The Cotswold Olimpicks - Your Questions Answered
Is the Cotswold Olimpicks definitely on this year?
We’ve been grafting pretty hard behind the scenes, raising funds and gathering enough helpers to bring The Games back to Dovers Hill for 2018.
When is it?
Friday 1st June.
What time does it all kick off?
The gates open at 5pm, that’s when all the fun begins. You can enjoy our sideshows, food, music, dance and static displays. Then at 6pm there’s a jousting display in the Main Arena.
Ooh tell us more… What else have you got on?
We think that Dovers' Games is the ultimate Cotswold spectator sport, with something for everyone, but for our full line-up it’s best if you take a look at our event timetable here.
Can I bring my dog?
We are very sorry but due to the nature of the event and the fireworks we can’t allow dogs on the hill.
Oh yes! The firework display lights up the the sky over the Vale shortly after Robert Dover & Endymion Porter escort the Scuttlebrook Queen to light the beacon before the torch-lit procession is led, by the band into the town square for even more merriment and dancing to the live band.
Ah yes, where can I buy my torch for the procession?
On the hill. There will be a stall where you can purchase torches for £3.50.
Can I bring a food onto the hill?
Well yes you can, but we have some mega tasty offerings from local food suppliers this year. The line up looks like this; The Persian Kitchen dishing out authentic eastern kebabs, burritos and burgers created by The Camper Hamper, Trailer Trash cooking up gourmet burgers, premium fish and chips served by The Starchip Enterprise, La Bonne Crepe crafting artisan crepes, traditional Ice Cream from Abigail's Vintage Scoop and hot drinks served from Grouch Coffee.
Can we bring alcohol?
We regret that strictly no alcohol is allowed onto the hill, but after the procession into the town there will be a bar in The Square.
How much is it to get in?
Adult tickets are £6.50
Children 5-16 £2.50
Under 5's are FREE
This year we are also offering a Family Ticket for £15 wick you can buy online but these are limited.
Where can I buy tickets?
This is the first year we’ve had tickets available online here
And from 14th May 'til 31st May you can also buy tickets from Toke's Food & Drink on the high street in Chipping Campden.
On the day of the event there will also be tickets will be for sale at the dedicated stall in the Town Square.
What’s the best way to get to the event?
By Bus - catch one of our official return shuttle busses up to Dovers' Hill. You'll need to buy your shuttle bus tickets (adults £1 children 50p) from the Town Square, not far from where the buses depart for the hill.
By foot - Chipping Campden marks the start of the Cotswold Way, you can take the first part of the route which leads you, by footpath straight onto Dovers' Hill. Head down the High Street and turn right just before the Volunteer Inn, along Back Ends then head up Hoo Lane and look for the event signage.
There is FREE parking in the town. Chipping Campden High School (GL55 6HU) is probably the best spot.
We do have some limited paid parking on the hill.
However you decide to arrive, check for road closures, take care when walking on roads and please park considerately.
How do I enter the Shin Kicking?
Just rock up on the night with your brave pants on and put your name down at the registration area at 6.30pm.
Can I take photographs?
I there anything else I need to know?
No, just come along and have a cracking night and enjoy the spirit of the games, just as Robert Dover himself would have wanted.
Oh and come back next year, our 2019 event promises to be even bigger and better!!
If you have any more questions feel free to get in touch here.