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Cheltenham Music Festival, 30th – 15th July 2018

Cheltenham Music Festival 2018

For two weeks in July, leading national and international musicians entertain audiences at venues across Cheltenham with renditions of classical masterpieces and more modern compositions.

As well as the wide variety of concerts and recitals, there are also cabarets, exhibitions, talks and films.

To find out more call the Box office on 01242 850270  or visit the official website www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/

The Cotswold Show and Food Festival, Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th July 2018

Cotswold Show – A History

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.

The date for that first show was set for middle of September, as it fitted well into the farming calendar – after the harvest but before the hunting season had got underway.

The gates opened on a sunny September morning to a show that included a falconry display, a vintage tractor exhibition and a fly fishing demonstration that required the construction of a 150ft long fly casting lake made from hay bales and sheets of plastic.

In 2000 the date of the show was moved from September – which could suffer inclement weather – to July. The new date proved a hit with visitors who came in ever-bigger numbers.

Then, disaster struck. In 2001 Foot and Mouth gripped Britain. Livestock transportation was banned and the countryside was effectively closed to visitors.

Lord Bathurst, who farms on the Bathurst Estate, admits the decision to cancel the Show was difficult, but the right one.

And in 2002 the Show bounced back, bigger and better than ever before. 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.”

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2018, 13th – 15th July 2018

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

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.

With upwards of 150,000 visitors and support from the Royal Air Force and some of the world’s leading aerospace companies, the Air Tattoo is acknowledged as not only the world’s largest military airshow but also one of the UK’s premier outdoor events for the whole family!

During the thrilling 7.5 hour flying display (4 hour display on Friday 8) 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, the Adrenalin Zone, the RAF Village, the Autodrome and the Vintage Village.

The Air Tattoo is held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Entry is FREE for accompanied under-16s and there’s FREE parking for ticket holders.

Witcombe Cider Festival 2018

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 …

Joe Pointon Festival Founder – started making his own organic Cider; “Pointons Cider” in 2011…. The 2012 Festival was the result of having too much cider for one man to drink…. The Witcombe Cider Festival was born from a suggestion to have a party.

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.