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MON 18 - SUN 24 JUNE

Broken Wing, The Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Tues 19 June to Sat 23 June

Emotional and thoughtful performance about the loss of identity, loss of self and fragility of relationships. wharftheatre

 

OKA Froxfield, Marlborough, Tues 19 June 

Enjoy a morning of faux flower demonstrations (it’s all the rage, dontcha know?) with florist Lindsey Kitchin of The White Horse Flower Co and get your gaff ship shape for summer. 10.30-12pm at OKA Froxfield, The Forge, Bath Road, Marlborough SN8 3LD.

Love from a Stranger, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 19 to Sat 23 June

In the mood for a thriller and a romance rolled into one? Maybe newfound love isn’t what you think it is. This romantic tale with a twist will have on the edge of your seat. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, This is My Theatre, St Mary’s Church, Wilton, Wed 20 June

Watch the tale of Shakespeare’s ultimate love triangle surrounded by the historic ruins of St Mary’s church. thisismytheatre.com

 

Handmade Fair, Bowood House and Gardens, Fri 22 June to Sun 24 June

Kirstie Allsopp brings her hand-made fair to yet another beautiful location, promising a weekend of inspiration and slapping the cash too, no doubt. handmadefairbowood

 

La Traviati, The Longborough Festicval Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, Sat 23 June to Tue 3 July

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Considered by Verdi to be his greatest work, this extraordinary, heart-wrenching love story features some of the best-known music in operatic repertoire. lfo.org.uk

 

The Great British Gin Festival, City Hall Salisbury, Salisbury, Sat 23 June

If gin is your tipple then this festival is perfect for you. The day will be packed with cocktail demos with top bartenders, a virtual reality tour of a gin distillery and an opportunity to taste over 100 different gins from around the world. Although you may pay for it in the morning. thegreatbritishginfestival

 

Big Family Music Day, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Sat 23 June

To celebrate Wiltshire Music Centre’s 20th anniversary spend the day discovering the magic of music with all the family. wiltshiremusic.org.uk

 

The Johnny Cash Roadshow, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 25 June

Celebrate the career of music legend Johnny Cash in this all-singing nostalgia trip back to the 1950s where it all started. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Chalk Valley History Festival, Broad Chalke, near Salisbury, Wilts, Mon 25 June to Sun 1 July

See history, hear history, even feel history at this extraordinary festival dedicated entirely to – you guessed it – history. Talks, workshops and debates bring alive an incredible living past on these rolling plains in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside – check out the stunning air displays, through-the-ages encampment, interactive events, plus sign up now for a mega-impressive list of speakers from Charlie Higson to Robert Peston, with a jaunt through Kate Mosse, Peter Snow and Simon Schama in between. Early ticket sales are available now. cvhf.org.uk

Mining Perceptions, Sally Fawkes & Alex Ho, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, to Sat 30 June

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Glass artist Sally Fawkes and compose, Alex Ho have come together to create a multi-sensory exhibition to explore the relationship between human kind and nature. Yes, it’s cerebral, but it’s good for you. thechapelarts.com

 

Polo ExperienceBeaufort Polo Club / Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, nr Malmesbury, dates in June
Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has teamed up with iconic Beauford Polo club to offer guests the chance to stay at the hotel and enjoy a hands-on Polo Experience. As well as being a renowned training centre offering lessons to players of all ages and experiences, it is a great way to celebrate a special event or just have a go at the ‘sport of kings’. The half-day Beaufort Polo Club ‘Polo Experience’ package offers the chance to work with HPA-accredited coaches – you’ll start on a wooden horse before graduating to actually hitting balls and playing in a chukka. Top it off with lunch in the Clubhouse and watching the pros play in the afternoon. I might just stick to that bit… whatleymanor.com
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Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Thurs 19 July to Sun 22 July    

Larmer Tree Fest returns to its beautiful surroundings for its 27th year running. The ultimate party for the whole family as the gardens transform into a sensory utopia, presenting top national music artists, a brilliant comedy stage and a huge selection of children’s stars and presenters. It’s no wonder Larmer Tree won Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards. larmertreefestival

 

The Cotswold Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 10 – Sun 12 Aug

Fabulous, eye-catching, unusual and even bizarre antiques go on sale at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School this August. Splash your hard-earned on vintage fashion and costume jewellery, traditional antique pieces and the latest in decorative chic style. This is your chance to snoop out some real gems, whether you’re a collector (I wish), interior designer or just on the hunt for unusual accessories for your cool rural boudoir (that’s more like it.) A cut above other vintage fairs, dealers from all over the UK and Europe will be selling Mid-Century Modern, eye-catching Art Deco, contemporary sculpture, industrial chic, painted furniture, portraits and glamorous jewellery…need I go on? They’ve got some pretty cool retro arm candy too. Now you’re talking… Tickets to the Fair are £5 but you can get a FREE TICKET HERE. Open Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm. www.cooperevents.com/westonbirt

 

Theatre Studio Summer School, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Mon 20 to Fri 24 Aug 

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Performing arts is a great way for kids to build confidence and develop creatively and the Theatre Studio’s courses are fab. And it’ll fill a week of the summer holidays! For young performers between the ages of four and 19, it’s a great way for kids to mix with all ages too. And you’ll get to watch a performance at the end of the week. theatrestudio.co.uk

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