The Urban Guide to the Countryside

Six fun things to do on the weekend and beyond

23 Feb 2017

This week on the Muddy Guide there are pancakes to flip, mysteries to solve, movies to make and a Madchester musical nostalgia trip.

Murder Mystery evening, Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester, Fri 24 Feb

Was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the lead piping? If you fancy a bit of live Cluedo, Hallmark Hall in Gloucester is hosting a murder mystery evening where you can test your powers of deduction (get ready to delve into that mind palace) and then when you’ve nailed the culprit, chow down a three-course meal. And there’s a disco if that’s not too weird a juxtaposition.

Supper Club Mardi Gras, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 24 Feb

So it’s the last weekend before Lent and Harts Barn Cookery School is giving you a chance to stuff yourself silly on Friday before you put on that hair shirt with its Mardi Gras Supper Club, which will transport you to New Orleans (well, your palate anyway) with devilled Cajun eggs, corn hush puppies, chicken gumbo, Louisiana red bean rice and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

The Clone Roses, Gloucester Guildhall, Fri 24 Feb

With 15 years gigging under their belt, The Clone Roses are nothing if not dedicated. They’ve even got hold of identical clothes and instruments used by the original band at their most recent gigs a few years ago. And Mani himself says they’re the best! So there you go, resurrect yourself in 1980s Madchester.

Film-making workshop for teens, Kingshill House, Dursley, Sat 25 Feb

Got a teenager who looks like she or he could be the next Sofia Coppola or Wes Anderson? Well, this workshop at arts hub Kingshill House might be just the thing to draw out that talent (and, you know, if they’re good that could sort out your retirement). A full day of activities takes the 12 to 17 year olds through the whole process from moodboard to final film.

A Passionate Woman, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 25 Feb

Liza Goddard (remember her as Philippa Vale from Bergerac?) plays the doting mum to a son on the verge of marriage who retreats into her attic to rake over the life she could have had and encounters the ghost of a past lover, who seems to be a preferable proposition to her real-life husband downstairs. A bittersweet rom-com that sounds like it could get close to the bone at times, *sniff*.

Great British Flip Off, Whole Foods Market, Cheltenham, Fri 24 – Tue 28 Feb

It’s Shrove Tuesday on, er, Tuesday and if you fancy yourself as a bit of champion flipper, get yourself down to Cheltenham’s Whole Foods Market in the run-up to the big day, where, for a charity donation of £1, you can see how many times you can flip a pancake in a minute and be in the running to win a pancake-themed hamper.

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