View all the upcoming local events near the Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel.

Gloucester Quays

Gloucester Quays

Set in a stunning waterside location, Gloucester Quays is a thriving leisure quarter, featuring an outlet shopping centre, multi-screen cinema and the Waterways Museum.

Shop and stay! Book a room at Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel and relax with us after your shopping trip.

Gloucester Quays has ample parking and is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

Formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, stands north of the city. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. The Cathedral is free to visit and and is also home to Gloucester’s great Cloister, famous for its magnificent fan vaulting, which is believed to be the earliest example in England dating from 1412.

The cloister was made famous with filming for various Harry Potter filmsIn Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonethe troll who smashed up the girls’ toilet, trapping Hermione, walked along the north side of the Cloisters while Harry and Ron hid in the Lavatorium just around the corner. The south side doubled as a corridor in Gryffindor, with the door at the west end of the passage being the entrance to the Common Room.

Scenes were also filmed here for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and draw even more visitors here to take pictures and relive the magic of the films. 

Gloucester Cathedral is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Bicester Village

Bicester Village

Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the ultimate shopping destination.

Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, Bicester Village is located in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, only 20 mins away from Oxford.

Find boutiques of leading British and international luxury fashion brands with savings of up to 60%* all year round, including Alexander McQueen, Armani, Bally, Coach, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Saint Laurent Paris, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino and many more.

So much to enjoy, whether it’s browsing prestigious boutiques, or sampling fine food and drink in the Village’s cafés and restaurants.

Dragon Day, Saturday 27th April 2019

Huge Dragon Descends Upon Gloucester for St. George’s Day Celebration

On Saturday 27th April 2019 an eighteen-foot-long dragon will be descending upon Gloucester. Dreygo the Dragon will be coming to the city for Dragon Day which is part of the city’s celebrations for St. George’s day which falls on Tuesday 23rd April. Those brave enough to face the fearsome dragon will be able to see him in King’s Square at 1.15pm and 3.15pm.

There will also be three exciting craft workshops for families to enjoy, children can create their very own paper dragon puppets from a variety of different designs, there is also the opportunity to become a dragon with the mask, wing and tail making which will be produced from upcycled cardboard and reclaimed materials, or brave warriors can gear up to stop the dragons with the upcycled shield session.

The first craft workshop takes place between 10am and 12pm and the second session takes place between 1pm and 3pm in King’s Walk Shopping Centre.

Alex Kell, Board Member for Gloucester BID said “Dragon Day looks set to be another exciting addition to the collection of events that Gloucester BID has provided since it started. Events like this are an important part of what the BID is offering and help increase footfall and spend and showcases Gloucester as a place for families to come and experience a fun day out. It’s sure to be a great day that you won’t want to miss.”

Nina Mistry from Marketing Gloucester said “It’s great to have an event that celebrates St. George’s Day and allows families to create something that they can take home. The city will be filled with St. George and English White Dragon flags from 19th April to further add to the atmosphere in the city leading up to and over the weekend.”

Dragon Day is funded by Gloucester BID and organised by Marketing Gloucester.

Gloucester Tall Ships & Adventure 2019

Gloucester Tall Ships & Adventure, Saturday 25th – Sunday 27th May 2019

The Historic Gloucester Docks will be shown in all their splendour over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend as they play host to the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships & Adventure festival and are chock full of fabulous activities for all the family to enjoy, with entertainment and live music for all.

The historic Gloucester Docks are just a 20 minute drive from the hotel.

Cheltenham Music Festival 2019

Cheltenham Music Festival, 5th – 14th July 2019

Known for its intimate chamber concerts, magnificent orchestral and choral works and stunning solo performances in beautiful spaces across Cheltenham and Gloucestershire, the Cheltenham Music Festival returns in 2019 with a few surprises in store to celebrate it’s 75th anniversary.

We are looking forward to welcome some of the most exciting names of the music scene in July. Find out more about the new programme in the new year or already browse our very special pre-Festival concert weekend at Syde Manor, A Voyage To The New World, with the Carducci Quartet and clarinettist Julian Bliss.

To find out more call the Box office on 01242 850270  or visit the official website

The Cotswold Show and Food Festival 2019

The Cotswold Show and Food Festival, Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th July 2019

Two days, 100 acres, hundreds of attractions and tens of thousands of visitors – the Cotswold Show is now one of the most popular on the regional Country Show calendar.Back in 1985, Lord Bathurst had a dream of staging an event primarily for people from the countryside, or with an interest in farming. In 1989 that dream was realised, and after 8,000 people passed through the gates of that first show, the concept of Where Town Meets Country was born.

Today, Lord Bathurst is still keen to foster a sense of love and respect for, and understanding of, the countryside and country issues among his neighbours in towns and cities and to give everyone – whether from town or countryside – a great day out.

Show visitor numbers have continued to grow and in recent years the appeal of the Show has widened by the inclusion of attractions such as Monster Trucks and Motorcycle stunt teams, even Shetland pony racing and parachutists!

For the organisers of the Show and the thousands of people who swarm through the gates every year, though, the ethos remains the same: “Where Town Meets Country.”

2019 celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Cotswold Show and Food Festival, giving you even more reason to visit!

The event is held at Cirencester Park, just a half hour drive from the hotel.

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2019

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2019, 19th – 21st July 2019

The Air Tattoo, one of the UK’s premier outdoor events, returns this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground – so whether a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned airshow veteran, the experience is breathtaking.

During the thrilling flying display visitors will get to see fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much, much more. There will be a chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first class entertainment including the Techno Zone, an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters.

Last year a record crowd of 185,000 people enjoyed a feast of flying at the 2018 Air Tattoo, marking the Royal Air Force’s Centenary at RAF Fairford. In total, 302 aircraft, from 43 air arms representing 30 nations attended the airshow, of which 121 took part in the flying display.

The Air Tattoo is held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Entry is FREE for under-18s and there’s FREE parking for ticket holders.

RAF Fairford is just over half an hour drive from the hotel. 

Witcombe Cider Festival 2019

Witcombe Cider Festival, Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August 2019

At the end of Summer 2012, the first Witcombe Cider Festival took place at the Village Cricket Club… 200 cider and music fans gathered in a marquee to enjoy a selection of ciders and a few bands, with a local X Factor contestant thrown in…

The event has grown to become a firm fixture on the music festival calendar. With 7,000 attendees over August Bank Holiday Weekend, 50 Ciders and national artists. Example, Wiley, Lethal Bizzle, Judge Jules, Artful Dodger, Tinchy Strider and Heather Small have all headlined…

“Witcombe Cider Festival is a family and friends run event with an ambition to provide a good time for everyone. Our aim is to create a festival experience with great music and great ciders. Making August Bank Holiday something we can all look forward to…

Joe and Danny Pointon, Founders of WCF.