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

 

BAR

Gin & Juice

This spring, our beautiful Georgian townhouse No. 131 has a thrilling new haunt: Gin & Juice. Taking over from Crazy Eights downstairs, the space will continue the hotel’s renown as the place to party on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Alongside house DJ’s and special guests playing into the early hours, there is a selection of over 350 gins that will amaze beginners and satisfy connoisseurs. Stay the night afterwards in one of our 11 individually-designed bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bed linen, unique pieces of furniture and fabulous artworks.

Gin & Juice, No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NW. 01242 822939; www.theluckyonion.com

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EXHIBITION

John Piper at John Davies Gallery

This impressive exhibition at John Davies Gallery brings together a collection of signed limited edition prints and originals from John Piper, one of Britain’s greatest painters as well as World War II official war artist, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows. Highlights of the exhibition include: ‘St James the Less, Westminster’, originally part of Piper’s retrospect on churches, ‘Sunningwell, Oxfordshire’ – a painting of Sunningwell Church with its unique Jewel Porch, bathed in evening sunlight and ‘Waddesdon’ – a fiery red depiction of the magnificent French chateau-style country house in Buckinghamshire.

Until 16th February 2019. John Davies Gallery, The Old Dairy Plant, Fosseway Business Park, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9NQ. 01608 652255; www.johndaviesgallery.com

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THEATRE

Waiting for Godot at Everyman Theatre

Waiting for Godot comes to the Everyman Theatre for the first time ever. Starring Gifford Circus favourite Tweedy in the iconic role of Estragon, the play tells of the struggle for purpose, the power of friendship and the hunt for a pair of decent boots as two hungry, battered drifters wait by a dead tree. They might have been here yesterday. And they might well come back tomorrow. Unless Mr Godot arrives first. Which he might, if they’re lucky. Which they don’t tend to be. For the full download, go on 12th February for a Q&A session with Director Paul Milton.

7th-16th February 2019. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573; www.everymantheatre.org.uk

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MUSIC

Martin Speake with Tommy Scott at Chapel Arts

Featuring musicians from the UK, Europe, USA and beyond, this new monthly series of jazz concerts from Chapel Arts, one of Cheltenham’s most exciting art and performance venues, showcases the very best of jazz talent. This month sees one of the UK’s leading jazz saxophonists, Martin Speake take to the stage. Described by the Jazz Times as ‘one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent’, Speake will be joining brilliant young pianist Tommy Scott to play an intelligent mix of written and improvised melodies.

20th February 2019. Chapel Arts, Knapp Road Near St James Square, Cheltenham. GL50 3QQ. 01242 580077; www.thechapelarts.com

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SCENE STEALER

Snowdrop season at Painswick Rococo Garden

Heralding the approach of spring, Painswick Rococo Garden becomes even more magical this month with its spectacular display of over five million snowdrops. Famed for having one of the largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops in the country, weave your way through the winding paths of this magical 18th-century garden, spotting over 15 known varieties of snowdrop, including the famous – and distinctly tall – Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’. Make an occasion of it and settle down for the night in one of our elegant Georgian townhouses, No. 38 or No. 131, only a stone’s throw away in Cheltenham.

Until 28th February 2019. Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucester Rd, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6TH. 01452 813 204; www.rococogarden.org.uk

 

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