10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this August

Make the most of the summer holidays and cross your fingers for more good weather, as SoGlos shares 10 top things to do and unmissable events in Gloucestershire this August 2021.

The summer holidays are here! And whether you’ve got little ones to entertain or want to try something different in the (fingers crossed) sunshine this month, SoGlos has something to keep every fun-loving local happy in our August 2021 round-up of unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire.

From Cotswold music festivals and family-friendly shows to unique foodie experiences – including spicy eating challenges! – it’s time to get your August calendars packed full of inspirational ideas.


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

Top electrical appliance retailer, Gillman’s, has been serving Gloucestershire and beyond since it started life as a small, Gloucester-based family operation in 1969.

Now with showrooms in Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye and a huge online presence, the business offers a wide range of household and commercial appliances, from white goods to kitchen gadgets – as well as delivery, installation, spares and services.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. Howl with laughter at Horrible Histories at the Everyman Theatre

Kids and their grown-ups can meet some of the wackiest characters from British history when Horrible Histories brings its live show, Barmy Britain, to Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre.

With performances from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 August 2021, prepare to be entertained by history’s most gruesome stories – from the battles led by warrior queen Boudicca; to the ill-fated marriages of King Henry VIII; and the stories of serial murderers, Burke and Hare; with some gory Gloucestershire goings on expected to make a surprise appearance too!


2. Seek those new installations at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Get closer to nature this August 2021, with nine new sculptures to discover along the famous Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail – including a brand-new family trail that’s shorter and more accessible for little explorers.

Unveiled in July 2021, the new commissions showcase diverse voices from local and international artists. Inspired by the Forest’s landscape, the pieces celebrate its wildlife and inhabitants, encouraging visitors to reconnect with the nature on their doorstep.


3. Get your groove on at Gloucester Goes Retro

Turning into a time machine for the day, Gloucester will come alive with vintage memorabilia and classic cars when Gloucester Goes Retro returns to the city on Saturday 28 August 2021.

From the roaring 20s to the disco-filled 80s, there’ll be different eras to explore on each of the city’s Gate Street in an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of times gone by – with the chance to try swing dancing and jive to retro tunes on the main stage, too.


4. Make the most of free things to do in the summer holidays

School’s out until September – and SoGlos has families covered with our whopping round-up of 50 free things to do in the summer holidays in Gloucestershire.

Jam-packed with inspirational ideas for keeping the kids busy on a budget, discover everything from new art trails and alfresco entertainment to fruit picking, family-friendly festivals and popular attractions that you can visit for free.


5. Experience a taste of India in Cheltenham

Join Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar for a dining experience with a difference, tucking into Anglo-Indian tapas with specially paired, gin-infused cocktails for a night of authentic food and live entertainment on Friday 13 August 2021.

Uncovering a piece of Cheltenham’s history, guests will be treated to unique entertainment breaks as actors from The Cheltenham Promenaders bring the stories of local Memsahib women to life.


6. Party at The Big Feastival

With a stellar line-up of big-name musicians, top chefs and family entertainers, there’s something for everyone at The Big Feastival – taking place at Alex James’ farm near Kingham on Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August 2021.

Music lovers can hear from headliners Sigala, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, as well as Zara Larsson, Tom Walker, Tom Grennan, Ella Eyre and more; while families can enjoy entertainment from Horrible Histories, Cotswold Farm Park and children’s TV star Justin Fletcher; with food from TV chefs, Bake Off alumni and street food vendors, too.


7. Get arty in Cheltenham

Art fans can see a striking collection of work at Cheltenham Racecourse when Fresh: Art Fair returns on Friday 6 to Sunday 8 August 2021. Browse artwork from leading galleries with something to suit every budget and even see pieces from the likes of Banksy, Picasso and Matisse.

Meanwhile, creative types can enjoy hands-on experiences at Craft Festival Cheltenham from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 August 2021, having a go at everything from calligraphy to screen printing. There’s also free drop-in activities for little crafters and the chance to sit in Lucie Sheridan’s quirky portrait booth, too.


8. Have a family day out at The Cotswold Show

Coming to Cirencester Park on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August 2021, The Cotswold Show and Food Festival promises an action-packed day out for the whole family.

With an entertainment programme that covers everything from ferret racing to freestyle mountain bike stunt riding, there’s so much to see – plus, tuck into street food and artisan goodies from over 40 vendors and let the kids loose on bungee trampolines or try some recreational tree climbing.


9. Enjoy open-air performances at Cheltenham’s amphitheatre

Firing up Tuckwell Amphitheatre for two weeks of stage performances, films and family shows, don’t miss the return of Cheltenham’s annual Open-Air Theatre Festival from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 15 August 2021.

Highlights include a stylish musical rendition of The Great Gatsby, where audiences can sip bubbles and pretend it’s 1921; a stage adaptation of Mr Stink, David Walliams’s smelliest children’s story; and of course, it would be a BIG MISTAKE to miss the alfresco screening of iconic romcom, Pretty Woman.


10. Prove your bravery in a chilli eating contest

The famous Sausage and Cider Festival is coming to Gloucestershire for the first time, bringing bratwurst, bangers and booze to Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 20 August 2021.

And visitors can take on the event man versus food-style, participating in a six-round chilli eating challenge that concludes with the hottest pepper in the world; or racing against contestants to finish a one-metre-long sausage in the fastest time.


For more information about Gillman’s, visit gillmans.co.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Friday 30 July 2021

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