Cotswold Spy Report: August 2018

Each month our Lucky Onion Cotswold Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the Cotswolds. Check out what August has to offer.


Animal, Vegetable, Mineral at Nature in Art

Anthony Gormley, Lynn Chadwick and Peter Randall-Page are just a few of the big names showing at Nature in Art’s latest exhibition in magnificent Wallsworth Hall. Filling both the house and the garden, all of the sculptures, prints and drawings are inspired by the wonders of the natural world. Enjoy Nick Bibby’s powerful bronze portrait of a Gyrfalcon, poised to take flight, Steve Dilworth’s ‘Sea Foam’ echoing the ripples carved into a sandy shore by the sea, Simon Noble’s flickering ‘Flame’ captured in glowing Perspex and Peter Randall-Page’s bold study of the intricate internal forms to be found inside a walnut.

Image: Van der Beek – A History of the World in Four Fruits

Until 9th September. Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst, Gloucester GL2 9PA. 01452 731422;



The Three Musketeers at Painswick Rococo Garden

Get ready for sword fights, subterfuge and a lot of swashbuckling excitement at this open-air family-friendly witty adaption of The Three Musketeers. Taking place in Painswick Rococo Gardens, let yourself be transported across the channel as you join D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis saving the day across France. After curtain call, don’t go home just yet. Instead enjoy a night in Cheltenham (a short drive away) in one of our handsome Georgian townhouses No 131 and No. 38, which have super comfortable bedrooms, scrumptious food made with locally-sourced ingredients and everything else you could possibly want.

26th & 27th August. Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, Gloucestershire GL6 6TH. 01452 813204;



The Big Feastival at Alex James’ farm, Kingham

Organised by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, gear up for a bonanza of fun at this family festival taking place on Alex’s farm. There’s something for everyone here. The music line-up is excellent: Basement Jaxx, Paloma Faith, Professor Green, Tom Odell and Craig David. Then for the foodies, tuck into feasts conjured up by Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc and Mark Hix. Finally, not forgetting the little ones, there will be live entertainment from Justin Fletcher and CBeebies presenter Andy Day along with chances to meet Paddington, Peppa Pig and The Gruffalo.

24th-26th August. Alex James’ Farm, Kingham, Oxfordshire OX7 6UJ 0333 321 9999;



Floristry courses at Daylesford Farm

One of the most beautiful – and sustainable – farms in the UK, Daylesford have hit the spot once again with their new floristry workshops. After gathering blooms and other natural materials from the cutting garden, create a unique floral design, using twigs, blossom, moss, seasonal flowers and more. Children can try their hand, too, arranging foraged flowers and foliage in jam jars. Make an event of it and stay nearby in The Wheatsheaf, our 17th-century honey-coloured inn in the market town of Northleach, which features beautiful individually-designed bedrooms, delicious Best of British food and heavenly gardens.

Workshops run through August. Daylesford Farm, Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG. 01608 731 700;