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5 things to do in the Cotswolds this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:16 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:16 20 August 2018

Will you be one of the thousands of festival-goers heading to The Big Feastival this year? (c) Justine Trickett / Fanatic 2017

Will you be one of the thousands of festival-goers heading to The Big Feastival this year? (c) Justine Trickett / Fanatic 2017


The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

1. The 133rd Hawkesbury Horticultural Society Show, Hawkesbury Upton

The Hawkesbury Horticultural Society Show, taking place on Saturday August 25, is thought to be the longest continually running horticultural show in England, running for 133 years without ever being cancelled for war or adverse weather.

The show will featuring large produce marquee, stunt driver Jez Avery, falconry display, Punch & Judy; Rogers’ fairground rides, deer and hog roast, beer and cider tent, Pimm’s tent, grand raffle, clay shooting, archery, stalls, live music, the crowning of the Carnival Queen, and more.

2. Witcombe Cider Festival

Boasting a fantastic line-up of musical talent, including Ella Eyre, Sigma, Duke and MNEK, this cider fuelled weekend event welcomes thousands to the Witcombe Cider Festival Field on Brockworth Road. The festival takes place from August 24-26. Book tickets here.

3. Shake-paw’s Day, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon

Celebrate National Dog Day on Saturday August 25 in the beautiful gardens of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon. Take part in the alternative dog show (starting at 2pm), enjoy plenty of family-friendly activities and BBQ food will be served throughout the day. The event is included in admission. Dog owners can enjoy 30% off admission.

4. Bank Holiday Beer & Cider Festival, The Royal in Charlton Kings

The Royal in Charlton Kings has organised a fundraiser at their annual family-friendly Summer Festival in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. The festivities get underway from 1pm on Sunday 26 with a ’Slice of Fun’ pizza decorating session complete with mini aprons and chefs hats for budding chefs, followed by the ever popular Dog Show supported by Dragon Vets.

The entertainment continues into the evening with live music from Joe Summers at 5:30pm before things get competitive with the Mega Quiz at 8pm.

The jam packed program of entertainment continues into the Bank Holiday Monday where festival goers can sit back and listen to the likes of Union of Strings from 1pm, followed by Paul Newman & Friends.

The ever popular Music Man will be making an appearance at 3pm to keep children happy, with more fantastic bands back at 4pm with Soular, The Rhythm Slingers, Tom Can’t Make It and DeBrief.

As if all that wasn’t enough, there will traditional garden games, a tombola, face painting and delicious fresh wood fired pizza on offer all weekend.

5. Winchcombe Country Show

Taking place on Monday August 27, The Winchcombe Country Show is a traditional country show with the Flower Show at its heart. The family friendly day out includes a wide variety of entertainment, dog demonstrations, local food and drink, and a fantastic display of gymnastics by Parkour Live.


The Big Feastival, Kingham

The brainchild of Blur bassist Alex James, The Big Feastival is a unique August Bank Holiday weekend affair (August 24-26) of music, food and fun for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy demos from top chefs including Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White, as well the chance to sample some of the offerings from the hottest names on the UK street food scene.

Performing at this year’s festival will be Craig David, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Professor Green and Basement Jaxx will kick off Friday night with a party-starting DJ set. There will be also be plenty to keep the little ones entertained with live entertainment from children’s TV sensation Justin Fletcher and CBeebies presenter Andy Day and many other familiar faces. Book tickets here.

We update 5 things to do in the Cotswolds at the weekend every Monday. If you are in need of inspiration, bookmark this page for events from Friday through to Sunday.


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