and get your gaff ship shape for summer. 10.30-12pm at OKA Froxfield, The Forge, Bath Road, Marlborough SN8 3LD.


Love from a Stranger, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 19 to Sat 23 June

In the mood for a thriller and a romance rolled into one? Maybe newfound love isn’t what you think it is. This romantic tale with a twist will have on the edge of your seat.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream, This is My Theatre, St Mary’s Church, Wilton, Wed 20 June

Watch the tale of Shakespeare’s ultimate love triangle surrounded by the historic ruins of St Mary’s church.


Handmade Fair, Bowood House and Gardens, Fri 22 June to Sun 24 June

Kirstie Allsopp brings her hand-made fair to yet another beautiful location, promising a weekend of inspiration and slapping the cash too, no doubt. handmadefairbowood


La Traviati, The Longborough Festicval Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, Sat 23 June to Tue 3 July

woman on stairs evening gown

Considered by Verdi to be his greatest work, this extraordinary, heart-wrenching love story features some of the best-known music in operatic repertoire.


The Great British Gin Festival, City Hall Salisbury, Salisbury, Sat 23 June

If gin is your tipple then this festival is perfect for you. The day will be packed with cocktail demos with top bartenders, a virtual reality tour of a gin distillery and an opportunity to taste over 100 different gins from around the world. Although you may pay for it in the morning. thegreatbritishginfestival


Big Family Music Day, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Sat 23 June

To celebrate Wiltshire Music Centre’s 20th anniversary spend the day discovering the magic of music with all the family.


The Johnny Cash Roadshow, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 25 June

Celebrate the career of music legend Johnny Cash in this all-singing nostalgia trip back to the 1950s where it all started.


Chalk Valley History Festival, Broad Chalke, near Salisbury, Wilts, Mon 25 June to Sun 1 July

See history, hear history, even feel history at this extraordinary festival dedicated entirely to – you guessed it – history. Talks, workshops and debates bring alive an incredible living past on these rolling plains in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside – check out the stunning air displays, through-the-ages encampment, interactive events, plus sign up now for a mega-impressive list of speakers from Charlie Higson to Robert Peston, with a jaunt through Kate Mosse, Peter Snow and Simon Schama in between. Early ticket sales are available now.

Whisky Galore, Salisbury Playhouse Main House, Salisbury, Tues 26 June to Sat 30 June

Whisky Galore is an original production set in 1955. It was created to honour fearless all-female theatre companies of the post-war years. Food is short, whiskey is shorter. Could this mean the end of the world? salisburyplayhouse


Impressions of Westonbirt Photography Course, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Tue 26 June

Learn to photograph nature in a completely new light with tutor Andy Page, who will be focusing on capturing shape, form and texture.


Material Girl – The Music of Madonna, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Wed 27 June 

This is one for my generation – who didn’t fall in love with Madge in the 1980s? Her music, her style – fingerless gloves and pointy bras anyone? So this show celebrating her 33 years on top (is it really that long??) is a must. 


Raising Girls: Navigating Friendships, The Parenting Partnership, The Old Refectory, Saintbury, Wed 27 June

girls with mobile phone selfie

The Trinny and Susannah of the parenting world help you become more informed on the challenges your daughter faces and how to help her navigate new friendships and become a good friend.


The Full Monty The Musical, The Barn Theatre, Cirencester, Wed 27 to Sat 30 June 

Always a great mix of tears and laughter, The Full Monty The Musical is a proper girls’ night out I reckon. And as well as being there to help and support the guys as they expose themselves you’ll be raising money for cancer too.


Rhythm of the Dance UK Tour, City Hall Salisbury, Thurs 28 June

Internationally recognised as one of the most successful Irish step dance teams, enjoy an evening celebrating Irish culture. cityhallsalisbury


Totally Tina, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 29 June

Do not miss this sell-out tribute show to the inimitable Tina Turner because, you know, it’s simply the best (sorry). 


Kids Fashion Pop Up, Kids Arcade, No 38 the Park, Cheltenham, Fri 29 June

rail of kids' designer clothes

I went to the last Kids Arcade pop up in Fairford – and it was AMAZING. There were so many cool kids’ brands my credit card was having a panic attack. Five Boys, Outside the Lines, Wildchild London – you need to get up close and personal with these faberoo labels.


Minety Music Festival, Minety, near Malmesbury, Wilts, Fri 29 June to Mon 2 July

Love Chesney Hawkes? Is he your ‘one and only’? Well, get yourself tickets for this not-for-profit, community festival and be transported back to 1991. He’s still cute people!



Ish Kabbible, The Wheatsheaf, Sat 30 June

Enjoy a live swing band and wood fired pizza in The Wheatsheaf’s beautiful beer garden. thewheatsheafchiltonfoliat


Liminal Light, Lily Rigby, The Old Brewery Gallery, The Wheatsheaf, Sat 30 June to Sun 15 July

The Wheatsheaf are launching their own art gallery space, beginning with Brighton based sea-scape artist Lily Rigby. thewheatsheafchiltonfoliat


Polo ExperienceBeaufort Polo Club / Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, nr Malmesbury, dates in June
Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has teamed up with iconic Beauford Polo club to offer guests the chance to stay at the hotel and enjoy a hands-on Polo Experience. As well as being a renowned training centre offering lessons to players of all ages and experiences, it is a great way to celebrate a special event or just have a go at the ‘sport of kings’. The half-day Beaufort Polo Club ‘Polo Experience’ package offers the chance to work with HPA-accredited coaches – you’ll start on a wooden horse before graduating to actually hitting balls and playing in a chukka. Top it off with lunch in the Clubhouse and watching the pros play in the afternoon. I might just stick to that bit…


Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Thurs 19 July to Sun 22 July    

Larmer Tree Fest returns to its beautiful surroundings for its 27th year running. The ultimate party for the whole family as the gardens transform into a sensory utopia, presenting top national music artists, a brilliant comedy stage and a huge selection of children’s stars and presenters. It’s no wonder Larmer Tree won Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards. larmertreefestival


The Cotswold Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 10 – 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.


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.


Additional reporting: Amy Ballantyne

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