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What's on in the Cotswolds this September

What's on in the Cotswolds this September

September is when the kids go back to school, but it is also the start of autumn celebrations. Yes, September in the Cotswolds is a time for grown-up festivals and late-night line-ups. Market towns and village greens come to life under large marquees and beer tents in the Cotswolds at this time of year. It is the season of indoor theatre and musical entertainment, autumn festivals and agricultural shows. Art shows celebrate the bright colours of the season to come in October and autumn food festivals are the best way to enjoy a taste of seasonal Cotswold produce. Take a look at our highlights for things to do in the Cotswolds this September.

Cheltenham Paint Festival, Cheltenham

6th-8th September

Broadway Food Festival 1

This is the latest in Cheltenham’s strong festival line-up. Over this weekend in September, 200 high-quality street artists from around the world come together in 18 locations across Cheltenham’s town centre. Explore the cultural capital of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, and discover beautiful artwork as you go. Look up the University of Gloucestershire Hardwicke Campus where unique children’s graffiti workshops are available (cost involved) #CheltPaintFest.

Moreton Show, Moreton-in-Marsh

7th September

Enjoy a day of farming, food, family and fun at Moreton Show 2019, this year is the 70th anniversary of this spectacular agriculture and horsing show that takes place in the Cotswold market town of Moreton-in-the-Marsh – just off the main Fosse Way running through the Cotswolds and it is also served by the mainline railway from London Paddington. The show promises “the countryside in a day”, and as it is said to be the biggest one-day agricultural show in the UK, there are lots to see and do. Spread over 165 acres, the showground is busy with the famous Horse Show and Dog Show, a Cotswold Food Market so no one goes hungry and from wellies to tractors, there’s countryside shopping galore.

Northleach Steam & Vintage Show, Northleach

7th-8th September

This is a special country steam show in the heart of the Cotswolds that has its roots stretching back to the steam rallies of the 50s. As well as an array of steam engines and vintage vehicles, there will also be live music, a bar and subject to weather, a Spitfire Flyover on both of the event days. This is a great family day out for older kids before they fly the nest.

Northleach Steam Vintage Show

Broadway Food Festival, Broadway

15th September

Pottering around a food festival is the best way to enjoy a Sunday. And the Broadway Food Festival is a particularly special one as it is a real showcase of local culinary delights. Everything is either grown within 30 miles of Broadway or available within Broadway. You don’t get much more local than this.

Held outdoors on the beautiful village green of Broadway in the North Cotswolds, this food festival is the best way to celebrate the changing seasons. For 2019 there is going to be a busy turnout of 35 stalls showcasing tempting regional produce. Some will be ‘food to go’ and others, such as local distillers and beekeepers, make for excellent gifts. Alongside local Longhorn burgers, there will be some global flavours to try too, including pan Asian veggie street food, Caribbean curry and mini Dutch pancakes. Be sure to leave the car behind so you can enjoy a real ale or cocktail.

Broadway Food Festival

Stow ART Week, Stow-on-the-Wold

28th September – 6th October

10 galleries across the principle market town of Stow-on-the-Wold will showcase work from new and established artists for the last week in September meaning you can dip in and out of the events at your leisure and you’re guaranteed that there will be something on for you to see.

The underdog in the Cotswold’s vibrant art scene, Stow-on-the-Wold is gaining quite an impressive reputation for culture and art. For one week in September, the town will be abuzz with art life. From never-seen-before work, print making workshops to trying your hand at portrait drawing.

Stow ART Show

Classic Car Rally at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

29th September

What a spectacular backdrop for one of the best classic car rallies in the country. This September, Sudeley Castle, just outside Winchcombe, plays host to an impressive events calendar throughout the year, from a Fantasy Forest Festival to top music gigs and if the weather is nice, then the stunning estate and prestigious North Lawn makes for a great day out – car fanatic or not, the Classic Car Rally at Sudeley is a great day out. A scone in the Castle Kitchen Restaurant is a must too.

Classic Car Rally 2019 Sudeley Castle 1

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

24th – 28th September

One for a girl’s night out, over September the eponymous Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham takes audiences back to New York in the 70s with the touring Saturday Night Fever show. Set in the heart of Cheltenham, the Everyman Theatre is the Cotswolds premier entertainment venue. A night that guarantees to captivate will be packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classics Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, How Deep is Your Love? and You Should Be Dancing.