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Freebies in the Alps (sort of!), Morzine, France, 23 March to 6 April 

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Chalet Fourmiliere is offering free transfers to Geneva for all last minute March/early April bookings. Breaks start at from €480 pp for 3 days, based on two sharing a room. Or what about Easter school holiday week 6 – 13 April, when the resort is truly rocking? Trust me, it’ll be worth it!


Poco Culina – ‘A Taste of the Ancient Silk Road’, Pop-Up at Miserden, Sat 2 March

An exciting new Miserden Pop Up for 2019 is Poco Culina – specialists in Mediterranean and Eastern flavours, Poco Culina will take diners on a five course plant-based food journey along the Silk Road – a network of trade routes connecting the ancient regions of the World.


Kinky Boots, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 9 March

Photo Matt Crocker

Struggling family shoe business is saved by a drag queen’s need for a size 14, with songs by Cyndi Lauper. Tickets


The Mirror Crack’d, Salisbury Playhouse, to Sat 9 March

Times are changing. Girls are wearing trousers and Hollywood has come to a sleepy English village in the shape of a beautiful film star. Miss Marple begins to question her place in the world until a mysterious death calls into question the past of all those present.  Everyone’s version of events is different.  Can Miss Marple unravel the tangle of lies? This thrilling new play, based on Agatha Christie’s novel, explores how we all colour our own memories, our own truths, to disguise the darkness that lies within.


This Woman’s Work: Female Artists in the Swindon Collection, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon, to Sat 16 March

Explore the works of the talented women behind this collection, including Gwen John, Mary Fedden, Gillian Ayres, Nicola Tyson and Sylvia Goss.


New Year, New Members, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham,  to Sat 14 April

 The Guild at 51 have welcomed three new members to The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. Cleo Mussi, a mosaic artist, Louise Pocock a milliner and Rhian Wyman a weaver, are all masters of their handcrafted work. Their exquisite talent will be exhibited in the gallery for all to


A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until Sun 6 April

Photo Joe Roberts

Hidden agendas, flawed relationships, wild self-abandonment– the course of true love never runs smooth. Mad, bad romance in a new and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. 


Sharmanka Travelling Circus, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Tues 7 May

Photo Robin Mitchell

Artist and inventor Eduard Bersudsky turns old furniture, metal scrap and grotesque carved figures into performing mechanical theatre (Sharmanka is Russian for barrel organ); a humorous and slightly macabre experience.


Richard III, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Fri 1 March – Sat 13 April

Tom Mothersdale (Peaky Blinders, The Glass Menagerie) as Shakespeare’s iconic villan in a production from the Roayl & Derngate, Northampton and the Oxford Playhouse.


This is Who I am, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 1 Mar to Sat 2 Mar

Listen to the insightful accounts from the LGBT+ community, particularly from those seeking asylum in the UK. Members of the Human Rights Network are bringing the stories of real people to life on the Cheltenham stage, by bringing awareness to the tragic truth LGBT+ members face all over the world.


My Science Fair 2019, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Sun 3 March

Calling all mini Einstein’s. Pack your lab coat and goggles and get ready to witness some crazy science experiments. This free, family friendly event has been bringing in hundreds of people for eight years, proving science can be educational, exciting and fun.


Meat Free Monday – Taste of Thailand, The Royal Oak, Tetbury, Mon 4 Mar

The Natural Cookery School pride themselves in being able to create ethical recipes packed with flavour. Thai food is a firm British favourite, so why not swing down to The Royal Oak and see how the food takes your fancy? Mains include Thai Massaman curry, pineapple fried rice and som tum salad.


Rebus: Long Shadows, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 4 – Sat 9 March

John Stahl (Big Ger Cafferty), Cathy Tyson (Siobhan Clarke), Ron Donachie (Rebus). Photo Robert Day

Ian Rankin’s famous detective on stage for the first time. When the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat, the now retired ‘tec is back on the case. With Ron Donachie (Rebus in the BBC radio dramatisations and Deputy Chief Inspector Gunner in the TV Rebus), Cathy Tyson and John Stahl.


Glengarry Glen Ross, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 4 Mar to Sat 9 Mar

Straight from a sell-out West End tour, starring some familiar faces, this quick-wit dark comedy will sell out at lightning speed. This revival of David Mamet’s Olivier award winning creation has received astounding reviews and guarantees to be brilliantly entertaining.


Seafood Special, Vaughan’s Kitchen Cookery School, Devizes, Wed 6 Mar

Fish can be difficult to perfect but is delicious, nutritious and is usually reasonably priced. Learn how to fillet, cook and season different fresh fish, focusing on cooking techniques like ‘en papillote’ and bamboo steaming.


NT Live (Encore): I’m Not Running, Salisbury Playhouse, 6 Mar

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?


Banff Mountain Film Festival, Swindon, 7 March

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through an exhilarating collection of the latest films from the most talented adventure film makers of today. An exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways.


Arm Knitting Workshop, Campden Coffee Co, Chipping Campden, Thurs 7 Mar

Spend an evening getting crafty with The Chunky Needle. Work with giant knitting needles, choose from over sixty colours and create your own 30” x 50” inch blanket.


Made by Hand, Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, Fri 8 Mar to Sun 10 Mar

Calling all contemporary craft-lovers…whether it is scrapbooking, sewing, jewellery making, textiles or wood work, there is something here to catch your eye. This celebration of 100 award-winning craft makers exhibits their skill, creativity and expertise. Explore the stalls, take a workshop and become truly inspired.


Art & Eat, Woolley Grange, 8 March

A fun morning of art led by the talented Mandy Mills. Create a beautiful piece of art inspired by the spring gardens at Woolley. Follow with a delicious two course lunch. Book your place by calling the hotel on 01225 864705.


Beginners’ Floristry Course, Daylesford Farm shop, Kingham, Sat 9 Mar

Floral artistry is a brilliant and alternative way to explore your creativity. Give the bouquets you create as gifts or to brighten a room. This course will give you all the basic skills you need to explore floristry and will set the foundations to create the most magnificent, wild and aromatic creations. If you aren’t able to make this date, Daylesford host alternative floristry courses throughout the month.


Bath Decorative Arts Fair, Bath Pavilion, Fri 8 – Sun 10 March

Dozens of dealers from the UK and Europe will be filling the Bath Pavilion with their gorgeous furniture, artworks, household objets, jewellery – and more – for the 30th year running.

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Wedding Open House, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 10 Mar

Wedding season is well on its way, and dates are getting booked up by the minute. Are you dreaming of a manor wedding? With gorgeous photographs in scenic grounds. Grittleton House is a perfectly picturesque location for a regal wedding. Spend the day exploring the location, discuss wedding options and enjoy complimentary canapes and glass of fizz.


Cushion Workshop, The Malt House Emporium, Tewkesbury, Sun 10 Mar

Stylish soft furnishings can turn any standard room into a chic and modern living space. Chunky knit blankets and cushions are the current furnishing trend, suitable for any Insta-worthy living space. Pick from over 40 wools and learn to knit your own round cushion with your own fingers.


Art, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 11 Mar to Sat 16 Mar

Art is one of the most successful comedies still running on the live stage. This gut-wrenchingly funny rendition boasts an all-star cast including BAFTA nominated Nigel Havers and Olivier award-winning Stephen Tompkinson.


Dinner with Mike Cattermole and Mick Fitzgerald, The Ivy Montpellier Brassiere, Cheltenham, Mon 11 Mar  

To celebrate one of the biggest weeks in racing, The Ivy hosts dinner with renowned pundit Mike Cattermole and former Gold Cup-winning jockey, Mick Fitzgerald. Enjoy an exquisite three-course meal alongside these racing legends. The perfect way to kick off one of the most celebrated weeks in the racing industry. theivycollectionevents


As You Like It, The Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Mon 11 Mar to Sat 16 Mar

Shakespeare’s comical whit doesn’t fall short in As You Like It – a pastoral comedy which remains an audience favourite after four hundred years.


Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 12 March

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Must-see iconic ballet with male swans all round: thrilling, audacious, witty, heart-wrenching. Read our interview with the show’s star Max Westall.

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BalletBoyz: Them/Us, Salisbury Playhouse, Tues 12 – Wed 13 March

Applauded across the globe for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with two brand new works, both set to original scores by world-class composers. Them, the first half of the show, is created through a unique, collaborative choreographic process by the BalletBoyz company dancers. Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon concludes the evening with Us, exploring human connections and culminating in an expanded version of the tender duet which premiered in 2017 to wide critical and public acclaim.


Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, 12 to 15 March

Cheltenham Racecourse presents Four Days of Extraordinary. Join them for the pinnacle Jump racing event of the year, an event with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. To be there any day for the Cheltenham Festival 2019 is extraordinary, from Day One: Champion Day with pent up anticipation let go in one mighty roar, to Day Two: Ladies Day, where tweed becomes fashionably becoming, or Day Three: St Patrick’s Thursday, part of England, forever Ireland. And then there’s Day Four: Gold Cup Day, with Jump racing at its heart, witness the creation of a legend. Book your place in history now


Gold Cup Breakfasts, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Tues 12 Mar to Fri 15 Mar

Lawns with table and parasol in the garden of The Greenway Hotel & Spa

Kick off your race week morning with a celebratory breakfast for £25 per person. A fab way to start the day.


The Camp Kitchen, Miserden, Thurs 14 Mar to Fri 15 Mar

Michelin trained Rory Baxter returns to Miserden kitchen for the Gold Cup and the Cheltenham Festival. Driven by a passion for food while working for many well known accomplished chefs, Rory has developed his own modern approach to traditional dishes. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste this talented chef’s cuisine.


Sticky Ribs Night, Hillbrush Restaurant, Mere, Fri 15 Mar

Truly eat like a king at Hillbrush Restaurant – American style. This special menu has been put together by the chefs including potato skins, salsa, sticky ribs, homemade coleslaw and fries. You’ll certainly be loosening the top button of your jeans after this feast.


Autism Friendly Day, Monkey World, Wareham, Sat 16 Mar

Monkey World prides itself on its accessibility to all manner of people, regardless of age or disability, as everyone deserves the chance to see and learn about these wonderful primates. On Saturday 16 March, Monkey World will open its gates an hour early for pre-bookable concessions, specifically designed to avoid the opening rush which can be stressful for autism sufferers. Not only that, but there will be sensory trails and dedicated chill out spaces, to ensure everyone’s visit can be as enjoyable as possible.


The Showing Off Must Go On: Ardal O’Hanlon, Komedia, Bath, Sun 17 March

O’Hanlon (Father Ted, Death in Paradise) saddles up his high horse and rides into the culture wars in his brand new stand up show.


Glengarry Glen Ross, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 18 – Sat 23 March

David Mamet’s modern classic about what four Chicago salesmen will do – legal or otherwise – to sell the most real estate.


Annie, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 19 – Sat 23 March

Photo Matt Crockett Dewynters

The sun’ll come out tomorrow when ‘Enders star Anita Dobson stars as Miss Hannigan in the UK tour of the smash hit.



Touching the Void, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 19 – Sat 23 March

Gruelling tale of life and near death on the mountainside. Based on the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson.


Marilyn, Swindon Arts Centre, 21 March

Marilyn Monroe. Did we really know who she was? Did she? This playful and poignant play is Marilyn’s story, told by her – alone in her dressing room. Not the girl in that white dress with the pouting red lips and the curvaceous figure but Marilyn stripped back and bare – just an ordinary girl telling her story. Direct from it’s West End run, Breakthrough Theatre presents this brand new, one-woman show that follows the dark and thrill-filled life of the iconic Marilyn Monroe.


Music & Wine Night with Petit Soleil Strings, Averys Cellar, Bristol, Thurs 21 Mar

This Bristol based quartet have influences from all over the world and have been playing together for 10 years, performing a wide range of genres from rumbas to acoustics. Hear their impressive repertoire and enjoy some incredible live music in the intimate atmosphere of Avery’s cellars. And of course, this would not be an Avery’s event without incredible wine picked specially for the music you’ll be hearing on the night.


Born to Parent course, 21-22 March

Born to Parent has created an amazing approach to the classic ante-natal course – putting you in charge. You tell them what you want and they’ll do it, with courses covering all the traditional elements while focusing on the areas you’re interested in. No time wasted on things that aren’t relevant here! Emily Rittner and Georgie Bateman’s fab Ante-Natal Express course covers everything you would expect to learn in a classic ante-natal course but is delivered over two days in the comfort of Emily’s home.  The course includes lunch and refreshments and partners are welcome to attend, dates include 21-22 March and 19-20 September 2019. Their Post-Natal Express covers breastfeeding, the practicalities of a new baby, implementing healthy sleep routines, returning to work and finding childcare. It also takes place in Emily’s home and is taught by both Emily and Georgie. Dates include 9-10 May and 7-8 November 2019. Each two day course costs £275 per couple; but NEW FOR 2019 and EXCLUSIVE TO MUDDY READERS, The Essential Express Package: if you book both courses at the same time you will benefit from a 20% discount. Book here now!

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, Fri 22 – Sun 24 March

Free and ticketed concerts, dancing, jam sessions and masterclasses.  See the full programme.


Little Pickle Pop-Up, Manor Farm Buildings, Upper Slaughter, Fri 22 Mar to Sat 23 Mar

After huge success at their first pop-up, Little Pickle are hosting another two events in March, and I promise, they are not to be missed. They’ve gone back to the drawing board to create a whole new, original and specially selected menu. Come and taste some of their gourmet recipes and discover some new favourite dishes.


Evening with Jamie Knight, The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Fri 22 Mar

Jamie and his guitar are an unbeatable combination; enjoy his original renditions in some of the best songs ever written.


Afternoon Tea Experience, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sat 23 Mar

If there is one thing Brits do better than anyone, it’s afternoon tea. Become the ultimate host and learn how to make your very own high tea, from finger sandwiches to cakes and pastries. Even the most novice of cooks can have a good go at this class.


Wedding Open Day, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Sun 24 Mar

Meet the best of the best in the wedding industry at Greenway Hotels open day. Arrive to prosecco and canapes, enjoy a tour of the house and grounds, and get advice from the professionals on how to make your dream day come to life.


Wedding Open Day, Cowley Manor, Sun 24 March


Plan your dream wedding at the Cowley Manor Wedding Open Day. See the grand restaurant set for your wedding breakfast and enjoy a sample of Head Chef David Kelman’s cuisine, along with delicious cocktails whipped up by their master mixologist (who will of course create bespoke cocktails for your wedding especially). Picture your reception on terraces and lawns and soak up the ambience of C-Side Spa. Open Days are by appointment only, and their Senior Wedding team will be on hand to guide you through the whole process and help you create the wedding of your dreams. All Open Day couples will receive a very special offer too on both Exclusive Use & Intimate Weddings. Book your spot now:, 01242 870 900.


Bowood 10km Fun Run, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Sun 24 Mar

Let’s be honest, by the end of February we’re all guilty of losing the get-healthy motivation that January brings. Get up, out and exercising running around the stunning Bowood gardens, all in the name of charity. This event is open to all capabilities, so whether you want to walk, run, skip or even hop the race, all can take part.


Silver and Copper Pendant Workshop, Citadel Hall, Chippenham, Sun 24 Mar

Barking Hen Jewellery invites you to try your hand at creating your own pendant earrings or necklace. Design your own pieces and manufacture them into reality.


Here Come the Girls, Swindon, 25 March

The professionals of Strictly Come Dancing come together for their first girls tour. Starring Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and former Strictly pro Chloe Hewitt, it’s an exciting mix of individual performance and group numbers with the girls’ supporting dance partners.


The Bodyguard, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 26 March – Sat 6 April

Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Based on the flick of the same name.



Bath Comedy Festival, various venues around Bath, Tues 26 March – Sun 14 April

Giggle your way around the city. 150 shows including Rory Bremner, Julian Clary, Henning Wehn.  See full programme here.


Basic Bread Cookery Class, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Wed 27 Mar

Learn the basics behind making a fluffy, light and flavoured loaf.


Taste wines of Hungary, The Square Club, Clifton, Bristol, Thurs 28 March

Sip six undiscovered Hungarian wines and chomp on cheese to go with. With award-winning wine writer Ben Franks.


The Stranglers, O2 Academy, Bristol, Thurs 28 March

The punks are back on the tracks.


Koala Creek, Longleat, from 29 March

This Easter, for the first time ever, you’ll get the chance to discover the wonderful world of Koala Creek, home to the Safari Park’s newest (and furthest travelled) residents; a group of iconic southern koalas and two endearing hairy-nosed wombats. They share their brand new abode with long-nosed potoroos; rabbit-sized, kangaroo-like, marvellous marsupials. Go on a journey through indoor and outdoor habitats where you can observe the wonderful and iconic Australian animals, and discover the down-under lowdown of the fascinating adaptations of the marsupials in the area.


Hollychocs – Parent & Child, Mother’s Day Special, The Farm Cookery School, Bromham, Sat 30 Mar

Chocolatier Holly Garner hosts a special parent and child workshop in celebration of Mother’s Day. Spend quality time learning the intricacies of chocolate work.


Antiques & Collectors Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sat 30 & Sun 31 March

Haven’t got enough junk already? Head over to this massive antiques and collectables fair, with 600+ stands.


Vienna Festival Ballet: Giselle, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 30 Mar

This beautiful rendition of Giselle tells a tale of innocence, love, betrayal and madness. The famous choreography behind this performance draws the audience in and brings them on an emotional journey displayed in the medium of classic ballet.


Wax Carving Jewellery Workshop, Aimee Winstone Jewellery, Hillside Studios, Cribbs Causeway, Sat 30 Mar  

Award winning jewellery designer Aimee Winstone invites you to her studio for a 2-day wax carving jewellery workshop, finishing with casting your creations with silver. OFFER: 10% off to muddy readers, with the code ‘Stilettos’.


Mini Chefs Children’s Cookery Class – American Theme, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sat 30 Mar

Give youngsters a boost in their cooking abilities with this class at Vaughan’s Cookery School. With each session taking on a different theme, they’ll be cooking cuisines from all over the globe in no time. This session specialises in American food, with meatloaf, Waldorf salad and Mississippi mud pie.


Mothering Sunday Lunch, Cotswold House, Chipping Campden, Sun 31 Mar

A gourmet lunch is the perfect way to say thank you for everything mum does. This three-course lunch has an amazing selection, even for the fussiest eaters. For £35 per person, it includes petit fours and a gift for mum, too.


Mother’s Day at Woolley Grange, 31 March

Give mum a real treat this Mother’s Day. A delicious Sunday lunch en famille followed by relaxed fun in the grounds or the Woolley Bears Den. Ring 01225 864705 to book a table.


Mother’s Day at Bowood, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Sun 31 Mar

Treat your mum to some grub at the drop dead gorgeous Bowood House Hotel. Choose from one of three fabulous meal options including afternoon tea, a three- course carvery or order from the A La Carte menu.


Mother’s Day Tasting Menu Lunch & Wine, Woodchester Valley Vineyard, Stroud, Sun 31 Mar

Join Carolyn Denny from Cookery at Winston House for a special Mother’s Day Tasting session. The menu has been specially designed to complement the wines from Woodchester Valley Vineyard. For £35 per person, you’ll enjoy five delectable tasting plates and a tutoring session on their latest still and sparkling wines.


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Private Evening Painting Sessions, Splash of Colour Café, Salisbury

Got a creative flare or fancy a new hobby? Splash of Colour Café are holding adult painting evenings this month so you can try your hand. Whether you consider yourself a bit of a Picasso,or struggle with stick figures, this is a great way to relax, wind down and relieve everyday stresses.


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****Discounts for Muddy readers!**** Meda Gedara Villa, Sri Lanka, dates in April and July!

Meda Gedara, a colonial villa sleeping up to 18 on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is officially ‘the new island pin-up’. Condé Nast Traveller says so, and I for one am not going to argue. The brainchild of Cheltenham-based Fiona McLeod, the dreamy destination is now top of Muddy’s holiday wish list. Just some of the edited highlights include tropical gardens leading out to the Indian Ocean, a huge cinema space, a magnificent teak staircase, split level pools, one with a 74ft water slide, a kids’ TV room, daily Sri Lankan menus, a yoga shala and beautiful artefacts everywhere you look. We reckon it’s the perfect family escape – take a day out to go surfing, sightseeing, visiting temples, or seeing turtle hatcheries, plus there are water sports in abundance for the more active Mudlets and some of the best beaches in the world. The great news is that we’ve just been told of availability 14-15 April, plus 23 July – 1 Aug, with 10% DISCOUNT FOR MUDDY READERS! From $1250 per night.

Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 12 to Sun 14 April

Fabulous, eye-catching and unusual art and antiques return to Westonbirt School this 12-14 April at our fave fair of the year, the Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair. With a huge variety of pieces for collectors, home furnishers, interior designers and anyone looking for unusual decorative accessories, it’s your chance to find some real gems, from vintage fashion and costume jewellery, to traditional antique pieces or the latest in decorative chic style. 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?


Kids Arcade Pop Up, Burford, Fri 26 April

Shop for stylish, unique kids’ brands with our fave kids’ suppliers Kids Arcade at their Spring Pop Up event. Kids Arcade is a stylish pop-up concept that serves up a cool edit of kids’ fashion and lifestyle products, championing small and emerging British and European labels as well as those less well-known in the UK market. Grab gear not easily found on the high street – even less so in the countryside!


Rubi Warren Jewellery Open Evening, The Consortium, Winchester, Wed 1 May

Chrissi Harcourt-Wood, the designer-maker behind Rubi Warren Jewellery, showcases her exceptional craft and new design space. Admire her elegant timeless pieces in the studio where the creation process happens. If you would like to attend, please contact with the subject WFW Open Evening.


Interior Design Workshops, Little London, Broad Chalke, Fridays in May

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Moving home? Or just fancy a spruce up in your old one? Ah, you’ll need a super-Muddy interior designer. Tamzin Newby is the amazingly clever brains behind Heliotrope Designs – an interior design company with a difference. Forget cookie-cutter designs, replicated over and over – Heliotrope tailors their designs to fit your needs, your ideas and, most importantly, the light, space and colour in your home. And now you can try your own hand at design as Tamzin has set up a series of oh-so-popular workshops for budding designers – book now to find your interior stylerenovation goalswellbeing at home and interior design tools and tips. Every Friday in May, 10am-12.30pm, £60 per workshop or £200 for the course, price includes coffee and cake plus a goody bag of favourite samples so you can see how they work at home. I am THERE! June workshops will be at Hero in Stockbridge – watch this space for more info. A small percentage of Heliotrope design and workshop fees are donated to Shelter.


Greg James at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham Racecourse, Fri 3 May

Radio 1 DJ and celeb Greg James kicks off the May bank holiday with a bang. To say goodbye to the racing season, join the renowned DJ on the final race day for a party in The Centaur.


May Gin Masterclass with Shakespeare Distillery, Cotswold House, Chipping Campden, Thurs 16 May

Shakespeare Distillery are experts in a cracking G&T so join them for an arrival gin and tonic, 3 tasters and a gin talk, supported by charcuterie sharing boards.


Cinema Night: Terrace Screenings, Cowley Manor, Sat 18 May, Sat 18 June, Sat 24 Aug, Sat 21 Sep

Fresh from the silver screen, catch tip tops screenings at the top lawn at Cowley this summer, featuring Bohemian Rhapsody,. A Star is Born, Grease and The Greatest Showman.


Lechlade Music Festival, Riverside Park, Lechlade, Fri 24 May to Sun 26 May

For 8 successful years, Lechlade has been growing bigger and better, after a record six thousand guests in 2018. This year the festival promises to be jam-packed with over 100 performers, including Ivor Novello award-winning Brit Award-nominated band The Feeling headlining. Sticking to its roots, the festival is a family friendly event, with comedy, camping (and glamping for those not suited to the outdoor lifestyle), free family workshops, burlesque and more. Saturday night sees the return of ‘That 80s Rock Show’, performing 80s stadium rock anthems and power ballads with larger than life characters. Children 16 and under go free, whether camping or visiting for the day. This is brilliant way to make the most out of your bank holiday weekend, plus special Christmas Saver tickets are available until 31st January.


Party at the Castle, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Thurs 6 June to Sat 8 June


Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show – Just Can’t Get Enough 80s.


Fresh Air Sculpture 2019, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Sun 16 June to Sun 7 July

This impressive contemporary art show celebrates the stark yet beautiful differences between the rural, rugged landscape of The Old Rectory, and the cutting-edge sculptures and artwork. Each piece created from a variety of ornate stone, stunning glass and impressive metal work. Take a tour around the grounds where they’ve been specially built as if the work belonged there.


Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Wed 18 July to Sat 21 July

Larmer Tree is back once again after another smashing year. This family festival has a bigger line up than ever with The Cat Empire, KT Tunstall, Kate Tempest and Jack Savoretti. Each day will be packed with activities, family fun and live events.


Verve Festival, Ebbesborne Wake, Wilts, 7-8 Sep


Get your tix now for this fab new wellness festival celebrating health, fitness and the great outdoors. All ages are welcome for a weekend of yoga and meditation, Pilates, exercise classes and guided farm runs in the most picturesque location imaginable in South Wiltshire, plus there will be a full education programme, covering health & wellness, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, life coaching, children’s health and much more. Enjoy mindful activities such as foraging, bushcraft in the woods, silent walks or landscape drawing with a local artist. Reconnect with yourself and your surroundings in workshops that celebrate the beauty of The Chalke Valley and promote mindfulness and wellbeing. Oh, and there is a Zest Spa! What’s not to like?


Autumn Yoga Retreat, Saxon Barn at Priory Farm, Hosted by Emma Tilley Yoga, Sat 7 Sep to Mon 9 Sep 2019

We’re giving you plenty of notice with this one because spaces fill up quick! Get in touch with your inner zen during a full weekend of relaxation, yoga, massages, reflexology and meditation. Enjoy comfortable and stylish accommodation, food provided by the delicious Natural Cookery School and there’s a hot tub if you fancy a soak after a busy day of doing nothing… bliss!


Born to Parent course, 21-22 March


There is a reason Born to Parent won Muddy Stilettos Best Children’s Business 2018, and that’s because mantra reads true. They bring traditional values to modern parenting, and are now offering local schools (including Sherborne Girls and Godolphin) the opportunity to take part in their varied courses, including Babysitting and Mothers help. This is a great addition to social care education and has proved so successful in helping children & mothers alike be more confident when it comes to young children, taking on responsibility and growing up. If you would like your school to get involved, give them a buzz.
And, if you don’t already know it, Born to Parent has created an amazing approach to the classic ante-natal course – putting you in charge. You tell them what you want and they’ll do it, with courses covering all the traditional elements while focusing on the areas you’re interested in. No time wasted on things that aren’t relevant here! Emily Rittner and Georgie Bateman’s fab Ante-Natal Express course covers everything you would expect to learn in a classic ante-natal course but is delivered over two days in the comfort of Emily’s home.  The course includes lunch and refreshments and partners are welcome to attend, dates include 19-20 September 2019. Their Post-Natal Express covers breastfeeding, the practicalities of a new baby, implementing healthy sleep routines, returning to work and finding childcare. It also takes place in Emily’s home and is taught by both Emily and Georgie. Dates include 9-10 May and 7-8 November 2019. Each two day course costs £275 per couple; but NEW FOR 2019 and EXCLUSIVE TO MUDDY READERS, The Essential Express Package: if you book both courses at the same time you will benefit from a 20% discount. Book here now!

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