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A FLAVOUR OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CHELTENHAM THIS MONTH.
The Garden Bar in Imperial Gardens
Hotfoot it to Cheltenham’s beautiful Imperial Gardens and enjoy your tipples in the Great Outdoors at the Garden Bar. Just off the Promenade, at the rear of Cheltenham Town Hall, the Gardens were originally landscaped and planted as a pleasure garden in the early 19th century. The beauty remains today as do some of the stunning original Regency features. Go in the evening and catch performances from local musicians, including Savanna Caprice (9th October), Union of Strings (16th October) and Issy Winstantley (23rd October). In between, order from the Bar menu which is packed with all you could possibly want, from pizzas to chips to ice-cream.
Johnny Rotten at Pittville Pump Room
Legend. Icon. Revolutionary. John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – changed the face of music and sparked a cultural revolution. The frontman and lyricist of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd caused a political earthquake with punk hits such as Anarchy In The UK and God Save The Queen, a rebellious take on the National Anthem. To coincide with the publication of his new book, the brilliant, funny and insightful I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, Johnny has taken to the road. Catch him talking about his thoughts on life, including his extraordinary career.
17th October. Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE. 0844 576 2210; www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk
The re-opening of KIBOU
Situated a few doors down from the original KIBOU on Regent Street, this spanking new re-opening should not be missed. A picture of Asian cool, this multi award-winning Japanese restaurant hits all the rights notes with cherry trees adorning the entrance and geisha artwork throughout. There’s a large bar area with huge cocktail and Japanese whisky selections, as well as stunning digital artwork plus plenty of private booths. A semi-open kitchen space gives a glimpse into where the culinary creations happen (try their legendary Katsu Curry). Couple that with a separate restaurant area with unique sunken tables, a plush private dining room and a teppanyaki station (opening soon).
Unit 36, Regent Arcade, Regent Street GL50 1JZ. 01242 507984; www.kibou.co.uk
Cheltenham Literature Festival
Guest-curated by British-Turkish novelist Elif Shafak and Dishoom’s Shamil Thakrar, enjoy award-winning authors along with poets, spoken word artists and new voices at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival . Hot tickets include Caitlin Moran on her new book More Than A Woman, which explores the thorny issues of middle age, Yotam Ottolenghi on becoming a chef and activist Florence Given on ‘Revisionist Love Stories’. Also, new is The Citizen’s Manifesto, which brings together young activists, politicians and key thinkers to shine a political, social and economic light on the strange year 2020 has been.
2nd-11th October. Various venues across town. 01242 850270; www.cheltenhamfestivals.com