A year in the Cotswolds is packed with events for people of all ages, but if you’re not familiar with the Cotswolds, you won’t know what this picturesque part of the country has to offer you. With events ranging from the famed Cheltenham Literature Festival to the Tetbury Wool Sack Races, the Cotswolds has something for all. Head to the Wilderness Festival, a popular and major music event for the area. There’s also the Big Festival for foodies out there, and for everyone else, there’s a jam-packed events calendar that features music, exhibitions, art festivals, literary festivals and theatrical productions.
Summer in the Cotswolds offers you cracking days out, family activities that are free, energetic sports and some events that are simply unmissable.
This wonderful part of the country has so much more to it than the rolling green hills, with small towns nestled among them. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Cotswolds was voted an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With 20 million visitors every year, the Cotswolds can shine in all of its rural English beauty.
Knowing what’s on before you visit is vital – because there’s just SO much that you can do and see! You need to be able to make the most of your summer in the Cotswolds, which is precisely why a guide on what’s on for Summer 2019 is below. With days out aplenty, special events, sporting fun and outdoor entertainment to suit everyone, there is plenty to keep you going during your summer holidays in the Cotswolds.
Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham. 4-9th June 2019. You and the family can enjoy learning about everything in the science world, from why chocolate tastes so great to what makes the world turn. Some of the greatest thinkers in science are going to be there answering the big questions!
Forest Live, Westonbirt Arboretum. 13-16th June 2019. Concerts renowned for an informal and relaxed atmosphere, Forest Live is hosting some big names in 2019 such as Jack Savoretti and Paul Weller. Enjoy music in a different way this summer.
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens. 14-16th June 2019. Enjoy Chefs Kitchen Theatre, live music and street theatre and food and drink talks covering a range of subjects. You get five days to enjoy this one in the Cotswolds.
Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford. 19-21st July 2019. Intensity, drama and a spectacle beyond anything you’ve ever seen is on offer at this wonder of a show. Unique flypasts, display highlights and plenty of ooh’s and aah’s for the whole family.
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, Tewkesbury Town Centre. 2019 dates TBC. Get stuck into the history surrounding the battle of Tewkesbury and learn the origins of the festival, buy full armour or head to the cooking range while you enjoy minstrels, jugglers and stilt walkers.
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon. 6-7th July 2019. For two whole days in the Cotswolds summer, the riverside comes to life and there are free events and activities for all. Come and explore the stalls on your staycation and make your summer stand out.
Teddy Bear Tuesdays – GWSR. All Tuesdays in August 2019. Ride the Teddy Bear railcar and join the Teddy Bears at Winchcombe Station. Get the kids to bring their own teddy bear with them, and you get a great, fun day out every Tuesday in August. There’s no need to book this fab event, and you can catch the train at Broadway, Toddington, Winchcombe or Cheltenham Race Course stations. Here’s what you get:
- A free Railway fun activity book and crayons during the trip.
- A quiz free for the children to complete – collect at the office
- A free leaflet for the not so young, detailing the Heritage Trail at Toddington Station
- You can buy a genuine I-Spy book for the Railway for £2!
Bring a picnic along and watch the magic with the children.
Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza, South Cerney Airfield. 2-4th August 2019. You’ll see the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club stage the Annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza in 2019. One of the biggest and the best steam, vintage and countryside events in the UK, attracting thousands of exhibitors from across the country.
Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park. 1-4th August 2019. A boutique music festival taking place in Cornbury Park for 2019, you will find a unique, easy-going programme of music, theatre and art along with comedy and amazing food and drink. You can camp here, and you will be in a secluded natural setting where you can spot eccentric theatre, paddle yoga and talks and debates. It’s a sight not to be missed in summer 2019.
Ready to come to the Cotswolds this Summer?
With so much to do and see in the Cotswolds in summer 2019, you won’t be left behind with nothing to do for you and your family. Check out the events listed above and start looking for that accommodation that puts you centrally to all of it – you won’t regret your choice!
We have a full range of self-catering lodges perched around the Cotswold Water Park with many being dog-friendly, child-friendly, appropriate for fishing trips, some with hot tubs and a whole host of other things. If you’re interested in booking up for summer 2019, give us a call on 01285 861839 or browse our website to see our availability.