It seems as though the Winter is finally coming to an end and we are all ready to welcome in the Spring! We have been extra lucky for the last 3-4 days as the weather for February has been glorious. We have had sunshine and temperatures of up to 17 degrees. Unfortunately today the weather has turned and has dropped by about 4 degrees and rain. The clocks are due to go forward at the end of March and it will welcome lighter evenings. Another favourite part of Spring for me are the flowers and animals i.e the lambs that are born this time of the year. The colours of all the flowers are refreshing after the dreary winter months and really make you feel brighter. In the Cotswolds things really start to pick up around Spring time and then we welcome many of the annual celebrations throughout the area such as Scuttlebrook Wake at the end of May in Chipping Campden. This has been a tradition that has been going for many years and is a lovely day out for all the family. We will be attending as we do every year so look out for some pictures coming up. In the meantime we will also update the blog with some beautiful pictutres of snowdrops and springtime flowers.
We are very lucky living within an area such as the Cotswolds for many different reasons, one of them including the events that run across the whole of the Cotswolds throughout the year. No matter what time of year you come and visit us there is always something to catch your eye and visit. The next couple of months don't fail to disappoint and there is a number of events that you can pop into or make a weekend out of depending on your interests. Now that January is nearly over the quietness of the Winter period slowly starts to lift ready for Easter and the Springtime.
I have picked out just a couple of events to share with you which I think would be worth a visit if you travelling over this direction!
* 3rd-17th February, Snowdrops at Rodmorton Manor
Who doesn't love Snowdrops? There are very beautiful flowers that pop up this time of year. From the 3rd-17th Feb you have the chance to walk round and appreciate over 150 different types of Snowdrops at Rodmorton Manor. This would be a lovely way to spend a weekend espeically on a crisp day with beautiful sunshine. Aswell as the Snowdrops there is also the chance to see other types of wild winter flowers on your walk around the grounds. A perfect chance to admire some beautiful scenery, get some wonderful pictures and enjoy the fresh winter air!
* 10th Feb- 22nd April, 'Art and the Churchill Family' exhibiton Belnheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is always a popular venue to visit anytime of the year but if you have a keen interest in art then this event would be perfect for you. Open for a good period of time for visitors to enjoy you can takw a walk around the 'long library' where you can view a series of oil paintings on display from Churchill's original collection of paintings. Many inspired by holidays that the family used to take this would be a lovely addition to your trip to the venue. Open everyday Monday- Sunday 9-5pm.
* 8th-10th March, Made by hand Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall
Cheltenham's largest craft festival is back and promises to be once again a successful and intersting events to visit. Over 100 award winning desginers will be attending with their products available to sell directly to you the public. There will be a wide selection of designers including, jewellers, potters, furniture makers, wood workers, glassmakers, textile artists and many more. Enjoy walking around the stalls and seeing the wonderful designs that will be on offer.
As a furhter benefit to the event there will also be the chance for adults and children alike to try their hand at a wide range of exciting craft workshops, aswell as many different activities and being able to watch the designers in action at the different craft workshops available on the day. I think that this would be a perfect day out for all ages and a chance to learn something new. A perfect place to visit, especially if the weather isn't great.
Tickets are available each day, however due to the popularity of the events it is advisable to pre book ahead of time.
It's very nearly Christmas and the days are going by so quickly, just a quick post to say from all of us here at The Campden Wonder we hope that you have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New year. Be sure to check back in the New Year to see what we have install for a new year of tours and all things 'Cotswolds!'
We thought just before Christmas it would be a good time for a giveaway and competition! For your chance to win one of our lovely Bone China mugs all you have to do is tell us about your favourite aspect of the Cotswolds and why. Entries can be sent to our email address or via our contact form and a winner will be chosen at random on Friday 21st December 2018.
You will receive your mug in the new year ready to bring the New Year wintery evenings in with a warm drink.
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.
Dont forget to take a look at our Flickr page for more photographs of the Cotswolds.