What’s On June
It's jam-packed June so let us whisk you off! What's on the radar this month? A new amphitheatre with stand-out shows, an affordable art fair, wine tasting evenings, the Cotswold 'Olympick' Games and more. Let's go!
The Great British Food Festival, 18 – 19 June, Sudeley Castle
Kick back in the sun this weekend at the perfect setting – The Great British Food Festival in Winchcombe near Cheltenham. Tickets cost £19.50 and there’s so much going on from live demos, artisan markets, a cake off and live music to a mini zoo, kids cookery and loads more.
Balloon Fiesta, Cheltenham Racecourse, 17th and 18th June
Celebrate the start of summer at the third Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta, this spectacular event includes two days of amazing entertainment. Including the famous Balloon Glow by moonlight, monster truck action, a funfair, live music and more.
The Amphitheatre, near Chipping Campden, June – September
Brand new venue alert! Situated between Stow-on-the-Wold and Adlestrop, the awesome new Amphitheatre is the coolest new addition to the Cotswold’s culture scene. The 500-seat grass Amphitheatre is carved out of the natural landscape and has sweeping views across the beautiful Evenlode valley. Each of its five levels can be accessed on flat ground, making it the perfect spot for all and allowing a clear view of the performance for everyone.. If it rains? There’s even a stunning pavillion so rain never stops the play. Bring your blanket and picnic for comedy, dance, music or drama in the outdoors.
Royal Three Counties Show, 17 – 19 June, Malvern, 17 – 19 June
The Royal Three Counties Show returns to Malvern’s Three Counties Showground from 17 – 19 June 2022 for a long-weekend of fantastic food, farming and family fun. This year marks 100 years of the Royal Three Counties Show and there are over 150 activities and events on. See the tantalising new open-air Food & Drink Festival, special guests in the Food & Drink Theatre for live cookery displays and tastings and Mark Diacono. Plus dom’t miss the Farming Village, where visitors will find over 120 breeds of animals across 25 judging rings. There’s tos to enjoy nfrmo the Red Devils to Adam Henson live and hundreds of stalls to browse and food to sample. Advance day tickets cost £21.85 and children under 16 are free. For further information see www.royalthreecounties.co.uk.
Bottle Feeding Lambs, Cotswold Farm Park, near Cheltenham
The flock’s bottles will be filled with milk twice daily (11.30am and 3.30pm) for visitors to get up close to the growing youngsters and give them a bottle to enjoy. On from June until 15th July book your tickets in advance here. A great experience where kids can learn all about lambs and British Farming.
Carpa!, Sudeley Castle & Blenheim Palace, throughout the summer
Muddy went to see this incredible show and it’s the best yet – arrrriba! Revel in the sights and sounds of rural Mexico with a visit to Carpa! This new UK tour brings Mexican performers over to join the show. A cast of talented performers, including Tweedy the Clown will be back and thrilling the crowds in Cirencester, Minch and Frampton between July and September. Book into Circus Sauce restaurant for a fabulously theatrical pre-show meal or pick up a delicious taco and churros from the new La Cantina food wagon.
Splash Pool, Cattle Country Farm Park, Berkeley
Cool off in the brilliant Splash Pool, open from May half term (28th) to the 25th September, included in the ticket price to family fun park Cattle Country Farm Park. It’s perfect for children after a busy day of play, and safe for little ones to splash in.
PLUS check out the epic climbing net here too, for ages 5 and over. Also included in the ticket price.
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge
This gorgeous wetland and reserve boasts some wonderful watery trails where you can spot dragonflies, kingfishers and water voles to name but a few. And don’t miss the super cute otters who will melt your heart when they come out to feed. The playground is brilliant and has been recently revamped with a tower and wobbly bridge and there’s also an indoor soft play area.
This wonderful open air pool in the heat of Cirencester is spring-fed and heated to a balmy 27 degrees. Kids willl love the slide and there is an onsite tuck shop to keep them happy too. Check the website for details and book ahead. Or, head over to the lovely Sandford Lido which is a huge heated pool in the heart of Cheltenham.
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. Head for the 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.
John Lennon UK 2022 (winner of ITV’s Big Audition), Palace Theatre, Redditch, 18 June
Visualise a young Lennon & you have Gaz Keenan! We don’t normally include tribute acts but this one can boast he’s the winner of ITV’s Big Audition so all credit to him! The “Lennon Retrospective” two-hour show taking you on a journey through John Lennon’s popular back catalogue, serving up classic solos and Lennon penned early Beatles classics.
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Summer Wine Tasting, Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud, 01å June
Book into this summer night for wine buffs and food lovers at Burleigh Court. A showcase of artisan wines from boutique vineyards paired with a delectable five-course tasting menu. Award-winning merchant Liberty Wine will take you through the repertoire on the night. Expect six fabulous wines with a fabulous tasting menu from the two-rosette (going on three-rosette) kitchen. Tickets £65 per person and sold in pairs.
Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham, 07 – 12 June
Cheltenham Science Festival is back at full scale for its 20th birthday. In year two of the Festival’s ‘Be The Change’ theme, four Guest Curators and a group of five Young Changemakers will show how science is shaping the future. More than 130 ticketed events include Jeff Forshaw considering if we are all holograms, and Jim Al-Khalili questioning if we are any closer to solving the mystery of time. Or, check in for one of the free activities for all ages.
The Cotswold Olympick Games, Chipping Campden, 03 June
Whhaat? Yep, you read it right. These historic games held on Dover’s Hill were first held almost three centuries before the modern Olympic Games, which began in 1896, and 2022 will celebrate the 410th anniversary. They are still held in the arena that bears the founder’s name – Dover’s Hill near Chipping Campden. It’s incredibly fun with sports, entertainment and medals a plenty. Take a trip and catch the infamous shin kicking competition, running races, tug of war and more.
Fresh: Art Fair, Cheltenham, 10 – 12 June
Fresh: is an easy and enjoyable way to see 50 leading Galleries in one convenient place. You can browse and buy the work of 500 UK and international artists, from exciting new talent to famous names like Hockney, Banksy, Picasso and Matisse. There’ll be 6,000 original prints and paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics from as little as £100 to £30,000 or more, but most of them well within your budget. Find it at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Wildflower Walks, Slimbridge, 04 June
Join the Slimbridge experts for a wonderful wetland wildflower walk. The Reserve Manager will take you behind the scenes looking for the wetland’s finest wildflowers and orchids at this glorious nature. From 11am to 1pm, costs is £22.