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Jason Donovan and His Amazing Midlife Crisis, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Tue 13 March

If you’re of a particular vintage, the idea of Jason Donovan having a midlife crisis will give you an ‘am I that old?’ moment. But, hey, I’m intrigued! Let’s find out what’s happening to the baby-faced Neighbours star as this autobiographical show takes Jason’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and zigzags back and forth through his life.


The Sleeping Beauty, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Tue 13 March


Vienna Festival Ballet present a classic fairy tale, set to Tchaikovsky’s wonderful score, with stunning choreography and beautiful costumes. What’s not to like?


Race Week, The Jockey Club, Cheltenham,  Tue 13 to Fri 16 March

horses racing with jockeys

The fun kicks off with Champion’s Day on Tuesday and so begins the craziness that is Race Week with bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs rammed with racegoers carousing and careering. Jump in people, you’re in for a hell of a ride!


Race Week spa special, Dormy House, Broadway, Tue 13 to Fri 16 March

spa pool

If you need a break from the gee-gees or are a Race Week widow, make your way to Dormy House where a spa day with treatments, lolling around the luxury facilities and chowing down on a two-course champagne lunch will make everything better. There, there.


‘Chef’s Table’ in the Green Room, Whatley Manor, Thurs 15 March

We’ve been lucky enough to have a snoop around the brand new Green Room at Whatley – and it’s pretty special. Take a seat at the ‘Chef’s Table’, and the super-talented chef will chop, fry and cook up some culinary magic right in front of you. Tonight is Taco Night, hosted by Whatley head chef George Dingle, so chow down on their homemade tacos and dips, washed down with a few ‘Whatleyritas’ or ‘Fresca’ mocktails.


Bowood Wine Dinner, Calne, Thurs 15 March

There’s a real foody treat in store for you this month at Bowood. Start with a glass of fizz or cocktail, whilst their Head Chef adds the final touches to your 3-course dinner, paired with beautiful wines from around the world.


The Camp Kitchen Pop-Up at Miserden Garden Café, Miserden, Fri 16 & Sat 17 March

plate of food on blue plate knife menu

The takeaway-cum-catering company The Camp Kitchen knows what it’s doing in the kitchen – I went to one of their pop-ups and was totally blown away by the big flavours. Sublime stuff and the 1920s greenhouse is a joy to eat in. Bring your own booze and enjoy!


The Secret Garden, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, Fri 16 March to Sun 18 April

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel is brought to life in this fab musical in Cirencester’s brand spanking new theatre. And while you’re be sure to must pop into Téatro, the theatre’s eclectic eatery.


Animal Farm, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 16 to Sun 18 March

two pigs in theatre

This stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic promises to be a clever piece of immersive theatre by the talented drama students at the University of Gloucestershire. The prophetic 1945 tale still chimes with the times today and is one you never tire of.


St Patrick’s Night, Whatley ManorEaston Grey, near Malmesbury, Sat 17 March

Join the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in The Green Room, where conversation and foodie adventures happen. Hosted by their very own chef James Walsh, who hails from the Emerald Isle himself and knows a thing or two about preparing Irish fare. £70 per person includes a five-course menu accompanied by specially selected beers.


Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 17 March, 7:30pm

With songs hand-picked by Adele herself, the amazing Katie Markham’s show-stopping voice does the songstress’s repertoire justice, recreating the magic of the albums 19, 21 and 25 with songs including Chasing PavementsSomeone Like You and the Bond belter


Jazz Sunday with The Porter Trio, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, Sun 18 March, 12.15pm-4pm


This young professional jazz band from Bath will be playing live while you enjoy a three-course meal in Whatley’s revamped Grey’s Brasserie. Nice.


Springtime Discovery Trail, Mompesson House, Salisbury, to 30 April

Spot the signs of spring around the house and garden. mompessonhouse


Goodnight Mister Tom, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, to 17 March

Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley.  All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London. wharftheatre


Stroud Film Festival, various locations, Stroud, to Sun 18 March

movie camera black and white

A fortnight of celluloid culture kicks off at The Prince Albert on Sunday as the Stroud Film Festival launches its fourth outing. This year expect even more films, including new releases, old classics and kiddie-friendly screenings, as well as a chance to meet well known filmmakers and grill them about their work. Sunday’s launch event will see George Platt present a synchronous sound multi-screen experience. Yes, we need to know what this is! So go along!! It’s free and the action starts at 4pm.


21st Century Abstracts, Salisbury, to Sat 31 March

multi colours painting abstract

Artist John Munro describes his pictures, with their zinging colours and powerful paerns, as truly modern works of art which appeal to ‘the bravest of the brave art buyers’, adding that abstract art tends to be purchased by people who are innovative, forward-looking, enterprising and optimistic. See for yourself!

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