What’s On in September
It's loud, it's louche, and it's loaded with the hottest tickets in town ... here's your insider guide to what to see and do across Glos, Worcs and beyond this month. From alfresco theatre to aerial acro classes - book some fun pronto.
COMEDY The Handlebards – Romeo and Juliet, Painswick Rococo Garden, Weds 9 Sept
The Handlebards are returning to Painswick! Their story? Three HandleBards cooped up during lockdown and fuelled by cabin fever and a bookshelf full of Shakespeare, have created an unhinged and rather bonkers, laugh-out-loud version of Romeo & Juliet. With music, mayhem and more costume changes than you can shake a spear at, expect irreverent and hilarious entertainment at Painswick Rococo Garden. Pack a picnic, chairs and blankets and get ready for some socially-distanced, live and wired Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before. The show is 90 minutes long and begins at 7pm.
GRAFFITI Cheltenham Paint Festival, Sat 5 – Sun 6 Sept, Cheltenham town centre
Wander around the funkiest street art in the world at the brilliant Cheltenham Paint Festival. Around 80 street artists from all over the globe will be painting live at sites across the town. Headliners this year include Jody, Snik, Lucas Antics, Dotmasters, Trust Icon, Dank, Inkie and more. See them work their magic at locations across Cheltenham from 9am to 5.30pm on both days. Check out the website for more details but locations are expected to include Honeybourne Line bridges and tunnels and Northplace car park.
ART Of Earth And Sky Exhibition, Gloucester, throughout September
Prime your trainers and go seek out these major new large-scale art installations by internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram. Of Earth and Sky features pieces across 20 locations across Gloucester showcasing words and poetry from Glos residents in supersized – and many cases touchable – installations. See if you can track down all of them, many being at great heritage sites you can mosey around too.
SUPERCARS Salon Privé Ladies’ Day and Festival, Blenheim Palace, Weds 23 – Sat 26 Sept
The world’s rarest classic cars and speediest supercars are pulling up to the bumper baby at stunning Blenheim Palace for this year’s annual Salon Privé festival. With safeguards in places like social distancing, multiple food and drink points and temperature testing upon arrival it’ll feel super safe. Pick out your next set of wheels (or drool over everyone else’s) there’ll also be boats and helicopters on show at this glam day out. Go for Ladies’ Day on the 24th and book yourself a special picnic hamper for a treat – the luxury ones (£100) feature a take-home picnic blanket and Pommery Champagne. There are also wine waiters on hand to top up Champagne flutes and drinks throughout the day. Designate your driver and book pronto.
SHOPPING Five Valleys, Stroud, throughout September
Leave a wide space in your diary for late September because the fabulous, newly-madeover Five Valleys Shopping Centre in Stroud sees more exciting launches. Brilliant baker Ori Hellerstein, author of The Artisan Baker and regular at the Stroud Farmers’ Market, will be opening a brand new stall in the Five Valleys Spitalifield-esque street food market. We’ll be queueing up for his divine sourdough bread and pastries from 24 September. Watch out for other exciting openings from Pershore Seafood, Xocoatl and Waghorn Butchers too. And, on 13 September keep your eyes peeled for a whole jamboree of great events going on at the market to celebrate National Gluten-Free Day.
ALPACA WALKING Tibbiwell Alpacas, Painswick
Fancy something a bit different to your average humdrum walk? Tibbiwell Alpacas are taking bookings right now if you want to walk an alpaca around the pretty village of Painswick. Head out with Dumbledore, Stanley or Apollo – a fabulously quirky and 100% family-friendly experience.
SOCIALLY DISTANCED THEATRE, Wizard of Oz, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 11 – Sat 12 Sept
It’s the first socially distanced foray for the brilliant Everyman Theatre – taking place in the grand main theatre but with loads of super-safe spacing in place. The theatre’s teamed up with Glos-based Ian Kennedy Productions and it’s a brand new comedy for the entire family, based on L Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Described as ‘delightfully daft’ in its Brighton review, it’s just what we all need right now! Follow the yellow brick link to book tickets now.
CINEMA UNDER THE STARS Rocketman, The Elms Hotel, Abberley, Worcs, 03 September
The luxurious Elms Hotel and Spa in Abberley is the backdrop for some alfresco cinema at a special socially distanced showing of Rocketman. There’ll be BBQ food, cinema snacks and a Gin Bar at the venue and The Elms is also offering alfresco dining or in the Badger Bar and Grill. Make your reservation on the hotel website, and book your cinema tickets here.
Packed with laughs, drama and non stop melody the Barn’s latest alfresco theatre offering at Ingleside House’s outdoor space is a top night out. The team behind the 2018 Just So hit presents the music of John Kander and lyrics of Fred Ebb from their hits Chicago, Cabaret and Kiss of a Spiderwoman. On until 05 Sept. And BREAKING NEWS, The Barn has just announced its first live indoor performances since lockdown (hurrar) of Michael Morpurgo’s modern classic Private Peaceful from 10 -27 September.
WATER FUN The Severn Bore Spectacle, Severn Bore, Glos, 18 – 19 September
Who knew one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena can be spotted right here in Glos. A large surge wave can be witnessed in the estuary of the River Severn, this year due to natural tidal cycles, this must see event will reach heights of over 9.5m on a few dates this month – the highest dates thought to be the 18 and 19 September. The Severn Bore can best be seen on the northern side of the river Severn, first at Newnham on Severn (The White Hart Inn at Broadoak), then at the Severn Bore Inn, Minsterworth Church, Stonebench, Over bridge and finally at Maisemore Bridge. Grab your surfboard and go go go!
Get a sunflower fix at the brilliant Cotswold Farm Park this month. Along with all the other activities you can do here this seasonal floral pop up is included in the price of your booking (do make sure to pre book tickets).
CIRCUS FITNESS & SKILLS, School of Larks, Stroud & Nailsworth, 7 and 8 Sept
Fancy a go at Circus Fitness or trying your hand at Aerial Skills for Beginners? The quirky School of Larks is holding workshops in September to get handy with those balls or unleash that inner trapeze artist. Run by a team of professional performers, classes are for kids and adults (from aged 7 upwards). Book your place here.
WALKS Lygon Arms Walking Tours, Broadway, Worcs
The Lygon Arms in Broadway is the perfect place to anchor a weekend walk. Pop in and pick up one of their handy walking maps at reception and away you go. Routes include the Broadway Tower Country Park (that’s 50 acres of parkland to wander) Broadway to Snowshill and The Cotswold Way. Imagine the triumph of that first sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon your return. And if you stay over you can book a guided tour, full of history and beautiful scenery, choose between two routes – Tower Walk and a Village Tour. Both take approximately four hours. Call 01386 852255 or email: email@example.com.
TALKS Gypsy Caravans, Hartlebury Castle, Worcs, 17 Sept
We LOVE a brightly coloured traditional gypsy caravan. If’ they’ve always intrigued you, take a closer look at the beautiful and nationally significant Gypsy caravan collection at Hartlebury Castle in the Curator’s Talk. Find out about new conservation work and research in thie fascinating hour long session. £4 per person. Can we ride off in one now? To book contact Hartlebury or call 01299 250416.
ALFRESCO THEATRE Shakespeare in the Garden, Bristol, 1 Sept – 30 Oct.
Soak up the bard with a beer on demand, with the brilliant new ‘Shakespeare in a Pub’ garden series at Fuller’s Pubs. With 21 shows throughout the month across 15 different Fuller’s pubs from Bristol on 20 Sept to Greenwich, there’s plenty of shows to choose from. All the fun takes place in the pubs’ spacious gardens so experience Shakespeare as it was intended – informal, raucous and in a lovely open garden with a drink in hand.
BURLESQUE Gin House Burlesque Revue, The King’s Head, London, Fri 18 Sept to Fri 18 Dec.
Fancy an evening of daring debauchery, sexy circus acts and vaudeville delights? Then you’ll love this one. Join internationally renowned performers Miss Betsy Rose (London’s vintage burlesque queen) Missy Fatale (fire eating and snake charming vixen) and more for an evening of pure escapism. Now in its fifth year of residency at the King’s Head pub these nights sell out faster than a twirling tassel so get on it pronto. Tickets from £40.
CULTURE Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution, British Museum, London, 24 Sept 2020 – 24 Jan 2021
All hail divine feminine energy! This seductive and spiritual exhibition explores the radical force of tantra which has transformed the religious, cultural and political landscape of India and beyond. Find out all about the rise of goddess worship around the world, and see an extraordinary showcase of objects from India, Nepal, Tibet, Japan and the UK, from the seventh century AD to the present from sculpture and paintings to fascinating ritual objects.
ART Andy Warhol Exhibition, Tate London, re-open now until 15 November
Step into the Tate Modern for a pop art treat. A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar, the exhibition has extended opening hours from 4 September, every Friday and Saturday until 10pm. Book your timed ticket online before visiting, tickets cost £22 and are free to members. There’s a one-way system to guide you around safely, this major retrospective is the first Warhol show at the tate modern for almost 20 years.
MUSIC Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, Design Museum, London, until 14 February 2021
Lose yourself in a club somewhere in the mid 90s at this brilliant exhibition on how electronic music ‘rewired’ the world. Book ahead as this one’s proving popular, and make sure to bring your own wired headphones for the multimedia exhibits. Be warned, it contains strobes and flashing lights, and the age guide is 12+. Glow sticks optional (but totally recommended).