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 2014
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
Lakefest 2014, 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.