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FRI 18 - SUN 20 MAY

Polo ExperienceBeaufort Polo Club / Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, nr Malmesbury, dates in May
Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has teamed up with iconic Beauford Polo club to offer guests the chance to stay at the hotel and enjoy a hands-on Polo Experience. As well as being a renowned training centre offering lessons to players of all ages and experiences, it is a great way to celebrate a special event or just have a go at the ‘sport of kings’. The half-day Beaufort Polo Club ‘Polo Experience’ package offers the chance to work with HPA-accredited coaches – you’ll start on a wooden horse before graduating to actually hitting balls and playing in a chukka. Top it off with lunch in the Clubhouse and watching the pros play in the afternoon. I might just stick to that bit…

Woodland Garden, Bowood House and Garden, nr Calne, throughout May

Don’t miss the short 6-week season of Bowood’s 30-acre Woodland Garden. It’s display of rhododendendrons, magnolias and azaleas is unique to Wiltshire – originally laid out in 1854 by the 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, the Woodland Garden features some of the earliest known hybrids in the UK.

Cheltenham Cocktail Week, various locations Cheltenham, Mon 14 to Sat 19 May

three men at bar cocktails

In the door at Door 4: (left to right) Liam Dunn, general manager of Coco, Tom Noori, owner of Door 4 and Simon, bar manager from The Clarence Social. Photography by Mikal Ludlow

From the opening party sponsored by Absolut Vodka at AquaVitae to the closing shindig at The Clarence Social‘s speakeasy bar Croft & Jones with Jameson Irish Whiskey front and centre, this cocktail week might just rival Race Week for let-your-hair-down revelry. You can book tickets here – but be quick, there are a lot of cocktail-thirsty punters out there!



My Fair Lady, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 15 May to Sat 19 May  

The Cotswold Savoyards are back with their rendition of six-time Tony award-winning My Fair Lady which takes in the flower markets of London, the racecourses of ascot and the refined embassy ball. Absolutely Bloomin’ Loverly!


Right Royal Toast Party, The Porch House and Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Fri 18 May

pub pulling pints Prince Harry Meghan Markle

On the eve of the Royal wedding, these two Stow-on-the-Wold stalwarts are hosting ‘Right Royal Toast’ parties, offering a selection of British and American themed nibbles and live music to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot. They are also inviting couples who are getting married on the same day (Sat 19 May) to come and toast their nuptials with a free bottle of prosecco.


Moscow Drug Club, The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Fri 18 May

 If you are itching for a musical with a little edge and less frills, Moscow Drug Club could be right up your alley. Based in a darkly comic world representing a fantasy place where exotic musical genres merge together in a weird and wonderful way.


Dara O Brian ‘Voice of Reason’, Centaur Centre, Cheltenham, Fri 18 May

Photography by Brian Ritchie

Fancy a bit of intelligent, no-frills comedy, shouting included? Funny man Dara O’Brian is coming to Cheltenham race course with his eagerly awaited new stand-up show ‘Voice of Reason’. Reckon this one will sell out fast, so book up now.


Jonathon Richardson Pop-Up Restauarant, The Garden Café, Miserden, Fri 18 May to Sat 19 May

chef preparing food

Another weekend, another chef dishing up superlatively good food at the out-of-this-world Miserden Café pop-up supper club. Jonathon Richardson knows his way around the kitchen having trained at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons with Raymond Blanc. I know! Get yourself a ticket!


Wedding Breakfast, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, nr Malmesbury, Sat 19 May

Be part of the celebrations and enjoy your own very special Wedding Brunch, watch the BBC coverage of the Royal wedding and raise a toast to Harry and Meghan.


Curries of the World Cookery Class, Natural Cookery School at The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester, Sat 19 May

lemon grass coriander root ginger

Learn how to make spice blends, curry pastes and curries from around the world, including the likes of Jamaican squash curry, Thai green curry, Ethiopian red lentil curry, Indian jalfrazi and Malaysian noodle curry. All veggie – and you get to eat them at the end.


Meet the Machinery, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Sat 19 to Sun 20 May


This is the sort of weekend activity that will get the heart pumping of any small (or large) person who likes gadgets and machines. It’ll be a proper tractor fest as you get up close and personal with the big guns and snap a selfie of yourself in the driver’s seat.


Barnsley Village Garden Festival, Barnsley, Glos, Sat 19 May, from 10.30am


It’s the 30th year this picture-perfect village has opened its gardens up to the masses – and what gardens they are. Founded by the celebrated garden designer Rosemary Verey, you can visit the gardens she designed at Barnsley House (nice pit stop too, or even spa stop if you have a few hours!), the Dower House garden and the Herbs for Healing Garden. There will also be an exhibition dedicated to Verey, along with live music, Morris dancing, craft and food stalls, and teas served in the village hall.


Dead Dog Cider, Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Sat 19 May

Duo Dead Dog Cider will be playing their usual lively mix of English, Celtic and American songs. Just add Stroud Brewery’s beer and Velo’s pizza and you’ve got Saturday night nailed.


Race for Life, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Sat 19 & Sun 20 May

Walk, jog, run or drag yourself around the park in a variety of events, all in aid of Cancer Research UK. Saturday 19 May is Pretty Muddy Kids, an obstacle course for little ones, followed by Pretty Muddy for us lot. Sun 20th is a 5k or 10k for the tougher amongst us. lydiardpark


Fun in the Forest, Dean Close Forest School, Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Sun 20 May

Family fun in the forest for pre-school children including a nature treasure hunt, mask-making, storytelling and meeting woodland animals. And all proceeds go to the Woodland Trust, so go on, it’s fun and it’s for a good cause!


One Woman Sex and the City, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sun 20 May

Brilliant Kerry Ipema is playing the famous four women from the beloved TV show – it’s bound to be a reminder of why the funny, outrageous plot of Sex and the City captured the hearts of women all over the country.


The Porter Trio, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, nr Malmesbury, Sun 20 May

Join this young professional jazz band from Bath for live tunes and a three-course lunch in Grey’s Brasserie.

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