Cotswold Summer Events 2017 - What's On?

 Summer is a busy time in the Cotswolds, with a lot of exciting events taking place. Families, couples and individuals can join in the Cotswolds fun and enjoy everything from festivals and fairs to special days out at the areas most well-known attractions. With someJigsaw Holidays propertiesstill available for stays this summer, its not too late to book yourself a visit to enjoy these top events. 

Cotswold summer events to REALLY get you excited!

The Royal International Air Tattoo - 14th-16th July (Fairford)The Royal International Air Tattoo is one of the highlights of the Cotswolds social calendar. People flock from across the region and further afield for a weekend of demonstrations, with spectacular flying displays, stalls to shop from, food and drink to enjoy as well as other pursuits. There is entertainment galore to delight people of all ages, with a Techno Zone for children, Vintage Village, activity areas and more. Focused over a large area, make sure you set aside enough time to get around it all, as this is an event that you wont want to miss.Blenheim Palace Battle Proms Picnic Concert 22nd July (Woodstock)Did you know that the famous Blenheim Palace was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill? Its now a designated World Heritage Site and a wonderful place to visit at all times of the year too. Each year, the Battle Proms take place in sight of the Column of Victory within the grounds and is a great excuse to bring a picnic blanket and a spread to enjoy a summer nights evening of music, cavalry displays and a showcase by the Red Devils. Top it off with a firework display to end the evening and give the whole family an experience they won't forget in a hurry.The Big Batsford Bug Hunt 1st-31st August (Moreton-in-Marsh)Batsford Arboretum is a great place to visit during the summer, and for children, theres the chance to take part in the Big Batsford Bug Hunt throughout August. The idea is that children explore the grounds of the arboretum by hunting for the bugs dotted all around, equipped with a map and the chance to win a prize by completing the hunt. Around Batsford youll also find a caf, gift shop and some lovely spots for picnicking perfect for making the most of hot summer weather.Wilderness Festival 3rd 6th August (Cornbury Park)If the thought of a loud and busy music festival fills you with dread, then youll enjoy the alternative and relaxed Wilderness Festival, which is dedicated to the arts. Set within a beautiful setting, you can bring the family along and retire to your Jigsaw property when the days festivities are over. Enjoy live music, theatre performances, seminars and reading, alongside special workshops, activities and areas for children. There are all sorts of food stalls to enjoy as well, so make sure you bring a hearty appetite to try out some wonderful dishes.The Festival of British Eventing 4th 6th August (Minchinhampton)The Festival of British Eventing is the perfect opportunity for exploring Gatcombe Park, the residence of the Princess Royal which has some amazing grounds. The festival takes place over the weekend and includes various equestrian events and competitions which make the ideal day out to enjoy traditional British entertainment. Therell be food and drink to enjoy, as well as opportunities for shopping from the hundreds of trade stands that will operate out of the Tradestand Village throughout the weekend.The Tetbury Summer & Flower Show 13th August (Tetbury)Each year, the Tetbury Summer and Flower Show takes over this classic Cotswold town to provide a day of wonderful entertainment within its beautiful surroundings. Enjoy exploring the various flower and vegetable displays on stand from local exhibitors, whilst there will be music and entertainment throughout the day. The event grows each year and therell be a fairground as well as arts and crafts, activities for children and top entertainment for all the family to enjoy.The Big Feastival 25-27th August (Alex James Farm, Kingham)The Big Feastival is one of the largest Cotswold events of the summer and is the brain child of Alex James (the farm owner) and chef Jamie Oliver. Mixing good food with excellent live music, the Big Feastival has something for everyone to enjoy. Foodies will love the choices on offer such as street food stalls, demonstrations and workshops, as well as the various vendors who will be selling their tasty treats to take home. Theres some big names on this years lineup including Olly Murs, Madness, Louisa Johnson, and Embrace, as well as some lesser known up and coming talent. Whether you visit for a day or the entire weekend, itll be an event that youll want to return to every year.Gloucester Goes Retro 26th August (Gloucester)For an event with a difference, head to Gloucester for the now famous Gloucester Goes Retro, an annual event where the city goes back in time to host various areas across different streets filled with retro goodness that will invoke nostalgia as well as offer a history lesson. Everyone gets into the spirit, from the pubs and local shops to the people who bring in their vintage cars, motorbikes and more to make the event one to remember. A fantastic day out and a cool way to explore Gloucester, be sure to visit if youre in the Cotswolds over the August Bank Holiday weekend.Outdoor Cinema at Cowley Manor until 7th September (Cheltenham)Cowley Manor provides the perfect setting for enjoying some classic films at their outdoor cinema. Rent a comfy beanbag or deck chair or bring your own and soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy classics including Breakfast at Tiffanys, Romeo and Juliet and Pretty Woman. A feel-good evening out, with a great BBQ menu and bar available too, its a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening. You'll love this event if you've had a day exploring other Cotswolds sites or if you've just returned from a day soaking up the sun and enjoying Cowley Manors renowned spa facilities.Giffords Circus until September 24th (various locations)Giffords Circus is one of the UKs most famous touring circuses, and each summer it adopts a new theme for an original show that delights audiences all over the Cotswolds. This summer, 'Any Port in a Storm' is the theme, as the circus travels back in time to 17th Century Spain. A circus like no other, youll be in for an evening of spectacles, tricks and wonder that people of all ages can enjoy. Check out the website for details of all locations along the tour and be sure to book tickets for those near your chosen Jigsaw property. 

Book a summer escape in the Cotswolds

The great thing about summer is that there are always events taking place to enjoy during your Cotswolds stay. Both small and large-scale events make fun activities to enjoy during your visit, as well as a reason to book your visit to return next year. If you havent booked your stay yet, exploreour cottagesto see which ones are still available and enjoy a fun-filled summer against the backdrop of one of Britains most beautiful locations.
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