Calendar of Cotswolds Events, 'What's On' and 'Things to Do' covers events staged in the English counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Somerset making up the Cotswolds and would be of interest to the tourist visiting and holidaying in the region.
January Pop Up Exhibition featuring New Members Work
Opening Reception Saturday 11th January 12-2pm
West Ox arts present its January Pop up Exhibition featuring the work of new members who have joined us within the last 12-18 months.
A selection of media will be on show from photography to fine pencil work, abstract art to textiles.
Come along and brighten up the dull days of January and see the new and exciting work of Ursula Andrejczuk, Julia Craig, Derek Gale, John Grout, Steve Legge, Jane Sherwood and Frances Williams Free admission and adjacent car parking. Disabled access.
Gallery Open Tue-Sat 10.30am to 4.30pm and Sundays 2-4pm
7, 8 and 9 February 2014 - Oxford International Art Fair, Town Hall,
St. Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX
The Global Art Agency presents the first ever "Oxford International Art Fair". Bringing the best selected artworks to Oxford by top emerging artists from around the world for everyone to enjoy. Giving Art Collectors and Art Enthusiast a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy directly from the artist that has travelled all the way to Oxford. A unique experience for both visitors and exhibitor, at the beautiful Oxford Town Hall, a jewel at the heart of the historic city of Oxford.
You can look forward to a varied and colourful art fair. The selection is based on photographs, illustrations, paintings, bespoke crafts and also sculptures. Offering high-quality work, unique and fascinating style concepts that are implemented with different media and techniques. All artworks are available for purchase at an affordable price.
28 February to 9 March 2014 - Independent Bath Literature Festival
The Independent Bath Literature Festival is at the centre of local, national and international debate featuring some of the most intelligent, creative, and cutting edge thinkers alive today.
Artistic Director Viv Groskop, is an acclaimed critic, columnist and broadcaster. She will be delivering her first Literature Festival in 2014.
In its seventeen year history the Literature Festival has hosted Nobel and Booker Prize winners such as Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel and Howard Jacobson; leading political thinkers from Tony Benn and Tariq Ali to Anna Politkovskaya and Eric Hobsbawm, poets ranging from poets laureate Andrew Motion and Carol Ann Duffy to Wendy Cope and Simon Armitage, and humorists from Garrison Keillor and Terry Pratchett to Steve Bell.
The Festival is strongly connected to the city and its people. With events taking place in historic buildings throughout the town, we have a special opportunity to match architecture and theme.
Lilla Fludra’s work aims to reflect the transient emotions and moods of everyday life. Many of her paintings have the natural world as the main subject: trees, water, or landscape but they are painted in a stylized and often abstract manner in order to evoke associations in the viewer and provoke an emotional reaction. Her work is rich in colour and texture; each painting like a still frame of the chosen moment.
Exhibiting with her are two sculptors, Linda Baillie and Christine Burgess. Both work figuratively using the human figure as a model, one in ceramic, one in bronze or clay, but both with very different styles.
Exhibition:‘Catching the Moment’ paintings by Lilla Fludra, Sculptures by Linda Baillie and Christine Burgess Dates: 1-30 March 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday 1 March 12-2pm Location: West Ox Arts Gallery, Market Square, Bampton, OX18 2JH Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 10.30-4.30; Sun 2-4.00 Website: www.westoxarts.com
Saturday 1st March 2014 - The Rambling Boys Folk Group
Lifford Hall at Broadway - all proceeds to go to rebuilding of Steam Railway station at Broadway by GWSR Railways.
Tickets £8.00 from Hiltons China, Broadway or phone 01386 854746.
22 March & 23 March 2014 - West Country
Game Fair at Royal Bath and West Showground
Two days of excellent countryside demonstrations in the indoor and outdoor arenas, Fabulous shopping opportunities including country clothing, rifles, gun accessories, gundog equipment, feed, stalking equipment and much more.
Saturday 29th March 2014 at 7:30pm – Rachmaninov All Night Vigil (“Vespers”) by candlelight in Tewkesbury Abbey
Come and join us for an evening of sacred choral music in the inspiring setting of Tewkesbury Abbey, when we shall be performing Rachmaninov’s iconic “Vespers” alongside a selection of works by the late Sir John Tavener, including his much loved ‘Song for Athene’.
The Cheltenham Bach Choir will be joined for this concert by Alexia Mankovskaya (mezzo soprano), Alexander Pidgen (tenor), Robin Baggs (organ), and Stephen Jackson (conductor)
Tickets £20 or £15 (£8 students) from the Abbey Shop (tel: 01684 276655 email: email@example.com) or through the choir (http://www.cheltenhambachchoir.org.uk).
Sunday 6 April 11am-4pm - Celebrate Spring with the 'Crank Up' at Winterbourne Medieval Barn!
Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, South Glos BS36 1SE
A wide range of Stationary engines will run a fascinating selection of equipment. Vintage Cars, Motorbikes, Tractors and agricultural equipment on display. We will also be commemorating the Centenary of World War 1.
Children can meet farm animals including lambs, ducks, chickens and pigs, watch the farrier shoeing horses, and enjoy games and crafts.
Traditional Rural skills and crafts including basket weaving, hurdle-making, stone masonry, pole lathes, and dry stone walling, will be demonstrated by local craftspeople.
Plus a Farmers Market with delicious locally-produced food and drink to eat there or take away, and the Barn Cafe serving tea, coffee and cakes.
All in and around the magnificent Winterbourne Medieval Barn (see website for historical information).
A great day out for all ages.
Entrance £2 per adult, children under 14 free. Parking charge £1 per car.
Entry sign posted off the B4035, 2 miles east of Chipping Campden.
Gates open at 10.30 am and First Race 1pm
Entry £25.00 per car
3rd April to 6th April 2014 - BLENHEIM PALACE HOSTS THE COTSWOLD ART & ANTIQUE DEALERS’ ASSOCIATION FAIR
The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace from Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th April. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, eldest daughter of the present Duke of Marlborough, is the Patron of the Association.
Over 4,000 visitors came to last year's hugely successful inaugural event. The best and rare examples of every discipline will be showcased by many of our members creating a rich tapestry of history and culture. The fair will be the perfect place to hunt for the best that the Cotswold's can offer and promises to be one of the best quality events outside of London. Everything is for sale with prices ranging from £100 to £100,000.
Refreshments and Shopping
Why not make a day of your visit to the Antiques Fair by booking an Afternoon Tea or Picnic Hamper? Call 01993 813874 for more information and to book.
For Places to Stay see - Woodstock, Oxford, Chipping Norton
20th April to 21st April 2014 - Easter Extravaganza at Berkeley Castle
Friendly dragons from western Wales
6th April 2014 - Prescott Bike Festival
The Festival will celebrate all things two and three wheeled and a key attraction is your opportunity to ‘Run the Hill’.
Your chance to be the star of the Show. The Prescott Hill Climb track, owned by the Bugatti Owners Club, is one of the UK’s most prestigious Hill Climbs and rarely does the public get the chance to ‘Run the Hill’.
Sat 12th & Sun 13th April 2014 - The British Society of Dowsers presents -A symposium of Dowsing with the Earth Energies and the Wellness groups.
At the Royal Agricultural college, Cirencester.
A combination of speakers, workshops and practical experience.
Speakers include: Tom Graves – Needles of Stone Revisited, Shelley Siston - The Essence of Nature and Its Importance for our Planet, Alan Jones - Intuition and Total Sensory Perception, Paul Gerry – Delta Waves and Dowsers, William holding -discovering Earth energy manifestations and Adrian Incledon-Webber - healing in Sacred Spaces.
10.00 am to 4.30 pm
George Watson Memorial Hall, Barton Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PX
Visitors to Tewkesbury are in for a nostalgic treat on Saturday 19 April when the town steps back in time to celebrate everything vintage.
Discover Tewkesbury's Vintage and Antiques trail (pick up a leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre) there’s lots of hidden gems in town to uncover, and then head over to the George Watson Hall in Barton Street for Tewkesbury’s popular Vintage Fair.
Soak up the nostalgia in a stunning Music Hall setting with period features; browse 20+ Stalls offering vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery. You will find handmade goods & plus gifts for the home.
Enjoy cream teas & Homemade Cake. Try your hand at up-cycling and enjoy a Vintage Bunting Workshop. Why not stay for the vintage hair styling demo and pick up tips for simple to follow vintage waves or perfect pin ups
using rollers, grips and pins? Live music on offer, plus Vintage Fashion show at 2 pm.
26 April to 4 May 2014 - Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival
Celebrating its 7th year in 2014, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.
26 April to 27 April 2014 - William Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations at Stratford-upon-Avon
450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth
2014 is the year of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.
Special birthday celebrations will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 26 April and Sunday 27 April 2014 including a grand procession from Shakespeare's Birthplace to Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried.
This unique event has taken place in Stratford for nearly 200 years. It is a tradition that brings together the local community, performers, artists and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of William Shakespeare.
The town’s streets will overflow with pageantry, musicand drama and over the two day birthday period you can enjoy a packed programme of special celebratory activities, great days out at the five Shakespeare houses, literary and music events and amazing theatre.
30 April to 5 May 2014 - Cheltenham
International Jazz Festival
Town Hall and other venues
The Cheltenham International
Jazz Festival ranks among the top British festivals of its kind. Since 1996 the Festival
has brought some of the biggest names in jazz to the town, as well as providing a platform
for the stars of the future.
Box Office (01242) 227979, www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk.
2 May to 5 May 2014 - Upton-on-Severn Folk Festival
We're expecting huge numbers of superb Morris and other dance sides over the May Bank
Holiday weekend The famous Grand Procession promises to be just as spectacular too.
Upton Folk Festival 2012, Tudor House, 9 Kinnersley,
Severn Stoke, Worcester. WR8 9JR
At St Mary's Parish Church after the evening service crowds wait outside to receive the 'dole'
Small pieces of bread and cheese are thrown into the air from large baskets and are caught
In past times each person who claimed the 'dole' had to pay a penny which then entitled him
to cut and take wood from Hudnalls or the Free Woods.
The event is said to date from the time of Milo, Earl of Hereford, in the twelfth century but
was first recorded in 1799.
more information: Bread
and Cheese Dole
Sunday 4 May 2014 - Abingdon Air & Country Show
It's not just an air show! The Abingdon Air & Country Show has a varied ground show to go along with the large scale fly-in of both modern and vintage aeroplanes and the associated air display.
8 May to 11 May 2013 -
Malvern Spring Gardening Show at Three Counties Show Ground
The finest and friendliest gardening event of the year!
In its beautiful setting at the foot of the scenic Malvern Hills, this truly inspirational show enjoys a national reputation as the finest and friendliest gardening event of the year.
Sunday 5 May 2013 & Saturday 11 May 2013 - Randwick Wap
Spring Service & Ceremonial Cheese Rolling 10.30am Sunday May 5th
Wap Procession and "Fayre" - Procession 12.45pm Saturday May 11th followed by "Fayre" on the Field 2pm onwards.
Fayre Attractions include Paws for Thought dog display team.
Evening entertainment at the Vine Tree - 8pm Sharing the Mayor's Jug and live music from B-Spoke with guest performances from the Wap Personalities
(Saturday following 1st Sunday in May) Randwick Wap.
The Procession assembles at the War Memorial, at the top of the village about
half a mile above St John's Church.
For more info tel. 01453 750280 Website - www.randwick.org.uk/.
10 May to 10 May 2014 - Prescott Hill Open Classic Car Event, Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington Gloucestershire.
11th PRESCOTT HILL CLIMB OPEN
CLASSIC CAR EVENT
One of the lovely signs of Spring to look forward to is seeing hundreds of
beautiful classic cars polished and brought out for their first airing of the
year. The Cleeve Vale Rotary Club’s huge Classic Car Event is
at Prescott Hill near Gotherington; just North of Cheltenham.
Owners can now take this rare opportunity to drive their pride and joy classic car up the world famous Prescott Hillclimb; and help Rotary Charities too! All entrance fees go a range of Charities supported by Cleeve Vale Rotary club. Spectators will be very welcome throughout day to see the hundreds of beautiful cars and enjoy a fun day out.
Prospective entrants with interesting cars should best pre book at the address below.
For further details and entry forms go to: www.cleevevale.org.uk or
phone 01242 01386 853831 or 01242 603540
Thursday 15 May 2014 -
Gypsy Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold
The first of the bi-annual gypsy horse fairs at Stow-on-the-Wold.
Two fairs, on the nearest Thursdays to 12th May and 24th October. The fairs were chartered
in 1476 by King Edward IV, are held in fields between Stow and Maugersbury. Gypsies arrive
from the Monday onwards, and there are stalls of crafts with the sales on the Thursday
after which everyone packs up and moves on. The May fair is the larger of the two.
17 May 2014 Burford, Oxfordshire
38th Annual Levellers Day
10am - 5pm
With speeches, debate, bands, stalls, music, a procession through Burford, the ceremony in
the churchyard and much more! Open-air event at Warwick Hall Garden, Burford.
Web: www.levellers.org.uk About - Levellers Day
26 May 2014 - Tetbury
Woolsack Races starting at 10am
It is thought that the races originated in the 17th Century by young drovers showing off to
local women by running up the hill carrying a woolsack. An official race day has been going
for over 30 years now with world records entered in the ‘Guinness book of Records’.
The course is 280 yards long up and down a hill which has a 1 in 4 gradient, so the men's record
of 3.5 minutes is no mean feat!
The Woolsack Races form
the central attraction of a fund-raising day which includes an all-day street market, a charity
auction, a village fete, street entertainers, marching bands and more entertainment for all
For more information on Tetbury. W: www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk
Performers will include Jacqui Dankworth, classical violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen with the Honeymead Ensemble, Le Navet Bete (family comedy), the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with Sauce for the Goose, and the Birmingham Gospel Choir. The full programme will be announced soon.
The popular 3 day music festival, held at Riverside Country Park along the banks of the Thames in Lechlade, is heading into its 4th year.
This year’s event takes place during the May bank holiday from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May. Over 80 bands and performers will bring quality live music to the event, along with free family workshops and a burlesque revue.
A new 3rd stage is being introduced, housed in giant tipis with a cocktail lounge and bar, along with increased camping capacity and a wider range of workshops.
Early bird tickets are on sale until 31st January, children 16 and under go free.
The 11th Great Chadlington Beer Festival takes place from 12 noon to 11pm in the village. The Beer Festival is the chief fund raiser for the Friends of Chadlington School and all proceeds will go to the school.
This year there will be 22 ales to enjoy as well as, for non-beer drinkers, a selection of wines and ciders, Pimms and soft drinks. Each year the assembled punters vote for their favourite beer and a winner is duly announced. There will also be an all-day BBQ, with food served through to the evening.
An entertaining line-up of live music will play throughout the day and evening, including the Chipping Norton All Stars (Jazz,Swing, Big Band music). There will be plenty to keep children happy too – a bouncy castle this year, plus a tea-cups roundabout and a candy floss stall, as well as a children’s entertainment tent for face-painting, colouring and games.
For more information, please go to: www.chadlingtonbeerfestival.com.
The village of Chadlington is three miles south of Chipping Norton and spreads itself out looking across the River Evenload towards Wychwood Forest. The substantial church of St Nicholas is enriched by a fascinating array of gargoyles.
TBA 2014 - Burford Festival of Music, Literature and More
The Burford Festival runs from Friday 7th to Sunday 16th June. It is a festival of music (Blues, choral, classical, jazz and folk), literary events (talks by authors, creative writing workshops and a speed book review evening), special interest talks (on antiques, clock restoration, photographic silhouettes, the Messerschmidt sculpture collection and other subjects), a workshop on the play “The Tragedy of Mariam”, the Cotswold Heritage day with stalls and other events, tours of Burford and Burford's Open Gardens event. With around 40 events, the festival covers a wide range of interests.
Over 20 gardens will be open from 1.00 to 6.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the event is just £5.00 per person, with children free, and Saturday
tickets are also valid on Sunday. Free use of the special bus service throughout the village
is included, allowing you time to see all of the gardens at your leisure. There’s also
ample free parking for cars and coaches.
8 June to 6 July 2014 - onForm Sculpture in stone at
Asthall Manor, Burford, Oxfordshire
on form, the only sculpture exhibition dedicated entirely to works in stone, returns to its exquisite Cotswold setting this summer. on form 14, set in the magnificent gardens and spectacular ballroom of Asthall Manor near Burford, will feature more than 200 works by 30 of the most accomplished sculptors working in stone today.
This is the seventh biennial exhibition of its kind.
The last exhibition at Asthall in 2012 attracted 5,000 visitors and record-breaking sales.
TBA 2014 - Cirencester Cricket Club Cricket and Beer Festival
Cirencester CC are holding their 3rd Annual Festival, with up to 20 Local Ales and ciders.
The full list will appear on www.cirencestercricketclub.co.uk
In the glorious location of Cirencester Park sit back and enjoy a festival Cricket and Ale.
Thurs 13 Quiz night Bar 1900-2300 *(Cricket and Tennis Members Event)
Fri 14 Six-A-Side Tournament, Bar 1200-2359
BBQ from 1800,
**Ferret Racing from 8pm
Live music with Leon Daye til late.
Sat 15 1st & 3rd XI Fixtures BBQ from 1700, 80's Disco Night Bar 1200-0059
Sun 16 Inter club 15/15 Tournament Cirencester, Ashton K, Duntisbourne & a Presidents XI take each other on. Bacon Rolls from 0900, BBQ from 1130, Bar from 0900-2300. Free Admission.
13 June to 14 June 2014 - Sherstonfest 2014
“The South Cotswolds Cider, Music and Fine Food Festival”
Location: Thompsons Field, Noble St, Sherston, Wilts, SN16 0NA
Cost: Early birds are Friday £5, Saturday £12, Weekender £16 (no camping)
Set in the heart of one of the Cotswolds prettiest villages 2 nights/1 day of music, great ciders and fine foods. bring the kids and just chill to some great music
It takes place on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th of June 2012. More accurately that is Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.
Each of those 3 sessions has a distinct musical flavour, with Friday night being presented in association with “BBC Introducing” and is designed to give emerging local talent the opportunity to play at a larger event alongside some more established acts, Saturday afternoon being laid back and mellow with mainly acoustic acts and Saturday night is party time with “The Extreme Cheese Sessions”. Some of the line up is already revealed but some is still under strict wraps, people are urged to check the web site and join the mailing list to keep up to date with developments.
2 - 6pm. There will be over 25 private gardens open on the weekend. Tickets available from Campden Tourist Information from beginning of June - £6 per day or £8 for both days. Teas and plants available.
The Three Counties Showground , Malvern, Worcestershire.
Long regarded as the region’s rural showcase, and still its biggest annual event, the
Three Counties Show is a celebration of British food and farming at its very best.
Boasting the real cream of Britain’s pedigree livestock, including rare breeds,
it also features a crop of farming displays, together with tasty regional produce, rural
crafts, country pursuits, quality shopping and action-packed entertainment.
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival 13th – 15th June 2014
This Festival at Cheltenham is a gastronomic delight, with over 226 exhibitors; the scope of local & regional products on show ensures there is something for everyone.
You’ll find an astonishing variety of victuals from oatcakes to aphrodisiac Quince, the widest range of baked goods, meats, fish, cheeses, jams, chutneys and much more on offer; this is the regional food event not to be missed.
The Taittinger Champagne Pavilion, an exclusive corner of Montpellier Gardens invites you to enjoy the finest perfectly chilled glass of champagne or why not sample the full decadent experience and share a bottle of Champagne on ice, with friends.
Open Times: Friday 12noon to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Free Festival Programme and online ticket sales visit: www.garden-events.com
Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 June 2014 - Midsummer Speed Fest at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Nr Gotherington, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD
The 6th Round of the 2014 Midland Hill Climb Championship, and 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.
On Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June Prescott Hill Climb will be playing host to many racing classes competing over the weekend, which also sees the 6th Round of the 2014 Midland Hill Climb Championship supported by TTC Group, and the 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.
Other competition classes include: Bugatti Car Handicap, Prescott ‘B’ License Challenge, SBD Motorsport HSA Speed Championship, Service Hydraulics Speed Championship, Bugatti Owners’ Club ‘Paul Matty Sports Cars’ Classic Championship.
5 July 2014 - Celebrate Independence Day at Sulgrave Manor, home of George Washington’s British forefathers
The Stars and Stripes will be fluttering over a host of American-themed activities at Sulgrave Manor, which will include historical re-enactments, live music, sport and food.
Visitors can expect American Civil War battle re-enactment with live musket fire, cheerleaders, performances of live American music, an American BBQ with ice-cream sodas and baseball ‘hit and pitch’ on the manor's lawns.
Tours of the stone-built Tudor house will also be available throughout the day, offering visitors the chance to learn about the lives of George Washington’s ancestors from the house they built and lived in.
4, 5, 6 July 2014 - Cornbury Music Festival at The Great Tew Park Estate, OX7 4AF
The Cornbury Music Festival is one-of-a-kind: an eclectic and eccentric musical carnival – a dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fayre – a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family.
Like the best of England, The Cornbury Music Festival is eccentric, charming and irresistible – a homespun melting pot where music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and the little old ladies who make exceptional cakes. Web: www.cornburyfestival.com.
5 to 6 July 2014 - Annual Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park, GL7 1XB
Two days, 100 acres, hundreds of attractions and 40,000 visitors – the Cotswold Show is now one of the most popular on the regional Country Show calendar.
As you look around the Showground it might be hard to imagine that the site has been, at various times, a deer park, a military base, a hospital and the venue for a Glenn Miller concert.
Cirencester Park was laid out in the 1700s and a monument erected in 1741 to the memory of Queen Anne by the first Earl of Bathurst, whom she had created Baron Bathurst in 1712, with the help of the poet Alexander Pope.
18 to 20 July 2014 - CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
The CLA Game Fair, is the world's leading Country Sport Event. This three day National Countryside Show offers a memorable day out for all the family, with masses of opportunity to try new experiences, meet the experts, watch entertaining displays and demonstrations, sample delicious British Food and Drink and shop til you drop.
If you enjoy the countryside and all that it entails, there really is something here for everyone! Web: www.gamefair.co.uk
11 July to 13 July 2014 - The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford
The Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 celebrates the Red Arrows 50th Display Season with a limited number of special Red Arrows Pit Day tickets for Friday 11 July offering exclusive access to the world famous aerobatic display team and their aircraft. Also on the Friday will be the chance to watch aircraft arrivals and rehearsals in the morning, as well as a four hour flying display in the afternoon including the debut of a special Red Arrows formation flypast.
On the weekend (12/13 July) you can enjoy a thrilling 7.5 hour flying display each day featuring fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft and much, much more. There will be a chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first class entertainment including the Techno Zone, an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters, the Adrenalin Zone and the Vintage Village.
Add this to FREE entry for accompanied under-16s and FREE parking for ticket holders, it’s clear that the Air Tattoo, held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, offers unbeatable value for money.
Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world's greatest airshow. The Air Tattoo, one of the UK's premier outdoor events, returns this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground - so whether a wide-eyed first timer for a seasoned airshow veteran, the experience is breathtaking.
2 July to 14 July
Cheltenham Town Hall Proms Festival of Music Town Hall and other venues,
Box Office (01242) 227979.
CELEBRATE THE 70TH CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING NICOLA BENEDETTI, MILOS AND MORE
The Cheltenham Music Festival is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music – from symphonic grandeur to the intimacy of chamber music, and from sublime choral experiences to brand new musical adventures. With its excursions, too, into world music, film, dance, the visual arts and the spoken word, it’s a musically-centred cultural banquet that has few equals in the UK.
TBA July 2014 to 14th July 2014 - Tewkesbury
Venue - On the fields behind the Tewkesbury Borough
Council offices, Gloucester Road (part of the site of the original battle of Tewkesbury
Already hailed as Europe's biggest and most spectacular medieval event, Tewkesbury Medieval
Festival is planning to make this anniversary bigger and better than ever. The Battle
of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses 1471.
There will be the usual battle featuring around 2000 knights, archers and men at arms, a colourful and authentic living history camp with families living in complete medieval style for the whole weekend, and a fascinating market selling everything from medieval pots and authentic costumes to toys and individual jewellery.
But this year plans are also in hand for a joust with knights on horseback meeting in combat, a huge street procession, entertainment both on the fair site and throughout the town and much, much more.
The festival will take place on fields behind the Tewkesbury Borough Council offices in Gloucester Road, part of the site of the original battle of Tewkesbury of 1471.
12th July 2014 - The Battle Proms Concerts at Blenheim Palace
Every summer thousands of concert-goers pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace for the Battle Proms Concert.
The 10th annual Blenheim Palace Battle Proms Concert will be on Saturday 12th July 2014, and will return to the North Park this year, which offers the best auditorium for the choreographed Spitfire display, and also gives additional room for the inclusion of a special infantry display to celebrate 'The Road to Waterloo': the build up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
The Art Couture Painswick festival takes place this year on Sunday 14th July 2013. Set in the streets and the iconic churchyard of the village, the festival features a competition for Art Couture: works of art that are displayed on the body.
The competition is open to all. Large prizes are available for the winners, and the competition is judged by a celebrity panel from the worlds of art and fashion.
The village streets are closed to traffic and hosts stalls selling high quality craft, food, drink and produce. There are live music and dance performances on three stages, street performers and participatory events such as workshops and the opportunity to get involved with creating artwork.
The Themes for the next festival are:-
World Where You Live
20th July 12noon till 5pm - Village of Longcot Summer Fair SN7 7TL,
£2 adults and children of a school age free
24 farmers market style craft and produce stalls from quality suppliers and already confirmed are Marsdens Fudge, Wiltshire Liqueurs, White Horse brewery, Wiltshire Chilli farm and many more quality exhibitors including local cheese, jewellery, organic produce and the list goes on!
Posh toilets, Morris dancers, local real ale bar and pig roast by The King & Queen all add up to a great traditional village fair.
Refreshments and wheel chair friendly but NO dogs unfortunately.
Longcot village - Nr Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7TL
25 July to 28 July 2013 - Warwick Folk Festival
If you've not been for years, come and see what's changed. If you've never been to Warwick Folk Festival, come and see what you're missing!
Singers and musicians, street entertainers and Morris dancers - it seems that anybody and
everybody who enjoys folk music heads for Warwick in July each year.
Since its humble beginnings in 1979, the annual Warwick Folk Festival has developed into
one of the most highly regarded folk events on the national and international scene, attracting
fans from all over Britain and as far afield as the USA and Australia. W:
25th - 28th July 2013
26th to the 28th July 2013 - Heritage Diesel Weekend
The GWR ever-popular Diesel gala returns.
As well as an intensive service of diesel hauled trains and a DMU service, the gala will include an Open Day at the newly built Toddington Diesel Shed with an under-cover model railway exhibition, a number of 'behind the scenes' and 'how it works' displays relating to diesel locomotives, and an opportunity to get an 'up close' view of two long term overhaul projects on a class 47 and a class 37 including cab visits.
5th to 10th August 2014 - The NAF Five Star International
Hartpury Horse Trials
In just five years the Gloucestershire-based horse trials (previously known as
the Hartpury Three Day Event) has developed into one of the highlights of the equestrian
calendar, with sporting action ranging across one, two and three star levels.
saw the inaugural three star competition which was supported by many of the world’s
leading competitors. The 10,000 strong crowd witnessed top eventing stars in action, including
World and European Champion Zara Phillips, Andrew Hoy, Mary King, Matt Ryan and Andrew
16th August 2014 - Cotswolds Vintage Fair at Toddington Village Hall
It will run between 10.00 – 16.00.
This delightful fair set in glorious Cotswolds countryside has become an annual highlight in the Vintage Fair Calendar. An eclectic gathering of more than 40 stallholders come together with one theme in common – we all love something vintage – and customers now travel from far afield to experience the event.
At the fair there will be a wonderful selection of original vintage goods including; homewares, haberdashery, textiles, linens, furniture, jewellery, fashion & china. Sitting happily alongside is an array of unique handmade designs inspired by all that is vintage.
There will be a Tea Shop serving food and drink, and there is ample parking and disabled facilities.
As in the past, we are very happy to welcome coach parties, and would be delighted to be included in any of your tours of the Cotswolds. The entrance fee is £2.00 per person and we will include a free drink for your party on presentation of a ticket, if booked in advance.
25 August 2014 - Winchcombe Annual Country Show, GL54 5LB
This show offers something for everyone. A traditional flower show, Punch & Judy, crafts, stalls, dog scurry, stone walling, wood carving, Morris dancing, bouncy castle, Winchcombe concert brass band, Dress the Mummy, children's go karts, fortune teller, street entertainers, skittles and golf competitions, a magician and much much more. The highlight for 2013 is The Sheep Show; very cleverly devised, highly entertaining and extremely informative, a rare combination. Don’t miss “The sheep show Hustle” dancing sheep!
Irresistible homemade cakes in the tea tent. Licensed bar, healthy eating refreshments, ice creams.
23 August 2014 - Fishing Festival, Crown Meadow, Evesham
THIS AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY * 48000 VISITORS
THE UK TOP ANGLERS *ATTRACTIONS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY * FREE ENTRY * CRAFT VILLAGE & FUN FAIR
The Evesham Festival is like no other angling festival in the country.
Fierce competition, star names in action, a tented village to
explore and a fun day out for all the family is always guaranteed. I cannot
think of a better place to be for an August Bank Holiday weekend! It's a
spectacle that you cannot afford to miss!
30 August 2014 -
The 129th Hawkesbury Horticultural Society Show Gates open at 12.30 p.m. President : His Grace the Duke of Beaufort
Hawkesbury Show attracts around 2,500 visitors each year. The main attraction is the large produce marquee, full of the biggest and best fruit, vegetables and flowers as well as crafts, home baking, wine, photographs and pictures.
Another key part of the show is the wonderful carnival procession that runs through the village and into the arena on the recreation ground. The beer tent is well stocked and there are plenty of stalls to browse. If its thrills you are after then the funfair is where you'll be headed with dodgems, waltzers and plenty more.
With entertainment in the central arena, fairground rides, a deer roast, beer tent, raffle, live music from a local silver band, archery displays and local crafts and produce stalls there is something for everyone. The popular carnival procession begins with the crowning of the carnival queen before travelling through the village to the Show Ground.
It attracts around 2,000 visitors each year and is held at the Village Hall and recreation ground, High Street, Hawkesbury Upton, GL9 1AU.
Confirmed for this years musical line up as follows:
Alexander O'Neal, Slade, Toyah Wilcox, Bucks Fizz, Chesney Hawkes, Bad Manners, Neville Staple Band, The Troggs, China Crisis, The Wurzels, and many many more
We also have a second stage with over 40 up and coming and local acts, a top of the pops disco tent (Featuring Pat Sharp DJ set Headlinging), a variety Tent with entertainment acts and a massive trading village within the festival.
25th AUGUST 2014 - Winchcombe Country Show
at Winchcombe Senior School Field, 12 noon ~ 5.30 p.m.
This show offers something for everyone. A traditional flower show, Punch & Judy, crafts, stalls, stone walling, wood carving, Morris dancing, bouncy castle, Winchcombe concert brass band, Dress the Mummy, children's go karts, fortune teller, street entertainers, dog scurry, skittles and golf competitions and much much more.
The highlight for 2014 is the Savage Skills team. UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team providing interactive, jaw dropping shows suitable for audiences of all ages. Opportunities to have a go yourself too! Irresistible homemade cakes in the tea tent. Licensed bar, healthy eating refreshments, ice creams.
Also Run Winchcombe on Sunday 24 August 2014.
12 noon to 5.30pm Adult £3, Child £1 Winchcombe Senior School, Greet Road, Winchcombe Gloucestershire GL54 5LB Monday 25 Aug 2014
22 to 23 August 2014 - 35th Annual Frocester Beer Festival
The annual Frocester Beer Festival is run in conjuction with Frocester Cricket Club at the cricket club's ground in the hamlet of Frocester near Stonehouse, Stroud.
There is parking and a camp-site (with public amenities, but non reservable pitches), a stage with a complete programme of live music throughout the festival, hot food, and most importantly, over 100 different cask-conditioned real ales from more than 50 breweries around the UK. There is also a large selection of wines along with cider and perry. Over the years this event has proved to be a highlight in many people's calendar, and has been a very successful way for us to raise further money for charity. www.dursleylions.org/frocesterbeerfestival.htm
25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday) - Berkeley Agricultural Show
One of the country’s traditional Shows. Livestock, food halls, displays, demonstrations, trade stands in the grounds of Berkeley Castle.
Opening/Closing Times: Monday 9-5pm. Admission: £8 Adult, OAP's & Kids £5, Family £20, £10 for a car on the showground.
For further information call the Show Secretary, Christine Carter,
on: 01453 543 335.
28 August 2014 to 31 August 2014 - DIDMARTON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Kemble Airfield, Nr Cirencester, Glos
Didmarton is the premier festival of its kind in the UK and incorporates a variety of genres including, folk, blues, rockabilly and all things acoustic.
Established 23 years ago, Didmarton is undoubtedly the friendliest festival you will attend all year with two stages, bonfires, banjo's, great food and the cheapest beer on the festival circuit!
6 to 7 September 2014 - Prescott Hill Cimb - British & Midland Championships Weekend.
The Prescott Gold Cup Weekend
The 17 round series runs from Scotland to Devon and from the Channel Islands to Northern Ireland and features a huge variety of cars from humble saloons through to F1-engined, purpose built single-seaters running within a class structure. Come and see the fastest cars and drivers on what is often the deciding round of the Championship
Other attractions: Bugatti Car Handicap, Prescott ‘B’ Licence Challenge, Shell Fuels Hill Climb Championship, Y Gelli Book Auctions Challenge Trophy, 2nd round of the Midland Hill Climb Championship, Prescott Gold Cup, Paul Matty Sportscars Classic Championship and the NHCA Motor Cycles
The Prescott Gold Cup is open to all members of the Bugatti Owners Club. At the beginning of the season times are set for each class. Competitors who beats the target time for his or her class by the greatest margain over the three national events, wins the acolade. This is the decider!
6th SEPTEMBER 2014 - Moreton-in-Marsh
Agricultural and Horse Show
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show
is a traditional one day Agricultural and Horse Show and the leading agricultural event
in the County. It is held in the extreme north of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds on the
first Saturday in September each year.
Competitions are held for horses, ponies, cattle [including the National Show of Poll Hereford
cattle], sheep [including the National Show of Cotswold Sheep], goats, poultry, dogs, homecrafts,
flowers, vegetables and even scarecrows. Around 250 tradestands provide everything
from a tractor to a toy and a wide selection of food and drink - both to eat at once and
to take home.
11th to 14th September 2014
The Blenheim International Horse Trials
One of the world's premier three-star three-day events. Set in the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace, at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and with the Palace as the back drop for all main arena action, the horse trials offers a fabulous opportunity to see some of the world's finest riders and their horses compete against one another in a truly spectacular environment. www.blenheim-horse.co.uk
13th September 2014 - Newent Onion Fayre
The Newent Onion Fayre is back once again, complete with the opportunity to witness the
world-famous onion eating competition with your very own teary eyes.
19 September to 21 September 2014 - Charlbury Street Fair
The main purpose of Street Fair, whilst entertaining visitors and locals alike, is to raise money for the upkeep of The Corner House and the War Memorial Hall, the two community buildings that play such an important part in the lives of so many people in and around Charlbury.
Street Fair has taken place in Charlbury since the early 1950s and this year we are extremely pleased to announce that Charlbury’s very own Miss Oxfordshire Inspiration – Layla Claridge will be carrying out the formal opening at 2pm on Saturday 21st Sept.
6:30pm - Egg Throwing Competition outside the Rose & Crown, Church Street, Charlbury
1:30pm – Children’s Fancy Dress Competition on the Playing Close, Charlbury
1:45pm – Children’s Parade from the Playing Close to Church Street
2:00pm Grand Opening by Miss Oxfordshire Inspiration = Layla Claridge and our own Street Fair King and Queen – Amie Cooper and Mitch Ward
2:00pm to 5:00pm – Afternoon entertainment including:-
Fairground Amusements & Rides
Children’s Electric Go-Karts
Tina’s Dance Troupe
Punch & Judy
Sol Samba – Oxford’s Brazilian Carnival Band
Vintage and Classic Cars
Charlbury Fire Engine
…and much more!
5:00pm – Grand Auction
7:00pm – Evening Entertainment – Music, singing and dancing in Church Street
10:30am - 10K Run and 5K Fun Run or Walk through Glorious Cornbury Park by kind permission of Lord & Lady Rotherwick.
Sunday 14th September 2014 - Pig Face Day
Hello......Avening wants to tell you that the Pig
Face Day and Queen Matilda's Feast is being celebrated in full costume, with hog
roast, jesters and band and starts in the church at 6pm. The celebrations will finish
Pig Face Day held on Holy Cross Day in September in Avening.
Starting at 6pm with the Traditional Candlelit service with the presentation of a Boar's
Head by Queen Matilda. Everyone is invited in Medieval dress to commemorate the one
and only commissioning of a Church by a Queen of England. The service is followed by a
torchlight procession to the Feast where there are to be Jesters, Jugglers and fire eaters.
All enquiries (we can help with costumes) to Click Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or
tel. 01453 836390.
12th to 21st September 2014 - Jane Austen Festival Bath
Throughout Bath events are organised by the Jane Austen Festival team under the guidance of Jackie Herring the Festival Director. Entrance to each event is by ticket and those go on sale at the Bath Festivals Box Office a few months before the start. Becoming a Friend of the Jane Austen Festival ensures you get first choice of tickets, essential for those events with limited numbers.
The most spectacular day each year is the first Saturday, when the festival officially ‘opens’ with the Regency Costumed Promenade through the streets of Bath. Promenaders from all over the world dress in 18th Century attire led by our Town Crier and accompanied by soldiers and sailors adding extra colour to the proceedings.
21 September 2014 - Clypping Ceremony at
St Mary's Church, Painswick.
This is held on Feast Sunday, the Sunday after Feast of Nativity
of St Mary. The church is 'clypped' or embraced by parishioners while the 'Clypping Hymn'
This ceremony is said to symbolise the parishioners' love of their church. This
Feast Day was once notorious in Painswick for riotous behaviour and for 'Puppy-dog pies'
said to have been baked by a publican desperate for meat to feed the visiting crowds. This
is still celebrated by baking china dogs into pies and cakes sold on the day.
The 17th annual Chipping Norton Jazz and Music experience - a free all day festival of classic jazz, which uses the town of Chipping Norton as its stage. There are free gigs around the town from 11.30am until 11:00pm. There are also afternoon and evening festivals at the town hall.
The free gigs are held in selected venues in the town centre throughout the day. In addition to all of this there will be a walking band in various outside locations throughout the afternoon.
More information from www.chippyjazz.org.uk
All profits go to : Lawrence Home Nursing Team, SpecialEffect, End Polio Now and Rotary charities.
Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Chipping Norton.
Sat 4 to Sun 5 October 2014 - American Classic Autum Weekend at Prestcott Hill Climb
This all American Stars and Stripes weekend celebrates the biggest, brightest, and brashest cars this side of the pond. Special display of American car clubs and motorcycles from Pontiacs, Mustangs, Cadillac's, Chevy's to Flatheads, Hotrods, Indian's, Harley's and Custom Choppers.
Entry list for Saturday 5th October & Sunday 6th October - tbc Gates open 8.30am
Dedicated American Car Lot Parking in the Orchard
The Paddock will be buzzing with hot rockin' music from The Bravo Boys, show cars, and high octane entertainment. Special performances include stilt walkers, vegas showgirls and the legendary Demon Drome Wall of Death motorcycle show (the oldest wall of death in existance). The Demon Drome use original 1920's Indian Motorcycles as they perform death defying tricks and stunts on a vertical raceway just inches from your eyes. (All entertainment is included in the admission price).
Sunday: Bugatti Owners', Vintage Sports Car Club, 500 Owners Association, Austin Healey Club, Aston Martins Owners Club, HSCC, Historic BMW, Historic AM, MGCC, TVR Club, Morgan Sports Cars ‘Techniques’ Speed Championship. The Revington TR Register Speed and Paul Matty Sportscars Classic Championships.
This event also celebrates Prescott's end of season party, with live band and American finger lickin food in the Clubhouse.
8 to 12 October 2014 - Horse
of the Year Show at the NEC
The UK's biggest indoor equestrian event, Horse of the Year Show.
Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), which takes place at The NEC.
NEC hosts the
finals of the most highly regarded national showing and show jumping championships and
celebrates the end of the competitive season in true style with five days action packed
with all things equestrian. From stunning displays to tense competition to endless shopping
HOYS is a spectacular not to missed.
TBA October 2014 - Stratford-upon-Avon
International soprano, Lesley Garrett headlines the 17th Stratford on Avon Music Festival and will be appearing at the Civic Hall on the last night of the Festival - Sunday 21st October. The Civic Hall also plays host to Jazz legend Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen on Friday 19th October.
This year's Festival theme is “In Tune with Nature”, and the varied programme really does include something for everyone! The Town Hall lunchtime concerts will once more be a focal point with one or sometimes two, evening concerts each day of the highest quality.
3 to 12 October 2014 - The Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014 promises to be a world renowned 10-day celebration of reading, writing and authors once again this autumn – with guest speakers set to include literary legends, politicians, designers, comedians and stars of the stage and screen.
See more at: http://www.soglos.com/28512/Cheltenham-Literature-Festival#sthash.BNxLFSmG.dpuf
Saturday 18th October 2014 - Chadlington Apple Day, 12-3.30-pm Memorial Hall
Apple Day is a British calendar event all about celebrating the vast array of apple varieties.
Chadlington is one of the few Cotswold villages to host an Apple Day event. It's a local charity fundraising day designed to celebrate the diversity of apples within the context of Autumn and rural life in the beautiful Cotswolds.
There will be a hog roast with home-made apple sauce, apple cider, freshly-pressed apple juice, apple pies, apple cakes and much more. If you are lucky enough to have apple trees or are interested in growing apples, Andy Howard from Heritage Fruit Trees will be on hand for the afternoon to answer all your questions.
You will also find bee experts on hand, rural crafts such as willow weaving and spinning, pottery and wood carving not to mention market stalls packed full of fresh, seasonal produce and hand-made crafts. And, of course, plenty to do for little kids, big kids and grown-ups-with-the-big-kid-inside such as apple bobbing, apple and spoon races, welly-wanging, tug of war, and even a jousting horse.
It's a great day for everyone. Unless you're an apple. So bring your bunch for lunch!
Thursday 23 October 2014 - This year's
second Gypsy Horse Fair at Stow-on-the-Wold.
The gypsy horse fair attracts hundreds of sightseers to Stow twice a year. Gipsies gather
from all corners of England for a meet and greet and hundreds of horses are paraded and
sold, all in one day. It's quite a site! So how did it all begin and why Stow-on-the-Wold.
As you might expect, when dealing with a Cotswold tradition, you have to go back a very
The Open at Cheltenham
Racecourse, is three days of the best that racing has to offer and is the biggest
and most important meeting of the first half of the Jumps season anywhere in the country.
It provides thrilling competition between many of the best Jump horses in Europe, large
and enthusiastic crowds creating a special atmosphere.
27 November 2013 to 14 December 2014 - Bath Christmas Market
Running for the second time due to the popularity of public demand set between the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
The Chiristmas Market showcases a range of handmade products in over 120 traditional wooden chalets and last year's event attracted circa 300,000 visitors over the 18 days. Web: www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk
Saturday 29 November 2014 - Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas
Moreton's 5th Christmas Market with over 50 stalls lining the High Street selling a great selection of Christmas gifts and food including soaps, candles, jewellery, hand made products for the home, wooden gifts, festive wreaths & garlands to name a few. Further Charity and Local Organisation stalls in the Redesdale Hall, also from 9 am. Local singers and carol singing by the local schools will be on the stage during the day. Carol Service in the afternoon followed by the arrival of Father Christmas & Light Switch-On. Father Christmas will then be in his Grotto in The Redesdale Hall for Children to visit him.
Starts at 9 am Free Entry If you are interested in having a Market Stall or Charity/Local Organisation Stall please contact Maria at email@example.com for more information.
Traditional festive fun throughout this ancient Cotswold town. Interesting shops, pubs and restaurants, street entertainment, craft market, Santa’s Grotto. Children’s Trail and other Christmas events all throughout December.
Friday 5 December 2014 - VICTORIAN LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Bourton-on-the-Water annual Christmas late night shopping extravaganza!
Shops will be open till 9pm and there will be plenty to entertain with the lighting of
the Christmas Tree in the river at 6 pm.
Childrens Roundabout, Punch & Judy, Pig
Roast, Candy Floss, Fairground Organ, Father Christmas and much more. Please feel free
to dress for the occasion. The Cotswold School Jazz Band, Choir & Drama Group will
be taking part.