What’s On January
Start 2022 with a bang with 25 brilliant things to do across Glos & Worcs. From heated sunrise yoga classes to family-friendly festivals and Veganuary ideas; whip that diary out and scribble in some fun.
Ready to have some fun? We’ve rounded up some great stuff for January, find your fun from this lovely lot.
Hairspray, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 17 – 29 January
The international musical phenomenon returns to the Everyman Theatre. After breaking box office records and delighting audiences in the West-End, on Broadway and on the big screen since 1988, this smash hit musical-comedy has quite the legacy, so if you want a night of soul-lifting hits and raucous laughter to lift the Jan blues, book this 60s extravaganza pronto.
Rigoletto, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 29 January
Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with leading maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium.
Yoga Classes, Bamford Wellness Spa, Cotswolds, throughout January and beyond
Eaten too many mince pies? We hear you. Give your January health kick a rocket with an expert, zen-like yoga class at Bamford Spa. There are 10 different styles to choose from here from aerial Yoga with ropes to Hot Yoga,. 60 minute classes cost £18 and 90 minute classes £25. Plus, book 6 & only pay for 5.
Wild Winter Weekend, Slimbridge, Glos
Embrace the frosty air and walk off the carbs at this weekend of fantastic activities. Try out Birding for Beginners (£18 including a breakfast roll in the Kingfisher Kitchen), a Winter Wader Workshop (£5) where you’ll join an expert guide to identify wildlife or the Winter Wild Bird Feed (free) which you can just turn up to and and watch the wardens feeding thousands of beautiful Berwick swans.
Plaster Cast Workshop, Pittville Pump Room, 30 Jan, Cheltenham
Set underneath the celebrated plasterwork decorated domed ceiling of Pittville Pump Room, sculptor Neil Wood will take the day-long workshop through the process of making simple casts in plaster from clay designs.Over five hours, you will create your own designs by pressing objects and textures into clay, and then create a simple mould, followed by a plaster cast of your relief. You will then be able to colour your casts, and then admire the results of your creativity, before enjoying afternoon tea. Price is £65 and includes afternoon tea.
Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It, Cheltenham Town Hall, 27 January
We’ve all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don’t worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered. Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the ‘Taskmaster’ survivor, multi-award-winner and “No More Jockeys” cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we’ll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.
Cool classs, 15th – 29th January, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Spend the day exploring a variety of drawing techniques and become a portrait artist! This enjoyable and informative workshop will involve working directly from a model. The drawing techniques taught will focus on form, proportion and experimentation. Suitable for all levels of experience, it costs £95 and all tools are included. Fancy something else? Try these workshops, Make your own Necklace (22 January), Indian Block Printing (15 January, £55) or Intro to Lino Printing (29 Jan
Plus from 29 Jan – 02 April see a brand new exhibition for free – Shoes Have Names.
Shelter has joined forces with conceptual fashion designer Jo Cope for this fabulous Shoes Have Names exhibition. The show features a collection of handmade artworks inspired by the personal experiences of real people facing homelessness. Ten international artists, shoemakers and designers were paired up with a person that Shelter has helped through its frontline services. From shoes made out of an old sofa, to 3D printed shoes! Head over for this brilliant, free and fascinating exhibition.
Vegan Treats Baking Workshop, Cotswold Baking Workshop, 09 January
Take the kids (or just yourself!) off to this decadent baking workshop hosted by the talented and super-friendly Susie Whitfield. Spot on for Veganuary! You’ll be making decadent mini chocolate cakes with various toppings including vegan buttercream and ganache, churros in cinnamon sugar with chocolate dipping sauce, and indulgent truffles. And when you’ve had your fill book in for Marvellous Macaroons, Pastel de Nata and Delectable Doughnuts (23 Jan).
E-Bike Adventure, Broadway Tower, Worcs
The iconic Broadway Tower is a great place to get out and blow away the carb-webs. Take a ride around the hill with some breathtaking views with a bike or e-bike which you can hire here then head into the Morris & Brown Cafe for a delicious warming hot chocolate. Open for hire from 1am to 4pm daily (check ahead or book online).
Meditation, Heated Sunrise Yoga & Pilates, Ella & Fleur, Cheltenham, from 02 January
This hip and holistic studio in the heart of Cheltenham is just the ticket to kick of a rejuvenated January. There are a myriad of brilliant classes from Heated Sunrise Yoga to Meditation Yoga, the cool sounding Aroma Flow and beyond. Plus there’s a great offer on at the moment of just £35 for 30 days of classes.
Thai Supper Club, Daylesford Farm, 29 January
Stave off the winter blues with this authentic Thai supper club. Hosted by resident Thai chef Kuttiya Nimcean over the course of three hours you’ll be taken on a culinary journey discovering different flavours and textures. The mouthwatering menu is the perfect antidote for a cold winter’s evening. The menu will be confirmed nearer the time of the supper club. Cost is £55 per person and includes a drink on arrival and a 3-course supper.
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Cocklebarrow Races, Cheltenham, 23 January
Go to this annual steeplechase fixture in the racing calendar. A family-fun day out with entertainment for the whole tribe, there’s a huge heated marquee to enjoy the races from, stalls to browse, the Tough Farmer Challenge, terrier racing and more.
The Story of Guitar Heroes, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 22 Jan
Tale a time travel through the 1950’s with Chuck Berry and Hank Marvin from The Shadows, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, through to Brian May. The show it a rollercoaster of guitar fun, presented by guitar virtuoso Phil Walker and over 30 guitars on stage to recreate the sound of each guitar hero! Bit of a spectacular for any rock nuts out there.
Winter Trail for Kids, Corinium Museum, Cirencester, until 28 Feb
To celebrate the arrival of Rusty the Iron Age dog at the museum it has partnered with comedian and author Ben Miller for a trail around the museum based on his new book ‘How I became a Dog called Midnight’. Look out for Midnight as he explores the galleries and meets other dogs and creatures from the collections. The trail encourages younger children to use their observational skills while older children can discover some of the story.
Katherine Ryan: Missus, Cheltenham Town Hall, 21 January
Creator and Star of Netflix smash hit The Duchess, comedian and TV’s Katherine Ryan makes a hugely welcome return to the stage with her brand-new live show, Missus. Having previously denounced partnership, Katherine has since married her first love, accidentally. A lot has changed for everyone and we can look forward to hearing Katherine Ryan’s hilarious new perspectives on life, love, and what it means to be Missus.
Wedding Show, Guildhall, Worcester, 16 January
The Guildhall Worcester Wedding Show brings together the finest wedding suppliers in the industry for a full day of wedding planning and inspiration. Book, hire, try and buy everything you need while gathering inspiration, exclusive shows discounts and tempting treats. Free entry and goody bags!
Photographic Night Walk Around Cheltenham, 15 January, Cheltenham
Take a walk with photographer Jussara Nazaré who will encourage you to find unconventional angles and look at the town in a different way, finding unusual in the everyday. The two-hour walk starts and finishes at the Garden Bar orangery and tickets include a hot drink at the end of the session. Bring a camera or just turn up with your phone, the night walk is suitable for everyone aged over 18 and of all abilities. Cost: £12.95, starts at 6pm.
Winter off-road bike ride, Wild Carrot, Chavenage near Tetbury, Sunday 16 January
Join the Wild Carot team for the first social ride of 2022. There will be two options with a 25km route and 50km route. These routes will be suitable for both mountain bikes and gravel bikes. Both rides will start and finish at Wild Carrot at Chavenage. Grab a delicious slice of cake and coffee at the cafe afterwards. Explore new routes, meet new people on this fun, Sunday morning ride.
New Year’s Day Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse, 01 Jan
Start 2022 in style at Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day racing. There’s free family fun at the race track to enjoy along with great food and live music from the Bootleg Beatles, including the Family Fun Zone and even better, under 18s get free entry too.
Christmas Ice Rink, Cheltenham, 18 Nov – 2 Jan
An ice-skating wonderland is coming to the heart of Regency Cheltenham – whoop! The pop up rink will be located in Imperial Gardens, against the pretty backdrop of the Queen’s Hotel. It will also have an all-weather roof and 20 funky penguin skate aids available to hire (£5). Each skate session lasts 45 minutes with family tickets available for £32.
Beauty and the Beast, Swan Theatre, Worcester, 30 Nov – 02 Jan
Join the Worcester Repertory Company for a tale as old as time in this spellbinding family pantomime, Beauty and the Beast! A curse is cast on the Prince, causing him to be trapped in a magical castle as a Beast unless he can find love. Belle, an intelligent, confident and beautiful young woman, comes into the Beast’s life offering a chance for the curse to be lifted – but can she see past his beastly exterior and find the true person inside? Packed full of panto treats galore, don’t miss this all-singing, all-dancing spectacular!
The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, 16 Nov – 02 Jan
Now for something slightly different! In this new adaptation of the Brothers’ Grimm classic Wilhelm and Jakob are the ultimate odd couple. They are the Brothers Grimm. It’s late and the brothers are arguing. A young girl appears, Cinderella and we are launched into a tale of kindness, cruelty, music and magic, slippers, pumpkins and wolves. Blending song, illusion and puppetry this production will be Cinderella as you’ve always known it but never seen before. This is Christmas theatre Barn style.
Winter Glow, Malvern, Three Counties Showground, Nov 12 to 02 Jan
Wrap up warm and prepare to be spellbound – Winter Glow is coming back from Nov 12 to 02 Jan and it looks set to be pretty spectacular. As well as a dazzling outdoor illuminations trail, made from thousands of twinkling Christmas lights there’s a huge covered ice rink, a giant 120ft observation wheel to ride on, personalised santa experiences and fabulous food quarter to explore.
The Nutcracker Light Trail & Christmas Market, Blenheim Palace, 19 Nov – 02 Jan
Expect over a million lights and lasers at this epic Light Trail and Show. There are glittering tunnels of light to explore, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like sparkles. Oooo at the fire garden, gaze up at the larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way – all with a gorgeously festive Nutcracker theme. Head to the artisan food market for some spiced winter warmers and browse the stalls of lovely Christmas gifts. Tickets range from £16 for children to £22 for adults.
See a panto! (oh yes you will)
Jack and the Beanstalk, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 26 Nov – 6 Jan
Starring everyone’s total fave Tweedy the Clown and Darius (him from TV) this promises to be a laugh-a-minute comedy adventure packed with songs, laughs and dazzling special effects.
Open Air Ice Rink, Gloucester, 24 Nov – 3 Jan
This popular ice rink returns to Orchard Square in Gloucester Quays for 2021 promising to put some proper festive cheer into the heart of the city. There’s a great alfresco bar with twinkly fairy lights for that all important hot choc after your skate (or stronger!) and it’s set against the backdrop of the historic docks, tickets will be on sale very soon so keep your eyes peeled and your skates primed.
Winter Glow, Malvern, Worcs, 12 Nov – 9 Jan
Whizz around on one of the region’s largest covered real ice rinks. Take a break from the light trail and big wheel and glide around on a 45 minute skate session. Visit on certain dates (see website for details) for live music, a DJ and family friendly Ice Princess Parties. Once you’re done stagger into the Ice Café for a warming lunch or cup of steaming hot chocolate.
Bath on Ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Fri 12 Nov – Mon 3 Jan
A thousand square metres of smooth ice in the lush surroundings of Bath’s Royal Victoria Park in the centre of the city. Nosh on wood-fired pizzas, gourmet hot dogs, loaded fries and churros, washed down with hot choc and mulled wine in the Moguls Alpine Bar. Play a game of a glow-in-the-dark golf by fairylight at Glow Golf next door.