What’s on September guide – updated!
Strap in and don the stilettos, we've got a scintillating September line up of fun for you. Find your happy place this month with our curated pick of 18 brilliant things going on near you.
Let’s go! …
The Hooley, Giffords Circus, 27 September – 8 October, Fennels Farm, Stroud.
It’s the show that needs no introduction – book in for an experience like no other at this vintage thrill-a-minute village-green circus. The Hooley features death-defying, breathtaking stunts, pixies, faeries and a lot of laughter. Grab one of the last remaining tickets for the show before its season ends for both the circus and Circus Sauce the fantastic on-site restaurant. Availability currently on 27, 28, 30 September, then 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 October. Find tickets here.
Yogabellies Luxury Womens Yoga & Pamper Evening Bennetts Willow Barn, Malvern Road, Worcester, Sept 30
Head down to this brilliant new cafe and events venue near Worcester from 6pm till 10pm for an evening of sheer pampering and a spot of yoga with Claire from Claire Thomas Temple Spa. Sounds like just what the doctor ordered. The evening will include a slumber facial, a goodie bag and delicious sharing platters. Tickets cost £64.
David Copperfield, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, from 28 September
See this terrific theatrical roller-coaster of a show at the award-winning Barn Theatre. A rite-of-passage story of a young man full of hope, learning about life from an eccentric cast of characters on his journey into adulthood. This new dramatisation by Simon Reade (Private Peaceful) is a must-see.
Tetbury Music Festival, South Cotswolds, 30 Sept – 03 October
Enjoy some world-class live classical music in Tetbury and Minchinhampton. A line up of some of the finest musicians is coming to the South Cotswolds in this annual series of stunning concerts and insightful lectures. Catch Heath and Eusebius Quartets, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, following his acclaimed festival debut in 2019; and Elizabeth Kenny and her Theatre of the Ayre, presenting a compelling evening of English and Italian baroque music plus outstanding singers Carolyn Sampson and Tim Mead perform some of Handel’s finest duets in a special Gala concert.
Blenheim Palace Autumn Show, Blenheim Palace, 1 – 3 October
New for this year celebrate Harvest with at Blenheim with a food market, dragon maze trail, live music, family games, entertainment and more. There’ll be market stalls showcasing locally produced food, crafts and gifts. Tastings, demonstrations and workshops, foraging and walks to explore the grounds before feasting at the Michaelmas Food Market. A great family-fun packed visit.
Daylesford Book Club, Daylesford Farm, Cotswolds, 29 Sept
Love books? Get down to this brilliant regular event. On every last Wednesday of the month Daylesford hosts the Daylesford book club. Join fellow page turners between 10-11am and enjoy a morning of discussion and great coffee. The chosen book will be announced nearer the time, so stay tuned. Books to be discussed are chosen by the Daylesford team with the Borzoi Bookshop in Stow-On-The-Wold and Borzoi is offering a 10% discount on book club purchases to book club members.
BOOK AHEAD – get in early with these and book now!
Cheltenham Literary Festival, Cheltenham, 8 – 17 October
The world’s foremost writers, thinkers and performers are coming to the Cheltenham Literary Festival and it’s going to be a corker this year. The line up reads like a stellar who’s who, here’s just a taster. Catch Joan Collins, Robert Webb, Mel Giedroyc, Dawn French and Miles Jupp having conversations about turning their hand from comedy writing to fiction and Marian Keyes discussing her latest novel. Crime aficionados will be treated to a killer line-up featuring Pointless star turned phenomenally bestselling novelist Richard Osman, the masterful Mark Billingham, and multi-million copy selling author of The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins on her new novel A Slow Fire Burning. Bringing the laughs will be Jack Dee, Katherine Ryan offering some intimate observations of life; Phil Wang, Josh Widdicombe, Julian Clary and Michael and Hilary Whitehall. So much to see. Booking for the Literature Festival opens to Cheltenham Festivals Members on Friday 3 September and general booking opens on Friday 10 September.
Dog Swim, Sandford Park Lido, 9 – 10 October
Never been to the annual Sandford Park Lido dog swim? It’s an experience not to be missed. Jump into the water with your best buddy at this super fun event which marks the end of the lido season. Tickets cost £14 and you’ll get an hour having a brilliant time in the pool with your pooch. Book ahead it’s a popular one.
Michael McIntyre: Work in Progress, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (book ahead)
You’ve seen him on TV now see him up close and personal, testing out brand new hilarious material on an audience at the Everyman in Cheltenham. Appearing for two nights, book tickets before they get snapped up.
Sorry! You missed these better luck next time …
Sunday Jazz Lunch, Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud, Sunday 12 Sept
Chow down on an amazing roasty Sunday lunch and be serenaded at the same time by live Jazz music from a brilliant local band. This gorgeous hotel recently won Muddy’s Best Boutique Hotel 2021 so we can guarantee it’s worth the trip out. Enjoy the beautiful views and dine out on the new terrace – complete with firepits and fleeces overlooking the idyllic grounds and Golden Valley. Ticket price is £6 per person with food and drink on top.
Living Your Best Life Fair, Subscriptions Rooms, Stroud, 12 September
Get down to the Sub Rooms in Stroud for a browse around this great lifestyle fair. Entry is free (whoop), and there will be free tasters and tons of stands showcasing a range of delights from health and beauty to food and gifts. Book your free tickets here.
Outdoor Cinema, Berkeley Castle, Glos, 10 September
Bring your wingman to Berkeley Castle for an open-air screening of Top Gun, when The Lost Cinema returns on Friday 10 September 2021. It’ll be an evening of ‘80s nostalgia and high-flying action, watching Tom Cruise zoom through the air as Maverick. You can bring your own blankets and chairs to sit on, or there’s the option of paying extra to get a front row seat provided. And don’t forget those all-important movie snacks, with audiences welcome to bring their own food and alcoholic drinks to enjoy.
Cheltenham Beer Week, various venues in Cheltenham, 30 August to 05 September
Hop and skip down to this celebration of beer taking place at venues including Brewhouse and Kitchen, Favourite Beers, The Plough, The Hewlett Arms, and Fire Station – with a week-long beer-up at some of the county’s best venues. There’ll be limited edition ales to try exclusively for the week for Cheltenham beer fanatics too with all profits going to The National Star College in Ullenwood who provide education and support for young people with complex disabilities.
Sourdough Masterclass, The Artisan Baker, Stroud, 19th September and 10th October.
In this brand new workshop led by Sourdough expert Julia Stitt you will learn how to master your own amazing sourdough creations. Learn how to mix, stretch, fold and shape it, and take it home a banneton (provided) to bake the next day. You’ll also make sourdough chocolate chip cookies and sourdough crackers. Expert bread crafter Julia will talk you through the different types of flour and how to mix in additions like seeds or olives. Then for lunch (included) make sourdough pizza with salad. Sounds delicious, starts at 10am and lasts 4 – 5 hours, cost £135 per person.
Cirencester Dog Fest, 18th-19th September, Bathurst Estate, Cirencester
The beautiful Bathurst Estate is the host for this paw-fect event. Coo at the puppy arena, get advice from industry experts, take part in adventurous and exciting have-a-go activities, shop fantastic dog products and watch phenomenal arena displays.
John Bishop: Warm Up, Cheltenham Town Hall, 08 September & Russell Brand: 33, 23 September.
Comedy superstar John Bishop brings his hilarious form of comedy and Liverpudlian drawl to Cheltenham with his eighth roadshow. It promises to be an absolute riot. Tickets from £37. Or, book in to see Russell Brand: 33
Russell Brand doing stand-up on the strangeness of the last 18 months can only be one very entertaining night. What have we learned and not learned? And how do you ‘get back to normal’ if you’ve never been normal? Find out at this gig, tickets from £33.
Daylesford Harvest Festival, Near Kingham, Glos, 18 September.
The first large event at Daylesford for nearly two years, is going to be a special day indeed. At this family festival The Market Garden will be transformed with Airstreams, fully stocked bars and long banquet tables for feasting with Asado-style fire pits so you can enjoy mouth-watering, flame-cooked food. The Trough and Legbar areas will fire up traditional barbecues while chefs at The Old Spot will be making fresh pizzas to take away. Enjoy cooking demos from Daylesford Cookery School, special guests such as racehorse trainer, newspaper columnist and former jockey Charlie Brooks with Beanstalk the miniature Shetland pony. There’ll also be a doggy show and competition (waggiest tail anyone) and a Harvest Festival Competition Tent and loads of artisan crafts to browse and buy. Sounds like a whole heap of organic fun.
Sunday Market, The Suffolks, Cheltenham, 26th September
The Suffolks Market is reclaiming the streets for five Sundays in 2021 and it’s a brilliant place to visit. The market is carefully curated, featuring arts & crafts, designers & makers, vintage and food and drink. The emphasis is on local and all stall holders are independent. There’s live entertainment, food, and loads to browse and buy, the market spreads from Montpellier Terrace – along Suffolk Parade to Suffolk Road – then into Great Norwood Street. Catch it from 11 – 4pm and also on Sunday 31st October and Sunday 28th November, Christmas Market.
Vegan Market, Worcester, Sat 25 September
Get your fill of vegan delights at this event in Cathedral Square, right in the centre of the city, for the first time in 2021. The event will feature up to 50 stalls including a huge variety of vegan fast food, healthy eats, artisan savouries, sweet bakes, craft cheeses, handmade cosmetics, ethical clothing & jewellery, arts & crafts, plastic-free, and charity stalls. All created by a handpicked selection of talented, ethical and sustainable businesses. From 10.30am to 4pm.
Malvern Autumn Show, 26 – 28 September, Three Counties Ground, Malvern
Embrace your inner autumnal goddess at this all-things-autumn show. Now back for a fantastic 3-day event, you’ll find gorgeous artisan stalls, lifestyle makers and designers, shopping, flowers, gardening, food and drink, entertainment and much more. Plus special guests – soon to be announced. Book now (and win a Family Ticket and Gin Hamper here.)
Burford Lterary Festival, 23 – 27 September
Love a good read? Head to historic Burford for a new and exciting literary event this autumn. The new booky fest will showcase over 40 authors who will talk about their work during a series of presentations,
informal chats and workshops. Earlybird tickets are available for just £5 per person per author event, with special events and workshops priced individually.