Out & About

Thu, 17:19

Joe Meredith swapped the hills of the Cotswolds for the savannahs of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, discovering some of what makes the country such an exciting place to be

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Artist Russell Haines with his portraits of Gloucester Rugby stars

Portrait artist Russell Haines is making it his mission to capture Gloucester’s rugby players, past and present, for an impressive series to mark World Cup 2015

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Wed, 16:47
BBQ for Heroes raises funds for Help For Heroes, which provides injured service personnel with ongoing support

Help for Heroes is asking the great British public to turn their BBQ’s in to an opportunity to fundraise for our wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.

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Tue, 09:52
Meurig Bowen

The Cheltenham Music Festival, though having classical music at its heart, is studded with diverse treats – encompassing film, dance, jazz, world music and family events amidst the rich mix of orchestral, choral and chamber concerts. Festival director Meurig Bowen picks out his top ten programme highlights.

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Mon, 18:35
Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Lucian Msamati as Iago.

Intense, questioning and full of surprises – Game of Thrones star Lucian Msamati makes RSC history as the first black actor to play Iago in its gripping production of Othello

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The Shakespeare Centre

Does Lynn Ede’s journey to Stratford-upon-Avon end in a lovers’ meeting? Read on to 
find out if she met her Romeo…

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Mon, 12:00
Views over the Cotswolds

It’s May and we have walked two more sections of the Cotswold way, Stanway to Winchcombe and Winchcombe to Cleeve, in quick succession.

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Actors in rehearsal for Twelfth Night

Jenny Wren Productions announce the 9 locations for the open air production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy this summer

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Some of the sights to look forward to at the Berkswell gardens

On June 28, thirteen gardens around the village of Berkswell will welcome visitors as part of the National Gardens Sceme - raising money for palliative cancer care chairies.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Christopher Bowen, Sue Holderness and Christopher Timothy in Mrs Warren's Profession.

The Cheltenham theatre plays host to a star-studded cast with a strong in-house production of Bernard Shaw’s sharp social comedy

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Monday, June 22, 2015
The Cotswolds is famous for its picturesque landscape, perfect for a picnic | Image: KPG Ivary

There are many beautiful spots in and around the Cotswolds to lay your blanket down and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic! Here’s our pick of the best.

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Monday, June 22, 2015
The Reduced Shakespeare Company | Photo credit: Karl Andre Photography

Katie Jarvis went to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged [Revised] in Stroud. If you think Shakespeare’s comedies are funny, just wait until you see his tragedies.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The Cotswold festival checklist

Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire play host to a plethora of music festivals this summer – we pick 12 key items to pack, so whether you’re at Wilderness, Lakefest or 2000 Trees, you’ll feel prepared for anything

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Friday, June 5, 2015
Cinderella (Ballet Cymru)

The Roses Theatre has plenty to entertain audiences with this June, including a range of tribute bands, distinguished drama and dance, and a selection of musical acts

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Friday, June 5, 2015
It's A Wonderful Life - The Radio Play

The radio play adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life will be coming to the stage of Malvern Theatres this June

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Monday, June 1, 2015
Patsy Ferran as Portia. (Hugo Glendinning/RSC)

Relevant, compelling and ultimately tragic – Polly Findlay’s second production for the RSC explores racism and loyalty with unrelenting focus

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Monday, June 1, 2015
'Dame in Hearse', by Adam Loveridge

There's a new kid on the block at Quenington – colourfully creative, wildly witty, and just a little bit naughty. Candia McKormack braces herself for the enfant terrible that is ARTSE

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Fancy a pint? [Photo: Nikolay Litov]

Whether you’re a connoisseur or just fancy a tipple, there are ample festivals across the Cotswolds catering for beer, cider and wine lovers. Here’s our pick of the best, in chronological order.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
House sparrow

It’s now full speed ahead into summer, with the natural world hitting the fast lane as the warmer weather approaches. Sue Bradley discovers the sounds and sights of summer

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Giffords Circus - 'Moon Songs', 2015

Candia McKormack spends an evening in the company of the magical Giffords Circus

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Gloucester Quays Food Festival

People in the Cotswolds are spoilt for choice when it comes to food festivals. Here is our pick of the best events celebrating all things great and edible in this pretty region of England.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Ampney Park, Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire

On Sunday, June 7, visitors will have a rare chance to enjoy the fabulous 17-acre Ampney Park gardens, when the gates open from 11am-3pm in aid of local medical charity, Cobalt.

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Barton House and Garden

The idyllic Barton House Garden will open on May 24 as part of the National Gardens Scheme

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cheese Rolling / Photo: Mike Warren

Britain is home to many an unusual tradition, and the region of the Cotswolds is no exception. Here are 10 of the strangest pastimes from this corner of England, including cheese rolling, duck racing and shin kicking!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Hinrich Romeike & Marius Voigt-Logistik

Tickets for this world-famous event are available at the gate – come along on the day

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Jason Donovan (Lionel Logue) and Raymond Coulthard (King George VI)

The King’s Speech – the play from which the Oscar-winning movie that starred Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was adapted – will appear at Malvern Theatres from Monday April 27 to Saturday May 2.

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Sunjay

There are some great folk acts to round off the April season at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Missy Malone Show, Evesham

Candia McKormack enjoys a night to be remembered with Missy Malone and friends in Cheltenham

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Friday, April 17, 2015
The Old Town clean-up team

Sarah Windrum was inspired to help clean up Leamington’s Old Town, giving the area some much needed TLC

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Broadacre Open Gardens

Broadacre, a beautiful private estate near Solihull opens its garden gates for the National Garden Scheme on the 19th April 2015

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Easter Bunny / Photo: Africa Studio

As spring arrives on our doorsteps gilding the grass with daffodils, Easter comes with it. As usual, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in and around the Cotswolds; here is our pick of 15 Easter events to get you out and about!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Cat in the Hat / Photo: Gary Lake

Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat will embark on its first UK tour in 2015, playing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 to Wednesday April 1.

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Dinmore Manor locomotive at Toddington Station, Gloucestershire

While on work experience with Cotswold Life, Amy Woolridge of Cleeve School enjoyed a day out at Toddington as part of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Tourism Day

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Francis Hamel painting on site at Giffords Circus

Oxfordshire artist Francis Hamel was struck by the glamour and alchemy of Giffords Circus when he took his children to a show. The result was time spent touring with Giffords and a series of remarkable paintings…

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Monday, March 9, 2015
'From the Last to the Line, 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup', featuring The Giant Bolster, centre, by David Dent

From his working-class roots in South Wales to being one of our most sought-after equestrian artists, David Dent has found the winning formula

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Want to know where to go once the days’s action during Cheltenham Race Week has come to a close? To make sure you are at the liveliest party in town we have rounded up six of the best pubs and bars offering live music, so you can carry on partying once you have left Cheltenham Racecourse

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Bid to be a character in a novel whilst raising money for charity

CLIC Sargent’s 10-day ‘Get in Character’ eBay auction is expected to raise thousands of pounds for children and young people with cancer. Crime-writer and regular Cotswold Life columnist Clare Mackintosh is offering fans the opportunity to have their name appear in a forthcoming novel.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Novelist and writer Caroline Sandon at Oxford Literary Festival, Christchurch College, 2014. PHOTOGRAPHY: Geraint Lewis

Author Caroline Sandon returns from the Times of Mumbai Literary Festival with memories of something ‘unique and extremely special’

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Monday, March 2, 2015
Roving Crows

Energetic Gloucestershire five-piece ‘Roving Crows’ are launching their new EP at the Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday, March 14 at their annual Paddy’s Day Extravaganza, always a first-class show, not to be missed.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Conductor John Read with organist Robin Baggs

Fairford & District Choral Society will present its next concert on Sunday, March 15 in St Mary’s Church, Fairford.

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