What’s On THIS WEEK
Mon 10 Feb - Sun 16 Feb
MUDDY EDITOR’S PICKS
CABARET: Valentine’s A Drag, The Subscriptions Rooms, Stroud, Fri 14 Feb
This is one hot grrrl-friend of a night out, not only is it highly saucy but slightly bonkers and what’s not to love about that. Featuring the fabulous LBGTQ+ DJs Sink the Pink (fresh from their Notting Hill set) – prepare for one of the most ‘out there’ and quirky nights in the UK. With sold out shows at Brixton Academy and The Roundhouse they are now into their 10th anniversary. Expect high octane pop, higher octane hair, circus performers, light shows and some very special surprises. Tickets start at £16.50.
ROCK: The Ultimate Classic Rock Show, The Swan Theatre, Worcs, Wed 12 Feb
Dust off your air guitars for The Ultimate Classic Rock Show, an evening of the very best classic rock anthems from legends past and present. You’ll be treated to two hours of classic rock songs, from legendary artists such as Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Free, The Eagles, and Jimi Hendrix to name but a few. An evening not to be missed – we’re off to type in ‘rock power ballad’ on Spotify to limber up. Tickets cost £24 and the curly haired stage diving kicks off at 7.30pm.
VALENTINE’S: Galentine’s Day, Cosy Club, Cheltenham, Thu 13 Feb
Get your gal pals together on Thursday 13 February and enjoy any six tapas dishes and four cocktails for £48 at Cosy Club Cheltenham – we LOVE that the month of love can be all about girl-mates. A great excuse to round up those errant friends you’ve not seek for yonks and celebrate your fabulous friendships, with a Passionfruit Mojito or Vanilla Espresso in hand, of course.
TOUR: Valentine’s Tower Tour, Gloucester Cathedral, Fri 14 Feb
Take a romantic trip to the top of Gloucester Cathedral, where you can enjoy breathtaking views for miles across this historic city. There’s ‘only’ 269 steps, and 225 feet to ascend. Once you’ve conquered any minor vertigo niggles (ah the things that bring us together) and staggered – I mean skipped merrily – to the top, you’ll get a glass of prosecco, or a non-alcoholic alternative, whilst you take in the stunning views. Tickets cost £16.76 per person and can be purchased from the Cathedral gift shop or online.
MUSIC: Ultimate Elton and the Rocket Band, Evesham Arts Centre, Worcs, Sat 15 Feb
And I guess that’s why they call it the bluuuees …. Like Elt? (err yep) Then you’ve got to head to The Ultimate Elton and the Rocket Band in Evesham for this brilliant night out. Artist Paul Bacon is uncannily like Elton, and I don’t just mean the tremendous toupe. Get a slice of Elt without the £400 price tag! We challenge you to go along and spot the difference. A rip-roaring night of superb tunes as they belt out his best loved songs, from Crocodile Rock to I’m Still Standing.
NATURE: South West Puddle Jumping Championships, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Glos. Sat 15 Feb – Sun 23 Feb
CRAFT: Pottery classes, The Clay Loft, Stroud, throughout Feb
Pottery is so hot at the moment, it’s the craft du jour, so get your hands thoroughly filthy at the brilliant Clay Loft in Amberley, Stroud. Classes are led by master potter Adrian Bates and cover all the techniques you’ll need for throwing your own pots on the wheel as well as hand-building. Classes are limited to 12 people for a fabulously intimate experience.
SNOWDROPS: Colesbourne Gardens, From 1 Feb to 1 Mar
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.
THEATRE: The Importance of Being Earnest, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, Thu Jan 23 – Sat 15 Feb
This brilliant reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s timeless classic The Importance of Being Earnest is getting rave reviews already and it’s no surprise. The Barn Theatre is host to its return after a hit 2019 run. But this time there’s a twist – just two actors play all parts. Phew, exhausting. Expect hilarious tap dancing routines, fabulous frocks and enough tea to sink a ship. Spiffing fun.
TALK: Wine and Dine with Umani Ronchi, Calcot Manor, Weds 13 Feb, 7pm
We’ll have a bit of La Dolce Vita if it’s up for grabs, grazie mille. And that’s what’s awaiting you at Calcot’s fancy pants evening of wine and food with an Evening with Umani Ronchi – discover the story behind the famous vineyard (one of the top wineries in Italia) and get progressively more tipsy as you test their their wines over dinner. Needs must.
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 London-born acoustic singer/songwriter Zak White (Sat 8 Feb) or pianist/guitarist Sophie Henderson’s dreamy folk pop vibe (Thurs 20 Feb).
HISTORY: Roman villa in Chedworth, Glos, from Sat 15 Feb – Sun 23 Feb, 10.30am – 3.30pm
There’s tons of Roman-themed fun at the grandest Roman Villa in Britain. Follow their seasonal trail around the site, dress up as a Roman or play with some Roman toys, get creative with historical crafts and get a glimpse of Roman life with Chedworths’ Romans. Hang out with Gaia or Appian the mosaic maker. If you’re peckish, there’s also a café and you can visit the shop which offers Roman-themed souvenirs, books and games. Be sure to wrap up warm and bring your boots or wellies with you to walk around.
KIDS: Secret Spies at Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, Sat 15 Feb
Get them to solve the Sudeley Mystery in this fun detective day out. Pick up a discovery sheet while exploring the castle, use items you find along the way to try and decode seven specially designed clues. Introduce them to Hieroglyphics, Morse Code, Nautical Flags and more. Will they guess the passwords within? When they’ve solved the clues head to the Visitor Centre to claim a small surprise. Spend the rest of the day running wild around the gorgeous grounds of this wonderful castle and its adventure playground. Credit: Gracious Photography.
LIGHT SHOW: Cheltenham Festival of Light, Cheltenham, from Sat 1 – 23 Feb
Things are about to get very blue in Cheltenham (no, not like that!) when Light Up Cheltenham 2020 hits the town between 1 and 23 feb. Street theatre group Spark! will amaze crowds during the first night. And a heads up for all you rather eager romantics out there, the whole town will be going red on Valentine’s Day – it’ll be just like you planned it
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.
MUSIC: Madonna – Madame X, London Palladium, until Feb 16
Get drawn into the universe of Madonna in all it’s high kicking, spangly-corseted weirdness. Kicking off a series of 15 special shows to mark the release of her new album Madame X before she heads to Paris. No soulless stadiums here, instead an intimate residency where you can worship at the altar of her Madgesty up close.
ART: Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts, Mon 27 Jan – 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.
THEATRE: Faustus: That Damned Woman, Lyric Theatre, London, 27 Jan – 22 Feb
Award-winning playwright Chris Bush has turned Faust into a young woman in a reimagined version of this story, exploring what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness and the legacy we leave behind. This beautiful female-centered play centres on a woman living in 17th century London. A brilliant gender-swapping night out with the Birmingham Rep Company.
MUSICAL: Mama Mia! The Party, O2, London, throughout Feb
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.
FILM: Fellini Season, Southbank Centre, London, throughout Feb
Oh, che bella, La Dolce Vita! … Is there anything more classy than a Fellini film? Really? We’d quite like to be wading sensually through a Roman fountain right now as it happens, but hey, work calls, so we’ll content ourselves with this two month retrospective of renowned film director Federico Fellini. Catch fascinating Q&As, talks and movie screenings. Relive some seminal ’60s cinema from Anita Ekberg to City of Women, his provocative, take on the battle of the sexes.
FASHION: Mary Quant, V&A, London, until 16 Feb
From miniskirts and hot pants to kerr-azy tights and makeup – discover how sartorial icon Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. Drool over more than 200 outfits and accessories from the designer’s personal archive.
DANCE: Message in A Bottle, Sadlers Wells, 6 Feb – 21 Mar
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.