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January Evenings, The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Stroud,  Tue 16 & Wed 17 Jan, from 6pm

Get a sneak preview of Stroud’s favourite mill restaurant’s new evening menus launching in February. From 6pm, it’s the perfect mid-week, mid-month treat to get you through the dark winter nights.


The Play That Goes Wrong, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 16 to Sun 20, 2pm & 7.30pm

theatre actors on stage

A West End sell-out and Broadway’s longest running play, this laugh-a-minute comedy will warm up your chuckling muscles nicely. You can read the Muddy review


Midweek Movie Night: Atomic Blonde, Barnsley House, near Cirencester, Wed 17 Jan, 6.30pm

Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

Keep the January blues away by hunkering down in a two-seater pink leather armchair in Barnsley House’s deluxe cinema with a box of popcorn in front of Atomic Blonde, last year’s spy thriller starring Charlize Theron. You get a two-course supper at The Village Pub first and then it’s film night! Click here for the rest of the month’s Midweek Movie and Sunday Cinema Club nights. I’ve got my eye on quite a few…


Burgundy 2016 En Primeur Tasting, Averys, Bristol, until Wed 17 Jan, 6-8pm

wine cellars of Avery bristol

Although it’s celebrating its 225th anniversary, I’ve only just stumbled upon this fabulous, fifth-generation family wine merchants and cellars in Culver Street, which as you walk down into the cellars is like walking back in time. I’m already booked in for this tasting event, ready to launch the New Year with some quality tipples. Apparently 2016 is a very small vintage, so it’ll be first come first served for the en primeur.


Chris Hoggett: A Retrospective, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 17 to Sat 27 Jan

painting of a nude woman reclining

Celebrating the work of the extraordinary landscape and figurative painter Chris Hoggett, this exhibition showcases the late Cheltenham-based artist’s work, including his surrealist studies of nature, captivating nudes and abstract dream works. All the paintings are for sale and, as well as being something to cherish, I reckon they’re a pretty wise investment too.


Mayhem at The Malthouse, Gastronomic Extravaganza, The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Stroud, Fri 19 Jan, 7pm

Nine chefs will be creating nine courses at this for-one-night-only fundraiser to supply water to The Success Nursery School in The Gambia. A great cause – and some great chefs will be giving their time for free, among them Michelin-starred chef Matt Weedon, Petersham Nurseries’ Mark Reid, Made By Bob’s Bob Parkinson and award-winning chocolatier Matthieu de Gottal. It’s going to be quite a feast and probably the best kind of mayhem! 


Stained Glass Landscapes Workshop, Victoria Works Studio, Chalford, Stroud, Sat 20 Jan, 10am-4pm

Get creative with this workshop led by glass artist Sarah Davi in which you’ll learn how to use traditional stained-glass techniques to make a small glass panel. Beginners welcome.


Mr Bobbington’s Popcorn Pub Quiz, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Sat 20 Jan, 8pm

A pub quiz with a difference (isn’t everything gloriously different at The Prince Albert?), this quirky test of your general knowledge comes with prizes and warm organic popcorn. Nice.


Twelfth Night Afternoon Tea, Aunt Martha’s, Drybrook, Forest of Dean, Sun 21 Jan

Tea at this Victorian tea rooms is always a quirky day out and its Twelfth Night offering (it’s counting from the pre-Gregorian Calender Christmas Day which was 5 Jan, so is hedging its bets between 17 Jan – yes, it likes to do things differently!) promises even more quirk than usual. Festive activities will accompany the taking down of Christmas decorations and tea of soup, sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and the special Twelfth Night Cake.


Hidden Water Walk at Dyrham Park, near Bristol, Tuesdays throughout Jan, 1-2.30pm

A winter walk with a difference, this special guided tour takes you from the natural springs to hidden water chambers in the hillside to the cellars of the house to track the 17th-century mansion’s water works. No need to book, just turn up with your wellies on.


January Brewer of the Month, Corinium Ales, The Strand Pub, Cheltenham, all of Jan

This Cheltenham pub is a great supporter of local brewers and this month it’s showcasing Cirencester’s micro-brewery Corinium Ales, which will be serving up its five core beers, as well as its winter 1 AD Porter. So we’ll be forgetting about dry January this year!


Ros Koch Appellation Art Exhibition, Averys, Bristol, now until Fri 2 Mar

paintings and drawings by Ros Koch

The historical cellars and family wine merchant in Bristol’s Culver Street is celebrating its 225thanniversary this year and is kicking off with a new art show by Ros Koch, a British-born artist based in South Africa who creates beautifully delicate watercolours and drawings. Free entry and the artwork is for sale so prepare to be tempted.


Helen Foot Textiles, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, until Sun 18 Feb

close up of textiles

This Shrewsbury-born textile maker handweaves stunning scarves and other goods inspired by a mix of traditional handicrafts, contemporary geometric patterns and bold colourways. Now working out of a studio in rural Herefordshire, her style has been dubbed ‘rebellious nostalgia’ and I for one love it!

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