Currently as I'm writing the latest blog we are enjoying 22 degree sunshine. This is a real treat and quite an extreme from the weather we had been experiencing lately. How long the weather will last none of us know however the sunshine definitely makes people act much more different than when the weather is gloomy. People seem to smile more and say hello when the sunshine is out as it just picks us up and makes us feel much better. The Cotswolds are beautiful in the sunshine, the famous Cotswold Stone is glorified in this type of weather and when the sun hits it makes the buildings look a lovely honey colour. Many walkers are also happy when the weather changes as they can enjoy many of the walks around the area such as the Cotswold Way, Heart of England Way and many of the countryside pathways which run through the Towns and Villages. Aswell as being occupied by many of the walks the Spring and Summer is when most of the annual festivities begin, in Chipping Campden at the End of May/ beginning of June we have the annual Robert Dovers Games which takes place on top of Dovers Hill and then Scuttlebrook Wake the day after in the square. Unfortunately although this tradition has been going for many years, due to finances, last year Dovers Games could not take place. To locals and visitors that participate with the annual celebrations it really didn't feel 'normal' and the celebrations on the hill were sorely missed. After a few different fund raising events it has been confirmed that this year it will be back, much to the delight of many locals. Unfortunately with all festivities that have been going for years and years there is always that worry that they may not last forever and a lot of work behind the scene goes on in order that it will last as long as possible.
Hopefully we are now over the worst of the weather and the Winter is well on the way out. The clocks have gone forward over here and the lighter evenings are making us all feel much more positive and happy. Easter and Springtime is a beautiful time of year in the Cotswolds, being the Countryside there are lots of lovely Lambs being born all over the fields and it is a lovely sight to see when they are jumping around the field. As well as the lambs there are also lots of beautiful flowers including Daffodils and Crocus. If you are a keen photographer and get a day of sunshine I would recommend taking a look around the area as there will be some stunning shots for you to capture.
Around many of the little towns and villages there are lots of Easter celebrations going underway over the weekend. From Church services to Easter Egg hunts there is something for all ages. Many of the celebrations are open to anybody and any visitors or tourists are encouraged to join in.
I hope that you all have a lovely Easter and that the weather stays good for us.
We are starting to get over all of the cold and crisp weather and with the changing of the clocks going forward, the Spring and Summer should be on the way.
Last year we launched our walking tours around Chipping Campden and these were a great success with many visitors to the area. I really enjoy meeting the tourists and hearing where they have come from and what they love most about the area and inparticular Chipping Campden. I met with some lovely couples and individuals last year who really enjoyed their tour.
As the year progresses our touring season is gearing up to commence and we have lots of available days throughout the summer for walking tours and even bespoke tours.
We pride ourselves on a professional and friendly manner to all our customers and from this have had some really positive feedback.
If you are thinking of visiting the area this summer why not get in touch with us and we will happily provide you with details on how to plan your trip and give any reccomendations you may be looking for.
The end of last week bought some very wintery weather to the area, a combination of snow drifts and the wind caused for chaos on all roads and disruption with electricity for many homes across the country. Many of the back roads were blocked meaning many of the towns and villages around the area were cut off for the weekend. Although very disruptive it also made for some very pretty pictures. The snow left us just as quickly as it came down, the temperatures rose and made it so mild that within a day most of the evidence as to what had caused all the disruption had completely disappeared.
Below are some pictures that we managed to capture over the weekend!
In 1994 The Campden Wonder story was Broadcast on Radio, this was written by Richard Derrington and Roger Hume. It gives a true account of the mysterious disappearance of William Harrison who was the rent collector for the Hicks family in Chipping Campden 1660. This has been broadcast a few times since 1994 with the last being in 2009. The radio show is on BBC Radio I player and is only available for the next 27 days. If you get chance to listen to it I would definitely recommend it!
We are getting so close to Chrsitmas now and there are plenty of celebrations and festivities throughout the Cotswolds. A lot of the Towns and villages will have their own christmas light switch on and markets alongside lots of craft fayres with local residents showcasing their arts and craft goods. We attended the switch on and christmas market at Chipping Campden on Saturday and it was a lovely event which got us into the spirit of christmas. There were a number of events which started at 12 noon and carried on all day until the light switch on at 4.30pm. The town hall was open showcasing a number of different stalls such as artists and tombolas aswell as having a wonderful santa's grotto for the children. Outside in the market square there was a collection of different stalls and refreshment stalls servings lots of winter inspired drinks such as coffee, hot chocolate and even mulled wine. In the middle of the square was a lovely area sectioned off for tables and chairs for people to enjoy their refreshments alongside a stage for different entertainment throughout the day including local bands. In the corner of the square over by Huxleys there was a really lovley area for children to play under a snow machine which bought a lot of joy and fun for them. Other entertainment also included BoBo the bubble man who made some very impressive bubbles. The towns lights and tree of light were then swtiched on at 4.30pm to a very impressed and cheering crowd. It was a lovely event and we hope next year it follows the same dynamic as it seemed overall a great success. Below are some pictures that we took on the day.
Over the weekend Chipping Campden unfortunately experienced a accident to the famous and beautiful Market Hall. As the 'Tree of Light' was being put in place a JCB unfortunately knocked the top of the Market Hall damaging a lot of the stone work at the top of the building. As you can imagine it has caused a lot of uproar in the town and as it is a listed building we are unsure on the repair of this beautiful and iconic building. Fingers crossed the problem will be resolved quickly and it will be restored to its former glory.
Although beautiful all year round the winter time in the Cotswolds is really a sight to see. With the cold, crisp mornings and frosts leading on later to glorious sunshine the winter weather (if good) really shows off the area. The honey coloured Cotswold stone looks glowing all year round through sunshine, ice or snow. As there are many picturesque landscapes to see and photograph around here there are a lot of extra photo opportunities in the winter time for both visitors and locals.
Our walking tours come to a slow this time of year as it starts to get cooler and sometimes rainy! However we have lots of exciting news for the New year that we will keep under wraps for now. The walking tours were a great hit this year and my favourite part is meeting all the tourists and hearing about their travels and life.
Being local to the area is always helpful especially when it means that you get the best photo opportunities depending on the weather of the day. Below are some of the pictures that we have gathered over the last few winters so I hope you enjoy.
Dont forget to take a look at our Flickr page for more photographs of the Cotswolds.