What's On: The Festival of British Eventing returns to glorious Gatcombe
4th August 2017
Where: Gatcombe Park, Hampton Fields, Minchinhampton
When: Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6, 2017
Held in the beautiful surroundings of Gatcombe Park, home of HRH The Princess Royal, The Festival of British Eventing is one of the highlights of the Cotswolds calendar.
Presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), the event is hosting top class Championship competitions over the weekend with some of the best riders in the world competing and offering the very best cross country viewing experience anywhere in the world.
With the Park Bowl providing a natural amphitheatre it is the ideal picnic location to watch the cross country action unfold.
The Festival also offers a real family weekend for everyone to enjoy. The Festival's main arena hosts the show jumping phase of the competition and then transforms to take centre stage for the family entertainment held throughout the weekend.
This year the main arena will see the spectacular Atkinson Action Horses performing their high energy, breathtaking explosive show. They are holders of two Guinness World Records and are known for providing horses for films and TV shows including Victoria, Peaky Blinders and Poldark.
The thrilling Shetland Pony Grand National sees junior jockeys fighting it out for a ticket to the prestigious final which take place at Olympia, The London International Horse Show in December.
Picture: Kit Houghton
The Festival's Harringtons arena hosts the popular Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse series as well as The Pony Club Inter-Branch Team Showjumping, and Mounted Games.
Canine enthusiasts can also get involved in the action with a fun dog show and 'have a go' dog agility that will test even the most obedient companion. Open to different breeds, no matter what shape or size, it promises to be a lot of fun.
Over 100 selected trade stands will make up three avenues of quality shopping offering fashionable country attire, as well as new Land Rovers and garden furniture. Unique and bespoke gifts and an amazing array of sweet and savoury treats can be found in the rural crafts marquee.
The Festival Food Walk makes the weekend a gourmet experience with the finest produce that the area has to offer alongside cuisine from around the world.
The combination of the glorious location of Gatcombe Park, top class international sport, family entertainment, first class catering and shopping facilities means that The Festival is an event not to be missed.
Tickets cost £12 on the gate on Friday and £20 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 years and under accompanied by an adult are free of charge.
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