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5 things to do in the Cotswolds this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:21 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:21 10 December 2018

The Snowman celebrates its 40th anniversary

The Snowman celebrates its 40th anniversary


The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

1. The International, Cheltenham Racecourse

With seven races each day providing thrilling action on the course, plus The Shopping Village to buy those last-minute Christmas presents, The International at Cheltenham Racecourse, held on December 14 and 15, will be great fun for racegoers. For those wanting to keep the party going, Cheltenham Racecourse will also be hosting a Great Gatsby Christmas Party with a three-course meal, a complimentary festive-themed cocktail, casino table and live music on the Friday and Saturday night.

2. Frost Fayre, Dyrham Park

In the 17th century the Thames froze every few years, and a ‘Frost Fayre’ was held on the frozen river. The Frost Fayre at Dyrham Park, hosted 11am-3pm, on December 15 and 16 is in the stables with a range of Christmas gifts for sale.

3. Christmas Carols in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

Hosted by the Friends of Montpellier Bandstand and Gardens, Christmas Carols in Montpellier Gardens will encourage crowds to wrap up warm and sing-a-long to a collection of traditional and modern carols. Performers include the Ukeholics Ukelele Band and Innsworth Military Wives Choir. Charity donations are welcome.

4. Tudor Music and Mince Pies, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Enjoy traditional Tudor musicians playing in Shakespeare’s childhood home on December 15 and 16 (10am-4pm). Learn about the traditional musical instruments and how they evolved into the contemporary instruments we play today.

5. The Snowman, Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Briggs’ original picture book The Snowman. Three performances of the animated film – with live orchestra – will take place at 1pm, 3pm and 7pm on Friday, December 14. Read our interview with Rachel Whibley, managing director of Carrot Productions here.

We update 5 things to do in the Cotswolds at the weekend every Monday. If you are in need of inspiration, bookmark this page for events from Friday through to Sunday.


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