Muddy Stilettos Guide To August 2018

Bringing you all the cool happenings for the month ahead...

The urban guide to the countryside


We are really excited to be working with Sarah and Joanna, the Glos and Wilts editors of the award-winning Muddy Stilettos - ‘the urban guide to the countryside’ and the most influential lifestyle blog across mid and southern England. Sarah and Joanna snoop out the very hippest, quirkiest and most awesome restaurants, pop-ups, pubs, boutiques, shows, festivals, spas, day trips and events, so if you’re after highly-curated, insider knowledge on how to make the most of your stay in the Cotswolds, look no further! Here are all the cool happenings for the month ahead:


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Barn Theatre, Cirencester,

to Sat 4 Aug


Award-winning comedy comes 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.


David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham,

Wed 1 to Sat 4 Aug


One to delight the kids (and give you a bit of a laugh too) David Walliams’ tales of frights, friendship and an absolutely Awful Auntie will get the old stomach muscles working. And, if you come to a matinée, kids eat free in the café. How good is that?


Fieldview Festival, Little Somerford,

Thu 2 to Sun 5 Aug


A small but perfectly formed bundle of summer festival loveliness, with a non-profit ethos that ploughs any surplus funds into charity. While you won’t find chart-topping outfits here, you might well witness nascent stars in the making.


Danefest, The Daneway, Cirencester,

Fri 3 to Sat 4 Aug


The Daneway's annual summer festival is a corker. Expect live music, delish food (see the Muddy review here – we were blown away!), stalls and face-painting for the kids (or you for that matter!) all in a perfect sylvan setting.


Summer School, Marlborough College,

to 4 Aug


Action-packed courses for children including Mountain Biking, Cricket, Water Polo, Jewellery Making, Drama and Performance Skills, Light Saber Combat and a Young Chef’s Academy courtesy of Vaughan’s Kitchen. For adults, courses include arts & crafts, landscape and architecture, literature and creative writing, music, dance, theatre and film, technology, life skills and country pursuits.


The Camp Kitchen Pop-Up Restaurant, Miserden Nursery, Miserden,

Sat 4 Aug


Expect another magical evening at Miserden Nursery's atmospheric greenhouse eaterie with food courtesy of The Camp Kitchen, helmed by Rory Baxter who honed his culinary skills with Gordon Ramsay, Raymond Blanc and Fergus Henderson. Never disappoints.


The Elizabethan Playhouse, Manor Farm, Corsley,

4 and 16 Aug


Illyria rock into Corsley with a double bill, kicking off with The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sat 4 Aug) and followed by The Merchant of Venice (Sun 16 Aug). International award-winning theatre promising a production to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Lydiard Bark Dog Show, Lydiard Park, Swindon,

Sun 5 Aug


Bring Rover for a day of fun in stunning Lydiard Park with their annual dog show. There will also be load of stalls to pick up something tasty for your favourite four-legged friend.


Jurassic Farm, Roves Farm, Sevenhampton,

Mon 6 Aug to Sun 12 Aug


Prehistoric monsters have taken over Roves Farm but don’t worry, these dinosaurs are friendly. Apparently.


Jethro – The Count of Cornwall, Comedy Show, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham,

Thu 9 Aug


Veteran comedian Jethro is back again with his hilarious, whacky and weird show. Always a sell-out, he's funny!!


An Evening with Diamond, The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham,

Thu 9 Aug


The Greenway Hotel are dedicating a whole evening to living legend, Neil Diamond. Sing along to Sweet Caroline (you know you want to) while chowing down on a burger and beer (or two)!


The Cotswold Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury,

Fri 10 to Sun 12 Aug


Fabulous, eye-catching, unusual and even bizarre antiques. A cut above other vintage fairs, dealers from all over Europe will be selling Mid-Century Modern, eye-catching Art Deco, contemporary sculpture, industrial chic and glamorous jewellery…Tickets to the Fair are £5 but you can get a FREE TICKET HERE. Open Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm.


Family Cooking Together, Daylesford Cookery School, Daylesford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos,

Sun 12 & Sun 26 Aug


They say the family that eats together, stays together, so this fab day’s cooking in the salubrious surroundings of Daylesford will be good for you in more ways than one. There will be lots of late-summer flavours from the market garden to experiment with and a chance to explore the 25-acre horticultural wonder. Suitable for ages four plus, ingredients, refreshments and lunch all included.


Cody Flom Meet and Greet, Rush Skatepark, Stroud,

Mon 13 Aug


Scooter legend Cody Flom is challenging anyone to a ride off at one of the biggest indoor skate parks in the UK. Bring along any excited riders and meet the extreme sport pro, get the chance to ride with him and learn some cool new tricks.


Les Misérables, Barn Theatre, Cirencester,

Tue 14 to Sat 18 Aug

Get your tissues out and singing voices ready for this production of world-famous musical, Les Mis. With some of the best songs in the biz you’re guaranteed to be humming the tune to I Dreamed a Dream for the rest of the week.


Soul Circus, Yoga & Wellness Festival, Elmore,

Fri 17 to Sun 19 August


The ultimate wellness festival, Soul Circus promises to blow your mind, body and soul, show you a good time and leave you feeling balanced and Zen-like at the end of it.


Top Gun, Open-Air Cinema Festival, Cotswold Airport, Cirencester,

Fri 24 Aug to Sat 25


Yeah, yeah, Tom Cruise flying high and looking hot in aviators seems to be something of an al-fresco fave, but what better place to watch it than in an airfield! It’s like the Stanislavski method for the audience. (And it definitely merits several rewatches.)


Open-air cinema, Lydiard Park, Swindon,

to Fri 24 August


There’s a lot on offer at Lydiard House this Aug, not least a Palladian house to drool over and 260 acres of parkland. We suggest an al-fresco offering with Luna Cinema, starting with Pretty Woman on 10 Aug and followed swiftly by a spattering of Harry Potter magic.


Theatreland Workshops, Southrop,

Mon 27 to Fri 31 Aug


Got Mudlets between 7 – 17 who were born to go on the stage? Then look no further - Theatreland Workshops returns to the Cotswolds this August, giving young people a chance to work with inspiring professionals from across the business. With musical production numbers, acting pieces, audition technique, choreography, singing and whole bag more.


Spanish and Latin America Cookery Course, Cookery at Winston House, Stonehouse,

Wed 29 & Thu 30 Aug


Learn the art of Spanish and Latin American cooking at one of  Cookery at Winston House's fab demos, where you'll learn lots of insider tricks, eat all the spoils as you go along and then enjoy an amazing lunch in the beautiful dining room or garden if the weather stays Mediterranean. Perfect for a girls' day out.


Lacock Abbey, Chippenham,

30 Aug


Another outing for the wonderful Chapterhouse as they take over the magical surroundings of Lacock’s beautiful South Lawn with their version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


Sunday Lunch, Malmaison, Cheltenham,

all of August


No matter how hot the weather gets, you still need to eat Sunday lunch, right? Malmaison is offering a pretty tempting deal of two courses every Sunday (including unlimited hors d’oeuvres – do they know how many I can eat?) for just£19.95. Book me in!


Children’s Wednesday, Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Winchcombe, 

until Wed 29 Aug


With its fab adventure playground and Summer Children’s Wednesdays – where there’ll be Punch & Judy shows, bouncy castles, an inflatable activity centre for under fives, storytelling and arts and craft – this stunning castle set in equally stunning grounds is a day out no-brainer.


Maize Maze, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham,

to Sun 2 Sept


The famous maize maze returns 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?


Charity Polo Day in association with Whatley Manor, Beaufort Polo Club, Tetbury,

Sun 9 Sep


Hospitality Action’s annual polo day at Beaufort Polo Club offers an outstanding lunch prepared by six award-winning chefs prior to a thrilling game of polo. The day begins with a Champagne reception and polo demonstration on the lawns of the Beaufort Polo Club, followed by a three course lunch prepared by Richard Davies of Calcot Manor, André Garrett of Cliveden House, Robby Jenks of The Vineyard, Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park, Niall Keating of Whatley Manor and Rob Potter of The Manor House. Phew!