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 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
1ST FEBRUARY – 31ST MARCH 2020
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.
14TH – 17TH FEBRUARY 2020
VALENTINE’S IN THE COTSWOLDS
Enjoy a romantic weekend with Cotswold Inns & Hotels to celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14th February. See our special offers page for the best way to treat your loved one.
10TH – 13TH MARCH 2020
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 – 13TH APRIL 2020
EASTER LONG WEEKEND
Join Cotswold Inns & Hotels for an extra special long weekend in spring over Easter 2020.
4TH APRIL 2020
CHELTENHAM WINE FESTIVAL
Have a great time exploring and tasting up to 300 delicious wines in the beautiful venue of Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
25TH – 26 TH APRIL 2020
WARTIME IN THE COTSWOLDS
Take a trip back in time on Broadway village green with live music, a display of wartime vehicles and three special guests; King George VI, General Montgomery and Winston Churchill, arriving by Rolls Royce!
4TH MAY 2020
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.
5th – 10TH MAY 2020
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!
6TH – 10TH MAY 2020
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.
9TH – 23TH MAY 2020
CHIPPING CAMPDEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Launched in 2002, this festival has grown to become highly anticipated and the 2020 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!
25TH MAY 2020
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.
29Th may 2020
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 – 31st May 2020
WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL, CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE
With the likes of The Stranglers, ABC and Scouting for Girls at last year’s Wychwood Festival; we highly recommend snapping up tickets to this year’s event – Britain’s most popular family festival!
2TH – 7TH JUNE 2020
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.
19TH – 21st JUNE 2020
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.
11th – 14TH JUNE 2020
FOREST LIVE AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM
With performances from Madness, Keane, James Morrison, Will Young and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man 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!
11TH – 12TH JULY 2020
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!
29th june – 12TH JULY 2020
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!
3rd – 12TH JULY 2020
CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Cheltenham Proms 2020 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.
17TH – 19TH JULY 2020
ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO
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.
24TH – 26TH JULY 2020
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.
7th – 9TH AUGUST 2020
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.
28TH – 30TH AUGUST 2020
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! This year’s line-up includes Elbow, Jess Glynne and Rudimental so we highly recommend snapping up tickets!
5Th SEPTEMBER 2020
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!
13TH SEPTEMBER 2020
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 and the best of local food and drink! Free admission & a great day out for all the family.
2nd – 11TH OCTOBER 2020
CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL
The Times and The Sunday Times sponsor this ever-popular Literature festival, which welcomes the world’s best writers to Cheltenham.
28TH NOVEMBER 2020
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!)
27TH NOVEMBER & 4TH DECEMBER 2020
LATE NIGHT SHOPPING IN BROADWAY
Get into the festive spirit with Broadway village’s annual late night shopping events, complete with live music, beautiful lights and lovely food and drink.
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.
BOXING DAY – 26TH DECEMBER 2020
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!
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)