What’s On July
On your marks, get set, have fun! ... it's your monthly must-have guide to where to go and July is looking HOT! From festivals and live music to balloon spectaculars and airshows, find it all here.
Fantasy Forest, Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, 16 – 17 July
Popular family-friendly festival Fantasy Forest is returning to Sudeley Castle on 16 and 17 July for a weekend packed full of entertainment, unique experiences and food and drink. Festival goers can try their hand at craft and skills workshops, dance to live music, chill out to captivating storytelling and explore the UK’s largest selection of fantasy market stalls. Our highlight? Catch the highly-acclaimed 65 piece Film Orchestra perform a live al fresco concert, featuring faves from fantasy films, TV shows and games. Book a day or weekend ticket, children under 7 go free.
Royal International Air Tattoo, 15 – 1 7 July, Fairford
After a two-year break The Royal International Air Tattoo will be taking to the Cotswold skies once again, from Friday 15 until Sunday 17 July 2022. Get ready to hear the roar of the aeroplane engines overhead, with hours of fantastic flying displays and plenty of family entertainment in store this summer. Top Gun vibes anyone?
Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta, Cheltenham Race course, 23 – 25 July
One of the most spectacular dates in the Chelt calender head to the Racecourse for a 3-day extravaganza. There will be fireworks, followed by the Big Balloon Fiesta Day on Saturday and the Family Fun day on Sunday (no balloons on the Sunday).With thrilling live arena entertainment, funfair, indepen dent traders, Friday and Saturday night fireworks display, food, drink and much, much more.
Summer Evenings at Bicester Village, Bicester, July & 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 Wolseley, farmshop restaurant & cafe, Shan 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 14 July, 28 July, 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.
Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, 08 – 16 July
The lineup at this world famous music festival features a brilliant host of performers from Anoushka Shankar and Manu Delago to the London Mozart Players. From hands-on family concerts, to world premieres by the world’s finest performers – Cheltenham Music Festival promises 12 days of sublime and surprising musical adventures for all ages.
Tewkesbury Live, 22 – 24 July, Tewkesbury
Go to this free 3-day festival of live music and family activities in the heart of Tewkesbury town. There will be hours of brilliant emerging talent to listen to, and loads of fun. Plus, pubs and venues across town will host live music all weekend.
The Cotswolds Show & Food Festival, 02 – 03 July, Cirencester
The fantastic and unmissable Cotswold Show is returning this summer taking place in Cirencester Park’s 100 acres, it promises to be a bigger, better and more exciting show than ever before. One most popular events in Gloucestershire, attracting tens of thousands of visitors, expect a ‘world of dogs’; food festival; display of rural skills and much more. One we always love to visit.
Guiting Music Festival, 22 – 31 July
Celebrating its 51st anniversary in 2022, Guiting Music Festival will be bringing live classical, jazz and contemporary blues music to the Cotswolds, from Friday 22 July until Sunday 31 July 2022. One for music fans’ diaries, there’s a chance to see 10 acts across 10 days. Book your ticket now.
Fields of Fantasy, 29th – 31st July, near Bristol
A brand new dance festival is taking place 15 mins from Bristol city centre. Fields Of Fantasy is three days of hedonism surrounded by natural beauty and woodland. There’ll be over 100 DJs and artists booked to play across five stages hidden amongst the trees and open fields of the site and will be covering all things house and techno. The camping festival will kick off Friday 29th July and run through to Sunday 31st and cover three days and nights of music, entertainment and indulgence.
Cotswold Lavender Fields, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcs
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 from 15 June to 07 August, with the best time to visit being mid July this year (check ahead to be sure).
The Confetti Flower Field, Pershore, Worcs
The Confetti Flower Field bursts into full bloom on the Wyke Manor Estate in Worcestershire for a few spectacular weeks each summer. This year the window to go see them is 01 July to 10 July. Just ten days folks, so go, go, go! The ticket line opens today (Tuesday 21 June). Brimming with delphiniums and cornflowers the flowers are grown to be harvested as 100% biodegradable confetti by the Real Flower Petal Confetti Co. Plenty of parking available on site but make sure to book ahead. PLUS watch this space for the sunflower fields, in full bloom by mid-August.
Find stunning alliums, dainty dahlias, roses and more among the swathes of flowers at this beautiful haven in Gloucestershire – it’s a festival of florals! Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission £9 for adults and under 16s go free.
App Fest, Tewkesbury, 28 – 31 July
App-Fest is a brilliant charity music event and makes a comeback this summer for a four-day extravaganza. Featuring a line-up of stars and an array of world-class tribute acts, all in the name of charity. Expect Chesney Hawkes, The Hoosiers, Cast, Dodgy and Toploader. Joining them will be well-known tribute acts including Bootleg Beatles and Bon Jovi UK. Find it at Hillworth Farm in Longdon.
WOMAD, Charlton Park, 28 – 31 July
The long weekend of musical discovery and celebration at Charlton Park 28 – 31 July is all about community, friendship and diversity. Expect a glittering world class stage of performers from Gilberto Gil & Family, a godfather figure within Brazilian music scene to British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas who makes her WOMAD debut
Summer Fun at Hartlebury Castle, Worcs, 28 – 30 July
Get stuck into fun hands-on craft activities and a castle trail throughout the summer holidays, every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The Travellers Crafts activity – links in with the beautiful collection of Gypsy caravans. Pick up a trail and find out interesting facts about travelling cultures and make traditional crafts like paper flowers. Additional charge of £2.50 per child applies for the day’s craft activities.
WWT Slimbridge, Slimbridge, Glos
Head a wonderful day out at the ever-popular Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Feed the ducks, geese and swans, who’ll happily eat right out of their hands then explore the watery world of Toad Hall, getting up close to frogs, newts, salamanders and other pond life, before heading to visit the family of otters and harvest mice. Then let off some energy with a splash around at Welly Boot Land and an indoor soft play session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cattle Country Farm Park, Berkeley
This animal-packed day out is always a big hit with kids. They’ll get up close with calves, pigs and even alpacas. Pack the swimming stuff and let the kids loose in the waterplay area and covered beach. There’s also fantastic outdoor toddler areas where little ones can play on rope bridges, tractors and seesaws, all specifically designed for small children.
Sailing and SUP Paddleboard Lessons, South Cerney Outdoor, Cirencester, Glos
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.
Or head to the blissful Cotswold Country Park Beach – the UK’s largest inland pop up beach With brilliant things to do like the inflatable Wibit aqua course, giant swan pedalos, go-karting and one of the best lakeside food shacks we’ve eaten at, you’re in for an amazing day here.
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!