Things To Do In The Cotswolds This Summer

things to do in the cotswolds (Last Updated On: 28th August 2018)

If you’re spending your summer holiday in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, then you’ll be looking for something to do in-between long walks, pub gardens and endless breath-taking views.

Despite it’s quietly relaxed exterior, the Cotswolds plays host to some world class events, so there are plenty of things to do in the Cotswolds this summer.

We have highlighted the 5 main events happening in the Cotswolds this August 2018:


Wilderness Festival – Cornbury Park

Things to do in the cotswolds this summer

The Wilderness Festival is passionate about nature and the wild. Wilderness is inspired by, and woven through the unbelievable landscape they call home and the vast and unique programme that celebrates each art with equal significance.

Each year the four-day Wilderness Festival is packed full of music, theatre, arts, food, talks and workshops. Their ethos of this unique festival is that of family, togetherness and wellbeing.

Everyone is invited to be part of the community and celebration. You are made to feel as important as the artists who create it.

Your time there will be treasured and the feeling you experience will last forever.

When & Where

2nd – 5th August

Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Ticket Prices

Adult Tickets – £189.70

Teen Tickets – £115

Child Tickets – £35


The Big Feastival – Kingham

things to do in the cotswolds this summer

The Big Feastival is real family affair, that combines fantastic local food, a star studded musical line up, and good old fashion fun.

This festival caters perfect for families with children of all ages including the little ones, with a vintage funfair and their favourite cbeebies characters performing on stage during the day.

There’s plenty for the grown ups to enjoy too, like fantastic local food and drink in their food village and super club.

And when the sun goes down, the music gets louder and royal rumpus starts.

When & Where

24th – 26th August

Alex James’ Farm, the Cotswolds

Ticket Prices

Adult Weekend Ticket – £159.50

Teen Weekend Ticket – £94.50

Child Weekend Ticket – £31.15

Evesham Angling Festival

things to do in the cotswolds

This is one of more niche events happening in the Cotswolds and dubbed the biggest angling event in the calendar by the Angling Times.

The Evesham Angling Festival celebrates the most talented anglers the Cotswolds has to offer. They compete against each other in three top events over the course of the bank holiday weekend – The Hobgoblin Evesham Championship (Saturday 27th), The Wychavon Championship (Sunday 28th) and The Match Fishing Team Championship (Monday 29th) – with the winner claiming a top prize of £3,000.

This festival kicks off the biggest spectator angling event in the calendar and regularly attracts bumper crowds of spectators.

When & Where

Saturday 27th August – Monday 29th August
The Crown Meadow, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Winchcombe Country Show

Things to do in the cotswolds

This 67-year-old ritual gives visitors a chance to participate in local traditions. Held every August Bank Holiday, the Winchcombe Country Show successfully brings the community and visitors together to enjoy a day of celebrations. From arts and crafts to horticultural opportunities, there’s something to entertain the whole family.

This year’s main event will be an incredible gymnastic team called Parkour Live.  This amazing group show will show what is humanly possible using body power alone.  Their performance of ninja and catlike movements is mind blowing.  Imagine Ninja warriors, James Bond stunts and Spider-Man rolled into one. That’s Parkour Live.

Alongside the main event, there will be a wide range of entertainments for everyone.  This will include a traditional Punch and Judy Show, face painting, street entertainment, bungee jumping and much, much more.

When & Where

27th August

Winchcombe Senior School Field, South Gloucestershire

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket – £5

Child Ticket – £2

Family tickets (two adults and up to three children) – £12.

Bourton-on-the-Water Football in the River

things to do in the cotswolds this summer

The Bourton-on-the-Water river football match is a 100 year old tradition, where Bourton Rovers 1st team play Bourton Rovers reserves in a victorious underwater battle.

The annual match attracts thousands of spectators   who converge on the river’s  grassy banks in the picturesque Cotswold village to watch the match

Over the last few years it’s been filmed by BBC’s Countryfile programme and also on Channel 5, with TV presenters Adam Henson and Paddy McGuiness both testing the waters to take part in the match.

When & Where

27th August
The centre of Bourton-on-the-Water

Ticket Price

Free of charge


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