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What’s on this month in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 16:37 04 December 2018

Over 70 stalls will be attendance at Chipping Norton's Christmas Market

Over 70 stalls will be attendance at Chipping Norton's Christmas Market


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

Christmas Cracker, Gallery Pangolin on the Chalford Industrial Estate

Up until December 14

Gallery Pangolin’s annual Christmas show of sculpture, jewellery, drawings and prints.


Bath Christmas Market

November 22-December 9

The award-winning market will spread festive magic across the city centre, with over 160 chalets, plus children’s activities and entertainment, festive music, and The Christmas Lodge, run by Frampton’s and Bath Ales will be back in Stall Street with locally sourced, delicious winter warming food and locally produced ales.


Amberley Artisans’ Ten Days of Christmas, Gallery 1673 in Nailsworth

November 23-December 2

A selling showcase, with demonstrations, of work by 16 artisans, including textiles, paintings, jewellery, sculpture and ceramics.


Swan Lake, Bristol Hippodrome

November 27-December 1

Continuing its commitment to UK touring and presenting world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, English National Ballet are bringing the timeless classic Swan Lake to The Bristol Hippodrome.


Painswick Goodwill Evening

Friday, November 30, 5-8pm

A lantern parade will be performed by local school children, starting in St Mary’s Churchyard at 6pm and finishing at Father Christmas’s Grotto in the Painswick Centre. There will also be traditional children’s games, craft stalls, hot food and treats, as well as a few surprises. For more information email Anne-Marie Randall at


Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

December 1-23

As night falls, the trees of Westonbirt Arboretum will light up, transforming the landscape into a magical Christmas wonderland. Call 03000 680 400 or visit


Marcus Brigstocke: Devil May Care, Evesham Arts Centre

Saturday, December 1

A new stand-up show from the master of satirical comedy. Minimum age 14. Tickets £16 from Evesham Almonry TIC on 01386-446944 or via


The Lord of Misrule Trail, Dyrham Park

December 1-31, 10am-3pm

The Lord of Misrule can be traced from medieval England to the seventeenth century. He was in charge of all mischief and entertainment at Christmas. We have our own hiding around Dyrham to track down.


Festive Wreath Making, Sudeley Castle

Wednesday, December 5, 10-11.30am

Create your own natural Christmas wreath with expert guidance from Winchcombe-based florist Amber who runs At the Potting Shed. All materials will be provided for you to create your own unique wreath for the festive season. The cost is £50, which includes entry to the castle and gardens and festive refreshments.


Just So: The Musical, Barn Theatre in Cirencester

December 5-January 13

A colourful and uplifting show, based on Rudyard Kipling’s children’s classic. Tickets from £15.


The Snow Queen, Blackfriars Priory

December 6-22

Gloucester’s Blackfriars Priory will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas, with an immersive theatre show suitable for all the family. The Snow Queen, produced by Strike a Light and presented by Gloucester Guildhall, expect puppetry, live music and plenty of live action, to keep you warm with festive cheer. Book tickets via the Gloucester Guildhall website or call 01452 503050.


Sir Peter Blake, Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham

December 6-31

An exhibition of original silkscreen prints from the Godfather of British Pop Art. The exhibition will begin with a private view on Thursday, December 6, 6-8pm, with an opportunity to view his work on the magnificent Art Bus.


Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas, Oxford Playhouse

December 6-January 5

Full of music, puppetry and a very special snow-white penguin, the festive family show of Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas comes to the Burton Taylor Studio. Tickets start at £7. Book online at or call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305.


Wreath making workshop with roast lunch, Hidcote near Chipping Campden

Friday, December 7, 9.30am-3pm

This workshop includes all materials from the garden, a two course roast lunch with all the trimmings and refreshments. This smaller group will receive individual tuition and an exclusive tour of the garden. £95. Booking essential on 01386 438333.


Arts and Crafts Event, Armoury Village Hall in Newnham on Severn

December 7-9

A celebration of local creativity including paintings, photography, sculpture, metal-working, jewellery, ceramics, wool-sculpture, leatherwork, stained glass, and also including a display of paintings by the late Winifred Foley, author of Child of the Forest. Friday, December 7, 7-9pm (meet the Artists, welcome glass of mulled cider); Dec 8, 10am-1pm (Armoury Café open); and Sunday, 9th December 9, 2-5pm. Free entry.


Oxford Christmas Market

December 7-22

The much-loved event is running for an extended 16 days this year. From carol singing choirs to traders selling unusual and homemade gift ideas, the market will be enlivening Broad Street from 10am to 8pm on Thursdays to Saturdays, and 10am to 6.30pm on Sundays to Wednesdays.


Gloucester Santa Fun Run, Gloucester Park

Saturday, December 8, 9.30am

Dress up in a full Santa costume, Santa hat or elf outfit for the Rotary Club of Gloucester’s 5K or 1K route. Registration cost is free for Blue Badge holders/wheelchairs, £4 for under 16s, £8 for adults and £20 for teams of 4 (excluding online booking fees at Eventbrite). Price includes your very own Santa Fun Run medal.


The Nutcracker, Evesham Arts Centre

Saturday, December 8, 5pm

The opportunity to sample Tchaikovsky’s world-famous classical ballet and enchanting Christmas tale. Tickets £20.50 from Evesham Almonry TIC on 01386-446944.


Ishkar and La-Eva Pop-Up Shop, Asthall Manor Ballroom, near Burford

Saturday, December 8, 10.30am-6pm

Two pioneering brands will be selling their ethical products at this sensory shopping event.


Alice & Bob’s Whopping Christmas Cracker Party, Pegasus Theatre in Oxford

December 8-27 (selected dates)

A heart-warming story filled with music, melancholy, laughter and love all wrapped up in everything that happens when the family come together over Christmas. Tickets £14/£10.50.


Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle

December 8-30 on selected dates

Follow the White Rabbit along a beautiful new illuminated trail and meet some of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Also marvel at the glorious Field of Poppies, Meteors, Moroccan Lanterns and much more! Book tickets online at by phone on 01242 705 555, or in person at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Tickets are not available from Sudeley Castle.


Christmas in Chippy

Sunday, December 9, 12-6pm

Explore Chipping Norton’s wonderful high street shops and Christmas market, with over 70 stalls, selling local arts, crafts and foodie gifts, including Cotswold Distillery and Alex James Cheese. The life-size Snow Globe will return for the ultimate Christmas selfie as well as live music, fair rides, pop-up cinema and a lantern procession by local school children.


Santas on the Run, Oxford

Sunday, December 9

Kick-start the countdown to Christmas by joining 2,000 Santas of all ages on a festive family 3.5k fun run or walk through the streets of Oxford. Wheelchair and buggy friendly. Adults £20; children £12; family £60, to include a free Santa suit (under 5s go free). Raising money for Helen & Douglas House. Sign-up at or call 01865 799150.


Christmas Themed Modern Calligraphy, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester

Monday, December 10

Emma Barnes will teach you the basics of calligraphy, including mark making and drills, with all materials provided. You’ll learn how to address envelopes and create a Christmas card with your new skills.


Christmas Wreath Making, Whatley Manor

December 11 & 12

Learn how to design and create the perfect wreath for your front door or table centrepiece. £80 per person, to include lunch and wreath-making masterclass. Tel: 01666 834026.


Nativity! The Musical, New Theatre in Oxford

December 11-15

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish – to star in a Nativity – and as St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version.


The Snowman at Gloucester Cathedral

Friday, December 14, 1pm, 3pm & 7pm

This year sees the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Briggs’ original picture book The Snowman. Three screenings of the animated film will take place at Gloucester Cathedral complete with live orchestra.


Singing For Syrians, St Mary’s Church in Bibury

Friday, December 14, 6.30pm

A celebration of Christmas in music and words with the Coln Choir, plus guest singers and readers. Supporting the Hands Up Foundation, raising funds for those affected by the crisis in Syria. Tickets £12, to include a glass of wine and canapés, from Coln Village Stores, Bibury Trout Farm, or via


Christmas Carol Concert, St Edward’s Church in Stow-on-the-Wold

Friday, December 14, 6.30pm

A traditional celebration, with singer Emily Campbell, Wine Direction Choir from Northleach, and Kate’s Choir. Tickets £15 (under 16s free), in aid of Kate’s Home Nursing. Call 01608 658728 or email for further information.


The International, Cheltenham Racecourse

December 14 & 15

With seven races each day providing thrilling action on the course, plus The Shopping Village to buy those last-minute Christmas presents.


The Great Gatsby Christmas Party, The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse

December 14 & 15

Travel back to an era of excess as rich decadence of the roaring 20s is brought back to life this Christmas at Cheltenham Racecourse. To include the three-course meal, a complimentary festive-themed cocktail, casino table and live music.


Johnny Coppin: All on a winter’s night, Stroud Subscription Rooms

Sunday, December 15

One of England’s finest singer-songwriter presents a rich mix of carols and songs, old and new, together with stories and folklore. He’ll be joined by Paul Burgess on the fiddle and recorders, and Dik Cadbury on guitars. Tickets cost £17.50.


Commotio in Concert, St Peter’s Church in Winchcombe

Saturday, December 15, 7.30pm

Contemporary choral music from the Oxford-based chamber choir. Tickets £12 (£10 conc).


Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, Asthall Manor in Burford

Saturday, December 15, 10am-2pm

Asthall Manor’s head gardener, the multi-talented Jenny Barnes, will lead a forage around the extensive gardens and woodland, followed by a demonstration and guided workshop. Create your own beautiful wreath and finish with a light lunch. Tickets £75. Tel: 01993 824319,


Frost Fayre, Dyrham Park

December 15 & 16, 11am-3pm

In the seventeenth century the Thames froze every few years, and a ‘Frost Fayre’ was held on the frozen river. Our Frost Fayre is in the stables with a range of Christmas gifts for sale.


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

December 15 & 16, 10am – 4pm

Enjoy traditional Tudor musicians playing in Shakespeare’s childhood home. Learn about the traditional musical instruments and how they evolved into the contemporary instruments we play today.


Winnie and Wilbur, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College

December 15-23

Wild Boor Ideas presents Winnie and Wilbur: A Christmas Adventure, based on the best-selling series created by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul and featuring amazing puppet characters. Tel: 01865 286660, email: or visit


Amahl and the Night Visitors, St Mary’s Church, Bampton

Friday, December 21, 7.30pm

Bampton Classical Opera is performing Menotti’s two-piano arrangement of Amahl and the Night Visitors at St Mary’s Church Bampton on St Beornwald’s Day. Tickets: £15 adults, £5 children under 11 years old. Booking by telephone: 01993 851142; online:


Brass by Candlelight, Christ Church in Cheltenham

Wednesday, December 19, 4pm

Sparkling seasonal favourites from Cotswold Brass Quintet, with mulled wine and homemade cakes. Entry by donation.


A Wassailing We Go, Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

December 19-30, 12 noon-4pm

Go on a fascinating guided tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, enjoy a glass of traditional Wassail, and discover stories of traditional Tudor Christmases William would have enjoyed as a boy.


Carols & Capers, Cheltenham Town Hall

Thursday, December 20, 7pm

Renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with The Carnival Band for their unique celebratory show, mixing renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments. Tickets: £24.50.


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