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Fri 17 – Sun 19 Jan

Fri 17 – Sun 19 Jan



CONCERT: Martin James Bartlett, Tetbury Goods Shed, 18 Jan

Since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, pianist Martin James Bartlett has played to audiences in China, Japan and Spain to critical acclaim. One talented guy, hear pieces from his debut recording Life and Death at the Tetbury Goods Shed, for one night only.


RUN: Gloucester Half Marathon, Gloucester, 19 Jan

Crush your personal best (or just limp round) at the 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 well-earned medal and t-shirt at the end, and high 5 everyone.


OUTDOORS: Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney, throughout Jan

Jump, splash, bounce, or (if you’re us) just slide off it. The recently installed, giant inflatable Aquaventure Park is the ultimate wipe-out experience for the whole family. Tremendous fun, and through Jan admission to the adjacent Cotswold Beach for walks and cycling is totally free.


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

Tibbiwell Alpacas is holding a special charity fundraising event to help the animals injured in the Australian bush fires. A fabulous excuse to get up close with these ridiclulously cute critters. Meet and hand feed them, take some hilarious selfies then tuck into cake and coffee, all for a donation. Could we keep one in our garden please?


CRAFT: Enamelling Workshop, Lechlade, 18 Jan

Never tried making your own jewellery? Well now’s your chance, with Enamelling for Beginners at Lechlade Craft Barn. Mark Vardy of Silvar Design will show you how to enamel on copper. Learn a cool new skill and take some some fancy-pants pendants home with you. Costs £60 including all materials.


SUPPER CLUB: Thai Supper Club, Daylesford Farm, near Kingham, 18 Jan

Daylesford’s first supper club of the year will be hosted by the farm’s 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.


MUSIC:   Bye Bye Baby, Cheltenham Town Hall, 17 Jan

A fabulous night of music, song and dance is coming your way at the Bye Bye Baby Four Seasons musical extravaganza. No ordinary tribute band, this full throttle show takes you on a musical mystery tour of Frankie Valli and the band from the very early days up to the Disco era.

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

Lighten 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.




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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