Campden is blessed with many community organisations and groups that bring people together for a wide variety of activities of common interest.
Campden Business Forum promotes businesses in Chipping Campden to the local community and visitors alike. The Forum operates a website called All About Chipping Campden where businesses can advertise themselves, and alongside the website, the Forum runs an active social media programme. Our social media platforms can be used by local organisations to publicise events, offers, sales and other short term promotions. In addition to running the area's leading business website, the Forum manages the annual awards for business and young entrepreneurs. These awards celebrate excellence in the local commercial world, and encourage the next generation of business-people via the young entrepreneurs awards, which are run in conjunction with Chipping Campden School.
The Campden Society is established for the following purposes: 1) To secure the protection of the architectural and historic quality of Campden, its open spaces and its natural setting. 2) To promote high standards of planning, architecture and landscaping m Campden. 3) To stimulate interest in and concern for the character and beauty of Campden. 4) To promote awareness of the climate emergency, to push for zero carbon solutions and to protect terrestrial biodiversity, within Campden. "Campden" means the town of Chipping Campden, the village of Broad Campden and their surrounding areas.
Chipping Campden History Society (CCHS) aims to involve people of all ages in understanding and enjoying the history of Campden and surrounding villages through a programme of meetings, talks, outings, research and exhibitions.
“Chipping Campden Music Festival brings worldclass artists – and also young musicians starting their professional journeys – to a wonderful venue. After a long lifetime as a performer, having the chance to be part of the audience and to hear concerts of outstanding quality in such a setting is the purest joy.” - Bernard Haitink
“I only discovered the joys of Chipping Campden late in my performing career but still relished the opportunity to play in the glorious acoustics of St James’ Church. Since retiring from the concert platform I have returned a number of times to lecture at the music festival and can’t think of many places that rival this most picturesque Cotswold town in late spring.” - Alfred Brendel
Campden Music Winter Season offers a series of six winter concerts from October to March each year in the superb acoustic of St James’ Church.
By offering these on a subscription basis we are able to enjoy a very high standard of music at an incredibly reasonable cost.
Chipping Campden Literature Festival takes place each May. The aim is to celebrate the art of writing, the joy of reading and the beauty of books with a programme that, as well as best selling novelists, features recently published authors of widely reviewed non-fiction – history, politics, science, gender, race, theatre, music, religion, and the natural world – including literary memoir and biography.
Ebrington & District Gardening Club is a very active and thriving club which is affiliated to the RHS and NVS. We offer a varied programme of garden visits and talks on garden related topics as well as holding Spring and Summer Shows. Contact Tony Boyse, Programme Secretary.
Ernest Wilson Garden The great plant-hunter, Ernest Wilson, who was born in Chipping Campden, is commemorated in this lovely botanical garden just off Campden's High Street. You are very welcome to visit the garden during hours of daylight. There is no charge but we rely on donations to cover the upkeep of the garden and there is a donation box by the exit. You can also pay by smartphone and on our website.
For further details about the garden, a map of its location, Ernest Wilson and the plants he discovered please visit our website.
Please email us if you are interested in volunteer gardening.
Chipping Campden Tennis Club has a friendly and relaxed club atmosphere and we pride ourselves on the warm welcome that we give to everyone who comes and plays here. The club was established in 1953 and we currently have over 150 adult members and nearly 80 junior members. We believe that each and every individual, regardless of their age, ability and playing intentions, should feel valued as part of the club. There are plenty of opportunities to play tennis through both the summer and winter months. Our aim is to make every member feel welcome, to allow them to develop their tennis as much as they wish and to provide a framework in which they can enjoy their tennis and the company of fellow members.
Campden Cricket Club are always looking for willing players and volunteers for our cricket club. So if you are interested in what we have to offer, we look forward to hearing from you.
Cotswold Leisure provides a wide range of activities. As well as everything you’d expect, including a state-of-the-art gym and a pool that plays host to a multitude of aquatic activities, including our award-winning swimming lessons, you can also enjoy other activities. These include tennis on our outdoor courts, while you can also enjoy a game of tennis on our all-weather astroturf pitch, while our sports hall plays host to a variety of activities, including badminton, basketball, table tennis and five-a-side football.
The Bowling Club green and clubhouse are in a most attractive setting. The green is one of the best in the area and is full size with space for 6/7 rinks. Our clubhouse is modern with a large meeting/function room, bar, kitchen and changing rooms. There is ample off road parking. Touring teams are welcome and we recommend Chipping Campden as a centre for bowling tours in the Cotswolds.