13 EVENTS IN THE COTSWOLDS THAT YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T MISS IN 2018
There are hundreds of great events in the Cotswolds every year and we have picked out some our favourites for you to put in your diaries.
SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY 2018
COCKLEBARROW FARM, ALDSWORTH
Cocklebarrow is part of the Heythrop Hunt and offers a great day out for all the family. As well as the superb racing, there are many other activities to enjoy from family fun and face painting in the kids zone and heated family picnic tent, shopping, a parade of hounds and the inimitable Tough Farmer Challenge. This year will also see a junior and senior horn–blowing competition, a mechanical rodeo bull, a bungee run and a bouncy castle.
MONDAY 19TH - FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks.
TUESDAY 13TH - FRIDAY 16TH MARCH 2018
The finest horses, jockeys, owners and trainers descend onto Prestbury Park for a thrilling four days of racing and battling to win some of the sport's most prestigious honours.
CHELTENHAM WINE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 2018
PITTVILLE PUMP ROOM
Have a great time, explore and taste from over 300 delicious wines. Enjoy your favourites and have fun discovering exciting new ones from among France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, USA and more.
BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS
WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY - SUNDAY 6TH MAY 2018
The Badminton Horse Trials is a three-day event that attracts hundreds of thousands of supporters and the finest horses from around the world, all competing to win this CCI**** event.
4TH MAY - SEPTEMBER 2018
Giffords Circus is a magical, musical village-green circus that tours the Cotswolds and beyond throughout the summer.
MIDSUMMER SPEED FESTIVAL
23RD & 24TH JUNE 2018
Two one day meetings with the Saturday featuring the second visit of the season of the ever popular NHCA motorcycles plus competition for saloons, sports cars and single seaters. This includes rounds of the Paul Matty Lotus championship as well as the Porsche hillclimb series.
Sunday is dedicated to a round of the ever popular Midland Hillclimb Championship.
CHELTENHAM CRICKET FESTIVAL
MONDAY 16TH JULY - FRIDAY 27TH JULY
The Cheltenham Cricket Festival returns in July to host two Gloucestershire T20 Blast matches as well as two County Championship and one Women's Super League games.
THURSDAY 2ND - SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST 2018
Set amongst the lakes, forests and parkland of Oxfordshire’s exquisite Cornbury Estate, Wilderness is an intimate, outdoor wonderland combining music, theatre, performing arts, outdoor pursuits and a range of culinary delights to create the ultimate boutique escape.
BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE
THURSDAY 2ND - SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST 2018
Hosted within the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s historic World Heritage site Blenheim Palace, BBC Countryfile Live is showcases the very best of our countryside, creating a unique visitor experience and most importantly a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.
THE BIG FEASTIVAL
24 - 26 AUGUST 2018
ALEX JAMES' FARM, KINGHAM
This wonderful festival of great food and music returns to Alex james' Oxfordshire farm in August 2018. A great weekend for all of the family of any age.
BROADWAY FOOD FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Located on the village green in the heart of the village, the Broadway Food Festival showcases many local producers, chefs and fantastic demos.
CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL
5 - 14 OCTOBER 2018
The oldest literature festival in the returns for another year, welcoming the world’s greatest writers and thinkers to Cheltenham.
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