With National Vegetarian Week and British Tomato Week both on the cards this month, be inspired and try some of The Lucky Onion’s scrumptious veggie options. Working with local farmers and producers, we showcase the very best of the British countryside. From home-grown favourites to modern European fare, savour the likes of ‘Grilled Masala Cauliflower with Puy Lentils, Green Beans and Coconut Raita’ (The Wheatsheaf), ‘Roast Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Taleggio, Cavolo Nero and Chestnuts’ (No. 131) and ‘Aubergine and Red Lentil, tenderstem’ at No.38’s award-winning restaurant Prithvi.
Hosted by renowned botanical and textile artist Clare Robinson, spend the day learning the art of watercolour painting at Daylesford Organic. Discover how to illustrate a variety of seasonal flowers and plants gathered from Daylesford’s very own organic Cutting Garden and Market Garden as you experiment with a loose style and “wet in wet” watercolour techniques to convey the beautiful textures and colours of summer. Throughout the workshop, there will be plenty of one-on-one guidance from Clare, helping you to develop your own painting style. A delicious lunch is provided, too.
24th May. Daylesford, near Kingham, GL56 0YG. 01608 731700; www.daylesford.com
Tom Gates: Live on Stage at Everyman Theatre
Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand new production is brought to you by the award-winning producers of Horrible Histories. The story follows Tom Gates, a boy who’s doing everything he can to avoid getting into trouble, but somehow manages to do just the opposite. With brilliantly catchy tunes and hilarious performances, it’s the perfect family treat. Stay the night afterwards in our elegant Cheltenham townhouse No. 38 – and ask for our Cotswolds Family Getaway package which includes complimentary suppers for little ones. The 13 spacious bedrooms are super comfortable while the Best of British food scrumptious.
29th May – 1st June. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573; www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Featuring a small ensemble of players from the English Symphony Orchestra, along with actor Ben Humphreys, enjoy this incomparable display of English eccentricity at the Cheltenham Town Hall. The wild and witty musical masterpiece Walton’s Façade will lead the charge, a stunning setting of Dame Edith Sitwell’s nonsense poetry that has thrilled audiences for nearly 100 years. Accompanying Façade will be a selection of some of Britain’s wildest and wackiest songs, from Noel Coward’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen to the madcap The Night I Appeared as Macbeth.
26th May. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenhamm GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210; www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk
It’s time to fire up the coals, embrace the great outdoors and dust off the barbecue tongs. National BBQ Week returns at the end of this month and there’s no better place to celebrate than our terrace at our beautiful Georgian townhouse No. 131 in the heart of Cheltenham. Tuck into our BBQ menu, packed with mouth-watering, premium cuts of meat, from local producers Aubrey Allen and Walter Rose & Sons. Accompany your feast with one of our delicious cocktails or delve into our incredible selection of G&Ts – the Cotswolds Gin served with Lavender and Pink Grapefruit is excellent.
No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW. 01242 822 939; www.no131.com ◆