Around 80% of Britain’s Snakes Head Fritillaries grow at North Meadow in Cricklade. North Meadow is an area of 110 acres of ancient hay meadow which is rich in wild flowers. It lies on the flood plain between the River Thames and the River Churn and as such can often be flooded during the winter months. In early spring North Meadow comes to life with a fabulous display of wildflowers and grasses, but it is for the Snakes Head Fritillaries that it is most famous. They are usually at their prime in the second and third weeks of April. The National Nature Reserve is open to the public at all times, or you can join a guided walk. For more information visit http://www.crickladeinbloom.co.uk/cricklade_north_meadow_guided_walks.html
Daisy Chain is a great location for meeting with friends and family from up and down the UK. It’s really accessible, between the M4 and M5
Check out these driving times: Cardiff 1 hour 20 mins Southampton 1 hour 20 mins Birmingham 1 hour 30 mins London 1 hour 30 mins Nottingham 2 hours Exeter 2 hours Brighton 2 hours 20 mins Manchester 2 hours 45 mins Darwin, Australia 24 hours driving by plane, not car 😉
On our last visit to The New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester we had the privilege of watching glass-making in action. LoCo Glass have a studio where you can pop in and see their glass-makers in action. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see skilled craftsmen and women making beautiful objects, using techniques which haven’t changed for hundreds of years. We loved watching the glass being wound around like thick treacle. Sharing this album of photos as sometimes people prefer looking at photos to video!
Bibury Trout Farm in the Cotswolds, founded in 1902, is one of Britain’s oldest Trout Farms. It is beautifully landscaped and makes a wonderful addition to any trip to the picturesque town of Bibury. It covers an area of 15 acres in the beautiful Coln Valley. The hatchery, which spawns up to 6 million trout ova every year, is fed by the crystal clear water of the Bibury Spring.
Visitors are able to throw food for the trout and watch them leaping out of the water. The on site shop sells delicious fresh and smoked trout. A great outing for all the family.
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.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK, exhibits over 260 different species of animals. The Park, which lies 2 miles south of Burford, is set in 160 acres of landscaped gardens.
The animals are really accessible, with a feeding platform by the giraffes, a walk through Lemur enclosure and a walk through aviary. There are lions, anteaters, meercats, zebras, camels, red pandas and penguins to name a few.
This year a ‘sky maze’ has been added which is made up of interconnecting tree houses, slides and jungle bridges, climbing to a birds eye view of the park 20 feet up in the trees.
A visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park makes a great family outing…make sure you plan to be there all day!
The Lower Mill Estate is a 550 acre estate and private nature reserve. It is made up of many lakes which each have their own character. The largest, Somerford Lagoon, is the lake that Daisy Chain looks out on. During the summer months it can be canoed and sailed on. During the winter it is closed to boating so that overwintering birds can use it without being disturbed, making it a great place for birdwatching. Other lakes can be used all year round. This photo was taken from Daisy Chain.
That was how William Morris described Bibury, the charming picturesque village in the Cotswolds. The River Coln flows through Bibury and lies between the main street in the village and a watermeadow known as Rack Isle. The river, being close to the Trout farm in the village is full of trout, and the river is home to black swans. It’s a beautiful village to spend time in, and definitely one to put on your itinerary when visiting the Cotswolds.
A video for you this morning so that you can hear the dawn chorus. The forecast was for a grey start to the day on Friday, so when I peeked through the curtains at Daisy Chain just to check that there wasn’t a sunrise I was very excited to find this! When I opened the window the full sound of the dawn chorus was revealed! Enjoy 10 seconds of the magic of Daisy Chain.
A trip to Gloucester Cathedral would make a great half term trip – a reminder of this popular idea from earlier in the year! The vaulted cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral became the corridors leading to Gryffindor House, part of Hogwarts School, during filming of the first two Harry Potter Movies. The Cathedral, one of the finest medieval buildings in the country, has been a place of worship for over 1300 years. It is renowned for its stunning stained glass windows, architecture and choir.
During your visit look out for the Lavatorium on the North Walk where Harry Potter and Ron Weasley hid from the giant troll!
For more information about how the cathedral was transformed for its role in the films http://bit.ly/gloscat