May – First Bank Holiday Monday
NOTICE: Due to the moving of the May Day Bank Holiday the annual Wacky Races will not be running in 2020 but please watch this space for 2021.
Wobbly wagons and crazy carts take over Tetbury when the 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.
Badminton Horse Trials
6 – 10 May
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.
Woolsack Races Festival
May -Last Bank 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
Have fun and raise money on a sponsored cycle ride for everyone held along quiet lanes and pretty villages round Tetbury.
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
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.
Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing
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.
Tetbury Summer Show & Flower Show
August – 2nd Saturday & Sunday of the month
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
Fun Dog Show
Come along for a great day of family fun and entertainment.
Tetbury Classic Car Show
Please visit their web page via the link below for further information.
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 – 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
Tetbury Music Festival welcomes some of the finest classical musicians to the Cotswolds each year.
Twitter & Facebook: @Tetburymusic
Tetbury Christmas Tree Festival and Memory Tree
December into January
Tetbury Town Council host this fabulous festival where you can 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.
Christmas Celebrations – Light Switch On
Tetbury’s Christmas Light Switch On will take place early in December – more details to follow….
If you have any queries about the event, stalls etc., you can contact Nikki Ind on 01666 504670 or email:
Tetbury Community Christmas Carol Service
Tetbury Town Council host this amazing community event – so with the success of all the previous years service and the popularity of the free mulled wine and mince pies they will be doing it all over again.
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.