The Cotswolds is a region of rolling hills, hidden valleys and unspoilt towns and villages. Churches, cottages and high streets, built in the local Cotswold limestone glowing from silver grey to honey gold, give the region its much-loved look.
There are gardens, castles and museums, farm parks, wildlife and wetland centres waiting to be explored, from the historic and beautiful towns like Cirencester, Cheltenham and Stroud, to the ancient and enchanting Forest of Dean. There are more than 5,000km of footpaths and cycling routes, while the Cotswold Water Park is right on your doorstep for days of splashing fun! Look out for the delightful Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, and the distinctive Old Gloucester cattle, responsible for the rich milk and cream that goes into delicious Double Gloucester cheese.
Click the links below to view them on the interactive map.
You're never far from the waterside at Hoburne Cotswold holiday park resort in Cirencester. The fishing is excellent, there are usually baby ducks and swans to feed, and the peace and quiet are just blissful. Boats of all kinds and a multitude of watersports are available nearby in the surrounding Cotswold Water Park, and there's more water fun to be enjoyed in our heated indoor and outdoor pools.
The Cheltenham Festival is one of sport’s most enthralling extravaganzas and in 2016 the nation will once again be swept by horse racing fever as gamblers and racing fanatics prepare to embark on an unrivalled path of excitement. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the feature race of the meeting and takes place on day four. The course welcomes over 200,000 racegoers from all over the world, and more than £500 million will be gambled throughout the week. Less than 45 mins away - book accommodation here
The weekend’s entertainment starts at 7pm on Friday and runs until 5pm on Sunday. The weekend is in sing-around format dispersed with surprise guests and fun & games. On Saturday there will be a sweep-stake on The Grand National. Book early to avoid disappointment!
The weekend costs £15 or day tickets are available, £5 Friday; £10 All day/evening Saturday and £5 Sunday.
Step back in time to the good old days with our vintage festival. Enjoy authentic entertainment including live music, jive dancing and a vintage fashion show plus plenty of vintage shopping opportunities! There will be a few vintage and classic cars parked in the street. Its a great day out for all vintage fans of all ages!
This year we celebrate our 10th Festival and what a long way we’ve travelled since that weekend in a draughty tent on Avonbank Gardens. The Festival now spreads itself over eight festival days,
a week in schools, an Autumn mini Festival and a book club that runs throughout the year! Everything we do is about sharing stories – whether it be storytelling, memoir, biography, poetry – which is
why we’ve given this year’s festival that theme. It runs throughout the programme and this year we’ve a bigger programme than ever. We hope you find something that delights you and we hope you take the plunge and try something new. Who knows what exciting avenue it might take you down?
One of the UK’s leading Jazz Festivals bringing together many genres under the umbrella of jazz, featuring big international names alongside the best of British talent. Less than 45 mins away
The World’s Premier 3-day event where horse and rider face the ultimate test and must complete three different disciplines which include dressage, cross-country and show-jumping. Less than 45 mins away
RAF Abingdon traditionally held big annual Airshows until 1990. The Army took over in 1992. Neil Porter the main organiser (a Landscape Gardener) had an idea in 2000 & so the show was born.The small committee comprise working & retired staff. Our volunteer run event is now one of the largest regional charity events on the calendar & will continue.
We have twenty-three varied walks planned for people of all abilities with some walks based upon a particular topic, plus we have some evening events. Apart from the self-guided Winchcombe Way Challenge, all our walks are guided by experienced and knowledgeable local volunteers and offer a great choice. Walks vary from 3 to 14 miles, with half-day and full-day walks.
The walking festival is very popular and we suggest you book early to ensure you get your first choice. So do not delay and book today as numbers on each walk are limited. Some walks involve transport and where this is indicated , the cost of travel is included.
'The Best Festival in the Cotswolds' Award-Winning Family-Friendly Music Festival
3 Days, 3 Nights, 3 Stages - 80+ Bands & Performers - Plus NEW Dance Tent!
in the beautiful Cotswolds market town of Lechlade, alongside the River Thames
The Annual Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling and Wake has been taking place for possibly hundreds of years. It involves rolling a 9lb round of Double Gloucester cheese down the hill with competitors chasing after it. The idea is that whoever catches the cheese wins, but in reality, the first person to cross the finish line is crowned the winner and gets the cheese as a reward. Less than 30 mins away
Welcome to the official home of the Tetbury Woolsack Races, an annual event held on the last bank holiday Monday in May that attracts crowds of up to 5000 people and raises money for local charities and good causes. Please spend a little time to browse through the pages of this very unique annual British event.
The races have no greater aim than for individuals and teams to demonstrate their strength and fitness by racing whilst carrying a sack of wool – up and down a hill that reaches a gradient of 1 in 4. Around this the town celebrates with a street fair that aims to please many with street entertainers, local stalls and amusement rides. The many catering establishments in the town also join in to provide a very local fare for visitors.
The 3rd Lechlade Annual Vintage Rally & Country Show will take place at Rough Grounds Farm, (A 361) on 3rd and 4th June 2017, commencing at 10.00 am both days.
This year’s display will include: classic cars, classic motor cycles, commercial vehicles, collections, miniature steam, tractors, model tent, classic caravans, craft for the children, fun fair, bouncy castle, face painting, West Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary and much more. Also Boot Sales, trade stands, auto jumble, craft, food and refreshments, a raffle and tombola both days.
This year’s ring events include: parade of vehicles, Blue Cross fun dog show, Britannia Majorettes, belly dancing, Morris dancing and the Great Western Youth Band.
Admission: £4 Adults, £2 Concessions, Under 16s free (with paying adult). Car parking is free.
Come along with the family and enjoy the day.
Welcome to the 2016 #cheltscifest which celebrates new frontiers and the disruptive thinkers who work at the edges of human ability and understanding. This year we focus on emerging ideas in space exploration, new technology such as Virtual Reality, and the interface between science and design through a new creative partnership with the Cheltenham Design Foundation.
A highlight of the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival is the Chefs Kitchen Theatre, see your favourite celebrity chefs live on stage, joined by local chefs from leading hotels and restaurants showcasing local and regional food with inspiring demonstrations of creative cooking, sharing some of their secrets and cooking tips.
Twice each year the GWSR have a Classic Vehicle Day in June and September.
The June event is primarily for Car Clubs and is organized jointly with the Prescott Breakfast Club. Individual participants are welcome. The September event is primarily for individual classic car owners.
You can apply to exhibit your vehicle by completing our on-line form here.
Please note that for visitors wishing only to visit the classic car display but not travel on the railway, there will be an entry charge of £3 for adults; children under 12 are free. For those visitors travelling on the railway, entry is free to the classic cars upon display of your train tickets.
You can save time and buy your all-day rover ticket on-line.
Join us at your favourite Hoburne Holiday Park for Sammy's Birthday Weekend! Packed with fun activities for the whole family, don't miss out on your chance to celebrate with Sammy himself! Click on the park name for the full programme.
17th June - Nick Walton as Olly Murs
18th June - Ballonatic & Shane Richie Jnr Band
17th June - Jimmy Carlo
18th June - Little Chix
19th June - Ashley George
17th June - Abba Rival
18th June - Staying Alive & Gary Setterfield as Elton John
17th June - Elfick the Jester
18th June - Kelly Brazil as Katy Perry
17th June - Little Mix Experience
18th June - The Balloonatic and Nick Walton as Olly Murs
As every year, the two-day FREE celebration for all the family is organised by Stratforward - Stratford's Business Improvement District, which represents over 465 shops, cafes, restaurants and other businesses.
Since it was established the Stratford River Festival has grown to become one of the region’s leading free festivals. 2015 was a record breaking year bringing nearly 60,000 revellers into the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Stratford River Festival is the proud winner of the Pride of Stratford: Tourism Initiative of the Year Award 2016! and has been nominated again in 2017.
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.
In short, The Cornbury Music Festival represents classic summer entertainment for a friendly crowd from all walks of life. A country fair with a rock ‘n’ roll twist; a farmers’ market with a dancefloor; a local carnival with a classic contemporary soundtrack.
The Battle Of Tewkesbury took place on 4 May 1471 and was the final battle in the War Of The Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Prince Edward was killed either during or just after the battle and is now buried in Tewkesbury Abbey.
Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world's greatest airshow. The Air Tattoo at Fairford, one of the UK's premier outdoor events, returns this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground - so whether a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned airshow veteran, the experience is breathtaking. Less than 30 mins away
TICKETS ON SALE
Weekend and Day Tickets are available from the BridgeHouse Theatre to buy online
To purchase by phone call 01926 776438 (Mon-Fri 1-6pm) or download our Postal Booking Form
Early Bird† Adult Weekend Ticket: £92‡
With highlights including a live arena, steam demonstrations, a dog agility course, model aircraft displays and more, the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
Set to draw in the crowds from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August 2017, this year’s event promises a plethora of entertainment and activities for the whole family at South Cerney Airfield.
Hosted by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club, the show will also feature an impressive display of historic vehicles, spanning classic cars, military vehicles, vintages buses and many more retro automobiles.
With an impressive trade stand area; fun fair; vintage tea room; children’s entertainment; and plenty of other highlights adding to the fun, the three-day extravaganza promises enjoyment for all ages, with funds going to support regional and national charities.
Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival
As the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity will be one of the beneficiaries of this Year’s event,
its operational base for the day will be the Classic Vehicle Festival at Tewkesbury School.
Come and see it up close, talk with the pilots and for all the good reasons we hope it will be there all day.
The first one was 2013 - it rocked. 2014 was even better and now plans are under way for 2015. There's no stopping the juggernaut that is rocking the Cotswolds - The Phoenix Festival!
Bands, solo acts, duos, choirs, good food, great drink and the exceptional vibe of the great people of Cirencester; who could ask for more?
The festival is the brainchild of the Ozone Youth Club in Cirencester and is supported by Cirencester Town Council and Cirencester Community Development Trust and LOADS of volunteers!
Moreton Show was first held in 1949, on the same site it has occupied ever since - part of the Batsford Estate - although it has been much extended over the years. Its underlying purpose is to improve the standard of farming and farm crafts locally. This zeal for improvement was at the core of the three societies which merged to form the present Moreton-in-Marsh Show Society - the Cotswold Agricultural Society, The Moreton Shire Horse Society and the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural Society. The date of the first ever show was fixed for Saturday September 3rd and the show has been held in early September ever since. The Show has now grown so large that it attracts visitors from all over the country.
TETBURY CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2017
Sunday September 3rd, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sir William Romney's School Tetbury GL8 8AE
Ten full days of Jane Austen and Regency events in the centre of Bath culminating in a Masked Ball. Less than 1 hour away
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will take place a week later than usual in 2017 (13th - 17th September), and will be held over five days instead of four.
Event Director Mandy Hervieu explains: “The date change is due to the fact that for many years three of the bigger international horse trials (Blair Castle, Burghley and Blenheim Palace) have been on consecutive weekends, which puts pressure on many of the events’ stakeholders, in addition to there being a very busy event programme at Blenheim Palace itself in the weeks before.
The Tetbury Music Festival was started some twelve years ago by Elise Smith and Graham Kean with concerts in the Parish Church of St Marys'. Since then the Festival has grown in stature and runs over four days at the beginning of October each year.
The Patron of the Festival is HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Artistic Director is Jonathan Cohen, who took over from Steven Isserlis CBE in 2013.
Each year the aim is to bring leading instrumentalists and singers to Tetbury, and previous performers read like a Who's Who of the classical music world.
THE FRIENDLY FESTIVAL RIGHT IN THE HEART OF BANBURY
After the success of last year’s Banbury Folk and Hobby Horse Festival we are pleased to announce it is happening again on the 6th – 8th October 2017 and we have already started booking artists.
“A smashing little place and well worth it”
micky4649, September 2015, Trip Advisor, Cotswold Guest