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Brighton Rock, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 27 to Sat 31 March

woman in red outfit smoking maid table with white tablecloth

Graham Greene’s classic novel about the dark underworld of 1950s gangland is brilliantly brought to life on the stage by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal written by acclaimed writer and Tony Award-Nominee Bryony Lavery.


Italy Showcase, Averys Cellars, Bristol, Wed 28 March, 7-9pm

Loving the sound of this tutored, seated tasting of eight fine Italian wines. Great for beginners, but also for anyone looking to add to their cellar (who are you? can I come round for dinner?). There’ll be cheese from Arch House Deli to wash the vino down with and the atmospheric historic Averys Cellars to enjoy.


The Russian State Ballet of Siberia: The Snow Maiden and Swan Lake, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 29 and 31 March

ballerina dancing white tutu pink background

Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.


Easter Eggstravaganza, Bowood House and Gardens, 30 March – 2 April

Name the newly born chicks, find hidden golden eggs, explore the beautiful grounds with the Spring Trail…look amongst the endless daffodils and winding paths and you may just see the Easter bunny. Not sure I’d hold my breath though…


Spring Festival, Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, Fri 30 March to Sun 15 April

two cute bunnies rabbits

Your Easter holiday saviour is here! Everyone’s favourite farm is getting into the spirit of spring over the school holidays with a special ‘hopstacle’ course and a treasure hunt around the park with a prize for every child. There will also be craft activities and a puppet show, as well as all of the usual Farm Park fun – stroking bunnies and holding chicks, bottle feeding the lambs twice daily, lambing and the opportunity to feed the greedy goats.


Easter at Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April

Got a brood who love dragons? Get yourself down to Berkeley Castle over the Easter weekend then where there’ll be baby dragons they can get face-to-face with, cool dragon puppetry and an all-join-in Chinese dragon parade. And even the Easter egg hunt has a dragon theme with kids getting the chance to prove their tracking skills and help Dickie the Jester find the newly hatched dragon babies hidden amid the castle grounds.


Dead Dog Cider, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, near Stroud, Sat 31 March

Loving the name of this two-piece made up of Bodhran impressario Pru and Mark, who regularly entertain Stroud Brewery punters with their lively mix of English, Celtic and American song.


An Evening of Neat Gin with Adam Woodyatt, AquaVitae, Cheltenham, Sat 31 March, 8-11pm

long bar

Maybe it’s the decades playing Ian Beale in EastEnders that’s driven actor Adam Woodyatt to gin, but, hey, it’s our gain, as Woodyatt and his wife Beverley have created a gin that you can drink neat! Now that’s the spirit! And Cheltenham’s classy Champagne and cocktail bar AquaVitae has booked the star for a VIP night of Neat Gin on the rocks, with tonic, in a cocktail – whatever takes your fancy – as well as nibbles, Prosecco and a chance to get Woodyatt to dish the EastEnders dirt.


Painswick Easter Egg Hunt, Painswick, Sat 31 March

The village’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, which starts at St Mary’s church, is a good excuse to explore this quintessential Cotswold gem while hunting for 34 beautifully designed eggs. It’s quite the event with bouncy castles, tombola, face painting and live music. And if it all gets too exciting and you need a moment, pop into The Patchwork Mouse’s quiet library room for a coffee, cake and walls bedecked with art. Or if a stronger drink is required, The Falcon Inn has a very good selection of gin and a soothing view of the churchyard opposite with its perfectly pruned 99 yew trees. Both are also good lunch spots.


Turning Back Time, Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, Sat 31 March, 11am-7.30pm

Are you hard enough to swap your winter woollies for a swimming cossie?! For just 2 pence, the equivalent of the entrance price in 1935 when Cheltenham’s open-air lido opened, you can be one of the first of the season to dive into the heated (yes, heated, don’t worry), blue waters.


Easter Trail, Lydiard Park, Swindon, 1 April

girl in bunny costume

Hop into Easter at Lydiard Park. The trail begins at the Coach House Activity Centre and you’ll travel round the lakes, woodlands and lawns. Search for clues hidden around the park to claim your Easter surprise.


The Mountain Between Us, Whatley Manor Sunday Cinema Club, 1 April

red cinema seating

Lose yourself in a good film in Whatley’s divine cinema, with plenty of popcorn and a three-course meal in the newly-refurbed and pretty cool Grey’s Brasserie.


The Easter Joust, Sudeley Castle, Sun 1 April

Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and their Tudor entourage will also be making an appearance at Sudeley Castle, where they will preside over an exciting and rumbustious jousting competition. The Cavalry of Heroes will be battling it out on horseback in an impressive display of jousting skills and horsemanship with a fantastic falconry display beforehand to warm everyone up.


Membership Open Day, Aquarias Spa, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Fri 6 April


Fancy some pampering and general ‘me’ time? Uh, obviously. Join the fabulous team at Whatley Manor’s Aquarias Spa at 4-7pm to snoop around the impressive facilities and see what is on offer, plus Ollie will be there to tell you all about their new Spa Membership. It’s a very exclusive club, so you’ll want to be in it!

Springtime Discovery Trail, Mompesson House, Salisbury, 10 March – 30 April

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

21st Century Abstracts, Salisbury, Sat 3 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!


Living with Nature’s Design, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, until Sun 15 April

handmade chest of drawers

If you’re on the prowl for one-off, original interiors finds, then this is your mecca. Among the goodies will be furniture designer-makers Kristian Pettifor and David Ian Smith’s table, chest of drawers and lighting, and sheer linen textile panels printed and painted with patterns inspired by ripples and reflections in nature by the very talented Jenny Bicât.



Kids’ Easter Drama Workshop, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Tue 3 to Fri 6 April

If you’ve got a budding actor of primary school age and are wondering how to stimulate their genius (or, er, just entertain them over Easter), can I recommend this fab-sounding workshop! No auditions required (phew), kids will be put through their dramatic paces playing theatre games, telling stories, creating characters and learning songs, which will culminate in a performance on the Friday on the main stage in full costume with song and dance in front of an audience! It’s first come first served, so get yourself a place quick. Here’s the link.

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