There are many festivals to visit in Gloucestershire including music, food and arts. Cheltenham is famous for the variety of festival that it is home to, from sports to music and art festivals.


Some of the more notable events include;

Food & Drink

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate

The Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival at Cheltenham Race Course includes artisan suppliers and industry experts> They invite foodies to sample, discover and purchase gourmet food from around the globe. Details…

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Cheltenham food festival

The annual Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival is held in Montpellier Gardens which includes wine tasting and displays by some top chefs. This event typically takes place every June and is a very enjoyable day out for foodies.

Great British Food Festival

Food festival cakes

The Great British Food Festival serves up a tasty menu of exhibitors and activities for all ages as it comes to Gloucestershire. The festival typically features an artisan market, food challenges and an interactive bake stage.

Witcombe Cider Fest

Witcombe Cider Festival

Witcombe Cider Festival takes place on the August bank holiday weekend. A chance to celebrate local Real Cider, Real Ale & local produce. The festival champions live music from local bands & artists. The festival is located in a very picturesque location under the Cheese Rolling Hill in Gloucestershire. 

Art & Craft

Contemporary Craft

The Contemporary Craft Festival showcases; jewellery, pottery, furniture, textile art, glassware, woodcraft and many more. Details…

Music Festivals

Mellow in the Meadow

Mellow in the Meadow is a newly established fun and friendly one day live music festival; set in a rural situation in South Gloucestershire. A rural live music festival that takes place annually each August.

Mellow in the Meadow Rural Music Festival
Rural Music Festival

This family event features live music from local bands and singers, family entertainment and trade stands; bring a picnic or treat yourself to tasty delights from our range of food stalls and bars. The event is a committee led and run by a team of eager volunteers on a, not for profit basis and raises money for local organisations and charities. The event offers free overnight camping, so bring your tent, caravan, campervan or horse lorry!

Coleford Music Festival

Coleford Music Festival

Coleford Music Festival takes place usually in the middle of July in various places in the town centre. The festival is held to support local companies, organisations, performers, artists and groups from Coleford and The Forest of Dean.

Gloucester Rooftop Festival

Set in the car parks of the city of Gloucester, The Rooftop Festival incorporates music theatre and other performing arts. This takes place in mid-July each year when possible.

Strike A Light and Gloucester Guildhall are partnering with the Roundhouse, Gloucester Culture Trust and The Music Works. The aim is to transform the rooftops of King’s Walk multi-storey and Eastgate Centre car parks into a summer festival. The Rooftop Festival includes many performing arts including theatre, music and performance.

Together they have joined forces with artists across the country to bring the perfect collision of classical music, hip hop, R’n’B, pop, rap, rock and spoken word to Gloucester.

Combined with a rooftop bar and tasty grub, this is a great way to spend a summers evening. The 2021 festival dates and lineup are yet to be confirmed due to the pandemic and restrictions associated with that.


Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle event of National Hunt horse racing in the UK, affectionately known locally as race week.

Gloucestershire Festival of Polo

Gloucestershire Festival of Polo

A festival in The Cotswolds that celebrates the worlds oldest sport. The Festival of Polo takes place yearly each June for a 2-day spectacle.


Tall Ships

Tall Ships Festival

The Tall Ships takes place every 2 years on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in Gloucester docks and is a very popular event. You get to enjoy a day or 2 of history and get to see some historical boats on display.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is held in Montpellier Gardens for those that enjoy literature this is a must-visit event. Details…