Over the next few weeks if you travel to the Cotswolds you will more than likely see a combine or two! The farmers are busy at the moment with getting the crop in from all their fields to be ready in time for the local harvest festivals. Harvesting is the gathering of ripened crops and these are usually gathered and given out within the community to the elderly and also to some of the congregation at the local church.
If you are travelling within the local area you will often see farming machinary around however at this time of the year there will be a lot more on the roads including the big combine machines. If you drive past and see them out in the fields it is fascinating to watch them at work for a few minutes.
Below are a few pictures from around the Cotswolds during the harvest, hope you enjoy.
Chipping Campden is a charming Market Town situated in the North Cotswolds. Home to locals and many visitors that travel to this area throughout the year.
Chipping Campden has a lot of history within the town and a lot of the beauty and iconic buildings that still stand today and attract a lot of the visitors were built with proceeds from the wool trade. The area is famous for the Cotswold Lion sheep, this breed of sheep have a very long coat and their wool bought a lot of money into the area because of this.
In the town stands the beautiful St James' Church, this is known as a wool church as it was also built from the money made during the wool trade. It is a beautiful church with originial stained glass windows and tombstones and memorials for some of the most influencial people within the town over the years.
Before becoming the town of Chipping Campden the area was first three seperate Hamlets known as Berrington, Westington and Broad Campden later being put together to create the Town we know and love today.
It is also the start and/or finish of the Cotswold Way, this is a 102 mile long walk along borders of the Cotswolds that passes the beautiful towns and villages along the way. The end point of this walk being in Bath. If you visit the Town you will see that there is a plaque in the floor just outside the Market Hall which tells you that starting point of this walk. There is also one identical to this in Bath.
For a small town there really is a lot of character and I think that the area as a whole has a lot to offer visitors and toursits.
I hope if you visit you enjoy it just as much as I do!
Although popular all year round the Cotswolds are exceptionally busy during the summer months and the 6 weeks holiday for schools etc. With lots of visitors to the area and many people travelling around this beautiful part of England there are a few specific places really worth visiting during the summer months.
The top place in my mind which is a must see over the next few weeks is the fields of Lavender at Snowshill just outside the village of Broadway. As you can imagine there are many visitors both local and from further afield that pay to view the magnificent sight and scent of the lavender.
As this is a seasonal attraction due to the bud of the lavender now is really the prime time to visit. The smell alone is beautiful, however along with the view of the lavender, the café and shop this is really a great place to spend a couple of hours.
You do have to pay to get into the lavender fields however on a nice day many people will take along a picnic and eat their lunch in the stunning setting.
Below are some pictures that we captured the other weekend and as you can see it really is a beautiful place to visit.
The Cotswolds have been and remain to be one of the most popular places to visit in the UK. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966 it cover across a number of counties such as Gloucestershire, Oxford, Somerset, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire.
Known for it's picturesque houses and Cotswold charm the area acquired it's wealth and profit primarily from the wool trade. A lot of the success from this for the area was from the local breed of sheep known as the Cotswold Lion, the advantage of this particular breed of sheep is that they have very long hair meaning a could be taken off in order to make the wool.
A lot of the money that was made from the wool trade was put into the town into the buildings and most importantly the churches which many of them still stand today including the church of St James in Chipping Campden.
Another famous association to the Cotswolds for visitors is the very popular Cotswold Stone which is used across the area in houses and buildings. This is a lightly coloured Jurassic limestone which when under the sun looks honey coloured and makes the sun beam off the buildings giving the area and look of the towns and villages the typical chocolate box look.
For many people the Cotswolds remain an area of relaxation and adventure as well as showing an unspoilt part of the country. Thriving off business from locals and visitors this is definitely a part of the country which becomes stronger and desirable each year.
This weekend is the two days in which the Landmark Trust are opening the doors of the ruins of Old Campden House. This is a great opportunity to get close to the last remaining ruin of the original house and also take a look around the refurbished banqueting houses.
Day to day this site is normally closed and so this is a good chance for the public to have a look around.
The team here at The Campden Wonder are going to be visiting the site tomorrow and I will update some pictures and information of this onto the website early next week.
If you have looked around the site also this weekend why not get in touch and tell us about what you thought.
Keep your eyes open for some new pictures and video onto the news section.
We have an amazing competition running this month and we are asking for your help!
You may have seen that we recently got a new mascot known as the 'the wonder bear' but we would love him to have a proper name that suits him and ties in with the Cotswolds and our webpages so would love to hear your suggestions.
The best suggestion for our mascot will be sent their very own wonder bear and one runner up will be sent out a 'Campden Wonder' china mug!
So please have a look at the competition video on our homepage and get in touch with us.
Thank you and good luck!
The Wonder bear!
Your probably all wondering what the wonder bear is and I can understand why!
We have a lovely new mascot known as the wonder bear, he will be accompanying us around the Cotswolds and will feature in some of the pictures of the beautiful Cotswold scenery. In time he will also be involved with competitions and other exciting happenings on the webpage!
A star in the making the wonder bear will also be available to purchase for a limited time. The perfect present for yourself or family to remind you of either your trip to Chipping Campden and the Cotswolds or just to have a lovely soft teddy!
Keep an eye out for the wonder bear coming soon!
It's nearly that time of year again for May Day bank holiday and of course the May Day celebrations that come with it. It is a tradition held in many places for the morris men to dance in the town or village either before or on the day of May day very early in the morning.
May day has been celebrated since believed to have been the 17th Century, it is a traditional spring holiday celebrated in many cultures. Many celebrations include dancing, crowning of a may queen and celebrations through food or drink. The celebration of course being linked to spring time and the fertility of livestock and soil etc.
Every year the 1st of May will fall on any of the 7 days out of the week meaning that the first Monday of the month is then taken off as a public holiday.
Chipping Campden is a town which still holds these traditions. Every year the morris dancers and the local primary schools will meet early in the morning to perform their dances and a celebration is held.
If you are visiting the town and are an early bird it is definitely worth trying to watch this entertainment which is held this year in the square at 7am.
Chipping Campden is a beautiful North Cotswolds town which made its wealth primarily from the wool trade. The town attracts many visitors throughout the year who enjoy the scenery and history that this town has to offer. We are now really pleased to be offering 'The Campden Wonder walking tours' these are tours on foot of key points and buildings within the town.
The tours are devised to provide you with an insight into the town and the history of some of the builings and people who helped shaped the town.
Tours will last for approximately 2 hours and are a good way for small groups to see the highlights of the town. Information leaflets and a map will also be provided to keep on track with the route we are taking.
We are now offering the tours to visitors to the town and further information and booking forms can be found by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
So if your visiting the area this year why not get your tour booked in with us.
Chipping Campden is a very popular North Cotswold town which attracts many visitors and tourists each year, the 17th Century high street and magnificent buildings around the town are one of the popular sights that people like to photograph and walk round aswell as the unique shops and cafe's. One place which I think is very special in the town is the Ernest Wilson memorial garden. This is a gated garden which is open every day to the public in tribute of Ernest Wilson.
Ernest Wilson was born in Chipping Campden in 1876, a botanist and explorer he was responsible for introducing more trees, flowers and shrubs that were suitable for British gardens from China than any other collector. The garden was opened in 1984 as a tribute to him and is open every day free of charge, there is however a small collection box for donations which go towards the upkeep of the garden.
Now that the weather is getting warmer and flowers are going to bloom this is definitely a hidden gem in the town and if you are visiting the town this year then I would recommend having a walk around.
Dont forget to take a look at our Flickr page for more photographs of the Cotswolds.