What’s On: November 2017


This month Cheltenham’s calender is one Guy Fawkes would be proud of. And he had a serious social life.

Start your month with not just a metaphorical bang but a literal one, as the Brewery and Racecourse both put on their firework displays a day early on the 4th. This means the 5th of the month is left free for a cosy night in with a bunch of sparklers and a blanket. Either one of these displays promises to be a spectacular for both the eyes and ears so take your pick. You could even head up high to Cleeve Hill for great views across Cheltenham, the ultimate firework watching spot.

Gin lovers look alive! A brand new gin festival is coming to Cheltenham. Head down to the Town Hall on the 11th of November for 120 different gins to tantalise your taste-buds. With cocktail demos, live entertainment and chances to try your hand at distilling, what’s not to like?! Tickets cost £12 and include a goody bag of a gin glass and gin bible.

Finish off your day of leisurely drinking with a visit from no other than the King of the Jungle (and comedy) himself, Joel Dommett at the Cheltenham Racecourse. After his latest rise to fame from I’m A Celebrity, he has not left our screens, popping up wherever we least expect. His latest stand up show was a success at the Edinburgh fringe and now is embarking on a UK tour.

Three days of adrenaline-fuelled displays and races are coming down the final furlong into Cheltenham Racecourse to get the South West jump racing season underway. The November meet kicks off on the 17th and is guaranteed to get you excited for the much anticipated Festival in March next year. You can buy tickets for all the upcoming race days on the Cheltenham Racecourse Website.

As we near the end of the month things are starting to feel a little festive. The Christmas market shows up on the 23rd bringing smells of cinnamon and gingerbread to the promenade. Then on the 24th the Pantomime comes to town. Dick Whittington is visiting the Everyman this year and he will of course be bringing his cat along too. Starring the iconic Tweedy the clown and other Everyman favourites, this guarantees to be fun for all the family.
And finally to round off the trio of seasonal treats, the Brewery will be covered in a blanket of lights ready to illuminate Cheltenham on the 25th; exactly a month before the big day. I can hear jingle bells…

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