Chipping Campden Events to Enjoy Through the Year

Jun 16, 2023 | Events

Traditional Chipping Campden is a town full of life and this is in part down to the number of events and traditional festivals that happen. Unique such as Dover’s Games, the Scuttlebrook Wake, the Literary Festival and Music Festival makes Chipping Campden a wonderful stay and experience. Below we have handpicked the best Chipping Campden […]

Traditional Chipping Campden is a town full of life and this is in part down to the number of events and traditional festivals that happen. Unique such as Dover’s Games, the Scuttlebrook Wake, the Literary Festival and Music Festival makes Chipping Campden a wonderful stay and experience. Below we have handpicked the best Chipping Campden events.

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Chipping Campden Music Society (CMS)

The Campden Music Society has a full season of exciting concerts for the 2024/

St James’ Church provides the venue for the series of six winter concerts from October to March each year providing superb acoustics for all events.

Tuesday 13th February 2024 St James Church – Elena Fischer-Dieskau

Elena is consistently praised by both critics and audiences, provoking great enthusiasm each time she performs at prestigious festivals and concert halls around the world – including the Edinburgh Festival, Perth Concert Hall, Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein, Lisztomanias de Chateauroux and Auditorium du Louvre.The pianist Nelson Freire called her ‘a great revelation’ after attending one of her performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2. Born in Berlin into a family of musicians, Elena started playing the piano at the age of six. She is the granddaughter of German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Program: Clara Schumann: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op.20, Robert Schumann: Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) Op. 82, Johannes Brahms: Drei Intermezzi Op. 117, Mel Bonis (1858-1937): Women of Legend, Seven Pieces

 

Cidermill Theatre – Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition

Tuesday 20th February 2024 8pm Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

The exhibition is directed by David Bickerstaff (PISSARRO: FATHER OF IMPRESSIONISM, SUNFLOWERS ) and provides art lovers with a chance to see Vermeer’s masterpieces – including Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Geographer, The Milkmaid and the newly restored Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window – in a way that no one else can.

As well as a unique encounter with the work of the great 17th Century artist, VERMEER: THE GREATEST EXHIBITION reveals insights from the team behind the Exhibition, world-renowned curators and Vermeer experts, shedding new light on Vermeer’s mysterious life and masterful work, the artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as the creative process behind his paintings.

Cidermill Theatre – Vanya (FILM)

Friday 23rd February 2024 Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of human emotions.

Filmed live during its sold-out run in London’s West End, Vanya will be playing exclusively in cinemas in 2024.

Cidermill Theatre – The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’

Saturday 24th February 2024 Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club return to Cidermill Theatre with a stunning collection of music, narration and projected archive images and footage, celebrating Ronnie Scott’s ‘Soho Songbook’.

Since it’s humble beginnings as a basement music bar where musicians would jam, through to the internationally acclaimed music venue it is today, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club has showcased the music of some of the world’s greatest and most influential Artists. Hosting landmark performances from the likes of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Michael Bublé – and not forgetting surprise appearances by the likes of Jamie Cullum, Stevie Wonder and Prince!

Featuring classic music from the jazz greats – and in particular the legendary vocalists – who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside narration and projected archive images and rare footage from the club, ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Songbook’ is a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history. Hosted and performed by the award-winning Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by the Club’s Musical Director, this is a unique evening celebrating the music and history of Ronnie Scott’s and is a must for any music fan.

 

Cidermill Theatre – Swing from Paris

Saturday 2nd March  Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Often described as ‘the finest gypsy jazz in the Cotswolds’, Swing from Paris are a UK quartet of violin, guitars and double bass. Inspired by the great swing bands of the 1930s and ’40s, they present their own versions of music by Gershwin, Piazzolla, John Lewis, Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

They’ve been seen on the BBC’s Hairy Bikers, and have appeared at major jazz festivals including Cheltenham, Brecon and the Django Reinhardt Festival at Samois sur Seine. Expect stylish jazz and vintage swing.

 

Cidermill Theatre – Desert Island Flicks (Comedy)

Friday 8th March  7.30pm – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

A blockbuster, adventure and rom com rolled into one, Desert Island Flicks sees two leading ladies reimagine, remake and spoof 90 of the most memorable movie moments of all time in just 90 minutes, taking on all the lead roles, stunts, and special effects!

From timeless classics to modern day marvels, the show celebrates how iconic characters and thrilling plot twists have captured imaginations the world over, bringing people together to laugh, cry, and cheer along in a room full of strangers.

Somewhere between a dance performance, sketch show, a night at the movies and an epic game of charades, Desert Island Flicks shines a spotlight on life lessons learnt from the big screen, all set to a sensational soundtrack.

Cidermill Theatre – Mark Thompson Spectacular Science Show (Family)

Saturday 9th March – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before.

Designed for children and adults alike, Mark’s Spectacular Science Show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies!

Awarded ‘Best Kid’s Show at Edinburgh Fringe’ by The Derek Awards, this interactive show promises to entertain and educate in the most spectacular way!

Mark Thompson, a renowned astronomer, and presenter, brings his unique blend of enthusiasm and expertise to the stage, captivating audiences with mind-blowing demonstrations and jaw-dropping experiments. From exploring the wonders of the universe to unravelling the mysteries of physics and chemistry, Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show guarantees a thrilling journey into the realms of scientific discovery.

 

Chipping Campden Music Society (CMS)

Tuesday 12th March 2024 St James Church – Divertimenti

They are widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting and innovative British chamber groups of its generation. Four of the players in this outstanding ensemble were founder members at its inception in 1978. All five are top ranking players with a wealth of world wide concert experience between them, as soloists and orchestral principals as well as chamber music players. Long standing friends, they share an evergreen love of music making, and a passion for the rich sonorities of the string ensemble repertoire.

Program: Luigi Boccherini: Quintet in C, G 310, Niels Gade: Quintet in F Minor, Johannes Brahms arr Brown: Quintet in F minor, Op 34

By offering the concerts on a subscription basis, the Campden Music Society are able to enjoy a very high standard of music at an incredibly reasonable cost. You can join by using this link. You can join here www.campdenmusic.org.uk/join

You can enjoy all six concerts for just £65.www.campdenmusic.org.uk

Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival

Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th March 2024 Cheltenham Gold Cup – Cheltenham Racecourse

Overlooked by the stunning natural beauty of Cleeve Hill, the magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse is home to 28 fantastic first-class races over the 4 days of the festival in March and an absolute must for those that love the fantastic atmosphere and challenge of horses racing over the hurdles and jumps.

From the Unibet Champion Hurdle and the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Tuesday right through to the blue riband of steeple chasing the Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase with its £625K first prize on Friday, there is a quality racing for everyone throughout the Festival. Use this link below to find out about the races on individual days: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-festival/about-the-event/festival-races/

The link below may give you a few ideas about how to make the very best of your day(s) at Cheltenham – timing, directions & parking, enclosures, the festival dress code, grandstands, food & drink and even shopping, etc. https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-festival/plan-your-day/

To avoid the traffic queues and enhance your day, why not try one of GWSR’s special trains from Toddington to the Racecourse Station when they team up with Classic Hospitality Limited to provide a top-class train service to and from the Festival?

It gives you and your guests a unique opportunity to avoid the race traffic by starting your journey at Toddington railway station and taking the magnificent ATR Express steam train directly to the back of the main Grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse. Experience an arrival which is rather like taking a helicopter into the Silverstone Grand Prix. Instead of getting stuck in the traffic, you’ll start and end your day in style as you are hauled in luxury vintage carriages by a fine thoroughbred steam locomotive.

Relax and indulge in the nostalgic and tranquil setting of Toddington, where you can enjoy live music courtesy of our very own Irish band performing on the platform (Festival only). Step back in time and relish first-class travel as you enjoy a stress-free 35-minute journey through the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds, Malverns and Vale of Evesham pulled by a magnificent steam train locomotive.

Allocated seating is provided and full cash bar service is also available throughout the outbound and return journey where tea, coffee, beers, wines, soft drinks and Champagne are available to purchase. You may even start the day with a special breakfast.

Use this link to find out more about a truly amazing experience. https://www.classichospitality.co.uk/index.php

 

GW Steam Railway – Silver Footplate Steam Driving Experience – Toddington Station

Friday 22nd March 8.30am to 5pm

Forget your train set; enjoy trying the real thing – you can do just that!  A Footplate Experience course on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is something that is sure to thrill and certainly makes a brilliant Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift!Please note this course runs from Toddington Station

The Silver course runs on selected Fridays, costing just £425. Each participant (max. 12) can be accompanied by up to two guests at £30 each who may travel in the brake coach during the course. Please note that participants must be over 18 and all guests must be over the age of 16. We are unable to accept children.

The course includes:

  • Full English breakfast on arrival in our onsite Café for participants and guests
  • Explanation of the day’s events and safety briefing
  • One and a half round trips between Broadway, Toddington and Cheltenham, a total of around 42 miles, during which you will fire and drive your steam locomotive over part of the line, hauling up to seven heritage railway carriages, under expert supervision
  • Packed lunches for participants and guests
  • Signal box tour (participants only)
  • Free year’s membership of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for the participant, including member’s benefits (worth up to £30)
  • Free GWSR Guide Book
  • Commemorative certificate signed by your driver and fireman

To realise a dream, start by ringing 01242 621405

Cidermill Theatre – NTL: The Motive and Cue

Friday 22nd March – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

A new play by Jack Thorne

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play.

1964: Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new Broadway production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel.

Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and designed by Es Devlin (The Crucible), the Evening Standard award-winning best new play was filmed live during a sold-out run at the National Theatre.

Cidermill Theatre – Jungle Book

Sunday 24th March – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Inspired by Kipling’s novel and themes of climate change, inventive shadow puppet theatre, original music and mesmerising colourful projections take you on a magical journey.

Jungle Book is from Indigo Moon Theatre’s portfolio of universal stories that embrace innovative approaches to storytelling. The show brings issues around our natural world and environmental responsibility to life for younger children.

Aimed at ages 4 to 11 years. A warm- hearted production for all the family.

 

 

GW Steam Railway – Behind Closed Doors – Broadway Station

Tuesday 26th March 10am to 1.30pm also Saturday 13th April 10am to 1.30pm

Join them for an exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of their Carriage & Wagon department…..

Your guide will meet you and the rest of the group you will be with for your exclusive tour (max 12 people), on the platform at Broadway Station, and you will board our 10.15am mid-morning service to Winchcombe. During your 25-minute journey, your guide will explain, some of the history of our line, including the history of our famous viaduct. You will then arrive at Winchcombe station, where you will join your guide for mid-morning refreshments and a presentation about the history of our railway. You will then have a behind the scenes tour of our carriage and wagon department, and railway yard, with members of the department, where you will be able to see the exquisite work, our volunteers do in maintaining our fleet of BR Mk1 carriages that are some 60-70 years old. The very carriages you will be travelling in on our line. Following your tour, you will go to our Coffee Pot Café, on platform one at Winchcombe for a Ploughman’s Lunch and a piece of our famous cake. You will also be presented with a ‘goodie’ bag and certificate as a souvenir of your visit.

You will then be free to travel to Cheltenham Race Course Station if you want to with your ticket, or return to Broadway Station at your leisure.

Please note, this experience is only suitable for those over 16 years old and you must be wearing closed toe, solid shoes for the tour. Please note the yard tour is only suitable for those who are fully mobile, due to the very uneven surfaces.

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405

 

Cidermill Theatre – ROH Live: Madama Butterfly

Sunday 26th March – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Royal Opera Chorus – Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

A co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
When the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion – with tragic consequences.

With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, ‘Un bel dì, vedremo’ (‘One fine day’) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan. Asmik Grigorian performs the role of Cio-Cio-San, with Kevin John Edusei conducting.

 

GW Steam Railway – Free Children’s Craft Activities – Winchcombe Station

Friday 29th March 10am to Sunday 7th April

All aboard for Easter Craft Fun at The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway – bring your little ones to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for a day filled with joy, laughter, and creativity. We are thrilled to announce our exciting and FREE children’s Easter craft activities, where young imaginations can run wild and families can create cherished memories together. We deliver these activities in conjunction with Larkswold. To help you plan your journey – you can spend as short or as long a time as you wish with us. Typically, our visitors stay for about an hour. Don’t forget to visit the Coffee Pot café for an ice cream too.

🎨 What’s on Offer:

✨ Easter Eggstravaganza Crafts: Let your children explore their artistic talents by making easter baskets and paper flowers, pom pom chicks and much more. From vibrant colours to glittery designs, watch as their creativity blossoms. Take part in the Easter egg hunt on platform 2. Don’t forget the childrens playground on platform 2 too.

✨ Bunny Bonanza: Create adorable bunny masks and ears. Your little ones can hop around in style, embracing the spirit of Easter.

✨ Chick Charm: Craft cute, fluffy chicks that your children can take home as a delightful memento of their day at the railway.

📅 Event Details: The event is open on operating days in the Tim Mitchell Building at Winchcombe Station.

Entry is with a valid ticket to travel for that day. Ticket Information: participation in our children’s Easter craft activities is absolutely FREE with the purchase of a regular ticket to the railway. Don’t miss out on this eggstra-special opportunity to blend the magic of trains with the joy of Easter festivities! There is a 5% discount for tickets booked in advance online.

Located amidst the picturesque landscapes of Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, our heritage railway is a haven for steam locomotive enthusiasts and families alike. Experience the nostalgia of vintage train rides, explore historic stations, and revel in the charm of the countryside.

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405

 

Paxford Point to Point – North Cotswold Hunt

Monday 1st April 2024 – North Cotswold Hunt – gates open at 10.00

A highlight of the North Cotswold Hunt calendar every year, the North Cotswold Hunt Point to Point takes place in the village of Paxford, just outside Chipping Campden on Easter Bank Holiday Monday.

The course opened in 1997 thanks to the generosity of hunt stalwart Geoff Adams, and provides an excellent day of entertainment for the whole family, with good views of the racecourse, betting facilities, picnic spaces, hound displays, trade stands, bars, food stalls, hospitality and children’s amusements.

The days are getting longer, in between the showers there’s a bit of sun at last and we have something that will put a spring in your step! You can look forward to watching racing in the sun at the Paxford Point to Point on Easter Monday and this year they have a fantastic Online Advance Ticket Booking Offer using:

https://northcotswoldhunt.ticketsrv.co.uk/tickets

This year the entry price on the day will be £20 per person but for online booking, you get a BIG discount at £12.50 until 1/3/24 (after that it’s £15)

It’s dead easy to print your tickets off at home and whizz through the entry gates.

Blockley Horticultural Society – Spring Show

Saturday Tuesday 8th April 2024 2.15pm to 4pm – St George’s Hall, Park Rd, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9BY, UK

From Chipping Campden, just a short journey through Broad Campden to Blockley’s Annual Spring Show for a wonderful display of spring flowers. You can demonstrate your cookery skills and exhibit your favourite photographs and craftwork. Entries are free, everyone welcome from the surrounding district – you don’t need to be a member to enter.  Entry forms are available from the village shop and all forms need to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 5th April 2024.

Doors open at 2.15pm. Entry to the show is £2. A Raffle, plants sales and refreshments will be available.

 

Ebrington Gardening Club – Spring Show

Saturday 13th April 2024 from 2.30pm to 4pm – Ebrington Village Hall GL556NA

From Chipping Campden, just a short journey over the level-crossing Campden to Ebrington’s Spring Show for a wonderful display of spring flowers and much, much more.

 

Cidermill Theatre – ROH Encore: Macmillan Celebrated

Sunday 14th April – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Danses Concertantes, commissioned by Ninette de Valois in 1955, was MacMillan’s first major work. An early sign of the incredible artistic output that would follow, the work’s critical success spurred MacMillan to abandon performing in favour of choreography. It is followed by Different Drummer, MacMillan’s complex and haunting balletic interpretation of Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s play about a soldier’s descent into madness. The mixed programme concludes with Requiem, his 1976 work for Stuttgart Ballet, created in memory of its late artistic director, MacMillan’s friend and former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer John Cranko.

Cidermill Theatre – Claire Martin & Ray Gelato: A Swingin’ Affair

Saturday 20th April – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Join internationally renowned vocalist and Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their new 2024 show together: ‘A Swingin’ Affair’.

Described by The Observer as “Jazz Artistry”, these much celebrated and respected Artists take to the stage to explore the Great American Songbook.

Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, ‘They all Laughed’ and ‘Can’t We Be Friends’.

If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging – this is the show for you. A swingin’ affair indeed!

 

 

GW Steam Railway – Afternoon Tea – Cheltenham Racecourse Station

Sunday 21st April 12.55pm to 15.30pm     SOLD OUT!

Enjoy Cream Tea as you travel through the Cotswolds Countryside on a Steam hauled locomotive with The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway  – served in collaboration with local business, Once Upon a Tearoom. You can join a train for a 28-mile round trip through beautiful Cotswold scenery. You will be greeted by one of our stewards at Cheltenham Racecourse and seated in our first-class coach “Mary”, for the steam hauled* 12:55 departure to Broadway and return with full table service. You will be served a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of cakes, complemented with unlimited tea and coffee as you enjoy a relaxed afternoon train journey.

The cost includes a rover ticket so if you would like to travel on the trains before and afterwards you can

 

GW Steam Railway – Cheltenham Fryer Fish & Chip Specials – Toddington Station

Saturday 27th April 7pm to 9.15pm

Journey through the Cotswold Countryside enjoying Fish & Chips onboard one of their vintage trains.(satnav GL54 5DT) What3Words ///trials.composers.turntable. Free car park, board the train and travel through the beautiful Cotswolds in your reserved seat.  Waiting staff will tend to you at your table supplying for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee.  It is  a rural line running up against the Cotswold escarpment where mobile service is limited and sketchy. So please bring cash with you.  Regrettably, they are unable to accept card payments.

Please be aware that they do not offer children’s tickets and do not recommend this service for children. Seats on all fish and chip trains must be booked in advance. And past experience shows that the tickets sell out very quickly.  The last date for booking is ten working days before the train departs. However, please be aware that the trains are often fully booked several weeks before departure.  Please note that there are no concessionary rates for these trains.

Seating is allocated in advance on these trains so if you want to be seated with other passengers who have booked separately please let GWSR know by email at . If you are unable to book online please telephone the railway at 01242 621 405 before sending a cheque so that we may reserve your seats. You may also pay by card on the telephone.

On arrival at Toddington you will be met by the train manager how will advise you in which coach your seats are located.  Trains depart from Toddington platform 1 at 7.00pm promptly. The fish and chips are being cooked on site at Winchcombe and will be served to your table whilst the train remains at Winchcombe, please do not leave your table unattended incase we miss you out. Once everyone has been served the train departs onwards to Cheltenham Racecourse Station this is where the ice creams will be served. Waiter service will be available on the train for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee. You will be back at Toddington soon after 9.15pm. The fare (including a large portion of fish and chips and ice cream) is £32.50. There is an additional charge of £1 for posting printed tickets.

Passengers are asked not to bring their own refreshments on to these special trains.

Dogs are not allowed on these trains!

They are able to accommodate passengers with mobility difficulties or who are wheelchair users on the fish and chip train but suitable seating is limited.  Please contact us by email to  to outline your requirements before placing your booking so that we can help you enjoy your visit.

 

Cidermill Theatre – ROH Encore: Swan Lake (Cinema)

Sunday 28th April – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Classical ballet’s most powerful tale of love, treachery and forgiveness returns to the Royal Opera House stage.

Shepherds Close Garden – open in aid of Campden Home Nusing

Wednesday 1st May – Shepherds Close, Westington, Chipping Campden GL55 6

The absolutely stunning Shepherds Close garden will be open to the public with thanks to owner, Rita Down, in memory of her beloved husband, Roger, who was a passionate and talented gardener.

This gorgeous hidden gem, in the heart of the Cotswolds, is 3 acres of beautifully kept and imaginatively planned grounds. And at this time of the year, you’ll see the garden at its best.

Thank you to Rita, who is donating funds raised to Campden Home Nursing.

Enjoy wandering around the garden at your leisure. Refreshments available, provided by Huxleys.

Please note, last entry is 3.30pm

 

Cidermill Theatre – ROH Encore: Carmen (Cinema)

Sunday 5th May – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Damiano Michieletto’s sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet’s score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song. Antonello Manacorda conducts an exciting international cast, with Aigul Akhmetshina performing the title role.

 

May Day – Maypole Dancing

Monday 6th May 2024 07.00

May Pole Traditional Dancing in The Square by children from St James & Ebrington Primary School accompanied by Chipping Campden Morris Men.

 

Chipping Campden Literature Festival

Monday 6nd to Saturday 11th May 2024

Main daytime venue is, as always, the delightful and popular Montrose Suite in the Cotswold House Hotel where at past festivals we have had many sell out events. This is an 80 seater venue so to be certain of getting tickets it’s worth considering becoming a Patron or Friend of the Festival to enjoy priority booking. For all events in the Montrose Suite seating is unreserved.

Venue for all day Monday May 6th and Saturday May 11th, is the state of the art Cidermill Theatre based on the Chipping Campden School site. For all events in Cidermill Theatre you will be able to select your own seats.

Monday 6th May 10.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Jane Martinson – You may never see us again – Her definitive story of the Barlcay brothers.

Monday 6th May 12.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Benedict Rogers – The China Nexus – His story of his fight for the freedom

Monday 6th May 14.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Devika Singh – Her provocative new book explores how artists in India participated in global modernism during a crucial period of decolonization and nation building.

Monday 6th May 15.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Lindsay Mackie – Death in Malta – tells the story of how with his two brothers and their father he began a quest to discover who was responsible for their mother Daphne’s murder and who stood to profit from ending the life of a journalist whose courage and determination threatened the powerful with the truth.

Monday 6th May 17.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Stuart Maconie – The Full English – He undertakes his own inventory of the English, with Priestley’s itinerary as guide. Following in Priestley’s footsteps across our nation.

Monday 6th May 18.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Film: The Lady in Number 6 – Music Saved My Life The remarkable life of Alice Herz-Sommer who had her 110th birthday in November 2013 and, until her death on 23rd February 2014, was the world’s oldest holocaust survivor.

Monday 6th May 19.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Daniel Finkelstein – Hitler, Stalin, Mum & Dad – A deeply moving, personal and at times horrifying memoir about Daniel’s parents’ experiences at the hands of the two genocidal dictators of the twentieth century. It is a story of persecution; survival; and the consequences of totalitarianism.

Tuesday 7th May 10.00 – Court Barn Museum – Katy Bevan – Intelligent HandsUsing our hands benefits our cognitive development, improves our mental agility and can have a positive impact on our mental health, too. Making is implicated in managing fidgeting and poor behaviour in schools.

Tuesday 7th May 12.00 – Cotswold House Hotel – Literary Lunch with India Knight – discusses her writing of Darling – a wonderfully funny retelling of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love and her non-fiction writing full of practical beauty tips.

Tuesday 7th May 18.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Paula Byrne – Presents her new biography: Thomas Hardy who once received a fan letter from a young woman in New York.

Tuesday 7th May 20.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Helen Lederer – Not that I am bitter – Best known as Catriona, the dippy journalist in the TV series Absolutely Fabulous, and star of Celebrity Big Brother 2017, tells all.

Wednesday 8th May 10.00 – Cotswold House Hotel – Helen Kelly – The Life & Lies of Charles Dickens – discusses one of Britain’s best-known novelists, from his childhood to his deathbed.

Wednesday 8th May 11.30 – Cotswold House Hotel – Madeleine Bunting – The Seaside, England’s Love Affair – She takes the audience on a journey clockwise around England from Scarborough to Morecambe along a striking variety of coastlines, exploring how holiday towns, still so influential in English history and in the shaping of our national identity, speak powerfully to the character, priorities and state of England today.

Wednesday 8th May 14.00 – Cotswold House Hotel – Charlie Porter – Bring no cloths – He brings you face to face with six members of the Bloomsbury Group, the collective of artists and thinkers who were in the vanguard of a social and sartorial revolution. Each of them offers fresh insight into the constraints and possibilities of fashion today.

Wednesday 8th May 15.30 – Cotswold House Hotel – Ysenda Maxtone Graham – Jobs for the Girls – She shares the interviews she undertook with women who worked in industries across the UK from the 1950s up to the first ping of emails in the1990s. Drawn from real life, from interviews with women from all sections of society who have ever had a job, this book is a portrait of British women’s working lives from 1950.

Wednesday 8th May 19.00 – Cotswold House Hotel – Laura Cumming – Thunderclap – She explores the relationship between art and life, interweaving the lives of Laura Cumming, her Scottish painter father, who also died too young, and the great artists of the Dutch Golden Age.

Wednesday 8th May 20.30 – Cotswold House Hotel – Peter Apps – Show Me the Bodies – He tells how thirty-four days before the Grenfell Fire he broke a story on the dangers of combustible cladding. Six years on, amidst the ongoing national scandal of dangerous high-rise buildings and delays in implementing the inquiry’s recommendations.

Thursday 9th May 10.00 – Cotswold House Hotel – Henry Hemming – Four Shots in the Night – Presents his history into the brutal killing of Frank Heggarty, highlighting the bravery of the men crucial in ending the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the determination of one detective in his dogged search for the truth: Heggarty’s body found in broad daylight, with tape over his eyes, an undisguised hit—would deliver more than the truth.

Thursday 9th May 11.30 – Cotswold House Hotel – Alexandra Harris – The Rising Dawn – An illustrated presentation on one small patch of England, providing visionary journeys through space and time – ‘a World in a Grain of Sand’: When Alexandra returned to her childhood home of West Sussex, she realised that she barely knew the place at all.

Thursday 9th May 14.00 – Cotswold House Hotel – Stanley Wells – What was Shakespeare Really Like – How did Shakespeare think, feel, and work? What were his relationships like? What did he believe about death? What made him laugh?

Thursday 9th May 13.30 – Cotswold House Hotel – Harry Freedman – Shylock’s Venice – He explains how no history of Venice and its Jews can ignore the story of Shakespeare’s Shylock. Who, we wonder, was Shylock? Would the people of Venice have recognised him and what did Shakespeare really think of him?

Thursday 9th May 19.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Zoom from New York – James Kaplan – 3 Shades of Blue – How jazz arrived at the pinnacle of American culture in 1959. Told through the journey of three towering artists Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Bill Evans who came together to create the most iconic jazz album of all time Kind of Blue.

Friday 10th May 10.00 – St James’ Church – Will Van Der Hart – Mind Fuel – Discusses how Bear Grylls draws on his survival experience to share the principles that have helped him overcome fear, develop a positive mindset and break through the obstacles that limit success in everyday life with practical insights to help to increase resilience, combat stress and live life with confidence.

Friday 10th May 12.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Chris Stokel-Walker – How AI Ate the World – He charts AI’s rise from its origins in Cold War America to its far-reaching impact on us today: Chris, goes into the laboratories of the Silicon Valley innovators making rapid advances in ‘large language models’ of machine learning. He meets the insiders at Google and OpenAI who built Bard and ChatGPT and reveals the extraordinary plans they have for them. And he explores the dark side of AI by talking to workers who have lost their jobs to chatbots and engages with futurologists worried that we are creating a dangerous super-intelligence that could threaten humankind.

Friday 10th May 14.00 – The Courtroom in The Old Police Station – Sue Leigh – Poetry Bandwagon : Her Orchards – She reads from her latest collection Her Orchards Sue lives and works in the valley of the River Windrush in Oxfordshire. Walking, note-taking and keeping a daily journal are essential parts of her writing practice.

Friday 10th May 15.30 – The Courtroom in The Old Police Station – Sue Leigh & Alice Mumford – A Painter & A Poet: conversations in colour – They celebrate the intimacy and beauty that can be found in our everyday lives, and discuss their respective creative practices.

Friday 10th May 18.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Eleanor Catton – Birnam Wood – What it means to win literary prizes, and Eleanor’s latest novel, a compelling thriller inspired by ‘Macbeth,’ Climate Change, and the perils of Social Media: Five years ago, Mira Bunting founded a guerrilla gardening group: Birnam Wood.

Friday 10th May 19.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Oliver Soden & Martin Prendergast – An Evening with Noel Coward – They discuss Masquerade: The Lives Of Noel Coward, The voice, the dressing-gown, the cigarette in its holder, remain unmistakable. There is rarely a week when one of Private Lives, Hay Fever, and Blithe Spirit is not in production somewhere in the world.

Saturday 11th May 10.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Tim Smedley – The Last Drop – Gripping, thought-provoking and ultimately optimistic investigation into the world’s next great climate crisis: how water stress – not just scarcity, but also water-quality issues caused by pollution – is already driving the first waves of climate refugees. Rivers are drying out before they meet the oceans, and ancient lakes are disappearing. Fourteen of the world’s twenty megacities are now experiencing water scarcity or drought conditions.

Saturday 11th May 12.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Mike Brearley – Turning Over The Pebbles – A  ‘memoir of the mind’, Brearley reviews his life with all its attendant emotions, tensions and moves. It is also a book of his second thoughts and reassessments, allowing him to understand more fully things that were obscure to him earlier. After all, he says, ‘captaining ourselves, like captaining a team, requires a willingness to allow thoughts and feelings their space’.

Saturday 11th May 14.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Larisa Brown – The Gardener of Lashkar Gah – She shares the hundreds of hours she spent talking to members of the Gul family and others in order to tell their remarkable story: The 20-year war fought by the US and its allies in Afghanistan is the longest war of the 21st century. Shaista Gul, a kind man, built a beautiful garden inside a British military base in Helmand Province that became famous as a calm oasis for soldiers with troubled minds. His son Jamal became an interpreter for the British Army when he was just a teenager. Following the chaotic and abrupt withdrawal of British and American troops in 2021, in what may come to be regarded as one of the worst foreign policy failures of the past hundred years, all members of Shaista Gul’s family suffered.

Saturday 11th May 15.30 – Cidermill Theatre – John Bowers KC – Downward Spiral – He is asked how did this downward spiral begin, and what can be done to reverse it? John’s eye-opening book, presents a fearless examination of the decline in ethical standards before, during and after the Johnson government. He focuses on the institutions responsible for holding the government accountable, exposing how they have been bypassed by prime ministers determined to impose their agenda.

Saturday 11th May 17.00 – Cidermill Theatre – Alison Weir – Mary I Squeen of Sorrows – The ltest Tudor tale, full of drama and tragedy: Adored only child of Henry VIII and his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, Princess Mary is raised in the golden splendour of her father’s court. But the King wants a son and heir. With her parents’ marriage, and England, in crisis, Mary’s perfect world begins to fall apart. Exiled from the court and her beloved mother, she seeks solace in her faith, praying for her father to bring her home.

Saturday 11th May 19.30 – Cidermill Theatre – Lucy Parham piano Sir Simon Russell Beale narrator – Reverie – This was originally created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth in 1862. The narrative, which takes the form of a personal journal, follows him from his initial success with the Prix de Rome in 1885 to his untimely death in 1918.

To see the names of the many writers featured in previous festivals please click here.

Beautifully produced books for our authors to sign are available from the Borzoi Bookshop. (www.borzoibookshop.co.uk)

Toke’s Food and Drink (www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk) provides the evening bar in Chipping Campden School and on Festival Saturday runs a pop-up café selling hot drinks and comestibles. Please do not enter the school hall to go to the café or bookshop while events are in progress.

GW Steam Railway –  Diesel Driver Experience Class 37 – Toddington Station

Friday 10th May 9am to 5.30 pm         SOLD OUT!

Chipping Campden Music Festival

Monday 13th May 19.00 St James’ Church – The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Maggie Faultless – director, David Blackadder – trumpet, Jonathan Manson – cello

There can be no better way of starting the 2024 festival than with a “fanfare” programme  trumpeter including David Blackadder. They have been at the forefront of historically-informed practice ever since their formation in 1986, they are a group of musicians inspired by an era that saw huge advances in scientific, philosophical and artistic development.

PURCELL     Trumpet Sonata in D major Z. 850

PURCELL     Trio Sonata No.1 in B minor Z. 802

BIBER            Sonata No.4 in C for Trumpet and Strings

PURCELL     Three parts upon a Ground Z. 731

HANDEL       Trumpet Suite from the Water Music

HANDEL       Concerto Grosso in B flat major op.6 No.7

TELEMANN Fantasia 6 in G major TWV 40:31

 

Tuesday 14th May 19.00 St James’ Church – Roderick Williams – baritone & Roger Vignoles – piano

Roderick Williams is firmly established as a festival favourite and is joined in a wonderfully evocative recital programme devised closely with Roger Vignoles, who has always been fascinated by the visual aspect of music, especially in song, where the piano part so often plays an illustrative function.

This is especially true of Schubert, who created a wealth of pictorial imagery in his songs, which has been followed by all the great song composers who came after him.” The programme places Schubert landscapes alongside a group of sea pictures by Debussy, Britten and Charles Ives, among others, as well as Francis Poulenc’s modernist take on seven contemporaneous painters of his time. A real feast for the senses.

Figures in a landscape: Schubert – Der Wanderer (Schmidt of Lübeck) D489, Ganymed D544,                    Im Frühling D882, Rastlose Liebe D138 (Goethe), Auf der Riesenkoppe D611

To be sung on the water: Schubert – Meeres Stille D216, Auf der Donau D553, Auf dem See D543,                        Erlafsee D586,  Der Schiffer D536

Songs of night and nature: Schubert – Im Freien D880, Nachtstück D672,  Waldesnacht (Im Walde) D708

Interval

Debussy – De Grêve from Proses Lyriques, Head – The Estuary, Keel -Trade Winds from Three Salt-water Ballads, Britten – Seascape from On this Island, Ives – From The Swimmers, Poulenc – Le travail du peintre, Pablo Picasso,Marc Chagall,
Georges Braque,Juan Gris,
Paul Klee, Joan Mirò, Jacques Villon

Schubert – Wanderers Nachtlied D768, Auf dem Wasser zu singen D774Der Wanderer (Schmidt of Lübeck) D489, Ganymed D544, Frühling D882, Liebe D138 (Goethe), der Riesenkoppe D611

Wednesday 15th May 19.00 St James’ Church – The Gesualdo Six

Guy James countertenor, Alasdair Austin countertenor, Joseph Wicks tenor, Josh Cooter tenor, Michael Craddock baritone, Owain Park director & bass

They have quickly established themselves as a truly remarkable vocal ensemble, small in numbers but immense in impact, with a reputation for innovative and intriguing programming juxtaposing vocal music from across the ages.

Their Director and bass Owain Park describes their Lux Aeterna programme as ‘A sequence for the souls of the departed, to be heard by those who remember them’. Tallis and Byrd beautifully capture a sense of powerlessness in their works, asking for forgiveness and protection.

The pieces by Tavener and Morales present a series of questions, seeking reassurance for those whose lives are at an end. Settings by Eleanor Daley and Joanna Marsh call on us to enjoy all that life has to offer, with a reminder not to let grief overwhelm us.

Cristóbal de Morales – Parce mihi Domine, John Tavener – Funeral Ikos, Orlande de Lassus –                 Clamaverunt ad Dominum, Thomas Tallis – In  Jejunio et fletu, Byrd – Peccantem me quotidie, Howard Skempton – And there was war in heaven, Donna McKevitt – Lumen (Nunc Dimittis), Cristóbal de Morales -Requiem aeternam (Introitus), Vincente Lusitano – Heu me Domine, Judith Bingham – Watch with me, Joanna Marsh – I take thee, Cristóbal de Morales – Lux aeterna (Communio), Richard Rodney Bennett – A Good-Night

 

Thursday 16th May 18.15 St James’ Church – Pierre-Laurent Aimard

He is world-renowned for his formidable technique and interpretative mastery of repertoire old and the new. From Bach’s B flat Partita to Schoenberg Baroque inspired Suite Op.25, through a selection of Schubert miniatures on to Schumann’s highly expressive Carnaval, itself originally inspired by a set of Schubert variations. Please come to the pre-concert talk at 6.15pm to hear Pierre-Laurent expand on aspects of this fascinating programme.

BACH                Partita No.1 in B flat BWV 825

SCHÖNBERG  Suite for piano op.25

SCHUBERT      Ländler and Valses D145, D779, D734

SCHUMANN    Carnaval op.9

 

Friday 17th May 19.00 St James’ Church – Takács String Quartet & Marc-André Hamelin – piano

Edward Dusinberre violin, Harumi Rhodes violin, Richard O’Neill viola, András Fejér cello

Tee Takács have such a perfect chamber music programme – opening with the glowing warmth of Haydn’s miraculous Sunrise quartet, followed by the colourful and mercurial impressionism of the Ravel Quartet and culminating in Dvorak’s life-affirming piano quintet with their regular collaborator, the astonishing Marc-André Hamelin. Marc is playing a short solo piece by Debussy to compliment this programme that will shimmer in St James’ exquisite acoustic.

HAYDN     Quartet in B flat major op.76 No.4 ‘Sunrise’

RAVEL      Quartet in F major

DEBUSSY  “Rêflets dans l’eau” from Images Book 1 No.1

DVOŘÁK   Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, op.81

 

Saturday 18th May 19.00 St James’ Church – Aquinas Piano Trio

Ruth Rogers violin, Katherine Jenkinson cello, Martin Cousin piano

They are familiar faces in Chipping Campden and make a welcome return in 2024. We are indebted to Haydn for establishing the piano trio, string quartet and of course the symphonic format at the heart of classical music tradition.  His exquisite and characterful piano writing is frequently mirrored in the string parts, adding unison colour and embellishment, whilst in the later Schubert and Mendelssohn works, the violin and cello come more and more to the fore  often taking the melodic lead.

HAYDN                   Piano Trio XV:7 in D major

MENDELSSOHN  Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Op.66

SCHUBERT           Piano Trio in B flat major D898

 

Sunday 19th May 19.00 St James’ Church – Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy piano

This is a special ‘festival’ event and a rare opportunity to hear Stravinsky’s celebrated Rite of Spring in its fourhand piano version, an orchestral work which could never fit on St James’ stage. Kolesnikov and Tsoy are a much sought after piano duo.

Schubert’s much-loved Fantasie, both as a counterfoil to the elemental power of the Rite, and to fit alongside Leonid Desyatnikov’s remarkable Trompe-l’oeil, a piece written in reflection of the Schubert. Kolesnikov says: “Desyatnikov left Russia immediately after the start of the invasion in Ukraine, for the first time in his life, and this was I imagine the first major work created in the turmoil. Trompe-l’oeil is a melting pot of cultural references and memories, an anguished, elegiac and deeply affecting masterwork.

STRAVINSKY     The Rite of Spring for Piano Four Hands

DESYATNIKOV Trompe-l’œil

SCHUBERT         Fantasie in F minor D940

 

Monday 20th May 19.00 St James’ Church – Mahan Esfahani – harpsichord

In 1709 Cardinal Ottoboni invited George Frideric Handel and Domenico Scarlatti, two of Europe’s most celebrated musicians of the age, to his palace in Rome for a keyboard duel. Both aged 24 and at the height of their powers, Scarlatti reputedly won the harpsichord leg while Handel triumphed on the organ. Sadly there is no record of what they actually performed but Mahan Esfahani, surely the harpsichord champion of our time, has put together a sparkling programme of works by Handel, Scarlatti and their contemporary Marchand in homage to what must have been an enthralling contest.

MARCHAND      Suite in D minor (1707)

SCARLATTI        Four Sonatas in G K424-427

HANDEL              Suite in B flat major HWV 434

HANDEL              Chaconne in G major HWV 435

SCARLATTI        Six Sonatas from the ‘Essercizi’ (1738)

 

Tuesday 21st May 19.00 St James’ Church – The Festival Academy Orchestra with Elena Urioste

Thomas Hull – conductor, Ruth Rogers – leader

The first Festival Academy Orchestra concert of the year is always a special occasion. After months of preparations, auditions, and then a few days of rehearsals, the orchestra and Thomas take the stage with a huge sense of anticipation. Alongside Brahms’ majestic and much loved third symphony.  He has programmed 2 rather neglected works; Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, which was commissioned for the reopening of Vienna’s Theater in der Josef Stadt in Vienna in 1822, and Elgar’s Violin Concerto written for the great violinist Fritz Kreisler who once said: “If you want to know whom I consider to be the greatest living composer, I say without hesitation Elgar… I place him on an equal footing with my idols, Beethoven and Brahms.”

BEETHOVEN Overture: The Consecration of the House op.124

ELGAR            Violin Concerto in B minor op.61

BRAHMS         Symphony No.3 in F major Op.90

 

Wednesday 22nd May 19.00 St James’ Church – Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective & Francesca Chiejina – soprano

Elena Urioste violin, Savitri Grier violin, Juan-Miguel Hernandez viola, Edgar Francis viola, Laura van der Heijden cello

Making her second appearance at this year’s festival, Elena Urioste joins her Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, a diverse and multifaceted group, co-founded in 2017 with her husband, Tom Poster. For this concert they are fielding a string sextet, with a regular collaborator, the fast-rising star, soprano Francesca Chiejina.

Beethoven    String Quintet in C major Op.29

A.Mahler       4 Songs for Soprano & Strings

‘Die stille Stadt’

‘Laue Sommernacht’

‘Bei dir ist es traut’

‘Erntelied’

 

Zemlinsky    Maiblumen blühten überall

Schönberg  Verklärte Nacht op.4

 

Thursday 22nd May 19.00 St James’ Church – The Festival Academy Orchestra with Steven Osborne

Thomas Hull – conductor, Ruth Rogers – leader

Festival regular Steven Osborne returns for his third appearance with the Festival Orchestra, this time to perform Ravel’s effervescent and ‘blues’ tinted Piano Concerto in G major, which surely contains one of the most soulful slow movements ever written.

It was difficult to resist programming another Ravel wonder, his Mother Goose suite, a masterpiece of musical imagery, colour and orchestration, and to complete a trio 20th Century works we will present a selection of pieces drawn from all three of Prokofiev’s ever popular Romeo and Juliet suites.

RAVEL                 Ma mère l’Oye

RAVEL                 Piano Concerto in G

PROKOFIEV      Romeo & Juliet op.64 (selection from the suites)

 

Friday 22nd May 19.00 St James’ Church – Paul Lewis – Piano

Schubert Sonata series programme IV

Paul Lewis’ recitals are always a festival highlight, and what a privilege it is that our penultimate concert features our Festival President completing his Schubert Sonata Series, a series he is performing at over 30 cities worldwide, with a monumental programme including Schubert’s astonishing final 3 piano sonatas.

Sonata no.19 in C minor D958

Sonata no.20 in A major D959

Sonata no.21 in B flat major D960

 

Saturday 23rd May 19.00 St James’ Church – The Festival Academy Orchestra with Sophie Bevan

Thomas Hull – conductor, Ruth Rogers – leader

It is always a challenge to come up with a fitting festival finale, but with soprano Sophie Bevan joining to sing Richard Strauss’ Four Songs op.27, you are assured a very special occasion. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo Juliet Fantasy Overture with its drama and heart on sleeve romance and Sibelius’ towering 5th Symphony bookend the concert.

TCHAIKOVSKY  Fantasy Overture; Romeo and Juliet

STRAUSS, R          Four Songs op.27

SIBELIUS              Symphony No.5 in E-flat major op.82

 

 

14 May 2024 until 21 May 2024 12.05 – Young Artists Lunchtime Concerts 2024

Program to be advised

 

GW Steam Railway – Gold Footplate Steam Driving Experience – Toddington Station

Friday 17th May 8.30am to 5pm      SOLD OUT!

 

GW Steam Railway –  Cotswolds Festival of Steam – Winchcombe Station

Saturday 25th 08.30 to Monday 27th May 2023 18.00

GWSR is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire offering a round trip of 28 miles. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway’s main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham which used to run via Stratford-upon-Avon. It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.

The Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala is a spectacular event that brings together railway enthusiasts, families, and adventure seekers. Held amidst the charming Cotswold countryside, this gala showcases the elegance and power of steam locomotives, offering a unique experience for visitors of all ages.

Witness magnificent steam locomotives in action, chugging gracefully through the scenic routes of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Marvel at the intricate engineering of these vintage giants as they puff and hiss, filling the air with nostalgia.  A chance to get totally involved in theirheritage displays, featuring historic railway artifacts, vintage carriages, and fascinating exhibits. Learn about the evolution of locomotives and the vital role they played in shaping the region’s history.

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405

 

Cidermill Theatre – ROH Live: Message in a Bottle (Cinema)

Sunday 30th May – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

A Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK production co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford

The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive.

Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon and more. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, high-energy footwork and breath-taking athleticism, Message In A Bottle tells a unifying and uplifting story of humanity and hope.

Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind West End hits Some Like it Hip Hop, Into the Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA (Old Vic), and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

 

Robert Dover’s Games

Friday 2nd June 2023

Scheduled for Friday 2nd June 2023, the Robert Dover’s Games also marks the end of festival season in Chipping Campden, being hot on the heels of the International Music Festival and the Literary Festival. Should you be here on holiday, why not make a weekend of it and stay for Scuttlebrook Wake on Saturday too?  Find out more here.

Some events come and go as the novelty wears off, yet Robert Dover’s annual games have continued to attract crowds to Dover’s Hill in late May or early June since the train arrived in Campden. An event may garner sentimental attachments but, in this case, it is the country setting that adds romance to the celebration. Perhaps many people are swayed by the sound of a band echoing across a hillside or walking down Dyers Lane with torches held aloft around The Square when they arrive for this event. Collectors enjoy adding these beautiful art medals depicting each year’s theme to their collection.

Much thought goes into this celebration of little Dover being tucked away between rolling hills on one side of the line and gentle pastures with stone buildings on this site. Combine all three elements in the procession from the hillside as darkness falls and one can feel part of the agelessness of ways in which people have always enjoyed themselves.

Held every summer on a Friday evening following the late Spring Bank holiday (usually late May or early June), on Dover’s Hill, near Chipping Campden. Peculiar to the games is the sport of shin-kicking (hay stuffed down the trousers can ease one’s brave passage into the later rounds).

The Games and Chipping Campden have been hosts to a championship of rural games since the early seventeenth century. The descendants of Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games continue today despite disease and the events being hampered by Foot & Mouth Disease and the Covid19 virus.

These historic games were first held more than 12 centuries after the last ancient Greek Olympics and almost 3 centuries before the modern Olympic Games, which began in 1896. 2022 will celebrate our 410th anniversary and the games are still held in the arena that bears the founder’s name – Dover’s Hill.

To mark the end of the games, there is usually a huge bonfire and associated firework display that is followed by a torch-lit procession back into the town and dancing to a local band in The Square.

We have a lot to thank F.L. Griggs for, the etcher and engraver, who came to Campden in the early years of the 20th century with the Guild of Handicraft, fell in love with the town and stayed. Very little is known about F.L. Griggs, the etcher and engraver, who settled in Campden during the early 20th century after having worked for the Guild of Handicraft. It was during his stint here that he met the then-Lady Astor while she was on an outing to Campden Park with several friends to play golf at what used to be the local course. Having fallen in love immediately with both Lady Astor and Campden itself, it’s said that Griggs decided right there and then that this was something he couldn’t pass up!

The one thing he knew he wanted for himself was Dover’s Hill where friends are said to have convinced him it would make a perfect place to live in tranquillity away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday city life He wasn’t much of a rich man but made sure Dover’s Hill was well-protected for years to come. That bee tattoo he had put on his arm symbolises today what it meant back then – Friends helping friends!

Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games is an annual holding of unique sporting activities. It combines rural events both for contestants and visitors, combining informal competitions with entertainment for the family.

In true amateur spirit, all events are free to enter:

King of The Hill

one of the traditional events at the Games, this antecedent of modern events like the pentathlon involves individual competitors competing at 4 separate events (in the lower arena). These events are Static Jump (jumping as far as possible from a standstill), Spurning the Barre (an old English version of the Scottish tossing the caber), Hammer Throw and Putting the Shot. The combined total for all four events decides the winner. Entries for this event are taken on the night and entry is open to all adults over 16.

Championship of the Hill

A true crowd-pleaser! The traditional team challenges of ancient rural Games, updated for the 21st century! Teams of 6 participants (many from local pubs or other groups) compete against each other in a series of ever-more-frantic and ever-wetter games! These games vary from year to year, but generally include relays involving wheelbarrows, dustbins, hay bales, slippery running surfaces and lots of water! Very limited team entries are available for this event, but you must notify the organisers beforehand who reserve the right to refuse entry if this event reaches its maximum of 6 teams.

Running Races

The course will be entirely cross-country and entirely on Dover’s Hill. There will be a 1-lap (c. 1 mile) and a 3-lap (c. 3 miles) race. Tug O’ War – is one of the traditional rural sports, (and a former Olympic sport), and is still taken very seriously. Teams of 8 people pit their strength against opposing teams, in a series of ‘pulls’ culminating in a final in front of Dover’s Castle on the Lower Arena. A limited number of team entries may be available. Please contact the organisers before the Games if your intention is to enter the Games.

The Games are only able to go ahead with the kind permission of The National Trust & John Robbins Esq.

Find out more on their website at www.olimpickgames.co.uk

 

Scuttlebrook Wake Market – s new opportunity for 2024

Saturday 1st June 2024

This year for the first time, we are offering market stall pitches at Scuttebrook Wake to bring even more atmosphere to this fine old Campden tradition.

Are you a crafter, baker, charity, or frequent market trader, or know someone who is? If so, then please see the information and contact details below.

Ten 3×3 pitches located between the live music festival (outside the Lygon Arms) & the fairground (in Leysborne).

Chance to set up on the beautiful Chipping Campden High Street, on one of only 2 weekends in the year, when it is entirely closed to road traffic.

Locals and visitors circulating for the Fancy Dress parade, crowning ceremony, children’s races, fairground and live music festival.

Market pitches cost £50 per 3×3 pitch, double pitches available.

Please contact for further information. Thank you for your interest.

Fancy dress parade (led by Pipe band!) will pass directly by the stall pitches.

Stall holders will need to provide their own gazebo and tables. Pitches are unpowered.

Set up anytime from 8am–12 noon, vehicles off site by 11:30am.

Events taking place between 12 midday and 10pm.

Pack down anytime after 7pm (fairground open until 10pm).

 

Scuttlebrook Wake

Saturday 1st June 2024

The Scuttlebrook Wake follows on the day after Robert Dover’s Olimpick Games. There is a procession of the Scuttlebrook May Queen from Littleworth to the square, pulled on her cart by the Campden Morris Men, accompanied by her four attendants and a page boy.

Decorated floats and fancy-dressed participants all parade after her and all shops and houses along the route are encouraged to enter a window competition. The queen is crowned in the square and then she presents prizes to the followers with the best fancy dress.

After this, the square is filled with entertainment from Maypole Dancing, Country Dancing and Morris Dancing. For the rest of the day, it is the fun of the fair with Leasebourne full of traditional fair rides and stalls.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HIGH STREET AND LEYSEBOURNE WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

The Scuttlebrook Festival is a yearly dance festival held by the town’s own Morris Men. An onlooker can tell that this festival has been going on for centuries as the locals put their best foot forward and stomp around in fancy dress costumes until their feet fall off.

While these dances still look simple and easy at first glance, many of the steps took years and years to perfect and it’s interesting to see how they’ve evolved over time as different members of the community tried adding something of their own or stepping out of line slightly.

This is followed by an official competition between two schools who perform a dance routine specially choreographed for the event (it’s always fun to watch!) They practice it the whole year long after school with dedication and fortitude, but we all know how easily children slip up – luckily there are more than enough members of staff on hand during this spectacle to pick them up when they’re down and cheer them on when they’re doing well!

Wakes have been held in Campden since the middle of the 20th century. The young people from Campden High Street traditionally meet at the Cattle Brook in Leasebourne End, though back in the day they used to gather out in fields around town. They would bring along a wooden platform with barrels on top and make music with a drummer, flute player and sometimes a trumpeter!

Today’s Wakes are bigger and better than ever before, with lots going on. Traditional games such as donkey racing and shove-‘la-ha’ are still played out in the streets today in much the same way they were hundreds of years ago but there’s plenty more fun to be had too! Now you can go along to see giant crafts being built from Papier Mache or take part in workshops where you can learn how to use sharp knives, work with wood or throw pots, for example. There are family fun day events including archery and plenty more surprises throughout the year so check back often!

Dancing and Music

Today at Scuttlebrook we celebrate the traditional dances of England with Maypole, Country and Morris dancing taking part in the Square to entertain the crowd. The Chipping Campden Morris Dancers, who perform in the square, also take a key role during the parade pulling the float carrying the May Queen and her attendants. Campden Morris Dancers have a long history stretching back over 300 years and they dance a unique style of Morris dancing that can be found nowhere else. Have a look at their website or Facebook page for more details www.chippingcampdenmorrismen.org

Music is also central to the day’s proceedings with the parade usually being led by a silver band. This year we are also pleased to announce that there will be further afternoon musical entertainment outside the Lygon Arms in the high street.

Children’s Races

The Scuttlebrook children’s races are a real highlight of the weekend. Families and friends gather in the high street outside the Lygon Arms to cheer on the participants. Children of all ages can take part in a variety of races including the “Marathon” and wheelbarrow races as well as more straightforward sprints. This year the event will take place on the day at Scuttlebrook at the usual time of 6 pm to add to the day’s events and encourage the Scuttlebrook party atmosphere to carry on into the evening.

Fancy Dress Parade

The fancy dress parade at Scuttlebrook is at 14.30 at Littleworth and is a really important part of the day. People can enter on foot or on a vehicle and there are prizes which are awarded in the town square during the festivities. Scuttlebrook Wake without the fancy dress would not be the same and so members of the community and visitors alike are encouraged to get involved and take part! There is no fee, no form and no theme. See some of the pictures on the website for ideas.

Prizes to Be Won

The Most Original Fancy Dress in Class A will receive the Nann McGrale Prize. The Joan Taylor Cup goes to the Most Original in Class B. The Best Decorated Vehicle in Class E receives the Jubilee Silver Rose Bowl, donated by Chipping Campden Women’s Institute. The Cup will be awarded to the best window entrant.

A Traditional Fairground

A fairground has been part of the Wake celebrations since the late 1880s with some of the same families from this time still bringing rides to Campden in the 21st century. The fair is an integral part of the day’s celebration and includes a variety of different rides and stalls. The fairground is set up at the Leasebourne end of the high street and is open throughout the day and into the evening of Scuttlebrook. The Fair at Scuttlebrook is one of the last one-day fairs taking place in the country and our aspiration is to make it the best it can possibly be.

Window Competition

The Window competition is a display competition that takes place during the day at Scuttlebrook. Shops, businesses and private homes on the parade route along the high street are all able to take part. Each year there is a different theme and there are prizes for different categories. We want to encourage everyone on the route from Littleworth to Leasebourne to take part and even decorate their homes or businesses to make the day even more of a spectacle.

www.scuttlebrookwake.orgChairman –Patrick Sexton

GW Steam Railway – Cheltenham Fryer Fish & Chip Specials – Toddington Station

Saturday 8th June 7pm to 9.15pm

Journey through the Cotswold Countryside enjoying Fish & Chips onboard one of their vintage trains.(satnav GL54 5DT) What3Words ///trials.composers.turntable. Free car park, board the train and travel through the beautiful Cotswolds in your reserved seat.  Waiting staff will tend to you at your table supplying for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee.  It is  a rural line running up against the Cotswold escarpment where mobile service is limited and sketchy. So please bring cash with you.  Regrettably, they are unable to accept card payments.

Please be aware that they do not offer children’s tickets and do not recommend this service for children. Seats on all fish and chip trains must be booked in advance. And past experience shows that the tickets sell out very quickly.  The last date for booking is ten working days before the train departs. However, please be aware that the trains are often fully booked several weeks before departure.  Please note that there are no concessionary rates for these trains.

Seating is allocated in advance on these trains so if you want to be seated with other passengers who have booked separately please let GWSR know by email at . If you are unable to book online please telephone the railway at 01242 621 405 before sending a cheque so that we may reserve your seats. You may also pay by card on the telephone.

On arrival at Toddington you will be met by the train manager how will advise you in which coach your seats are located.  Trains depart from Toddington platform 1 at 7.00pm promptly. The fish and chips are being cooked on site at Winchcombe and will be served to your table whilst the train remains at Winchcombe, please do not leave your table unattended incase we miss you out. Once everyone has been served the train departs onwards to Cheltenham Racecourse Station this is where the ice creams will be served. Waiter service will be available on the train for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee. You will be back at Toddington soon after 9.15pm. The fare (including a large portion of fish and chips and ice cream) is £32.50. There is an additional charge of £1 for posting printed tickets.

Passengers are asked not to bring their own refreshments on to these special trains.

Dogs are not allowed on these trains.

They are able to accommodate passengers with mobility difficulties or who are wheelchair users on the fish and chip train but suitable seating is limited.  Please contact us by email to  to outline your requirements before placing your booking so that we can help you enjoy your visit.

Old Campden House Open Days

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2024 from 10am to 4pm

Re-imagine the mansion as it was four hundred years ago look out over the parterre and the canal – consider what role might you have played

The East and West Banqueting Houses are extraordinary Jacobean buildings and all that remains of Old Campden House, destroyed in 1645 by fire.

Information on the building’s history and children’s activity sheets will be available on site. Pre-booking is preferred via Eventbrite.

Please note the ground at this site is uneven throughout with occasional rabbit holes, so please wear appropriate footwear and take care. The buildings have narrow spiral staircases.

We do all we can to enable access wherever possible; for further information or if you have any access concerns that you’d like to discuss before visiting, please contact our Booking Enquiries team on 01628 825925 or . The Booking Office is open Mon to Fri – 9am to 5pm.

As a charity, the Landmark Trust relies on donations to support our work. We couldn’t have rescued over 200 Landmarks without the support of people like you. Your support saves historic buildings in danger of being lost forever and makes them available for all to experience and enjoy. Your donation could help train the craftspeople needed to restore buildings like this, or it could offer opportunities to young people to experience history first-hand, through our open days and free stays for study groups.

Sudden Impulse Theatre Company

Old friends at Sudden Impulse will be returning this summer with live Shakespeare performances at Old Campden House. More details and how to book tickets for these events coming soon.

Each afternoon CCHS will have a display in the CHURCH ROOMS about our project to discover The Howse which was so fair, to remind you what we found with our dig and research.

 

Cidermill Theatre – ROH Encore: Andrea Chenier (Cinema)

Sunday 16th June – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

Royal Opera Chorus – Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Co-production withChina National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing and San Francisco Opera
At a glittering party in 18th-century Paris, the poet Andréa Chenier delivers an impassioned denunciation of Louis XVI. Five years later, the Revolution has given way to the Terror, transforming the power balance between Chénier, his beloved Maddalena, and Gérard, the man who could destroy him…

Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar’s spectacular staging, under the baton of long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano – who conducts Giordano’s epic historical drama of revolution and forbidden love in his last production as Music Director of The Royal O

 

Broadway Arts Festival

Friday 9th & Sunday 18th June 2023

Broadway Arts Festival is a biennial celebration of this beautiful Cotswold village’s unique artistic heritage and its enduring relationship with a world-famous colony of American artists and writers, who visited and worked here in the late 19th century.

The festival, which is a charity aims to raise awareness of the community’s rich links with the arts, whilst broadening the appeal of Broadway locally, nationally and internationally, as a destination for artistic endeavour and education. The charitable aim is to encourage an educational arts legacy in the form of our local primary and secondary schools outreach programme and student bursaries for those pursuing a career in the Arts. The festival is creating a sustainable environment within which to inspire, educate, encourage and support Broadway as an internationally recognised centre for the arts.

Chipping Campden Open Gardens Weekend

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2024

Chipping Campden Open Gardens about 20 gardens will be open Chipping
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2024 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

This is a fabulous event where you can walk the historic and beautiful streets of Chipping Campden whilst dropping in on private gardens open – large and small, all within walking distance.

  • Refreshments are available.
  • All proceeds to local charities.
  • Plant sales: Plants sales at Back Ends.
  • Cost: £10.00 covers both days.

How to get event passports: Tickets are available at Tourist Information Centre and participating gardens.
About 20 gardens will be open, but the total may vary from day to day – please contact the organisers if you need exact numbers.

Contact the organisers:
Email:

Toilet Facilities: Toilets are available at this event.

Further details including ticket price to be confirmed nearer the time

Blockley Horticultural Society – Garden Visit to Burmington Grange near Cherrington

Wednesday 19th June 6.30pm to 8pm – Burmington Grange near Cherington, Cherington, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5HZ, UK

From Chipping Campden go out to Shipston on Stour and follow the road towards Oxfordj

An exclusive opportunity to see Burmington Grange’s lovely garden which has previously opened under the National Gardens Open Garden Scheme.

An interesting plantsman’s garden extending to 1.5 acres with wonderful views. Features include a vegetable and flower picking garden, sunken rose, shrub and herbaceous borders and an orchard and tree walk features unusual and feature trees.

The garden consists of a series of more or less enclosed areas, separated by hedges or by changes in level, and all with a broadly geometric structure. Some of it is quite formal and green, with an emphasis on lawns, hedges, trees and topiary. The feel is restrained and rather modernistic. By contrast other areas are full of colour and are more traditional in style. Looking more closely, however, there are many unusual plants

 

GW Steam Railway – Gold Footplate Steam Driving Experience – Toddington Station

Friday 21st June 8.30am to 5pm 

A Footplate Experience course on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is something that is sure to thrill and certainly makes a brilliant Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift!

The Gold course runs from Toddington on selected Fridays, costing £625.  Each of the 8 participants can be accompanied by up to two guests at £30 each who may travel in the brake coach during the course. Please note that participants must be over 18 and all guests must be over the age of 16. We are unable to accept children.

The course includes:

  • Full English breakfast on arrival in our onsite Café for participants and guests
  • Explanation of the day’s events and safety briefing
  • Two round trips between Broadway, Toddington and Cheltenham, a total of 56 miles, during which you will fire and drive your steam locomotive over the full 14 miles of the line, hauling up to seven heritage railway carriages, under expert supervision.
  • Packed lunches for participants and guests
  • Signal box tour (participants only)
  • Free year’s membership of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust for the participant, including member’s benefits (worth up to £30)
  • Free GWSR Guide Book
  • Personalised commemorative certificate signed by your driver and fireman
  • Group Photo
  • A commemorative gift

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405   

 

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2023

Pop along to see a fabulous selection of gardens – use this link for more information and to book tickets:

https://www.blenheimflowershow.co.uk/visitor-info/tickets/

 

GW Steam Railway – Afternoon Tea – Cheltenham Racecourse Station

Sunday 23rd June 12.55pm to 15.30pm    SOLD OUT!

Enjoy Cream Tea as you travel through the Cotswolds Countryside on a Steam hauled locomotive with The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway  – served in collaboration with local business, Once Upon a Tearoom. You can join a train for a 28-mile round trip through beautiful Cotswold scenery. You will be greeted by one of our stewards at Cheltenham Racecourse and seated in our first-class coach “Mary”, for the steam hauled* 12:55 departure to Broadway and return with full table service. You will be served a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of cakes, complemented with unlimited tea and coffee as you enjoy a relaxed afternoon train journey.

The cost includes a rover ticket so if you would like to travel on the trains before and afterwards you can

 

GW Steam Railway – Cheltenham Fryer Murder Mystery Special – Toddington Station

Saturday 29th June 7pm to 9.15pm

Journey through the Cotswold Countryside enjoying Fish & Chips onboard one of their vintage trains.(satnav GL54 5DT) What3Words ///trials.composers.turntable. Free car park, board the train and travel through the beautiful Cotswolds in your reserved seat.  Waiting staff will tend to you at your table supplying for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee.  It is  a rural line running up against the Cotswold escarpment where mobile service is limited and sketchy. So please bring cash with you.  Regrettably, they are unable to accept card payments.

Please be aware that they do not offer children’s tickets and do not recommend this service for children. Seats on all fish and chip trains must be booked in advance. And past experience shows that the tickets sell out very quickly.  The last date for booking is ten working days before the train departs. However, please be aware that the trains are often fully booked several weeks before departure.  Please note that there are no concessionary rates for these trains.

Seating is allocated in advance on these trains so if you want to be seated with other passengers who have booked separately please let GWSR know by email at . If you are unable to book online please telephone the railway at 01242 621 405 before sending a cheque so that we may reserve your seats. You may also pay by card on the telephone.

On arrival at Toddington you will be met by the train manager how will advise you in which coach your seats are located.  Trains depart from Toddington platform 1 at 7.00pm promptly. The fish and chips are being cooked on site at Winchcombe and will be served to your table whilst the train remains at Winchcombe, please do not leave your table unattended incase we miss you out. Once everyone has been served the train departs onwards to Cheltenham Racecourse Station this is where the ice creams will be served. Waiter service will be available on the train for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee. You will be back at Toddington soon after 9.15pm. The fare (including a large portion of fish and chips and ice cream) is £32.50. There is an additional charge of £1 for posting printed tickets.

Passengers are asked not to bring their own refreshments on to these special trains.

Dogs are not allowed on these trains.

They are able to accommodate passengers with mobility difficulties or who are wheelchair users on the fish and chip train but suitable seating is limited.  Please contact us by email to  to outline your requirements before placing your booking so that we can help you enjoy your visit.

GW Steam Railway –  Diesel Driver Experience Class 45 – Toddington Station

Friday 5th July 9am to 5.30 pm         SOLD OUT!

 

GW Steam Railway –  Diesel Gala – Toddington Station

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 9am to 5pm    

A weekend of thrilling locomotives, nostalgic journeys, and unforgettable experiences at the heart of the scenic Gloucestershire countryside. The annual Diesel Gala promises a unique blend of vintage charm and modern power, celebrating the rich heritage of railway transportation.

Event Highlights:

1. Unforgettable Rides: Climb aboard the meticulously restored diesel locomotives and embark on a journey through time. Feel the rumble of the engines, hear the whistle blow, and experience the magic of a bygone era in the comfort of our vintage carriages.

2. Diverse Locomotive Lineup: Marvel at the impressive lineup of diesel engines, showcasing a variety of designs and historical significance. From classic models to rare gems, railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike will find something to admire.

3. Engaging Exhibitions: Explore the interactive exhibitions and discover the fascinating world of railway engineering. Learn about the evolution of locomotives, the art of restoration, and the stories behind these magnificent machines.

 

Hedgehog Hunt – Batsford Arboretum

Sunday 16th July to Sunday 3rd September 2023 from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Great fun for all, find the hedgehogs hidden around the Arboretum and mark their locations on the map provided to win a prize!

GW Steam Railway – Cheltenham Fryer Fish & Chip Special – Toddington Station

Saturday 20th July 7pm to 9.15pm

Journey through the Cotswold Countryside enjoying Fish & Chips onboard one of their vintage trains.(satnav GL54 5DT) What3Words ///trials.composers.turntable. Free car park, board the train and travel through the beautiful Cotswolds in your reserved seat.  Waiting staff will tend to you at your table supplying for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee.  It is  a rural line running up against the Cotswold escarpment where mobile service is limited and sketchy. So please bring cash with you.  Regrettably, they are unable to accept card payments.

Please be aware that they do not offer children’s tickets and do not recommend this service for children. Seats on all fish and chip trains must be booked in advance. And past experience shows that the tickets sell out very quickly.  The last date for booking is ten working days before the train departs. However, please be aware that the trains are often fully booked several weeks before departure.  Please note that there are no concessionary rates for these trains.

Seating is allocated in advance on these trains so if you want to be seated with other passengers who have booked separately please let GWSR know by email at . If you are unable to book online please telephone the railway at 01242 621 405 before sending a cheque so that we may reserve your seats. You may also pay by card on the telephone.

On arrival at Toddington you will be met by the train manager how will advise you in which coach your seats are located.  Trains depart from Toddington platform 1 at 7.00pm promptly. The fish and chips are being cooked on site at Winchcombe and will be served to your table whilst the train remains at Winchcombe, please do not leave your table unattended incase we miss you out. Once everyone has been served the train departs onwards to Cheltenham Racecourse Station this is where the ice creams will be served. Waiter service will be available on the train for soft drinks, beers, wines, teas and coffee. You will be back at Toddington soon after 9.15pm. The fare (including a large portion of fish and chips and ice cream) is £32.50. There is an additional charge of £1 for posting printed tickets.

Passengers are asked not to bring their own refreshments on to these special trains.

Dogs are not allowed on these trains.

They are able to accommodate passengers with mobility difficulties or who are wheelchair users on the fish and chip train but suitable seating is limited.  Please contact us by email to  to outline your requirements before placing your booking so that we can help you enjoy your visit.

Chipping Campden Literature Festival

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th May 2023

The 2023 program is currently in preparation and in line with other book festivals will not be announced until 22nd February 2023.

Printed programmes with booking forms will be sent out in early spring 2023 when the website will also be fully updated along with an online booking system. There will be online booking discounts and no online booking charge.

Please note that last year the 4-weekday events in The Montrose Suit were all sold out and for 2023, priority will be given to Friends of the Festival.h

To see the names of the many writers featured in previous festivals please click here.

Beautifully produced books for our authors to sign are available from the Borzoi Bookshop. (www.borzoibookshop.co.uk)

Toke’s Food and Drink (www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk) provides the evening bar in Chipping Campden School and on Festival Saturday runs a pop-up café selling hot drinks and comestibles. Please do not enter the school hall to go to the café or bookshop while events are in progress.

Chipping Campden Music Festival

Saturday 11th to Saturday 25th May 2024

The wonderful Steinway D is loved by all who play and listen to it.

Bookings Schedule:

In excess of 200 people signed up as Patrons & Friends for 2023, enabling them to enjoy a priority booking period.  This is increasingly the only way to ensure access to the best tickets.

On 1st November 2023 – exiisting members will be invited to sign up for 2024, and after they have had a chance to do so, everyone else on the database will be invited to sign up.

Jan 2nd 2024 – Patrons bookings open

Jan 8th 2024 – Gold Friends bookings open

Jan 15th 2024 – Silver Friends bookings open

Jan 22nd 2024 – General season ticket bookings open

Jan 24th 2024 – All other general bookings open

 

Charlie Bennett –Artistic Directorwww.campdenmusicfestival.co.uk

Remarks from a few of the Performing Artists over the years:

Bernard Haitink – The Chipping Campden Music Festival brings world-class artists as well as young musicians starting their professional journeys to a wonderful venue. To me with a long life as a performer, having the chance to be part of the audience and to hear concerts of outstanding quality in such a setting is the purest joy.

Alfred Brendel – I only discovered the joys of Chipping Campden late in my performing career but still relished the opportunity to play in the glorious acoustics of St James’ Church. Since retiring from the concert platform I have returned a number of times to lecture at the music festival and can’t think of many places that rival this most picturesque Cotswold town in late spring.

Imogen Cooper – her view and that of all musicians she knows, is that The Festival is one of the loveliest in the British summer musical calendar. The audience is knowledgeable, attentive and extremely warm and there is always a sense of occasion. A beautiful piano completes a nigh perfect venue, the whole fuelled by the passionate enthusiasm of Charlie Bennett, whose devotion to quality at all costs is only too rare, and to be treasured.

Julian Lloyd Webber – The Chipping Campden Music Festival is a jewel in the crown of British music-making. Without compromising on either the choice of musicians or their programmes, Charlie Bennett has created one of the ‘hottest tickets’ in classical music

Julius Drake – There are two main reasons we performers love playing at the Chipping Campden International Music Festival. The first is that so much care and thought have gone into the choice of artist and programme by Charlie Bennett – we all know that he really loves the music as much as we do. The other reason is the wonderfully warm welcome the audience always gives you as you step onto the stage in St James’ Church. It really is a great pleasure to return each time.

Tasmin Little – I have always relished playing at the Chipping Campden Music Festival! The church is stunningly beautiful, with wonderful acoustics, and the audiences are always warm, attentive and knowledgeable. Charlie Bennett has created something to be treasured; a festival full of performers of the highest quality, playing superbly varied and engaging programmes, in a glorious venue situated in one of the prettiest villages imaginable.

Steven Isserlis – I love everything about the Chipping Campden Festival! I love the village itself – surely one of the most beautiful in England; I love the church, with its serene atmosphere and beautiful acoustics; I love the way the audience listens with noiseless concentration, to every note one plays; and I love the way we musicians are treated by the administration of the festival, which seems to anticipate our every need, whim or desire. Playing at the festival is one of the highlights of my musical life. Thank you so much to Charlie Bennett and his merry team for all their amazing hard work!

The Jerusalem Quartet – The surroundings and atmosphere in Chipping Campden is pure magic. Combining the unique concert venue with a wonderful audience, which was surely been developed and nurtured with great care, makes for a unique concert experience both for the performers and the audience. It is definitely one of the dates we are most looking forward to on our season calendar. Richard Goode – The spacious beauty and splendid acoustic of St. James Church in Chipping Campden create an ideal atmosphere for making music. Playing there for warm and receptive audiences has been among the highlights of my musical life.

Steven Osborne – The Chipping Campden Festival is one of the best stops on the UK concert scene. Fabulous setting, with a wonderful array of world-class musicians, and real artistic integrity and vision on the part of Charlie Bennett: it’s a joy to perform and attend concerts there.

Robert Levin – The Chipping Campden Music Festival provides an exquisite venue of intimacy amid an incomparable historical setting. It is heart-warming to communicate with such a receptive audience and I congratulate Charlie heartily for his deft programming and personal warmth. Every artist fortunate enough to be invited to perform at the Festival will take indelible memories from the church, town, inhabitants, and visiting audience members.

GW Steam Railway – Teddy Bear Thursdays  – Toddington Station

Thursday 25th July to 8th August 9pm to 5pm

Come along to see the Teddy Bears come out for a picnic on Teddy Bear Thursdays.

If you go down to the GWSR on Thursdays, be sure of a cuddly surprise.

Come along in August see the Teddy Bears come out for a picnic on Teddy Bear Thursdays.

Bring your favourite cuddly bears along for a train ride with views of the Cotswolds.

Come along and travel and picnic with our Teddy Bears on Thursday 25th July, 1st & 8th August.

Perfect for our younger travellers.

GW Steam Railway – Gold Footplate Steam Driving Experience – Toddington Station

Friday 26th July 8.30am to 5pm 

A Footplate Experience course on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is something that is sure to thrill and certainly makes a brilliant Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift!

The Gold course runs from Toddington on selected Fridays, costing £625.  Each of the 8 participants can be accompanied by up to two guests at £30 each who may travel in the brake coach during the course. Please note that participants must be over 18 and all guests must be over the age of 16. We are unable to accept children.

The course includes:

  • Full English breakfast on arrival in our onsite Café for participants and guests
  • Explanation of the day’s events and safety briefing
  • Two round trips between Broadway, Toddington and Cheltenham, a total of 56 miles, during which you will fire and drive your steam locomotive over the full 14 miles of the line, hauling up to seven heritage railway carriages, under expert supervision.
  • Packed lunches for participants and guests
  • Signal box tour (participants only)
  • Free year’s membership of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust for the participant, including member’s benefits (worth up to £30)
  • Free GWSR Guide Book
  • Personalised commemorative certificate signed by your driver and fireman
  • Group Photo
  • A commemorative gift

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405   

 

GW Steam Railway – Go Wild at Winchombe Free Children’s Craft Activities

Saturday 10th to Monday 26th August 9am to 5pm 

Prepare for an enchanting journey through time and imagination at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. As you embark on a scenic voyage, make sure your little ones are all aboard the excitement with our Free Children’s Craft Activities at Wild at Winchcombe! This is delivered in conjunction with Larkswold.

Unleash Creativity: Let your children’s creativity run wild with our engaging craft activities. From colourful paper crafts to hands-on DIY projects, there’s something to spark every young artist’s imagination. Watch their eyes light up as they bring their creations to life, all while surrounded by the charm of the countryside and the rhythm of the steam engine.

Educational Adventures: At Wild at Winchcombe, we believe in learning through nature and play. Our craft activities are designed to be both fun and educational, offering children the chance to explore their artistic talents while discovering the rich history of steam trains and the heritage of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

What to Expect:

• Free Crafting Fun: All craft activities are complimentary for young passengers, with a valid train ticket – making it an affordable day out for families. Suitable for ages 2-10 years.

• Variety of Crafts: Crafts will vary by day, but include face masks, dream catchers, stone painting and natural weaving. Don’t forget the treasure hunt and playground on platform 2.

• Supervised Sessions: Our friendly staff are on hand to assist children and ensure a safe, enjoyable crafting experience.

• Take-Home Memories: Children get to take their creations home as souvenirs, reminding them of the fantastic time they had aboard the steam train.

Join the Adventure: Bring your little ones to Wild at Winchcombe and watch their creativity soar as they engage in delightful craft activities, all while surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the Gloucestershire countryside. Let their imaginations roam free and make memories that will last a lifetime.

To help you plan your journey – you can spend as short or as long a time as you wish with us. Typically, our visitors stay for about an hour.

Don’t forget to visit the Coffee Pot café for an ice cream too.

 

GW Steam Railway – Double Up Sunday Class 37

Sunday 11th August 10am to 5pm 

The sound of a 1750hp English Electric 12CSVT diesel engine rumbling through Greet Tunnel is hard to beat, especially when there’s two of them!

Home resident English Electric Type 3 (Class 37) diesel-electric locomotives No’s D6948 & 37215 will be ‘Doubling Up’ on Sunday  on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, both double-heading and top ‘n’ tailing train services throughout the day, giving visitors and diesel enthusiasts the full ‘English Electric’ experience. 309 locomotives were built by English Electric between 1960 and 1965, with construction being carried out at Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows and Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns in Darlington. The Class 37s were versatile and reliable locomotives which made light work of heavy freight trains and mainline passenger services on both primary and secondary routes. The locomotives had a low axle load and a route availability of 5 (RA5) meaning that the could travel virtually anywhere on the national rail network, which made them particularly useful for operating services on branch lines across the country. Due to their reliability, a number of subclasses were developed over the years to extend their lifespan, so much so that over 90 locomotives still exist today, either in active mainline service, long term storage, or in preservation.   

 The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway currently has two members of the class in its home fleet which are both permanent residents.

 37215 (D6915) is a 37/0 owned by The Growler Group and was built at Newton-le-Willows in 1963. The locomotive operated for the best part of 29 years before it was taken out of service in 1992. The Type 3 was preserved in 1994 and arrived at Toddington in the summer of the same year. It was restored to full working order in 1998, with 2023 marking the significant milestone of 25 year’s of active preservation service. In 2007, 37215 was repainted in to a high standard in BR blue livery as worn by the class during the 1970s and 1980s.

 D6948 (37248) is a 37/0 owned by four individuals who are members of The Growler Group. The locomotive was built at Newton-le-Willows in 1964 and came to Toddington in 2010 wearing West Coast Railways livery and carrying its TOPS running number of 37248 (the locomotive had been restored to operational condition at Carnforth by West Coast Railways as part of a loan agreement which expired in 2009). Under preservation, the Type 3 under went an extensive refurbishment to ‘as built’ 1964 condition taking many years, which included the provision of steam heating and a return to BR green livery with small yellow warning panels (GSYP). 2023 will see the return of D6948 to a Diesel Gala (with its last appearance at a diesel gala being the summer of 2019) having spent the past three years ‘on the sidelines’. The locomotive returned to active service again earlier this year.

Ebrington Gardening Club – Summer Flower & Vegtable Show

Saturday 12th August 2024 from 2.30pm to 4pm – The Washbrook Barn, Ebrington GL55 6NW
(By kind permission of. the Drinkwater Family)

Ebrington’s Summer Flower & Vegetable Show enjoys all the classes you can expect in this annual event and much, much more.

 

Blockley Horticultural Society –  Flower Show

Saturday 31st August 2.15pm to 4pm – St George’s Hall, Park Rd, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9BY, UK

From Chipping Campden, just a short journey through Broad Campden to Blockley’s Annual Spring Show for a wonderful display of spring flowers. You can demonstrate your cookery skills and exhibit your favourite photographs and craftwork. Entries are free, everyone welcome from the surrounding district – you don’t need to be a member to enter.  Entry forms are available from the village shop and all forms need to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 5th April 2024.

Doors open at 2.15pm. Entry to the show is £2. A Raffle, plants sales and refreshments will be available.

 

Mid Shires Novice Sheepdog Trial

Sunday 21st August 2023

Briar Hill Farm, Broad Campden – see the trainee sheepdogs in action

Moreton Agricultural Show, “Moreton Show”

Saturday 2nd September 2023

One of the biggest agricultural shows in the UK, Moreton Show is a place where the industry of farming is celebrated and celebrated hard! It’s a 165-acre showground in the beautiful North Cotswolds bursting with live-action and things to engage and interact with (and sometimes buy and take home as souvenirs). Let your learning curve soar as you discover how your food is raised, all that stuff that goes into raising livestock and poultry for slaughter, what it is that farmers actually farm these days, and why we even need farmers at all.

When it comes to livestock, you know we’ve got farmers and farmers’ markets all figured out, and Moreton Show is just one of the many annual events that we help promote. The National Poll Hereford Cattle Show has been part of our schedule for many years, as well as the best stockmen and women from across the UK converging here at Moreton Hall.

The action-packed Horse Section has lots of showing and shows jumping classes, many of which are Horse of the Year Show qualifiers. In addition to our premier display class, the Grand Arena is home to top-of-the-bill performances reflecting a range of equine disciplines. You can also find entertainment in the Family Fun sections as well as Home & Garden, where you will see showcase displays from exhibitors who specialize in flowers, vegetables, handicrafts, wines and home baking. These sections make for a great day out no matter how young or old you are! And then there’s the shopping – with trade stands, selling everything from Wellington Boots to Combine Harvesters.

It’s all at Moreton Show – The Countryside in a Day.

GW Steam Railway – Double Up Sunday Class 47

Sunday 1st September 10am to 5pm 

The sound of a 2,580 bhp Sulzer 12LDA28-C diesel engine rumbling through Greet Tunnel is hard to beat, but 2 of them is impossible!

Home resident Brush Type 4 (British Rail Class 47) Co-Co diesel-electric locomotives No’s 47105 & 47376 will be ‘Doubling Up’ on Sunday 1st September on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, both double-heading and top ‘n’ tailing train services throughout the day, giving visitors and diesel enthusiasts the full ‘Brush’ experience. 512 locomotives were built between 1962 and 1968, with construction being carried out at Brush Traction’s Falcon Works in Loughborough and British Railways’ Crewe Works. With the decline of steam and with diesel-hydraulics falling out of favour – the latter had become synonymous with the Western Region, the Class 47s quickly became the work horse of the new diesel-electric era. Fitted with powerful 2,750bhp Sulzer 12LDA28-C engines (which were later de-rated to 2,580 bhp to aid reliability), the Brush Type 4s could be found at home on both freight and passenger services across the railway network. Large numbers of the class took charge of express passenger workings which for many years had been the preserve of prestigious steam locomotives. The locomotives had a route availability of 6& 7 (RA6/7) and many examples led colourful and interesting lives wearing a myriad of liveries. A number of subclasses were developed over the years to meet the ever changing landscape and needs of British Rail and the Privatisation era which subsequently followed during the mid-1990s. Between 1998 and 2004, Brush Traction rebuilt 33 examples fitting them with EMD 12-645 engines and reconditioned alternators, which became the British Rail Class 57s. Popular with rail operators and enthusiasts alike, over 70 members of the Brush developed Class 47 still exist today, either in active mainline service, longterm storage, or in preservation.       

 The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway currently has two members of the class in its home fleet which are both permanent residents.

 47105 (D1693) is owned by The Brush Type 4 Fund and was built by Brush Electrical Machines Ltd at Loughborough in 1963. The locomotive was accepted into traffic on the 6th December 1963 as D1693 and operated for the best part of 30 years before being stored unserviceable on the 1st November 1993. 47105 was withdrawn from service on the 13th December 1993 and was purchased by the BrushType 4 Fund on the 24th January 1994. The locomotive was transported to the GWR in April 1994 and started for the first time in preservation 1 month later. Since then, a considerable amount of work has been carried out on the 47 culminating in the reinstatement of its steam heat boiler – thus making 47105 the first Class 47 to steam since 1987. The locomotive returned to passenger service on the 16th July 2021 following a 10 year overhaul, including a full repaint into British Rail Blue livery.     

 47376 (D1895) is owned by The Brush Type 4 Fund and was built by Brush Electrical Machines Ltd at Loughborough in 1965. The locomotive was accepted into traffic on the 1st September 1965 as D1895 and operated for the best part of 36 years before its last working on the 8th June 2001. Whilst operating the Southampton freightliner (4O07) in the Oxford area, a piston dropped into the engine sump writing off the Sulzer 12LDA28-C engine – the train was subsequently assisted to Southampton by a Class 57. The Class 47 was purchased by The Brush Type 4 Fund in November 2002 and transported to the GWR in 2003 after receiving a replacement engine at Ashchurch from sister loco No. 47295 – The engine swap took place on 21stJune 2003 following 47376’s arrival from Southampton Maritime. An interesting fact is that 47376 was the first locomotive to wear the Freightliner Triple Grey livery.    

Academy of Flowers – courses in Chipping Campden

Floristry courses throughout the autumn year at the Chipping Campden flower school in the Cotswolds.

Wednesday 13th to Thursday 14th September 10.30 – 16.00 : 2-day Wedding Course from start to finish.

Friday 15th September 10.00 to 13.00 : Flower Crown Masterclass make your very own flower headress from scratch.

Saturday 16th September 10.30 -16.00 : Vintage flowers 1-day course to understand the charm of vintage style.

Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th September & Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th November 10.30 – 16.00  : 4-day intensive course to enhamce your understanding and experience of Floral Design.

Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th October & 1st to 3rd November 10.30 – 16.00 : 3-day floral design course will give you an opening into the world of Floral Design.

Saturday 7th & Saturday 21st October  & Saturday 4th November 10.00 – 13.00 : Signature hand tied bouquet workshop for any budding flower designer.

Friday 20th October 10.00 – 13.00 : Seasonal living wreath curse to create a stunning natural wreath that will bring Spring in to you home.

Wednesday 29th November & Thursday 30th November : half-day Christmas Wreath workshop to give you a real Christmassy feeling.

GW Steam Railway –  Diesel Driver Experience Class 47 – Toddington Station

Friday 20th September 9am to 5.30 pm         SOLD OUT!

 

GW Steam Railway – Silver Footplate Steam Driving Experience – Toddington Station

Friday 22nd September 8.30am to 5pm

Forget your train set; enjoy trying the real thing – but you can do just that!  A Footplate Experience course on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is something that is sure to thrill and certainly makes a brilliant Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift!

Please note this course runs from Toddington Station

The Silver course runs on selected Fridays, costing just £425. Each participant (max. 12) can be accompanied by up to two guests at £30 each who may travel in the brake coach during the course. Please note that participants must be over 18 and all guests must be over the age of 16. We are unable to accept children.

The course includes:

  • Full English breakfast on arrival in our onsite Café for participants and guests
  • Explanation of the day’s events and safety briefing
  • One and a half round trips between Broadway, Toddington and Cheltenham, a total of around 42 miles, during which you will fire and drive your steam locomotive over part of the line, hauling up to seven heritage railway carriages, under expert supervision
  • Packed lunches for participants and guests
  • Signal box tour (participants only)
  • Free year’s membership of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for the participant, including member’s benefits (worth up to £30)
  • Free GWSR Guide Book
  • Commemorative certificate signed by your driver and fireman

To realise a dream, start by ringing 01242 621405

 

GW Steam Railway – Gold Footplate Steam Driving Experience – Toddington Station

Friday 27th September 8.30am to 5pm 

A Footplate Experience course on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is something that is sure to thrill and certainly makes a brilliant Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift!

The Gold course runs from Toddington on selected Fridays, costing £625.  Each of the 8 participants can be accompanied by up to two guests at £30 each who may travel in the brake coach during the course. Please note that participants must be over 18 and all guests must be over the age of 16. We are unable to accept children.

The course includes:

  • Full English breakfast on arrival in our onsite Café for participants and guests
  • Explanation of the day’s events and safety briefing
  • Two round trips between Broadway, Toddington and Cheltenham, a total of 56 miles, during which you will fire and drive your steam locomotive over the full 14 miles of the line, hauling up to seven heritage railway carriages, under expert supervision.
  • Packed lunches for participants and guests
  • Signal box tour (participants only)
  • Free year’s membership of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust for the participant, including member’s benefits (worth up to £30)
  • Free GWSR Guide Book
  • Personalised commemorative certificate signed by your driver and fireman
  • Group Photo
  • A commemorative gift

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405

 

GW Steam Railway – Young Engineers Experience – Toddington Station

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 9am to 5pm 

Run by volunteers, The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, is very unique. We want to inspire the next generation of Young Engineers …..

A new event for 2024.

We have volunteers carrying out a variety of roles across our railway – signalling, catering services, carriage cleaning, carriage & wagon, and within our steam and diesel departments. Without, our volunteers we wouldn’t be operational. Our Young Engineers event is designed to inspire young minds, fostering a passion for steam engines and heritage railways. Working in partnership with local businesses we will be delivering hands-on experiences, workshops, and wisdom from our volunteers. We aim to empower aspiring engineers to dream big and reach for the stars and maybe in time come and volunteer with us.

Entrance is free.

The event is suitable for ages 5-25!

Please check back for more details very soon.

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405

 

GW Steam Railway – Double Up Sunday Class 37

Sunday 29th September 10am to 5pm 

The sound of a 1750hp English Electric 12CSVT diesel engine rumbling through Greet Tunnel is hard to beat, especially when there’s two of them!

Home resident English Electric Type 3 (Class 37) diesel-electric locomotives No’s D6948 & 37215 will be ‘Doubling Up’ on Sunday  on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, both double-heading and top ‘n’ tailing train services throughout the day, giving visitors and diesel enthusiasts the full ‘English Electric’ experience. 309 locomotives were built by English Electric between 1960 and 1965, with construction being carried out at Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows and Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns in Darlington. The Class 37s were versatile and reliable locomotives which made light work of heavy freight trains and mainline passenger services on both primary and secondary routes. The locomotives had a low axle load and a route availability of 5 (RA5) meaning that the could travel virtually anywhere on the national rail network, which made them particularly useful for operating services on branch lines across the country. Due to their reliability, a number of subclasses were developed over the years to extend their lifespan, so much so that over 90 locomotives still exist today, either in active mainline service, long term storage, or in preservation.   

 The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway currently has two members of the class in its home fleet which are both permanent residents.

 37215 (D6915) is a 37/0 owned by The Growler Group and was built at Newton-le-Willows in 1963. The locomotive operated for the best part of 29 years before it was taken out of service in 1992. The Type 3 was preserved in 1994 and arrived at Toddington in the summer of the same year. It was restored to full working order in 1998, with 2023 marking the significant milestone of 25 year’s of active preservation service. In 2007, 37215 was repainted in to a high standard in BR blue livery as worn by the class during the 1970s and 1980s.

 D6948 (37248) is a 37/0 owned by four individuals who are members of The Growler Group. The locomotive was built at Newton-le-Willows in 1964 and came to Toddington in 2010 wearing West Coast Railways livery and carrying its TOPS running number of 37248 (the locomotive had been restored to operational condition at Carnforth by West Coast Railways as part of a loan agreement which expired in 2009). Under preservation, the Type 3 under went an extensive refurbishment to ‘as built’ 1964 condition taking many years, which included the provision of steam heating and a return to BR green livery with small yellow warning panels (GSYP). 2023 will see the return of D6948 to a Diesel Gala (with its last appearance at a diesel gala being the summer of 2019) having spent the past three years ‘on the sidelines’. The locomotive returned to active service again earlier this year.

GW Steam Railway –  Diesel Driver Experience Class 47 – Toddington Station

Friday 4th October 9am to 5.30 pm

Our courses offer a driving experience over the full length of our line between Broadway to Cheltenham.

The Loco you will get to drive will be drawn from fleet of powerful main-line diesel locomotives which includes Class 45, Class 47 and the ever popular Class 37.

Each course will take six participants, who will each be able to drive between Broadway and Cheltenham Racecourse or vice versa. On your course you will be hauling a train of up to seven Mk I carriages.

Each participant can be accompanied by up to two guests at a cost of £30 each who may travel in the train during the course.

Please note that participants must be over 18 yrs and all guests must be over the age of 16 yrs.

Your Driver Experience Day starts at 0900 at Toddington Station and finishes there at approximately 1730.

The course includes:

  • Full English breakfast on arrival in our onsite Café for participants and guests
  • Explanation of the day’s events and safety briefing
  • Three round trips between Broadway and Cheltenham, a total of 84 miles, during which you will drive your diesel locomotive over approximately 14 miles of the line, hauling up to eight heritage railway carriages, under expert supervision. You will also act as second man for a further 14 miles.
  • Packed lunches for participants and guests
  • Signal Box and Diesel Loco Shed tour (participants only)
  • Free year’s membership of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for the participant, including member’s benefits (worth up to £25)
  • Free GWSR Guide Book
  • Commemorative certificate signed by your driver

Prices – Adult – £495.00 These sell out very quickly Book tickets now

To find out more, start by ringing 01242 621405

Cidermill Theatre – Broadway Arts Festival – ‘An English Journey’ with The Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday 13th October 3pm – 5pm – Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden School, Cidermill Lane, Chipping Campden GL55 6HU

‘An English Journey’ with The Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra

The Birmingham Philharmonic will be presenting a bespoke programme of English composers for the Broadway Arts Festival at Cidermill Theatre on the afternoon of Sunday 13th October 2024.

They will take you on a journey that celebrates some of the very best English composers to include Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Holst, Walton and more.

The Orchestra’s patron is the celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber – the programme will feature Elgar’s Cello Concerto and will take us on a journey of English music from Worcestershire and the West Country, finishing with Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture (In London Town).

A programme of exciting and moving music that is not only appealing to those new to classical music, but also seasoned classical music-lovers in a superb new arts venue with wonderful acoustics in the heart of beautiful Chipping Campden.

 

GW Steam Railway – Autumn Showcase

Saturday 26th and Sunday 29th October 10am to 5pm 

The last hurrah of the main operating season, this event sees the GWSR at its very best.

With an intensive timetable on offer fully utilising the railway, steam and diesel haulage, goods trains, brake van rides, footplate trips, behind-the-scenes access and on Sunday, running after dark, this is an event not to be missed.

Please check back soon for more information and ticket availability. 01242 621405

 

Chipping Campden Events 2024 at Christmas

Chipping Campden Christmas is full of lovely Cotswold events to get you into the festive spirit.

Christmas Market

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December 2024

The Chipping Campden Christmas Market will be held on December 2nd this year. On Saturday in Upper High Street and the Town Square, there will be market stalls selling a variety of Christmas gifts as well as hot food and drinks. In the Town Hall on Upper High Street, there are two floors of stalls offering more Christmas gifts as well as more hot food and drinks for those taking a break from shopping. On Sunday, the fun continues with even more shopping for those who didn’t get what they wanted yet! See www.campdenmarket.co.uk for more information.

Christmas Lights

Saturday 7th December 2024

The Chipping Campden Christmas Lights will be turned on during the afternoon of Saturday, December 7th this year. They present a spectacular and uplifting nighttime display that highlights many of Chipping Campden’s historic buildings from Lower High Street right the way through Leaseborne to Aston Road, Church Street (and the Almshouses). So many positive comments were created last year that the year was left on until the end of January to help launch Chipping Campden out of Covid.

You cannot find a much better way to start preparing for the Festive Season than going to the Chipping Campden Christmas Market to be held in The Square and High Street when the road is closed for a myriad of about 50 stalls to present their wares from midday on Saturday 3rd December.

Father Christmas will be in attendance and there will musical entertainment from 15.00 prior to the lights on the Christmas tree being turned on at dusk (16.30). The entertainment will continue well into the evening with many of the High Street shops also staying open late to welcome you.

Campden Market will also be holding its Christmas Fair in the Town Hall from 10.00 on both Saturday and Sunday with almost another 20 craft stalls.

Whatever your need, you will find what you want and you can take your time and really enjoy the experience of the Christmas Market or just search the open shops for that very special item

Chipping Campden Music Festival – Pre-festival Concert

Wednesday 6th December 2023 – 7pm St James Church

Ecumenical Carole Service

Monday 18th December 2023

Join in this Christmas in the Chipping Campden High Street / Square and get in the festive spirit.

 

Weekly Chipping Campden Events Enjoyed by Both Residents and Visitors to the Cotswold Town

Events happen all through the week and include the following:

Monday’s 17.00 – Chipping Campden Bowling Club – Club Night

Monday’s 18.39 – 20.00 – Men’s Keep Fit – Chipping Campden Leisure Centre

Tuesday’s 10.00 – 12.00 Chipping Campden Art Society Painting Sessions – the first three Tuesdays of each month? David Birch – Watercolour classes

Tuesday’s 10.30 – 12.30 – Men in Sheds – Jecca’s House, Aston Road

Tuesday’s 14.00 – Chipping Campden Town Walk – meet at Market Hall

Tuesday’s 20.00 – Badmington Club, Meon Vale Leisure Centre

Wednesday’s 18.30 – 22.00 – Chipping Campden Bridge Club is a friendly duplicate club. They are pleased to welcome new players and visitors. The club runs a host system to assist current members to find partners and to help introduce new players to the club.

The Host system is temporarily suspended so please come with a partner and arrive no later than 6.40 pm. If you do not have a partner please contact the secretary who will try to help – or Tel 01242 621337

Thursday’s – North Cotswold Vintage Motorcycle Club – mid-week Wrinkle Runs and Lunches https://www.northcotswoldvmcc.com/run-calendar

Thursday’s 10.00 – Chipping Campden Town Walk from Market Hall

Thursday’s 10.30 – 12.30 – Men in Sheds – Jecca’s House, Aston Road

Thursday’s 19.00 – 20.30 – Meon Singers Mickleton – King George’s Hall, Mickleton

Friday’s (except January) 09.00 to 11.0 – Chipping Campden Country Market – in the Lower Town Hall. Homemade jams, cakes, pies, crafts, cards and homegrown vegetables

Sundays – 10.00 – North Cotswold Vintage Motorcycle Club – 40 to 60 mile Social runs through the countryside from The Square most Sundays – see website for details – www.northcotswoldvmcc.com/run-calendar

Cotswold Warden’s Guided Walks and tours happen also throughout the week.

Monthly Events in Chipping Campden

Throughout the year there are also a number of regular monthly events in Chipping Campden that can be enjoyed by anyone visiting this beautiful Cotswold town and that prove popular time and time again with residents and visitors. These events are a great way to experience all that Chipping Campden has to offer, and they’re perfect for anyone who wants to get a little more out of their visit to this charming town.

Walking the Cotswold Way with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Included in the many guided walks provided by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are two along the 102-mile Cotswold Way. Both of these annual walks are in monthly stages commencing in May and running through to February. These walks include transport to and from the start point.

The northbound walk from Bath to Chipping Campden is held on the first Wednesday of each month and the southbound walk from Chipping Campden to Bath is on the first Saturday of each month. For further details please see: http://www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/walking/guided-walks/

Chipping Campden Market

This event is over the second weekend of every month in the Town Hall and sells a variety of crafts and food items. Campden Market is a market of crafts, gifts, cakes, clothes and other goods in the Town Hall, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Many of the goods on sale are handmade by our stallholders.

Markets are held on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month from March to December between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

The ethos of the market is to:

a) Encourage a marketplace for all goods, crafts and skills from persons within the local area (local in this context being a 30mile radius, unless the goods, crafts, and skills, are unavailable in that area then it shall be extended outwards as necessary

b) To help increase the retail offer and footfall of the Town of Chipping CampdenThe market is run by a committee of stall holders, its aim is to keep a mix of stalls throughout the year and where ever possible run good news stories about the market in the local media. We shall from time to time change around the stalls to constantly refresh the view for potential customers and trust that stallholders will help in this. The market takes out public liability insurance to cover the public aspect of that which we do as organisers of the market.

www.campdenmarket.co.uk
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Our next market is on Saturday, 3 December 2022 Christmas MarketSunday, 4 December 2022Saturday, 10 Sunday, 11 December 2022

Saturday, 14 & Sunday 15 January 2023

Summary

Hopefully, this collection of Chipping Campden events shows you how much there is to see and do in Chipping Campden. Cotswold Charm is available all year round to make your stay memorable and let you experience a truly memorable Chipping Campden holiday. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re thinking of visiting Chipping Campden for either long or short stays.

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