Cirencester Hare Festival

Cirencester Hare Festival

The hare has a special place in the history of Cirencester. In 1971, a mosaic bearing a hare was found close to the River Churn and is now the symbol of the Corinium Museum where the mosaic is now housed. Last year, the summer Cirencester was invaded by 50 giant hares which had been decorated by artists and celebrities. The Hare Festival has just returned to Cirencester with 30 small hares hidden around Cirencester. Visitors can pick up a ‘Hare Passport’ from the Tourist Information Centre at Corinium Museum and then each time they spot a hare they can note down it’s name and have their passport stamped. Each of the hares is decoraed in a unique style.

The one pictured, ‘Hare’s Wally’ can be round in ‘Gift’ in Cirencester. Photo via their facebook page.

Cirencester Hare

A BBQ with a view

A BBQ with a view

We had the hard job of test driving the new barbecue at Daisy Chain over the weekend – it was tough, but somebody had to do it! It did a great job, happily feeding 11 hungry mouths, and producing the best chicken and vegetable kebabs ever! While waiting for the food to cook you can sit on the lakeside, or go for a quick paddle in the Canadian Canoe…you just need to remember to come back before the food all disappears! We’ve also fitted an additional fridge, so there’s plenty of space for your meat, salad…and a few drinks too…

Orchids at Clattinger Farm

Clattinger Farm Orchids near Lower Mill Estate

Two weeks ago when we visited Clattinger Farm, a fabulous lowland meadow of international importance for its hay meadow wildflowers, it was filled with cowslips and snakeshead fritillaries. We looked for orchids and there were just a small handful – in the sort of numbers that you would expect to find in usual places where orchids grow. We returned to the field this weekend and it is now overflowing with orchids in spectacular numbers – such a rare and beautiful sight. They will continue to flower during May and into June.

Clattinger Farm Orchids near Lower Mill Estate

Clattinger Farm is the next farm to the Lower Mill Estate and well worth a visit during your Cotswold Family Holiday.

For more details visit http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Reserves/clattingerfarm

 

Lower Mill Estate Architecture

Lower Mill Estate Architecture

The Lower Mill Estate architecture is an attractive mix of contemporary styles which set against their lakeside location produces spectacular views. If you look carefully you will see the faint presence of a rainbow in this photo which was taken at the weekend.

To find out more about staying on the Lower Mill Estate visit https://cotswoldfamilyholidays.com/

 

Parent Friendly Stays at Daisy Chain!

Parent Friendly Stays at Daisy Chain!

A stay at Daisy Chain with Cotswold Family Holidays isn’t just a great for children – it’s a parent friendly stay too. Here’s why:

1. Sauna, Steam room and Gym…as well as a luxury spa.
2. Pub with good food less than a mile away.
3. Free wifi and large screen tv.
4. Really well equipped kitchen – great for foodies
5. Miles of peaceful lakeside walks.
6. Master bedroom with ensuite and amazing lake views.
7. Tennis court and table tennis table.
8. Log burning stove to sit around in the evening.
9. Blackout blinds on the windows to help little ones sleep that bit longer.
10. Plenty of wine glasses!

and of course a family holiday couldn’t be parent friendly if it wasn’t child friendly too. So here’s what the kids can look forward to:

1. Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
2. Great paths for scooting and cycling round.
3. Playground with swings, slides climbing frame, a trampoline and football goals.
4. Chickens to visit.
5. Lots of toys to play with.
6. Children’s DVDs and a large screen tv to watch them on.
7. A great house for hide and seek.
8. Child size cutlery and plastic plates so no-one gets upset when they are dropped.
9. Trees to climb.
10. Bridges to play pooh sticks from.

Like to know a little more? Pop over to http://www.cotswoldfamilyholidays.com/

 

Watching Beavers in the Cotswolds

In 2005 six European beavers were released to Flagham Fen on the Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds. Since their arrival they have thrived, building beaver lodges, felling trees, digging a network of mini canals for easy transportation of logs and generally being as busy as, well, beavers!

It is a real treat to see the beavers – they are nocturnal so just before dawn or just after dusk are the most likely times of day to see them. The lake where they live is a 10 minute walk from Daisy Chain. As they glide through the water you spot the characteristic ‘v’ wave coming from the front of their head. Sometimes they turn and face you, staring into your eyes before arching their backs and diving silently under the water, where they can remain for up to 15 minutes at a time. It is a magical sight.

The linked video is a compilation of some of our sightings.

 

Ready to explore Cirencester?

Ready to explore Cirencester?

A walk around Cirencester, following the recently launched ‘Whereat Trail’ will introduce you to many historically significant parts of the town. The trail was set up in commemoration of Norman Whereat, the first person to be awarded the ‘Freeman of Cirencester. He was a long time town councillor and twice mayor. The trail begins at Corinium Museum (the multi award winning museum which has a large collection of locally found Roman artefacts) and continues past the gates of the Bathurst Estate, the west gate of Roman Corinium and the Roman amphitheatre.

To download the trail visit https://aqiva.co.uk/2021/10/23/the-whereat-trail-cirencester/

Photo credit Brian Robert Marshall cc-by-sa/2.0 geograph.org.uk/p/1930978

Cirencester Amphitheatre

Giant Hares invade Cirencester

Cirencester hare

Chester had rhinos, Bristol had Grommit the dog and now Cirencester has Hares! The hare has a special place in the history of Cirencester. In 1971, a mosaic bearing a hare was found close to the River Churn and is now the symbol of the Corinium Museum where the mosaic is now housed.

This summer, 50 decorated 5 foot hares have been placed around Cirencester and the surrounding area. They are accompanied by 24 small decorated hares which are placed in shops and cafés.

A number of celebrities have decorated hares – they include Adam Henson, Chris Beardshaw, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Amy Williams.

All the family can have fun seeing how many hares they can find….for an insider’s map check out http://bit.ly/1ujQHf5

Posted by Naomi at http://www.cotswoldfamilyholidays.com/

Cirencester hare

 

Birdwatching in Cotswold Water Park

Birdwatching in Cotswold Water Park

With over 150 lakes, and its central location, Cotswold Water Park supports a wide range of bird species and holds nationally important numbers of 8 different species of waterbirds. The summer brings breeding waders, including the Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Lapwing, as well as large numbers of breeding ducks including Tufted Duck and Gadwall. The Hobby, Little Owl and Barn Owl also breed within the 40 square mile park.

A lovely way of introducing the family to birdwatching is by exploring the bird life on the lakes by canoe. Little Egrets stand in the shallows and then take off, flying low over the water. This photo was taken of a Little Egret flying over Somerford Lagoon (the lake Daisy Chain looks out onto).

Recent bird sightings within the park can be found at http://cotswoldwaterpark.wordpress.com

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