Thursday 2 April 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 Gloucestershire festival guide 2020 for the definitive low down.

Gloucestershire hosts a stellar line of festivals – with 2020 packed with some of the best live music, culture and heritage, family entertainment and sensational sporting festivals in the UK.

Don’t miss SoGlos’s Gloucestershire festival guide, sponsored by Café Rene.


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 Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival, which is always a huge event in the Gloucester music scene.


Festivals in Cheltenham


The Festival™ Presented by Magners


When and where?

Annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse.

What’s happening?

The Festival™ presented by Magners promises a feast of gripping horse racing. This annual highlight of the horseracing calendar sees tens of 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 has something for everyone.

The important bits

Ticket prices start from £31.

To book tickets

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


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, with plenty of free concerts and family activities too.

SoGlos loves

Cheltenham Jazz Festival offers so many free events for everyone to enjoy, we particularly love the festival’s around town programme, which sees Cheltenham’s bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants getting involved in hosting live performances.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary per event.

To book tickets

Visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz.


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

Visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/science.


Cheltenham Music Festival


When and where?

Annually in June/July at various venues around Cheltenham and Gloucestershire.

What’s happening?

Entertaining music fans for more than 70 years, Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the UK’s most renowned classical music festivals and includes 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

A recent addition to Cheltenham Music Festival, the free stage in Cheltenham’s Imperial Square features performances from emerging talent, with great music, food and drink vendors, a buzzing atmosphere and hopefully some summer sunshine to enjoy. We love the family ‘have a go’ tent too, with the chance for all ages to try out instruments.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary per event.

To book tickets

Visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music.


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, writing workshops and masses of family fun talks and activities. The prestigious literary festival features some of the world’s biggest names, with previous years boasting appearances from renowned figures such as Sir David Attenborough, JK Rowling and Sir Ian McEwan.

SoGlos loves

Cheltenham Literature Festival offers the chance to see some of the biggest names in the literary and showbiz world. As well as exclusive Q&A sessions and engaging interviews, we love that you can often meet your favourite authors and celebrities and get books signed.

The important bits

Ticket prices vary for each event.

To book tickets

Visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature.


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.


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.


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.


Festivals in the Cotswolds


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.


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.


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.


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

Visit caferene.co.uk.


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.


Festivals in Stroud


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.


Festivals in Tewkesbury


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.


© SoGlos
Tuesday 10 March 2020

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