What’s on this weekend
FRI 7 - SUN 9 JULY
An exhibition of wildlife sculptures, paintings and ceramics.
Into the Woods, Salisbury Playhouse, 3-8 July
Capturing the imagination of the young and old by intertwining classic fairy tale characters that we know and love with the musical talents of Stephen Sondheim. Humorous and heartfelt, this enchanting and sometimes mysterious musical will delight all with its twists and turns and fabulous music.
Barbury Castle International Horse Trials and Show, Marlborough, 6-9 July
Barbury International features the world’s top Eventers competing over the renowned Mark Phillip’s designed cross country course set in a natural amphitheatre formed by the beautiful Marlborough Downs.
Avebury Rocks Music Festival, Swindon, 7-9 July
- 2 days, 2 stages, lots of great live music. Join for either the whole weekend with or without camping, or just for the day. There’s an eclectic line up with something for everyone.
Family Theatre: According to Arthur…, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, 8 July
Meet Arthur – an odd old man who lives all alone in his attic. He never ventures into the outside world; instead he spends all of his time with his only friend – the Moon.But now, Arthur needs your help. The clouds have covered the sky and the Moon is nowhere to be seen, and without it Arthur’s life suddenly feels empty. PaddleBoat Theatre Company invite you to bring your unbounded imagination as together we try to help Arthur find the Moon – with your help, who knows what else he might discover outside his front door…
Marlborough Puppetry Festival, 8-9 July
A two day festival to celebrate 70 years of Bob Pelham’s World of Puppets. With parade, family shows, puppet making workshops, exhibitions and more.
Marlborough College Summer School, 9 July – 5 August
Back for 2017, Marlborough College Summer School has grown beyond compare into one of the largest multi-generational learning experiences of its kind. A huge range of adult and child courses in art, culture and sport.
Cheltenham Music Festival, Sat 1 to Sun 16 July
From Mendelssohn at Syde Manor and A Scott Joplin Cabaret at Chapel Arts to celestial choirs in Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey and Love Songs in Cheltenham Town Hall, there are two jam-packed weeks of musical bliss at the Music Festival this year, with a stellar lineup marking director Meurig Bowen’s 10thanniversary. Toddler in tow? No fear, there’s entertainment for them too.
Heddstock, Nr Calne, Wilts, 8 July
This baby only lasts for one day, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it. It costs less than a tenner so you won’t be surprised that it is less David Bowie and more The Bowie Experience. Not so much for serious head bangers this one, but bring your kids, stick ‘em in front of Peerless Pirates and enjoy some ‘us’ time. It’s cheap, you can park here and you don’t have to bring all that camping kit. What’s not to love?
Heddington, Nr Calne, Wilts, facebook.com/Heddstock
Dirty Dancing, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 3-Sat 8 July
At a holiday resort with ma and pa in the summer of ’63, 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman stumbles across an all night staff dance party. Mesmerised by the raunchy moves – and raunchy dance instructor Johnny Castle – she’s soon having the time of her life. Steamy dancing; let’s hope the theatre’s air con is working.
Dirty Dancing, Cowley Manor, near Cheltenham, Thu 6 July
Ahhh, Dirty Dancing under the stars poolside at Cowley Manor. Hello summer, we love you! And there’s a barbecue, too, serving beef burgers, hotdogs, marinated butterfly chicken and mushroom & halloumi burgers. The film starts at 9.15pm but doors open two hours beforehand, so you can mooch around the grounds and munch on barbecue fare before you settle down to ogle Patrick Swayze’s guns and have the time of your life…
Iford Arts Festival, Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, to 5 Aug
The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival (opera, picnic proms and classical cloister concerts) takes place in the exquisite performing spaces of the Cloister and Casita in the Grade 1 Listed Peto garden of Iford Manor, 6 miles outside Bath. Opera is staged in the round and sung in English for a seated audience of 90. More importantly, don’t forget to bring the picnic and the Pimms.
Giffords Circus, to Sun 24 Sept
This year the inimitable Giffords Circus is recreating a 17th-century Spanish court and putting on a candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy. It kicks off on Friday 12 May at the circus’s home ground of Fennells Farm near Stroud, then tours Gloucs, Oxon and London until landing bang smack in Wilts from 24 August for 2 weeks. Worth booking early, this one.
There and Back Again – An Odessey, the egg, Bath, Sat 8 & Sun 9 July
Ulysses and his mates go on a fantastic voyage and outwit the fates to find his way home. Homer’s epic adventure recreated using table-top props and puppets.
Frome Festival, venues around Frome, Fri 7-Sun 16 July
The funky Bollywood Brass Band opens the 17th Frome Festival with an extravaganza of Indian dance, film and food. The fun continues over the week with the likes of Mock the Week‘s Andy Parsons, Jeremy Hardy, The Wonderstuff, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Germaine Green, Gyles Brandreth, Felicity Lott, Stephanie Cole, Ann Widdicombe and local talent.