What's on?

If you want to know what is happening in the North Cotswolds (and Stratford upon Avon district also) for the time you are staying in our cottage, whether it be Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring, you will find events and attractions below, year round, in a month by month calendar.  Of course this year everything is pretty uncertain.  What is certain is that nothing much will be happening in terms of events until the end of June.  It remains to be seen if July is a better month.


Local Markets throughout the year:

Moreton-in Marsh Market (mixed produce/clothes/hardware etc.) Every Tuesday until 4 pm and  a farmer's and craft market taking place monthly This is held regularly on the first Sunday of the month, running from 9.30 to 2 pm in the High Street. 

Stratford Markets 

The traditional Charter Market is held in Rother Street every Friday, all year round with fresh produce stalls ( local vegetables, fruit, cheese, olives, bread, coffee, cakes and patisseries) together with clothing, hats and scarves, silver jewellery, leather handbags, accessories, art, flowers and gifts. 

Every Saturday, the Rother Street Urban Mix market sells craft items, vintage and antiques, handmade jewellery, useful items for the home and generally quirky stuff alongside artisan food stalls.

Held every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until Christmas, Waterside Upmarket is a market with street food and occasional street entertainers so interesting for children.  Find there also, stalls for local makers, crafters and artists. 

Farmers' Markets

Bourton on the Water 4th Saturday in the month

Chipping Norton 3rd Saturday in the month

Cheltenham 2nd and last Friday in the month

Stratford 1st and 3rd Saturday in the month (held alongside the Craft market which is held every week 9am-2/3pm)

Stow on the Wold 2nd Thursday in the month

Woodstock 3rd Saturday in the month

Oxford Markets and Fairs throughout the year

Year round theatre of course in Stratford - there are several - the newly rebuilt Royal Shakespeare Company theatre (RSC) and The Swan (see under Theatres in the list of pages) and the Bear Pit (in an old church) amongst others.

Year round Racing at Stratford and we are 26 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse so could be used as a base for the Cheltenham Festival in March for those who want to combine theatre and visiting the Cotswolds with the racing fixture.

 On the first Monday of the month the Ebrington Arms has a Folk music night with food being served as normal

EVENTS CALENDAR (This is a calendar for a whole year but some event links may not yet be operable or still displaying last year's events, if they are long time ahead) 

JUNE 2020 is basically cancelled so I am just showing what was planned and now won't be happening..... but you can find things museums and art galleries online offering virtual tours

At the Ashmolean Young Rembrandt until 7th June

Chadlington Beer Festival 

In Stratford, listen to brass bands playing at the The Stratford Bandstand at the recreation grounds (you can park in the car park here, a left turn just before you go over the river bridge into Bridge Street)  Here is their summer programme 

Guided tour of Chipping Campden. A town walk, led by the Cotswold Wardens.   Learn about the wool-based history of Chipping Campden and the Guild of Handicrafts.

RSC plays at Stratford   All run through to September

The Bledington Music Festival 

St Leonard’s Church, Bledington

Concerts at 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church, Bledington.

Compton Verney Art Gallery  Family fun days  - 

Longborough Festival Opera June to August 

Chipping Norton Theatre - summer film showings

The Ilmington Morris Men events calendar 

Sudeley Castle events

Blenheim Palace Giffords Circus 

At Blenheim Palace Music  Nocturne live concerts 18th to 21st June; Giffords Circus 4th to 8th June.  International garden photographer exhibition from 6th June.  Blenheim Palace Flower Show 26th to 28th June

Bledington Music Festival This classical music festival which has been attended by past guests (to much acclaim) is held over three days, in the evenings, in June in a pretty Cotswold church.  Bledington is a village which is about 4 miles from Stow on the Wold.

Vintage and Classic Car Show, Churchill 

Hidcote events 

Broadway Vintage & Classic Car Show on the Broadway village green.

Events at Sudeley Castle

Woolsack Races, Tetbury

Shakespeare Plays continue as in May (see under Theatre)

Food & Drink Festival, Fairford

Cheltenham Festival of Science 

Food & Drink Festival, Cheltenham  

The Great Tew Estate horse trials

Woodstock -  the Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum 

Various Open Gardens around Chipping Campden near end of June

25 Gardens will be open 2pm - 6pm each day, with garden entry by ticket 

Tickets available from the Chipping Campden Tourist Office or from any of the gardens.   Tea and cake stops as well !  Free parking at Campden School, Cider Mill Lane.

Three Counties Show, Malvern 

Bear Pit  theatre for  June

Sudeley Castle: Garden Week 

Outdoor summer Theatre by The Oxford School of Drama set in the glorious surroundings of the Pleasure Gardens at Blenheim Palace

Compton Verney Art Gallery  Family activities in the summer holidays

GWR Railway Toddington See the calendar on the website for a really fun day out for children or any boy who has not quite grown up.

Wartime in the Vale - Ashdown WW2 Camp, Evesham  June

Beaufort Polo Club Country Fair  Near Tetbury in the South Cotswolds

Chipping Norton Town Festival

A Free festival with over 10 hours of free live music! Games stalls, Hog Roast, Tombolas, Children's rides, and much more!

Blenheim Palace flower show   June A wonderful three-day flower and garden show

The Stratford River Festival 

The Shipston Proms- Jazz, blues, folk, rock and classical - a two week festival of music, including a performance by the Orchestra of the Swan.  It finishes with a dancing in the street event.

Ilmington open gardens in aid of the NGS  Last weekend of June ? Teas will be served and the Ilmington Morris dancers will dance over the weekend.

Broadway Arts Festiva

Cheltenham Music Festival Cheltenham is about 40 mins drive from the cottage.

JULY 2020  Well, we will see if any of these things are operating in July....

Chipping Campden town walk with the Cotswold Wardens.  A guided walk along the High Street, learning about the history of Chipping Campden from the times of the wool merchants to the Guild of Handicrafts. Tuesdays at 2.30 pm and Thursdays at 10 am.

Open air theatre in Stratford at The Dell.  Free.  See the website for dates

In Stratford, listen to brass bands playing at the The Stratford Bandstand at the recreation grounds (you can park in the car park here, a left turn just before you go over the river bridge into Bridge Street)  Here is their summer programme

The Cotswold Tour d'Ilmington. A cycle ride for charity.  You can either ride 10 miles on the flat, or 30 miles on the hilly ride.  Entrance fee £12 adults, £6 Juniors (12-16).  Register here and enter Ilmington in the search box

Blenheim Palace The Great British Garden Party

the Cotswold Show and Food Festival 

Stratford upon Avon Poetry Festival

Longborough Festival Opera until  August 

Cheltenham Music Festival 

RSC plays in Stratford

In Stratford, Last night of the Shakespeare proms. The Orchestra of the Swan at Stratford ArtsHouse 

Chipping Norton Theatre summer film showing

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival The Battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses reenacted.  

Compton Verney Art Gallery

Stow on the Wold festival

The Shipston Proms- Jazz, blues, folk, rock and classical a two week festival of music, It finishes with a dancing in the street event.

The Ilmington Morris Men 

See programme for the Ilmington Morris Men on pdf download TBA above to see where they are dancing in 2020

Great Barrington Windrush Valley Flower Show and Fete 

Open Air Theatre at Batsford Arboretum 

Sudeley Castle events

Exhibition of crafts in Chipping Campden Town Hall;

Cheltenham Music Festival   An amazing array of performers Cheltenham is about 40 mins drive from the cottage.

At Sulgrave Manor near Banbury, American Independence Day Celebrations.

The Cotswold Show and Country Fair at Cirencester Park  Arena events, country pursuits, rural crafts, food festival, trade stands 7th and 8th July

At Ragley Hall Outdoor theatre and picnics

Ebrington Village Fete Cricket Ground on Saturday TBA

Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, the world's largest military airshow 

Banbury Hobby Horse Festival 

Medieval Festival, Tewkesbury   It's the battle of 1471 all over again!  Re-enactors from around the world recreate the battle of Tewkesbury. Featuring around 2000 warriors, including knights in full armour, gunners, with cannon and hand guns, archers, with the traditional English Longbow, and men at arms with swords, spears and other weapons of the period, all brought to life with a lively and informed commentary, and taking place on part of the site of the original battle of 1471.

Racing at Stratford (see section on sports)

Stratford FabFest - a festival of folk music and beer at The Old Tramway Inn  

Stow Cotswold Festival

Summer Concert, 
St. Eadburgha's Church, Broadway

Postlip Tithe Barn, near Winchcombe  The Cotswolds Beer Festival.  A celebration of the best beer and cider from near and far. 

Battle Proms Evening Picnic Concert -at Blenheim Palace - 4th July

Blenheim Palace   events  Family Summer Entertainment from 22nd July;  All about dogs 4th to 5th July; International garden photographer exhibition

Warwick Folk Festival  Music, dance and crafts.  The traditional and the contemporary. 

For jazz and classical music there is a 10 day Summer Music Festival at Guiting Power 

At Warwick Castle displays of jousting (knights on horseback)

Blenheim Palace 


Guided tour of Chipping Campden Tuesdays at 2.30 and Thursdays at 10 am A town walk taking about 2 hours. Meet up at 2.30 pm.  Join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.  For details, telephone Ann Colcomb on 01386 832131

Open air theatre in Stratford at The Dell.  Free.  See the website for dates

In Stratford, listen to brass bands playing at the The Stratford Bandstand at the recreation grounds (you can park in the car park here, a left turn just before you go over the river bridge into Bridge Street)  Here is their summer programme

At Warwick Castle displays of jousting (knights on horseback) Horrible Histories - Wicked Warwick, Mike the Knight etc. etc.

The Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe - Horses, horses, horses at Gatcombe Park, home of the Princess Royal so good for Royal watching as well as for horsey people.Also a shopping village, arena attractions and entertainment for all the family.

Jousting Tournament  at Blenheim Palace featuring 'The Knights of Royal England' Brave knights meet on the South Lawn and enjoy the activities including archery and falconry displays.

Possibly some time in August there will be free angling tuition offered by Shipston Angling Club at Aston Magna Lakes.

Morris Men dancing round the local villages on Wednesday evenings

Chipping Norton Theatre summer film showings

The Pershore Jazz Festival 

RSC plays in Stratford

The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza at South Cerney - steam engines (over 100), planes, tractors, helicopters, countryside displays - a 'boys and toys' dream day out

Ragley Hall events

Broadway Tower

Sudeley Castle events for children

NAF Hartpury Horse Trials 

Shakespeare plays continue

Ilmington Village Fete and Flower Show August Bank Holiday Monday  1-5pm.   The Ilmington Morris Dancers will be dancing here also.

The BIG Feastival   at Chipping Norton - this is the Jamie Oliver event which has become a BIG thing!

Blenheim Palace Family Summer Entertainment; Family Cycling Day;International garden photographer exhibition until 19th August

Woodstock -  the Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum  


Guided tour of Chipping Campden Tuesdays at 2.30 and Thursdays at 10 am A town walk taking about 2 hours. Meet up at 2.30 pm.  Join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.  For details, telephone Ann Colcomb on 01386 832131

In Stratford, listen to brass bands playing at the The Stratford Bandstand at the recreation grounds (you can park in the car park here, a left turn just before you go over the river bridge into Bridge Street)  Here is their summer programme (when available)

Blenheim Palace 5th September  “Salon Privé a luxurious garden party set against the backdrop of “Britain’s Greatest Palace”. Presenting the finest collection of supercars, hypercars and classic cars along with a luxury retail village and exquisite cuisine”

Beer and Blues Weekend at the Fleece Inn usually first weekend in September.  End of summer Beer Festival with lashings of live blues music!  Real ales and ciders.

Chipping Norton Theatre film showings and more

Moreton in Marsh Show Major one day agricultural and horse show first Saturday in September

Labor Day at Sulgrave Manor, the home of the Washingtons.

Broadway:  Broadway Food Festival  + Classic Cars. 

The Ilmington Morris Dancers dancing round the villages during September

Shakespeare plays 

Woodstock -  the Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum Exhibitions

Shipston on Stour Totally Locally Arts and Crafts Market 

Batsford Arboretum - the Big Batsford Bat Walk 

Broadway Tower nuclear bunker is open for viewing (separate ticket from the tower) every weekend 

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 17th to 20th  September  The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is one of the world's premier three-star three-day events.

Heritage open Day around England. Properties and events which are free to access in and around Stratford on those days. 

Blenheim Palace Salon Prive Classic and supercar 6th September;  British Heart Foundation half marathon 27th September 

Discover Creative Campden Chipping Campden  Made in the Cotswolds events weekend 

We are an hour and 40 minutes drive from Bath so it is perfectly possible for a day trip and if you are a Jane Austen fan then The Jane Austen Festival may appeal 

GWR Steam events at Toddington and Winchcombe (1950's diesel as well);

Warwick castle events.

National Dressage at Stoneleigh

Stratford upon Avon Food Festival - 

Shipston Food Festival   An event to promote local food and food producers of the area.

Frampton Country Fair

Cheltenham Fashion Week

Food & Drink Festival, Tetbury

Kenilworth Castle Robert Dudley and Kenilworth guided tour

Malvern Autumn Show Agriculture, food, drink, gardening and much more.

Clypping Ceremony, Painswick

Shipston on Stour Creative Arts Festival

Harvest Fayre at Sulgrave Manor

Shipston on Stour Harvest Fayre in the Square

Plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Winter Season in Stratford  

Most of the National Trust houses and gardens are open until the end of October but do check opening hours before you go as they may be closed on some days during the week.

At Compton Verney Art Gallery exhibitions

Autumn at Batsford A wonderful place to walk at this time of year

Horse of the Year Show at the NEC

Cheltenham Literature Festival 

Shipston town Band Autumn Concert.  

Autumn@Snowshill  At Snowshill Manor   All of October. From their website : The Snowshill team will be celebrating this beautiful and colourful time of year. Our menu will be filled with home made apple delights. You can chat to local experts and enjoy the flavours of this season.

Stratford upon Avon Music Festival

The Gypsy Horse Fair Stow on the Wold. (NB you might want to avoid Stow on that day if you are not attending as the traffic flow will be very bad) Date TBA

The Dive Show at the NEC

Warwick Castle. Special events for Half term

Anne Hathaways cottage Family fun for half term 

Hidcote Garden autumn events

In Ilmington, Bonfire and Fireworks party at the Playing Fields end of October or beginning of November


From end November through  December, there are a multitude of performances on at the Royal Shakespeare Theatres in Stratford. Performance details can be found by going to the RSC website.  Exhibitions at Compton Verney

Hidcote Garden autumn events including Autumn Ramble and Roast 

Warwick Racecourse First jumps of the season

Cheltenham Races. The Open. Over jumps.

Bath Christmas market is one of the biggest in the country. Bath is 1 hour 40 mins from the cottage.

Broadway Date TBA. Late night Christmas shopping evenings Pig roast, carol singers stalls, a band, carriage rides etc. 5.30 to 8.30 pm

Batsford Arboretum Walk Walk around the arboretum following the best of the Autumn colour until the middle of November

Bonfire Night at Ragley Hall Park and Gardens. Enjoy a bonfire beside the lake and a spectacular fireworks display set to music with refreshment stands and children's entertainment

Tuesdays classics Orchestra of the Swan, Stratford.

WellChild Christmas Fair at Daylesford

Night of a Thousand Candles, Woodstock 

Christmas at Blenheim Palace 20th November to 1st January 2021   Christmas Market, Illuminated Light Trail and Festive Palace Experience

Cheltenham Racecourse The Open Meeting

Classic Motor Show

Artmix - a cocktail of contemporary arts and crafts at Chipping Campden Town Hall  Handcrafted Christmas Presents.

Racing at Stratford

Hidcote Manor Garden Winter events such as Autumn Ramble with the head gardener and a roast lunch. (booking ahead required).

BBC Good Food Show at NEC

Pantomime at Chipping Norton Theatre until January.  

Christmas Market at Sulgrave Manor

Cheltenham Christmas Market at Cheltenham Promenade - wooden chalets selling a huge range of newly designed wooden chalets selling a wide range of festive crafts and gifts

At Stratford upon Avon Christmas Markets and Fayre start at Waterside and various places - craft and gift stalls and festive entertainment

Christmas Fayre - Worcester    Over 130 stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester's historic heart with the colours, sounds and smells of Christmas;

Events at Oxford Castle Quarter

Bath Christmas market 

Oxford Christmas market  mid-December TBA

Blenheim Palace Christmas   until mid December 

At Ragley Hall 

Stratford Christmas markets 

Chipping Campden Christmas Fair - Spirit of Christmas evening charity event December Pet real reindeer, listen to the performances from the Chipping Campden Mummers, visit Father Christmas at in his grotto in the grounds of the Cotswold House Hotel and shop at one of the many stalls.

Winter opening at Batsford Arboretum

Victorian evening at Shipston on Stour  Early December Gift stalls. and children can visit Father Christmas in his grotto.  Carol singing, the town lights switch-on, a Tree of Life to remember loved ones.  Music provided by the Shipston Town Band. possibily also fire-eaters and stilt walkers entertaining us. 

Hidcote Garden, special December events (visit their website for details) ;

NEC Clothes Show Live 

Blenheim Palace concerts.  Blenheim Palace Walks in the Park at Blenheim all year round except for Christmas Day.

A Christmas Eve ghost tour by lantern light At Tudor World in Stratford (possibly - they did other years - check!).

Late night Christmas Shopping evening in Broadway A Christmas tree festival, hundreds of lights, horse and carriage rides and ice skating on the village green 

Bourton-on-the-Water Christmas Fayre - 1st Friday in December.   Lighting up of the Christmas tree in the river at 6.30 pm. Shops stay open until 9pm.

Winter opening at Batsford Arboretum

Hidcote Garden, special December events (visit their website for details) ;

Walks in the Park at Blenheim

26th December.  Boxing Day at Batsford.  Christmas walks and free mulled wine.  Batsford is open every day except Christmas Day.


A multitude of performances at the Royal Shakespeare theatre for January and February  Check the RSC website   At the Swan Theatre too.

New Year's Day Racing at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Trials Day 

Winter opening at Batsford Arboretum
Walks in the Park at Blenheim

North Cotswold Chamber Choir, Chipping Norton

Lentall Concerts: Burford February. 

Witney Winter Concerts

Blenheim Palace and gardens at Woodstock, reopen .  

Hidcote Garden reopens every day from middle of February (weekends only before that) 

Half Term events at Warwick Castle, Sulgrave Manor, and at Shakespeare Houses and Nash's House in Stratford. 

The Heritage Motor centre at Gaydon (doesn't work as hidden link so here is the url https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/  reopens 

Events at Stoneleigh, NIA and NEC..

Chipping Campden Country Market weekly on Fridays;

Cheltenham Folk Festival;

Theatre tours and tower visits at the theatre Stratford continue all year.

Militaria at Stoneleigh 

The Ashmolean in Oxford  Young Rembrandt exhibition

MARCH 2021

Cheltenham, the National Hunt Festival   We are 26 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse. 

 Chipping Norton Music Festival  

New season's exhibitions at Compton Verney Art Gallery - reopens mid March

Plays At the RSC  and the Swan and fun workshops for children in the Easter holidays  Mothers Day Avon Cruise Stratford

Militaria at Malvern  Europe's Premier Militaria Show

Races at Stratford Race Course;

Countryside Day - jumps at Warwick Racecourse and Jumps day

Blenheim Palace events

Crufts Dog Show at N.E.C.Birmingham The World's largest dog show 

most National Trust Houses now open on weekdays as well as weekends but check individual websites for details.

Witney Winter Concerts

Combe Mill in steam

Lentall Concerts Burford

Hidcote Gardens open for some weekdays as well now (see website for details)

Winter Tours and events at Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

At the Ashmolean Young Rembrandt

APRIL 2021

North Cotswold Hunt Point-to-Point Easter Monday at Paxford

The majority of National Trust Houses now open on weekdays as well as weekends but check individual websites for details.

Hidcote Gardens 

New season's exhibitions at Compton Verney Art Gallery

Spring Tours and events at Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

Warwick Castle events

Countrytastic  at Malvern Three Counties showground 

CADA antiques fair at Blenheim 

Woodstock -  the Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum

Chipping Norton Literary Festival  

Stratford Literary Festival  

Blenheim Palace events   Living Gardens Days  Batsford Arboretum

Combe Mill in steam

Plays At the RSC and fun workshops for children in the Easter holidays  

Shakespeare birthday celebrations in Stratford   billed as"A day of live performances, crafts and cake "

Farmers' Market Stow on the Wold

Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival  

Events at Hidcote.(Hidcote garden is 3 miles from the cottage).

Stow Gypsy Horse Fair

Cheltenham Jazz Festival  

Upton-on-Severn Folk Festival   

Spring Jousting Festival at Blenheim Palace 

At the Ashmolean Young Rembrandt 

MAY 2021

Events at Hidcote.(Hidcote garden is 3 miles from the cottage).

Blenheim Palace Supercars at the Palace 

Upton-on-Severn Folk Festival  

Cheltenham Jazz Festival  

Plays at the RSC continue.  

New season's exhibitions at Compton Verney Art Gallery

Italian Day in Broadway!  Broadway village 10am to 4pm - Italian Market, Italian Supercars, Italian Cookery demos, Jazz band and lots more.

Jousting tournament at Blenheim Palace  Blenheim Palace Food festival ;

Chipping Campden Music Festival at St James Church 

Winchcombe Walking Festival - 22 great walks on offer. Booking in advance essential.

Malvern Spring Gardening Show at Three Counties Show Ground 

Gypsy Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold 

Spring Bulbs at Hidcote

Orchestra of the Swan at Civic Hall, Stratford

Badminton Horse Trials   

Oxfordshire Artweeks  Exhibition of work by local artists across villages and towns in different areas of Oxfordshire. Early May for North Oxfordshire.

Ilmington Morris Men events calendar  They usually start dancing again around St George's Day in April and then weekly around the local villages.  They may not yet have their programme here.

Blenheim Palace Events: The Blenheim Palace Food Festival   (You have to buy a park and gardens ticket to access this event, or of course hold a full pass for Blenheim)  

Shipston Wool Fair.   Shipston on Stour puts the Sheep back into Sheep Street!  Sheep, lambs, crafts and fun  Woolly Weekend Spring Bank Holiday weekend 

Gloucester Quays Tall Ships Festival 

Stratford Fringe Festival Theatre, Comedy, Literary and Music events as well as Buskers and Street Entertainers in the town. 

Woodstock -  the Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum

Cheese-Rolling at Coopers Hill officially banned due to Health and Safety regulations but it continues...

Giffords Circus 

The French Market in Moreton 

Cogges Farm Family Festival, near Witney.

Blenheim Palace Food Festival 

Ilmington gardens open days Open gardens with teas and Morris men, in aid of charity. 

Orchestra of the Swan Concerts at Armscote Manor for April, May, and June  Let me know if you would like me to book tickets for you!  

Cotswold Olympick Games  

The Scuttlebrook Wake Chipping Campden Town Square (floats, maypole dancing and street fair)