Whilst we’re still recovering from the amazing Wilderness Festival here in the Cotswolds we’re still getting excited about the rest of August. August needs to be done in style. Don’t bother with other parts of the world at this time of year. August is Britain’s finest month so grab it and own it. Forget the delights of Ibiza or the Greek isles in August. Save them for a grey day in October.
August needs to have you donning your wildest festival clothes, letting your hair flow in the wind and then letting your inner hedonist out at the events below. Ban the laptop and those soulless corporate offices we inhabit every day of our lives just for a few weeks…….
23 – 25 August 2019
On Alex James’s Farm in The Cotswolds – stay at the Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood (click here to book a room)
Alex James, the Blur musician and cheesemaker, is a local to the Swan and came to the opening night. He started an amazing festival on his farm about ten years ago and it’s a brilliant weekend of eating, drinking and music. This year is the best so far with a fantastic line up Elbow, Jack Savoretti, Jess Gylnne, Lewis Capaldi, Rudimental and lots of other fantastic bands. You can also feast like a king amongst world renowned chefs and meet Prue Leith from The Great British Bake Off. But the real highlight of the weekend is checking in at the Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood. As Giles Coren said in his review recently in the Saturday Times its “a bloody excellent Cotswolds pub” (review the review here) so book in here and book a table for lunch and supper to recover from the weekend of festivities (book a table here.)
The nearest station is Kingham (about 5/10 minutes from the Swan) book your tickets here.
P.S. you can win a stay at the Swan in Ascott under Wychwood and free tickets by following us on Instagram.
When you’ve finished there head back to London for:
26 August 2019
On Clapham Common in London
This is a great festival on London’s Clapham Common with the likes of Ziggy Marley (Bob’s son), Horace Andy, Akala, Jimmy Cliff, David Rodigan and many others playing is bound to be a really fun weekend. Start on the Friday & Saturday night here and then head to the Cotswolds for the Sunday and Monday at Big Feastival. Once you’ve finished here hop on the train and head up to Edinburgh to finish August in style.
Various Venues in Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Fringe is still rampaging its way through the Scottish capital of Edinburgh with a huge line up of acts from comedians to start up shows, pop up bars and restaurants. We can’t even begin to start listing the best acts because there are too many but you read about it here. Hop on the train from London and within 2 hours you’ll be in York. Malton and one of our sister sites, The Talbot, is 30 minutes by train from York. Have a wander around the stunning streets of York and then grab the train to Malton. Book at a room and book a table at the Talbot. Whilst you’re there visit Castle Howard, spend the morning walking the moors and then the afternoon at the coast (20 minutes away). Head back to York by train and continue your journey to Edinburgh.