August Bank Holiday In The Cotswolds - What's On?

Is there a better time of year for a getaway than the Cotswolds August bank holiday? Were not sure there is! August bank holiday in the Cotswolds is a lively, fun and exciting time to be in the countryside and youll find some great activities to enjoy while youre there. Enjoy our round up of all the best events and plan your Cotswolds August bank holiday visit.

Cotswolds August bank holiday events

Food and drink events

  • The Big Feastival- 25-27 August, Kingham
A great family-friendly festival that takes place each year, The Big Feastival is set on Alex James Farm in lovely Kingham. The brainchild of himself and Jamie Oliver, it combines food, drink and music for a fantastic weekend of fun. Theres an amazing line-up confirmed for this year, so head to the farm and join in the foody festivities.
  • The Frocester Beer Festival 25-26 August, Frocester
The Frocester Beer Festival has been part of the Cotswolds August bank holiday weekend calendar since 1979. The festival has grown each year and because all proceeds go to charity its definitely worth a visit during your stay. Enjoy both local and internationally brewed beers, some great food and a wonderful atmosphere.
  • The Witcombe Cider Festival 26-27 August, Witcombe
The Witcombe Cider Festival is now in its 5th year, bringing thousands of people to the cricket ground to enjoy cider from all over the world. Visitors can enjoy live music and join in one big party to celebrate the end of summer. This is a great event for younger visitors looking to enjoy themselves over the Cotswolds August bank holiday weekend. 

Music, arts and culture

  • The Phoenix Festival 26-27 August, Cirencester
For a music festival with a bit of a twist, head to the Phoenix Festival, now an annual part of the Cirencester calendar. Taking place in the Abbey Grounds, the festival is bigger than ever, with more than 15,000 people attending last year. Featuring a mix of different artists, there are many cover and tribute acts to see helping you to reminisce and enjoy some classic tunes from your favourite artists.
  • Enriched- 25 August, Gallery at the Guild, Chipping Campden
Art lovers will enjoy this wonderful exhibition featuring works by James Fotheringhame (painting), Adam Hussain (studio glass), Ray Key (wood turner) and Caroline Chappell (painting) and other members of the Gallery at the Guild. Therell be plenty to see and its a great excuse to stay inside if the weather is looking a bit dull too.
  • The Hawkesbury Horticultural Show- 26 August, Hawkesbury
The Hawkesbury Horticultural Show is now in its 132nd year, and an excellent example of country living. Drawing in a large crowd from all over the Cotswolds and beyond, there is entertainment galore, music, activities for children as well as some great food and drink. The whole town gets ready to welcome the show and its ideal for a laidback day out during your Cotswolds stay.
  • The Winchcombe Country Show- 28 August, Winchcombe
Winchcombe is a fantastic place to explore during your Cotswolds visits and this annual country show offers a great excuse to enjoy it. At the Country Show youll find a number of stalls with displays and shopping opportunities, entertainment and all of the typical activities you would find at a country show. If youre looking for an activity thats away from the larger crowds, this could be a great choice for you.
  • The Walk of Life- until 28th August, Gloucester
The Walk of Life offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the Cathedral Labyrinth in what is a canvas copy of the one found in Frances Chartres Cathedral. Visitors can remove their shoes to walk around the Labyrinth and children are welcome too. A visit to Gloucester Cathedral is wonderful at any time of year, but when theres a special exhibit on like this, it makes the visit doubly worth it. 

Cotswold August Bank holiday activities for children

  • Queen Elizabeth the 1st at Berkeley Castle- 27-28 August
Step back in time to Tudor England as Queen Elizabeth makes an appearance at Berkeley Castle. With a fun-packed weekend of activities for children, theres history to be learned and a great time to be had at one of the Cotswolds most popular tourist attractions. A great day out for all the family, be careful not to lose your head!
  • Alice in Wonderland at the Rococo Garden- 27-28 August, Painswick
Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland is a beloved story that is often re-enacted to bring the crazy characters to life for a whole new generation. The Rococo Garden is the perfect setting for this creative re-telling that takes place all over the garden. Make sure you bring a picnic and enjoy a bank holiday afternoon meeting Alice and her whacky friends. 

More festivals and events

  • FriendsFest 18-27 August, Blenheim Palace
FriendsFest was a popular attraction in the Cotswolds last year, and it returns to the glorious setting of Blenheim Palace this August. Fans of the hit TV programme can wander around the sets, have a coffee in Central Perk and enjoy reminiscing about their favourite characters and episodes. Make sure your phone is fully charged for some amazing photo opportunities.
  • Football in the River 28 August, Bourton-on-the-Water
Every year Bourton-on-the-Water plays host to a fun football tournament in the river Windrush that is a popular event with both locals and visitors. Join two teams from Bourton Rovers FC as they splash around in the water for a good cause. Bourton-on-the-Water is a great place to enjoy the bank holiday and youll find some excellent spots to enjoy a picnic or a spot of pub lunch in the village. 

Beyond the Bank Holiday

  • Oxford Foodies Festival 1 - 3 September, Oxford South Parks
The Foodies series of festivals are well-known across the UK, and the popular Oxford Foodies Festival returns for another year of tasty treats and entertainment. Enjoy meetingGreat British Bake Offwinner Candice Brown in the Cake and Desserts tent, the stars ofSaturday Kitchenand other top chefs, while learning a thing or two in the Chefs Theatre. Relax and enjoy some drinks and enjoy sampling dishes and delights from all over the world.
  • The Moreton Show 2 September, Moreton-in-Marsh
The Moreton Show is an annual agricultural show that offers something for everyone and a wide selection of food, drink and entertainment. Its an excellent trade show for those looking to pick up new products, while there are also opportunities to enjoy the various shows and competitions in the Grand Arena.
  • Heritage Open Days 7 10 September, Gloucester and other areas
Each year, the doors to some of Englands most beloved historical and cultural attractions are opened to welcome visitors some for the only time this year. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers you can enjoy a much more in-depth visitor experience and enjoy exploring some of Englands best sites.
  • The Jane Austen Festival 8-17 September, Bath
As the home of one of Britains most famous writers, there is always a chance to get lost in Austen in Bath. During this annual festival however, the city comes alive with the sound of Austen as it hosts numerous plays, exhibits and events that celebrate the work of thePride and Prejudiceauthor. With opportunities to dress up and learn about Austens work and life, this is an excellent time to visit the beautiful city of Bath.There's something for everyone this Cotswolds August bank holiday and whether youre travelling solo, with the family or with your friends theres plenty to look forward to this August. If youre looking ahead to next year, take a look at ouravailable propertiesand make sure you dont miss out on these top Cotswold events.


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