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Clear and Calm: Stress Away Mini Retreat, Chapel Spa, Cheltenham, Mon 22 Jan, 10am

two women in dressing gowns at a spa by the pool

A restorative retreat led by Balance Retreat’s Helen, an acupuncturist and stress management specialist, and yoga teacher and massage therapist Gemma. These two are great healers – I went to one before Christmas and left with lots of tools for reducing stress, including how to boost my qi (energy) which I’ve been putting into practice ever since. Combine it with some spa treatments and afternoon tea and you’ll float out of there ready for the week ahead.


Private Lives, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 23 to Sat 27 Jan, 7.30pm, 2pm Sat matinée

man and woman in private lives

Don’t miss Noël Coward’s brilliant comedy of manners brought superbly to life by London Classic Theatre. Following two honeymooning couples in adjoining suites, sparks fly in this classic battle of the sexes.


Lifting the Blues: Aynsley Lister, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Wed 24 Jan, 7.30pm

Showcasing his new album Home, the man whose “guitar playing is a fire hazard” according to Mojo is going to set the stage alight and blast away any winter blues with this explosive concert in which he’s supported by The Black Feathers who mix things up with Americana, folk and acoustic indie rock. bacontheatre


Burns Night Supper, The Green Room, Whatley Manor, Easton Grey, Wilts, Thu 25 Jan, 7pm

chef cooking

Take your Burns Night Supper to the next level this year at Whatley Manor’s new Green Room, a low-key, traditional hug of a space with ostrich leather walls and bar, and über-talented chefs cooking topnotch Scottish fare in the round. And, of course, there’ll be a few wee drams on offer too, namely Arran Single Malt, the only single malt officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation.


Fairport Convention, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Thu 25 Jan

Fifty years on and the band credited with originating British folk-rock music is still going strong. Catch them on their winter tour when they’ll be playing a mix of their old favourites and new material from their latest Golden anniversary studio album


Let’s Get Quizzical: The Scottish Quiz, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, Stroud, Thu 25 Jan, 8pm

This month’s Stroud Brewery quiz night celebrates Burns Night with a Scottish-themed quiz, so start cramming your Scottish history, och aye.


Soushi at The Garden Café Pop-up Restaurant, Miserden Nursery, Miserden, Fri 26 Jan


Following last year’s resounding success, Soushi’s Brett Mills is popping up at Miserden’s greenhouse garden café for one night only – expect the Cirencester outfit’s trademark, melt-in-the-mouth sushi and don’t forget to bring your own to wash it down with. Japanese rice wine anyone?


Healthy Mind and Healthy Body, Unicorn House, Cirencester, Sun 28 Jan, 10.30am-1pm

Make 2018 your healthiest year ever with a bit of a kickstart from this workshop at Muddy’s favourite co-working space Unicorn House. It’ll look at how hypnosis can support you, how the brain works, what you can do to reduce stress and feel happier, how food can support your mood and how to make healthy eating choices.


Cheltenham’s Independents Sale, Princess Hall, Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham, Sun 28 Jan, 11am-4pm

Princess Hall Cheltenham Ladies College

I went along to this last year and it’s a corker! Some of the spa town’s most chic boutiques under one roof with prices slashed by as much as 75 per cent. And it comes after pay day! The timing couldn’t be any better! Watch out for Keith Scarrott Shoes, Beards, The Union Project, James of Montpellier and Boutique 3, alongside newcomers Bodega and Love It, luggage and leather goods supplier Enekes and lingerie specialists Sandra Dee. It’s free entry, so just turn up with your credit card at the ready.


Circomedia: Cut the Mustard, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sun 28 Jan, 7.30pm

woman's leg balancing mustard and lemon

Who knew, but you don’t run away to the circus these days, you go to college! Join the 2018 graduating class of Circomedia, Bristol as they show off everything they’ve learned on after three years of falling, catching, dropping, laughing, injury, endurance and dedication. Laugh, I nearly cried!


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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