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What’s on this month in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 12:35 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:46 03 September 2018

Morris dancers at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Morris dancers at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice


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

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Nature in Art

Until September 9

A selection of sculpture and drawings by some of the UK’s best known sculptors, curated by Gallery Pangolin, and as one of the special initiatives marking Nature in Art’s 30th Anniversary.


Banner, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester

Until October 21

An exhibition bringing together two collections of banners separated by 100 years and produced in two different continents: Suffrage banners from The Women’s Library collection; and contemporary banners from the Protest Banner Lending Library, a contemporary project by American-based artist Aram Han Sifuentes.


SPELLBOUND: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

August 31-January 9, 2019

Explore the history of magic over eight centuries in this immersive and thought-provoking exhibition, and learn how our ancestors used magical thinking to cope with the unpredictable world around them.


Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement, Court Barn in Chipping Campden

July 27-October 28

Showcasing the work of three females associated with the Arts and Crafts movement: designer, needlewoman and political activist May Morris, calligrapher, embroiderer and painter Louise Powell and artist and illustrator Nelly Erichsen.


Autumn wildlife trail at Sudeley Castle

Throughout September and October

As the seasons change and shades of orange, yellow and red colour the countryside, autumn is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful gardens of Sudeley Castle. In partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, visitors can enjoy a trail around the grounds discovering more about the creatures that call the Castle home. The trail is free with castle admission.


Gloucester History Festival

September 1-16

This year’s festival welcomes a host of the nation’s top historians, including Charles Spencer exploring the Charles II, Kate Williams telling the extraordinary story of Mary Queen of Scotts, and Peter Hennessy looking at Britain, Russia and the new Cold War. To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, the festival will explore the theme of women and leadership, with plenty of fascinating events planned.


British & Midlands Championships at Prescott Hill Climb

September 1-2

Watch the fastest hillclimb cars in the country competing in the UK’s premier championships at Prescott Speed Hill Climb on.


Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder

Saturday, September 1 and 8

Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder are two fundraising concerts in aid of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, featuring acoustic music from Inkubus Sukkubus, storytelling from Chloe of the Midnight Storytellers, poetry by Peter Wyton, and Morris dancing from Boss Morris and Styx of Stroud. The concerts will take place Saturday September 1 at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton and on Saturday September 8 at Minsterworth Village Hall.


The Moreton-in-Marsh Show

Saturday, September 1

Enjoy the best of the countryside at Moreton Show, probably the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country. There are more than 2,000 animals on show, the Horse of the Year Show, pig agility, fabulous food, thrilling entertainment and 350 trade stands.


CDCH Fun Day, The Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home

Saturday, September 1, 12 noon-5pm

Featuring a fun dog show, cat photography competition, face painting, stalls, bouncy castle, BBQ, scurry run, mini steam rides, Pimm’s and Prosecco and jumble sale.


Watershed RDA Open Day, The Watershed Riding for the Disabled Group in Coates

Sunday, September 2

Adam Henson will be opening the new rider facilities at 2pm, and riders will be doing a dressage demonstration to music. There will also be the Jolly Nice ice cream bicycle, a bring-and-buy cake and home produce stall, raffle, RDA merchandise, tombola, face painting, homemade cards, Splat the Rat, skittles and more. Tea and cake served 1-5pm. For further info call Kate Beim on 01285 821102 or 07876 533322.


Katherine Parr Day, Sudeley Castle

Sunday, September 2

Join Sudeley Castle’s annual celebration of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife, famously buried in the church within the grounds of the Castle. Historical re-enactors will bring the past alive and historical novelist Judith Arnopp will also join the event.


The Wipers Times, Oxford Playhouse

September 3-8

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.


Orlando, Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse

September 4-8

Expect live music, comedy and drag with Oxford-based Marvellous Machine’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s high-spirited romp.


Crafts Alive, Rodmarton Manor and Gardens

September 5-9, 10am-4pm

An exciting opportunity for The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen to show its outstanding contemporary craftwork in an important heritage setting.


Seasons of the Cotswolds, Corinium Museum in Cirencester

September 5-29

An exhibition of oil paintings of Cotswold locations by artist and natural mindfulness guide Nick Pike. The exhibition explores changing seasons, with artwork inspired by the surrounding countryside, featuring exclusive new nature paintings from Nick’s studio in Painswick.


Harvest Festival Themed Lunch and Tour, Barnsley House

Thursday, September 6

Meet the gardening team for a tour and see all the seasonal produce the gardens have to offer before enjoying its harvest, with a two-course lunch, dining al fresco (weather permitting). £39 per person.


Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Autumn Fayre

Saturday, September 8, 11am

Spend a day in the historic hospice grounds with fun, great food and refreshments for all the family, to include a barbecue, pop-up bar, bouncy castle, and the chance to see elements of the world’s first knitted show garden, Work of Heart Garden for RHS, in the place that inspired its creation.


The Oxford Canal Festival, Aristotle Lane Recreation Ground

Saturday, September 8, 12 noon-6pm

Live music, food, bar tent, swingboats, guided walk, storytelling, talks, crafts, canal traders, boat trips and more. Free.


Emma, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham

Saturday, September 8, 2.30pm

Jenny Wren Productions delve into the dating scene of the early 19th century in this playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel written by Martin Millar and actress and comedienne Doon MacKichan. Tickets £12 adults; £8 concs.


The Oily Rag Co Festival of Bikes, Cheltenham Town Hall

September 8-9

Featuring some of the UK’s finest award-winning custom and classic motorcycles, plus a selection of trade stands selling clothing, T shirts, helmets, parts, accessories and gifts, as well as a licensed bar and coffee lounge.


Retro Truck Show, British Motor Museum

September 8-9

Up to 400 modern and classic trucks will gather for two days of truck nostalgia.


Genius Loci: Henrietta Dubrey, Sarah Wiseman Gallery

September 8-October 6

A painterly response by Henrietta Dubrey to works by Peter Lanyon (1918-1964). The exhibition will centre the exhibition around the landscape of Cornwall.


Found Objects, Bohun Gallery in Henley-on-Thames

September 8 September-October 27

Eric Rimmington is considered to be one of the UK’s leading still life artists, and this superb selection of paintings spans his long and successful career, together with some of his most recent work.


SuperNature III, Waterperry Gardens

September 8-November 3, 10am-5pm

A solo show of more than two dozen recent sculptures by artist blacksmith Jenny Pickford.


Classic Vehicle Day, GWSR at Toddington Railway Station

Sunday, September 9

The second classic Vehicle Day at GWSR is primarily for individual classic car owners and offers a great day out for the family.


Worcester Music Festival

September 14-16

Hosted across the city and celebrating the arts, with 250+ live performances, while supporting a different local cause each year. This year’s chosen charity is the Worcestershire Association of Carers.


The Hero’s Journey: Men’s Woodland Retreat, near Marshfield

September 14-16

Holistic explorer Will Gethin prepares to host another ‘Hero’s Journey Men’s Woodland Retreat’ with creative arts psychotherapist Sam Bloomfield at the beautiful 45-acre Cherry Wood, near Marshfield. Complete with sharing circles around the campfire, ritual space, and time for silent reflection in the woods, this is a rare opportunity to connect deeply with yourself, others and nature.


Art Exhibition and Sale, Upper Slaughter Village Hall

September 14-16, 10am-5pm

Selling paintings by local artists, plus delicious homemade cakes, teas and coffees, all in aid of the Village Hall. Free entry. Card payments accepted.


Cheltenham & Gloucester Beer Week

September 14-23

Cheltenham & Gloucester Beer Week returns with a whole host of events, beer trails, special offers and all sorts of other beery related shenanigans. There will be a big launch event for the Beer Week held on September 14 at DEYA, where you can sample this year’s collaboration beers for the first time.


Secrets, Lies & Spies, Montpellier Hall at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church

Saturday September 15 (2.30pm and 5pm) and Sunday September 16 (2.30pm)

Written by Lou Beckett, Secrets, Lies & Spies tells the story of little known team of women at Bletchley Park recruited to break the enemies’ toughest codes. Double cross agents are planting false information but do the Germans believe their lies. The only way to know is to break the code. Click here to book tickets.


James Blunt, Bath Racecourse

Saturday, September 15, 6pm

The singer-songwriter will take to the stage to headline the new two-day Bath Cup Festival, one of the highlights of the racing season at Bath. Tickets £40.


Campden History Society, Old Campden House, Chipping Campden

September 15-16

To coincide with Heritage Open Weekends, a book on Old Campden House and Grounds is being launch, with the Landmark Trust, in conjunction with the Society, running events around the site. The book, The Howse which was So Faire, is the culmination of four years archaeological and archival research and aims to give the interested visitor an idea of what the Jacobean house and landscaped gardens looked like.


Day out with Thomas, GWSR

September 15-16, 9am

Ride not only with Thomas but also behind other steam and diesel engines, including Daisy, on the frequent trains between Cheltenham Race Course, Winchcombe, Toddington and Broadway. Plus plenty more family-friendly activities to enjoy.


Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Competition

Sunday, September 16, 8.45am-4.30pm

Gatcombe Park Estate, home to The Princess Royal, will be the setting for this year’s competition. The competition has four classes and is free to enter. Spectators welcome.

To enter the competition email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or call the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.


Classic Car Rally, Sudeley Castle

Sunday, September 16, 10am-4pm

Classic car owners and enthusiasts are in for a treat as Sudeley Castle hosts a classic car rally against the spectacular backdrop of the castle and gardens. Access to the car show is included with castle admission.


The Goon Show, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Monday, September 17

In 1951 the landscape of British comedy changed dramatically when The Goon Show with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and co burst onto the airwaves of the BBC Home Service. Now, Spike’s centenary year, Apollo Theatre Company team up with Spike Milligan Productions to bring the show to the stage for the first time.


Learn to Quilt, Lechlade Craft Barn

Monday, September 17, 10am-3pm

Master the techniques of quilting in this introductory one-day workshop.

Expert quilter Kelli Angell will guide you through the steps to create a beautiful quilted Missouri Star. Learn how to create your patchwork pieces, build your quilting and make a 12” square ready to turn into a cushion or use as a decorative piece. £50.

Email karen@lechladecraftbarn.com or jennie@lechladecraftbarn.com.


Cheltenham Comedy Festival

September 17-22

A festival of comedy with top comedians and up and coming stars, performing in various venues across Cheltenham. Top acts include Jeremy Hardy, Phill Jupitus, Ross Noble, Sally Phillips and Reginald D Hunter.


Siblings Cannot Agree, The Heseltine Gallery in Middleton Cheney

September 17-29, 11am-3pm

When Cally Trench came across a pair of pencil portraits she and brother Nick drew of each other, over 45 years ago, the chance discovery became the catalyst for an imaginative and intriguing exhibition by these two contrasting artists. Much of the work will be for sale. Free entry.


The Antiques, Interiors and Asian Art Sale, Chorley’s, Prinknash Abbey

September 18 & 19

An array of antique and vintage paintings, furniture, carpets and quirky objects will up for auction.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bristol Hippodrome

September 18-22

The fun-filled family show brought to you by Bristol’s own multi award-winning production company, BLOC Productions. Tickets from £22.90 from blocproductions.co.uk.


Dr George McGavin, Lodge Park

Wednesday, September 19

Academic, entomologist and presenter Dr George McGavin will be talking about his work in academia, as well as his life working in the media. The upcoming talk is part of a series of nature talks followed by an afternoon tea at the National Trust bandstand.


Gregg Wallace, The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Friday, September 21, 7.45pm

The star of BBC’s MasterChef, Inside The Factory and Eat Well For Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show mixing hilarious behind the scenes tales with demonstrations and audience fun and games.


An Evening With Aggers, Leamington Royal Spa Centre

Saturday, September 22

Jonathan Agnew MBE is back on stage, but this time he goes it alone on his first ever solo UK tour.


Daylesford Harvest Festival, Daylesford near Kingham

Saturday, September 22, 10am-5pm

A wonderful way to celebrate the variety of autumnal fare available, with stalls, feasts, honey displays, chutney and jam making competitions, cookery demonstrations and more.


Stratford Town Centre Food Festival

September 22 & 23

Featuring a bustling regional food producers’ market with over 100 stalls spread throughout the historic streets.


Ocean Film Festival World Tour, Cheltenham Town Hall

An evening of inspirational ocean-themed films returns to the UK for the fifth year running.


‘Pearls Before Poppies’ Book Talk and ‘A Patriotic Peace’ exhibition, Bowood House

Thursday, September 27, 11.30am

Guest author Rachel Trethewey will talk about the 1918 Red Cross Pearls appeal which inspired her book, followed by a guided tour of Bowood House’s exhibition with curator Dr Cathryn Spence. Coffee or tea and pastries will be served on arrival as well as a two-course lunch and freed admission to Bowood House and Gardens.


Not About Heroes, The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

September 27-29

Stephen Macdonald’s Fringe First-winning play about World War One poets Sassoon and Owen, presented by Flying Bridge Theatre Company and Seabright Productions.


Kids Arcade – Autumn Pop Up!, Warwick Hall in Burford

Friday, September 28, 10am-5pm

Expect 20 cool kids vendors, a gourmet pop up cafe, micro events with The Cotswold Connection and kids activities all under one super stylish roof. The event will also be hosting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning between 10am-12pm in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Free entry.


Joan Armatrading, New Theatre, Oxford

Friday, September 28

Having just released her 21st album, Not Too Far Away, the singer songwriter is embarking on a 33-date solo UK tour.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

September 28-October 6

Dracula remains the father of all vampire tales, and this autumn an all-new production sees the bloodthirsty tale resurrected as part of a nine-week tour, set to receive its most terrifying staging ever. Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre will see the world premiere of the Touring Consortium Theatre production.


Bath Children’s Literature Festival


September 28 – October 7

Highlights include Phillip Pullman, Lauren Child, Tom Fletcher, Cressida Cowell, Harry Hill, Dermot O’Leary, Chris Riddell and Lucy Worsley


Principles of Deception, Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

Saturday, September 29

An evening with magician, comic and actor Ali Cook.


Cotswold Airport Revival Festival

September 29 & 30

Expect dramatic re-enactments and demonstrations; thrilling vintage air fly-ins; exciting rides and experience flights; hundreds of vintage and military vehicles; full-size and miniature steam engines; and plenty of entertainment, including period live music.


Tetbury Music Festival

September 29-October 7

The festival, now in its 15th year, will feature some of the finest musicians perform by candlelight in the stunning acoustic of St Marys’ Church, Tetbury.


Pots and Paintings, Westonbirt Arboretum Great Oak Hall

September 29-October 9

After a year’s absence, the Eeles family of potters, joined by two local artists, Gill Ashley and Jenny Riley, return for another exciting show of their wide range of handmade ceramics.


Gaydon Military Show, British Motor Museum

Sunday, September 30

Now in its third year, this show encompasses all aspects of military history with a range of activities to enjoy – plus there is even the chance to camp in the British Motor Museum grounds and make a weekend of it!


Contact Candia.McKormack@archant.co.uk or Elizabeth.Hartland@archant.co.uk to let us know about events happening in and around the Cotswolds.


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