Big things happening in the Cotswolds in 2018
The honey coloured towns and villages of the Cotswolds are a bustling environment of activity and discovery. Nestled within the natural beauty of such a stunning area, we’re grateful for our reputation as one of the most sought-after luxury hotels. Cheltenham, Cirencester and further afield are full of goings-on and fantastic events, so whatever the reason for your visit in 2018 read on to discover the Cotswold’s finest hotel’s top picks.
Cheltenham Racecourse, 27 Jan
To help build anticipation for The Festival in March, the trials day is the perfect opportunity to witness some fantastic racing action. Rub shoulders with like-minded people and make your predications… after all this is the last race for the horses before the big event, so competition is sure to be fierce. Be sure to catch the BetBright Trial Chase.
Prestbury Park 13-16 March
March will see The Festival return for some heavily anticipated Jumping action. You will be able to see the finest horses, jockeys, owners and trainers compete for the highest racing honours; not to mention defend their reputation and win over £4.1 million pounds in prize money. Buy your tickets as soon as possible, as The Festival will sell out.
Montpellier Gardens, 2-7 May
Much loved and always a popular event, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival returns for another year and will feature a Big Top stage, Jazz Arena, Family Tent and food and drink areas surrounding the Free Stage. More details will be announced in due course, but if previous years are anything to go by then you will not want to miss the festival, whether you are a jazz fan or not!
Market Hall, 28 May
European markets have a reputation for being in a league of their own, and many people would love the chance to visit French markets for treats, gifts or their usual shop. Luckily in May French Traders will make the trip from Normandy to sell a wide range of French produce including bread, patisserie, cheese, wine, bags, olives, pâté, saucisson and other fantastic wares. This is a rare chance to sample the culture without making the trip across the channel.
Imperial Gardens, 5-10 June
Designed to help develop and nurture inquisitive minds and delight those with a passion for science, this festival is sure to be a science extravaganza that will be fun for all the family. Details are to be confirmed, but expect hands-on activities and learning made fun.
Blenheim Palace, 14-17 June
A much-loved series of summer concerts, past guests include Jamie Cullum, Kool and the Gang, John Williams and Max Richter. This year boasts Gary Barlow on the stage with some very special guests.
Various locations, 4-15 July
Cheltenham Festival Director, Meurig Bowen, has spoken highly of the festival and no praise has been higher for the plans in 2018. Wanting to celebrate the range of music available in the area, the festival will continue to be “a showcase for big names and emerging talent alike, a hothouse for new music as much as a banquet of beloved, familiar repertoire.” With entertainment for all the family, this is a fantastic festival to enjoy as part of a large group.
Blenheim Palace, 8 July
If you have a passion for American motoring, then this is one event you won’t want to miss. With more than 400 motorcars, trucks and bikes on display, enthusiasts can take in the sights and get close to some fantastic machines. Don’t forget your camera!
Cornbury Park, 2-5 August
Last year saw Two Door Cinema Club, Bonobo and Grace Jones entertain the masses. This year is set to be even more glorious. Here, nature and culture meet to create a multi-award winning 4-day festival full of live music, contemporary arts, theatre, crafts and dining experiences.
Blenheim Palace, 2-5 August
Arguably one of the BBC’s most popular programmes, Countryfile returns for a live event that will see the show come alive away from our living rooms and venture far beyond the screen. Expect live arena shows, informative talks, hands-on activities, animal displays, farming in action, off road experiences, shopping, stalls, Q&A events and the presenters themselves including Matt Baker and Adam Henson. There is even set to be a great British pub garden.
Churchill Heath Farm, 24-26 August
Jamie Oliver and Alex James once again join forces to bring The Big Feastival to life. An unbeatable feel good festival that is bursting to the brim with great food, family activities and excellent music, art and nature can co-exist in a space specially curated to embrace creativity and the countryside. Last year’s line-up included De La Soul, Olly Murs and Madness.
Cirencester, 13-24 September
Also available on selected dates throughout the year in the Cotswolds, Giffords returns to Cirencester with only the very best acts of the big top for your enjoyment and excitement. 2018 will see the tour ‘My Beautiful Circus’ celebrate the birth of circus which happened near Westminster Bridge in London in 1768.
Blenheim Palace, 13-16 September
Now in its 28th year, the SsangYong horse trials returns to Blenheim and it certain to attract the world’s best riders and many spectators. The five-day event will feature Dressage competitions, Cross Country, Show Jumping and the finale of the Event Rider Masters series.
Town Hall, Imperial Square and Montpellier Gardens, 5-14 October
If you are passionate about penmanship and love reading, then this ten-day festival is worth making the journey for. Over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers will interact with the public, answer questions, discuss their work and give readings to further celebrate the joy of the written word.
SOFO Museum, until 2 Dec
Stories from the closing years of the Great War. This exhibition is the second of two displays commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. You will be able to see photographs and personal possessions of those who lived and served during the war, with many being shown publicly for the first time. These stories from the closing years of the Great War will offer insight, emotion and reality to an event that still impacts our lives to this day.