What's on this month in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 09:06 06 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:06 06 December 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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November 16-December 22
Lasting longer than ever before, Waddesdon's spectacular Christmas Fair, with over 80 wooden chalets, features artisan producers, makers and craftsmen.
Waddesdon Manor, HP18 0JH, tel: 01296 820414, nationaltrust.org.uk/waddesdon
CHRISTMAS AT BLENHEIM PALACE
November 22-January 5, 2020
Blenheim Palace will be transformed, both inside and out, with a new Alice in the Palace experience in the State Rooms, an immersive Christmas Market in the Great Court, and a Christmas light trail illuminating the 'Capability' Brown landscaped Parkland in the evening. The popular Christmas market runs from November 22-December 15.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, blenheimpalace.com/Christmas
BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET
November 28-December 15
The award-winning market will be brimming with beautifully crafted, locally made gifts and produce, plus there will also be an Après Ski Bar, the festive Tavern at The Bird, and Bath Abbey will be opening its doors for shoppers' carols on Saturdays during this period.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS, WREATHS AND DECORATIONS
Friday, November 29
Join Sarah Raven as she demonstrates ideas for Christmas decorating, teaching you how to make wreaths and sumptuous arrangements for your home and table. Tickets £150 each.
Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire, tel: 0345 092 0283. sarahraven.com
JANE DUFF: WILD SONG
November 29-January 7, 2020
Oxfordshire artist Jane is drawn to the open spaces, nature reserves, wetlands and the many BBOWT and Earth Trust rewilding sites along the Thames. Her hope is that her paintings can inspire people to appreciate and protect the natural environment.
The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN, tel: 01865 319450, www.thenorthwall.com
CHRISTMAS AT ANNE HATHAWAY'S COTTAGE
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December, 12 noon-4pm
Meet Anne and her brother Bartholomew as they sit at their Tudor kitchen table, eating and discussing their festive plans.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shottery, shakespeare.org.uk
WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE HOUSE
This year, No.131, one of Cheltenham's biggest dining hotspots, is hosting A Winter Wonderland on the back terrace of The House. It will be open daily throughout the month, with live music and entertainment including the very talented I.N.D.Y and Ben Drumond to name but a few. You can get your evening off to the best possible start with festive tipples, before tucking into their winter menu with fondue, then while away the evening with friends under the warmth of heaters and cosy winter blankets.
CHRISTMAS DOG PARADE
December 1, 10.30am
Dress your four-legged friends in something festive and help Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at their first ever Christmas Dog Parade. Each dog taking part will receive their very own bespoke rosette, while their owners can keep warm with delicious food and drink. To register visit eventbrite.co.uk.
CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS
1, 7, 9 and 17 December
The Beautiful Flower Co., which is located on the Dowdeswell Estate, are hosting a number of wreath making workshops this month that are the perfect way to put your creative skills to use - those taking part will get the chance to join the experts for a hands-on floral experience, creating seasonal wreaths with fresh pieces of foliage including eucalyptus, olive, grasses and branches. Classes begin at 10.30am and last two hours. £65 per person, which covers all materials and light refreshments. Thebeautifulflowerco.com
Sunday, December 1, 7.30pm
The quintet bring their foot-stomping folk tunes to Stroud. Tickets £10.
Prince Albert Inn, Rodborough Hill, Stroud, GL5 3SS, tel: 01453 755600.
PEG DOLL FAIRY MAKING WORKSHOP
Sunday, December 1, 10.30am-1pm
Join Emma from Glad and May to make a delightful fairy in time for Christmas. All materials included plus a gift bag with all you need to make a second fairy at home or give as a gift. Cost £35, to include tea and coffee.
The Malthouse Collective, Salmon Springs, Painswick Road, Stroud, GL6 6NU, tel: 01453 755800, themalthousecollective.co.uk
CHRISTMAS IN WINCHCOMBE
Tuesday, December 3, 5-8pm
Shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants in the historic Cotswold town of Winchcombe will be throwing open their doors for an evening of festive shopping and celebration. There will be a seasonal selection of fine food and drink, locally made crafts, and free festive entertainment around the town throughout the evening to keep everyone entertained.
Explore the mansion at Greys Court in the subdued light of candles, and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the kitchen.
Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG, tel: 0344 249 1895, nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court
SAM CHARLES & MARK GEMMELL EXHIBITION
A combined exhibition featuring the work of Cotswolds-based artist Sam Charles, and fine art photographer Mark Gemmell.
SUZI RUFFELL: DANCE LIKE EVERYONE'S WATCHING
Hot on the heels of a successful run at Edinburgh Festival, Suzi Ruffell is taking her smash-hit comedy show on tour around the UK. With a mix of storytelling, observations, a dash of social politics and a lovely routine about a smear test, audiences can expect an evening of fun and laughter.
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, rosestheatre.org
STRATFORD VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Stratford-upon-Avon's Victorian Christmas Market is returning for the third year running, and the award-winning annual event will be taking place in the world-famous town centre once again. Festive cheer will be spread when the three-day themed spectacular comes back in 2019, with traders decked out in Victorian outfits. Entry free.
FAIRFORD & DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Saturday, December 7, 7.30pm
Performing Poulenc's Gloria, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and an assortment of advent and Christmas carols, conducted by Jessi Pywell, with organist Sam Bayliss and cellist Evie Perfect. Tickets, at £15 for adults, from Fairford Opticians or by calling 01285 713681.
St Mary's Church, Fairford
FROSTY 5K FESTIVE FAMILY FUN RUN
Saturday, December 7
Santas on the Run is back with a new twist and a new name. Join 1,500 Santas in University Parks in Oxford, running or walking through four new winter experiences. Enjoy ice skating, the snow globe and vintage children's rides in the event village afterwards, all raising money for Helen & Douglas House.
MULLED WINE, MINCE PIES & MINIATURES
December 7 & 8, 12 noon-6pm
Following on from the success of her recent London exhibition Preserving the Species, PJ is continuing the theme in the miniature paintings she is creating for her Christmas Charity Open Studio. 100% from the sale of the miniatures will be divided between the National Star College, LINC (both of which she is patron of), and The Friends of the Wilson, of which she is president.
22 Priory Lane, Bishops Cleeve GL52 8JL
MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS
December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 11am-4pm
Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas will be stopping by Hall's Croft to meet with boys and girls and hear about their Christmas wishes. Each child will receive a charming gift with their name on it. The festive experience continues in the café where children can decorate their very own biscuits to take home, or enjoy there and then. Tickets: £10 per child.
Hall's Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, shakespeare.org.uk
CHRISTMAS CRAFT WEEKENDS
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22
Children can get creative by making a robin, snowman or Father Christmas. Once the characters are attached to pullback wheels, they can then watch them go on the racetrack! Christmas elves will also be stopping by on these weekends at 1.30pm to take families on a special festive tour.
British Motor Museum, tel: 01926 641188, britishmotormuseum.co.uk
CIRENCESTER: THE COTSWOLDS' COLOURFUL CAPITAL
Sunday, December 8, 10am
Stand where gladiators stood, admire Alexander Pope's 'enchanted forest' and explore the colourful shops in the capital of the Cotswolds on this guided walk with Steve Roth. Walk ends at Cirencester Christmas Market.
Call Steve Roth on 07519 646307 or visit EnglandUncovered.com
Monday, December 9, 7.30pm
A festive musical celebration from the Avon Singers, featuring works for choral voices by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Howard Goodall, Alan Bullard and Philip Stopford. Tickets £10 in advance; £12 on the door.
St Michael's and All Angels, Broadway, WR12 7AE, www.avonsingers.com
THE FESTIVAL OF LOST AND FOUND
Wander through a marvellous musical midwinter encampment on the site of Shakespeare's final home, as the time-travelling show people share stories and display their wares.
Shakespeare's New Place, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, shakespeare.org.uk
PEARTREE FLOWERS WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOPS
December 12 & 19, 6-9pm
Lizzie from Peartree Flowers will show you how to make a stunning 14-inch wreath using festive decorations, as well as including more unusual dried seedheads, pepperberries and feathers. Cost £45, to include tea and coffee. Also on Sunday, December 15, 10am-1pm.
The Malthouse Collective, Salmon Springs, Painswick Road, Stroud, GL6 6NU, tel: 01453 755800, themalthousecollective.co.uk
CAMBRAY CHRISTMAS MARKET
December 14, 10.30am-3pm
Cambray Place, which is located between Cambray Baptist Church and the High Street in Cheltenham, will welcome over 30 local artisan stalls offering everything from food to festive gifts, children's activities and face painting, and there will even be the chance to meet Father Christmas himself.
CHRISTMAS SHAKESPEARE PUB QUIZ
Saturday, December 14, 7-8.30pm
Find your competitive spirit and brush up on your general knowledge… but don't worry, they won't all be about Shakespeare! Tickets range from £5 for teams of two, to £15 for teams of six. Booking is essential.
Will's Kitchen, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, shakespeare.org.uk
Saturday, December 14
Schola Cantorum will perform this spellbinding piece of music at Tewkesbury Abbey this month, accompanied by Bristol Ensemble and conducted by Simon Bell. Soloists include Hannah Davey, Juliet Curnow and Ruairi Bowen and Jamie W Hall. The performance will begin at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
CHRISTMAS TREATS: CANAPÉS & COCKTAILS
Saturday, December 14, 3-6pm
This class is a mixture of hands-on and demonstration; you will enjoy your creations during the class, while tasting cocktails. Suitable for all levels of kitchen confidence. Tickets £125.
Thyme, Southrop Manor Estate, Gloucestershire GL7 3NX, tel: 01367 850174, thyme.co.uk
UPON A WINTER'S NIGHT
Saturday, December 14, 7.30pm
Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, Cara Dillon has successfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Tickets £24.
Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham, tel: 0844 576 2210, caradillon.co.uk
WILLOW CHRISTMAS WREATH
Sunday, December 15, 1-3pm
Ruth Parsons of Woodland Learning will lead this workshop and show you how to make a beautiful natural willow wreath in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. £25, including materials (please bring some greenery to share if you have some), tea & coffee.
Quenington Village Hall, lechladecraftbarn.com
TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN
This adaptation of one of the most beloved children's books of all time is a real Christmas treat for the whole family.
Cheltenham Playhouse, tel: 01242 522852, cheltplayhouse.org.uk
NEEDLE FELTED FAIRIES & ANGELS
Wednesday, December 18, 10am-12.30pm
Make beautiful felt fairies using simple needle felting techniques, then customise with wings, wands and accessories. £30, with all tools and materials, tea and coffee included. £30.
Lechlade Craft Barn, GL7 3DL, lechladecraftbarn.com
A CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG
December 21 & 24, 11am
Bring the family for a special Makaton Christmas sing-a-long and festive storytelling on the site of Shakespeare's final home. Come dressed in your best Christmas outfit and be in the chance to win festive prizes.
Shakespeare's New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, shakespeare.org.uk
Saturday, December 21
Following the sell-out success of their performance two years ago, the Cheltenham Bach Choir revisits Handel's Messiah, with a top-class line-up of soloists and The Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra. Tickets £10-£22.50.
Cheltenham Town Hall, tel: 0844 576 2210, cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk
THOMAS SAVES CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 21, 7pm
An enchanting evening in Rodborough featuring a specially written story about Thomas the Tank Engine, by sisters Katie Fforde and Jane Gordon-Cumming, and narrated by BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Dominic Cotter. With music from Stroud's Thames Head Singers, directed by Andrew Hopwood. The Reverend Awdry and his wife retired to Rodborough, and he was a frequent preacher at the church during his long retirement in the parish. Tickets are available from Stroud Subscription Rooms (tel: 01453 796880, thesubrooms.co.uk), The Prince Albert Inn and on the door (subject to availability). Adults £10; children £3.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Rodborough, GL5 3TX, thsingers.org.uk
December 30-January 1, 2020, 11am-3pm
A crucial part of Christmas, New Year and Twelfth Night celebrations in the 16th century, wassailing was the precursor to our modern day carolling, and included the delicious spiced drink. Come along to learn, smell and taste what it was like to go wassailing in Tudor England.
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Henley Street,Stratford-upon-Avon, shakespeare.org.uk
Contact Candia.McKormack@archant.co.uk to let us know about events happening in and around the Cotswolds.