The Stereophonics are the latest band confirmed to play Forest Live this summer.
They will be coming to Westonbirt Arboretum on Thursday 23rd June 2019.
You can find all information here - www.forestryengland.uk/music/stereophonics-westonbirt-arboretum
Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in York this year, Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace for summer 2019.
Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays - Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III and Romeo & Juliet will transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and heart-stopping moments between 8th July - 7th September 2019.
The 13-sided scaffolding theatre offers three tiers of covered seating and an open courtyard for standing ‘groundlings’.
Outside the theatre, visitors can experience a vibrant Shakespearean village, offering the finest Oxfordshire fare – from local ales to scrumptious ice creams – served from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings; an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment; minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.
Step back in time and experience Shakespeare as it was in his day, with bloody battles, comic mayhem, gruesome murders and grand oratory.
What are you doing for New Year's? Here's your guide to the best NYE parties in Cheltenham this year.
For any Peaky Blinder fan, this is the NYE party for you. Enjoy a 3-course supper and live music from the brilliant Thrill Collins for just £60 while dressed in your best Peaky Blinders attire. Party only tickets are available at £20.
NO.131 & CRAZY EIGHTS
Whatever you fancy doing this year, No. 131 and Crazy Eights can help. Enjoy a NYE Tasting Menu at 131 (£85) or if you want to just party the night away then just by a Party Ticket (£20) for Crazy Eights including a drink on arrival and Live DJ.
CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL
If Motown is your thing then look no further than Cheltenham Town Hall. Enjoy canapés and a glass of bubbly on arrival before making your way up to the balconies for a delicious three-course dinner with wine, overlooking the magnificent Main Hall, dressed as the golden age of disco, above the dance floor and stage. A 2-course and dance only ticket are also available!
Welcome 2019 in style at Ellenborough Park. Enjoy champagne and canapés on arrival followed by a delicious 4-course dinner in the Horsebox Restaurant, then kick your shoes and dance the night away to a live jazz band in the De La Bere Court before the fireworks display at midnight. £150pp
THE BOTTLE OF SAUCE
Travel down the Rabbit Hole with The Bottle of Sauce this New Year's Eveand enjoy some crazy goings on including Flamingo Crazy Golf, Mad Hatters tea party and a Af'Tea party until 4am!
Celebrate the new year in style at Door 4 with live music from the incredible Camilla Lewington, bubbles, cocktails and a lot of dancing.
The self proclaimed "biggest party to end 2018" takes place at The Bierkeller with their Celebrity Masquerade Ball. There will be celebrity masks, props and a bubbly reception for all booked tables.
WILD BEER AT JESSOP HOUSE
If you're looking for a good old fashioned knees up to see in the New Year then Wild Beer is the place for you. There will be champagne inspired beers, Brut IPA's and some throwback tunes to get it the mood to shimmy and shake into 2019.
The Beach Boys have been confirmed as Sunday night headliners at the Cornbury Festival in 2019.
The festival takes place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July at Great Tew Park.
Tears For Fears have been confirmed to play at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 22nd June 2019 as part of the Nocturn Live events.
They will be supported by White Lies & Scritti Politti.
For tickets visit nocturne.seetickets.com/tour/nocturne-live
Paul Weller and Kylie Minogue have both announced dates to play in the Cotswolds in June 2019.
The "Modfather" is playing at Westonbirt Arboretum on the Forest Live tour on Friday 14th June 2019 while Kylie is live at Blenheim Palace as part of their series of summer concerts.
You can find more info on both below.
Paul Weller - www.forestryengland.uk/music
Kylie - www.nocturnelive.com
You may have already heard the news that plans for a brand new five-screen cinema, rooftop bar has been given the go-ahead in Cheltenham.
The new boutique sofa-style cinema and bar will be located in the vacant former BHS store in the Regent Arcade which closed in 2016.
This is what it could look like.
We are used to seeing Broadway Tower at 65 feet but sculptor Willard Wigan MBE has reduced the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment, into a tiny mico-sculpture set in the eye of a needle.
What's more incredible is that the sculpture is made of miniscule grains of stone taken from the tower and is complete with windows, turrets and a flagpole.
Willard works from memory and was able to memorise the tower's form after looking at and image and it took him a further four weeks to produce.
He was first introduced to Broadway when he opened an exhibition of his work at Broadway Museum and Art Gallery. He was so taken with the village that he decided to create its iconic tower as his latest project.
The tower micro-sculpture is currently on display at Broadway Luxury gallery in Broadway and an exhibition of Willard’s other work can be found at Broadway Museum and Art Gallery.
There is something very special happening at Manor By The Lake in Cheltenham on September 27th all in the name of charity.
The Bakers Dozen will see 14 chefs creating 13 courses for a one off evening in aid of Cheltenham Open Door, a charity who provide support to vulnerable, disadvantaged and lonely people including companionship and respect, food and drink, showering and laundry.
Some of the chefs on show include Simon Rogan, Adam Handling, Greg Newman, Ruth Hanson, Chris Underwood and Wayne Sullivan who are all giving their time up for free, as are everyone involved on the night including the venue.
This is a culinary event that shouldn't be missed.
Tickets are priced at £100pp and are available by clicking HERE.
The wait is over! The Home of Jump racing, Cheltenham Racecourse, kicks off the 2018/2019 season this October with its traditional Showcase fixture commencing procedures. The two day meeting takes place on Friday 26th October and Saturday 27th October, 2018.
The Festival will take place between Tuesday 12th March - Friday 15th March 2019.
A full list of the 2018/2019 season fixtures can be found below;
Friday, 26 October 2018
Saturday, 27 October 2018
THE NOVEMBER MEETING
Friday, 16 November 2018
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Friday, 14 December 2018
Saturday, 15 December 2018
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Tuesday, 1 January 2019
FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY
Saturday, 26 January 2019
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Thursday, 14 March 2019
Friday, 15 March 2019
THE APRIL MEETING
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Thursday, 18 April 2019
RACENIGHT, FEATURING HUNTER CHASE RACING
Friday 3 May 2019
If you weren't at The Big Feastival this weekend then you were really missing out. As well as some great music and awesome entertainment, it also boasts arguably the best line-up of street foodies at any festival in the UK.
We have scoured Instagram to find you the best food pics from this year's festival that will make your stomach rumble with envy if you missed out!
The renowned food, drink and music festival, The Big Feastival will be home to the Mexican collaboration of the summer: Patrón the Summer x Breddos Tacos Feasts. This unique dining experience from Patrón Tequila and Breddos Tacos, brings together the authentic flavours of Mexico.
Each day from 7pm, festival-goers will be treated to the refreshing taste of Patrón Tequila summer cocktails, perfectly paired with the Mexican culinary delights straight from the Breddos Tacos’ BBQ.
For those who aren’t able to make the feast, The Patrón Tequila airstream will also be hosting margarita masterclasses during the festival.
Check out the awesome menu below.
If you have already purchased festival tickets, please use the following links to book dining experiences. Otherwise, please add them to your booking when you purchase your festival tickets.
‘Please note: This event is for over 18s only.
For the full Big Feastival line-up, please visit thebigfeastival.com
Oxfordshire-based pub operator and brewer Brakspear has today revealed details of the extensive transformation set to be unveiled when the much-loved The Frogmill reopens its doors with an entirely new look in July 2018, following the brewer’s acquisition of the site in December 2015.
The largest project in Brakspear’s 240-year history, the renovation is set to breathe new life into the 16th century inn, transforming it into a boutique destination in the heart of the Cotswolds with delicious all-day dining, stylish rooms and attractive wedding and event facilities.
Tom Davies, Chief Executive of Brakspear, commented: “We’ve always been very mindful of the fact that this is a place with a rich history, close to the hearts of many in the local community. The renovation itself, although creating an entirely new look and feel to the inn’s restaurant, rooms, bar and beautiful outdoor space, will showcase many elements of its heritage alongside thoughtful modern twists; giving a distinctly stylish feel coupled with bags of old-world Cotswold charm. We invite all to come along in July to see it for themselves!”
With Brakspear’s in-house design team leading the renovations, The Frogmill will boast an entirely new bar and restaurant layout alongside 28 plush en-suite bedrooms. Design details revealed for the first time today include:
An entirely new, large bar area has been created at the heart of the inn through clever use of former cellar space, with the site’s former bar area transformed into a cosy snug complete with open fire. Designed to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in keeping with the building’s longstanding history, the bar itself will have a distinctly traditional feel with timber-clad walls, reclaimed oak beams, flagstone flooring and mismatched vintage furniture, with a beautiful oak bar as its centrepiece.
Much like the bar, the Frogmill’s new-look restaurant area has been extended with a spacious open-plan layout, affording the space with plenty of light for a bright, relaxed dining experience. Classic Cotswold-country hues will give the restaurant a refined, elegant feel in keeping with the locality, with timber-clad walls, sandblasted oak dining furniture and eclectic artwork giving the space plenty of texture and personality.
28 en-suite bedrooms will offer a plush space for travellers to unwind, perfectly positioned to explore The Cotswolds’ numerous towns and villages. Distinctly boutique in feel, the bedrooms will house sink-in Feather & Black beds, statement wallpaper from William Morris and Zoffany, GP&J Baker fabrics and eye-catching light fixtures from Jim Lawrence; as well as vintage Ercol furnishings in several of the larger bedrooms. En-suite bathrooms will carry on the laid-back luxury feel of the rooms, with feature tiling, waterfall showers and beautiful baths in a selection of the rooms.
Wedding and Events Space
Decorated in an elegant, classic French style, The Frogmill’s new-look wedding and events space will feature a minstrel gallery complete with traditional imported French balustrading; ideal for picture-perfect wedding shots. With a capacity of 150, the space will offer generous provisions for weddings, celebrations and corporate events alike.
The Frogmill’s extensive grounds will offer a tranquil place for visitors to sit back, relax and drink in the stunning rolling Cotswold landscape surrounding the inn. Completely re-landscaped courtesy landscape designer Justin Spink, the dog-friendly garden will boast a dining terrace and boules court, as well as a large lawned area; perfect for younger guests wanting to stretch their legs.
Tom Davies continued: “We’re incredibly excited that the opening date for our new-look Frogmill is almost upon us and the site is really starting to take shape. It’s amazing to see the fruits of our labour come together after months of hard work and we can’t wait to reveal exactly what this much-loved inn has up its sleeves for locals and tourists alike.”
The line-up for Wilderness 2018 has been announced this morning with Bastille, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Kamasi Washington all on the bill.
There will also be a DJ set by Groove Armada and top chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be hosting a long table banquet.
The Festival takes place from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th August.
The line-up for this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival has been announced and it includes some star names from all corners of the globe.
The festival runs between 2nd - 7th May 2018 and will see Van Morrison, Imelda May, Kamasi Washington, Courtney Pine and Omar, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rick Astley + many more acts embark on Montpellier Gardens over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Tickets for Cheltenham Jazz Festival go on sale to Members on Wednesday 28 February, from 1pm; Public booking opens on Wednesday 7 March, from 1pm.
Wilderness Festival is one of the most anticipated weekends of the summer and the 2018 programme is being announced on Tuesday 20th February.
While you wait, head over to their website and create your own Wilderness for a chance to win 4 tickets. It's harder than it looks!
The festival held at Cornbury Park will take place from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August.
Each summer, The Forestry Commision host a series of special concerts in seven fabulous forest venues throughout England including the stunning Westonbirt Arboretum here in the Cotswolds.
It will host four concerts in four nights this June with Paloma Faith, The Script and George Ezra all set to play in this unique location.
Thursday 14 June 2018 - The Script
Friday 15 June 2018 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Saturday 16 June 2018 - Paloma Faith
Sunday 17 June 2018 - George Ezra
For more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk
Cheltenham restaurant The White Spoon is honouring British Beef at its next special dining event on Thursday 2nd March.
Enjoy a stunning 'Nose to Tail' menu which celebrates the rural British tradition of using every part of the animal.
For more details and the full menu visit http://www.thewhitespoon.co.uk/nose-to-tail
We are delighted to be working alongside the brilliant Relish Events as their selected blogger at many of their of their events in 2017!
Based in Cirencester, you will find the specialist events catering company creating culinary magic at many venues around the country such as Badminton Horse Trials, Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Royal International Air Tattoo and The Game Fair to name but a few. They also specialise in weddings, corporate and private functions working to budgets that suit but still wowing your guests!
Take a look at their site relishevent.co.uk and look out for lots more about them on The Cotswolds Gentleman!
The Cheltenham Festival is just weeks away bring the world's best jump jockeys and horses to the Cotswolds.
The Kings Head, Cirencester have announced their 2017 Cheltenham Festival Preview in aid of The Injured Jockey's Fund will be on Friday 10th March.
You can hear the thoughts and opinions of 2015 Gold Cup Winning Jockey Nico de Boinville, Luke Tarr from Star Sports, Gold Cup winning jockey Sam Thomas, Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon. The evening will hosted by sports commentator Tom Clarkson and curated by Camilla Henderson with Ben Hastie, Deputy Head of Groundstaff at Cheltenham Racecourse giving an exclusive update on the ground conditions.
Tickets are £15 and include drinks and canapés at The Kings Head, and discussion and insight into all of the top races from Cheltenham week, including the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Chase, Ryanair Chase and of course, the Gold Cup. Guests will also be able to ask the panel questions in a Q&A session, and enjoy exclusive special betting offers from Star Sports‘ The Gentleman’s Bookmaker’ on the night, who are offering £50 free matching bet for all attendees.
To book your ticket contact the hotel on 01285 700900 or visit The Kings Head Cheltenham Preview for more information.