The Bloody Brunch at The Tavern
Start the weekend right with Bloody Brunch at our friendly neighbourhood eatery, The Tavern. Bang in the heart of Cheltenham, enjoy delicious seasonal food, a lively atmosphere and a bar team to be reckoned with. Our brunch is made of the best of local produce that our chefs can lay their hands on. With a menu inspired by flavours from Europe and beyond, tuck into the likes of brisket hash or shakshuka ¬– washed down with a Bloody Mary. And, for those nursing a hangover, why not add an extra shot of vodka, too? If you can’t make the morning, join us on Saturday evening instead when The Tavern transforms into an intimate live music venue.
Saturdays and Sundays. The Tavern, 5 Royal Well Place, Cheltenham, GL50 3DN. 01242 221 212; www.thetaverncheltenham.com
Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell at the Everyman Theatre
Master choreographer Matthew Bourne will be making his first visit to the Everyman Theatre with his World Premiere performance of The Midnight Bell. The story is inspired by the literary works of the great English novelist Patrick Hamilton, whose novels were often based around at his favourite location- the London Pub. Weaving together bitter comedies of longing, frustration, betrayal and redemption, Bourne’s production explores the dark under-belly of 1930s London life. It follows ordinary people as they emerge from their cheap boarding to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia.
9th-11th September. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573; www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Sunflower Fields at Cotswolds Farm Park
Set against the glorious backdrop of the rolling Cotswolds hills, brighten up your day with the magnificent sunflower field at Cotswolds Farm Park in Guiting Power. Owned by Countryfile’s Adam Henson, enjoy the sunny sight as you wander through the field, follow the floral pathways, climb the viewpoint bridge and soak up the smells, sounds and vistas. And, don’t forget, to snap up a pre-cut stem or two so you can start growing your very own sunflowers. In between your visit, head to the Hollow Bottom, just around the corner, where we serve hearty British classics such as The Lucky Onion favourite Double Gloucester Cheese Soufflé.
Until 20th September. Cotswolds Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5FL. 01451 850307; www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UX. 01451 611111; www.hollowbottom.com
The Importance of being Ernest at Painswick Rococo Garden
Oscar Wilde’s hilarious play The Importance of being Ernest has been given a makeover by much-loved theatre company Slapstick Picnic. In a case of ripping up the rule book, Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs and handbags will be performed by just a cast of two in this outdoor performance. The setting couldn’t get more beautiful – in the 18th-century Painswick Rococo Garden with its magical follies and stunning countryside views. Stop by our Cotswolds country pub The Crown in Minchinhampton beforehand for a drink before skipping off complete with picnic and settling down for a hilarious evening.
9th September. Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, GL6 6TH. 01452 813204; www.rococogarden.org.uk
The Crown, High Street, Minchinhampton, Stroud, GL6 9BN, 01453 488160; www.thecrown-minchinhampton.com