5 things to do in the Cotswolds this weekend
PUBLISHED: 10:37 12 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:38 12 November 2019
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
The thunder of hooves will once again fill Cheltenham Racecourse for their hugely popular November meeting, which will see three action packed days of the very best of the sport. Countryside Day on Friday will get the festival off to a racing start, with a whole host of countryside-themed activities, the chance to watch racing icon Sir Anthony McCoy receive a dressage lesson from legendary Olympic rider Laura Tomlinson, and of course a much-anticipated performance from The Wurzels. On Saturday the prestigious BetVictor Gold Cup will take place, whilst Sunday marks the Family Fun Raceday with the D-Day Darlings performing live in The Centaur.
If you're looking to make a start on your Christmas shopping over the weekend, this is definitely the place to go - browse through the trade stalls of around 150 designer-makers, who will be showcasing the very best of contemporary British craft. With everything from special gifts for loved ones through to quirky stocking fillers, you're sure to find plenty of ideas and inspiration. The fair is now in its 17th year, and admission also includes entry to the glorious gardens and parkland of Blenheim Palace.
This is the first weekend of the annual Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Quays, which will be taking place until 24 November. Expect all the traditional festive touches, with a whole host of stalls selling food, drink and bespoke gifts, as well as a line-up of entertainment featuring cheeky Victorian characters that will make you feel as if you've stepped inside a Dickens novel. The market is open from 10am-7pm on Saturday and from 10am-5pm on Sunday. Find out more about other Christmas markets in the Cotswolds here.
Independent textiles artists will gather at Compton Verney over the weekend for this annual fair, which will see everything from embroidery to felt work to printing employed to produce unique, high-quality items. This year, they will also be welcoming students from Birmingham City University School of Fashion and Textiles, who will be exhibiting their work in the chapel, whist the WEA textile group will be showcasing their commemorative Ascott Martyrs wall hanging. As a result, this is a must for the art-lovers amongst us.
This is another one that should be in the diary of all discerning art-lovers: Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford will launch its festive exhibition this weekend, and it promises to be a truly stunning showcase. 'Winter Lights' will feature wintry landscapes and atmospheric skies, which have been the source of inspiration for many of the gallery's leading lights. Dawn Stacey, a new name at the gallery, will be showcasing her textile-inspired paintings that are layered with various techniques to achieve a beautifully soft-lit atmosphere, whilst Bristol-based painter Daniel Ablitt will be displaying his beautiful landscapes that have been influenced by both travel experiences and childhood. The work of Kate Evans will also be on display, who uses water colours to create idyllic rural scenes.
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