Muddy Stilettos Guide to November 2018

Great things to do in The Cotswolds in November 2018

Christmas Cooking Class, Winston House, Stroud, Thurs 1 Nov & Thurs 8 Nov

Learn some fab new recipes in time for Christmas and impress all your family with your delicious cooking. Perfect for a buffet or as canapés at a Christmas do. 

Winston House




Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, to Sat 24 Nov

The haunting tale of The Hound of Baskervilles is filled with twists, turns and absolute insanity. 

Sherlock Holmes at The Barn Theatre




Retail Rocks the Cotswolds, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Tues 6 Nov

Rock the Cotswolds has played a pivotal role in bringing awareness to the eccentric, creative and pioneering place the Cotswolds has become. Come along to learn, question, be inspired and share your experience of retail in the Cotswolds.

Retail Rocks The Cotswolds 

Retail Rocks the Cotswolds




Wanderlust: Exhibition, 1793 Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tues 6 Nov - Sun 23 Dec

1793 exhibits the works of Mike England, a Cotswold local finding inspiration in colourful landscapes.

1793 Gallery 

1793 Gallery




One Pot Wonders, Natural Cookery School, Nailsworth, Wed 7 Nov

Cook quick, delicious one-pot dinners, perfect for a busy weekday or a cold winter evening.

One Pot Wonder 

One Pot Wonders




Stroud Book Festival, Wed 7 Nov to Sun 11 Nov

Stroud’s 5-day festival brings bookworms together to celebrate literature in all its brilliant forms, with a line-up including Mary Queen of Shops, Bake Off judge Prue Leith, Alan Johnson and Ade Adepitan. 

Stroud Book Festival




The Big Fat Christmas Quiz, The Porch House, Stow, Wed 7 Nov

The Porch House has put its own twist on a traditional pub quiz. Do you know your flavours? Find out in their taste test. 

The Porch House




Beyond the Barricades, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Sat 10 Nov

The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour, delivering the best of Broadway and the West End, is now in its 19th successive year and features principal performers from Les Miserables. 

Beyond The Barricades




Ladies That Lunch – Festive Spirit, The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Shurdington, Tues 13 Nov

This ladies’ lunch with a festive twist is definitely one for the calendar. Take part in a cocktail master class, with specially selected festive cocktails as well as a delicious two course lunch. 

The Greenway




Christmas Shopping Evening, Paprika Gifts, Chippenham, Thurs 15 Nov

Everything you’ll find in Paprika is unique and contemporary, so join them for an evening of Christmas shopping and enjoy some bubbly, goody bags and a raffle in aid of Dorothy House. 

Paprika Gifts




Art and Conflict: Works from the Swindon Collection, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon, to Sat 1 Dec

This is the last month in which to see this exciting exhibition – the Art and Conflict collection reflects six artists’ interpretations of war and conflict, all from the Swindon collection of Modern British Art. It’s a bit of culture before the silly season! 

Art and Conflict




Jack Mac’s Funk Band, The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat, Fri 16 Nov

Jack Mac’s band is guaranteed to get any audience on their feet and flying around the dance floor. 

Jack + Mac




Clues & Crime at Minstead Lodge, Minstead, Fri 16 Nov

Don your thinking cap at Minstead Lodge Murder Mystery Evening - immerse yourself in the story, dress up in 1940’s gear and figure out whodunnit. 

Minstead Trust - Murder Mystery




The November Meeting, Cheltenham Racecourse, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Nov

Racing season returns to Gloucestershire in its inimitable and oh-so-alluring style with The November Meeting, where glamour, gambling and very, very fast gee-gees all rock up at Cheltenham. Tempted by three days of fundraising, fabulous racing and remembrance, not to mention shopping to die for, delicious food and bubbles, we at Muddy poked our noses into the equine action to find out more about it.


The November Meet




Magic and Wine Night with Sieko, Averys Cellar, Bristol, Fri 16 Nov

Professional magician and member of the Magic Circle, Sieko brings his unique and relaxed style of magic to Averys. Enjoy an intimate show whilst drinking some of the best wines on the market, specially selected for you.






Chunky Wreath Workshop, Meggies, Stow-on-the-Wold 17th November

Join Courtney on Saturday November 17th at Meggie’s Stow-on-the-Wold for a one hour merino wool chunky wreath making workshop. Select your colour and then choose a workshop time slot. Only 4 people per session. All supplies are included and no experience is needed.


The Chunky Wreath Workshop




The Parenting Toolkit: Simple Steps to Happy and Confident Children,
Museum in the Park, Stroud, Sat 17 Nov

Great granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, Caroline Penney holds a one-off workshop debuting the methods and lessons she discusses in her book. The parenting expert delves deep into acknowledging your child’s feelings and changing emotions and, importantly, how to look after yourself whilst raising a family. Pick up a free copy of the book at the end of the seminar.


The Parenting Toolkit




Gift Wrapping Master Class, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wed 21 Nov

Expert wrapper Jane Means shows you skills and techniques to create that perfectly presented gift for a loved one this Christmas.


Whatley Manor




Meet Father Christmas, Cotswold Farm Park,
Guiting Power, near Cheltenham,
from Sat 24 Nov to Mon 24th December

Bring the little ones to share their Christmas wishes, pick up a present and meet the elves.


The Cotswold Farm Park Father Christmas




Awful Auntie: Live, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wed 21 Nov to Sat 24 Nov 

This brilliant adaptation of David Walliams’ work comes to the stage, a hit for both little and large!


Awful Auntie at Swindon Theatres




Christmas Shopping at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Mon 26 Nov to Wed 28 Nov

Take away the stress of Christmas shopping with this unique collection of independent shops in the beautiful surroundings of Whatley Manor.


Whatley Manor Shopping event




Very Cowley at Christmas, Cowley Manor, 28-29 Nov

For one sparkly night and two fabulous days Cowley Manor will play host to the much loved and most anticipated Christmas event of the year – A Very Cowley Christmas 2018. By nightfall on 28 November the manor house will be transformed into the most exclusive shopping address in the Cotswolds, bedrooms will become fashion boutiques, the lounge area will become a treasure trove of jewels, fine food, tipples and champagne, the ground floor a showcase of the most stylish gifts ideas and the garden room a mecca of all things beauty!  With informative masterclass sessions throughout the following day, this really is the event of the festive season. 

Family Funday




Chunky Wreath Workshop, Inside Out Gifts, Cheltenham, Thurs 29 Nov

If you’re looking for something individual to deck out your home this Christmas, this workshop is the answer. Create your own chunky knit wreath from a selection of festive colours. 

Chunky Wreath




Painswick Goodwill Evening, The Painswick Centre, Stroud, Fri 30 Nov

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, with charities representing many different important causes. Donate clothes, toys, food or any change you can spare. Plus, local school children will hold a lantern parade in celebration of the Christmas season. 

Painswick Goodwill Event on Facebook 

Painswick Goodwill Event




Silver Surfers: Over 30’s Session, Rush Skate Park, Stroud, Fri 30 Nov

Calling all *ahem* older skaters - Rush Skate Park hosts their monthly event dedicated to you. 

Rush Skate Park - Silver Surfers




Christmas Party Night, Bowood House & Gardens, Calne, Fri 30 Nov

Party the night away, feast on three delicious courses and drink too much wine. Plus, there will be a disco where you get to bust out your best moves. 

Bowood Christmas Party Nights