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Love from a Stranger, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 19 to Sat 23 June

In the mood for a thriller and a romance rolled into one? Maybe newfound love isn’t what you think it is. This romantic tale with a twist will have on the edge of your seat.


Broken Wing, The Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Tue 19 June to Sat 23 June

Emotional and thoughtful performance about the loss of identity, loss of self and fragility of relationships. wharftheatre


Handmade Fair, Bowood House and Gardens, Bowood, Fri 22 June to Sun 24 June

Learn to make a selection of handmade goods for your friends and family, and hunt through the delightful handmade goods made with the highest quality, each with their own personal touch. This is a great family day out where everyone can find something to suit their interest. handmadefairbowood


Gourmet BBQ, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 22 June

Still getting over the shame of the cremated sausages and chewy steaks you served up at your last barbie? Get yourself over to Harts Barn where this gourmet BBQ session will have you flipping the kind of perfect sirloins, burgers, sausages and chicken you’d get down at Jamie Oliver’s house.


Great British Breakfast, Hillside Brewery, Longhope, Sat 23 June 

Fancy a Full English washed down with a quality ale? Is the Pope Catholic? Go large on Friday and even larger for brunch the next day. It’s the summer! Have fun!


La Traviati, The Longborough Festicval Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, Sat 23 June to Tue 3 July

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Considered by Verdi to be his greatest work, this extraordinary, heart-wrenching love story features some of the best-known music in operatic repertoire.


Chinese Takeaway, Harts Barns Cookery School, Longhope, Sat 23 June

Who needs to order in Chinese when you can learn how to make it yourself. On the menu will be all the usual suspects, including sweet and sour chicken and chow mein. You’ll be opening a restaurant next.


The Great British Gin Festival, City Hall Salisbury, Salisbury, Sat 23 June

If gin is your tipple then this festival is perfect for you. The day will be packed with cocktail demos with top bartenders, a virtual reality tour of a gin distillery and an opportunity to taste over 100 different gins from around the world. Although you may pay for it in the morning. thegreatbritishginfestival


Big Family Music Day, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Sat 23 June

To celebrate Wiltshire Music Centre’s 20th anniversary spend the day discovering the magic of music with all the family.


Iyengar Restorative Yoga with Emma Taylor, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 24 June

women doing yoga lying over bolsters

Feeling tired, stressed or anxious? Er, always. Iyengar restorative yoga uses props is a super-duper way to soothe the nervous system and releasing all your pent-up frustrations without resorting to kicking the dog (or the husband).


Savoury Pastry, Quiche and Pork Pies, Hart Barns Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 24 June

Want to impress someone with your baking skills? Master the impressively hard savoury pastry at this workshop with Andy Robertson. Learn how to make the perfect short crust pastry and filling – and then fill your boots.


Truck Stop Honeymoon, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Sun 24 June

With four kids in tow, Katie and Mike West have toured around the world as duo Truck Stop Honeymoon. Telling tales of their anything-but-ordinary life in the medium of music. It’s original.



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 

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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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