March – May Highlights

Green BulletThe Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse

Green BulletCheltenham Jazz Festival

Green BulletCADA Antiques Fair

Green BulletJousting at Blenheim

Green BulletBadminton Horse Trials

Green BulletWinchcombe Walking Festival

Green BulletPrescott Hill Climb, Motor Sport

Green BulletBath In Fashion

June–August Highlights

Green BulletCheltenham Science Festival

Green BulletCheltenham Food and Drink Festival

Green BulletCirencester Polo

Green BulletCotswold Show & Food Festival, Cirencester

Green BulletGiffords Circus, various locations

Green BulletFootball in the River, Bourton-on-the-Water

Green BulletFestival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park

Green BulletBig Feastival, Kingham

September–November Highlights

Green BulletMoreton-in-Marsh Show

Green BulletNorthleach Steam & Vintage Show

Green BulletFrampton Country Fair

Green BulletTetbury Food Festival

Green BulletCheltenham Literature Festival

Green BulletThe Open, Cheltenham Racecourse

December-February Highlights

Green BulletChristmas lights and markets across the area

Green BulletEnchanted Wood at Westonbirt Arboretum

Green BulletBibury Duck Race

Green BulletMulled wine in pubs

Green BulletHotel Christmas packages

Green BulletEarly snowdrops

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Cotswolds Finest Seasons

The Cotswold Year

Sniff that rose, kick that shin and back that horse... here’s our guide to the best of the Cotswolds 'Season'.

SPRING

Snowdrop enthusiasts come out of hibernation in February for spectacular shows in places such as Colesbourne Park and Painswick Rococo, plus displays in hundreds of other locations.

Lambing at Cotswold Farm Park runs through to April.

The event that really marks the beginning of the Cotswold 'Season' is March's Cheltenham Festival, the Gold Cup meeting that sees royalty, celebs and sporting fans descend upon Cheltenham Racecourse.

Other important Spring events include Oxford, Bath and Stratford Literary Festivals, Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the CADA Antiques Fair at Blenheim Palace.

Bath's Spring Comedy Festival attracts big names.

Spring is also the time for some strictly Cotswold events such as The Cotswold Olimpicks (near Chipping Campden), which includes the world shin-kicking championships. Cheese Rolling near Gloucester and Woolsack Racing at Tetbury are amongst other strange events on offer.

SUMMER

Most of the Cotswold gardens and historic attractions open at Easter for the season, and by June gardens are reaching a peak, with roses in bloom throughout.

You don't always have to visit a large, National Trust style garden though – The 'Yellow Book' National Garden Scheme whereby private gardens open up for charity, is well supported in the Cotswolds.

Look out too for village fêtes and festivals, great places for buying plants, discovering an Evelyn Waugh first edition in the book sale or simply having a peek around the gardens of the local village houses.

The Cotswolds in August is sometimes overlooked in favour of the seaside, but a family Cotswold holiday is a great experience, with our historic houses offering re-enactments, quirky museums, medieval jousting and farm parks. There are high quality tea rooms at every turn (a huge reward/incentive for family walks).

Look out for Giffords Circus, an utterly charming touring country circus.

It pops up at various locations through the year.

AUTUMN

When's the best time to come to the Cotswolds?
Ask the locals and they may well suggest Autumn.

The Cotswolds are ridiculously romantic then, with our local beech trees blazing with Autumn colour, Cotswold pubs at their warmest, log fires blazing and our chefs at their happiest, with all the Autumn produce to work with.

To meet the locals and experience the way of life, head to Moreton Show or various local harvest celebrations.
It's Event and Festival time again, too.
Horsey types head off to Blenheim International Horse Trials. Literature lovers are spoiled for choice, with a Children's Lit Fest in Bath, the mighty Cheltenham Literature Festival and another Literature Festival at Blenheim Palace.

WINTER

Winter is when the Cotswolds are at their quietest.

For that reason events have a strong local following – and plenty of charm. Look out for village Christmas markets and events at Cotswold historic houses such as Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace and Berkeley Castle.

There are pantomimes and Christmas shows at Stratford, Oxford, Bath, Cheltenham and Chipping Campden.

Spring in the Cotswolds

Summer in the Cotswolds

Autumn in the Cotswolds

Winter in the Cotswolds