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The Enormous Room, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, Tue 20 March, 8pm

An epic production from Stopgap Dance Company, this performance about saying goodbye and moving on promises to be a real tearjerker as it follows a father and daughter gradually coming to terms with the loss of their wife and mother.


How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Croft & Jones Trading Co, The Clarence Social, Cheltenham, Tue 20 March, from 5pm

bar dimly lit

I could show you how to do this easy! But Kate Hudson as agony aunt Andie Anderson is far more entertaining in this 2003 rom/com. And the venue, well, this speakeasy bar in the basement of hipster hangout The Clarence Social is right up Muddy’s street with its dark and moody interiors. The film starts at 7pm and for just £15 you get a cocktail and a burger (vegan if you prefer) too. Book ahead, as tickets sell like hot cakes.


The Importance of Being Earnest, Salisbury Playhouse, Tue 20 to Sat 24 March

Two women sitting period costume

Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station. Prepare to take a welcome turn with Wilde’s much-loved Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.


Birdsong, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Tue 20 to Sat 24 March

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. Read the Muddy review


L’Elisir d’Amore, North Cotswold u3a Opera Group, Stanton Village Hall, Stanton, Wed 21 March, 2pm

woman red polka dot dress man hat

Donizetti’s comedy starring the newly-wed Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna is to opera what rom-com is to film. 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: 


NT Live: Julius Caesar, Salisbury Arts Centre, 22 March

Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated elite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. salisburyartscentre

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Bristol Hippodrome, Fri 23 & Sat 24 March

ballerina ballet dancer white dress RAF pilot

Transporting the fairy-tale to war-time London, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, like most of the genius choreographer’s work, is inspired. I treated my daughter and me to a pre-Christmas outing to Sadler’s Wells and we were both transfixed. More than a ballet and stunning score, it’s gripping storytelling at its best. A must-see!


Thai Supper Club, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 23 Mar

spices and seasoning in spoons cinnamon stick

I’m salivating just thinking about this menu: grapefruit salad with Thai fishcakes and lime dipping sauce to start, pork & peanut curry with Pad Thai and jasmine rice and vegetarian squash & peanut curry for mains, and for dessert, khanom kluay, aka steamed banana pudding with lime coconut cream. Only £20 and these tickets are golden so book now!


‘Chef’s Table’ in the Green Room, Whatley Manor, Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, Fri 23 and Thurs 29 March

The second and third in the new series of Chef’s tables, it’s Fruits de Mer and Italian Night. Italian chef Marialuisa Massardi will rustle up seven (!) full and flavoursome courses for you, while seafood lovers can snaffle lobster, octopus, sashimi, scallops and dressed crab. Double yum!


Predators, Longleat, Warminster, from 24 March

dinosaur roaring Are you ready to come face to face with some of the biggest, fastest, stealthiest and strangest predators around? From 24th March, 14 killer animatronic carnivores, will be arriving at Longleat making your day out extra wild.
Stunning scenes, showcasing habitats and predators from across the globe, will transport you to faraway places and have you discovering just what it takes to be a top predator in the wild.

The Magic of Hollywood: Pasha Kovalev & Anya Garnis, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 23 & Sat 24 March

man in dinner jacket dancing with woman in black evening gown

The Strictly star will be strutting his stuff in this new show packed with glitz and glamour, as he takes to the stage with his seasoned dancers for some toe-tapping numbers set to a Hollywood theme. And I must declare an interest – in Saturday’s matinee and evening performances, the youngest mudlet will be doing a turn with her co-dancers from Janet Marshall Dance Studios. Cue tears and proud mum moment.

Live Music: Aroha, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, Sat 24 March

live music acoustic guitar man and woman on stage

Fun and free! Check out this Australian/German folk rock trio at Muddy’s fave beer and pizza venue. They’ll be playing Levellers and Bob Dylan covers, Celtic and Latin instrumentals and Austrian rock music – yeah, you won’t find that anywhere else!


Ric James, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sat 24 March

Marilyn Monroe red lips stars blue background

Strongly inspired by the New York arts scene, multi-media artist Ric James’ work takes a journey across the Atlantic with a mixture of reality-based and abstract work referencing Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko. Fantastic work on canvas and in sculpture – bring your credit card fully flexed!


Iyengar Restorative with Emma Taylor, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 25 March, 5-6.30pm

women doing yoga leaning over purple bolsters purple mats

Feeling stressed? Tick. Tired? Tick. Then this is your Sunday evening rescue party. An amazing workshop that soothes the nervous system, brings greater awareness to the breath, quietens the mind and cultivates an inner state of peace and harmony, it’s an hour and a half that will leave you feeling super chilled and ready for the week ahead.


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

lambs in a barn

The cutest signs of spring are appearing on Adam Henson’s beautiful farm. 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.


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.


21st Century Abstracts, Salisbury, to Sat 31 March

multi colours painting abstract

Artist John Munro describes his pictures, with their zinging colours and powerful paerns, as truly modern works of art which appeal to ‘the bravest of the brave art buyers’, adding that abstract art tends to be purchased by people who are innovative, forward-looking, enterprising and optimistic. See for yourself!


Springtime Discovery Trail, Mompesson House, Salisbury, to 30 April

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


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.


Summer music festival round-up, from June

In less than six months we’ll be basking in warm sunshine hanging out with feathers in our hair at a music festival – that is if you book your tickets now! Check out the Muddy pick’n’mix here.

woman at a music festival sunset

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