10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this September

From Pride Day in Gloucester to inflatable sperm whales washing up in Tewkesbury, SoGlos shares 10 unmissable highlights from Gloucestershire’s September 2022 events calendar.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Giant vegetables at the Malvern Autumn Show at Three Counties Showground.
The Malvern Autumn Show is just one of many unmissable things to do in the county this September 2022.
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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 Gloucester Rugby fixtures.

There’s also the chance to celebrate Pride Day in the county, get lost in local history and crawl inside a giant inflatable whale – as SoGlos rounds up the top 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this September 2022.

Show your Pride in Gloucestershire

Please note, Pride in Gloucestershire has been postponed as the UK observes a period of national mourning. The event will now take place on Saturday 1 October 2022.

Come together and celebrate Gloucestershire’s LGBTQ+ community, when Pride in Gloucestershire returns to Gloucester Park on Saturday 10 September 2022.

Kicking off with a colourful parade led by Trans* Gloucester, 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.

Discover the past at Gloucester History Festival

Please note, Gloucester History Festival talks have been postponed as the UK observes a period of national mourning. New dates will be announced soon.

Step inside historic buildings, experience fascinating exhibitions and learn about the county's past at Gloucester History Festival, with a programme of thought-provoking talks and events taking place from Saturday 3 to Sunday 18 September 2022.

Themed ‘Families and Innovations', this year’s festival will recognise important families and dynasties that have shaped the course of history, as well as paying homage to England's rich history of invention and industry. Don't miss the opportunity to see historic Gloucester constructed entirely out of LEGO® at the Museum of Gloucester, too.

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 23 to Sunday 25 September 2022.

Foodies can hear from MasterChef judge and pro chef, John Torode, in the Kitchen Theatre; gin lovers can take part in daily tasting sessions and pick up local produce; while little visitors will be kept entertained with jousting, giant tortoises and dog shows.

Shop for plants at Painswick Rococo Garden

A brand-new independent plant centre is opening at Painswick Rococo Garden this month, giving green-fingered locals all the blooms they need to revive their gardens after an unusually hot summer.

Exedra Nursery, owned by the husband-and-wife team that formerly ran Miserden Nursery, is officially opening its gates on Saturday 10 September 2022, selling its popular plants and herbaceous perennials, which are lovingly grown on-site.

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 15 to Sunday 18 September 2022.

As well as world-class eventing action, there’s all-day entertainment for families including inflatables, face-painting, the chance to see speedy Shetland ponies race and even VR farming experiences, which could see you getting licked by a virtual cow!

Cheer on the Cherry and Whites

The new Premiership Rugby season kicks off this month, meaning fans can finally flock back to Kingsholm Stadium to see the formidable Gloucester Rugby in action on Sunday 11 September 2022.

Taking on the Wasps in the first round of fixtures, the club is said to be 'quietly confident' about its chances after narrowly missing out on a spot in the play-offs last year. Come on you Cherry and Whites!

Stomach an elver eating competition

While you might leave feeling a little queasy, there's the chance to take part in a revived local tradition at Frampton County Fair as it hosts its annual El-ver Eating Competition on Sunday 11 September 2022. 

Using an eco-friendly substitute that's made from surimi, the fierce contest will see hungry competitors race to eat a plateful of the imitation eel-shaped seafood — affectionately known as 'el-vers' — in the quickest time. 

See the Tour of Britain cycle through the county

Please note, the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain has been cancelled as the UK observes a period of national mourning.

Gloucestershire is playing host to a full stage of the iconic cycling race, the Tour of Britain, for the very first time this year — with the opportunity to see the bikes zoom through the county on Friday 9 September 2022.

Starting in Tewkesbury, the cyclists will travel over 100 miles through the Cotswolds and into South Gloucestershire, finishing alongside the historic Gloucester Docks. And best of all, it's free to watch the action unfold by the roadside and soak up the electric atmosphere.

Sing in Stroud's new pop choir

Combining singing with socialising, Some Voices is a contemporary choir group that's bringing its fresh format to Gloucestershire with the launch of its new Stroud-based choir on Wednesday 14 September 2022.

Open to everyone, with no performance experience necessary and no need to audition, the choir is a joyful community of music lovers who work together to create original arrangements of popular songs. Go along for a free taster session and belt out some tunes!

Step inside the belly of a whale in Tewkesbury

Washing up in Tewkesbury town centre this month, families can crawl straight into the belly of a giant inflatable sperm whale to experience life beneath the surface of the ocean on Sunday 25 September 2022.

The free, immersive activity will encourage people to think about marine conservation and address the problem of plastic filling our ocean through engaging puppetry, music and comedy — while the enormous sperm whale provides a fin-tastic photo opportunity, too.

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