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MON 19 - SUN 25 FEB

Murder, Margaret and Me, Salisbury Playhouse, 1-24 Feb

Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford, two of our greatest and most celebrated national treasures, should never have been friends. But they were. Their paths crossed when they found themselves at the heart of one of British cinema’s most successful franchises. However, the Miss Marple films almost didn’t get made. Murder, Margaret and Me is a story of friendship in the long-lost world of the silver screen. As Agatha and Margaret play tug of war with Marple, Agatha (being a woman who wasn’t without a secret or two herself) unearths the shocking truth buried in Margaret’s past. salisburyplayhouse.com

 

Snowdrop season, Painswick Rococo Gardens, Painswick, throughout Feb

blanket of snowdrops tree trunks

Always cheery to see these white jewels popping up and if you really want to feast on the first sign of spring, head to the Rococo Gardens where you’ll also be treated to hellebores, cyclamen and wood anemone. The café is fab with homemade lunches and cakes that are incredibly hard to resist. You have been warned! rococogarden.org.uk

 

Snowdrops at Newark Park, near Wotton-under-Edge, throughout Feb

close up of a snowdrop

The Tudor hunting lodge reopens its doors after its winter rest in time for the spectacular snowdrop display in the grounds. Sooo pretty. nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park

 

Wicked, Bristol Hippodrome, to 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.

 

Land, Sea and Sky, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, 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. thechapelarts.com

 

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. three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk

 

Lambing, Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, Sat 10 Feb to Sun 15 April

lambs in a barn

The cutest signs of spring will be appearing on Adam Henson’s beautiful farm just in time for half term. Open-dated tickets mean you can book in then choose a day when the sun’s out (if we get one, fingers crossed!), but if we don’t there’s a new Animal Barn to cosy up in. cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

 

Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, 10 Feb – 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.

kew.org

 

Half term fun, Woolley Grange, Bradford on Avon, 12-25 Feb

Stay at Woolley during Feb half-term and you can enjoy the hotel at its best. The Woolley Bears Den is humming with activities for the littlies and there’s fun programme for older children too. So kick back and enjoy a real break. woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

 

Birdsong, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 19 to Sat 24 Feb

soldiers on stage Birdsong

A mesmerising story of love and courage, this stage version of Sebastian Faulks’s novel about the Great War is a sell-out sensation. Not. To. Be. Missed. We at Muddy can’t wait to see it, so watch out for the Muddy review. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Swindon, 21-24 Feb

Everyone’s favourite 1970s classic TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is back with Joe Pasquale starring as the loveable accident-prone Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as his wife Betty and Susie Blake as his disapproving Mother-in-Law, Mrs Fisher. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

The Great Train Robbery, Salisbury Playhouse, 22 Feb

It’s 1963: the heist of the century is underway. Signals are scrambled, phone lines cut and millions of pounds in cash – stolen. Five days later the first clues are found, the gang is busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away? In this version of events, the anonymous four were women, hired to clean the robbers’ hide-out. After all, in 1963 who would suspect a woman? salisburyplayhouse.com

 

RNT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Salisbury, 22 Feb

Benedict Andrews’ thrilling revival of Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? salisburyartscentre.co.uk

 

Devizes Festival of Winter Ales, 23-24 Feb

Photo by Wil Stewart on Unsplash

A delicious celebration of bespoke, warming winter ales and ciders, with live music and Street Festival style entertainment. docadevizes.org

 

The Slimline Shufflers, The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat, 23 Feb

Catch this 3-piece rhythm n’ blues band at The Wheatsheaf, Muddy’s latest fave pub/venue. thewheatsheafchiltonfoliat.co.uk

 

Murder Mystery Evening, Stanton Manor, 24 Feb

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? stantonmanor.co.uk

 

The Royal Ballet: A Winter’s Tale (live stream), Bradford on Avon, 28 Feb

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot. wiltshiremusic.org.uk

 

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

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. 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. wychwoodfestival.com

Book now for more of our fave festivals with our Muddy Festivals heads up !

Easter at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, dates in April 
Escape for a weekend filled with fun and adventure – the ultimate family break with games, activities and 500 acres of parkland right at your fingertips. Join them for their yearly Easter egg hunt through the estate, indulge in fine food and relax in the award-winning spa. Um, yes please. lucknampark.co.uk

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.

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