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Cotswold Festival of Steam 2024

Winchcombe Station, GL54 5LD - 25th - 27th May 2024

The Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala is a spectacular event that brings together railway enthusiasts, families, and adventure seekers. Held amidst the charming Cotswold countryside, this gala showcases the elegance and power of steam locomotives, offering a unique experience for visitors of all ages.

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1UL - 25th - 27th May 2024

A gastronomic celebration with an exceptional 3-day line-up of celebrity cooks, Michelin-starred chefs, artisan food and drink producers, wine tasting and much loved culinary institutions, showcasing their skills and sharing their passion for food with a mix of live demos, workshops and Q&As.

Minibeast Mimics – Half Term Family Activity

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 28th - 30th May 2024 10.30am - 3.30pm

Can you spot the mimics? Head to Westonbirt Arboretum for this exciting spring wildlife family activity. Join their team at Silk Wood Barn as they explain how some creatures mimic others to help protect themselves from predators. 

Try a quiz, play games and get crafty as you delve into a fascinating wildlife survival strategy.

Bring the children to take part in fun games and crafts and make sure to explore the Nature Superheroes spring family trail in Silk Wood too! Suitable for children aged 3+.

Spring Family Trail – Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 7th Mar - 31st May 2024 9am - 4.30pm

Search for nature superheroes that are emerging in spring at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum by embarking on a spring family trail which is all about wildlife around the arboretum.

Will you be able to find all nine creatures and discover their amazing superpower? Self-guided trail suitable for children aged 5yrs and over. Free after paying admission to the arboretum

Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PY - 12th - 16th Jun 2024

Nocturne Live is a series of concerts combining the talent of a fantastic line-up of artists with the spectacular backdrop of the Great Court.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PY - 21st - 23rd Jun 2024

Featuring more stands and entertainment than ever before, this year’s show also welcomes the return of the magnificent Grand Floral Pavilion, as well as incredible outdoor floral displays in ‘Floral Street’, talks and demonstrations from gardening experts, fabulous food and drink, homeware and crafts, plus live music throughout the weekend.

Foraging at Heath Farm

Heath Farm Holiday Cottages, Swerford, Chipping Norton OX7 4BN - 18th May - 15th Jun - 4th Jul 2024

Have you ever foraged for delicious wild foods before? Would you like to learn what is in season that can be foraged safely with a little care, to supplement your diet?

Come along to Heath Farm this May to be guided around the beautiful private estate and its woodland by Lizzy who will take you on a wander to seek hedgerow, pasture and woodland edibles that are full of surprising Spring flavours!

Forest Live – Gregory Porter

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 4th July 2024

Forest Live is a major live music series held in our nation’s forest. Join them among the trees to hear the best live music, connect with nature and discover unique locations across the country.

Catch Gregory Porter at Westonbirt’s Forest Live on the 4th of July 2024.

Forest Live – Anne-Marie

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 5th July 2024

Forest Live is a major live music series held in our nation’s forest. Join them among the trees to hear the best live music, connect with nature and discover unique locations across the country.

Catch the incredible Anne-Marie at Westonbirt’s Forest Live on the 5th of July 2024.

Forest Live- The Corrs

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 6th July 2024

Forest Live is a major live music series held in our nation’s forest. Join them among the trees to hear the best live music, connect with nature and discover unique locations across the country.

Catch The Corrs at Westonbirt’s Forest Live on the 6th of July 2024.

Battle Proms Picnic Concert

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PY - 6th Jul 2024

The Battle Proms is a quintessentially British open-air picnic concert: the perfect opportunity to celebrate the summer in style, in a stunning setting overlooking the iconic Column of Victory!

Forest Live – Van Morrison

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 7th July 2024

Forest Live is a major live music series held in our nation’s forest. Join them among the trees to hear the best live music, connect with nature and discover unique locations across the country.

Catch Van Morrison at Westonbirt’s Forest Live on the 7th of July 2024.

Forest Live – Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 12th July 2024

Forest Live is a major live music series held in our nation’s forest. Join them among the trees to hear the best live music, connect with nature and discover unique locations across the country.

Catch Nile Rodgers & CHIC at Westonbirt’s Forest Live on the 12th of July 2024.

GWSR Behind Closed Doors: Lifting The Curtain

Cheltenham Race Course Station - 24th Apr - 16th Jul 2024

A unique opportunity to visit our Loco Shed, Signal Box and Carriage & Wagon departments with your own tour guide in a group of 6.

Fairford Airshow

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 4DL - 19th - 21st Jul 2024

A military Air Show containing hundreds of modern military aircraft in the static line-up and air display from many different countries around the world.

Game Fair At Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PY - 26th - 28th Jul 2024

An exhilarating celebration of outdoor activity and country life, taking place against the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace.

Womad 2024

Charlton Park, SN16 9LL - 25th - 28th Jul 2024

WOMAD is an international arts festival, celebrating the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance.

Mosaic Workshop at Heath Farm

Heath Farm Holiday Cottages, Swerford, Chipping Norton OX7 4BN - 6th Jul 10am - 4pm - 10th Aug 10am - 4pm 2024

Come and join the highly-talented Becky Paton in a mosaic mirror making workshop at Heath Farm, a stunning location set in 70 acres of woodland. Priced at £135 per person, which includes £45 of materials. Book early to avoid disappointment. Only 10 places per class.

Gruffalo Party Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - 9th Mar - 14th Sept 2024

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure. This interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember. Trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9, but can be enjoyed by all.

Silver Footplate Steam Driving Experience

Toddington Station - 22nd Mar - 20th Sep 2024

Some people get a train set; fewer people get a chance to enjoy the real thing – but you can do just that. A Footplate Experience course on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is something that is sure to thrill and certainly makes a brilliant Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift!

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (BPIHT)

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PS - 19th - 22nd Sept 2025

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials takes place between 19 – 22 September 2024 in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace. The event promises four days of action-packed, exciting competition with some of the best equestrian athletes in the world competing in the two FEI competitions; CCI4*-L and CCI4*-S (8 & 9 year old championship).

Botanical Embroidery at Hidcote

Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR - 29th Mar - 30th Sep 2024

Botanical and embroidery artist Olga Prinku brings her exclusive Nature’s Tapestry: Botanical Embroidery at Hidcote exhibition to Hidcote.

Gold Footplate Steam Driving Experience

Toddington Station - 17th May - 11th Oct 2024

Some people get a train set; fewer people get a chance to enjoy the real thing – but you can do just that. A Footplate Experience course on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is something that is sure to thrill and certainly makes a brilliant Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift!

Autumn Showcase 2024

Winchcombe Station, GL54 5LD - 26th - 27th Oct 2024

With an intensive timetable on offer fully utilising the railway, steam and diesel haulage, goods trains, brake van rides, footplate trips, behind-the-scenes access and on Sunday, running after dark, this is an event not to be missed.

Dog Walking Sundays

Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5FL - 3rd Mar - 1st Dec 2024

Join Cotswold Farm Park on the first Sunday of the month at 8.30am for a 1 hour walk with your furry friend around their Estate in the Cotswolds. With tickets just £2, you’ll also receive a free drink from their coffee bar after your walk!

Tots & Twigs Forest School

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - School term time, Mon, Thu & Fri - Mon, Thu, Fri

Learning With Nature runs weekly Tots & Twigs Forest School sessions at Westonbirt Arboretum for pre-school children (2 years to 5 years of age) and their parents/carers.

Discovery Walks

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS - Every 1st & 3rd Sat of the month - 10:30am

Take the path less travelled and delve a little deeper into Westonbirt’s captivating trees with their discovery walks.

Cotswold Alpaca 30 Minute Meet & Greet

Korinn Farm, Cheltenham, GL53 9NJ - All year round

A 30 minute meet and greet with a beautiful herd, meet their yearlings, gorgeous 3 year old boys Otis, Quinn and Orlando as well as the awesome Aunty Biddy and the lovely Alfie too. This is the time to get up close and personal and everyone has a favourite by the end of the experience!

Cotswold Alpaca Walking

Korinn Farm, Cheltenham, GL53 9NJ - All year round

Alpaca walks and tailored alpaca experiences with a lovely walking herd. Set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, the walks are fantastic for couples, friends and families to have a great outdoor experience and get to know about everything alpaca.

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