5 Gloucestershire Events To Enjoy The Arts This Autumn

Oct 3, 2017

Whether you would consider yourself an expert in the arts or even a novice, it’s nice to get your fix of art, music, cinema or theatre now and then. Especially as the weather starts to get colder and we all seek indoor shelter. So, if you want to avoid the autumnal chill while broadening your cultural horizons, there are plenty of events in Gloucestershire at the moment. To help you along a little, we have listed our top 5 events in music, art, theatre and literature that should not be missed this autumn across Gloucestershire.


  1. Cheltenham Literature Festival

Starting from the 6th October, this ten-day literature festival is world-renowned for celebrating authors and their works since 1949. This year is set to be no different. With an overall theme of ‘Who Do We Think We Are?’, Cheltenham’s 2017 festival will question what it means to be British. As per, it promises to feature literary legends, celebrity chefs and even politicians. Expect big names such as Bill Nighy, Tom Daley, Miranda Hart, Russell Brand and Nigella Lawson. Buy tickets and see what’s on for each day here.


  1. Freebie Friday

If you prefer to do things instead of merely see them, this one is for you. Freebie Friday at Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity Studio allows visitors to test their creative skills for free and then take away their designs. This autumn’s class, which is on the 20th October delves deep into mosaics and teaches you how to make a mosaic coaster. You can also expect a free drink and pastry. Book onto this morning class here.


  1. Strike A Light Festival

Strike A Light Festival is an eclectic mix of theatre performances and dance shows to help you get your fix of culture. The name stems from the Morelands match factory, as it invites Gloucestershire locals to strike a light and spark their creativity. Expect touring theatre and dance companies as well as live music and thought-provoking performances. This event will take place across various venues in Gloucestershire from the 11th-18th October. See the itinerary for the week and book tickets here.


  1. RSC Live Screening

Based in Cirencester’s Corinium Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company are showing a live screening of a Shakespeare play on the 11th October. Coriolanus is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. Although it is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, it is still a powerful piece to help you retreat from the cold. On top of this, Twelfth Night will also be on for Valentine’s Day next year. Find out more here.


  1. Autumn Festival at Painswick Rococo Garden

Last but not least is not a particularly artsy event, but it is certainly autumnal. The appropriately named Autumn Festival is a family event boasting apple juicing, food tastings and heritage produce displays, on top of child-friendly activities. As well as this, it is a chance to get your knitwear out and explore the beautiful Rococo Garden. This event is on from the 20th to the 22nd October. While you do not have to book in advance, you still have to pay the admission fees to get into the garden. See more here.

We hope you enjoy these arts events this autumn!