Cotswold Festivals 2018-05-16T13:32:37+01:00

Cotswold Festivals & Events 2018

Music, literature, art, food & drink, horse racing, open-gardens, circus and quite a bit more! We are always updating our information on the fabulous festivals, fetes and village events taking place in the Cotswolds during 2018.

If you know of an event that should be here for others to enjoy, do let us know!

For more information on all the goings-on in the Cotswolds do visit the official tourism website for the Cotswolds and

Also, throughout spring time and summer months many villages throughout the Cotswolds open up gardens which are normally private for visitors as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Usually a small contribution is asked for and all money goes towards great causes and local charities. It’s always a perfect afternoon or day out to relax and wander and there’s often home-made cakes, cordials and tea available in someone’s garden, or village hall. And of course your host at Cotswold Village Rooms may also know of other events to make a note of. Take some time to explore and have fun!


1 New Year’s Day – Cheltenham Races, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

1- 2 Magical Lights Trail at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

2 Morning Deer Feeding at Dyrham Park, near Bath (and other winter dates)

2 Penguin Feeds (11am & 3pm everyday) at Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford

6-7 Floodlit Swan Suppers (Fri & Sat only). Guided walks, talks, bird and otter feeds, canoe safaris and other activities in January and throughout the year at Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

14 Woodland Coppicing at Coberley, Gloucestershire run by the Cotswold Conservation Board

27 Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival, Gloucester

28 Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Races, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

29 Blacksmithing Taster Day in Tetbury, Gloucestershire run by the Cotswold Conservation Board

Surprise someone special with a romantic get-away for Valentines Day in February with Cotswold Village Rooms!


2-4 Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury

12-14 Folk Three, previously known as Cheltenham Folk Festival

18 Parkland and Welcome Centre open at Compton Verney

18-25 Love Worcestershire Heritage Festival

25-26 Early Spring Walks events at The Royal Gardens, Highgrove, Gloucestershire


9-19 Stroud Film Festival, Stroud, Gloucestershire

11-12 Snowdrop Event at Snowshill Manor, near Broadway, Worcestershire

12 Wildlife-Friendly Food Festival run by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Crickley Hill, near Birdlip

14-17 Cheltenham Festival & Gold Cup

14 Champion Day, Cheltenham Racecourse

15 Ladies Day, Cheltenham Racecourse

17-25 Oxford Literary Festival

21 Talk on William Morris in the Cotswolds 7-9pm Lifford Hall, Broadway, Worcestershire

25-31 Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford

25-26 Gardens Illustrated Festival, Westonbirt School, Tetbury

28 Meet the Author Alan Titchmarsh including lunch at The Royal Gardens, Highgrove, Gloucestershire


EASTER BANK HOLIDAY 30 March to Monday 2 April

6 Cheltenham Wine Festival, Cheltenham

Spring Events at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove, Gloucestershire

13-18 Banbury Song & Ale Weekend, Banbury, Oxfordshire

20-22 Folk Weekend, Oxford

25-28 Chipping Norton Literary Festival, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire



2-7 Jazz Festival, Cheltenham

4-7 Upton upon Severn Folk Festival

9-14 Chipping Campden Literature Festival, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

10-13 RHS Malvern Spring Garden Festival

10 Stow Horse Fair, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

4-14 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud

12-26 Chipping Campden Music Festival

17-21 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

11-27 The Bath Festival, Bath

19 Barnsley Village Garden Festival, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire

19  Witney Festival of Food & Drink

24-31 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm, Kingham

22-29 Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts , Gloucetsreshire

29 Cheese Rolling & Coopers Hill Woolsack Races, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

27 Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Woodstock

25-27 Lechlade Music Festival, Gloucestershire

27-28 La Vie en Bleu, Prescott Hill Climb, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

27-29 Cotswold Festival of Steam, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

28 Frampton on Severn Open Gardens NGS



Summer months are perfect for a stay with Cotswold Village Rooms!

1-4 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm, Kingham

2 Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games, Chipping Campden

2 Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse

2-4 Asparafest, Asparagus, Music & Food Festival, The Fleece Inn, Worcestershire

2-4 Fairford Festival, Fairford, Gloucestershire

6-8 Bledington Music Festival, Oxfordshire

6-11 Science Festival, Cheltenham

7-11 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

8 and other dates in June Longborough Opera Festival, Tristanund Isolde, Fidelio

9 Daylesford Summer Festival, Daylesford Organic Farm 10am-5pm

9 Southrop Village Fete, Southrop, Gloucestershire Lots of traditional stalls, dog show, archery, Zorbing, Pimms and Beer Tent

11 Elkstone Open Gardens NGS

11 Winchcombe Open Gardens NGS

11 Adlestrop Open Gardens & Fete, near Daylesford, Gloucestershire

9-11 Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

14-25 Gifford Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Oxford University Parks, Oxford

16-18 Field & Country Fair, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

16 Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

16-17 Prescott Bike Festival, Bugatti Owners Club, Gotherington, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

17 Guiting Power Village Fete & Dog Show, Gloucestershire

17-18 Chipping Campden Open Gardens NGS

24 Slimbridge Beer Festival 6pm-11pm, held in grounds of Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

29 Barn on the Farm, Over, Gloucestershire


1 Nibley Music Festival, Dursley, Gloucestershire

1-2 Celebrating Our Community Event, Broadway. A summer event to celebrate local artists, organisations, open gardens hosted by St Michael’s and St Eadburgha’s Church

1-16 Cheltenham Music Festival

1-2 The Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire

5-9 Henley Arts Festival, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

6-8 2000 Trees Music Festival, Upcote Farm, Withington

7-9 Cornbury Music Festival, Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire

8-9 Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

13-17 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Stonor Park, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

13 and various dates in July Longborough Opera Festival, Mozart – The Magic Flute

13-15 Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire

26-31 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, The Fox Inn, Barrington, Nr Burford

21 Upton Blues Festival, Upton, Worcestershire

21-23 Truck Music Festival, Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire

22 Battle Proms Concert, Blenheim Palace. Open-air picnic concert, Oxfordshire

TBC Compton Verney Summer Festival, near Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

27 WOMAD Music Festival, Charlton Park, Wiltshire

28-30 Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Tythe Barn, Nr Winchcombe

22-29 Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester Cathedral

TBC Livestock Longdon Music Festival, Manor Farm, Longdon



1 Longborough Music Festival, Gluck – Orfeo ed Euridice, near Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

3-6 BBC Countryfile Live, Blenheim, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

3-6 Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

1- 6 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Fox Inn, Great Barrington, Oxfordshire

4-6 Festival of British Horse Eventing, Gatcombe 4-6 Stroud Steam & Vintage Extravaganza, South Cerney Airfield

9-13 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Frampton Court Estate, Frampton in Severn, Gloucestershire

10-12 Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Cropredy, Oxfordshire

16-28 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Nr to Crown Inn, High Street, Minchinhampton Common , Gloucestershire

12 Bath Folk Festival, Bath

12-13 Steam & Vintage Weekend, Swindon & Cricklade Heritage Railway, Blunsdon

18-20 Soul Circus Festival, Elmore, Gloucestershire Yoga, music, food, partying

19 Cotswold Vintage Fair, Toddington Village Hall

31 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Marlborough Common, Marlborough

25-27 Stroud Fringe Festival, Stroud, Gloucestershire

25-28 Towersey Festival – music and dance, now located to Thame, Oxfordshire

26-28 Pershore Plum Festival, Pershore, Worcestershire

26-28 Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Calne, Wiltshire

24-26 The Big Feastival, near Kingham. Oxfordshire

26-27 Witcombe Cider & Music Festival

28 Winchcombe Country Show from 12 noon, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire



An Autumn break – plan a stay with Cotswold Village Rooms!

1-10 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Marlborough Common, Marlborough, Wiltshire

1-3 BunkFest, Wallingford, Oxfordshire – free community festival

1-3 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire

1-3 Bradford on Avon Walking Festival

2 Moreton in Marsh Country Show

13-24 Giffords Circus, My Beautiful Circus, Stratton Meadows, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

7-10 Heritage Open Days Event, various locations

9 Newent Onion Fayre, Newent – a lot more than just onions!

10 Broadway Food Festival, Broadway, Worcestershire

29-30 Marlborough Literature Festival, Marlborough, Wiltshire

30 Thame Food Festival


1 Marlborough Literature Festival, Marlborough, Wiltshire

1 Thame Food Festival, Oxfordshire

6-8 Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival, Banbury, Oxfordshire

6-15 Cheltenham Literature Festival , Cheltenham, Gloucestreshire

22 Marlborough Feast of Food, Marlborough College, Wiltshire


Visit the Christmas Markets – plan a stay with Cotswold Village Rooms

Events to be confirmed!


Plan a perfect winter retreat – stay with Cotswold Village Rooms

Monday 25 Christmas Day

Tuesday 26 Boxing Day

Events to be confirmed!