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24th April - 22nd May 2019

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Giffords Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham, 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.


Guild Crafts Tetbury, Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, Market House, Tetbury, 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.


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.


Salisbury Art Trail, Salisbury, 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.

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