A celebration of Cotswold life, crafts and heritage

Stow on the Wold

Stow Cotswold Festival 2017

Saturday 15th July 2017

Keep the day free!

Members of The Sealed Knot at the 2011 Stow Cotswold Festival
Gloster Gladiators marching band arriving at the 2015 Stow Cotswold Festival
Enjoying the sunshine at the 2015 Stow Cotswold Festival

STOW ON THE WOLD is opening its gates to guests to experience a glorious slice of ‘Cotswold life, crafts and heritage’ with free entry. The traditional market town hosts its biennial Stow Cotswold Festival on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Visitors will receive a warm welcome as townspeople pull out the stops to celebrate their community’s colourful past and what has made it into today’s worldwide tourist destination.

The one-day event will also showcase local crafts, produce and skills alongside a packed programme of free entertainment for all the family, culminating in an evening of live music, food and drink. Shops, businesses and pubs are set to spill out onto the pavements to share festivities from 10.30am to 10.30pm. Visitors will enjoy organised attractions including a giant tombola, silent auction, treasure hunt and a buzzing market selling everything from modern-day crafts and gifts to hot food and charity goods. A family area will feature a host of children’s activities. Local groups will also exhibit heritage and craft.

Live music will boost the mood throughout the day. And as the sun starts to set- Festival-goers can try out the dance floor, encircled by hay bales, as performers take to a special stage. A hog roast is going to be in full swing with plenty of other fare from hostelries.

All the action will centre on Stow’s atmospheric Square – which witnessed a key historical event. At the ancient Market Cross the leader of the Royalist troops surrendered to the Parliamentarians at the 1646 Battle of Stow, the last major skirmish in the First English Civil War. To mark this, Festival organisers and participants will enter into the spirit of the era wearing period costume.

Interested in having a stall at this year’s Stow Cotswold Festival?

Download an application form

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