Diaries and calendars at the ready as we pick out the unmissable Cotswold events coming up over the next 12 months – from festivals to workshops.

JANUARY

Buttons, Badges and Blazers

A captivating journey through Gloucester’s vibrant history in this exhibition featuring pieces chosen from the city’s collection of 4,500 costumes from the 16th to 20th century.

until January 7, Museum of Gloucester, GL1 1HP, museumofgloucester.co.uk

Ice Skating at Jolly Nice

The award-winning farm shop is hosting an enchanting and sustainable pop-up ice rink. Using planet-friendly ‘Glice’ technology, this rink has an artificial surface that saves huge amounts of water and power in comparison with other rinks. Kick back afterwards in the log-fired bar with locally produced wine, organic beer and seasonal bites from the kitchen.

until February 18, Book your skating tickets online at jollynicefarmshop.com

Wildlife Safari with Ed Drewitt

Tudor Farmhouse has teamed up with naturalist, broadcaster and wildlife detective Ed Drewitt to provide fascinating, entertaining and fun wildlife safaris and dawn chorus walks around the Forest of Dean.

Saturday, January 6, Tudor Farmhouse, Coleford, GL16 8JS, tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk

Eighties Charity Night

Featuring ‘Sledgehamme’, well known for their highly energetic, and highly entertaining three-hour non-stop performances.

Saturday, January 13, Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, themillartscentre.co.uk

Paint, Punch & Positivity with Plonk

A fun, two-hour evening painting workshop with Cotswold artist Tamsin Stuart in the relaxed setting of a cool bar. No experience required. Tickets £30.

Wednesday, January 17, 7-9pm, Urban Fox Bar, Cheltenham, GL50 1SA, tamsinstuartart.co.uk

David Suchet: Poirot and Me – A Retrospective

A intimate retrospective look at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating actors of our time.

January 18-20, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, everymantheatre.org.uk

Spectacle of Light

Returning to Compton Verney for its third year, this night-time feast of wonders features amazing new light-art installations and immersive pieces in the beautiful parkland for the whole family to enjoy.

January 24-February 18 (selected dates), Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ, comptonverney.org.uk/spectacle

Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival 30th Birthday

Europe’s longest-running Cajun & Zydeco festival is back for its 30th Birthday year, featuring live performances from the finest Cajun & Zydeco bands from the UK, Europe and beyond!

January 26-28, Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

Recorder Weekend

A weekend of consorts’ chamber music and ensemble playing for recorders with international award-winning quartet, Palisander. The repertoire will span from the medieval to the present day, including repertoire unique to Palisander.

January 26-28, Hawkwood College, Stroud, GL6 7QW, hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Fiend

This thrilling, theatrical two-act comedy mercilessly mines the familiar clichés of the Sherlock Holmes stories whilst ruthlessly exposing the lurid press-fuelled fictions of the Jack the Ripper industry.

January 26-March 9, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, GL7 1BN, barntheatre.org.uk

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Festival Trials Day

This much-anticipated day is the final opportunity to see the protagonists go out to battle on Cheltenham Racecourse’s hallowed turf before the Cheltenham Festival in March. With an exhilarating seven-race card, you can also expect on-course entertainment during the day, with live music after the racing.

Saturday 27 January 27, Cheltenham Racecourse, thejockeyclub.co.uk/Cheltenham

Winter Openings at Gigg Mill

Explore hand-weaving at the historic weaving shed in Nailsworth as it remains open to visitors throughout the winter, on one Saturday each month, with guided tours from 10-11am and 11am-12 noon.

January 27, February 24 & March 16, Gigg Mill, Nailsworth, GL6 0JP, stroudtextiletrust.org.uk

FEBRUARY

The Dung Beatles

Playing Beatles hits and album classics from 1963 to 1973 with energy and authenticity, accompanied by four-piece horn section, ‘The Hornettes’. Tickets £22.

Saturday, February 3, 7.30pm, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, OX16 5QE, themillartcentre.co.uk

Be Our Guest

With a rich history dating back to 1890, CODS invites you to join them for this vibrant musical revue featuring some of the most beloved productions from the last 20 years, including Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, West Side Story, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Tickets from £15.

February 7-10, Cheltenham Playhouse, GL53 7HG, cheltplayhouse.org.uk

Felting Workshop

Make a stunning felt barn owl picture in this special crafting workshop with The Makerss. All tools and materials for the project are supplied on arrival, and refreshments are included in the price of £60 pp.

Thursday, February 8, 9am-1pm, Unit 17A, Nailsworth Mills Estate, GL6 0BS, tel: 01453 839454, themakerss.co.uk

Mad Dog Mcrea

From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies, Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music.

Saturday, February 10, 7.30pm, Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

My Kind of Ironing: Introduction to Encaustic Painting Workshops

Learn to paint using an iron and wax paints. Simple, fun and mindful. Make a set of cards or just play – it’s instant art that anyone can do! Perfect for groups of friends or family, and suitable for all. £35 pp for a two-hour session (min 2; max 6).

February 14, 21 & 23, and May 3 & 22, Jane Foot’s May Hill studio, GL17 0NN, artbyjanefoot.com

Medieval Tour of the Eastgate Chamber

Join medieval mercenary Sir Miles for a fascinating underground visit to Gloucester’s Eastgate Chamber to learn all about its history, including the myths and superstitions surrounding it.

Friday, February 16, 2-3pm, GL1 1PU, visitgloucester.co.uk

Gloucester Folk Trail

A plethora of folk music, workshops, Morris sides, talks and much merriment across the city of Gloucester.

February 16-18, various venues, gloucesterbid.uk

Giovanni Pernice: Let Me Entertain You

The Strictly Come Dancing champion and BAFTA winner will be joined by a world-class cast of professional dancers and West End performers to bring you an unforgettable experience.

February 20-21, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, everymantheatre.org.uk

Taiji Beginners’ Course

Through the exercise system of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chaun), these sessions will help you achieve a healthy mind and body, with each having a meditation section toward the end. £60 for 5 weeks or £12 on the door each week.

From February 21 (five-week course), 8.15-9.15pm, Stroud Brewery, GL5 2BY, tel: 0794 224 0034, stroudbrewery.co.uk

Recycled Fabric Boxes

Join Emma Roch of Miss Rochie Makes in this eco-conscious textiles workshop to create a set of three recycled fabric boxes. £55.

Saturday, February 24, 2-5pm, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, newbreweryarts.org.uk

MARCH

Acts of Creation – On Art and Motherhood

Hayward Gallery Touring’s major group exhibition plunges into the mess, myths and mishaps of motherhood through over 100 artworks.

March 9-May 26, Arnolfini, Bristol, BS1 4QA, arnolfini.org.uk

Craft Festival

The festival returns to Cheltenham as it celebrates its 20th year of business. Expect 100 of the finest designer-makers from across Britain, with live demonstrations, adult workshops, and an action-packed programme of free children’s craft activities. Adult tickets from £7; under 18s free.

March 8-10, Cheltenham Town Hall, craftfestival.co.uk

Bach St Matthew Passion

A special performance by Gloucester Choral Society, led by acclaimed choral and orchestral director Adrian Partington.

Saturday, March 9, 4-5.30pm and 7-9pm, Gloucester Cathedral, gloucesterchoral.com

Forge Taster Days

Be a blacksmith for a day at the forge with Lizzie the Smithy. Learn how to twist iron, make sparklers, bend iron and scroll it into loops and hoops. Using a traditional forge, hammer and anvil, with no scrolling tools… just you and the hammer!

March 9-August 31 (10am-4pm, selected dates), Harts Barn Craft Centre, Longhope, GL17 0QD,

The Cheltenham Festival

Join the Cheltenham roar with four breathtaking days of jump-racing, featuring 28 races, and the unmissable Gold Cup Day on Friday, March 15!

March 12-15, Cheltenham Racecourse, GL50 4SH, thejockeyclub.co.uk/Cheltenham

Johnny Coppin

A talented singer-songwriter, Johnny’s effortless vocals have graced the folk scene since the emergence of Decameron in the early 1970s.

Thursday, March 14, 7pm, The Folk of Gloucester, GL1 2PG, thefolkofgloucester.co.uk

Sculpture in the Park

A major new sculpture park opens in the grounds of Compton Verney – with the grouping inspired by the history and setting of the 18th-century landscape – featuring works by eight contemporary artists drawn from around the world.

March 19-April 30 2027, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ, comptonverney.org.uk/spectacle

Sugar Flower Class

Learn how to make a beautiful Clematis Montana from sugar with Cake International Gold Award-winner Lou Wood at this one-day class in the Gloucestershire countryside. £220.

Thursday, March 21, 10am-4pm, Lords of the Manor Hotel, Upper Slaughter, GL54 2JD, louwoodsugarflowers.com

Daniel Kemish – Live at The Folk

Daniel Kemish – a prolific singer/songwriter – will be joining The Folk of Gloucester’s calendar of live music events, telling songs and stories in a way you haven’t heard before.

Thursday, March 21, 7pm, The Folk of Gloucester, GL1 2PG, thefolkofgloucester.co.uk

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s timeless classic comes to life like never before in this mesmerising production featuring Gloucestershire finest, Tweedy the Clown – sure to be full of physical comedy and slapstick prowess. Opens in Cheltenham ahead of a national tour.

March 21-30, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, everymantheatre.org.uk

Landscape and Imagination: From Gardens to Land Art

An exhibition exploring the relationship between art, gardens and landscape through paintings, drawings and sculpture, to include works by JMW Turner, Nicolas Poussin, and Claude Lorrain, plus contemporary works by Ian Hamilton Finlay and Anya Gallaccio.

March 21-June 16, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ, comptonverney.org.uk

First Encounters: Romeo & Juliet

This 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s ‘star cross’d lovers’ uses an edited version of the original language as the perfect first introduction to young people, aged 7-13.

March 21-30, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, rsc.org.uk

Hundred Watt Club

Hypnotic, chaotic, and just the right amount of erotic, the Hundred Watt Club brings its risqué and ridiculous evening of burlesque, vaudeville, comedy and cabaret to Gloucester.

Friday, March 22, 7.30pm, Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

CountryTastic

With a theme of ‘Farming Heroes’, this year’s family-friendly farming fun day out will be celebrating the roles and careers of the people who support or work in the countryside… with a fun superhero twist to bring faming alive for younger visitors.

Thursday, March 28, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, threecounties.co.uk

Giffords Circus

The wonderful Giffords Circus returns in 2024 with its brand-new show, Avalon, by acclaimed director Cal McCrystal.

March 28-September 29, various locations, giffordscircus.com

APRIL

Dowty Organ Recital

A rather special recital with the distinguished organist at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and director of Tewkesbury Abbey’s Schola Cantorum Simon Bell as the guest recitalist. Entrance is free, with reservations to be made by contacting Will Mundy on willmundy331@icloud.com

Saturday, April 6, 3pm, Pershore Abbey, WR10 1BL, pershoreabbey.org.uk

Eating Wild

Join an immersive course on foraging with Jos Fletcher, that will inform, delight and leave you confident and inspired to explore wild food. £105, with lunch and refreshments included.

Saturday, April 6, Hawkwood, Stroud, GL6 7QW, hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

Cheltenham Racecourse April Meeting

A brilliant two-day meeting of high-quality racing at the Home of Jump Racing.

April 17-18, Cheltenham Racecourse, GL50 4SH, thejockeyclub.co.uk/Cheltenham

Gigg Mill Weaving Shed Open Day

Sitting on the Horsley Brook, which once powered its waterwheel, this mill features a weaving shed containing historic and modern looms, plus a dye plant garden.

April 20, Gigg Mill, Nailsworth, GL6 0JP, stroudtextiletrust.org.uk

Dunkirk Mill Museum Open Day

The museum is part of a large mill complex, reached by an attractive walk down the former railway track, past the restored mill pond with working water wheel.

April 20, 21 and 24, 2-4pm, Dunkirk Mill Museum, Nailsworth, GL5 5HH, stroudtextiletrust.org.uk

Stone Carving Two-Day Court

Unearth your hidden creativity in this informal two-day course with Sebastian Rasch, using soft, local limestone to create a unique, beautiful sculpture. Beginners welcome. £110, to include refreshments..

April 27-28, 9am-4pm, WWT Slimbridge, GL2 7BT, wwt.org.uk

MAY

Felting Workshop

Make a stunning landscape picture of Gloucestershire’s May Hill with sheep in this special crafting workshop with The Makerss. All tools and materials for the project are supplied on arrival, and refreshments and lunch are included in the price of £90 pp.

Wednesday, May 1, 9.30am-3.30pm, Unit 17A, Nailsworth Mills Estate, GL6 0BS, tel: 01453 839454, themakerss.co.uk

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

As part of Cheltenham Festivals’ annual season, this is a celebration of all genres of jazz, from up-and-coming artists to international jazz icons, including Jack Savoretti, Morcheeba, Courtney Pine, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Snarky Puppy, Orchestra Baobab, and Nubiyan Twist.

May 1-6, various venues, cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

The Full Kit: Introduction to Encaustic Painting Workshops

Spend time exploring the ancient art of encaustic painting. Using a heat gun and blow torch learn how to paint using wax pigments, experiment with photo transfer and collage. £150 for one four-hour session, or £240 for two together.

May 1, 2, 7, 8, 28 & 29, and June 1, Jane Foot’s May Hill studio, GL17 0NN, artbyjanefoot.com

Beginners’ Machine Sewing

In this one-day workshop with Lauren Holloway, you will learn the basic techniques to help build your confidence and skills, and will discover how you can make a variety of projects to take home, including a drawstring bag and zipped pouch. £90.

Saturday, May 4, 10am-4pm, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, newbreweryarts.org.uk

Elijah

Felix Mendelssohn’s thunderous choral masterpiece performed by Gloucester Choral Society, conducted by musical director Adrian Partington.

Saturday, May 4, Gloucester Cathedral, gloucesterchoral.com

10th Lechlade Annual Vintage Rally & Country Show

Three days of vintage wonders, including classic cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors, caravans, model boats and miniature steam. Also featuring fun fair, trade stands, boot sales, Britannia Majorettes, Highworth Silver Band, and refreshments.

May 4-6, Langley Farm, Clanfield, OX18 2RZ, lechladecollectorsclub.co.uk

Dunkirk Mill Museum Open Day

The museum is part of a large mill complex, reached by an attractive walk down the former railway track, past the restored mill pond with working water wheel.

May 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 27 and 29, 2-4pm, Dunkirk Mill Museum, Nailsworth, GL5 5HH, stroudtextiletrust.org.uk

National Mills Weekend Open Days

As part of National Mills Weekend, the Stroud mills of Dunkirk, St Mary’s, Gigg and Stanley will be throwing open their doors to the public. A slice of Stroud Valleys history not to be missed!

May 11 & 12, stroudtextiletrust.org.uk

Wells Dressing in Bisley

Children have been dressing the village wells in Bisley with flowers every Ascension Day since 1863 and the tradition is still keenly observed by pupils at Bisley Blue Coat Primary School. The afternoon begins with a service at All Saints’ Church at around 1.30pm, followed by a procession through the village to the wells in Wells Road, plus teas in Bisley WI Village Hall afterwards.

Thursday, May 9, bisleybluecoatcofeprimary.co.uk/ascension-day

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

The floral family fun day out returns to Malvern’s scenic showground, with inspiring gardens, spectacular blooms, shopping opportunities, and plenty of ideas to try at home.

May 9-12, Three Counties Showground, rhsmalvern.co.uk

Gigg Mill Weaving Shed Open Day

Sitting on the Horsley Brook, which once powered its waterwheel, this mill features a weaving shed containing historic and modern looms, plus a dye plant garden.

May 4 & 18, Gigg Mill, Nailsworth, GL6 0JP, stroudtextiletrust.org.uk

The Bath Festival

This excellent multi-arts festival is the offspring of The Bath International Music Festival and Bath Literature Festival, which merged in 2017. Includes the eclectic Party in the City on May 17, featuring a night of free music and entertainment on two outdoor stages, as well as in Bath’s historic venues, churches and museums.

May 17-26, various venues, bathfestivals.org.uk/the-bath-festival

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

A gastronomic celebration with an exceptional line-up of celebrity cooks, Michelin-starred chefs, artisan food and drink producers, wine tasting and much-loved culinary institutions, showcasing their skills and sharing their passion for food with a mix of live demos, workshops and Q&As.

May 25-27, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1UL, blenheimpalace.com

Cheese Rolling

Yes, it’s bonkers. Yes, it’s extremely dangerous… but it’s ours and we love it.

Monday, May 27, Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester (check local press and online closer to the day).

Wychwood Festival

Are you looking for a music festival that the kids will enjoy as much as – if not more than – you? With the addition of comedy, workshops, and literature, Wychwood has got it all going on… and under 10s go free!

May 31-June 2, Cheltenham Racecourse, wychwoodfestival.com

Cheltenham Science Festival

The Science Festival team say that nothing is off limits, and they’re really not kidding. Expect to have your curiosity piqued and your mind truly blown, with guest speakers, spectacular science shows, hands-on workshops, and three interactive zones.

June 4-9, various venues, cheltenhamfestivals.com

JUNE

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Life of Pi

Based on the global phenomenon and winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over 15 million copies worldwide, Life Of Pi is the hugely popular story of an epic journey of endurance and hope. Don’t miss the West End and Broadway spectacle on its first ever UK tour.

June 11-15, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, everymantheatre.org.uk

Royal Three Counties Show

At the heart of the three counties of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire is this wonderful and well-known celebration of the best of British farming, food and the countryside. Oh, by the way, it’s the largest agricultural show in the Midlands.

June 14-16, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, royalthreecounties.co.uk

Felting Workshop

Make a stunning kingfisher picture in this special crafting workshop with The Makerss. All tools and materials for the project are supplied on arrival, and refreshments and lunch are included in the price of £105 pp.

Thursday, June 20, 9.30am-4.30pm, Unit 17A, Nailsworth Mills Estate, GL6 0BS, tel: 01453 839454, themakerss.co.uk

Park Fair

A boutique festival with a focus on retail therapy provided by cherished independent artisans, with live music, pop-up feasting, workshops, and unlimited fairground rides.

June 21-23, The Great Tew Estate, Oxfordshire, OX7 4BT, parkfair.uk

John Lydon – I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right

Reflecting on the Sex Pistols, Public Image Limited (PiL), his art and his life’s story, John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – will be hitting Stroud for an informal evening of conversation and audience questions.

Tuesday, June 25, Stroud Sub Rooms, thesubrooms.co.uk

JULY

Blenheim Palace Battle Proms Picnic Concert

Hold onto your hats, this is a summer spectacular of epic proportions, with stirring music, cavalry display, fireworks, evening gun salute, and soaring Spitfires.

Saturday, July 6, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, blenheimpalace.com and battleproms.com

The Cotswold Show and Food Festival

Founded by Lord Bathurst in 1989, this brilliant country show features arena displays, family activities, animals, food hall, traditional rural skills, trade stands, and plenty of shopping opportunities.

July 6-7, Cirencester Park, GL7 2BU, cotwoldshow.co.uk

Cheltenham Music Festival

Launched in 1945, this annual festival features a rich and diverse programme of music, featuring the world’s finest classical talent.

July 6-13, various venues, cheltenhamfestivals.com/music

Forest Live

The live music experience amongst the trees of Westonbirt this year features Nile Rogers & CHIC, with special guests Sophie Ellis-Bextor and DECO.

Friday, July 12, Westonbirt Arboretum, GL8 8QS, forestlive.com

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival 40th Anniversary

Held on the site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, this is the largest free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe, with period arts & crafts, entertainment, food & drink stalls, large beer tent, medieval shopping village, and spectacular re-enactment.

July 13-14, tewkesburymedievalfestival.co.uk

Chalfest

With four music stages, children’s entertainment, and the CrazyBird Comedy Tent, this community-run event punches way above its weight. Simply brilliant.

July 19 & 20, chalfest.co.uk

Royal International Air Tattoo

The world’s largest military air show attracts up to 200,000 visitors, delivering an eclectic mix of aircraft on both flying and static displays. The theme for 2024 is ‘Pushing the Boundaries in Air and Space’, marking 100 years of British military test flights.

July 19-21, RAF Fairford, airtattoo.com

Fantasy Forest Festival

It’s difficult to find the words to describe this astonishing event… turn a corner in the castle grounds and you might encounter a wizard, a unicorn, dalek, mermaid, video-game character, or army of orcs. With a fantasy market, music stages and arena displays, it’s the place to go to unleash your imagination!

July 19-21, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, GL54 5JD, fantasyforest.co.uk

Printing With Leaves

Enjoy a day exploring colour and textures on fabric using fresh and dried leaves and grasses, with disperse dyes and a heat press. £95.

Saturday, July 20, 10am-4pm, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, newbreweryarts.org.uk

AUGUST

Festival of British Eventing

This established and well-respected sporting event incorporates the Magic Millions British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships, and is must-have date in the Cotswold equestrian diary.

August 2-4, Gatcombe Park, GL6 9AT, festivalofbritisheventing.com

Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza Show

With live arenas, vintage funfair and displays, music and dance, craft fair, trade stands, and free vintage bus rides.

August 2-4, South Cerney Airfield, GL7 5QD, glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk

Soul Circus

The return of the wellbeing festival where music, yoga and holistic therapies come together in the Cotswold countryside.

August 13-15, Elmore, GL2 3SG, soulcircus.yoga

The Big Feastival

The Blur bassist welcomes you to his idyllic farm in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, with an exciting array of Michelin-star chefs, street food, family activities and top-notch music stars.

August 23-25, Alex James’ Farm, near Kingham, OX7 6UJ, thebigfeastival.com

Witcombe Festival

Previously known as Witcombe Cider Festival, this annual music festival in Brockworth, near Gloucester, has four stages with top acts from the world of rock, pop and dance.

August 23-26, witcombefestival.co.uk

Bisley Flower Show and Fete

Traditional flower show and fete for all the family, with stalls, games, and other attractions. Gates open at 1pm, followed by the crowning of the flower queen and king at 2pm, after which the flower show marquee will open.

Saturday, August 24, The Show Field off Cheltenham Road, Bisley, GL6 7AX, bisleyflowershow.com

Classical Guitar Masterclass

This enjoyable, intense weekend course is an opportunity to study with Craig Ogden, one of the best classical guitarists of our generation. Suitable for experienced players and advanced students with a minimum skill level of Grade 6 guitar.

August 30-September 1, Hawkwood College, Stroud, GL6 7QW, hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

SEPTEMBER

Moreton Show

When it comes to country shows, they don’t come much better than this, with arena displays such as the popular Shetland Pony Grand National, Livestock Grand Parade, and loads of shopping opportunities.

Saturday, September 7, moretonshow.co.uk

Frampton Country Fair

A truly traditional country fair, with over 400 trade stands, three display rings and traditional funfair, held in 30 acres of beautiful parkland on the Frampton Court Estate.

Sunday, September 8, Frampton-on-Severn, GL2 7EP, framptoncountryfair.co.uk

Cheltenham International Film Festival

Celebrating its sixth anniversary in 2024 with a programme of film premieres and special events. Visit the website closer to the date for the full line-up.

September 12-22, various venues, cheltfilm.com

Portrait Miniatures, 1550-1850

A sumptuous exhibition delving into the fascinating history of delicate works of art by leading miniature painters working in Britain, from Isaac Oliver to George Engleheart.

September 21-March 21, 2025, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ, comptonverney.org.uk

Malvern Autumn Show

As part of the busy schedule at the Three Counties Showground, this three-day spectacular is the ultimate harvest festival. Expect animals, music, speakers, farming, shopping, and lots of lovely food and drink. Brilliant.

September 27-29, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, malvernautumn.co.uk

Bath Children’s Literature Festival

The city of Bath will light up with literary happenings as it welcomes more than 100 of your favourite children’s authors and illustrators to Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival. Expect screenings, workshops, storytime sessions, and many other book-related events for all the family.

September 27-October 6, bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature

OCTOBER

Rhod Gilbert & The Giant Grapefruit

Rhod will be navigating life’s dark bits and turning giant grapefruits into something approaching lemonade.

Wednesday, October 2, 8pm, Cheltenham Town Hall,

Cheltenham Literature Festival

We may be biased, but this is probably the best literature festival in the world… Added to that, we have the rest of the best right here in the Cotswolds. Make sure you get them all in your diary.

October – dates tbc, cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature

Autumn Wildlife Photography

Explore and photograph autumn’s amazing palette in the wetlands with practical guidance from wildlife photography tutor David Broadbent. £63, to include refreshments.

Friday, October 25, 10am-3pm, WWT Slimbridge, GL2 7BT, wwt.org.uk

Kerry Ellis: Queen of the West End

With a list of credits to include Oliver!, Cats, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The War Of The Worlds, and Anything Goes, among many others, Kerry Ellis has starred in musical theatre’s biggest roles, making shows her own and earning her numerous awards.

Thursday, October 31, 7pm, Stroud Sub Rooms, thesubrooms.co.uk

NOVEMBER

Goldie Lookin’ Chain

The Welsh comedy hip-hop group from Newport are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their debut album, ‘Greatest Hits’. Things are getting serious.

Friday, November 1, 7.30pm, Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

Chris McCausland: Yonks!

Following his recent, totally sold out tour, Chris – star of Have I Got News for You, Would I Lie to You?, QI, The last Leg, and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown – is back on the road with a brand new show.

Friday, November 8, The Regal, Evesham, WR11 3LD, theregal.ac

Jon Ronson’s Psychopath Night

The renowned journalist, filmmaker and author reopens the case with exclusive anecdotes and fresh reflections, taking you on a thrilling exploration of madness and the elusive psychopathic mind. Tickets from £29.

Saturday, November 9, 7.30pm, The Forum, Bath, BA1 1UG, fane.co.uk

DECEMBER

Howlers

Expect some of the biggest names on the stand-up circuit alongside a host of comedy’s brightest new talent at this well-established night.

Thursday, 8pm, December 5, Cheltenham Playhouse, cheltplayhouse.org.uk/

Hundred Watt Club

The ‘hypnotic’ and ‘chaotic’ Hundred Watt Club returns to Gloucester Guildhall with an evening of burlesque, vaudeville, comedy and cabaret.

Friday, December 13, 7.30pm, Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk