Popular country fair returns to the Cotswolds for its biggest ever event this summer

This summer sees the return of the Cotswold Show and Food Festival, bringing a fun-packed weekend of thrilling displays, country pursuits, shopping and tasty treats to Cirencester Park in July 2023.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published

This summer’s Cotswold Show and Food Festival offers something for the whole family when it returns to Cirencester Park from Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 July 2023.

The show is one of the largest annual family country fairs in Gloucestershire – and this year's event looks set to be its biggest yet.

For the first time this year, the Lightning Bolts Army Parachute Display Team, which was formed in the 1960s and is made up of serving military personnel from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, is putting on an adrenaline-pumping freefall performance.

With jumps starting at a hair-raising 8,000 feet above ground, the team is aiming to land directly into the main Bathurst arena, with the chance for audiences to meet the parachutists after the display to find out all the tips and tricks on jumping from the skies.

And if the paratroopers weren't excitement enough for the weekend, the Squib Freestyle Motocross Team is zooming into a stunt display, with bikers speeding up 60-foot-high ramps in this year's white-knuckle event.

For equestrian lovers, master trainer Ben Atkinson and his liberty horses are putting on an outstanding new riding show, alongside a fast-paced scurry driving pony race.

Some of these events are returning to the county for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, so visitors can expect some new and exciting elements this year.

For food fans, the show’s Food Festival, complete with a live Cookery Theatre for foodie demonstrations, is crammed full of a huge range of delicious produce and beverages to sample and purchase, including charcuterie, cheeses from around the world, artisan bakes, flavoured gins, ice creams, homemade pies, ciders, truffles, scotch eggs, champagne and sweet treats. 

The 2023 Cotswold Show and Food Festival promises to be a weekend to remember, with something to entertain every member of the family.

Tickets start at £12 and there is free on-site parking. Children under 12 go free and you can even bring along your four-legged friends!

To book tickets and find out more, visit cotswoldshow.co.uk.

In partnership with The Cotswold Show and Food Festival  |  cotswoldshow.co.uk

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