Wednesday 29 January 2020

10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this November

Looking for things to do in Gloucestershire this November? From festivals to firework nights, you won’t be stuck for ideas in SoGlos’s round-up of unmissable events.

Marking the start of a new season, November welcomes crisp mornings, darker evenings, and the festive beginnings of Christmas.

So, grab your calendar and get your November booked up with SoGlos’s round-up of unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this month.

1. Firework and bonfire nights in Gloucestershire

With plenty of events happening across Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury this autumn, there has never been a better excuse to bundle the family up in hats and scarves and prepare to oooh and aaah at the spectacular displays planned. Visit our fireworks guide to find one near you.

2. Enchanted Sudeley at Sudeley Castle

From Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019, discover the prince and princesses of Grimm’s fairytales, including Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, at Sudeley Castle’s Enchanted Sudeley event this autumn. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the castle’s gardens, follow the trail and be immersed in fantastical worlds.

3. The Top Dog Film Festival at Cheltenham Town Hall

Coming to Cheltenham for one night only on Tuesday 5 November 2019, discover the heroes of the canine world at The Top Dog Film Festival. Independent filmmakers have captured stories of the bonds between man and dog through the art of cinematography. Dog lovers, prepare to feel all the emotions!

4. Stroud Book Festival

Spanning five days from Wednesday 6 November to Sunday 10 November 2019, Stroud Book Festival will feature famous authors such as Ian McEwan and Katie Fforde. Listen to inspiring talks, get your book signed, and take part in model-making workshops with Aardman Animations.

5. The Entertainer at Everyman Theatre

See Shane Richie star as Archie Rice in The Entertainer at Everyman Theatre this November. The classic play, written by John Osborne, is on its first ever UK tour, and was selected as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century by The Guardian’s chief theatre critic. This contemporary take on the play follows Richie’s character as he plays to dwindling crowds while his son fights in the Falklands and his daughter campaigns against the war.

6. Burger and Music Night at StarBistro

Mix and match flavours at StarBistro’s Burger and Music Night, choosing from five delicious burger creations cooked up by National Star students. With everything from beetroot veggie burgers to classic bacon and cheese burger, diners will be spoilt for choice. The live folk music will provide top-notch entertainment, leaving everyone in high spirits.

7. The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse

Head to the races on Friday 15, Saturday 16 or Sunday 17 November 2019 for the November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse. Starting with the Countryside Day on Friday, see racing action, sheep herding and hound parades. Saturday welcomes The BetVictor Gold Cup, while Sunday features a whole load of family fun, where under 18s get free entry.

8. Dog Walking at Painswick Rococo Garden

Open for an extra month, Painswick Rococo Garden is welcoming four-legged friends and their owners to explore the autumnal countryside free of charge. Explore the stunning grounds before warming up in the café with a hot drink and bite to eat. With free entry for one person per dog, get the whole family together for a wonderful day out in the Cotswolds.

9. Christmas lights switch-on events in Gloucestershire

Bundle the whole family together and go along to a Christmas lights switch-on event in Gloucestershire. A great way to get into the festive spirit and celebrate the beginning of Christmas, the switch-on events have everything from carol singers to market stalls, live music to Santa’s grottos. Visit our guide to find a switch-on event near you.

10. The Cheltenham Christmas Wine Festival at Pittville Pump Room

There’ll be over 150 bottles of delicious wine, champagne and spirits for you to try at Tivoli Wines' Christmas Wine Festival. Coming to Pittville Pump Room on Friday 29 November 2019, the festival is a great opportunity to stock up on delicious Christmas drinks. Plus, new for this year, Tivoli Wines will be teaming up with the well-regarded Japanese restaurant, Koj, where Andrew Kojima and his team will be serving up delicious steamed buns, street food and sake.

For plenty more ideas on what to do this November in Gloucestershire, head to

By Amy Wright

© SoGlos
Tuesday 29 October 2019

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