Muddy Stilettos Guide To July 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:


La Traviati, The Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, to Tue 3 July

Considered by Verdi to be his greatest work, this extraordinary, heart-wrenching love story features some of the best-known music in operatic repertoire.


The Gruffalo’s Child, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 3 to Thu 5 July

The top West End theatre group comes to the Everyman as part of their UK tour. Don’t miss it – it’s family-friendly, feel-good theatre. 


Cheese & Chilli Festival, Lydiard Park, Sat 7 to Sun 8 July

The British have a long-term love affair with cheese, and we have adopted the same passion for chilli in recent years. Come and try some of the best cheese and chilli on the market and take part in plenty of family activities.


Dinosaur World Live, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 6 to Sun 8 July  

Keep both adults and kids entertained as you travel back to the Jurassic era. Meet an array of prehistoric creatures, even get up close and personal with a T-Rex.


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, Sat 7 July to Sat 4 August

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.


Stroud Children’s Festival, The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Sat 7 to Sun 8 July

For the second year in a row the children’s festival returns with free activities, talks and workshops. It’s the perfect weekend in the sun.


Tai Chi, Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Thu 12 July

Tai Chi can help flexibility, joint paint and balance. Take part in a basic class in the surroundings of beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum.


Ben Waghorn Trio, Jazz Night, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Thurs 12 July

If you’re lucky enough to be dining at the Old Bell Hotel this July you might well be accompanied by one of the most talented jazz bands around.


Gin Masterclass, Neston Farm Shop, Hartley Farm, Melksham, Thurs 12 July 

Want to learn how to pair the perfect gin with the right mixer? Or find out what fruits bring out the best flavour in certain gins? Come along to this class and you’ll be impressing all your friends with your new-found gin knowledge.


Two Thousand Trees Festival, Upcote Farm, Cheltenham, Thu 12 to Sat 14 July

The award-winning independent music festival is back again with another brilliant set of acts. The line-up includes Twin Atlantic, Enter:Shikari and At The Drive In.


Psychic Night with Nikki Kitt, Swindon Arts Centre, Sat 14 July 

Nikki has been touring around the UK connecting her audience with people who have passed. Come and watch her work, and possibly speak to a loved one. Do you believe? 


Hedgerow Gin Safari, Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Sat 14 July  

Did someone say free booze? Normally you wouldn’t find the words gin and safari in the same sentence, but the hunt to seek out the perfect G&T is a tireless one. Create your own gin from the plants you’ve picked to take home and learn the recipe, so you can make it again and again… and again!


Jonathon Richardson & Open-Air Theatre, Miserden Pop-up Restaurant, Miserden, Sat 14 July

Enjoy a pre-theatre dinner with food by the acclaimed Jonathon Richardson and watch Old Herbaceous live.


Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, to Sun 15 July

The annual outing of summer’s Cheltenham Music Festival is a cornucopia of some of the best classical musicians of the moment, as well as talks, children’s events and opera by the Kolobov Novaya Opera Moscow.


Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, to Sun 15 July

Kick off Wimbledon celebrations as you mean to go on. Enjoy Pimms and afternoon tea and even catch yourself a game of tennis after the match if you’re feeling inspired.


Cotswold Summer Market, Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, Sun 15 July

There will be lots of goodies at the not-to-be-missed Cotswold Summer Market, not least The Chunky Needle’s delicious stall of snuggly chunky-knit blankets and cushions.


Break a Leg with Gyles Brandreth, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Mon 16 July 

The multi-talented Gyles Brandreth spends an afternoon celebrating all things theatrical. Enjoy a three-course lunch and champagne reception.


Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 16 to Sat 21 July

Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant character has remained in popular culture throughout history, and modern takes on the classic have kept the story alive. Work alongside Sherlock in his later years - although he may be older he is no less brilliant!


Sourdough Bread-making workshop, Star Anise Café, Stroud, Thu 19 July

Sourdough bread is becoming more common as gourmet pizza restaurants have become a popular dinner destination. Learn to make delicious baked loafs and create your own dough to prove and bake the next day.


Amelia White, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Thu 19 July

Enjoy an evening of a mixture between hard rock and alternative country. No matter what, you’ll be off your feet by the end of the night.


Rain or Shine: Much Ado About Nothing, Bacon Theatre, Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, Fri 20 July

Join Rain or Shine Theatre Company in their production of this much-loved classic. Pack yourself a picnic and enjoy the drama while the sun sets in the beautiful amphitheatre.


The Importance of Being Earnest, Lydiard Open Air Theatre, Lydiard Park, Fri 20 July 

Bring your own picnic blankets, chairs and drinks to this hilarious adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.


Maize Maze, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Sat 21 July 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?


Bear Hunt, Roves Farm, Swindon, Mon 23 July to 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!


Summer Children’s Wednesday, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, Wed 25 July

Kids are in for plenty of fun, including a bouncy castle, inflatable play area, Punch and Judy, uni-cycling and juggling all day long. Sounds like a dream day out.


Notting Hill, Alfresco Film Company, Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Thu 26 July

Fall in love with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in this British comedy classic in stunning Cowley Manor’s gardens.


DOT Productions: A Woman of No Importance, Bacon Theatre, Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Thu 26 July

Join Lady Hunstanton’s dinner party and watch the art of melodrama come to life. A DOT Production of, arguably, Oscar Wilde’s most famous play, this is one not to be missed.


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

Listen to tales of frights, friendship and an absolutely awful auntie.


Polo Experience, Beaufort Polo Club / Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Easton Grey, nr Malmesbury, dates in July

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has teamed up with iconic Beauford Polo club to offer guests the chance to stay at the hotel and enjoy a hands-on Polo Experience. The half-day Beaufort Polo Club ‘Polo Experience’ package offers the chance to work with HPA-accredited coaches – you’ll start on a wooden horse before graduating to actually hitting balls and playing in a chukka. Top it off with lunch in the Clubhouse and watching the pros play in the afternoon.