Cotswold Events

Cotswold Events


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13th April: 9:30am

• Cirencester Ramblers: Bradford-on-Avon
Grade: M, Miles: 7

A visit to one of Wiltshire’s loveliest towns, our route takes us from Bradford-on-Avon following the River Avon and the Kennet & Avon Canal to the aqueduct at Avoncliff. Then on to Freshford, passing Ilford Manor, and on to Westwood before returning to the start.
Jenny Baker: 07816 249948

21st April: 9:30am (Easter Monday)

• Cirencester Ramblers: Minster Lovell
Grade: L, Miles: 8

From the historic village of Minster Lovell we walk to the attractive village of Asthall via the Charterville Allotments returning along the River Windrush to the remains of Minster Lovell Hall.
Mike & Rosemary Bailey: 01666 577755 / OTD 07870 976315

27th April: 9:30am

• Cirencester Ramblers: Wantage
Grade: L, Miles: 9

A circular walk from Wantage visiting the villages of Letcombe Regis, Letcombe Bassett, Childrey, West Challow and East Challow.
Sue & Dave O’Connell: 01285 711115 / OTD 07742 373386

4th May

• Bampton ‘Village Wide’ Garage Sale
Bampton – Various Locations: 10am – 2pm
In aid of Bampton Library
Maps on sale from Bampton Market Square (OX18 2JH)
from 9am. Bampton Coffee House open for refreshments on the day.

10th – 18th May

• Oxfordshire Artweeks in Great Rollright
Great Rollright Village Hall
Twenty-three artists across five sites exhibit their work in the second week of the Oxfordshire Artweeks festival. Ceramics….Jewellery….Painting……Textiles…..Pastels……Photography and much much more. Come and meet the artists, browse or buy and enjoy home-made cakes and tea/coffee at the village hall. A trail map is available and all sites are within easy walking or driving distance of each other. The countywide guide will be available soon at outlets and online at:

11th May

Bluebell Walk
• Annual Bluebell Walk at Whatcote
Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour
If you enjoy a walk through lovely countryside the parishioners of
Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour, are holding their Annual Bluebell
Walk on Sunday, May 11th. Started in 1990 the walk has become an
annual event enjoyed by visitors from far and wide.
The walk is between 1½ and 2 miles long through farmland to Hell
Brake and Oak Tree Coppice, where bluebells carpet the ground under
the trees. With wonderful views across the Vale of the Red Horse from
Oak Tree Coppice, and tea & homemade scones when you return to St
Peter’s churchyard, it is a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday

Dogs welcome if kept on a lead. Strong shoes or boots are essential.
The walk will start from Church Lane, Whatcote, Shipston-on-Stour,
(postcode CV36 5EF), and will be well signposted in the village, as
will free car parking.

You can begin your walk any time between 2pm and 5pm.
The cost is £6.00 for adults, accompanied children free, and this
includes the tea & scones!

Cake & produce stalls. Proceeds to St Peter’s Church
Contact Sue Price for more details –
Telephone 01295 680007or e-mail:

17th May

• Witney Festival of Food & Drink
St. Mary’s Church, Church Green, Witney OX28 4AW
Around 60 stalls showcasing exciting variety of local produce in our
area. Cookery demonstrations, entertainment, short talks, children’s
activity tent, all day refreshments and bar and much more. An
opportunity to meet the growers, producers and suppliers, and tempt
the taste buds with what we have on our doorstep. A great day out for
everyone. Entry £2, children 12 and under free. Disabled access.

31st May

• The 11th Great Chadlington Beer Festival
Chadlington: 12noon – 11pm
The 11th Great Chadlington Beer Festival takes place on Saturday 31st May 2014, from midday to 11pm, in the village.

This year there will be a great range of real ales to enjoy as well as a selection of wines and ciders, Pimms and soft drinks. Each year the assembled punters vote for their favourite beer and a winner is announced. This year we are introducing a tea tent and will also be joined by Daisy, the Vintage Ice Cream van. There will be great food options throughout the day and night, including a BBQ.

An entertaining line-up of live music will play throughout the day and evening and there will be a whole heap of stuff to entertain the children too –a bouncy castle, plus a tea-cups roundabout and a candy floss stall, as well as a children’s entertainment tent for face-painting, colouring and games.

The gate price includes a Festival Glass, programme and two beer tokens (beer tokens can also be used to purchase cider, Pimms and wine). Non-beer drinkers are free.

The Beer Festival is the chief fund raiser for the Friends of Chadlington School and all proceeds go to the school.
For more information, please go to: or

28th June

• 17th Annual Charlbury Beer Festival
Charlbury Cricket Club, Oxfordshire: 12 noon – 10pm
For previous years’ events, the festival has attracted around 3,000
visitors (including Prime Minister David Cameron, as widely reported
in the national press), and raised over £125,000 for community
projects, both in the Charlbury area and overseas. The festival tries
to appeal to everyone, ranging from local mums and dads whose kids
come to enjoy the children’s entertainment, to serious beer, cider
and wine lovers, who, alerted by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA),
visit from as far away as London and the Midlands. The day will
incorporate fifty real ales, a range of ciders and perries, wine and
Pimm’s; a great selection of food; live music throughout;
children’s entertainment, PLUS the 4th World Aunt Sally Singles

Charlbury Cricket Club provides a glorious setting, barely two minutes
from Charlbury Station and with excellent all-day (including late
night) bus and train services to and from Charlbury to Oxford,
Chipping Norton, Witney, Worcester and London, so you don’t even
need to drive if you want to have a drink!

For further details, please visit the Charlbury Beer Festival website
at: or email

Contact Cirencester Ramblers:

  • Chairman: Phil Gearing (01285 851855)
  • Secretary: Pat Beckley (01285 861486)

Walks Programme Secretaries:

  • Pat Bookwood (01285 860407)
  • Rosemary Bailey (01666 577755)
  • Wendy Veitch (01285 654578)
  • E-mail:
  • Website:

WALK GRADES: Walks are graded in accordance with the Ramblers guidance. Stout footwear and waterproof clothing are advisable. Below is a guide to the walk grades, if in doubt contact the walk leader.
Easy Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is seriously unfit.
Leisurely Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience.
Moderate Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness.
Strenuous Walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level.