Four festival highlights for summer in the Cotswolds

Ah summer, we can almost smell it. If only that beast from the east would leave the Cotswolds alone so we can settle into spring and start planning our festival wardrobe for those barmy evenings dancing in a field. If you feel the same, here’s the lowdown on four of our favourite festivals, local to Cirencester and the surrounding area, to get you in a summer mood.


Wychwood Festival

2018 will be the 14th annual Wychwood Festival, taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse from Friday 1st June until Sunday 3rd June. The Main Stage line-up includes headline performances from The Gipsy Kings, Shed Seven and Feeder. Family entertainment features a host of workshops teaching everything from robotics to swing dance, circus skills to Voga (a mix of yoga and voguing apparently!).

The Big Feastival

We love heading down to Alex James’ farm in Chipping Norton each year for three days of music, cheese (both the dairy product and the tunes), plus a host of culinary delights.

The 2018 event takes place from 24th-26th August. Headline acts include Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Professor Green and James Arthur. You can usually find us in the Cheese Hub though, throwing some shapes to Alex James and guests on the decks.


Phoenix Festival

Cirencester’s free festival in The Abbey Grounds over the August Bank Holiday weekend has grown in both popularity and size since its first outing in 2013.

This year, there’s an extensive line-up on two main stages of 40 bands plus solo artists, duos, and choirs. The Sunday night tribute act headliner is always our fave!

There’s also the ‘Let’s Play’ stage, specifically for younger musicians, with over 40 acts to inspire young musicians and give their talent a platform. The festival is still run by youth volunteers so don’t forget to put some money in the buckets at the end of the night.



Cornbury Park nature reserve in Oxfordshire is a lovely spot for a bit of glamping.

For four days from 2-5 August, Wilderness Festival can provide the canvas, along with a raft of entertainment, live music, theatre, arts and revelry that always goes on long into the night.

This year, Nile Rodgers & Chic will get the crowds jumping in front of the main stage. Our top tip though is to seek out ‘Oh My God! It’s the Church’ for an musical experience like no other.

Fronted by insane preacher The Right Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson, their Mission from ‘Gawd’ is to bring people together through funk, soul, disco and their holy water, Absinthe… lots and lots of Absinthe.