What's on this month in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 16:45 11 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 11 July 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
Summer Print Show, The Museum in the Park in Stroud
Until July 7
The Gloucestershire Printmaking Cooperative has more than 100 members, many who regularly exhibit locally and nationally. This exhibition is a sample of the wide range of work, from large screen prints to artists' intricate books.
New Horizons, Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford
June 15-July 27
In this summer exhibition of contemporary landscape, artists James Fotheringhame, Elaine Jones, Jane Skingley and Zoë Taylor explore rugged and mist-shrouded hillsides, far flung expanses of wilderness, and gentler pastures found closer to home.
Jeremy Houghton, Trinity House Modern in Broadway
Until August 21
A summer exhibition of paintings featuring the extraordinarily vibrant work of Broadway-based artist Jeremy Houghton, spanning a broad spectrum of subject matter - from dynamic sports to the ever-changing patterns of migrating flamingos.
John Barleycorn Must Die, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester
Until August 25
This exhibition brings together a collection of work by artist Matt Rowe and accompanying research materials, gathered in collaboration with curator Laura Mansfield and reflecting on the story and tradition of John Barleycorn.
Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019, Royal West of England Academy in Bristol
Until September 1
A major new exhibition exploring mankind's fascination with fire through the eyes of outstanding artists of the past and present, including JMW Turner, William Blake, Eric Ravilious and Graham Sutherland alongside contemporary artists including Cornelia Parker, David Nash, Mat Collishaw, Jeremy Deller, Susan Hiller and Douglas Gordon.
Elphick and Elphick: UNLIMITED, Bristol Guild of Applied Art
June 22-July 13
Painting and sculpture coincide in a joint show by Martin and Deidre Elphick, comprising common themes and interests: in people, movement, landscape and the natural world.
Laurence & Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen's Glamorous Garden Party
Friday, July 5, gates open at 6pm
In aid of Cotswold Breast Cancer Now, Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen's will be hosting a glamorous garden party from their home in Siddington. Enjoy Cotswold Gin cocktails and canapés, a jazz band, a raffle and a bring & buy plant sale. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked through Amanda on 0797 353 7706 or email@example.com.
Pride and Prejudice, Coughton Court in Alcester
Friday, July 5
In Chapterhouse's 20th year of touring, join friends and family for an evening of theatre beneath the stars, basking in the glow of this timeless classic.
Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and it's first programmed by artistic director Alison Balsom. With highlights including world-leading ensembles and international soloists such as London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and Danielle de Niese, plus over 20 major world premieres, the 2019 festival continues to build on the successes of previous years.
Marc Chagall 1887-1985, Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham
July 5-August 3
An exhibition of original prints featuring some of the most enduring and poetic images of modern art by one of the most beloved artists of the 20th century.
Summer Fest, Waddesdon Manor
July 6 & 7
A new street theatre and food festival that will see the North Front of Waddesdon transformed with flowers, flags and decorated tables stretching the length of the drive and lined with over 70 artisan vendors. Musical performances will add to the festival atmosphere.
Open Gardens at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
Saturday, July 6, 10am-4pm
The stunning colours, textures and sights of the informal gardens at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice will go on show as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. Admission on the gate is £5, with children free, and homemade teas and cakes available in support of the hospice.
Stroud Nature Festival, Stratford Park in Stroud
Sunday, July 7, 11am-5pm
Stalls, demonstrations, talks and a host of activities all exploring and celebrating nature and wildlife and inspiring us to act now to take better care of our planet.
At the Museum, make a nature print or visit Steve Roberts' wonderful wildlife illustration exhibition in Gallery Two.
The Gigspanner Big Band plus Knight & Spiers, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury
Sunday, July 7, 7.30pm
A magical pairing of two acts with their own unique identities. The Gigspanner trio, formed by legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, will be joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Support comes from the pairing of Peter Knight with John Spiers (ex- Bellowhead). Tickets £24.
BMC & Leyland Show, British Motor Museum
Sunday, July 7
Celebrating a range of British marques and paying tribute to the vehicles that were produced by the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland and The Rover Group.
Glimpsing the Spire, Tetbury Goods Shed
July 9-August 17
An exhibition of lively paintings inspired by the natural world, by Cotswold artist Alison Vickery.
The 39 Steps, Barn Theatre in Cirencester
July 10-August 10
Adapted from the original John Buchan novel, published in 1915, a cast of four will deftly take on the Alfred Hitchcock classic in a wonderfully inventive comic thriller parody adaptation of the famous novel and later film, starring Robert Powell. Four fearless actors, 139 roles, and 100 minutes of fast-paced fun!
Stroud Show, Stratford Park in Stroud
Saturday, July 13, 11am-5pm
A country show celebrating the best of local produce, skills and talents, and offering entertainment for people of all ages.
The Big Picnic: Cotswolds, Daylesford Farm
Saturday, July 13, 6pm
In celebration of summer, Daylesford Farm are hosting a picnic and invite guests to enjoy delicious sharing plates at their long banquet table, as well as music and games. Tickets can be booked here.
All Hail the Ale, Swan and Maidenhead Inn in Stratford-upon-Avon
Saturday, July 13, 5.30-7pm
Travel back in time to 1647and visit the Swan and Maidenhead Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon, to find out why ale was an important part of Tudor life. Finish your tour with a sampling session by Bob Yates from Tunnel Brewery.
HanFEST, Hanwell, near Banbury
Saturday, July 13, 11am-5pm (evening event 6pm 'til late)
Food, farming and folk festival near Banbury celebrating the great outdoors. There will be live music throughout the day.
Living Limestone Weekend, The Museum in the Park in Stroud
July 13 & 14, 11am-4pm
Celebrate this marvellous material, the quarrymen who harvested it, the stonemasons who fashioned it, and the fantastic fossils they have revealed.
Mussi's Herbal, The Museum in the Park in Stroud
July 13-August 26
A new collection of inventive, inspiring and thought provoking mosaics by Stroud-based artist Cleo Mussi. After exploring the exhibition, be sure to take a wander around the Walled Garden, Cleo's living, growing, ever-changing mosaic of colourful and dramatic plants and flowers.
Sunday, July 14, 10.30am
Cheltenham's luxurious treasure hunt returns for the fifth year, with nine diamonds worth £1000 each hidden across the town and surrounding areas. The diamonds have been kindly donated by Beards in aid of Maggie's Cancer Care Centre and the Motor Neurone Disease Assocation.
Sunday Nights at the Barn, Barn Theatre in Cirencester
July 14, 21 & 28
The Barn Theatre will be hosting a series of special comedy evenings on weekends throughout the year, featuring a mix of the country's established and up and coming comedians. Keiran Boyd (July 14), Adam Hess and Julian Dean (July 21) and Jayde Adams and Rich Wilson (July 28) are the confirmed line-up this month.
Friendsical, Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham
Monday, July 15
Inspired the iconic TV show Friends, on the show's 25th anniversary, Friendsical follows the lives of our favourite 90s characters: Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross. The hilarious parody musical features original songs including (He's her) Lobster!, Richard's Moustache and You're Over Me? When Were You Under Me?.
The 13-day event includes the chance to see Gloucestershire across two formats of the game, including the Specsavers Country Championship where Richard Dawson's men face Leicestershire and Worcestershire in the competition. There will also be three 50 over International under-19 matches being played.
The Girl on the Train, Oxford Playhouse
The hugely successful stage adaptation of The Girl on the Train comes to Oxford, starring Samantha Womack. The gripping thriller, based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film, has been breaking box office records and playing to packed houses since it opened in Milton Keynes in January. Tickets start at £10.
Cirencester Town Walk, Corinium Museum in Cirencester
Tuesday, July 16, 11am-12 noon
Ian Thomas will lead a walk around the town bringing to life the 'storming of Cirencester' in 1643. See where events unfolded and consider the significance of Cirencester in the English Civil War. £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members.
Hawkwood's Seed Festival celebrates courageous climate leadership, creative expression and innovation in partnership with our natural world. With over 100 contributors, workshops, activities and exhibitions, festival-goers have plenty of opportunity to explore their connection to the earth and challenges of environmental change.
Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford
The Royal International Air Tattoo is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, with star attractions including a planetarium show, full-scale ExoMars rover prototype and a static display featuring Black Arrow. The skies above RAF Fairford will also entertain the RAF Red Arrows' last UK display before their Western Hawk 19 Tour and a special 70th anniversary NATO flypast.
David Nicholls, Levi Fox Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon
Friday, July 19, 7pm
The BAFTA award-winning writer and creator of the best-selling One Day will be talking about his much-anticipated new book Sweet Sorrow. Tickets: £25 single with book and £35 double with one book.
This year will be the 49th year of the festival held in the beautiful village of Guiting Power. The concerts feature a variety of highly talented performers of jazz, blues and classical music each evening, plus two Sunday afternoon open-air events. It is run entirely by very hard working and dedicated volunteers.
Bride & Gloom, The Deanery Garden in Bampton
July 19 & 20, 7pm
Stephen Storace's lively two-act comedy of marital manners 'Gli sposi malcontenti' (1785), under the title 'Bride & Gloom'. There will be free pre-performance talks. Also at The Orangery Theatre, Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QG on Monday, August 26 at 5pm. Tickets: £38 (under 18: half-price).
July 20-September 1
Elton Giant Mazes offers three maize mazes to explore - Giant, Medium and Small, with cartoon themes this year including Michael Mouse Maze, Leg-go Maze and Minions Labyrinth. It is a cross between a maze, a rustic adventure playground and a wild garden with 2.5 km of paths to explore and challenges, look out towers and activities to encounter on the way. £7.50 for adults; £5.50 for children.
Windrush Valley Flower Show, Dog Show and Fete
Saturday, July 20, 1pm
Held at the Great Barrington village hall, the Windrush Valley Flower Show is a fun-filled day out for the whole family. Expect a traditional fete with refreshments including teas, cakes, BBQ, ice creams and Pimms; competitions for fruit and vegetables, flowers and flower arrangements, arts and crafts and children's classes; stalls and traditional games; a tombola and raffle; and band. Entry is £2 and children under 16 can go free.
The Big Picnic, Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon
July 20, 10am-4pm
A day of family activities includes a magician, puppet theatre, face painter, live music from local band The Rest, a barbecue, and spontaneous poet Judge the Poet, entry free for CV37 residents.
All Hands on Deck, Randwick Village Hall
Saturday, July 20, 7.30pm
Mikron's new show All Hands on Deck is set in World War Two, navigating a love story between the Royal Navy and their loyal 'Jenny Wrens'. Tickets: £11-£13.
Riverside Festival, Charlbury
A free family-friendly music festival in an idyllic riverside setting with more than 40 acts playing across four stages: rock, indie, jazz, and folk on the main two stages and all sorts on the Fringe and Buskers stages!
Fantasy Forest Festival, Sudeley Castle
Festival-goers will get the chance to dress up alongside a host of costumed characters from around the world for a weekend of music, fantasy, entertainment and wonder. Live music is on offer from The Dolmen and Greenrose Faire, as well as Harmony Glen and UK folk-goth band Inkubus Sukkubus (with our very own, Candia McKormack).
Chorley's Sale, Prinknash Abbey Park near Cheltenham
July 23 & 24
A selection of historic lots from the estate of the late Sir John and Lady Smith, cofounders of the Landmark Trust, to include a wide variety of items from paintings and furniture to carpets and silver.
Wednesday, July 24, 7.30pm
Stroud Brewery are teaming up with chef and TV presenter Tim Maddams and River Cottage legend Steve Lamb as they take guests in a culinary 'Flavour Voyage'. A four course menu will be paired with six of Stroud Brewery's organic beers. £35 per head to also include a welcome drink and nibbles.
Medieval Cirencester, Corinium Museum in Cirencester
Wednesday, July 24, 2-3pm
Join Dr Valija Evalds on this walk to experience medieval Cirencester: from sacred splendours to squalid streets on this walking tour. Cost: £7.25 per adult, £6.25 members.
Horrible Histories, Bristol Hippodrome
Catch Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians in two hilarious historical journeys through the squelchiest and yuckiest moments in British and Egyptian history, featuring 3D special effects!
The Lord Chamberlain's Men: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sudeley Castle
Thursday, July 25
Shakespeare's enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed by The Lord Chamberlain's Men in the beautiful gardens of Sudeley Castle, as the sun sets. This supernatural comedy of mischievous fairies, confused lovers and rude mechanicals is an intoxicating tale of clarity found from chaos as tangled love gives way to happily ever-afters.
In Conversation with Nicole Pisani, Calcot Hotel & Spa
Thursday, July 25, 6.30pm
Nicole Pisani, former Head Chef at Yotam Ottolenghi's NOPI and charity co-founder, will share the incredible story behind why she left one of London's most admired restaurants to make school dinners in Hackney, plus much more, followed by a Q&A with a signed copy of her book. Cocktails and canapés will be served on the hotel's terrace.
GingeFest 2019, Cotswold Civil Service Club
July 26 & 27
The fundraiser returns to Cheltenham with a comedy night (July 26) and day of music (July 27) - all in loving memory of local resident Angie Wakefield. In aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, who supported Angie in her final days, the comedy night will see entertainers such as Cerys Nelmes, Adam Beardsmore, and Jason Neale taking to the stage, along with headliner Jon Wagstaffe. This will be followed by a family fun day with live music, an ale and gin tent and plenty of inflatables.
Food Festival, Gloucester Quays
The free-to-enter culinary extravaganza returns to Gloucester Quays for the eighth year with a mix of celebrity chefs, local producers, food stalls and more. Dean Edwards, Rosemary Shrager and Phil Vickery will be hosting cookery demonstrations, alongside a line-up of live music.
Compton Abdale Village Fete
Saturday, July 27, 1.30-4.15pm
A traditional fete set in beautiful gardens, with stalls to include produce, plants, White Elephant, tombola and books. Plus fun dog show, refreshments, barbecue, Pimm's tent and Gloucester Excelsior Band. Admission £2.50 for adults, Children & parking free.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon
Saturday, July 27, 2pm
Immersion Theatre Company present Shakespeare's magical and romantic comedy in in the open air, set in Great Britain just before the start of the First World War. Tickets £10 children, £12 adults, £38 family, plus booking fee.
The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Museum in the Park in Stroud
Saturday, July 27, 7.30pm
Jenny Wren Productions bring a tale of England and France, of rich and poor, of divided loyalties and of a mysterious hero saving French nobles from the guillotine - just for fun! Gates open 6.30pm. Tickets £10, £8 concs.
Stonemasonry Taster, Woodchester Mansion
July 27 & August 31
An unusual chance to become a learner stonemason for a day when the charitable Woodchester Mansion hosts taster courses in the ancient craft. There are just four places in each of the four three-hour sessions. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lammas Day, Mary Arden's Farm in Wilmcote
August 1, 10am-5pm
Storytelling, music and bread-making for Lammas, or 'loaf mass', a traditional celebration in the Tudor calendar of the first wheat harvest of the year.
Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza, South Cerney Airfield
Featuring nearly 1,000 classic cars, including over 70 Classic American cars, 30 visiting car clubs, 335 motorcyles and scooters, 80 bicycles from 1903-1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 90 stationary engines, 70 full-size steam engines, and a large model aircraft flying display.
The Cheltenham Rock School, The Pavilion in Cheltenham
August 5-9, 10.30am-4pm
A packed week if workshops that will enthuse and motivate any young musician. Fee per applicant is £140 for the whole week.