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Giffords Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham, until Mon 4 June

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.


The Little Mermaid, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Tue 29 May

Watch Ballet Theatre UK perform the dramatic re-telling of the Hans Christian Anderson’s family classic The Little Mermaid.


Tidy Up, Peut Être Theatre Company, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, Tuesday 29 May

Inspired by the inside of a child’s brain by portraying the way they see order, patterns and systems. Tidy Up has invited you to a world of mess and fantastic disorder. This dance theatre performance will guarantee entertained kiddies and will even give the parents a few giggles.


Kids Cookery Baking, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Wed 30 May

This sounds like a good way to get a morning to yourself over half-term – and the kids should enjoy it too. I mean baking cakes in a kitchen that your mother isn’t getting stressed about you making a mess in has got to be a winner. And they get to scoff the lot at the end. (And also, how about those ladybird aprons!!)


Romeo & Juliet, The HandleBards, The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wed 30 May

TheHandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company (yes, you read that right). The companies motto is ‘seriously silly’ which can be expected from their family friendly production of Romeo and Juliet.


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.


Bryde, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Fri 1 June 

woman landscape

If you love a bit of indie rock, then get your too-cool-for-school self over to The Marshall Rooms to see Bryde. She’s fab.


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.


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.


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. 


The Art of Chanting with Emma Tilley, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 3 June


Learn the meaning behind yoga chants including the Bhramari breath with the wonderful Emma Tilley who has a gorgeous voice and a way of chanting that will take you to next-level relaxation.

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