What’s on this month in the Cotswolds: March 2020

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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

- Shaun the Sheep 'Farmaggedon' Glow Trail

Until March 6

For the first time ever an alien has crash landed into Westonbirt, and Shaun the Sheep is on a mission to help get her home. Download the free app and join Shaun and Lu-La on an adventure through the woods.

Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, GL8 8QS, tel: 0300 067 4890, forestryengland.uk/westonbirt-the-national-arboretum


- Beeswax Wraps

Monday, March 2, 10am-12 noon

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Say goodbye to clingfilm and learn how to make these incredibly handy and eco-minded beeswax wraps with tutor Becky Kimberley. £35.

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, tel: 01285 657181, newbreweryarts.org.uk


- Cheltenham Festival Preview Dinner

Monday, March 2, 7pm

Head chef Nathan Eades has created a seasonal menu with dishes such as Braised Wootton Estate ox cheek, potato fondant, market garden celeriac, buttered savoy cabbage, and each table will be hosted by experts discussing the races ahead and tips. £65 per person, plus drinks.

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham, OX7 6YA, tel: 01608 658389, thewildrabbit.co.uk


- Anton Christian Exhibition

March 3-April 11

An exhibition of Anton Christian's highly detailed facades, featuring both Mediterranean and metropolitan architectural styles in miniature. Stunning.

Prema, Uley, GL11 5SS, tel: 01453 860703, prema.org.uk


- WellChild Festival Focus

Thursday, March 5

Top experts from the racing world will be on hand to answer questions and discuss this year's Cheltenham Festival. The panel will be led by Ed Chamberlin from ITV Racing, with trainers Kim Bailey, Richard Phillips and Fergal O'Brien along with columnist and former Racing Post Editor, Bruce Millington. Tickets are £15 for a tiered seat, £30 for a table seat or £300 for a table of ten.

Cheltenham Ladies' College, wellchild.org.uk/events/festival-focus-2020


- Equestrian and Cotswold Landscapes

March 6-18

An exhibition of equestrian paintings by Cheltenham-based artist Tim Turton, to coincide with The Festival. Facebook: art.tim turton

The Dove Gallery, High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5HT, art-timturton.blogspot.com


- Healing the Nation

Saturday, March 7

Andy Parsons is back on the road, two years since his last tour Peak Bullsh*t, and is on a mission to mend the myriad divisions this country faces.

Sundial Theatre, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 1XA, tel: 01285 654228, sundial-theatre.co.uk


- Twilight

March 7-28

A thought-provoking show of large-scale lino-cut prints by Ade Adesina, including collaborations with other acclaimed artists such as June Carey and David Mach.

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, 40-41 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL, tel: 01865 515 123 www.wisegal.com


- Lightly touching the earth back

March 7-April 18

An exhibition of maquettes by Eilis O'Connell, Ireland's pre-eminent sculptor, who draws inspiration from a wide range of sources: natural or man-made, including archaeology, architecture, plants and things she collects while travelling.

Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, GL6 8NT, tel: 01453 889765, gallery-pangolin.com


- Stroud Film Festival

March 8-28

Now in its sixth year, the festival aims to appeal to an even wider range of film tastes, offering a varied programme of films and film events - from award-winning recent features and classic movies through to skateboarding films and films with a distinct Stroud flavour.



- Jon Boden

Tuesday, March 10, 7.45pm

The ex-Bellowhead musician has been described as "One of the most successful UK folk musicians of his generation." Tickets: £21.50.

Chipping Norton Theatre, 2 Spring Street, OX7 5NL, tel: 01608 642350


- Britain's Ancient Forest - Legacy and Lore

Tuesday, March 10, 7-8pm

Throughout this beautifully illustrated talk, Julian Hight will explore the story of Britain's ancient forest told through its remaining trees and surviving customs. The talk will be accompanied by some specially written forest music spanning the seasons. £5.

Bristol Zoo Gardens, tel: 0117 9030609, bristolzoo.org.uk


- Interior Design Course

Wednesday, March 11, 9.30am-4.30pm

A one-day course led by Helen Bainbridge Interior Design, to include refreshments, lunch, a comprehensive handbook and goody bag to take home.

The Tower Barn, Broadway, WR12 7LB, helenbainbridge.co.uk


- Winchcombeshire, the Forgotten County

Thursday, March 12, 7pm

It appeared over a thousand years ago, and then disappeared again - a fully fledged shire based on Winchcombe! Tim Porter recounts the fascinating story that tells us a great deal about local life in troubled times and casts a long shadow which can still be traced today. Admission: £10, to include a glass of wine or soft drink.

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway, WR12 7DP, tel: 01386 859047, broadwaymuseum.org.uk


- Swines

Saturday, March 14

Ireland's top sketch trio Foil Arms and Hog are back on tour. With over 62 million YouTube hits and 341,000 subscribers, the group are best known for their online sketches… but it's the live show where they really shine.

New Theatre, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AG, tel: 0844 871 3020, atgtickets.com


- Bach Mass in B Minor

Saturday, March 14, 7pm

A performance by Stroud Choral Society with the Bristol Ensemble, conducted by Huw Williams and featuring organist Simon Bell, soprano Kirsty Hopkins, mezzo-soprano Rachel Cox, tenor Sam Dressel, and bass Philip Tebb. Tickets £20, under 18s free, from Cirencester Visitor Information Centre on 01285 886353, via the box office on 01453 796880 / www.thesubrooms.co.uk or on the door.

Parish Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester, GL7 2NX


- Tree Festival

Sunday, March 15

In collaboration with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, this is a chance for children to discover why trees are so important to the planet through exciting activities.

Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, sudeleycastle.co.uk


- The Secret Lives of Early Printed Books

Monday, March 16, 2-4pm

Discover some of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's most important books and how previous owners marked their ownership, before enjoying a cream tea.

The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, tel: 01789 204016, shakespeare.org.uk


- Sarah and Duck's Big Top Birthday

March 17 & 18

The enchanting world of the CBeebies' hit animated series comes to life on stage as part of a brand-new UK Tour.

The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NL, tel: 01608 642350, chippingnortontheatre.com


- An Evening of Art and Jazz

Friday, March 20, 5.30-8.30pm

Featuring music from jazz vocalist and saxophonist Kim Cypher, with works by artists Jane Ware and Sue Jolley. The exhibition continues until March 26 (open daily 10am-5pm; 10am-1pm Thursday. All welcome to both the evening event and the week-long exhibition.

Dove Gallery, 6 High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5HT. Visit janewareart.com and kimcypher.co.uk


- Mother's Day Weekend

March 21-22

Treat mum like a queen with a special day out, and maybe even enhance your visit by pre-booking a special afternoon tea.

Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, sudeleycastle.co.uk


- Feast of Fiddles

Wednesday, March 25, 7.30pm

A group of friends, including Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span) and Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), present a show of huge dynamic range, performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun.

Roses Theatre, Sun St. Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX, tel: 01684 295074, feastoffiddles.co.uk


- Question of Sport Charity Quiz and Dinner

Thursday, March 26

At this brand new sporting quiz, the winners will be presented with a trophy by one of the most iconic English sportsmen of all time, Sir Geoff Hurst MBE. There will also be a Q&A with the football legend during 'half time', and he'll be joined by some of Gloucester Rugby Club's first team squad. Prices for teams of ten are £750, and teams of five £400, raising funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Gloucester Rugby Club. Call 01242 246162 or email leckhampton.events@sueryder.org


- Museum and Behind the Scenes Tour

Thursday, March 26, 2-3.30pm

This tour will give you a unique view of both the public and private areas of the Museum of Gloucester, while delving into the history of the building and its collections. Booking is essential. Prices: £10/£8 concessions

Museum of Gloucester, tel: 01452 396131, gloucesterticketshop.co.uk


- The Life and Times of Dire Straits: John Illsley

Thursday, March 26

Founder member of Dire Straits, John Illsley shares some of his history and music in this entertaining and unique night out.

Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX, tel: 01684 295074, rosestheatre.org


- Four Hands One Piano

Saturday, March 28, 7pm

The hands belong to Antoinette and Claire Cann, brilliant twin sister pianists

who will perform well-loved classics in glorious Northleach Church.



- Lucy Worsley

Saturday, March 28, 2-3pm

In a special collaboration with Bath's Historic Venues, historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley will be giving a special talk about her new book, The Austen Girls. This event is part of a new not-for-profit year-round series of children's book events, called Wonder. Age 11+. Tickets £8.

The Assembly Rooms, Bath, bathvenues.co.uk and eventsofwonder.com


- Spring Open Day

Saturday, March 28, 11am-4pm

The opportunity to see, feel and experience Umberslade's marquees first hand and explore how they can provide the perfect backdrop to your celebrations, plus there will be a line-up of wedding suppliers to chat to about your ideas for your big day.

Umberslade Farm Park, Butts Lane, Tanworth in Arden, B94 5AE


- Candlelit Concert

Sunday, March 29, 6pm

A performance of poetry and Western medieval plainchant performed by Schola Nova Silvana. Wine and nibbles will be served after the concert. Tickets are £10 from Elkstone PCC or on the door.

Elkstone Church, scholanovasilvana.org.uk


- Gloucester Brew Week

March 30-April 5

Celebrating all things that are brewed, from a nice cup of tea to a cold ale, and everything in between!



- Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

March 31, 7.30pm

In a joyous reimagining of the classic PG Wodehouse characters, three actors hurl themselves from role to role as they race to tell the story of Bertie's own farcical adventures. Tickets: £14.50-£20.

The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX, tel: 01684 295074, rosestheatre.org


Contact Candia.McKormack@archant.co.uk to let us know about events happening in and around the Cotswolds.

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