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  • We are the World's largest Internet resource for the Cotswolds

  • 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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The Calendar of Cotswolds Events and Festivals, 'What's On' and 'Things to Do' covers events staged in the English counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Somerset making up the Cotswolds and would be of interest to the tourist visiting and holidaying in the region.

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30 January 2016 at 7.30pm - Beethoven Early Piano Sonatas by Christopher Sayles at Parish Church of St. John Baptist, Cirencester

Entrance Free



10 January to 28 February 2016, Saturdays and Sundays only - Slimbridge Floodlit Swan Feed

Enjoy the magical winter spectacle of thousands of wild birds and Bewick's swans wintering on Swan Lake in floodlight.

Listen to the warden’s commentary from the heated comfort of the observatory and discover how we identify each Bewick's swan individually.

Time:    6.15pm for 6.30 feed

Cost:    Adults £6; Children £4

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







26, 27 & 28th February 2016 - Oxford International Art Fair, Town Hall,
St. Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

The Global Art Agency presents the third "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

12 to 14 February 2016 - Cheltenham Folk Three Festival

Folk Three is back for 2016 with another line up of some of the best talent from the Folk music scene. Blending the contemporary with the traditional, Folk Three is unmissable for both emerging and established folk music lovers!

Folk Three at Cheltenham Town Hall. The new format consists of three headline acts and three support acts, with DJ entertainment before each concert, during the intervals and afterwards, bringing a contemporary dimension to a previously traditional format. A pop-up bar will be located at the back of the Main Hall, serving drinks throughout the concert, enhancing the experience with a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

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



Saturday 13 February 2016 - Chocolate Making in Gloucestershire
by Chocolate Tree

Love chocolate?  Then come and join us for our 2 to 2.5 hour chocolate class, where we will  feed your chocolate passion. You will have the opportunity to work with Belgian chocolate, learn some basic techniques and have the opportunity to sample too.

You will learn how to make truffle fillings and develop skills in piping, rolling, dipping, coating and decorating. Altogether you will make 32 truffles, with your choice of fillings and coatings.  Each truffle will be double coated in Belgian chocolate too.

We will also look at

  • the different types of chocolate, along with tastings
  • the use of moulds
  • the method for tempering chocolate

And finally, you can indulge in gift wrapping before taking your delicious creations home.
These workshops are set in a relaxed atmosphere and are suitable for all age groups and levels of experience. 
Course Dates 2016  Sat Feb 13th, Sat March 12th,  Sat July 2nd,  Sat Oct 1st
Venue – Sherdons Golf Centre, Tredington, nr Tewkesbury
Time 2 – 4pm approx
Cost – £43
Please book online @

Chocolate Tree logo


Chocolate making




Wednesday 2 March 2016

The Individual as Artist and Sitter

Speaker: Daphne Todd OBE - portrait painter and the first femal President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Daphne is renowned as one of Britain's most original portraitists and had her
fifth exhibition with Messums which ran concurrently with The Big Painting
Challenge on the BBC, when she was one of the judges. She will tell us about her career, methods of work and the BBC programme.

To be held at:-
The Orchard Room, Highgrove House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
by kind permission of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 2.15 pm.

Tickets are £28 each, non-refundable, to include refreshments and cakes.
Please contact Gill Ashley 01666 840993.
All proceeds will be given to The Prince's Charitable Foundation


Daphne Todd OBE
Roy Baker

26 February to 6 March 2016 - Independent Bath Literature Festival

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

Welcome to The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2016. It’s our 21st Anniversary so we’re really pushing the boat out this year.

The full 2016 Festival Programme (of 130+ events) are available to view online below. Priority booking starts 5 Jan (members) General Booking 18 Jan 2016

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

For Places to Stay near Bath see - Bath Accommodation


St John Passion – J.S. Bach

Saturday 12th March 2016 at 7:30pm  -  Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NX

Bach's St John Passion is surely one of the greatest pieces of oratorio ever written. Dramatic choruses, arias of deep anguish and huge hope, and all the drama of the story, narrated by the Evangelist, with Christ and Pilate, Peter and the crowd interacting throughout, the story has never been so brilliantly or concisely told.

The performance by the Cheltenham Bach Choir will bring this all to life with some of the best young Bach singers in the country as soloists, and the superb Corelli Orchestra conducted by music director David Crown. Performed in the wonderful setting of Cirencester Parish Church, this is a concert not to be missed.

Tickets: £18  (£8 concessions) available from the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre (at the Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester) 01285 654180.
For more information please visit

For information about the town of Cirencester see - Cirencester

For Places to Stay see - Cirencester Accommodation


Saturday 12 March 2016 - Chocolate Making in Gloucestershire
by Chocolate Tree

Love chocolate?  Then come and join us for our 2 to 2.5 hour chocolate class, where we will  feed your chocolate passion. You will have the opportunity to work with Belgian chocolate, learn some basic techniques and have the opportunity to sample too.

You will learn how to make truffle fillings and develop skills in piping, rolling, dipping, coating and decorating. Altogether you will make 32 truffles, with your choice of fillings and coatings.  Each truffle will be double coated in Belgian chocolate too.

We will also look at

  • the different types of chocolate, along with tastings
  • the use of moulds
  • the method for tempering chocolate

And finally, you can indulge in gift wrapping before taking your delicious creations home.
These workshops are set in a relaxed atmosphere and are suitable for all age groups and levels of experience. 
Course Dates 2016  Sat Feb 13th, Sat March 12th,  Sat July 2nd,  Sat Oct 1st
Venue – Sherdons Golf Centre, Tredington, nr Tewkesbury
Time 2 – 4pm approx
Cost – £43
Please book online @

For Places to Stay near Tewkesbury - Tewkesbury Accommodation

Chocolate Tree logo


Chocolate making


19 March & 20 March 2016 - West Country Game Fair at Royal Bath and West Showground


Great for field sports: Shooting, fishing and gun dogs. Also a large array of country food, local producers and a Game Cookery Theatre

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


For Places to Stay near showground see - Bath Accommodation

Bath Game Fair

15 to 18 March 2016 - Cheltenham Racecourse National Hunt Festival (Gold Cup Week)

The Festival

Champion Day | 15th March 2016 | 10:30 - 18:00
Ladies Day | 16th March 2016 | 10:30 - 18:00
St Patrick’s Thursday | 17th March 2016 | 10:30 - 18:00
Gold Cup Day | 18th March 2016 | 10:30 - 18:00

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

For Late Availability accommodation see - Cheltenham Races

Cheltenham Races

19 & 20 March 2016 - Kempley Daffodil Weekend, Stalls & Raffle.

The Daffodil Way (10 miles) on both days 10:30 start
See 'Woodland Walks' for details. 41st ANNIVERSARY.

'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

Sunday 20 March 2016 - Burford Singers Spring Concert

Schubert - Mass in G
Paul Carr – Requiem for an Angel
Sunday, 20th March 2016 , 7.30pm
Church of St John the Baptist, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY

Burford Singers with: Cotswold Chamber Orchestra Leader: Kate Bailey; Robyn Allegra Parton, Soprano;
Gavin Carr, Baritone; Conductor: Brian Kay.

Burford Singers

Our Spring programme brings together a youthful Schubert mass – completed in
only one week by the teenage composer – and a lyrically moving setting of
the Requiem, written in 2006 by Paul Carr in loving memory of his mother.

Tickets reserved at £21, £17.00, £13.00, unreserved at £10.50
Postal booking (advised) opens on 7 February 2016
Telephone booking opens on 22 February 2016 from 01993 822412
Booking in person opens on 5 March 2016
The Madhatter Bookshop
122, High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ
Full details and booking form available on our website - Web:

For more info about - Burford Town

For Places to Stay see - Burford Accommodation


Easter Monday 28 March 2016 - Paxford Races NCH Point

How to find us
Bank Farm, Paxford GL55 6XS

Entry sign posted off the B4035, 2 miles east of Chipping Campden.

Gates open at 10.30 am and First Race 1pm
Entry £10.00 per person - FREE PARKING

For Places to Stay see - Chipping Campden Accommodation




8 to 10 April 2016 - BANBURY SONG & ALE WEEKEND

Banbury Folk Festival are running the 9th Banbury Song & Ale Weekend at
Drayton Leisure Golf Centre, Warwick Road, Banbury OX17 1HJ.

This event is a fundraiser for our folk festival in October.
The weekend starts at 7pm on Friday and runs until 5pm on Sunday.
The weekend is in sing-around format dispersed with surprise guests and fun & games.
On Saturday there will be a sweep-stake on The Grand National.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
The weekend costs £15

For more about the town - Banbury

For Places to Stay see - Banbury Accommodation


The Dolphins Dramatic Society Present
“Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton

This is a classic Victorian thriller set in fog-bound London in 1880 at the lower middle class home of Jack Manningham and his wife Bella. Jack and Bella recently moved to London but things are not all as they seem.

Bella is worried about the unexplained noises from the top floor, ornaments and personal possessions disappearing and sometimes reappearing in odd places - Bella can’t remember taking or moving anything.

Bella worries about her state of mind, particularly when the gas lights in the house flicker and nobody else seems to notice; is she going insane like her mother before her? Bella desperately needs someone who she can trust; then a detective appears on the scene, looking for answers to another mystery....

Venue - The Dolphins Hall, New Church Street, Tetbury.

Date's - Thursday 14 April 7.30pm; Friday 15 April 7.30pm; Saturday 16 April 7.30pm

Cost - £6.00; Adults £7.00

Box Office Tetbury Hardware, 30a London Road, Tetbury, GL8 8JL or online

For Places to Stay see - Tetbury Accommodation


21 April to 24 April 2016 - 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.

Thousands of visitors came to 2015's hugely successful event. The best and rare examples of every discipline will be showcased by many of the Association's members, creating a rich tapestry of history and culture. The fair is the perfect place to hunt for the best that the Cotswolds has to  offer, and promises to be one of the best quality events outside of London. Everything is for sale with prices ranging from £100 - £100,000.

Refreshments and Shopping

Why not make a day of your visit to the Antiques Fair by booking an Afternoon Tea or Picnic Hamper? Call 01993 813874 for more information and to book.


For information about Event location see - Blenheim Palace

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

Cotswold Antique Dealers Association

Sunday 17th April 2016 - Prescott Bike Festival

Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Nr Cheltenham GL52 9RD

  • A glorious display of a Single Marque Club and for 2016 we welcome theIndian Riders MC
  • Exclusive In Field Motorcycle Park – this year featuring Pre-1990 Motorcycles.
  • The best Stunt Show we’ve ever seen – On The Edge Trials Stunt Team

Your opportunity to get that selfie with some famous names. Our 2016 guest list includes Lightweight (650cc) TT lap record holder and 3rd fastest man round the TT circuit, James Hillier, plus Nick Sanders, Dave Hailwood, Andy Fordham (The Viking), Zoe Cano, Richard Cooper, the best of young rider talent and more.

For further event details, news or to purchase tickets please visit:

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

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


Saturday 23 April 2016 - St George's Day

St. George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag. St George's emblem was adopted by King Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.

Many English flags will be flying and events taking place across the Cotswolds and England.

Great British Asparagus Run & Evesham Celebrations

This year the main celebrations take place in Evesham to coincide with the reopening of its famous bell tower. Starting at 9:00am from the Fleece Inn in Bretforton where the finest asparagus will be transported to Evesham arriving at 10:00am where the official opening of the bell tower will take place. There will be lots of entertainment, food and asparafriends to celebrate the event and the start of the asparagus festival.

England National St George's Flag

Saturday 23 April 2016 - 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 23 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.


For Places to Stay see - Tewkesbury Accommodation


24 April to 1 May 2016 - Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival

Celebrating its 9th year The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18.

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


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


antic DISPOSITION - Production of Henry V

Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition’s critically acclaimed production of Henry V returns for a season of special performances in nine of the most beautiful buildings around the country from
26 March to 29 April 2016.

Henry V Shakespeare productionPresented in association with Shakespeare400, the production marks both the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616 and the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Following a twelve-performance run in the spectacular Elizabethan setting of Middle Temple Hall in central London from Saturday 26 March – Wednesday 6 April, the production will visit some of the UK’s finest cathedrals, including Winchester, Salisbury, Bristol, Gloucester and Worcester, as well as Christchurch Priory and Sherborne Abbey.

The tour will conclude with a special performance in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried – his tomb providing a magnificent backdrop to the production.

Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 April - Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, 7.30pm, Tickets: £20 – £30 (Under 18s £10 off)

Wednesday 27 April, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire, 7.30pm, Tickets: £20 – £30 (Under 18s £10 off)

Thursday 28 April, Worcester Cathedral, Worcestershire, 7.30pm, Tickets: £20 – £30 (Under 18s £10 off)

Friday 29 April, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, 7.30pm, Tickets: £20 – £30 (Under 18s £10 off)


For Places to Stay see - Accommodation


Friday 29 April to Monday 2nd May 2016

John Naylor

Summer Exhibition 2016


The Exhibition will be held at

THE TOWN HALL, High Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AT

9.30am - 5.00pm

John Naylor Artist
Tetbury Art Society Art Exhibition 30 April - 2 May 2016
at The Market Hall, Tetbury 10 am - 5 pm daily
Daily demonstrations at 11 am and 2 pm
Raffle: original pastel by Christine Russell



27 April to 2 May 2016 - 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

For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation

Stratford Jazz Festival

For Lodgings see:-
Cheltenham Accommodation


Sunday 1st May 2016 - The Spring Service and Ceremonial Cheese Rolling at Randwick

Saturday 7th May 2016 - Randwick Wap

(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 7th May 2016 - Randwick Wap Cheese Rolling down the hill

About the Cheese Rolling -

Wap information point: 07971 641128.

.For Places to Stay see - Tetbury accommodation


15th May 2016 - 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 1st May 2016 - 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.


5 May to 8 May 2016 - 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 7 May 2016 - Randwick Wap Procession and Fayre

Spring Service & Ceremonial Cheese Rolling 10.30am Sunday May 1st
Wap Procession and "Fayre" - Procession 12.45pm Saturday May 7th followed by "Fayre" on the Field 2pm onwards.

Fayre Attractions include Marcher Stuarts, Dog Show, and more.

The procession route includes a stop at the 'Well Leaze' where the Mayor and Queen each roll a cheese down the steep bank three times.

Evening entertainment at the Vine Tree - 8pm Sharing the Mayor's Jug and live music from B-Spoke with guest performances from the Wap Personalities

(Saturday following 1st Sunday in May) Randwick Wap.
The Procession assembles at the War Memorial, at the top of the village about half a mile above St John's Church.
For more info tel. 01453  750280 Website -

For Places to Stay see - Stroud accommodation

Cheese rolling at Randwick Wap

28 May to 29 May 2016 - Prescott LA VIE EN BLEU WEEKEND, Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington Gloucestershire

La Vie En Bleu Weekend

Prescott Hill Climbs French and Italian motoring festival
A celebration of French and Italian cars, music and entertainment.

Prescott Hill Climb will be transformed in celebration of fine French and Italian automobiles, themed entertainment, trade stalls and visiting car clubs. Plus special competition classes for French and Italian marques. 
The paddock will be packed with iconic French and Italian classic cars and supercars from a Bugatti Veyron Supersport, a Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang, the Veyron’s older cousin the Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, a Voisin or two, a LaFerrari, a Ferrari Enzo, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, a Ferrari 330 GTC, a Ferrari Fantuzzi 196S, a 1975 Maserati Khamsin, an Alpha Romeo 156 ETCC, an Alfa 1750 6C, a Lamborghini Countach Diablo TT right through to the Nelson Piquet 1990 Benetton F1 Car. 
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, the ‘Twiggy’ Miura, aptly named after its first owner Justin de Villeneuve (Twiggy’s manager in the 1960s) will also be heading to Prescott.


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


Thursday 12th May 2016 - Gypsy Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold

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

About - Gypsy Horse Fair

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

For video of the fair see -


14 May 2016 Burford, Oxfordshire 42nd Annual Levellers Day
10.30am - 3.30pm

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


Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May 2016 - Winchcombe Walking Festival

Choose from 25 different walks.

Winchcombe is a “Walkers are Welcome” town and a prime centre for people who love the outdoors, especially walking. The status is given to towns and villages that have something special to offer walkers. With pubs, shops and accommodation coupled with a lovely atmosphere and a great location, you can’t go wrong.

Winchcombe Walking FestivalThe historic town is a great walking centre and offers a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. There are town walks, historical walks or walks across the unspoilt Cotswold landscape. The variety is diverse, including a Roman villa, a Neolithic burial mound, a steam railway, common land and impressive views across to the Malvern Hills and Wales.

Alternatively there are walks where you can discover the beautiful views of the Cotswolds and the flora and fauna of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For more info see -

For Places to Stay see - Winchcombe Accommodation


20 May to 29 May 2016 - Bath International Music Festival

Preparations for Bath International Music Festival 2015 are well under way, so keep an eye out on their website for updates...
01225 463362. Web:

For Places to Stay see - Bath Accommodation


Friday 20th May 2016, 12 Noon start in St Lawrence Church, Lechlade

As part of our Serenade and Sandwiches series we are holding a very special concert:

Guy Fishman from USA will play be playing two of the great Bach solo cello suites on his 1704 Tecchler cello

As Principal Cellist of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, the oldest orchestra in the USA, Guy Fishman is one of America’s most distinguished musicians.  He is a period music specialist who lectures and teaches widely.  We are delighted that, as part of a short UK tour, he is playing for us in Lechlade.

Admission, wine and light refreshments all free then, after a chance to talk to Guy over lunch, donations will be sought in aid of St Lawrence Church, Lechlade Restoration and Maintenance Appeal

Guy Fishman from USA

Sunday 22nd May 2016

Hidden Gardens

Open Sunday 22nd May - 2.00 - 5.00pm

All proceeds support The Friends of St James' - The Longborough charity that
raises funds to preserve the fabric of our beautiful medieval church

Twenty intriguing village gardens,
large and small, to explore

Tickets available around the village on the day.
Entry adults £5, children free.

Find tea, cakes, Pimms
and a warm welcome in the village hall!

(note: no dogs in the gardens please)

All proceeds support The Friends of St James' - The Longborough charity that
raises funds to preserve the fabric of our beautiful medieval church


30 May 2016 - 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. Web:

For Places to Stay see - Tetbury Accommodation

woolsack races at Tetbury

21 May to 29 May 2015 - The Nailsworth Festival

We have a pretty good idea of what will be on the programme, but please be patient while we apply the finishing touches. The details will be published soon. We hope you will be as excited by it as we have been putting it together.


For Places to Stay see - Nailsworth Accommodation


27 to 29 May 2016 - 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 5th year.

Lechlade Music Festival logoThis year’s event takes place during the May bank holiday from Friday 27 to Sunday 29th May.  Over 80 bands and performers will bring quality live music to the event, along with free family workshops and a burlesque revue. 


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

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


Monday 30 May 2016 - 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

Sunday 29 May 2016 - Grittleton Plant & Food Fair Charity Event

Grittleton FairSet in the stunning surrounds of Grittleton House, plant lovers and “foodies” are in for a real treat, with the chance to browse the many stalls selling plants from specialist nurseries, stunning accessories for your “room outside”, and delicious local artisan produce. It is going to be a fantastic day out for friends and family. Refreshments will be available.

Organised by children's charity Action Medical Research, a special guest appearance by the big fluffy mascot himself, Paddington Bear will be there to greet the younger members of the family. Free parking is available. Details can be found at

Venue - Grittleton House, Grittleton, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6AP

Admission - £3 per adult. Children free.


Sunday 29th May 2016 - Bibury Village Open Gardens Day

Location: Bibury Village

Date/Time: Sunday May 29th 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with the exception of BIBURY COURT GARDENS which will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

At least 8 beautiful gardens will be open for you to browse in this charming village which is the home to the famous and picturesque Arlington Row. Superb teas and homemade cakes are served all afternoon in the Village Hall. A plant stall will be open by the River Coln.

Tickets: You can buy tickets at the entrance to any garden - £5 to visit all gardens, or £1 per garden. Accompanied children are free. All proceeds go to the Village Hall



3rd June to 19th June 2016 - 4th Broadway Arts Festival

Broadway Arts Festival has its origin in the late 19th century, when the famous American artist John Singer Sargent paid many visits to this idyllic Cotswold village and during his time here painted his ‘en plein air’ masterpiece Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.

Broadway Arts Festival

The festival is a biennial celebration of the spirit of that age, when the Broadway Colony flourished and many distinguished artists, musicians and authors spent time together in the village.

The next Festival will take place this year, and will present a selection of art exhibitions and master classes, a Patrick Lichfield photograph exhibition, talks, garden tours and musical events. 


For Places to Stay see - Broadway Accommodation


Saturday 4th June 2016 - Cheltenham Choral Society at Worcester Cathedral

Conductor: Ian Higginson
Accompanist: Neil Fortin

Lunch Time Recital
Programme to include works
by Bach - Franck – Goodhall – Higginson
Mendelssohn – Purcell - Rutter – Tallis
Worcester Cathedral

From 13.10-13.50
Free admission : retiring collection

Cheltenham Choral

4 June 2016 - Chadlington 12th Beer Festival

The 12th Great Chadlington Beer Festival takes place from 12 noon to 11pm in the village at Chadlington Memorial Hall, Chapel Road, Chadlington, Oxon. OX7 3LX. 

The Beer Festival is the chief fund raiser for the Friends of Chadlington School and all proceeds will go to the school.

Chadlington Beer FestivalWe haven't totally finalised the beers for this year, but we can guarantee a great range of real ales from hair on your chest super strength to something you'd give your Granny... we also have Pimms, fine wines and 'proper' cider, but, as we said, it's really ALL ABOUT THE BEER!

Each year the assembled punters vote for their favourite beer and a winner is duly announced. There will also be an all-day BBQ, with food served through to the evening.

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

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.



Our 24th year! 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Interesting Open Gardens to View
• Norman Church & Bell Tower Visits
• Tractor 'Hay' Rides
• Cream and Traditional Teas & Ice Creams
Local Art Exhibition and Items for Sale
• Stalls, such as: Plants and White Elephant
Garden games

Adults: £5 Children: FREE FREE CAR PARKING

Elkstone lies midway between Cheltenham and Cirencester
just off the A435 or A417

All proceeds in aid of the Church and Village Hall. No dogs please


Elkstone church

Open gardens at Elkstone


June 7, 8 & 9 June 2016 - St Leonard’s Church, Bledington

Bledington Music Festival. All concerts each day - Concerts at 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church, Bledington.

01608 658669 - Email :

Pre-concert light suppers, 
after concert dining and
accommodation are offered by:-

The Kings Head Inn, Bledington

The Mill House Hotel, Kingham

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

Bledington Music Festival

7/8/9 June 2016


7 to 12 June 2016 - Cheltenham Festival of Science
Town Hall and Everyman Theatre.
Box Office (01242) 227979,

For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham accommodation

Cheltenham Festival of Science
7 to 12 June 2016

Art Exhibition
Saturday 11 June, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  and Sunday 12 June 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Exhibition and sale of original work by 13 local Artists in The Burland Hall, Stanton Village, near Broadway, Worcs WR12 7NE
Free Admission and refreshments - donations to "Maggies" charity greatly appreciated.


Saturday 11th June 2016, Open Gardens, Lechlade from 2 – 5 pm
You are invited to come in to four of Lechlade’s most beautiful gardens

The glorious month of June is extra special this year, as we celebrate the 90th birthday of our Queen.  How fortunate that her Official Birthday will enable us to celebrate in great style by visiting four gardens in Lechlade, when they will be at their very best. 
The gardens, each with unique features, assure visitors of an interesting and inspiring afternoon.
Visitors will be able to admire the enchanting architecture of yew arching over a path leading to one garden, with delightful herbaceous borders, a small rose fountain garden and a gazebo built c1850.  
The grand sweep of lawns, green and restful to the eye, in one serene country garden, lends focus to its woodland aspects.  In another, find different garden rooms, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and a potager here.
Is that music, we hear?  Which garden has the silver band?
Enjoy two wildlife ponds, herbaceous borders, ornamental grasses, a rose garden and mature trees in yet another garden.  
Tea and cakes will be available in each garden, proceeds to the hosts’ chosen charity..

A roving ticket costing £5 is available from Lechlade Post Office, in advance and until 3 pm on the day.  Accompanied children under 16 admitted free.  Proceeds from ticket sales in aid of St Lawrence Church Restoration Appeal.


Sunday 12th June 2 pm-6 pm - Winchcombe Open Gardens  

Explore the historic Saxon town of Winchcombe when you visit our Open Gardens in June, with an additional exclusive visit to the gardens in Dent’s Terrace, a Grade ll listed set of almshouses.

Tickets and maps from Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre or on the day, Back Lane Car Park (in Winchcombe) or any Open Garden. £5.00 per person, under 12s free.

Winchcombe lies on the B4632 between Cheltenham and Broadway. The event collects funds for the local church, St Peters, in Winchcombe.


For Places to Stay see - Winchcombe Accommodation

Winchcombe Open Gardens

11 to 12 June 2016 -  Ashton Under Hill Open Gardens

Over 20 gardens will be open from 1.00 to 6.00pm each day.

Come and enjoy a wide variety of gardens and the friendly atmosphere of this beautiful Worcestershire village, situated the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the lower slopes of Bredon Hill.
Light lunches and sandwiches served from 12pm, followed by tea, cakes and cream teas in the afternoon. Full meals available all day in The Star, our village pub.

Quality plants and craft goods will also be on sale. Free car parking and minibus service around the village.
Adults £5, children under 16 free of charge.

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

Ashton Under Hill
Open Gardens 2016


The Lechlade Rally will take place at ROUGH GROUNDS FARM, ( A 361) LECHLADE, GLOS GL7 3EUcommencing at 10.00 am both days.

Classic Cars, Motor Cycles, Commercial Vehicles, Collections, Miniature Steam, Tractors, Model Tent, Classic Caravans, Model Boats and Craft. For the children Karting, Bouncy Castle, Balloons and Boats on water, follow the trail to win a badge. A Raffle both days. Cuddly Toy Tombola and Guess the name of the Big Teddy to win it. Boot Sales, Trade Stands and Refreshments.

Admission £4.00 Adults. £2.00 Concessions. Under 16`s Free ( Must be accompanied by a paying adult.) Come along with the family and enjoy the day - Free Parking.



June 11th 2016 - Ramsden Summer Fete and Companion Dog Show (OX7 3AR)

1 to 4pm (food and bars from midday.

This is the West Oxfordshire fete that everyone loves: a wonderful traditional event with a modern twist – fun for everybody. The new Food Hall, open from midday, will offer paella, pies, pig roast, organic Punjabi food made from local food sources, chicken wraps and salads and an espresso bar operating out of a vintage Citroen truck. The bar offers Pimms, Prosecco and beers and the tea and cake service starts at 2pm.
For the children there is a small fairground, water slide, bouncy castles, coconut shy, try-your-strength plus many more games. Games for old and young to join in with include tug-of-war and egg-throwing. If it all sounds too much for you, sit down and enjoy the Maypole Dancers, the Morris Men and the silver band. There will be craft and charity stalls galore to keep you interested and a Dog Show for dog lovers. The fete is at Wynters Field in the middle of Ramsden.

Visit the Ramsden Events Facebook page for regular updates or call 01993 868 764 for general enquiries and about stalls.

M: +44 7976 179 760, T: +44 1993 868 744




Combine the scene of historic road transport with a backdrop of vintage trains at Toddington station . Normal ticket prices for those wishing to travel to Winchcombe or Cheltenham Racecourse Stations , but for those just planning to admire the cars there will be a small admission charge.

Visit www. for further information or please call 01242 621405

Thursday 16 June 2016 - Aviva Women's Cycle Tour, 2nd Stage

Taking place over five days, the 2016 edition of the race will be a part of the new UCI Women's WorldTour calendar, currently one of just four multi-day stage races on the season long programme of races for the world's top riders and teams. Highlights of each stage will be shown on ITV4 every evening during the race.

The world's top racers, including the likes of World Champion Lizzie Armitstead and reigning Aviva Women's Tour Champion Lisa Brennauer, will race from Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon in the second stage of the world leading race.

96 of the world's top cyclists will make up the field, which will tackle the 140-kilometre stage through Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, passing through the likes of Atherstone, Kenilworth, Warwick, Shipston-on-Stour, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden and Stratford-upon-Avon.


Women's Cycle tour

18 & 19 June 2016 - Chipping Campden Open Gardens

2 - 6pm.  There will be over 20 private gardens open on the weekend.  Tickets available from Campden Tourist Information from beginning of June - £6 per day or £8 for both days.  Teas and plants available.


For more about the town see - Chipping Campden

For Places to Stay see - Chipping Campden Accommodation


17 to 19 June 2016 - Malvern Royal Three Counties Show

The Three Counties Showground , Malvern, Worcestershire. Long regarded as the region’s rural showcase, and still its biggest annual event, the Three Counties Show is a celebration of British food and farming at its very best.

Boasting the real cream of Britain’s pedigree livestock, including rare breeds, it also features a crop of farming displays, together with tasty regional produce, rural crafts, country pursuits, quality shopping and action-packed entertainment.

Website :

17 to 19 June 2016


10th to 12th June 2016 - Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

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 Bollinger Champagne Pavilion, an exclusive corner of Montpellier Gardens invites you to enjoy the finest perfectly chilled glass of champagne or why not sample the full decadent experience and share a bottle of Champagne on ice, with friends.
Open Times: Friday 12noon to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Free Festival Programme and online ticket sales visit:

For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation.


Sunday, 14th June 2015 7.30pm - Burford Singers at the Burford Festival at Church of St John the Baptist
Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY

Burford SingersKarl Jenkins: Gloria
Bob Chilcott: Little Jazz Mass
John Rutter: Feel the Spirit

Burford Singers with: Cotswold Youth Choir, Cotswold Chamber Orchestra (leader: Kate Bailey) Melanie Marshall (Mezzo Soprano), Conductor: Brian Kay

Our summer concert brings together music by three of the most popular choral composers in the world today, with music to lift the spirits at Festival time.

Tickets reserved at £25, £17.50, £13.50, unreserved at £10 Telephone booking:  01993 822412 Postal booking and in person from The Madhatter Bookshop 122, High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ Public Rehearsal 2.30 pm Sunday 14th June, 2015 Tickets £5.00

Details and booking form available on our website


Saturday 18th June 2016 - Guiting Power Fete and Dog Show

Starts Noon - 4pm at Village playing field, Guiting Power GL54 5TX
Entry and parking are FREE.

Guiting June FeteFor 2016 the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will provide a flypast of a Hurricane / Lancaster / Spitfire.

It is a traditional village fete nestled in an idyllic setting high in the Cotswold hills
- a wonderful day out for all the family.

There will be Crafts, traditional games, stalls, tombola, teas, food and bar..

All the fun of the fayre..

Website is contact information for the Fete is


NGS Open Gardens, Stanton Village
Sunday 19 June, 2 - 6 p.m.
Location: 3 mls SW of Broadway off B4632, WR12 7NE
Admission: £6, children free.

Over 15 beautiful gardens open in the picturesque C17 village of Stanton, ranging from large manor house to small cottage gardens, all packed with colour and interest, many with delightful natural water features.
Legendary home-made teas, ice-creams, plant/herb stall, second-hand books and Raffle with great prizes.
A unique opportuniaty to explore the hidden secrets of this lovely unspoilt Cotswold village - an NGS event not to be missed!


A Night at the Opera

Sunday 19th June 2016 at 6:30pm  -  Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham GL52 3JE
Enjoy your favourite choruses from Verdi and Wagner to Mozart and Gilbert & Sullivan in the delightful setting of the Pump Room. The Cheltenham Bach Choir will be joined by two young opera stars from English National Opera for a rousing selection of operatic highlights.  And why not start your evening with a picnic in Pittville Park to create an unforgettable summer’s evening for the whole family!
Tickets: £18  (£8 children/ students) available from the Cheltenham Town Hall box office 0844 576 2210
For more information please visit

Cheltenham Back Choir event

Saturday 20th June 2-5pm - Rollright Summer Fete

Come and enjoy a fun family day out in the beautiful cotswold village of Great Rollright (near the famous Rollright Stones).
Entertain the children with an inflatable bungee run, bouncy castle, pony rides and much more.
There is something for everyone with live music, great food and a licensed bar.
All proceeds go to Great Rollright Primary School.

For more information



    All day  on Saturday 25th June and Sunday 26th June

Thomas the Tank Engine and his Friends visit the GWR. Please note that entry to the site will be by ticket only.

For full information on times and prices please visit or call 01242 621405"


27 June 2015 - Northleach Annual Charter Fair & Music Festival
11am to 11pm on the King George Playing Fields

The Charter Fair is an incredible 788 years old, dating back to 1227 when King Henry III granted the town of Northleach a Charter which allowed a weekly market and an annual fair. The Charter Fair is always the last Saturday of June, that being the closest weekend to the feast day of St Peter and St Paul.

Info on Northleach:



Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 June 2015 - Midsummer Speed Fest at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Nr Gotherington, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD

The 6th Round of the 20154 Midland Hill Climb Championship, and 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.  

On Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June Prescott Hill Climb will be playing host to many racing classes competing over the weekend, which also sees the 6th Round of the 2014 Midland Hill Climb Championship supported by TTC Group, and the 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.

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

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

Phone: 0044 (0)1242 673136 or 679796

Prescott Speed Hill Climb


Sunday 28th June 2015 from 1pm - A Taste of summer at the Oddington 'Strawberry Fayre' Village Fete

The Oddington summer fete is always a great way to spend an afternoon, and this year will be no exception.   Stalls will include the ever popular Cakes and Bakes, Collectables, Plants and Books, the Oddington ‘Bee Keeper’, a Raffle, Tombola and a whole lot more.  Entertainment will include The North Cotswolds Wind Band who will be ‘jamming’ throughout the fete, planned activities and stalls just for the kids, egg and spoon and sack races for all the family and Mr Merry, the younger children’s favourite entertainer.   Lots of prizes and rosettes will await all the lucky winners.
To make sure you keep your strength up during the fete, there will be baps filled with roast pork and apple sauce and hotdogs on the BBQ ,  the ‘Tipple Tent’ will be serving Pimms and Cider and Mr Whippy will be at the ready to keep you all cool!
The Grand Family Dog Show will take centre stage or field in this case.  There are ten classes to enter including Best Dog, Best Bitch, Sausage Gobbling and Agility.  Entries will be taken on the day from 1 pm onwards for your family VIP!  Classes start at 3 pm. Dog Classes entry fee - £1.00.

For further information contact Sue Watkin on 01451 830738




Taynton Traditional Garden Fête

Saturday 2nd July 2016 from 2 – 5pm
Entrance is £2 and children under 12 FREE.
(OX18 4UH)

Taynton’s biannual traditional fête is being held in the garden of Taynton House on Saturday 2nd July.   Set in an idyllic Cotswold garden there will be fun and games for all the family.   Forage around the many stalls which include The White Elephant, Handbags, Belts & Jewellery, Tombola, Raffle, Books, Cakes & Home Made Produce, The Bottle Stall.   Have fun with Guess The Weight of The Cake, BBQ, Pimms, Afternoon Tea and Cakes, and, for the children (and grownups) Splat The Rat, Duck Race along the stream, Beat The Goalie and other surprises all to the accompaniment of the Chedworth Silver Band.

All proceeds in aid of the Restoration of Taynton Church Bells and Taynton Church. Come and enjoy an entertaining summer’s afternoon.

Taynton Church
Taynton Church

Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Possibly the best village fete ever - traditional stalls make Temple Guiting Fete a Cotswold winner

The picturesque village of Temple Guiting will hold its annual fete on Saturday 2nd July 2016, from 12.30 until 3.30pm.

Temple Guiting Fete posterOrganiser Sophia Upton says: “The Temple Guiting fete is proving to be one of the Cotswolds’ most popular summer events, as we offer traditional village fete sideshows at pocket money prices. Bring a picnic rug or pull up a hay bale - and enjoy our stunning Cotswold views.”

The ever popular fun dog show has plenty of rosettes up for grabs, and there’s also dog agility, so bring your pooches. The popular pony rides are back as well.

Refreshments include a traditional tea-room, BBQ using locally sourced produce, beer and Pimms bar, accompanied by live music.

Other favourites are the bottle and plant stalls, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola,
welly-wanging, and egg-throwing. And to celebrate Euro 2016 there’s a football skills competition.

Children are well catered for, with a bouncy castle, pre-school activity area, 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. As always the fete takes place on the village recreation field, next to the village hall, GL54 5RW. All proceeds go to Temple Guiting Church of England school.


Saturday 2 July 2016 - Chocolate Making in Gloucestershire
by Chocolate Tree

Love chocolate?  Then come and join us for our 2 to 2.5 hour chocolate class, where we will  feed your chocolate passion. You will have the opportunity to work with Belgian chocolate, learn some basic techniques and have the opportunity to sample too.

You will learn how to make truffle fillings and develop skills in piping, rolling, dipping, coating and decorating. Altogether you will make 32 truffles, with your choice of fillings and coatings.  Each truffle will be double coated in Belgian chocolate too.

We will also look at

  • the different types of chocolate, along with tastings
  • the use of moulds
  • the method for tempering chocolate

And finally, you can indulge in gift wrapping before taking your delicious creations home.
These workshops are set in a relaxed atmosphere and are suitable for all age groups and levels of experience. 
Course Dates 2016  Sat Feb 13th, Sat March 12th,  Sat July 2nd,  Sat Oct 1st
Venue – Sherdons Golf Centre, Tredington, nr Tewkesbury
Time 2 – 4pm approx
Cost – £43
Please book online @

Chocolate Tree logo


Chocolate making


4th - 9th July 2016 - The Tempest will be performed by Shakespeare Live at Lackham House, near Lacock in Wiltshire, from by local company Shakespeare Live

Set on the Greek island of Corfu, where legend has it that Shakespeare may have placed the story, this production includes dramatic shipwreck, murder plots, romance, magic, music, spectacular sound and lighting, and great comedy. Not only that, but the audience -  potentially nearly 400 each night - are comfortably seated out of the elements in the covered, tiered stand, and can picnic in the lovely gardens.

The company are all volunteers, and this is the 28th year of summer outdoor Shakespeare, over which they have raised thousands of pounds for good causes, as well as being a charity themselves, dedicated to encouraging people, especially young people, to appreciate the plays.

Booking is at or call 07780 938107.


8, 9, 10 July 2016 - Cornbury Music Festival at The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AF

Cornbury Music Festival

The 13th 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.


2 to 3 July 2015 - Annual Cotswold Show and Food Festival
at Cirencester Park, GL7 1XB

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

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

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


Cotswold Annual Show at Cirencester

Sat 2 to 3 July 2016 - Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival, start 10am

Since it was established the Stratford River Festival has grown to become one of the region’s leading FREE festivals. 2014 was a record breaking year bringing nearly 50,000 revellers into the beautiful town of Stratford.

For two whole days every summer the riverside comes alive and 2015’s event will feature more free events and activities than ever before, whilst also welcoming back a host of old favourites by popular demand.


River Festival at Stratford upon Avon

5 July 2016 - Annual Lecture - A History of Cider at Winterbourne Medieval Barn, BS36 1SE

'The History of Cider' – delivered by guest speaker - Dr Richard Stone

Dr Richard Stone is an economic and maritime historian, with a particular interest in the development of the Atlantic world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Richard also has a strong interest in local history, with much of his research focusing on the city of Bristol.

Dr Stone is keen to engage with the local community through his research, and has given a number of public talks on Bristol’s history, as well as being involved in running the Cabot Project Schools Outreach Group. Richard has advised BBC’s Coast for a feature on the first Newfoundland colonies, and has been interviewed for BBC History Extra about his side interest in The History of Cider.



Saturday 8th to 10th July 2016 2-5pm - Rollright Summer Fayre

Roll up, roll up! “The biggest, small festival around” is back for it's fifth instalment of the finest music and entertainment from the UK and beyond. Nestled amongst the most picturesque surroundings and attended by a crowd of people so lovely you'd think we hand picked them ourselves!

Whether you're a regular, or a first time Roller, we can't wait to welcome you to the stunning Cotswold countryside for our family-friendly festival.

We've got a feeling you're going to like it...

From the buzz of the Lizard Stage (Glastonbury, Secret Garden party) to the warmth of the cozy acoustic yurt, dance at the DJ shack, dip in the hot tubs, skip into a workshop, marvel at the trapeze shows, climb the pyramid, have your heart and mind opened by the music, circus, fun, games and silliness!

Come and enjoy a fun family day out in the beautiful cotswold village of Great Rollright (near the famous Rollright Stones).
Entertain the children with an inflatable bungee run, bouncy castle, pony rides and much more.
There is something for everyone with live music, great food and a licensed bar. All proceeds go to Great Rollright Primary School.



Sunday 10 July 2016 - La Cenerentola (Cinderella) - Tessitoura Opera
6pm - 8.00pm at Winterbourne Medieval Barn
, BS36 1SE

Tessitoura presents Rossini’s La Cenerentola... Cinderella but not as you know it.

Set in modern day England, a lonely Prince has resorted to reality TV to find true love but the show comes with a twist - an identity switch. Disguised as his bodyguard he meets Angelina, a harassed PA mistreated by both her step-father and stepsisters alike. A whirlwind journey begins, comprising of a ball, a bracelet and burgeoning young love - all accompanied by one of Rossini's most exquisite and complex scores.

Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic – grounds open from 4pm.

Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval.

Cost: Adults £13.50. Children under 16 yrs - £10.00



8 July to 10 July 2016 - The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford

Fairford Air Tattoo

Following the sell-out success of last summer's Air Tattoo specially-priced tickets for the Air Tattoo which takes place on July 8-10, 2016 are now on sale, for a limited period. 

Super Earlybird admission tickets, priced at £29 for the Friday and £39 for Saturday and Sunday will be available until January 31, 2016. The prices represent a saving of more than 20 per cent off the cost of a standard admission ticket. All under-16s are admitted free of charge with a ticket holding adult.

Air TattooThe theme for 2016 is The Next Generation: Inspiring Innovation and visitors can expect to see cutting-edge aircraft technology on display both in the air and on the showground featuring fast jets, multi-engine transporters, helicopters and surveillance platforms as well as the world's greatest international aerobatic display teams.   

In seeking to provide inspiration to the next generation and in keeping with our commitment to youth, we are planning to stage official celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation. We will also be building on the success of the airshow's critically-acclaimed Techno Zone and will offer even more children the opportunity to participate in the hugely popular Schools Engineering Challenge.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said the airshow was the perfect place to present a vision of the future of aviation as well as the technology that underpins it.

He said: "Our eight-hour flying programme, large static aircraft park and interactive showground zones provide a dynamic and entertaining environment that consistently engages and challenges young minds. Where better to fire the imagination of the next generation of engineers, scientists and aviators?"


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


1 July to 17 July 2016 - Cheltenham Town Hall Proms Festival of Music at Cheltenham Town Hall

The Cheltenham Music Festival is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music – from symphonic grandeur to the intimacy of chamber music, and from sublime choral experiences to brand new musical adventures.

With its excursions, too, into world music, film, dance, the visual arts and the spoken word, it’s a musically-centred cultural banquet that has few equals in the UK.


For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation

Cheltenham Music Festival

1 July - 17 July 2016



Ebrington’s traditional village fete and family dog show is held at Ebrington Cricket Ground on the outskirts of the village with wonderful views towards Broad Campden, Paxford and Blockley.  Free parking will be available opposite the cricket ground.  Entrance is £1 for adults and children over 12.  Money raised goes to the church and the village organizations.

By popular demand again this year, Chipping Campden Swing Band will accompany the fete. We are also delighted that the children of Campden Academy of Dance will once again perform dance routines for us.  There will also be a display of classic and vintage cars, motor cycles and tractors.

All the familiar stalls will be there including:  cakes, jams and preserves, produce, books, plants and bric-a-brac as well as flowers, plants, and gift stalls.  There will be a grand raffle, bottle stall, traditional Wheel of Fortune, and games such as crown darts, and skittles.

For the children there will be a bouncy castle, children’s magic show, traditional Punch and Judy Show, face painting, and jam jar tombola. There will also be a fascinating display of live insects and creatures entitled Life in the Rainforest.

One of the main attractions is always the Family Dog Show in which families can enter their dogs in the various categories.  This is both entertaining to enter and fun to watch.  Bring along your dog for this event.

Delicious teas will be served from our marquee, and a barbecue, ice creams, and soft drinks will be available on the field, where The Ebrington Arms, our local village pub, will also be running a beer and cider tent.
Contact:  Daphne Law, Secretary Ebrington Village Fete Committee
(Tel: 01386 593286, email:


22 to 24 July 2016 - Cotswolds Beer Festival, Postlip Tithe Barn near Winchcombe

A celebration of the best beer and cider from near and far - a great event in a classic heritage setting.

The 2016 Cotswold Beer Festvial will be the 40th, making it one of the longest running CAMRA events.



9 to 10 July 2016 - 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




9th - 10th July 2016


16th July 2016 - 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.  

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 11th annual Blenheim Palace Battle Proms Picnic Concert will be on Saturday 11th July 2015, and takes place directly overlooking the impressive South Front of the Palace. 

In a very special Blenheim Palace Battle Proms event, 150 re-enactors will participate in a skirmish as part of the Road to Waterloo programme of events marking 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo.


21 July to 24 July 2016 - Warwick Folk Festival

Welcome to the 37th Warwick Folk Festival!

Year on year, our visitors tell us that Warwick Folk Festival has one of the best festival sites around .

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

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

21st - 24th July 2016


23rd July 2016 - Windrush Valley Flower Show and Fête at Great Barrington

From 1pm at the wonderful village hall, in the stunning Windrush valley.

A delightful family day out in the country with Home Produce, BBQ, Electric Folk Band, Games, Races and Competitions. Fun Dog Show and Gun Dog Scurry. Vintage Cars


23/24 July 2016 - The Pet Show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Starts at 10:00am- finishes at 5:00pm on both days

This year they are teaming up with The Midlands food show, which means that visitors can visit both shows for the price of one.

A national event dedicated to the british public and their pets. Packed with hundreds of attractions for the whole family to enjoy, The Pet Show 2016 is the biggest event of its kind showcasing the very best the UK’s pet industry has to offer.

Pet Show



A great family day out this summer – all for charity
The 42nd Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza

5-7 August 2016 - South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester

The Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) stage their 42nd Annual Show at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The show is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK and attracts thousands of exhibitors and visitors from across the county and actively raises money for both national and regional charities.

Gloucestershire Vintage Annual Show


6 August to 7 August 2016 - 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.

The first weekend of August this year sees the Club’s annual Speed Hill Climb at the wonderful Cotswold venue. This much loved event will see 260 cars climb the venues short-course; practicing on the Saturday and racing against the clock on the Sunday. The Orchard will again be full of Pre-war cars, whilst the trade stands and auto jumble will remain in place. The Saturday evening traditionally sees live entertainment in the form of bands, whilst the Sunday morning opens with the annual Bike Race.


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

Prescott Speed Hill Climb

5 to 7 August 2016 - 42nd Annual Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza

The Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club stage their 42nd Annual show at South Cerney Airfield on the outskirts of Cirencester in Gloucestershire on August 5th, 6th, & 7th 2016
Thank you to everyone that helped to make the 2015 show such a huge success from our army of volunteers, marshals, trade stands, exhibitors, entertainers, and show visitors, we are incredibly grateful for your support.

The show saw record attendance and many visitors remarked that it was our best one yet. We hope to see you all again in 2016!

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


10th to 14th August 2016 - The NAF Five Star International
Hartpury Horse Trials

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

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.

Hartpury Horse Trials
13th & 14th August  2016 - 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 - Web:

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

20 August 2016 - Shakespeare’s New Place reveals the famous playwright as we’ve never seen him before

  • On Saturday 20 August (at 11 a.m.) the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust BT will re-open Shakespeare’s New Place as a major new heritage landmark attraction where visitors can literally walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and discover the man behind the famous works on his home ground.
  • Shakespeare’s ‘front door’ back where it belongs for the first time in 250 years.
  • Dramatic sculpture garden and exhibition present a fresh contemporary perspective on the story of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

20 to 21 August 2016 - Chilli Festival at Farmcote Herbs and Chilli Peppers

time: 10.30am to 5.00pm

Barbeque / Beer Tent / Tea Tent

Number of stalls including selling hand puppets, jams & chutneys and home made cards.

Wide variety of Chilli plants for sale including herbs.

Chilli products for sale including chilli ice cream and chocolate.

Location: Farmcote Herbs and Chilli Peppers, Farmcote, Near Winchcombe, GL54 5AU.

Farmcote Herb and Chilli Festival

27 to 29 August 2016 - 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

12.00 NOON TO 5.30PM

Organisers of the 67th Winchcombe Country Show are promising another bumper show this year.  The event takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August at Winchcombe Senior School Playing Fields and brings you the best in country show fun.

The annual procession through the pretty Cotswold village will have an Olympic Rio theme this year.  The procession which starts at 11.30am from the Abbey Field Centre in Back Lane will feature vintage tractors, fancy dress contestants and the Happenstance Border Morris dancers. The procession will arrive at the show site for 12.00 noon.

Morris Dancers at Winchcombe Country Show

A key element of the event will be the traditional flower show with many classes featuring creative floral displays, arts, crafts, photography, wine, cookery and preserves.  There are lots of prizes and over 50 trophies up for grabs!

The show is a community event and a quintessentially summer occasion for all families to enjoy.  It will be jam packed with activities to keep you entertained all day - such as Indian Runner Duck Herding, Olympic It’s a Knockout, the Happenstance Morris Dancers, go-karting, a traditional Punch and Judy show, street entertainment, face painting and much, much more.  The Winchcombe Brass Band will be providing the musical backdrop for the day.

There will be many dog friendly games including terrier racing, dog scurry and have a go agility.  Please bring your dogs along so that they can enjoy the day as well.

The show will also feature a number of arts and crafts stalls alongside many trade and horticultural stalls so plenty of shopping opportunities!

There will many refreshment stands to keep you energised all day including a tea tent serving delicious homemade cakes and a licensed bar.
Tickets cost £4 per adult and £2 per child. Family tickets (two adults and up to three children) will be £10

On Sunday 28 August prior to the show there will be the Run Winchcombe Event at Sudeley Castle featuring a 5k fun run, a 10k hill climb to the Neolithic long barrow Belas Knapp for the more adventurous and a 1k for 10s and under.

An action packed family weekend for all.  Please come along and support this traditional country event.


For Places to Stay see - Winchcombe Accommodation


Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival

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

Sunday 21st August  2016

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

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


Saturday 27th August 2016 - 131st Hawkesbury Horticultural Show & Fair

The main attraction is the large produce marquee, full of the biggest and best fruit, vegetables and flowers as well as home baking, varied crafts, home made wine & beer, original photographs and pictures – all produced by the local community.

The main entertainment in the central arena will be:
- "Meirion Owen and his Quack Pack team" - the Quack Pack team are comical Indian Runner ducks and border collies who provide entertaining, educational and interactive displays with audience participation.
- "AcroGymnastics Group" providing a spectacular acrobatic and gymnastic display;
- "Punch & Judy Fun Show" - "Tricky Micky" presents a highly-entertaining, traditional puppet show for all the family.
- "Tractor pull competition"

There are fairground rides, a deer and hog roast, beer tent, Pimms tent, raffle, live music, archery lessons with the Bath Archers and many local trade, craft and charity stalls.

The popular carnival procession begins with the crowning of the Carnival Queen on The Plain before travelling through the village to the Show Ground, led by the Nailsworth Silver Band.

Showground open to visitors at 12:30pm. The Carnival Queen will be crowned at 1.30pm on The Plain.
Carnival Parade through the village 1.30 – 1.50pm led by Nailsworth Silver Band (High Street closed to vehicles 1.00pm - 2.00pm)

Pay on the gate or buy advance tickets at The Village Shop or The Post Office, Hawkesbury Upton Adults £5, Senior Citizens £3, Children £2, Family ticket £12 (2 adults + up to 4 children)

Dogs welcome on a lead ~ Disabled parking in the Village Hall car park ~ Wheelchair accessible For further information or to book a stall phone 01454 232910 or email:

Last year we were included in The Daily Telegraph's top recommended things to do over the August Bank Holiday see -


Saturday 27 August 2016 - Tewkesbury Vintage Fair at Barton Street

Come and join us in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds to enjoy a spot of nostalgia in an old music hall setting for a special vintage event.  We also have a few vintage attractions in the street too!  10.30 to 16.30



29 August 2016 - 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 kicks off once again on August bank holiday Monday.

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




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!

For Places to Stay see - Cirencester Accommodation


Saturday 3rd September 2016 - CONCERT - BACH : BONHOEFFER
sung by OPUS ANGLICANUM - An English Music Bach Orgelbüchlein with Chorales Bonhoeffer  - read by ZEB SOANES - BBC Radio

Saturday 3rd September 2016 at 6 pm
£10  online or at the door

A special concert exploring Lutheran chorales both as sung texts and as subjects for Bach’s inventive preludes; with readings from the Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

3 to 4 September  2016 - Prescott Hill Cimb - British & Midland Championships Weekend.

The Prescott Gold Cup Weekend

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

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

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

Phone: 0044 (0)1242 673136 or 679796


Prescott Speed Hill Climb

For Lodgings see:-

Winchcombe Accommodation
Cheltenham Accommodation
Broadway Accommodation
Evesham Accommodation


3 SEPTEMBER 2016 - Moreton-in-Marsh Agricultural and Horse Show

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

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

Telephone:  08708 777409

For Places to Stay see - Moreton-in-Marsh Accommodation


Heritage Open Days with Bell-ringing from the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfryat Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Saturday 10 September  11am - 5pm 
and Sunday 11 September 12.00 - 5pm

National Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties across the country that are usually closed or charge for admission.  Winterbourne Medieval Barn is an outstanding and unique building of national importance now owned by South Glos Council.  Built by Thomas de Bradeston in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death hit in England, only three barns of this scale are recorded as built by gentry’ families, and Winterbourne is the only survivor. It was built using the green-timber construction methods which were the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is a fine example of a raised-cruck construction, and one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns

The Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry will be installed in the Barn throughout the weekend and bell-ringers will be on hand to demonstrate their skill and let you have a go at ringing. St Michaels Church next to the Barn will also be open and offering tower tours. They will have CCTV coverage of the church bells so that you can see them in action.  
Free entry.  Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead will be welcome.

More information is available on the website


10th & 11th September 2016 - Northleach Steam & Vintage Show plus Ale Festival
Eastington Road, Northleach, GL54 3PJ

A traditional country steam show in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Nestled on a hillside in the Cotswolds, just on the borders of Eastington and Northleach, lies the showground for the Northleach Steam and Vintage Show. Whilst this may not be one of the biggest shows in the country, the show’s heritage and relaxed enjoyable atmosphere set in the idyllic Cotswold countryside gives it a uniqueness of its own. 

Full Size Steam Engines - Scale Size Steam Engines ~ Stationary Engines ~ Vintage Tractors ~ Classic Cars ~ Vintage Motor Cycles & Pedal Cycles - Military Vehicles 

This year’s show looks to be even bigger than last years, with more engines and vehicles on display, lots more stalls and a greater variety of food offerings from burgers and Cornish pasties to hog roast, al fresco Italian to Mexican, donuts, ice-cream and cakes as well as traditional confectionery to bring back memories of bygone days.   Red Lion Inn will be hosting its own Ale Festival at the show with live music throughout the day, and for the children there will be additional entertainment including fun fair amusements, ferret racing, airsoft target paintball, have-a-go archery and even a climbing wall.  It is even hoped to have the threshing machine that once used to appear at the show all those years ago restored and working once again on the showground.
6th & 7th September, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun
£5 Adults, £3 Senior Citizens, Children under 16 FREE

For Places to Stay see - Accommodation at Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and Northleach


4thSeptember 2016 from 11am - 4pm - Tetbury Classic Car Show

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

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

For Places to Stay see - Tetbury Accommodation


8th to 11th September 2016 -
The Blenheim International Horse Trials

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

For Places to Stay see - Woodstock and Chipping Norton


10th September 2016 - 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:

For Places to Stay see - Gloucester and Tewkesbury


Next Held 2017 - Minchinhampton Country Fayre

Every two years Minchinhampton celebrates its Country Fayre.
The event is designed to be a great community day, the funds from which are distributed to local charities.  In 2013 over £8000 was shared between local charities.

This year’s event will start with a cavalcade of vintage cars driving through the town followed by a procession of local groups and children.

The town crier will then open the Fayre of 2015.
The Fayre takes over the High Street, Market Square, Bell Lane, the entire school grounds and spills out on to the Great Park with a huge variety of stalls and displays.  Clowns will wander among the crowds to entertain visitors as they go.

Refreshments will be available in the Food Court area and will include pulled pork baps, sausage baps, pizzas, omelettes, chips, pies and pickle, ice creams and a beer tent.
The various cafes in the town will be open and additional refreshments will be available in the church porch room and school hall.
The fayre is free to enter and free parking is also provided.

For Places to Stay see - Minchinhampton Accommodation

11th September 2016 - Frampton Country Fair
Frampton on Severn, Glos. 10am to 5.30pm.

TBA September 2016 - 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 of the Holy Cross at Avening near Minchinhampton 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.

For Places to Stay see - Minchinhampton Accommodation


9th to 18th September 2016 - Jane Austen Festival Bath

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

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


For Places to Stay see - Bath Accommodation


'A Day’s Work' - Sunday 18 September, 3pm at Winterbourne Medieval Barn

A Musical drama to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.  Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme.  The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice through this new script and songs with a cast of well-known performers on the folk music circuit.

Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval.  Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds from 12.30pm.  Tickets cost £15 adults, £5 for under 16s, and are available from Daisy's Cafe, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, or on the gate (subject to availability). Further enquiries can be made through the Winterbourne Medieval Barn website or Facebook page.

More information is available on the website


25 September 2016 - Clypping Ceremony at St Mary's Church, Painswick

This is held on Feast Sunday, the Sunday after Feast of Nativity of St Mary. The church is 'clypped' or embraced by parishioners while the 'Clypping Hymn' is sung. Held on Sunday of the 19 September or the first Sunday afterwards.

This ceremony is said to symbolise the parishioners' love of their church. This Feast Day was once notorious in Painswick for riotous behaviour and for 'Puppy-dog pies' said to have been baked by a publican desperate for meat to feed the visiting crowds. This is still celebrated by baking china dogs into pies and cakes sold on the day.

Further details - Clypping Ceremony

For Places to Stay see - Painswick Accommodation


10th to 11th September 2016 - Chippy Jazz And Music

Chipping Norton Jazz and Music Festival

This will be the 19th Chippy Jazz and Music Festival. As always, all money raised by CJAM goes to charity.

If you've been to CJAM before, then you'll know just how warm a welcome to expect, how much great music you will hear, and just much fun you will have! If you haven't been before, then you have a very nice surprise in store

More information from
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




1 to 2 October 2016 - The Autumn Classicat Prestcott Hill Climb

Saturday: Bugatti Owners Club, Hagley and District LC Club, Midland Automobile Club. A round of the Porsche Club GB, the Scimitar and Sabre Speed and the TR Register Speed Championships

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


29 September to 2 October 2016 - 13th Tetbury Musical Festival

The full programme is available now.

The Patron of the Festival is HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Artistic Director is Jonathan Cohen, who took over from Steven Isserlis CBE in 2013.
Each year the aim is to bring leading instrumentalists and singers to Tetbury, and previous performers read like aWho's Who of the classical music world.

About the Town - Tetbury

Accommodation - Tetbury Places to Stay


Sunday 2 October, 11am – 4pm Orchard Harvest Day at Winterbourne Medieval Farm

Marvel at the work of the medieval craftsmen who built this magnificent Barn in 1342.  See traditional cider making using a Victorian stone horse-drawn apple mill and wooden press, and taste the results!  We pay homage to the Great British Orchard with apple variety displays, information about fruit and orchards, bees and honey, weaving and basket making. Enjoy excellent locally-produced hot food, or cold ice-cream from the Icicle Tricycle, locally-brewed beer and cider, or tea and cakes.

 Experience the thrill of seeing a peregrine falcon, play skittles or try your hand at archery, sing along with the Frampton Shantymen (audience participation is expected!), and watch the Winterbourne Down Border Morris while you drink your cider!  Children will love the pigs, geese, horses and llamas, and the whole family can get involved in the very popular Ferret-racing.  Entry just £2 for adults, children under 16yrs FREE.

Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.  A parking charge of £2 per vehicle will be collected on behalf of Paul’s Place; a local charity for disabled people. 

More information is available on the website


5 to 9 October 2016 - Horse of the Year Show at the NEC

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

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


For Places to Stay see - Broadway, Chipping Campden
and Stratford-upon-Avon


Saturday 8 October 2016 - Chocolate Making by CHOCOLATEgenie

Love chocolate?  Then come and join us for our 2 to 2.5 hour chocolate class, where we will  feed your chocolate passion. You will have the opportunity to work with Belgian chocolate, learn some basic techniques and have the opportunity to sample too.

You will learn how to make truffle fillings and develop skills in piping, rolling, dipping, coating and decorating. Altogether you will make 32 truffles, with your choice of fillings and coatings.  Each truffle will be double coated in Belgian chocolate too.

We will also look at

  • the different types of chocolate, along with tastings
  • the use of moulds
  • the method for tempering chocolate

And finally, you can indulge in gift wrapping before taking your delicious creations home.
These workshops are set in a relaxed atmosphere and are suitable for all age groups and levels of experience. 

Venue – CHOCOLATEgenie, Unit 21 Bond Industrial Estate, Wickhamford
Evesham, WR11 7RL

Time 2 – 4pm approx. Cost – £43 Please book online @

2017 courses on the following dates:- 11 February, 11 March, 1 July, 30 September, 7 October.

Chocolate Tree logo


Chocolate making


14 to 16 October 2016 - Cotswold Miniatures Weekend at Eastington near Stroud

Come and join us for a weekend of fun, making miniatures with a friendly group of like-minded people. Our aim is to offer something for everyone from complete beginners to the most experienced miniaturists.

Choose from a great selection of classes taught by some of the top miniaturists in the UK and overseas. Meet up wih old friends and make new ones.

Location: Eastington Community Centre, Snakey Lane, Alkerton, Eastington, Gloucestershire, GL10 3AQ


For Places to Stay see - Stroud Accommodation


7 to 9 October 2016 - Banbury Folk Festival

The Festival will be centred around Banbury Town Hall, where there will be extra concerts using the new function room as well as the main hall. Other events will take place at Drayton Leisure Golf Centre, Banbury Folk Club’s great new venue at the Banbury Cross and at the Reindeer Inn.

Camping is included in the weekend ticket and a shuttle-bus service will run between the campsite and the Town Hall. We have tried to cater for all tastes with a wide variety of artists taking part in the concerts and events. Some festival favourites, but also some you may not have seen and heard before. 


For Places to Stay see - Banbury Accommodation


8 to 22 October 2016 - Stratford-upon-Avon Music Festival

Now celebrating the 20th year, the Festival has become a key event in the cultural calendar of this unique and historic town and presents a fantastic programme of internationally renowned names and emerging artists from classical, jazz, folk and world music.


For Places to Stay see - Stratford-upon-Avon Accommodation

7 to 16 October 2016 - The Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016 promises to be a world renowned 10-day celebration of reading, writing and authors once again this autumn – with guest speakers set to include literary legends, politicians, designers, comedians and stars of the stage and screen.

For book lovers, Cheltenham is the only one place to be this autumn. Whether you’re looking for the biggest names in fiction, politics, television, art, food or sport, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has it all.


For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation


Thursday 20 October 2016 - This year's second Gypsy Horse Fair at Stow-on-the-Wold.

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

More information:

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

Places to Stay - Stow Accommodation


26th-29th October 2016, 7.15pm - 9.30pm - Churchdown Gang Show, Churchdown, Glos.

About The Show:
The Churchdown Gang Show returns.  The young talent from Churchdown’s Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies will perform a variety show full of musical numbers, dance routines and comedy sketches.  A fun filled evening for all the family.

Chosen Hill School, Brookfield Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2PL

Adults £7.50 Children/Seniors £6.00.  Scouts/Guides tickets £4.50.  Family tickets £24.  Group discounts available

01452 531180




The Kingham Fireworks on Saturday 5th November  from 5.30, FIREWORKS at 7pm

The event will take place next to The Royal British Legion, Kingham and there will be plenty of free parking available behind The Legion and next to The Football Club.

We will be serving drinks. There will be a hog roast, mulled wine and hot chocolate and lots of family fun including fair rides, sparklers and live music
The Event is free but please bring some cash for a donation to support the event and local charitable causes.

Kingham Events is run by a group of local volunteers, it you would like to volunteer on the night or sponsor the event please contact Rosie Shannon  07580422706 or


11 to 13 November 2016 - The Open, Cheltenham

The Open at Cheltenham Racecourse, is three days of the best that racing has to offer and is the biggest and most important meeting of the first half of the Jumps season anywhere in the country. It provides thrilling competition between many of the best Jump horses in Europe, large and enthusiastic crowds creating a special atmosphere.


For Places to Stay see - Cheltenham Accommodation


19 November 2016 - Cheltenham Choral Society Winter Concert

Cheltenham Choral Society will be performing three baroque choral pieces for their winter concert: Antonio’s Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV589) and his Magnificat (RV610) together with Purcell’s’ O God, Thou Art my God’.
Accompanying them will be the English Concertante Orchestra, Leader Ben Hall, with the continuo played by Neil Fortin. They will be joined by soloists Hannah Davey, soprano, and Mezzo Soprano Emily Rogers. The conductor is Ian Higginson.
The concert takes place at Pittville Pump Room (GL52 3JE) on Saturday 19th November 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15, under 13’s £5. All unreserved, available on the door and from Cheltenham Town Box Office 08445 762210

The Gloria was composed in 1715 for the choir of the Ospedale della Pieta, a girls’ orphanage in Venice. It is a joyful arrangement of the traditional Hymn of Praise from the Roman Catholic Mass.The distinctive melodies and rhythms are characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music giving it universal appeal.
The Magnificat was also composed for the Ospedale. While not so well known it is just as brilliant and contains beautiful solos, duets and trios along with triumphant choral movements.

The Vivaldi is complemented by Henry Purcell’s O God, Thou art my God, a musical setting of Psalm 63. It was composed around 1680 and its popularity quickly spread. The final Hallelujah section may be familiar to some as the tune ‘Westminster Abbey’ used in the hymn ‘Christ is Made the Sure Foundation’

Vivaldi Concert

Burford Singers – Mendelssohn's Elijah

Sunday, 20th November 2016 , 7.30pm at Church of St John the Baptist
Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY

Burford Singers with
Cotswold Chamber Orchestra
leader Kate Bailey
Mary Bevan, Soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mezzo-Soprano
Thomas Elwin, Tenor
Ashley Riches, Bass
Brian Kay – Conductor

Mendelssohn’s Elijah has been a great favourite with singers and audiences alike, ever since Mendelssohn himself conducted the first performance - in Birmingham Town Hall - 170 years ago. Its dramatic depiction of Elijah’s overthrow of the priests of Baal and his conversion of the people to the worship of the one true God clearly inspired Mendelssohn to create his great choral and orchestral masterpiece.

Burford Singers

Tickets in advance reserved at £21, £17 and £13, unreserved £10.50 Postal booking (advised) opens on 6 October 2016 Telephone booking opens on 30 October 2016 on 01993 822412 Booking in person opens on 3 November 2016 The Madhatter Bookshop 122, High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ

Full details and booking form available on our website


Sunday 20th November 2016,  Cheltenham Bach Choir presents:

HANDEL Dixit Dominus and MOZART Requiem

Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA

Cheltenham Bach Choir launches its 70th Anniversary Season with two of the most exciting and popular choral works in the repertoire. The Dixit Dominus by Handel is full of thrilling choruses, arias and sublime duets - the work of a composer at the height of his powers. Mozart's Requiem, its completion cloaked in mystery, is a profound and hugely powerful piece that never fails to move and transport the listener, composed by a genius making one of his last musical statements. With four fantastic soloists, the excellent Regency Sinfonia and the choir on top form under music director David Crown, this is going to be an evening to remember!

Tickets £20, £15, £10 and £8 (students and children £8).  Email or phone 0844-576-2210.

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24 November to 11 December 2016 - Bath Christmas Market

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

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

For Places to Stay see - Bath Accommodation

Christmas Market at Bath

Late Night Christmas Shopping In Broadway

25th NOVEMBER and 2nd DECEMBER 2016: LATE NIGHT SHOPPING 5.30-8.30pm.

Music ~ Street Entertainers ~Double Decker Bus Rides ~ the Local Fire Service Fund Raising ~ Tree of Light ~ Mulled Wine ~ Festive Food ~ plus Great Shops & Eateries!

For Places to Stay see - Broadway Accommodation


26 November 2016 - Woodstock Christmas Market at St Mary Magdalene Church Park Street Woodstock

Woodstock Christmas MarketOfficial opening by Edla Duchess of MARLBOROUGH aT 10AM  event closes at 19.30 - 45 Artisan traders.

Full choral entertainment throughout the Event

Town Lights switched on at 6pm

Showcasing a range of wares from jewellery and jigsaws to hand bags and knits; woodcraft and paintings to photos and cards; soaps and wax art to fashions and cushions, there’ll be stalls to suit all interests and ages.


Saturday 26 November 2016 - Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas

Moreton's 7th Christmas Market with over 50 stalls lining the High Street selling a great selection of Christmas gifts and food including soaps, candles, jewellery, hand made products for the home, wooden gifts, festive wreaths & garlands to name a few. Further Charity and Local Organisation stalls in the Redesdale Hall, also from 9 am. Local singers and carol singing by the local schools will be on the stage during the day. Carol Service in the afternoon followed by the arrival of Father Christmas & Light Switch-On. Father Christmas will then be in his Grotto in The Redesdale Hall for Children to visit him.

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




3rd December 2016 - Ramsden Christmas Market

The biggest and most magical Christmas market in West Oxfordshire, with over 50 stalls selling hand-made, ethically sourced or local crafts and gifts, locally produced and organic food items.

The entire market is under cover and there will be musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. Santa Claus for the children, hot mulled wine and a bar for the grown-ups, cakes, teas - come and enjoy. £2 for adults, free for children under 16. Visit the Ramsden Events facebook page for regularly updated details.

The Market is on Saturday, 3rd December, from 1pm to 4pm at Lower Farm, Ramsden, OX7 3AZ. Ramsden is 4 miles north of Witney just off the B4022 road to Charlbury and Chipping Norton.



6 December 2016 - Cheltenham Choral Society

Cheltenham Choral Society invite you to join them for their Charity Carol Concert ‘A Tapestry of Christmas Music’. They will be performing a mix of traditional and new carols with Airthrie and Prestbury St.Mary’s Schools also delighting you with their charming singing. Familiar favourites are of course included for audience participation!

The event will take place at Pittville Pump Room East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE on Tuesday 6th December at 7. 30pm.
It is in aid of ‘Help Holst’ appeal for museum flood repairs.
Tickets £10/£5 under 13’s Town Hall Box Office 08445 762210

Christmas 2016 Event

6th December 2016 - Winchcombe Christmas Festival

Christmas Advent Festival. Organised and partially funded by the the Winchcombe Forum, the festival will see shopkeepers, restauranteurs, businesspeople and publicans alike joining forces to celebrate the festive season in style by laying on Christmas offers, events and entertainment for shoppers and visitors who visit the Cotswold town throughout December. More details will follow nearer the time.

For full information and events diary go to

Event Date : Tuesday 6 December 2016 - Time: 5pm to 8pm.

Also ….Shops open late every Tuesday in December.


Late Night Christmas Shopping In Broadway

2nd DECEMBER 2016: LATE NIGHT SHOPPING 5.30-8.30pm
Music ~ Street Entertainers ~Double Decker Bus Rides ~ the Local Fire Service Fund Raising ~ Tree of Light ~ Mulled Wine ~ Festive Food ~ plus Great Shops & Eateries!

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.

Late Night Shopping Event.
1st Friday in December
Christmas tree lights switched on @ 6.30 p.m.
by Adam Henson of Countryfile Fame.

The Cotswolds can be a winter wonderland and the magic of a snow covered Bourton on the Water is a real possibility. One of the famous seasonal attractions of the village is the Christmas tree which the Chamber of Commerce and the Parish Council erects in the river each year.

The profusion of lights reflects in the rippling water creating a scene never to be forgotten.

The tree is lit from 6.30 p.m. on the Christmas late night shopping event until the 5th January. With the village ablaze with fairy lights and the High Street closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. shoppers can meander through the streets absorbing the festive atmosphere. There is a plethora of gifts from which to choose and an excellent choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants for food and refreshments.
We also have charity stalls, a children’s ride, petting Pony and the Snow Queen.

The event would not be complete without a visit from Father Christmas.


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


Saturday 10 December 2016 at 3.30pm to 5.00pm - Carols in the Barn at Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, South Glos. BS36 1SE

This fun dramatic presentation of the Christmas Story by St Michael's church is suitable for all ages, and is interspersed with traditional carols for all to join in. The medieval barn makes a superb atmospheric setting for these time old traditions, but please remember it is an ancient agricultural building with no heating and uneven floors!  Dress warmly with suitable footwear.  A torch may be useful.   The gates to the site will open at 3.30pm so that visitors can collect a cup of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie before the Carols, all included in the ticket price of just £2 adults and £1 children. Numbers are limited and tickets must be ordered in advance.  Please ring Gill on 01454 774479 or buy tickets in person from Dairy's Coffee Shop, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne.  For more information and a downloadable booking form see the website
Limited parking is available on site and the lane is narrow, so where possible please walk from Winterbourne village.  If you do need to bring a car, please approach the Barn from the Beacon Lane (Bradley Stoke) end only so that Church Lane will have a one-way traffic flow to avoid congestion.

Saturday 10 December 2016 - Christmas Celebration

St Lawrence Church Restoration and Maintenance Appeal Committee Members invite you to join us for ‘Christmas Celebration’ the title for this year’s Seasonal Occasion, which takes place on Saturday evening, December 10th at 7:30, in St Lawrence Church, Lechlade.

The Lechlade Players, John Wright, organ and piano, together with Delores, local singer, combine to bring an enjoyable evening of stirring seasonal music, poetry and prose.  Among the treats on offer are: organ music from The Nutcracker, vintage songs to evoke nostalgia, poems and prose from Shakespeare, C. Day Lewis, John Betjeman, Robert Frost, Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and Dylan Thomas, Swansea’s most famous son.  There will be pirates, chestnuts roasting, wassailing and seasonal songs.

We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an evening of exceptional Christmas entertainment.

Tickets cost £10 (including a glass of wine or soft drink) and are available from Lechlade Post Office or Helen F. S. Jones, 01367 252402, e-mail:


Cheltenham Bach Choir Christmas Concert with the Onyx Brass Ensemble

Saturday December 17th, 7.30pm, Cheltenham College Chapel (Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD)

Join us for this musical celebration of Christmas in the wonderful setting of Cheltenham College Chapel! The Cheltenham Bach Choir, conducted by David Crown, will be joined by the Beauregard Youth Choir and the world-famous Onyx Brass Ensemble (“easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain” - BBC Music Magazine) in an evening of seasonal delights for all the family. With music ranging from Gabrieli to Martin Guerre, and carols for all to sing, there is something for everyone. An unmissable start to the Christmas holiday!

Christmas ConcertTickets available online (small booking fee applies):

Box office ticket sales (small booking fee applies):  0333 666 3366

Email ticket sales (no fee):

Tickets also available from choir members and on the door.

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