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What’s On May

Want to know what's on in Glos and Worcs this month? We have picked only the very finest fun and frolics for your delectation. From kick-ass shows and a brand new Cotswold amphitheatre to Tetbury's famous Wacky Races, let's go!

Did someone order 20 BRILLIANT things to do this month? Find your fun right here…

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Everyman Theatre, 17 – 22 May, Cheltenham

This inspiring girl power musical, based on the book by Suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst, is an evening of riotous fun. With a catchy pop songbook, and an amazing all-female cast including original SIX queens Renée Lamb and Christina Modestou, this funny and feel-good romp tells the inspirational stories of historic women from Marie Curie to Sacagawea, from Rosa Parks to Jane Austen and many more.

Tetbury Wacky Races, 02 May, Tetbury

They’re back! Watch scores of the funniest vehicle creations whizz around Tetbury’s streets in the famous Tetbury Wacky Races – back for the crowds on Bank Holiday. This year’s event will be sponsored by Arkell’s Brewery’s The Priory Inn, recently taken over by husband and wife – Matt and Natalie Starkey. The fun starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm and it’s a free event.

The Lost Cinema, Berkeley Castle, 20 May

Pitch up for some outdoor cinema at this spectacular castle. From classics e are showing the classic, Dirty Dancing. Sit out on the manicured lawn on a deckchair with a picnic for a fabulous night, show starts at 9.30pm.

Visit the Cotswolds own Mogul Palace, Sezincote, from 2nd May

Opening up to visitors for this first time this year on Monday 2 May, take a tour around the spectacular Sezincote – the Cotswolds’ very own 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace. And after you’ve discovered the house reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you can explore the grounds complete with temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, 27 April to 02 May

Cheltenham Jazz Festival is back for 2022 for its 25th glittering year. Hosted in a tented festival village in Montpellier Gardens, featuring the Big Top stage, Jazz Arena, Free Stage, a programme of family activities and events, a food, drink and market area and more. On the bill are Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Saving Grace ft Robert Plant, James Bay, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Tom Odell, Nubya Garcia, Gabrielle and more. There’ll be world premieres, masterclasses, family-friendly shows and an array of free events.

Jubilee Baking Workshops, near Moreton-in-Marsh, May

Bake these Jubilee Crown beauties in an afternoon of celebration baking in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee. Make some spiffing scones and an array of other British favourites before sitting down for afternoon tea with plenty of treats for you to take home. Class dates are: Sat 21 May 2-5:30pm, Sat 28 May 2-5:30pm,
Sat 4 June 2-5:30pm (all £85).

Lechlade Festival, 27 – 29 May, Lechlade

Check into to this fantastic 3-day extravaganza of family friendly entertainment. From the Boomtown Rats and Alexandra Burke to an array of fabulous artists. There’ll be street food, fun and fingers crossed some sunshine for this lovely festival on the Thames.

Safari at Sudeley Castle, throughout May

An ark full of animals has arrived at Sudeley Castle with a permanent exhibition of life-sized sculptures capturing visitors’ imagination – all created from flowers, grasses and plants to shine a light on the need to peacefully coexistence with nature. Stroll among a herd of elephants, keep an eye out for crocodiles and spot orangutans relaxing in the castle grounds as part of the new CoExistence attraction, included with standard admission to Sudeley Castle.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Bristol, throughout May

Head to Bristol for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – an incredible exhibition that brings his art to life in a new and fabulous way. Using state of the art technology to create floor-to-ceiling projections of the artist’s most famous works, art lovers can step inside Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings; and even walk alongside him on a rich, virtual reality journey.

Superworm Activity Trail, Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest. The new self-led trail in the Old Arboretum features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask. Packs are available to purchase from the Westonbirt shop for £3.50. The Trail starts outside the Great Oak Hall and takes visitors past two natural play spots and the Gruffalo sculptures. 

The Malvern Well Dressing Festival, until 08 May

The fantastically kooky Malvern Well Dressing Festival will see over 50 wells, springs and spouts creatively decorated by local community groups, residents and schools – the theme this year is ‘Literature’. See how many you can spot in the area, head to the link to get a downloadable map or purchas from Malvern Tourist Information Centre. View the wonderful creations by setting off across the hills on foot, by bicycle or on a self-drive tour. You might even catch some well-side entertainment, or well blessings!

Stroud Festival of Food & Drink, Stroud, 20 – 22 May

This great boutique festival features three days jam packed with cookery demos, celebs, food talks, live music, artisan produce, food trucks and bars. Plus there there is a dedicated Kids Area in Bank Gardens offering arts and crafts, competitions, face painting and more., there will be plenty to keep your children entertained.

Carpa at Gifford’s Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm & Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham

Muddy went to see this incredible show and it’s the best yet – arrrriba! Revel in the sights and sounds of rural Mexico with a visit to Carpa! This new UK tour brings Mexican performers over to join the show. A cast of talented performers, including Tweedy the Clown will be thrilling the crowds from 06 – 16 May at Daylesford Farm and from 17 – 30 May at Sudeley Castle. Book into Circus Sauce restaurant for a fabulously theatrical pre-show meal or pick up a delicious taco and churros from the new La Cantina food wagon.

The Scenic Supper, Todenham Manor, 01 April – 30 September

One of the most unique dining venues in the Cotswolds, returns to Todenham Manor from April 2022. Discerning foodies can feast on a four or six course lunch or dinner menu, made from local and seasonal ingredients, while enjoying views over the Cotswolds countryside. And there’s an awesome gin bar too.

Songs of Rogers & Hammerstein, The Barn Theatre, Cirencester, 06 – 28 May

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester and the Everyman Theatre have joined forces to put on this sing along spectacular. Some Enchanted Evening® – The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein features some of the most catchy tunes you’ll know and love. Catch it before its UK tour. Also on at Gloucester Guildhall (7th June), Swindon Arts Centre (8th June), The Subscription Rooms, Stroud (10th June) and The Roses, Tewkesbury (11th June).

Paella Night, every Tuesday, The Sub Rooms, Stroud

Join the Subs crew for an evening of authentic Spanish cuisine. Choose from succulent seafoods to a chicken and chorizo classic. View the menu here. To book a table call us on 07852 898 637.

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Amphitheatre at Berrybank Park, near Moreton in Marsh, 14 June – 10 September

You heard us right- in a Cotswold first, Glos is getting its own alfresco amphitheatre showground! The brainchild of Judy Reeves, an amphitheatre has been created to host an array of amazing shows from this summer (with stunning views to boot). From the Cotswold Comedy Festival to sing-a-long Gilbert and Sullivan, sassy cabaret and Shakespeare to opera and a Bank Holiday Real Garden Festival.

Each of the 5 grassed tiers are chair height to enable clear sight lines, and deep enough for you to stretch out your own blanket, camping chairs, deckchairs or thrones. If it rains, most performances can transfer to the adjacent Pavilion – meaning the show will go on regardless! Bring a picnic or enjoy superb food and drink at the Pavilion. The season kicks off on 14 June with Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour: Julius Caesar.

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