Other Local Events

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.

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.