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Mon 13 - Sun 19 Jan

Mon 13 – Sun 19 Jan

MUDDYS PICK OF THE WEEK

DANCE: Strictly Come Ballroom, Stroud, 14 Jan

Why should celebs have all the darn fun? Check in for the new season of beginners ballroom lessons at the Britannia Dance School, the only purpose built ballroom dance studio in Gloucestershire. Learn to waltz, cha cha and tango like the pros.

 

CHARITY: Tibbiwell Alpacas Fundraiser, Painswick, Stroud, 18 Jan

Tibbiwell Alpacas is holding a special charity fundraising day to help animals injured in the Australian bush fires. It’s a fabulous excuse to get up close with these cute critters. Meet and mingle, hand feed them, take hilarious selfies, then tuck into cake and coffee, all for a donation.

 

SUPPER CLUB: Thai supper club, Daylesford Farm, near Kingham, 18 Jan

Daylesford Farm’s first supper club of the year will be hosted by resident Thai chef Kuttiya Nimcean (CV: the super-groovy Chiva Som in Bangkok). Exclusive menu alert! Expect herbal spicy beef salad, stone bass and noodles, followed by tropical fruit jelly and coconut ice cream. We’re so in.

 

NATURE: Snowdrop Trail, Dyrham Park, throughout Jan & Feb

Wander through acres of breathtaking snowdrops at Dyrham Park. This stunning 17th century mansion house (you’ll feel like an extra out of Downton Abbey) is home to more than half a dozen types.

 

LIVE SCREENING: Sleeping Beauty, Corinium Museum, Cirencester, 16th Jan

The spine-tingling Royal Ballet brings an enchanting world of princesses and spells to you with its live showing of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at the Corinium Museum. Its may not be a Royal Box at the Royal Opera House, but we’re going to close our eyes and pretend it is.

LIGHT SHOW: Where There is Light, Gloucester Cathedral, from 16 Jan

Brighten up the dark evenings with a trip to this immersive art installation at Gloucester Cathedral. Where There is Light is an exhibition by light artists at Squidsoup and is all about the contribution of refugees over the past 80 years. Take a trip through the twinkly lights.

THEATRE: Thank You For The Music, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 16 Jan

Knowing me, knowing you, a-haaa! This international smash-hit tribute show brings ABBA’s number one hits to the stage at the Everyman Theatre in a glittering production that’ll have you swaying in the aisles. Bring your dancing boots.

RUN: Gloucester Half Marathon, Gloucester, 19 Jan

Crush your personal best (or just limp round) at the fun Gloucester Half Marathon. Run with friends or solo, on a traffic free route that takes in some fabulous scenery through Haresfield and Colesthorp village. Grab your medal and t-shirt at the end and high 5 everyone ok?

WEDDINGS: Wedding Open Day, Ellenborough Park, 19 Jan

Planning a certain big day? Get all the wedding inspo you’ll need at five-star Ellenborough Park’s wedding open day. Get your welcome drink upon arrival and meet the on-site expert wedding team, there’ll be stalls upon stalls of hand-picked suppliers to grant your every wish.

FURTHER AFIELD

ART: Gauguin Portraits, National Gallery, London, to 26 Jan

Prepare for some strange sights in this beautiful showcase of flowers, fruit and people. Trace the artist’s voyage to Tahiti and marvel at the first ever exhibition devoted to Gauguin’s portraits. Only on until 26 Jan arty people, so get your skates on.

FASHION: Mary Quant, V&A, London, until 16 Feb

From miniskirts and hot pants to kerr-azy tights and makeup – discover how sartorial icon Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. Drool over more than 200 outfits and accessories from the designer’s personal archive.

CULTURE: Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, Saatchi Gallery, until 3 May

Inject some king-bling into the week with the golden treasures of Tutankhamun at the Saatchi gallery. This stunner of an exhibition is the largest of its kind, featuring 150 artefacts from the tomb, 60 of which have never left Egypt before. Book up now to avoid disappointment.

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