Beautiful gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme on July 13

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:37am Friday 11th July 2014

Gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme

Cirencester open gardens event on July 13, gardens open in two areas of the town

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:31am Friday 11th July 2014

THE Cirencester Open Garden events continue on Sunday, July 13, 2-5pm, with gardens open in two different areas of the town – the old and the new.

Classic novel Oliver Twist by Jenny Wren Productions to be performed at an open air venue near you

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:25am Friday 11th July 2014

OLIVER Twist, Dickens’ classic tale of poverty and pick-pocketing, privilege and prosperity is given the Jenny Wren treatment, as a small but perfectly formed cast unravel the secrets of Oliver’s past, portraying all the colourful characters he meets on his perilous path. Expect laughter and tears, surprises and fears; but not Lionel Bart’s musical – they can’t sing!

Canadian band The Stanfields to play The Prince Albert in Stroud on July 22

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:20am Friday 11th July 2014

THE Canadian band The Stanfields return to the UK this month for a string of live dates that includes an acoustic session at The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill, Stroud on Tuesday, July 22, at 8-11pm.

Guiting Power Music Festival takes place from July 25 until August 3

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:18am Friday 11th July 2014

THE 44th Guiting Festival in Guiting Power takes place from Friday, July 25 until Sunday, August 3 and promises to deliver ten outstanding concerts, featuring world-renowned musicians, to bring an exceptional programme to the heart of the Cotswolds.

Will Harvey's War based on wartime experiences of Gloucestershire Laureate on at Cheltenham's Everyman

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:14am Friday 11th July 2014

IT’S a rare treat for actors to meet the people or descendants of the characters they are playing. But that’s what happened to 12-year-old Benjamin Crossley last week when he met the daughter and granddaughter of local First World War poet and writer, F W Harvey.

Opera Brava to perform Tosca and Rigoletto at Cirencester's Royal Agricultural University this month

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:08am Friday 11th July 2014

THE picturesque grounds of the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester will play host to two outstanding operas this summer.

Le Page Ensemble to play hits at classical music concert in Lansdown Hall, Stroud

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:32pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE Le Page Ensemble’s upcoming concert Into Our Dreams in Stroud will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, the slow movement from Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, Death and the Maiden, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, as well as music by Bela Bartok, Felix Mendelssohn and Philip Glass.

Exhibition, The Feathered Aviator, at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, commemorates the start of the First World War

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:25pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THIS summer the gallery at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester will be transformed with an evocative, engaging and inspirational installation commemorating the start of the First World War.

Singin' In The Rain will play the Bristol Hippodrome from July 22 to August 9

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:20pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

SINGIN’ in the Rain will play The Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday, July 22 to Saturday, August 9.

Mumbo Jumbo headline at Brewery Blues, Cirencester, on Friday, July 11

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:18pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

NO TWO Brewery Blues shows are ever the same. They draw from a large jamboree bag of talent that not only includes local artists, but those clamouring to perform UK wide and as far afield as Ireland, USA, Holland, Germany and France.

The Merchant of Venice by Rain or Shine Theatre Company at Poulton House Gardens on July 19

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:12pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE Rain or Shine Theatre Company present The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare at Poulton House Gardens in Poulton on Saturday, July 19 at 8pm.

The third Cirencester Open Gardens Event is being held in Chesterton on Sunday, June 29

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Marion Stephenson of 9 Chesterton Park, preparing for her garden opening.

12:10pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE third Cirencester Open Gardens event is being held in Chesterton on Sunday, June 29 from 2-5pm. Six gardens are opening. These are at 29, 31 & 36 Oaklands; 46 Somerford Road, 9 Chesterton Park and 8 Hanstone Close.

Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks,comes to the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Left to right: George Banks, Peter Duncan and Johnny Clarke

12:05pm Thursday 26th June 2014

PETER Duncan, Jonny Clarke and George Banks will be heading the cast of the 2014 national tour of Rachel Wagstaff’s stage play Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, when it comes to the Wyvern Theatre next month.

A Taste of Honey with Rebecca Ryan of Shameless and Waterloo Road heads to Cheltenham

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A Taste of Honey with Rebecca Ryan of Shameless and Waterloo Road heads to Cheltenham

12:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

BEST known for her roles as Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 hit TV series Shameless and Vicki McDonald in the BBC show Waterloo Road, Rebecca Ryan will bring to life Shelagh Delaney’s older than her year’s teenage lead Jo in A Taste of Honey at the Everyman next month.

Fantastic British Food Festival at Sudeley Castle, July 11 to 13

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Fantastic British Food Festival at Sudeley Castle, July 11 to 13

11:55am Thursday 26th June 2014

SUDELEY Castle in Winchcombe near Cheltenham is gearing up for the Fantastic British Food Festival to be held on the Falcon Lawn from July 11 to 13.

Northleach Charter Fair and Music Festival, Saturday, June 28

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Northleach Charter Fair and Music Festival, Saturday, June 28

11:52am Thursday 26th June 2014

THE Northleach Charter Fair and Music Festival will take place, for the second year running, on the King George V playing fields on Saturday, June 28, at the new time of 11am to 5pm, with the music festival kicking off from 5pm to 11pm.

Tonight's the Night, musical comedy inspired by songs of Rod Stewart at Bristol Hippodrome

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Tonight's the Night, musical comedy inspired by songs of Rod Stewart at Bristol Hippodrome

11:43am Thursday 26th June 2014

TONIGHT’S The Night, the smash hit musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart is on now at The Bristol Hippodrome until July 5.

Open gardens afternoon at Batsford House, Moreton-in-Marsh on Sunday, June 15, 2 - 5.30pm

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Batsford House

11:04am Thursday 12th June 2014

THE Friends of Cotswold Volunteers are holding an open gardens afternoon on Sunday, June 15 2014 at Batsford House, Moreton-in-Marsh from 2– 5.30pm. This unique event and opportunity for the public to see a private garden that has rarely been open to the public has been given by kind permission of Lord and Lady Dulverton.

Cricklade Art Group's summer exhibition, Cricklade Town Hall, June 14-15

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Nadine Gould, Hare series

10:49am Thursday 12th June 2014

THE Cricklade Art Group would like to welcome you to their Summer Exhibition in the Cricklade Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday, June 14/15 from 10am till 4pm. There is something for everyone, young and old with demonstrations on art techniques scheduled too. There are quiz sheets for children to help them look at the artwork more closely. The Sunday is also the Cricklade Festival so the group is hopeful of many visitors.

Private gardens in Cirencester open in aid of homeless youth charity, Cirencester Housing for Young People

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: 11 Corinium Gate

10:35am Thursday 12th June 2014

CIRENCESTER will celebrate summer with more than 40 gardeners opening their gardens to raise money for charity. This year, gardens will be open on five Sundays in June and July (dates to be listed weekly in the Standard).

Blenheim Palace Flower Show, June 20-22 at Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Monty Don

10:27am Thursday 12th June 2014

IT’S the final countdown to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, which is set to burst into bloom in just over a week’s time.

Expanded opening hours at Woodchester Mansion between Dursley and Stroud

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Woodchester Mansion

1:27pm Thursday 5th June 2014

GREATLY expanded opening hours have signalled the start of Woodchester Mansion’s step up to the big league of visitor attractions in Gloucestershire.

Beautiful gardens set to open for the National Gardens Festival Weekend

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Atcombe Court

12:51pm Thursday 5th June 2014

A HUGE variety of stunning gardens across England and Wales will open their gates to the public over June 7 and 8, for the second ever National Gardens Festival Weekend.

George Montague returns to Brewery Blues

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: George Montague

12:47pm Thursday 5th June 2014

IT’S FITTING that as Brewery Blues, Cirencester, enters its final year, it should welcome back one of today’s rocketing stars which it first showcased as one to look out for, way back in one of its very first shows nearly five years ago.

Seren Bell exhibition at The Fosse Gallery Stow-on-the-Wold

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Romney Rams Seren Bell

12:42pm Thursday 5th June 2014

ONE of the most outstanding animal artists working in the UK today, Seren Bell, is holding her first solo show at The Fosse Gallery, The Manor House, The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, from June 8 to 28.

Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, has packed fortnight of alfresco entertainment

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Pride and Prejudice

11:23am Thursday 29th May 2014

THE Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham’s Dean Close School’s idyllic outdoor theatre venue, offers a truly unique setting for live music, drama, film and family fun. Organisers of the Open-air Theatre Festival 2014 are promising another packed fortnight of alfresco entertainment from July 18 to August 1.

Acorn Antiques the Musical is at the Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, June 12/14 and June 18/21

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cotswold Playhouse cast

11:20am Thursday 29th May 2014

JULIE Walters has sent a letter of support to Cotswold Player Anne Martin, who will play Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques – The Musical at the Cotswold Playhouse on June 12/14 and 18/ 21.

Classical music concert at Poulton Church on Sunday, June 8

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Anup Kumar Biswas

11:17am Thursday 29th May 2014

A TRIO of distinguished musicians will perform a concert of classical music at Poulton Church on Sunday, June 8 at 7.30pm.

Renowned contemporary artist Jeremy Houghton launches exhibition at Haynes Fine Art Gallery in Broadway

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Highgrove by Jeremy Houghton

11:13am Thursday 29th May 2014

ONE of Britain’s most collectable contemporary artists. Jeremy Houghton is to exhibit From The Meadows of the Cotswolds to The Fields of the Somme at the prestigious Haynes Fine Art gallery at Picton House in Broadway from May 30 to June 15.

Beautiful gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cerney House gardens

11:08am Thursday 29th May 2014

Gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme: May 29/June 1: Hookshouse Pottery, near Tetbury, 11am -6pm, plants and teas, organic garden with dramatic open perspectives and intimate corners. Kitchen garden, orchard, water, cascades. Art & Craft exhibition including garden sculptures. Sunday, June 1: Cerney House Gardens, North Cerney, 10am-5pm, plants and teas, wooded grounds with romantic walled garden. Scented garden, herb garden and working kitchen garden; Greenacres, Bibury 2pm-6pm, plants and teas, one acre of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs creating large informal borders with year round interest; Highnam Court, Highnam near Gloucester, 11am-5pm, teas, 40 acre Victorian landscaped gardens with restored Pulhamite water garden with grottos and fernery. Rose garden and wood carvings Tuesday, June 3: A rare opportunity has arisen to visit the private royal garden at Frogmore House, located within Windsor Home Park in Berkshire. The garden will be open by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. The garden will be open from 10am - 5.30pm, with last entry at 4pm. To book tickets call 01483 211535 or visit the NGS website online shop. Tickets can also be purchased on the day, but with cash only. Once inside the garden, visitors can purchase a separate ticket from Royal Collection Trust to visit the house.

Brewery Blues Cirencester features Ethemia, The Portraits and David Waddington on May 30

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Ethemia

1:32pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

BREWERY Blues, Cirencester, features Ethemia and Friends on Friday, May 30, 7.45pm to 11pm.

Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers At Sudeley Castle Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 25

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers

1:28pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

LOCAL entertainer Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers takes her children’s storytelling persona Agent Green the Dragon Whisperer to Sudeley Castle’s Family Fun Day this Sunday and to the Crime and Punishment afternoon at The Old Prison at Northleach, next Wednesday.

South Cerney Street Fair and Duck Race on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Big crowds are expected on Monday for the duck race

1:23pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

THIS Bank Holiday Monday, go along and join the fun in the annual South Cerney Street Fair and Duck Race.

Album covers given new spin by graffiti artist Temper on display at Castle Fine Art Gallery, Cheltenham

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Girl with pink bag by graffiti artist Temper

1:19pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

CONIC album covers that have been given a new spin by internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Temper are on display at Castle Fine Art, Cheltenham.

The Land, exhibition at Farmcote from May 19 - 26

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Fatima by Anne Boning

12:22pm Thursday 15th May 2014

THERE will be an exhibition at Farmcote from Monday until May 26.

Ben Waters stars at Vonnies at Charlton Kings Club on Wednesday, May 31

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: An Evening with Ben Waters

12:15pm Thursday 15th May 2014

JOOLS Holland considers Ben Waters as one of his favourite ten top pianists of all time and he and his band will be at Vonnies on Wednesday, May 21.

Something for everyone at Berkeley Castle this Bank Holiday

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Children in medieval fancy dress

12:11pm Thursday 15th May 2014

HISTORIC Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire will grant free entry to children in ‘royal attire’ this May half term.

Joe Brown plays Cheltenham Town Hall on Tuesday, May 20

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Joe Brown

12:08pm Thursday 15th May 2014

MBE and Mojo Award-winning guitar pioneer Joe Brown will perform live at Cheltenham Town Hall on Tuesday, May 20, as part of his 32-date spring 2014 tour.

The Black Feathers play at Ingleside House, Cirencester, on Satrurday, May 17

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes

12:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

HAILING from Cirencester, the Americana folk duo, The Black Feathers have announced a home show within their UK tour, following the release of their EP Strangers We Meet.

Lucy Kane, the daughter of Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane, stars in Dick Whittington at Swindon's Wyvern

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Linda Lusardi, Lucy Kane and Sam Kane

2:22pm Thursday 8th May 2014

HER mother, Linda Lusardi, and her father, Sam Kane, have both performed on the Wyvern Theatre stage – and now it is the turn of Lucy Kane to step on to the Swindon stage in this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival review of Jamie Cullum

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Jamie Cullum

2:14pm Thursday 8th May 2014

WHO says that jazz doesn’t rock? Well you should have been at the opening night of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival when Jamie Cullum performed with his Big Band orchestra.

Deeply moving Great War drama at Cheltenham's Everyman

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: An August Bank Holiday Lark

2:13pm Thursday 8th May 2014

IT’S an idyllic summer in 1914 rural Lancashire. Excitement is building for Wakes week; a rest from field and mill and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing.

Suzanne Vega to play Cheltenham Town Hall on June 30

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Suzanne Vega to play Cheltenham

2:08pm Thursday 8th May 2014

FOLLOWING a highly successful tour after the release of her eighth studio album Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, pioneering American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega returns to the UK.

Meet Cirencester Hares artists in a new exhibition

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Katharine Dove and her hare

2:02pm Thursday 8th May 2014

IF YOU are enjoying the Cirencester Hares and their fabulous and varied artistic interpretations, have you ever wondered who are the artists behind the project and what their regular artwork looks like?

Cirencester's Rob Grace at the Sundial Theatre with quirky comedy sketches

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester's Rob Grace

1:57pm Thursday 8th May 2014

IF YOU’VE ever wanted to see two grown men in nappies, hear a song that has the word ‘Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovulcaniconiosis’ in it, learn how to speak proper Gummidge, visit a shop that sells air guitars or simply want to know how you get a sketch about Pirates into the journey through life, then Life Jim is for you.

The Love Punch (12A)

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan star in The Love Punch

1:54pm Friday 2nd May 2014

IN A a recent article Emma Thompson spoke out against creating films aimed at the ‘grey pound’, arguing that a good film should appeal to all ages regardless as to the age of the cast or storyline of the film.

Cirencester's Brewery Blues features The Jess Vincent Trio on Friday, May 9

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The Jess Vincent Trio

11:20am Thursday 1st May 2014

ON FRIDAY, May 9 from 7.45pm, Brewery Blues, Cirencester, showcases the area’s emerging acoustic talent.

Sophie Ryder exhibition, New Brewery Arts iIn association with Wetpaint Gallery, Sat May 3 – Sun, June 29

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The Kiss

11:16am Thursday 1st May 2014

FOR internationally acclaimed sculptor and artist Sophie Ryder, making art is much more than a profession, it is a compulsion.

Bristol Folk Festival returns on May 3/4

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Fairport Convention

11:04am Thursday 1st May 2014

AFTER a year’s rest, the much-loved Bristol Folk Festival is back this weekend, May 3/4.

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