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Der Fleigende Holländer, The Longborough Festicval Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh,  Mon 11 & Wed 13 June

painting ship stormy sea

Inspired by the legend of the flying Dutchman and the composer’s experiences of a particularly rough sea crossing, Der Fliegende Holländer was Wagner’s first step from opera to music drama – with music that seethes and rages like a terrific storm.


Broadway Arts Festival, various locations, Broadway, until Sun 17 June

In the late 19th century Broadway was awash with artists, writers and musicians – and its annual arts festival channels the creative heritage of this über-pretty Cotswold village superbly. Former Labour MP and new director of the V&A Tristram Hunt will be giving a talk (calm down at the back there ladies), and there’ll also be workshops, theatre, exhibitions and activities for the kids.


Mining Perceptions, Sally Fawkes & Alex Ho, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 13 to Sat 30 June


Glass artist Sally Fawkes and compose, Alex Ho have come together to create a multi-sensory exhibition to explore the relationship between human kind and nature. Yes, it’s cerebral, but it’s good for you.


Deliciously Vegan, Woodruffs Organic Café, Natural Cookery School, Stroud, Wed 13 June

root ginger vegetables

Thinking about cutting animal products from your diet? Or already living a plant-based lifestyle? This class will guarantee you come home with vegan recipes packed with flavour and nutrients to set you on a plant-based life.


Sallie Taylor, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 13 to Sat 30 June                         

Sallie Taylor’s series of etchings, oil paintings and pencil drawings, all from special moments that have stuck in her head, are enchanting.


A Franks or 2, Alex & Adrian Franks Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wed 13 June to Sat 14 July

Father and son Alex and Adrian come together to exhibit their artistic abilities. Newcomer Alex uses traditional print techniques in combination with darkly comic themes discussing the relationship between reality and dreams, while Adrian, veteran exhibitionist at Fisherton Mill, shows a collection of work inspired by line and shape.


DIY Wedding Flowers, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Wed 13 June

Josephine from Josephine’s Fabulous Flowers will be holding a workshop on how to build your own flower crown for your special day. Because you will be a princess!


The Afternoon Tea Experience, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Thurs 14 June

Learn how to make the best quality food for the perfect afternoon tea, including pastries, cakes, cute sandwiches, scones, orange madeleines and fresh fruit tarts. And the best part about it, you can eat as much as you like!


Rocky Horror Picture Show & Dirty Dancing, Open-Air Cinema Festival, Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Fri 15 & Sat 16 June

Cult classics Rocky Horror and Dirty Dancing are showing at historic Cotswold Airport. Say goodbye to cramped cinema seats, kick back your car seat and relax at this drive-in cinema. After all “nobody puts baby in a corner!”


Cinderella, Ballet Cymru, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Fri 15 June

ballet dancers full moon

Prokofiev’s Cinderella brought to life by the award-winning Ballet Cymru – this is not to be missed as Ballet Cymru always likes to do things a bit differently, so expect to be surprised in a good way.


Rodborough Fete, Rodborough Community Hall, Stroud, Sat 16 June

Roll up, roll up… Welcome to Rodborough circus! Entertainment includes live music, children’s workshops, food, drinks and loads of circus-themed activities.


Rodborough Fête After-Party, 1980s Night, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Sat 16 June

Only in Rodborough would your village fête get an after-party. And it could only be held at the inimitable The Prince Albert. A 1980s-themed disco, BBQ and quiz. Enjoy.


Top Gun, The Alfresco Film Company, Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Sat 16 June

outdoor screen bean bags people

BBQ , booze, Tom Cruise in aviators and the Muddy Award-winning Cowley Manor. Sounds like a pretty good Saturday night. Just add a balmy summer night and we’re away!


Party in the PARC, Wotton Community PARC, Wotton-under-Edge, Sat 16 June

Party in the PARC smashed it last year and this year will see face-painting, a climbing wall and a bouncy castle to keep the young ones entertained. As for the ‘big’ kids there will be plenty of Pimms and Prosecco on tap, and delicious street food to line your stomach with.


Big Girls Don’t Cry, 10th Anniversary Tour, City Hall Salisbury, Sat 16 June

God I love these guys….Experience the iconic sounds of Franki Valli & The Four Seasons performed by a brilliant cast and live band. Oh, what a night….Somebody stop me now.


Bee Day, Mompesson House, Salisbury, Sat 16 June

Meet local beekeepers, scoff honey and learn how to keep bees.


Blue Sky Festival Comedy: The Scummy Mummies Show, The Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham, Sat 16 June

Guaranteed belly-laughs for parents who relate to baby farts, pelvic floor exercises and fish fingers all too well. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson’s brilliant take on parenthood and its far-from-glamorous reality.


Darkside The Pink Floyd Show, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 16 June, 7.30pm 

Loving the sound of this tribute to the prog rock band that knows how to blow your mind with music. Seven musicians will play tracks from Pink Floyd’s massive back catalogue from the early days of founder Syd Barrett (anyone else out there love the super-trippy Arnold Layne?) through to later iconic albums including Wish You Were Here and Dark Side of The Moon. And a dramatic laser light show will be all part of the package.


The Tempest, Bowood House & Gardens, Bowood, Sat 16 June

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present The Tempest in classic rhythmic Shakespeare style. An all-male cast promise brilliant characters, hilarious comedy and a heart-warming love story.


Father’s Day Ale & Whiskey Tea, Lucknam Park, Chippenham, Sun 17 June

The perfect afternoon to thank all the dads out there. Enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea with a selection of Ale and Whiskey.


Father’s Day Afternoon Tea, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Sun 17 June

sausage roll beer

Give your dad some big love with a superlative afternoon tea at Tudor Farmhouse (the chef is magic) tea is swapped out for local ale, and an injection of robust flavours livens up the pinkie-out repast.


Father’s Day Joust, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Sun 17 June

Knights in shining armour, swords, jousting, Henry VIII and his six wives – it’s all here for a heroic Father’s Day that will keep the offspring entertained too.


Yoga Day Retreat, Highway Hill, Calne, Sun 17 June

Does what it says on the tin! Book here


STEAM Museum, Father’s Day: Carvery Lunch, Swindon, Sun 17 June

Treat Dad to a guided tour of Swindon’s Steam Museum learning about the history of the railway workers and even getting the chance to handle original railway pieces. Then end the tour with a roast stuff-up.


Father’s Day – Big Machines, Roves Farm, Swindon, Sun 17 June

Dads go free at Roves Farm on Father’s Day – get up close and personal with farm machinery, tractor rides and small furry animals.



Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Thu 19 July to Sun 22 July    

Larmer Tree Fest returns to its beautiful surroundings for its 27th year running. The ultimate party for the whole family as the gardens transform into a sensory utopia, presenting top national music artists, a brilliant comedy stage and a huge selection of children’s stars and presenters. It’s no wonder Larmer Tree won Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards. larmertreefestival


The Cotswold Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 10 to Sun 12 Aug

Fabulous, eye-catching, unusual and even bizarre antiques go on sale at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School this August. Splash your hard-earned on vintage fashion and costume jewellery, traditional antique pieces and the latest in decorative chic style. This is your chance to snoop out some real gems, whether you’re a collector (I wish), interior designer or just on the hunt for unusual accessories for your cool rural boudoir (that’s more like it.) A cut above other vintage fairs, dealers from all over the UK and Europe will be selling Mid-Century Modern, eye-catching Art Deco, contemporary sculpture, industrial chic, painted furniture, portraits and glamorous jewellery…need I go on? They’ve got some pretty cool retro arm candy too. Now you’re talking… Tickets to the Fair are £5 but you can get a FREE TICKET HERE. Open Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm.


Theatre Studio Summer School, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Mon 20 to Fri 24 Aug 

red curtains

Performing arts is a great way for kids to build confidence and develop creatively and the Theatre Studio’s courses are fab. And it’ll fill a week of the summer holidays! For young performers between the ages of four and 19, it’s a great way for kids to mix with all ages too. And you’ll get to watch a performance at the end of the week.


Words by Amy Ballantyne

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