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2022 planner: 20 unmissable things to book

Roll up, roll up, 2022 is looking FRESH! Want to know what to put on your radar? We've rounded up the best things to do in Glos & Worcs, pencil them in now, from big hitter shows to the new Gifford's Circus, mega festivals and more.

New year, shiny new events calendar. Hurrar! … Fill it up with these brilliant things to do.

GO TO THE CIRCUS

Carpa!, Giffords Circus, Glos & Cotswolds, from 14 April

We can’t wait to be in the audience for the brand new show from Giffords for – Carpa! A riotous celebration of all things Mexican (arrrrriba!). The UK tour opens at the Circus HQ in Stroud, Gloucestershire on 14th April 2022, Easter weekend, before touring the UK taking in venues such as Bowood House & Gardens, Daylesford Organic, Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, Minchinhampton Common and Stratton Meadows in Cirencester.

GO TO A GIG IN THE WOODS

Forest Live, Westonbirt Arboretum, 09 – 12 June

Forest Live is back finally for 2022 after a pandemic hiatus and we can’t wait. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Westonbirt Arboretum, book ahead for Rag n Bone Man, Jess Glynne, Keane or Madness.

BOOK THE THEATRE

Chicago, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 28 Feb – 05 March

See this multi awarding show, dubbed London’s sexiest musical – right here in Cheltenham. Starring a great cast including Sinitta (above) as Mama Morton, Corrie and Dancing on Ice’s Faye Brookes as Roxie and Russell Watson as Billy Flynn.

GO TO A FESTIVAL

The Cheltenham Festivals, from 27 April to 16 October

The famous Cheltenham Festivals are coming to town

Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 27 April to 02 May, Cheltenham Science Festival, 07 June to 12 June, Cheltenham Music Festival, 08 to 16 July and Cheltenham Literature Festival, 07 to 16 October.

Wychwood Festival, 3 – 5 June, Cheltenham Racecourse

Breaking news, the fabulous Wychwood Festival has announced it will be going ahead as planned in June for the first time in three years – whoop!. Headlining will be multi-million album-selling Deacon Blue, along with Peter Hook & The Light, The South, Dreadzone, Craig Charles and more.

Barn on the Farm, 30 June – 03 July, Gloucester

This brilliant festival takes place at Over Farm near Gloucester and has seen the likes of Tom Odell and Lewis Capaldi take to the stage, this year the full line up is still to be announced but expect some big names. A children-friendly festival, camp or just visit for the day.

2000 Trees, 07 – 09 July, Cheltenham

Set against a stunning backdrop of rolling Cotswold hills, 2000 trees at Upcote Farm has been described by Kerrang! Mag as the ‘coolest festival’. The 3 day extravaganza has 3 nights camping, a friendly, intimate atmosphere plus amazing food and locally produced ciders, ales & lagers.

Feastival, Alex James Farm, Kingham, 26 – 28 August

Is it even summer without a day or night spent in Alex James banging back yard?! We think not. It’s returning this in August and is going to be one truly unforgettable weekend. Watch this space for some extraordinary headliners.

SEE A FARM SHOW

The Cotswold Show, 02 – 03 July, Cirencester

This annual must-visit is a two-day family friendly fest of all things countryside. You’re guaranteed animals, crafts, great food, entertainment, pop up shops and some death-defying stunts.

DINE IN A HEATED GLASSHOUSE

The Scenic Supper, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, from 01 April for 6 months

Book in for lunch or dinner at the Scenic Supper (the best food you’ll ever eat in a greenhouse with added gin!). Opening from 1st April 2022 in the lush pastures of Todenham Manor Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh, dine in a sustainably built glasshouse and enjoy cocktails from the King Stone Gin bar. Muddy tried it and loved it see our review here. Expect locally sourced food and a signature 5-course menu. There will be 2 new glasshouses this year too (9 in total) with new and improved comforts, including additional heaters.

SEE AN OPERA

Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough, 30 May July 19

Go see Wagner or Carmen’s Bizet at the spectacular nad rather special Longborough. With the Big Top Tent new since 2021, seeing an opera here is an exciting event. See it here! Book for a gorgeous summer evening of opera now.

GO CHEESE ROLLING

Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Glos, May

The Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth takes place across the last May Bank Holiday Monday. The cheese has been rolled and is ready, all they need is the go ahead. Now famous on Netflix if you haven’t seen it yet check it out – then get down to watch these cheese athletes chase the Double Gloucester in an extreme sport quite like no other.

SEE A LIVE SPECTACULAR

Proms Spectacular, Three Counties Showground, Worcs, 28 August

Enjoy a great night of live proms at this spacious open-air venue. Gates open from 4:00pm and once you have found your picnic spot and poured your first glass of fizz, you’re in for a magical evening with a spitfire display – and some well-known British war themes. Sit back and enjoy all of your favourite proms music including the 1812 Overture and Land of Hope & Glory. The finale is a spectacular firework display, not to be missed. Food and drink is available on site. Early Bird Ticket Offer £35.

Also – if you love nature don’t miss the RHS Malvern Spring Show, on from from 05 – 08 May, a huge celebration of all things Spring, from expert talks and stalls to browse to gorgeous greenery and colour.


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