Cultural Cotswolds: 5 Events Not To Miss
It’s known, first and foremost, for ravishing rural beauty, visually vivifying villages and a seductively slower pace of life. But it may surprise you to learn that the Cotswolds also has its own thriving events scene.
Whether you’re on the lookout for sporting excitement, musical escapism or artistic inspiration you’ll find it all in this part of the world.
We thought we’d pick out 5 highlights in this article. If you’re tempted to visit, book a stay at The Frogmill, our Cotswold hotel, and enjoy any of these cultural creations…
The Cheltenham Festival
One of the most famous horse-racing festivals in the world, you know spring has sprung when Cheltenham comes around. Throughout the four days of sporting drama which unfolds every March, you can hear the crowds roar from miles away. Of course, it helps that they’re lubricated with lashings of libations; 200,000 pints of Guinness are sunk at the festival – and plenty more at The Frogmill, our Cotswolds hotel.
Broadway Arts Festival
In the late 1880s, an arts and crafts figure called William Morris settled in the Cotswolds and soon invited his friends – including the painter John Singer Sargent, composer Edward Elgar and writer Evelyn Waugh – to join him, forming a colony of artists, writers and performers. Today, their creative spirit lives on at this cultural extravaganza. It takes place every June in the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway, which you’ll find just 30 minutes from The Frogmill.
Fantasy Forest Festival
If you’re a sucker for sci-fi, find yourself falling for fantasy novels or hanker after historical reenactments, you’ll certainly want to pay this event a visit. The Fantasy Forest Festival takes place in July at Sudeley Castle, the former home of Queen Katherine Parr, and is a carnival of cosplay, comic-book capers and concerts, with attractions such as an orc boot camp, a lightsabre workshop and even full-contact medieval combat. Don’t forget your chainmail!
The World Of Music, Arts And Dance Festival is a celebration of international culture that’s been running for 40 years. Its acts span the genres; you can expect to see everything from Afrobeat to jazz to rock – and pretty much everything in between. The 2022 edition takes place between 28-31 July at Charlton Park near Malmesbury, about a 40-minute drive from our Cotswolds hotel, making The Frogmill the perfect place to stay if camping is not really your thing.
Winchcombe Christmas Festival
If you’re in need of some Christmas cheer by the time the festive season comes around you’ll find it in generous supply over at the perfectly picturesque town of Winchcombe. Mince pies, mulled wine, Morris dancing and merriment all add to the atmosphere over at the timber-clad market town, which is just 20 minutes away from our Cotswold hotel.