Back to Shop

First Thursdays - 7th February 2019

Culture hop on our block as we bring you a collaboration of events all within walking distance.

At The Wilson from 6pm – 9pm there will be:


6pm – 9pm: Clarence Street Entrance at The Wilson (FREE)

Wild Elephant Island, Where We Lived

An interactive performance from Tom Newton and Lucy Henderson inspired by the story of Shackleton’s crew, their survival and ingenuity in using what they had available to live, eat, sleep and survive.


7pm – 9pm: The Wilson Cafe Mezzanine (FREE)

Words on Endurance – Hosted by JPDL 

Local Poets and Spoken Word artists perform live readings of their work inspired by current Wilson Exhibition, The Enduring Eye.


6pm – 9pm: The Wilson Ground Floor (FREE)

Experience Late Night shopping in a venue like no other in Cheltenham in our Wilson Shop. Feeling inspired? Also check out what Malone’s Vintage has to offer as they extend opening hours too, showcasing local Buisness The Vintage Angel who will have a range of Original Beautiful Vintage Jewlery on display and availible to buy. They will also have a range of Quirky Vintage Valentines Gift Ideas on sale over our three floors! #firstthursdayschelt !


6pm – 9pm: The Wilson Ground Floor (FREE)

Help curate our next Spotify Playlist at our Record Bar on the ground floor – Love music and after more great atmosphere? Check out Badlands Record Shop on St George’s Place just around the corner to see what they have in store.They will be playing Clash and Joe Strummer music, have some exclusive special offers and generally hanging out!

Object Talk

6pm- 7pm: Local History Gallery -tickets £5 (SOLD OUT)

Meet our Cultural Producer of Human History, Ann-Rachael Harwood as she tells the story of  the fur suit owned by Cheltenham Antarctic Explorer – Edward A. Wilson.


7:30pm – 8:45pm: The Museum 2nd Floor (FREE)

Museum by Torchlight

Explore the Museum under the cover of darkness as we switch off the lights to give you an alternative take on viewing the collection by torchlight

Selfie Station

6pm – 9pm: Friends Gallery First Floor

Explore our cardboard inspired masterpieces as we give you room to impersonate great works of art and more.


Want to be kept in the loop? Sign up here to hear about #FirstThursdaysChelt events and more!

Want to help fuel our #FirstThursdaysChelt

Well say no more! A donation of £2 will help make this possible.
Donate on the night to help keep after hours events at The Wilson alive!

Back to top

Donating to the Cheltenham Trust will support future art, culture and sport activity and much more…

Donate now