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  • We get 2.5 million website visitors per year

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  • We are the first founding Corporate sponsor of the Broadway Ashmolean Museum

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West Ox Arts Gallery, Bampton presents

January Pop Up Exhibition featuring New Members Work

Opening Reception Saturday 11th January 12-2pm

West Ox arts present its January Pop up Exhibition featuring the work of new members who have joined us within the last 12-18 months.

West Ox ArtsA selection of media will be on show from photography to fine pencil work, abstract art to textiles.

Come along and brighten up the dull days of January and see the new and exciting work of Ursula Andrejczuk, Julia Craig, Derek Gale, John Grout, Steve Legge, Jane Sherwood and Frances Williams  Free admission and adjacent car parking.  Disabled access.

Gallery Open Tue-Sat 10.30am to 4.30pm and Sundays 2-4pm     01993 850137







1 February to 2 February 2014 - Slimbridge Festival of Birds

Come and celebrate birdwatching at this special festival. Visit our hides to see Slimbridge's wild reserve at its busiest time of year.

WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT Tel: 01453 891223 .



Location - Stanton Village Club, Nr. Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7NE.

Web: Tel: 07986 551335

One of the top ten bands to see live.


Led Zeppelin

7, 8 and 9 February 2014 - Oxford International Art Fair, Town Hall,
St. Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

The Global Art Agency presents the first ever "Oxford International Art Fair". Bringing the best selected artworks to Oxford by top emerging artists from around the world for everyone to enjoy. Giving Art Collectors and Art Enthusiast a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy directly from the artist that has travelled all the way to Oxford. A unique experience for both visitors and exhibitor, at the beautiful Oxford Town Hall, a jewel at the heart of the historic city of Oxford. 

You can look forward to a varied and colourful art fair. The selection is based on photographs, illustrations, paintings, bespoke crafts and also sculptures. Offering high-quality work, unique and fascinating style concepts that are implemented with different media and techniques. All artworks are available for purchase at an affordable price.

For information about the place see - Places to Visit Oxford

Oxford Internation Arts Fair logo

14 to 16 February 2014 - Cheltenham Folk Festival 18th Year

14-16 February 2014, Cheltenham Folk Festival comes of age in this, its 18th year - who would have thought it back in 1997? As usual, we have brought together some of the best acts of the Folk World!

Locations are:- Chletenham Town Hall and Pittville Pump Room

For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation
For more information about the town see - Cheltenham Regency Town


Cheltenham 2014 Folk Festival opening band
Opening Band - Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, O'Hooley & Tidow, Blowzabella



28 February to 9 March 2014 - Independent Bath Literature Festival

The Independent Bath Literature Festival is at the centre of local, national and international debate featuring some of the most intelligent, creative, and cutting edge thinkers alive today.

Artistic Director Viv Groskop, is an acclaimed critic, columnist and broadcaster. She will be delivering her first Literature Festival in 2014.

In its seventeen year history the Literature Festival has hosted Nobel and Booker Prize winners such as Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel and Howard Jacobson; leading political thinkers from Tony Benn and Tariq Ali to Anna Politkovskaya and Eric Hobsbawm, poets ranging from poets laureate Andrew Motion and Carol Ann Duffy to Wendy Cope and Simon Armitage, and humorists from Garrison Keillor and Terry Pratchett to Steve Bell.

The Festival is strongly connected to the city and its people. With events taking place in historic buildings throughout the town, we have a special opportunity to match architecture and theme.

Tel: 01225 463362. Web:

For more information about the city see - Georgian Spa City of Bath

Bath Independent Literature Festival

1 to 30 March 2014 - Catching the Moment

Lilla Fludra’s work aims to reflect the transient emotions and moods of everyday life.  Many of her paintings have the natural world as the main subject: trees, water, or landscape but they are painted in a stylized and often abstract manner in order to evoke associations in the viewer and provoke an emotional reaction.  Her work is rich in colour and texture; each painting like a still frame of the chosen moment.

Exhibiting with her are two sculptors, Linda Baillie and Christine Burgess.  Both work figuratively using the human figure as a model, one in ceramic, one in bronze or clay, but both with very different styles.

West Ox ArtsExhibition: ‘Catching the Moment’ paintings by Lilla Fludra, Sculptures by Linda Baillie and Christine Burgess
Dates: 1-30 March 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday 1 March 12-2pm
Location: West Ox Arts Gallery, Market Square, Bampton, OX18 2JH
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 10.30-4.30; Sun 2-4.00

West Ox Arts exhibition

Saturday 1st March 2014 - The Rambling Boys Folk Group

Rambling Boys Folk Group

Lifford Hall at Broadway - all proceeds to go to rebuilding of Steam Railway station at Broadway by GWSR Railways.

Tickets £8.00 from Hiltons China, Broadway or phone 01386 854746.

22 March & 23 March 2014 - West Country Game Fair at Royal Bath and West Showground

Two days of excellent countryside demonstrations in the indoor and outdoor arenas, Fabulous shopping opportunities including country clothing, rifles, gun accessories, gundog equipment, feed, stalking equipment and much more.


Bath Game Fair

22 March & 23 March 2014 - British Horse Eventing at Gatcombe

GATCOMBE (1) - By kind permission of HRH The Princess Royal
at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 9AT 
Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 March 2014

Gatcombe Horse Trials

11 to 14 March 2014 - Cheltenham Racecourse National Hunt Festival (Gold Cup Week)

The highlight of the Jump season. The Festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about Jump racing.

The World Famous National Hunt Racing Festival at Cheltenham racecourse. 01242 513014 Cheltenham Racing.

For Places to Stay see - Cotswolds Accommodation.

Cheltenham Races

15 to 16 March 2014 - Kempley Daffodil Weekend, Stalls & Raffle.

'New walk for 2014'

The Daffodil Way (10 miles) on both days 10:30 start
See 'Woodland Walks' for details.

'Daff & Ride' bus about every 20-30 minutes

Maps of walks are available from the following link:

Kempley Village Hall 01531 822468. For further information about Gloucestershire Daffodil Way.

Kempley Daffodils

Saturday March 22nd 2014 - Peter Knight of Steeleye Span presents
8.00 pm. Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott-u-Wychwood. OX7 6AG

Without doubt, a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player Peter Knight. Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow ” Gigspanner’s audience knows that it is being honoured with a gift that is the difference between ‘entertaining’ and ‘spellbinding’.
Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe. Both have been described as "powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right" (Geoff Boudreau, Rye Arts Festival). Simply sublime.

Tickets £12.00 available from:, 01993831427.
In aid of Tiddy Hall.


Saturday 29th March 2014 at 7:30pm – Rachmaninov All Night Vigil (“Vespers”) by candlelight in Tewkesbury Abbey

Come and join us for an evening of sacred choral music in the inspiring setting of Tewkesbury Abbey, when we shall be performing Rachmaninov’s iconic “Vespers” alongside a selection of works by the late Sir John Tavener, including his much loved ‘Song for Athene’.

The Cheltenham Bach Choir will be joined for this concert by Alexia Mankovskaya (mezzo soprano), Alexander Pidgen (tenor), Robin Baggs (organ), and Stephen Jackson (conductor)
Tickets £20 or £15 (£8 students) from the Abbey Shop (tel: 01684 276655    email: or through the choir (




Sunday 6 April 11am-4pm - Celebrate Spring with the 'Crank Up' at Winterbourne Medieval Barn!

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, South Glos BS36 1SE

Steam Rally

A wide range of Stationary engines will run a fascinating selection of equipment. Vintage Cars, Motorbikes, Tractors and agricultural equipment on display.  We will also be commemorating the Centenary of World War 1.  
Children can meet farm animals including lambs, ducks, chickens and pigs, watch the farrier shoeing horses, and enjoy games and crafts.

Traditional Rural skills and crafts  including basket weaving, hurdle-making, stone masonry, pole lathes, and dry stone walling, will be demonstrated by local craftspeople. Plus a Farmers Market with delicious locally-produced food and drink to eat there or take away, and the Barn Cafe serving tea, coffee and cakes.

All in and around the magnificent Winterbourne Medieval Barn (see website for historical information). A great day out for all ages.
Entrance £2 per adult, children under 14 free.  Parking charge £1 per car.


Paxford Races

Paxford Races
NCH Point

21st April 2014

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 £25.00 per car


3rd April to 6th April 2014 - BLENHEIM PALACE HOSTS

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 information about Event location see - Blenheim Palace

For Places to Stay see - Woodstock, Oxford, Chipping Norton

Cotswold Antique Dealers Association

20th April to 21st April 2014 - Easter Extravaganza at Berkeley Castle

Friendly dragons from western Wales

Berkeley Castle

12 April 2014 - Spring Concert by Cheltenham Choral Society at
Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham

For their 2014 Spring Concert, Cheltenham Choral Society will be performing  Sir Philip Ledger’s Requiem   (A Thanksgiving for Life)  and The Crucifixion by John Stainer. The Concert will take place at Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham on Saturday 12th April 2014 at 7:30pm.

Stainer , who was appointed organist of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1872, was a foremost composer of cathedral music , an Oxford professor, and closely involved with the compilation of Hymns Ancient and Modern. He was renowned as a researcher into early music, an editor and author, and composer of hymns and anthems, although The Crucifixion remains his most famous and loved work.
The Crucifixion is scored for tenor and baritone soloists, mixed choir and organ, and was dedicated to Stainer’s pupil and friend, William Hodge. It was first performed at Marylebone Church in February 1887, conducted by the composer and with Hodge at the organ.

Ledger was born in Bexhill and educated at King’s College, Cambridge, before becoming the youngest cathedral organist in the country, when appointed to Chelmsford Cathedral in 1961, at the age of 23. He worked with Benjamin Britten as an artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival, and later returned to Cambridge as Director of Music, where he was the inspiration and aspiration of many young musicians. Ledger was appointed CBE in 1985 and knighted in 1999. His Requiem was composed after his retirement, and first performed in the UK in November 2007 at King’s College, Cambridge. It has Latin movements interspersed with settings of some wonderful poems by Thomas Traherne .

6th April 2014 - Prescott Bike Festival

The Festival will celebrate all things two and three wheeled and a key attraction is your opportunity to ‘Run the Hill’.

Your chance to be the star of the Show. The Prescott Hill Climb track, owned by the Bugatti Owners Club, is one of the UK’s most prestigious Hill Climbs and rarely does the public get the chance to ‘Run the Hill’.

The Prescott Hill Climb track, owned by the Bugatti Owners Club, is one of the UK’s most prestigious Hill Climbs.

For Lodgings see:-

Winchcombe Accommodation
Cheltenham Accommodation
Broadway Accommodation
Evesham Accommodation

Prescott Speed Hill Climb


Sat 12th & Sun 13th April 2014 - The British Society of Dowsers presents -A symposium of Dowsing with the Earth Energies and the Wellness groups. 

At the Royal Agricultural college, Cirencester. 

A combination of speakers,  workshops and practical experience. 
Speakers include:  Tom Graves – Needles of Stone Revisited, Shelley Siston - The Essence of Nature and Its Importance for our Planet, Alan Jones - Intuition and Total Sensory Perception, Paul Gerry – Delta Waves and Dowsers, William holding -discovering Earth energy manifestations and Adrian Incledon-Webber - healing in Sacred Spaces.

for more details go to -

or call 01684 576969


Saturday 19 April 2014 - Tewkesbury Vintage Fair

10.00 am to 4.30 pm
George Watson Memorial Hall, Barton Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PX
Free Entry

Visitors to Tewkesbury are in for a nostalgic treat on Saturday 19 April when the town steps back in time to celebrate everything vintage.

Discover Tewkesbury's Vintage and Antiques trail (pick up a leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre) there’s lots of hidden gems in town to uncover, and then head over to the George Watson Hall in Barton Street for Tewkesbury’s popular Vintage Fair.

Soak up the nostalgia in a stunning Music Hall setting with period features; browse 20+ Stalls offering vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery.  You will find handmade goods & plus gifts for the home.
Enjoy cream teas & Homemade Cake. Try your hand at up-cycling and enjoy a Vintage Bunting Workshop.  Why not stay for the vintage hair styling demo and pick up tips for simple to follow vintage waves or perfect pin ups using rollers, grips and pins?  Live music on offer, plus Vintage Fashion show at 2 pm.


26 April to 4 May 2014 - Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival

Celebrating its 7th year in 2014, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.


For Places to Stay see - Stratford upon Avon accommodation
For information about the town see - Riverside town of Stratford


26 April to 27 April 2014 - William Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations at Stratford-upon-Avon

450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth

2014 is the year of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.

Special birthday celebrations will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 26 April and Sunday 27 April 2014 including a grand procession from Shakespeare's Birthplace to Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. 

This unique event has taken place in Stratford for nearly 200 years. It is a tradition that brings together the local community, performers, artists and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of William Shakespeare.

The town’s streets will overflow with pageantry, musicand drama and over the two day birthday period you can enjoy a packed programme of special celebratory activities, great days out at the five Shakespeare houses, literary and music events and amazing theatre.

For Places to Stay see - Stratford upon Avon accommodation


Saturday April 26th 2014 - Richard Digance Performs
8.00 pm.Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott-u-Wychwood. OX7 6AG

Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin, Robin Williams or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen, Richard Digance has.
Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist. Richard Digance is also a world-acclaimed poet, an author and an artist.

Tickets £10.00 available from:;;
01993831427. In aid of Tiddy Hall




30 April to 5 May 2014 - Cheltenham International Jazz Festival

Town Hall and other venues
The Cheltenham International Jazz Festival ranks among the top British festivals of its kind. Since 1996 the Festival has brought some of the biggest names in jazz to the town, as well as providing a platform for the stars of the future.
Box Office (01242) 227979,

For more information about Cheltenham

Stratford Jazz Festival

For Lodgings see:-
Cheltenham Accommodation


2 May to 5 May 2014 - Upton-on-Severn Folk Festival

We're expecting huge numbers of superb Morris and other dance sides over the May Bank Holiday weekend The famous Grand Procession promises to be just as spectacular too.
Upton Folk Festival 2012, Tudor House, 9 Kinnersley,
Severn Stoke, Worcester. WR8 9JR


Sunday 4th May 2014 - The Spring Service and Ceremonial Cheese Rolling at Randwick

(1st Sunday in May) Randwick Cheese Rolling and Church Service..

At St John's Church, Randwick. At 11.15, preceeded by a service at 10.30. 01453  750280

Saturday 10th May 2014 - Randwick Wap Cheese Rolling down the hill

See -

Wap information point: 07971 641128.

.For Places to Stay see - Tetbury accommodation


Sunday 4th May 2014 - 1-4pm Brightwalton Fete

Come along and enjoy the fun of a traditional village fete with lots of entertainment for all the family - and entry and parking are FREE!

• Teas, bar and barbecue all with local and home-made produce
• Blewbury Brass Band & Morris dancing
• Classic cars – a fascinating journey through motoring history - turn up on the day
• 6-aside junior football tournament for Downland teams
• Produce, plants and cake stalls; fun games and competitions
• Fun dog show and agility course: bring your dog and enter on the day!
• Raffle, games, races and competitions: lots of great prizes to be won! 
• And lots more to enjoy – lots undercover if it rains!

Free entry and parking More information from
Brightwalton hall & field, RG20 7BN


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 by parishioners.

In past times each person who claimed the 'dole' had to pay a penny which then entitled him to cut and take wood from Hudnalls or the Free Woods.
The event is said to date from the time of Milo, Earl of Hereford, in the twelfth century but was first recorded in 1799.
more information: Bread and Cheese Dole


Sunday 4 May 2014 - Abingdon Air & Country Show

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.


For Places to Stay see - Oxford accommodation; Faringdon accommodation; Witney accommodation.


8 May to 11 May 2013 - Malvern Spring Gardening Show at Three Counties Show Ground

The finest and friendliest gardening event of the year!
In its beautiful setting at the foot of the scenic Malvern Hills, this truly inspirational show enjoys a national reputation as the finest and friendliest gardening event of the year.

A joint venture of the Three Counties Agricultural Society and the Royal Horticultural Society.


Saturday 10 May 2014 - 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 -

For Places to Stay see - Stroud accommodation

Cheese rolling at Randwick Wap

10 May to 11 May 2014 - Prescott Hill Open Classic Car Event, Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington Gloucestershire.


One of the lovely signs of Spring to look forward to is seeing hundreds of beautiful classic cars polished and brought out for their first airing of the year. The Cleeve Vale Rotary Club’s huge Classic Car Event is at Prescott Hill near Gotherington; just North of Cheltenham.

Owners can now take this rare opportunity to drive their pride and joy classic car up the world famous Prescott Hillclimb; and help Rotary Charities too! All entrance fees go a range of Charities supported by Cleeve Vale Rotary club. Spectators will be very welcome throughout day to see the hundreds of beautiful cars and enjoy a fun day out.

Prospective entrants with interesting cars should best pre book at the address below.

For further details and entry forms go to: or phone 01242 01386 853831 or 01242 603540

Rorary Club logo
Rotary Club of Cheltenham
Cleeve Vale

For Places to Stay see -
Winchcombe Accommodation
Cheltenham Accommodation
Broadway Accommodation
Evesham Accommodation

Annual Bluebell Walk at Whatcote

If you enjoy a walk through lovely countryside the parishioners of Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour, are holding their Annual Bluebell Walk on Sunday 11th May 2014.  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.

Bluebells in the Cotswolds

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:


Thursday 8th May 2014 - Gypsy Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold

The first of the bi-annual gypsy horse fairs at Stow-on-the-Wold.
Two fairs, on the nearest Thursdays to 12th May and 24th October. The fairs were chartered in 1476 by King Edward IV, are held in fields between Stow and Maugersbury. Gypsies arrive from the Monday onwards, and there are stalls of crafts with the sales on the Thursday after which everyone packs up and moves on. The May fair is the larger of the two.

About - Gypsy Horse Fair

For Places to Stay see - Stow-on-the-Wold accommodation

For video of the fair see -


17 May 2014 Burford, Oxfordshire 38th Annual Levellers Day
10am - 5pm

With speeches, debate, bands, stalls, music, a procession through Burford, the ceremony in the churchyard and much more!
Open-air event at Warwick Hall Garden, Burford.
About - Levellers Day

For Places to Stay see - Burford Accommodation


16 May to 26 May 2014 - Bath International Music Festival

Preparations for Bath International Music Festival 2013 are well under way, so keep an eye out on their website for updates...
01225 463362. W:

For Places to Stay see - Bath Accommodation


Saturday May 17th 2014 - The Carrivick Sisters perform
8.00 pm. Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott-u-Wychwood. OX7 6AG

The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards.
The Carrivick Sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, turning professional when they left school in 2007. In 2007 they won the South West Busker’s and Street Entertainer’s Competition, gaining themselves their first spot at Glastonbury Festival. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards.

Tickets £10.00 available from:;;
01993831427. In aid of Tiddy Hall


Sunday 18 May 2014 - The Archers at Ilmington Village Hall

Two stars from The Archers — Sara Coward (Caroline Sterling) and Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy) — will be on stage at Ilmington Village Hall at 7.30pm on Sunday 18 May.

This is a rare chance to put faces to voices, hear about life backstage in Ambridge and to quiz the duo about their careers in this famous BBC radio series. Sara and Sunny's characters, Caroline and Lilian, are known for living the good life, so the actors' stories should be great fun. Tickets (£8 inc refreshments) available from Brian Lighthill or through the Ilmington village hall website.


26 May 2014 - Tetbury Woolsack Races starting at 10am

It is thought that the races originated in the 17th Century by young drovers showing off to local women by running up the hill carrying a woolsack. An official race day has been going for over 30 years now with world records entered in the ‘Guinness book of Records’.
The course is 280 yards long up and down a hill which has a 1 in 4 gradient, so the men's record of 3.5 minutes is no mean feat!
The Woolsack Races form the central attraction of a fund-raising day which includes an all-day street market, a charity auction, a village fete, street entertainers, marching bands and more entertainment for all the family.
For more information on Tetbury.

For Places to Stay see - Tetbury Accommodation

woolsack races at Tetbury

Saturday 17 May 2014 - Burford Levellers Day

Burford Levellers DayLevellers 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

Location: Due to the refurbishment of Warwick Hall this year's activities will be centred on Burford Recreation Ground - Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm.

More about the town see - Places to Visit Burford

Places to Stay see - Burford Accommodation


17 May to 24th May 2014 - The Nailsworth Festival

Performers will include Jacqui Dankworth, classical violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen with the Honeymead Ensemble, Le Navet Bete (family comedy), the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with Sauce for the Goose, and the Birmingham Gospel Choir. The full programme will be announced soon.


For Places to Stay see - Nailsworth Accommodation


23 to 25 May 2014 - Lechlade Music Festival

The popular 3 day music festival, held at Riverside Country Park along the banks of the Thames in Lechlade, is heading into its 4th year.

Lechlade Music Festival logoThis year’s event takes place during the May bank holiday from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May.  Over 80 bands and performers will bring quality live music to the event, along with free family workshops and a burlesque revue. 

A new 3rd stage is being introduced, housed in giant tipis with a cocktail lounge and bar, along with increased camping capacity and a wider range of workshops.

Early bird tickets are on sale until 31st January, children 16 and under go free.


For Places to Stay see - Lechlade Accommodation; Burford Accommodation and Cirencester Accommodation.

For more information about the place see - Lechlade-on-Thames


24 May to 25 May 2014 - Prescott Hill Climb - La Vie en Bleu

A celebration of French voiture design from veteran to the Veyron.

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Places to Stay:-

Winchcombe Accommodation
Cheltenham Accommodation
Broadway Accommodation
Evesham Accommodation

Prescott Speed Hill Climb

Sunday 25th May 2014 - Bibury Village Open Gardens Day

Location: Bibury Village

Bibury Stud GardenEvent:  Bibury Village Open Gardens Day

Date/Time:  Sunday May 25th from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Description:At least 8 beautiful gardens will be open for you to browse in this charming village which is the home to the famous 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 entrant to any garden. A £1 ticket gives you access to one garden, or £5 allows you access to all gardens. Accompanied children are free. All proceeds go to the upkeep of the Village Hall.


Monday 26 May 2014 - Cheese-Rolling at Coopers Hill

Competitors hurl themselves down the steep banks of Cooper's Hill, chasing the giant Cheese! Cooper's Hill, Near Brockworth. 12.00 midday (A46 Stroud-Brockworh Rd). Web:

For Places to Stay see accommodation at - Cheltenham, Gloucester and Painswick

Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill

30 May to 15 June 2014 - Broadway Arts Festival

Broadway Arts Festival

15 days of arts and culture in Broadway village.

Broadway Arts Festival presents works bt John Singer Sargent, art workshops, lecture series, music recitals and tours of beautiful gardens - also includes picnics and parades.


For Places to Stay see - Broadway Accommodation

For information about the village see - Broadway, Worcestershire


Concert by The Lochrian Ensemble, Winterbourne Medieval Barn, South Glos, BS36 1SE, Saturday 31 May 7.30pm

Winterbourne Medieval Barn offers a wonderful atmospheric setting for chamber music and The Lochrian Ensemble is one of the West Country`s premier String Quartets. Based in the Bristol area, they have featured on national TV and radio as well as performing at concerts and social functions all over the country.  Their programme will include well known music by Pachelbel, Vivaldi. Mozart, Elgar, Mascagni and Tchaikovsky.  Refreshments will be available during the interval.  Free parking is available on site.  
Tickets £9 (£5 for those in full-time education) can be reserved by ringing  0117 957 4921.  More details on the website


31 May 2014 - Chadlington 11th Beer Festival

The 11th Great Chadlington Beer Festival takes place from 12 noon to 11pm in the village.  The Beer Festival is the chief fund raiser for the Friends of Chadlington School and all proceeds will go to the school.

Chadlington Beer FestivalThis year there will be 22 ales to enjoy as well as, for non-beer drinkers, a selection of wines and ciders, Pimms and soft drinks. Each year the assembled punters vote for their favourite beer and a winner is duly announced. There will also be an all-day BBQ, with food served through to the evening.

An entertaining line-up of live music will play throughout the day and evening, including the Chipping Norton All Stars (Jazz,Swing, Big Band music).  There will be plenty to keep children happy too – a bouncy castle this year, plus a tea-cups roundabout and a candy floss stall, as well as a children’s entertainment tent for face-painting, colouring and games. For more information, please go to:

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.

For Places to Stay see - Chipping Norton Accommodation.




Exhibition: Spaces in Flux
Dates: 31 May – 29 June 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday 7 June, 12 – 2pm
Location: West Ox Arts Gallery, Market Square, Bampton
Open Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10.30 – 4.30pm & Sundays 2 – 4pm

West Ox Arts Gallery is proud to present Spaces in Flux, an exhibition featuring abstract paintings by Beverley Greig and sculpture by Neil Cap.  Beverley Greig is drawn to spaces in transition, in particular the intricacies of the natural and untamed landscape. Neil Cap is intrigued by the metamorphosis of form as influenced by soul, emotion and thought.  Together these artists present a collection of paintings and sculpture that offers a unique representation of the world as seen through their eyes, influenced by the environment around them.


June 3, 4 & 5 June 2014 - St Leonard’s Church, Bledington

Bledington Music Festival. All concerts at 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church, Bledington

01608 658669 - Email :

For Places to Stay see accommodation at - Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton and Bourton-on-the-Water.

Bledington Music Festival

3/4/5 June 2014


Friday 6th June 2014 - Normandy 44 - In support of Combat Stress

70th Anniversary of the D Day Landings at the Painswick Centre.

Live 5 piece swing band 'Fat Boy Swing'.

Traditional Ration Style Food and Full Bar

40's Dress Code! Tickets £20.00

E:; Web:

T: 01452 814567

The Painswick Centre, Bisley Street, Painswick,
Gloucestershire, GL6 6QQ

Painswick Centre D Day landings anniversary

3 to 8 June 2014 - Cheltenham Festival of Science
Town Hall and Everyman Theatre.
Box Office (01242) 227979,

For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham accommodation

Cheltenham Festival of Science
3 to 8 June 2014

Saturday 7th June 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 8th June 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Exhibition and sale of original work by group of 14 local Artists in the Burland Hall, Stanton, Broadway, Worcs WR12 7NE.

Free Admission and refreshments, but donations to the Motor Neurone Disease Associate greatly appreciated.


Saturday June 7th 2014 - Hateful Rain perform
8.00 pm. Tiddy Hall, Ascott-u-Wychwood. OX7 6AG

British Folk with Appalachian Roots. Hatful of Rain are a Bluegrass/Old time influenced British folk/roots band based in East Sussex. Playing original material, Hatful of Rain strive to combine powerful song-writing with musical virtuosity whilst retaining a strong traditional feel.
“They’re very, very good” Mike Harding, Radio 2. “Hauntingly beautiful…I love it” Bob Harris, Radio 2. “Beautiful!” Rosanne Cash.

Tickets £10.00 available from:;;
0199383142. In aid of Tiddy Hall


7 to 8 June 2014 -  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.

To find out more, including photos of previous events, please visit our website at:

Ashton Under Hill
Open Gardens 2014

Cantores, Cotswolds – “Seven Ages of Man”
Saturday 7th June 2014 7.30pm
Holy Innocents Church, Highnam, Gloucestershire GL2 8DF

Rutter – Five Childhood Lyrics
Chilcott – Jazz Mass
Ives – Three English Folk Songs
Schubert – Three Part Songs
Holloway – Six Poems of John Drinkwater
Interspersed with entertaining readings

Cantores’ Summer programme this year contains words and music on the subject of youth and age.
John Rutter’s ‘Five Childhood Lyrics’ set traditional nursery poems including ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ and ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ to most accessible and immediately attractive music. The choir is joined at the piano by David Whitehead for music of youthful vigour in Bob Chilcott’s ‘Jazz Mass’. The composer manages to bring the sounds of the smoke filled jazz club into the church environment without compromising either. Grayston Ives’ ‘Three English Folk Songs’ tell of youth and love and loss. As a one-time member of the King’s Singers, Ives knows well how to project the vigour and energy of his subject.
The part songs with piano of Schubert at too rarely performed and we offer three: ‘The Gondolier’, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and a late masterpiece ‘Gebet’ (Prayer) which sets a text of old age and the contemplation of the human condition.
The poetry of John Drinkwater that John Holloway set in celebration of Cantores’ first twenty years in 2011 encompasses youth and old age. Therein is to be seen ‘Cotswold Love’ which can be found in April “ if you’re eighteen or rising sixty-five”, the coming of the ‘Daffodils’ and the tap room songs of ‘Mamble’ to the consideration of ‘Immortality’ and the question of whether we shall take our love beyond the grave.
Tickets are available online, from Cirencester Tourist Information Office or from Lorna on 01242 603988.

Burford Collectors Club

JUNE  7th & 8th 2014 will see Burford Collectors Club hold our 4th Annual Burford Rally and Country Fayre on the Recreation Ground (OX18 4NB) in the beautiful Cotswold Town of Burford.

The 2014 Annual Burford Rally will include:-

American Cruisers | Car Club Members | Motor Cycle Club Members | Parade of Cars | Parade of Motor Cycles | Parade of Tractors | Classic Caravans | Commercial Vehicles | Miniature Steam | Stationery Engines | Model Tent | Outside Awning Collections | Model Boats | Demonstration Thatcher | Fairground (Juveniles) | Trade Stands | Food and Drink


Sunday 8th June 2014 - Elkstone Village Open Gardens - 2pm to 6pm

Elkstone churchOrganised 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.

Open gardens at ElkstoneAdults £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.


8 June to 6 July 2014 - onForm Sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor, Burford, Oxfordshire

onForm Sculptureon form, the only sculpture exhibition dedicated entirely to works in stone, returns to its exquisite Cotswold setting this summer. on form 14, set in the magnificent gardens and spectacular ballroom of Asthall Manor near Burford, will feature more than 200 works by 30 of the most accomplished sculptors working in stone today.

This is the seventh biennial exhibition of its kind.
The last exhibition at Asthall in 2012 attracted 5,000 visitors and record-breaking sales.


For Places to Stay near Asthall Manor see - Burford Accommodation; Minster Lovell and Swinebrook; Witney

Note: Asthall Manor was home to the infamous Mitford Sisters.


8th June – Gardens open in Ashley and Culkerton

Seven gardens are opening for charity under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 8th June from 2pm to 6pm in Culkerton (GL8 8SS) and Ashley (GL8 8SX) (in the Tetbury, Cirencester and Malmesbury triangle).

This is a rare opportunity to see gardens ranging from organic and cottage to more formal. Several have never been open to the public before. There are abundant roses, vibrant borders and some extensive vegetable plots. Teas will be available and plants and cakes will be for sale. The decorated 11th century parish church will be open. Come and see these hidden gems in two unspoilt Cotswold villages. 
Admission £5 adults , children free. Dogs on leads only please.


Jun 11, 2014 | 14:00| Asthall Manor - Call of the Wild

A talk by leading rose nurseryman Robert Mattock, on the influence of the Broadway Group (Singer Sargent, Alfred Parsons et al) on the movement from 'formal' to 'wild gardening' in the Cotswolds.

The talk will be followed by a walk around the garden with Robert and Asthall Manor’s head gardener, Mark Edwards.

Free with entry to exhibition -


5 June to 8 June 2014 - Cirencester Cricket Club Cricket and Beer Festival

Cirencester CC are holding their 4th Annual Festival, with up to 10+ Local Ales and ciders. The full list will appear on
In the glorious location of Cirencester Park sit back and enjoy a festival of Cricket and Ale.


FlowerflowerAshton under Hill Open Gardens
13 and 14 June 2015

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.


Gardens Open
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.

For further information, visit our website or telephone 01386 881487.


13 June to 14 June 2014 - Sherstonfest 2014
“The South Cotswolds Cider, Music and Fine Food Festival”

Location: Thompsons Field, Noble St, Sherston, Wilts, SN16 0NA
Cost: Early birds are Friday £5, Saturday £12, Weekender £16 (no camping)

Set in the heart of one of the Cotswolds prettiest villages 2 nights/1 day of music, great ciders and fine foods. bring the kids and just chill to some great music

It takes place on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th of June 2012.  More accurately that is Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

Each of those 3 sessions has a distinct musical flavour, with Friday night being presented in association with “BBC Introducing” and is designed to give emerging local talent the opportunity to play at a larger event alongside some more established acts, Saturday afternoon being laid back and mellow with mainly acoustic acts and Saturday night is party time with “The Extreme Cheese Sessions”.  Some of the line up is already revealed but some is still under strict wraps, people are urged to check the web site and join the mailing list to keep up to date with developments.

Tickets are on sale on the web site with some “early bird bargains” to be had if you are quick !!
Buy tickets on line at

More info email or check out

For Places to Stay see - Tetbury Accommodation, Malmesbury Accommodation, Nailsworth Accommodation


Family needing a ‘Great Day Out’?

Saturday 14th June 2014 2.00p.m. - BROADWELL & DONNINGTON FETE

Broadwell village green is the setting for an afternoon of traditional fun and entertainment for all the family.
Animal antics, bouncy castle, fun races for the children and of course our ever popular duck races!
Bring your dog along and enter them in our Dog Show.
Plenty of stalls for the adults - books, cakes, bottles, bric-a-brac, tombola, plants.
BBQ, Pimms and teas. Grand raffle - it will really be an afternoon to remember - fun for all the family! DON'T MISS IT!!!


Saturday 14 June 2014 - Sulgrave Village Fete hosted at Sulgrave Manor

Free admission. Family fun dog show at 2.30pm, traditional stalls, cakes with fun for all the family.

Julie Wood, Wedding and Events Coordinator
+44 (0) 1295 760205

The Sulgrave Manor Trust, Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgrave, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2SD


Saturday 14 June 2014 - Village Fete at Sezincote House

The fete is at Sezincote House, near Moreton-in-Marsh, on Saturday, June 14 at 2pm and will include First World War theme dress and exhibitions, vintage cars, traditional stalls, maypole dancing and Tug o'war.

Visitors can also enjoy music from a brass band, a barbecue and refreshments.

Admission is £5 and there is an opportunity to win a balloon flight for two people with the entrance fee programme.


NGS Open Gardens Stanton Village
Sunday 15th June, 2 - 6 pm
Location 3 miles SW of Broadway off B4632, WR12 7NE
Admission £6 - children free

Over 20 gardens open in the quiet picturesque C17 village of Stanton, near Broadway, ranging from large manor house to small cottage gardens, all packed with colour and interest, many with natural water features.
Legendary home-made teas available, as well as ice-creams, plant/herb stall, second-hand books and Raffle with great prizes.
A unique opportunity to explore the hidden secrets of this lovely unspoilt  Cotswold village - an NGS event not to be missed.


21 & 22 June 2014 - Chipping Campden Open Gardens

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.


For more about the town see - Chipping Campden

For Places to Stay see - Chipping Campden Accommodation


13 to 15 June 2014 - Malvern 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.

Website :

13 to 15 June 2014


Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival 13th – 15th June 2014

Cheltenham Food and 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.

Food & Drink Festival at CheltenhamYou’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:  

For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation.


Cantores, Cotswolds – “Seven Ages of Man”
Saturday 14th June 2014 7.30pm
Cirencester Parish Church, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2NX

Rutter – Five Childhood Lyrics
Chilcott – Jazz Mass
Ives – Three English Folk Songs
Schubert – Three Part Songs
Holloway – Six Poems of John Drinkwater
Interspersed with entertaining readings

Cantores’ Summer programme this year contains words and music on the subject of youth and age.
John Rutter’s ‘Five Childhood Lyrics’ set traditional nursery poems including ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ and ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ to most accessible and immediately attractive music. The choir is joined at the piano by David Whitehead for music of youthful vigour in Bob Chilcott’s ‘Jazz Mass’. The composer manages to bring the sounds of the smoke filled jazz club into the church environment without compromising either. Grayston Ives’ ‘Three English Folk Songs’ tell of youth and love and loss. As a one-time member of the King’s Singers, Ives knows well how to project the vigour and energy of his subject.
The part songs with piano of Schubert at too rarely performed and we offer three: ‘The Gondolier’, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and a late masterpiece ‘Gebet’ (Prayer) which sets a text of old age and the contemplation of the human condition.

The poetry of John Drinkwater that John Holloway set in celebration of Cantores’ first twenty years in 2011 encompasses youth and old age. Therein is to be seen ‘Cotswold Love’ which can be found in April “ if you’re eighteen or rising sixty-five”, the coming of the ‘Daffodils’ and the tap room songs of ‘Mamble’ to the consideration of ‘Immortality’ and the question of whether we shall take our love beyond the grave.
Tickets are available online, from Cirencester Tourist Information Office or from Lorna on 01242 603988.


Friday 20 June 2014 - Solstice Walk for Cotswold Care

Solstice Walk for Cotswold CareLast year’s Solstice Walk was such a brilliant success that Cotswold Care Hospice are doing the same again this year, giving you the chance to support your local hospice and enjoy the rolling hills and open spaces above the Stroud Valley.

Where: The walk sets off from Cotswold Care Hospice, Burleigh Lane, Minchinhampton, GL5 2PQ.

When: Friday 20  June at 6pm, 6.30pm and 7pm, depending on the distance you want to walk

How far: 5km or 10km, it’s up to you!

How much: Registration is £15 for adults or £7.50 for children.  Under 5s go free.

Entry includes a Solstice Walk T-shirt, ribbon to remember a loved one, bottle of water, walk no. a welcome pack and a complimentary glass of fizz on your return.

Your footsteps will change people’s lives

By taking part and asking friends to sponsor you on your walk, you’ll be raising vital funds that will make a huge difference in your community. Every year Cotswold Care Hospice supports more than 600 patients with life-limiting illnesses, along with their families. But we can only do this thanks to the support of people like you. So please do come and take part – you could help us change someone’s life.


Saturday June 21st 2014 - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston perform
8.00 pm. Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott-u-Wychwood. OX7 6AG

A rare fusion of double bass & mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene.

In the space of 2 short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is:
“A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!”
Well known for the last 8 years as a central component of Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing style, has built a reputation as one of the finest mandolin players in the UK. With Show of Hands off the road for a year, the duo are embarking on an extensive tour of the British Isles in support of their arresting new CD “Sing A Full Song”.

Tickets £10.00 available from:;;
01993831427. In aid of Tiddy Hall


Hay bales and bunting - all the fun of the village fete –
 at Temple Guiting on 28th June 2014

The picturesque village of Temple Guiting will hold its fete this year on Saturday 28th June 2014, from 12.30 until 3.30pm.

Organiser Caroline Bell says: “The Temple Guiting fete is proving to be one of the Cotswolds’ most popular summer events, and with such a dedicated team of helpers this year’s attractions are better than ever. Bring a picnic rug or pull up a hay bale - and enjoy our stunning Cotswold views.”

Attractions include the ever popular fun dog show – with plenty of rosettes up for grabs, as well as dog agility, so bring your pooches.

Refreshments include a traditional tea-room, a BBQ, ice-creams and a beer and Pimms bar.

Other favourites are the bottle and plant stalls, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola,
welly-wanging, coconut shy and skittles. And the “Human fruit machine” has to be seen to be believed.

Children are well catered for, with a bouncy castle, a world cup quiz, badge making, face painting, and loads of room to run around.

The fete is well known for its many bright tents and gazebos, which along with the village hall, also help to provide shelter, should it (perish the thought) rain.

The fete takes place on the green, next to the village hall and parking is free.

All proceeds will go to Temple Guiting Church of England School.


Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 June 2014 - Midsummer Speed Fest at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Nr Gotherington, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD

The 6th Round of the 2014 Midland Hill Climb Championship, and 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.  

On Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June Prescott Hill Climb will be playing host to many racing classes competing over the weekend, which also sees the 6th Round of the 2014 Midland Hill Climb Championship supported by TTC Group, and the 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.

Other competition classes include: Bugatti Car Handicap, Prescott ‘B’ License Challenge, SBD Motorsport HSA Speed Championship, Service Hydraulics Speed Championship, Bugatti Owners’ Club ‘Paul Matty Sports Cars’ Classic Championship.

For Places to Stay:- Winchcombe Accommodation, Cheltenham Accommodation, Broadway Accommodation, Evesham Accommodation

Phone: 0044 (0)1242 673136 or 679796
Email:; Web:

Prescott Speed Hill Climb


Saturday 28 June 2014 - Summer Concert by Cheltenham Choral Society

Cheltenham Choral Society is busy rehearsing for its summer concert which will take place on Saturday 28th June at 7:30 pm at St Andrew’s Church, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP.

Entitled ‘Reflections’, the concert will be a celebration of some of the best known and loved British music of the last century.  Included will be works by Sir Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. The main work will be taken from The Peacemakers by Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins.

The Peacemakers is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict and is a work extolling peace. It was first performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 2012, conducted by the composer.
 Being one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, it is hoped that this concert will give listeners the opportunity to reflect upon the importance of, and desire for, peace.

Tickets cost £10 (under 13s free) and are available on the door, or in advance from Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Tel 01242 237431, or email:


Sunday 29th June - Cotswold Country Park Fun Run

Time: Registration starts at 7:30 am race starts at 8:00am.
Place: Cotswold Country Park and beach, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester, GL7 6DF
Entry Fees: £5 per adult - £3 per child(5-15), dogs FREE

Register online at,
email or call 01285 868096

All proceeds will go to two charities: Oak and Furrows (a local animal rescue centre) and The Ronald McDonald House in Bristol.


29 June 2014 - The Burford Singers - Gilbert & Sullivan Gala Concert
7.30pm Sunday at The Church of St John the Baptist, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY

Burford SingersWith
Cotswold Chamber Orchestra, Leader: Kate Bailey, Soloists: Simon Butteriss, Soloists from Buxton, International G&S Festival Conductor: Brian Kay.

An evening of irresistible ‘shreds and patches’ from many of the much-loved Savoy operas, including The Gondoliers, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Utopia Ltd and Yeomen of the Guard, with choruses, solos, overtures and ensembles featuring international G and S superstar Simon Butteriss and soloists from the Buxton International G & S Festival with the Burford Singers and the Cotswold Chamber Orchestra

Tickets reserved at £17.50, £15.00, and unreserved £10.00
Students half price, Postal booking opens on 24 April 2014, Booking in person opens on 12 June 2014
From The Madhatter Bookshop - 122 High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ, Telephone booking opens on 7 May 2014, 01993 822412.




5 July 2014 - Celebrate Independence Day at Sulgrave Manor, home of George Washington’s British forefathers

The Stars and Stripes will be fluttering over a host of American-themed activities at Sulgrave Manor, which will include historical re-enactments, live music, sport and food.  

Visitors can expect American Civil War battle re-enactment with live musket fire, cheerleaders, performances of live American music, an American BBQ with ice-cream sodas and baseball ‘hit and pitch’ on the manor's lawns.

Tours of the stone-built Tudor house will also be available throughout the day, offering visitors the chance to learn about the lives of George Washington’s ancestors from the house they built and lived in.  

Listings information:  
Sunday 30 June, 11am – 4pm, £2 adults, £1 children 
Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgave, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 2SD 
01295 760 205. Web:

For Places to Stay see - Banbury Accommodation.
For more information about - Banbury

home of George Washington

4, 5, 6 July 2014 - Cornbury Music Festival at The Great Tew Park Estate, OX7 4AF

Cornbury Music Festival

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:

For Places to Stay see :- accommodation at Chipping Norton, Banbury and Woodstock.


5 to 6 July 2014 - Annual Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park, GL7 1XB

Two days, 100 acres, hundreds of attractions and 40,000 visitors – the Cotswold Show is now one of the most popular on the regional Country Show calendar.

As you look around the Showground it might be hard to imagine that the site has been, at various times, a deer park, a military base, a hospital and the venue for a Glenn Miller concert.

Cirencester Park was laid out in the 1700s and a monument erected in 1741 to the memory of Queen Anne by the first Earl of Bathurst, whom she had created Baron Bathurst in 1712, with the help of the poet Alexander Pope.


Cotswold Annual Show at Cirencester

Shakespeare Live present ‘Macbeth’ at Lackham House, Lacock, 7th - 12th July 2014

Long-established amateur drama group Shakespeare Live are this year presenting the Scottish play - love, murder, ambition and battle, set in a timeless world as the power-hungry Macbeth is slowly led by glamorous and seductive forces of the occult to his tragic downfall.

Shakespeare Live The 400 seater covered stand offers comfortable allocated seats well-sheltered from rain and wind - or from the heat of the sun, if the English weather plays its part - and the performances in the lovely outdoor setting are a delight. High production values include great acting, superb sound effects and music, and terrific lighting, especially effective as the slow summer evenings fade into darkness.

Bonuses are the facilities for picnics, the bar and refreshments on offer, the easy parking, and the special atmosphere of the Saturday Gala Night. Having secured a new long term contract at Lackham House, the company has also achieved charitable status, as well as continuing to support local charities.

This year’s show runs from Monday 7th July to Saturday 12th July, with the grounds open each evening at 6.30pm and the performance starting at 8pm. There is also a 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets cost £15 for all performances except the Gala Night, at £20. Under 18s and NUS students get a £5 discount for all performances, and there are also a limited number of groundling places available.  Contact or the box office on 07780 938107 to book or for further information.


18 to 20 July 2014 - CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

The CLA Game Fair, is the world's leading Country Sport Event. This three day National Countryside Show offers a memorable day out for all the family, with masses of opportunity to try new experiences, meet the experts, watch entertaining displays and demonstrations, sample delicious British Food and Drink and shop til you drop.

If you enjoy the countryside and all that it entails, there really is something here for everyone! Web:

For places to Stay see :-
accommodation at Woodstock, Chipping Norton, Oxford.

Game Fair at Ragley Hall

11 July to 13 July 2014 - The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford

Fairford Air Tattoo

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 celebrates the Red Arrows 50th Display Season with a limited number of special Red Arrows Pit Day tickets for Friday 11 July offering exclusive access to the world famous aerobatic display team and their aircraft. Also on the Friday will be the chance to watch aircraft arrivals and rehearsals in the morning, as well as a four hour flying display in the afternoon including the debut of a special Red Arrows formation flypast.

Air TattooOn the weekend (12/13 July) you can enjoy a thrilling 7.5 hour flying display each day featuring fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft and much, much more. There will be a chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first class entertainment including the Techno Zone, an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters, the Adrenalin Zone and the Vintage Village.

Add this to FREE entry for accompanied under-16s and FREE parking for ticket holders, it’s clear that the Air Tattoo, held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, offers unbeatable value for money.

Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world's greatest airshow. The Air Tattoo, one of the UK's premier outdoor events, returns this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground - so whether a wide-eyed first timer for a seasoned airshow veteran, the experience is breathtaking.

Visit or call our FREEPHONE ticket hotline 0800 107 1940

About the place of - Fairford.
For places to stay see - Fairford Accommodation, Lechlade Accommodation, Cirencester Accommodation, and Burford Accommodation.


2 July to 14 July 2014 - 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.


For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation

Cheltenham Music Festival

2 July - 14 July 2014


12 July 2014 - Taynton Village Fete (near Burford)

Taynton Traditional Garden Fête

Taynton's biannual traditional garden fête returns to its roots this year on Saturday 12th July at Taynton House.
Set in an idyllic Cotswold Garden, there's fun and games for all the family.   Forage around the many stalls which include
Plants, Produce, Bottles, Books, DVD's, CD's, Tombola, Handbags, Scarves and Jewellery, Boudoir and the famous
White Elephant.   Activities include afternoon teas, Guess The Weight of the Cake, Duck Racing, Face Painting,
Treasure Island, BBQ, Pimms and Splat The Rat, all to the accompaniment of the Chedworth Silver Band.

The Taynton Traditional Garden Fête opens at 2pm and entrance per person is £2 - children under 12 FREE.
All proceeds are in aid of Taynton Church and Village Hall.


18 to 20 July 2014 - 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.



14 to 15 July 2014 to 14th July 2014 - Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Venue - On the fields behind the Tewkesbury Borough Council offices, Gloucester Road (part of the site of the original battle of Tewkesbury in 1471).

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.

Ample parking is available, for a small charge. The site will be well marked from the town centre and from junction 9 of the M5.

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival




14th - 15th July 2014


12th July 2014 - The Battle Proms Concerts at Blenheim Palace

Every summer thousands of concert-goers pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace for the Battle Proms Concert.  

The 10th annual Blenheim Palace Battle Proms Concert will be on Saturday 12th July 2014, and will return to the North Park this year, which offers the best auditorium for the choreographed Spitfire display, and also gives additional room for the inclusion of a special infantry display to celebrate 'The Road to Waterloo': the build up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.


Art Couture Painswick Festival

Art Couture Painswick Festival

The Art Couture Painswick festival takes place this year on Sunday 14th July 2013. Set in the streets and the iconic churchyard of the village, the festival features a competition for Art Couture: works of art that are displayed on the body.

Savannah Miller, Daniel Chadwick and Beatrix Ong - three of the judges from 2011The  competition is open to all.  Large prizes are available for the winners, and the competition is judged by a celebrity panel from the worlds of art and fashion.

The village streets are closed to traffic and hosts stalls selling high quality craft, food, drink and produce. There are live music and dance performances on three stages, street performers and participatory events such as workshops and the opportunity to get involved with creating artwork.

The Themes for the festival are:-

Elements (Creative Headwear)

W:; Twitter: @ACPainswick; Facebook:

For more about the location see - Painswick

For Places to Stay see - Painswick Accommodation


20th July 12noon till 5pm - Village of Longcot Summer Fair SN7 7TL,

£2 adults and children of a school age free

24 farmers market style craft and produce stalls from quality suppliers and already confirmed are Marsdens Fudge, Wiltshire Liqueurs, White Horse brewery, Wiltshire Chilli farm and many more quality exhibitors including local cheese, jewellery, organic produce and the list goes on!
Posh toilets, Morris dancers, local real ale bar and pig roast by The King & Queen all add up to a great traditional village fair.

Refreshments and wheel chair friendly but NO dogs unfortunately.

The link is on our What's On thread on

Longcot village - Nr Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7TL


21 July to 26 July 2014 - Cotswold Arcadians Falstaff at Hatherop Castle School, Cirencester, GL7 3NB.

Don’t miss out on tickets for Cotswold Arcadians 2014 production Falstaff, merging scenes from Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor, which will be performed in the grounds of Hatherop Castle School from Monday 21 July to Saturday 26 July 2014. The gardens are open for guests to enjoy their picnics in the beautiful surroundings before experiencing first-class theatre under covered, tiered grandstands.
See Falstaff partying with his cronies in Mistress Quickly’s tavern, robbing the pilgrims, teasing “that lean-witted fool” Justice Shallow, attempting the seduction of the wealthy Mistress Ford, and playing dead on the battlefield. But also witness the maturing of the tearaway Prince Hal, the delightful poetry of the hot-headed rebel Harry Hotspur, and King Henry’s magnificent dying words. And all of this within two hours!
For full details please visit or telephone the box office on 01285 898 019.

Falstaff production by Cotswold Arcadians

24 July to 27 July 2014 - Warwick Folk Festival

Welcome to the 35th Warwick Folk Festival!

If you've not been for years, come and see what's changed. If you've never been to Warwick Folk Festival, come and see what you're missing!
Singers and musicians, street entertainers and Morris dancers - it seems that anybody and everybody who enjoys folk music heads for Warwick in July each year.

Since its humble beginnings in 1979, the annual Warwick Folk Festival has developed into one of the most highly regarded folk events on the national and international scene, attracting fans from all over Britain and as far afield as the USA and Australia.

24th - 27th July 2014


Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Charlbury Riverside Festival

FREE family-friendly music festival in an idyllic riverside setting in the Cotswolds, with more than 40 acts playing across three stages, rock, indie, jazz, and folk on the main two stages and all sorts on the Riverside Fringe stage!
Saturday 26 July (12pm – 10pm) Sunday 27 July (11am-8pm)

Web: www.
Twitter: @Riversidefest
Facebook: Charlbury Riverside Festival or 

The Riverside Festival began life 19 years ago as a Jazz picnic for friends. It now attracts thousands of music lovers to Charlbury’s Mill Field, and yet is still the friendliest, most relaxed music festival in Oxfordshire and, astonishingly, is still completely free to enter. With great music and masses of kids’ activities, Riverside is one of the most popular events in the Oxfordshire music calendar with families. The festival is famed for showcasing Oxfordshire’s music talent and this year is again inviting thriving independent record stores Rapture (in Witney) and Truck (in Oxford) to run the second stage. The Fringe stage will also be returning this year – last year it featured everything from song and dance acts to performance poets and a contortionist.

The Epstein will headline Riverside on Saturday. Other acts booked so far include The Standard, The Mighty Redox, Brickwork Lizards and The Knights of Mentis.

How to get there
Location: The Mill Field, Dyers Hill, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3QG
Entrance to the Festival site is down Mill Lane, virtually opposite Charlbury railway station. The station is on the First Great Western London Paddington to Hereford and Worcester line, 15 minutes from Oxford. On the Saturday there are buses to and from Oxford, Woodstock, Witney, Chipping Norton and Banbury to the centre of Charlbury, five minutes’ walk from the Festival.


26th to the 28th July 2013 - Heritage Diesel Weekend

The GWR ever-popular Diesel gala returns.

As well as an intensive service of diesel hauled trains and a DMU service, the gala will include an Open Day at the newly built Toddington Diesel Shed with an under-cover model railway exhibition, a number of 'behind the scenes' and 'how it works' displays relating to diesel locomotives, and an opportunity to get an 'up close' view of two long term overhaul projects on a class 47 and a class 37 including cab visits.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway logo



1 August to 3 August 2014 - Prescott Hill Climb
Vintage Sports Car Club Meeting

Vintage Classic Hill ClimbThis very popular event is organised by the VSCC and for further information please contact the VSCC on 01608 644777.

This event attracts many enthusiasts and is one of the most prestigious events in the Hill Climb calendar.

For Places to Stay see - Winchcombe Accommodation; Cheltenham Accommodation; Broadway Accommodation; Evesham Accommodation

Prescott Speed Hill Climb

1, 2, and 3 August 2014 - 40th annual Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza

The 40th annual Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza will return to South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester, GL7 5QD from Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd August 2014. This year the show celebrates its 40th show, an amazing feat and something we want to celebrate with everyone especially those born ON 6th & 7th September 1975 - the weekend of the very first show. We will send everyone born over that weekend a complimentary ticket for this year’s show to come and share our birthday cake with us! (DOB ID will be required).

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 40 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!

For details of the bus schedule and further details, please visit


5th to 10th August 2014 - The NAF Five Star International
Hartpury Horse Trials

In just five years the Gloucestershire-based horse trials (previously known as the Hartpury Three Day Event) has developed into one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar, with sporting action ranging across one, two and three star levels.

Last year 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 Nicholson. Website:


Saturday 9th August, Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors",  2.30pm  (site opens at 12.00 for picnicking in the grounds).

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, South Glos BS36 2EF

"Am I in Earth, in Heaven, or in Hell ?" Shakespeare's shortest play is a brilliant farce of mistaken identities, combined with a few undertones of the dramatic and sinister. A master and his servant arrive in a foreign port which, unbeknown to them, is the home of their long-lost twin brothers. Mayhem ensues as brother is taken for brother in a riotous train of misunderstandings, seduction, and pursuit. A very funny, colourful and entertaining romp for all the family presented by the professional actors of The Festival Players from Stroud.

Free parking is available. Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £9 for children/students, and may be booked online at  or
To check availability contact Tony Harding on 01454 772285 or  email


Saturday 9th August 2014 - SOUTH NEWINGTON FLOWER

With Country Fair 2pm Saturday 9th August.
Poleaxe, High Street, South Newington (opposite the Church)


9th & 10th August  2014 - Tortworth Vintage Transport Show
Showground off the B4509, Wickwar,
South Gloucestershire (Nr. Bristol) GL12 8LF

Steam Engines, Displays,  Collections, Farm Tractors, Fair Organs, Fairground,  Military Vehicles, Vintage & Classic Cars,Period Caravans, Motorbikes, Commercial Vehicles, Auto jumble.

Plus much more

For full details please see the website - W:

Directions: - from the M5 Jct 14 take B4509 for Main Gate. - AA Sign posted

16th August 2014 - Cotswolds Vintage Fair at Toddington Village Hall
(GL54 5DU)

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.




Fun Dog ShowA fun filled afternoon:-

Dog Show Classes * Dog Scurry * Archery * Dog Agility Display * Racing Ferret Display * Children's Games * Face Painting * Refreshments * Mini Digger Challenge * Fairground Rides * Craft and Food Stalls

Starting at 12.00 entry £2 per adult, £1 per child


23 August 2014 - Fishing Festival, Crown Meadow, Evesham


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!

Festival Website:-

For place information see - Evesham Riverside Town
For Places to Stay see - Evesham Accommodation and Broadway Accommodation

Evesham Fishing Festival

30 August 2014 - The 129th Hawkesbury Horticultural Society Show Gates open at 12.30 p.m.
President : His Grace the Duke of Beaufort

PictureHawkesbury Show attracts around 2,500 visitors each year. The main attraction is the large produce marquee, full of the biggest and best fruit, vegetables and flowers as well as crafts, home baking, wine, photographs and pictures.

Another key part of the show is the wonderful carnival procession that runs through the village and into the arena on the recreation ground. The beer tent is well stocked and there are plenty of stalls to browse. If its thrills you are after then the funfair is where you'll be headed with dodgems, waltzers and plenty more.

With entertainment in the central arena, fairground rides, a deer roast, beer tent, raffle, live music from a local silver band, archery displays and local crafts and produce stalls there is something for everyone. The popular carnival procession begins with the crowning of the carnival queen before travelling through the village to the Show Ground.

 It attracts around 2,000 visitors each year and is held at the Village Hall and recreation ground, High Street, Hawkesbury Upton, GL9 1AU.



22, 23, 24 August 2014 - Upton-upon-Severn Music Festival

Upton-on-Severn Music Festival

For Places to Stay see - Upton-upon-Severn Accommodation
For information about the town see - Upton-upon-Severn

Confirmed for this years musical line up as follows:
Alexander O'Neal, Slade, Toyah Wilcox, Bucks Fizz, Chesney Hawkes, Bad Manners, Neville Staple Band, The Troggs, China Crisis, The Wurzels, and many many more

We also have a second stage with over 40 up and coming and local acts, a top of the pops disco tent (Featuring Pat Sharp DJ set Headlinging), a variety Tent with entertainment acts and a massive trading village within the festival.


25th AUGUST 2014 - Winchcombe Country Show
at Winchcombe Senior School Field, 12 noon ~ 5.30 p.m.

This show offers something for everyone. A traditional flower show, Punch & Judy, crafts, stalls, stone walling, wood carving, Morris dancing, bouncy castle, Winchcombe concert brass band, Dress the Mummy, children's go karts, fortune teller, street entertainers, dog scurry, skittles and golf competitions and much much more.

The highlight for 2014 is the Savage Skills team. UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team providing interactive, jaw dropping shows suitable for audiences of all ages. Opportunities to have a go yourself too! Irresistible homemade cakes in the tea tent. Licensed bar, healthy eating refreshments, ice creams.

Also Run Winchcombe on Sunday 24 August 2014.
12 noon to 5.30pm Adult £3, Child £1
Winchcombe Senior School, Greet Road, Winchcombe Gloucestershire GL54 5LB

For more information about the place see - Winchcombe
For Places to Stay see - Winchcombe Accommodation

Show 2014

22 to 23 August 2014 - 35th Annual Frocester Beer Festival

The annual Frocester Beer Festival is run in conjuction with Frocester Cricket Club at the cricket club's ground in the hamlet of Frocester near Stonehouse, Stroud.

There is parking and a camp-site (with public amenities, but non reservable pitches), a stage with a complete programme of live music throughout the festival, hot food, and most importantly, over 100 different cask-conditioned real ales from more than 50 breweries around the UK.  There is also a large selection of wines along with cider and perry.  Over the years this event has proved to be a highlight in many people's calendar, and has been a very successful way for us to raise further money for charity.

Frocester Beer Festival

22 to 23 August 2014


Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival

Tewkesbury School, Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury School, Tewkesbury GL20 8DF

Sunday 17th August  2014

**     Bar       ***       Ice Creams       ***      BBQ      ***    Amusements      **

Entry £5 per Adult       Children Free     For all enquiries please contact Rob Davies 01386 725477


25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday) - Berkeley Agricultural Show

One of the country’s traditional Shows. Livestock, food halls, displays, demonstrations, trade stands in the grounds of Berkeley Castle.

Opening/Closing Times: Monday 9-5pm. Admission: £8 Adult, OAP's & Kids £5, Family £20, £10 for a car on the showground.
For further information call the Show Secretary, Christine Carter,
on: 01453 543 335. Website:

Berkeley Agricultural Show

25 August 2014


25 August 2014 - Bourton Football in the River

Take your places on the banks of the river Windrush in
Bourton-on-the-Water for Football in the River 2014 kicks off once again on bank holiday Monday.

A fete will be held from 11am, with the football match kicking-off at 4pm.


Entries of Pedigrees, Novelties, Greyhounds and Crossbreeds from 10:30 am Judging in rings 1, 2 and 3 at 11:30 am Entries for Obedience 9:30 am Judging in Rings 4 and 5 at 10:30 am.  Entry Fees For ALL Classes £1.50

There will be stalls and the Village Club will be open for food and drink (all exceptionally reasonably priced).  Parking on same field as rings.

Dumblelton Village Club, Golden Hay, Main Street,
Dumbleton, Worcs. WR11 7TH


29 August to 31 August 2014 - The Big Festival

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Blur bass player Alex James once again present music, food and family event The Big Feastival which returns to the Cotswolds for the third year.

The Big Feastival, a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm.

Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Keep little and big kids happy in the fun-filled Little Dudes Den, join an arts & crafts workshop, enjoy the Big Top games or take a spin round the vintage funfair.

Come for the day, camp for the weekend or go glamping for a special treat!

Location: Alex James’ farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ


For accommodation see - Places to Stay Kingham; Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton.

For further information about the place see - Places to Visit Kingham


Sunday 31st August 2014 - Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Bingham Hall, Cirencester

Cirencester toy and train fair is a new and exciting medium sized, predominately vintage toy & train collectors fair.

It is situated in the beautiful historic Bingham hall in Cirencester which is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds (so you can do a little shopping after the fair).

There are approximately 100 tables of quality early toys and collectibles with a real variety from the 1950,s through to 1980's,specializing in die cast (including corgi, dinky , spot on etc), railway from full train sets to single items of rolling stock, right through to action man and similar action figures, also something different for the every day collector.


Places to Stay: Cirencester Accommodation




28 August 2014 to 31 August 2014 - DIDMARTON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Kemble Airfield, Nr Cirencester, Glos

Didmarton is the premier festival of its kind in the UK and incorporates a variety of genres including, folk, blues, rockabilly and all things acoustic.

Established 23 years ago, Didmarton is undoubtedly the friendliest festival you will attend all year with two stages, bonfires, banjo's, great food and the cheapest beer on the festival circuit!

Saturday 6 September 2014 - Whittington Village Show

Whittington Show

A traditional village show in a small Cotswold village 5 miles east of Cheltenham. This show has been going over 40 years!

Location : Whittington, Cheltenham, GL54 4HD
Date : Saturday 06 September 2014
Time : 2 – 5 pm

•  Fun Dog Show
•  Whittington Printing Press open
•  Whittington Church and Court (Grade 1 listed house) open
•  Gloucestershire Constabulary Band, Tractors, Crafts, Classic cars
•  Show exhibits in Photography, Cookery, Flowers, Produce, Handicrafts and Children’s sections.
•  Stalls, Teas, Cakes, local Produce, Organic Beef, BBQ, Skittles, Bric-a-brac, Books, Raffle
Free Admission. Car Parking available £1.50.
We look forward to seeing you there!


6 to 7 September  2014 - Prescott Hill Cimb - British & Midland Championships Weekend.

The Prescott Gold Cup Weekend

The 17 round series runs from Scotland to Devon and from the Channel Islands to Northern Ireland and features a huge variety of cars from humble saloons through to F1-engined, purpose built single-seaters running within a class structure. Come and see the fastest cars and drivers on what is often the deciding round of the Championship 

Other attractions: Bugatti Car Handicap, Prescott ‘B’ Licence Challenge, Shell Fuels Hill Climb Championship, Y Gelli Book Auctions Challenge Trophy, 2nd round of the Midland Hill Climb Championship, Prescott Gold Cup,  Paul Matty Sportscars Classic Championship and the NHCA Motor Cycles 

The Prescott Gold Cup is open to all members of the Bugatti Owners Club. At the beginning of the season times are set for each class. Competitors who beats the target time for his or her class by the greatest margain over the three national events, wins the acolade. This is the decider!

Phone: 0044 (0)1242 673136 or 679796


Prescott Speed Hill Climb

For Lodgings see:-

Winchcombe Accommodation
Cheltenham Accommodation
Broadway Accommodation
Evesham Accommodation


6th SEPTEMBER 2014 - Moreton-in-Marsh Agricultural and Horse Show

The Moreton-in-Marsh Show is a traditional one day Agricultural and Horse Show and the leading agricultural event in the County. It is held in the extreme north of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds on the first Saturday in September each year.

Competitions are held for horses, ponies, cattle [including the National Show of Poll Hereford cattle], sheep [including the National Show of Cotswold Sheep], goats, poultry, dogs, homecrafts, flowers, vegetables and even scarecrows.   Around 250 tradestands provide everything from a tractor to a toy and a wide selection of food and drink - both to eat at once and to take home.

Telephone:  08708 777409


6th & 7th 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


Sunday September 7th from 11am - 4pm - Tetbury Classic Car Show

At the Dolphin Hall and Memorial Recreation Ground, Tetbury, Glos. Supporting the Stroud based charity ALLSORTS

The event website is 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.

Tetbury Tourist Information


11th to 14th September 2014 -
The Blenheim International Horse Trials

One of the world's premier three-star three-day events. Set in the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace, at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and with the Palace as the back drop for all main arena action, the horse trials  offers a fabulous opportunity to see some of the world's finest riders and their horses compete against one another in a truly spectacular environment.


13th September 2014 - Newent Onion Fayre

The Newent Onion Fayre is back once again, complete with the opportunity to witness the world-famous onion eating competition with your very own teary eyes.

More Information: Onion Fayre

14th September 2014 - Frampton Country Fair
Frampton on Severn, Glos. 10am to 5.30pm.

7th September 2014 - Chippenham Half Marathon

The race that was voted 5th in the Runners World Top 10 Half Marathons of 2013 is back for 2014!!

** Race #10 in the Wiltshire Road Race League 2014 **

If you want to be part of this years race then book
Start Time: 09:30, Cost: £15 affiliated, £17 unaffiliated


19 September to 21 September 2014 - Charlbury Street Fair

Charlbury Street Fair 2012The main purpose of Street  Fair, whilst entertaining visitors and locals alike,  is to raise money for the upkeep of The Corner House and the War Memorial Hall, the two community buildings that play such an important part in the lives of so many people in and around Charlbury.

Street Fair has taken place in Charlbury since the early 1950s and this year we are extremely pleased to announce that Charlbury’s very own Miss Oxfordshire Inspiration – Layla Claridge will be carrying out the formal opening at 2pm on Saturday 21st Sept.

Friday 19th
6:30pm - Egg Throwing Competition outside the Rose & Crown, Church Street, Charlbury

Saturday 20th  
1:30pm – Children’s Fancy Dress Competition on the Playing Close, Charlbury
1:45pm – Children’s Parade from the Playing Close to Church Street
2:00pm Grand Opening by Miss Oxfordshire Inspiration = Layla Claridge and our own Street Fair King and Queen – Amie Cooper and Mitch Ward
2:00pm to 5:00pm – Afternoon entertainment including:-

    • Fairground Amusements & Rides
    • Children’s Electric Go-Karts
    • Tina’s Dance Troupe
    • Morris Dancing
    • Punch & Judy
    • Sol Samba – Oxford’s Brazilian Carnival Band
    • Vintage and Classic Cars
    • Charlbury Fire Engine
    • …and much more!

5:00pm – Grand Auction
7:00pm – Evening Entertainment – Music, singing and dancing in Church Street

Sunday 21st
10:30am - 10K Run and 5K Fun Run or Walk through Glorious Cornbury Park by kind permission of Lord & Lady Rotherwick.

Visit for further information or email

Sunday 14th September 2014 - Pig Face Day at Avening

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 about 10pm.

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 or tel. 01453 836390.


12th to 21st September 2014 - Jane Austen Festival Bath

Throughout Bath events are organised by the Jane Austen Festival team under the guidance of Jackie Herring the Festival Director. Entrance to each event is by ticket and those go on sale at the Bath Festivals Box Office a few months before the start. Becoming a Friend of the Jane Austen Festival ensures you get first choice of tickets, essential for those events with limited numbers.

The most spectacular day each year is the first Saturday, when the festival officially ‘opens’ with the Regency Costumed Promenade through the streets of Bath. Promenaders from all over the world dress in 18th Century attire led by our Town Crier and accompanied by soldiers and sailors adding extra colour to the proceedings.



20 September 2014 - Greener Gloucestershire Festival at Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH, noon to 5pm

Celebrating sustainability across Gloucestershire.

Featuring Cheltenham Connect Village Show - Family Fun - Music Workshops - Real Ales & Cider - Farmers Market

The Greener Gloucestershire Project is run by the University of Gloucestershire Students' Union, as part of their successful bid to the NUS
'Students' Green Fund.
Greener Gloucestershire aims to deliver transformative, student led sustainability projects with real impact and legacy.


Greener Gloucestershire logo

21 September 2014 - Clypping Ceremony at St Mary's Church, Painswick.

This is held on Feast Sunday, the Sunday after Feast of Nativity of St Mary. The church is 'clypped' or embraced by parishioners while the 'Clypping Hymn' is sung.

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.

Further details - Clypping Ceremony


27 September 2014 - Nearly New Clothes Sale, Ilmington

Refresh your wardrobe at the fabulous Nearly New Clothes Sale at Ilmington Village Hall on Saturday 27 September, 11am-4pm. Quality second-hand items for ladies, gents and children. Please come along to grab a bargain and support this charity fundraising event for Ilmington Village Hall.

Plus, teas and cakes by Ilmington WI.

Further details at


28th September 2014 - Chippy Jazz And Music

Chipping Norton Jazz and Music Festival

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
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.

About the town - Chipping Norton

Places to Stay - Chipping Norton Accommodation




Sat 4 to Sun 5 October 2014 - American Classic Autum Weekend at Prestcott Hill Climb

This all American Stars and Stripes weekend celebrates the biggest, brightest, and brashest cars this side of the pond. Special display of American car clubs and motorcycles from Pontiacs, Mustangs, Cadillac's, Chevy's to Flatheads, Hotrods, Indian's, Harley's and Custom Choppers. 

Entry list for Saturday 5th October & Sunday 6th October - tbc
Gates open 8.30am
Dedicated American Car Lot Parking in the Orchard

The Paddock will be buzzing with hot rockin' music from The Bravo Boys, show cars, and high octane entertainment. Special performances include stilt walkers, vegas showgirls and the legendary Demon Drome Wall of Death motorcycle show (the oldest wall of death in existance). The Demon Drome use original 1920's Indian Motorcycles as they perform death defying tricks and stunts on a vertical raceway just inches from your eyes. (All entertainment is included in the admission price).

Sunday: Bugatti Owners', Vintage Sports Car Club, 500 Owners Association, Austin Healey Club, Aston Martins Owners Club, HSCC, Historic BMW, Historic AM, MGCC, TVR Club, Morgan Sports Cars ‘Techniques’ Speed Championship. The Revington TR Register Speed and Paul Matty Sportscars Classic Championships.

This event also celebrates Prescott's end of season party, with live band and American finger lickin food in the Clubhouse.

Prescott Speed Hill Climb

For Lodgings see:-

Winchcombe Accommodation
Cheltenham Accommodation
Broadway Accommodation
Evesham Accommodation



2 October to 5 October 2014 - 12th Tetbury Musical Festival

The full programme is available now.

About the Town - Tetbury

Accommodation - Tetbury Places to Stay


Orchard Harvest Day at Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane BS36 1SE.
Sunday 5 October from 11am - 4pm. Part of the South Gloucestershire "Discover Festival".

Discover the bounty of our orchards and the amazing heritage we have in local skills, crafts and food. Watch cider being made the traditional way.  See apples crushed in the Victorian stone mill, powered by horse, and then taken to the ancient wooden cider press in the barn for pressing. The juice goes into large wooden barrels, but nothing is wasted - Gloucester Old Spot pigs will be on hand to eat the apple pomace. And you can sample the results!

See local rural skills and drafts demonstrated including hurdle-making, wood craft, dry-stone walling, basket-making, spinning and felting.

Watch the farrier at work.  See static steam engines, enjoy Winterbourne Down Border Morris, and for the first time at the Barn watch Ferret-racing!   Pigs, geese, ducks, turkeys, and Llamas will also be on display, and there will be special activities and games for children.

The Barn showcases excellent local craftsmen and food producers. You can eat Cotswold lamb and venison burgers, pasties, cheese, cakes, ice cream and more, and drink locally-brewed beers and cider.  Or just enjoy a cup of tea from the barn cafe.

All this and of course the opportunity to see inside the magnificent medieval barn, a triumph of local medieval craftsmen with its roof timbers dating back to 1342. Orchard Harvest Day offers something for all ages, and makes a really good day out for the whole family for only £2 for adults and free for accompanied under 16s. Please do not park on the narrow lane. Off-road parking is available in the field next to the Barn, and local disabled charity "Pauls Place" will charge £2 per vehicle.

For more details of the history of the barn or how to get involved as a volunteer with the Trust, visit the website
Web -


5 October 2014 - Attic Sale at The Painswick Centre

Get all you unwanted knickknacks, get yourself a table (£10) and sell, sell, sell!

Or… Get you early prezzies ready for Christmas in the ultimate ‘up-cycling’ experience! “One mans’ Junk is another mans’ treasure!”

Or… Grab yourself a bacon butty, or a piece of cake and a nice cup of tea or coffee!

The Painswick Centre, Bisley Street, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 6QQ.



8 to 12 October 2014 - Horse of the Year Show at the NEC

The UK's biggest indoor equestrian event, Horse of the Year Show.
Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), which takes place at The NEC.

NEC hosts the finals of the most highly regarded national showing and show jumping championships and celebrates the end of the competitive season in true style with five days action packed with all things equestrian. From stunning displays to tense competition to endless shopping HOYS is a spectacular not to missed.



12 October 2014 - Italian Market at Bradford-on-Avon

On Sunday 12th October we will be bringing our market to Bradford on Avon. We'll be setting up in Bridge Street car park and open from 9am until everyone goes home!

Italian market at Bradford-on-Avon

Please come along and take a look at what Italy really has to offer. Our prices are lower than other outlets and markets. In fact they are almost the same price you would expect to pay in Italy, but with no need to take a flight! Just pop on the bus, jump in the car or take a stroll down to Bridge Street car park.

About us

So many things can be associated with Italy such as fast cars, sunshine and football, but undoubtedly the biggest thing is food. Italy's passion and love for food is second to none. Discussions about how to cook pasta sauces and what goes with what start on the school playground and becomes part of the culture as you grow up.

Italia in piazza shares this passion and love for food. We bring you real Italian food, made in Italy, right to your neighbourhoods throughout England. And when we say made in Italy we mean real Italian foods served by real Italians! The only market of its kind in the country.



16 to 25 October 2014 - Stratford-upon-Avon Music Festival

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.


3 to 12 October 2014 - The Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014 promises to be a world renowned 10-day celebration of reading, writing and authors once again this autumn – with guest speakers set to include literary legends, politicians, designers, comedians and stars of the stage and screen.

See more at:

Box Office 0844 576 7979 -


18 October 2014 - Gala Charity Concert with Christ Church Choir at Christ Church, Malvern Road, Cheltenham, GL50 6JH

Dame Felicity Lott returns to Cheltenham ….
Cheltenham once again welcomes world-renowned soprano, Dame Felicity Lott, when she returns to Christ Church, Malvern Road on Saturday 18th October 2014.  She will perform in a Gala Charity Concert with Christ Church Choir, directed by Timothy Ingold.

Dame Felicity LottDame Felicity, or ‘Flott’, was born in Cheltenham into a family of amateur musicians and sang in Christ Church Choir during the mid-sixties whilst a pupil at Pate’s Grammar School for Girls. She has always maintained her strong links with the town.

From an early age she learnt piano and violin, and whilst at school took her first singing lessons with Ursula Hughes before studying at Royal Holloway College, University of London and Royal Academy of Music, where she spent four years, leaving in 1973 with the Principal’s Prize. Then she launched into a successful career as an international artiste on the concert platform and operatic stage.

The programme will contain songs in French and English, including work by Benjamin Britten as well as the Vivaldi Gloria and Schubert’s Mass in G.  Dame Felicity will also sing a duet with local soprano, Melissa Friessner-Day.

Her accompanist for the concert will be Sebastian Whybrew, a graduate scholar of the Royal College of Music who has been described by the Telegraph as being ‘out of the top drawer of young musicians’.

Proceeds from the concert will be equally divided between three charities: the Cobalt Health 50th Anniversary Appeal, Music in Hospitals (of which Dame Felicity is Patron) and the Christ Church Fabric and Maintenance Fund.

Tickets £20 Centre Nave & Gallery seat or £15, some seats with restricted view all unreserved Available on the door and in advance from the following:-

Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Clarence Street, Cheltenham. Tel No: 01242-237431 (Op 3)

SHOWCASE 13 - 15 Montpellier Arcade, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham. 01242 224144

Musical Instruments (Cheltenham) Ltd 52 Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham. 01242 517635

Church Parish Office 10.00am until 1.30pm Monday to Fridays 01242 578163


Saturday 18th October 2014 - Chadlington Apple Day, 12-3.30-pm Memorial Hall

Apple Day is a British calendar event all about celebrating the vast array of apple varieties.

Chadlington is one of the few Cotswold villages to host an Apple Day event. It's a local charity fundraising day designed to celebrate the diversity of apples within the context of Autumn and rural life in the beautiful Cotswolds.

There will be a hog roast with home-made apple sauce, apple cider, freshly-pressed apple juice, apple pies, apple cakes and much more. If you are lucky enough to have apple trees or are interested in growing apples, Andy Howard from Heritage Fruit Trees will be on hand for the afternoon to answer all your questions.

You will also find bee experts on hand, rural crafts such as willow weaving and spinning, pottery and wood carving not to mention market stalls packed full of fresh, seasonal produce and hand-made crafts. And, of course, plenty to do for little kids, big kids and grown-ups-with-the-big-kid-inside such as apple bobbing, apple and spoon races, welly-wanging, tug of war, and even a jousting horse.

It's a great day for everyone. Unless you're an apple. So bring your bunch for lunch! 


Thursday 23 October 2014 - This year's second Gypsy Horse Fair at Stow-on-the-Wold.

The gypsy horse fair attracts hundreds of sightseers to Stow twice a year. Gipsies gather from all corners of England for a meet and greet and hundreds of horses are paraded and sold, all in one day. It's quite a site! So how did it all begin and why Stow-on-the-Wold. As you might expect, when dealing with a Cotswold tradition, you have to go back a very long way.

More information:

For video of the fair see -

More info - Places to Visit Stow-on-the-Wold

Places to Stay - Stow Accommodation


Monday 27th October 2014 - 5 Valleys Fireworks at Marling Playing Fields, Cainscross, Stroud, GL5 4HE

5 Valleys FireworksThe 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.



31 October 2014 - Halloween Party at Painswick Centre

Bring the kids along for fun party games such as ‘pin the tail on the Monster’,’ Apple bobbing’ and ‘Dangling Donuts’, as well as face Painting and Spooky disco! (Snacks provided, drinks available to purchace.)

Tickets £4 (All Children must be accompanied by an adult)

The Painswick Centre, Bisley Street, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 6QQ.






Parking,fairground rides and stalls. bbq burgers and hot dogs. jacket potatoes. mulled wine  hot and cold drinks and lots more!

ALL proceeds to Hanborough Manor School, Long Hanborough Playgroup, Preschool and Scouts Jamboree.

Saturday 8th November 2014 at 7:30pm – Beethoven Missa SolemnisCheltenham Town Hall

The Cheltenham Bach Choir will be combining with the Göttinger Stadtkantorei for this performance of Beethoven’s choral masterpiece, the Missa Solemnis. The Göttinger Stadtkantorei is a highly regarded choir from Cheltenham’s twin town of Göttingen, in Lower Saxony. For this performance, the combined choirs will be joined by the Regency Sinfonia and an outstanding line-up of soloists: Helen Semple (soprano), Susanna Spicer (mezzo soprano), Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and Michael Bundy (bass). The concert will be conducted by Dr. Bernd Eberhardt, director of the Göttinger Stadtkantorei

Tickets £10, £25, £12.50 and £10 (students £8) are available from the Cheltenham Town Hall box office 0844 576 2210 or online from


Wed 12th November 2014 - 7.00pm to 9.30pm Redmarley Village Hall

A relaxed evening of Christmas shopping in the lovely rural village of Redmarley. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies as your browse and explore over 25 stalls showcasing wonderful Gloucestershire food, drink and crafts. Stocking fillers and presents for all the family, great selection of individual and handmade gifts.

Free entry and free parking, raffle and Tombola on the night. All proceeds to Redmarley Under 5's registered charity

14 November 2014 - Nailsworth Rotary Club Supporting the Philippine Community Fund (PCF)

PCF is reducing child labour on the dumps of the Philippines through a simple idea, collect ring-pulls from drinks cans.

We are holding a event on Friday 14th November at The Egypt Mill, Nailsworth - 6.30 - 8.00 pm - Jane Walker MBE founder of the charity will tell her remarkable story, almost 1,000 children are now in school, no longer working on the dump sites.

Beautiful handbags, jewellery and accessories will be on sale, made by the families of children on the dumps. All money raised contributes to the cost of education, health and wellbeing of the children and their families. The items make wonderful Christmas gifts, it's a great way to support an amazing charity - and join our growing group of ring-pull collectors!

Rotary Club Nailsworth

Club of Nailsworth


14, 15, 16 November 2014 - 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.



15 November 2014, 7.30pm - Cantores Chamber Choir Concert at Malmesbury Abbey, Gloucester Street, Malmesbury SN16 0AA

Ancient and Modern - Cantores Chamber Choir with David Whitehead – organ.

Cantores' Autumn programme "Ancient and Modern" focuses on two periods of sacred choral music; the Renaissance and our own time. As usual, John Holloway has put together and interesting and varied programme.

For the Ancient we go back to the 16th century, the height of the English Renaissance with Thomas Tallis' "Lamentations of Jeremiah" and "Lullaby" by William Byrd. At the same time in Rome, Tomas Luis de Victoria was composing his "Ave Maria" and Allegri's "Miserere" was being sung every year during Holy Week, in the Sistine Chapel.

The Modern is represented by four living composers: Gabriel Jackson's "Missa Sanctae Margaretae" (first performance 2010), two "Strathclyde Motets" by James MacMillan, Jonathan Dove's "Seek him that maketh the seven stars" and "Northern Lights" by Ola Gjeilo.

Web: - tickets costing £12 on the door or £10 online and free for under 16s.


15 November 2014 - Fairford and District Choral Society
at St Mary's Church

" With Songs to the Battle" commemorating World War 1.

Fairford and District Choral Society conducted by John Read will perform the premiere of his Pilgrim Mass, Haydn's Mass in Time of War and a selection of First World War Songs on Saturday 15th November in St Marys Church Fairford,starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (under 18 £5 ) and available to purchase online at or Fairford Antiques 01285 712094 or 850006.


22 November 2014, 7.30pm - Cantores Chamber Choir Concert at Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NX

Ancient and Modern - Cantores Chamber Choir with David Whitehead – organ.

Cantores' Autumn programme "Ancient and Modern" focuses on two periods of sacred choral music; the Renaissance and our own time. As usual, John Holloway has put together and interesting and varied programme.

For the Ancient we go back to the 16th century, the height of the English Renaissance with Thomas Tallis' "Lamentations of Jeremiah" and "Lullaby" by William Byrd. At the same time in Rome, Tomas Luis de Victoria was composing his "Ave Maria" and Allegri's "Miserere" was being sung every year during Holy Week, in the Sistine Chapel.

The Modern is represented by four living composers: Gabriel Jackson's "Missa Sanctae Margaretae" (first performance 2010), two "Strathclyde Motets" by James MacMillan, Jonathan Dove's "Seek him that maketh the seven stars" and "Northern Lights" by Ola Gjeilo.

Web: - tickets costing £12 on the door or £10 online and free for under 16s.


22 November to 21 December 2014 - West Ox Arts

Bampton-based West Ox Arts will be giving over its gallery to a wonderful range of Christmas Arts and Crafts from 22 November to 21 December. The works, all of which are for sale, include original paintings, prints, cards, photography, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. The Gift Fair opens with mulled wine and mince pies for its late night opening from 6.00 to 9.00 pm on Saturday 22nd November. Admission is free.

West Ox Arts’ gallery is upstairs in the Town Hall at Bampton, Oxfordshire. Gallery hours are 10.30 to 4.30 Tuesday to Saturday and 2-4 on Sundays. The gallery can be contacted by phone on 01993 850137, email and its website has up-to-date details of workshops and events:
West Ox Arts

Sunday 23rd November 2014 at 7.30pm - The Burford Singers - Mozart Requiem and Lauridsen Lux Aeterna at The Church of St John the Baptist, Church Green, Burford, OX18 4RY

Conductor Brian Kay
Cotswold Chamber Orchestra
Leader Kate Bailey
Emily Vine – soprano
Angharad Lyddon – mezzo
Gareth Treseder – tenor
Frederick Long - bass

Tickets reserved at £20, £16, £12.50 and unreserved £10, Students half price Postal booking opens on 18 September 2014 Booking in person opens on 8 November 2014 from The Madhatter Bookshop, 122 High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ. Telephone booking opens on 25 September 2014 - 01993 822412.

Mozart's Requiem remains one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire and music from our own time – Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna – has quickly established a special place in the affection of singers and audiences alike, with its beautifully-written message of eternal light in the human spirit.

Website -
Booking form -


27 November 2013 to 14 December 2014 - Bath Christmas Market

Running for the second time due to the popularity of public demand set between the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.

The Chiristmas Market showcases a range of handmade products in over 120 traditional wooden chalets and last year's event attracted circa 300,000 visitors over the 18 days. Web:

For Places to Stay see - Bath Accommodation

Christmas Market at Bath

Father Christmas and BBC TV chef heading to a foodie
Christmas fayre in Temple Guiting on 22nd November 2014

The picturesque village of Temple Guiting will hold its Christmas fayre this year on Saturday 22nd November 2014 from 12.00 until 3.00pm.

Father Christmas, known for his love of food, will be making an appearance, welcoming children into his grotto – and chef Emily Watkins from BBC’s Great British Menu, and chef proprietor at the Kingham Plough, is selling some delicious Christmas specialities: home-made venison and fennel salami, medlar jelly, black-pudding and chocolate & salted caramel truffles.

Organiser Sophia Upton says: “Building on the popularity of our annual summer fete, we’re pleased to be able to offer a traditional Christmas village fayre, with lots of present stalls, raffle, tombola and plenty of seasonal refreshments.”

Refreshments include warm sausage rolls, mulled wine, mince pies, Yule log , teas and coffees, as well as Emily Watkins’ hand-made ready to eat Scotched eggs and hand-raised pork pies.

Stalls include Temple Guiting Christmas puddings and brandy butter, Lovett pies, Ella’s toy shop, Alexandra Woods artist, puppets, Adam Tatlow wildlife photography, Pampered Chef cookware and bespoke jewellery.

Children are well catered for, with the chance to decorate cupcakes, make magic sand decorations, and try their luck on the chocolate tombola. Father Christmas will be relieved to know that reindeer food is also available.

The fayre takes place in Temple Guiting village hall and parking is free.

All proceeds will go to Temple Guiting Church of England school.


Friday 28th November 2014 - Broadway Late Night Christmas Shopping

5.30 - 8.30 pm
A host of festivities for all the family including carol singers, swing band, horse & carriage rides, street entertainers, pig roast, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and much, much more!

For Places to Stay see - Broadway Accommodation


29 November 2014 - Cheltenham Choral Society Hadyn Concert at St Matthew’s Church

The Cheltenham Choral Society is looking forward to their upcoming November concert, where they will be performing ‘The Creation’ by Franz Joseph Haydn. This oratorio was written in the 1790s and tells the Christian story of the creation of Earth in three main parts – ‘The Representation of Chaos’, the six days of creation and the story of Adam and Eve. It includes such well known movements as ‘The Heavens are Telling’ and ‘Achieved is the Glorious Work’. The Choral Society will be joined by soloists Hannah Davey, Paul Tompkins and Brian Pursey, and the English Concertante Orchestra, conducted by Ian Higginson.

The concert takes place on Saturday 29th November 2014 at 7:30 pm at St Matthew’s Church, Clarence St, Cheltenham, GL50 3PL. Tickets cost £14  (under 13s free) and are available from:
 Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Clarence St, Cheltenham, Tel  01242 237431 (Op 3);

Cheltenham Choral Society Tel 01242 580596, email

Saturday 29 November 2014 - Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas

Moreton's 5th Christmas Market with over 50 stalls lining the High Street selling a great selection of Christmas gifts and food including soaps, candles, jewellery, hand made products for the home, wooden gifts, festive wreaths & garlands to name a few. Further Charity and Local Organisation stalls in the Redesdale Hall, also from 9 am. Local singers and carol singing by the local schools will be on the stage during the day. Carol Service in the afternoon followed by the arrival of Father Christmas & Light Switch-On. Father Christmas will then be in his Grotto in The Redesdale Hall for Children to visit him.

Starts at 9 am Free Entry If you are interested in having a Market Stall or Charity/Local Organisation Stall please contact Maria at for more information.


Saturday November 29th, 2014 - Dumbleton Christmas Fayre 10:00am to 3:30pm

This Christmas Fayre is set in the delightful Cotswold village of Dumbleton (WR11 7TH).

Dumbleton Christmas FayreYou 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.

For more information about this event or if you are interested in having a stall email or call 07788 562301.





Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - Late Night Christmas Shopping at Winchcombe

Join us this December for our Christmas Late Night Shopping event.

The town will be alive from 5pm with festive entertainment, including choirs, dancing, bell ringing and a Mummer’s Play. Buy gifts from interesting shops and stalls. See Santa in the Guide Hall and enjoy the start of our Advent Festival with events all through December. For full information visit


Friday 5 December 2014 - Broadway Late Night Christmas Shopping

5.30 - 8.30 pm
A host of festivities for all the family including carol singers, swing band, horse & carriage rides, street entertainers, pig roast, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and much, much more!

For Places to Stay see - Broadway Accommodation



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.

For Places to Stay see - Bourton-on-the-Water Accommodation


Saturday 6 December, 7.30pm - Dean & Chadlington Christmas Concert - Craig Ogden & Friends

Venue: St Nicholas Church, Chadlington
Box Office: 01608 676685 / 07980 268213 /

The event is a fundraiser for Chadlington School with all proceeds going to the school.


9 December 2014 - Cheltenham Choral Society

Cheltenham Choral Society and Deerhurst & Apperley CofE Primary School Choir Major Pipework Recorder Ensemble perform at Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham on Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Under 13s £5 all unreserved from Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office, 0844 576 2210 E:


12 December 2014 - A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Actor James Hornsby (star of West End theatre and TV) presents Charles Dickens' magical festive story, A Christmas Carol, at Ilmington Village Hall on Friday 12 December at 7.30pm. 

Doors/bar open from 7pm.
Tickets, priced £7.50 (£5 for under-16s), are available from Brian Lighthill (01608 682048) or visit Ilmington Village Hall website.


Saturday 13th December, 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

Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgrave, Banbury, OX17 2SD


Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December 2014
'Carols in the Barn' at Winterbourne Medieval Barn

The final community event of the year at Winterbourne Barn will be the ever-popular 'Carols in the Barn' in conjunction with neighbouring St Michaels Church.  Come and sing along with traditional carols and watch the drama group tell the Christmas story in their own special way.  Seating is unreserved and the performance starts at 4pm.  Gates open at 3.30pm so that visitors can collect a cup of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie, which is all included in the ticket price of just £2 for adults and £1 for children. Tickets are limited and usually sell out in advance, so buy early!  They can be obtained in person from Daisy's Cafe on Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne or by ringing 01454 774479.

The Barn is an unheated medieval agricultural building so please wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear. A torch may be useful. Parking on site and on the narrow lane is limited so please walk if you possibly can. It is a lovely walk down Church Lane from Winterbourne High Street.  If you do need to bring a car, please enter Church Lane from the Beacon Lane end only (ie. one way system exiting onto Winterbourne High Street) to avoid traffic chaos.  
More information about the medieval barn is available on the website
Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) is a registered charity.

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