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FRI 26 - SUN 28 JAN

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.


Private Lives, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 23 to Sat 27 Jan, 7.30pm, 2pm Sat matinée

man and woman in private lives

Don’t miss Noël Coward’s brilliant comedy of manners brought superbly to life by London Classic Theatre. Following two honeymooning couples in adjoining suites, sparks fly in this classic battle of the sexes.


Lifting the Blues: Aynsley Lister, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Wed 24 Jan, 7.30pm

Showcasing his new album Home, the man whose “guitar playing is a fire hazard” according to Mojo is going to set the stage alight and blast away any winter blues with this explosive concert in which he’s supported by The Black Feathers who mix things up with Americana, folk and acoustic indie rock. bacontheatre


Burns Night Supper, The Green Room, Whatley Manor, Easton Grey, Wilts, Thu 25 Jan, 7pm

chef cooking

Take your Burns Night Supper to the next level this year at Whatley Manor’s new Green Room, a low-key, traditional hug of a space with ostrich leather walls and bar, and über-talented chefs cooking topnotch Scottish fare in the round. And, of course, there’ll be a few wee drams on offer too, namely Arran Single Malt, the only single malt officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation.


Fairport Convention, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Thu 25 Jan

Fifty years on and the band credited with originating British folk-rock music is still going strong. Catch them on their winter tour when they’ll be playing a mix of their old favourites and new material from their latest Golden anniversary studio album


Let’s Get Quizzical: The Scottish Quiz, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, Stroud, Thu 25 Jan, 8pm

This month’s Stroud Brewery quiz night celebrates Burns Night with a Scottish-themed quiz, so start cramming your Scottish history, och aye.


Soushi at The Garden Café Pop-up Restaurant, Miserden Nursery, Miserden, Fri 26 Jan


Following last year’s resounding success, Soushi’s Brett Mills is popping up at Miserden’s greenhouse garden café for one night only – expect the Cirencester outfit’s trademark, melt-in-the-mouth sushi and don’t forget to bring your own to wash it down with. Japanese rice wine anyone?


Circus of Horrors, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 28 Jan

After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world, the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation Voodoo. This spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts act’s all woven into a sensational shock / horror storey and the darkest of magic – taking the show to a whole new level, it’s driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek, you’ll certainly Die Laughing.


Healthy Mind and Healthy Body, Unicorn House, Cirencester, Sun 28 Jan, 10.30am-1pm

Make 2018 your healthiest year ever with a bit of a kickstart from this workshop at Muddy’s favourite co-working space Unicorn House. It’ll look at how hypnosis can support you, how the brain works, what you can do to reduce stress and feel happier, how food can support your mood and how to make healthy eating choices.


Circomedia: Cut the Mustard, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sun 28 Jan, 7.30pm

woman's leg balancing mustard and lemon

Who knew, but you don’t run away to the circus these days, you go to college! Join the 2018 graduating class of Circomedia, Bristol as they show off everything they’ve learned on after three years of falling, catching, dropping, laughing, injury, endurance and dedication. Laugh, I nearly cried!


Winter Watch at Sherborne Park Estate, near Northleach, Mon 29 Jan to Thu 1 Feb

robin in winter winter scene

After successfully hosting Autumn Watch, the BBC are back at the gorgeous Cotswold estate to film Winter Watch. With woodlands, open farm fields and ancient trees and water meadows, the estate is the perfect place for wildlife hunting (the BBC knows what it’s about) and is also lovely for a winter walk.


Nine Below Zero Duo, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Wed 31 Jan, 8pm

Live acoustic tunes from the blues band who first made waves in the early 1980s and are still releasing albums three decades on.


Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, near London, until Sun 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.

Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, until Sat 24 Feb 2018

Photo by Paul Stuart (c) RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian Britain. Also starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. rsc


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.


Hidden Water Walk at Dyrham Park, near Bristol, Tuesdays throughout Jan, 1-2.30pm

A winter walk with a difference, this special guided tour takes you from the natural springs to hidden water chambers in the hillside to the cellars of the house to track the 17th-century mansion’s water works. No need to book, just turn up with your wellies on.

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