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 April has to offer and if you’re travelling to the area why not check out our beautiful bedrooms and stay the night…
The Wheatsheaf and No.131
There’s nowhere quite like the Cotswolds for a day in the sunshine. Our 17th-century coaching inn The Wheatsheaf in the sleepy village of Northleach has just got a new outdoor pizza oven (a Lucky Onion first). So, kick back with a glass of Rosé on the newly-designed terrace and tuck into one of our homemade pizzas al fresco, made using the Best of British ingredients. Or, savour the likes of T-bone steak, flattened chicken, and pork skewers with Italian sausage, coming straight from our local farmers and cooked to perfection on the BBQ on the terrace at our beautiful Georgian townhouse, No.131, in the heart of Cheltenham.
The Wheatsheaf, Northleach, Cheltenham, GL54 3EZ. 01451 860244.
No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NW. 01242 822 939.
‘Love and Skill’ A Celebration of John Ruskin in Books
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victorian art critic and social thinker, John Ruskin. He was hugely influential on the designers and makers of the Arts and Crafts and Private Press movements in the latter half of the 19th century. To celebrate, The Wilson have gone all-out, pulling on the Emery Walker Library, including Kelmscott and Doves Press books, as well as loans from Holst Birthplace Museum and Cheltenham Ladies’ College, to come up with a fascinating exhibition, exploring Ruskin through books. Go on 11th July when Ruskin curator Kirsty Hartsiotis will talk through the iconic books on display.
Until 24th November 2019. The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT. 01242 387488
Sitting amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Longborough Festival Opera is back. Set in a converted barn in the grounds of founders Martin and Lizzie Graham’s home, each performance is created especially for the festival, bringing together the most talented designers, directors, conductors and the best up-and-coming artists. Wagner is a Longborough speciality but there are three other wonderful operas, too: Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Cavalli’s La Calisto. Bring a picnic and find the perfect spot for taking in the beautiful grounds beforehand.
Until 3rd August. Longborough Festival Opera, New Banks Fee, Longborough, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0QF. 01451 830292.
Didn’t get tickets for Glasto? Fear not. From Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June, we’ll be screening all of this year’s highlights from The Terrace at No.131. This includes performances from top acts including George Ezra, Lewis Capaldi, The Lumineers and Kylie. We’ll be firing up the BBQ, cooking up the best of local produce and mixing all of your favourite cocktails, too. Make a night of it and stay afterwards in one of No.131’s beautiful bedrooms which blend original features, period bathrooms and antique touches with statement wallpaper, industrial lighting and original artwork from the likes of David Hockney and Banksy.
Venues across Cheltenham. 01242 No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NW. 01242 822 939. www.no131.com/850270; cheltenhamfestivals.com
‘Welcome to 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions and a constant tsunami of bodily fluids…’ After a sold-out UK tour as well as a sold-out three years at the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning comedian and best-selling author of This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay is taking to the stage in Cheltenham in an ‘electrifying’ (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. Kay will be sharing entries from his diaries as a junior doctor, featured in his book – a hilarious, horrifying and heart-breaking account of his time on the NHS front line – which is currently being turned into a major BBC series.
19th June. Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk