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Race Week, The Jockey Club, Cheltenham,  Tue 13 to Fri 16 March

horses racing with jockeys

The fun kicks off with Champion’s Day on Tuesday and so begins the craziness that is Race Week with bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs rammed with racegoers carousing and careering. Jump in people, you’re in for a hell of a ride! See the Muddy newsflash


Race Week spa special, Dormy House, Broadway, Tue 13 to Fri 16 March

spa pool

If you need a break from the gee-gees or are a Race Week widow, make your way to Dormy House where a spa day with treatments, lolling around the luxury facilities and chowing down on a two-course champagne lunch will make everything better. There, there.


The Camp Kitchen Pop-Up at Miserden Garden Café, Miserden, Fri 16 & Sat 17 March

plate of food on blue plate knife menu

The takeaway-cum-catering company The Camp Kitchen knows what it’s doing in the kitchen – I went to one of their pop-ups and was totally blown away by the big flavours. Sublime stuff and the 1920s greenhouse is a joy to eat in. Bring your own booze and enjoy!


The Secret Garden, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, Fri 16 March to Sun 18 April

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel is brought to life in this fab musical in Cirencester’s brand spanking new theatre. And while you’re be sure to must pop into Téatro, the theatre’s eclectic eatery.


Animal Farm, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 16 to Sun 18 March

two pigs in theatre

This stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic promises to be a clever piece of immersive theatre by the talented drama students at the University of Gloucestershire. The prophetic 1945 tale still chimes with the times today and is one you never tire of.


St Patrick’s Night, Whatley ManorEaston Grey, near Malmesbury, Sat 17 March

Join the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in The Green Room, where conversation and foodie adventures happen. Hosted by their very own chef James Walsh, who hails from the Emerald Isle himself and knows a thing or two about preparing Irish fare. £70 per person includes a five-course menu accompanied by specially selected beers.


Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 17 March, 7:30pm

With songs hand-picked by Adele herself, the amazing Katie Markham’s show-stopping voice does the songstress’s repertoire justice, recreating the magic of the albums 19, 21 and 25 with songs including Chasing PavementsSomeone Like You and the Bond belter


Jazz Sunday with The Porter Trio, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, Sun 18 March, 12.15pm-4pm


This young professional jazz band from Bath will be playing live while you enjoy a three-course meal in Whatley’s revamped Grey’s Brasserie. Nice.


Goodnight Mister Tom, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, until Sat 17 March

Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley.  All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London. wharftheatre


Ric James, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sat 24 March

Marilyn Monroe red lips stars blue background

Strongly inspired by the New York arts scene, multi-media artist Ric James’ work takes a journey across the Atlantic with a mixture of reality-based and abstract work referencing Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko. Fantastic work on canvas and in sculpture – bring your credit card fully flexed!


21st Century Abstracts, Salisbury, until Sat 31 March

multi colours painting abstract

Artist John Munro describes his pictures, with their zinging colours and powerful paerns, as truly modern works of art which appeal to ‘the bravest of the brave art buyers’, adding that abstract art tends to be purchased by people who are innovative, forward-looking, enterprising and optimistic. See for yourself!


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

lambs in a barn

The cutest signs of spring are appearing on Adam Henson’s beautiful farm. 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.


Living with Nature’s Design, The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, until 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.


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

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



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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