With the enchanting landscape and ethereal beauty of the Cotswolds, it’s a go to place for great vacations and memorable day trips. If the golden coloured villages basking in the cool glow of the evening sun don’t make you fall in love with the place, then the number of pubs, rustic churches and loveable locales certainly would. It’s also an extremely popular destination, so you can be sure that next year’s calendar will be chock-a-block with interesting events and festivals.
The Cheltenham Festival
One of the first events next year is the Cheltenham Festival for horse racing. It will be held from the 10th to the 13th of March at the Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, and will certainly be jam-packed with action and fast-paced horse racing events. It kicks off in style on the Centenary Day with the Champion Hurdle and culminates in a nail-biting Gold Cup on the last day. It will no doubt be one of the most popular racing events next year.
Oxford Literary Festival
If you are a reading enthusiast, the Oxford Literary Festival to be held from the 21st to the 29th of March should be the first thing on your list. Every budding author should be there — this event draws in some of the most popular authors and readers from around the world!
Prescott Bike Festival
The Prescott Bike Festival is another adrenaline-filled event that is an absolute must for everyone’s calendar. Known for its uniqueness, it is an annual hill climbing event to be held on the 12th of April. It takes place on the Prescott Hill Climb Circuit located in Cheltenham, and no excitement or adventure loving person should give it a miss.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival
If music makes you dance with joy, then you will certainly enjoy the Cheltenham Jazz festival from the 29th of April to the 4th of May. Attracting thousands of visitors, this jazz festival is perfect for everyone from music-enthusiasts to casual listeners.
Wychwood Music Festival
Another great music festival that might take your fancy is the Wychwood Music Festival. Drawing thousands of people from faraway places, this musical event being held for 3 days from the 29th to the 31st of May is an annual event held at the Cheltenham Racecourse. Although the exact lineup of artists performing is not yet finalised, we can be certain that some of the biggest names in the industry are going to be there. And don’t forget, music is not the only treat you’ll find; there are great comedy acts, amazing poetry and some excellent food to enjoy as well.
The Garsington Opera, to be held from the 5th to the 18th of June, is the perfect occasion to watch and enjoy some of the finest names in opera. From established performers to up and coming singers, the Garsington Opera is the perfect place to enjoy the very best in music.
Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival
What is an events list without mention of food festivals? If you love to eat and drink wonderful culinary delights, the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival is what you’ve been looking for. Held from the 12th to the 14th of June at Montpellier Gardens, it is a delightful event that showcases the very best of local produce — this event brings to the fore the fine cooking talent of the localities.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show
There is no dearth for flowers at the Cotswolds and the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is the perfect place to witness the beauty and majesty of flowers in all their bloom. A dizzying and dazzling display of exceptionally colourful flowers will be on display from the 19th to the 21st of June at the Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. The stunning display is on the vast gardens of the palace and gives visitors a great day of colourful enjoyment.
You’ll find many events in the Cotswolds next year, and these are some of the most popular that you should definitely consider attending!
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