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Meat-free Monday with Natural Cookery School, Crown & Sceptre, Stroud, Mon 16 July

An Indian vegetable tikka kebab served with crunchy pickled red cabbage, chickpea and tomato salad, cucumber mint raita and naan bread followed by British berry pavlova? Yes please! facebook.com/events

 

Break a Leg with Gyles Brandreth, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Mon 16 July 

The multi-talented Gyles Brandreth is spending an afternoon celebrating all things theatrical at Whatley Manor. Along with that enjoy a three-course lunch and champagne reception. whatleymanor.com

 

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 16 to Sat 21 July

Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant character has remained in popular culture throughout history, and modern takes on the classic have kept the story alive. Work alongside Sherlock in his later years. Although he may be older he is no less brilliant. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Amadeus Orchestra, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, Thu 19 July 

A powerful selection of classical music from France, Russia and the United States. Including the famous works of Stravinsky. wiltshiremusic.org.uk

 

Sourdough Bread-making workshop, Star Anise Café, Stroud, Thu 19 July

Sourdough bread is becoming more common as gourmet pizza restaurants have become a popular dinner destination. Learn to make delicious baked loafs and create your own dough to prove and bake the next day. staraniseartscafe.com

 

Amelia White, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Thu 19 July

Enjoy an evening of a mixture between hard rock and alternative country. No matter what, you’ll be off your feet by the end of the night. themarshallrooms.co.uk

 

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

 

Ballet Under the Stars, Hatch House, Tisbury, Fri 20 to Sun 22 July

ballerina ballet dancer duet

Credit Alice Pennefather

Don’t miss this gorgeous, unique summer event discovered by us, just for you! Under canopy in the beautiful 17th century walled Dutch garden at Hatch House you’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner gala….oh, and you get to watch world class ballet while you’re at it. This year the theme is ‘Best of British,’ showcasing dancers, choreography, design, music and food from all corners of the kingdom. Presented by the Covent Garden Dance Company, this is a magical evening that we can’t recommend highly enough. And you know that when we recommend something, it’s sure to be fab! coventgardendance.com

 

Rain or Shine: Much Ado About Nothing, Bacon Theatre, Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, Fri 20 July

two actresses treeJoin Rain or Shine theatre company in their production of the loved classic Much Ado About Nothing. Pack yourself a picnic and enjoy some theatre while the sun sets in the beautiful amphitheatre. bacontheatre.ticketsolve.com

 

The Importance of Being Earnest, Lydiard Open Air Theatre, Lydiard Park, Fri 20 July 

Bring your own picnic blankets, chairs and drinks to this hilarious adapation of Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Maize Maze, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Sat 21 July to Sun 2 Sept

The famous maize maze is returning to Cotswold Farm Park for another year running. How quickly can you beat the Wonderland themed maze, or will you fall down a rabbit hole? cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

 

Recreate Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 21 July to Sat 1 September 

Artists have transformed old materials and given them new life at this fabulous and eco-friendly exhibition celebrating recycling at Fisherton Mill. fishertonmill.co.uk

 

The Dreamboys, City Hall Salisbury, Salisbury, Sat 21 July 

Dream boys are storming the UK with their dance moves and killer abs. Collect some of your girls for a night out on the town and bring Magic Mike to life. cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

 

Wedding Open Day, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 22 July 

Grittleton House is open to all so you can explore their beautiful grounds as a possible wedding venue. grittletonhouse.co.uk

 

Summer School, Marlborough College, Marlborough, until Sun 4 Aug

There is honestly something for everyone at Marlborough College this summer, and it’s for the whole family too – you can send your kids as day students or even boarders (uh, yes please. In fact, the whole family can stay. Really!) Children are split into Junior Troopers, Young Adventurers and Teenagers, with a bonkers amount of action-packed courses to choose from including Mountain Biking, Yoga, Cricket, Water Polo, Calligraphy, Jewellery Making, Fashion Sketching, Beginners Harp, Light Saber Combat (yup!), Duelling Training and Young Chef’s Academy courtesy of Vaughan’s Kitchen (see below). For adults, courses include arts & crafts, landscape and architecture, literature and creative writing, history, music, dance, theatre and film, technology and computing, life skills, sport, country pursuits…phew!  summerschool.co.uk

 

The Farm Cookery School, Netherstreet Farm, Bromham, dates throughout July

If you’re looking to try some new recipes, The Farm Cookery are holding classes on much-loved classics from over-seas including a taste of Italy, India and Thai. They have a variety of classes over the whole month, so you shouldn’t have problem fitting it into your schedule! thefarmcookeryschool.co.uk

 

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, until Sat 4 August

Award-winning comedy is coming to the Barn Theatre. A heart-warming and brilliant story of the girl next door with a wondrous ability to impersonate the great singers of our generation. barntheatre.org.uk

 

Giant Lego Brick Animal Trail, WWT Slimbridge, Slimbridge, until Sun 23 September

boy girl Lego bird

Inspired by the varied wildlife at WWT Slimbridge, lifelike Lego animals have been dotted around the nature trail. Spot and get a picture with your favourite woodland friends including Lottie the otter and Flavia the flamingo. wwt.org.uk

 

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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. www.cooperevents.com/westonbirt

 

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. theatrestudio.co.uk

 

Theatreland Workshops, Southrop, Mon 27 to Fri 31 Aug

Got Mudlets between 7 – 17 who were born to go on the stage? Do they love performing and having fun? Then look no further, as Theatreland Workshops return to the Cotswolds this August. The workshops give young people a chance to work with inspiring professionals from across the business, and whatever your ability you will be pushed to a new performance level, covering musical production numbers, acting pieces, audition technique, choreography, singing and whole bag more. This time it’s a workshop themed around The Greatest Showman – don’t miss out! theatrelandworkshops.com

 

Words: Amy Ballantyne

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