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Hype Art Show, Unicorn House, Cirencester, Fri 27 April

Contemporary art dealer Laura Long is putting on an art show with a difference at Cirencester’s cool co-working space Unicorn House. With work by Stuart Semple, Phil Bedford, Detta Fane, Bella Thewes and Debby Besford, expect knockout art in a knockout setting. Oh, and there’ll be prints for sale so bring your credit card!


KidsArcade Fashion Pop-up, The Bull Hotel, Fairford, Fri 27 April, 11am-3pm

women shopping kids clothes
No need to schlep to London to deck out your offspring. KidsArcade, brainchild of super-stylish mum Rachel Bisker who used to work for InStyle, has an emporium of hard-to-find designer brands such as Five Boys Clothing, Outside the Lines and Four Fairies and she’s bringing them all to one of Muddy’s favourite pubs, The Bull! With champagne thrown into the mix, what’s not to love? Email: Tel: 07939587964


A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Fri  27 April to Sat 5 May

This raucous musical comedy pays tribute to Roman playwright, Plautus with vaudevillian delivery. Set in Ancient Rome, the plot revolves around three neighbouring houses. Pseudolus schemes to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master Hero who, in return, has promised to grant him his freedom. Ever since the original 1962 Broadway production won several Tony Awards, Forum has proved itself to be one of the funniest musicals ever written. As in the words of one of its most popular songs, there is truly ‘something for everyone – a comedy tonight!’ wharftheatre


Fresh Contemporary Art Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse, Fri 27 to Sun 29 April

orange background painting two men in arab dress one with stick

Whether you’re a seasoned collector and newbie dipping your toe in the world of art collecting, this contemporary offering is the place to head. There’s something for all budgets and tastes and this year sees a new sculpture park showing 70-odd pieces by 20 artists.


A Forest Feast Supper Club, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 27 April, 7-11pm

The Forest of Dean supper club returns with the best the royal forest has to offer, including forest mushroom pate with blackberry chutney, braised wild boar with roasted root vegetables and a special hazelnut gateaux. Harts Barn supper clubs are always brilliant fun – and packed, so don’t wait to book or it’ll be too late!


Spence Cater, Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, near Stroud, Sat 28 April, 7.30-10pm man guitar

A Stroud-based singer songwriter who’s played on Broadway, Spence Cater is a cross between Elvis Costello, James Taylor and They May Be Giants. Yeah, he’s good. Don’t miss.


Flavoured & Coloured Pasta Masterclass, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sat 28 April, 10am-12.30pm

wooden spoon pasta yellow orange green chilli tomoato

Wow, this is going to impress at your next dinner party! Learn how to knock up not only homemade pasta, which is a feat in itself, but flavour and colour it as well. There’ll be pre-made fillings so you can test out your shaping skills too and, just to make sure you’re on the right track, there’ll be tastings throughout and you can take home your creations at the end. So come hungry!


The Marriage of Figaro, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 28 April, 7.30pm

actresses blue yellow and pink dresses

This energetic new production by English Touring Opera is not to missed with big performances, voices, laughs and music.


Wonder, Whatley Manor Sunday Cinema Club, Sun 29 April

red cinema seating

Lose yourself in a good film in Whatley’s divine cinema, with plenty of popcorn and a three-course meal in the newly-refurbed and pretty cool Grey’s Brasserie.


Pause: Spring Renewal Yin Yoga, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 29 April, 10.30am-12.30pm

woman yoga butterfly pose

This workshop by Jay at The Yoga Glow will help you embrace the natural cycle of renewal and growth and release anything that no longer serves you. There’s magic in the moves and sweet, healthy treats to finish up with. A Muddy favourite!


Springtime Discovery Trail, Mompesson House, Salisbury, until Mon 30 April


Spot the signs of spring around the house and garden. mompessonhouse


Moonfleet, Salisbury, until Sat 5 May

Haunted by the ghost of the marauding pirate, Blackbeard, Moonfleet is a village of intrigue and drama where shadowy smugglers lurk. Against this backdrop, young orphan John Trenchard dreams of Blackbeard’s treasure and the wealth and happiness it could bring.


Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sat 12 May

linocut print people in Tube

Gail Brodholt’s London Bridge Underground (linocut)

This looks rather special – along with Bankside in London, Cheltenham’s own Chapel Arts is showing 52 selected prints and drawings to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Francis Seymour Haden. Members of the society will be visiting the gallery to walk people round the exhibition, explaining the different techniques and processes being used. Don’t miss!



Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert, Salisbury, 1 May

Ed says: I originally intended to call the show, “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title, “off-puttingly baffling”. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way. Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. cityhallsalisbury


Learn to Bake Bread, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 4 May, 10am-3pm

There’s nothing like the smell and taste of freshly baked bread and if you’ve baked it yourself, how satisfying is that! But if you’re anything like me and your bread-making skills are a bit hit and miss (er, mainly miss), this day-long course will see you rising (see what I did there) to the next level as you master making a sandwich loaf, seeded rolls, soda bread, tear and share bread, pittas and pizza bases.


Giffords Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud, Fri 4 to Mon 14 May

two women red velvet hats and jackets

Photography by Gemma Hall

The annual outing of England’s most glamorous and wonderfully quirky circus has come round again, kicking off at its Stroud home – where a spanking new big top has already gone up with Giffords in lights and sumptuous red velvet and chandelier interiors. The theme this year is My Beautiful Circus to celebrate 250 years since the very first circus near Westminster Bridge in London started the magic in 1768. After Stroud, the troupe head to Sudeley Castle from Thu 17 to Mon 21 May and Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham from Thu 24 May to Mon 4 June. See full list of dates here.


Pretty Woman, The Lost Cinema at Westonbirt House, Sat 5 May

I never tire of this rag-to-riches love story between lonely businessman Richard Gere and LA prostitute Julia Roberts. Especially the bit when Roberts goes back to the snooty fashion boutique with all her purchases to tell them they made a big mistake snubbing her. And, if the weather holds, where better to watch it than alfresco in the stunning grounds of Westonbirt House?


Lechlade Festival, Highworth, Fri 25 to Sun 27 May

With Scouting for Girls, glam-rock band Doctor and the Medics and punk-rock outfit From the Jam headlining, this May Bank Holiday music fest is NOT TO BE MISSED! There are even more things to do for kids this year, a bigger and better comedy stage and so many amazing acts across loads of genres, I could write an essay. Which I won’t do, but will just mention that Hendrix-esque duo The Roscoes Wild Child are flying in from LA again this year and The Missy Malone and Burlesque Review will also be returning. Tickets are selling fast with live-in vehicle pitches nearly sold out, so get your tickets NOW.

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