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What’s on in the Cotswolds, October 2023

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Out of the Block

A solo exhibition of animal studies by Michael Cooper, including both bronze casting and stone carving.

until November 4, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, GL6 8NT, tel: 01453 889765,


I’m Sorry Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember

Featuring a stellar cast, with Martin Jarvis as the ex-Prime Minister Jim Hacker, and Clive Francis as former Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. This Built by Barn production is “The final chapter” of the BBC show that was voted in the top six of the best British sitcoms of all time.

until November 4, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, GL7 1BN,


Journey Through Steam Roadshow Valuation Day

Three valuers – including BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury – will be at this event, organised by Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, in partnership with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) and GW Railwayana Auctions (GWRA).

Sunday, October 1, 10am-3pm, Lifford Hall, Broadway, WR12 7BU,


England & Son

Political comedian Mark Thomas takes his brand-new darkly comedic theatre show on tour, written by playwright Ed Edwards specifically for Mark.

October 4, North Wall, Oxford, OX2 7JN,



Telling the story of one small girl who embarks on a mighty adventure, using gorgeous and haunting puppetry, the multiple award-winning Kinder tells the story of the Czech Kindertransport, which evacuated Czech-Jewish children to Britain at the outbreak of World War II.

October 6-7, Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Dursley, GL11 5SS,


Pumpkin Hollow

Weave through the creepy cabins with live actors as you make their way to the pumpkin field to pick your choice of pumpkins in the dark to take home. There will also be a spooky drive-in cinema experience for adults, featuring movies such as Friday 13th, Hocus Pocus, Scream, Rocky Horror, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

October 7, 14, 21, 28 & 31, 6-10pm, Hatton Country World, Warwick, CV35 8XA,


Coleshill Village Open Day

See inside the old Flour Mill on the river Cole and take an adventure down into a Second World War replica operational bunker. There’s also opportunity to see the Heritage and Rural Skills Centre exhibition and take a tour.

Sunday, October 8, 2-5pm, Wiltshire, SN6 7PT


And Then Come the Nightjars

Adapted for the screen from Bea Roberts’ multi-award-winning stage play, this tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Devon farmer and the vet who is assigned to cull his precious herd.

Friday, October 13 (2pm) and Monday, October 16 (8pm), Malmesbury Town Hall, SN16 9BZ,


Autumn Fair

Start your Christmas shopping, with stalls including Three Boys Rock, Chalkstream Foods, Wall Circus, and Sappho Interiors. Food and coffees on offer in the Courtyard. Entry is £3.50 for adults (children U16 go free), with all proceeds going to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Saturday, October 14, 8.30am-3pm, Beaudesert Park School, GL6 9AF,


The Merchant of Venice 1936

Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as the first female Shylock, this new production sees Shakespeare’s enduring classic transported to 1930s Britain, against a backdrop of political unrest and Shylock reimagined as a tough, no-nonsense Jewish matriarch in London’s East End.

October 17-21, Malvern Theatre, WR14 3HB,


Classical Light

Northleach Church hosts Michael Bochmann MBE and his Orchestra Pro Anima with his charity, Water City Music. The concert will feature 80 children from five local primary schools performing songs to perform on the night. The concert includes Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending, Mozart Divertimento in Bb and Vivaldi’s Double violin concerto. Tickets are £17.50 and £20.

Thursday, October 19, 7pm, Northleach Church, GL54 3HL,


Down for the Count All-Stars

Performing Swing Era favourites and Big Band classics from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, alongside new arrangements of jazz classics.

Friday, October 20, 7.30pm, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX,


Hallowe’en at Blenheim Palace

A spooky, fun-filled after-dark trail for all the family, with ghosts, ghouls and witches delivering a host of tricks and treats. Timed entry.

October 20-29, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1UL,


The Secrets of Stonehenge: The Stones Through the Centuries

Join Julian Richards, one of Britain’s leading archaeologists and broadcasters, star of BBC2’s Meet the Ancestors and world expert on Stonehenge, to unlock the secrets of the Stones. Tickets £10. Supported by The KD Winstone Charitable Trust.

Saturday, October 21, 6.30-7.30pm, Cirencester Parish Church, tel: 01285 655611,


Cirencester & Stroud Good Afternoon Choir

The choir, led by John Sandford with over 30 enthusiastic members, will be joined by Bad Uke Rising, and the concert will support The Churn Project. Expect foot-tapping rhythm, rich harmony and plenty of fun. Tickets at £8 from and on the door.

Saturday, October 21, 7pm, Cirencester Baptist Church, GL7 1YE.


Hallowe’en Trail

Discover the spooky side of Chastleton, by finding its witches’ marks, counting toads and finding out all about broomstick-proof ceilings.

October 21, 22, 25-29, Chastleton, near Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0SU,


Grayson Perry: A Show All About You

Grayson Perry takes a mischievous look at the nature of identity with his new show that will make you laugh, shudder, and reassess who you really are. Tickets from £30.

Wednesday, October 25, New Theatre Oxford, OX1 2AG,


Dark Side of the Moon 50th Anniversary Concert

The 17-piece Bristol Ensemble perform a specially-commissioned arrangement of the progressive rock classic in an exhilarating one-hour concert.

Wednesday, October 25, Stroud Subscription Rooms, GL5 1AE,



Following their critically acclaimed production of The Libertine in 2019, Blank Canvas Theatre Company returns to the Playhouse with a lavish, original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s horror classic.

October 25-29, Cheltenham Playhouse, Bath Road, GL53 7HG,


Black & Blues Revisited

Musician Sunjay, described by Maverick magazine as ‘creating a stir with talents way beyond his years… destined for bigger things’, is bringing his live show to Worcester. Tickets £16.50.

Friday, October 27, 7.30pm, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, WR1 3LD, tel: 01905 611427,


Cotswold Country Houses

Architectural historian and country house specialist Jeremy Musson explores the stories of some of the Cotswold country houses, from stately Stanway to classical Upton. Tickets £20, to include drinks and canapés.

Friday, October 27, 5.30pm, Lygon Arms, Broadway, WR12 7DU,


Wire Art Flowers

Join tutor Laura Milne of Wire and Wool for a wire flower workshop where you will learn how to create a beautiful display of flowers of your own. £50.

Saturday, October 28, 10.30am-2.30pm, Craft Barn, Lechlade, GL7 3DL,


Roald Dahl & the Imagination Seekers

A show created especially for children aged five and above, developing creative and literacy skills through performance, as well as exploring Roald Dahl’s extraordinary stories, including The BFG and The Twits.

Monday, October 30, 11am & 2pm, Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden, GL55 6HU,


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