Glorious Twelfth Supper at The Wheatsheaf, The Hollow Bottom and The Crown
The Glorious Twelfth is nearly upon us – and we’ve got lots of exciting things planned. Hotfoot it to our 17th-century coaching inn, The Wheatsheaf, in the charming market town of Northleach, where we will be serving up a grouse special to usher in the shooting season. Otherwise, head to The Hollow Bottom, Gloucestershire’s premier racing pub, in Guiting Power or The Crown in Minchinhampton for a celebratory set menu – all created using the best of British ingredients. Couple that with a glass of Nyetimber on arrival, a half bottle of red wine per person (matched to the menu) and then a glass of Nyetimber Cherie paired with dessert.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach, Cheltenham, GL54 3EZ. 01451 860244; www.cotswoldswheatsheaf.com
The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UX. 01451 611111; www.hollowbottom.com
The Crown Inn, High Street, Minchinhampton, Stroud, GL6 9BN. 01453 488160; www.thecrown-minchinhampton.com
Craft Festival at Cheltenham Town Hall
Come for the weekend and enjoy a magnificent showcase of creativity from over 100 British designers. Alongside gorgeous bespoke items and gifts to pick up, there’s the chance to meet the talented makers and understand their craft, see live demonstrations and take part in workshops, trying everything from calligraphy to screen printing. Little ones will love the kids craft activities, hosted by the resident artists at Unit Twelve Gallery’s exhibition. But, most of all, don’t miss Lucie Sheridan’s Rubbish Portraits booth where visitors can get their very own signed portrait.
13th-15th August. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210; www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk
Giffords Circus is back on the road. And as sensational as ever. Dedicated to the circus’ late founder Nell Gifford, this year’s show The Hooley is Irish-themed – so expect a wonderland of fairies, trolls, pixies, leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing and all that Giffords magic. There will be a pixie acrobatic troupe performing catapults and catches; a troll and a fairy falling in love on the rings and a wizard showing off the intelligence of his flock of birds. The circus will be travelling across the Cotswolds with locations including Minchinhampton so grab a drink in The Crown before heading to the Big Top.
19th-31st August. Bell Lane, Minchinhampton, Stroud, GL6 9BP. 01242 691181; www.giffordscircus.com
The Big Feastival
Taking place on Blur bassist Alex James’ beautiful Cotswolds farm, this foodie family festival brings together music from the UK’s biggest artists, Michelin star chefs live on stage, award-winning street food and a thrilling array of family activities. Sing along at the top of your voice to the first-class line up on the main stage (including Nile Rogers & CHIC, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Sophie Ellis Bextor), dance the night away at the family silent disco and catch DJ sets from some of your favourite names. In between, get stuck into demonstrations from some of Britain’s best chefs including Mark Hix, Theo Randall and Ping Coombes.
27th-29th August. Alex James Farm, near Kingham, OX7 6UJ www.thebigfeastival.com