What’s On in Glos & Worcs in 2021
Oh fun we MISSED you! ... Want to know what's on in 2021? Of course you do. It's time to up the fun factor as we come out of lockdown, and we've found 25 brilliant events that look set to go ahead.
Keep checking that Bojo roadmap (and individually with venues) and let’s get booking.
GO TO A FESTIVAL
Wychwood Festival, 4 -6 June, Cheltenham Racecourse
Breaking news, the fabulous Wychwood Festival has announced it will be (fingers crossed) be going ahead as planned in June. There’s a great billing this year including The Divine Comedy, The Lightning Seeds and Sleeper. Book ahead, it’s going to be popular (in a socially distanced way).
Barn on the Farm, 1 – 4 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, 8 – 10 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.
Broadway Arts Festival, 4 – 13 June, Broadway, Worcs
This arty fest as more than 50 confirmed events, including the very popular artBEAT on the village green over the first weekend of the festival. Numbers at the larger music and theatre events are limited to a socially distanced 100 initially with assigned seating, but this could increase depending on how things go. Tickets go on sale through the website at 10am on 9 April. Support our lovely local artistes!
Feastival, Alex James Farm, Kingham, 27 – 29 August
Is it even summer without a day or night spent in Alex James banging back yard?! We think not. It’s returning this year between 27 and 29 August and is going to be one truly unforgettable weekend. Already confirmed are Nile Rogers & CHIC, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Sigala and just announced that early bird tickets are on sale!
SEE A FARM SHOW
The Cotswold Show, 3 – 4 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. They are booking trade stands at the so it bodes well – watch this space for tickets soon.
Scenic Suppers, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, from April 12th for 6 months
This year the Scenic Supper (essentially the best food you’ll ever eat in a greenhouse with gin!) is putting down roots at its new home – in the pastures of Todenham Manor Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh. There will be seven brand new sustainably built glasshouses and a brand new King Stone Gin bar too, serving craft cocktails, English sparkling wine, and local booze. Expect locally sourced food and a signature 5-course menu.The glasshouses host parties of two and four through this 6 months’ residency
JOIN THE CIRCUS
The Hooley, all over the Cotswolds, from May
We can’t wait to be in the audience again for this incredible and unique experience – yes Gifford’s Circus is (fingers crossed) back, with The Hooley, postponed from last year’s cancelled show, it will be the biggest celebration of circus you’ve ever seen the talented crew are so desperate to get back on the road. Catch the show at sites all over the Cotswolds and Glos from Stroud and Chippenham to Sudeley Castle and Blenheim Palace.
HAVE A DOGGY DAY
Paws at the Palace, 4 – 4 July, Blenheim Palace
The UK’s largest and fastest growing festival devoted to dogs and their owners is bringing family-friendly canine fun and games to Blenheim Palace. Packed with everything dog-related, Paws at the Palace includes arena displays, dog training experts, have-a-go activities, breed clubs and loads of fun competitions where visitors’ dogs can win a rosette. There will also be a huge range of products on offer with around 150 exhibitors selling everything from leads, pet food and treats, diet & health advice, toys, health supplements, coats, grooming products and more. Wooof.
BOOK A PRIVATE BBQ ZONE
Cotswold Park and Beach, near Cirencester
Book your private BBQ zone at the Cotswold Park & Beach, perfect for a family celebration post lockdown. Exclusively yours for the day at just £30, pack the burgers and enjoy beach views as you cook up a storm! You can also book a pedalo, kayaking session or take a dip in the beautiful lake (the largest inland paddling lake in the UK). Reopening from 02 April, so get booking.
SEE AN OPERA
Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough, 1 June – 3 August
There’s a brand new venue for 2021: the Big Top. 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. The indoor/outdoor space offers exciting theatrical possibilities as well as allowing for a larger socially distanced audience. See it here! And book for a gorgeous summer evening of opera now.
VISIT A BIG INTERIORS SHOW
Antiques and Home Show, Worcester Racecourse, Worcs, 24 July and 6 November
Love antiques, retro, vintage and salvage? – it’s all packed into this lovely location at the all-new Antiques & Home Show. This fair makes the perfect hunting ground for beautiful collector’s pieces, jewellery, ceramics, artwork, homewares and more. A great day out for all the family in a beautiful location.
GO TO A GIG IN THE WOODS
Forest Live, Westonbirt Arboretum, 10 – 13 June
Forest Live is back this year to give you a treat in the woods – set against the backdrop of the stunning Westonbirt Arboretum, book ahead for Rag n Bone Man, Jess Glyne, Keane or Madness.
BOOK THE THEATRE
Oti Mabuse: I am Here, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 12th – 14th May
The Strictly star comes to Chelt on her first ever tour Oti Mabuse: I Am Here. Rescheduled from April 2021 an extra performance has also been added.
Or book in to see Private Lives, also at the Everyman, the inaugural show from Nigel Havers theatre company from 12 – 15 October and starring the man himself and Patricia Hodge.
Scrummy Mummies, 23 June, Sundial Theatre
Seethe indomitable Scrummy Mummies doing their thing on this hilarious tour at the Sundial theatre. Or catch Sean Walsh in a fresh new show mixing up his best loved stories with some candid reflections on the last ten years. From growing up in Brighton to gathering a slew of TV credits to becoming a famous tabloid villain. Not your bag? Book in to for An Evening with Martin Mucklow (This Country luvvvers) on August 20 and what we all need right now – a night with Kate Bush Ka on Sept 25.
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 and is hoping to go ahead this year. The cheese has been rolled and is ready, all they need is the go ahead. Keep everything crossed this wonderfully quirky event – manow famous on Netflix if you haven’t seen it yet! – gets to roll its Double Gloucester in 2021.
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.
GO TO A POP CONCERT
Diana Ross, Utilita Arena, Birmingham, 24 July
Missed La Ross at Glastonbury again this year? Don’t worry the songstress is touring her ‘Top of the World’ Tour with a date at the Utilita Arena. Catch her unmissable performance here from £74 per person.