Cotswold Spy: January 2019

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 January has to offer and if you’re travelling to the area why not check out our beautiful bedrooms and stay the night



No. 131

Cheltenham is packed full of great evening events. We’ve got the perfect solution for grabbing a bite beforehand with our ‘Set the Scene’ menu at our Cheltenham townhouse, No. 131. Running from 5.30pm to 6.45pm, it’s an early bird delight with dishes including: ‘Game & Duck Liver Terrine Mustard Fruits and Boulangerie Bakery Baguette’, ‘Daube of Beef Braised Hereford Cross Blade, Creamed Potatoes & Parsley Root’ and ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding with Cornish Clotted Cream.’ All made using the best of local ingredients. Stay the night afterwards in one of No. 131’s 11 beautifully-designed bedrooms overlooking Cheltenham’s leafy gardens.

The Restaurant at No.131 Cheltenham

131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1NW. 01242 822939;




Enduring Eye at The Wilson

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of the Antarctic is one of the most dramatic survival stories of the 20th Century. This exhibition showcases the incredible photographic record by Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the expedition. Brilliantly capturing the spirit of endurance, trust, courage and judgement shared by Shackleton and his team, these photographic plates (now preserved by the Royal Geographical Society) reveal previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival, before and after their ship was destroyed. Their extraordinary 800-mile rescue voyage in little more than a rowing boat remains unsurpassed in Antarctic history.

Until 24th February 2019. The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3JT. 01242 387488;




Spirit of the Dance at Cheltenham Town Hall

 Celebrating its record-breaking 20-year anniversary as one of the most successful dance shows ever, the international smash hit Spirit of the Dance has been seen by more than 30 million people in 20 countries and is the winner of nine global awards. Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, this explosive and powerful show combines heart-pounding Irish Dance with the sensual Latino rhythms of Flamenco and Red Hot Salsa in a thrilling production of strength and passion. The dancers frenzied skill and military precision will send shivers down your spine along with the brilliant lighting, dazzling costumes and breath-taking choreography.

31st January. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210;




Adrian Brendel and Alasdair Beatson @ Pittville Pump Room

Two of the biggest names in classic musical are coming to town this month to kick off this year’s Cheltenham Chamber Music Series: Adrian Brendel, one of the leading cellists of his generation who has set the world alight with his exploration of contemporary and new music. Joining Brendel is Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson, recently described by The Times as ‘artistry incarnate’. This musical duo has a compelling programme planned, including Bach’s 3 Preludes from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Widor’s Sonata in A, Fauré’s Élégie in C minor and SaintSaëns’s Sonata in C minor.

17th January. Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3JE. 01242 521621;




Festival Trials Day @ Cheltenham Racecourse

Get set for a brilliant day of racing at Cheltenham Racecourse with Festival Trials Day. The last Cheltenham race day before The Festival, it’s packed full of excitement with huge crowds gathering to pick up their final tips for the big prize winners in 2019. The racing highlight of the day is the BetBright Trial Cotswold Steeple Chase, often considered a trial for the Magners

Gold Cup in March – last year Definitly Red relished the wet ground conditions and flew home in front for connections. A great selection of bars and restaurants – go for the Panoramic Restaurant for stunning views of the racecourse – add to the fun.

26th January. Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4SH. 0344 579 3019;