September. Alas, summer is over. Whatever sun we had has begun to disappear. Time to unpack the suitcase and bring back the briefcases and school bags. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as this month there is plenty to do that keeps the back to work and school blues away.
Hopefully the weather continues to stay sunny for the coming months, as it seems to be the climax of the open air cinema season. Kicking off at Cowley Manor, there’ll be an outdoor screening of Pretty Woman on the 6th, followed by Moulin Rouge on the 9th. Sandford Parks Lido will also be taking part later in the month, showing classics such as Fight Club, Back to the Future, and Grease on 20th, 21st, and 22nd of September.
The Hobgoblin Comedy Festival is coming to Cheltenham for its seventh successive year this autumn. Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson and Sarah Millican will be gracing the Cotswolds with their presence and making us chuckle from the 18th to the 23rd. Keep your eyes peeled for lots of smaller gigs popping up around the centre of Cheltenham: these are always great fun and make for a fantastic budget-friendly evening out. (And if you’re interested in seeing Lee Nelson, check out our exclusive student discount!)
If cycling is your thing, then listen up. The 9th and 10th bring the Cheltenham Festival of Cycling, which this year features the OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage Seven. With a street fair and a Kids’ Zone there is something for everyone, even if you aren’t so keen on bicycles. On the Saturday, 120 elite cyclists will be whizzing through Cheltenham in an attempt to finish first in the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain.
If you are feeling really active and particularly inspired by this exhibition of strength and fitness, then get involved with the Cheltenham Triathlon on Sunday 10th. It will kick off at the local Lido with a 500m swim, followed by a 15km cycle and a 2.7km run around the gorgeous Cotswolds.
As it so happens the same weekend also brings us the Cheltenham Paint Festival. On the 9th and 10th around 70 top artists will be coming from all corners of the country to display their art. These artists will include My Dog Sighs, who has a huge international following, P0g0 and Lemak, who have been finalists in the world stencil artist of the year competition. Free events, exhibitions and graffiti workshops will be taking place throughout the weekend.
Not only are Cheltenham Everyman hosting some of the high profile comedy shows this month, they’re also are showing the classic, edge of your seat, thriller Wait Until Dark from the 12th and the iconic opera Madam Butterfly, commencing on the 23rd.
That should be enough to keep you going for the next 30 days. Until next month!