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Champing at the bit for some fun this week? Then go head first into our cherry-picked guide - 17 awesome events from pop art and sunrise walks to aerial yoga and alpaca trekking.

14 Sept – 20 Sept

THEATRE The World Goes Round, and Private Peaceful Barn Theatre, Cirencester, September

Packed with laughs, drama and non stop melody the Barn’s latest alfresco theatre offering at Ingleside House’s outdoor space is a top night out. The team behind the 2018 Just So hit presents the music of John Kander and lyrics of Fred Ebb from their hits Chicago, Cabaret and Kiss of a Spiderwoman. On until 05 Sept. And The Barn has just announced its first live indoor performances since lockdown (hurrar) of Michael Morpurgo’s modern classic Private Peaceful from 10 -27 September.

ART Of Earth And Sky Exhibition, Gloucester, throughout September

Prime your trainers and go seek out these major new large-scale art installations by internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram. Of Earth and Sky features pieces across 20 locations across Gloucester showcasing words and poetry from Glos residents in supersized – and many cases touchable – installations. See if you can track down all of them, many being at great heritage sites you can mosey around too.

SHOPPING Five Valleys, Stroud, throughout September

Leave a wide space in your diary for late September because the fabulous, newly-madeover Five Valleys Shopping Centre in Stroud sees more exciting launches. Brilliant baker Ori Hellerstein, author of The Artisan Baker and regular at the Stroud Farmers’ Market, will be opening a brand new stall in the Five Valleys Spitalifield-esque street food market. We’ll be queueing up for his divine sourdough bread and pastries from 24 September. Watch out for other exciting openings from Pershore Seafood, Xocoatl and Waghorn Butchers too.

ALPACA WALKING Tibbiwell Alpacas, Painswick

Fancy something a bit different to your average humdrum walk? Tibbiwell Alpacas are taking bookings right now if you want to walk an alpaca around the pretty village of Painswick. Head out with Dumbledore, Stanley or Apollo – a fabulously quirky and 100% family-friendly experience.

WATER FUN The Severn Bore Spectacle, Severn Bore, Glos, 18 – 19 September

Who knew one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena can be spotted right here in Glos. A large surge wave can be witnessed in the estuary of the River Severn, this year due to natural tidal cycles, this must see event will reach heights of over 9.5m on a few dates this month – the highest dates thought to be the 18 and 19 September. The Severn Bore can best be seen on the northern side of the river Severn, first at Newnham on Severn (The White Hart Inn at Broadoak), then at the Severn Bore Inn, Minsterworth Church, Stonebench, Over bridge and finally at Maisemore Bridge. Grab your surfboard and go go go!

NATURE Sunflower Field, Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, throughout September

Get a sunflower fix at the brilliant Cotswold Farm Park this month. Along with all the other activities you can do here this seasonal floral pop up is included in the price of your booking (do make sure to pre book tickets).

CIRCUS FITNESS & SKILLS, School of Larks, Stroud & Nailsworth, throughout September

Fancy a go at Circus Fitness or trying your hand at Aerial Skills for Beginners? The quirky School of Larks is holding workshops in September to get handy with those balls or unleash that inner trapeze artist. Run by a team of professional performers, classes are for kids and adults (from aged 7 upwards). Book your place here.

WALKS Lygon Arms Walking Tours, Broadway, Worcs

The Lygon Arms in Broadway is the perfect place to anchor a weekend walk. Pop in and pick up one of their handy walking maps at reception and away you go. Routes include the Broadway Tower Country Park (that’s 50 acres of parkland to wander) Broadway to Snowshill and The Cotswold Way. Imagine the triumph of that first sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon your return. And if you stay over you can book a guided tour, full of history and beautiful scenery, choose between two routes – Tower Walk and a Village Tour. Both take approximately four hours. Call 01386 852255 or email: reservations@lygonarmshotel.com.

TALKS Gypsy Caravans, Hartlebury Castle, Worcs, 17 Sept

We LOVE a brightly coloured traditional gypsy caravan. If’ they’ve always intrigued you, take a closer look at the beautiful and nationally significant Gypsy caravan collection at Hartlebury Castle in the Curator’s Talk. Find out about new conservation work and research in thie fascinating hour long session. £4 per person. Can we ride off in one now? To book contact Hartlebury or call 01299 250416.

ALFRESCO THEATRE Shakespeare in the Garden, Bristol, 1 Sept – 30 Oct.

Soak up the bard with a beer on demand, with the brilliant new ‘Shakespeare in a Pub’ garden series at Fuller’s Pubs. With 21 shows throughout the month across 15 different Fuller’s pubs from Bristol on 20 Sept to Greenwich, there’s plenty of shows to choose from. All the fun takes place in the pubs’ spacious gardens so experience Shakespeare as it was intended – informal, raucous and in a lovely open garden with a drink in hand.

FURTHER AFIELD

BURLESQUE Gin House Burlesque Revue, The King’s Head, London, Fri 18 Sept to Fri 18 Dec.

Fancy an evening of daring debauchery, sexy circus acts and vaudeville delights? Then you’ll love this one. Join internationally renowned performers Miss Betsy Rose (London’s vintage burlesque queen) Missy Fatale (fire eating and snake charming vixen) and more for an evening of pure escapism. Now in its fifth year of residency at the King’s Head pub these nights sell out faster than a twirling tassel so get on it pronto. Tickets from £40.

WALK: Sunrise Walk, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 20 Sept 

See majestic Blenheim’s without the crowds and with a mind-blowing sunrise. For its 20th anniversary, children’s charity SeeSaw is hosting an early morning walk around the grounds. If you don’t rate your chances of being too awake at dawn take the shorter 1.5 mile loop around the Queen Pool, or go all out with the 4.6 mile stride along the park perimeter. Set your coffee machine for ‘early’ and be there by 6.15am!

FESTIVAL: London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept

This festival is now into its 18th year and features installations and wow-pieces from across the city, including The Hothouse, located in the newly crowned International Quarter (Stratford). The glasshouse installation provides a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate.

EXHIBITION: Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept

Aubrey Beardsley

Explore this beautiful retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour.

CULTURE Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution, British Museum, London, 24 Sept 2020 – 24 Jan 2021

All hail divine feminine energy! This seductive and spiritual exhibition explores the radical force of tantra which has transformed the religious, cultural and political landscape of India and beyond. Find out all about the rise of goddess worship around the world, and see an extraordinary showcase of objects from India, Nepal, Tibet, Japan and the UK, from the seventh century AD to the present from sculpture and paintings to fascinating ritual objects.

ART Andy Warhol Exhibition, Tate London, re-open now until 15 November

Step into the Tate Modern for a pop art treat. A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar, the exhibition has extended opening hours from 4 September, every Friday and Saturday until 10pm. Book your timed ticket online before visiting, tickets cost £22 and are free to members. There’s a one-way system to guide you around safely, this major retrospective is the first Warhol show at the tate modern for almost 20 years.

MUSIC Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, Design Museum, London, until 14 February 2021

Lose yourself in a club somewhere in the mid 90s at this brilliant exhibition on how electronic music ‘rewired’ the world. Book ahead as this one’s proving popular, and make sure to bring your own wired headphones for the multimedia exhibits. Be warned, it contains strobes and flashing lights, and the age guide is 12+. Glow sticks optional (but totally recommended).

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