Detailed below are a summary of some of the events happening throughout Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire during the Summer of 2012
Royal International Air Tattoo Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 July at RAF Fairford
Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world’s greatest air show. The Air Tattoo, one of the UK’s premier outdoor events, will return this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground – so whether a wide-eyed first timer for a seasoned air show veteran, the experience will be breath-taking.
With over 250+ aircraft participating each year, upwards of 140,000 visitors and support from the Royal Air Force and some of the world’s leading aerospace companies, the Royal International Air Tattoo has been acknowledged as not only the world’s largest military air show but also one of the UK’s premier outdoor events for the whole family!
Best of British Show Saturday 26- Sunday 27 August at Kemble Airfield
Cotswold Airport presents a brand new event celebrating the Best of British. Join us over the August Bank Holiday and enjoy a fantastic Flying Display, entertainment in the Arena, live music from the Sound Stage, fabulous food and much, much more.
Fly to the Past Air Show Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 September at Oxford Airport
Fly to the Past is a unique air show, at a unique venue using a unique audio visual production to support the aerobatic displays. We celebrate the history of flight with live filming of the aircraft to giant screens and an all-surround sound system that delivers a live commentary supported by a soundtrack of historic audio clips and music scores. A movie in the sky!
Events at Blenheim Palace
Battle Proms Saturday 14 July
Every summer thousands of concert-goers pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace for the Battle Proms Concert.
Picture a balmy summer evening with friends, sublime music, daring horsemen, fantastic fireworks, cannon fire and even a breath-taking Spitfire display. Over the last 15 years the organizers of the Battle Proms have developed what is now one of the most distinct and comprehensive concert programmes in the UK; this is an exceptional evening not to be missed!
Mini & VW Show Sunday 15 July
This year’s Mini and VW takes place during the summer where fans will head to the beautiful Park here at Blenheim Palace for a joint event organised by Andrew Greenwood. Mini and VW shows are a new and growing concept. The show is a gathering of clubs and private enthusiasts as well as trade stands and jumble stands, where the public can purchase VW/Mini parts and accessories as well as having the chance to see many customised and cherished motors on display.
Whether you’re a Mini and VW fan, or you just enjoy the opportunity to browse the show set within stunning surroundings this should be just the ticket, with club stands, trade stands, concourse and also an auto jumble. At joint Mini and VW shows you can expect to see some cool alternative accessories from the air-cooled scene and perhaps find some inspiration for your Mini project too.
Oxfordshire Classic Car Show Sunday 26 – Monday 27 August
Blenheim Palace offers a superb venue for the 7th Oxfordshire Classic Vehicle Show (Sun & Mon) with a Supercar Picnic & Bike Display on the Monday August Bank Holiday.
A spectacular gathering of classic cars from vintage through to kit and custom will be on display in the palace grounds on 26th and 27th August. Blenheim Palace provides the most appropriate venue and work in partnership with vehicle event specialist Andrew Greenwood’s Classic shows to organise an event to excite, amuse & educate vehicle enthusiasts & the general public alike. This two day event has the added bonus of vehicle judging and an experienced motor commentator to talk us through the day’s events. On the Monday there’s a Supercar Picnic and Bike Display taking place so it promises to be a good two day event and something well worth attending
Blenheim Park International Horse Trials Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 September
The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is in its 22nd year and is now firmly established in the eventing calendar with the world’s best riders as well as the thousands of spectators who come each year to watch the event.
With the magnificent backdrop of Blenheim Palace the first phase of the competition “Dressage” takes place all day on Thursday and Friday, in which a series of pre-set movements are judged subjectively. On Saturday the cross-country, which is the pivotal part of the whole competition takes place over big solid fences and water jumps across the River Glyme on a timed course which runs around the stunning Parkland of the Palace grounds. The finale, which is the Show Jumping takes place on Sunday in front of the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace.
In addition to the eventing action there are lots of other activities in other arenas, Pony Club and Riding Clubs team competition on Thursday and Friday. Plus more than 175 retail outlets!
MGB 50th Anniversary Rally Sunday 23 September
The MG Car Club and MG Owners Club are jointly celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a Birthday Party in the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace where their early photo shoot days took place.
This memorable day is open to MG’s spanning all eras and aims to get you, the MG enthusiast, fully involved and entertained! A display of MGB’s covering all models from the production years – together with examples of other cars which shared the same basic chassis. Significant companies supporting MGB 50, are MG Motor, Heritage Motor Centre, Moss Europe, British Motor Heritage and Brown and Gammons. The chosen charity for the MGB 50 year is Macmillan Cancer Support
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