What’s on in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds this Autumn
The kids are back at school and the nights are drawing in, and that can only mean one thing: autumn is here, bringing with it a host of fun and cosy seasonal events around Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Rather than lamenting the end of the summer, get these events into your diary so you have plenty to look forward to this autumn.
Blenheim Horse Trials
Taking place in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace from the 8th to the 11th of September, the Blenheim Horse Trials sees some of the country’s top equestrian talent descend on the pretty Cotswolds town of Woodstock. Whether you enjoy the intricacies of dressage or the thrill of cross-country and show jumping, Blenheim Horse Trials is sure to be a fun day out – and paying a visit to the shopping village is a must before you leave.
Broadway Food Festival
If horses aren’t your cup of tea, you might prefer another event being held the same weekend: the Broadway Food Festival, on the village green on 11 September. Entry is free and you’ll discover all manner of local artisan producers – doubtless with plenty of free samples to boot. Expect cooking demonstrations from local chefs and come ready to stock up on your favourite tasty treats (as well as discovering some new flavours).
Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum
There’s no better place to appreciate the autumn colours than Westonbirt Arboretum, whose 15,000 trees are at their most spectacular at this time of year. Rusty reds, vivid oranges and bright yellow hues cover the trees from September to November, and this year you can get an even better view thanks to the Arboretum’s new treetop walkway. Mark it in your calendar for October to see this natural display at its peak.
Halloweek at Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe in the Cotswolds takes on a spooky atmosphere fit for Halloween in October, making it the perfect place to take the kids in the run-up to the 31st. It runs from the 24th to the 30th of October and features ghost stories, a fancy dress competition and an exciting Halloween trail around the picturesque grounds.
Illuminated Weekends at Fairytale Farm
Sure to be another firm favourite both with the younger generation and the young-at-heart, Illuminated Weekends at Fairytale Farm sees the transformation of the Enchanted Walk into a magical world of fairy lights. This beautiful event happens every weekend at dusk from the 15th of October to the 18th of December and then every day until Christmas.
Wantage Autumn Festival
Celebrate the beauty of the autumn season at the fun Wantage Autumn Festival, which takes place this year on the 23rd of October. Look forward to a great selection of food and craft stalls, along with traditional apple pressing (bring your own apples and get them turned into delicious apple juice) and live entertainment. Don’t forget to hire a chauffeur so you can sample all the tasty local ciders and ales without having to worry about driving home.