Cotswold Show:

Fam­ily fun and fab­u­lous food

Cotswold Life - - INSIDE - COTSWOLD SHOW & FOOD FES­TI­VAL: July 7 & 8, Cirences­ter Park

Whether you’re a food, an­i­mal or shop­ping lover, there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one at this year’s Cotswold Show & Food Fes­ti­val (July 7 & 8).

Set against the back­drop of the stun­ning Cirences­ter Park, home to the show’s founder Earl Bathurst and fam­ily, the Cotswold Show & Food Fes­ti­val is one of the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar an­nual ru­ral events, with its win­ning mix of thrilling dis­plays, an­i­mal at­trac­tions, and over 200 trade stands and food stalls, show­cas­ing the best of ru­ral Bri­tain, its his­tory, tra­di­tions and pro­duce.

But per­haps what makes the show so pop­u­lar is its all-round fam­ily ap­peal, with the show’s packed pro­gramme of­fer­ing a wealth of ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences for all ages. For the more en­er­getic this year we wel­come back recre­ational tree climb­ing where, un­der ex­pert su­per­vi­sion, chil­dren and adults can learn to climb trees us­ing a rope and har­ness. Ad­di­tional fam­ily-friendly fun in­cludes in­flat­able bouncy cas­tles and slides, bungee tram­po­lines and child-friendly bumper cars. A climb­ing tower of­fers chil­dren as young as two years old the chance to have a go at wall climb­ing, while adults are in­vited to try their hand at the wall’s “Black­well Beast”, yet to be scaled by any­one.

The show are­nas host most of the week­end’s an­i­mal fun, with some awe-in­spir­ing dis­plays of dog agility, train­ing, and danc­ing, as well as lurcher and ter­rier rac­ing, and of course the ever-pop­u­lar fam­ily dog shows. Equine en­thu­si­asts will en­joy the speed of the Mounted Games As­so­ci­a­tion of Great Bri­tain, the mas­tery of Prac­ti­cal Horse­man­ship and the skills of Dan and Dandi: A One Trick Pony.

Thrill seek­ers should look to the skies at this year’s Cotswold Show, with the Bre­mont Great War Dis­play Team com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years of the RAF and the cen­te­nary of the end of WWI in an amaz­ing dis­play of aerial war­fare, while the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Poppy Parachute Team will be drop­ping in – quite lit­er­ally – on Satur­day, July, 7, as they aim to hit the cen­tre of the show’s Bathurst Arena.

A re­cent and ex­tremely suc­cess­ful ad­di­tion to the Cotswold Show is the grow­ing Food Fes­ti­val, which cel­e­brates the re­gion’s world class food and drink pro­duc­ers. The Cotswolds is home to some of the UK’S lead­ing restau­rants and ho­tels, and this year’s Food Fes­ti­val Cook­ery Theatre will host demon­stra­tions by award-win­ning chefs in­clud­ing, among oth­ers, David Wil­liams from El­len­bor­ough Park, Nick Galer from The Miller of Mans­field, Nik Chap­pell of the Slaugh­ters Manor House, Cow­ley Manor’s David Kel­man, Ales Mau­rer of the Ly­gon Arms, Philip

Mayo from the Wild Beer at Jes­sop House, and chefs Aziz and Raj from Privthi.

If you’re still seek­ing gas­tro­nomic in­spi­ra­tion, some 50 food and drink pro­duc­ers will be fea­tured in this year’s Food Hall, of­fer­ing a tasty and di­verse range of home­made and ar­ti­sanal treats to sam­ple and buy, in­clud­ing hand­made fudge, sausages, Bri­tish cheeses, pies, spices, cof­fee, cakes, and more, and there are plenty of take­away food out­lets cater­ing for all tastes if you fancy a bite to eat dur­ing your visit to the show.

The Cotswold Show is also renowned for its unique shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties where visi­tors can browse over 200 trade stands, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from jew­ellery, cloth­ing and pet ac­ces­sories to stun­ning homes and gar­dens prod­ucts.

Orig­i­nally founded as a show­case for tra­di­tional coun­try­side pur­suits, the Cotswold Show & Food Fes­ti­val pro­vides its visi­tors with a rare glimpse of the ru­ral skills and crafts that con­tinue to sup­port and im­prove the Bri­tish coun­try­side to­day. As well as en­joy­ing a stim­u­lat­ing and fun fam­ily day out, visi­tors can learn all about ru­ral skills through demon­stra­tions and hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing some ‘have a go’ events like shoot­ing clays, archery, fer­ret rac­ing, and even spin­ning al­paca wool!

‘The fes­ti­val pro­vides visi­tors with a rare glimpse of the ru­ral skills and crafts that con­tinue to sup­port the Bri­tish coun­try­side to­day’

Cotswold Show

David Wil­liams

ABOVE: Stop press…the RAF Fal­cons Parachute Dis­play Team will be jump­ing into the Cotswold Show on Sun­day, July 8.

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