Our Cotswolds Calendar Highlights 2020

The Cotswolds has a fabulous line-up of events each year- the arts, activities, music & gourmet food & drink are celebrated & brought to our doorstep amongst the many festivals. Here are our tried and tested favourites. 2020 is all about the staycation...

Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham

10 - 13 March 2020

Four days of extraordinary jump racing, live music, shopping & more. An annual diary entry for us, just under an hour away from Luxury In The Cotswolds.

The racecourse sees 28 races during the festival, hosting a shopping village with over 70 bespoke stands, Moet & Chandon is the tipple of the day & new for 2020, the arrival of ‘The Park’ - adding to the experience with live music & entertainment.

Jousting Tournament, Blenheim Palace

2 - 3 May 2020

Blenheim is a regular entry in our diaries offering such a fantastic calendar of events within stunning grounds & located only 15 minutes by car.

The Jousting Tournament is a weekend full of entertainment, with knights on horseback competing as once upon a time was tradition; birds of prey displays; medieval stalls including infamous Blacksmiths using historic techniques: alongside a wonderful selection of children’s activities including archery.

It’s a day out with a difference & a family favourite here.

Giffords Circus

7 - 8 May 2020 at Daylesford Organic Farm & 4 - 8 June 2020 at Blenheim Palace

A staple event in our diary every year, the magic that is Gifford’s Circus.

2020 brings the 20 year anniversary of Giffords Circus & this year’s theme promises to be spellbinding as ‘The Hooley’ brings the fairy folk to two beautiful settings – Daylesford Organic, Kingham & Blenheim Palace.

The enchantment that is Giffords Circus is indescribable, be welcomed into the most diverse and talented family & leave believing anything is possible. Do not miss!

Oxfordshire Art Week, Luxury In The Cotswolds

9 -17 May 2020

This year we are incredibly excited to be hosting 16 artists for Oxfordshire Art Week in our grounds at Luxury In The Cotswolds, including our displayed artist – Melanie Charles.

We try to attend as many artists’ exhibitions as we can during art week, it’s our local resource into the art world. This year we’re making it easier for us all by having a variation of mediums of artists on our doorstep – painters, potters, sculptors… we are so excited for them to exhibit on our grounds. Do visit & take a peek.

Rough Runner, Great Tew Estate

23 - 24 May 2020

Last year’s event was so much fun! An epic obstacle course on the beautiful Great Tew Estate, across the fields from Luxury In The Cotswolds. You will find a course designed off the back of gameshows such as Takeshi’s Castle, Total Wipeout & Ninja Warrior. A challenging and fun team event it is the BEST way to raise money for a cause close to your heart, or as an enjoyable day out with your friends.

This year is promising live music, zorb balls, rock climbing, zip wires and more to keep those not competing entertained – along with a well-stocked bar & live music.

Fantastic Food Festival, Blenheim Palace

23 – 25 May 2020

The sixth annual Blenheim Palace Food Festival, a wonderful weekend with demonstrations from local & celebrity chefs (2019 included Raymond Blanc OBE, Jean-Christophe Novelli & Angellica Bell); an abundance of tempting stalls with artisan bakers, craft brewers, local foodies to international cuisine; & activities for adults and children alike.

Announcements to be made soon on the 2020 line- up, tickets available now.

Daylesford Summer Festival, Daylesford

6 June 2020

An opportunity to go behind the scenes at Daylesford – celebrating all things organic walking the farm & market gardens, not usually open to the public.

Indulge in fabulous food, several glasses of their grape Chateau Leoube, artisan demonstrations, Lily’s dog show & while away the day listening to live music. A firm favourite.

Nocturne Live, Blenheim

18 - 21 June 2020

Nocturne Live kicks of the summer season of music festivals & events. The line-up for 2020 includes Lionel Richie & Guests; David Gray (White Ladder 20th Anniversary) & The Lighthouse Family; and Simple Minds & Deacon Blue.

Nocturne Live is held in The Great Court of Blenheim Palace, seating up to 7,000 it’s an incredibly unique atmosphere.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

26 - 28 June 2020

June is a very busy month for Blenheim Palace, billed as one of ‘the finest flower shows in the UK’ it’s returning for its eighth year at the palace.

Full of inspiration & exhibitors it’s a wonderful visit for all things horticultural.

Cornbury Festival, Great Tew Estate

10 – 12 July 2020

Walking distance from Luxury In The Cotswolds, Cornbury Festival breathes summer. A charming, family-friendly, quintessentially British countryside festival located across the fields.

With a guaranteed quirky line-up of big names, fantastic food & fairground rides all set across the rolling hills of Great Tew Park, it’s an event close to our hearts.

Line-up includes Jack Savoretti; The Waterboys ; Kid Creole & The Coconuts with a full supporting cast.

Wilderness, Cornbury Park

30 July – 2 August 2020

Another local wonder, Wilderness is the ethereal beauty of festivals, a spiritual reckoning at nature if desired or just a fabulous time filled with the very best food, drink and music.

Indulge in mouth-watering banquets & feasting (pre-book!); Listen to emotive & ground-breaking lectures in ‘The Forum’; Take in the brilliant line-up on The Main Stage (2019 was supported by BBC Sounds); and finish your night in an all out rave with in demand DJs in ‘The Valley’. It is THE festival experience of The Cotswolds.

Line-up includes Foals; Loyle Carner; Supergrass; Bicep (live); Kelis; Joy Crookes and many more...

Big Feastival, Kingham

28 - 30 August 2020

Another local of ours – Feastival. Alex James’ brainchild, bringing together the best in food (especially cheese), drink & music, with family fun thrown in.

Our recommendation for a ‘family festival’ with a fantastic kids zone - 2019 saw Justine Fletcher, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol & PJ Masks offering entertainment, fairground rides & animals from Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park.

Insider tip – hire a trolley for the tiny humans, available at the entry gates, it’s a well-spaced festival in the height of summer with limited shade.

Line-up coming soon.

Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace

3 - 6 September 2020

‘The UK’s most exclusive motor show’ with the world’s rarest classic cars, one of the British summer social fixtures of the year.

The palace grounds are covered with the finest supercars and classic cars in the world, bringing with them an appetite for luxury brands and the highest levels of hospitality.

This year, Friday is ‘Ladies Day’ hosted by Boodles.

Blenheim Horse Trials, Blenheim

17 - 20 September 2020

How our summer ends with Blenheim Palace as the stunning background to top class equestrian sport. Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross-Country at the highest levels of competition, there is always a wonderful atmosphere at the Horse Trials.

The old-fashioned high street of selected stalls provides a variety of retail therapy, country style; children’s entertainment & great food and drink on offer. Blenheim Horse Trials closes a busy season of luxury country events in The Cotswolds.

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