Events in the CotswoldsThe Cotswolds is an area of west-‐central England. Sometimes called the "Heart of England," the area is now home to the wealthy and the retired. This area has a rich history, and holds cultural and popular events all year long.In May, Robert Dovers Cotswolds "Olympick" games are held in Chipping Campden. The Girst event was held in 1612, but it was rediscovered in 1957, and has been held every year since. Events include obstacle races, tug of war, backsword Gighting, and shin-‐kicking. The same month, the town of Woodstock holds the Blenheim Palace Jousting Tournament, featuring knights jousting on horseback and exciting falconry displays. The Gatcombe Horse Trials are held at the home of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Her home is at Gatcombe Park, near Tetbury. This is a 3 day equestrian event that brings out the Ginest horses and riders in the horse world. These horses jump a carefully laid out course one day, and perform more technical tasks the other two days. The nearby town of Bath holds its own Badminton horse trials 3 day equestrian event as well, which includes riding cross country, dressage, and show jumping.The most famous equestrian event held in the Cotswolds, though, is the Gold Cup. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a steeplechase horse race, where horses race 3 miles over a grass course with 22 jumps. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.Christmas time in the Costwolds is magical, and the locals get started early in November, with the Bath Christmas market. The market has vendor stalls, with carolers strolling back and forth, and featuring mulled wine. Closer to Christmas, couples can take a romantic stroll through the Enchanted Wood, at Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury. A Cotswold annual event, immortalized for the ages by more than one YouTube video, is cheese rolling at Coopers Hill in Gloucester. Legend states that this was the way farmers would claim the hill for sheep grazing. One day every spring, the residents of Gloucester take cheese wheels to the top of Coopers Hill, and roll them down.The Costwolds celebrate music and literature throughout the year as well. The Jane Austen festival is held in Bath in September. She is claimed to be Baths most famous resident. A month later, Cheltenham holds a Festival of Literature, with 10 days of readings and live performances. Many of the towns in the Cotswolds have music
festivals during the year. They celebrate every style of music, from fringe, to blues, to classical, and everything in between.These are just a few of the many things happening in the Cotswolds all year long. In fact, many travelers return year after year, because it is impossible to experience everything going on in this area with only one visit.About The AuthorAnna Phillips represents Jigsaw Holidays, specialists in supplying Luxury Cotswold Cottages and character properties for the ideal Cotswold break.