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.
The summer is now definitely over and we are starting to head into the Autumn. Although the sunshine shows off the beautiful Cotswold stone throughout the area, the autumn and winter are also great for visiting us, even though the sunshine has left us there is still lots on offer. One of my favourite times is the 2-3 week period where the trees are at their most autumnal colour right before the leaves fall to the ground. There are many different places around to see these beautiful colours but one especially is Batsford Arboretum. This is a lovely day out for all ages and is always different everytime you visit as it dependant on the seasons as to what you will see on your trip. A perfect way to spend a couple of hours having a lovely and relaxing walk around the grounds. On site there is also a café and shop to finish off your day offering local and homemade food. If your into your photography there are some beautiful picture opportunities and it is definitely worth a visit. Below are a few pictures from our visit last year.
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.
Dont forget to take a look at our Flickr page for more photographs of the Cotswolds.