Cotswolds Spy: August 2019

It’s official. Cheltenham has been rebranded as ‘The Festival Town’. For years, Cheltenham has hosted a great number of amazing festivals. Coming up is the Wellbeing Festival from 9th-15th September for which The Lucky Onion will be hosting some fabulous events. Ticketing for the Cheltenham Literature Festival, which takes place from 4th-13th October, also goes live on 16th August. In the meantime, here are some exciting events to get stuck into this month…


Taco Tuesdays at The Tavern

It’s time to think Mexican. On 13th August, Head Chef James of Cheltenham’s favourite local, The Tavern, will be plating up three different styles of tacos, from slow-cooked pork shoulder to grilled octopus to wild mushrooms. Even better, the tacos come complete with a delicious tequila cocktail. For those who can’t make Tuesday, drop by any other time for delicious seasonal food, a lively atmosphere, and a bar team to be reckoned with. It’s also a great chance to enjoy a pint of Dunkerton’s Cider who, fresh from celebrating new international award wins and a complete packaging refresh, will be toasting their first birthday at their distillery at Dowdeswell Park on 31st August.

The Tavern, 5 Royal Well Pl, Cheltenham GL50 3DN.
01242 221 212 |



Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design at Thirlestaine Long Gallery

Housed in Cheltenham College’s magnificent neoclassical Thirlestaine Long Gallery, this is the UK’s largest annual selling exhibition of furniture makers and studio workshops in the British Isles. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, discover around 300 exhibits from over 70 furniture workshops alongside selected artisans from other disciplines such as jewellery, silver, sculpture and glass. The eclectic exhibition offers something for all tastes with both established and up-and-coming names, including five schools as part of the Design Nation initiative to shine a spotlight on the future of design.

17th-26th August.
Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7LD



The Scarlet Pimpernel at Berkeley Castle

They seek him herethey seek him thereThose Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel”. Hosted by Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, magnificent Berkeley Castle is the backdrop to this open-air production of Baroness Orczy’s classic The Scarlet Pimpernel.This swashbuckling adventure story is set in the throes of the French Revolution. It’s 1792 – and the French aristocracy are holding out for a hero. Cue Sir Percy Blakeney, English aristocrat and elusive master of disguise, who swoops in from across the channel and rescues the nobles, smuggling them out of France.

11th August. Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, GL13 9BQ.
01453 810303 |



Summer Sessions at No.131

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.

No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NW.
01242 822939 |



The Beautiful Flower Co. Workshops at Dowdeswell Park

Fresh from opening a studio in Dowdeswell Park, The Beautiful Flower Co. is now hosting regular workshops. Next is the hand-tied bouquet workshop, where you can learn to create a loose and beautiful bouquet, full of foliage and a selection of incredible, seasonal flowers. Stunningly presented in the flower company’s signature jars and craft bags with a silk ribbon, take your creation home with you or give it as a gift. Other workshops include how to make a Kokedama, otherwise known as a Japanese moss ball, and learning how to create your own floral headdresses. Brides, take note: The Beautiful Flower Co. also offer workshops for hen parties.

Hand-tied bouquet workshop, 24th August. Dowdeswell Park, London Road, Charlton Kings, GL52 6UT.
01242 651242 |