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Soushi Pop-Up Restaurant, The Garden Café, Miserden, Fri 11 May

soushi rice green

Good looks and great tastes collide at the Soushi Miserden pop-ups. Expect another night of super fresh seafood inspired by classical Thai cooking in Gloucestershire’s most magical supper club setting, the 1920s greenhouse at Miserden.


Parisian Night, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, nr Malmesbury, Fri 11 May

Join the Whatley chefs as they bring a taste of summer in Paris to The Green Room. This will be a relaxed evening showcasing elegant Parisian dishes cooked in the central island while you watch and interact with the Chef’s.


Cinema Under The Stars, Forestry Commission Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Fri 11 & Sat 12 May

The best date night – watching a film al fresco in the magical Forest of Dean – IT on Friday, Forrest Gump on Saturday. Thank you Alfresco Film Company.


Chipping Campden Literature Festival, until Sat 12 May

Lots to enjoy at this bijou lit fest, including award-winning poet and writer Fiona Sampson talking about her latest book In Search of Mary Shelley, which I listened to serialised on Radio 4 and was shocked by what she endured – as Sampson says, her story couldn’t be more relevant to the #MeToo generation. Also worth marking your pocketbook for is Sue Cook’s Big Book Group with author Carol Drinkwater discussing her novel The Lost Girl, the matinee screening of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the Letterpress Book Jacket Workshop.


Great Expectations, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, until Sat 12 May


Charles Dickens’ timeless classic is brought to life on the stage starring Olivier award-winner Nichola McAuliffe as Miss Havisham. And people, two tickets for the price of one on opening night.


Crimes Under the Sun, New Old Friends, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, until Sat 12 May

You have been invited on a funny yet murderous retreat to the English Riviera. In the cluedo-esque production, all the guests are suspects, can you figure out who committed the crime?


A Song to Sing, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury, until Sat 12 May

Musical Theatre Salisbury are putting on a musical with all the best bits from the countries favourite musicals including Chicago, Sister Act, Les Miserable, West Side Story and many more. Get your voice ready because you are in for a night of hits.


Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sat 12 May

linocut print people in Tube

Gail Brodholt’s London Bridge Underground (linocut)

This looks rather special – along with Bankside in London, Cheltenham’s own Chapel Arts is showing 52 selected prints and drawings to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Francis Seymour Haden. Members of the society will be visiting the gallery to walk people round the exhibition, explaining the different techniques and processes being used. Don’t miss!


You’ve Got Dragons, Taking Flight, The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Sat 12 May

Families will love this tale of a child learning to love their dragon in Taking Flights original show. With live music and a highly visual production its guaranteed to keep the little one’s attention.


The Greatest Story Never Told, Arts Centre, Swindon, Sat 12 May

Join Gareth P Jones and Steve May on stage to create the best story that has never been told. This event will fun, creative and full of audience interaction. At the end of it all, you will have played a part in writing a book!


Flavours of the Mediterranean Cookery Class, Natural Cookery School at Asparagasm, Nailsworth, Sat 12 May

aubergine red pepper stew

Get ready for your summer dinner parties with this veggie take on Med cuisine using nuts, beans, pulses and, of course, olive oil. Starter: Caponata Siciliana with soft polenta. Main: Socca pizza with roasted veg and green olive tapenade with pine nuts. Pudding: chocolate, orange and date cake with pistachio crumble and cardamom cream. Yum!


Molly-Anne, Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Sat 12 May

Gloucestershire’s own Taylor Swift, Molly-Anne is holding her debut live performance as part of a duo. Expect soulful, country-inspired sounds with elements of indie rock.


The Carole King and James Taylor Story, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Sat 12 May

This show is a crossover between documentary and musical, taking you on a journey through the career of Grammy award winners Carole King and James Taylor. Giving you an insight of what their careers would have been like behind the glitz and glamour of fame.


The Mayor’s Well Fit Morning, Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham, Sun 13 May, 9am-1pm

Cheltenham’s indomitable mayor Klara Sudbury’s fundraiser is a virtuous morning of wellbeing with local studios, including One Grove holding yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes. And after you’ve given your body a workout, you can treat your mind to a transformational meditation. And then jump in the heated pool and relax!


Giffords Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud, until Mon 14 May

two women red velvet hats and jackets

Photography by Gemma Hall

The annual outing of England’s most glamorous and wonderfully quirky circus has come round again, kicking off at its Stroud home – where a spanking new big top has already gone up with Giffords in lights and sumptuous red velvet and chandelier interiors. The theme this year is My Beautiful Circus to celebrate 250 years since the very first circus near Westminster Bridge in London started the magic in 1768. After Stroud, the troupe head to Sudeley Castle from Thu 17 to Mon 21 May and Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham from Thu 24 May to Mon 4 June. See full list of dates here.


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.


Chris Dunn, Parsley Rabbit and the Treehouse Content, The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, until Sat 9 June

Get the chance to meet former studio artist Chris Dunn at the opening of his exhibition. He is showing 33 original pieces following a rabbit going against all the odds to build a magnificent treehouse.



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

Additional reporting: Amy Ballantyne & Tonicha Luffman

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