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What’s on this month in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 15:14 14 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:14 14 March 2019

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is set to resume its services this month (c) Paul Begg

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is set to resume its services this month (c) Paul Begg


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

Terence Coventry Sculptor, Gallery Pangolin in Chalford

February 25-April 26

Gallery Pangolin has represented Terence Coventry for almost 30 years, with his first solo show in the gallery in 1999. This major retrospective exhibition of his work also sees the launch of a fully illustrated Catalogue Raisonné of Coventry’s sculpture, an indispensable reference tool for art lovers, collectors and dealers.


Sign Up Exhibition, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester

Up until March 17

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


New Year, New Members, The Guild at 51 in Cheltenham

Up until April 14

An exhibition featuring three new members of The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and their exquisite and diverse work: mosaic artist Cleo Mussi, milliner Louise Pocock and weaver Rhian Wyman.


Art and the Churchill Family, Blenheim Palace

Up until April 22

A lover of art and talented artist, Winston Churchill (born at Blenheim Palace in 1874) spent much time painting the vistas of the palace, along with inspiring places that he visited during his lifetime. This new exhibition will feature a collection of Churchill’s original paintings on display in the Long Library.


Japan: A Floating World in Print, Museum in the Park in Stroud

Up until March 24

An exhibition brings of captivating Japanese ‘Ukiyo-e’ woodcut prints, created by masters such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro and Kuniyoshi.


Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Up until until May 6

Leonardo da Vinci: A Closer Look is a new book revealing hidden details in the artist’s drawings. The publication also coincides with the opening of twelve simultaneous UK exhibitions of drawings (including Bristol) from the Royal Collection to mark the 500th Anniversary of his death. The book is £29.95 from royalcollectionshop.co.uk.


Orchestra Pro Anima – ‘Frost and Fire’, Northleach Church

Friday, March 1, 7.30pm

Enjoy an evening of classic music with the orchestra Pro Anima directed by Michael Bochmann MBE. The Northleach Choir will also be taking part. Tickets cost £15 and are available from the Black Cat Café or the Post Office in Northleach.


Dancin’ Oxford

March 1-10

Oxford’s annual spring dance festival returns, featuring home-grown talent and leading professional companies.


Liza Pulman Sings Streisand, Chipping Norton Theatre

Saturday, March 2, 7.45pm

Liza Pulman pays homage to one of the finest talents of a generation, squeezing history, warmth and humour into this critically lauded five-star triumph. This month, you can also see a screening of the Oscar winning Free Solo (March 11), the family-friendly and fabulous Kite (March 13) and a wild journey through the lives and works of the Bronte sisters in The Full Bronte (March 19).


Ducasse Trio, St Michael’s Church in Bath

Saturday, March 2, 7.30pm

A vivacious spring concert of early 20th-century music performed by an exciting award-winning ensemble, to launch Bath Recital’s 2019 season. Tickets £16.


Stone Carving Course, Gloucester Cathedral

March 2-3 and 30-31

Local artist and sculptor Ann-Margreth Bohl will be teaching in Gloucester Cathedral Works Yard over two weekends. Cost is £300 per person, with all materials, tools and lunch provided. No previous experience required.

Call 01452 229838 for more information, and book online at gloucestercathedral.org.uk or in person at the Cathedral Gift Shop.


After the Illusion, Bristol Guild Gallery

March 2-23

Try imagining three more different artists than Jules Gregory (photography), Dan Barton (ceramics) and Tanya Martin (ceramics), each with their own distinct vision of the world about us, yet all sharing an ambition of celebrating the everyday in a creative language.


Wedding Inspiration Day, Waddesdon Manor

Sunday, March 3, 10am-3pm

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival, and meet a selection of hand-picked luxury designers, photographers, florists, entertainers, gastronomes, and professional wedding planners. Admission free, but guests who have pre-registered online will receive a fabulous goody bag on arrival. Please note, the house officially reopens to visitors on March 27.


The Fleece Inn Wedding Fayre

Sunday, March 3, 11am

As well as showcasing its credentials as a rural Worcestershire wedding venue, The Fleece Inn is bringing together likeminded wedding suppliers who are all keen to share their wedding and bridal services. Entry is free and couples can enjoy a complimentary welcome drink and try a selection of canapés.


My Darling Clementine, The Fleece Inn in Bretforton

Sunday, March 3, 8.30pm

With three critically acclaimed albums, over 400 shows across Europe and North America, and numerous accolades and awards which have placed the band at the forefront of the burgeoning Americana scene, expect an uplifting evening of pure country gold from My Darling Clementine.


The Aviation Photography of Russell Adams, Jet Age Museum in Gloucester

March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 10am-4pm

An exhibition of images by Gloster Aircraft Company’s chief photographer from the archive collection. Free entry.


From Genesis to Nemesis: New Work by Mick Rooney RA, Fosse Gallery in Stow-on-the-Wold

March 4-23

Distinguished Royal Academician Mick Rooney is holding his fifth solo show at The Fosse Gallery. The exhibition brings together around 30 new works, with prices ranging from £2,500 to £30,000. The Oxfordshire-based artist has won numerous awards over the decades and his work is in many public and private collections, including HM The Queen.


Cheltenham Festival Preview, Kings Head’s in Cirencester

Tuesday, March 5, 6.30pm

A star-studded panel including the legendary racehorse trainer Nicky Henderson, top National Hunt Jockey Adrian Heskin, Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning Trainer Sara Bradstock, Trainer and ex-Jockey Joe Tizzard, and Ed Nicholson of Unibet, the evening’s bookmakers, will offer racing enthusiasts the opportunity to gain unique insight into the prestigious four-day event. Tickets to the event cost £15 and include a welcome drink and nibbles. There will also be a live auction and raffle, offering fantastic prizes including an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Kings Head.


Moloh Fashion Show & Lunch, The Lygon Arms in Broadway

Thursday, March 7

The Tetbury fashion brand moloh is launching its Spring/Summer ’19 collection at The Lygon Arms with a pop-up shop from 10am, champagne reception at 12 noon, followed by fashion show and lunch. Tickets £40 from moloh, 4 Church Street, Tetbury, GL8 8JG.


Raynor Winn – The Salt Path, The Friend’s Meeting House in Nailsworth

Friday, March 8, 7.30pm

Raynor will be talking about and reading from her book, a life-affirming tale of enduring love between wife and terminally ill husband as they walk the 630-mile South West coastal path.


Chipping Norton Music Festival

March 8-24

One of the oldest running events in the UK, the Chipping Norton Music Festival, is celebrating its 107th year in 2019. The festival has now expanded to over two weeks of events for adults and children of all ages and abilities, and also now includes professional concerts and masterclasses.


Made by Hand, Cheltenham Town Hall

March 8-10

A contemporary craft festival showcasing work from more than 100 talented makers.


The Taming of the Shrew, The RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

March 8-August 31

The RSC turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head. Directed by Justin Audibert.


Stroud Film Festival

March 9-24

The much-anticipated Stroud Film Festival will run at 11 independent venues, with an aim to appeal to an even wider range of film tastes, with newly released films, classic movies, films with a distinct Stroud flavour and more. Other events include well-known film makers talking about their work, workshops, a 60-second film challenge, a poster exhibition, and a premiere on world-renowned sculptor Lyn Chadwick.


The Opera Boys, Swindon Arts Centre

Saturday, March 9

Operatic arias and classical favourites from ‘Nessun Dorma’ to ‘Time to say goodbye’ are mixed with showstoppers from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Tickets £21.


Waddesdon pudding club, Manor Restaurant at Waddesdon Manor

Saturday, March 9, 12 noon-4pm

Enjoy a tasting menu of four dessert courses and one cheese course, created by Waddesdon’s talented head of pastry, Craig Clark, and his team. Each course will be complemented by a flight of sweet and sparkling wines. Adult £55. This event is suitable for people aged 18+.


Spring season on the GWSR

Saturday, March 9

Following an astounding record year in 2018, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is set to resume its services. This living, breathing, heritage ‘museum’ operates a railway line over 14 miles through glorious countryside between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway, and what’s more, Broadway Station welcomes a new café.


Meet the author: Anne de Courcy, Calcot & Spa

Monday, March 11

Anne de Courcy makes a return to Calcot with her latest book ‘The Husband Hunters’. Tickets cost £29.50 and include a two-course lunch and glass of wine.


The Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse

March 12-15

Presented by Magners, The Festival celebrates everything that is great about Jump racing, with just over 260,000 people expected to pass through the gates over four days. And, for the first time ever, the famous style competition on Ladies’ Day will be open to both men and women.


Helping Hedgehogs, Bristol Zoo Gardens

Tuesday, March 12, 7-8pm

In the past decade hedgehog numbers have fallen by a third in urban areas. Emily Wilson will reveal how the ‘Hedgehog Street’ campaign is seeking to conserve this iconic species and empower the British public to help hedgehogs. Tickets £5 from the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project on 0117 9030609 or email mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk.


An Evening with Sir Geoff Hurst, Cheltenham Town Hall

Thursday, March 14

Sir Geoff will be joined by great friend and agent Terry Baker to talk amusingly about his illustrious West Ham & England Career. The second half will be a question and answer session with the audience. Tickets £52, £27.


Space Cowboy - A Tribute to Jamiroquai, Swan Theatre in Worcester

Friday, March 15, 7.30pm

Midlands-based tribute act reflecting the ideals of the full live band experience that Jamiroquai have toured with to date. Tickets: £16


John Illsley: The Life and Times of Dire Straits, Number 8 Arts Centre in Pershore

Saturday, March 16

Founder and long-standing member of Dire Straits, John Illsley is about to embark on a series of dates combining music and chat, for the first time ever. Tickets £22.


Chasing Darkness – an evening with Will Gater, Guiting Power Village Hall

Saturday, March 16, 6.30pm

Led by respected astronomer Will Gater, this talk will go into what dark skies mean to us, what they can reveal and how we must work to protect their treasures. There will also be a chance for guests to find out more about the Cotswolds Dark Skies initiative. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with an outside stargazing session.


Serenade to Music, Holy Trinity Church in Minchinhampton

Saturday, March 16, 7.30pm

Cantores Chamber Choir’s spring programme contains sacred and secular music from the 18th century to the present day. They will be joined by their regular distinguished string ensemble and by Julian Elloway at the organ. Also at Cirencester Parish Church on Saturday, March 23. Tickets £15 (conc £12) from Andrew on 07800 737078 or on the door.


Stroud Choral Concert, Stroud Subscription Rooms

Saturday, March 16, 7pm

Stroud Choral Society conducted by their director of music, Huw Williams, and accompanied by Cheltenham-based Regency Sinfonia and soloists, will perform Beethoven’s Mass in C and Lauda Sion by Mendelssohn in St John Baptist Parish Church Cirencester. Tickets: £16, under 18s free, from Cirencester Visitors’ Information Centre on 01285 654180 or Subscription Rooms on 01453 760900.


BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cheltenham Town Hall

Sunday, March 17

Featuring Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, with Joanna MacGregor on piano and conducted by Elim Chan.


Colour Full On!, The Gardens Gallery in Cheltenham

March 18-24

A colourful and inspiring exhibition and workshops with award-winning artist and professional teacher, Susan Edwards MA. The workshops will cover basic disciplines such as drawing and perspective, composition and figure drawing. Each separate day workshop is £65, or book the four-day course for £240. Places are limited; email Sue at paintingalive@live.co.uk or telephone 07531 521721.


Get Orf Moy Land!, Museum in the Park in Stroud

Thursday, March 21, 2pm

A talk with John Putley on the history of farming in Gloucestershire. £5 admission, to include tea, coffee and biscuits. Book in advance by calling 01453 763394.


The Devil’s Violin, Postlip Hall in Winchcombe

Friday, March 22, 7.30pm

With no elaborate costumes or props, Daniel Morden, Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Sarah Moody bring to life a magical realm complete with kings, princesses, princes, demons, magic, danger and death. Tickets £12.


Walk for Men 2019

Saturday, March 23

Longfield hospice care and Gloucester Rugby Community Charity is staging a Walk For Men. The 10km walk is open to men, women and children, will start and finish at Kingsholm Rugby ground and wind its way through the streets of Gloucester. Tickets are £37 per adult or £18 for under 16s and include a ticket to the Gloucester v Wasps match, a pie and a pint (or soft drink).


A Woman’s Life, Christ Church Harwood Hall in Cheltenham

Saturday, March 23

Clara von Holst and Isabella Beeton emerge from the shadows to reveal their secret lives in this new play by BAFTA-nominated playwright Carolyn S Jones. Tickets available from the Holst Birthplace Museum or from The Wilson TIC in Cheltenham.


Winchcombe Street Wellbeing Fest

Saturday, March 23, 2-5pm

A wellbeing and fitness festival in aid of Longfield Hospice will take place at Cheltenham Martial Arts Academy in Cheltenham. There will be demonstrations, high intensity fitness and yoga classes, plus much more, to leave you feeling empowered and revitalised. For more information and to book tickets, click here.


Bibury Literary Festival

Saturday, March 23, 10am

With biography as its theme, expect a tantalising glimpse into private lives and private passions at the very first Bibury Literary Festival. Local and national well-known names will be taking part, including Rory Bremner, Sandra Howard, Professor Jane Ridley, Angela Levin, Anne de Courcy, Jessica Douglas-Home and Charlie Hart. Talks and discussions will be held in the parish church, and there will be a pop-up bookshop in the village hall, where the WI will be serving snacks, teas and cakes.


Elijah, Worcester Cathedral

Saturday, March 23

Worcester Festival Choral Society, accompanied by the Meridian Sinfonia symphony orchestra, is bringing Mendelssohn’s choral blockbuster to the city for the first time in 16 years. Tickets £10-£25 from worcesterfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk and Worcester Live Box Office.


“DiscovYou” with Kaliyoga and discoverHer, Unicorn House in Cirencester

Saturday, March 23, 9.30am-5pm

Kaliyoga, discovHer and friends will be running “DiscovYou”, a Menopause Day Retreat. The day will be a restorative day of self care with yoga, nourishing food, warm and informative conversation helping women to better understand how to balance life before, during and after the menopause.


The Slow Readers Club, Gloucester Guildhall

Sunday, March 24

Manchester four-piece The Slow Readers Club have announced an extensive UK tour for 2019, including an intimate show for fans at Gloucester Guildhall.


Banff Mountain Film Festival, Forum Theatre in Malvern

March 29 & 30

The film festival is celebrating its 10th year of touring the UK, and is bringing two nights of inspirational adventure films to Malvern.


Spring Festival of the Baroque

March 29-31

A veritable feast of Baroque music in Cheltenham and Cirencester as Cheltenham Bach Choir bring us the third of their popular spring festivals. The programme ranges from an intimate harpsichord recital to a major performance of Bach’s St John Passion.


Battle of the Codes at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester

Saturday, March 30, 2pm

The event held in aid of Rugby for Heroes and Hull4Heroes will see ex-professional rugby players, including Gloucester rugby legend Mike Tindall, play against each other: Rugby Union All Star XV vs Rugby League All Star XV. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.


Cherries On A Cloud, Wall’s Club in Barnwood

Saturday, March 30

A night of burlesque and cabaret, featuring the talents of Abigail Collins and a cast of international performers. Tickets start from £14 for standard seating, or £75 for a VIP table of four to include priority seating, drinks on arrival and table service.


Sale of Specially Curated Contemporary Ceramics, Fielding’s Auctioneers in Stourbridge

Saturday, March 30

Fielding’s Auctioneers in conjunction with ceramics dealer Alison Davey are hosting the saleroom’s inaugural contemporary ceramics showcase event. Leading potters from the length and breadth of Britain have been briefed to create new works that compliment but stretch their current body of work.


AniMalcolm the Musical, Evesham Arts Centre

Saturday, March 30, 2.30pm

An entertaining caper for all ages, the comic musical based on David Baddiel’s best-selling book AniMalcolm follows the fortunes of Malcolm, who discovers a love of animals in a very first-hand way – he becomes one; several in fact! Tickets cost £13.


Cherwell Theatre Company’s ‘Bunker Plays’, Banbury Town Hall

March 30 & 31 with showings at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm

In a unique location under Banbury Town Hall, Cherwell Theatre Company will present ‘Bunker Plays’ inspired by the distinctive space with a unique local history.

Tickets can be booked via email on cherwelltheatreco@gmail.com. Booking is essential but the event is free. A suggested donation of £5 will be accepted on the day for those who can and money raised will go back into theatre projects for young people in the area.


Confluence, Museum in the Park in Stroud

March 30-April 28

An exhibition bringing together artists exploring how their work can reveal and re-enchant the landscape. The exhibition is accompanied by seminars, talks and workshops.


Breaking down barriers to music in Gloucestershire, The Pavilion on Hatherley Lane in Cheltenham

Tuesday, April 2, 9.30am-4.30pm

Hosted by The Music Works, this free, one-day inclusion conference is available for any professional that works with young people in music. The Music Works work together with young people to break down barriers and empower them through music and provide an outlet for self-expression. There will be a number of presentations and speeches, as well as grant opportunities available from Gloucestershire Council. Book tickets via Eventbrite.


A Life with Elephants, Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham

Thursday, April 4

Leading elephant conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton will captivate audiences with stories of her decade as a BBC wildlife presenter, and the adventure of raising her own children in the wild. Her underlying message emphasises the role each of us can play in protecting the natural world.


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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