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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Everyman Theatre, Tue 1 to Sat 5 May

man woman embrace green background

The 19th century’s power art couple Marc Chagall and his muse Bella Rosenfeld are the subject of this moving play by Daniel Jamieson which traces the young lovers as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution and each other.


Learn to Bake Bread, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 4 May, 10am-3pm

There’s nothing like the smell and taste of freshly baked bread and if you’ve baked it yourself, how satisfying is that! But if you’re anything like me and your bread-making skills are a bit hit and miss (er, mainly miss), this day-long course will see you rising (see what I did there) to the next level as you master making a sandwich loaf, seeded rolls, soda bread, tear and share bread, pittas and pizza bases.


A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, to Sat 5 May

This raucous musical comedy pays tribute to Roman playwright, Plautus with vaudevillian delivery. Set in Ancient Rome, the plot revolves around three neighbouring houses. Pseudolus schemes to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master Hero who, in return, has promised to grant him his freedom. Ever since the original 1962 Broadway production won several Tony Awards, Forum has proved itself to be one of the funniest musicals ever written. As in the words of one of its most popular songs, there is truly ‘something for everyone – a comedy tonight!’ wharftheatre


Cheltenham Jazz Festival, various locations, to Mon 7 May

Quite a line-up this year, not least Van the Man, Randy Crawford and Courtney Pine – it’s like the Neopolitan ice cream of live music – delicious! And the rest of the bill is looking might fine too. And as well as musical feasts, The Lucky Onion will also be hosting its famous supper clubs and house parties at No 131. This festival just gets better every year.


Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton Estate, to Sun 6 May

horse jockey jumping fence

Get your fill of the gee-gees at this three-day event beloved by HRH Princess Anne, a former competitor who this year is presenting the awards. Dressage, cross country and a whole load of shopping, equestrian and otherwise to fill your (riding) boots with.


Prince Albert May Beer Festival, The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill Stroud, to Mon 7 May

This annual beer festival has been going for 11 years now and is always something of a beery treat for locals. Well timed for Bank Holiday, as well as specially selected beers, there will also be live music and pop-up food from Jamaica Inn Kitchen.


Moonfleet, Salisbury, Fri 4 & Sat 5 May

Haunted by the ghost of the marauding pirate, Blackbeard, Moonfleet is a village of intrigue and drama where shadowy smugglers lurk. Against this backdrop, young orphan John Trenchard dreams of Blackbeard’s treasure and the wealth and happiness it could bring.


The Ragdolls, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 4 May

The Ragdolls recreate the iconic sound of the Four Seasons, taking you on a journey through their biggest hits including Sherry and Walk Like a


The Clay Loft Studio view, Nailsworth, Private View, Fri 4 May, 7-9.30pm, Open Studio Sat 5 to Sun 6 May, Sat 12 to Sun 13 May

ceramic pots, pottery workshop

A kind of coworking space and workshop setting for potters, The Clay Loft Studio is a hive of ceramics activity led by owner Tom Knowles-Jackson who was a finalist in the BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down. His work will be just some of the pots on show over the two weekends of the Sit Select Festival 2018.


Danadra, Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Sat 5 May

acoustic guitar fret strings

Fun, funky and free! Stroud Brewery’s Saturday night gigs are always a knockout and Danadra’s semi-acoustic guitar and percussion promises to be a winner their bluesy, Latin, jazz and indie sounds.


Olympigs, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Sat 5 May to Mon 7 May

Don’t let him win!!

Do you think you’re in with a chance of becoming an Olympigs champion? With loads of farmyard sporting events, including hobby horse racing, egg and spoon and, my favourite, welly wanging, this family sports day sounds like a Bank Holiday Weekend blast.


May Day Lunch with Live Music, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Cheltenham, Mon 7 May

A real bargain this – a four-course meal cooked by the fabulous kitchen at The Greenway, served in the to-die-for surroundings of the country house hotel, with some atmospheric music served up by Steve Street and his band. And it’s only £35 per person! And if you can’t make it on May Day bank holiday, can I recommend the hotel’s special May Asparagus Suppers that run throughout the month from Sunday to Thursday?


Giffords Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud, Fri 4 to Mon 14 May

two women red velvet hats and jackets

Photography by Gemma Hall

The annual outing of England’s most glamorous and wonderfully quirky circus has come round again, kicking off at its Stroud home – where a spanking new big top has already gone up with Giffords in lights and sumptuous red velvet and chandelier interiors. The theme this year is My Beautiful Circus to celebrate 250 years since the very first circus near Westminster Bridge in London started the magic in 1768. After Stroud, the troupe head to Sudeley Castle from Thu 17 to Mon 21 May and Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham from Thu 24 May to Mon 4 June. See full list of dates here.


Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, to Sat 12 May

linocut print people in Tube

Gail Brodholt’s London Bridge Underground (linocut)

This looks rather special – along with Bankside in London, Cheltenham’s own Chapel Arts is showing 52 selected prints and drawings to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Francis Seymour Haden. Members of the society will be visiting the gallery to walk people round the exhibition, explaining the different techniques and processes being used. Don’t miss!


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Lechlade Festival, Highworth, Fri 25 to Sun 27 May

With Scouting for Girls, glam-rock band Doctor and the Medics and punk-rock outfit From the Jam headlining, this May Bank Holiday music fest is NOT TO BE MISSED! There are even more things to do for kids this year, a bigger and better comedy stage and so many amazing acts across loads of genres, I could write an essay. Which I won’t do, but will just mention that Hendrix-esque duo The Roscoes Wild Child are flying in from LA again this year and The Missy Malone and Burlesque Review will also be returning. Tickets are selling fast with live-in vehicle pitches nearly sold out, so get your tickets NOW.

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