20 unmissable Gloucestershire festivals

A clear contender for festival county of the UK, Gloucestershire boasts an enviable collection of annual events – from world-class horse racing to the biggest music celebrations – with SoGlos handpicked 20 of the most unmissable in 2022.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Discover SoGloss pick of fanatical festivals in Gloucestershire this 2022.
Discover SoGlos’s pick of fanatical festivals in Gloucestershire this 2022.
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Big Feastival

Founded in 2011, the Big Feastival delivers its annual showcase of food, music and family fun at Blur bassist Alex James’ Cotswold farm. Featuring a line-up of music, alfresco feasting, top chefs, cooking demonstrations and even a vintage fairground, it’s a must-visit event for all ages to enjoy.

Hosting an enormous line-up of annual events every year, Gloucestershire is gleaming with fun festivals in 2022 – whether you are looking for a daytrip with the family or a long weekend dancing the night away.

From famous literary celebrations and the world-renowned horseracing in Cheltenham to The Big Feastival in the Cotswolds, SoGlos rounds up 20 Gloucestershire festivals you won’t want to miss in 2022.

1. The Big Feastival

With music sensations Anne Marie, The Human League and Stereophonics headlining this year’s event, The Big Feastival takes place from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2022 at Blur bassist Alex James’s Cotswold farm.

Blending the very best in food and music, festival goers can enjoy family fun and entertainment, alfresco dining, top chefs, cooking demonstrations and a sensational set of live music.

2. The Festival™ at Cheltenham Racecourse

Get ready for a day of thrilling racing and plenty of Guinness at this year’s The Festival™ at Cheltenham Racecourse.. Dig out the top tips, dust off your tweed and get ready to place your bets, with the racing rendezvous taking place from Tuesday 15 until Friday 18 March 2022 – and the much-anticipated Gold Cup race taking place on Friday 18 March 2022.

3. Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Widely regarded as the biggest free medieval festival in Europe, Tewksbury Medieval Festival attracts history lovers from far and wide, with some even travelling from France and Poland to visit the famous festival.

From Saturday 9 until Sunday 10 July 2022, visitors can witness over 2,000 re-enactors bring the medieval era back to life – from cooking over open fires to re-enacting the battle of Tewksbury. Children’s entertainment will also be on offer with stilt walkers, jugglers and friendly dragons all visiting the festival this year.

4. Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Returning to Cheltenham for its 25th anniversary after a two-year hiatus, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is bringing its best ever line-up to the town in 2022, including rock royalty, pop chart toppers and jazz legends.

Taking place from Wednesday 27 April until Monday 2 May 2022, the highly anticipated event features large scale performances at Henry Westons Big Top, alongside intimate club nights, family friendly entertainment and an eclectic Around Town… programme of free events.

5. Cheltenham Literature Festival

Offering a feast for book lovers, Cheltenham Literature Festival returns from Friday 7 until Sunday 16 October 2022. Giving literature fans a chance to get books signed by their favourite authors, take in talks from some of the world’s biggest writers and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment, from children’s events to theatrical performances at the now infamous Lit Crawl.

The line-up for the 2022 festival is yet to be announced, but previous festivals have seen the likes of Louis Theroux, Hilary Clinton, David Cameron, Bernardine Evaristo and Marian Keyes take to the stage – not to mention popular children’s authors like Jacqueline Wilson and Rob Biddulph.

6. Witcombe Festival

Bringing names such as Tinie Tempah and Annie Mac to Gloucester, Witcombe Festival will be returning from Friday 26 until Sunday 28 August 2022. The three-day festival will feature local ciders and live music, including huge headliners Rudimental DJ, Sean Paul and Craig David.

7. Wychwood Music Festival

Wychwood Music Festival returns to Cheltenham Racecourse in 2022 from Friday 3 until Sunday 5 June 2022 – with Sophie Ellis Bextor and Deacon Blue headlining, alongside a packed schedule of fun family entertainment.

8. Lechlade Festival

Promising to be bigger and better than ever in 2022, Lechlade Festival has a jam packed line up with huge names including Alexandra Burke and The Boomtown Rats on the bill. The multi-award-winning festival returns from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 May 2022.

9. 2000trees Festival

Thrilling indie and rock fans for over 14 years, 2000trees Festival is making its much anticipated return to Upcote Farm near Cheltenham this summer. Taking place from Thursday 7 until Saturday 9 July 2022, festival-goers will be treated to three days of fantastic performances from some of the best act’s rock and indie music has to offer, with headliners including Jimmy Eat World, The Amazons, Idles and Thrice.

10. The Forest Showcase Food Festival

A favourite with local foodies, The Forest Showcase Food Festival returns to the Speech House Hotel in Coleford on Sunday 2 October 2022, with over 100 local and artisan producers showcasing everything from delicious food to real ale and local wine – with live music, chef demos, cooking classes and hands on workshops, too.

11. Cheltenham Music Festival

Known as one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, Cheltenham Music Festival is making its return to Cheltenham for a nine-day spectacle filled event. The festival will be taking place from Friday 8 until Saturday 16 July 2022 and is expected to bring some of the best performances music has to offer.

12. Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Taking place biannually at Gloucester’s historic docks, the Gloucester Tall Ship Festival is making its return From Friday 3 until Sunday 5 June 2022. Visitors, history and pirate lovers can explore the rich background of the tall ships and enjoy a weekend of live entertainment- with previous years featuring pirates and even a jet pack rocket man!

13. Cheltenham Paint Festival

Taking place from Friday 29 until Sunday 31 July 2022, the Cheltenham Paint Festival produces spectacular permanent displays of colour and talent dotted all around the local area. With the exact details not yet confirmed, visitors can expect approximately 60 different spots where street artists’ work will be showcased. The artwork can be enjoyed by anybody, all year long and is completely free.

14. Gloucester Rooftop Festival

With dates yet to be announced, Gloucester Rooftop Festival will be nothing short of exhilarating this 2022. From circus performers, acrobatics, dancers, music and much more, the Rooftop Festival has an abundance of live entertainment on offer.

15. Cheltenham Science Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival returns from Tuesday 7 until Sunday 12 June 2022, where science lovers will get the chance to enjoy inspiring and entertaining events from some of the brightest minds in the world.

Exploring burning questions about everything from artificial intelligence to the climate crisis, the festival also boasts an abundance of hands-on and interactive experiments to get involved in, ideal for inquisitive youngsters.

16. Gloucester History Festival

Celebrating over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s rich history, Gloucester History Festival boasts an abundance of activities from heritage open days, talks, workshops and even musical events.

17. Prescott Bike Festival

Known as the best bike festival in Gloucestershire, motorbike enthusiasts can look forward to return of Prescott Bike Festival on Sunday 26 June 2022 at Prescott Hill Climb.

Visitors can participate in a day of exhilarating events and huge displays of monster motorcycles, celebrating the best custom builds, shed builds, race bikes, factory bikes and one-off bikes – with a chance to meet special guests like former British professional motorcycle and truck racer Stavros, AKA Steve Parrish.

18. Barn on the Farm

Grab your flower crowns as Barn on the Farm returns to Gloucestershire in 2022. The award-winning festival takes place from Thursday 30 June until Sunday 3 July 2022 at Over Farm in Gloucester and while this year’s line-up is yet to be announced, festival-goers have been treated performances from the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Tom Odell, James Bay and Ed Sheeran in previous years.

19. Nibley Music Festival

From silent discos to a drum and bass ice cream van, Nibley Music Festival is back from Friday 1 until Sunday 3 July 2022, boasting a truckload of children’s entertainment, food stalls and quality music from the likes of Feeder and William the Conqueror.

20. Gloucester Fake Festival

Gloucestershire’s biggest tribute festival returns to Gloucester Park on Saturday 9 July 2022, with a line-up of impressive tribute acts – who look and sound just like the real thing – playing music from the likes of Pink, Oasis, Guns and Roses and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. There’ll also be children’s entertainment, rides and street food.

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