A celebration of Cotswold life, crafts and heritage

Stow on the Wold

Stow Cotswold Festival 2017

Saturday 15th July 2017

Keep the day free!

Members of The Sealed Knot at the 2011 Stow Cotswold Festival
Gloster Gladiators marching band arriving at the 2015 Stow Cotswold Festival
Enjoying the sunshine at the 2015 Stow Cotswold Festival

Flock to the Festival …… Baaaaa none

SHEEP are, once again, set to strut their stuff in Stow-on-the-Wold Square – evoking the heyday of the town’s famous wool markets. Cotswold sheep – often known as Cotswold Lions because of their long ‘dreadlocks’ - will be on display alongside alpacas at the Stow Cotswold Festival on Saturday, July 15. In 2015 the biennial event had a strong American theme marking its friendship link with US town Appomattox. This time it is returning to Stow’s own riveting roots with a packed programme from 11am to 11pm in The Square.

“We’re going back to basics to celebrate traditional Cotswold life, crafts and heritage,” said Festival chairman, Dave Wiblin. “Our aim is to extol the virtues of Stow by giving visitors and residents an insight into what has made the town unique through its history and age-old rural skills.”

Visitors will be able to pet sheep and then follow the journey from fleece to finished garments and gifts in St. Edward’s Hall. They can watch a video of a sheep shearing and live demonstrations of carding and spinning to make the yarn. Experts will weave on looms and show off knitting, crocheting, felting and crewel work skills. A one-off community embroidery, featuring Stow Stocks, sheep and trees, will give enthusiasts a chance to add their own stitches and sign an accompanying book. The completed scene will be framed and publicly displayed in commemoration.

Sights, sounds and smells of traditional country crafts will also be showcased in The Square. Hedge-laying, blacksmithing and dry stone walling demonstrations are being given more...

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