What’s on this month in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 15:14 14 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:14 14 March 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.