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Wait Until Dark, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 12 to Sat 16 Sept

Get ready to feel the fear! Set in London in the 1960s, this thriller by Dial M For Murder author Frederick Knott, follows the story of Suzy, a blind woman alone in her apartment plunged in darkness with the phone line cut dead and murderous visitors. I’m hiding under my seat already…

Back to School for Grown Ups, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, Tue 12 Sept to Sun 5 Nov

Remember the pleasure of buying lots of new things for the start of school term, that lovely smell of leather and pleasingly neat stationery before it all got mucked up in your bag? Well this exhibition will take you back to those halcyon days with exquisite handmade leather goods, books and pens – which are all for sale.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Blenheim Palace, Wed 13 to Sun 17 Sept

show jumping blenheim horse trials

Tally-ho! The 27th annual Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials return this week, a three day event over four days (go figure) featuring dressage, cross country and show-jumping. It’s very horsey as you can imagine – the trade stands are rammed with tweed, leather boots and strange equine fashion, but you get great views of the competition (nearly so close you can touch in some instances), and it’s a slickly run event in stunning surrounds.  This year the popular Fun ride route has been changed with more jumps and both a long and short course, plus there’s a new shopping pavilion. Horsey heaven.

National Theatre Live: Yerma, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 14 Sept

This radical production of Lorca’s powerful masterpiece about a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive is utterly compelling and was a sell-out at the Young Vic. Starring Billie Piper, the former child star (do you remember Scratchy & Co.?!) who’s grown up into a seriously credible actress (Doctor Who, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Penny Dreadful), her “earth-quaking” performance (The Guardian) won her an Olivier award, so this is would be something of a mid-week cultural treat.

Crazy Bird Comedy Club, The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Stroud, Thu 14 Sept

Good food and belly laughs guaranteed at this comedy night at The Malthouse. Fill your face from 5-7.30pm and then enjoy the wit of Belfast boy Ryan McFonnell, Kiwi comic Richard Lindesay and headliner Mark Palmer, the South African funny man who mines married life, babysitting, airport madness and technology for his laughs.

Bomb Skwad, Stroud Valley Arts, Stroud, Fri 15 Sept

If you like your hip hop, SVA is the place to be on Friday night as a collection of the best bands in the Stroud area get together for a night of live rap and lyricism. Take your workout to the dancefloor people, you know it makes sense.

The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court, Fri 15 to Sun 17 Sept

I can’t even sew labels onto school clothes so this kind of event is way out of my comfort zone. However, you may be au fait with a with needle and thread, sewing machine, knitters and fabric scissors, in which case fill your boots at this slick annual offering from everyone’ favourite Head Girl Kirsty Allsopp. Joining her are interior designer and author Sophie Conran and founder of Not On The High Street, Holly Tucker, and, of course, Kirstie Allsopp. Plus there’s the chance to try something new in the interactive workshops – from calligraphy to wirework, machine sewing to screen printing. The Handmade Fair

The Funky Jets, The Wheatsheaf, Cheltenham, Fri 15 Sept

Nestled at the food of Leckhampton Hill, the family pub that is The Wheatsheaf is under new management and has had a bit of a makeover. Drop by on Friday to check out its new look and join in the Revamp Party, where The Funky Jets, Cheltenham’s favourite funk band, will be playing from 8pm-10pm.

Bottomless Beer Brunch, Hillside Brewery, Longhope, Sat 16 Sept

Coffee is for wimps you know? Kick off the weekend properly with Hillside Brewery’s Bottomless Beer Brunch. There’ll be ale, mustard and cracked black pepper sausages from Cameron’s Butchers in Cinderford, freshly baked beer bread from Forest Bakehouse in Longhope and craft beers on tap, ALL DAY! Book in for an hourly slot between 11am and 3pm. Here I come!!

Daylesford Cookery School, Supper with Rose Prince, Sat 16 Sept 

Fancy a night in the Cotswolds? Food writer and best-selling author Rose Prince rocks up at Daylesford Cookery School for a four-course, seasonal tasting menu created by Rose featuring dishes and ideas from her latest book, DINNER & PARTY. Yum, yum and yum.

Ultimate Gin Evening, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sat 16 Sept

Calling all gin lovers for the Ultimate Gin evening in association with The Cotswold Distillery. Well, that’s me then… Ticket price includes 4 course meal plus canapés, prepared by their Michelin trained chef, 7 glasses of Gin (3 created especially by the mixologist to pair with the starter, main & cheese course) and music by Paper Moon swing band.

London Design Festival, various locations, Sat 16 to Sun 24 Sept

This festival, now in its 15th year, is just incredible – hundreds of events taking place across the city at venues including the V&A where you can see this stunning Reflection Room, by designer Flynn Talbot,  an immersive coloured light experience that will be the first London Design Festival installation to be housed in the Prince Consort Gallery.

Rebel Yoga, Brunch, Swim & Sauna, Sandford Parks Lido, Sun 17 Sept, 10am-12pm

Love the sound of this Sunday morning – an hour of energising yoga to 1990s R&B led by Yoga Rebel SJ Griffiths, followed by a healthy brunch and a swim if you’re brave enough and even if you’re not, you can climb into the Lido’s mobile sauna to warm up afterwards, so go on! And, if it’s your lucky day, you might be picked to get a free, 20-minute massage courtesy of mobile massage company The Hideout, which is rocking up poolside in its cute campervan Freedom. I’ve had one of The Hideout’s massages and Tash, the beautiful brains behind the new venture, is ah-maazing. And she’s offering introductory offers so you can enjoy her magic touch in the comfort of your own home.

The Vintage Collections LFW, The Yard, Shoreditch Sun 17 Sept 

women with short blonde hair holding up purple vintage dress girl looking over shoulder in cream vintage dress

Open to industry and the style-loving public this London Fashion Week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair arrives at Shoreditch venue The Yard for one day of unique shopping. 50 of the best vintage traders from across the UK selling Chanel and Gucci, and vintage faves like Biba and Ossie Clark, plus original designs dating from the Victorian era to the 1980s will all blow your retro rocket sky high. A major resource for the fashion industry, the pieces sourced at the fair go on to be next season’s trends, so here’s your chance to be fashion forward.
11am until 5pm at The Yard, 89&1/2 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF. Entry to the fair is £4 (£2 for students) on the door.

Giffords Circus, Stratton Meadows, Cirencester, until Mon 18 Sept

A candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band, everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy and a side helping of psychedelic madness, there’s still time to catch the inimitable Giffords Circus which this year visits the Spanish court of the 17th century.

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