What's on this month in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 15:13 31 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:22 07 November 2019
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
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Willard Wigan: Through the Eye of a Needle, Broadway Museum & Art Gallery
Up until December 19
From October 30, a new micro-sculpture of Albert Einstein is going on display at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery as part of its Willard Wigan MBE exhibition.
Magnum Manifesto, Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park
Until December 13
For the first time ever in the UK is this exhibition featuring some of most significant and enduring images from The Magnum Photos agency, focusing on the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lenses of 75 leading photographers.
The Young Turner, Banbury Museum
Until January 10, 2020
Banbury Museum's latest exhibition, The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective, showcases beautiful early work by one of Britain's greatest painters. The exhibition is organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and is supported by the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Blues Band: 40 Years and Counting!, Tewkesbury Roses Theatre
Friday, November 1
About 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, The Blues Band have earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms. With Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher, it's hardly surprising!
A stellar programme of interactive talks, workshops and international speakers, including The Great British Sewing Bee's Patrick Grant, will debate the role of design in today's world at this three-day festival. Taking place at Parabola Arts Centre and across several fringe venues.
Featuring some of the most respected writers and veteran broadcasters, including Sir Trevor McDonald, John Humphrys, Sir Max Hastings, Tom Holland, Carrie Gracie, Ben Miller and Jenny Éclair. All events take place at the Stratford Play House, United Reformed Church or Hotel du Vin.
Discover:Gather:Give, Stratford-upon-Avon's Town Hall
Stratford's popular and free to enter arts fair features 40 exceptional artists with an exciting and eclectic mix of paintings, illustrations, ceramics, jewellery, glasswork, decoupage, textiles, wood turning, digital art, sculpture, upcycling, steampunk and book binding.
Crafted For Christmas, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester
November 2-December 24
With a profusion of hand crafted jewellery, homewares, ceramics, wood, textiles, glass, sculpture and gifts by more than 350 makers. Free admission.
Wedding showcase at The House, No.131 in Cheltenham
Sunday, November 3, 12-4pm
This wedding showcase will give brides and grooms to be the chance to visualise their wedding day at the beautiful Regency townhouse.
Tuesday, November 5
The Wild Rabbit, the pub with rooms in the Cotswolds, is teaming up with Château Léoube for a celebratory dinner following a successful harvest at their sister vineyard in Provence. The evening will begin at the bar with a Sparkling de Léoube Rosé and canapés, before a lavish tasting menu in The Chicken Shed, the beautiful private dining room.
Top Dog Film Festival, Cheltenham Town Hall
Tuesday, November 5
This new film festival features a collection of canine-inspired short films, all celebrating the unbreakable bond between dogs and humans.
Stroud Book Festival will present over 50 events across five days in a programme that celebrates life, love and reading, with more than a nod to current affairs and urgent environmental matters. Highlights include award-winning author Ian McEwan, children's author Julie McDonaldson, nature writer Richard Mabey, and award-winning novelist Max Porter, plus Lemn Sissay, Andy Seed, Tom Percival, Tracey Corderoy, Sophie Dahl, Katie Fforde, Sue Limb and Nell Gifford.
Spring Awakening, Oxford Playhouse
Oxford University students bring eight-time Tony and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening to life, combining an alt-rock score with a narrative fuelled by sexuality, morality and rebellion.
November 6-12, 10am-6pm
Cheltenham-based contemporary artists Conrad Clarke and Janet James showcase their new work in a new exhibition hosted at the Gardens Gallery in Cheltenham. The work pays attention to their unique, individual voices and aims to interpret their differing experiences of Miserden.
Festive Calligraphy Workshop, Whatley Manor
Thursday, November 7, 9.30am or 12.30pm
Whatley Manor will host a beginner's guide to modern festive calligraphy with creative Emma Barnes. The workshops will be available as either a morning or afternoon session with a chance to ask Emma questions over lunch at both sessions. Attendees will receive a kit full of goodies will to help put newly found calligraphy skills into practice.
Andy Parsons: Healing the Nation, Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham
Thursday, November 7
A year and a half since his last tour Peak Bullsh*t, household name and nonsense-nailer Andy Parsons is back on the road with Healing the Nation in an attempt to mend the myriad divisions this country faces.
Exploring Orpheus, Corinium Museum in Cirencester
Thursday, November 7, 3-4pm
Orpheus features in mosaic art across the Roman Empire but who was he and what did he represent? Join Emma Stuart for an afternoon presentation followed by group discussion about this man of myth and magical ability.
Exhibition: Jane Ware and Sue Jolley at Dove Gallery in Winchcombe
November 8-14, 10am-5.30pm (open evening on Friday, November 8, 6.30pm-8pm)
Artists Jane Ware and Sue Jolley showcase their large bold abstracts and smaller vibrant artworks.
Getting the Third Degree, Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham
Saturday, November 9
As part of the 25th anniversary of its foundation to combat racism in football, Kick it Out has commissioned a new play based on the inspiring life of Laurie Cunningham. Incorporating 1970s funk, soul, blues, jazz/jive dance, football songs/chants, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, Getting The Third Degree is a powerful piece of total theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football and the wider society.
Chris Cleverley, Wychwood Folk Club in Ascott-under-Wychwood
Saturday, November 9, 7pm
Alt-folk songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist, Chris Cleverley releases second studio album and embarks on a series of live dates.
The Dream of Gerontius, Cheltenham Town Hall
Saturday, November 9
Widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, the oratorio was composed by him in 1900 for the Birmingham Music Festival. Performed by The Regency Sinfonia, conducted by David Crown.
Gordon Buchanan: Animal Families and Me, The Playhouse in Stratford-upon-Avon
Saturday, November 9
The highly acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan will share an insight into his incredible 25-year career filming some of the world's most fearsome and majestic animals.
November 9 & 10
A brand-new family-friendly show featuring more than 30 top-quality railway layouts in a variety of scales across the eras and ranging in size.
Independent Schools Show, Battersea Evolution
November 9 & 10
Join Westonbirt School and Hatherop Castle School at Stand 231 at the 13th Independent Schools Show in Battersea, London. The show brings together the UK's leading independent schools and educational experts under one roof and the Wishford Schools Group will be there, flying the flag for the glorious Cotswolds.
The Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds at Daylesford
The Christmas Fair in support of WellChild is the one-stop shop for everything your heart desires, all under one roof at Daylesford Organic Farm Shop. Click here to discover 16 exciting brands that will be in attendance at this year's fair.
The Entertainer, Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham
It's 1982 and Archie Rice (played by Shane Richie) is a washed-up entertainer playing a summer season to half empty houses, as his soldier son sails with the Task Force to liberate the Falklands. And as his daughter Jean returns from campaigning against the war, Archie's professional and personal lives collide with devastating consequences.
The Lovely Bones, Oxford Playhouse
A unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. With a talented cast, incredible set design and a soundtrack combining 1970s favourites with original music, this wonderfully creative production brings her vision to life in an exciting, emotional and uplifting theatrical experience.
George Egg: Movable Feast, Cornerstone Art in Didcot
Thursday, November 14, 7.30pm
Comedian George Egg demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end.
Living Crafts for Christmas, Blenheim Palace
This unique Christmas shopping experience, now in its twelfth year, is the highlight of the festive season at Blenheim Palace, with around 180 designer-makers from across the UK, selected for the originality and quality of their craft.
Musical Evening, Market House in Minchinhampton
Friday, November 15, 7.30-10.30pm
A fun sing-along event with Richard Smith and Richard Reason, to include a pop-up bar, and hosted by Minchinhampton Centre for the Elderly at Horsfall House.
Delius Parson and Melvyn Warren-Smith Exhibition, Stroud Brewery in Thrupp
An exhibition of the dynamic and varied work by chainsaw artist Delius and painter Melvyn.
The Exhibition of Watercolours by The Pure Watercolour Society, The Windrush Gallery
The translucent quality of watercolour, created by some of the masters of the medium, is celebrated in an exhibition at The Windrush Gallery.
Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra Concert, Pershore Abbey
Saturday, November 16, 2.30-4.30pm
The Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra announces the appointment of its new principal conductor and director of Music, Joe Davies, with this concert featuring music by Rossini, Dvořák, Marcello and Schumann. Tickets £12.
Textiles Fair, Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park
Start your Christmas shopping by browsing stalls from an impressive range of independent textile artists employing embroidery, felt work, printing and other techniques, to produce high quality items which are available to purchase across both days. Free with admission.
Making a Mark, St Edward's Hall in Stow-on-the-Wold
November 16 & 17
An exhibition of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glasswork and wood, created by a range of professional artists and designer makers from Warwickshire, who are all members of Visual Arts Forum (VAF).
Winter Lights, Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford
November 16-December 31
Visitors can expect wintry landscapes and atmospheric skies at Sarah Wiseman Gallery's seasonal exhibition, which has inspired new collections of work by some of the gallery's best artists and makers.
Christmas at Waddesdon
November 16-January 5
Discover Christmas music-themed decorations in the house, plus light displays and children's craft activities in the grounds.
Rupert Wesson, Calcot & Spa in Tetbury
Monday, November 18, 12 noon for 12.30pm
The director of the Debrett's Academy, will present the A-Z of Modern Manners and Debrett's Handbook. From avocados and yoga to humblebragging, selfies and vaping, the new edition of the A-Z of Modern Manners is an indispensable guide to the bewildering world of contemporary conduct. £29.50 per person, to include a two-course lunch and a glass of wine. A book signing and sales session will follow the talk.
Behind the Scenes: Rural Crafts of the Cotswolds, Museum Resource Centre in Northleach
Wednesday, November 20, 11am-12 noon
From tools once used by thatchers and hurdle makers, to photographs of hedge layers and Blacksmiths, learn about the crafts and skills once common sights in the Cotswolds.
Christmas gift wrapping masterclass with Jane Means, Whatley Manor
Wednesday, November 20, 9.30am-2.30pm
Jane Means returns to Whatley Manor for her popular gift wrapping masterclass. Jane Means started her Gift Wrapping company in 1995 and is now a specialist and advisor for many brands including Dior, Jo Malone, Carolina Herrera, Aqua di Parma and Harrods. She has trained staff at Fortnum and Mason and the Royal Household. Give your gifts a unique finishing touch this year. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us, The Theatre in Chipping Norton
Thursday, November 21
Combining his trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and really, really well researched material, Mark Thomas examines how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.
Christmas Fairy Workshop, No.15 Great Pulteney in Bath
Friday, November 22, 2-5.45pm
A week before Bath Christmas Market's start, join this workshop to make your own unique 25cm tree-topper, led by VV Rouleaux's Annabel Lewis. £135 per person (afternoon tea included).
Anne de Courcy and 'Chanel's Riviera', Homewood, near Bath
Friday, November 22, 12 noon for 12.30pm
Homewood's new series of literary lunches sees author Anne de Courcy chat about her latest book, Chanel's Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d'Azur, 1930-44. £29.50 per person (to include two-course lunch and a glass of wine).
Blenheim Palace Christmas Market
November 22-December 15
This chalet-based market full of festive gifts and tasty treats will be held in the Great Court of the Palace and run in conjunction with the 'Christmas at Blenheim Palace' themed Palace and Lights Trail.
Clay Barn Winter Exhibition: Celebrating Craftsmanship, Clay Barn in Alcester
November 22-25, 10am-4pm
A four-day exhibition, open to all. Seven artists - at Clay Barn - a delightfully informal and welcoming venue. Enjoy meeting the seven artists and learn about what inspires them and how they make their work.
Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, Christ Church in Cheltenham
Saturday, November 23, 7.30pm
A night for jazz enthusiasts, choral fans and lovers of great music, starring JP AllStars Big Band and Singers, soprano Vickie Long and musical director Paul McLaughlin. Tickets £12 (£6) from buytickets.at/cheltenhamchristianarts.
Christmas at Chastleton, Chastleton House and Garden
November 23, 23 & 30 and December 1, 7 & 8
Come and see the house magically transformed for a Victorian Christmas.
November 23 & 24
Christmas Market on Sunday, November 24, 11am-4pm, with local produce and artisan gifts, inside the historic village church of Hanwell. Lantern parade and evening event on Saturday, November 23.
Charlton Kings Choral Society, Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham
Saturday, November 23, 7.30pm
A programme of music by Mozart and Holst, featuring The Regency Sinfonia, with soprano Hannah Davey, mezzo soprano Serena Kay, tenor Edward Rimmer, bass Nicholas Perfect, and conducted by John Wright. Tickets £15 (under 25s in full-time education £10).
Verdi Requiem, Church of St John the Baptist in Burford
Sunday, November 24, 7.30pm
The Burford Singers will be joined by soprano Linda Richardson, mezzo Marta Fontanals-Simmons, tenor Ben Thapa and bass Freddie Long, together with Cotswold Chamber Orchestra, led by Kate Bailey and conducted by Brian Kay.
Open Morning at Airthrie School, Cheltenham
Tuesday, November 26, 9.30am-12pm
Airthrie School will be hosting an open morning for parents and guardians of prospective students to observe a normal school day whilst the staff and students are 'at work and play'.
Stephen K Amos: Everyman, Chipping Norton Theatre
Thursday, November 28
The delightful and lovable raconteur Stephen K Amos is hitting the road again, this time round with his new show, 'Everyman'.
November 28-December 15
The award-winning Christmas Market returns to spread festive magic to the World Heritage Site city, with 151 chalets lining the cobbled streets by Thermae Bath Spa, the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, as well as the shopping area of Milsom Street. A full programme of festive music and performers will also be keeping shoppers entertained.
Friday, November 29, 3.30-11pm
The town's highly popular start to Christmas shopping will be packed full of attractions, including a Winter Wonderland - courtesy Snow Business - plus fun fair, farmers' market, steam engine, live music and festive parade.
Cheltenham Christmas Wine Festival, Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham
Friday, November 29
Over 150 still and sparkling wines, spirits, beers and more to taste at Tivoli Wine's event, with food from Koj and his team from the eponymous restaurant in Cheltenham.
Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest, Cheltenham Town Hall
Friday, November 29
Join the observational comic as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.
Christmas Fair, Newark Park in Wotton-under-Edge
November 29 & 30, December 1
Enchanting stalls selling a range of unique gifts, seasonal treats, traditional crafts, hand-made goodies and more.
Christmas Fair, Llanthony Secunda Priory in Gloucester
November 30-December 1
Get in the festive spirit and browse the gifts on offer from hand-selected exhibitors displaying their items in Llanthony Secunda Priory's beautifully renovated Henry Dene Hall.
Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle
November 30 and December 1, 6-8, 12-23 & 27-30
Explore the beautiful new illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle's stunning grounds. Follow Peter Pan and Wendy and discover some of the amazing characters from JM Barrie's timeless classic.
Contact Candia.McKormack@archant.co.uk to let us know about events happening in and around the Cotswolds.