Last month a new book was bought out by the CCHS (Chipping Campden History Society) with information about the famous Old Campden House. The book is called 'The Howse which was so faire' and includes lots of information plus pictures of what the house would have looked like and the deteriation of the house to the ruins that stands before us today. Below is a picture of the book, well worth a read if you are interested in the history of Campden and Old Campden House.
Over the weekend the grounds of Old Campden were open to the public to look round, this is a very rare sight as usually the grounds are locked and are only open once a year for people to see. This year instead of just the site being open the CCHS created a weekend full of activities and events for visitors to the site. There was a BBQ running on both days provided by the towns local butcher Fillet and Bone as well as activities for children such as hobby horse racing! Below are some pictures from the weekend.
Over the weekend saw the return of the annual Broadway Food Festival, this event ran on Sunday from 10am to 4pm and attracted lots of locals and visitors to the Green where it was being held. There were a number of different locals suppliers who came for the day, including cakes, meat, chutneys, cider, jams and many more. Many of the stands included cooking demo's and free tasters as well as the opportunity to buy the produce. There was musical entertainment along the street and all of the shops were open for visitors to have a look around. Overall it was a really lovely day out and I would highly recommend to anyone that was thinking of going next year.
Last weekend saw the annual Moreton Show, this is a variety of attractions including livestock, tractors, entertainment, retail stalls and food and drink. As you can imagine it is a popular attraction within the Cotswolds and has a high number of people attending. There is usually attractions for all ages from young to old and it is a fun day out for all the family. The weather was good for the show this year, a little chilly in the morning however the sun soon came out to warm up the day and by the afternoon you were glad to be able to find a little bit of shade. Many retailers were craft stalls and clothing as well as some agricultural stalls for bigger machinery and farming supplies. The small town of Moreton was pushed to the limit with the traffic and by the early afternoon it was that busy that crowd dodging was top of the priority. Below are some pictures of the day.
The children have finished school for the summer and lots of places will start to fill up with families travelling to the Cotswolds on their holidays. There's so many exciting places to discover as a family around the Cotswolds and if you can guarantee the nice weather like we have been having then it can make for an interesting and exciting summer holiday.
There have been many different events on throughout the Cotswolds which have kept the whole family entertained. Some of these events are free to go along to and others are year round attractions which come to life in the summer such as the Cotswold Farm Park and Cotswold Wildlife Park.
Its a good tip for parents to do their research before travelling to certain areas as this time of year there is usually a timetable of free events that will be happening over the summer, its good to plan ahead and if you can attend this can help with the cost of trying to entertain the whole family through the summer.
The Cotswolds will then start to wind down after the summer in preperation for the Autumn/Winter which will bring with (dare I say it) Christmas Markets and much more.
Around the North Cotswolds at the moment if you visiting or just driving past you may see many wonderful Hare's dotted around the place. Each year from 2013 a series of Hare's have been made and placed around the local area. Originally starting out in Cirencester the Hare Festival celebrated the town's link between the Roman Hare Corinium Museum and involved the trial of 5 foot Hare sculptures decorated by Local Artists. The money raised by the auction at the end of the event was then given to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to help put in place a new and improved walkway around the river for locals and tourists.
Each year the event has got more popular and the Hare's have gone to other places around the Cotswolds as the years have gone on. This year 2018 the event was proving very popular that Cotswold Area of Natural Beauty decided to partner with the event.
In Chipping Campden this year we are lucky enough to have one of the Hare's outside of the Courtbarn Museum, of course this has proved very popular with locals and visitors. I am awaiting some pictures of the famous Hare however as soon as I have them I will upload them all for people to see.
Every year in Chipping Campden we have the annual Robert Dovers Games and Scuttlebrook Wake. This weekend 1st and 2nd of June will see the festivities being bought to the town again. On Friday evening Robert Dovers Games will be underway on top of Dovers Hill with stalls and fair rides as well as the famous torch lit procession which will make its way from the top of the hill down into the square where a band will be playing until midnight. On the Saturday the Scuttlebrook Wake festivites will be in full swing, the cart with the May Queen and her attendants will be decorated with beautiful flowers and pulled down into the Town by the Morris Men. Local children will enter the fancy dress competition as well as performances from the local primary school of Maypole and country dancing. After the celebrations in the square have finished the new Queen offically opens up the fair and that will take place along the high street until late into the evening. Just like magic the fair packs up and disappears overnight and the small Town of Chipping Campden goes back to its normal way of life.
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