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24th April - 22nd May 2019

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War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, to 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. We’ll be reviewing the show on opening night, so watch this space. Want to know how they created the horses? There’s a 2-hour family workshop on Sat 21 Oct.


The Kite Runner, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, to Sat 4 Nov

A haunting tale of two childhood friends whose lives are shattered by a terrible incident, this stripped-down stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel left weeping West End audiences in its wake. Bring the tissues and go easy on the mascara.


Stroud Book Festival, various locations, Stroud, Thu 2 to Sun 5 Nov

Yeah, yeah, Cheltenham may be the big cheese around here for literature festivals, but Stroud Book Festival punches well above its weight and is small but perfectly formed. Featuring the best of the best in new writing from brilliant novelists, non-fiction writers and poets to children’s writers and storytellers, there are over 30 events happening all over the town. Some of the highlights include Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee discussing what the state has ever done for you (answers on a postcard please), a sneak preview of poet Adam Horovitz’s new book and food critic Matthew Fort’s culinary travels through Italy.


Fairview Fireworks Party, Cheltenham Cricket Club, Fri 3 Nov, entry from 5pm

This is a great option if you’ve got young ‘uns who don’t like loud bangs, as there’s an early display at 5.45pm which is ‘quiet’ followed by the main display at 7.30pm which lets rip. There’ll be live music, fairground stalls and an indoor children’s area, as well as food, cask ale and mulled wine to fill your face with. £7.50, accompanying kids go free. Tel: 01242 523364


Bonfire and Fireworks Display, QEII Field, Stow-on-the-Wold, Fri 3 Nov, from 6pm

As well as the pyrotechnics, you can also look forward to a nice fat pig roast bar and funfair rides in one of the Cotswolds prettiest villages. And it’s free!


Bowood Halloween Party, Bowood Hotel and Spa, Calne Fri 3 Nov, from 7pm

Get your freak on and don your fancy dress ready for a spook-tacular time at the Bowood Halloween Party in the Clubhouse Kerry Suite.


Calne bonfire and fireworks night, Fri 3 Nov, doors open 6pm, display starts 7.30pm

A fantastic evening for all the family to enjoy! The very best bonfire followed by a fantastic fireworks display, from £3,
Cirencester Fireworks, Victoria Road Playing Fields, Cirencester, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5pm

Bonfire, tick, fireworks, tick, funfair, tick, live music, tick, face-painting, tick – the market town’s Round Table ticks all the boxes with its annual event. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm by Deirdre the Dragon (who she? you ask. Better go find out) and the fireworks start blasting at 7pm. All proceeds to charity: adults, £7 in advance, £8 on the door; children, students, OAPs, £4 in advance, £5 on the door; family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £17 in advance, £20 on the door; under 5s free;


Grand Cricklade fireworks display, Fri 3 Nov, from 7.15pm

Tickets in advance: family £12, adult £5, child and seniors £3. At the gate: £8/£5. Tel 01793 751394


Christian Malford bonfire and firework display,Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm

The best firework display in Wilts! With live music, BBQ, bar, bouncy castle and fire dancing. Adults £7, children £3, under 5s free.

Bisley Fireworks Display, Bisley, near Stroud, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm

The village primary school’s PTA annual spectacular in deepest, darkest Bisley (no light pollution here) is always a fantastic show (often accompanied by Star Wars music) and also delivers on the food and drink front with burgers, chilli con carne, beer and mulled wine. £5 for adults; £3 for children; £15 for a family ticket (2 adults, 3 kids); pre-schoolers free. Tel: 01452 770251


Tewksbury Bonfire & Fireworks Display, Vineyards Playing Fields, Sat 4 Nov, gates open at 6.15pm

Watch the fireworks fly into the air at 7.15pm with the Abbey as a backdrop. This display is one of the most atmospheric in the area.


Monkton Park fireworks, Chippenham, Sat 4 Nov

Fireworks display by Distant Thunder – British Musical Fireworks Champions. Advance tickets £4, on the gate £5, under 7’s free.


Malmesbury bonfire and fireworks, Sat 4 Nov, from 6pm

£5 adults, £2 children, family ticket for up to 3 children is £12. Tel: 01666 825725


Swindon Lions fireworks spectacular, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm, fireworks 7.15pm

Swindon Lions Club will be holding its annual fireworks show at the Polo Ground, Marlborough Road. In addition to the fireworks display there will be a funfair all evening, the band Josie and the Outlaw and food stalls selling, burgers, hot dogs, hot drinks, soft drinks, sweets and candy floss.


Fancy Dress & Fireworks Party, The Woolpack, Slad, near Stroud, Sat 4 Nov, 8pm-1am

At the David Bowie tribute shindig last year – The Woolpack is a pub that knows how to party!

The valleys’ hippest pub (it was number one in The Times recent Cool Guide to the Cotswolds, don’t you know) is laying on a grown-up fireworks party for big kids with a dress-up theme of whatever takes your fancy, ales on tap (as well as wine, gin, vodka, etc), live music from soul funk band The Ragged Edge and fireworks. Food will be available until 9pm, then the music begins and the fireworks follow at 10pm. Note the 1am finish – pace yourselves people!


The Summer of Love, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 4 Nov

This nostalgic trip back to 1967’s famous summer of love will get you swaying in your seat as an explosion of flowers, psychedelia, freedom, peace and love and, of course, timeless music entertains you. With original 1960s film footage and a live band, it’ll be California Dreaming all night long.
Fireworks on the Farm, Neston Farm Shop, Atworth, Sun 5 Nov
A fun-filled evening full of sparkle. Huddle around the toasty fire with a glass of mulled wine or a toffee apple and get ready for the star of the show…Their fabulous display of ‘no big bang’ fireworks is perfect for the whole family. Plus, they’ll be cooking up some tasty treats on the Big Green Egg, as well as a selection of lovely local tipples and plenty of other goodies. Gates open 5pm, bonfire lighting 6pm, fireworks 6:30pm.

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!


Black Swan Arts Open 2017, Frome, to Weds 29 Nov

Browse and buy contemporary original art selected from over 900 entries by judges including writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This is the fifteenth year of the annual competition. Everything’s for sale, priced from £90 to £12,000. Go Weds for the preview night and enjoy live music and DJs.


Still Lifes Michael Martin & Gaynor Dowling, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sun 5 Nov

The sublime sculpture of this local duo who create beautifully textured, hand-carved wooden vessels from their studio in Stroud will take your breath away. And you’ll definitely want to take one home with you, so come after pay day.

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