10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this November

From mesmerising light installations to seasonal ice-skating opportunities, winter is coming to Gloucestershire, with plenty of festive events and activities to get us in the spirit this November 2021.

With frosty mornings and darker evenings comes the start of the festive season – and Gloucestershire is glimmering with gorgeous light displays as the first signs of Christmas start to appear this November 2021.

Kicking the month off with a bang, there’s also explosive firework displays; legendary sporting events; and the return of Stroud’s beloved Book Festival – with SoGlos sharing 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this month.


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

Local family business, Gillman’s, has grown to become one of the country’s biggest independent electrical appliance retailers, providing installation, servicing and repairs – as well as a super speedy delivery service – on commercial and domestic appliances.

This month, there’s even the chance to win a retro-style mini fridge from Gillman’s – perfect for chilling your favourite drinks and snacks wherever you fancy.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. See spectacular firework displays in Gloucestershire

Get ready to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ as the night sky above Gloucestershire lights up for Guy Fawkes Night, with an array of fireworks and bonfire events taking place across the county this November 2021.

Wrap up warm and head to the largest fireworks display in the south west at Cheltenham Racecourse, hosted by Cheltenham Round Table, or experience Cattle Country Farm Park’s explosive extravaganza – with SoGlos’s fireworks and bonfires guide sharing the top spots to see some spectacular displays.


2. Catch The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse

A highlight in the British Jump Racing calendar, The November Meeting is bringing three days of exhilarating horse racing action to Cheltenham Racecourse from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 November 2021.

Lucky punters can place their bets with action-packed races taking place every day, as well as countryside pursuits, shopping opportunities, live music and free family activities to keep everyone entertained.


3. Experience the immersive Tewkesbury Festival of Lights

Get lost in a spectacle of light and sound at Tewkesbury Festival of Lights, illuminating the iconic Tewkesbury Abbey from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 November 2021.

Dazzling visitors of all ages, the festival will bring the historic landmark to life with an awe-inspiring light show and audio display – created by award-winning artists, Luxmuralis, to honour the abbey’s 900th anniversary.


4. Celebrate stories at Stroud Book Festival

Making a welcome return to in-person events, Stroud Book Festival is back from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 November 2021, featuring critically acclaimed, bestselling and up-and-coming local writers.

From young bookworms to seasoned literature lovers, there’s something for readers of all ages in the festival’s jam-packed programme – including talks from much-loved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo, and retail guru, Mary Portas.


5. Go ice-skating in Gloucestershire

For heaps of festive fun, there’s snow place like an ice-skating rink in the run-up to Christmas – and there are plenty of seasonal skating opportunities across Gloucestershire, including the county’s only all-weather rink in Cheltenham and the return of Gloucester’s open-air ice rink at Gloucester Quays.

There’s also a permanent indoor rink just over the county borders, with Bristol’s highly anticipated Planet Ice finally open for public ice-skating sessions, too.


6. See stunning light installations across Gloucester

From illuminating spheres at Robinswood Hill to a walk-in kinetic light tunnel at Blackfriars Priory, visitors can see Gloucester glimmer with light and colour this November 2021.

With spectacular scenes to admire across the city, there’s a mix of ticketed events and temporary installations that are free to find as part of the new Bright Nights programme – including the annual Lantern Procession and Christmas Light Switch-On on Sunday 21 November 2021.


7. Rock out at the Everyman Theatre

Throwing it back to the ‘80s, the hit musical comedy Rock of Ages is back on stage at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, promising a party atmosphere with classic rock anthems on selected dates this November 2021.

Starring Strictly Come Dancing star, Kevin Clifton, musical fans can expect an energetic show from curtain to close, featuring belters like ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ and ‘The Final Countdown’ performed by a live band.


8. Visit a Christmas market in Gloucestershire

It’s official – Christmas markets are back! And whether you’re shopping for stocking fillers or hankering for your first sip of mulled wine, Gloucestershire’s festive markets are bigger and better than ever this year.

With highlights including the Festive Orchard Street Market, bringing artisan stalls, street food and seasonal treats to Gloucester Quays every weekend from Saturday 6 November 2021.


9. See the Christmas lights switch on at the Brewery Quarter

Starting the countdown to Christmas on Saturday 20 November 2021, Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter is inviting locals to party with live musicians, circus performers and even Father Christmas himself at its bustling Christmas Switch On event.

Get a sneak peek at this year’s Everyman Theatre panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, and join in with family activities before the man of the hour switches on the lights with a ‘ho, ho, ho’!


10. Start your Christmas shopping in Gloucestershire

It’s never too early to start playing elf – and SoGlos’s handy Christmas gift guide is packed with inspo for chipping away at those Christmas lists, featuring everything from handmade gifts and local experiences to festive treats for your four-legged friends.


For more information about Gillman’s, visit gillmans.co.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Tuesday 02 November 2021

More hot lists you might like...

Have the merriest Christmas in Gloucestershire, with 10 unmissable things to do in the county, this December 2021.

10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this December

From exhilarating Christmas Day swims to the county’s first Taco Bell opening, fill your December with 10 unmissable things...

In this Gloucestershire property round-up series, sponsored by The Mortgage Brain, SoGlos uncovers the most exciting properties for sale across the county.

8 of the most exciting Gloucestershire properties on the market in December 2021

From a plant filled swimming pool to a former toilet block in Cheltenham, SoGlos’s Gloucestershire property series uncovers...

Make the most of Christmas this year without having to break the bank, with these free things to do in Gloucestershire.

10 free things to do in Gloucestershire this Christmas

Your Gloucestershire Christmas celebrations don’t have to cost a fortune, thanks to SoGlos’s round up of 10 free things to...

Putting the county on a global stage, SoGlos celebrates some of the women helping shape Gloucestershire’s cyber industry.

11 diverse women helping shape Gloucestershire’s cyber sector

With Gloucestershire’s cyber sector growing at an astonishing rate, SoGlos takes a look at some of the talented women helping...

Discover where to shop for Christmas trees across Gloucestershire this festive season.

18 places to buy your Christmas tree in Gloucestershire

With just a few more weekends until Christmas Day, SoGlos has picked 18 tree-mendous places to buy (or rent) a real Christmas...

Don’t miss

Unmissable highlights