Summer Festivals Galore!

Looking for an excuse to visit us here?

Well look no further than the dazzling array of festivals and events that you’ll find here every year.

There’s something for everyone here in Gloucester; that includes music lovers, theatre buffs and outdoorsy types alike. Throughout the summer there’s a real buzz around the area as thousands of people flock to the area to attend one of a kind arts festivals, unique exhibitions and food conventions. The sun’s been shining for weeks now and everyone here is excited for summer holidays and trips away, but we’re thrilled for what’s going on right here in Gloucester.

Each year there are loads of events for us to visit, in fact there’s so many that we rarely get a chance to see them all! Here’s a run down of some of our all-time favourites:

Barn on the Farm

What started as a handful of unknown bands playing in a barn has turned into one of the most popular independent music festivals in the UK. Over Farm is the location for this award winning festival, an idyllic rural setting which is perfect for the consistent lineup of chilled out indie bands and acoustic acts that grace the handful of stages each year. Previous headliners have included Tom Misch, Ed Sheerhan, Ben Howard and Matt Corby.

When is it? Usually first weekend in July
How much?​ £100 for the weekend
Where is it? Over Farm, Gloucester

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Organised in association with BBC Radio 2, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of the biggest of its kinds in the UK; a partially free event that prioritises accessibility making this a great choice for families older and younger alike. Both Cheltenham and Gloucester are well suited to host music events with plenty of historic buildings that make for an atmospheric night out such as Tewkesbury Abbey and Cheltenham Town Hall, not to mention purpose built stages like The Helix Theatre and Big Top.

When is it? May Bank Holiday
How much?​ Free areas with ticketed events
Where is it? Montpellier Gardens plus other venues

Gloucester History Fest

Huge droves of people visit Gloucester every year for its historical value alone, the city’s rich heritage is one of the reasons it’s such a popular destination and there’s no better time to enjoy it than during the Gloucester History Festival. Hundreds of events take place over the course of a fortnight with fun activities for kids, musical performances, as well as scintillating talks by best-selling  authors and professors.

When is it? 1st-16th September
How much?​ Mostly free (see site for details)
Where is it? Various venues across Gloucester

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival

The Rhythm & Blues Festival is one of the most well-attended in the area and for good reason. For a whole week the city of Gloucester is teeming with world-class musicians who you can watch completely free of charge at a variety of independent pubs and cafes. If you’ve not had the chance to visit us yet then this is the perfect chance to do so as it gives you the opportunity to enjoy some great live music whilst being able to explore the city as you like.

When is it? Penultimate weekend to final weekend of July
How much?​ Free of charge
Where is it? Various venues across Gloucester