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Farmers Market
A visit to one of the many Farmers' Markets in the Cotswolds is an ideal way of sampling the region's produce. If you are staying overnight at one of our Hotels, why not let us look after your purchases, keeping them chilled and fresh.

Broadway, Village Centre - 1st Thursday of each month (9am-1pm)
Stroud, Cornhill Market Place - Every Saturday (9am-2pm)
Cirencester, Market Place - 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month (9am-1pm)
Stow on the Wold, the Square - 2nd Thursday of each month (9am-2pm)
Moreton-in-Marsh Weekly Market - Every Tuesday (all day)
Official Cotswold Website
The Cotswolds area is one of England's favourite destinations; famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting. Visit the Official Guide to the Cotswolds website.
For more information visit
01st February - 31st March
Snowdrop Season
Enjoy the snowdrops in this garden situated at Painswick Rococo Garden. Its flamboyant design combines formality and informality, and is a magical experience at any time of year
03rd - 06th April
Easter Weekend
Join Cotswold Inns & Hotels for Easter Weekend 2015.
10th - 12th April
Banbury Song & Ale Weekend
Banbury Folk Festival are running the 8th Banbury Song & Ale Weekend at Drayton Leisure Golf Centre, Warwick Road, Banbury OX17 1HJ. This event is a fundraiser for our folk festival in October. The weekend starts at 7pm on Friday and runs until 5pm on Sunday. The weekend is in sing-around format dispersed with surprise guests and fun & games. On Saturday there will be a sweep-stake on The Grand National. Book early to avoid disappointment! The weekend costs £15
11th April
Tewkesbury Vintage Fair
10.00 am to 4.30 pm
George Watson Memorial Hall, Barton Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PX
Free Entry

Visitors to Tewkesbury are in for a nostalgic treat on Saturday 19 April when the town steps back in time to celebrate everything vintage.

Discover Tewkesbury's Vintage and Antiques trail (pick up a leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre) there's lots of hidden gems in town to uncover, and then head over to the George Watson Hall in Barton Street for Tewkesbury's popular Vintage Fair.

Soak up the nostalgia in a stunning Music Hall setting with period features; browse 20+ Stalls offering vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery. You will find handmade goods & plus gifts for the home.
Enjoy cream teas & Homemade Cake. Try your hand at up-cycling and enjoy a Vintage Bunting Workshop. Why not stay for the vintage hair styling demo and pick up tips for simple to follow vintage waves or perfect pin ups using rollers, grips and pins? Live music on offer, plus Vintage Fashion show at 2 pm.
For more information please call 01684 438385, or visit
12th April
Prescott Bike Festival
Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Nr Cheltenham GL52 9RD

The fifth annual Prescott Bike Festival often hailed the Start of the Season Motorcycle Festival will be held at Prescott Hill Climb, home of the prestigious Bugatti Owners Club. Prescott Bike Festival goes from strength to strength and 2015 will be no exception. Sunday 12 April 2015 four times World Superbike Champion; Carl Fogarty will be attending the event. And if that's not exciting enough there is a limited number of advance tickets available to Ride the Hill and be part of the show. The Festival will also include a large displays of historic, modern and race bikes, motorcycle manufacturers, dealers, motorcycle clubs, demo areas, passenger ride experiences, celebrity appearances and trade stands. Event hosted by Charity Bloodbikes - they support the NHS by supplying life saving blood supplies to hospitals, 24 hours a day. All proceeds of the event go to The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers.

Gates Open 08:30, Track starts at 09:30, Festival closes at 17:00.

One of the finest gatherings of rare race bikes where you can see, hear and watch them run the hill.
Free parking, free motorcycle side stand puck, free helmet park
Sunday Ticket prices held at 2013 prices again
The ever popular Passenger Experiences Trader Zone, Dealer Zone, Activity Zone Mike West Racing Paddock
Run the Hill tickets are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.
There will be more exciting announcements to follow!
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16th - 18th April
Blenheim Palace Hosts The Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers' Association Fair
The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace from Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th April. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, eldest daughter of the present Duke of Marlborough, is the Patron of the Association. Over 4,000 visitors came to last year's hugely successful inaugural event. The best and rare examples of every discipline will be showcased by many of our members creating a rich tapestry of history and culture. The fair will be the perfect place to hunt for the best that the Cotswold's can offer and promises to be one of the best quality events outside of London. Everything is for sale with prices ranging from £100 to £100,000. Refreshments and Shopping Why not make a day of your visit to the Antiques Fair by booking an Afternoon Tea or Picnic Hamper? Call 01993 813874 for more information and to book.
For more information please call Blenheim Palace or 01993 813874, or visit
16th April
Broadway Arts Festival Coffee Morning
Broadway Arts Festival Coffee Morning, Thursday 16th April 2015 from 10.30am at Luggers Hall, Springfield Lane, Broadway. Coffee/teas, cakes and raffle in aid of Broadway Arts Festival Trust.
For more information please call Sonia Woolven or 01386 852211.
25th April - 03rd May
Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival
Celebrating its 7th year in 2014, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18. The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.
For more information visit
29th April - 04th May
Cheltenham International Jazz Festival
Town Hall and other venues The Cheltenham International Jazz Festival ranks among the top British festivals of its kind. Since 1996 the Festival has brought some of the biggest names in jazz to the town, as well as providing a platform for the stars of the future.
For more information please call 01242 227979, or visit
03rd May
Abingdon Air & Country Show
It's not just an air show! The Abingdon Air & Country Show has a varied ground show to go along with the large scale fly-in of both modern and vintage aeroplanes and the associated air display.
For more information visit
06th - 10th May
Badminton Horse Trials
Badminton Horse Trials
The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (6-10 May) is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the equestrian calendar.
For more information please call 01454 218272, or visit
07th - 10th May
Malvern Spring Gardening Show at Three Counties Show Ground
The finest and friendliest gardening event of the year! In its beautiful setting at the foot of the scenic Malvern Hills, this truly inspirational show enjoys a national reputation as the finest and friendliest gardening event of the year. A joint venture of the Three Counties Agricultural Society and the Royal Horticultural Society.
For more information please call 01684 584900, or visit
09th - 10th May
Prescott Open Classic Car Event
One of the lovely signs of Spring to look forward to is seeing hundreds of beautiful classic cars polished and brought out for their first airing of the year. The Cleeve Vale Rotary Club's huge Classic Car Event is at Prescott Hill near Gotherington; just North of Cheltenham.

Owners can now take this rare opportunity to drive their pride and joy classic car up the world famous Prescott Hill climb; and help Rotary Charities too! All entrance fees go a range of Charities supported by Cleeve Vale Rotary club. Spectators will be very welcome throughout day to see the hundreds of beautiful cars and enjoy a fun day out.
For more information please call 01242 602643, or visit
16th - 23rd May
The Nailsworth Festival
We have a pretty good idea of what will be on the programme, but please be patient while we apply the finishing touches. The details will be published soon. We hope you will be as excited by it as we have been putting it together.
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16th May
Burford 41st Annual Levellers Day
Levellers Day commemorates a stand against dictatorship by Leveller soldiers in 1649 and its suppression by Cromwell. Over 300 soldiers were locked up in Burford church and the ringleaders executed. The event includes a debate, a colourful procession and commemorative ceremony and then an afternoon of dancing and music. Audience questions, debate, shops, history, entertainment, stalls, a ceremony in the churchyard and a colourful procession all taking place in the beautiful scenery of Burford.

- 10.30 Sea Green Singers singing by Warwick Hall
- 11 Assemble at Warwick Hall
- 11.05 Address by Mark Chapman
- 11.15 Laying of Posies in the Churchyard
- 11.25 Parade moves off from the Church towards High Street and up Tanners Lane to Burford Recreation Ground
- 12 Arrive at Burford Recreation Ground
- 12.15 Cry Havoc Morris Dancers
- 12.30 Vale Islanders Folk Dancers
- 12.45 Panel discussion in the marquee (the topic - "Levelling out the democratic deficit"
- 2.30 Finish with the Internationale

There will be Woodcraft Folk children's activities from 12 - 2.30pm, food and stalls
Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm.
22nd - 24th May
Lechlade Music Festival
The popular 3 day music festival, held at Riverside Country Park along the banks of the Thames in Lechlade, is heading into its 5th year.

Lechlade Music Festival. This year's event takes place during the May bank holiday from Friday 22 to Sunday 24th May. Over 80 bands and performers will bring quality live music to the event, along with free family workshops and a burlesque revue.
For more information visit
25th May
Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill
Competitors hurl themselves down the steep banks of Cooper's Hill, chasing the giant Cheese! Cooper's Hill, Near Brockworth. 12.00 midday (A46 Stroud-Brockworh Rd).
For more information visit
25th May
Tetbury Woolsack Races
It is thought that the races originated in the 17th Century by young drovers showing off to local women by running up the hill carrying a woolsack. An official race day has been going for over 30 years now with world records entered in the Guinness book of Records.
The course is 280 yards long up and down a hill which has a 1 in 4 gradient, so the men's record of 3.5 minutes is no mean feat!
The Woolsack Races form the central attraction of a fund-raising day which includes an all-day street market, a charity auction, a village fete, street entertainers, marching bands and more entertainment for all the family.
For more information on Tetbury.
For more information visit
29th - 29th May
Olimpick Games
Chipping Campden
Each year, on the traditional date of Friday after Spring Bank Holiday (the date for the Games this year is Friday 29th May 2015 on Dover's Hill starting at 7.30pm), the hill echoes with the shouts and cheers of competitors and spectators as Robert Dover's Cotswold 'Olimpick' Games (not Olympic Games) are celebrated.
30th May
Chadlington 12th Beer Festival
The 12th Great Chadlington Beer Festival takes place from 12 noon to 11pm in the village at Chadlington Memorial Hall, Chapel Road, Chadlington, Oxon. OX7 3LX.

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

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

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

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

The village of Chadlington is three miles south of Chipping Norton and spreads itself out looking across the River Evenload towards Wychwood Forest. The substantial church of St Nicholas is enriched by a fascinating array of gargoyles.
02nd - 02nd June
An evening of great crime writing and a generous helping of revenge at The Manor House Hotel
Join Rebecca Tope and panel, for the Cotswolds and unique spirit of place in killingly good current crime writing. Best-selling author Rebecca Tope is a master at including spirit of place in her beautifully paced and expressive crime novels including, most famously, the deceptively calm surface of the Cotswolds' timeless villages and astounding beauty. Lesley Cookman, author of the Libby Sargent Mystery series of chart topping novels, joins Rebecca along with chart-topping crime and thriller author Adrian Magson to explore the characteristically British presence of place in creating some of the most addictive crime writing, compelling characterizations and complex character development anywhere in the world.

Admission includes a glass of wine and Rebecca's new hardback 'Revenge in the Cotswolds'. Classic paperbacks from Rebecca Tope, Lesley Cookman and Adrian Magson are available at a real steal for on-the-spot signing!
Arrival from 7pm, guest speaker at 7.30pm (roughly 1 hour).
For more information please call 01608 650501, or visit
03rd - 03rd June
2 Course Lunch with Rebecca Tope at The Manor House Hotel
Join best-selling author Rebecca Tope for a killingly Cotswold view of compelling crime writing. Interviewed by Lesley Cookman, Rebecca shares her deep insight into the complex modern psyche that inspires all her work.

Admission includes a glass of wine served during your two-course lunch with Rebecca Tope and a copy of her latest hardback 'Revenge in the Cotswolds' book signing to follow Rebecca's interview with fellow author Lesley Cookman.
Arrival from 12noon, sit at 12.30pm.

Ticket price £35
For more information please call 01608 650501, or visit
06th - 07th June
Cotswold Motoring Festival
Stow-on-the-Wold Rugby Club
The Range Rover Register presents a fun weekend for all the family.

Free admission for club members : VIP Parking for Range Rovers

Craft Stalls Farmer's Market Displays : Falconry : Steel Band : Dog Agility : Clay Shoot : 4x4 Agility : Car Clubs : Children's Area : Pony Rides : Silver Band
Caravans £15 per night : Tents £10 per night : Additional Adults £10.00 : Children £2.50
For more information visit
12th - 14th June
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 Taittinger Champagne Pavilion, an exclusive corner of Montpellier Gardens invites you to enjoy the finest perfectly chilled glass of champagne or why not sample the full decadent experience and share a bottle of Champagne on ice, with friends.
Open Times: Friday 12noon to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Free Festival Programme and online ticket sales
For more information visit
13th - 14th June
Ashton Under Hill Open Gardens
Over 20 gardens will be open from 1.00 to 6.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the event is just £5.00 per person, with children free, and Saturday tickets are also valid on Sunday. Free use of the special bus service throughout the village is included, allowing you time to see all of the gardens at your leisure. There's also ample free parking for cars and coaches.
For more information visit
16th - 16th June
Afternoon Tea and Jean Haines' World of Watercolour at The Manor House Hotel
Artist Jean Haines is one of the UK's most successful watercolour technique authors. Jean's work commands attention across the English-speaking world and she is frequently on the road in Australasia and North America demonstrating her own distinctive take on unforgettable watercolour techniques. Jean will inspire you to paint from the inside out.

Admission includes tea or coffee served with our home made scones and Cornish clotted cream, a demonstration from Jean Haines, a copy of her 'World of Watercolour' and a book signing to follow.
Arrival 3pm, sit at 3.30pm.

Ticket Price £25
For more information please call 01608 650501, or visit
19th - 19th June
Paloma Faith Live at Westonbirt Arboretum
Following her sold out forest tour in 2013 the Forestry Commission is proud to once again present the unique Paloma Faith at Westonbirt Arboretum. Sold Out
20th - 20th June
Tom Odell Live at Westonbirt Arboretum
With a number one 2013 debut album 'Long Way Down' and a packed summer of festival appearances through 2014 Tom Odell's soulful and haunting cover of Real Love as heard on the John Lewis Christmas advert.

Ticket Information:
Forest Live tickets are not required for children aged 5 and under, who can attend free of charge. children aged 6 or above require a full price ticket. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+.
Details of our access policy and carer entitlement for people with disabilities can be found by clicking the access info tab on the Forest Live menu above.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9am Friday 19 December.
For more information please call 01666 880220, or visit
21st - 21st June
Fathers Day at The Manor House Hotel
2 Course Sunday Lunch - £19.95 or 3 Course Sunday Lunch - £22.50
Make this a Fathers Day to remember by treating dad to a Sunday Lunch at The Manor House Hotel.
For more information please call 01608 650501, or visit
21st - 21st June
The Vamps Live at Westonbirt Arboretum
They have now had a massive 230 million total YouTube and vevo views and sold out arena tours. A phenomenal live band with an electrifying set these shows are not to be missed.
Find out more about The Vamps at

Tickets cost £32.50 (plus £3.25 per ticket booking fee). No other fees apply.
Tickets go on sale from 9.00am Saturday 28 February from the Forestry Commission box office.
For more information please call 03000 680400, or visit vamps/events.
27th - 28th June
Midsummer Speed Fest at Prescott Speed Hill Climb
The 6th Round of the 20154 Midland Hill Climb Championship, and 2nd Round of Prescott Gold Cup.

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

Other competition classes include: Bugatti Car Handicap, Prescott License Challenge, SBD Motorsport HSA Speed Championship, Service Hydraulics Speed Championship, Bugatti Owners Club Paul Matty Sports Cars Classic Championship.
For more information please call 01242 673136, or visit
30th June - 11th July
Cheltenham Town Hall Proms Festival of Music
The Cheltenham Music Festival is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music from symphonic grandeur to the intimacy of chamber music, and from sublime choral experiences to brand new musical adventures.

With its excursions, too, into world music, film, dance, the visual arts and the spoken word, it's a musically-centred cultural banquet that has few equals in the UK.
For more information please call 01242 227979, or visit
10th - 10th July
Robert Plant & The Sensational Shap Shifters at Westonbirt Arboretum
Following worldwide acclaim for his 2014 album 'lullaby and....The Ceaseless Roar' and a recent sell-out tour of indoor venues, these will be exceptional shows including tracks from the album as well as new interpretations of Led Zeppelin classics and other solo material from his long and successful career.
For more information please call 01666 880220, or visit
11th - 11th July
Spandau Ballet at Westonbirt Areboretum

The Forestry Commission is pleased to announce that Spandau Ballet 'Soul Boys of the Western World' tour is coming to Westonbirt Arboretum.

Spandau Ballet are undoubtedly one of the UK's most successful and best loved bands with decade-defining hits including 'True' and 'Gold'. The band have sold over 25 million records, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe which have endured for more than three decades. The iconic group' s live shows never fail to amaze. Special guest for this show is James Walsh from Starsailor

Tickets on sale Friday 27 March from 9am!

Tickets cost £46.50 (plus £4.65 per ticket booking fee). No other fees apply.

Tickets go on sale from 9.00am Friday 27 March from the Forestry Commission box office.

Call us on 03000 680400
For more information please call 03000 680400.
12th - 12th July
McBusted at Westonbirt Areboretum
Their ultra-explosive live show will see the band perform a relentless trail of hits such as: 'Five Colours In Her Hair' 'Obviously' and 'All About You'.

The supergroup formed in 2013 and sees members of pop-punk bands McFly and Busted joining forces. Confirming their popularity McBusted played the UK's largest arena tour of 2014 to a staggering 350,000 people across 35 sold out shows!

Tickets cost £41.50 (plus £4.15 per ticket booking fee). No other fees apply.

Tickets go on sale from 9.00am Friday 27 March from the Forestry Commission box office.

Call us on 03000 680400
For more information please call 03000 680400.
31st July - 02nd August
Prescott Hill Climb
This very popular event is organised by the VSCC and for further information please contact the VSCC on 01608 644777. This event attracts many enthusiasts and is one of the most prestigious events in the Hill Climb calendar
For more information please call 01608 644777, or visit
16th August
Cotswold Vintage Fair at Toddington Village Hall
It will run between 10.00 -16.00.
This delightful fair set in glorious Cotswolds countryside has become an annual highlight in the Vintage Fair Calendar. An eclectic gathering of more than 40 stallholders come together with one theme in common we all love something vintage and customers now travel from far afield to experience the event.

At the fair there will be a wonderful selection of original vintage goods including; homewares, haberdashery, textiles, linens, furniture, jewellery, fashion & china. Sitting happily alongside is an array of unique handmade designs inspired by all that is vintage.

There will be a Tea Shop serving food and drink, and there is ample parking and disabled facilities.

As in the past, we are very happy to welcome coach parties, and would be delighted to be included in any of your tours of the Cotswolds. The entrance fee is £2.00 per person and we will include a free drink for your party on presentation of a ticket, if booked in advance.
For more information visit
29th - 31st August
The Evesham Festival
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!
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18th September - 31st October
Rugby World Cup 2015
On May 2nd 2013, it was confirmed that Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, would be one of the venues to host World Cup Rugby in 2015.

Saturday 19th September - Tonga V Georgia
Wednesday 23rd September - Scotland V Japan
Friday 25th September - Argentina V Georgia
Sunday 11th October - USA V Japan

For more information visit
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