Muddy Stilettos Guide To September 2018

Great things to do in the Cotswolds in September 2018


Giant Lego Brick Animal Trail, WWT Slimbridge, throughout September

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.


Sudeley Autumn Trail, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, throughout September

Take a tour around the beautiful gardens, admire the ever-changing wildlife and meet some of the castle’s cute furry residents – Sudeley’s not just for summer!


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?


Classic Car Run, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 2 Sep

Calling all petrol heads. Check out these little beauties - all classic motors manufactured before 1993. They even want you to dress according to the era the car was created in. Go on, you know you want to! 


Potato Patch, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Mon 3 Sep to Sun 7 Oct

The potatoes at the farm are ready to be dug up and turned into something yummy. Cotswold Farm Park has invited all its visitors to get down and dirty, and even dig up some spuds of their own to take home and use for dinner.


Garden Tour and Champagne Afternoon Tea, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Tues 4 Sep

Make the most of the Indian summer at beautiful Whatley Manor. Led by head gardener Andy Spreadbury, this tour takes you around the gardens and gives you an insight on the time and skill it takes to keep everything looking so glorious. Afterwards, be wined and dined with delicious afternoon tea while Andy answers any burning gardening questions you may have.


Crafts Alive: The Gloucestershire Guild, Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester, Wed 5 to Sun 9 Sep

Celebrate contemporary arts and crafts at this grand, five-day Gloucestershire Guild event. Get stuck in and messy in all the craft activities, enjoy delicious food and maybe a little bit (or even a lot) of shopping.


Moroccan and Middle East Cookery Class, Winston House, Stonehouse, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Sep

Learn to make a three-course Moroccan meal to serve to family and friends.


The Full Monty, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 6 to Sat 15 Sep

This box-office hit has been adapted by Oscar-winning Simon Beaufoy and features Hollyoaks’ Gary Lucy. Get a front-row seat if you can!

Marlborough Rising, Marlborough, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sept

Marlborough bursts onto the music-fest scene with all new Marlborough Rising – a three day banger of an event with live music from Joe Stilgoe, Turin Brakes and…wait for it…Scouting for Girls headlining. This brand new venture (dreamed up by an enthusiastic group in the back room of the Green Dragon, no less) deserves a whack of support – the music promises to be wide ranging, catering for all tastes and, quite frankly, could potentially be a fabulously threatening new kid on the block in the Wilts live music


The Swindon Railway Festival, Steam Museum, Swindon, Sat 8 Sep to Sun 9 Sep

The biggest GWR event of the year - admire the incredible craftsmanship of model railways, plus loads of family activities including trails and the chance to climb aboard loads of classic trains. Oh, and there’ll be some grub there too.


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!


Yoga & Picnic for Charity, The Yoga Glow, Minchinhampton Common, Sun 9 Sep

Get in touch with your inner Zen in the name of charity at The Yoga Glow’s picnic and yoga session, raising money for Mind. Rock up with your family, pets and picnic blankets and prepare to get blissed out!


Ladies Lunch with Tom Sunley, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Thurs 13 Sep

Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch in the company of Tom Sunley who manages the historical data for the Archaeology Service in Wiltshire and Swindon. Go in-depth into the history of Wiltshire landscape and the human evolution of the landscape.


Round The World Gourmet, Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Fri 14 Sep

Taste food from all over the world with a perfect wine pairing for each course. Seven courses, seven countries, seven wines – Phileas Fogg eat your heart out.


Classic Car Rally, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Sun 16 Sep

Feast your eyes on some incredible motors and take a tour around the beautiful grounds of Sudeley.


Cheltenham Comedy Festival, Various Locations, Mon 17 to Sat 22 Sep

Some of the biggest names in comedy hit the West Country to show their skills. With loads of comedians taking to the stage, there’ll be something to tickle everyone’s fancy.


Wine and Cheese Tasting, The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold, Thu 20 Sep

Wine and cheese in the oldest pub in the country. Sounds like a winning combination. Read the Muddy review


Hassle Free Weekends with Polly Parsons, Miserden, Fri 21 Sep to Sat 22 Sep

Another delicious pop up to get your teeth into with Miserden newcomer Polly, a former fashion designer now channelling her creativity into food.


Pigtails – End of Summer Party and Book Launch, Helen Browning’s Organics, Royal Oak, Bishopstone, Sat 22 Sep 

Celebrate the book release of Helen Browning’s ‘Pig: Tales from an Organic Farm’. She and other authors share their favourite tales of farms and animal welfare, plus society’s view on farming. With plenty of delicious food and drinks, farmyard friends to greet and live music.


Harvest Festival, Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Sat 22 Sep

Celebrate the harvest with a day packed full of outdoor activities including tractor rides, apple pressing and meeting all the farmyard animals.


South African Wine Dinner, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Thurs 27 Sep

The Old Bell Hotel invites all wine lovers to join them for an evening of food and laughs. Try a variety of south African wines and nibble on canapes before sitting down to dinner.


Join the Mayhem, Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham, Thu 27 Sep

This brilliant charitable organisation holds its second event to raise money for Open Door Cheltenham with a tasty line-up of established and upcoming chefs (among them Adam Handling, Simon Rogan and James Wilson) to create a vibrant 13-course gastronomic feast.


Kids Arcade Autumn Pop Up, Warwick Hall Café, Burford, Fri 28 Sep

Kids Arcade is genius at discovering the coolest kids’ brands out there, so get down to Warwick Hall Café and grab some fab autumn fashion from the likes of Wildchild London, Five Boys and Outside the Lines.


Willie And The Bandits, The Marshall Rooms, Stroud, Sat 29 Sep

This blues trio riffs in the tradition of The Jimi Hendrix Experience (while looking all young Bob Dylan) with some bizarre instruments and eclectic influences thrown into the mix. In our county for one night only. 


Kids Cookery – Making Simple Meals, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Sun 30 Sep

Quick and easy recipes for kids to replicate at home.