The Stow Cotswold Festival will take place on
4th July 2015
YEE-HA! The spirit of Yankee Doodle Dandy is coming to the Cotswolds. Stow Cotswold Festival celebrates America’s Independence Day on 4th July. Stars and Stripes will fly beside Union Flags; Stetsons, checked shirts and American-style refreshments will star alongside straw hats and traditional cream teas.
The biennial extravaganza marks Stow-on-the-Wold’s unique Friendship Link with the US town of Appomattox. The British town staged the last major skirmish of the English Civil War at which Parliamentarians routed Royalists in the 1646 Battle of Stow. Appomattox witnessed The Battle of Appomattox Court House, one of the American Civil War’s final clashes in 1865.
One of the Festival’s major attractions is a mass ‘Sewing Bee’. Stow’s first community quilt will be put together by visitors and locals as a surprise gift to Appomattox. People can make a pledge or sew a hexagon on the colourful patchwork in St Edward’s Hall. Eye-catching red, white, and blue American material brooches can be made and there will be an American tea party including homemade cookies and brownies.