What’s On November
Where to go for fun in Glos and Worcs this month? How about one of these 28 brilliant ideas. From Christmas wreath workshops to pop-up rinks, pantos and light trails ... all the best things to do in one fabulous bundle.
Let’s go …
Do a light trail
Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, 26 Nov – 30 Dec
Explore this magical after-dark experience, now in its 6th year it’s always a treat. Follow the illuminated trail around the beautiful castle grounds, all set to music, plus new and exciting for 2021 see the Light Curve and flickering Flames of the Queen’s Garden. Then go warm up with spiced mulled wine, hot chocolate, food and doughnuts from the Castle Terrace. Book by 25 November and get 10% off tickets.
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.
Tom Seals Piano Man, Ingleside House, Cirencester, 19 – 20 November
Fresh from his sell-out tour, Tom Seals live piano show at this brilliant and cool Ciren venue must be seen! A Ronnie Scotts’ performer, his excellent improvisation skills and distinctive voice have left audiences worldwide hailing him as the UK’s finest blues pianist come vocalist. Enjoy an incredible meal from teatro restaurant whilst you watch too.
See a panto! (oh yes you will)
The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, 16 Nov – 02 Jan
Running until 02 Jan, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some magic and laughter and this year’s production of Cinderella is set to be a cracker. The Barn’s 2021 festive treat is penned by Alan Pollock who wrote the Theatre’s sell out hit Christmas Carol, and he’s back with a new adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic. Expect a tale of kindness, cruelty, music and magic, slippers, pumpkins and wolves. Blending song, illusion and puppetry this production is Christmas theatre Barn style!
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.
King Arthur – The Panto!, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 27 Nov – 31 Dec
This year’s family pantomime, has been specially created for The Roses by Maurice Gran (the BAFTA-winning writer of Birds of a Feather and hit West End musical Dreamboats and Petticoats). Set in Medieval Tewkesbury, King Arthur: The Panto! tells the story of a humble baker boy who is destined for far greater things. Of course, the path to glory is never straightforward and he must overcome the evil Morgana Le Fey plus a host other unexpected foes and obstacles! Expect scones, stones, swords, laughter, dragons, wizards, brave knights, foolish jesters and lots of fun!
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!
Make a wreath
Christmas Wild Wreath-Making Workshop, Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud, 27 Nov – 11 Dec
Enter a Christmas Wonderland as the scent of foliage and oil of eucalyptus fills the air. Let your creativity take over as you learn how to make a wild Christmas wreath with Sharon Jackson. Get a preview of her beautiful work here. We guarantee your door will be the prettiest in the ‘hood! Tickets cost £69 and Includes all materials and delicious Cream Tea from 1 – 4pm
Book ahead for this one …
Christmas Wreath Workshop, Garden at Miserden, Stroud, 02, 04, 05 December
The Club Room in Miserden is the place for green fingers this Christmas, you can create your own wreath with Jo Copsey from Aqua Flowers. Well known for her beautiful floral wedding displays, Jo will teach you the techniques and guiding principles of building a stylish door wreath. Using a sustainable moss base and seasonal foliage from the Miserden woodland add your own touches with a choice of luxury ribbons, dried fruits, pine cones and cinnamon sticks as you create your own bespoke festive wreath to take home with you. Tickets cost £70.
Christmas Ice Rink, Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, 18 Nov – 02 Jan
Skating is coming to the heart of Regency Chelt! Whoop! The new pop up rink will be located in Imperial Gardens and will be covered so the weather can do what it likes you’ll have a ball. A family ticket for 4 is £32 – get your skates on and book now.
IceQuest, Malvern Ice Rink, Malvern, throughout October
A good one for all ages. Don some skates and take to the rink in Malvern, novice skaters very welcome, the ice is kept softer and snowy, to make a slower speed for skating for all the family and medium sharp Roza skates are available to hire. Little wobbly ones can use handy seal-shaped walkers to make their way around.
Blue Magpie Contemporary Craft Fair, Elmslie House, Malvern, 19 Nov – 21 Nov
There will be a changing line up of makers over each day of the fair – 26 each day, with over 50 in total over the weekend featuring designer-makers who work in ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass and wood, as well as artists and illustrators exhibiting. Entrance is just £3.
Christmas Calligraphy Workshop, Daylesford Farm, 21 and 30 November
Get into the festive spirit with this Christmas-themed Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop. During the relaxing three-hour workshop, you will learn how to make your own beautiful Christmas cards, gift tags and other festive stationery and decorations including wall art and bespoke baubles. Guided by expert tutors,learn all the tricks and master letterforms. Perfect for pimping up those pressies! Led by Mellor & Rose.
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Bootique, 19 Nov, Painswick
Get down to a sparkling soirée at The Painswick Centre on Friday 19th Nov to prep for the upcoming party season – without spending a fortune. With a focus on vintage, preloved and locally designed clothing, you’ll be able to browse the wares of professional sellers as well as being able to sell items from your own wardrobe that don’t get worn as often as they should. Riffle the rails while you sip on some bubbles, have your nails done at the nail bar and enjoy some nibbles. Tickets just £5.75.
Tewkesbury Festival of Lights, 02 – 05 November
See the Abbey in a whole new light at this immersive light and sound show. Telling the story of the town as well as celebrating the 900-year history of the Abbey. There will be cool light projections inside the Abbey at 20-minute intervals between 6pm – 10pm. Then catch Tewkesbury’s annual free Fireworks display and fairground, which will take place in The Pageant Meadow behind the Abbey on Saturday 6th November. Tickets to the Festival of Lights are £10.50 for adults, £8.50 for children aged 3 – 17 and under 3’s go free.
See a show
Two brilliant events at the Sub Rooms this month. An annual event of epic proportions, this year’s Shindig features bands, performers, artists and DJs who are nationally acclaimed, but all have some association with the town. Expect light shows, acrobats, and a whole building takeover. Tickets cost £20 and £25 on the door. Or go see Ward Thomas, an English modern country-pop duo with their number 1 album Cartwheels.
Christmas Wreath-making, Daylesford Farm, Glos, 12 Nov
Pimp up your door with this festive workshop at Daylesford Expert florists will show you how to make seasonal wreaths and garlands using natural foliage and blooms foraged from the Daylesford farm. Weather and season permitting each course includes a guided tour of our organic Cutting Garden at Daylesford, where we gather blooms and other natural materials to incorporate into our floral designs. Please bring your outdoor shoes, boots and coats just in case. £135 per person.
Go to a wedding fayre
Wedding Fayre, The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury, 14 November, 11 – 3pm
There’s a gorgeous wedding fayre on at The Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury. On from 11am until 3pm – there will be selection of suppliers, including photographers, make up artists, florists, and our selected caterers. There will also be a selection of our onsite accommodation available to view. No need for guests to book or register, simply arrive on the day and head on in.