Iford Arts announces new season and new Artistic Director Oliver Gooch appointed to lead ambitious opera company into 2020 and beyond.
Following on from a successful 2019 season, which saw Iford Arts move away from long time home Iford Manor and explore exciting new venues. Iford Arts is thrilled to announce a return to The Guildhall Bath in May with a semi-staged version of Franz Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow.2020 also sees the return to the stunning grounds of Grade 1 Belcombe Court with a new production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen in August. And in September, Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company bring Handel’s Acis and Galatea to Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon which has recently undergone a stunning £2million transformation.
Not to be missed are the two phenomenally successful Picnic Prom events and the Iford Arts Young Artists concerts. Headlining our first prom, after her record breaking sell out show, is Clare Teal and her Trio on 28th August with Classico Latino closing the festival with fireworks on 5th September. The Young Artists Concert returns with two back to back concerts showcasing the very best young starry singers as they make their way up the ladder of success. There is another chance to hear the Iford Arts Young Artists perform at the American Museum as part of their 4th July celebrations.
Music Director of Iford Arts since 2005, Oliver Gooch steps into the role of Artistic Director from 2020. The British conductor balances his orchestral engagements with extensive work in opera in the UK and abroad. His orchestral and operatic conducting career to date has seen collaborations with the LSO, Philharmonia, RPO, BBC Symphony, Hallé, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Opera North; and further afield, RTE National Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, AsLico and New York Sinfonietta.
Oliver remains committed to nurturing new talent and will continue to spearhead the development of the Iford Arts’ New Generation Artists programme.
Oliver Gooch, Artistic Director, says of his appointment: “Iford Arts has established itself as the home for opera in the South West and I am honoured and delighted to be its new Artistic Director. Building on the extraordinary legacy of Judy Eglington, I am looking forward to leading Iford Arts’ artistic vision at this exciting time of development, building on its reputation for making bold and ambitious work in extraordinary places."
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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The villages of Kempley, Oxenhall & Dymock within the “Golden Triangle” will once again celebrate the birth of spring when carpets of wild daffodils burst forth for visitors to see. Visitors can expect a wide range of activities across the three villages. The programme includes weekend events at each village with organised walks, luscious Daffodil lunches, teas, exhibitions in the local churches and at Kempley trips on the Daff & ride bus.
This year, Awnells Farm, Countryside Restoration Trust will also offer a farm open day.
Free parking is available at all the venues and full programmes are shown below and online.
21 March & 22 March 2020 - West Country
Game Fair at Royal Bath and West Showground, Somerset,
FIRST MAJOR GAME FAIR OF THE YEAR – THE BEST IN THE WEST
Great for field sports: Shooting, fishing and gun dogs. Also a large array of country food, local producers and a Game Cookery Theatre
Two days of excellent countryside demonstrations in the indoor and outdoor arenas, Fabulous shopping opportunities including country clothing, rifles, gun accessories, gundog equipment, feed, stalking equipment and much more.
10 to 13 March 2020 - Cheltenham Racecourse National Hunt Festival
(Gold Cup Week)
Be a part of the extraordinary atmosphere created at the Home of Jump racing as we host the most prestigious and unmissable Jump racing event of the year.
The Cheltenham Festival is a bucket list event that captures the world producing unmissable moments that last lifetime.
The crowds will come alive as they watch 28 races across four extraordinary days. The horses will race up the Cheltenham Hill in their bid to become a Festival winner, an achievement that every jockey, owner, and trainer dream of.
The World Famous National Hunt Racing Festival at Cheltenham racecourse. 01242 513014 Cheltenham Racing.
27 to 29 March 2020 - Bibury Literary Festival at St Mary's Church, Bibury,
'Our Special Relationship with the US' is the theme of the second Bibury Literary Festival. Join us for a weekend of fascinating and inspirational talks from such names as Christopher Meyer, Jonathan Aitken and Nicholas Coleridge. Tickets will be on sale below from 1st Feb 2020.
Date: Saturday 21 March 2020
Venue: St Gregory'sChurch, Cheltenham, GL50 3PR
Performance: 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm)
Music by 17th Century female composers,
also "Beatus Vir" - Claudio Monteverdi
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE at this link https://bit.ly/2RpND3c PRICE: £12 full price,
Under 18s free
PROGRAMME 2020 Saturdays at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Painswick
Tea with homemade sandwiches and cakes is available after the concert
March 21st 2020 Tasmin Little (violin)
Piers Lane (piano)
Tasmin Little has established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists and has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Tasmin will be stepping down from the concert platform during the summer of 2020 after around 2000 performances over 30 years.
Saturday, 4th April 2020, 7.30pm Burford Singers – Bach St John Passion
Church of St John the Baptist
Burford OX18 4RY
Burford Singers with
Benedict Hymas – Evangelist
John Stainsby - Christus
Alison Rose – Soprano
James Neville – Counter-tenor
Laurence Kilsby - Tenor
Freddie Long - Bass
Leader: Theresa Caudle
Conductor: Brian Kay
There will be quilt displays, demonstrations, traders and sales table, and more!. Refreshments are available. This year our raffle is in aid of Maggie's, Medical Detection Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.. We have made a beautiful quilt, which is first prize. For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 4th April 2020, 7.30pm - Cheltenham Choral Society Spring Concert at
Christ Church, Cheltenham GL50 2JH
Conductor: Alexander Thacker Cotswold Sinfonia Leader: David Lewis Continuo Organ: Alison Howell.
Unreserved Tickets £18 under 13s free Buy on the door, from choir members or via eventbrite.co.uk Contact us at email@example.com www.cheltchoral.org.uk
PROGRAMME 2020 - Saturdays at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Painswick
Tea with homemade sandwiches and cakes is available after the concert
April 4th 2020
Orchestra of the Swan
Orchestra of the Swan is one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras. OOTS is passionate about promoting new music and has premiered more than 70 new works. OOTS has been enormously successful in musical outreach in the Midlands area.
Wed 15 April to Sat 18 April 2020 - Sherston Drama Groul presents Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee at Sherston Village Hall - 7.30pm.
Adapted for the stage by Daniel O'Brien
The play is a vivid memoir of Laurie Lee’s childhood in the Slad Valley near Stroud where time was measured by the seasons and the pace of a horse. It was a timeless place where life had barely changed in a thousand years, but is now on the verge of huge changes.
Laurie and his five siblings lived in poverty surrounded by their mother’s love. Theirs was a childhood full of adventures, both real and imagined, in a village full of characters including warring grannies, a fearsome teacher, a school bully and a girl named Rosie....
Adults £8 Concessions £6.50. Box Office - Sherston Post Office Stores
Booking Line - 07791 544243
Easter Monday 13 April 2020 - Paxford Races North Cotswold Hunt Point to Point
The course opened in 1997 thanks to the generosity of hunt stalwart Geoff Adams, and provides an excellent days entertainment for the whole family, with good views of the race course, betting facilities, picnic spaces, hound displays, trade stands, bars, food stalls, hospitality and children’s amusements.
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
Spring VWH Fun Ride at Cirencester Park
Sunday 5 April 2020
By kind permission of the Earl Bathurst, this 10 mile fun ride offers the advantage of no road work and unlimited space. Our well organised event is great as a schooling session for the young horse with a huge variety of inviting optional fences of all sizes - and is equally as fun for the experienced partnerships who want to go round at their own pace. All ages and abilities welcome.
With clearly signed trails covering over 1O miles of parkland in Gloucestershire’s most beautiful country estate, the park boasts some of the most stunning vistas in England. Spring is a fantastic time of year to appreciate the seasonal colours of historic woodland and wide sweeping tree lined avenues. So come and make a day of it! (entry via Two Mile Lodge, Stroud Road,GL7 6JT) We are proud to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
1ST CLASS IMAGES PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER – PHOTOS TO TAKE HOME ON THE DAY VWH NOSEBAG FOR BURGERS, BACON BUTTIES, TEA, COFFEE THE HAYBAR LICENSED FOR BEER, CIDER, WINE, SOFT DRINKS MIDWAY REFRESHMENTS CHILDREN’S EASTER EGG HUNT AND ROSETTESFOR ALL AT THE FINISH AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO OUR RAFFLE - GREAT PRIZES INCLUDING FREE ENTRY FOR A GROUP OF UP TO 5 PEOPLE AT THE 2018 VWH AUTUMN FUN RIDE FIRST RIDERS 10am – LAST RIDERS 2.30pm Adults £20 in advance and £25 on the day, under 16’s £15 in advance and £20 on the day Online entries https://www.horse-events.co.uk/horse-events/vwh-fun-ride-cirencester-park-150418/
Thursday 23 April 2020 - 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 Union Jack 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.
Morris Dancing on St. George's Day
The Traditional Ilmington MM : St George's Day - Every year The Ilmington Morris Men celebrate St George’s Day. Again, they return to the village of Lower Brailes, in the evening, to dance at the Church of St George and The George Hotel.
Chipping Campden MM : St George's Day - Chipping Campden from 6:30pm.
Gloucestershire MM :St George's Day - 7:45 pm with Miserden Morris and Stroud Morris Dancers at the carpenters Arms, Miserden. Followed with Music & Song inside.
Shakespeare Morris :St. George's Day - 8:00 pm 'til late - The Boar's Head, Hampton Lucy CV35 8BE. Morris Dancing including several excellent guest teams, St George Mummer's Play and music session to follow
& Saturday 27th April - All day Shakespeare's Birthday Parade - Stratford-upon-Avon.
9 to 17 May 2020 - Stratford upon Avon
Celebrating its 13th year in 2020, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is we run a programme of education events in local schools as well as workshops in prisons helping prisoners write bedtime stories for their children.
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.
PROGRAMME 2020 - Saturdays at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Painswick
Tea with homemade sandwiches and cakes is available after the concert
April 25th 2020
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)
Roderick Williams performs a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. He won the Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was awarded the OBE for services to music in June 2017.
The City men, and many other Morris sides, take part in the traditional May morning celebrations in Oxford.
The men can be found gathering on the Oxford side of Magdalen bridge to listen to the choir of Magdalen College singing from the top of the college tower.
Dancing begins around 6.15 a.m. in Radcliffe Square, beside the famous Camera, and continues for nearly three hours at various locations, including Broad Street, St Giles, and the Kings Arms!
After breakfast most of the teams go off to other events around the district. In recent years, the festivities have continued from midday into the afternoon in North Parade, Oxford, just off the Banbury Rd.
5 May to 10 May 2020 - Cheltenham
International Jazz Festival
The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 returns in May with a broad spectrum of world-class contemporary jazz, blues, soul, R&B and pop. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Cheltenham The Festival Town from May 5-10, this year’s programme once again delivers a balance of core jazz and mainstream offerings from today’s biggest stars, heritage legends and next-generation talent, with an impressive spread of UK exclusives and special commissions in the mix.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 is hosted in a tented festival village in the town centre’s Montpellier Gardens featuring the Henry Westons Big Top stage, Jazz Arena, Free Stage, Yamaha Discovery Space, a programme of family activities and events and a food, drink and market area. The Festival reaches beyond the festival village into Cheltenham bringing jazz to venues throughout the day until late into the night. These include Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College Parabola Arts Centre, Hotel du Vin, The Daffodil and a new pop-up venue Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter plus a dozen more clubs and bars and three street stages in the …around town programme supported by Cheltenham BID.
In association with BBC Radio 2
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of Europe’s leading jazz festivals, featuring international headline acts, cutting-edge jazz and unique collaborations. Guest Curator Gregory Porter adds star quality and special guests to the line-up.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a charity which creates world-class cultural festivals and year-round accessible talent development, outreach and education programmes. Over 225,000 visitors a year are inspired by its Literature, Science, Jazz and Music Festivals. Cheltenham Jazz Festival started in 1996.
Sunday 17th May 2020 - Abingdon Air & Country Show
As part of the 2020 Helicopter Meeting theme the flying display makes a return, contrary to previous announcements, and will be predominantly helicopters. This display will be split in to two sections, with falconry and radio controlled model aircraft taking part too.
On the ground the arena displays, childrens' amusements, live music and classic and ex military vehicles will continue. Back after a few years' absence is the craft marquee, a firm favourite!
As usual the show will be run under the regulations as set by the Military Aviation Authority.
7 May to 10 May 2020 -
Malvern Spring Festival Show at Three Counties Showground
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.
Thursday 14 May and Thursday 21 October 2020 -
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 14th May and 21st 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.
TBA May 2020 - Stanton Spring Fete and Novelty Dog Show
Stanton Social Committee are holding their Annual Spring Fete and Novelty Dog Show on Saturday 16 May between 12:00 and 16:00 in the garden of Stanton Manor Hotel, Stanton St Quintin, SN14 6DQ.
Find all the fun of a traditional village fete with plenty for the family to enjoy, along with a group of dogs each competing to be the best. A Licensed Bar will be available with BBQ and Tea Tent.
Supporting Julia’s House (providing practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting conditions) and Teach Us Too’ (the charity associated with Jonathan Bryan) as well as Stanton Primary School and Stanton Parish Hall. Venue ½ mile North from M4, J17.
Adults £2, Children Free
18 May to 25 May 2020 - Winchcombe Festival
Music and Arts
The Festival is a non-profit making organisation run by people in Winchcombe for people in Winchcombe, bringing live music and arts to Winchcombe. We showcase local talent as well as many wonderful performers and artists from further afield.
This year we are celebrating the Tudors in Winchcombe.
Saturday 16 May 2020 - Burford, Oxfordshire
Levellers Day 10.30am - 3.30pm
On 17 May in 1649, on the orders of Cromwell, three Levellers's leaders were executed outside Burford Church. Each year we gather there for a day of celebration and commemoration of the ideas of the English Levellers' - democracy, equality and religious freedom.
Its a day of political debate, radical history, song and music. With high profile speakers, historians, entertainers and family fun, it is a great day out in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The day starts with a commemoration by the church and then accompanied by music and song we march up the hill to the recreation ground for a programme of politics, debate, childrens activities, refreshments and music.
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.
15 May to 17 May 2020 - Winchcombe
Cotswolds Walking Festival
Choose from 25 different walks.
Winchcombe is a “Walkers are Welcome” town and a prime centre for people who love the outdoors, especially walking. The status is given to towns and villages that have something special to offer walkers. With pubs, shops and accommodation coupled with a lovely atmosphere and a great location, you can’t go wrong.
The historic town is a great walking centre and offers a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. There are town walks, historical walks or walks across the unspoilt Cotswold landscape. The variety is diverse, including a Roman villa, a Neolithic burial mound, a steam railway, common land and impressive views across to the Malvern Hills and Wales.
Alternatively there are walks where you can discover the beautiful views of the Cotswolds and the flora and fauna of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
6th Lechlade Annual Vintage Rally & Country Show
23/24/25 May 2020
LANGLEY FARM, LANGLEY LANE, CLANFIELD OX18 2RZ
Opening at 10.00 am all days
This year include, Classic Cars, Classic Motor Cycles, Commercial Vehicles, Collections, Miniature Steam, Tractors, Model Tent, Classic Caravans, Craft Tent. for the children Fun Fair, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, West Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, Parrots and much more.
This year’s Ring events,
SAT:- Blue Cross Fun Dog Show, Great Western Youth Band & Britannia Majorettes
SUN :- Morris Dancing
MON:- SNDog Rescue from Swindon, (Save Needy Dogs) Fun Dog Show
Boot Sales, Trade Stands, Auto Jumble, Car Boot. Food and Drink. Raffle & Tombola all days. Car Parking Free.
Now we have a bigger field we are able to offer `all weekend` CAMPING FOR VISITORS FREE
Admission £4.00 Adults. £2.00 Concessions. Under 16`s Free (With paying adult.)
Come along with the family and enjoy the day.
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La Vie en Bleu incorporating La Vita Rossa
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May 2020
A celebration of French and Italian cars, music and entertainment
“The event is quintessentially British - a mini Goodwood Festival of Speed set in the glorious Cotswolds. It’s a club motor sport at its best, where visitors can mingle with the cars, speak to the drivers, and watch rare historic vehicles to modern day supercars being pushed to their limits”. Nick Mason, Drummer from Pink Floyd, historic racer and avid car collector.
'La Vie en Bleu' returns to Prescott on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019. The spectacular two-day event is a firm favourite on the motoring calendar and celebrates all things French & Italian.
Prescott Hill Climb (Home of the Bugatti Owners’ Club) will once again be transformed into a celebration of fine French and Italian automobiles, action-packed motor racing, and a whole host of entertainment to keep the whole family entertained.
Visiting French and Italian car clubs all welcome! Own a French or Italian car? You can be part of it too! Why not enter it in to our Orchard display area
Monday 27th May 2019 - Tetbury
Woolsack Races starting at 10am
It is thought that the races originated in the 17th Century by young drovers showing off to
local women by running up the hill carrying a woolsack. An official race day has been going
for over 30 years now with world records entered in the ‘Guinness book of Records’.
The course is 280 yards long up and down a hill which has a 1 in 4 gradient, so the men's record
of 3.5 minutes is no mean feat!
The Woolsack Races form
the central attraction of a fund-raising day which includes an all-day street market, a charity
auction, a village fete, street entertainers, marching bands and more entertainment for all
For more information on Tetbury. Web: www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk
We have a pretty good idea of what will be on the programme, but please be patient while we apply the finishing touches. The details will be published soon. We hope you will be as excited by it as we have been putting it together.
Upwards of 40 contests annually attempt to chase a rolling cheese wheel down the hill for what may be the strangest competition in the history of mankind. However, the rich tradition dates back several hundred years validating the race as a world-famous event. The legacy lives on without a conclusive origin, yet many attest that it spawned during the early 1800s to celebrate the turn of winter and a fresh batch of crops.
Set in the stunning surrounds of Grittleton House, plant lovers and “foodies” are in for a real treat, with the chance to browse the many stalls selling plants from specialist nurseries, stunning accessories for your “room outside”, and delicious local artisan produce. It is going to be a fantastic day out for friends and family. Refreshments will be available.
Organised by children's charity Action Medical Research, a special guest appearance by the big fluffy mascot himself, Paddington Bear will be there to greet the younger members of the family. Free parking is available. Details can be found at https://action.org.uk/grittleton.
Barnsley Festival, already known and loved by thousands, celebrates its 31st anniversary and was founded by one of Britain’s greatest gardeners, the late Rosemary Verey.
The small Cotswold village of Barnsley, still an unspoilt corner of England, holds several examples of her work, from her own splendid garden at Barnsley House Hotel to smaller gardens in and around the village.
25, 26, 27 May 2019 - 5th Lechlade Annual Vintage
Rally & Country Show
Our 5th Lechlade Annual Vintage Rally & Country Show will take place at LANGLEY FARM, LANGLEY LANE, CLANFIELD OX18 2RZ commencing at 10am on all days.commencing at 10.00 am both days.
Classic cars, classic motor cycles, commercial vehicles, collections, miniature steam, tractors, model tent, classic caravans, crafts, funfair, bouncy castle, face painting, West Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, parrots and much more.
This year's Ring events,
SAT: Blue Cross Fun Dog Show, Great Western Youth Band
SUN: Morris Dancing & Britannia Majorettes
Boot sales, trade stands, auto jumble, food and refreshments. Raffle
16th Chadlington Beer Festival
Saturday 1 June 2019, from midday
Chadlington Memorial Hall, Chapel Road, Chadlington, Oxfordshire, OX7 3NX
Doors open at midday, until 11pm
The fantastic Chadlington Beer Festival – beer, cider, lager, wine, Pimms, gin, live music all day, BBQ, tea tent, kids stuff. Gate price is £10 - this includes a Festival Glass, programme and some beer tokens. There are around 20 ales to enjoy - beer tokens can also be used to purchase cider, Pimms and wine too. Non-beer drinkers are free.
Children's entry is £3 per child, with all activities then free and unlimited (except for the face painting).
There is a motivator behind all this merriment, and that is to raise funds for the Friends of Chadlington School (FOCS), with all money raised subsidising some fantastic school trips and paying for the 'extras' that the school wouldn't otherwise be able to afford.
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.
This is the eighth year we have held this event and it grows in size and popularity every year. We will have a large variety of attractions for all the family to enjoy and we expect to have in excess of 300 cherished cars attending as well as a performance arena, a fairground, Local Foods, Craft, Charity and Trade Stands.
The entrance will be £6 for adults (children under 10 go free) and all money raised will go to Lions Charities - local, national and international. For more detail:
9 June 2019 - Whit Sunday, St Briavels
Bread and Cheese Dole
At St Mary's Parish Church after the evening service crowds wait outside to receive the 'dole'
Small pieces of bread and cheese are thrown into the air from large baskets and are caught
In past times each person who claimed the 'dole' had to pay a penny which then entitled him
to cut and take wood from Hudnalls or the Free Woods.
The event is said to date from the time of Milo, Earl of Hereford, in the twelfth century but
was first recorded in 1799.
more information: Bread
and Cheese Dole
4 to 6 June 2019 - St Leonard’s Church, Bledington
Music Festival. All concerts each day - Concerts at 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church, Bledington.
Saturday 8th June 2019 - Broadwell and Donnington Village Fete from 1-5pm.
A traditional, and some might say, the best village fete in the North Cotswolds held on the village green of beautiful Broadwell village.
Events include Chipping Campden Morris Dancers, circus skills for kids, a dog show, tug of war, barbecue, afternoon teas, cake stall, plant stall, coconut shy, ice creams, milkshakes, tombolas, toy stall, games, Pimms, strawberries and cream from our local dairy, book stall, welly wanging, raffle, games and duck races in the brook alongside the green. And much more too. Come and experience a traditional summer fete in this beautiful location.
8 June 2019 - Ramsden Village Fete and Dog Show
at the Playing Field, OX7 3AX
The West Oxfordshire fête that everyone loves: a traditional event with a modern twist – fun for everybody. The Food Hall, open from midday, has a wide range of hot and cold foods to suit all tastes. The bar offers Pimms, Prosecco and artisan gins from local suppliers
This year there will be even more craft stalls, and dog agility displays alongside the Dog Show – yes, this is a dog-friendly event.
For children there is a small fairground, water splash, bouncy castles, coconut shy, try-your-strength plus many more games. Games for old and young include tug-of-war and egg-throwing. If you need a rest, sit down and enjoy Maypole Dancers, Clog Dancers, Morris Men, the Yarnton Brass Band and West Oxfordshire clarinets.
The fête is on Saturday 8th June and runs from NOON to 4pm (food & drink stalls from 12pm) and is at the Playing Field in the middle of Ramsden OX7 3AX. Adults £1 5-15 years 50p Under 5s free.
Visit the Ramsden Village Events Facebook page for regular updates. Call 01993 868 764 or email email@example.com for general enquiries and about stalls.
Visit www.ramsdenvillage.co.uk website for general information.
Sunday 9 June 2019 - Hidden Gardens & Sculpture of Rodborough
Location: Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL53NF
11am – 5 pm, Tickets: £6.00 per adult, children free
Rodborough's fourth Hidden Gardens and Sculpture Trail promises to be a visual extravaganza and is an exciting addition to Stroud's calendar of key cultural events.
For the day, resident gardeners will be throwing open their gates to welcome garden enthusiasts and art lovers. These beautiful, hidden gardens in and around Church Place, Rodborough, range from smaller more intimate cottage style to more substantial landscaped gardens reflecting the individual characters of the owners. These include the fascinating 'secret garden' surrounding Rodborough Court.
The event showcases a dozen or so artists and sculptors, many of whom will be there to talk about their work. We are delighted to welcome back Helen Lomberg, Tom Harvey, Gabriel Bennett Marion Mitchell, along with many new faces as well.
Building on the success of the last event we will be holding an exhibition of sculpture created by local primary school children on the subject of Re-Cycle and Re-Use. There will be free drop-in art workshops for children, book signings by local author Katie Fforde and guided tours of the gardens of the historic Rodborough Court.
There will be a range of stalls in Church Place selling local produce and plants with delicious refreshments served in The Old Endowed School. Sorry, but we have limited access for dogs.
Proceeds this year will go to The Old Endowed School, St Mary Magdalene Church, Mothers in Mind and Stroud Valleys Project.
How to get event tickets
Advance tickets from Stroud Valleys Project or The Prince Albert, or on the day from The Old Endowed School.
Our gardens are in Church Place, Rodborough. Parking at the Stroud Rugby Football Club GL5 3HS.
Postcode for Sat Nav: GL5 3NF (please verify before travelling)
Find approximate location on Google Maps (new window)
Saturday 8 June 2019 - Southrop Village Fete
The RAF Falcons are dropping into Southrop Village Fete on Saturday 8th June!!
They’re the UK’s premier military parachute display team and in huge demand all over Britain and Europe, so it’s a real honour to have them land in our lovely Cotswold village.
The display will start around 3.45pm and once they've landed, the team will be happy to meet you, sign autographs and answer any questions you might have.
Not only that, there's all the usual traditional stalls like SPLAT THE RAT, KIDS' LUCKY DIP and the BOTTLE TOMBOLA, you can try your hand at ARCHERY and have a bounce around on our selection of fun INFLATABLES.
Bring your four-legged friends too and enter them into our fun DOG SHOW. Could your pet pooch win Scruffiest Dog, Waggiest Tail, Most Appealing Eyes or Best Trick?
There'll be tea and cakes on offer in the Village Hall, but if you fancy something a bit stronger, Pimm's and local ales will be on offer in the Beer Tent - perfect for washing down our delicious Hog Roast.
It’s lots of fun for all the family so don’t miss Southrop Village Fete on Saturday June 8th. Gate open at 1pm.
Saturday 8 June 2019 - Local Cotswolds Band FAELAND playing at Tetbury Goods Shed
7.30pm to 9.45pm
The music is beautiful, enchanting, uplifting, technically impressive and extremely accessible. Faeland have audiences singing along and being moved instantaneously, regardless of whether or not you have heard their music before; There is something in the words and melodies which goes deeper than the everyday, touching on the mystical and the unspoken. The songs are performed on acoustic guitars, double bass, accordion, banjo, charango, violins, lush vocals and Celtic harp.
Sunday 9 June 2019 2pm to 6pm - Open Gardens at Elkstone Village
Organised and supported by villagers to raise funds for upkeep of the local church and our Village Hall this event offers a unique opportunity to visit this very special Cotswold village and see it in detail not normally accessible to the casual visitor. During the afternoon you can amble through a selection of beautiful private gardens. You can browse the stalls enjoy cream teas, homemade cakes or ice creams, play garden games, follow a village history trail, and enjoy a tractor ride through farmland with sensational views.
The church of St. John isknown for its unusual dovecote above the chancel and its quite exceptional Norman arches in the chancel and sanctuary bathed in golden light. It boasts a wonderful Norman tympanum above the south door. It is said by those who know that it is well worth taking a detour to explore the church and its striking collection of Norman arches and decorative features. On this special afternoon you cannot only soak up the atmosphere, made more special with glorious flower displays but you can also hear the bells and visit the bell tower. The working medieval bell frame has recently been identified as of national historical significance and the bells tell the story of bell foundries from 1657 to 1977.
Elkstone lies midway between Cheltenham and Cirencester just off the A435 or A417.
Adults £5.00, Children free, Parking included. No dogs please. Elkstone Village - follow car park signs
N51o 48’ 37.7” W02o 02’ 45.6”,
OS Explorer Map 179, SO968122
14th to 16th June 2019 - Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
This Festival at Cheltenham is a gastronomic delight, with over 226 exhibitors; the scope of local & regional products on show ensures there is something for everyone.
You’ll find an astonishing variety of victuals from oatcakes to aphrodisiac Quince, the widest range of baked goods, meats, fish, cheeses, jams, chutneys and much more on offer; this is the regional food event not to be missed.
The Bollinger Champagne Pavilion, an exclusive corner of Montpellier Gardens invites you to enjoy the finest perfectly chilled glass of champagne or why not sample the full decadent experience and share a bottle of Champagne on ice, with friends.
Open Times: Friday 12noon to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Sunday 9th June 2019 - ELKSTONE VILLAGE GARDENS OPEN DAY
(Post Code GL53 9PD)
This Open Day not only allows you to amble through private gardens but also offers a unique opportunity to savour this very special Cotswold village in a way not normally accessible to the casual visitor.
In addition to seeing and enjoying the gardens you can visit our Grade 1 listed Norman church made extra special on the day with glorious flower displays, you can hear the bells, visit the bell tower, enjoy tractor rides through the surrounding countryside, play garden games, relax with cream teas, homemade cakes or ice creams and visit stalls to take back a reminder of a special day.
See the environmental initiatives in the churchyard including our wildflower Coronation Meadow now in its second season when we hope several species will be flowering, bug houses installed to encourage wildlife and our environmentally friendly loo. No dogs please.
A very special treat awaits visitors this year when our local artists, all resident in the village, combine to put on an exhibition which will show the history of the village in art and environmentally friendly art based on recycling.
Visit the beautiful Norman church, the highest in the Cotswolds, hear the bells, visit the bell tower and see the environmental friendly initiatives including an eco-loo, emerging wild flower meadow and bug houses.
All proceeds from the event go towards the upkeep of our church and our village hall.
Cost: Adults £5.00, children free.
How to get event passports:
Tickets available on the day at the car park field or at various sites around the village.
Contact the organisers: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Around 25 gardens will be open from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day
Come and enjoy a wide variety of gardens and the friendly atmosphere of this beautiful Worcestershire village, situated in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the lower slopes of Bredon Hill. Light lunches and cream teas served in our refreshment marquee from 12pm, as well as rolls, tea and cakes served by the WI in the Village Hall. Full meals available all day in The Star, our village pub. Quality plants and craft goods will also be on sale.
Free exhibition of photographs of Bredon Hill in St Barbara’s Church.
Free car parking and free minibus service around the village.
Adults £6, children under 16 free of charge. Free illustrated programme for all visitors.
Sunday 9th June 2019 2.00pm to 6.00pm - Winchcombe Open Gardens
Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Winchcombe is in the Cotswold’s countryside, within a few miles of both Broadway and Cheltenham. The gardens range from designer gardens to smaller and more intimate cottage style. A range of gardens will be open, with a different selection each year. This year we have approximately 17 gardens opening, all within an easy walking distance of the Church.
Organized by the Friends of St Peter's Church, a charity helping to preserve and maintain the Grade I listed building and churchyard located in the Centre of town.
Plant and Tea Sales
There will be plants and teas available to buy from 1-6pm from St Peter's Church.
£6.00 adults, under 12s free.
How to get Event Tickets/Map
From about 2 weeks before the event from Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre (TIC), or on the day from the TIC from 10am-4pm, Winchcombe's Back Lane car park (near library) from 1-4pm or any open garden from 2-6pm.
Sadly, only appropriate assistance dogs can accompany visitors
Parking available at Library car park (postcode below), Bull Lane car park, and Abbey Terrace.
Postcode for Sat Nav: GL54 5PZ .
Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 June 2019 - Prescott Bike Festival
Prescott Bike Fest celebrates engineering excellence; from rare, classic, modern, customised to hand built motorbikes and some pretty wacky contraptions too! This year for the first time, the event has been extended to two days. Aside from all the incredible machinery, there’s a stellar line-up of entertainment to keep the whole family entertained. Throughout the weekend there’s non-stop live music, special guest appearances, ‘On the Edge Stunt Show’, Show ‘n’ Tell area, passenger ride experiences, large kids zone, over 100 quality trade stands, clubs, a beer tent, the Blood Bike Village and great food. You can grab yourself a bargain or maybe treat yourself to a new bike from one of the dealers or manufacturers represented including Harley Davidson, Ducati, Triumph, Honda and MV Augusta.
Event Address: Prescott Speed Hillclimb, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9RD Tickets and Times: Advance tickets start at just £10
Under 16s go free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Saturday: 11:00am until 11:00pm
Sunday: Gates open 08:30; track action starts 09:30, closes at 17:00
CLASSIC VEHICLE DAY AT TODDINGTON STATION
ON THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE STEAM RAILWAY
SUNDAY 9th JUNE 2019 - ALL DAY
Combine the scene of historic road transport with a backdrop of vintage trains at Toddington station . Normal ticket prices for those wishing to travel to Winchcombe or Cheltenham Racecourse Stations , but for those just planning to admire the cars there will be a small admission charge.
Visit www. gwsr.com for further information or please call 01242 621405
Thursday 13 June 2019 - Broadway Museum
Tickets for Dr Caroline Palmer's talk on Painting Faces: The Art of Flattery are now available.
They cost £10, or £9 for Friends and Benefactors, and admission includes a glass of wine or soft drink.
Early artists' manuals contain recipes for cosmetics as well as for pastels and paint, while instructions on how to enhance the face mimic those for making portraits. Focusing on works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Dr Caroline Palmer will explore the relationship between cosmetics and portraiture.
Saturday 13 June 2020 - National Autistic Society
With their clear lakes, beautiful scenery and wildlife, the Cotswolds are perfect for our multiactivity challenge. Our day will begin by canoe on one of the Water Park's 150 plus lakes. Once off the water we will then cycle on flat roads through the beautiful Cotswold countryside.
We will then trek our way through the maze of lakes in Water Park for the final challenge of the day. In the case of single day events, you can expect around eight hours of full on multi activity.
15 to 16 June 2019 - 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 - £7.50 per day or £10.00 for both days. Teas and plants available.
The Three Counties Showground , Malvern, Worcestershire.
Long regarded as the region’s rural showcase, and still its biggest annual event, the
Three Counties Show is a celebration of British food and farming at its very best.
Boasting the real cream of Britain’s pedigree livestock, including rare breeds,
it also features a crop of farming displays, together with tasty regional produce, rural
crafts, country pursuits, quality shopping and action-packed entertainment.
Many of Taynton’s most lovely gardens will be open on
Sunday 16th June from 2.00pm to 6.00pm
A ticket for admission to all the gardens is £5, with children admitted free. Home-made teas will be available in the garden of the Village Hall.
All proceeds are for essential repair works to the fabric of Taynton church.
We look forward to welcoming you to Taynton.
Sunday, 16th June 2019, 7.30pm - Burford Festival Finale Concert
Location - Church of St John the Baptist,
Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro Bob Chilcott: Dances of Time
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no 2
Alexander l’Estrange: Songs of a Rainbow Nation
Beethoven: Choral Fantasia
Burford Singers with
Maria Marchant – soloist, Shostakovich Piano Concerto Cotswold Chamber Orchestra
Leader: Kate Bailey
Conductor: Brian Kay
Tickets reserved at £23, £19, £15, unreserved £10 Postal booking from 26th April to 10th May Online booking from 17th May at https://www.burfordsingers.org.uk/box-office
(Booking fee applies)
Booking in person (unreserved tickets only) from 17th May The Madhatter Bookshop 122, High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ
29 June 2019 - Northleach Annual Charter Fair
& Music Festival
11am to 11pm on the King George Playing Fields
The Charter Fair is an incredible 788 years old, dating back to 1227 when King Henry III granted the town of Northleach a Charter which allowed a weekly market and an annual fair. The Charter Fair is always the last Saturday of June, that being the closest weekend to the feast day of St Peter and St Paul.
Saturday TBA June 2019 2pm to 5pm - TAYNTON VILLAGE FETE Nr. BURFORD, OX18 4UH
A traditional village fête set in an idyllic Cotswold garden
Come and enjoy the many stalls, games for children of all ages,
Pimms Bar, afternoon teas, Chedworth Silver Band and much,
much more at Taynton’s traditional garden fête.
Forage around the White Elephant stall for that bargain, choose
a delicious homemade cake to take home for afternoon tea,
browse a while at the book stall, get lucky at the bottle stall,
Tombola and Raffle, visit the Home Made Produce and many
Don’t forget the children – There’s Splat
the Rat, a Duck race, Beat the Goalie and more.
Entrance £2 and under 12s are FREE. All proceeds are in aid
Taynton Church and Village Hall.
6 July & 7 July 2019 - Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival, start 10am
This two-day FREE celebration for all the family, is organised by Stratforward - Stratford-upon-Avon's Business Improvement District, on behalf of 430 fabulous town centre shops, cafes, restaurants and other professional businesses.
Since it was established Stratford River Festival has grown to become one of the region’s leading free festivals. 2018 again brought over 70,000 revellers into the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The party continues into the town with so many places to eat and drink or be entertained. Stratford River Festival has won multiple awards including the Pride of Stratford Tourism Initiative of the Year Award, in both 2016 and 2018. Also, the River Festival won Stratford's Best Festival by Stratford On-Line in 2016. 2017 and 2018 - as voted by members of the public. Thank you again!
Sunday 7th July at 3pm - St. Mary’s Church, Painswick
The Thames Head Singers - Summer Concert with afternoon tea
Popular Stroud chamber choir, The Thames Head Singers, will be performing an eclectic selection of love songs including highlights from West Side Story and pieces by Bob Chilcott, Edward Elgar, Billy Joel, and Giovanni Gastoldi. All accompanied by tea and home-made cake…what’s not to love!
The concert will be directed by Andrew Hopwood and accompanied by Peter Tims.
Tickets £10 in advance from The Painswick Pooch Coffee House and The Church Lychgate Office*, £12.00 on the door (under 16’s free).
5, 6, 7 July 2019 - Cornbury Music Festival at The Great Tew Park
Oxfordshire, OX7 4AF
The Cornbury Music Festival is one-of-a-kind: 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 civilised, 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 little old ladies who make exceptional cakes.
The most quintessential of village summer fetes, alongside the River Eye. Live music, BBQ, beer, rose wine and Pimms tents, white elephant, tombola, plants and produce. Plus river racing and homemade cakes. Free parking. From 12noon - 3pm.
13 & 14 July 2019 - 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.
For our 76th Festival this summer we’ll be introducing some new faces. In addition to our first ever Guest Curator Jules Buckley, who appears with his very own Heritage Orchestra, you can hear early music ensemble Sestina celebrating the Bach family, Aurora Orchestra with their pioneering live programme notes, and even take part in a Hubert Parry themed ramble.
We wish Beethoven a happy 250th birthday, celebrating his wonderful music in a number of ways throughout the Festival, and welcome back New English Ballet Theatre in their 10th anniversary year with a magical evening of new choreography with live music.
EBRINGTON VILLAGE FETE, SATURDAY, 13th JULY 2019, 2.00 p.m.
Ebrington’s traditional village fete and family dog show is held at Ebrington Cricket Ground on the outskirts of the village with wonderful views towards Broad Campden, Paxford and Blockley. Free parking will be available opposite the cricket ground. Entrance is £1 for adults and children over 12. Money raised goes to the church and the village organizations.
By popular demand again this year, Chipping Campden Swing Band will accompany the fete. We are also delighted that the children of Campden Academy of Dance will once again perform dance routines for us. There will also be a display of classic and vintage cars, motor cycles and tractors.
All the familiar stalls will be there including: cakes, jams and preserves, produce, books, plants and bric-a-brac as well as flowers, plants, and gift stalls. There will be a grand raffle, bottle stall, traditional Wheel of Fortune, and games such as crown darts, and skittles.
For the children there will be a bouncy castle, children’s magic show, traditional Punch and Judy Show, face painting, and jam jar tombola. There will also be a fascinating display of live insects and creatures entitled Life in the Rainforest.
One of the main attractions is always the Family Dog Show in which families can enter their dogs in the various categories. This is both entertaining to enter and fun to watch. Bring along your dog for this event.
Delicious teas will be served from our marquee, and a barbecue, ice creams, and soft drinks will be available on the field, where The Ebrington Arms, our local village pub, will also be running a beer and cider tent.
Contact: Daphne Law, Secretary Ebrington Village Fete Committee
(Tel: 01386 593286, email: email@example.com )
SATURDAY 13 AND SUNDAY 14 JULY 2019 - CHATEAU IMPNEY
HILL CLIMB 2019
OVER £500M WORTH OF CLASSIC CARS, SUPERCARS, AND HYPERCARS WILL FEATURE IN THE FIFTH EDITION OF THE HISTORIC BRITISH RACING WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
MICHELIN SUPERCAR EXPO, RAF FLYOVERS, TANK AND LANDROVER DRIVING EXPERIENCES, WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT, AND FREE VINTAGE FUN FAIR IN OFF-TRACK PROGRAMME FOR FAMILIES
BENTLEY MOTORS CENTENARY ANNIVERSARY AND MINI 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED AT CHATEAU IMPNEY HILL CLIMB WITH PARADES, DISPLAYS AND COMPETITIVE RUNS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
EXCEPTIONAL DINING, SHOPPING, HOSPITALITY AND VIP EXPERIENCES ON OFFER AT THE MIDLANDS’ MOST STYLISH SUMMER GARDEN PARTY - CELEBRATED BY UP TO 20,000 ATTENDEES.
£5.00 entry per vehicle in advance includes: driver and first passenger plus a cup of tea/coffee, bacon sandwich for the driver; additional bacon roll, tea/coffee £2.50. Additional passengers £1.00 entry each, programme included.
Children’s Games, Tombola, Bar-B-Que, Bar, Cream Teas, Stalls, Raffle.
£1.00 entry and parking for non-entrants. Under-16s free.
All proceeds towards Naunton Village Charity Fund.
19 to 21 July 2019 - Cotswolds Beer Festival
Postlip Tithe Barn near Winchcombe
A celebration of the best beer and cider from near and far - a great event in a classic heritage setting.
The 2017 Cotswold Beer Festvial will be the 41st, making it one of the longest running CAMRA events.
Venue - On the fields behind the Tewkesbury Borough
Council offices, Gloucester Road (part of the site of the original battle of Tewkesbury
Already hailed as Europe's biggest and most spectacular medieval event, Tewkesbury Medieval
Festival is planning to make this anniversary bigger and better than ever. The Battle
of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses 1471.
There will be the usual battle featuring around 2000 knights, archers and men at arms, a colourful and authentic living history camp with families living in complete medieval style for the whole weekend, and a fascinating market selling everything from medieval pots and authentic costumes to toys and individual jewellery.
But this year plans are also in hand for a joust with knights on horseback meeting in combat, a huge street procession, entertainment both on the fair site and throughout the town and much, much more.
The festival will take place on fields behind the Tewkesbury Borough Council offices in Gloucester Road, part of the site of the original battle of Tewkesbury of 1471.
20 July 2019 Pre-War Prescott Garden Party
and Hill Climb Day
Welcome to Pre-War Prescott – a unique motoring event for all pre-war car owners. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere among old friends and new and experience the unrivaled opportunity and thrill of driving your car up this historic speed hill climb venue in the glorious Cotswolds.
Prescott is owned and operated by the Bugatti Owners Club and the event is being hosted by the Vintage Minor Register. Untimed climbs will be available throughout the day for all pre-war cars – saloons included.
No racing license, helmets or flameproof overalls are required, there is no scrutineering and you can take passengers including children up the hill.
BUGATTI OWNERS’ CLUB & PRESCOTT SPEED HILL CLIMB, PRESCOTT HILL, GOTHERINGTON, CHELTENHAM, GLOS. GL52 9RD
6 July 2019 - The Battle Proms Concert
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.
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.
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.
25th - 28th July 2019
Saturday 27 July 2019 - COMPTON ABDALE
Traditional Village Fete set in beautiful gardens.
Stalls include: Produce, Plants, White Elephant, Tombola, Books.
Fun Dog Show – starts at 3pm. Entrance fee £2 per class.
Many games & activities for the whole family.
Teas & Ice Creams, Barbecue, Pimms tent, Gloucester Excelsior Band.
Lower Farm, Compton Abdale. 1.30 pm - 4.15 pm (just off A40 near Northleach)
Admission £2.50 for adults, Children & Parking Free
Sunday, 28th June 2020 - Burford Singers – Summer Concert , 7.30pm.
Church of St John the Baptist,
Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
Schubert: Rosamunde Overture
J S Bach: Lobet den Herrn
Mendelssohn: Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) and Hear My Prayer
Burford Singers with
Charlotte Bowden (Soprano)
Zoe Brookshaw (Soprano)
Oliver Johnston (Tenor)
Robin Baggs (Organ)
Cotswold Chamber Orchestra
Leader: Kate Bailey
Conductor: Brian Kay
Tickets reserved at £25, £20, £15, unreserved £10, children and students half price Postal booking from 20th April to 1st May Online booking from 25th May at http://www.burfordsingers.org.uk/box-office/
(Booking fee applies)
Booking in person (unreserved tickets only) from 25th May The Madhatter Bookshop 122, High Street, Burford OX18 4QJ
A great family day out this summer – all for charity The Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza
Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza
South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester 2-4 August 2019
Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) stage the Annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza 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 country whilst actively raising thousands of pounds for both national and regional charities.
2 to 4 August 2019 - Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park
This renowned event takes place at Gatcombe Park, spectacular home of The HRH Princess Royal and her family and incorporates five British Championships; from the world famous Magic Millions British Open CCI4*-S, won by Olympic Gold Medallists and World Champions alike, to the stars of the future competing in both The Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship and the Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship. But the truly unique side to this event is the inclusion of all elements of British Eventing, with the British Amateur Championships, the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup and the addition of the RoR/NTF Retrained Racehorse Event Championship.
As well as a weekend of top class eventing there will be a shopping village, arena attractions and entertainment for all the family.
3 August to 4 August 2019 - Prescott Hill Climb Vintage Sports Car Club Meeting
This very popular event is organised by the VSCC and for
further information please contact the VSCC on tel.no. 01608 644777.
The first weekend of August this year sees the Club’s annual Speed Hill Climb at the wonderful Cotswold venue. This much loved event will see 260 cars climb the venues short-course; practicing on the Saturday and racing against the clock on the Sunday. The Orchard will again be full of Pre-war cars, whilst the trade stands and auto jumble will remain in place. The Saturday evening traditionally sees live entertainment in the form of bands, whilst the Sunday morning opens with the annual Bike Race.
7th to 11th August 2019 - The NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials
Five action filled days of horse trials in Gloucestershire all held within the stunning surroundings of Hartpury College. The event gets underway with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers on Wednesday before moving onto the Optimum CCI1*, Magic CCI2* and Superflex CIC3* from Thursday.
Enjoy shopping with a view at a variety of trade stands overlooking the International Outdoor Arena, home to the dressage and showjumping phases. Then catch all of the cross country action on Saturday with a shuttle bus service to Hartpury House bank, ensuring the best view of all three testing courses. W: www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk/
10th & 11th August 2019 - Tortworth Vintage Transport Show, Showground off the B4509, Wickwar,
South Gloucestershire (Nr. Bristol) GL12 8LF
Directions: - from the M5 Jct 14 take B4509 for Main Gate. - AA Sign posted
24 to 26 August 2019 - Fishing Festival,
Crown Meadow, Evesham
THIS AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY * 48000 VISITORS
THE UK TOP ANGLERS *ATTRACTIONS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY * FREE ENTRY * CRAFT VILLAGE & FUN FAIR
The Evesham Festival is like no other angling festival in the country.
Fierce competition, star names in action, a tented village to
explore and a fun day out for all the family is always guaranteed. I cannot
think of a better place to be for an August Bank Holiday weekend! It's a
spectacle that you cannot afford to miss!
Sunday 25 Aug 2019 - Minster Lovell
Beer Festival and Village Day
Join us on August Bank Holiday Sunday for a selection of cask ales, ciders, wines and prosecco as well as soft drinks, BBQ, cakes and teas at this picturesque riverside setting on the banks of the beautiful River Windrush.
There'll be music, children's rides, duck races and a variety of stalls raising money for village organisations. Keep up to date with plans on Facebook events Minster Lovell Beer Festival.
Organisers of the Winchcombe Country Show are promising another bumper show this year. The event takes place on Bank Holiday Monday at Winchcombe Senior School Playing Fields and brings you the best in country show fun.
The annual procession through the pretty Cotswold village will have an Olympic Rio theme this year. The procession which starts at 11.30am from the Abbey Field Centre in Back Lane will feature vintage tractors, fancy dress contestants and the Happenstance Border Morris dancers. The procession will arrive at the show site for 12.00 noon.
A key element of the event will be the traditional flower show with many classes featuring creative floral displays, arts, crafts, photography, wine, cookery and preserves. There are lots of prizes and over 50 trophies up for grabs!
The show is a community event and a quintessentially summer occasion for all families to enjoy. It will be jam packed with activities to keep you entertained all day - such as Indian Runner Duck Herding, Olympic It’s a Knockout, the Happenstance Morris Dancers, go-karting, a traditional Punch and Judy show, street entertainment, face painting and much, much more. The Winchcombe Brass Band will be providing the musical backdrop for the day.
There will be many dog friendly games including terrier racing, dog scurry and have a go agility. Please bring your dogs along so that they can enjoy the day as well.
The show will also feature a number of arts and crafts stalls alongside many trade and horticultural stalls so plenty of shopping opportunities!
There will many refreshment stands to keep you energised all day including a tea tent serving delicious homemade cakes and a licensed bar.
Tickets cost £4 per adult and £2 per child. Family tickets (two adults and up to three children) will be £10
On Sunday 28 August prior to the show there will be the Run Winchcombe Event at Sudeley Castle featuring a 5k fun run, a 10k hill climb to the Neolithic long barrow Belas Knapp for the more adventurous and a 1k for 10s and under.
An action packed family weekend for all. Please come along and support this traditional country event.
24 to 26 August 2019 -St. George’s Church in Brailes,OX155HT
Is holding a Wedding Memories Event over the August Bank Holiday weekend from 24th to 26th at 10.30am to 6.00pm on 24th and 26th and 1.00pm to 6.00pm on 25th.
Entry will be free with Donations towards essential maintenance of the Church.
Please come and join us and smile at the changing fashions of wedding dresses and accessories over the last 100 years and remember a special day and help us raise funds for vital repairs of the Church heating system.
There will be ample parking and tea, coffee and cake available all day.
Find us on Facebook - St. George’s Church, Brailes.
25th August 2019 from 10am to 4pm
Tetbury Classic Car Show
At Sir William Romney's School Tetbury GL8 8AE
The event website is www.tetburyclassiccarshow.org. Here you can apply online as well as find our other details about the event. Exhibitors free entry. Public £5 adults under 16 Free.
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.
Saturday 31st August 2019 - Hawkesbury Horticultural Show & Fair
Traditional village Horticultural Show & Fair.
The main attraction is the large produce marquee, full of the biggest & best fruit, vegetables & flowers, home baking, crafts, home made wine & beer, original photographs & pictures – all produced by the local community.
Main entertainment in the arena throughout the afternoon:
- "Meirion Owen and the Quack Pack" - Welsh farmer Meirion and his sheepdogs provide an amazing display along with the "Quack Pack" of Indian Runner ducks, with audience participation.
- Adam's Axemen Display Team
- "A guest appearance by Terry Walton" - Allotment guru Terry appears regularly on Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show.
- Rainbow Gecko Bubble man
- Tractor pull competition
There are also:
- Rogers' fairground rides
- Deer & Hog roast
- Beer & cider tent
- Pimms tent
- Grand Raffle with a fantastic array of prizes
- Archery lessons with the Bath Archers
- Amazing selection of trade, craft & charity stalls
Gates open at 12:30pm.
Crowning of the Carnival Queen on The Plain at 1.30pm, followed by the procession.
The Show prizes are distributed at 5.30pm.
Grand Auction of Produce led by auctioneer Nick Cragg from Country Properties at 7pm.
Come along to the Hawkesbury Show for a great day out!
Gates open 12:30pm. 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 (High Street closed to vehicles 1.15 – 2.00pm)
Hawkesbury Village Hall & Recreation Ground, High Street, Hawkesbury Upton GL9 1AU
Contact telephone: 01454 232910
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival is one of the UK’s premier Bluegrass, Americana and Old-Time music events, held every summer at Kemble Airfield in greenest Gloucestershire.
Kemble Airfield is one of the UK’s quirkiest Festival sites, with vintage bi-planes flying overhead and the guys and gals from the Ogri Motorcycle Club serving a fantastic selection of real ales and ciders at good prices. Experience three days of sensational music on the Main Stage and while late nights away around the bonfire with some really great jam sessions.
Sunday 1st September 2019 from 12 noon
Pebworth Party In The Park
This promises to be a fun-packed afternoon with a great blend of traditional and modern village fete activities; Cow Pat Bingo, Egg Splat, The Red Barrows, Fun Dog Show, Human Fruit Machine, Local Craft Stalls, Produce Show, Street Food, Beer Tent, Afternoon Teas, Tombola, Skittles, Coconut Shy and so much more! £3 for adults, under 16s free of charge.
Pebworth Village Hall Green. CV37 8XA.
7 to 8 September 2019 - Prescott Hill Cimb - British & Midland Championships 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!
Saturday7th SEPTEMBER 2019 - Moreton-in-Marsh
Agricultural and Horse Show
One of the country’s biggest one-day agricultural shows has something for everyone to see, do, taste and buy. That’s its appeal and what organisers pride themselves on providing.
There are 350 trade stands showing or selling everything, from Combine Harvesters to Wellington boots and the very best locally produced food. All day, too, there is some thrilling entertainment in the Grand Arena and Attractions Ring. There is even dancing sheep..
7 September 2019 - The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 at Tewkesbury Abbey 7.30pm
Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.
The Sixteen Harry Christophersconductor
Plainsong Salve Regina Tavener Hymn to the Mother of God Sheppard ‘Gloria’ from Cantate Mass Eric Whitacre Sainte-Chapelle Wylkynson Salve Regina a9 Fayrfax Aeternae laudis lilium Gabriel Jackson Ave Maria Tavener Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God James MacMillan O virgo prudentissima (new commission) Sheppard ‘Agnus Dei’ from Cantate Mass
7 & 8 September 2019 - 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
19h to 22nd September 2019
The Blenheim International Horse Trials
One of the world's premier five day events. Set in the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace, at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and with the Palace as the back drop for all main arena action, the horse trials offers a fabulous opportunity to see some of the world's finest riders and their horses compete against one another in a truly spectacular environment. Web:
Every two years Minchinhampton celebrates its Country Fayre.
The event is designed to be a great community day, the funds from which are distributed to local charities.
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.
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.
Held in 30 acres of beautiful parkland of Frampton Court Estate, this is one of the last truly traditional country fairs.
Join us in celebrating all that is great about the countryside and the people who work and live in it.
Over 400 trade stands, three display rings so much to see and do.
Every Two Years next 15th September 2019
Pig Face Day
Hello......Avening wants to tell you that the Pig
Face Day and Queen Matilda's Feast is being celebrated in full costume, with hog
roast, jesters and band and starts in The Church of the Holy Cross at Avening near Minchinhampton at 6pm. The celebrations will finish
Pig Face Day held on Holy Cross Day in September in Avening.
Starting at 6pm with the Traditional Candlelit service with the presentation of a Boar's
Head by Queen Matilda. Everyone is invited in Medieval dress to commemorate the one
and only commissioning of a Church by a Queen of England. The service is followed by a
torchlight procession to the Feast where there are to be Jesters, Jugglers and fire eaters.
All enquiries (we can help with costumes) to Click Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or
tel. 01453 836390.
We expect nearly 4000 people to attend over 80 events, opening with our world-record setting Regency Costumed Promenade, raising money for the Cancer Care Campaign at the Royal United Hospital here in Bath.
We have a huge range of events for film fans and book buffs alike, including workshops, dances, balls, readings, talks, concerts and theatricals.
Our theme book for this year is Northanger Abbey (first published in December 1817 and set in our very own city of Bath), so expect a touch of the gothic about the Festival this year! We have Northanger Abbey themed tours, a theatrical production and will be reading through the book every day in Bath Central Library.
Lizzy Bennet loved walking and there are plenty of walking tours – both serious and scandalous – that allow everyone to enjoy Bath’s beautiful architecture and scenery while celebrating all things Austen.
22 September 2019 - 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.
5 to 6 October 2019 - Anglo American Autumn Classic Prestcott Hill Climb
The best in Classic Cars with Championship rounds on Saturday for TVR Car Club, TR Register, Historic Rally Cars, American Marques, the final round of our New Barn 'B' Licence Roadgoing Championship as well as the Bugatti Owner's Members Handicap.
Sunday sees Championship rounds for 500 Owners Association, Austin Healey, Morgans, Aston Martins, American Marques, the final round of our Henney's Cider Classic Championship as well as the Bugatti Car Handicap.
First car on the track approx. 8.30am both days. Scheduled finish time around 5.30pm
Children of 14 and under gain free access with a paying adult
2 to 6 October 2019 - 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.
7 to 10 October 2020 - Music at Stow Concert at
St. Edwards Church, Stow-on-the-Wold
Details to be added
11 to 13 October 2019 - 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.
4 to 13 October 2019 - The Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival promises to be a world renowned 10-day celebration of reading, writing and authors once again this autumn – with guest speakers set to include literary legends, politicians, designers, comedians and stars of the stage and screen.
For book lovers, Cheltenham is the only one place to be this autumn. Whether you’re looking for the biggest names in fiction, politics, television, art, food or sport, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has it all.
Thursday 24 October 2019 - 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
28 November to 15 December 2019 - Bath Christmas Market
Running for the second time due to the popularity of public demand set between the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
The Chiristmas Market showcases a range of handmade products in over 120 traditional wooden chalets and last year's event attracted circa 300,000 visitors over the 18 days. Web: www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk
29 & 30 November 2019 - Woodstock Festive Fayre at St Mary Magdalene Church Park Street Woodstock
Woodstock Festive Fayre is returning for its second year and will again take place in St Mary Magdalene Church in the centre of Woodstock, on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November.
Wake Up To Woodstock (WUTW) is delighted to have The Feathers Hotel as the main sponsor this year and we look forward to working with Dominique and his team.
There will be lots to see and savour at WFF 2019 including hot and cold food and drink stands, a wide range of gift and craft stalls and a large selection of goodies including Christmas crackers, cards, gift wrap, Christmas puddings, festive wreaths and tree decorations.
You’ll also find ranges of jewellery for all purses, textiles, pottery and ceramics and much, much more.
30 November 2019 - Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas Market
Moreton's Christmas Market with over 50 stalls lining the High Street selling a great selection of Christmas gifts and food including soaps, candles, jewellery, hand made products for the home, wooden gifts, festive wreaths & garlands to name a few. Further Charity and Local Organisation stalls in the Redesdale Hall, also from 9 am. Local singers and carol singing by the local schools will be on the stage during the day. Carol Service in the afternoon followed by the arrival of Father Christmas & Light Switch-On. Father Christmas will then be in his Grotto in The Redesdale Hall for Children to visit him.
Starts at 9 am Free Entry If you are interested in having a Market Stall or Charity/Local Organisation Stall please contact Maria at email@example.com for more information.
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.
6 DECEMBER 2019: 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!
You are warmly invited to the final event in our NFU Mutual (Moreton-in-Marsh) Lecture Series this year. A Victorian Christmas
by From Time to Time
at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery
on Wednesday 18th December at 7 pm
Doors open from 6.30 pm
To reserve a place costs £10 or £9 for Friends and Benefactors