Tuesday 22 October 2019

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The Glass Menagerie is an Everyman hit

The Glass Menagerie is an Everyman hit
14 June 2012, Cheltenham – The Everyman Theatre’s first in-house production in more than 15 years, The Glass Menagerie, went down a storm in Cheltenham on its opening night.

The Singing Club launches at Taurus Crafts

The Singing Club launches at Taurus Crafts
13 June 2012, Forest of Dean – Give your vocal chords a workout with professional baritone Karl Daymond, at one of Taurus Crafts’ new Singing Club sessions.

Gloucestershire student launches QueenBooth

Gloucestershire student launches QueenBooth
12 June 2012, Stroud – After 50 years being closed to the general public, Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester will be the setting for weddings, music and theatre events, exhibitions, filming and more.

Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester opened

Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester opened
7 June 2012, Gloucester – After 50 years being closed to the general public, Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester will be the setting for weddings, music and theatre events, exhibitions, filming and more.

Summer classes launched at Harts Barn Cookery School

Summer classes launched at Harts Barn Cookery School
23 May 2012, Longhope, Forest of Dean – Preserve an English summer, sample glorious edible flowers and forage for ingredients in one of Harts Barn Cookery School’s new classes.

Ellenborough Park appoints new operations manager

Ellenborough Park appoints new operations manager
22 May 2012, Southam, Cheltenham – Five-star Cheltenham hotel Ellenborough Park has appointed former Ritz and Chewton Glen manager Nick Walley as operations manager.

Ian Coley Shooting School wins national award

Ian Coley Shooting School wins national award
18 May 2012, Andoversford, Cheltenham – Gloucestershire clay shooting venue Ian Coley Shooting School has just been awarded the Shooting Industry Award for Best Shooting School in the UK.

Edible garden opened in Cheltenham

Edible garden opened in Cheltenham
16 May 2012, Cheltenham – Sample the delights from Cheltenham’s new edible garden in Sandford Park, or try your hand at a spot of pruning with like-minded locals.

Hullabaloo Festival postponed due to poor weather

Hullabaloo Festival postponed due to poor weather
10 May 2012, Burley Fields Lake, Cheltenham – The inaugural Hullabaloo Festival will not take place on the June bank holiday weekend as scheduled, due to ‘extreme weather conditions’.

Cowley Manor opens RCA sculpture exhibition

Cowley Manor opens RCA sculpture exhibition
8 May 2012, Cowley, Cheltenham – Cowley Manor and Coutts have announced the winner of their Arts Award, as they open the RCA sculpture exhibition to the public.

Local actors wanted for Gloucester Mystery Plays

Local actors wanted for Gloucester Mystery Plays
8 May 2012, Gloucestershire – Gloucestershire Theatre Association has made a call for 50 local thespians to play the roles of Mary, Herod and even God, for Gloucester Mystery Plays transformed for the big stage.

Cheltenham calls for Olympic Torch Relay volunteers

Cheltenham calls for Olympic Torch Relay volunteers
2 May 2012, Cheltenham – Cheltenham residents are being given the chance to steward the Olympic Torch Relay through the town, and become part of local history.

Black Eagles to make European debut at RIAT

Black Eagles to make European debut at RIAT
2 May 2012, Fairford, Cotswolds – South Korean Black Eagles are to make history as the first Asian aerobatics team to perform in Europe, at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2012.

Cafe Rene launches steak of the month

Cafe Rene launches steak of the month
2 May 2012, Gloucester – Gloucester venue Cafe Rene has launched a brand new steak of the month promotion, kicking off May 2012 with the chance to feast on a juicy 10oz Texas Longhorn.

Gruffalo trail attracts monster numbers

Gruffalo trail attracts monster numbers
1 May 2012, Soudley, Forest of Dean – The brand new Gruffalo trail has attracted a record 5,000 visitors to Dean Heritage Centre in the past two weeks.

Athlete confirmed as new Lakefest headliner

Athlete confirmed as new Lakefest headliner
1 May 2012, Tewkesbury – British indie rockers Athlete have been confirmed as Lakefest 2012’s Saturday headliner, replacing The Levellers who had to cancel due to injury.

Badminton Horse Trials 2012 cancelled

Badminton Horse Trials 2012 cancelled
30 April 2012, Badminton, Cotswolds – The 2012 Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled due to heavy rain, organisers have announced.

Did you know Dennis Potter?

Did you know Dennis Potter?
30 April 2012, Soudley, Forest of Dean – If you came across local legend Dennis Potter during his lifetime, your experience could form part of the Dean Heritage Centre’s upcoming exhibition.

DIY Cinema competition in Cheltenham

DIY Cinema competition in Cheltenham
25 April 2012, Cheltenham – Budding filmmakers are invited to enter DIY Cinema’s short film competition, with the chance of winning a golden pigeon award and cash prize.

UK's first wolverine cubs born at Cotswold Wildlife Park

UK's first wolverine cubs born at Cotswold Wildlife Park
25 April 2012, Burford, Cotswolds – The UK’s first ever wolverine cubs have been born at Cotswold Wildlife Park, as part of its European endangered species breeding programme.

Edward Gillespie to stand down as Cheltenham Racecourse MD

Edward Gillespie to stand down as Cheltenham Racecourse MD
24 April 2012, Cheltenham – Edward Gillespie, managing director of Cheltenham Racecourse, is to stand down from his role at the world-famous venue after 32 years at the helm.

Gloucester's first Buddhist Centre launches

Gloucester's first Buddhist Centre launches
24 April 2012, Gloucester – Learn about Buddhism and try your hand at meditation or yoga, at Gloucester’s first Buddhist Centre, set to open onboard the SULA Lightship.

Bryan Redpath resigns as Gloucester Rugby head coach

Bryan Redpath resigns as Gloucester Rugby head coach
17 April 2012, Gloucester – Gloucester Rugby has confirmed that head coach Bryan Redpath has resigned from his post, following a series of poor results, ending his three-year tenure.

Gloucester Quays Garden Party is blooming marvellous

Gloucester Quays Garden Party is blooming marvellous
12 April 2012, Gloucester – The first Gloucester Quays Garden Party went down a storm despite the weather, with 60,000 visitors flocking to the three-day event.

New Aston Martin Vantage launched at Cowley Manor

New Aston Martin Vantage launched at Cowley Manor
10 April 2012, Cowley, Cheltenham – Touring prestigious venues across England, the brand new Aston Martin Vantage 2012 range came to Cowley Manor in Cheltenham. SoGlos.com’s James Fyrne was lucky enough to take one for a morning spin.

Ellenborough Park awarded AA five star rating

Ellenborough Park awarded AA five star rating
4 April 2012, Southam, Cheltenham – Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Park has been awarded the first AA five star rating in Gloucestershire, adding to its string of recent accolades.

The Duchess of Cornwall visits Westonbirt

The Duchess of Cornwall visits Westonbirt
4 April 2012, Tetbury, Cotswolds – Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall showed her support for the Friends of Westonbirt during a visit to The National Arboretum.

Woodchester Park launches play trail

Woodchester Park launches play trail
28 March 2012, Woodchester, Stroud – The National Trust has announced the launch of an adventurous, family–friendly play trail at Woodchester Park.

Archaeological dig returns to Dr Jenner's House

Archaeological dig returns to Dr Jenner's House
27 March 2012, Berkeley, Stroud – Visit Dr Jenner’s House in Berkeley to watch an exciting archaeological dig unfold, as the University of Bristol team returns for another year.

Art gallery launched at the Roses

Art gallery launched at the Roses
27 March 2012, Tewkesbury – Tewkesbury’s Roses Theatre has transformed its Café Bar into the town’s very first art gallery.

The Montpellier Chapter launches 1950s Sunday sessions

The Montpellier Chapter launches 1950s Sunday sessions
21 March 2012, Cheltenham – The Montpellier Chapter will be launching a new series of 1950s style Sunday evening chill out sessions this April – with music and cocktails galore.

Chedworth Roman Villa reopens after £3m refurbishment

Chedworth Roman Villa reopens after £3m refurbishment
21 March 2012, Chedworth, Cotswolds – Visitors to Chedworth Villa will be able to enjoy the full Roman experience thanks to a £3m refurbishment of the National Trust property.

GDance announce search for 2012 Olympic Torch Relay dancers

GDance announce search for 2012 Olympic Torch Relay dancers
13 March 2012, Gloucestershire – From flash mob participants to fully-fledged experts, GDance is on the lookout for dancers to participate in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay celebration at Cheltenham Racecourse this May.

Easter golden ticket hunt in the Cotswolds

Easter golden ticket hunt in the Cotswolds
13 March 2012, Cirencester, Cotswolds – Find a golden ticket in Lick The Spoon’s Easter eggs and you could be in with a chance of winning one of 10 prizes at Cirencester’s Garden Spa.

Cotswold Tourism Awards 2012 winners announced

Cotswold Tourism Awards 2012 winners announced
09 March 2012, Gloucestershire – The second annual Cotswold Tourism Awards has seen Gloucestershire hotels, attractions, events and other local businesses scoop a series of coveted titles.

The Open West 2012 exhibition winners announced

The Open West 2012 exhibition winners announced
08 March 2012, Gloucester – Three diverse artists have been selected as winners of The Open West exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral, seeing off more than 50 entrants for the notable awards.

New spring trails launched at Westonbirt Arboretum

New spring trails launched at Westonbirt Arboretum
08 March 2012, Tetbury, Cotswolds – Discover the beauty and wonder of Westonbirt’s heritage landscape in two brand new trails created especially for spring 2012.

Gloucestershire's Showcase Short Film Festival launched

Gloucestershire's Showcase Short Film Festival launched
08 March 2012, Over, Gloucester – Budding local filmmakers will get the chance to showcase their talents and compete at the very first Showcase Short Film Festival in Gloucestershire, to be held in June 2013.

Canal Trust launches Llanthony Hydro scheme

Canal Trust launches Llanthony Hydro scheme
1 March 2012, Over, Gloucester – The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust has reached a significant milestone, announcing the launch of a new Llanthony Hydro scheme.

The Potager re-opens at Barnsley House

The Potager re-opens at Barnsley House
28 February 2012, Cirencester, Cotswolds – Taking advantage of its world class gardens, Barnsley House Hotel’s restaurant The Potager has been revamped to bring the outdoors in.

John Kirwan to coach Barbarians for Kingsholm match

John Kirwan to coach Barbarians for Kingsholm match
19 February 2012, Kingsholm, Gloucester – All Blacks legend John Kirwan will be behind the all-star Barbarians team when they come head to head with Ireland, for the anticipated international match at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium.

Gloucester City Council signs film friendly charter

Gloucester City Council signs film friendly charter
14 February 2012, Gloucester – Previously used as a location for Harry Potter, Outlaw and Amazing Grace, Gloucester hopes to welcome plenty more blockbusters as the council signs up to a ‘film friendly charter’.

Ellenborough Park joins in on Million Metre Challenge

Ellenborough Park joins in on Million Metre Challenge
9 February 2012, Southam, Cheltenham – Ruth Owen-Overton from Ellenborough Park will be joining in on the Million Metre Challenge this weekend, raising funds for Cobalt’s Heart, Mind & Body Scanner Appeal.

Woodchester Park big cat DNA test results revealed

Woodchester Park big cat DNA test results revealed
2 February 2012, Woodchester, Stroud – Following extensive DNA tests on the Woodchester Park deer thought to have been killed by a big cat last month, the lab results have now been revealed.

The Montpellier Chapter launches afternoon tea

The Montpellier Chapter launches afternoon tea
1 February 2012, Montpellier, Cheltenham – Cheltenham venue The Montpellier Chapter is aiming to revive a British institution, having just launched its new afternoon tea service for residents and guests.

Chapel Spa celebrates five year anniversary

Chapel Spa celebrates five year anniversary
27 January 2012, Cheltenham – Cheltenham day spa Chapel Spa is celebrating a fruitful five year anniversary by launching its own brand of aromatherapy oils.

EMF join Lakefest 2012 line-up

EMF join Lakefest 2012 line-up
24 January 2012, Bredons Hardwick, Tewkesbury – Forest of Dean indie dance legends EMF have announced an exciting return to the live music stage, playing Schubert Dip at the inaugural Lakefest near Tewkesbury this spring.

Sue Perkins to rekindle First Love in Cheltenham

Sue Perkins to rekindle First Love in Cheltenham
17 January 2012, Cheltenham – See Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins rekindle her first love at Cheltenham Music Festival, in a brand new Sky Arts 1 HD programme.

Big cat may be on prowl in Gloucestershire

Big cat may be on prowl in Gloucestershire
11 January 2012, Woodchester, Stroud – Speculation that a big cat may be on the prowl in Gloucestershire grows, as experts are brought in to test the DNA of dead roe deer in Woodchester Park near Stroud.

Raw food classes launched at Harts Barn

Raw food classes launched at Harts Barn
9 January 2012, Longhope, Forest of Dean – From raw food noodles and pizzas to cheesecakes and chocolate cakes, find out more about raw and living food with Harts Barn Cookery School’s brand new classes.

Société du Vin launched

Société du Vin launched
9 January 2012, Cheltenham – Get 50 per cent off at Hotel du Vin in Cheltenham, by joining its brand new Société du Vin club launched this month.

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum reaches a milestone

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum reaches a milestone
6 January 2012, Cheltenham – With the foundations reaching completion, officials hope the new Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum will attract national- and international-standard exhibitions when it opens next spring.

Two for the price of one at The Everyman

Two for the price of one at The Everyman
2 January 2012, Cheltenham – For one day only, bargain-hunters can book two theatre tickets for the price of one at The Everyman in Cheltenham, on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

Gloucester Rugby half season tickets now available

Gloucester Rugby half season tickets now available
26 December 2011, Gloucester – With some exhilarating 2012 Kingsholm matches to look forward to, there’s still time to get your hands on a Gloucester Rugby half season ticket.

Cotswolds88 Hotel named hottest in the world

Cotswolds88 Hotel named hottest in the world
21 December 2011, Painswick, Stroud – Gloucestershire’s very own Cotswolds88 Hotel has been named the hottest in the world by booking website Mr and Mrs Smith.

Super Earlybird Air Tattoo tickets closing soon

Super Earlybird Air Tattoo tickets closing soon
16 December 2011, Fairford, Cotswolds – Get into RIAT 2012 for just £29, with limited availability on Super Earlybird tickets to the world-class event coming to Gloucestershire again this summer.

Koloshi opens in Cheltenham

Koloshi opens in Cheltenham
9 December 2011, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham – Cheltenham has a brand new addition to its fine dining scene, as Indian restaurant and bar Koloshi opens its doors in Charlton Kings.

New winter pricing at Westonbirt Arboretum

New winter pricing at Westonbirt Arboretum
7 December 2011, Tetbury, Cotswolds – Westonbirt Arboretum is giving visitors the chance to enjoy the Forestry Commission attraction for less this winter, thanks to new seasonal admission prices.

Planned for Perfection wins south west award

Planned for Perfection wins south west award
7 December 2011, Gloucester – A number of Gloucestershire wedding suppliers have won south west wedding industry awards, including established local wedding planner Planned for Perfection.

Cheltenham filmmaker's documentary airs on small screen

Cheltenham filmmaker's documentary airs on small screen
7 December 2011, Cheltenham – Cheltenham filmmaker Jack Guest is to have his new documentary, An Inconvenient Truth 2, aired on the Community Channel this week.

Spice Lodge scoops British Curry Award

Spice Lodge scoops British Curry Award
6 December 2011, Cheltenham – Cheltenham Indian restaurant Spice Lodge has won the title of Best in South West in the British Curry Awards 2011, and it celebrating the occasion with a special customer offer.

The Montpellier Chapter celebrates first birthday

The Montpellier Chapter celebrates first birthday
30 November 2011, Montpellier, Cheltenham – Popular Cheltenham hotel, restaurant and spa destination The Montpellier Chapter celebrated its first birthday this week, alongside miracle baby Bella Seyforth.

Gloucestershire 'Beaujolais Nouveau

Gloucestershire 'Beaujolais Nouveau' hits the shelves
17 November 2011, Newent, Forest of Dean – It has been a good year for Gloucestershire vineyard Three Choirs, which has just unveiled a crisp New Release wine for the Beaujolais Nouveau deadline.

Cheltenham 2011 Ice Rink postponed

Cheltenham 2011 Ice Rink postponed
10 November 2011, Pittville, Cheltenham – The Cheltenham ice rink planned for Pittville Park as part of the Winter Wonderland project has been postponed, SoGlos.com can reveal.

New Lakefest festival announced for 2012

New Lakefest festival announced for 2012
4 November 2011, Bredons Hardwick, Tewkesbury – Levellers, Reef, Toploader and a whole host of other acts will be gracing the stage at the brand new Lakefest music festival near Tewkesbury, in May 2012.

Bowden Hall Hotel announces change of ownership

Bowden Hall Hotel announces change of ownership
4 November 2011, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester – Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall has been launched, with great things expected at the newly named venue set in the village of Upton St Leonards.

National Trust reaches four million members

National Trust reaches four million members
6 October 2011, Gloucestershire – The National Trust is celebrating a significant milestone this week, reaching over four million members for the very first time.

Flamingo trio require round the clock care by Slimbridge

Flamingo trio require round the clock care by Slimbridge
5 October 2011, Slimbridge, Stroud – Three baby flamingos hatched at Slimbridge are being cared for around the clock by centre staff, before they rejoin their flock.

Feva's top style tips for evening glamour

Feva's top style tips for evening glamour
5 October 2011, Cheltenham – Independent Cheltenham boutique Feva is giving SoGlos.com’s readers five top tips for evening glamour – perfect for picking out that killer number.

Everyman Theatre renovation completed in 17 weeks

Everyman Theatre renovation completed in 17 weeks
3 October 2011, Cheltenham – Cheltenham venue the Everyman Theatre reopened for business again last week after an extensive refurbishment, with Speller Metcalfe reporting it took just 17 weeks to complete the ambitious challenge.

Ellenborough Park wins top industry awards

Ellenborough Park wins top industry awards
29 September 2011, Southam, Cheltenham – Cheltenham’s luxury country hotel and spa Ellenborough Park has scooped two top industry awards, beating off Calcot Manor for the top spot.

Forest Green Rovers launches as event venue

Forest Green Rovers launches as event venue
13 September 2011, Nailsworth, Stroud – Nailsworth-based Forest Green Rovers Football Club has launched its new event and conferencing facilities, promising the perfect venue for functions great and small.

C-Side Spa named best spa in the UK

C-Side Spa named best spa in the UK
2 September 2011, Cowley, Cheltenham – C-Side Spa, at Cowley Manor hotel near Cheltenham, has been named Best Spa in a UK Hotel at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards 2011.

Garden of the future opens at Slimbridge

Garden of the future opens at Slimbridge
25 August 2011, Slimbridge, Stroud – Get a glimpse into the future at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, as the popular attraction unveiled its new Rain Garden this week.

Three local venues offer best steak in town

Three local venues offer best steak in town
24 August 2011, Gloucestershire – From classic sirloin and fine fillet to kangaroo and Wagyu Kobe beef, three local restaurants now offer some of the best steaks Gloucestershire has to offer.

Simon Hopkinson's September dish in Cheltenham

Simon Hopkinson's September dish in Cheltenham
24 August 2011, Montpellier, Cheltenham – Celebrity chef Simon Hopkinson’s new dish of the month has been launched at The Montpellier Chapter in Cheltenham.

Simon Pegg announced as Cheltenham Film Festival patron
19 August 2011 – Local boy and Hollywood movie star Simon Pegg has given his backing to the Cheltenham Film Festival, announcing his role as patron this week.

Gloucester City Museum now open
11 August 2011 – The refurbished Gloucester City Museum has once again opened its doors, bringing Ancient Rome back to life and creating a new home for prehistoric dinosaurs in the city centre, this summer.

Everyman Young Company launches
19 July 2011 – Celebrating 25 years of the Youth Theatre in Cheltenham, the Everyman Theatre has launched a brand new venture of professional training for young people.

Local Speech House Pudding to be resurrected on ITV1
19 July 2011 – Yvette Farrell from Harts Barn Cookery School will be revealing how to make a Speech House Pudding during her demonstration on ITV1’s Countrywise Kitchen.

Local fundraiser to ride from London to Paris
30 June 2011 – Ruth Owen-Overton from Ellenborough Park will be taking on the London to Paris bike ride this summer, raising funds for the Gloucestershire-based Meningitis Trust.

Jamie's Italian opening in Cheltenham
27 June 2011 – With just a month to go until Jamie’s Italian restaurant opens in Cheltenham, the celebrity chef speaks out about the latest addition to his growing restaurant empire.

RAF's biggest aircraft to debut at Air Tattoo
24 June 2011 – The very first public appearance of the Royal Air Force’s largest and newest aircraft will be taking place the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire this July.

Star-studded start to the international season at Beaufort Polo Club
20 June 2011 – A star turnout and victory for England ensured the start to the international polo season was a success at Beaufort Polo Club’s seventh annual Country Fair.

Gloucester Rugby season tickets on sale now
7 June 2011 – The brand new Gloucester Rugby season tickets are on sale now, with early booking discounts for fans snapping up their Kingsholm places before the end of June 2011.

Gloucestershire streets shortlisted for Google Street View Awards
6 May 2011 – From most romantic to the best for shopping, discover which two Gloucestershire thoroughfares have been shortlisted for the Google Street View Awards 2011.

Gloucester Guildhall in running for NME award
3 May 2011 – Show your support for Gloucester Guildhall as part of NME magazine’s search for Britain’s Best Small Venue, and cast your vote by Wednesday 11 May 2011.

Von Essen Hotels goes into administration
21 April 2011 – Luxury chain Von Essen Hotels, which owns three hotels in Gloucestershire, has gone into administration with reported debts of more than £250 million.

Everyman Theatre to close for Restoration Project
21 April 2011 – The Everyman Theatre is closing its doors for a five-month restoration from May 2011, with £3 million being invested throughout the Cheltenham venue.

Picnic season arrives at Cowley Manor
15 April 2011 – Make the most of spring and summer with the launch of picnic season at Cowley Manor, with a new spa package fresh for 2011 to boot.

Early bluebells predicted for 2011
7 April 2011 – Bluebells will be arriving early in Gloucestershire this year, with the Forest of Dean once again expected to be a popular destination for the annual floral spectacular.

Cheese Rolling 2011 cancelled
25 March 2011 – The new-look 2011 Gloucester Cheese Rolling event has been cancelled, organisers announced today, following threats and abuse from disgruntled members of the public.

Hugh Laurie at Cheltenham Jazz Festival
23 March 2011 – House star Hugh Laurie will be performing at the finale of the Cheltenham Jazz festival, just one of four international live concerts, it has been announced.

Alexandra Burke to perform at Air Tattoo
20 March 2011 – X Factor star Alexandra Burke will wowing crowds at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, with fans hoping to hear the soul diva’s most popular hits.

Gloucester Rugby in the LV Cup Final
15 March 2011 – Gather your friends and grab the chance to support Gloucester Rugby in the LV= Cup Final against Newcastle Falcons, live in Northampton this Sunday.

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling ticket prices announced
14 March 2011 – Ticket prices have been announced for the new-look Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival 2011, taking place in Gloucestershire this summer.

Gloucester Showboat Nights to be held every Friday
4 March 2011 – Following the raging success of its monthly 2010 events, the Oliver Cromwell Paddle Wheeler will be holding Showboat Nights every Friday in 2011.

The Parrot Bar and Grill enjoys successful relaunch
24 February 2011 – Relaunched in January 2011 as Cheltenham’s newest and only dedicated steakhouse, The Parrot Bar and Grill has enjoyed a sizzling success with discerning foodies from across the town and beyond.

Ellenborough Park opens in Cheltenham
18 February 2011 – Just in time for Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup 2011, new hotel and spa Ellenborough Park officially opened its doors for business today.

Gloucester firm to refurbish Everyman Theatre
10 February 2011 – The Everyman Theatre’s forthcoming £3 million restoration will be undertaken by local firm Speller Metcalfe, the Cheltenham venue announced today.

New Cheltenham tourism videos launched
4 February 2011 – A brand new series of Cheltenham tourism videos have been unveiled by Escargo Marketing, showcasing the town’s hotspots like never before.

New Wine and Supper Club at The Yew Tree Inn
19 January 2011 – Try Forest of Dean wild boar at The Yew Tree Inn near Newent, during the award-winning pub’s brand new series of Wine and Supper Clubs.

Save the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling campaign launched
13 January 2011 – A campaign to ‘Save the Cheese Roll’ has been launched in a bid to keep the renowned Gloucester tradition alive in the form of a brand new two-day event in June 2011.

Fish pedicure launches in Cheltenham
4 January 2011 – Get an exotic pedicure from a school of Garra Rufa fish, thanks to All Your Life’s revolutionary new treatment now available in Cheltenham.

Sandford Parks Lido Christmas Swim cancelled
22 December 2010 – The 2010 Christmas Swim at Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham has sadly been cancelled due to poor weather conditions, organisers have announced.

Please Re Tweet Me song launched
16 December 2010 – Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ gets a modern social media makeover, as Drybrook Male Voice Choir sing ‘Please Re Tweet Me’ in aid of Gloucestershire-based charity the Meningitis Trust.

Cotswold Foodie Club launched
3 December 2010 – Some of the finest restaurants and inns in the county have joined forces to create a new Cotswold Foodie Club, backed by local residents including Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

The Montpellier Chapter opens in Cheltenham
29 November 2010 – Brand new Cheltenham venue The Montpellier Chapter has opened its luxurious doors to hotel guests and restaurant diners today.

Cheltenham's Masala Bites now open
1 November 2010 – An exciting Indian dining experience has arrived in Cheltenham, now the new Masala Bites Thali and Tiffin Kitchen has officially opened for business.

The Wharf House wins CPRE Award
14 October 2010 – Gloucester restaurant and accommodation The Wharf House has scooped an award from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Hill33 at Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
11 October 2010 – Visitors to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail this autumn will be in for a surprise of epic proportions, now that artist David Cotterrell’s new 1,300 tonne Hill33 has been unveiled.

Gloucester Rugby new ticket savings
11 October 2010 – Save money on tickets to see Gloucester Rugby in action this 2010/11 season, thanks to a series of new savings from the premiership team.

The Wharf House wins AA Red Rosette
8 October 2010 – Expect a lip smacking meal out and a good night’s sleep in Gloucester, as The Wharf House Restaurant wins both a coveted AA Red Rosette for culinary excellence and four AA stars for its accommodation.

Stuart Holmes named Salon of the Year
21 September 2010 – The Stuart Holmes Hair and Beauty Spa in Cheltenham has been named The Salon of the Year at the British Hairdressing Business Awards, described as ‘the Oscars’ of the hairdressing industry.

The Wharf House goes solar
21 September 2010 – See Gloucestershire’s largest array of solar panels, now installed in pride of place at The Wharf House in Over.

Calcot Manor hotel's own herd of cattle
16 June 2010 – A herd of alluring Aberdeen Angus cattle have settled into Calcot Manor’s pastures new, near Tetbury this summer.

Summer picnics at Cowley Manor
16 June 2010 – Kick back, relax and take in the stunning rural surrounds of Cowley Manor, with the new picnic package available for the first time this summer.

Boogie Lounge launches new 80s night
14 June 2010 – Popular Cheltenham club Boogie Lounge is set to provide a heady haven for those hungry (like the wolf) for 80s hits, fresh for the summer.

Treasure Trails launched in Gloucestershire
27 May 2010 – Treasure Trails is set to put Gloucestershire explorers through their paces with the launch of a series of fun adventure challenges across the county.

Gloucester musicians produce World Cup song
27 May 2010 – Two local lads hope to score for England and Africa with a song penned to celebrate the forthcoming World Cup tournament.

RAF Yearbook 2010 out now
24 May 2010 – Published ahead of the anticipated Tattoo in Gloucestershire this summer, the 43rd edition of the RAF Yearbook is now available on shelves across Gloucestershire and beyond.

Stuart Holmes iPhone app is a cut above
24 May 2010 – Cheltenham hairdressing salon Stuart Holmes is enjoying the success of its innovative new iPhone application, as users hit the 220,000 mark.

New disabled swimming facilities at GL1
18 May 2010 – Gloucestershire’s GL1 leisure centre has unveiled its £30,000 investment into improving recreational swimming facilities for disabled residents across the county.

Cheltenham band shortlisted for European music festival
7 May 2010 – Cheltenham’s very own Lounge Fly are amongst 40 top bands hoping to wow crowds at Benicàssim this summer.

New music video service launch in Gloucester
14 April 2010 – Local musician and video editor Joe Banyard has launched an exciting new project that he hopes will put Gloucestershire’s live musical talent on the map.

The Front Rooms in Cheltenham closes down
23 March 2010 – The Front Rooms in Cheltenham, the town’s newest live music venue, has closed down.

Tewkesbury adiZone opening
19 March 2010 – Tewkesbury adiZone, an innovative outdoor gym and sports area, will be officially opened in March – providing a fun and free way to keep fit in the fresh air, for all the family.

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling 2010 cancelled
12 March 2010 – The annual Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling 2010 event has been cancelled, with plans for a 2011 event already underway.

Edward Jenner postage stamp
5 March 2010 – One of Gloucestershire’s most famous residents, the immunologist Edward Jenner, has been commemorated in a Royal Mail postage stamp.

The Yew Tree Inn wins Wine Pub of the Year
16 February 2010 – Reputed Newent pub The Yew Tree Inn has scooped a coveted win and a finalist nomination for Wine Pub of the Year, in two national awards.

Calcot Spa is a Condé Nast runner up
3 February 2010 – Calcot Spa in the Cotswolds is a runner-up in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards 2010, making it one of the world’s top 25 spas.

Nando’s restaurant opens at Gloucester Quays
9 December 2009 – The designer shopping centre Gloucester Quays welcomed a hot and spicy addition today, as chicken chain Nando’s opens.

Sudeley Castle on School of Saatchi
2 December 2009 – Sudeley Castle will be the setting for the next episode of the BBC Two series School of Saatchi, being shown this coming Monday.

Spice Lodge in British Curry Awards
6 November 2009 – Cheltenham restaurant Spice Lodge was highly commended at the British Curry Awards 2009, selected as one of the best amongst more than 2,700 spice restaurants in the UK.

von Essen wins Hotel Chain of the Year award
6 November 2009 – von Essen hotels, the chain with three luxurious hotels in Gloucestershire, won the Gold Award for Hotel Chain of the Year at the British Travel Awards.

New way to celebrate Gloucestershire unveiled
1 October 2009 – Unveiled today, SoGlos.com’s snazzy new what’s on widgets allow users to keep up-to-date with the very best events, and celebrate Gloucestershire, in a new and unique way.

More sports at Cheltenham leisure centre
30 September 2009 – New cricket, badminton and football facilities are now available at leisure@cheltenham’s sports hall, completing the multi-million pound refurbishment of the leisure centre.

Gloucestershire library charges increasing
28 September 2009 – Charges for a number of services at libraries across Gloucestershire libraries will be increasing from November.

Relatives of World War I veterans wanted
28 September 2009 – Gloucestershire relatives of World War I veterans are being invited to a special Remembrance Day service at Westminster Abbey.

Metropolitan Opera cancelled in Cheltenham
21 September 2009 – The popular Metropolitan Opera screenings held for two years at Cineworld Cheltenham will not be going ahead during the 2009 to 2010 season, it has been confirmed.

Gloucestershire pubs in the Michelin Guide 2010
9 September 2009 – Find out which of Gloucestershire’s best inns and taverns have made it into the Michelin Guide to Eating Out in Pubs 2010, with 17 pubs recommended for exceptional cooking across the county this year.

Le Champignon Sauvage in UK’s top ten restaurants
8 September 2009 – The Cheltenham restaurant Le Champignon Sauvage has been named one of the top ten restaurants in the UK, in the new Good Food Guide 2010 published today.

Hen parties flock to The Cotswolds
7 August 2009 – Economising brides-to-be are forgoing foreign hen weekends for celebrations closer to home, with the Cotswolds featuring in the top ten destinations according to a new survey.

Nailsworth Brewery wins Gloucestershire Beer of the Year
3 August 2009 – Nailsworth Brewery’s Old Rocky is 2009 Gloucestershire Beer of the Year, beating 45 ales from across the county for the top award.

Most Haunted at The Edward Jenner Museum
13 July 2009 – The Most Haunted television cast and crew went ghost hunting at The Edward Jenner Museum this month, as part of the phenomenally popular Living Television show.

Crackers in Gloucester closes down
4 July 2009 – Popular Gloucester nightclub Crackers has closed down after 23 years in business, it has been announced.

Travelodge opens at Gloucester Quays
2 July 2009 – Gloucester welcomed the arrival of its very own Travelodge this week, with a brand new hotel situated at Gloucester Quays.

Gloucester museums to receive Lottery funding boost
29 June 2009 – Gloucester’s two main museums are both set to receive a major makeover, thanks to investment secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Saxon nunnery found at Edward Jenner Museum
5 June 2009 – With just a week to go on this year’s archaeological dig, the University of Bristol team make an exciting discovery at The Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley.

Free swimming for children at GL1
1 June 2009 – GL1 leisure centre in Gloucester is giving children under the age of 16 the chance to swim for free, with registrations for the national programme launching on 1 June 2009.

Sudeley Castle is a Gardeners’ World favourite
20 May 2009 – Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe has been given the thumbs-up by Gardeners’ World readers, who have voted its gardens as one of their top five favourites in the south west.

VibroGym at Leisure at Cheltenham
18 May 2009 – The new vibrating VibroGym has arrived at leisure@cheltenham this May, for Cheltenham’s body-conscious to get a new kind of workout.

Green Man awarded to Highnam Court Visitor
5 May 2009 – An expertly carved Green Man has been awarded to one lucky Oxfordshire resident, as Theresa Hovard wins first prize in the Highnam Court Spring Fair Grand Draw.

Moore to Eat opens in Bourton-on-the-Water
3 May 2009 – The Cotswolds has a brand new local produce Deli, as Moore to Eat opens its doors in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water.

One millionth visitor at GWR
21 April 2009 – The one millionth visitor climbed aboard one of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s steam trains last weekend, making their spring break in the Cotswolds one to truly remember.

Cheltenham Regency Hotel scoops AA awards
16 April 2009 – Cheltenham Regency Hotel is celebrating a successful AA inspection this month, having garnered three stars for its accommodation and a rosette for its restaurant.

Express by Holiday Inn Cheltenham anniversary
16 April 2009 – One of Cheltenham’s newest hotels celebrated its one year anniversary this month, marking the occasion with a spangly new illuminated sign and a few new customer experiences to boot.

Fever Gloucester nightclub opens
4 April 2009 – Fever, Gloucester’s very own 70s, 80s and 90s nightclub opened this April, following the success of the popular Cheltenham nightspot.

Free swimming for the over 60s at GL1
16 March 2009 – GL1 leisure centre in Gloucester is offering the over 60s free swimming from 1 April 2009, as part of the Government’s swim4life initiative. Pre-registration for the scheme is open now.

Mango restaurant opening at The Brewery
14 March 2009 – Mango, the newest restaurant at The Brewery in Cheltenham, officially opened fresh for the Gold Cup crowds this March.

Air Tattoo cancelled on Sunday due to heavy rain
12 July 2008 – The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford has been cancelled on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2008, due to the unusually heavy rainfall, organisers have announced.

Health du Vin spa opening
15 October 2007 – Cheltenham’s Hotel du Vin unveiled its brand new spa, Health du Vin, this month.


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Tuesday 21 April 2009

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