Cotswolds Spy: December 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 December has to offer.



Prithvi residency at No. 38 The Park 

Just in time for Christmas, we are thrilled to announce that Prithvi has taken up residency at our elegant Georgian townhouse No. 38 The Park in Cheltenham. Already a fixture on Cheltenham’s restaurant scene for its South Asian flavours, Prithvi will continue to seamlessly blend the subcontinent and wholesome cooking, using top British produce that has been selected for its quality, locality and sustainability. This ties in perfectly with our passion for local and seasonal produce at The Lucky Onion. Enjoy the likes of Fallow Deer, cinnamon pumpkin curry, red cabbage followed by Rhubarb, shortbread and coconut crumble, caramel coral.

No.38 The Park, 38 Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2AH. 01242 822 929;




Sir Peter Blake at the Paragon Gallery

‘Godfather of British Pop Art’ Sir Peter Blake is the man of the moment in Cheltenham right now. Not only do we have his fabulous artwork in No. 131 but the Paragon Gallery are hosting an exhibition of original silkscreen prints by the artist. Highlights include Blake’s ‘USA Series’, a series of collage-based pop art compositions, made using his own eclectic collection of Americana which explores a nostalgic world of movie stars, childhood games, sports and everyday objects.\

7th December to 31st December 2018. The Paragon Gallery, 4 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham. 01242 233391;




Aladdin at Everyman Theatre

Directed by Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan, this year’s pantomime Aladdin at the Everyman Theatre provides lots of fun with Gifford Circus’ Tweedy the Clown taking centre stage as Wishee Washee. And, to help you on your way, we’re offering a Family VIP Pantomime Getaway package. Treat your little ones to a whole new world with a two-night stay at our beautiful Cheltenham townhouse No.38 The Park and VIP theatre tickets to Aladdin for two adults and two children which includes a meet and greet with the cast plus a backstage tour.

Until 13th January 2019. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573;




The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall

Accompanied by the Mozart Symphony Orchestra, national treasure Sir Trevor McDonald narrates Paddington Bear’s First Concert ­– an enchanting tale of mishaps and mischief that follows Paddington all the way from Peru to his first concert at Cheltenham Town Hall. A screening of Raymond Brigg’s film The Snowman will follow with live music including the magical song Walking in the Air.

23rd December. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210;




Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle

This month sees another dazzling spectacle with an incredible light and sound show at Sudeley Castle. Sip mulled wine and hot chocolate as you make your way along a new illuminated night-time trail of romantic ruins and magical gardens, including a field of poppies. Finish with scrumptious festive food on the castle terrace. Make an event of it and stay the night afterwards in one of our elegant townhouses, No. 131 or No. 38, only a stone’s throw away in Cheltenham.

Throughout December. Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5JD. 01242 602 308;