What's on this month in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 13:10 29 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:12 11 September 2019

The way it is now: Mike Shaw with his children Sid and Mia, and prize-winning Poll Hereford at the Moreton Show

The way it is now: Mike Shaw with his children Sid and Mia, and prize-winning Poll Hereford at the Moreton Show


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

Laughter Lines, Nature in Art

Until September 1

This exhibition of original work by Norman Thelwell (1923-2004) includes his renowned horse and pony pictures, but also embraces serious landscapes, and cartoons with relevance to nature, the countryside, environment and the human impact upon them. Together they reveal not just his skill as an artist, but also his mastery of sharp social comment and his awareness of then current and future threats.


Secret Garden Busy Bee Trail, Museum in the Park in Stroud

Until September 8

Spot different kinds of bees as you follow the 'Busy Bee' I Spy trail created by artist Cleo Mussi. Look out for real bees, butterflies and mini beasts too as you enjoy a gentle walk around the enchanting garden. Free.


The Moon, Gloucester

Until September 21

Gloucester is hosting a city-wide season of stellar events, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. The exhibition at the Museum of Gloucester runs until September 21 and events culminate with Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon installation in Gloucester Cathedral.


Ross Cider Festival, Broome Farm in Ross-on-Wye

August 30-September 1

Three days of live music, high quality locally-produced food and ten quality visiting cidermakers. Weekend tickets with four nights of camping are available for £55.


Ilford Arts Opera: Donizetti's L'eslisir d'Amore, Belcombe Court

August 31, September 3, 6 and 7

This 'pick of the 2019 country house opera festivals' (Daily Mail) sees opera sung in English, performed in-the-round takes place in a specially commissioned dome with all the audience just a few feet from the singers. This is the perfect introduction to opera and a chance to enjoy pre-event picnics in the private historic gardens.


John Makepeace: An Adventure in Wood, Court Barn in Chipping Campden

August 31-November 17

An exhibition of work by the designer John Makepeace, looking at the story behind the pieces of furniture, John's inspiration and the very distinctive rationale behind each piece.


Pebworth Party in the Park

Sunday, September 1, 12pm

One of the premier fetes locally, renowned for quirky signature events, such as Cow Pat Bingo, Egg Splat and Pebworth Red Barrows.


Tewkesbury's Through the Lens Photography Club exhibition

September 2-29

Tewkesbury's Through the Lens Photography club will be hosting an exhibition at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Open 10am-7.30pm Monday-Friday and 9.30am-1pm on Saturday.


Wool and Water, Lansdown Gallery in Stroud

September 3-7, 10.30am-4.30pm

A celebratory exhibition of work by Stroudwater Textile Trust members, featuring an eclectic mix of arts and crafts promoting the Stroud Valleys' rich textile heritage.


Spontaneous Sherlock, Barn Theatre in Cirencester

Wednesday, September 4

An award-winning, entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy play based on an audience suggestion of a title. Performed in two halves, with live Victorian musical accompaniment.


Bloom, The Gardens Gallery in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

September 4-11, 10am-5pm

Members of Cheltenham Brunel Broderers - Linda Babb, Liz Harding, Corinne Renow-Clarke, Carla Mines, Margaret Robbie and Carolyn Sibbald - are showcasing examples of their work.


Childcare: Wabi Tour, The Bullingdon in Oxford

Wednesday, September 4

As part of Childcare's 'Get Well Soon' wellness campaign, attendees can expect a mixture of mindful eating, yogic breathing and mass meditation alongside the band's usual collection of left-field softcore psych performances.


Beguiling Books, Newark Park

September 4-October 27

Book artists create works of wonder in response to the Stroudwater Navigation Archive Charity's documents and artefacts held at Gloucestershire Archives. Curated by Tonia Maddison.


Reginald D Hunter, Stroud Subscription Rooms

Thursday, September 5

Join the Georgia-born comedy legend as he brings his stand-up show to Stroud. Support comes from Australian musical comedian Grant Buse.


The Moreton in Marsh Show

Saturday, September 7

This year's Moreton Show will be something of a celebration because it is 70 years since a crowd of 2,000 people came to the first show in 1949, when it was heralded as the biggest event ever to have been held in the North Cotswolds.

Expect bigger crowds this time, as well as an array of entertainment for all the family, the finest livestock, great local food, top quality show jumping and shopping at more than 300 trade stands.


The Scarlet Pimpernel, Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham

Saturday, September 7, 2.30pm

A small troupe of actors adopt a variety of disguises, accents and probably some beards as Baroness Orczy's classic adventure story gets the Jenny Wren treatment.


Autumn Fayre, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice

Saturday, September 7, 11am-4pm

A variety of family-friendly attractions and activities, including barbecue, pop-up bar, wood-fired pizzas, dog show, face painting, tombola, raffle and live entertainment. Entry is £2.50; children under 12 free, raising vital funds for the hospice.


From Where I Stand, Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford

September 7-28

Oxford-based artist Sarah Spackman returns with a solo exhibition of her still life paintings.


Wool and Water - Original Prints, Original Ideas, Printmakers Gallery at GPC in Thrupp

September 7-29

This exhibition has work by members of Gloucestershire Printmakers Cooperative on the theme of 'Wool and Water', including investigating the carvings in churches built with 'money from the wool trade', exploring the mills and the landscape, and re-imagining the surface of water. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday, September 7 in the afternoon.


Disney's The Lion King, The Bristol Hippodrome

September 7-November 23

After 21 landmark years on Broadway, and now celebrating 20 years in London, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. The original score from the animated film has been expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers. Tickets from: £20.


Gloucester History Festival

September 7-22

This year's Gloucester History Festival has talks covering everything from Empress Matilda and Margaret Thatcher, to the fall of Troy and Tiananmen Square. The theme of this year's festival is Power and the People; and star names to appear include Lucy Worsley, Max Hastings, Katie Adie and Andrew Roberts. Janina Ramirez returns for her fourth year as Festival President, and the Director of GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, will also be speaking.


Colour And Light, The Fosse Gallery in Stow-on-the-Wold

September 8-28

A solo exhibition by accomplished local artist Annabel Playfair, celebrating real-life observation in a number of wonderfully colourful and animated landscapes.


Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival

September 9-15

The first ever Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival has partnered with over fifty local businesses to bring together a community of experts from the local area and beyond, to inspire, educate and entertain visitors. Find out more here.


Skylight, Chipping Norton Theatre

September 11-21

One of the great intimate plays of passionate ideas and complex love, Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and Broadway, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play.


Living With Spiders (adult class), Bristol Zoo Gardens

Thursday, September 12, 6-10.30pm

A course for people wanting to overcome their fear of spiders, delivered jointly by a hypnotherapist and a member of the Bristol Zoo's education team. £95.


Henrietta Howard: Countess & King's Mistress, Great Hall at Berkeley Castle

Thursday, September 12, 6pm

Tracy Borman, familiar in print and on TV, will speak about one of the most remarkable women of the 18th century. Tickets: £10 in advance (FoBC members: £8)


I am Not Victoria Wood, Subscription Rooms in Stroud

September 13 (9.30pm), September 14 (6.30pm) and September 15 (3.30pm)

After a sell-out run at Brighton Fringe Festival in May, Julia Knight's solo comedic play that pays tribute to Victoria Wood comes to The Subscription Rooms as part of Stroud Theatre Festival. This 55-minute play is a touching, funny and entertaining tribute to Maddie North's (the lead played by Julia Knight) heroine Victoria Wood. Tickets £6.


Storytime: Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Friday, September 13, 7.30pm

The internationally acclaimed author of Chocolat brings her intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical live show featuring tales from her book Honeycomb, with image projections and music. Tickets £16.50 from cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk, Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office, or via 0844 576 2210.


Pigs Can Fly, Jet Age Museum in Meteor Business Park

September 13 & 16, 7pm

The play by Helen Landau tells the story of the early ϔlying pioneers led by Charles Rolls, and the engineering exploits of the Short Brothers and their battle to gain recognition from the Government, the press and the public. The play also describes the tragic love affair between Charles Rolls and Vera Hedges Butler blighted by the class divisions of the period. To find out more, and to book tickets, click here.


Stratford Music Festival, Stratford Playhouse

September 13-21

'Stratford's greatest classical music festival' will feature performances from Roderick Williams, accompanied by Grammy-award-winning pianist Christopher Glynn; Albion String Quartet; Galliard Ensemble; piano recital by Mariam Batsashvili; Thibaut Garcia guitar recital and a number of community events including the wonderful Human Library.


The Living Orchestra, Stratford Playhouse

Saturday, September 14, 2.30-4.30pm (doors open every 10 minutes)

This two-hour playathon by Orchestra of the Swan, set in-the-round, is a unique opportunity to see an orchestra from the inside out. Entrance is free and you can choose to stay for 10 minutes or the full two hours. As part of Stratford Music Festival (September 13-21).


Fun Dog Show, The Polo Pub at Foston's Ash

Saturday, September 14, from 3pm

Fun for all the family and four-legged friends, competitions include 'Dog with the Waggiest Tail', 'Dog most like its Owner' and 'Best Senior Dog'. Rosettes and free British Polo G&Ts (for owners) for all placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Resident vet and pub co-owner Dr Nick Horniman will also be in attendance to answer all your veterinary questions during the afternoon.


Newent Onion Fayre

Saturday, September 14, from 10am

A one day street food festival of food, drink and merriment, expect live music, dog show, street entertainers, fairground rides and over 100 stands. One of the most famous features of the fayre is the Onion Eating Competition in which contestants competing to consume an onion in record time.


Ride + Stride

Saturday, September 14, 10am-4pm

Organised locally by the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust, the event involves hundreds of local people of all ages who are sponsored to travel by foot, bike, car and even by horse between churches in the area. The money raised is split between local churches and the Trust.


Minchinhampton Fayre

Saturday, September 14, 12 noon

Celebrating its 750th Anniversary with bands, circus skills workshop, fun fair, Punch and Judy, dancing displays, choirs, dog show, pony rides, hawks, comedians, vintage cars, a gliding simulator, stalls, games, tombola and so much more.


Broadway Food Festival

Sunday, September 15, 10am-4pm

With cookery demonstrations, cheese and beer matching sessions, live entertainment, and a mouthwatering array of seasonal produce, this year's Broadway Food Festival will be a treat for all the senses.


Painting course at The Crown Inn, Church Enstone

September 17-19

Owner of The Crown Inn at Church Enstone and artist, George Irvine, is holding a two-day painting courses at his home and studio with accommodation at The Crown.


Macbeth, Oxford Playhouse

September 17-21

This blood-soaked tale of the "butcher and his fiendlike queen" is set against the electrifying soundtrack of Jonny Cash and The Rolling Stones performed live by an accomplished cast of actor musicians.


Stephen Fry: Mythos Trilogy, New Theatre in Oxford

September 19-21

In this trilogy of plays (if you're quick you can see them all!), Stephen Fry takes to the stage in the company of the Greek gods, heroes and men whose gripping tales still echo today.


The Music of John Williams in Concert, Cheltenham Town Hall

Friday, September 20, 7.30pm

Join the 60-piece Studio Orchestra at their debut concert as they perform the music of one of the greatest and most celebrated film composers of all time, John Williams, featuring legendary films scores including: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jaws and E.T.


The Country Brocante, Daylesford Organic Farm

Saturday, September 21, 10am-5pm (early bird entry from 9am)

Returning for the fourth year, The Country Brocante brings together an eclectic mix of English country vintage style and old French elegance. Each and every stallholder is hand picked for their expert eye and ability to source lovely things, from simple vintage homewares to exquisite decorative pieces. There will also be a programme of talks and demonstrations.


Daylesford Harvest Festival

September 21, 10am-5pm

Honour the abundance of delicious seasonal produce available during autumn in an activity-filled day on Daylesford's Cotswolds Farm. Free entry.


Tree.Life¸ Daylesford Organic Farm

September 21-October 6

A solo exhibition of large-scale drawings and paintings of ancient oaks in charcoal, ink and watercolour by artist Gary Cook. To be held in Daylesford's new exhibition space, as part of their harvest festival celebrations.


Nature's Champions, Upton House and Gardens, near Banbury

September 21-October 30

From Sir David Attenborough and Linda McCartney to William Wordsworth and Octavia Hill, get face to face with champions of the natural world in a new exhibition opening at Upton House and Gardens in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.


Swindon Open Studios: Meet the artists, Lechlade Memorial Hall

September 21 & 22, 10am-5pm

Artists in south and east Cotswolds are joining Swindon Open Studios to display their work at Lechlade Memorial Hall, under the umbrella of the Lechlade Arts Society. Twelve artists are exhibiting showing a variety of work in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolour, sculpture and glass. Light refreshments will be available.


Autumn Antiques & Vintage Fair, Taurus Crafts in Lydney

Sunday, September 22, 10am-4pm

Discover a hidden gem or two amongst the stalls offering a diverse selection of antiques, memorabilia, bric-a-brac and vintage items. There will also be live music, food and drink.


All about bats, with Dr Elizabeth Pimley, Lodge Park

Tuesday, September 24, 5-8.30pm

While the UK is home to 18 species of bats, they're difficult to spot at night, flying speedily overhead. This nature talk with Dr Elizabeth Pimley, Head of Ecology for the Wild Service, will talk all about the bats of the UK, how they live and how people monitor and help them. Elizabeth's talk will be followed by a meal, and then a walk with bat detectors in the grounds of Lodge Park. Tickets £34.


Lucy Diamond & Katy Regan, The Cottage in the Wood in Malvern Wells

Thursday, September 26

Sunday Times bestselling novelist, Lucy Diamond, will be in conversation with Marie Claire editor and journalist-turned-novelist, Katy Regan, about their new novels. 'Something to Tell You' (Lucy) and 'Little Big Love' (Katy). Tickets: £8; with two course lunch £28.


Charity Valuation & Home Design Evening, John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham

Thursday, September 26, 5-7pm

An evening with Philip Allwood of Moore Allen & Innocent auctioneers at John Lewis in Cheltenham. Enjoy prosecco and canapés whilst browsing the curated room sets, featuring items for sale at the auction and showcasing the ways in which you can combine the old with the new. £10 per person to include £5 donation to Winston's Wish.


Healing the Nation, Chipping Norton Theatre

Friday, September 27

The legendary wit and wisdom of Andy Parsons is on tour again. Following on from last tour Peak Bullsh*t, Andy has decided to try and bring some happiness and heal some raw wounds in this divided, angry country of ours.


Bath Children's Literature Festival

September 27-October 6

This year Europe's largest dedicated children's literature festival will be featuring Harry Hill, Jacqueline Wilson, David Baddiel, Nell Gifford, Clare Balding, Sophie Dahl, Greg James and Chris Smith, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen, McFly's Dougie Poynter, Bryony Gordon and many more.


The Luna Cinema, Royal Victoria Park in Bath

September 27-29

Watch three brilliant new releases - A Star is Born, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and Bohemian Rhapsody - in the beautiful surroundings of Bath's Royal Crescent's Lower Lawn.


Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale, Upper Slaughter Village Hall

September 27-29, 10.30am-4pm

An autumn art exhibition and sale of original paintings by two local artists. Homemade cakes, teas and coffees will be served all day. Entry is free.


Make It! & More, STEAM in Swindon

September 28 & 29

A two-day show bringing together inspirational makers and designers, along with exhibitors selling a wide range of craft supplies and a busy programme of craft workshops. Admission £2.50 in advance or £3 on the door; children 16 and under free.


Stow Art Week

September 28-October 6

This new event is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of Stow's artists, view their work, wander into the galleries and talk to the gallery owners and share their wealth of experience.


Tetbury Music Festival

September 28-October 6

With highlights including Derek Paravicini Quartet with Hannah Davey; VOCES8; Dame Felicity Lott; and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.


Malvern Autumn Show

September 28 & 29

A fun-filled family affair, as the ultimate harvest festival returns to the Three Counties Showground. Highlights include RHS Flower Show, Vintage Village, Autumn Potager Theatre, good food and shopping opportunities.


Hidden Notes Festival, St Laurence Church in Stroud

September 28 & 29

A brand new festival of contemporary classical and avant-garde music launches in Stroud this month, with performances from Manu Delago Ensemble, Lubomyr Melnyk and Daniel Pioro and Valgeir.


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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