What’s on this weekend
FRI 16 - SUN 18 JUNE
Wilton Week, Wilton, 11-17 June
Eat, drink, shop, sleep and party locally – just make sure it’s in Wilton this week. They’ll be loads of pop ups, so don’t miss out.
Devizes Arts Festival, to 18 June
Shirley is a Liverpool housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Who cares? Sorry, back on track…Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently.
Blue Sky Arts Festival, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, 13-18 June
A quirky little arts fest for the whole family.
Father’s Day Adventure Trail, Hidcote, Sun 18 June
Green-fingered dads will love a trip to this stunning Arts & Crafts garden with an adventure trail to keep the small people entertained while dad can indulge in a spot of ale tasting in the shop.
Vice Versa, The Swan, Stratford, until Sept 9
An entertaining new farce ‘lovingly ripped off ‘from the Roman comedies of Plutus by playwright Phil Porter (2014’s WWW1 drama The Christmas Truce & 2013’s very funny A Mad World My Masters). A clever servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle Trump-like pompous general. Felix Hayes is fantastic as the bombastic General Braggadocio, playing his servant, Dexter, is the wonderfully charismatic Sophia Nomvete, whose credits include The Colour Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe). ‘Allo ‘Allo star Kim Hartman makes her RSC debut as ‘a lady of the night’ called Climax. Read Muddy Warwickshire editor Catherine’s review here.
Beerex, Salisbury Arts Centre, 16-17 June
Music, merriment and a selection of over 50 of the finest real ales and ciders: it’s the annual Beer Festival and your first half pint is free!
Amesbury Carnival and Show, Sat 17 June
With Stone Age games, a fun fair, Carnival K9 Fun Dog Show, Strong Man contest and oh, so much more!
Around the World in 80 Days, Pewsey, 15-17 June
PVADS bring to the stage Laura Eason’s celebrated West End theatre adaptation of the classic novel by Jules Verne. A talented cast of 10 actors, playing over 100 characters, will be travelling from London, to India, from Italy to New York, on boats, trains and…an elephant.
Taste of Corsham, Sat 17 June
An interactive food and drink experience, from artisan market stalls showcasing local and regional companies,
to sampling tents, food and drink retail, master classes, guest speakers and entertainment.
Bubble Rush, Castle Combe Circuit, 25 June
Do you have what it takes? Run, dance or walk through 5K of rainbow-coloured foam in support of the fantastic Dorothy House Hospice Care. Over 1,200 fantastic bubblers have signed up to take part in Dorothy House Hospice Care’s frothiest fundraiser, the Bubble Rush 5k fun walk/jog/run on Sunday 25th June and entries are still open. The Bubble Rush will take place at Castle Combe Circuit near Chippenham – entrants will embark on a 5km run, walk, skip or dance along a route filled with huge clouds of rainbow-coloured foam. Ooh, flashback to Ibiza ca 1995…
Giffords Circus- Any Port in a Storm, various dates in Wilts, Glos, Oxon and London, to mid Sep
This year the inimitable Giffords Circus is recreating a 17th-century Spanish court and putting on a candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy. It’s having great reviews – no surprises there – so it’s well worth your wonga.
Iford Arts Festival, Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, to 5 Aug
The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival (opera, picnic proms and classical cloister concerts) takes place in the exquisite performing spaces of the Cloister and Casita in the Grade 1 Listed Peto garden of Iford Manor, 6 miles outside Bath. Opera is staged in the round and sung in English for a seated audience of 90. More importantly, don’t forget to bring the picnic and the Pimms.
Oxfordshire Science Festival 2017, Fri 16 – Weds 21 June
Hear like an insect, build a star or watch a contagious cabaret at the Oxfordshire Science Festival. The hands-on Explorazone will open in the evening on Saturday 17 June for adults only, so grown-ups can play at being a paramedic, a plasma physicist or prevent a Polio pandemic (I don’t know about you, but that’s always been on my bucket list) and kids can get enthused about everything from solar plasmas to insect’s knees.
Grayson Perry Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, from Thurs 8 June
This summer Grayson Perry, one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, will present a major exhibition of new work. The works will touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.
Spring Mischief Festival The Other Place, Stratford, until Sat June 17
A provocative month-long festival of new work, including a double-bill of two new plays, including The Earthenworks by super talented playwright Tom Morton-Smith who had a huge hit with his debut play Oppenheimer about the father of the atom bomb in 2015 at the RSC and Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. It will be directed by the RSC’s deputy artistic director Erica Wyman. There’s also Myth, a terrific collaborative work by innovative playwright Matt Hartley and award-winning director and Complicite Associate Kirsty Housley about a wine-fuelled dinner party that descends into chaos. I’m sure we’ve all had a few of those…! The joint cast includes Danish actor Thomas Magnussen who appeared in BBC 4’s Scandinavian thrillers The Bridge (season 3) and Follow the Money; RSC actor Lena Kaur, seen previously in The Rover, The Two Noble Kinsmen and Seven Acts of Mercy; Fehinti Balogun and Rebecca Humphries, both making their RSC debut.
rsc.org.uk, tel: 01789 403493
Holland Park Opera Season starts, 1 June – 29 July
I remember taking my dear departed dad to a Holland Park opera a few years ago – it was masses of fun so I can definitely recommend from personal experience. There are 6 shows, including Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s La Rondine, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Will Todd and even a performance by the Royal Ballet School. Tickets vary in price, from £77 at the top end down to a fiver so worth checking out.
Last but not least..
Kids go Free to London Theatres, tickets on sale Tues 13 June
Grab them quickly! Every year, Kids Week offers loads of completely FREEEEE tickets to top London theatre shows. Parents can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price. Set your alarms – booking opens at 10 am.