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.
Now that the sunshine has come out for us all we are seeing lots of lovely scenes all over the Cotswolds. These are two recent pictures of some bluebells in the Cotswolds woods. If you get chance to park up and explore some of the woodland around the area you can get some really great pictures. A lovely reminder that Spring is in full force and Summer is on the way.
Over the weekend across Broadway, Toddington and Winchcombe Wartime in the Cotswolds was held. This was a throw back in time with lots of different activities. Lookalikes such as Winston Churchill were roaming through the crowds as well as singers and a band playing the old wartime classics. There was also a number of different wartime vehicles that were parked up around the Towns for people to have a look inside. An old bus was also running inbetween Toddington and Broadway giving people a real feel of how things would have been years ago.
Now that the trainline is up and running from Broadway all the way to Cheltenham it means that events held by the GWR (Great Western Railway) can now be shared and include the town of Broadway.
Although the weather over the weekend is not how it should be for this time of year people who turned out for the event still had a wonderful time and it was a big success. Below are some pictures that we took of the weekend, I hope that you enjoy looking through them.
At the moment the saying April Showers could never be more true, the beautiful sunshine that we saw last week has now departed and instead we are left with cold spells and showers. It is such a shame that the weather has been so varied this year, we had 3/4 days where we thought we were through the worst and that the summer had started however everyone was sadly disappointed when the thunder and lightening came and with it took away the lovely sunshine. Unfortunately not only is the weather not nice in general but it also makes it very hard for all the events that are planned for this time of year. Granted we cannot always guarantee the weather in this country however a lot of the events that take place this time of year are generally planned on not necessarily warm but dry weather.
I would love to hear from some of our readers, what's the weather like with you?
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!
Dont forget to take a look at our Flickr page for more photographs of the Cotswolds.