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September

SEPTEMBER

Sudeley Autumn Trail, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Sat 1 to Sun 30 Sep

Take a tour around the beautiful gardens, admire the ever-changing wildlife and meet some of the castle’s cute furry residents – Sudeley’s not just for summer you know? sudeleycastle.co.uk

 

Yoga in the Yurt, Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon, throughout Sep

For grownups looking for some relaxation this month, find your inner zen with Woolley Grange’s drop-in yoga and meditation classes in a yurt in the grounds – open to hotel guests, spa members and non-residents, from only £10. woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

 

Giant Lego Brick Animal Trail, WWT Slimbridge, Slimbridge, to 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

 

Rush Fun Day, Rush Skatepark, Stroud, Sat 1 Sep

bmx ramp teenager

Whether you’re an ace skater or a beginner, get down to one of the biggest skate parks in Europe for a chance to show your skills at Rush’s fun day. There will also be a bouncy castle, raffles and its only £10 to skate for the whole day! Great treat before they get bundled back off to school! rushskatepark.co.uk

 

A Woman of No Importance, Swindon Arts Centre, Sat 1 Sep

Catch one of the world’s most famous plays in action, packed with comedy, drama and ridiculous characters. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Motorcycle Grand National, Castle Combe Circuit, Chippenham, Sat 1 Sep to Sun 2 Sep

 If you’re after a weekend packed full of adrenaline, fun and really really fast bikes, this is the place for you. Expect to see up to 20 races a day, and some incredible races at that. bikesatcombe.com

 

Sound Bath with Lee Evans, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 2 Sep

If you’ve been feeling stressed or struggling to sleep recently then sound baths could be answer to all your prayers, and Lee Evans does a great one. The sounds, including musical instruments, will help relax your body, mind and soul. Beware though – you may actually fall asleep mid-session, which sounds like bliss to me! stroudyogaspace.com

 

Classic Car Run, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 2 Sep

Calling all petrol heads. View these little beauties, all classic motors manufactured before 1993. They even want you to dress according to the era the car was created in. Go on, you know you want to! grittletonhouse.co.uk 

 

Make Your Own Pendant Workshop, Barking Hen Jewellery, The Citadel Hall, Chippenham, Sun 2 Sep

Having a piece of custom jewellery can be a really beautiful addition to your collection but it can also cost a pretty penny. Instead, create your own with Barking Hen Jewellery. Learn the basics of silversmith techniques and come home with your own stunning, original pendant. barkinghenjewellery.co.uk

 

Potato Patch, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Mon 3 Sep to Sun 7 Oct

The potatoes which have been growing all summer are finally ready to be dug up and turned into something yummy. Cotswold Farm Park has invited all its visitors to get down and dirty, dig up some of their own spuds to take home and use for their dinner. cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

 

Eminence Skin Consultations, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Mon 3 Sep to Fri 7 Sep

Bowood Hotel are holding free skin consultations for one week only. Get an introduction to the whole Eminence Skin range, get a professional skin analysis, a tour of the beautiful spa and exclusive discounts on all their products. bowood.org.uk

 

Garden Tour and Champagne Afternoon Tea, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Tues 4 Sep

Make the most of the Indian summer at the beautiful Whatley Manor gardens. Led by head gardener Andy Spreadbury, the tour will take you around the various gardens and give an insight on the time and skill it takes keep everything looking so glorious. Afterwards you’ll be wined and dined with delicious afternoon tea and Andy will answer any burning gardening questions you may have. whatleymanor.com

 

More Speedy Meals, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Wed 5 Sep

 Sometimes we just don’t have the time to be slaving over a home-cooked meal and we just need something quick and easy, but that doesn’t mean we should sacrifice flavour. Vaughan’s Cookery School have selected a few meals that can be whipped up in no time and are still absolutely delicious. Sign up now! vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

Moroccan and Middle East Cookery Class, Cookery at Winston House, Stonehouse, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Sep

Learn to make a full three-course Moroccan meal to serve to family and friends. You’ll be offered food, drink and a recipe pack to take home so you can make the feast at home. cookeryatwinstonhouse.co.uk

 

Crafts Alive: The Gloucestershire Guild, Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester, Wed 5 to Sun 9 Sep

Celebrate contemporary arts and craft at this grand, five-day Gloucestershire Guild event, held at the regal Rodmarton Manor. Get stuck in and messy in all the craft activities, enjoy delicious food and maybe a little bit (or a lot) of shopping! guildcrafts.org.uk

 

Adele Riley Exhibition, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham Wed 5 Sep to Sat 6 Oct

The most important thing for this Gloucestershire artist when she’s creating her work is to find the emotion in the scene she’s painting. Whether that be from light, weather or the atmosphere in the moment. And she definitely succeeds. A beautiful show. thechapelarts.com

 

The Full Monty, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 6 to Sat 15 Sep

This box-office hit has been adapted by Oscar-winning Simon Beaufoy and features Hollyoaks Gary Lucy. Get a front-row seat if you can! everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Marlborough Rising, Marlborough, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sept

Marlborough bursts onto the music-fest scene with all new Marlborough Rising – a three day banger of an event with live music from Joe Stilgoe, Turin Brakes and…wait for it…Scouting for Girls headlining. This brand new venture (dreamed up by an enthusiastic group in the back room of the Green Dragon, no less) deserves a whack of support – the music promises to be wide ranging, catering for all tastes and, quite frankly, could potentially be a fabulously threatening new kid on the block in the Wilts live music scene. Get your tix at marlboroughrising.com

 

The Johnny Cash Story, The Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Fri 7 Sep

Get inside the life of famed Johnny Cash with the story of the 18-time Grammy award winner’s amazing career. It performed amazingly at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the covers are so authentic you’d believe he was in the room. Just about. wharftheatre.co.uk

 

The Swindon Railway Festival, Steam Museum, Swindon, Sat 8 Sep to Sun 9 Sep

Swindon Railway Festival is the biggest GWR event of the year. Admire the incredible craftsmanship of model railways, plus loads of family activities including trails and chance to climb aboard loads of classic trains. Oh, and some grub too. steammuseum.co.uk

 

Charity Polo Day in association with Whatley Manor, Beaufort Polo Club, Tetbury, Sun 9 Sep

Hospitality Action’s annual polo day at Beaufort Polo Club offers an outstanding lunch prepared by six award-winning chefs prior to a thrilling game of polo. The day begins with a Champagne reception and polo demonstration on the lawns of the Beaufort Polo Club, followed by a three course lunch prepared by Richard Davies of Calcot Manor, André Garrett of Cliveden House, Robby Jenks of The Vineyard, Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park, Niall Keating of Whatley Manor and Rob Potter of The Manor House. Phew! Tickets are limited so bag yours now. whatleymanor.com

 

Yoga & Picnic for Charity, The Yoga Glow, Minchinhampton Common, Sun 9 Sep

Get in touch with your inner Zen in the name of charity at The Yoga Glow’s picnic and yoga session which is raising money for Mind. Rock up with your family, pets, picnic blankets and prepare to get blissed out! facebook.com/events

 

Taste Wiltshire, The Farm Cookery School, Netherstreet Farm, Bromham, Sun 9 Sep

The Farm Cookery School are renowned for their excellent recipes, yummy treats and great produce. Now, they have invited their favourite local food and drink producers to showcase the best they have to offer, and you are the lucky Mudsters invited to try their delicious goods. Swig on an amazing new wine or pick up some oh-so-ripe cheddar for your next cheese board. It’s the perfect day out foodies. thefarmcookeryschool.co.uk

 

The Afternoon-Tea Experience, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 9 Sep

Learn how to make the quintessential afternoon tea – cakes, pastries and petit sandwiches – at the always brilliant Harts Barn Cookery School. hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk

 

Shamanic Meditation for Empowerment and Presence with Kate Dineen, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 9 Sep

This class will focus on breath work, gentle exercises and tools for getting rid of bad energy and finding inner peace Whether you regularly practise meditation, want to incorporate it into your yoga routine or are a complete novice at both, this class put you on the right path to a more relaxed outlook on life. stroudyogaspace.com

 

Duet for One, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, Sat 10 Sep to Sat 15 Sep

 

This beautiful play had a hugely successful run in the West End and is now coming to the Salisbury Stage. The story of a star violinist who is forced to think of a future without music, its tale of woe, self-discovery and friendship is heart-warming, brilliant and well worth a watch. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

Ladies that Lunch – Elan Spa, Greenway Hotel & Spa, Cheltenham, Tue 11 Sep

The spa

Meet the Elan spa team for a talk on wellbeing and self-care, while enjoying a cocktail and a two-course lunch. Now that’s my kind of self-care! thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

 

Summer Hand-Tied Bouquet Workshop, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Wed 12 Sep

Flower arranging can be a great hobby, and if you’re trying to be thrifty for a wedding, learning to create a bouquet can be perfect to save a dime. No previous experience required, and you’ll come home with a beautiful arrangement ready for a vase. Includes a slap up lunch. grittletonhouse.co.uk

 

Chunky Needle Workshop, Meggie’s Gift Shop, Stow-on-the-Wold, Thu 13 Sep

armchair opal chunky knit throwJoin Muddy favourite The Chunky Needle, at the lovely Stow-on-the-Wold’s Meggie’s gift shop for a lesson on chunky knitting.  You’ll make your very own lap-size chunky knit blanket in one of The Chunky Needle founder Courtney’s gorgeous shades – she’s got over 40! Tickets cost £75 and include all supplies, refreshments and special discounts for Meggie’s and The Chunky Needle. thechunkyneedle.com 

 

‘Drawing from Nature’ Art Workshop and Afternoon Tea, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Thurs 13 Sep

The talented Mandy Mills will be teaching you how to draw natural forms, use a range of tones and techniques such as mark making, and how to get a good composition. Use the beautiful Woolley Grange gardens are your inspiration and get drawing, no matter your skill level. After completing your art work you’ll get treated to a full afternoon tea in the hotel terrace. Sounds perfect, ta! www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

 

Ladies Lunch with Tom Sunley, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Thurs 13 Sep

Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch in the company of Tom Sunley who manages the historical data for the Archaeology Service in Wiltshire and Swindon. Go in-depth into the history of Wiltshire landscape and the human evolution of the landscape. bowood.org.uk

 

Richard Bertinet Bread Demo, Neston Farm Shop and Kitchen, Melksham, Thurs 13 Sep

The world-famous baker invites you lucky lot to join him in baking up a real treat, as he demos two recipes from his new book Crumb. www.hartley-farm.co.uk

 

Round The World Gourmet, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Fri 14 Sep

Spend an evening tasting food from all over the world, with a perfect wine pairing for each course. Seven courses, seven countries and seven wines – Phileas Fogg eat your heart out. thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

 

Ross Noble: El Halblador, City Hall Salisbury, Salisbury, Fri 14 Sep

Absolutely mental Ross Noble is back on tour running around the stage like a mad man, spewing the hilarious commentary that runs through his brain. Jump on the crazy train for one night only and enjoy the ride. cityhallsalisbury.co.

 

Basic Bread Making Class, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sat 15 Sep

No matter your skill level, Vaughan’s Cookery School will have you producing fluffy white bread rolls, wholegrain rolls and soda bread. Right, got that application for Bake Off ready? vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

Hundred-Watt Club – Burlesque in Salisbury, City Hall Salisbury, Salisbury, Sat 15 Sep

The beautiful ladies of Hundred Watt Club are coming to Salisbury. This is the ultimate sexy burlesque show, packed with comedy and circuits stunts. No kiddies invited to this one! www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

 

Classic Car Rally, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Sun 16 Sep

Feast your eyes on some incredible motors and take a tour around the beautiful grounds of Sudeley. sudeleycastle.co.uk

 

PAUSE: Yin Yoga – Transition into Autumn, The Yoga Glow, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 16 Sep

woman yoga butterfly poseLet go of all the stress for summer and prep for a new year as we head into autumn. This class will explore the balance between strength and softness and stillness and movement. Suitable for all levels, whether you’ve never touched a yoga mat before or you’re a regular. theyogaglowuk.com

 

Cheltenham Comedy Festival, Various Locations, Mon 17  to Sat 22 Sep

Some of the biggest names in comedy are coming to the West Country to try new material, show their skills, get some laughs and hopefully no heckles. With loads of comedians with different styles taking to the stage, there’ll be something that’ll tickle everyone’s fancy. cheltenhamcomedy.com

 

Positive Parenting Core Course, The Old Refectory, Saintbury, starting Wed 19 Sep

Parenting is hard (no kidding!!) and there’s no way to prepare for what’s to come until you’re knee-deep in nappies, toys and baby food. But Parenting Partnership has come up with a five-session course that will see you through calmly and effectively. theparentingpartnership.com

 

Susie Dent: The Secret Lives of Words, Swindon, Wed 19 Sep

The brilliant Susie Dent swaps her chair at the Countdown desk for the live stage, talking about the secret meaning of words, oddities in our own language and a whole heap of audience participation. If you’re after a show that actual takes a little bit of brain power, this is the one for you. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Wine and Cheese Tasting, The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold, Thu 20 Sep

exterior pub at night carsWine, cheese and the oldest pub in the country. Sounds like a winning combination. Read the Muddy review hereporch-house.co.uk

 

Hassle Free Weekends with Polly Parsons, Miserden Pop-ups, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Fri 21 Sep to Sat 22 Sep

table set for dining greenhouseAnother delicious pop up for us to get our teeth into with Miserden newcomer Polly, a former fashion designer who now channels her creativity into food. miserden.org

 

Son of Town Hall, Pound Arts, Corsham, Fri 21 Sep

Meet Ben Parker and David Berkeley, triple threats when it comes to the musical arts, and sing along on a journey across the ocean in this concert with a little touch of theatre. poundarts.org.uk

 

Pigtails – End of Summer Party & Book Launch, Helen Browning’s Organics, Royal Oak, Bishopstone, Sat 22 Sep 

Celebrate the book release of Helen Browning’s ‘Pig: Tales from an Organic Farm’. She and other authors will share their favourite tales of farms and animal welfare, plus society’s view on farming. Plus plenty of delicious food and drinks, farmyard friends to greet and live music. helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk

 

Harvest Festival, Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Sat 22 Sep

Celebrate the harvest with Roves Farm and a day packed full of outdoor activities including tractor rides, apple pressing and meeting all the farmyard animals. rovesfarm.co.uk

 

Ian Stirling: U OK HUN? X, Swindon, Mon 24 Sep

The mysterious voice behind the commentary of love island shows his face – and his tour is just as funny as his witty banter on the reality show. Join the TV star as he debates everyday antics. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Snake in The Grass, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Mon 24 Sep to Sat 29 Sep

This eerie yet comedic thriller is a tale of two sisters, whose ghosts of their past come back to haunt them. You might think you know what’s happening but you’ll be guessing right to the very end. wharftheatre

 

Early, Early Christmas Fair, Tedworth Park, Tidworth, 25-26 Sep

Nope, I’m not joking, it’s that time of year again (ARRRGHHHH!). So it’s a good job Muddy has got your Christmas shopping all sorted – check out one-stop-shop Early, Early Christmas Fair where you can eat, chat and shop ’til you drop with an incredible range of original gifts, many sourced locally (you know how we love to support a local business at Muddy), from delicatessen food, fashion and cosmetics to imaginative gifts for home and garden, plus loads of ideas for kids, teens and him indoors. It all takes place on the glorious Polo Ground at Tedworth Park so the setting ain’t too shabby, either. There are over 100 stalls, plus book signings from some seriously famous authors, and the big news is that Antiques Roadshow experts Marc Allum and Lisa Lloyd are popping in to value that seemingly useless piece of trash in your attic and turn you into a multi-gazillionaire! And all in aid of ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity. The fair opens Tuesday 25th Sep 2pm-6pm with an evening reception 6.30pm-9.30pm, and Wednesday 26th Sep 9.30am-4pm, tickets from only £3.50. www.eecfair.org.uk

 

Meat & Wine with Somerset Charcuterie, Averys Wine Cellar, Bristol, Wed 26 Sep

Averys has teamed up with Somerset Charcuterie to put on an evening tasting of the best local cuts of meat, and delectable wines from around the world, paired perfectly with each course, naturally. averys.com

 

Connected Parenting in the Digital Age, The Parenting Partnership, The Old Refectory, Saintbury, Wed 26 Sep

boys on phonesNeed to detach your little darlings from their devices? This workshop will show you how, as well as help them establish a healthy relationship with their phones, tablets and computers. It’s really, really informative – read my own experience heretheparentingpartnership.com

 

South African Wine Dinner, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Thurs 27 Sep

The Old Bell Hotel invites all wine lovers to join them for an evening of food, wine and laughs. Try a variety of south African wines and nibble on canapes before sitting down to dinner. oldbellhotel.co.uk

 

Join the Mayhem, Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham, Thu 27 Sep

The brilliant charitable organisation Join the Mayhem is holding its second event to help raise money for the homeless. And there’s another tasty lineup of established and upcoming chefs (among themAdam Handling, Simon Rogan, James Wilson) to create a vibrantly wonderful 13-course gastronomical feast. All proceeds go towards Open Door Cheltenham to support those most vulnerable right on our doorstep. jointhemayhem.com

 

Kids Arcade Autumn Pop Up, Warwick Hall Café, Burford, Fri 28 Sep

rail of kids' designer clothesKids Arcade is genius at discovering the coolest kids’ brands out there and when you see the tasty offerings, you’ll be wishing they’d start doing adult pop ups, too. Get down to Warwick Hall Café to grab some fab autumn fashion for your offspring from the likes of Wildchild London, Five Boys and Outside the Lines. facebook.com

 

Open Studios Weekend, Aimee Winstone Jewellery, Compton Greenfield, 29-30 Sep

Make your own jewellery with Muddy Awards finalist Aimee Winston – join in taster sessions to make a simple ring or bangle and while you are there pick up some jewellery making experience gift vouchers, perfect for Christmas, as well as a selection of silver jewellery at discounted prices. www.aimeewinstone.com

 

Averys Wine Festival, Averys Wine Cellar, Bristol, Sat 29 Sep

wine cellars of Avery bristol

Join Averys for an afternoon filled with wine, food and music in the wine merchant’s historical cellars. Learn about the process of making and storing wine and taste up to 50 different wines. averys.comaverys.com

 

Willie And The Bandits, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Sat 29 Sep

This blues trio riffs in the tradition of The Jimi Hendrix Experience (while looking all young Bob Dylan) with some bizarre instruments and eclectic influences thrown into the mix. In our county for one night only, don’t miss. themarshallrooms.co.uk 

 

Kids Cookery – Making Simple Meals, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 30 Sep

All of the recipes made during this class will be quick and easy for your kids to replicate at home. Keep the recipes to collect in their very own cookery folder. You could have a little Gordon Ramsey or Mary Berry on your hands (let’s hope for the latter!). hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk

 

Bake Your Own Showstoppers, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sun 30 Sep

The nation’s favourite baking show is back, and to celebrate Vaughan’s Cookery School have invited 2013 quarter-finalist Christine to share her baking secrets, reveal some behind the scene goss and help you create your very own showstopper. No soggy bottoms please, Mudsters! www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

 

BOOK AHEAD

Wedding Open Day, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 14 Oct

With its beautiful interiors, sweeping staircases and stunning Italian sunken gardens, this privately owned country mansion in the Cotswolds can be yours for a day….Um, yes please! Check out its elegance and grandeur for yourself at Grittleton House’s Wedding Open Day and you’ll even get a complimentary glass of fizz and canapes to snaffle. There will be plenty of recommended suppliers to meet too… www.grittletonhouse.co.uk

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Charity Fashion Show, OSO Boutique, Rose & Crown Hotel, Harnham, Sun 28 Oct

This wonderful event is raising money for the Stars Appeal who dedicate their efforts to buying MRI scanners. Customers are going to be strutting their stuff down the catwalk to show off OSO boutiques new Winter/Autumn collection. Plus, cream tea will also be on offer. www.osoboutique.co.uk

 

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