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Wiltshire Pop Up Restaurant Night – A Game Feast, Broad Chalke, Fri 2 Feb

Check out The Cellar & Pantry Pop Up Restaurant for something special. After the success of the first Game Feast, they are back with another three course, gamey (of course) meal. Book now.


Robbie Williams’ tribute, The Cricklade Club, Cricklade, Sat 3 Feb

The amazing March Hopkins rocks up as Robbie Williams this Saturday night with a starlit backdrop, no less. Tickets in advance or on the door, so don’t get Old Before (You) Die, Let (Him) Entertain You. Sorry. thecrickladeclub


Suggs – Life in the Realm of Madness, City Hall Salisbury, Sat 3 Feb

Due to huge popular demand, after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, one-man show, ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again. If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, Suggs: A Life in the Realm of Madness is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.

Tango Moderno, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 29 Jan – Sat 3 Feb

Photo Manuel Harlan

Strictly Come Dancing faves, former World Champions, West End stars, etc, etc, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace make out to music, er, I mean dance the tango.

A Passage to India, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Tues 30 Jan –Sat 3 Feb

Photo Idil Sukan

The advice was harsh but clear, and Aziz ignored it. Now he lies in jail on a charge of sexual assault. Forster’s masterpiece poses a question more urgent today than ever: how can we love one another in a world divided by culture and belief? Multi award-winning ensemble simple8 transport us to Imperial India with original music played live on stage by legendary composer Kuljit Bhamra.

Wicked, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 31 Jan–Sat 3 March

Photo: Matt Crockett

The untold story of the Witches of Oz – or how two sorcery students became the Wicked Witch of the West (boo, hiss) and Glinda the Good.

Spring family trail, Lacock Abbey, to 31 Jan

Drag reluctant mudlets around the gorgeous blooms here and they may even thank you. Or not. But at least you’ve tried!

Land, Sea and Sky, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 31 Jan to Sat 24 Feb

Master of pastels Michael Norman, local landscape painter Kim Jarvis and wildlife artist Jackie Cox are just three of the artists in the latest exhibition at Cheltenham’s alternative gallery.


Flashdance: The Musical, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Wed 31 Jan to Sat 3 Feb, 2pm & 7.30pm

Poster for Flashdance

A fabulous stage version of the brilliant 1983 film, this will make you feel hot with nostalgia and leave you with What a Feeling ringing in your ears. Read the Muddy review


Wine-Tasting Experience, Three Choirs Vineyard, near Gloucester, throughout Feb, Tuesdays to Fridays, 10:30am

woman drinking wine

Apparently mid-week skives are good for you (read all about it here), and moderate wine drinking is too of course, so hello, do this for your health. A bit of a tour, some wine quaffing and a light lunch. That’ll cheer up February nicely thank you.


The Malthouse Collective first floor opening, Stroud, from Fri 2 Feb

upstairs gallery space at Malthouse Collective

Stroud’s eclectic interiors emporium is about to double in size, so hide your credit cards! Already an irresistible retail proposition (my husband is now limiting my visits), a new second floor will offer even more goodies including art, comic books, toys and an Audio Attic, which sounds like perfect husband bait to help me keep my Malthouse habit going.


Hotsteppas, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Fri 2 Feb, 8-11pm

This Bristol eight-piece will warm up your winter soul. Splicing trad reggae with modern dub, funk and Latin sounds, you can check them out here and here. Good, aren’t they? Don’t miss them live.


Snowdrops at Newark Park, near Wotton-under-Edge, from Sat 3 Feb

The Tudor hunting lodge reopens its doors after its winter rest in time for the spectacular snowdrop display in the grounds. Sooo pretty.


Counter Heritage: Stroud’s Alternative Histories, Wild Boar Gin Lounge, Centre for Science and Art, Stroud, Sat 3 Feb, 10am-1am

There are a lot of key words here piquing my interest – counter, heritage, alternative, GIN. A 15-hour relay of talks, walks, tours and performances, it feels like anything could happen here with music, poetry, dancing and art all poised to entertain you.


The Tristan Watson and Patsy Gamble Jazz Trio, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, Sat 3 Feb, 7.30-10pm

Live music at Stroud Brewery woman with saxaphone

Get into a jazz groove with this local offering who will be playing a collection of Latin numbers and bluesy jazz in the salubrious surroundings of the wonderful Stroud Brewery.


Yin Yoga for Self Love, The Yoga Glow, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 4 Feb, 10.30am-12.30pm

Jay The Yoga Glow chlld pose

A special heart-themed session with the amazing Jay, aka The Yoga Glow, whose workshops always leave you glowing. In this one, the heart is the star of the show with a practice that will stimulate it and the meridians that help us love and be loved. The perfect pre-Valentine’s Day primer.


Sunday Shoot, Calcot Manor, near Tetbury, Sun 4 Feb, 10-11.30am

If yoga’s not your thing, how about a spot of clay pigeon shooting, what ho?! Roaming around the gorgeous grounds of Calcot, you’ll have 50 clays to take aim at before finishing at 11.30am just in time for a pre-prandial sherry before lunch in The Gumstool Inn with its cosy fire. Sunday nirvana.

Ros Koch Appellation Art Exhibition, Averys, Bristol, now until Fri 2 Mar

paintings and drawings by Ros Koch

The historical cellars and family wine merchant in Bristol’s Culver Street is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year and is kicking off with a new art show by Ros Koch, a British-born artist based in South Africa who creates beautifully delicate watercolours and drawings. Free entry and the artwork is for sale so prepare to be tempted.


Hidden Water Walk at Dyrham Park, near Bristol, Tuesdays throughout Jan, 1-2.30pm

A winter walk with a difference, this special guided tour takes you from the natural springs to hidden water chambers in the hillside to the cellars of the house to track the 17th-century mansion’s water works. No need to book, just turn up with your wellies on.

Helen Foot Textiles, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, Tue 9 Jan to Sun 18 Feb

close up of textiles

This Shrewsbury-born textile maker handweaves stunning scarves and other goods inspired by a mix of traditional handicrafts, contemporary geometric patterns and bold colourways. Now working out of a studio in rural Herefordshire, her style has been dubbed ‘rebellious nostalgia’ and I for one love it!

Winter Watch at Sherborne Park Estate, near Northleach, Mon 29 Jan to Thu 1 Feb

robin in winter winter scene

After successfully hosting Autumn Watch, the BBC are back at the gorgeous Cotswold estate to film Winter Watch. With woodlands, open farm fields and ancient trees and water meadows, the estate is the perfect place for wildlife hunting (the BBC knows what it’s about) and is also lovely for a winter walk.


Nine Below Zero Duo, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Wed 31 Jan, 8pm

Live acoustic tunes from the blues band who first made waves in the early 1980s and are still releasing albums three decades on.


Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, near London, until Sun 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.

Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, until Sat 24 Feb 2018

Photo by Paul Stuart (c) RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian Britain. Also starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. rsc

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