Two whole days in the heart of The Cotswolds… what could possibly be more wonderful?! That is The Cotswold Show and Food Festival, two days where 30,000 visitors from the Cotswolds and far beyond head to the 100 acres of land and gardens surrounding the home of The Earl Bathurst, Cirencester Park in Cirencester.
The vision of The Cotswold Show was dreamed up in the mid-eighties by Earl Bathurst who wished to put on a show “Where Town Meets Country”. In 1989 the very first Cotswold Show was put on and it was a great success.
Lord Bathurst still champions the show and works hard at promoting respect and understanding of the countryside and country issues among his neighbours and friends from near and far, in towns and cities. And on top of that, he and the organisers quite simply wish to give everyone a great day out in the Cotswolds.
The Cotswold Show offers visitors a wide range of activities and family fun. This year the Bathurst Arena will feature Horsemen of the Knight – a jousting spectacular and the fast and furious Arena Challenge – British Scurry and Trials Driving. Jump4Heroes parachutists will be landing in the arena and there will be a fascinating display from the Gloucestershire Police Dog Unit.
Elsewhere there are falconry displays, hands on animal and countryside experiences, archery, clay shooting, tree climbing, bungee trampolines and a delicious food festival with a cookery theatre featuring chefs from some of the Cotswolds’ best hotels and restaurants including Mark and Sue Stinchcombe from Eckington Manor (Mark was BBC Masterchef Professional Champion in 2015), Gareth Fulfood from award-winning Purslane and Wayne Sullivan from Old Stocks Inn. And that’s just the start of the entertainment!
Brand new for 2017 is the World of Dogs – a whole area of the Showground and a new arena dedicated to man’s best friend. There is Terrier Racing and a Show, Lurcher Racing and a Show, a Protection and Obedience Demonstration, Family Dog Show, Gun Dog Scurries, Dog Agility and much more.
There are over 300 trade stands, so expect a wonderful shopping experience, with everything from dog treats to fine art as local businesses share their produce and products with the visitors throughout the two days.
The Cotswold Show was awarded a gold medal by the Cotswold Tourism awards in the Tourism Event category and Highly Commended in the Visit England Awards in 2015. AND it was voted Best Event in the Cotswolds Awards 2016.