Annual Events In and Around Tetbury

Wacky Races

May – First Bank Holiday Monday 

Tetbury Wacky Races May Day Bank Holiday

Wobbly wagons and crazy carts take over Tetbury when the eighth annual Wacky Races comes to the Cotswolds, complete with family fun and prizes for the winners.

Those with a need for speed can enter this thrilling annual soapbox event, navigating their way around hairpin bends and meandering down the course in Tetbury’s Wacky Races.

Prizes are on offer for every entrant who triumphantly completes all three courses as well as a special prize for the best-looking design, and shields for the winners of each category too.
In addition to the thrills and spills on the track, there will be plenty of family fun and refreshments on offer.

Facebook: @tetburywackyraces

Badminton Horse Trials

 1 – 5 May 

Badminton Horse Trials

The Badminton Horse Trials take place each May. The event is staged within the beautiful grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire.

With an array of over 500 trade stands opening for business this annual spectacle offers a great family day out, with children and dogs very welcome to enjoy great hospitality options, shopping, top level equestrian sport and more in a stunning location.

The International competition kicks off on a Wednesday with the horse inspection in the afternoon as well as the cross country culmination of the ‘amateur’ eventing competition of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup.

The event continues with Dressage on the Thursday and Friday before the thrills and spills of the Cross Country phase on the Saturday. Sunday is the culmination of the competition and is a Show Jumping test over knock down arena jumps.

Twitter: @bhorsetrails

Facebook: @badmintonhorsetrails

Woolsack Races Festival

May -Last Bank Holiday Monday 

Woolsack Racing Tetbury Whitsun Holiday Monday

The Tetbury Woolsack Races Festival, held on the last May Bank Holiday, traces its roots back to the 17th Century. Runners tackle the town’s steepest hill – Gumstool Hill – carrying a heavy woolsack. With packed streets full of stalls, festivity and fun, the event, which has featured in the Guinness Book of records, also raises money for local charities.

Twitter & Facebook: @tetburywoolsack


Tetbury Community Bike Ride

9 June –   start 10am to 11 am


Have fun and raise money on a sponsored cycle ride for everyone held along quiet lanes and pretty villages round Tetbury on Sunday 9 June 2019.

The Community Bike Ride will start and finish at the Goods Shed in time for cyclists to have Sunday lunch. Sandwiches, tea & cakes etc will also be available and there will be stalls to look round. There will be two routes: a short 5 mile route for children and people of all abilities taking about an hour and a longer 20 mile route for the fitter taking about 2 hours.Both routes will be fully signed with Marshals at strategic crossings. Cyclists start between 10 am and 11 am from the Goods Shed.

A cycle mechanic will be present at the start to check and repair bicycles. A breakdown rescue service will be operating all day.
The event will finish at 1 pm.

There will be prizes for the child and adult raising the most sponsorship money. All participants who hand in their completed sponsorship form will be entered into a free prize draw.


TetFest  – Music Festival

 13 July 2pm – 11pm

Tetfest the new name for the Tetbury Fiesta

TetFest provides a platform for local musicians to showcase their talents and for the people of Tetbury to come together and enjoy a day of really great music. As in previous years they will have stalls selling food and local produce, children’s entertainment and, of course, a beer tent. All profits are donated to local charities.

Tickets online at

Facebook: Tetfest

Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing 


Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing August

This renowned Horse Trials event takes place in August each year within the grounds of Gatcombe Park the spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships.

It also offers a weekend of top class shopping in its dedicated shopping village along with arena attractions and entertainment for all the family.

Facebook: @FestivalofEventing

Twitter: @FestivalofBE

Tetbury Summer Show & Flower Show

August – 2nd Sunday of the month

Tetbury Show August

Every August Tetbury hosts an impressive Summer Show, (incorporating the Tetbury Flower Show), comprising entertainment for all the family. With the event growing each year the show still clings to the traditional with the marquee boasting a finery of flowers, fruit and vegetables all grown and displayed by local exhibitors. Also on show will be many domestic offerings including cakes, sponges and jams to name just a few along with floral artistry and displays of arts and crafts.

So much to see and do!

Art & Crafts

Cash Prizes
Classic Cars
Fun Dog Show
Fun Fair

Come along for a great day of family fun and entertainment.

Facebook: @tetburysummershow

Tetbury Classic Car Show


Tetbury Classic Car Show

Tetbury Classic Car Show is a one day event held each year in either August or September. This event showcases a fantastic array of Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses. There is plenty for all of the family to do with Children’s Entertainment, BBQ, Bar and Club Stands.

Facebook: @TetburyClassicCarShow

Twitter: @Tetbury_Classic

Malmesbury Carnival



Malmesbury Carnival now extends over the whole of August each year and includes the ever popular Procession, Petticoat Lane, Open Gardens, Danters Fun Fair and a wide variety of family fun events, talks and plays for the whole community.

Key Carnival Events are the Procession with floats ranging from decorated lorries to group and individual entrants, attracting thousands of spectators along the striking town centre route. Float have celebrated everything from Elmer’s historic flight from Malmesbury Abbey to gently satirical views on local and national events.

The Carnival has been running for over 100 years and is one of the few remaining genuine Community Events organised wholly by community volunteers raising funds for community causes. Carnival grants between £15,000 to £20,000 each year to a wide variety schools and charities, sports clubs and village halls.

Beating of the Bounds


Annual Beating of the Bounds

Annual Beating of the Bounds – meet under Bath Bridge at 9:30 am, followed by refreshments in The Market Hall and the presentation of The Feoffees Annual Accounts.

The Beating of the Bounds is an Anglo-Saxon ceremony associated with harvest time and has taken place in the town for hundreds of years. Beating of the Bounds ceremonies can be traced back to AD 470 but earlier ceremonies were held by the Romans. It is suggested that originally boys were beaten at various points along the walk to make them remember the boundary of the town but much to the relief of today’s youngsters that part of the tradition ceased a long time ago.

Every year the Beating of the Bounds ends with the presentation of the Feoffes annual accounts at the Market House and after there is a chance for people to view a display at the Market Hall, where many items are on show such as a branding iron that was used in the old Tetbury Wool markets.

Tetbury Music Festival 

September /October

Tetbury Music Festival

Tetbury Music Festival welcomes some of the finest classical musicians to the Cotswolds each year. The 2018 festival will take place from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 7th October and will include performances from the Dante Quartet, violinist Matthew Trusler and pianist Ashley Wass, the pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the Instruments of Time and Truth. The Festival was founded in 2003 by Graham Kean and its President, Elise Smith OBE.

Twitter & Facebook: @Tetburymusic

Tetbury Christmas Tree Festival and Memory Tree

3rd December 2018 to 4th January 2019

For the second year in a row Tetbury Town Council has hosted this fabulous festival – come and see a festive array of beautifully decorated trees supplied and decorated by local organisations, schools and clubs all in the beautiful setting of St Saviour’s Church.  You also have the opportunity to leave your memories of loved ones, friends and family, on our Christmas Memory Tree.

All donations received to go to the Churches Conservation Trust.

Twitter: @TetburyTC

Facebook: @TetburyTownCouncil




Christmas Magical Mystery Night – Light Switch On 

FRIDAY 7th December 2018 – 6pm Start

6pm Parade  – A parade going up Long Street from the Police Museum to the Market House/Church Street featuring Nailsworth Silver Band, Father Christmas and his Elves, Children’s Torch Light Procession and more…

6:15pm – Light Switch On at the Market House by the actor, Tristan Gemmill who plays Robert Preston in Coronation Street and the Lowsley-Williams Family from Chavenage House who both have strong connections with the town.

After the Light Switch On you will be able to enjoy late night shopping around the town, market stalls in Church Street, Santa’s Grotto, food, drink, festive music and much more.

This year there is a brand new Switch-On Team and date.

The Big Switch-On 2018 is be organised by the super team at Tetbury Town Council with the support of Tetbury Feoffees who do such a wonderful job of lighting up their iconic Market House and collecting and decorating the two beautiful Christmas Trees that are so kindly donated by the Lowsley-Williams Family and feature prominently on either side of the Market House steps.

If you have any queries about the event, stalls etc, you can contact Georgina and Tara on 01666 504670 or at

We have a great selection of stalls that will be selling their wares on the switch on event evening.

Sujays Jerk Pan Kitchen

A Caribbean Catering Company who specialise in catering for events, festivals and private functions.

Mr Roast Potato

A classic British favourite any time of the year. Christmas is when a Roast Potato tastes best with gravy, stuffing, pig ‘n’ blanket, turkey and cranberry – A Christmas dinner to take away

Stable Cottage Bakery

Hello! I’m Martha who makes the magic happen at Stable Cottage Bakery. From my cottage near Alveston, in South Gloucestershire. I deliver handcrafted cakes across South Gloucestershire and Bristol areas. be sure to come along to indulge in my Christmas inspired cakes and cupcakes whilst enjoying the festive fun!

Cake Aspirations

25 flavours of handmade fudge in pick and mix as well as brownies and brownie bombs. We have 3 flavours of fudge that are award winners with the Top 50 Foods Great Taste Awards

Godsells Cheese

Artisan cheese makers making traditional cheeses by hand.

Scout & Sage Spirits Ltd

We are a new micro-distillery based in Wiltshire producing our own distilled Gins. We will be offering our products to be bought and taken home. The products we are selling our Scout & Sage London Dry Gin, Sloe Gin, Scout & Sage Christmas Crackers that hold a miniature 50cl bottle of our Gin inside them. Mulled Gin by the cup for immediate consumption.

Hygge Barn

British made wool blankets and natural candles

Ewelina Kwiatkowska

Winter hats and handmade baskets

Tawny Barn Books

I have written a book called ‘A Journey Around Ireland in Limericks’ and another person drew the illustrations for the book. Every book sold on the evening £1 will go to charity.

Cotswold Baby Co

A new local business launched in October 2017 by local Tetbury and Cirencester new mums, with an adorable selection of baby and toddler wear for ages 0-4, with collections inspired by life in the Cotswolds. We will be selling our funky Christmas leggings, socks and pyjamas, plus we will have lots of stocking fillers.

Social Spaces Project – Sir William Romney’s School

Raising money to improve the outdoor areas and canteen for students and staff and to provide an accessible welfare garden for improving mental health

Tetbury Bowls Club
Girlguiding Tetbury
Tetbury Scout Group
Tetbury Lions Club
St Mary’s Playgroup
Tetbury Goods Shed

Tetbury Community Christmas Carol Service

SATURDAY 8th December 2018

St Saviours Church Community Annual Carol Service

For the second year in a row Tetbury Town Council will be hosting this amazing community event – with the success of last years service and the popularity of the free mulled wine and mince pies they will be doing it all again .

Rev. Poppy Hughes will conduct the service again which will be slightly longer than last years with more carols following requests from last years attendees .

All welcome and wrap up warm as it’s a closed church – there’s no heating system!

All donations received to go to the Churches Conservation Trust.

Twitter: @TetburyTC

Facebook: @TetburyTownCouncil

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