What's on in the Cotswolds
There is such a diverse range of events in the Cotsowlds, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire areas that the only difficulty is deciding which ones to choose.
Cotswold Events 2013
Thursday 28th November - Sunday 15th December
Bath Christmas Market
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.
Friday 29th November and Friday 6th December
Late Night Christmas Shopping in Broadway
A host of festivities for all the family including carol singers, swing band, horse & carriage rides, street entertainers, pig roast, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and much, much more.
Friday 29th November - Sunday 12th January
Aladdin Pantomime, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Cheltenham’s family-favourite Everyman Theatre is once again expected to draw in crowds from the county over this Christmas, when it stages its 2013 pantomime, the magical tale of Aladdin.
Running matinees and evening performances from Friday 29 November 2013 to Sunday 12 January 2014, panto-loving friends and families will have ample opportunity to fit this must-see event into their festive calendars, which is expected to be filled with laughs-a-minute and the Everyman’s usual sing-a-long songs.
Friday13th and Saturday 14th December
Cheltenham Racing – The International
The StanJames.com International Hurdle, a hugely significant race in its own right, is one of the leading trials for the Stan James Champion hurdle at The Festival. Along with the December Gold Cup and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase on Friday it promises to be a great weekend of racing.
Cotswold Events 2014
New Year’s Racing in Cheltenham
Gloucestershire plays home to one of the finest racing courses in the country – and Cheltenham will once again be hosting its annual New Year’s Day racing, on Wednesday 1 January 2014. Whether you’re a racing expert or want to celebrate the start of a New Year with a day of trackside action in the festive fresh air, the New Year’s Day racing event in Cheltenham promises to be an exhilarating way to spend the day with family and friends.
Saturday 25th January
Cheltenham Festivals Trial Day
Racing fans can pick up clues on the big Cheltenham Festival winners by heading to the racecourse in January 2014 for the anticipated Festival Trials Day. From the stands a grand total of seven races will be taking place from 12.55pm, including The Argento Chase, said to be a valuable trial for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, with organisers calling it ‘the best one-day jump racing meeting anywhere.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February
WWT Slimbridge Festival of Birds 2014
Celebrate birdwatching at this special festival. Visit the hides to see Slimbridge's wild reserve at its busiest time of year. Hear a range of conservation talks from experts and take part in a range of workshops and activities over the weekend. Make sure you also drop in on the special commentated wild bird feed in the Peng Observatory to see thousands of birds including the enchanting Bewick's swans.
Saturday 1st - Sunday 9th February
BITE- The Cotswold Food Festival - Various locations
In and around the North Cotswolds, with miniBITE foodie events also taking place throughout the year across the UK.
Thursday 29th February
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Catch a special concert by the elite BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Cheltenham Town Hall – with works by Bartók, Barber and Mozart lined up.
Tuesday 11th - Friday 14th March
Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup Day
The Festival features the best and the bravest horses and jockeys, nervous and excited trainers and owners, and a wide cast of human characters who come together every year determined to have the time of their lives. For racing's practitioners, Festival glory provides lifelong memories that will never fade and defines careers. Witness the sheer elation of winning connections as they return to the cheers of the crowd and you are seeing dreams fulfilled and years of planning and effort coming to fruition.
Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th April
The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse. Take advantage of a more relaxed pace at Cheltenham Racecourse and the chance to get even closer to the action, at The April Meeting 2014, which also features one of the most important jumping bloodstock sales of the year.
Wednesday 30th April
Hunter Chase Evening - Cheltenham Racecourse
The season finale gives the amateur jockeys their chance to take centre stage at racing’s own ‘Theatre of Dreams’
Sunday 11th - Saturday 24th May
Campden Music Festival - Chipping Campden
One of the Uk's leading music festivals in one of the most beautiful Cotswold towns.
Friday 30th May - Sunday 15th June
Broadway Arts Festival
Celebrating Broadway's artistic heritage and the Arts in Broadway since 1885
Friday 30th May - Sunday 1st June
Wychwood Music Festival 2014
Widely regarded as the UK’s most family and green friendly festival, Wychwood has gone from strength to strength over the years fast becoming the UK’s most successful independent arts event of the summer season.The weekend promises a magical weekend of : Music, Workshops, Comedy, Poetry, Cinema, Children's Literature Festival, Real Ales, Great food, Headphone disco, Healing gardens, and Sculpture Garden.
Sunday 25th May
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Cheltenham
Legendary pianist John Lill will celebrate his 70th birthday by joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the finale of the Cheltenham Concert Series 2013-14. With a reputation for bringing audiences first-class performances across a diverse range of musical repertoires, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra promises an exceptional finale to this year’s Cheltenham Concert Series.
Monday 26th May
Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling
The Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling is expected to make another unofficial comeback in 2014, with spectators flocking from far and wide to see the world-famous sporting action on Cooper’s Hill. The slope on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester, the setting for the world-famous event, is in fact so steep that very few contenders manage to even stay on their feet, instead tumbling head-over-heels down the hill in a desperate effort to catch the coveted dairy prize.
Friday 30th May
Cotswold Olimpicks - Dovers Hill, Chipping Campden
One of the oldest events of its kind. The first games were held in 1612 by Robert Dover. The traditional games are still played today. At dusk a bonfire is lit, followed by a torchlight procession to the square in Chipping Campden.
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th June
Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival
An outdoor festival held in Montpellier gardens which hosts local and national exhibitors.
Select dates between Tuesday 24th June - Saturday 26th July
Longborough Festival Opera - Moreton-in-Marsh
An opera festival which presents a season of high quality opera each June and July in he English Cotswold village of Longborough in north Gloucestershire.
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th June
Upton Jazz Festival
An annual festival that’s size and popularity grows year upon year.
Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 13th July
Cheltenham Music Festival
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.
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July
Cotswold Show Cirencester Park - Cirencester
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
Action packed family day out. Please click here for further details.
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th July
CLA Game Fair - Blenheim Palace
The CLA Game Fair is one of the worlds largest countryside events.
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th August
Croft farm Waterpark, near Tewksbury
'Lakefest' - an amazing music festival at one of Gloucestershire's top holiday destinations!
Back for a 4th year with a great line up to be announced but it will equal previous years and some. There will be arts and crafts workshops and shows, street entertainers, an amazing children’s area, watersports, 3 covered stages, a fun fair, real ales and traditional ciders, Sangers World famous Outside Stage and a market area with all sorts of weird and wonderful offerings.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 12th October
Cheltenham Literature Festival
An international festival of literature in the spa town of Cheltenham. It was founded in 1949 and is one of the longest running festivals of its kind.