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What’s on this month in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 11:32 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 13 July 2018

Stow Motor Show (c) Claire Carroll

Stow Motor Show (c) Claire Carroll

Claire Carroll

If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds this month, we have gathered plenty of events for you to pop in your diary

The Dambusters and Beyond: Celebrating the RAF, The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford

Until July 17

Featuring material from the Archives of the Imperial War Museums, St Edward’s School, and the photographic agency TopFoto. It is curated by Dr Simon Innes-Robbins, Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum.


The Garden, Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford

until July 28

A group exhibition exploring the enduring influence of horticulture and gardening on visual art, bringing together painting, printmaking and sculpture from gallery artists renowned for their interest in the natural world.


Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace

Until October 7

An extraordinary new exhibition celebrating the works of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.


The Marvellous Mechanical Museum, Compton Verney

Until September 30

Reimagining the spectacular automata exhibitions of the 18th century, and featuring almost 60 works, dating from 1625 to the present day, which will – quite literally – come to life before your very eyes. Many works have been commissioned especially for the show.


Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, Bodleian Libraries in Oxford

Until October 28

A once-in-a-generation opportunity to see this magnitude of Tolkien-related materials together, to include manuscripts, artworks, maps, letters and artefacts gathered from the UK, the US and France, reunited in Oxford for the first time since his death more than 40 years ago. Free admission – booking required.


The Gate – Open Garden, Winchcombe

July 1, 2pm – 6pm

The Gate open garden in Winchcombe will allow visitors to see a pretty cottage-style garden planted with perennials, annuals, climbers and herbs in the walled courtyard of a 17thC former coaching Inn, as well as a separate, productive, walled kitchen garden with espaliers and other fruit trees. Combine your visit to The Gate, North Street, Winchcombe, with a visit to St Mary’s Open Garden, which is open on the same day, and where you can have home-made teas and refreshments.


BMC & Leyland Show, British Motoring Museum in Gaydon

Sunday, July 1

A nostalgic show, paying tribute to the vehicles that were produced by the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland, The Rover Group and pre-BMC Group.


Port Street Fayre, Evesham

Sunday, July 1

During Port Street Fayre, the whole street will be packed with stalls, with the now famous Ferris Wheel by the Swan. During the day there will be acts on the stage by the Angel Vaults, organised by vintage singer Betsy Harmony, and through the afternoon the action moves to the Swan with bands including Led Hendrix, Blackmax & the Priates and Mr Wolf.


Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Monday, July 2, 7.30pm

Join the star of Not the Nine o’clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from 40 years of travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. Tickets £25.


Nibley Festival

July 6 & 7

This year’s fabulously family-friendly festival line-up includes Space, The Pigeon Detectives, Example & DJ Wire, and The King Blues.


Midsummer Fiesta

Saturday, July 7, 12 noon-9pm

Returning to Montpellier for another fun-packed family day, enjoy live music and dance performances; a marketplace with dozens of local stalls; a children’s village; fairground rides, including a big wheel; sports activities and a range of food and drink options.


The Cotswold Show and Food Festival, Cirencester Park

July 7 & 8

The Cotswold Show offers families the perfect day out: Browse 200 trade shopping stands, admire culinary skills at the cookery theatre and enjoy a traditional rural skills showcase. There will also be the Bremont Great War Display Team, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, Savage Skills BMX Show, Mounted Games Association of Great Britain and Dog and Duck Show all to enjoy.


Ablington Manor Open Garden, near Cirencester

Sunday, July 8

Mr and Mrs Cooper have kindly volunteered to open their beautiful garden again in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Tel: 01285 740363 or prue@ablingtonmanor.com


BBC Young Musician Rush Hour Concert Series, Cambray Baptist Church in Cheltenham

Tuesday, July 10, 5pm

Eighteen year-old saxophonist Rob Burton is accompanied by Christine Zerafa as part of Cheltenham Music Festival’s series. £12 plus booking fee.


Mischief Movie Night, Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham

July 10-14

Direct from a sold-out West End run and fresh off an Olivier Award-Nomination for Best Comedy, the company behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery return with Mischief Movie Night – an improvised movie live on stage at every performance.


Burt Bacharach, New Theatre in Oxford

Wednesday, July 11

The man who wrote the soundtrack to the 20th century will lead the Oxford audience through the catalogue of his renowned compositions from the past 60 years.


Henley Festival, Henley-on-Thames

July 11 - 15

The cool riverbank festival returns with music, comedy, art and food, including Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rita Ora, Curtis Stigers And The Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and the English National Opera.


Afternoon Tea and Tour, Barnsley House, near Cirencester

Thursday, July 12, 2pm

Delight in all that the gardens at Barnsley House have to offer with this garden tour, followed by afternoon tea, featuring berries straight from the garden and a glass of champagne to enjoy in the sun. £32 per person.


Tom Jones, Ragley Hall in Alcester

Thursday, July 12

Music legend Tom Jones is touring some of the UK’s most magnificent stately homes and historic locations this summer, celebrating a music career that spans six decades.


Gloucester Rooftop

July 12-21

Introducing a festival that will transform the King’s Walk multi-storey car park into a season of music, theatre and performance.


Gloucestershire Coracle Challenge, Gloucester Rowing Club

Friday, July 13

Enter a team of four for £200 and join in the fun. Competitors will be provided with a coracle and paddle, along with plenty of time to practice the somewhat difficult art of steering a round boat with one paddle. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Email: gloucestershirecoracle@gmail.com


Eatsravaganza, Gloucester’s King Square

July 13 - August 11

Eatsravaganza will bring together award-winning street food traders and entertainment to deliver a family-friendly celebration of good food and good times. It’ll run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for five weeks, and each weekend will feature a changing line-up of eight street food traders from across the country.


Prescott 80th Anniversary and Bugatti Festival, Prescott Hillclimb

Saturday, July 14

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Prescott Hillclimb, the Gloucestershire venue will celebrate this landmark occasion with a special reunion of former hill record holders.


‘Country Flowers for Country Churches’ Flower Festival, St James’ Church, Colesbourne

2-6pm, July 14 & 15

The theme for the festival is “Country Flowers for Country Churches” and talented local flower arrangers have plenty of scope to create some imaginative and original flower displays, as well as flower arranging demonstrations to encourage visitors to create their own. The gardens and arboretum of Colesbourne Park will be open and delicious strawberry cream teas served. Admission to the Flower Festival is free, but there will be charge for the tea and for the demonstrations. All proceeds to the St James’ Nave Roof Fund.


Stow Motor Show

Saturday, July 14

Modern supercars will be on show alongside cars, vintage cars, and military models from tanks to Halftracks. Motorbikes will feature top makes such as Triumph and Harley Davidson, and you can also expect to see agricultural vehicles and lorries.


Upper Slaughter Fete

Saturday, July 14, 12 noon-2.30pm

With river races, a prize raffle, barbecue, Pimm’s and beer tent, live music, ice creams, children’s games, bouncy castle and stalls, plus homemade cakes, teas and coffees. Situated along the banks of the River Eye and free for all to enjoy.


HanFest Food & Farming Festival at Hanwell Village, near Banbury

Saturday, July 14, 11am-5pm, (6pm for BBQ & live music)

The popular annual summer festival in the historic ironstone village of Hanwell once again is supporting local farmers and food producers. There will be live folk music throughout the day, a village tearoom, hog roasts, the famous Hanwell pony and trap rides, craft stalls, locally made ice cream and fun farm-themed activities for the kids and adults. Daytime tickets: £2 adults, £1 kids; evening: £12 adults, £6 kids.


Tetbury Fiesta at Sir William Romney’s School, Tetbury

Saturday, July 14, 12 noon-11pm

After a three-year break, Tetbury Fiesta is back for 2018, with a day of live music, food and produce stalls, beer tent, sideshows and children’s entertainment. All money raised will be donated to local charities, including Tetbury Hospital, St Mary’s School, Sir William Romney’s School, the Youth Pod and other Tetbury clubs. Tickets £15 per person; £8 ages 7-16; children under 7 free.


Shakespeare’s Ale, The Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Saturday, July 14, 5.30-7pm

Bob Yeats from Tunnel Brewery presents a collection of hand-crafted ales for tasting. Sample a selection of popular craft ales, traditional beers and a mulberry ale made from the fruits of the famous mulberry trees at Shakespeare’s New Place. Tickets: £10 (£8 Friends of the Trust / RSC Members).


North Aston Village Fete

2pm-4.30pm, Saturday, July 14

The annual extravaganza that is the North Aston Village Fete gives visitors the opportunity to ‘step back in time’ with traditional games, stalls and festivities. There’ll also be a refreshments tent and BBQ. Entry is £1 which includes entry to a prize draw, children under 12 admitted free. Funds raised are shared equally between the parish church of St Mary’s and charitable Village Funds.


Witney Carnival

Saturday, July 14

With a fairy tale theme of Once Upon a Time, Witney’s biggest free family event looks set to be jam packed with exhibits, craft stalls, food outlets & children’s entertainment this weekend, but we’re all looking forward to the promised Pug Kissing Booth provided by local charity Guideposts.



July 13, 14 & 15

Jenny Wren Productions delve into the dating scene of the early 19th century in this playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel. July 13 & 14 – Court Lodge, Randwick, Stroud, GL6 6HH (box office: 01453 763485 / Sawyers Estate Agents 01453 751647). July 15 – St Augustine’s Farm, Arlingham, GL2 7JN (box office: Everyman Theatre 01242 572573 / everymantheatre.org.uk).

At both venues performance is at 7pm, with grounds open for picnics at 6pm.


Photographic Exhibition, Town Hall in Malmesbury

July 14-August 10

Cotswold photographers Sandie Cox and Tony Banks share a passion for wildlife and nature and will be showing a collection of captivating images captured in travels that have taken them from Yellowstone Park in the US to the Masai Mara in Kenya. For further information call Tony Banks on 01666 860656.


Cotswold Summer Market, Cheltenham Town Hall

Sunday, July 15, 11am-3pm

A chance to support small businesses while picking up something love, including food & drink, jewellery, plants, homeware, candles and art.


Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Garden Party

Tuesday, July 17

This special event, in aid of Maggie’s and LINC, gives you the opportunity to have afternoon tea with Laurence at his home, whilst also enjoying a spot of shopping, fashion show and live music. Tickets are limited and available from the Maggie’s Centre or the LINC website at www.lincfund.org.


Open Air Theatre Festival, The Tuckwell Amphitheatre in Cheltenham

July 19-August 2

To include Heartbreak Productions take on David Walliams bestseller The Midnight Gang, Cinema Under the Stars, children’s shows, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, and even Opera.


A Beautiful Book, The Wilson in Cheltenham

Thursday, July 19

Discover the story behind William Morris’s last masterpiece, the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, and his collaboration with his great friends Emery Walker, who helped him set up his Kelmscott Press, and Edward Burne-Jones, who provided 87 illustrations for the book. £12 (£10 conc.); carers free.


Charity Golf Day, Brickhampton Court in Cheltenham

Friday, July 20

Featuring 30 teams, 18 holes of golf, auction, three-course meal, and much more. £260 per team of four. All in aid of CCP.


Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Hall in Winchcombe

July 20 – 22

Enjoy a festival of real ale, real food and real friends like no other. For 42 years, there’s been a festival celebrating the very best in ale and cider, at the fabulous venue of Postlip Tithe Barn, as real and authentic as the beverages. It’s run in partnership with CAMRA.


Windrush Valley Flower Show and Fete, Great Barrington Village Hall in Burford

Saturday, July 21, 1-5pm

A traditional fete with refreshments, including teas, cakes, barbecue, ice creams and Pimm’s; competitions for fruit and vegetables, flowers and flower arrangements, arts and crafts and children’s classes; stalls and traditional games; a tombola and raffle; and band. Bring your dog for the dog show and agility competition! Entry £2 per adult (children 15 and under free).


The Kingham Proms, Picnic and Fireworks

Saturday, July 21

Musical Performance from London’s Salomon Brass Orchestra playing prom classics including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and a few big film numbers from Star Wars, Les Miserable and West Side Story. Mezzo soprano soloist Niki Ihnatowicz will make a guest appearance. The fireworks will start at 9pm. Food and drink available on the night. The event is in support of Lawrence Home Nursing and Kingham Primary School.


Picnic in the Park, Idlicote Hill Farm House

Saturday, July 21

Fundraising for Shipston Home Nursing with Ettington Primary School, expect exciting attractions, children’s workshops, a treasure hunt, cakes, ice cream and much more at Picnic in the Park. Pre-book tickets by emailing rebecca.mawles@shipstonhomenursing.co.uk or phone 01608 674929.


Pied Piper Fun Day, The Courtyard, Montpellier Street in Cheltenham

10am – 4.30pm, Saturday, July 21

Head along to The Courtyard for the Pied Piper Fun Day to raise money for the Pied Piper Appeal. Enjoy offers and discounts from shops in The Courtyard, as well as a ‘Guess the weight’ competition, a raffle, food and drink and a mini golf challenge. Donations of old books, costume jewellery, toys, puzzles and clothes are welcome.


A Boundless Summer, Bowood House

July 21 & 28

Picnic in the grounds of Bowood House and enjoy performances by Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (Sat, July 21), and Katherine Jenkins at Boundless Summer Proms (Sun, July 22).


Much Ado About Nothing, Gloucester Cathedral

July 23-24

Combining the verbal fireworks of Shakespeare’s wittiest play with sharp physical comedy, this production from Antic Disposition is set to a score of live music and songs of the period.


St James the Great Exhibition, St James the Great, Saul

July 25-29, 10am-6pm

History relating to the church, as well as village, river and canal life, and featuring old church records from Gloucester Archives. Refreshments and raffle. Admission £1; all donations gratefully received for the Church Building Appeal.


‘In conversation’ with Dolly Alderton, Calcot Manor

Thursday, July 26, 6.30pm

The ‘In Conversation’ series kicks off with Dolly Alderton, award-winning journalist and author of the Sunday Times bestseller ‘Everything I Know About Love’. The event will include a welcome cocktail or glass of fizz, a delicious dinner created by Head Chef Richard Davies straight from the wood fired oven, including pizzas, Middle Eastern flat-breads, selection of seasonal salads, topped off with a variety of sweet treats before the evening’s entertainment. To book, call 01666 890391.


Warwick Folk Festival

July 26 – 29

Featuring a heavyweight line up of folk superstars from around the world, including Show of Hands and Jon Boden & Remnant Kings, at Warwick School and the surrounding town.


Compton Abdale Village Fete, Lower Farm in Compton Abdale (just off the A40 near Northleach)

Saturday, July 28, 1.30-4.15pm

A traditional village fete set in beautiful gardens, to include produce, plants, white elephant, tombola, books, fun dog show (starts at 3pm; entrance fee £2 per class). Many games and activities for the whole family. Teas and ice creams, barbecue, Pimm’s tent, Gloucester Excelsior Band. Admission £2.50 for adults; children and parking free.


Classic Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh

July 28 & 29, 8am-6pm

A two-day motorsport festival featuring an F1 Paddock, competition for pre-1980s cars, demonstrations, parades, displays, live music, entertainment, food & drink. Classic Nostalgia is the flagship event at Shelsley Walsh and is now one of the main events on the west of England’s social calendar.


Contact Candia.McKormack@archant.co.uk or Elizabeth.Hartland@archant.co.uk to let us know about events happening in and around the Cotswolds.


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