Top Events in the Cotswolds
Some of the UK's most desirable destinations to live or visit for a weekend away are in Area's of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This makes the Cotswolds, the perfect place to hold find food and foodie events; so bring your appetite and head for the hills as we bring you some of the best events in this beautiful, leafy green location.
As anyone who has been for a day at the races knows, it’s all about dressing to the nines, acting like a lady or gentleman and having a fine time betting and watching the races. This year the Festival will span 4 days getting underway with The Gold Cup on Friday but including, Champion Day, Ladies Day and the luckiest day of them all (hopefully) St. Patricks. It’s an event which will not only please race-goers put foodies alike, with a great and wide range of different hospitality options to satisfy everyone’s tastes. This includes the wonder views of the panoramic restaurant, outside catering outlets and the Festival restaurant which overlooks The Winners Enclosure! If you're interested in keeping an eye on the results, we suggest you visit here.
This is a festival which grows in popularity every year and we don’t expect anything different for 2016. Paul Hollywood caused quite the stir when he took to the live cookery stage so we’re eagerly awaiting the announcement of the celebrity chef who will headline this summer.
There are not that many people in the world who would look down a hill so steep that it's vertigo-inducing, and think ‘I’m going to lob a four kilogram wheel of cheese down this and then chase it’. But the good residents of Brockworth in Gloucester are such people, and, in a completely unofficial capacity, are carrying on this bizarre annual tradition. It’s brilliant – you have to get involved!
Put simply, this event is HUGE. There’s so much entertainment, and you can’t find 25 volunteer soldiers making a human pyramid on top of one another whilst riding 6 motorbikes, just anywhere! Food wise you are spoilt by picnic nibbles such as pancakes, BBQ chicken and pizza and over 50 producers creating delicious dishes you can enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of Cirencester Park.
A great day out for all the family, you’ll be joined in the leafy green Forest of Dean by over 100 top artisan food producers from around Gloucestershire. At Forest Showcase you’ll find an animal petting arena, cookery workshops, live music and every couple of years Gregg Wallace stops by to open the festivities. After sixteen years, the organisers have the running of this fabulous festival down to a fine art.
This is the flagship event in the Cotswolds, second only to a day at the races. There will be more top chefs than ever this year at Cheltenham heralding from Gloucestershire and for the first time Wiltshire too. Whether you want to be a king of cake making or need more nutritious nosh in your diet there will be cookery demonstrations and sessions for all. The wonderful Montpellier Gardens will be full of food experts giving talks and wine connoisseurs leading tastings – there’s lots of activities the kids can get up to too!
An event that is always thoroughly enjoyed by all the family, The Big Feastival is set in Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds. Working alongside Jamie Oliver, both celebrities will be bringing a culinary and musical line-up to be reckoned with. This includes the likes of culinary master, Raymond Blanc, Jamie himself, Gizze Erskine and Tom Kerridge. Mark Ronson is performing alongside the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Ella Henderson and more. Your best bet is to camp for the whole weekend, for the full experience.