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FRI 19 - SUN 12 JAN


Mayhem at The Malthouse, Gastronomic Extravaganza, The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Stroud, Fri 19 Jan, 7pm

Nine chefs will be creating nine courses at this for-one-night-only fundraiser to supply water to The Success Nursery School in The Gambia. A great cause – and some great chefs will be giving their time for free, among them Michelin-starred chef Matt Weedon, Petersham Nurseries’ Mark Reid, Made By Bob’s Bob Parkinson and award-winning chocolatier Matthieu de Gottal. It’s going to be quite a feast and probably the best kind of mayhem! 


Forbidden Nights, Melksham Assembly Hall, 19 Jan

Circus just got sexy! Forbidden Nights are skilled and professionally trained performers, hand-picked from around the UK with charisma, undeniable talent, sparkling personality and honed physiques in equal measure. They can sing, they can dance and they are very easy on the eye… ticketsource


Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? Salisbury Playhouse, 19 Jan

Join the star of Not the Nine o’clock News, Alas Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It’s a career (if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map).


Brendan Cole: All Night Long, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 20 Jan

Brendan is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, captivating leading lady and superbly talented 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic. From tantalising Tango to fiery Paso Doble, elegant Foxtrot to breath-taking Waltz – and with a few surprises in store – this is no ordinary dance show.


Bradford Roots Music Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, 20-21 Jan

Celebrate the very best in local musical talent with over 40 acts and activities. From folk to blues and pop to rock, experience a two-day indoor festival packed with fun and laughter to beat the January blues.


Stained Glass Landscapes Workshop, Victoria Works Studio, Chalford, Stroud, Sat 20 Jan, 10am-4pm

Get creative with this workshop led by glass artist Sarah Davi in which you’ll learn how to use traditional stained-glass techniques to make a small glass panel. Beginners welcome.


Mr Bobbington’s Popcorn Pub Quiz, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Sat 20 Jan, 8pm

A pub quiz with a difference (isn’t everything gloriously different at The Prince Albert?), this quirky test of your general knowledge comes with prizes and warm organic popcorn. Nice.


Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 21 Jan

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you. Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.


A Passage to India, Salisbury Playhouse, 22-27 Jan

The advice was harsh but clear, and Aziz ignored it. Now he lies in jail on a charge of sexual assault. Forster’s masterpiece poses a question more urgent today than ever: how can we love one another in a world divided by culture and belief? Multi award-winning ensemble simple8 transport us to Imperial India, conjuring up the elephants and caves, courthouses and temples with the simplest and boldest means – including original music played live on stage by legendary composer Kuljit Bhamra.


Clear and Calm: Stress Away Mini Retreat, Chapel Spa, Cheltenham, Sun 22 Jan, 10am

A restorative retreat led by Balance Retreat’s Helen, an acupuncturist and stress management specialist, and yoga teacher and massage therapist Gemma. These two are great healers – I went to one before Christmas and left with lots of tools for reducing stress, including how to boost my qi (energy) which I’ve been putting into practice ever since. Combine it with some spa treatments and afternoon tea and you’ll float out of there ready for the week ahead.


Spring family trail, Lacock Abbey, to 31 Jan

Drag reluctant mudlets around the gorgeous blooms here and they may even thank you. Or not. But at least you’ve tried!


Ros Koch Appellation Art Exhibition, Averys, Bristol, now until Fri 2 Mar

paintings and drawings by Ros Koch

The historical cellars and family wine merchant in Bristol’s Culver Street is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year and is kicking off with a new art show by Ros Koch, a British-born artist based in South Africa who creates beautifully delicate watercolours and drawings. Free entry and the artwork is for sale so prepare to be tempted.

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