Saturday 25 January 2020

Gloucestershire festivals guide

Gloucestershire plays host to festivals dedicated to just about everything you could ever hope for. Grab your diary and check out SoGlos's annual Gloucestershire festival guide for the definitive low down.

From some of the best live music in the country, to family-friendly festivals and sensational sporting days out, Gloucestershire will host a stellar line of up of events and festivals in 2020.

Rounding up the very best festivals across the county, don’t miss SoGlos’s festival guide, sponsored by Café Rene Group.


About the sponsor

Café Rene


Café Rene in Gloucester is a vibrant pub, restaurant and live music venue, tucked away in the city centre, just off Southgate Street.

A hub of Gloucestershire’s live music scene for years, Café Rene offers a varied line-up of acts every week, an intimate atmosphere and an underground cellar bar showcasing the best local DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.

It’s also home to the Rhythm and Blues Festival, which is always a huge event in the Gloucester music scene.


Festivals in Gloucester


Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival


When and where?

Annually for one week at various locations around Gloucester city centre, with the bulk of performances taking place at the popular Café Rene pub, just off Southgate Street.

What’s happening?

In its 18th year, The Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival will celebrate live music combined with delicious food, ales and ciders.

SoGlos loves

Café René’s Real Ale and Cider Festival will be taking place simultaneously, with alfresco bars and food from the outdoor barbecue and hog roast too.

The important bits

The event is free to enter, but customers are asked to buy a wristband for the week which supports the James Hopkins Trust helping disabled children and their parents in Gloucestershire.

To book tickets

Call (01452) 309340 for more information, or visit caferene.co.uk directly.


Festivals in Cheltenham

Chetenham Jazz Festival


When and where?

Annually in May at various venues around Cheltenham, including Montpellier Gardens.

What’s happening?

Expect to find some of the biggest jazz stars in the world descend on Cheltenham for an incredible showcase of talent over six days. Read more about Chetenham Jazz Festival.

SoGlos loves

Cheltenham Jazz Festival offers so many free events for everyone to enjoy. The festival’s …around town programme will see a number of Cheltenham’s bars, pubs, clubs and restaurant host unforgettable live performances.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary per event.

To book tickets

Call (01242) 850270, or visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz directly.


Cheltenham Science Festival


When and where?

Annually in June at various venues around Cheltenham.

What’s happening?

A host of the world’s most revered scientists, thinkers, performers, and writers come together for annual six-day celebration of all-things science in Cheltenham, exploring how the world works through a series of inspiring and entertaining events, experiments and workshops.

SoGlos loves

Along with big names and fascinating talks for adults, expect plenty of interactive displays and hands-on activities which provide the perfect opportunity for mini scientists to learn, ask any burning questions, and most importantly, have fun.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary for each event.

To book tickets

Call (01242) 850270, or visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/science directly.


Cheltenham Music Festival


When and where?

Annually in June/July at various venues around Gloucestershire.

What’s happening?

Returning for its 76th year in 2020, Cheltenham Music Festival will include orchestral ensembles, solo acts and group efforts. It boasts a mix of world premieres and one-off collaborations, all hosted in some of Cheltenham’s most beautiful venues.

SoGlos loves

Visitors can make the most of The Free Stage featuring emerging talent, a Champagne marquee and a family ‘have a go’ tent.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary per event.

To book tickets

Call (01242) 850270, or visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music directly.


Cheltenham Literature Festival


When and where?

Annually in October at various venues around Cheltenham.

What’s happening?

A 10-day literary feast for book lovers across the land, including hard-hitting debates between some of the biggest names in publishing, comedy from the country’s top stand-ups, interactive media sessions, unique food and drink evenings, writing workshops and masses of family fun talks and activities. The prestigious festival features some of the world’s biggest names, with previous years boasting appearances from renowned figures such as Sir David Attenborough, Hilary Clinton, JK Rowling, Ian McEwan, Lionel Shriver and Jacqueline Wilson.

SoGlos loves

Cheltenham Literature Festival offers the chance to see some of the biggest names in the world. See a different side to your favourite authors and celebrities with exclusive Q&A sessions and engaging interviews.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary for each event.

To book tickets

Call (01242) 850270, or visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature


Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup


When and where?

Annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse.

What’s happening?

The Festival™ presented by Magners promises a feast of gripping horse racing, Guinness drinking and hat wearing. This annual highlight of the horseracing calendar sees thousands of visitors place millions of pounds in bets and witness high-calibre racing stock battle it out for first place across the line.

SoGlos loves

With plenty of live music, entertainment, dining, shopping and trade stands to enjoy, in addition to the races, whether you’re a seasoned racing fan or a first-timer – The Festival™ presented by Magners and Gold Cup Day 2020 has something for everyone.

The important bits

Gates open at 10.30am and ticket prices start from £31.

To book tickets

Call 0344 579 3003 or visit thejockeyclub.co.uk directly.


Other festivals in Gloucestershire

Wychwood Music Festival

When and where?

Annually in late May/early June.

What’s happening?

Wychwood Music Festival is a family-friendly festival, with previous years hosting performances from The Stranglers, DJ Craig Charles as well as comedy acts.

The important bits

For more information, see Wychwood Music Festival.


Prescott Bike Festival

When and where?

Annually in June at Prescott Speed Hill Climb.

What’s happening?

The annual event features impressive motoring displays, special guests, exhibitor zones and children’s activities.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary. For more information, see Prescott Bike Festival.


Lechlade Festival

When and where?

Annually in May at Riverside Park in Lechlade.

What’s happening?

Lechlade Festival will be back with three days of hilarious comedy, family fun and sensational live music. 2019’s highlights included The Feeling, a burlesque show and local food and drink.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary. For more information, see Lechlade Festival .


Cheltenham Wine Festival

When and where?

Annually in April at Pittville Pump Room

What’s happening?

Enjoy a tipple or two with over 300 labels to choose from at Cheltenham Wine Festival. Offering the chance to try some of the world’s finest wine, the festival is a must-visit for wine connoisseurs.

The important bits

For more information, see Cheltenham Wine Festival.


Forest Live

When and where?

Annually in June at Westonbirt Arboretum.

What’s happening?

Featuring some of the biggest names in pop, performing live in this glorious alfresco venue, Forest Live is set to be bigger than ever in 2020. 2019’s acts included the likes of Paul Weller, Jack Savoretti and Stereophonics.

The important bits

For more information, see Rag 'n' Bone Man at Westonbirt, Keane at Westonbirt, Madness at Westonbirt Arboretum and Will Young and James Morrison at Westonbirt.


Chipping Norton Literary Festival

When and where?

Annually in April in Chipping Norton.

What’s happening?

Celebrating some of Britain’s best-loved comedic minds and award-winning authors, Chipping Norton Literary Festival offers insightful talks and engaging workshops for every literature lover regardless of age.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary per event. For more information, see Chipping Norton Literary Festival .


Barn on the Farm

When and where?

Annually in July at Over Farm.

What’s happening?

With previous headline acts such as Tom Grennan, Barn on the Farm has also seen performances from Ed Sheeran and James Bay. Despite big names, the festival maintains an intimate atmosphere and a stage for fresh new talent.

The important bits

For more information, see
Barn on the Farm.


Nibley Music Festival

When and where?

Annually in July.

What’s happening?

Family entertainment, live music and great food are all on the line up at Nibley Music Festival this summer.

The important bits

Tickets prices are to be confirmed. For more information, see Nibley Music Festival.


Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

When and where?

Annually in July in Tewkesbury town centre.

What’s happening?

The annual festival’s highlight is the Battle of Tewkesbury re-enactment. There’ll also be plenty going on to keep all the family entertained, spanning music, dance and drama performances, encounters with fascinating characters from the past, and period-based arts and crafts.

The important bits

For more information, see Tewkesbury Medieval Festival.


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Thursday 25 April 2019

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