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 2022.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Snapping a selfie at Cotswold Farm Park's sunflower field is just one unmissable thing to do in Gloucestershire this August 2022.
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The summer holidays are here! And whether you’ve got little ones to entertain or want to try something different in the sunshine this month, SoGlos has something to keep every fun-loving local happy in our August 2022 round-up of unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire.

From being blown away by incredible feats of strength to strolling through pretty flower fields, it’s time to get your August calendars packed full of inspirational outings.

Discover Westonbirt Arboretum's brand-new book festival

Inspiring Gloucestershire's littlest literature lovers, Wild Wonder at Westonbirt is a three-day family book festival, where young readers can meet some of the biggest names in children's publishing from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 August 2022.

With appearances from literary legend, Michael Morpurgo, and How to Train Your Dragon creator, Cressida Cowell, attend some fascinating talks and take part in engaging workshops — all themed around stories about animals, nature and the great outdoors.

See star bakers in action at the Everyman Theatre

Hosting the world premiere of the new Great British Bake Off — The Musical, Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre is giving GBBO fans the chance to see hearty handshakes and soggy bottoms on stage until Saturday 6 August 2022.

Step inside the tent and watch eight amateur bakers try their best to impress a pair of iconic judges, with the crème de la crème of songs to get the whole family singing along. 

Stroll through the sunflowers at Cotswold Farm Park

With thousands of dazzling yellow sunflowers set to bloom in August 2022, brighten up your day with a visit to Cotswold Farm Park's Sunflower Festival.

As well as 'gram-worthy photo opportunities and spectacular countryside scenery, visitors can solve the puzzling maize maze and enjoy a whole crop of activities at the Farm Park itself — with open dated tickets available for flower fans to plan their visit for when the vibrant spectacle is looking its best.

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 27 August 2022.

From the roaring 20s to the disco-filled 80s, there’ll be different eras to explore on each of the city’s Gate Streets, with an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of times gone by — and the chance to see vintage boats bobbing about at Gloucester Docks for the first time, too.

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 alfresco entertainment to fruit picking, as well as the popular local attractions that you can visit for free.

Go to a music festival in Gloucestershire

Anyone who loves live music is spoilt for choice this month, with festivals taking place all over the county. First up, there's the fantastic Kings Jam Festival at Gloucester Park, celebrating music of Black origin and culture from local, national and global artists on Sunday 21 August 2022.

Meanwhile, 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’s farm near Kingham from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2022; while the likes of Craig David and Sean Paul are performing at Witcombe Festival the same weekend.

Enjoy open-air performances at Cheltenham's amphitheatre

Firing up Tuckwell Amphitheatre for a week of stage performances, films and family shows, don’t miss the return of Cheltenham’s annual Open-Air Theatre Festival from Tuesday 2 to Friday 12 August 2022.

Highlights include piano jams at Peter Gill's Swinging Summer Evening; a stage adaptation of The Jungle Book, complete with menacing tigers and hypnotic snakes; and of course, audiences will have the time of their lives at the alfresco screening of cult romcom, Dirty Dancing.

Spot the world's strongest men in Gloucester

Gloucester Docks is bringing out the big guns on Saturday 20 August 2022, as it plays host to the UK round of the Strongman Champions League

Hold your breath as seven-foot-tall competitors take on gravity-defying challenges, lifting tractor tyres and pushing trucks with their bare hands, as they're spurred on by the roaring crowd and a truly electric atmosphere. 

Bounce around at Cheltenham's new inflatable theme park

Delivering wall-to-wall fun for people of all ages, JumpinFun is an all-new inflatable attraction that's taking over the former site of Airborne Trampoline Park in Cheltenham.

Its exact opening date is yet to be confirmed, but with the inflatable theme park hoping to open its doors by the end of August 2022, energetic locals won't have long to wait to bounce, climb and slide their way around the giant obstacles.

Experience Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza

After a two-year hiatus, the legendary Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza is bringing classic vehicles, steam engines and wartime entertainment back to South Cerney Airfield from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August 2022.

See furry friends in the animal arena, hop on a vintage open-top bus or have fun on the steam-powered fairground rides, with nostalgic big wheels, waltzers and traditional penny arcade games to take you back in time.

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