Cotswolds Spy: November 2019


Christmas at The Lucky Onion

We’re celebrating Christmas big time at The Lucky Onion – so get together the gang and join us. At our beautiful Georgian townhouse, No 131, we’ll be hosting festive feasts throughout December, as well as a decadent five-course lunch on Christmas Day. Our 17th-century coaching inn, The Wheatsheaf, in the charming town of Northleach, will be serving a scrumptious lunch on the big day itself, too – and is a great spot for a dinner party in one of the private dining rooms. Or enjoy The Tavern with its delicious two or three-course menus plus a feast on Christmas Day . Then there’s our latest addition The Hollow Bottom which will be serving Christmas lunches and dinners plus a wonderful lunch with all the trimmings on Christmas Day.

Image from the 2019 Lucky Onion Christmas brochure, shot in The House @ No.131, Cheltenham. Shot on behalf of The Lucky Onion LLP.
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01242 822 950


Ernest Gimson at The Wilson

Described as ‘the greatest of the English architect-craftsmen’, this fascinating retrospective on Ernest Gimson marks the centenary of his death. One of the key designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, he lived and worked in Sapperton, a stone’s throw from Cheltenham, for most of his life. The show explores Gimson’s creative process as a designer, focusing on his architecture, furniture, textiles, metalwork and plaster. The Wilson already holds an extensive archive of the craftsman’s sketchbooks, designs, photographs and letters which will all be on display alongside rarely-seen private loans.
23rd November 2019 to 25th February 2020

Until 18th October

The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT

Call: 01242 387488



Alexander Armstrong at the Cheltenham Town Hall

After more than 20 years in show business, Alexander Armstrong is going solo with his first ever stand-up tour: ‘All Mouth and Some Trousers’. A brand new and ‘deliciously irreverent’ account of his life, get ready for shocking candour, comic songs and lots of laughter. Armstrong has plenty of material to pull on. Best known for his roles on Pointless, Classic FM and Armstrong & Miller, his career has taken him from comedy to presenting, documentary and singing with three best-selling albums to his name. He has also provided voices for a string of children’s animations including Danger Mouse, Peppa Pig and Hey Duggee.

17th November

Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham GL50 1QA<

Call: 0844 576 2210



Royal Marines at the Cheltenham Town Hall

One of this season’s hottest tickets, the world-famous band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines are back in Cheltenham with a special Christmas show. Experience pomp and pageantry with this military music spectacular featuring festive music, military marches, big band hits and all the favourite showstoppers – to name but a few. Whether you prefer the colourful splendour and musical skills of the concert band, the rhythmic sounds of the big band or the sheer precision and accuracy of the Corps of Drums, it’s a brilliant family night out with something for everyone.

27th November

Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham GL50 1QA

Call: 0844 576 2210



The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse

Enjoy three days of excellent racing at Cheltenham starting on 17th November with Countryside Day, a celebration of the rural landscape. With a unique country fair atmosphere, there are lots of great events including side saddle demonstrations to hound parades – don’t miss racing legend Sir Anthony McCoy receive a lesson from double Olympic medal-winning dressage rider Laura Tomlinson. The exhilarating BetVictor Gold Cup is the must-see on the Saturday while Sunday is fantastic for families – Radio 1 stars Greg James and Chris Smith will be in the Family Fun Zone throughout the day signing copies of their new book Kid Normal.

Elgin and Wayne Hutchinson (left) get the better of Misterton and Tom Scudamore to win The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race run during day three of the November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.

17th-19th November

Call: 01242 850270

No. 131, 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NW

Call: 0344 579 3003