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A Taste of the Past, Stonehenge, Mon 19 Feb

stonehenge on a sunny day

Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon, and is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, but have you ever wondered how the food was prepared for the people who worked there many years ago? Take an historical trip and join Neolithic cooks for an exciting look at the food that fed the builders of Stonehenge.


Birdsong, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 19 to Sat 24 Feb

soldiers on stage Birdsong

A mesmerising story of love and courage, this stage version of Sebastian Faulks’s novel about the Great War is a sell-out sensation. Not. To. Be. Missed. We at Muddy can’t wait to see it, so watch out for the Muddy review.


Living with Nature’s Design, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, Tue 20 Feb to Sun 15 April

handmade chest of drawers

If you’re on the prowl for one-off, original interiors finds, then this is your mecca. Among the goodies will be furniture designer-makers Kristian Pettifor and David Ian Smith’s table, chest of drawers and lighting, and sheer linen textile panels printed and painted with patterns inspired by ripples and reflections in nature by the very talented Jenny Bicât.


National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 22 Feb, 7pm

Sienna Miller Jack O'Donnell

Directed by Benedict Andrews, this sizzling version of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece sees Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell play out the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage.


Paul Creane & Paula Cox, Star Anise Arts Café, Stroud, Thu 22 Feb, 7.30-10.30pm

A singer and songwriter duo who make musical magic, this live show of harmony driven acoustics is the perfect fit for the bohemian, slightly quirky environment of the Star Anise. Expect a powerful performance that touches deep.


Southside, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, Sat 24 Feb, 7.30-10pm

three musicians sepia

The Stroud country and rockabilly trio will be putting aside the electrics for an acoustic session in the bar where they’ll be playing their own brand of ‘music with a pulse’.


Crazy Pony, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Sat 24 Feb, 8:30pm

International duo The Crazy Pony (English and Swiss if you’re interested) not only play bluegrass with a slice of jazz, they also do circus acrobatics and comedy, so not your average night out. But when do you have an average night out at The Prince Albert?


Golden Era, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Sat 24 Feb, 9pm-3am

poster for The Marshall Rooms The Golden Era night

A nostalgia trip back to the warehouse party sounds of the late 1980s and raves of the early 1990s, this club night is guaranteed to take 20 years off you (yes, that’s the power of music and memory!!). DJs will be going head to head in 30-minute slots – and you’ll be transported to a very happy place.



Snowdrop season, Painswick Rococo Gardens, Painswick, throughout Feb

blanket of snowdrops tree trunks

Always cheery to see these white jewels popping up and if you really want to feast on the first sign of spring, head to the Rococo Gardens where you’ll also be treated to hellebores, cyclamen and wood anemone. The café is fab with homemade lunches and cakes that are incredibly hard to resist. You have been warned!


Land, Sea and Sky, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sat 24 Feb

Master of pastels Michael Norman, local landscape painter Kim Jarvis and wildlife artist Jackie Cox are just three of the artists in the latest exhibition at Cheltenham’s alternative gallery.


Wine-Tasting Experience, Three Choirs Vineyard, near Gloucester, throughout Feb, Tuesdays to Fridays, 10:30am

woman drinking wine

Apparently mid-week skives are good for you (read all about it here), and moderate wine drinking is too of course, so hello, do this for your health. A bit of a tour, some wine quaffing and a light lunch. That’ll cheer up February nicely thank you.


Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, until Sun 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.


Lambing, Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, until Sun 15 April

lambs in a barn

The cutest signs of spring will be appearing on Adam Henson’s beautiful farm just in time for half term. Open-dated tickets mean you can book in then choose a day when the sun’s out (if we get one, fingers crossed!), but if we don’t there’s a new Animal Barn to cosy up in.



woman jumping in air blue sky 

Pre-Cheltenham Festival Ball & Auction, The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, Sat 3 Mar

The Hollow Bottom is the pub to head to for Cheltenham Race Week if you want to avoid the craziness of the Spa town but still imbibe the fun of the races, and this ball is just the thing to get you out of the gate. A night of champagne and canapés, dinner and wine, cheese and port, magic from Andy Cole and dancing to The Shy-Teds. Only £75 and it’s all in aid of Help Chloe Live. Tel: 01451 850392,


Kids’ Easter Drama Workshop, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Tue 3 to Fri 6 April

If you’ve got a budding actor of primary school age and are wondering how to stimulate their genius (or, er, just entertain them over Easter), can I recommend this fab-sounding workshop! No auditions required (phew), kids will be put through their dramatic paces playing theatre games, telling stories, creating characters and learning songs, which will culminate in a performance on the Friday on the main stage in full costume with song and dance in front of an audience! It’s first come first served, so get yourself a place quick. Here’s the link.


Summer music festival round-up, from June

In less than six months we’ll be basking in warm sunshine hanging out with feathers in our hair at a music festival – that is if you book your tickets now! Check out the Muddy pick’n’mix here.

woman at a music festival sunset

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