Out and About in the Cotswolds

“Walk it off. The Cotswolds countryside makes for stunning year-round walking, with limitless views and the bittersweet pleasure of seeing perfect honey-coloured villages and cottages” - The Sunday Times


The King’s Head Inn at Bledington is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, 19 miles from Oxford and 24 miles from Cheltenham. Please see below a small selection of events in The Cotswolds for 2012 such as Cheltenham National Hunt Racing week, Badminton Horse Trials, Blenheim Palace, Cheltenham Festivals, The Three Choirs Festival and Gifford’s Circus.

Please see below for great “things to do” in our area…

Beautiful Walks – along the Oxfordshire Way. You can get a sheet of walks from The King’s Head Inn or pick up the Explorer Walks leaflet from Stow Tourist Office

Visit our sister pub The Swan Inn in stunning Swinbrook for lunch or dinner


Chastleton House – possibly the finest Jacobean Country House in Britain

Daylesford Farm Shop – the renowned farm shop and spa

Batsford Arboretum – excellent botanical garden and falconry display

Hook Norton Brewery – for the real ale enthusiasts

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock – 25 minute drive

Antiques in Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury

Hire a bike for the day

Four local golf courses – Burford, Naunton Downs, Chipping Norton, Wychwood

24 miles from Oxford

19 miles from Cheltenham

The picturesque Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden, The Slaughters, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold

Gardens at Hidcote

Bicester Village – perfect retail therapy!

Cotswolds Events For 2013

May 2013

1st – 6th May
Cheltenham Jazz Festival

4th – 6th May
Jousting Tournament featuring ‘The Knights of Royal England’ – Blenheim Palace

11th – 12th May
Classic Car Event – Cheltenham Rotary Club

18th – 19th May
Steam & Real Ale Weekend – The Railway Station, Toddington

25th – 27th May
The Sealed Knot Society – Blenheim Palace


June 2013

1st – 2nd June
Bugatti Owners Club – Prescott Hill Climb

4th – 6th June
Bledington Music Festival

7th – 16th June
The Burford Festival

8th & 9th June
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Triathlon – Blenheim Palace

12th – 22nd June
Summer Outdoor Theatre – Blenheim Palace

16th June
Ferrari Owners Club Rally – Blenheim Palace

21st – 23rd June
The Blenheim Palace Flower Show

22nd June
Swinbrook & Asthall Riverday – Swinbrook

27th – 30th June
Chadlington Music Festival


July 2013

13th July
Battle Proms Concert – Blenheim Palace

20th – 21st July
Royal International Air Tattoo – Fairford, Gloucestershire

28th July
Pre’50 American Auto Club – “Rally of the Giants” – Blenheim Palace


August 2013

2nd – 4th August
The Festival of British Eventing – Gatcombe Park

3th – 4th August
Vintage Sports Car Club – Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham

6th August
Bourton Football in the River – Bourton-on-the-Water

24th August
Village Fete - Eastleach

25th August
Winchcombe Annual Show

25th – 26th August
The Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport


September 2013

7th September
Agricultural and Horse Show – Moreton-in-Marsh

12th – 15th September
The Blenheim International Horse Trials

18th – 22nd September
The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival – Woodstock


October 2013

5th – 6th October
American Classic Autumn Weekend – Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham

6th October
BHF Blenheim Palace Half Marathon

4th – 13th October
The Cheltenham Literature Festival

13th – 20th October
Stratford-upon-Avon Music Festival

24th October
Gypsy Horse Fair – Stow-on-the-Wold


November 2013

15th – 17th November
The Open at Cheltenham Racecourse – Cheltenham

25th November
Burford Singers’ Concert – St John’s Church, Burford

28th November – 15th December
Bath Christmas Market

30th November
Broadway Late Night Christmas Shopping


December 2013

1st December
Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair – Minchinhampton

5th – 21st December
Cheltenham Christmas Market – The Promenade, Cheltenham

7th – 9th December
The Cotswold Craftsmen’s Christmas Show – Tetbury

6th – 9th December
Christmas Tree Festival at St. Edward’s Church, Stow-on-the-Wold