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FRI 17 TO SUN 19 NOV

Victorian Christmas Market, Gloucester Quays, Gloucester, Thu 16 to Sun 26 Nov

With its cast of Victorian characters, including street urchins, pickpockets and the men in blue, street food vendors, Ferris Wheel, tons of festive stalls and an open-air ice rink, Gloucester Quays’ Christmas market is pretty hard to beat. I’ll see you dancing on ice! gloucesterquayschristmas.co.uk

 

The November Meeting, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Fri 17 to Sun 19 Nov

Wrap up in your tweed and get ready for three days (if you’re a real enthusaist!) of adrenaline-filled fun! As well as the gee-gees (it’s a good meet to glimpse future stars, wink, wink), on Saturday The Hipcats will be playing in the Best Mate Plaza and Sunday is a fab day for families (children under 18 go free) with a fun zone where there’ll be face-painting, pony plaiting and rosette making among other crafty things, balloon artists Twistina and Twistopher and Peter Rabbit! Lots of shopping and eating possibilities too. cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

The Wipers Times, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 17 to Sat 18 Nov

An amazing, and true, story about a satirical newspaper created by two officers from a bombed-out building in Belgium during the First World War. Stationed in Ypres (pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discovered a printing press and decided to put together a subversively funny newspaper to lift the spirits of the troops. A West End recruit penned by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, the pair will be at the theatre following the Tuesday evening performance for a Q&A session. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Mary Howard Christmas Fair, Cotswold Airport, Fri 17 Nov

For the first time ever this super fundraiser is coming to Cotswold Airport’s showground with some 140 stalls of gifts, treats, Christmas decorations, kids’ clothes, jewellery and more. It’s a great way to give money to a good cause (Great Ormond Street) and smugly work through your Christmas gift list. Plus, you’ll be able to gorge on a fantabulous lunch courtesy of brilliant Cirencester catering outfit Relish. cotswoldairport.com

 

The Revolutionaires, The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Fri 17 Nov

Big, rhythm and blues will be going down in Stroud on Friday with this cult north-east which takes its cues from Big Joe Turner, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, among others. Good way to get the weekend going! subscriptionrooms.org.uk

 

Brewery Tap: Open Mic Night, Hillside Brewery, Longhope, Fri 17 Nov

The artisan brewer’s monthly open mic night is a chance to plug in and let rip or just come along to be entertained. There’ll be superlatively good beer on tap, good food to soak it up and a hopping (sorry) atmosphere. hillsidebrewery.com

 

The Roses’ Christmas Market, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 18 Nov

Following its success last year, this second outing for the theatre’s Christmas market will see loads of lovely stalls selling gifts, local produce and affordable art which will help you nail your Christmas shopping. There’ll be food and drink too, as well as festive carol singing. rosestheatre.org

 

An evening with Frank Bruno MBE, The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Sat 18 Nov

The former Heavyweight World Champion will be discussing his boxing career, mental health battles, Mike Tyson, Anthony Joshua, and the current boxing scene. He’s got a new book heading in the direction of a best seller and a biopic in the pipeline, proof that his life story is a riveting one. There will be an opportunity for a VIP meet and greet reception, so get ready for your selfie! www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

 

November at Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, all 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

 

Softer: Jenny Holzer Exhibition at Blenheim Palace, until Sun 31 Dec

dark art gallery installation blue and purple lights two silhouettes of bodies

The fourth artist to to showcase contemporary art at Blenheim Palace (my kids still talk about Ai Wei Wei back in 2015), Holzer will be creating new work directly addressing our military and political history – eeek! For this show she’s developing large-scale light projections that will transform the Formal Gardens after dark in a series of night time public events. Sounds cool right? Plus visitors can also explore more meditative areas featuring examples of Holzer’s best known work. blenheimpalace.com

 

Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, until Sun 11 Feb 2018

This started just last week, Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work. npg.org.uk

Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions, Ashmolean, Oxford, until Sun 18 Feb

Could have had a catchier title truth be told! But anyhoo, this major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. Blimey! Brand new research from a major project between The Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum and Oxford Uni, with amazing objects created when the iconography of each of the major religions was still being developed. ashmolean.org

 

Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, until Sat 24 Feb 2018

Photo by Paul Stuart (c) RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian Britain. Also starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. rsc

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