Whats On in May 2019

Cinema@ The Goods Shed – May

2nd May     Shoplifters (15)

9th May     Old Man & The Gun (12A)

16th May    The Favourite (15)

23rd May    Sorry to Bother You (15)

30th May    Colette (15)

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Tetbury Goods Shed – ‘Different Places’ – An Exhibition of Paintings by Peter Unsworth 01st May – 27th May


Peter Unsworth’s paintings seem to deal with an event about to happen; something just outside the picture frame. Sinister mise-en-scenes, they are painted in a disquietingly simple, pleasantly innocuous style. This is the secret of their success. Peter Unsworth entices his viewers into each picture with a promise of innocence, only to hit them with a more disquieting meaning.

Whately Manor – Introduction to Watercolour – Tuesday 2nd May 

Day commences at 9.30am

Learn how to produce a perfect watercolour under the tuition of local artist Lynn Ede. Lynn is an exhibited and published British artist living in the Cotswolds. Working in watercolour, she loves the challenge of controlling the sometimes unpredictable qualities of moving pigment across paper with splashes of water, and the exciting, fresh results it can produce.

During this hands-on masterclass you will be given all the tools needed to learn key watercolour techniques including the importance of the materials you use. After lunch, Lynn will guide you through a practical exercise to create your own piece of art. The day also includes a gift bag full of all the basic materials you need to continue practising your skills.

Price includes: Tea and coffee on arrival, Deutz Champagne reception with canapés. Two-course lunch with a glass of wine, coffee and treats. A goodie bag will be yours to take away.

Price: £90.00 per person

Please book online at or call 01666 834 026 or email

Tetbury Goods Shed & The Yellow Lighted Bookshop – Big Book Weekend – Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May

Four days of authors, artists, academics and craftspeople talking about and celebrating their latest books.

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Tickets range between £5 and £10 available from or


Tetbury Book Festival The Big Book Weekend – Lost and Found 3rd May

Sophie Ratcliffe – The Lost Properties of Love – love, death and trains

Friday 3rd May 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm £7.50

Sophie has written about ideas of emotion, the history of how we feel, and how books shape feelings. Her latest book is about trains and train journeys (so we had to invite her to the Goods Shed), but not as we know them.

Rachel Hazell – Bound – life on the edge of art and literature

Friday 3rd May 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm £7.50

An evening of conversation with Rachel Hazell, celebrating twenty years of making books and taking people on creative journeys. From Antarctica to Iona, two-metre-high paper sculptures to tiny limited editions, join us for a guided tour of a life in books.

Tickets from online.

Tetbury Book Festival The Big Book Weekend – Lives Lived, Stories Told 4th May

Bookbinding Workshop (5 Fabulous Folds) with Rachel Hazell

Saturday 4th May 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – £20

Create five books ingeniously folded from single sheets of paper and a clever origami envelope. Embellish and personalise the covers inspired by ideas in Bound:15 Beautiful Bookbinding Projects.


Debby Thacker – Girls, Boys & Wild Things – children’s picture books

Saturday 4th May 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – £5

Professor Debby Thacker – Girls, Boys and Wild Things: Thinking about Gender in Children’s Picture Books


Leah Hazard – Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

Saturday 4th May 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – £7.50

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife and life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine.


Bookbinding Workshop (Word Containers) with Rachel Hazell

Saturday 4th May 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – £20

With expert tuition from Rachel Hazell make books of your own, filled with found words. A concentrated session of designing and folding, composing and completing a unique series of stories. Generate text and produce a trilogy of books in a fabulously fool proof way.


Clare Mackintosh – the thriller writer on her Cotswold Family Life

Saturday 4th May 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – £7.50

Clare is a bestselling crime writer and former police officer – but she had another life in the Cotswolds as mother, wife and villager.


Alex Woodcock – King of Dust – medieval sculpture, modern life

Saturday 4th May 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – £7.50

After spending six years university, working on a PhD about medieval sculpture, Alex Woodcock was deeply in debt, unemployed and mentally exhausted. His personal life was in bits, too, and he didn’t know where to turn until he stumbled into a stone carving workshop in Somerset one summer.


Natalie Haynes – A Thousand Ships – the Trojan War

Saturday 4th May 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – £7.50

In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster, stand up comedian and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective.

This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them. . .

Tickets from online.

Tetbury Book Festival The Big Book Weekend – Poetry, Painting and Place 5th May

Bookbinding Workshop (Concertina with Pockets) with Rachel Hazell

Saturday 5th May 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – £20

Fold up a big book from one magnificent sheet, to make a statement piece for displaying cards, letters and smaller books. Join Rachel Hazell to create one of the books in Bound:15 Beautiful Bookbinding Projects.


Bob Eaglestone – The Literature of Complicity (on fascism in modern fiction)

Saturday 5th May 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – £5

Why is it that books like ‘After the Party’ and ‘All Among the Barley’, set in the years running up to WW2, speak to such a wide audience today? Robert Eaglestone, Professor of English at Royal Holloway University, and an expert in holocaust literature, looks at the different ways this particular aspect of our past is so important today – and why.


Richard Eyre – Place to Place: the director introduces his poetry

Saturday 5th May 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – £7.50

A poetry reading with the former director of the National Theatre, and director of many acclaimed films, from ‘The Ploughman’s Lunch’ to ‘The Children Act’.

His powerful poems – which he describes as an ‘autobiography in verse’ – will make you look at him is a very new light.


Amy Sackville and Litwitchure – Painter to the King

Saturday 5th May 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – £7.50

Praised by Francis Spufford as seeming “as if Virginia Woolf had had a younger sister”, Amy Sackville is one of the finest novelists writing in Britain today. Amy will be interviewed about her latest novel (described as ‘a virtuoso portrait of Velázquez’) – and have her tarot read – by the literary sensation that are Litwitchure.


Francis Pryor – Paths to the Past: a life in archaeology

Saturday 5th May 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – £7.50

From Channel 4’s Time Team to his extraordinary work at on the Bronze Age site at Flag Fen, Francis has been at the forefront of archaeological discovery for all his life.


William Sieghart’s Poetry Pharmacy – poems to mend and restore

Saturday 5th May 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – £7.50

Founder of the Forward Prize for Poetry, and instigator of National Poetry Day, William is bringing the balm for the soul that is his poetry pharmacy to Tetbury.

Tickets from online.

TETBURY ART SOCIETY SPRING EXHIBITION – Saturday 4th until  Monday 7th May


 10am – 5pm

Free Entry

Exhibition of member’s art in various media and subjects, come along and enjoy the variety of the exhibition.  Most pictures will be for sale, there is also a chance to buy unframed pictures as well.

copyright Yvonne Forsyth

U3A Comes to Tetbury – Goods Shed – 8th May


“Get to know you” Meeting – Come along and find out more about the University of the 3rd Age – an organisation for retired or semi-retired people sharing educational, creative and leisure activities.

Free entry and light refreshments

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Didmarton Rural Cinema – A Star is Born – Friday 10th May

Doors open at 6.30pm with cash bar – Film show starts at 7.30pm

In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life.  Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.

In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture.  Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally.  She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent

£4.00 on the night

OR Tickets £3.50 in advance from 01454238358


Tetbury Goods Shed – The Four Sopranos – 11th May

7:30 pm9:30 pm

Popular local musician Richard George joins forces with 4 wonderful sopranos, Maria Jagusz, Alice Nelson, Rosie Tuck and April Perrott, for a unique and exciting evening of song and piano.

Tickets £12.50 from the Visitor Information Centre and online.

Whately Manor – Planting Your Own Kitchen Garden – Tuesday 14th May

Day commences at 9.30am

Discover the pleasure of growing your own food. Whatley’s Head Gardener, Andy Spreadbury, manages a successful kitchen garden producing food for our menus. Discover his top tips for successful planting and growing year-round.

Over lunch Andy will share his knowledge of the best varieties and nutrients for your plants. In the afternoon there will be a practical session planting seeds to take home with you. By the end of the day you will have enough knowledge to start your own successful kitchen garden.

Price includes: Tea and coffee on arrival, Deutz Champagne reception with canapés. Two-course lunch with a glass of wine, coffee and treats.

Price: £70.00 per person

Please book online at or call 01666 834 026 or email

War in Mind – by John Bassett – St Saviours Church 18th May

2:30 pm and 8:00 pm

This new powerful dramatic performance looks at the real lives of people affected by shell shock in the First World War. Driver William Charles Phillips, a Tetbury man who though he never actively fought at the front, died in Gloucester Asylum from paralysis in 1917, Doctor Harold Hills, later to be a Stroud doctor, who worked with sufferers at the Front and prevented many men being shot for desertion through his testimonies and Violet Hall, a wife and mother from a Gloucestershire village who lost her sons and was then cut off from the local community because she was collecting their war pension.

Based on archive records and through research War in Mind looks at the treatment for sufferers, the problems for families and the stigma attached to what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

More information from Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company

Suitable for ages 10 and above. Tickets £ 10.00 from Tetbury Visitor Information Centre or Click here to book for 2.30p.m. performance and Click here to book for 8.00p.m. performance.

Part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation.

Whatley Manor – Create Spring table pieces –  Wednesday 22nd May

Day commences at 9.30am

Whatley florist Jill Jeffries will deliver a one-day practical master class in making a Spring floral arrangement. You’ll be provided with an abundance of Spring foliage, seasonal flowers and natural garden decorations as Jill demonstrates and offers guidance to help you create a sensational Spring centre piece and learn the skills to replicate this at home.

After the masterclass enjoy a glass of Deutz Champagne with your fellow students before indulging in a relaxed lunch, the perfect opportunity to ask Jill for any floral tips.

Price includes: Tea and coffee on arrival, Deutz Champagne reception with canapés. Two-course lunch with a glass of wine, coffee and treats.

Price: £80.00 per person

Please book online at or call 01666 834 026 or email


Steepleton Gin Tasting 24th May

7:00 pm

Try 4 craft gins with their perfect serve plus nibbles at “The Barn, Steepleton, Tetbury, GL8 8FQ”.

Tickets £15 (Visitors & Residents) from the Vinotopia and online.

Goods Shed – Earl Trio featuring Michael Messer – 25th  May

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Acoustic and slide guitars and a mixture of original songs covering Americana, country and blues.


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