What’s on in the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds is a region bursting with unique events and lively festivals throughout the year. From jazz music, wacky races and walking festivals, to cheese rolling, gardening shows and even a Jane Austen Festival, there is an abundance of great days out in the Cotswolds for the whole family. Experience major musical events such as The Big Feastival, Cornbury Festival and the Wilderness Festival, as well as arts and literature festivals, horse racing and food and drink festivals.
If you’re searching for things to do in the Cotswolds, we have created a calendar of events in the Cotswolds to help you make the most of your stay.
Spring events in the Cotswolds
Spring is a wonderful time to visit this beautiful region as the trees begin to blossom and dazzling daffodils line the quaint streets of its historic market towns. Spend a short break in the Cotswolds feasting on the musical delights of Cheltenham Jazz Festival, perhaps stopping for lunch at The Daffodil Restaurant, a converted Art Deco cinema, then head to Tetbury for its Wacky Races.
Cheltenham Racing Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, 12th-15th March 2019
The VWH Hunt Point to Point - Siddington Races, 23rd March 2019
Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival - Stratford Artshouse, 28th April-5th May 2019
Badminton Horse Trials - Badminton Estate, 1st-5th May 2019
Cheltenham Jazz Festival - Montpellier Gardens, 1st-6th May 2019
Tetbury Wacky Races - Chipping Street, Tetbury, 2019 dates TBC
Malvern Spring Gardening Show - Three Counties Showground, 9th-12th May 2019
Bath Festival - Bath city centre, 17th-26th May 2019
Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival - Winchcombe, 17th-19th May 2019
Lechlade Music Festival - Lechlade, 24th-26th May 2019
Tetbury Woolsack Races - Tetbury, 27th May 2019
South Cerney Street Fair and Duck Race - South Cerney, 27th May 2019
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling - Cooper’s Hill, Gloucester, 27th May 2019
Cotswold Olimpick Games - Chipping Campden, 31st May 2019
Wychwood Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, 31st May-2nd June 2019
Summer events in the Cotswolds
If you’re enjoying a family holiday in the Cotswolds this summer, kids are sure to be amazed at the Cheltenham Science Festival where families can enjoy hands-on experiments and fun activity trails, while those interested in history can delight in the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival and avid gardeners will be in their element at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show - a fantastic celebration of lifestyle and the great outdoors.
Cheltenham Science Festival - Cheltenham, 4th-9th June 2019
Forest Live - Westonbirt Arboretum, 13th-16th June 2019
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival - Montpellier Gardens, 14th-16th June 2019
Malvern Royal Three Counties Show - Three Counties Showground, 14th-16th June 2019
Blenheim Palace Flower Show - Woodstock, 21st-23rd June 2019
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival - Stratford-upon-Avon, 6th-7th July 2019
The Cotswold Show and Food Festival - Cirencester Park, 13th-14th July 2019 (30th Anniversary Year)
Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew, 5th-7th July 2019
Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, 19th-21st July 2019
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival - Tewkesbury town centre, 2019 dates TBC
BBC Countryfile Live - Blenheim Palace, 1st-4th August 2019
Wilderness Festival - Cornbury Park, 1st-4th August 2019
Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza - South Cerney Airfield, 2nd-4th August 2019
Classic Ibiza Concert - Bowood House, 3rd August 2019
The Big Feastival - Alex James’ Farm, 23rd-25th August 2019
The Phoenix Festival - Cirencester, 24th-25th August 2019
Foodies Festival - Oxford, 24th-26th August 2019
Hawkesbury Horticultural Show - Hawkesbury Upton, 31st August 2019
Autumn events in the Cotswolds
Autumn in the Cotswolds is made for book lovers. The Cheltenham Literature Festival features more than 600 of the most prominent writers, poets, comedians, politicians and actors, all giving talks, interviews and workshops about the written and spoken word. If that’s not enough, maybe you’ll find your very own Mr Darcy at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath!
Prescott Hill Climb - Gotherington, 7th-8th September 2019 (British & Midland Championships)
Moreton-in-Marsh Show - Moreton-in-Marsh, 7th September 2019
Northleach Steam Show - Northleach, 2019 dates TBC
The Blenheim International Horse Trials - Blenheim Palace, 19th-22nd September 2019
Jane Austen Festival - Bath, 13th-22nd September 2019
Tetbury Musical Festival - Tetbury, 2019 dates TBC
Cheltenham Literature Festival - Cheltenham, 4th-13th October 2019
Winter events in the Cotswolds
If you’re thinking of spending Christmas in the Cotswolds, there are a plethora of festive events happening all across this magical region. Wander the cinnamon fuelled markets in Bath or Cirencester, a mug of mulled wine in hand, or take the kids to see the enchanting light displays at Westonbirt Arboretum.
Bath Christmas Market - Bath, 2019 dates TBC
Enchanted Christmas - Westonbirt Arboretum, 2019 dates TBC
Spectacle of Light - Sudeley Castle, 2019 dates TBC
Cirencester Christmas Market - Cirencester, 2019 dates TBC
Where to stay in the Cotswolds?
After a day well spent at one of these Cotswolds events, you’ll be needing somewhere to put your feet up and rest your head. Our holiday cottages in the Cotswolds are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Cotswold life – think cosy corners, log fires and sumptuous interiors. Why not have a browse and start planning an idyllic staycation in one of the most picturesque corners of the UK?