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What’s On: Awesome August

August is looking utterly awesome, check out these 25 brilliant things to do near you in Glos and Worcs. From medieval jousts and wine suppers to totally free festivals and paddleboard safaris. Let's go!

Summer Wildlife Photography Workshop, Slimbridge, 12 August

Get out and about with your camera on this great workshop. Learn about your camera settings, effective composition and how to capture stunning summer scenes and wildlife. The day will begin with an introductory session inside, before heading out onto the reserve to put your skills into practice. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels with plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition with tutor David Broadbent. 10am-3pm.

Whilst you’re there, try Wildlife Warbling, an Underwater Safari or Wading! Join expert volunteer Guides on the Wild Weekend to he best of the summer wildlife across the reserve from 13 – 14 August, book ahead as these are popular.

Phoenix Festival, Cirencester, Glos, 27 – 28 August

Shamon! One of Muddy’s fave boutique festivals, the Phoenix Festival is free and takes place in the stunning Abbey Grounds in Cirencester. A youth and community festival you get two days of totally gratis music, entertainment and family fun. This year’s headline act is Michael Starring Ben, the biggest touring tribute to Michael Jackson in the UK, featuring an incredible live band, stunning costumes and iconic dance routines.

Wine Flight Supper, Daylesford, 12 & 18 August

Love wine? There’s a brand new Wine Shop at Daylesford with bottles selected by the experts including producers from all over the world including Rothschild wines from Bordeaux to the finest Burgundian vineyards. There are daily drop-in tastings to enjoy and on 12 and 18 August book in for a Wine Flight Supper hosted at the Trough & Legbar restaurant.

The Big Feastival, 26 – 28 August, Kingham

We love this unbeatable excuse to eat yourself silly. Hosted on the farm of cheese-obsessed Blur bassist Alex James, The Big Feastival promises top notch chefs, family fun and chart-topping artists: good food, and great music. The line-up this year includes The Human League, The Stereophonics, Anne Marie and many more.

Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps, 05 – 06 August, Barn Theatre, Cirencester

See Dom Joly, the multi-award winning creator of Trigger Happy TV and author of the popular travel books The Dark Tourist and The Downhill Hiking Club, at his first UK tour since 2011. There’ll be laughs aplenty about his travels in danger zones, where the funnyman will recall some of the scariest, strangest and most downright dangerous places he’s visited.

Summer Evenings at Bicester Village, Bicester, August

Shop must-have summer essentials for every occasion in more than 150 beautifully presented boutiques at Bicester just a hop and skip over the border in Oxfordshire. Plus, enjoy exceptional savings from your favourite designers in the Extraordinary Sale (until 14 August). Enjoy live music in the Village square, including rock ballads from Angela Quartet on Thursday 25 August. Unwind on the al fresco terraces with a delicious cocktail before dining inside or out at Café Wolseleyfarmshop restaurant & cafeShan Shui and La Tua Pasta. Book a Shop and Dine package to make the most of your evening. You’ll get reserved parking, a table at one of the restaurants and a VIP Pass offering savings in participating boutiques, for £40. Summer evening dates are 11 August and 25 August.

Plus, this week, Bicester Village’s Extraordinary Sale cranks up a gear to up to 70% off normal Village prices – and that includes many SS22 current season items. PLUS the Summer Evenings programme has started with live music, cocktail happy hours and 10pm opening every Thursday until 25 Aug.

Cotswold Lavender Fields, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcs

Cotswold Lavender Fields IG

This third generation family run farm is total catnip for your IG feed. Lavender growing started here back in 1999 with just a few plants. Today, more than 40 varieties grow over 140 miles of glorious countryside and 500,000. At the peak of the summer it’s harvested and distilled by traditional methods before being whipped up to make the purest English lavender oil and all kinds of goodies. Until then, skip through it to your heart’s content until 07 August.

Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Glos

This glorious tree-filled day out is perfect for kids. Don’t miss the incredible STIHL treetop walkway which goes through the tree canopy and is pushchair and god friendly!. Wander through the woods and flowers and meet the Gruffalo sculptures, build a den out of sticks, cross the troll bridge and crawl through tyre tunnels on the outdoor adventure trail for a thoroughly outdoorsy day out.

Lakefest, Eastnor, 11 – 14 August

WIth a line-up of the likes of the Manics, Supergrass and Leftfield this brilliant boutique festival is just over the border but well worth a visit. Set in the grounds of the stunning Eastnor Castle you can camp or do a day trip. It has something for everyone from BMX skate parks to yoga workshops, great food and a ton of activities to get stuck into.

Elmore Chamber Music Festival, 04 – 06 August, Elmore

This great music festival is a newcomer to Glos so pin it in the diary now. Dip into a series of wonderful classical concerts held in the historic 13th-century St John the Baptist church in pretty Elmore. There are morning coffee concerts, the all-female De Beauvoir Piano Trio, the Elmore String Quartet and more to entertain you. A lovely boutique music festival well worth a visit.

Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, 01 June – 31 August

Glos’s very own opera extravaganza has a Greatest Showman-vibe venue for 2022: the Big Top. Book your ticket to one of the stand-out operas today. There are subtitles on a big screen too.

Go Ape in the Wyre Forest, Worcs

We love a visit to Go Ape (nothing makes you feel alive like teetering on a 14m high pole). So why not book them on to the TreeTop Challenge at . For 10+ years they can swing between the giant Douglas Firs, holler down high rise zip wires and generally have the time of their lives.

Go high or go home at GoApe

Or, head for one of two locations in the Forest of Dean, Glos (Mallards Pike and Beechenhurst) Courses cost £25. The Segway Forest School here is also brilliant fun (all ages, 1 hour)

The Warehouse Climbing Centre, Gloucester

This exciting place has special Activity Tickets for kids over the summer holidays so they can climb and cave to their heart’s content. Check into the Mini-Mice toddler sessions, hour-long sessions that give toddlers a chance to climb up to 6.5 metres and have a go on the touch-sensitive DigiWall, with lights, sounds and interactive games. Or book into the Rock Ratz (7 – 16) and take on the big boulders. All overseen by qualified climbing instructors, the sessions help kids develop fitness and confidence.

The Joust, Berkeley Castle, Glos, 28 – 29 August

Don’t miss this firm favourite on the Castle’s calendar, as the Knights and their stunning steeds from the Cavalry of Heroes battle it out in a spectacular jousting display in the Castle grounds – complete with incredible saddle stunts!

Tolly’s Summer Circus, Cotswold Country Park and Beach, 22 July – 01 September

The circus is coming to town this summer at the fabulous Cotswold Country Park and Beach. With 3 x 40 minute shows a day, guests of Cotswold Country Park and Beach have the fantastic opportunity to sit back and enjoy some spectacular acrobatics. With the picturesque backdrop of the largest UK Inland Beach, John Lawson’s Circus Troupe host family memory generating performances inside their spectacularly colourful Big Top from 22nd July right through to 1st September. Admission is £4.00 per person (adult or child)

Family Cook-Together, Daylesford Farm, 14 August

Gourmand grazing at Daylesford

If you have a budding Blumenthal on your hands then book them into one of the kids’ cookery courses at Daylesford Cookery School. This fun activity you can all do together is a great experience. Have some fun in the kitchen together and learn some news skills but with no washing up to worry about.

Cattle Country Park, Berkeley

Go to the award-winning Cattle Country. There’s so much to do here. They’ll get up close with calves, pigs and even alpacas. Pack the swimming stuff and let the kids loose in the waterplay area, splash pool and covered beach which is included in the ticket price and thrill out scaling the giant climbing net! One for those without wobbly knees methinks.

Knight School at Berkeley Castle, Berkley, Glos, 14 August

Learn the ancient skill of sword fighting as accomplished warriors Dressed to Kill descend upon the Castle to impart their expert knowledge. Watch the Warrior Show on the Lower Lawns each day and the display of incredible, authentic steel armor masterfully crafted by Dressed to KillPlus don’t miss the Wild Geese Theatre with Boudicca on 21 August, two brilliant interactive children’s theatre experiences where the audience takes part! Admission included in a castle admission ticket.

Sailing and SUP Paddleboarding, South Cerney Outdoor, Cirencester

Book onto the Sailing and Discovery Club courses. Operating on a smaller 1:5 instructor ratio they can try out their sea legs with Sailing, Windsurfing, SUP. For 8+ years. Pay & Play booking is also open again – just pre-book then rock up for a go on the kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. And if you fancy having a go at Paddleboard yoga, check out these weekly classes at the Cotswold Water Park over on Lake 86 – tons of fun!

The Fake Festival, Worcester, 27 August

What’s not to like about headliners with these names … Queen, The Rolling Stones, Blondie, Bowie and The Jam! Welcome to the UK’s only fully fake festival, what a blast we reckon it’s going to be. The UK’s top tribute acts grace the stage at this festival with a show that is wall-to-wall bangers. There’ll be food and drink on tap in the Entertainment Zone too to refuel in between the ‘greats’

And finally…want to see the tallest fountain in the world? Step this way.

This 300ft gravity fed fountain is the tallest in Britain and the world and you can find it at the stunning Stanway House near Cheltenham. See the house and visit the gardens at this beautiful 18th century Jacobean manor house, take an audio tour and explore the stately rooms and take a picnic and just sit and marvel at this amazing single jet fountain!

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