10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this September

From Pride Day and gin festivals to world-class sporting events, SoGlos shares 10 unmissable highlights from Gloucestershire’s September 2021 events calendar.

Autumn is officially on the way and Gloucestershire is gearing up for the new season, with this month’s events calendar featuring everything from harvest festivals to potato picking.

There’s also the chance to celebrate Pride Day in the county, get lost in local history and treat your four-legged friends to the paw-fect day out – as SoGlos rounds up the top 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this September 2021.


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

Flying the flag for Gloucestershire’s independents, Gillman’s has been trading since 1969, serving the county and beyond as a specialist appliance retailer, as well as offering spares, services and installation on a wide range of domestic and commercial products. With dedicated showrooms in both Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye.

Gillman’s managing director, Robert Gillman, took part in SoGlos’s 10 questions challenge this month – see what he says about being at the helm of one of Gloucestershire’s leading businesses.

Plus, also launching this month, Go Go Gillman’s offers same day delivery on domestic appliances – perfect for fast replacements and urgent purchases, or if you just can’t wait to start using your new goods.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. Show your Pride in Gloucestershire

Come together and celebrate Gloucestershire’s LGBTQ+ community, when Pride in Gloucestershire returns to Gloucester Park on Saturday 11 September 2021.

Kicking off with a colourful parade, march loud and proud through the city centre before heading to Gloucester Park for Pride Day festivities – featuring main stage, cabaret and family entertainment; performances from talented local artists; and the chance to celebrate, campaign for and connect with Gloucestershire’s LGBTQ+ community.


2. Discover the past at Gloucester History Festival

Step inside historic buildings, experience fascinating exhibitions and learn about everything from the Tudors to Turing at Gloucester History Festival, with a programme of in-person and digital events taking place from Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 September 2021.

Themed ‘Frontiers and Pioneers’, this year’s festival will recognise important figures and events that have shaped the course of history, as well as celebrating the city’s heritage, through a diverse range of speakers, exhibitions and events.


3. Celebrate harvest festival at Malvern Autumn Show

With record-breaking veggies, free family activities and plenty of cider to enjoy, a day out at the Malvern Autumn Show is the perfect way to celebrate the changing seasons – returning to Three Counties Showground from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 September 2021.

Best of all, SoGlos is treating one foodie family to the ultimate day out at the show, giving away free tickets, an artisan food hamper and the chance to cook with a celebrity chef in the Food and Drink Theatre in our latest competition.


4. Pick your own potatoes at Cotswold Farm Park

Spud lovers can dig for their dinner at Cotswold Farm Park when the popular attraction opens its pick-your-own potato patch from Saturday 11 to Sunday 26 September 2021.

Whether you prefer them roasted, mashed or as chips, little farmers can get involved with the harvest, choosing from a selection of Picasso and Melody potatoes. Bonus, its dazzling sunflower field is open until Sunday 5 September 2021, too.


5. Experience the International Horse Trials in the Cotswolds

Giddy-up to Blenheim Palace for four days of equestrian excellence as riders take on dressage, show-jumping and cross-country challenges in the International Horse Trials from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 September 2021.

As well as world-class eventing action, there’s all-day entertainment for families including inflatables, fairground rides and face-painting; the chance to take part in a family dog show; plus, appearances from the likes of Hey Duggee and Peppa Pig.


6. Enjoy a doggy day out at Cirencester Park

Promising the ulti-mutt day out for families and their four-legged friends, a dedicated dog festival is coming to Cirencester Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2021.

From fast-paced agility courses to doggy diving, there’s the chance to get your pooch involved, as well as arena displays, food and drink vendors and shopping opportunities to enjoy. With everyone coming together for a group walk through the park, too.


7. Take your shot at Ian Coley Shooting School

Put your marksmanship skills to the test and try clay shooting at Ian Coley, as the famous sporting venue hosts its annual Open Day on Saturday 4 September 2021.

Seasoned shooters can browse the latest models and take advantage of special offers on the day, while budding beginners can practice their aim at the have-a-go stands. With fun shooting challenges and some great prizes up for grabs as well.


8. Dine with flamingos at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Nothing beats dinner with a view – and Slimbridge’s latest event ticks all the boxes for nature-loving foodies, inviting guests to experience the wetland centre after hours as they dine with its colourful flock of Caribbean flamingos.

On Saturday 4 September 2021, diners will be able to tuck into a mezze-style dinner on the restaurant terrace, with the most Instagrammable backdrop. With experts sharing everything you need to know about these beautiful birds during a special flamingo talk.


9. Sample over 100 gins at Cheltenham Town Hall

While we don’t recommend you try them all, gin-loving locals will certainly be spoilt for choice at the Gin To My Tonic Festival, coming to Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 25 September 2021.

Making its way to Gloucestershire for the first time this year, the event is one of the biggest gin festivals in the UK, showcasing more than 100 spirits from all over the world; all poured at 35ml with a specially-paired mixer for the perfect serve.


10. Hunt for kingfishers in the Cotswolds

A fun one for families, there are 22 unique sculptures to spot along the Kingfisher Trail – a free, public access art trail that leads throughout the Cotswolds, from Chipping Campden to Tetbury and beyond.

With kingfishers to find at popular attractions like Sudeley Castle and Slimbridge Wetland Centre, it’s the last chance to track them down before they fly away to their new homes in early October 2021.


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


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Friday 27 August 2021

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