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.
6 to 8 February 2015 - Oxford International Art Fair, Town Hall,
St. Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX
The Global Art Agency presents the second "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.
Will Pound has long been in demand as a harmonica wizard, playing with the likes of Guy Chambers (ex-songwriter for Robbie Williams), legendary folk guitarist Martin Simpson and Scottish Early Music ensemble Concerto Caledonia. He recently recorded the harmonica part for The Hillsborough Single which featured Sir Paul McCartney, Mel C and Beverley Knight and which was the Christmas number 1 in December 2012. He has computer game, film and TV credits, has performed for the BBC Radio 2 Ballad series and has done a live session at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 1xtra. Recording credits include sessions for some of the biggest names in folk music including Sam Carter, Jim Moray and Martin Simpson.
13 to 15 February 2015 - Cheltenham Folk Three Festival
Folk Three will take place on Friday 13 – Sunday 15 February 2015 at Cheltenham Town Hall. The new format consists of three headline acts and three support acts, with DJ entertainment before each concert, during the intervals and afterwards, bringing a contemporary dimension to a previously traditional format. A pop-up bar will be located at the back of the Main Hall, serving drinks throughout the concert, enhancing the experience with a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Jeff Warner sings traditional American and English folk songs. His banjo tunes, 18th-century hymns and New England sailor songs are rich in history and a sense of place. He is a Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and in 2007 was named a State Arts Council Fellow. His songs and stories bring us the latest news from the distant past.
27 February to 8 March 2015 - 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.
Welcome to The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2015. It’s our 20th Anniversary so we’re really pushing the boat out this year. In two decades the Festival has grown from a couple of dozen talks in 1995 to a ten day packed programme of more than 200 authors from all over the world. We’re thrilled to welcome back three truly great novelists as our stellar Anniversary Authors: Kazuo Ishiguro, Rachel Cusk and David Nicholls, all of whom appeared in Bath in 2005.
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.
With 6 critically-acclaimed albums to their name, Winter Wilson are known across the UK acoustic music scene for their fine original songs, stunning harmonies and off-the-wall humour. Cutting Free, their latest album, has been selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of its top folk albums of 2014, adding to the duo's reputation as great entertainers. Kip Winter’s voice is simply one of the best in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure (described by one promoter as “from melting to belting”). In the past she has sung everything from jazz to opera, but is at her best and happiest when singing folk and blues.
14 March 2015 - Cantors Chamber Choir, Cirencester Parish Church
Cantores, with John Holloway, will be back in Cirencester and Cheltenham with a brand new, mostly accompanied programme in March 2015.
Monteverdi's "Dixit Dominus" and "Magnificat" and Cavalli's "Magnificat" are all scored for double choir, strings and organ continuo and Ola Gjeilo's "Dark Night of the Soul" for choir, string quartet and piano, so the choir will be joined by Cantores String Ensemble and John Wright.
Start - 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from Cirencester Tourist Information Centre or from Lorna on 01242 603988. Alternatively, they can be bought online (cantores.net) for £12.
Cantores, with John Holloway, will be back in Cirencester and Cheltenham with a brand new, mostly accompanied programme in March 2015.
Monteverdi's "Dixit Dominus" and "Magnificat" and Cavalli's "Magnificat" are all scored for double choir, strings and organ continuo and Ola Gjeilo's "Dark Night of the Soul" for choir, string quartet and piano, so the choir will be joined by Cantores String Ensemble and John Wright.
Start - 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from Lorna on 01242 603988. Alternatively, they can be bought online (cantores.net) for £12.
21 March & 22 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 21 March 2015 - Wychwood Folk Club presents Scarecrow at The Swan Inn,
Ascott-u-Wychwood OX7 6AY
Plus support from Mike Holditch
Starts 8.00 pm,
Doors open 7.30 pm,
To reserve a seat phone 01993 831427 Web:
Scarecrow is an Oxfordshire based acoustic band that plays folk music but offers something a bit different: some instrumental music, some songs and occasionally a bit of jazz or blues. Some tracks are well known and others more obscure but all have been worked to produce tight and unusual arrangements.
The band was formed at the end of 2006 bringing together folk, classical, rock and blues backgrounds to create a trio that doesn’t sound like just another folk band.
David – whistles, flute, pipes & percussion
Rey – bass guitar, vocals, flue & whistle
Gordon – guitar, bouzouki & vocals
La France Sublime – an evening of French sacred music
Saturday 28th March 2015 at 7:30pm - Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NX
It’s five years now since the Cheltenham Bach Choir presented La France Profonde – a programme of secular French choral music – to much acclaim. On March 28th the choir is presenting an uplifting programme of French sacred music – La France Sublime – to complement that earlier success. The concert is being given in the inspiring setting of the church of St John Baptist – Cirencester Parish Church. Conducted by Tim Morris, the choir will be accompanied by Cirencester’s star organist, Anthony Hammond.
The concert begins with the Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne - a grander opening Kyrie can hardly be imagined. The four unaccompanied Motets by Maurice Duruflé based on Gregorian chants which follow will, most unusually, be interspersed by improvisations on the organ from Anthony Hammond. The second half of the programme begins with three pieces by Gabriel Fauré highlighting the choir’s Janet Upton, who will play the flute, accompanying the choir in the Cantique de Jean Racine and then in Fauré’s ever popular Pavane. The concert finishes with the Gloria by Francis Poulenc, a contrasting piece of colourful harmony, brash dissonance and exquisite quiet sections. In this performance, the soprano soloist will be the choir’s very youngest talent, Nia Chittenden.
Tickets: £15 (£8 for students) available from Cirencester Visitor Information, Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester GL7 2BX - 01285 654180 or through choir members. For more information please visit www.cheltenhambachchoir.org.uk
Canada's most energetic and endearing folk trio. Masterful story telling. Haunting three part harmonies. Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Delay pedals and a beat up bass drum. A lush and lively take on modern roots.
Banbury Folk Festival are running the 8th 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
6th April 2015 - Paxford Races NCH Point
How to find us
Bank Farm, Paxford GL55 6XS
Entry sign posted off the B4035, 2 miles east of Chipping Campden.
Gates open at 10.30 am and First Race 1pm
Entry £10.00 per person - FREE PARKING
16th April to 18th April 2015 - 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
1st April to 8th April 2015 - Easter Extravaganza at Berkeley Castle
Reopen on Wednesday 1st April and are open for Easter celebrations every day until 8th April.
Don't miss our Easter Dragons, Sunday 5th & Monday 6th and Arts & Crafts workshops every day.
Sunday 12th April 2015 - Prescott Bike Festival
Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Nr Cheltenham GL52 9RD
The fifth annual Prescott Bike Festival often hailed the ‘Start of the Season’ Motorcycle Festival will be held at Prescott Hill Climb, home of the prestigious Bugatti Owners Club.
Prescott Bike Festival goes from strength to strength and 2015 will be no exception.
Sunday 12 April 2015 four times World Superbike Champion; Carl Fogarty will be attending the event. And if that’s not exciting enough there is a limited number of advance tickets available to ‘Ride the Hill’ and be part of the show.
The Festival will also include a large displays of historic, modern and race bikes, motorcycle manufacturers, dealers, motorcycle clubs, demo areas, passenger ride experiences, celebrity appearances and trade stands.
Event hosted by Charity Bloodbikes - they support the NHS by supplying life saving blood supplies to hospitals, 24 hours a day. All proceeds of the event go to The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers.
Gates Open 08:30, Track starts at 09:30, Festival closes at 17:00.
One of the finest gatherings of rare race bikes where you can see, hear and watch them ‘run’ the hill.
Free parking, free motorcycle side stand puck, free helmet park
Sunday Ticket prices held at 2013 prices again
The ever popular Passenger Experiences
Trader Zone, Dealer Zone, Activity Zone
Mike West Racing Paddock
Run the Hill tickets are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.
There will be more exciting announcements to follow!
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.
16 April 2015 - Broadway Arts Festival Coffee Morning
Broadway Arts Festival Coffee Morning, Thursday 16th April 2015 from 10.30am at Luggers Hall, Springfield Lane, Broadway.
Coffee/teas, cakes and raffle in aid of Broadway Arts Festival Trust.
For tickets tel. Sonia Woolven 01386 852211.
18 April 2015 - Wychwood Folk Club presents Three Pressed Men
The Swan Inn,
Ascott-u-Wychwood OX7 6AY at 8pm.
Doors open 7.30 pm,
To reserve a seat phone 01993 831427 www.wychwoodfolkclub.com.
Three Pressed Men (Mark Fry, Dick Wolff and Ian Wheeler) are among Oxfordshire’s most versatile folk musicians, offering a broad spectrum of music and song that they describe as “mainly English; mainly traditional”. Vocal harmony, often unaccompanied, mixes with lively and mellifluous melodies, chorus songs and a wide selection of instruments. “3PM” offer the unusual sound of three concertinas played together and own at least seven between them: eight, if you count the knitted one. Variety of styles is a noted feature of their performance. Material, although mainly taken from traditional sources, includes their own compositions and arrangements. Three Pressed Men have appeared extensively in folk clubs, festivals and concerts and take great pleasure in supplementing their music with anecdotes, historical background information and a dash of relaxed humour. http://www.steamage.co.uk/wp1/?cat=6
25 April to 3 May 2015 - 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.
29 April to 4 May 2015 - 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/.
24th May 2015 - 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
Sunday 3 May 2015 - 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.
7 May to 10 May 2015 -
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.
Saturday 9 May 2015 - Randwick Wap Procession and Fayre
Spring Service & Ceremonial Cheese Rolling 10.30am Sunday May 5th
Wap Procession and "Fayre" - Procession 12.45pm Saturday May 10th 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.
9 May to 10 May 2015 - Prescott Open Classic Car Event, Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington Gloucestershire
12th 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.
If you enjoy a walk through lovely countryside the parishioners of Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour, are holding their Annual Bluebell Walk on Sunday 10th May 2015. Started in 1990 the walk has become an annual event 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 Bank Holiday afternoon.
Dogs welcome if kept on a lead.Strong shoes or boots are essential.
The walk will start from Church Lane, Whatcote (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 stalls. Proceeds to St Peter’s Church
Contact Sue Price for more details –
Telephone 01295 680007 or e-mail: email@example.com
Thursday 14th May 2015 -
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.
25 May 2015 - 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
Levellers Day commemorates a stand against dictatorship by Leveller soldiers in 1649 and its suppression by Cromwell. Over 300 soldiers were locked up in Burford church and the ringleaders executed. The event includes a debate, a colourful procession and commemorative ceremony and then an afternoon of dancing and music. Audience questions, debate, shops, history, entertainment, stalls, a ceremony in the churchyard and a colourful procession all taking place in the beautiful scenery of Burford.
- 10.30 Sea Green Singers singing by Warwick Hall
- 11 Assemble at Warwick Hall
- 11.05 Address by Mark Chapman
- 11.15 Laying of Posies in the Churchyard
- 11.25 Parade moves off from the Church towards High Street and up Tanners Lane to Burford Recreation Ground
- 12 Arrive at Burford Recreation Ground
- 12.15 Cry Havoc Morris Dancers
- 12.30 Vale Islanders Folk Dancers
- 12.45 Panel discussion in the marquee (the topic - "Levelling out the democratic deficit"
- 2.30 Finish with the Internationale
There will be Woodcraft Folk children’s activities from 12 - 2.30pm, food and stalls
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.
The popular 3 day music festival, held at Riverside Country Park along the banks of the Thames in Lechlade, is heading into its 5th year.
This year’s event takes place during the May bank holiday from Friday 22 to Sunday 24th May. Over 80 bands and performers will bring quality live music to the event, along with free family workshops and a burlesque revue.
The 12th Great Chadlington Beer Festival takes place from 12 noon to 11pm in the village at 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.
13 to 14 June 2015 - Ashton Under Hill Open Gardens
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.
6th / 7th June 2015 - BURFORD COLLECTORS CLUB RALLY
Our Burford Collectors Club 5th Annual Rally will take place at ROUGH GROUNDS FARM, ( A 361) LECHLADE, GLOS GL7 3EU on 6TH & 7TH June 2015, commencing at 10.00 am both days.
Attractions this year include, Classic cars, Classic Motor Cycles, Commercial Vehicles, Collections, Miniature Steam, Tractors, Model Tent, Classic Caravans, Juvenile Fair and much more. Boot Sales, Trade Stands and Refreshments. There will be a Raffle and Programme draw each day.
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.
Sunday 7th June 2014 - Elkstone Village Open Gardens - 2pm to 6pm
Organised and supported by villagers to raise funds for upkeep of the local church and our Village Hall this event offers a unique opportunity to visit this very special Cotswold village and see it in detail not normally accessible to the casual visitor. In the course of the afternoon you can amble through a selection of beautiful private gardens. You can browse the stalls enjoy cream teas, homemade cakes or ice creams and enjoy a tractor ride through farmland with sensational views
The church is known for its unusual dovecote above the chancel and its quite exceptional Norman arches in the chancel and sanctuary. The chancel arches, and those leading to the altar, are among the best in Gloucestershire, if not in Britain. The church is also the highest in Gloucestershire, and boasts a wonderful Norman tympanum above the south door. It is said by those who know that it is well worth taking a detour to explore the church and its striking collection of Norman arches and decorative features including grotesque monsters, birds, and a very Roman-looking centaur, ready to shoot an arrow from his bow. On this special afternoon you cannot only soak up the atmosphere, made more special with glorious flower displays but you can also hear the bells and visit the bell tower. Web: www.elkstonevillage.com/?page_id=2181
Adults £4.00, Children free, Parking included. No dogs please.
Elkstone Village - follow car park signs
Elkstone near Cirencester / Cheltenham
N51o 48’ 37.7” W02o 02’ 45.6”
OS Explorer Map 179, SO968122
Location: Post Code for Sat Nav - GL53 9PD.
Ashton under Hill Open Gardens 13 and 14 June 2015 www.ashtonopengardens.co.uk
Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this beautiful Worcestershire village, situated in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the lower slopes of Bredon Hill.
There will be more than 20 colourful gardens open, some for the first time, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June, from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day. Adult tickets are £5 per person, valid on both days, children under 16 visit free of charge.
Refreshments and Cream Teas
Light lunches are available from around 12.30pm, followed by tea and cakes, cream teas, and ice creams throughout the afternoon, as well as food all day in our village pub, The Star Inn. There’s also a dedicated picnic space.
Plant and Craft Sales
Quality plants from local nurseries and attractive gifts by local craftswomen will be on sale.
Parking and Transport
There is ample free car and coach parking plus a complimentary minibus service around the village. There is a dedicated parking area for disabled visitors.
Fred Archer Centenary
Fred Archer, born in Ashton in 1915, was the much-loved author of 25 books celebrating country life in and around the Vale of Evesham. We will be marking his centenary in 2015 with a special exhibition about Fred’s time as a farmer, his writings, and local life.
20% Discount for Advance Bookings
We offer the advance booking rate of £4.00 per person (a discount of 20% on the normal adult price) for parties of 10 or more, with an additional incentive of one free ticket for bookings of 20 people or more. Pre-booking for parties is essential, as there are a limited number of coach parking spaces available.
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.
12 to 14 June 2015 - 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.
12th to 14th June 2015 - 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 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.cheltenham-food-festival.garden-events.com
Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 June 2015 - 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.
10, 11, 12 July 2015 - 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.
4 to 5 July 2015 - 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.
Sat 4th to 5th July 2015 - 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. 2014 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 2015’s event will feature more free events and activities than ever before, whilst also welcoming back a host of old favourites by popular demand.
17 July to 19 July 2015 - The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford
RAFCTE is best known for staging the world's largest military airshow - The Royal International Air Tattoo - each year at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The origins of the Royal International Air Tattoo stretch back to an airshow first held at North Weald Airfield in 1971. Inspired by two air traffic controllers, Paul Bowen and Tim Prince, this modest event, organised wholly by volunteers, was originally held in support of the Royal Air Forces Association. Over the years this volunteer force has grown into an army, more than 3,500-strong, who bring with them a wealth of aviation and event-management experience that has helped the Air Tattoo grow into the enormous event it is today.
Vulcan XH558 will fly into the show on Friday 17 July and will then be on static display as part of our 'pit' experience where you will get a chance to get up close under the stewardship of the Vulcan to the Sky volunteers.
On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July she will soar into the skies above RAF Fairford and perform in the flying display. When not in the air you will have the opportunity to visit her on the ground for a small donation to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust.
On the weekend (18/19 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.
30 June to 11 July
Cheltenham Town Hall Proms Festival of Music Town Hall and other venues,
Box Office (01242) 227979.
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.
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.
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:
31 July, 1 to 2 August 2015 - 41st annual Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza
July 31st August 1st & 2nd 2015 will see the Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club stage their 41st Annual Show at South Cerney Airfield on the outskirts of Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
Since the humble beginnings the show attracted just 500 visitors it now has more than 15,000 over the three days and over the last 41 years has raised thousands of pounds, donating to both local and national charities including the Cobalt Appeal Fund and Diabetes UK.
The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza was originally conceived for steam enthusiasts, but the range of vintage transports sections have grown year on year, and now includes exhibits including; buses and coaches, commercial vehicles, tractors, emergency vehicles, motorcycles, caravans, cycles, traction engines, steam engines, tractors, military vehicles, static aircrafts, radio controlled planes, model village to classic cars and much much more!
This year’s Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza includes a Steam Arena, with non-stop steam action, Model aircraft displays, both in the air and on the ground, a Countryside Arena, with ferrets to shire horses, The Timber arena, where trees turn to tables, trade stands, licensed bars, a fairground, tractors, commercial vehicles, vintage bus and coaches, motorcycles, miniature steam, industrial trucks, classic cars, emergency vehicles, and so much more!
12th to 16th August 2015 - 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
TBA August 2015 - 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
TBA August 2015 - 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.
29 to 31 August 2015 - 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!
31st AUGUST 2015 - Winchcombe Country Show
at Winchcombe Senior School Field, 12 noon ~ 5.30 p.m.
The Show appeals to locals and visitors of all ages with something for everyone from Punch & Judy to Morris dancing, bouncy castle, dress the Mummy, children’s Go Karts, fortune teller, street entertainers, face painting, children’s tattoos and a raffle with fabulous prizes
Visitors can enjoy craft stalls and new this year, hands on pottery. Learn the skill of throwing a pot. Stone walling, wood carving, local artist, Winchcombe Concert Brass Band and many stalls selling their wares.
Gun dog demonstration in the main ring and have-a-go dog scurry in the pet area. Great family fun, see how quickly your dog can leap the bales to retrieve the dummy. Prize for the fastest dog.
Novelty dog show. Enter your dog to see who has the waggiest tail, the best trick, musical sit. etc. Dog agility. Give it a go - fastest round wins a rosette. Open to dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Irresistible homemade cakes in the tea tent, licensed bar, pig roast, healthy eating refreshments, doughnuts, ice cream and much more. With a host of events and features aimed at the whole family, visitors will enjoy a unique day of entertainment, a multitude of have-a-go opportunities. Loads to watch and lots to experience.
Have a go at throwing a pot in the craft area + other craft stalls of interest.
4 to 6 September 2015 - 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!
5 to 6 September 2015 - 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!
5th SEPTEMBER 2015 - 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.
12th & 13th September - 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
6thSeptember 2015 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.
17th to20th September 2015
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:
12th September 2015 - 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.
Entries will cost £20 for affiliated and £22 for unaffiliated runners. The race limit will be 2000 so make sure you book your place early to avoid disappointment!!
Sunday 13 September 2015 - End of Season Shelsley Walsh Bike Festival
Also new for 2015, is the launch of Shelsley Walsh Bike Festival - The 'End of the Season' Motorcycle Festival, taking place at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on Sunday 13 September 2015.
The second Bike Festival fundraiser of the year, to be held at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Worcestershire on Sunday 13 September 2015.
This first ‘Season Closer’ Bike Festival will focus on Vintage and Classic machinery and clubs with more than a smattering of Modern motorcycles. But like Prescott Bike Festival, it will be packed with a host of motorcycle clubs, celebrity guests, live entertainment, paddock specials, race bikes, passenger ride experiences, trade stands, an Auto Jumble plus the unique opportunity to ‘Run the Hill’. The event will also showcase regional dealers, such as Blade Motorcycles Stratford Outlet Centre.
The Paddock Specials section will feature rare race machinery, factory bikes, Vintage, Classic and Modern examples. This is no static display; we aim to run everything up the Hill so you can see those machines as they were intended – in action.
Event hosted by Charity Bloodbikes - they support the NHS by supplying life saving blood supplies to hospitals, 24 hours a day.
All event proceeds go to The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers.
Reduced admission tickets will go on sale in Spring 2015.
Applications for Exhibitor Space will open in Spring 2015 with prices starting at just £18 a pitch. To register your interest please visit: www.shelsleybikefestival.co.uk
Next Held in September 2016 - 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.
11th to 20st September 2015 - 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.
20 September 2015 - 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 the nearest Sunday to 19 September.
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 3 to Sun 4 October 2015 - 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.
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.
7 to 11 October 2015 - 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.
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.
TBA October 2015 - Stratford-upon-Avon
The Stratford on Avon Music Festival starts on Thursday 16 October and runs until Saturday 25 October, with a fantastic line-up of names from the classical, jazz and folk worlds.
2 to 11 October 2015 - The Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015 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 22 October 2015 - 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
TBA October 2015 - 5 Valleys Fireworks at Marling Playing Fields, Cainscross, Stroud, GL5 4HE
The amazing firework display is designed and choreographed to music by British Firework Champions, Star Fireworks. This year’s event starts at 6pm.
Attractions will also include John Coneleys Fun Fair, food, drink and this year a covered area for the under12’s to enjoy a wide variety of art and creative activities free of charge. Last year the organising Rotary Club’s were delighted to donate over £10,000 from the event profits to a wide variety of local charities and good causes.
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.
26 November to 13 December 2015 - 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 28 November 2015 - Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas
Moreton's 6th 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.
Saturday November TBA, 2015 - Dumbleton Christmas Fayre 10:00am to 3:30pm
This Christmas Fayre is set in the delightful Cotswold village of Dumbleton (WR11 7TH).
You will find an amazing selection of 60 stalls including upcycled furniture, homewares, fashions, jewellery, candles, textiles, photography, paintings, cards, skin care, wooden crafts, baby accessories and clothing, Christmas wreathes, decorations, gifts and so much more!
There will be home made cakes, teas and coffees and sandwiches on offer and of course a fully licenced bar. For those wanting to get into the Christmas spirit early there will be mulled wine and a BBQ on the go too.
Entrance Fee £1.00, Under 12's free. Free Parking.
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 4 December 2015 - 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.
TBA December 2015, 11am until 4pm - Sulgrave Manor - Children's Christmas Fun day.
Learn how Tudor children celebrated Christmas with our children's house tour. Enjoy listening to Christmas stories and make Christmas crafts to take home including rolling your own beeswax candle, icing Christmas cookies, making dream catchers and more.
Father Christmas will be in his grotto all day (Limited availability additional fee of £4 applies) Children £8 Adults Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org