Great things to do in the Cotswolds June 2022

Grace Jones

Grace Jones is headlining Kite, an innovative new festival of ideas and music at Kirtlington Park - Credit: Andrea Klarin

Our guide to the best things to do in the Cotswolds this month

MUSIC 
Chamber Music Recital 

Chamber music recital and garden reception with The Elmore String Quartet in aid of The Nelson Trust, followed by supper. Tickets £75. 
Wednesday, June 1, 6-9pm, St Stephen’s Church, Moreton Valence, GL2 7NB, tel: 01453 885633, nelsontrust.com

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Blenheim Palace Food Festival, June 2-5 - Credit: Creative Commons/Wikimedia

FOOD FESTIVAL 
Blenheim Palace Food Festival 

The festival for food lovers is returning to Blenheim for its eighth year over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, featuring artisan food stalls, celebrity chefs in our Festival Kitchen and lots of foodie experiences. 
June 2-5, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, blenheimpalace.com

FAMILY 
Cotswold Festival of Steam 

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s ‘Somerset & Dorset Remembered’-themed event, with a total of nine engines in steam. 
June 3-5, GWSR, Winchcombe, GL54 5LD, gwsr.com

View from the cab of 4270 at Winchcombe

Cotswold Festival of Steam: View from the cab of 4270 at Winchcombe - Credit: Ian Crowder

4270 arrives Gotherington, November 7, 2021

Cotswold Festival of Steam: 4270 arrives at Gotherington - Credit: Ian Crowder

MUSIC FESTIVAL 
Wychwood 

Featuring live music from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Levellers, Deacon Blue, The Undertones, The Selecter, Peter Hook & The Light, and much more.  
June 3-5, Cheltenham Racecourse, wychwoodfestival.com

Beckford Jubilee Open Village

Beckford Jubilee Open Village - Credit: beckfordopenvillage.org.uk

Beckford Jubilee Open Village

Beckford Jubilee Open Village - Credit: beckfordopenvillage.org.uk

FAMILY 
Beckford Jubilee Open Village 

With 12 open gardens, flower displays in the historic church, classic cars, stalls, afternoon teas with homemade cakes, a champagne bar, barbecue, ice creams and much more! Entry £5 (U16 free). Dogs welcome. Free parking at Beckford Village Hall, GL20 7AA. 
June 4 & 5, 1-5pm, with family Jubilee celebrations from 5pm on Sunday, tel: 01386 882002, beckfordopenvillage.org.uk

Sculpture by Carol Peace

Carol Peace's work will be appearing at Fresh Air Sculpture - Credit: Carol Peace

Lea Stubberfield's Orca sculpture

Lea Stubberfield's Orca sculpture will be at Fresh Air Sculpture in 2022 - Credit: Lea Stubberfield

SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 
Fresh Air Sculpture 2022 

The glorious celebration of contemporary art in the beautiful setting of Quenington Old Rectory’s extensive gardens is back! 
June 5-26, The Old Rectory, Quenington, GL7 5BN, freshairsculpture.com

Remember the Sea, by Clare Ferguson-Walker

Remember the Sea, by Clare Ferguson-Walker at Fresh Air Sculpture - Credit: Clare Ferguson-Walker

TALK 
Re-opening the Steam Railway to Broadway 

Join Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway chairman Richard Johnson as he recounts the story of how the railway was painstakingly brought back to life. 
Thursday, June 9, 7pm, Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, tel: 01386 859047, broadwaymuseum.org.uk

Jarvis Cocker, at his home in the Peak District, UK. June 17, 2020. Tom Jamieson for The New York

Jarvis Cocker will be appearing at new festival Kite - Credit: Tom Jamieson 2020

FAMILY FESTIVAL 
Kite 

Innovative new festival of ideas and music, featuring Grace Jones, Mavis Staples, Tom Misch, TLC, David Miliband, Delia Smith, George Monbiot and Jarvis Cocker. 
June 10-12, Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire, OX5 3JN, kitefestival.co.uk

Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire

Kite, the new festival of ideas and music, is being held at Kirtlington Park in Oxfordshire - Credit: Nicholas Verstraeten, nvdroneography.com

FAMILY 
Classic Cars, Trucks & Gardens 

Fundraising day in support of Pied Piper Appeal, with classic vehicles, food court and entertainment. 
June 12, Highnam Court, Gloucester, GL2 8DP, piedpiperappeal.co.uk/event/classic-cars-gardens-highnam-court

WORKSHOP 
Cotswolds in Watercolour 

James Harris will guide you through a series of short exercises to develop your brush skills. All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Cost: £30 per adult, £25 members. 
Thursday, June 16, 10am-2pm, Corinium Museum, Cirencester, coriniummuseum.org

CONCERT 
Burford Singers 

A summer concert from Burford Singers, to include works by Handel, Parry, Fauré, Elgar and Bruckner, conducted by Brian Kay with accompanist Robin Baggs. 
Sunday, June 19, 7.30pm, Church of St John the Baptist, Burford OX18 4RY, burfordsingers.org.uk

ARTS FESTIVAL 
Handmade in Oxford 

Creatives from across the country return to Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Arts Festival, showcasing a wide range of disciplines, from ceramics, glass and jewellery, to print, sculpture and wood. 
June 23-26, 10am-5pm, Waterperry Gardens, OX33 1LA, handmadeinbritain.co.uk

FLOWER SHOW 
Blenheim Palace Flower Show 

A riot of colour and fragrance with weird and wonderful plants, and featuring the UK’s finest nurseries and growers giving expert advice and gardening ideas.  
June 24-26, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1UL, blenheimpalace.com

FOOD FESTIVAL 
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Celebrating 14 years with the usual offerings of amazing chefs, wine producers, music bands, exhibitors and more. 
June 24-26, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham GL50 1UW, cheltenhamfooddrinkfestival.co.uk

The American Museum & Gardens, Bath

Americana Fest is at The American Museum & Gardens, Bath - Credit: americanmuseum.org

FAMILY FESTIVAL 
Americana Fest 

A new three-day festival of American culture with performances from some of the biggest names in comedy and the UK’s Americana music scene, on four stages, plus family activities, workshops, vintage cars, and American food trucks and bars.  
July 1-3, The American Museum & Gardens, Bath, BA2 7BD, americanmuseum.org/americanafest

Americana Fest 2022

Americana Fest 2022 - Credit: americanmuseum.org