What’s on August – Updated!
Well hello awesome August! ... it's a month of festivals, alfresco theatre, big-hitter shows and oodles of fun. Plan the most supreme summer ever (god knows we need it!) with our handpicked curation of what's on near you in Glos and Worcs.
Cirencester Food & Drink Festival 2021, Cirencester Market Place, 21 – 22 August
Cirencester’s Food and Drink Festival returns to the town centre, and this year it’s been extended to be held over two days. Featuring over 70 market stalls, a cookery theatre with local chefs, and a “Feastival Garden” full of tantalising treats, live music and children’s entertainment it’s going to be foodie heaven.
Gloucester Goes Retro, Gloucester, 28 August
After a hiatus in 2020, Gloucester Goes Retro is returning on 28 August for a celebration of all things vintage. The car, fashion and music festival is taking place in Gloucester city bringing over 500 classic cars and vehicles to the city, as well as reenactors, cosplayers and fabulous vintage fashions. Gloucester’s streets will take visitors on a journey from 1900 through to the wartime years on Westgate Street; the 1950s on Northgate Street; the swinging sixties on Eastgate Street; and from the 1970s to the modern day on Southgate Street. For music and dance enthusiasts, visit the Gloucester Goes Retro Stage where you can enjoy vintage acts and join in with swing dancing. There will be a live music stage with bands playing vintage tunes, as well as a chance to have a go at swing dancing. Local businesses are also getting involved with shop window displays and retro uniforms. A fabulous free day out.
BarnFest, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, 10 – 29 August
The Barn Theatre in is back with its bold and marvellous summer theatre festival, BarnFest. Taking place in The Pavillion, which is located next to the theatre within the grounds of the newly opened hotel Ingleside House it’s a mighty line up. Including: Improvisational comedy troupe Spontaneous Players with Spontaneous Potter Kidz: The Unofficial Improvised Parody and Spontaneous Sherlock at 8pm from 10 – 12 August. To coincide with 50 years of Mr Benn on screen Storystock are bringing the magic of David McKee’s beloved character to the next generation of children with their productions of Mr Benn’s Big Game and Mr Benn and the Dragon. And Giffords Circus favourite Tweedy the Clown will return with his solo show Tweedy: Al Fresco!on 17 August to make everyone fall about laughing. Also don’t miss The Runaround Kids, billed as “the UK’s finest vintage band”, on 17 – 18 August and Britain’s Got Talent winner and West End star Jai McDowall performing his solo show An Evening with Jai McDowall from 19 – 21 August. Sounds amazing? Book tickets here, £15 for adults and £8.50 for kids.
Knight School at Berkeley Castle, Berkley, Glos, throughout August
Ooo and aaah at the ancient skills of sword fighting as accomplished warriors Dressed to Kill descend upon this spectacular Castle to impart their expert knowledge to your budding Lancelot or Guinavere. Watch the Warrior Show on the Lower Lawns each day and fantastic displays of incredible fighting skills. For ages 5 – 12 tickets cost £7.50 in advance. Plus, generally through July and August there’s loads to do here. Every Monday enjoy have-a-go archery on the bowling lawn, and experience exciting archery displays, and every Wednesday fabulous Jester, Monty, will be here to delight and amuse with his wonderful tricks and stunts.
Jousting Tournament, Berkeley Castle, Glos 29 – 30 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! You’ll get a chance to meet the gallant Knights and their horses after each show to ask questions and see their impressive armour and weapons. His majesty, King Henry VIII, will also be in residence along with his six wives and Thomas Cromwell. Their shows in the Castle’s Great Hall will entertain and educate with the best Tudor history lesson they’ll ever have.
60 minute Shakespeare & Picnic, Notgrove Estate, Glos, 20 – 22 August
Cirencester’s award-winning Barn Theatre has teamed up with theatre company Scoot to take over the gardens of Notgrove Manor from 21-22 August for a weekend of outdoor cheeky theatrical family fun. See family-friendly, sixty-minute productions of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors on the lawns at child-friendly times (12pm). Family tickets cost £35 and you can get a delicious picnic hamper from caterers Relish, available to pre-order with your tickets or on the day get Captain Brown’s Pizza (as well as a gin for you from the HorseShoe Bar – nice!).
Take them for a splash about in either of these fantastic local lidos – complete with slides, tuck shops and heated water! Open throughout the summer.
Worcester Festival, 14 – 30 August
This jamboree of events for the whole family takes place over three weekends in August, (and throughout the two weeks in between). Expect music, art, shows, food and much more at this . From Make your own Festival Bunting workshops to Family Quiz Trails there are loads of events to get stuck into. Find the downloadable festival programme on the website.
Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, 01 June – 31 August
Opera for kids? Why not! Glos’s very own opera extravaganza has a new Greatest Showman-vibe 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. Perfect for social distancing and summer evenings. Book your ticket to one of these stand-out operas today. There are subtitles on a big screen too, so bring it to life for them.
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 take them for a day at 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.
Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham Glos
Sudeley Castle & Gardens, is now fully open after 15 months for the summer season and is throwing open its treasured castle rooms and Royal Sudeley exhibition for the first time this year. Take them to explore castle rooms and St Mary’s Church where a real queen is buried. There’s 1000 years of history showcased here (see the Trials, Triumphs and Treasures Exhibition and take in the private family castle rooms.) Home to one of the largest collections of rare and endangered pheasants from across the world too, top it off at the adventure playground, with a giant fort and zip wire.
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The Cotswold Show, Cirencester, 14-15 August
The ever entertaining Cotswold Show is back! rescheduled from July, it attracts 20k+ visits every year. See amazing feats and stunts in the main arena, browse hundreds of makers and designers with lovely Cotswold wares, eat and drink from artisan food sellers and enjoy the fabulous festival atmosphere at this day out at the Bathurst Estate. Book tickets online to get 20% off too.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 9 – 14 August
Featuring hit songs such as It’s Raining Men and Go West, this rip-roaring show is on a world tour and now in our very own Cheltenham. Operating on a 50% socially distanced capacity book now for this spectacular, riotous show.
CluedUpp Murder Mystery Adventure, Cheltenham, 7 August
Think you have what it takes to catch a killer? CluedUpp is an exciting, outdoor detective adventure and it’s coming to Cheltenham on Saturday 7th August. Can your team of detectives scramble across town, solve the clues and crack the case in time? Tickets sell out fast so grab your team place today.
An Evening with Martin Mucklowe, Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, 20 August
Likely to be sweary? Yes. Likely to be hilarious? Completely! Join BAFTA award-winning This Life’s screen dad Martin Mucklowe for a guaranteed night of laughter, oaths, insults and banter from the chief peeper himself.
Ladies Day, Worcester Racecourse, 18 August, Worcester
Ladies Day is the most popular day at Worcester Racecourse and is sure to be a sell-out each year so book for this one now. There’s a fantastic atmosphere at this event, and of course the chance to dress to the nines. With thrilling racing and a best-dressed competition, it is a fabulous day out.
Gatcombe Park Food and Drink Festival, 30 July – 01 August
Taking place at the spectacular Gatcombe Park in Stroud, this is the first year for this fabulous new festival which promises to be 3 days of fun, live music and much food Dogs are welcome on leads. Under 12s go free and tickets are just £10. Go go go!