Cotswold Spy Report: October 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 October has to offer.


Sunday Roast sharing board at The Lucky Onion

As winter closes in, we’ve got the perfect solution for keeping you cosy in the cold weather: a new Sunday Roast sharing board. Up for grabs at all our properties (The Tavern, The Wild Duck, The Wheatsheaf Inn, No.38 The Park and No. 131), it’s just the ticket for families, keeping everyone happy with the option of beef, chicken and pork all on one board. We’ve got lots of scrumptious accompaniments, too: Roasties, Roasted Roots, Seasonal Greens and Gravy. To top it off, the produce is all great quality, seasonal and locally sourced.

Sunday Roasts

01242 822 950



World of Wonders Gallery at The Wilson

Let your little ones play, touch, crawl and sing in The Wilson’s brand-new gallery for children. Meet a penguin in a tunnel, find a boneshaker in the sky and watch rabbits leap. Follow shapes, colours, ice and sun, cross oceans and climb mountains. Scale Antarctica. There’s also a buggy park in the gallery plus a kids-friendly café. For grown-ups wanting a break from all things pre-school, the main gallery’s latest exhibition ‘The Listening Station’, an installation inspired by stories from World War One, is fascinating.

The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT. 01242 387488;



Othello at The Everyman Theatre

Described by The Times as ‘astute and powerful’, this staging of Othello has been described as one of the best productions of the play yet. A masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice, Shakespeare’s compelling tragedy takes place in Venice where newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, is employed to lead the Venetian army against the impending Turkish invasion.

The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take its toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello’s life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.

16th-20th October. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1 HQ. 01242 572573.



Tetbury Music Festival

This Gloucestershire classical music festival is proving the one to beat. Not only is the Prince of Wales the patron but the line-up reads like a Who’s Who of the classical musical world. Enjoy violinist Matthew Trusler and pianist Ashley Wass as they team up to take on Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite. Sir Thomas Allen, one of the world’s greatest opera stars, will be performing a great repertoire of English Folk Songs and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will provide an electrifying finale with Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit.

Until 7th October. Tetbury Music Festival, Elmfield, 3 The Old Ropewalk, Foxhill, Tetbury, GL8 8XQ. 07885 106 717;


The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is back with lectures, poetry readings, children’s activities, interviews, storytelling and writing workshops. And, at No. 131, we’re celebrating big time with some fabulous events. Anna Murphy, The Times’ Fashion Director will pick out her favourite trends from the season’s catwalks. Chef Gizzi Erskine, fresh from her pop-up at Tate Modern, will also be talking about her love of slow cooking. But, most importantly, don’t miss our special festival menu particularly the ‘Wood Pigeon Terrine, Poached Pears’.

5th-14th October. Various venues across Cheltenham. 01242 850270;