May – First Bank Holiday Monday
Wobbly wagons and crazy carts take over Tetbury when the seventh 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
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.
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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 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
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.
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. 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.
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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.
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 with 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.
The Big Switch-
If you have any queries about the event, stalls etc, you can contact Georgina and Tara on 01666 504670 or at
Tetbury Community Christmas Carol Service
SATURDAY 8th December 2018
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.