Mon 24 Feb - Sun 01 March
Muddy Editor’s Picks
Short on ideas but want some darn good fun this week? Read on for Muddy’s curated guide to What’s On in Glos, Worcs and beyond.
♥ JAZZ: Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Tues 05 May – Sun 10 May
It’s nearly here and we’re very excited at Muddy. A whole bandwagon of global stars is rolling into Cheltenham in May – promising to make this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival the very best yet. We are talking global songstress Emily Sandé, Greg Porter, Beverley Knight, Robert Plant and many, many more.
This fantastic event takes place from 05 to 10 May and the hottest tickets are sure to go quick so get booking. See wishlist singers or just go along and discover some amazing new talent for your Spotify playlist. Tickets go on sale to members from Weds 26 Feb and to the public from Weds 04 March. Click here to book your place.
♥ FASHION: Fashion’s Night Out SS20, Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham, Weds 26 Feb, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Meet you in the FROW ladies … this super cool fashion showcase by John Lewis in collab with Cotswold milliners Lisa Von Hallwyl and Jessica Anstey shimmies down the catwalk on 26 Feb. It’s your chance to get first peek at the SS20 styles before anyone else. Tick off those outfits for the Races, a summer wedding, Ascot and beyond. There’s a live DJ set, tickets are £22, including a G&T and nibbles on arrival. Stilettos highly recommended.
♥ CHARITY: An Evening with Tusk at Thyme, Fri 28 Feb, Southrop
This much lauded Cotswold-chic restaurant is the setting for the worthy Evening With Tusk on 28 Feb. Book a stay or book dinner only, and you’ll be greeted with garden nibbles and English sparkling wines in the Tithe Barn followed by a talk from wildlife filmmaker Alistair Fothergill. Dinner in the Ox Barn and raffle in aid of Tusk’s Elephant Conservation projects top off the evening. Fun in a jolly good cause – hurrar.
♥ MAGIC: An Evening of Deception, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Thurs 27 Feb – Sat 29 Feb
Gloucestershire’s live magic show is back after wowing sell-out crowds last year. Taking to the stage this year for some of the greatest live magic you’ll see are Darren Campbell, Katherine Rhodes and from Amsterdam, Fritz Alkemade. Darren is one of the UK’s busiest magicians and is back in his hometown of Cheltenham (whoop) to perform. Expect a night of mind-blowing magic with the pros.
♥ COMEDY: Phil Wang, Gloucester Guildhall, Fri 28 Feb
This acerbic and hilarious comedian regularly gets 4 stars ratings from the likes of the Telegraph, Times and Metro. Fresh from his sell-out Edinburgh shows, Wang has made a name for himself exploring sex, romance, politics and his mixed race Malaysian heritage. He’s back with his new show shining a spotlight on morality and the modern sense of self. A regular at Live at the Apollo don’t miss it. Tickets are £15.
♥ MUSIC: O’Hooley & Tidow, Huntingdon Hall, Worcs, Thurs 27 Feb
Have you heard the theme tune to the recent BBC drama Gentleman Jack? Then you’ll already know this much-loved Yorkshire pair. Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow have been propelled to the big time after penning the song, and they are coming to Worcestershire to entertain you amongst appearances on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and a string of sell out concerts. Think defiant, poetical, political folk music with balls – go girls. Tickets are £21.
♥ SWIM: The Polar Plunge, Sandford Lido, Cheltenham, Sat 29 Feb
Feeling brave? Or at least a teensy bit mad? Great! We have one life-affirming event you won’t want to miss. Take the plunge at Sandford Lido’s Polar Plunge and swim 50m (or until you’re toes go numb) to raise money for Winston’s Wish. Sign up here and start waxing up! Registration is £10 and the fun starts at 10.30am. We have brain freeze just thinking about it.
♥ COMEDY: Ahir Shah, Huntingdon Hall, Worcs, Fri 28 Feb
Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is on tour again with his new stand-up show. Prepare to laugh out loud at topics including Mexico, cigarettes, depression, adulthood, children, love, and dead German sociologists. It is considerably funnier than it sounds. Tickets cost £13.
♥ RACING: Mark The Card, The Crown, Minchinhampton, Thurs 27 Feb
This is a brilliant evening to get you into the gee-gees if you’re new to the game. Join a panel of top local racing pundits at the recently refurbed Crown for a soiree of racing tips in an intimate setting. Pop on down, prop yourself up at the bar with a gin or two and listen in to the hottest racing tips in town. Panellists include Jonathan Burke, winning rider and jockey Tom George, Steve Jones, racing journalist, and more. Why not book in for supper afterwards too. Free event.
♥ WELLBEING: Seasonal Yoga, Stroud Yoga Space, throughout February
Take some well-earned time out for yourself at one of the restorative classes at the uplifting Stroud Yoga Space. Things to make you go ahhhh include Yogalates with Jayne Avery on Monday’s at 10am, Mindfulness Yoga on Wednesdays and Seasonal Yoga on Fridays. And if you’re expecting there’s also a great Yoga for Pregnancy session on Sundays from 6.30pm. Just £12 for a drop in.
Dubbed England’s greatest snowdrop garden (Country Life), if you like flowers, you’ll adore Colesbourne. Now with a collection of 350 varieties, visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants. Also don’t miss a stroll around the pretty arboretum and nearby church. Or head to Painswick Roccoco Garden, an 18th century hidden garden with one of the largest plantings of naturalistic snowdrops in the UK.
♥ FILM: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Malvern Theatre, Worcs 25 Feb – 29 Feb
Prepare to get hot and steamy with this showing of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. DH Lawrence’s most sensual novel was first published in 1928 and was a scandal of its time. Richard Madden, James Norton and Holliday Grainger take centre stage in this passionate romp. Age guidance of 14+ suggested, running time is 2 hours and 20 minutes.
♥ART: Hope in Hell by Dan Baldwin, Paragon Gallery, Cheltenham, Fri 14 Feb – Sat 29 Feb
Head to the swanky Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham for this stunning exhibition. British artist Dan Baldwin is an art innovator and mixed media genius and his collection of original silkscreen prints is a fascinating exhibition. If you like your art 3D and brimming with skeletons, crucifixes, story book illustrations and goodness knows what else, you’re in for a treat.
♥ ADVENTURE: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Forum Theatre, Worcs, Fri 28 Feb – Sat 29 Feb
Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. The Banff Mountain Film Festival shines a light on the world’s most thrill-seeking explorers as they push themselves beyond their limits. With stunning shots from around the world that will make you want to go and book a holiday right now, each show has entirely different films so why not rock up to both. Get your adrenaline pumping at this brilliant night in/out. Image Ben Tibbetts
♥ MUSIC: Handpicked Acts, The Tavern Music Box, throughout Feb, Cheltenham
One of the best places in Glos to catch emerging artists – our tip of the day. Pull up a chair at The Tavern pub which styles itself with a neighbourhood feel. Catch pianist/guitarist Sophie Henderson’s dreamy folk pop vibe (Thurs 20 Feb).
♥ CREPES: Bottomless Pancakes and Prosecco, The Lygon Arms, Broadway, Worcs, Tue 25 Feb
Don those roomy jeans, you’re going to need them. Super luxe Cotswolds retreat and Muddy favourite The Lygon Arms has pulled it out of the bag with a heavenly mash-up of pancakes and prosecco. I mean – what are they trying to do to us?! Expect infinite stacks of fluffy pancakes and toppings to make your eyes boggle – all accompanied by bottomless bubbly. Oh my days. Head for the Lygon Wine Bar (and never move again). Tickets are £20 per person.
♥ Pancakes: Pancake Race, Dursley, Glos & Priory Park, Malvern, Tue 25 Feb
Is it really Pancake Day without a race? It was big in the 8os, and this retro ritual is SO 2020. Where better to go full-on crepe crazy than at an official pancake race. Head to Parsonage Street in Dursley town centre on Tue 25 Feb at 12pm. ‘Heats’ will be held with the qualifying fastest runners reaching the grand final. There’s even a coveted trophy for the lucky winner. Find out who’s the most competitive pancake tosser in your family. For more on how to enter click here.
And in Worcs, head to Priory Park in Malvern for pancake racing for the whole family. The Rotary Club of Malvern is staging races for toddlers, children and adults on Tues 25 Feb. There’s even a fancy dress pancake race, all to raise money for charity. So get your full-body crepe suit on and hit the race track! The fun starts at 12.pm
♥ Pancakes: Pancake Storytime & Craft Workshop, Tetbury Library, Glos, Tue 25 Feb
A cute, pancake-themed, magical story-time is being held at Tetbury Library on Shrove Tuesday. Infuse them at an early age with the joy of pancake making, the session is for any age but great for 3 – 7 year olds. A totally free drop in event from 10.30am to 11.30am. No need to book, just turn up. After the Shrove-themed stories there will be pancake-themed crafts to try out, which they can take home with them when they’re finished.
♥ Pancakes: Pancake Heaven, Yanto’s Pancake House, Gloucester, Tue 25 Feb
If you prefer your kitchen walls and ceiling batter-free on Shrove Tuesday, then head to Yanto’s Pancake House to have them cooked by the pros. This mouth-watering haven is the first of its kind in Glos and is master of all things crepe, serving up a smorgasbord of sweet and savoury pancakes. We’re crushing on the Kale, Ginger and Chilli pancakes (£7.95) and their Cookie Monster special (Oreo-tastic and sprinkled with toffee sauce). There are dairy, vegan and gluten free options too. And if that’ still not enough crazy carbs for you, book a full on Pancake Party for them.
♥ Pancakes: Posh Pancakes, The Ivy, Cheltenham, throughout Feb
Drag yourself out of pancake servitude right now and whisk yourself off to The Ivy in the heart of Cheltenham. Possibly one of the most decadently gorgeous foodie interiors in Glos, but more than that did you know they do the most divine pancakes? Order yourself a stack of Hot Buttermilk Pancakes (£8.95), famed around these parts, they come laden with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (totally cancels out the calories) and come laced with Greek yoghurt, lemon balm and warm strawberry sauce.
Tokyo fever is in the air with the impending Summer Olympics and the V&A is turning Japanese in homage. Paying tribute to the kimono, this show shines a light on the clothing as an icon of fashion, culture and status. Glimpse stunning examples from the 1660s up to the present day. Expect to see the kimono Alexander McQueen designed for Björk for the cover of ‘Homogenic’, the Star Wars costumes inspired by them and much more. Our Muddy tip is book ahead, it’s sure to be very popular.
♥ SHOW: Magic Goes Wrong, Penn & Teller, Vaudeville Theatre, London, throughout Feb
Co-created by magic rebels Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjures up and evening of grand illusion to make your head spin. The show hinges on a hapless gang of magicians and (of course) things soon spiral out of control. From the same team who created Olivier award-winning Peter Pan Goes Wrong. 11+ age recommended. Now booking until August 2020.
♥ NEW EXHIBITION: Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, 13 Feb – 11 May
So cool, you’ll be name dropping this one all month. London is Steve McQueen’s home town and this is the first major exhibition of his work here since he won the Turner prize in 1999. Also the director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his stellar career in film, photography and sculpture. The display will cover the last 25 years and include personal works such as his early film on Super 8 camera and this breathtaking aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above). The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3, on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.
♥ THEATRE: Pretty Woman The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre, London, until 2 Jan 2021
It may not be the most #MeToo show of the year – but hell, it’s an of-its-time classic, right? Hot on the heels of its hit Broadway premiere in 2018, Pretty Woman this month begins its West End residency. Let’s be honest it’s going to be a huge crowd puller, so book up fast. Plus, the production has some major names with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan ‘Everything I do, I do for you’ Adams.
Mama Mia, how we love a bit of ABBA, and this spectacular night out at the O2 is a definite must-see. Created by the one and only beardy one Bjorn Ulvaeus, this immersive all-singing, all-dancing theatrical dining experience awaits you (booking until May 2020). Over the course of four hours (you’ll need a lot of Cosmo-fuelled endurance we reckon) you get a four course gourmet Mediterranean meal and a fabulous ABBA disco. Pure pop escapism, and we want to be there right now.
♥ DANCE: Message in a Bottle, Sadlers Wells, London, Until 21 March
They were some of the songs that defined the 80s and 90s – Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Fields Of Gold and Shape of My Heart. Iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. So our cool culture alarm went off big style with Message In A Bottle – a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, Featuring exhilarating dance dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, this uplifting show is a story of humanity and hope.
♥ ART: Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts, until 12 April
Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this simply brilliant exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. Don’t forget to book ahead people, big crowds are expected at this one, give yourself enough gawp time (1 – 2 hours) and tickets start at £18.