Calendar of Events

Calendar of Cotswold Events

The Cotswolds area is one of England’s favourite destinations; famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting. It’s also a thriving tourist area but also one where local residents enjoy cultural, traditional and historic forms of entertainment – with modern diversions thrown in for good measure! Whatever your interests, you should find plenty to do during your stay. Your Cotswold Inns & Hotels concierge will be pleased to advise you of events going on nearby while you’re with us. Some of the key Cotswold events coming up are listed below.

You might also like to visit the Official Cotswold Website

29TH APRIL 2018

WARTIME IN THE COTSWOLDS

Take a trip back in time on Broadway village green with live music from The Phil Bullas Big Band, a display of wartime vehicles and three special guests; King George VI, General Montgomery and Winston Churchill, arriving by Rolls Royce!

 

2ND – 7TH MAY 2018

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL

In association with BBC Radio 2, this festival is a must for all music-lovers. Enjoy live performances from up-and-coming artists whilst also enjoying the great market stalls, food and drink on offer!

 

2ND – 6TH MAY 2018

BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the equestrian calendar and perfectly positioned for guests at the Hare and Hounds Hotel, The Close and The Bear of Rodborough.

 

7TH MAY 2018

TETBURY WACKY RACES

Wobbly wagons and crazy carts will be taking over Tetbury when the seventh annual Wacky Races comes to the Cotswolds, complete with stalls for family fun. What’s more, The Close Hotel is just down the road for drinks and lunch in the bar and beautiful garden.

 

12TH – 26TH MAY 2018

CHIPPING CAMPDEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Launched in 2002, this festival has grown to become highly anticipated and the 2018 programme looks to be as exciting as ever with fantastic up-and-coming artists performing in the lovely town of Chipping Campden over a two-week period!

 

27TH MAY 2018

BROADWAY FERRARI DAY

A popular and annual day out; come along to see super cars in a super village as the Cotswold Ferrari Owners Club showcase their beautiful vehicles around the village green.

 

28TH MAY 2018

TETBURY WOOLSACK RACES

Gather in the beautiful market town of Tetbury as competitors demonstrate both strength and fitness, racing whilst carrying a sack of wool up and down a hill! Starts at 10am.

 

1st JUNE 2018

OLIMPICK GAMES, DOVERS HILL, CHIPPING CAMPDEN

Each year, on the traditional date of Friday after Spring Bank Holiday, the hill echoes with the shouts and cheers of competitors and spectators as Robert Dover’s ancient Cotswold ‘Olimpick’ Games are celebrated.

 

1ST – 3RD JUNE 2018

WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL, CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE

With the likes of The Levellers, Katie Ashworth and Electric Swing Circus at last year’s Wychwood Festival; we highly recommend snapping up tickets to this year’s event – Britain’s most popular family festival! And if you don’t fancy camping, The Broadway Hotel is just a short drive away.

 

8TH – 17TH JUNE 2018

BROADWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

Broadway’s close connection with the arts stretches back over 130 years to the famous Broadway Colony of artists and remains a destination for art-lovers and an inspiration to artists to this day. From 8th – 17th June, the biennial Broadway Arts Festival will take over the village with a fascinating programme of events in multiple venues.

 

5TH – 10TH JUNE 2018

CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The Times and The Sunday Times sponsor this ever-popular Science festival, which celebrates new frontiers and the disruptive thinkers who work at the edges of human ability and understanding.

 

9TH – 10TH JUNE 2018

HEINEKEN RACE TO BROADWAY TOWER

A double marathon through the heart of the heart of the Cotswolds – take on this unrelentingly beautiful and unforgettably challenging race to Broadway Tower! Whether you run it or walk it, complete it in one go or stay overnight at the Broadway Hotel, the event is guaranteed to be a brilliant experience!

 

15TH  17TH JUNE 2018

CHELTENHAM FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

Whether you consider yourself a ‘foodie’ or simply enjoy great local produce, the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival should not be missed. Enjoy chef’s kitchen demos, wine talks and tastings plus lots of family friendly entertainment.

14TH  17TH JUNE 2018

FOREST LIVE AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM

With performances from The Script, George Ezra, Paloma Fair and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott lined up, Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum delivers a festival-feeling that cannot be missed! Plus, the Hare and Hounds Hotel is just next-door and The Close very nearby – perfect for a restful night’s sleep after the main event!

 

7Th – 8TH JULY 2018

COTSWOLD SHOW AND FOOD FESTIVAL

From country pursuits, arena shows and shopping to falconry and food tents, there is loads to keep the whole family entertained at the Cotswold Show in Cirencester!

 

4Th – 15TH JULY 2018

CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Cheltenham Proms 2018 are set to be a feast for the ears – think Bach, Beethoven and Brahms all set within the stunning Cheltenham Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

 

2nD  15TH JULY 2018

WIMBLEDON

Join us at Cotswold Inns and Hotels during Wimbledon where you can watch the Centre Court action in comfort while enjoying fresh strawberries with lashings of cream… perhaps with a glass of fizz on the side too!

 

13TH – 15TH JULY 2018

ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO

Celebrate RAF100 at the Centenary Air Tattoo at Fairford! Watch the world’s largest military air show, spot fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much more. There will also be lots of things to do to keep you entertained throughout of the day.

 

27TH – 29TH JULY 2018

THE GAME FAIR AT RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER

An annual gathering for all those passionate about country pursuits; The Game Fair celebrates everything from clay pigeon shooting to archery, fishing and even ferreting! Held in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall.

 

2ND – 5TH AUGUST 2018

BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE AT BLENHEIM PALACE

This huge and exciting event combines the tradition of the UK’s best county fairs with the quality editorial and presentation of one of the BBC’s flagship programmes. Buy your tickets to enjoy exciting live arena shows, hands-on activities, Adam Henson’s farm, Q&A with the Countryfile presenters and much, much more – all within the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace.

 

3RD – 5TH AUGUST 2018

FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING AT GATCOMBE

The Festival of British Eventing takes place at Gatcombe Park near Stroud, the spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family. It incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships, as well as the Amateur Championship.

 

24TH – 26TH AUGUST 2018

THE BIG FEASTIVAL

This family-friendly festival, held on Alex James’ Farm, is now a firm favourite in the Cotswolds thanks to its feel-good nature and unique combination of great food and great music! Last year’s line-up included Olly Murs, Madness and Marshall from Paw Patrol so we highly recommend snapping up tickets!

 

1ST SEPTEMBER 2018

MORETON-IN-MARSH SHOW

With show-jumping, livestock and great local trade stands a-plenty, the Moreton-in-Marsh Show is one of the UK’s largest agricultural shows, and a great opportunity to sample the Cotswold countryside in a day… but if you want to make a weekend of it, The Manor House can accommodate!

 

8TH SEPTEMBER 2018

BROADWAY HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT SHOW

Just ahead of the Harvest season, the annual horticultural and craft show takes over the village green with a lovely display of locally grown fruit and veg, flowers and ornamental plants, plus baked goods, jams and crafts.

 

9TH SEPTEMBER 2018

BROADWAY FOOD FESTIVAL

Enjoy a day pottering around the pretty Cotswold village of Broadway with all sorts of lovely foodie treats… think local artisan producers, demonstrations by local chefs (look our for The Broadway Hotel’s cocktail & cooking demos from 12 noon!) and the best of local food and drink! Free admission & a great day out for all the family.

 

5th – 14TH OCTOBER 2018

CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

The Times and The Sunday Times sponsor this ever-popular Literature festival, which welcomes the world’s best writers to Cheltenham.

 

20TH – 21ST OCTOBER 2018

COTSWOLDS FOOD & DRINK FAIR

An opportunity to sample local artisan food and drink with demonstrations from top chefs in the area at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Toddington Station. Open 10am – 4pm throught the weekend with free admission and parking. Steam rides and diesel train will be running at normal fares.

 

24TH NOVEMBER 2018

MORETON-IN-MARSH CHRISTMAS MARKET

Enjoy a stroll around Moreton-in-Marsh’s annual Christmas Market where there will be plenty of local stalls to browse and lots of food and drink to sample. Once ready to warm up, we recommend you join us in the Manor House Hotel bar for a Festive Cocktail (or two!)

 

28TH NOVEMBER & 4TH DECEMBER 2018

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING IN BROADWAY

Get into the festive spirit with Broadway village’s annual late night shopping events, and be sure to join us at The Broadway Hotel where we will be serving warming drinks and bites to eat!

 

1ST DECEMBER ONWARDS 

ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM

Book your tickets for the breathtaking Enchanted Christmas event at Westonbirt Arboretum; an illuminated celebration of their wonderful trees.

 

1ST DECEMBER 2018 ONWARDS 

MEET SANTA ON THE STEAM TRAIN

An opportunity to meet Father Christmas on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway! Book tickets in advance for days throughout December.

 

BOXING DAY – 26TH DECEMBER 2018

BIBURY DUCK RACE

Don’t miss this annual charity event if you’re in Bibury over Christmas – The Bibury Duck Race starts at 11am on Boxing Day with guests at The Swan Hotel having 1 duck per room reserved for racing. Great fun for all the family!

14-15TH APRIL 2018

PRESCOTT BIKE FESTIVAL

Head out for an adrenaline-packed day at Prescott, Cheltenham – one of the most historic motorsport venues in the UK.

 

7TH APRIL 2018

CHELTENHAM WINE FESTIVAL

Have a great time exploring and tasting up to 300 delicious wines in the beautiful venue of Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

 

30TH MARCH– 2nd APRIL 2018

STEAM TRAINS RETURN TO BROADWAY!

After 58 years public train services will again run to Broadway Station! Thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers over many years we are delighted to open a further stretch of our line so you will be able to travel over 14 miles from the historic village of Broadway all the way to our Race Course Station at the town of Cheltenham. Over these 4 special days we will be running an intensive timetable with hourly departures from Cheltenham and Broadway.

 

30TH MARCH – 2ND APRIL 2018

EASTER LONG WEEKEND

Join Cotswold Inns & Hotels for an extra special long weekend in spring over Easter 2018.

 

 

13TH – 16TH MARCH 2018

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL

The highlight of the Jump season with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! The Cheltenham Festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about racing, whilst delivering an unbelievable occasion as the finest horses, jockeys, owners and trainers battle it out for the highest racing honours, their reputations and over £3.8 million of prize money. Join the party, as over 250,000 people pass through the gates over the four days. Gates open at 10.30am, with the first race each day at 1.30pm and the last race each day at 5.15pm.

 

10TH – 18TH FEBRUARY 2018

VALENTINE’S IN THE COTSWOLDS

Enjoy a romantic weekend with Cotswold Inns & Hotels ahead of Valentine’s Day on 14thFebruary. See our special offers page for the best way to treat your loved one.

 

1ST FEBRUARY – 31ST MARCH 2018

SNOWDROP SEASON

Enjoy the snowdrops across the Cotswolds and in our hotel gardens! For the real showstopper, visit Painswick Rococo Garden near the Bear of Rodborough Hotel. Its flamboyant design combines formality and informality, and is a magical experience at any time of year.

 

BOXING DAY – 26TH DECEMBER 2017

BIBURY DUCK RACE

Don’t miss this annual charity event if you’re in Bibury over Christmas – The Bibury Duck Race starts at 11am on Boxing Day with guests at The Swan Hotel having 1 duck per room reserved for racing. Great fun for all the family!

 

1st DECEMBER ONWARDS 

ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM

Book your tickets for the breathtaking Enchanted Christmas event at Westonbirt Arboretum; an illuminated celebration of their wonderful trees.

 

1st DECEMBER

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING IN BROADWAY

Get into the festive spirit with Broadway village’s annual late night shopping events, and be sure to join us at The Broadway Hotel where we will be serving warming drinks and bites to eat!

 

25th NOVEMBER 

MORETON-IN-MARSH CHRISTMAS MARKET

Enjoy a stroll around Moreton-in-Marsh’s annual Christmas Market where there will be plenty of local stalls to browse and lots of food and drink to sample. Once ready to warm up, we recommend you join us in the Manor House Hotel bar for a Festive Cocktail (or two!)

 

24th NOVEMBER

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING IN BROADWAY

Get into the festive spirit with Broadway village’s annual late night shopping events, and be sure to join us at The Broadway Hotel where we will be serving warming drinks and bites to eat!

 

28TH OCTOBER 2017

‘STEAM & SCREAM’

Celebrate Halloween with one of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s much-loved family events!

 

24TH – 25TH OCTOBER 2017

WESTONBIRT CHARITIES FAIR

With stalls of cashmere, jewellery, gadgets and stocking fillers; the Westonbirt Fair is a perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping! What’s more there will be free talks by local authors and a chance to buy signed copies of their books. Purchase your tickets at www.westonbirtfair.org.

 

21ST – 22ND OCTOBER 2017

COTSWOLDS FOOD & DRINK FAIR

An opportunity to sample local artisan food and drink with demonstrations from top chefs in the area at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Toddington Station. Open 10am – 4pm throught the weekend with free admission and parking. Steam rides and diesel train will be running at normal fares.

 

6TH – 15TH OCTOBER 2017

CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

The Times and The Sunday Times sponsor this ever-popular Literature festival, which welcomes the world’s best writers to Cheltenham.

 

10th SEPTEMBER, 10am – 4.30pm

BROADWAY FOOD FESTIVAL

Don’t miss Broadway Food Festival on the Village Green outside the Broadway Hotel, with local artisan producers, delicious food to go and classic cars to view.

 

9th SEPTEMBER, 1 – 4.30pm

BROADWAY HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT SHOW

Located on the lovely village green, right outside The Broadway Hotel, peruse a wide range of local produce at your leisure – from fruits and vegetables to baked goods, jams and craft items!

 

3RD SEPTEMBER 2017

MORETON-IN-MARSH SHOW

With show-jumping, livestock and great local trade stands a-plenty, the Moreton-in-Marsh Show is one of the UK’s largest agricultural shows, and a great opportunity to sample the Cotswold countryside in a day… but if you want to make a weekend of it, The Manor House can accommodate!

 

25TH – 27TH August 2017

The Big Feastival

This family-friendly festival, held on Alex James’ Farm, is now a firm favourite in the Cotswolds thanks to its feel-good nature and unique combination of great food and great music!

 

28TH – 30TH JULY 2017

THE GAME FAIR AT RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER

An annual gathering for all those passionate about country pursuits; The Game Fair celebrates everything from clay pigeon shooting to archery, fishing and even ferreting!

 

14Th – 16TH JULY 2017

Royal International Air Tattoo

Visit RAF Fairford and watch the world’s largest military air show and see aircrafts fly past. During the flying display you’ll spot fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much more. There will also be lots of things to do to keep you entertained throughout of the day.

 

3rd – 16TH JULY 2017

WIMBLEDON

Join us at Cotswold Inns and Hotels during Wimbledon where you can watch the Centre Court action in comfort while enjoying fresh strawberries with lashings of cream… perhaps with a glass of fizz on the side too!

 

1ST – 16TH JULY 2017

CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Cheltenham Proms 2017 are set to be a feast for the ears – think Bach, Beethoven and Brahms all set within the stunning Cheltenham Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

 

16TH – 17th JUNE 2017

Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum

Were you lucky enough to get tickets to see Olly Murs and Rick Astley at Westonbirt Arboretum? With The Hare and Hounds just nextdoor, and The Close very nearby – our hotels are the perfect place for a restful nights sleep after the main event!

 

10TH – 17TH JUNE 2017

Burford Festival

The Burford Festival is full of family friendly entertainment – fascinating talks from some famous faces, live music to suit all tastes and ages, outdoor performances of the fantastic ‘A Comedy of Errors’, not to mention another party on the rec!

 

9TH – 11TH JUNE 2017

CHELTENHAM FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

Whether you consider yourself a ‘foodie’ or simply enjoy great local produce, the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival should not be missed. Enjoy chef’s kitchen demos, wine talks and tastings plus lots of family friendly entertainment.

 

6TH – 11TH June 2017

CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The Times and The Sunday Times sponsor this ever-popular Science festival, which celebrates new frontiers and the disruptive thinkers who work at the edges of human ability and understanding.

 

2nd – 4TH JUNE 2017

WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL, CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE

Join the likes of The Levellers, Katie Ashworth and Electric Swing Circus at this year’s Wychwood Festival; Britain’s most popular family festival! And if you don’t fancy camping, The Broadway Hotel is just a short drive away.

 

2nd JUNE 2017

OLIMPICK GAMES, DOVER’S HILL, CHIPPING CAMPDEN

Each year, on the traditional date of Friday after Spring Bank Holiday, the hill echoes with the shouts and cheers of competitors and spectators as Robert Dover’s ancient Cotswold ‘Olimpick’ Games are celebrated.

 

29TH MAY 2017

TETBURY WOOLSACK RACES

Gather in the beautiful market town of Tetbury as competitors demonstrate both strength and fitness, racing whilst carrying a sack of wool up and down a hill! Starts at 10am.

 

28TH MAY 2017

Moreton in Marsh French Market

An opportunity to sample and purchase local and regional cheeses, freshly baked bread and traditional French patisserie products, and browse handbags, jewellery, soaps and more. With the Manor House Hotel just down the road, you can even stop by for a cup of coffee! 

 

14TH – 27TH MAY 2017

CHIPPING CAMPDEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Launched in 2002, this festival has grown to become highly anticipated and the 2017 programme looks to be as exciting as ever with fantastic up-and-coming artists performing in the lovely town of Chipping Campden over a two-week period

 

3RD – 7TH MAY 2017

BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the equestrian calendar and perfectly positioned for guests at the Hare and Hounds Hotel, The Close and The Bear of Rodborough.

 

26TH APRIL – 1ST MAY 2017

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL

In association with BBC Radio 2, this festival is a must for all music-lovers. Enjoy live performances from up-and-coming artists whilst also enjoying the great market stalls, food and drink on offer!

 

14TH – 17TH APRIL 2017

EASTER LONG WEEKEND

Join Cotswold Inns & Hotels for an extra special long weekend in spring over Easter 2017.

 

9TH APRIL 2017

PRESCOTT BIKE FESTIVAL

Head out for an adrenaline-packed day at Prescott, Cheltenham – one of the most historic motorsport venues in the UK.

 

28th MARCH 2017

Meet the author: Alan Titchmarsh at Highgrove

A great opportunity to meet renowned TV gardener and author Alan Titchmarsh, who will talking about his latest book, Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour, following a delicious two course lunch served in the Orchard Restaurant.

 

14TH – 17TH MARCH 2017

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL

The highlight of the Jump season with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The Cheltenham Festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about Jump racing, whilst delivering an unbelievable occasion as the finest horses, jockeys, owners and trainers battle it out for the highest racing honours, their reputations and over £3.8 million of prize money. Join the party, as over 250,000 people pass through the gates over the four days. Gates open at 10.30am, with the first race each day at 1.30pm and the last race each day at 5.15pm.

 

1ST FEBRUARY – 31ST MARCH 2017

SNOWDROP SEASON

Enjoy the snowdrops in this garden situated at Painswick Rococo Garden near the Bear of Rodborough Hotel. Its flamboyant design combines formality and informality, and is a magical experience at any time of year.

 

Dates from 25th February 2017

Highgrove Spring Walks

Soak up the beauty of the glorious spring flowers at Highgrove with these limited availability 75 minute tours around the Royal Gardens, guided by one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s experts who will be able to answer any questions you may have throughout the tour.

 

10th – 18th February 2017

Valentine’s in the Cotswolds

Enjoy a romantic weekend with Cotswold Inns & Hotels ahead of Valentine’s Day on 14th February. See our special offers page for the best way to treat your loved one.

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)

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