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What's on this month in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 16:53 03 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:53 03 January 2020

There's lots of wintry things to do in January in the Cotswolds (photo: AndyRoland, Getty Images)

There's lots of wintry things to do in January in the Cotswolds (photo: AndyRoland, Getty Images)

AndyRoland

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

- Pinocchio

Until January 4

A magical adaptation of the classic tale, with live music, song and puppetry.

Gloucester Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street, GL1 1NS, tel: 01452 503050, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

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- The Big Batsford Elf Hunt

Until January 5

Santa's helpers have gone missing and they're all hiding in the arboretum - find them to win a prize. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy!

Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AB, tel: 01386 701441, batsarb.co.uk

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- Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra New Year Strauss Gala

Saturday, January 4, 7.30pm

Fast becoming an annual favourite, the New Year Strauss Gala returns once more to celebrate the arrival of 2020.

Cheltenham Town Hall, GL50 1QA, tel: 0844 576 2210, cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

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- Wassail

Sunday, January 5, 11am-2pm

The festive season at Dyrham Park will culminate in a noisy celebration of wassailing, when visitors are invited to accompany the live music by bashing pots and pans in a traditional celebration to encourage the pear harvest.

Dyrham Park, SN14 8HY, tel: 0117 937 2501, nationaltrust.org.uk/DyrhamPark

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- A Convenient Prequel

Monday, January 6, 7pm

This film is a quintessentially British and humorous take on climate change, coupled with a deconstruction of Swedish sustainability. The film will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with Jack Guest, Jonathon Porritt CBE and other special guests. Tickets £9 (£8).

The Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP, tel: 01242 258002, bacontheatre.co.uk

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- HRCR Open Day

January 11

The Historic Rally Car Register Open Day returns to the British Motor Museum to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the RAC rally's first use of forest stages. Hosted by legendary rally co-driver Mike Broad, a series of short forums will cover each aspect that the HRCR is involved in: Speed, Road & Tour and Stage Rally.

British Motor Museum, CV35 0BJ, britishmotormuseum.co.uk

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- Royal Opera House Live Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

Thursday, January 16, 7.15pm

Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and Marius Petipa's original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet. Tickets: £17 per adult; booking recommended.

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, tel: 01285 655611, coriniummuseum.org

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- Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates

January 16-19

Let yourself be whisked away to sunnier climes with this traditional family pantomime.

The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE, tel: 01242 224144, promenadeproductions.co.uk

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- Wildlife Photography for Beginners

Friday, January 17, 10am-4pm

Learn how to get the perfect wildlife picture and begin to understand some of the basics of photography composition and techniques on this course with photographer Iain Green. Cost: £63.

WWT, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT, tel: 01453 891223, wwt.org.uk

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- Elkie Brooks

Saturday, January 18, 7.30pm

Now in the fifth decade of her career, Elkie Brooks is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation.

Cheltenham Town Hall, GL50 1QA, tel: 0844 576 2210, cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

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- Wild Winter Weekend

January 18-19

Be amazed by the winter spectacle of wildlife at Slimbridge with a two-day event packed with conservation talks, workshops and demonstrations. There will also be an exclusive opportunity to watch the Flight of the Swans film.

WWT, Slimbridge, wwt.org.uk

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- Mychael Barratt - Hidden Histories

January 18-February 15

Print-maker Mychael Barratt dives deep into Oxford's varied history with a new map, and other prints to be revealed exclusively at this wonderful solo exhibition.

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, 40-41 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL, wisegal.com

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- Enamelling for Beginners

Saturday, January 20, 10am-4pm

Join Mark Vardy of Silvar Design for this one-day workshop exploring the basics of enamelling on copper using a kiln. No previous experience necessary. Cost: £60, to include all materials, tea and coffee.

Lechlade Craft Barn, GL7 3DL, tel: 01367 253116, lechladecraftbarn.com

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- Anglo-Saxons

Tuesday, January 21, 3-4pm

An afternoon talk with James Harris discussing the most richly furnished Anglo-Saxon grave ever found in Gloucestershire, along with other Saxon highlights from the store. This talk will include the actual human remains from grave 18 of Butler's Field Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Tickets: £7.25 per adult; booking recommended.

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, tel: 01285 655611, coriniummuseum.org

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- The Croft

January 22-25

In this bold and haunting new play starring Gwen Taylor, the present interweaves with the past as ancient tales surface and the terrifying truth lurking in the croft is revealed.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ, tel: 01242 572573, everymantheatre.org.uk

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- The Importance of Being Earnest

January 23-February 15

Oscar Wilde's farcical comedy comes to Cirencester's Barn Theatre. Directed by Bryan Hodgson.

Barn Theatre, Cirencester, GL7 1BN, tel: 01285 648255, barntheatre.org.uk

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- The Wind in the Willows

January 24-25

Rain or Shine Theatre Company's fast-paced comic retelling of the classic tale of Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the incomparable Toad.

Irving Studio, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ, tel: 01242 572573, everymantheatre.org.uk

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- Burns Night Whisky Tasting

Saturday, January 25, 7.45pm

Featuring six very different Scotch whiskies, nibbles… and, of course, a haggis! Tickets £20.

The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX, tel: 01684 295074, rosestheatre.org

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- Painting with Wool

Wednesday, January 29, 6.30pm

In this beginners' class with Sophie Wheatley you'll make a needle felt picture of your choice, framed and ready to hang when you get home. All tools and materials provided. Cost: £45.

Craft Studio, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, tel: 01285 657181, newbreweryarts.org.uk

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- Royal Opera House Live: La bohème

Wednesday, January 29, 7.45pm

Puccini's opera of young love in 19th-century Paris - a mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. Tickets: £17 per adult; booking recommended.

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, tel: 01285 655611, coriniummuseum.org

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- Fairport Wintour

Wednesday, January 29

Now in to their 53rd year on the road, Fairport Convention's passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band's musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Tickets £27.50.

The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX, tel: 01684 295074, rosestheatre.org

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- Goodnight Mr Tom

January 31-February 8

One of the most uplifting stories ever written, and set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War. We follow sad young William Beech as he is evacuated to the idyllic countryside where he builds a moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley and his dog Sammy. Presented by Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society.

Cheltenham Playhouse, Bath Road, GL53 7HG, tel: 01242 522852, cheltplayhouse.org.uk

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

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