Catch a taste of Cotswolds Culture

Perfectly positioned between both Cheltenham’s Literature Festival and Blenheim Palace’s Festival of Literature, Film & Music, Lords of the Manor is the ideal base for your cultured Cotswolds adventure.

Here at Lords of the Manor, one of the most exquisite Cotswolds hotels, we consider ourselves extremely privileged to be within touching distance of some of the UK’s most popular cultural events. If you’re visiting The Cotswolds this October, there are two annual gatherings not be missed. Here is our run down of what to expect:

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Friday 7th – Sunday 16th October 2016

Cheltenham, just a short drive from Lords of the Manor’s home of Upper Slaughter, plays host to the oldest literary festival in the UK. With events happening across the town it is the perfect place to get some inside knowledge on everything, from the life of the Brontë sisters; to how to conquer a midlife crisis; Alexander Armstrong being Pointless or the history of the shoe according to Vogue. To help you get a handle on the huge variety of talks and events happening throughout the festival, here are Lords pick of the Festival:

Lords of the Manor’s Top Picks for the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016:

Ray Mears: Out on the Land

Friday 7th October 2016 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

Ray Mears speaks to Hugo Rifkind about his new book, Out on the Land, and survival in boreal forest.

Roll Over Atlantic by John Agard

Friday 7th October 2016 9:00pm – 10:30pm

Little Big Top

Joh Agard performs his delightful poetic twist on the New World Enterprise of Christopher Columbus.

The Shakespeare Lecture with Gregory Doran

Saturday 8th October 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

Artistic director of the RSC, Gregory Doran, discusses the breath-taking new production of The Tempest in association with Intel.

Beyond Gender with iO Tillett Wright and Jack Monroe

Sunday 9th October 2016 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Both gender non-binary; American photographer and activist, iO Tillett Wright and British chef, author and campaigner, Jack Monroe discuss breaking down gender and sexuality stereotypes and the battle for rights on either side of the pond.

Eimear McBride on The Lesser Bohemians

Sunday 9th October 2016 6:15pm – 7:15pm

Town Hall, Drawing Room

The award-winning novelist discusses her latest masterpiece; The Lesser Bohemians.

The Ages of Bowie

Saturday 15th October 2016 9:00pm – 10:00pm

The Sunday Times Garden Theatre

“We didn’t just lose David Bowie in early 2016, we also said goodbye to Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke and Halloween Jack.”

A discussion of the legacy left by the inimitable David Bowie.

The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music

Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th October 2016

Now, Blenheim may not lay claim to the oldest literature festival; but it is a very old site- a UNESCO World Heritage Site in fact! The utterly beautiful Georgian country house will again this year play host to an exciting range of talks and events that are sure to tantalise your literary taste buds. As with Cheltenham, we’ve put together a handy little list of events that we think you’ll particularly enjoy.

Lords of the Manor’s Top Picks for the Blenheim Festival of Literature, Film & Music 2016:

An Audience with Darcey Bussell

Thursday 13th October 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Orangery at Blenheim Palace

A chat with world renowned ballerina, Darcey Bussell.

Ted Hughes: A Brother’s Memories

Friday 14th October 2016 11:00am – 1:00pm

The Gallery at Blenheim Palace

The first public showing of his film on the life of the poet Ted Hughes.

As the Romans Do: Authentic and Reinvented Recipes from the Eternal City

Saturday 15th October 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Marlborough Room at Blenheim Palace

Journalist and food interpreter Eleonora Galasso introduces her cookery book, As the Romans Do, a celebration of Roman cooking and lifestyle, and gives a cookery demonstration.

Shakespeare and all that Jazz

Sunday 16th October 2016 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Orangery at Blenheim Palace

A musical celebration of the work of William Shakespeare starring:

Jazz singer, Jacqui Dankworth

Actor, Simon Callow

Pianist and vocalist, Charlie Wood

Saxophonist, Julian Siegel

Bassist, Oli Hayhurst

So what are you waiting for? As one of the finest luxury hotels in the Cotswolds, Lords of the Manor makes the perfect base (almost exactly half way between Cheltenham and Blenheim) for you to enjoy all the fun of the literary fair this October. Book direct for our best rates, or call us today on 01451 820243 to enquire.