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What’s on this month in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 10:22 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:22 08 January 2019

As well as two days of eventing at Cheltenham Racecourse this month, racegoers can also enjoy the Cocklebarrow Races (c) Digital Vision / Getty Images

As well as two days of eventing at Cheltenham Racecourse this month, racegoers can also enjoy the Cocklebarrow Races (c) Digital Vision / Getty Images


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

Wish, The Story Museum at Oxford Castle

Up until January 6

Tales of folly and dreams come true for the young and young at heart in this magical, musical journey with much-loved classic stories told afresh by actor/musician Tristan Pate.


New Year’s Day at the Races, Cheltenham Racecourse

Tuesday, January 1, 10.30am

Welcome in 2019 at this family-friendly racing event, hosting seven quality races. The first race is at 12.15pm; the last at 3.45pm. Tickets from £12.


Winter Stories at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester

Thursday, January 3

John Volly Evalds to hear the adventures of snow queens, ice bears and magic mittens in this afternoon storytelling session, 12.30-1.30pm. £3, booking essential.


Stone Carving Masterclass, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester

January 4-6, 10am-4pm

During this three-day stone carving masterclass with Ann Margath Bohl you will learn the essential skills needed to create your own sculpture using Cotswold stone. Cost £255.


Wild Winter Weekend, WWT Slimbridge

January 5-6, 9.30am-5pm

A weekend celebrating Slimbridge’s wintering ducks, geese and swans, with a host of special birding events including bird watch mornings, guides in the hides to help with bird identification, special talks from WWT’s experts, bird ringing demonstrations and more.


Winter Walks at Waddesdon, Waddesdon Manor

January 5-March 24

With adventure backpacks, a sensory map and other on-site interpretation to encourage visitors to engage with nature in new ways. Waddesdon’s ‘Silent Space’ will also be reintroduced for Winter Weekends, giving visitors the chance to switch off and relax in the peace of the gardens.


Macbeth, New Theatre in Oxford

January 8-12

Following its sold-out London run, Scottish actor Michael Nardone will play the title role in National Theatre Director Rufus Norris’ touring production of Macbeth, with Kirsty Besterman joining the cast as Lady Macbeth.


Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Oxford Playhouse

Wednesday, January 9

Fresh from their sell out-run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the multi award-winning play returns to Oxford Playhouse. No two nights are ever the same! Tickets from £10.


Stroud Wassail

January 11-12

Marvellous mid-winter merriment, including the Mummers Festival, Morris dancing and, of course, wassailing. Waes Hael!


Artisan Food Market, Waddesdon Manor

January 12, 10am-2pm

Waddesdon’s first food market of the year. Held on the second Saturday of each month, their markets bring the very best in quality, fresh, seasonal produce from over 40 local suppliers. Free admission and parking.


Nature of the Beast, Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford

January 12-February 9

A group exhibition of artists Abigail Reed, Rory Carnegie, James Fotheringhame and Helen Ward, whose work looks to nature and its darker edge, using a variety of media including painting and photography.


Sign Up, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester

January 12-March 17

Taking inspiration from the high street, this exhibition looks at contemporary signage and lettering, featuring hand-painted signage, gilded glass, neon and film.


Duck Race, The Boating Lake in Pitville Park

Sunday, January 13, 11am

As well as the five duck races taking place on the day there will be ‘Hook a Duck’ and raffle. Also The Woozy Pig will serve a hog roast and the Old Dough Hook will sell pizza and Piccolo Prosecco. The Mayor will start the first race, with Alex Chalk doing the honours on the final one.


The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Oxford Playhouse

January 15-19

Now booking into its third year at the Criterion Theatre in London, Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, is a fast and fabulous comedy caper hailed the funniest show in the West End! Tickets start at £10.


Jazz at the Chapel, Chapel Arts in Cheltenham

Wednesday, January 16, Doors 7pm; performance 8pm

Violinist John Pearce is an internationally renowned jazz and classical musician. He has performed concertos by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. His artistry and passion comes to the fore in his dazzling jazz performances. John will be joined by Alex Steele on piano. £12 adv; £15 on door; £5 students.


Supper and Song, Cheltenham Town Hall

Thursday, January 17, 7pm

An evening of great entertainment including the EveryVoice Community Choir, compered by BBC Points West Steve Knibbs. Tickets £30, to include two-course dinner and entertainment, with all proceeds going to Sue Ryder.


Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats, Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot

Thursday, January 17, 8pm

Highly acclaimed, uplifting stand-up comedian and broadcaster Stephen K Amos is back with a brand-new show. His main aim is to cheer us up, for a moment, and try to help us forget what a mess the world finds itself in right now.


Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Cheltenham Bacon Theatre

January 17-20

Promenade Productions will again be coming to Cheltenham’s Bacon Theatre, this time bringing the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs into the 21st century. There will be singing, dancing, laughter and plenty of chances for audience participation.


Chef’s Reunion Dinner, Lucknam Park in Bath

Saturday, January 19

Six guest chefs, together with Lucknam Park’s executive chef Hywel Jones, will each produce a dish as part of a seven-course dinner menu. Cost is £89 per person. Wine pairing costs an additional £41 per person.


Dan Snow: An Evening With ‘The History Guy’, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

Tuesday, January 22, 7.30pm

The well-known historian and TV presenter recounts anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster. Tickets £27.


Burns Night Whisky Tasting, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

Wednesday, January 23, 7.45pm

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


Three Counties Career Fair, Three Counties Showground, Malvern

Thursday, January 24

More than 750 young people are expected to attend the event which showcases what’s on offer at colleges and universities, as well as giving access to employers from across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.


In Conversation With: Deliciously Ella, Calcot Manor

Thursday, January 24, 6.30pm

Meet Ella Mills for an inspiring insight into her vegan journey. The evening will provide an opportunity for you to hear about the Deliciously Ella journey firsthand, as well as picking up healthy tips and recipes to start the new year. The £50 ticket includes a signed book of ‘The Plant-Based Cookbook’, a mocktail and ‘deliciously’ inspired tasters on arrival.


Burns Night Black-tie dinner, Highgrove Royal Gardens

Friday, January 25

Don your best tartan and raise a toast to Scotland’s national bard at this exclusive Burns Night event at Highgrove. Tickets cost £100.


Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival, Gloucester Guildhall

January 25-27

The joint will be jumping when the festival returns to the Guildhall’s sprung dancefloor for its 26th year. Weekend tickets cost £60.


Pruning Workshop: The Calendar of the Rose, Asthall Manor

Saturday, January 26, 10am-2pm

The workshop with head gardener Jennifer Barnes will include a tour of the garden in its winter state to view the roses, discussing variety selection, planting, feeding, general care, pests and disease, together with a pruning demonstration and a chance to practice and ask questions along the way. Tickets are £75, including a light lunch and refreshments.


Tony Slattery’s Crimes Against Improv, Cheltenham Playhouse

Saturday, January 26, 7.45pm

Tony Slattery and a team of local improvisers pit their wits against each other, doing silly things because the audience say so. Not suitable for those aged under 16. Tickets £12.50.


Festival Trials Day, Cheltenham Racecourse

Saturday, January 26, 10.30am-5pm

Get some pointers as to which horses to back at The Festival in March. Tickets cost £12 per person.


Cocklebarrow Races

Sunday, January 27, 9am

With pony racing at the beginning of the day, followed by countless quality jump races to follow. There will be a large heated marquee to picnic in, a licensed bar, bucking bronco, plus dog racing, a ‘tough farmer challenge’, bouncy castle, bungy running, face painting and plenty of retail therapy. Admission is from £12.50 per person (16+) / £50 per car or £60 per car in the premium car park in the middle of the track.


Fairport Convention, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

Wednesday, January 30, 7.30pm

Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Tickets £27.


Vampires Rock Ghost Train, New Theatre in Oxford

Wednesday, January 30

Former X Factor winner Sam Bailey will be joined on stage by the creator of Vampires Rock, Steve Steinman, plus a full cast of dancers, singers and musicians, performing tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more.


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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