Calendar of Cotswolds Events and Festivals, '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.
24, 25 & 26th February 2017 - Oxford International Art Fair, Town Hall,
St. Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX
The Global Art Agency presents thef ourth"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.
Saturday 11th March 2017 – Photography Workshops, 10 am – 5:15 pm
Lechlade Pavilion, Oak Street GL7 3AY
Led by Mike Read, professional photographer will lead 3 workshops. So if you want to learn how to make the most of your smart phone, tablet or digital camera this might be just the thing …
10 am – 12.15 pm: Workshop 1 – Photography for Smart Phones and Tabletslearn how to hold it, use zoom, exposure control and high dynamic range, also how to pose people and take those fantastic panoramic shots.
12:30 – 2:45 pm: Workshop 2 – Introduction to Digital Photography get to know your digital camera. Learn the basics of light, reflections, framing shots, depth of field and how to use basic photo software.
3 – 5:15 pm: Workshop 3 – Photography Composition for the next level photographer with a good digital camera. Learn techniques to improve the composition of landscape, portrait and action photography. Learn about depth of field, rule of thirds, backlighting and exposure compensation.
Each workshop will last 2 hour 15 minutes, one session costs £20, two for £30 and all three £40; refreshments included.
Sat 11th March 2017 - Burford Orchestra at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist Church, Witney.
Burford Orchestra presents a concert of Nordic themed music, to include Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite no 1 and Sibelius 1st Symphony. Tickets (£7 or £1 for under 16s) in advance from Helen Jenkins on 01993 830559, email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door on the night (£8 and £1)
18 March & 19 March 2017 - West Country
Game Fair at Royal Bath and West Showground, Somerset,
FIRST MAJOR GAME FAIR OF THE YEAR – THE BEST IN THE WEST
Great for field sports: Shooting, fishing and gun dogs. Also a large array of country food, local producers and a Game Cookery Theatre
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.
Friday 31st March 2017 - Cheltenham Bach Choir Baroque Singing Competition and Performance at
Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close, Cheltenham GL51 6EP
Come and listen to a new one-day singing competition for young professional singers in the Prince Michael Hall, with a finalist’s concert at 7.30pm. Public tickets are available for both the daytime stages and the evening concert.
This event is included in the Festival of the Baroque as part of the Cheltenham Bach Choir 70th Anniversary Season.
The aim of the competition is to discover and encourage new young singers of talent and provide them with an opportunity to perform before an audience and a panel of renowned professional judges. The winner will also have the opportunity to perform with the Cheltenham Bach Choir and a professional orchestra at a later date.
The competition will comprise an initial round during the day, starting at 1.45pm, which will comprise a recitative and aria lasting not more than 12 minutes. Five candidates will then be selected to go through to the final in the evening and will each present a programme of Baroque music ot lasting more than 25 minutes.
Adjudicators - Catherine Bott, Peter Savidge, David Crown
Daytime Tickets: £10.00 (children/ students £8.00)
Evening Concert Tickets: £10.00 (children/ students £8.00)
Day & Evening tickets: £15.00 (children/ students £10.00)
30 March to 2 April 2017 - 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.
Thousands of visitors came to 2016's hugely successful event. The best and rare examples of every discipline will be showcased by many of the Association's members, creating a rich tapestry of history and culture. The fair is the perfect place to hunt for the best that the Cotswolds has to offer, and promises to be one of the best quality events outside of London. Everything is for sale with prices ranging from £100 - £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.
One of the greatest choral works ever written, the 'Matthew Passion' of JS Bach stands as a monument to the genius of the composer, and is one of the most dramatic and beautiful oratorios in the repertoire. This performance, as part of the choir's new Baroque weekend festival, will feature stunning young soloists and an orchestra of some of the best Baroque instrumentalists in the country. The choir will bring to life the extraordinary emotional scope of the work, ranging from the baying mob, to the reflective chorales. This will be, without doubt, a highlight of the Cheltenham musical year.
7 to 9 April 2017 - BANBURY SONG & ALE WEEKEND
Banbury Folk Festival are running the 9th Banbury Song & Ale Weekend at
Drayton Leisure Golf Centre, Warwick Road, Banbury OX17 1HJ.
This event is a fundraiser for our folk festival in October.
The weekend starts at 7pm on Friday and runs until 5pm on Sunday.
The weekend is in sing-around format dispersed with surprise guests and fun & games.
On Saturday there will be a sweep-stake on The Grand National.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
The weekend costs £15
Church of St John the Baptist,
Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
Burford Singers with
Cotswold Chamber Orchestra
leader Kate Bailey
Robyn Allegra Parton, Soprano
Angharrad Lyddon, Mezzo-Soprano
James Oxley, Tenor
Jon Stainsby, Bass
Brian Kay – Conductor
Tickets reserved at £23, £19 and £15, unreserved £10 Postal booking (advised) opens on 18 Feb 2017 Telephone booking opens on 6 March on 01993 822412 Booking in person opens on 20 March The Madhatter Bookshop 122, High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ
Sunday 9th April 2017 - Prescott Bike Festival
Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Nr Cheltenham, GL52 9RD
Prescott Bike Festival will be taking place once again on Sunday 9th April 2017 at Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham and promises to be an action-packed day for all the family in support of the Nationwide Association of Bloodbikes charity (NABB).
The seventh annual event will be larger than ever before, with even more bike manufacturers and clubs confirmed, plus a large display of historic, modern and race bikes on display in the paddock, demo areas, passenger rides, stunt show, trade stalls, live music, good food and a host of entertainment both on and off the track to keep the whole family amused. If you’re quick, you can even book a place to ride the famous Prescott Hill yourself, and be part of the spectacle.
The festival is the biggest annual fundraiser for the charity and raises vital funds to enable them to carry out their life saving work. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please visit: W: www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk
Event address: Prescott Bike Festival, Gotherington, Nr Cheltenham, GL52 9RD, just 15 minutes from the M5
Ticket Price: £15 advance ticket, or £15 on the gate.
Children under 16 go free.
No dogs allowed on site.
22 April 2017 at 7.30pm - The Flowers Band at Pershore Abbey
Presented by The Rotary Club of Worcester and conducted by Paul Holland
All seats £15.00 In aide of Dementia UK
Featuring a wide and varied programme of popular old and new arrangements for brass bands.
Tickets available from :- Blue, 19 Broad Street, Pershore or telephone 01905 426537.
Sunday 23 April 2017 - St. George's Day
St. George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag. St George's emblem was adopted by King Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.
Many English flags will be flying and events taking place across the Cotswolds and England.
Saturday 22 April 2017 - Tewkesbury Vintage Fair
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 22 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.
23 April to 30 April 2017 - Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival
Celebrating its 10th year 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 1 May 2017 - 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.com/jazz/.
If you enjoy a walk through lovely countryside the parishioners of Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour, are holding their Bluebell Walk again on Sunday, May 7th. Started in 1990 the walk has been enjoyed by visitors from far and wide.
The walk is between 1½ and 2 miles long through farmland to Hell Brake and Oak Tree Coppice, where bluebells carpet the ground under the trees. With wonderful views across the Vale of the Red Horse from Oak Tree Coppice, and tea & homemade scones when you return to St Peter’s churchyard, it is a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Dogs welcome if kept on a lead.
Strong shoes or boots are essential. Not suitable for pushchairs.
The walk will start from Church Lane, Whatcote, Shipston-on-Stour, (postcode CV36 5EF), and will be well signposted in the village, as will free car parking. You can begin your walk any time between 2pm and 5pm.
The cost is £6.00 for adults, accompanied children free, and this includes the tea & scones!
Cake & produce stall. Proceeds to St Peter’s Church.
Contact Sue Price for more details – Telephone 01295 680007or e-mail: email@example.com
Quenington Fete - 13 May 14:00 to 17:00 at The Old Rectory ,
opposite the church.
Stalls, tombola, sideshows, tea and home-made cakes, dog show, barbecue, beer tent and much more! Entry £1.00; Children under 16 free.
Sunday 14th May 2017 - 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.
11 May to 14 May 2017 -
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 7 May 2017 - Randwick Wap Procession and Fayre
Spring Service & Ceremonial Cheese Rolling 10.30am Sunday May 1st
Wap Procession and "Fayre" - Procession 12.45pm Saturday May 7th followed by "Fayre" on the Field 2pm onwards.
Fayre Attractions include Marcher Stuarts, Dog Show, and more.
The procession route includes a stop at the 'Well Leaze' where the Mayor and Queen each roll a cheese down the steep bank three times.
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.
27 May to 28 May 2017 - Prescott LA VIE EN BLEU WEEKEND, Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington Gloucestershire
La Vie En Bleu Weekend
Prescott Hill Climbs French and Italian motoring festival
A celebration of French and Italian cars, music and entertainment.
Prescott Hill Climb will be transformed in celebration of fine French and Italian automobiles, themed entertainment, trade stalls and visiting car clubs. Plus special competition classes for French and Italian marques.
The paddock will be packed with iconic French and Italian classic cars and supercars from a Bugatti Veyron Supersport, a Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang, the Veyron’s older cousin the Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, a Voisin or two, a LaFerrari, a Ferrari Enzo, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, a Ferrari 330 GTC, a Ferrari Fantuzzi 196S, a 1975 Maserati Khamsin, an Alpha Romeo 156 ETCC, an Alfa 1750 6C, a Lamborghini Countach Diablo TT right through to the Nelson Piquet 1990 Benetton F1 Car.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, the ‘Twiggy’ Miura, aptly named after its first owner Justin de Villeneuve (Twiggy’s manager in the 1960s) will also be heading to Prescott.
Thursday 11th May 2017 -
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 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.
Saturday 20th May 2017 - Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire Day of Morris Dance
in aid of the Dorothy House Charity
There will be a Day of Morris Dance in the picturesque riverside town of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire on 20th May 2017. We already have 20 sides (200+ dancers and 80+ musicians) dancing at six pub/restaurant/riverside venues around the town including our historic Tithe Barn.
There are also different nationality music sessions in local pubs and a food/street market. Full details are online at www.boamorrisday.org.
Contact: Alfie Windsor
2 French Grass, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1DX UK
07703 599 220
Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May 2017 - Winchcombe Walking Festival
Choose from 25 different walks.
Winchcombe is a “Walkers are Welcome” town and a prime centre for people who love the outdoors, especially walking. The status is given to towns and villages that have something special to offer walkers. With pubs, shops and accommodation coupled with a lovely atmosphere and a great location, you can’t go wrong.
The historic town is a great walking centre and offers a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. There are town walks, historical walks or walks across the unspoilt Cotswold landscape. The variety is diverse, including a Roman villa, a Neolithic burial mound, a steam railway, common land and impressive views across to the Malvern Hills and Wales.
Alternatively there are walks where you can discover the beautiful views of the Cotswolds and the flora and fauna of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
All proceeds support The Friends of St James' - The Longborough charity that
raises funds to preserve the fabric of our beautiful medieval church
Twenty intriguing village gardens,
large and small, to explore
Tickets available around the village on the day.
Entry adults £5, children free.
Find tea, cakes, Pimms
and a warm welcome in the village hall!
(note: no dogs in the gardens please)
All proceeds support The Friends of St James' - The Longborough charity that
raises funds to preserve the fabric of our beautiful medieval church
THE CARICE SINGERS at St Michael's Church, Whichford
Sunday 28th May 2017, 3.30pm
The Carice Singers, one of Britain’s finest vocal ensembles, perform a selection from their recently completed series of recordings for Naxos in the intimate village setting of St Michael's Church in Whichford. Now six years old, this energetic choir of young professionals have gained considerable critical acclaim for their "captivating interpretations" (Choir & Organ Magazine) and "beautifully blended tone" (The Guardian) as well as for their championing of British choral music. Tickets include refreshments served after the concert
My Own Country
Music by: Bax, Delius, Ireland, Moeran, and Warlock
29 May 2017 - 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. Web: www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk
We have a pretty good idea of what will be on the programme, but please be patient while we apply the finishing touches. The details will be published soon. We hope you will be as excited by it as we have been putting it together.
Set in the stunning surrounds of Grittleton House, plant lovers and “foodies” are in for a real treat, with the chance to browse the many stalls selling plants from specialist nurseries, stunning accessories for your “room outside”, and delicious local artisan produce. It is going to be a fantastic day out for friends and family. Refreshments will be available.
Organised by children's charity Action Medical Research, a special guest appearance by the big fluffy mascot himself, Paddington Bear will be there to greet the younger members of the family. Free parking is available. Details can be found at http://action.org.uk/grittleton.
Sunday tba May 2017 - Bibury Village Open Gardens Day
Location: Bibury Village
Date/Time: Sunday May 29th 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with the exception of BIBURY COURT GARDENS which will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
At least 8 beautiful gardens will be open for you to browse in this charming village which is the home to the famous and picturesque Arlington Row. Superb teas and homemade cakes are served all afternoon in the Village Hall. A plant stall will be open by the River Coln.
Tickets:You can buy tickets at the entrance to any garden - £5 to visit all gardens, or £1 per garden. Accompanied children are free. All proceeds go to the Village Hall
3rd & 4th June 2017 3rd Lechlade Annual Vintage Rally & Country Show
Our 3rd Lechlade Annual Vintage Rally & Country Show will take place at ROUGH GROUNDS FARM, (A 361) LECHLADE, GLOS GL7 3EU 3rd & 4th June 2017, commencing at 10.00 am both days.
This year include, Classic Cars, Classic Motor Cycles, Commercial Vehicles, Collections, Miniature Steam, Tractors, Model Tent, Classic Caravans, Craft, for the children Fun Fair, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, West Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary and much more.
This year’s Ring events Parade of vehicles, Blue Cross Fun Dog Show, Britannia Majorettes, Belly Dancing & Morris Dancing & Great Western Youth Band.
Boot Sales, Trade Stands, Auto Jumble, Craft, Food and Refreshments. A Raffle & Tombola both days. Car Parking Free.
Admission £4.00 Adults. £2.00 Concessions. Under 16`s Free (With paying adult.) Come along with the family and enjoy the day.
For further information visit our Web: Site Lechlade Collectors Club or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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3 June 2017 - Chadlington 14th Beer Festival Chadlington Memorial Hall, Chapel Road, Chadlington, Oxon. OX7 3LX
The Beer Festival is the chief fund raiser for the Friends of Chadlington School and all proceeds will go to the school.
We haven't totally finalised the beers for this year, but we can guarantee a great range of real ales from hair on your chest super strength to something you'd give your Granny... we also have Pimms, fine wines and 'proper' cider, but, as we said, it's really ALL ABOUT THE BEER!
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. 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.
4th June 2017 - Whit Sunday, St Briavels - Bread and Cheese Dole
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
June 6, 7 & 8 June 2017 - St Leonard’s Church, Bledington
Music Festival. All concerts each day - Concerts at 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church, Bledington.
Saturday 3th June 2017, Open Gardens, Lechlade from 2 – 5 pm You are invited to come in to four of Lechlade’s most beautiful gardens
The glorious month of June is extra special this year, as we celebrate the 90th birthday of our Queen. How fortunate that her Official Birthday will enable us to celebrate in great style by visiting four gardens in Lechlade, when they will be at their very best.
The gardens, each with unique features, assure visitors of an interesting and inspiring afternoon.
Visitors will be able to admire the enchanting architecture of yew arching over a path leading to one garden, with delightful herbaceous borders, a small rose fountain garden and a gazebo built c1850.
The grand sweep of lawns, green and restful to the eye, in one serene country garden, lends focus to its woodland aspects. In another, find different garden rooms, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and a potager here.
Is that music, we hear? Which garden has the silver band?
Enjoy two wildlife ponds, herbaceous borders, ornamental grasses, a rose garden and mature trees in yet another garden.
Tea and cakes will be available in each garden, proceeds to the hosts’ chosen charity..
A roving ticket costing £5 is available from Lechlade Post Office, in advance and until 3 pm on the day. Accompanied children under 16 admitted free. Proceeds from ticket sales in aid of St Lawrence Church Restoration Appeal.
Sunday 11th June 2017 2 pm-6 pm - Winchcombe Open Gardens
Explore the historic Saxon town of Winchcombe when you visit our Open Gardens in June, with an additional exclusive visit to the gardens in Dent’s Terrace, a Grade ll listed set of almshouses.
Tickets and maps from Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre or on the day, Back Lane Car Park (in Winchcombe) or any Open Garden. £5.00 per person, under 12s free.
Winchcombe lies on the B4632 between Cheltenham and Broadway. The event collects funds for the local church, St Peters, in Winchcombe.
9th to 11th June 2017 - Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
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 Bollinger 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.
Sunday 11 June 2017 - ELKSTONE VILLAGE GARDENS OPEN DAY
Visit Elkstone and see it in a way detail not normally accessible to visitors. Amble through gardens, browse stalls, enjoy cream teas, homemade cakes or ice creams, play garden games, see a miniature Atkinson Steam Lorry in full steam, enjoy a tractor ride through farmland with sensational views.
Visit the beautiful Norman church, the highest in the Cotswolds, hear the bells, visit the bell tower and see the environmental friendly initiatives including an eco-loo, emerging wild flower meadow and bug houses
Adults £5.00, Children free, Parking included. No dogs please.
Sunday 18th June 2017 Stanton Village Gardens Open Day. 2 - 6 pm (off B4632 near Broadway)
Over 15 beautiful gardens open in the picturesque C17 village of Stanton, ranging from large manor house to small cottage gardens, all packed with colour and interest, many with delightful natural water features.
Legendary home-made teas, ice-creams, plant/herb stall, second-hand books and Raffle with great prizes.
A unique opportuniaty to explore the hidden secrets of this lovely unspoilt Cotswold village - an NGS event not to be missed!
Stanton is one of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds.
In aid of ngs.org..uk and our village charities.
Adults entry £6.00 Children FOC.
Plant stall. Teas.Free parking
Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
40th Anniversary Year
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June 2017
Around 25 gardens will be open from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day
Come and enjoy a wide variety of gardens and the friendly atmosphere of this beautiful Worcestershire village, situated in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the lower slopes of Bredon Hill. Light lunches and cream teas served in our refreshment marquee from 12pm, as well as rolls, tea and cakes served by the WI in the Village Hall. Full meals available all day in The Star, our village pub. Quality plants and craft goods will also be on sale.
Free exhibition of photographs of Bredon Hill in St Barbara’s Church.
Free car parking and free minibus service around the village.
Adults £6, children under 16 free of charge. Free illustrated programme for all visitors.
The Lechlade Rally will take place at ROUGH GROUNDS FARM, ( A 361) LECHLADE, GLOS GL7 3EUcommencing at 10.00 am both days.
Classic Cars, Motor Cycles, Commercial Vehicles, Collections, Miniature Steam, Tractors, Model Tent, Classic Caravans, Model Boats and Craft. For the children Karting, Bouncy Castle, Balloons and Boats on water, follow the trail to win a badge. A Raffle both days. Cuddly Toy Tombola and Guess the name of the Big Teddy to win it. Boot Sales, Trade Stands and Refreshments.
Admission £4.00 Adults. £2.00 Concessions. Under 16`s Free ( Must be accompanied by a paying adult.) Come along with the family and enjoy the day - Free Parking.
CLASSIC VEHICLE DAY AT TODDINGTON STATION
ON THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE STEAM RAILWAY
SUNDAY 11th JUNE 2017 - ALL DAY
Combine the scene of historic road transport with a backdrop of vintage trains at Toddington station . Normal ticket prices for those wishing to travel to Winchcombe or Cheltenham Racecourse Stations , but for those just planning to admire the cars there will be a small admission charge.
Visit www. gwsr.com for further information or please call 01242 621405
17 & 18 June 2017 - Chipping Campden Open Gardens
2 - 6pm. There will be over 20 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.
16 to 18 June 2017 - Malvern
Royal Three Counties Show
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.
Saturday 17th June 2017 2-5pm - Rollright Summer Fete
Come and enjoy a fun family day out in the beautiful cotswold village of Great Rollright (near the famous Rollright Stones).
Entertain the children with an inflatable bungee run, bouncy castle, pony rides and much more.
There is something for everyone with live music, great food and a licensed bar.
All proceeds go to Great Rollright Primary School.
For more information email@example.com.
June 23rd and 24th 2017 - Shipton Moyne Opera
For the third year running the beautiful Cotswold village of Shipton Moyne will host
The Shipton Moyne Opera.
Professional opera company, Opera A La Carte, is returning to Shipton Moyne on June 23rd and 24th to perform Rigoletto, under a marquee at Street Farm.
A committee of locals produces the Shipton Moyne Opera and an audience of over 400 enjoy fine music, picnics or a sit down supper in the barn. Local artists are invited to record the event.
Although the main aim of the opera is to encourage community spirit and to promote great classical music, part of the proceeds are donated to a local charity. This year we are supporting Hope for Tomorrow which provides mobile cancer treatment.
For more information please contact: Mok O'Keeffe,
Tel: 07795 528302; W: www.smopera.org
Opera A La Carte -
Hope For Tomorrow -
24 June 2017 - Northleach Annual Charter Fair & Music Festival
11am to 11pm on the King George Playing Fields
The Charter Fair is an incredible 788 years old, dating back to 1227 when King Henry III granted the town of Northleach a Charter which allowed a weekly market and an annual fair. The Charter Fair is always the last Saturday of June, that being the closest weekend to the feast day of St Peter and St Paul.
Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 June 2017 - Midsummer Speed Fest at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Nr Gotherington, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD
The 6th Round of the 20154 Midland Hill Climb Championship, and 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.
On Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 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.
The event is -
A summer event to celebrating Local Artists, Organisations, Flowers, Open Gardens along Church Street, in both of our beautiful Churches along Church Street and Snowshill Road.
Tickets £5 for adults, Children free entry
7, 8, 9 July 2017 - Cornbury Music Festival at The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AF
The 14th 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.
1 to 2 July 2017 - Annual Cotswold Show and Food Festival
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.
Sat 1 to 2 July 2017 - Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival, start 10am
Since it was established the Stratford River Festival has grown to become one of the region’s leading FREE festivals. 2016 was a record breaking year bringing nearly 50,000 revellers into the beautiful town of Stratford.
For two whole days every summer the riverside comes alive and 2017’s event will feature more free events and activities than ever before, whilst also welcoming back a host of old favourites by popular demand.
Saturday tba July 2017 2-5pm - Rollright Summer Fayre
Roll up, roll up! “The biggest, small festival around” is back for it's fifth instalment of the finest music and entertainment from the UK and beyond. Nestled amongst the most picturesque surroundings and attended by a crowd of people so lovely you'd think we hand picked them ourselves!
Whether you're a regular, or a first time Roller, we can't wait to welcome you to the stunning Cotswold countryside for our family-friendly festival.
We've got a feeling you're going to like it...
From the buzz of the Lizard Stage (Glastonbury, Secret Garden party) to the warmth of the cozy acoustic yurt, dance at the DJ shack, dip in the hot tubs, skip into a workshop, marvel at the trapeze shows, climb the pyramid, have your heart and mind opened by the music, circus, fun, games and silliness!
Come and enjoy a fun family day out in the beautiful cotswold village of Great Rollright (near the famous Rollright Stones).
Entertain the children with an inflatable bungee run, bouncy castle, pony rides and much more.
There is something for everyone with live music, great food and a licensed bar. All proceeds go to Great Rollright Primary School.
14 July to 16 July 2017 - The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford
THE WORLD'S GREATEST AIRSHOW
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 or a seasoned airshow veteran, the experience is breathtaking.
During the thrilling 7.5 hour flying display (4 hours on Friday) visitors will get to see 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 Vintage Village, Autodrome and the Activity Zone.
With FREE entry for accompanied under-16s and FREE parking for ticket holders, the Air Tattoo offers great value for money day out.
The Air Tattoo is staged in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, a charity set up in 2005 to support the wider RAF family. As well as seeking to develop a spirit of air-mindedness in youngsters, it also aims to promote excellence with the Royal Air Force.
The next Air Tattoo takes place over the weekend of 14, 15, 16 July 2017. Tickets are now on sale,
1 July to 16 July
Cheltenham Town Hall Proms Festival of Music at Cheltenham Town Hall
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.
EBRINGTON VILLAGE FETE, SATURDAY, 10th JULY 2017, 2.00 p.m.
Ebrington’s traditional village fete and family dog show is held at Ebrington Cricket Ground on the outskirts of the village with wonderful views towards Broad Campden, Paxford and Blockley. Free parking will be available opposite the cricket ground. Entrance is £1 for adults and children over 12. Money raised goes to the church and the village organizations.
By popular demand again this year, Chipping Campden Swing Band will accompany the fete. We are also delighted that the children of Campden Academy of Dance will once again perform dance routines for us. There will also be a display of classic and vintage cars, motor cycles and tractors.
All the familiar stalls will be there including: cakes, jams and preserves, produce, books, plants and bric-a-brac as well as flowers, plants, and gift stalls. There will be a grand raffle, bottle stall, traditional Wheel of Fortune, and games such as crown darts, and skittles.
For the children there will be a bouncy castle, children’s magic show, traditional Punch and Judy Show, face painting, and jam jar tombola. There will also be a fascinating display of live insects and creatures entitled Life in the Rainforest.
One of the main attractions is always the Family Dog Show in which families can enter their dogs in the various categories. This is both entertaining to enter and fun to watch. Bring along your dog for this event.
Delicious teas will be served from our marquee, and a barbecue, ice creams, and soft drinks will be available on the field, where The Ebrington Arms, our local village pub, will also be running a beer and cider tent.
Contact: Daphne Law, Secretary Ebrington Village Fete Committee
(Tel: 01386 593286, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
28 to 30 July 2017 - Cotswolds Beer Festival, Postlip Tithe Barn near Winchcombe
A celebration of the best beer and cider from near and far - a great event in a classic heritage setting.
The 2017 Cotswold Beer Festvial will be the 41st, making it one of the longest running CAMRA events.
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.
Year on year, our visitors tell us that Warwick Folk Festival has one of the best festival sites around .
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.
27th - 30th July 2017
22/23 July 2017 - The Pet Show at
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Starts at 10:00am- finishes at 5:00pm on both days
This year they are teaming up with The Midlands food show, which means that visitors can visit both shows for the price of one.
A national event dedicated to the british public and their pets. Packed with hundreds of attractions for the whole family to enjoy, The Pet Show is the biggest event of its kind showcasing the very best the UK’s pet industry has to offer.
A great family day out this summer – all for charity The 42nd Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza
5-7 August 2016 - South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester
The Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) stage their 42nd Annual Show at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The show is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK and attracts thousands of exhibitors and visitors from across the county and actively raises money for both national and regional charities.
This very popular event is organised by the VSCC and for
further information please contact the VSCC on tel.no. 01608 644777.
The first weekend of August this year sees the Club’s annual Speed Hill Climb at the wonderful Cotswold venue. This much loved event will see 260 cars climb the venues short-course; practicing on the Saturday and racing against the clock on the Sunday. The Orchard will again be full of Pre-war cars, whilst the trade stands and auto jumble will remain in place. The Saturday evening traditionally sees live entertainment in the form of bands, whilst the Sunday morning opens with the annual Bike Race.
5 to 7 August 2016 - 42nd Annual Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza
The Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club stage their 42nd Annual show at South Cerney Airfield on the outskirts of Cirencester in Gloucestershire on August 5th, 6th, & 7th 2016
Thank you to everyone that helped to make the 2015 show such a huge success from our army of volunteers, marshals, trade stands, exhibitors, entertainers, and show visitors, we are incredibly grateful for your support.
The show saw record attendance and many visitors remarked that it was our best one yet. We hope to see you all again in 2016!
10th to 14th August 2016 - 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
13th & 14th August 2016 - Tortworth Vintage Transport Show Showground off the B4509, Wickwar,
South Gloucestershire (Nr. Bristol) GL12 8LF
Directions: - from the M5 Jct 14 take B4509 for Main Gate. - AA Sign posted
20 August 2016 - Shakespeare’s New Place reveals the famous playwright as we’ve never seen him before
On Saturday 20 August (at 11 a.m.) the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust BT will re-open Shakespeare’s New Place as a major new heritage landmark attraction where visitors can literally walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and discover the man behind the famous works on his home ground.
Shakespeare’s ‘front door’ back where it belongs for the first time in 250 years.
27 to 29 August 2016 - 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!
67th WINCHCOMBE COUNTRY SHOW BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 29 AUGUST 2016 WINCHCOMBE SENIOR SCHOOL GREET ROAD GL54 5LB 12.00 NOON TO 5.30PM
Organisers of the 67th Winchcombe Country Show are promising another bumper show this year. The event takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August at Winchcombe Senior School Playing Fields and brings you the best in country show fun.
The annual procession through the pretty Cotswold village will have an Olympic Rio theme this year. The procession which starts at 11.30am from the Abbey Field Centre in Back Lane will feature vintage tractors, fancy dress contestants and the Happenstance Border Morris dancers. The procession will arrive at the show site for 12.00 noon.
A key element of the event will be the traditional flower show with many classes featuring creative floral displays, arts, crafts, photography, wine, cookery and preserves. There are lots of prizes and over 50 trophies up for grabs!
The show is a community event and a quintessentially summer occasion for all families to enjoy. It will be jam packed with activities to keep you entertained all day - such as Indian Runner Duck Herding, Olympic It’s a Knockout, the Happenstance Morris Dancers, go-karting, a traditional Punch and Judy show, street entertainment, face painting and much, much more. The Winchcombe Brass Band will be providing the musical backdrop for the day.
There will be many dog friendly games including terrier racing, dog scurry and have a go agility. Please bring your dogs along so that they can enjoy the day as well.
The show will also feature a number of arts and crafts stalls alongside many trade and horticultural stalls so plenty of shopping opportunities!
There will many refreshment stands to keep you energised all day including a tea tent serving delicious homemade cakes and a licensed bar.
Tickets cost £4 per adult and £2 per child. Family tickets (two adults and up to three children) will be £10
On Sunday 28 August prior to the show there will be the Run Winchcombe Event at Sudeley Castle featuring a 5k fun run, a 10k hill climb to the Neolithic long barrow Belas Knapp for the more adventurous and a 1k for 10s and under.
An action packed family weekend for all. Please come along and support this traditional country event.
Saturday 27th August 2016 - 131st Hawkesbury Horticultural Show & Fair
The main attraction is the large produce marquee, full of the biggest and best fruit, vegetables and flowers as well as home baking, varied crafts, home made wine & beer, original photographs and pictures – all produced by the local community.
The main entertainment in the central arena will be:
- "Meirion Owen and his Quack Pack team" - the Quack Pack team are comical Indian Runner ducks and border collies who provide entertaining, educational and interactive displays with audience participation.
- "AcroGymnastics Group" providing a spectacular acrobatic and gymnastic display;
- "Punch & Judy Fun Show" - "Tricky Micky" presents a highly-entertaining, traditional puppet show for all the family.
- "Tractor pull competition"
There are fairground rides, a deer and hog roast, beer tent, Pimms tent, raffle, live music, archery lessons with the Bath Archers and many local trade, craft and charity stalls.
The popular carnival procession begins with the crowning of the Carnival Queen on The Plain before travelling through the village to the Show Ground, led by the Nailsworth Silver Band.
Showground open to visitors at 12:30pm.
The Carnival Queen will be crowned at 1.30pm on The Plain.
Carnival Parade through the village 1.30 – 1.50pm led by Nailsworth Silver Band (High Street closed to vehicles 1.00pm - 2.00pm)
Pay on the gate or buy advance tickets at The Village Shop or The Post Office, Hawkesbury Upton Adults £5, Senior Citizens £3, Children £2, Family ticket £12 (2 adults + up to 4 children)
Dogs welcome on a lead ~ Disabled parking in the Village Hall car park ~ Wheelchair accessible For further information or to book a stall phone 01454 232910 or email: email@example.com
Saturday 27 August 2016 - Tewkesbury Vintage Fair at Barton Street
Come and join us in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds to enjoy a spot of nostalgia in an old music hall setting for a special vintage event. We also have a few vintage attractions in the street too! 10.30 to 16.30
2 to 4 September 2016 - 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!
Saturday 3rd September 2016 - CONCERT - BACH : BONHOEFFER
RICHARD STEPHENS - organ
sung by OPUS ANGLICANUM - An English Music Bach Orgelbüchlein with Chorales Bonhoeffer - read by ZEB SOANES - BBC Radio
ST JAMES’S CHURCH CHIPPING CAMPDEN
Saturday 3rd September 2016 at 6 pm
£10 online www.opus-a.co.uk or at the door
A special concert exploring Lutheran chorales both as sung texts and as subjects for Bach’s inventive preludes; with readings from the Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
3 to 4 September 2016 - 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!
3 SEPTEMBER 2016 - 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.
Heritage Open Days with Bell-ringing from the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfryat Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Saturday 10 September 11am - 5pm and Sunday 11 September 12.00 - 5pm
National Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties across the country that are usually closed or charge for admission. Winterbourne Medieval Barn is an outstanding and unique building of national importance now owned by South Glos Council. Built by Thomas de Bradeston in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death hit in England, only three barns of this scale are recorded as built by gentry’ families, and Winterbourne is the only survivor. It was built using the green-timber construction methods which were the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is a fine example of a raised-cruck construction, and one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns
The Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry will be installed in the Barn throughout the weekend and bell-ringers will be on hand to demonstrate their skill and let you have a go at ringing. St Michaels Church next to the Barn will also be open and offering tower tours. They will have CCTV coverage of the church bells so that you can see them in action. Free entry. Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead will be welcome.
Sunday 10th September 2017 from 12 noon - Pebworth Party In The Park is back! .
(Pebworth Village Hall Green, CV37 8XA)
This promises to be a fun-packed afternoon with a great blend of traditional and modern village fete activities; Cow Pat Bingo, Egg Splat, The Red Barrows, Fun Dog Show, The Pebworth Mile Race, Local Craft Stalls, Produce Show, Climbing Wall, Pottery-making, Street Food, Beer Tent, Afternoon Teas, Tombola, Skittles, Coconut Shy and much more! £3 for adults, under 16s free of charge.
Come and join the fun!
10th & 11th September 2016 - Northleach Steam & Vintage Show plus Ale Festival
Eastington Road, Northleach, GL54 3PJ
A traditional country steam show in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Nestled on a hillside in the Cotswolds, just on the borders of Eastington and Northleach, lies the showground for the Northleach Steam and Vintage Show. Whilst this may not be one of the biggest shows in the country, the show’s heritage and relaxed enjoyable atmosphere set in the idyllic Cotswold countryside gives it a uniqueness of its own.
Full Size Steam Engines - Scale Size Steam Engines ~ Stationary Engines ~ Vintage Tractors ~ Classic Cars ~ Vintage Motor Cycles & Pedal Cycles - Military Vehicles
This year’s show looks to be even bigger than last years, with more engines and vehicles on display, lots more stalls and a greater variety of food offerings from burgers and Cornish pasties to hog roast, al fresco Italian to Mexican, donuts, ice-cream and cakes as well as traditional confectionery to bring back memories of bygone days. Red Lion Inn will be hosting its own Ale Festival at the show with live music throughout the day, and for the children there will be additional entertainment including fun fair amusements, ferret racing, airsoft target paintball, have-a-go archery and even a climbing wall. It is even hoped to have the threshing machine that once used to appear at the show all those years ago restored and working once again on the showground.
6th & 7th September, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun
£5 Adults, £3 Senior Citizens, Children under 16 FREE www.northleachsteamshow.co.uk
4thSeptember 2016 from 11am - 4pm - Tetbury Classic Car Show
At the Dolphin Hall and Memorial Recreation Ground, Tetbury, Glos. Supporting the Stroud based charity ALLSORTS www.allsortsglos.org.uk.
The event website is www.tetburyclassiccarshow.org. Here you can apply online as well as find our other details about the event. Exhibitors free entry. Public £3 adults, £2 Senior Citizens, Children under 16Free. Lots to do for all the family. 450 Classic vehicles on display. Come and spend a lovely day with us. Tetbury town centre next door.
More information contact John Billington 01666 593952.
8th to 11th September 2016
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. Web:
Every two years Minchinhampton celebrates its Country Fayre.
The event is designed to be a great community day, the funds from which are distributed to local charities. In 2013 over £8000 was shared between local charities.
This year’s event will start with a cavalcade of vintage cars driving through the town followed by a procession of local groups and children.
The town crier will then open the Fayre of 2015.
The Fayre takes over the High Street, Market Square, Bell Lane, the entire school grounds and spills out on to the Great Park with a huge variety of stalls and displays. Clowns will wander among the crowds to entertain visitors as they go.
Refreshments will be available in the Food Court area and will include pulled pork baps, sausage baps, pizzas, omelettes, chips, pies and pickle, ice creams and a beer tent.
The various cafes in the town will be open and additional refreshments will be available in the church porch room and school hall.
The fayre is free to enter and free parking is also provided.
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 of the Holy Cross at Avening near Minchinhampton 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.
9th to 18th September 2016 - 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.
'A Day’s Work' - Sunday 18 September, 3pm at Winterbourne Medieval Barn
A Musical drama to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice through this new script and songs with a cast of well-known performers on the folk music circuit.
Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds from 12.30pm. Tickets cost £15 adults, £5 for under 16s, and are available from Daisy's Cafe, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, or on the gate (subject to availability). Further enquiries can be made through the Winterbourne Medieval Barn website or Facebook page.
25 September 2016 - 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'
is sung. Held on Sunday of the 19 September or the first Sunday afterwards.
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.
10th to 11th September 2016 - Chippy Jazz And Music
This will be the 19th Chippy Jazz and Music Festival. As always, all money raised by CJAM goes to charity.
If you've been to CJAM before, then you'll know just how warm a welcome to expect, how much great music you will hear, and just much fun you will have! If you haven't been before, then you have a very nice surprise in store
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.
The Patron of the Festival is HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Artistic Director is Jonathan Cohen, who took over from Steven Isserlis CBE in 2013.
Each year the aim is to bring leading instrumentalists and singers to Tetbury, and previous performers read like aWho's Who of the classical music world.
Sunday 2 October, 11am – 4pm Orchard Harvest Day at Winterbourne Medieval Farm
Marvel at the work of the medieval craftsmen who built this magnificent Barn in 1342. See traditional cider making using a Victorian stone horse-drawn apple mill and wooden press, and taste the results! We pay homage to the Great British Orchard with apple variety displays, information about fruit and orchards, bees and honey, weaving and basket making. Enjoy excellent locally-produced hot food, or cold ice-cream from the Icicle Tricycle, locally-brewed beer and cider, or tea and cakes.
Experience the thrill of seeing a peregrine falcon, play skittles or try your hand at archery, sing along with the Frampton Shantymen (audience participation is expected!), and watch the Winterbourne Down Border Morris while you drink your cider! Children will love the pigs, geese, horses and llamas, and the whole family can get involved in the very popular Ferret-racing. Entry just £2 for adults, children under 16yrs FREE.
Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. A parking charge of £2 per vehicle will be collected on behalf of Paul’s Place; a local charity for disabled people.
5 to 9 October 2016 - 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.
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Chocolate Making
Love chocolate? Then come and join us for our 2 to 2.5 hour chocolate class, where we will feed your chocolate passion. You will have the opportunity to work with Belgian chocolate, learn some basic techniques and have the opportunity to sample too.
You will learn how to make truffle fillings and develop skills in piping, rolling, dipping, coating and decorating. Altogether you will make 32 truffles, with your choice of fillings and coatings. Each truffle will be double coated in Belgian chocolate too.
We will also look at
the different types of chocolate, along with tastings
the use of moulds
the method for tempering chocolate
And finally, you can indulge in gift wrapping before taking your delicious creations home.
These workshops are set in a relaxed atmosphere and are suitable for all age groups and levels of experience.
Venue – CHOCOLATEgenie, Unit 21 Bond Industrial Estate,
2017 courses on the following dates:- 11 February, 11 March, 1 July, 30 September, 7 October.
14 to 16 October 2016 - Cotswold Miniatures Weekend at Eastington near Stroud
Come and join us for a weekend of fun, making miniatures with a friendly group of like-minded people. Our aim is to offer something for everyone from complete beginners to the most experienced miniaturists.
Choose from a great selection of classes taught by some of the top miniaturists in the UK and overseas. Meet up wih old friends and make new ones.
Location: Eastington Community Centre, Snakey Lane, Alkerton, Eastington, Gloucestershire, GL10 3AQ
The Festival will be centred around Banbury Town Hall, where there will be extra concerts using the new function room as well as the main hall. Other events will take place at Drayton Leisure Golf Centre, Banbury Folk Club’s great new venue at the Banbury Cross and at the Reindeer Inn.
Camping is included in the weekend ticket and a shuttle-bus service will run between the campsite and the Town Hall. We have tried to cater for all tastes with a wide variety of artists taking part in the concerts and events. Some festival favourites, but also some you may not have seen and heard before.
8 to 22 October 2016 - Stratford-upon-Avon
Now celebrating the 20th year, the Festival has become a key event in the cultural calendar of this unique and historic town and presents a fantastic programme of internationally renowned names and emerging artists from classical, jazz, folk and world music.
7 to 16 October 2016 - The Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016 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.
For book lovers, Cheltenham is the only one place to be this autumn. Whether you’re looking for the biggest names in fiction, politics, television, art, food or sport, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has it all.
Thursday 20 October 2016 - 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
26th-29th October 2016, 7.15pm - 9.30pm - Churchdown Gang Show, Churchdown, Glos.
About The Show:
The Churchdown Gang Show returns. The young talent from Churchdown’s Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies will perform a variety show full of musical numbers, dance routines and comedy sketches. A fun filled evening for all the family.
Chosen Hill School, Brookfield Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2PL
Adults £7.50 Children/Seniors £6.00. Scouts/Guides tickets £4.50. Family tickets £24. Group discounts available
The Kingham Fireworks on Saturday 5th November from 5.30, FIREWORKS at 7pm
The event will take place next to The Royal British Legion, Kingham and there will be plenty of free parking available behind The Legion and next to The Football Club.
We will be serving drinks. There will be a hog roast, mulled wine and hot chocolate and lots of family fun including fair rides, sparklers and live music
The Event is free but please bring some cash for a donation to support the event and local charitable causes.
Kingham Events is run by a group of local volunteers, it you would like to volunteer on the night or sponsor the event please contact Rosie Shannon 07580422706 or email@example.com
11 to 13 November 2016
- The Open, Cheltenham
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.
19 November 2016 - Cheltenham Choral Society Winter Concert
Cheltenham Choral Society will be performing three baroque choral pieces for their winter concert: Antonio’s Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV589) and his Magnificat (RV610) together with Purcell’s’ O God, Thou Art my God’.
Accompanying them will be the English Concertante Orchestra, Leader Ben Hall, with the continuo played by Neil Fortin. They will be joined by soloists Hannah Davey, soprano, and Mezzo Soprano Emily Rogers. The conductor is Ian Higginson.
The concert takes place at Pittville Pump Room (GL52 3JE) on Saturday 19th November 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15, under 13’s £5. All unreserved, available on the door and from Cheltenham Town Box Office 08445 762210
The Gloria was composed in 1715 for the choir of the Ospedale della Pieta, a girls’ orphanage in Venice. It is a joyful arrangement of the traditional Hymn of Praise from the Roman Catholic Mass.The distinctive melodies and rhythms are characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music giving it universal appeal.
The Magnificat was also composed for the Ospedale. While not so well known it is just as brilliant and contains beautiful solos, duets and trios along with triumphant choral movements.
The Vivaldi is complemented by Henry Purcell’s O God, Thou art my God, a musical setting of Psalm 63. It was composed around 1680 and its popularity quickly spread. The final Hallelujah section may be familiar to some as the tune ‘Westminster Abbey’ used in the hymn ‘Christ is Made the Sure Foundation’
Burford Singers – Mendelssohn's Elijah
Sunday, 20th November 2016 , 7.30pm at
Church of St John the Baptist
Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
Burford Singers with
Cotswold Chamber Orchestra
leader Kate Bailey
Mary Bevan, Soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mezzo-Soprano
Thomas Elwin, Tenor
Ashley Riches, Bass
Brian Kay – Conductor
Mendelssohn’s Elijah has been a great favourite with singers and audiences alike, ever since Mendelssohn himself conducted the first performance - in Birmingham Town Hall - 170 years ago. Its dramatic depiction of Elijah’s overthrow of the priests of Baal and his conversion of the people to the worship of the one true God clearly inspired Mendelssohn to create his great choral and orchestral masterpiece.
Tickets in advance reserved at £21, £17 and £13, unreserved £10.50 Postal booking (advised) opens on 6 October 2016 Telephone booking opens on 30 October 2016 on 01993 822412 Booking in person opens on 3 November 2016 The Madhatter Bookshop 122, High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ
Sunday 20th November 2016, Cheltenham Bach Choir presents:
HANDEL Dixit Dominus and MOZART Requiem
Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA
Cheltenham Bach Choir launches its 70th Anniversary Season with two of the most exciting and popular choral works in the repertoire. The Dixit Dominus by Handel is full of thrilling choruses, arias and sublime duets - the work of a composer at the height of his powers. Mozart's Requiem, its completion cloaked in mystery, is a profound and hugely powerful piece that never fails to move and transport the listener, composed by a genius making one of his last musical statements. With four fantastic soloists, the excellent Regency Sinfonia and the choir on top form under music director David Crown, this is going to be an evening to remember!
24 November to 11 December 2016 - 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
26 November 2016 - Woodstock Christmas Market at St Mary Magdalene Church Park Street Woodstock
Official opening by Edla Duchess of MARLBOROUGH aT 10AM event closes at 19.30 - 45 Artisan traders.
Full choral entertainment throughout the Event
Town Lights switched on at 6pm
Showcasing a range of wares from jewellery and jigsaws to hand bags and knits; woodcraft and paintings to photos and cards; soaps and wax art to fashions and cushions, there’ll be stalls to suit all interests and ages.
Saturday 26 November 2016 - Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas
Moreton's 7th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The biggest and most magical Christmas market in West Oxfordshire, with over 50 stalls selling hand-made, ethically sourced or local crafts and gifts, locally produced and organic food items.
The entire market is under cover and there will be musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. Santa Claus for the children, hot mulled wine and a bar for the grown-ups, cakes, teas - come and enjoy. £2 for adults, free for children under 16. Visit the Ramsden Events facebook page for regularly updated details.
The Market is on Saturday, 3rd December, from 1pm to 4pm at Lower Farm, Ramsden, OX7 3AZ. Ramsden is 4 miles north of Witney just off the B4022 road to Charlbury and Chipping Norton.
Cheltenham Choral Society invite you to join them for their Charity Carol Concert ‘A Tapestry of Christmas Music’. They will be performing a mix of traditional and new carols with Airthrie and Prestbury St.Mary’s Schools also delighting you with their charming singing. Familiar favourites are of course included for audience participation!
The event will take place at Pittville Pump Room East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE on Tuesday 6th December at 7. 30pm.
It is in aid of ‘Help Holst’ appeal for museum flood repairs.
Tickets £10/£5 under 13’s Town Hall Box Office 08445 762210 email@example.com
6th December 2016 - Winchcombe Christmas Festival
Christmas Advent Festival. Organised and partially funded by the the Winchcombe Forum, the festival will see shopkeepers, restauranteurs, businesspeople and publicans alike joining forces to celebrate the festive season in style by laying on Christmas offers, events and entertainment for shoppers and visitors who visit the Cotswold town throughout December. More details will follow nearer the time.
Event Date : Tuesday 6 December 2016 - Time: 5pm to 8pm.
Also ….Shops open late every Tuesday in December.
Late Night Christmas Shopping In Broadway
2nd DECEMBER 2016: LATE NIGHT SHOPPING 5.30-8.30pm
Music ~ Street Entertainers ~Double Decker Bus Rides ~ the Local Fire Service Fund Raising ~ Tree of Light ~ Mulled Wine ~ Festive Food ~ plus Great Shops & Eateries!
Friday 2 December 2016 - 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.
Late Night Shopping Event. 1st Friday in December Christmas tree lights switched on @ 6.30 p.m.
by Adam Henson of Countryfile Fame.
The Cotswolds can be a winter wonderland and the magic of a snow covered Bourton on the Water is a real possibility. One of the famous seasonal attractions of the village is the Christmas tree which the Chamber of Commerce and the Parish Council erects in the river each year.
The profusion of lights reflects in the rippling water creating a scene never to be forgotten.
The tree is lit from 6.30 p.m. on the Christmas late night shopping event until the 5th January. With the village ablaze with fairy lights and the High Street closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. shoppers can meander through the streets absorbing the festive atmosphere. There is a plethora of gifts from which to choose and an excellent choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants for food and refreshments.
We also have charity stalls, a children’s ride, petting Pony and the Snow Queen.
The event would not be complete without a visit from Father Christmas.
Saturday 10 December 2016 at 3.30pm to 5.00pm - Carols in the Barn at Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, South Glos. BS36 1SE
This fun dramatic presentation of the Christmas Story by St Michael's church is suitable for all ages, and is interspersed with traditional carols for all to join in. The medieval barn makes a superb atmospheric setting for these time old traditions, but please remember it is an ancient agricultural building with no heating and uneven floors! Dress warmly with suitable footwear. A torch may be useful. The gates to the site will open at 3.30pm so that visitors can collect a cup of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie before the Carols, all included in the ticket price of just £2 adults and £1 children. Numbers are limited and tickets must be ordered in advance. Please ring Gill on 01454 774479 or buy tickets in person from Dairy's Coffee Shop, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne. For more information and a downloadable booking form see the website www.WinterbourneBarn.org.uk
Limited parking is available on site and the lane is narrow, so where possible please walk from Winterbourne village. If you do need to bring a car, please approach the Barn from the Beacon Lane (Bradley Stoke) end only so that Church Lane will have a one-way traffic flow to avoid congestion.
Saturday 10 December 2016 - Christmas Celebration
St Lawrence Church Restoration and Maintenance Appeal Committee Members invite you to join us for ‘Christmas Celebration’ the title for this year’s Seasonal Occasion, which takes place on Saturday evening, December 10th at 7:30, in St Lawrence Church, Lechlade.
The Lechlade Players, John Wright, organ and piano, together with Delores, local singer, combine to bring an enjoyable evening of stirring seasonal music, poetry and prose. Among the treats on offer are: organ music from The Nutcracker, vintage songs to evoke nostalgia, poems and prose from Shakespeare, C. Day Lewis, John Betjeman, Robert Frost, Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and Dylan Thomas, Swansea’s most famous son. There will be pirates, chestnuts roasting, wassailing and seasonal songs.
We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an evening of exceptional Christmas entertainment.
Tickets cost £10 (including a glass of wine or soft drink) and are available from Lechlade Post Office or Helen F. S. Jones, 01367 252402, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheltenham Bach Choir Christmas Concert with the Onyx Brass Ensemble
Saturday December 17th, 7.30pm, Cheltenham College Chapel (Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD)
Join us for this musical celebration of Christmas in the wonderful setting of Cheltenham College Chapel! The Cheltenham Bach Choir, conducted by David Crown, will be joined by the Beauregard Youth Choir and the world-famous Onyx Brass Ensemble (“easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain” - BBC Music Magazine) in an evening of seasonal delights for all the family. With music ranging from Gabrieli to Martin Guerre, and carols for all to sing, there is something for everyone. An unmissable start to the Christmas holiday!
Tickets available online (small booking fee applies):