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Awesome August Offer, The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, throughout Aug

England’s oldest hotel in the heart of historic Malmesbury has been recently restored to the height of English charm and, like Cinderella, it has its glad rags on and is ready to go to the ball. After a good snoop around, we’ve given The Old Bell a big Muddy tick for lovers of fantastic food and a good night’s kip in a stunning historic setting. The restaurant is modern yet cosy, and upstairs are 34 luxe bedrooms, prettily decorated, from Cosy rooms to huge Master Suites that would make even the snootiest Lord of the Manor nod his approval. Our Muddy noses certainly sniffed out a haven here, perfect for lovers of luxury, yet no need for a boot full of wellies as you’re in a bustling town centre.

And guess what? We’ve only gone and sniffed you out a mega deal here just in time for summer…Just for families, the hotel are offering a family stay this August on either a Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast offer. Even better, you get to hit Bowood House or Westonbirt Arboretum for free!

Family bed & breakfast package includes:

  • Overnight stay for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Breakfast for all
  • Family pass for either Bowood House or Westonbirt Arboretum

Family dinner, bed & breakfast package includes:

  • Overnight stay for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Breakfast for all
  • 3 course dinner for all
  • Family pass for either Bowood House or Westonbirt Arboretum
Prices start from £130 for bed & breakfast. Don’t miss out, Mudsters, it’s a pretty amazing deal! Book here now

Soushi: Brett Mills, Miserden Pop-up Restaurant, Miserden, Fri 27 July

Brett Mills motto is to serve the freshest food possible and he believes that is Sushi. You’re promised absolutely stunning dishes with even better taste.


Gigglebox, Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester, Fri 27 July

Hear the new material from all the best comedians on the local circuit. (You might want to bring an extra pair of knickers to this one.)


Womad, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wilts, until Sun 29 July

woman at a music festival sunset

In the warm blur of the festival season, this celebration of international music, arts and dance founded by Peter Gabriel in 1980 still stands out. There’s always a feel-good offering of global culture with large side dish of happy vibes.


Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, until Sun 29 July

Bestival’s less wild little sister, the award-winning Camp Bestival is the Rolls-Royce of family festivals. There’s tonnes for kids to do and the music bookings are always high calibre – this year Simple Minds, Rick Astley and Clean Bandit have already been announced and there’s going to be an inflatable church and the world’s biggest bouncy castle and disco ball!


Bear Hunt, Roves Farm, Swindon, until Sun 29 July 

Come and tackle Roves Farm obstacle course to see if you can find their resident bear. And remember, if you can’t go over it, and you can’t go under it…you’ll have to go through it!


Café Rene Rhythm and Blues Festival, Café Rene, Gloucester, until Sun 29 July

Spend a week in the sun drinking ale and eating hog roast while listening to some of the best blues and jazz music from the past 16 years.


Young Chefs’ Academy, Marlborough College Summer School, Marlborough, Mon 30 July to Sat 4 Aug 

Vaughans Kitchen Cookery School are holding week long courses for teenagers interesting in cooking. Learn all the best tips from experienced chefs whether you’re a beginner or a regular home cook.


David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 31 July to Sat 4 Aug

David Walliams’ is one of the nation’s favourite comedians and his star power comes in the bucket loads on a live stage. Listen to his tales of frights, friendship and an absolutely awful auntie.


Midweek Summer Special, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-Upon-Avon, Available until 30th July!

The luxurious Woolley Grange Hotel is offering a one-off bargain deals for a 2, 3 or 4 nights Sunday to Thursday, including breakfast and dinner. If you’re hampering for a night away with the partner, or a fun girly weekend then you would be silly to miss this offer!


Glitter Parties by Eleanor Rosmond, throughout July

Glitter parties are a great idea for a birthday party or hen do. Try glittery hairstyles, make up looks and mani-pedis. You’ll have all your friends looking fabulous and blinged to the max.


The Farm Cookery School, Netherstreet Farm, Bromham, dates throughout July

If you’re looking to try some new recipes, The Farm Cookery are holding classes on much-loved classics from over-seas including a taste of Italy, India and Thai. They have a variety of classes over the whole month, so you shouldn’t have problem fitting it into your schedule!


Summer School, Marlborough College, Marlborough, until Sun 4 Aug

There is honestly something for everyone at Marlborough College this summer, and it’s for the whole family too – you can send your kids as day students or even boarders (uh, yes please. In fact, the whole family can stay. Really!) Children are split into Junior Troopers, Young Adventurers and Teenagers, with a bonkers amount of action-packed courses to choose from including Mountain Biking, Yoga, Cricket, Water Polo, Calligraphy, Jewellery Making, Fashion Sketching, Beginners Harp, Light Saber Combat (yup!), Duelling Training and Young Chef’s Academy courtesy of Vaughan’s Kitchen (see below). For adults, courses include arts & crafts, landscape and architecture, literature and creative writing, history, music, dance, theatre and film, technology and computing, life skills, sport, country pursuits…phew!


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, until Sat 4 August

Award-winning comedy is coming to the Barn Theatre. A heart-warming and brilliant story of the girl next door with a wondrous ability to impersonate the great singers of our generation.


Recreate Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, until Sat 1 September 

Artists have transformed old materials and given them new life at this fabulous and eco-friendly exhibition celebrating recycling at Fisherton Mill.


Maize Maze, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, until Sun 2 Sept

The famous maize maze is returning to Cotswold Farm Park for another year running. How quickly can you beat the Wonderland themed maze, or will you fall down a rabbit hole?


Giant Lego Brick Animal Trail, WWT Slimbridge, Slimbridge, until Sun 23 September

boy girl Lego bird

Inspired by the varied wildlife at WWT Slimbridge, lifelike Lego animals have been dotted around the nature trail. Spot and get a picture with your favourite woodland friends including Lottie the otter and Flavia the flamingo.



The Cotswold Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 10 to Sun 12 Aug

Fabulous, eye-catching, unusual and even bizarre antiques go on sale at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School this August. Splash your hard-earned on vintage fashion and costume jewellery, traditional antique pieces and the latest in decorative chic style. This is your chance to snoop out some real gems, whether you’re a collector (I wish), interior designer or just on the hunt for unusual accessories for your cool rural boudoir (that’s more like it.) A cut above other vintage fairs, dealers from all over the UK and Europe will be selling Mid-Century Modern, eye-catching Art Deco, contemporary sculpture, industrial chic, painted furniture, portraits and glamorous jewellery…need I go on? They’ve got some pretty cool retro arm candy too. Now you’re talking… Tickets to the Fair are £5 but you can get a FREE TICKET HERE. Open Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm.


Theatre Studio Summer School, Cheltenham Playhouse, Cheltenham, Mon 20 to Fri 24 Aug 

red curtains

Performing arts is a great way for kids to build confidence and develop creatively and the Theatre Studio’s courses are fab. And it’ll fill a week of the summer holidays! For young performers between the ages of four and 19, it’s a great way for kids to mix with all ages too. And you’ll get to watch a performance at the end of the week.


Theatreland Workshops, Southrop, Mon 27 to Fri 31 Aug

Got Mudlets between 7 – 17 who were born to go on the stage? Do they love performing and having fun? Then look no further, as Theatreland Workshops return to the Cotswolds this August. The workshops give young people a chance to work with inspiring professionals from across the business, and whatever your ability you will be pushed to a new performance level, covering musical production numbers, acting pieces, audition technique, choreography, singing and whole bag more. This time it’s a workshop themed around The Greatest Showman – don’t miss out!


Early, Early Christmas Fair, Tedworth Park, Tidworth, 25-26 Sep

Nope, I’m not joking, it’s that time of year again (ARRRGHHHH!). So it’s a good job Muddy has got your Christmas shopping all sorted – check out one-stop-shop Early, Early Christmas Fair where you can eat, chat and shop ’til you drop with an incredible range of original gifts, many sourced locally (you know how we love to support a local business at Muddy), from delicatessen food, fashion and cosmetics to imaginative gifts for home and garden, plus loads of ideas for kids, teens and him indoors. It all takes place on the glorious Polo Ground at Tedworth Park so the setting ain’t too shabby, either. There are over 100 stalls, plus book signings from some seriously famous authors, and the big news is that Antiques Roadshow experts Marc Allum and Lisa Lloyd are popping in to value that seemingly useless piece of trash in your attic and turn you into a multi-gazillionaire! And all in aid of ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity. The fair opens Tuesday 25th Sep 2pm-6pm with an evening reception 6.30pm-9.30pm, and Wednesday 26th Sep 9.30am-4pm, tickets from only £3.50.


Words: Amy Ballantyne

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