Cotswold Spy Report: September 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 September has to offer.


G&Ts at No.131

It’s hard to beat a good G&T. So, head over to our gin bar at No. 131. With a wide range of 100 gins, let our knowledgeable bartenders conjure up the perfect tipple for you. And it’s all here, from Cotswolds Dry served with lavender and pink grapefruit to Haymans Sloe with fresh raspberries and blackberries and lemon tonic. But, don’t stop there. Have a bite to eat from our Best of British menu and stay the night in one of our 11 individually-designed bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bed linen, unique pieces of furniture and fabulous artworks.

The Lucky Onion No.131 Cheltenham Hotels interior

No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1NW. 01242 822939;



Elemental Sculpture Park

Once a wild thistle field, this 10-acre area of land has now been transformed into a magical woodland with ponds, gardens and glades. But that’s not all. This verdant park is also home to an incredible collection of contemporary art. Meander your way down the paths, admiring work from both emerging and established artists. Highlights include Kendra Haste’s ‘The Bear’ fresh from Kew Gardens, ‘Stump (Three)’ by Paul Tuppeny, selected for the National Sculpture Prize and ‘Wait’ by Luke Dickinson, a stonemason who worked on Winchester Cathedral.

Until 30th September. Elemental Sculpture Park, The Paddocks, Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire GL7 6FE. 07927 028558;



Fringe at The Barn

The very best acts from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have hotfooted it to Cirencester for four nights only. So, get ready for an eclectic mix of this year’s newest and most exciting talent. Enjoy comedy with a jam-packed hour of laughs and magic from Tom Brace. Then there’s theatre – Tom Neenan’s ‘It’s Always Infinity’ about ‘toxic masculinity’ followed by Tamar Broadbent’s musical ‘Best Life’ on ‘ambition, anxiety and avocados’. ‘Spontaneous Potter’ by The Spontaneous Players, an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, tops the evening off. 

12th-15th September. The Barn Theatre, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN. 01285 648255;



The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cheltenham Town Hall

Cheltenham’s Concert Series kicks off at the town hall this month – and there are plenty of world-class performances to look forward to. Featuring some of the finest British and international musicians, soak up music from major orchestras, intimate ensembles and outstanding soloists. First up is The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Greig’s romantic Holberg Suite, the dynamic harmonies of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody and Tchaikovsky’s rousing Fourth Symphony.

21st September. Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210;



The Cheltenham Comedy Festival

It’s laughs all round this autumn as a line-up of top comedians and up-and-coming stars take to the stage in various venues across town. The legendary American stand-up comedian Reginald D Hunter is headlining alongside other great names including Lou Conran, Evelyn Mok, Jonathan Mayor and Keith Farnan. Don’t miss ‘In Conversation with Standard Issue Magazine’, the witty online women’s magazine, which hosts a killer line-up of funny women including Sarah Millican, Sally Phillips and The Scummy Mummies chatting about funnies, feminism and more.

17th-22nd September. Various venues across town. 01993 772 580;