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The Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds, Daylesford, Kingham, Mon 6 to Wed 8 Nov

Christmas fairs don’t get much more chi-chi than this one at Daylesford, home of all things chic. Who needs Notting Hill, eh? And being Daylesford, there are VIP options which come with gourmet canapés, champagne and complimentary tea, coffee and homemade cakes, with all the money from ticket sales going to the Wellness charity. There’s even a new Seedlings Day Crèche where you can drop your babies and toddlers (4 months to 4 years) and shop unencumbered. And what shopping there is to be had! The whole farm will transform into a pop-up marketplace of over 180 stands, each selling artisan goodies. Clear the credit card, it’s time to reload!


How The Other Half Live, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 6 to Sat 11 Nov

How The Other Half Live Alan Ayckbourne

Coming at you from the West End, this Alan Ayckbourn farce about three couples and a clumsily covered-up affair features an all-star cast, including Robert Daws (The RoyalOutside Edge and Roger Roger) and Caroline Langrishe (LovejoyCasualty and Judge John Deed). Culminating in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights shown at the same time, the play is Ayckbourn at his best turning social graces and personal misunderstanding into at turns heart-wrenching and hilarious drama.

Stick Man, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Wed 8 Nov

A sweet, award-winning stage version by Scamp Theatre of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book where a morning jog sees Stick Man becoming ‘fetch’ for a dog, part of a swan’s nest and, ahhh!, thrown on a fire! Will he ever get home to the family tree? A great mid-week treat toddlers. Show times, 1pm and 4.30pm.


Kids Arcade Fashion Pop Up, The Bull Hotel, Fairford, Fri 10 Nov, 1pm-3pm

Can’t find cool kidswear? Then get yourself along to this pop-up shopping event at the very lovely Bull Hotel where Kids Arcade are showcasing a super stylish selection of quality British and European online children’s labels. Shopping is so much more fun when you can touch, feel and size things up, especially when it comes to kids’ clothes when I never know what size to get. There’ll be complimentary champagne and nibbles too, so it’s a win, win afternoon. Email:


November at Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, from Fri 10 Nov

Don’t miss the latest artists showing at Cheltenham’s serene gallery Chapel Arts (it used to be a Baptist Chapel and still has a spiritual vibe). This month you can feast your eyes on the abstract work of Lar Cann inspired by the Cornish landscape, stunning works of New York by Leslie Gerry, as well as pastel works on the mezzanine by Tony Allain, Jeanette Hayes, Jill Jeffrey and Suzanne Jones. thechapelarts.com


War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 11 Nov

After young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France during WW1, he sets off on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. Be prepared to shed a tear. You can check out our review herebristol-hippodrome


Quedgeley Fireworks Display, Fishers Meadow, School Lane, Quedgeley, Sat 11 Nov, from 7pm

No worries if you missed all the fireworks action last weekend, there’s still some crackers lighting up the skies on Saturday 11 November in this hamlet outside Gloucester. Prices to be confirmed. Tel: 01452 721552


The Nutcracker, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sun 12 Nov

A Christmas season staple, this performance by the Russian National Ballet will transport you to a fairy-tale world where everyone is happy and good triumphs over evil. Not to be missed, especially as it’s the first time the Russian National Ballet has visited The Roses.


Dark Arts, Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, London until Sun 12 Nov

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios are brilliant at ringing the changes with their events and for this one the Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen as in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, along with a table laden with a Halloween feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Kids can also delve into the sinister world of the Dark Art – wand combat techniques and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool. Er, nice!

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