What’s On June
Anyone else jumping for joy it's June? We're so up for some F.U.N. Arm yourself with this month's what's on guide to Glos and Worcs and let's go.
Did someone order 22 stupendous things to do in the shires for June? Check out our eclectic mash-up of events that will up the fun factor this month. From foodie festivals and craft gin and cider tours to opera, theatre and pop-up shops.
Ready? Buckle up and let’s go … (plus scroll down to win free festival tickets!
The Great British Food Festival, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, 19 – 20 June
The Great British Food Festival comes to Sudeley Castle with a dazzling array of tempting treats for gobbling, chef wizardry for goggling, live music for boogie-ing, and a mini zoo because – well, why not? If you fancy yourself a bit of a kitchen whizz yourself, enter the Cake Off for a chance at baking glory — and automatic free entry to the festival, of course. It’s a foodie’s dream and great day out. Tickets are otherwise £10. PLUS: Want to win tickets? We have a Family Ticket for 4 people to give away! Head to our Reader Treat page now to enter and win.
Kingfisher Trail, all over the Cotswolds, from 31 May
Take the kids on this wonderful new sculpture-seeking trail across the county, with each kingfisher designed by a celebrated national or local artist. Check out the website for a downloadable map of where to find all 22 of them from Chipping Campden in the north right down to Bath in the South (we hear there’s one at the brilliant Bibury Trout Farm too). Will you find them all? Do tell us if you do! ….
Twelfth Night, Garden at Miserden, Stroud, 09 – 11 June
Every summer students from the drama degree course at The Uni of Gloucestershire perform a play by Shakespeare in the open air and this year the breathtaking, Jacobean Garden at Miserden is the backdrop. The garden will be filled with music, laughter and quite fabulous costumes. Book your ticket for this wonderful summer’s evening of comedy and theatre combined. Make sure to bring your own portable chair, rugs, warm and wet weather clothing (just in case).
Handmade Pop-up, The Painswick Centre, Painswick, from 28 May until 31 August
Fancy scooping some local artisan goodies direct from the makers? Then head to this new pop-up at the Painswick Centre. Bringing talented local businesses together under one roof, you’ll find lovely products made by talented artists and artisans in the Painswick Valley. Look out for honey and beeswax goodies from the Painswick Beekeeper, paintings from superb local artist Rupert Aker, and handmade baby hats spun from wool from Tibbiwell Alpacas right in the village.
Plus, every Thursday the car park at The Painswick Centre is home to the Salt BakeHouse – from 8.30am to 9.30am you can pick up the best freshly baked bread cakes, pastries and coffee. Grab yourself some breakfast then go shopping at Handmade in Painswick – perfect!
The Grape Escape, Residency at Baker and Graze, Tivoli, June
Wine lovers rejoice, this one combines our two fave things (food and wine of course). Renowned wine bar and vino merchant The Cheltenham Grape is taking up residency at artisan bakery Baker & Graze from Thursday to Saturdays from 6pm to 11pm. Expect all your wine bar faves including a weekly rotating wine list and 100+ wines by the bottle, cheese, charcuterie and with the baking geniuses at Baker & Graze serving up small plates of food joy on some special evenings.
Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, 01 June – 31 August
This is legit Glos’s very own opera extravaganza! The Longborough Festival Opera is the most soul-lifting, spectacular intro to opera if you’ve never experienced it before. New for 2021 is it’s fabulous Greatest Showman-vibe Big Top venue (see above). Three of the festival’s 2021 productions will take place in this new venue: Cosi fan tutte, The Return of Ulysses and The Cunning Little Vixen. Perfect for a balmy summer evening when you fancy a bit of high culture (don’t worry there are subtitles too!). You can order a bespoke picnic hamper for £40 (including vegetarian) which comes with cutlery, plates and napkins and enjoy your feast with stunning views over the Cotswold hills before the show.
Science Festival, Cheltenham, 10 – 13 June
The UK’s leading scientists, presenters, writers, artists and activists make their way to Cheltenham for this unique hybrid 4 day event you won’t want to miss. The line-up includes Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw, Hannah Fry, Camilla Pang, the Cosmic Shambles Network and many more. This year the event will be a combo of socially-distanced talks and workshops at Cheltenham Town Hall, online events and free events at the Apollo Free Stage in Imperial Gardens. You can watch the talks streamed online for free on Cheltenham Festivals website until 14 September 2021 by subscribing to the CheltSciFest Player.
Art and craft classes New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Head to the newly reopened New Brewery Arts and choose one of these fascinating courses that will have them off their screens and up to their elbows in fun. Pick from Watercolour and Wax Resist Junles (5-11) on 03 June, Birds of Paradise Sculptures (5 – 11) on 03 June, £40 and Mixed Media Sea Life Sketchbook (5 – 11), £40, on 04 June.
Simon Brodkin Live, Outdoor Inn Comedy Club, Gloucester, 15 June
Need a laugh? Then book ‘OI COMEDY’ night in Gloucester which launches this month. Headlining in June is funny man Simon Brodkin (famous for the Donald Trump to “GET HIM OUT” moment no less! Google it!) so you’re in for a night of the cheekiest banter. There will be a new outdoor stage and food and drink at the Outdoor Inn bar.
Our Rita’s Comedy Club, Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, 24 June
‘Our Rita’s Live’ bring their five star-rated monthly comedy club series to Cirencester with a range of fantastic headline comedians off the telly box and the cream of the comedy circuit. Previous headliners including Joe Lycett, Crissy Rock and James Acaster, you’re certainly in for a treat. So get your glad rags on, fasten your seatbelts and head down for some belly laughs. Tickets £15.
A Russian Doll, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, until 12 June
After a much-missed absence the brilliant Barn Theatre in Cirencester is back with this classy production. Teaming up with the Arcola Theatre, Rachel Redford (The Jungle, Gap Year), stars as Masha in the world premiere of Cat Goscovitch’s new one-woman play, based on a true story, it follows 20-something Masha as she becomes embroiled in the world of data and deceit as a member of Russia’s disinformation campaigns during the EU referendum. Current and captivating – go book! And while you’re at it why not pop in o
Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta, Cheltenham Racecourse, 25 – 27 June
The brilliant Balloon Fiesta is returning to Cheltenham Racecourse with a 3-day weekend extravaganze planned. As well as the main event (humungous balloons obvs) there is thrilling live arena entertainment, a giant funfair, local traders, food and drink and this year you can expect to see plenty of local musicians and bands take to the music stage. A 3-day family pass is £42. Tickets are available on Skiddle.
Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud
This gorgeous boutique museum is tucked away in Stroud’s lovely Stratford Park. SeeThe Society of Wood Engravers 83rd Annual Exhibition for its first show of 2021. Booking is necessary (until guidelines change), but you can go down and explore the shop and garden for free. It has a lovely shop, cafe and gallery. Combine it with a visit to the brilliant Stroud Farmers’ Market every Saturday, or the new super-cool Five Valleys shopping centre with Sandersons boutique department store and 20+ street food vendors at the same time.
Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Cirencester
Head to the UK’s largest inland paddling beach for some ‘Costa del Cotswolds’ fun. This brilliant, action-packed Country Park has a large, sandy lagoon for swimming and paddling, or hire one of the giant swan pedalos, row or electric boats for some laughter on the lake. There’s an inflatable ‘Wibit’ aqua adventure park you can book ahead for and mini golf, and new for 2021 are the VIP BBQs. From £30 you can book a private area and BBQ overlooking the lake and beach for the whole day. Open 10am – 5pm Wedsnesday to Sunday.
Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power near Cheltenham
There are all levels of farmyard cuteness going on at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park and it’s a fabulously entertaining day out. Go to the popular Animal Barn where you can sit and watch lambs being born, plus see piglets, donkey foals, calves, and herds of rare breeds. Kids can interact with the animals too, including the gorgeous native Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, then take them to burn off all their energy at the Adventure Playground, Farm Safari, Tractor School or Giant Jumping PIllows.
Dogtastic, Malvern Three Counties Showground, Sunday 13 June
This fun-filled family day out to celebrate the nation’s love of dogs, takes place at Three Counties Showground between 10AM – 5PM. A reassuringly outdoor, Covid-secure event promises is packed with talks and demonstrations from special guests in the new K9 Club Theatre, daring displays from trick teams in the Ruff and Tumble Arena, learn some new skills with popular agility and obedience classes or have a go at winning a prize in a dog show, shop for pet supplies and much more! There’ll be food and drink to buy from local sellers and parking is free. PLUS WIN!! We have a Family Ticket for 5 people to give away to the show, just click here to enter now.
Midsummer Garden Life Festival, Malvern Three Counties Showground, 23 – 25 June
Who needs foreign travel when you can go to the Midsummer Garden Life Festival! You’ll experience three, theatrically themed, floral holiday destinations at this great day out, without the need of a passport or the any need to quarantine. Explore the Magic of the Mediterranean with its olive grove, Greek mezze and Latin jazz, Island Exotic with its steel band vibe and far East garden with its acer-filled glade. Plus don’t miss the Happiness Theatre at the heart of the festival, with hours of live music, and musings to enjoy from special guests including RHS Malvern favourite and gardening guru Carol Klein.
Aztec Adventure, Upton Warren and Lower Moor
We’ve recently discovered Aztec Adventure and we can’t believe how much you can do here. Book in for paddle-boarding, kayaking or even take a Sailing course (for kids and adults). And if you want to up the adrenalin level go to the fabulously-fun bouncy aqua park where you can slip, slide and generally have a (very wet) ball.
E-type Party, Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Worcester, 12 – 13 June
Love cars? Then catch this motor jamboree which will be celebrating 60 years of the ultra-sexy E-type Jaguar. To mark the occasion the Jaguar E-type Club are hosting a weekend of cars to totally drool over, on from 9am to 5pm.
West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley
This fantastic day out is a family favourite, with more than 165 species of animal to see, a drive-through safari and a mini theme park to explore. But expect far more than just animals, entry to the park also gets you tons of fun at Boj’s Giggle Park, the Sea Lion Show, Penguin Cove, the Aquarium, Meerkat Mayhem, Hippo Lake and much more. Watch daily feeds and animal encounters with the residents then wear the kiddos out on the 20 adrenaline rides. A real Muddy favourite.
Fish & Cider Michelin Star Supper, Pensons, 23 June
Dine out at this amazing sounding collab at the farm-to fork gastro great, Pensons. They are hosting a cider pairing supper – the first time a UK Michelin Star restaurant has paired the menu with cider! Michelin starred chef Chris Simpson will be cooking a fish tasting menu with a number of carefully curated dishes to complement the cider. The evening will be in the company of award-winning local cider producers Little Pomona duo and Tom Oliver, founder of Oliver’s Cider & Perry and renowned cider alchemist who will all be on hand to take about the cider tastings and pairings. Tickets are £135 per head to include a five course fish tasting menu and cider pairing.
All Things Wild, Honeybourne, near Evesham
This indoor-outdoor zoo is a great place to take them without worrying about the not-so-great British rainclouds. Kids will l.o.v.e the adventure play park, beach area, pedal go-karts and Jungle Mayhem indoor play area. There is a veritable rainbow array of animals to meet and squeal at or just ride the Dino Train. Check out the website for great seasonal activities, from Lemur Walkthrough, Outback Trail, bug hunting and arts and crafts
Sip & Drink Tour, Herefordshire & Worcestershire
If you love artisan produce try the ‘Sip Drink Tour Herefordshire’ – an exciting new discovery trail highlighting the finest drinks producers the region has to offer, from its famous artisan ciders to delicious fruit liqueurs and award-winning vodkas and gins. Download the 20-page trail booklet from the website with 17 brilliant suggestions and off you go. With pins on the map, in Worcs too and skirting the Glos border, it’s spot on for trying something new not too far from home. Visit the fascinating Museum of Cider, Two Farmers Crisps (the UK’s first 100% plastic free crisp brand) and gorgeous pubs like the Crown Inn which serves its own craft ‘Kings’ cider. Explore little farms tucked away in the countryside, vineyards, orchards and have fun at terrific tasting sessions. The county is well known for apple growing and cider making but this is a wonderful new way to see artisan producers up close and try your own hand at some new experiences along the way.