What’s on this month in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 12:35 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:08 19 November 2018
If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds this month, we have gathered plenty of events for you to pop in your diary
Woolpack, The Guild at 51 in Cheltenham
Up until November 4
This exhibition celebrates the rich heritage of British sheep breeds and their wool, with new work from Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen members and three invited guest exhibitors.
Up until November 10
A solo exhibition by acclaimed artist Clare Bonnet – figurative paintings that explore the re-charged feminist discourse.
Up until December 16
A visually stunning and powerful installation by the artist Robyn Woolston inspired by World War One stories, and part of the Cheltenham Remembers project.
Alice Mumford exhibition, David Simon Contemporary in Bath
In autumn last year, The David Simon Contemporary Award was giving to Alice Mumford , after singling out her painting from a selection of over 600 works of art. This is a solo exhibition of 20 new paintings, which have been a year in the making.
Coln Choir Charity Concert, Cirencester Parish Church
Friday, November 2
Join Coln Choir and friends for a programme of music and words as part of a Cirencester-wide festival to mark the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the Great War in November 1918. Proceeds go to local health charity Cobalt.
Cheltenham Gin Festival, Cheltenham Ladies’ College
November 2 & 3
Featuring over 70 varieties of the very finest gins, together with cool music and gorgeous ‘easy food’. Advance tickets from £12.
Discover:Gather:Give, Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall
November 3 & 4
Returning to the historic Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall, with 40 exceptional artists exhibiting more than 500 pieces of original art. Free entry. Supporting ‘Shakespeare’s Puppies Appeal Guide Dogs for the Blind’.
WW1 Local History Exhibition, Museum in the Park in Stroud
The Five Valleys Great War Researchers’ exhibition illustrates civilian and military life during the Great War.
Champion Waterfowl Exhibition, Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud
November 4, 10am-3pm
Meet hundreds of ducks and geese at this family day out presented by the British Waterfowl Association.
The Christmas Fair, Daylesford Organic Farm in Kingham
Sunday, November 5, 6 & 7
A rare opportunity to meet designers and purchase products direct from the creative source. Selected for quality and variety, the fair is organised and run with the help of a passionate group of volunteers and will feature some of the best of British design. Sponsored by Knight Frank, last year’s fair raised over £80,000 for WellChild.
Villagers in Temple Guiting and Kineton have been fundraising for the There But Not There Campaign, to bring two 6’ ‘Tommys’ to Guiting Power Village Hall from November 5-9, and then at Guiting Power Church until Remembrance Sunday Service on November 11.
Orchestra of the Swan, Stratford Arts House (Nov 6) and Cheltenham Town Hall (Nov 8)
November 6 & 8, 7.30pm
Playing works by Mozart as well as Mendelssohn’s famous violin concerto with soloist Tai Murray, and Julian Lloyd Webber conducting.
Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens, The Regal Cinema in Evesham
Wednesday, November 7
This November, acclaimed impressionists Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens have joined forces for a national tour, featuring all the pair’s best impersonations from Theresa to Trump, Farage to Joanna Lumley, and a fair few in between.
Stroud Book Festival, various venues in Stroud
Prue Leith and Oz Clarke will be providing a fabulous foodie finale to the 2018 Stroud Book Festival. Other special visitors to the event will be Mary Portas, Patrick Gale, Will McCallum, Alan Johnson, Christie Watson, Sam Guglani, Tony Ross and Michael Foreman.
Charity Christmas Fair, Corn Hall in Cirencester
Thursday, November 8, 10am-4pm
After 32 years, Cirencester & District Friends of HFT’s will be holding their last ever Christmas Fair, with over 30 stalls, to raise funds for HFT projects in Gloucestershire. Entrance £5, with all proceeds to HFT.
Tales from the Towpath, Museum in the Park in Stroud
Friday, November 9, 7pm
Join author Fiona Eadie and illustrator Tracy Spiers to hear the stories of the navvies, lock-keepersm, lengthsmen and leggers from their new collection. Free but booking essential: call 01453 763394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal Hand Lettering, Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe
Friday, November 9, 10-11.30am
A workshop which covers all forms of lettering, and includes your own kit to take home to continue your newly learnt skill. Cost £45, to include entry to the castle and festive refreshments.
Stratford Literary Festival will feature some of the most respected writers and high-profile journalists, including Sir Michael Parkinson, Lucy Worsley OBE, Viv Groskop and Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.
Verdi’s Requiem, Cheltenham Town Hall
Saturday, November 10, 7.30pm
Cheltenham Bach Choir, together with The Regency Sinfonia and conducted by David Crown, will be performing Verdi’s choral masterpiece. Tickets £22, £20, £15, £10 (£8 children/students).
Needle felting workshop, Chedworth Roman Villa in Yanworth
Saturday, November 10, 11am-3pm
Try your hand at the traditional craft of needle felting, and make some festive decorations to take home. £35 – lunch and materials included. Booking essential on 0844 249 1895.
Designer & Second-hand Clothes Sale, Sheldon Bosley Hub in Shipston-on-Stour
Saturday, November 10, 9.30-11.30am
In aid of Shipston Home Nursing hospice care at home.
Sunday, November 10, 5pm
After the main Remembrance Service at the war memorial, a 10- to 15-minute 50-metre digital arts projection created by students from Gloucestershire will be projected onto the Municipal Offices throughout the late afternoon and into the evening.
Second World War Walks, The Buscot and Coleshill Estates, near Faringdon
Sunday, November 11, 2-4pm
Discover Coleshill’s hidden past. Adult £5; child £2.50.
The Landscape of English Music, Corinium Museum in Cirencester
Thursday, November 15, 2-4pm
As we remember the 1918 Armistice, this pictorial journey with Tim Porter will take you through the lives of local composers who bore witness to those troubling events: Elgar, Holst, Gurney, Vaughn Williams, Howells, and especially Hubert Parry, whose centenary falls this year. Cost: £7 per adult or £6 members.
Living Crafts for Christmas, Blenheim Palace
Four fabulous shopping days showcasing outstanding contemporary British craft, packed with seasonal charm and brimming with exquisite gift ideas not found on the High Street.
Juplicity, Huntingdon Hall in Worcester
Friday, November 16, 7.30pm
Comedy giant Phill Jupitus’s Juplicity show has proved so popular that new dates have been added for autumn and winter 2018. You don’t want to be the one who misses out, now, do you?
Christmas Light Festival, Oxford
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Undiscovered Oxford’, bringing international and local artists together to explore the city’s hidden highlights with installations, illuminations, performances and events.
Worcester Festival Choral Society, Worcester Cathedral
Saturday, November 17, 7.30pm
The 140 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society, with acclaimed soloists, perform two vivid 20th-century choral works. Tickets £10-£25 (children 9-15 free) from: worcesterfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk or Worcester Live: 01905 611427.
Stroud Choral Society, Tewkesbury Abbey
Saturday, November 17, 7pm
Dvorak Requiem. Tickets £20 & £15 (under 18s free) from: Tewkesbury Abbey Gift shop, Tewkesbury Information and Heritage Centre, Stroud Subscription Rooms and on the door.
Saturday, November 17
Now in its eighth year, the fair is a pop-up retail exhibition space for 21 textile artists, who will be offering their wares at special prices.
Saturday, November 17
The Carrdus School Christmas Fair will have over 50 stalls offering a wide range of gifts. Children can enjoy a magical Father Christmas’s grotto and there will be a ‘secret’ area where they can choose presents for their parents and wrap them with the help of the Carrdus Year 6 Elves. There will be an activity area to make arts and crafts, tombola’s for all ages and carols will be sung by the Carrdus School Choirs.
In aid of local charities Katherine House Hospice and Rosy.
Lavender & Lace Ball, The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester
Saturday, November 17
An evening of fun, including a 3 course dinner with fine wines and a live band, in aid of Cotswold Breast Cancer Now.
November 17-December 31
A selling exhibition with the focus on smaller and mini-works, including the popular Snow-people made by Oxfordshire-based Clare Nicholls, providing plenty of great gift ideas for Christmas shoppers.
The Messiah, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
Three towering talents play a cast of thousands in this new comedy by the Olivier Award-winning West End hit The 39 Steps. Starring Hugh Dennis, Lesley Garrett and John Marquez, this is probably the funniest and most magical nativity you’ll ever see.
An Even Wilder Night Out with Chris Packham and Paul Goldstein, Cheltenham Town Hall
Tuesday, November 20, 7.15pm
Chris and Paul have worked together for almost 15 years and have captured breathtaking wildlife photography all over the world. This charity lecture will draw on their exciting image catalogue from the past 12 months, including their trip to Antarctica last year, as well as their now famous top ten critique of each other’s images. Tickets £25.
Art, Antiques, Asian Art, Jewellery and Silver sale, Chorley’s at Prinknash Abbey Park
November 20 & 21
Chorley’s have announced that an array of intriguing historical objects will feature in their upcoming Art, Antiques, Asian Art, Jewellery and Silver sale, including the beautiful bust of Lady Mary de Vere, formerly Mary Spring Rice, by Edward Hodges Bailey, who created Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.
The Mersey Beatles, Lydney Town Hall
Wednesday, November 21
After sold out shows in the USA, Asia and Europe, the Liverpool-born tribute band are now retracing The Beatles’ footsteps on their ‘Get Back UK Tour’ which visits the same towns, cities and original venues the Fab Four rocked in the 1960s.
Tickets available from Lydney Town Hall or via or via ticketmaster.co.uk.
Festive marbling, Sudeley Castle
Friday, November 23, 10-11.30am
Learn how to create your own unique wrapping paper and gift-tags using a beautiful marbling technique. All materials will be provided for you.
Snow Queen, Sheepscombe Village Hall
Friday, November 23, 4pm
Tutti Frutti Productions and York Theatre Royal present a stunning one-hour show for children aged 3+ and their families.
The Nutcracker, Birmingham Hippodrome
November 23-December 13
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s performances will wow audiences with dazzling projections, snow falling throughout the auditorium and live music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Christmas at Blenheim Palace
November 23-January 6
Enjoy a ‘Cinderella’ experience in the magnificent State Rooms, a traditional Christmas market with up to 100 stalls, and a festive trail around the parkland.
The Woodstock Festive Fayre, St Mary Magdalen Church
Saturday, November 24
The first Woodstock Festive Fayre will open at 9.30am until 7pm, where an array of specially selected stalls will sell quality items, ranging from unique gifts, festive decorations, bespoke jewellery, prints and clothing. Among the 35 stallholders, will be Richard Hine, founder of British Polo Gin, whose late Grandfather John Hine, once practised as a Lay-preacher at the church.
A Night of a Thousand Candles, Woodstock
Saturday, November 24
Woodstock’s new Christmas light illuminations in the town square will be formally switched on by Art Historian and BBC TV Presenter, Nina Ramirez. The night will also include theatre and live music entertainment, carol singing from local children and festive food and drink for all the family.
Tablet weaving workshop, Chedworth Roman Villa in Yanworth
Saturday, November 24, 11am-3pm
Enjoy a fascinating workshop where you will learn the ancient art of tablet weaving and make something special to take home. £35 – lunch and materials included. Booking essential on 0844 2491895.
Remembering 1918, St Andrew’s United Reformed Church
Fauré Requiem and music by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Parry and Ireland. Charlton Kings Society, with soprano Rebecca Grant-Jones, baritone Oliver Parker, plus members of the Regency Sinfonia. Fiona Brown (organ), conduced by John Wright.
Christmas at Chastleton, Chastleton House and Gardens
November 24 & 25, and Dec 1, 2, 8 & 9, 11am-3pm
The house is magically transformed for a Victorian Christmas.
Mozart Concert, Church of St John the Baptist in Burford
Sunday, November 25, 7.30pm
Burford Singers with soprano Robyn Allegra Parton, mezzo Marta Fontanals-Simmons, tenor William Wallace, baritone Jake Muffett and Cotswold Chamber Orchestra. Leader: Kate Bailey; conductor: Brian Kay. Ben Goldscheider, winner of the Brass Category Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, will perform the Horn Concerto No 4.
Sunday, November 25
This year’s Christmas Fair will be the biggest fair to date, with visitors able to shop from over 70 exhibitors offering everything from jewellery and clothing, to cards, toiletries, stocking fillers and unusual gifts, plus there will be festive food stalls, Yuletide singers, a café and more. Tickets are £5 (under 16s free). Tickets purchased in advance come with a complimentary glass of ‘fizz’ on arrival. To book call 01242 265694.
Bouquets & Brickbats: Stephen K Amos, Cheltenham Town Hall
Tuesday, November 27
Mr Feelgood himself, Stephen K Amos, is aiming to cheer up our divided nation and maybe even unite us again.
Wilde Creatures, Warwick Arts Centre
November 28-December 30
An exciting adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales, brought straight from the West End.
Cheltenham Christmas Wine Festival, Pittville Pump Room
Friday, November 30
Over 100 wines, champagnes, sparkling wines, beers and spirits will be open for tasting, alongside cocktail-making demonstrations and exclusive champagne masterclasses.
Friday, November 30
Nailsworth’s highly popular start to Christmas shopping will be packed full of attractions including Santa’s grotto; a family fun fair; a farmers’ market with food, drink and crafts; a classic car show; Mr Brown’s steam engine; and a river of light illuminating the town’s stream.