The annual Lake and Land Easter Egg Hunt at South Cerney Outdoor in Cotswold Water Park, just 5 minutes drive from Daisy Chain, takes place on Friday 25th March from 12pm – 4pm. This very popular Easter Egg hunt involves finding golden eggs hidden in tunnels and then powerboating out to Easter Island to discover more hiding in nests. The hunt is suitable for ages 3+ and tickets need to be booked in advance. Everyone loved it last year – it’s definitely one not to miss!
Batsford Arboretum have a slightly different take on the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Instead of hunting for eggs you hunt for chickens. They have been hidden all around the arboretum. You simply mark their locations on a map to win a prize. The Chicken Hunt costs £2.50 (entrance into the Arboretum is on top of this). The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt will be running from Friday 25th March to Sunday 10th April, 10am – 5pm.
New for this year, Cotswold Farm Park have introduced the Great Chicken Challenge. Entrants will complete an obstacle course including making a nest, transporting giant eggs and bouncing to the finish line. The Great Chicken Challenge will take place from Saturday 19th March – Sunday 10th April. Cotswold Farm Park will also be running an Easter Egg hunt from Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March. Eggs will be hidden around the Farm Park, with 5 prizes to be won each day. All these activities are included in the normal admission price.
From Friday 25th March to Monday 28th April follow a trail around the Roman Villa and win a Cadbury egg prize. Trails cost £2. Throughout the Easter Holidays from 28th March – 12th April there will be a range of family activities to join in including craft activities.
Hidcote Manor is another National Trust property that will be running an Easter Egg Egg-stravaganza. There will be clues for hunt for, puzzles to solve and a chocolate reward. The trail costs £2 and normal admission applies. It runs from Friday 35th MArch – Monday 28th March.
On Easter Day, Sunday 27th March from 10am Sudely Castle will have an exciting Easter themed Tea Party. Complete a fun trail int he gardens to collect a chocolate Easter treat from the Mad Hatter. There is also a ‘Mad Hatter’s Easter Bonnet Competition’.
Cotswold Farm Park has just reopened following their Winter shutdown in time for half term. Lots of lambs are arriving already so now is a good time to visit. The arrival of new lambs is always a great sign that Spring really is on the way! Over the winter the farm park has added a new indoor play barn which is going down very well with visitors. There is plenty to keep you busy all day: demonstration barns, exploring the park and finding out about rate breeds, adventure playgrounds, nature trails and tractor rides
Over half term Corinium Museum in Cirencester have a lot of activities laid on for families. Activities range from making a centurion mask, a Roman soldier's shield or a colourful cockerel. These sessions are suitable for children aged 3 and above. The cost is £1.50 per child.
Corinium Museum is an award winning museum which celebrates Cirencester's Roman past.
With the mild winter that we have had, snowdrops are already emerging in considerable numbers. Now is a great time to plan to visit some of the wonderful snowdrop collections that can be found in the Cotswolds.
Painswick Rococo Garden
These gardens, a masterpiece of 18th Century landscape design are set in a hidden Cotswold Valley and as well as being home to a fantastic display of snowdrops boast magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The gardens re-open for January on Sunday 10th and are already reporting that they have some snowdrops in bloom, although the majority of their plants have a good few weeks to go. Visit www.rococogarden.org.uk for progress updates.
Photo Credit: Alicearmy via Tripadvisor
Award winning Batsford Arboretum is not only home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs, it also has a fantastic display of snowdrops. In 2015 Batsford estimated that their snowdrops should be at their absolute peak of floral gorgeousness between February 21st and March 14th – it’s likely to be earlier this year! Keep an eye out at www.batsarb.co.uk for up to date information.
Cerney House Gardens
Cerney House gardens is something of a ‘best kept secret’ in the Cotswolds where in the middle of winter, visitors are wowed by a carpet of snowdrops. The gardens are set around a Victorian walled garden and belong to Lady Angus and her family. In the words of Country Living, they have acheived ‘what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve’. Take some time out to be wowed by these delightful gardens! Visit www.cerneygardens.com for more information and to check opening times (the gardens reopen at the end of January)Photo credit: Kay Ransom
The snowdrop collection at Colesbourne Park in the beautiful Churn Valley in the heart of the Cotswolds was started nearly 150 years ago. The garden now boasts 250 different snowdrop cultivars and has been called ‘England’s Greatest Snowdrop Garden’ by Country Life. Visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants. The Gardens are open for 5 weekends from 30th January 2016. Gates are open between 1pm and 4:30pm. Visit www.colesbournegardens.org.uk for more information.
Cotswold Farm Park are holding their first ever Christmas Market, this weekend, 12th – 13th December from 10am to 4pm. There will be hot food and local suppliers so it's the perfect place to pick up some unusual Christmas gifts.
Batsford Arboretum is looking fabulous, with amazing colours on show throughout. Around every corner of the 56 acre Arboretum there are stunning new colours to enjoy. Just make sure you pack spare batteries for your camera!
Hold Autumn in Your Hands this year at Westonbirt Arboretum
Staff at Westonbirt Arboretum, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum have put together a list of the 10 best ways to enjoy autumn at Westonbirt. This is a spectacular time of year at the arboretum, with the famous displays of autumn colours beginning. The 10 best ways include:
Wrap up warm
Take part in a digital quest
Join a photography workshop
Become a leaf collector
Get closer to nature
Practice your survival skills
Pack a picnic
Hold autumn in your hands
Challenge with conkers
Get cosy after a long walk
To find out more and check the opening times for Winkworth visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-A27FXS
Batsford Arboretum, home to the country's largest private tree and shrub collection, is a fabulous place to see trees in their full autumn glory. The Arboretum has 56 acres to explore and the outstanding autumn colour is coming into its own. Maples and Cherries display flame reds, salmon pinks and sunshine yellows whilst the liquid amber tree is the stage for multicoloured leaves from deep purple to pale gold. Batsford Arboretum have a special Autumn colour hotline setup so if you are planning on making a special journey call ahead on 01386 701441 to check the colour's progress
The visitor centre houses a great cafe which serves home baked lunches, cakes and afternoon teas. For more details http://www.batsarb.co.uk/
This coming weekend, sees the return of the Northleach Steam and Vintage Show plus Ale Festival. A lovely traditional country steam show, in the heart of the Cotswolds which makes a great venue for a family outing with something for everyone. On display there will be full size steam engines, as well as scale size steam engines, vintage tractors, classic cars, vintage motor cycles and vintage military vehicles.
The organisers are keen to share the past with the children of today, so there is no charge for children, whilst adults are £5.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is due to peak from 12th – 13th August. With the peak coinciding with the new moon, the skies will be darker than usual so the meteors should be more visible. Up to 50 meteors an hour may be seen during the most active times of the meteor shower.
I wonder whether our guests will sit on the balcony at Daisy Chain on the Lower Mill Estate and look at the skies across the lake and witness this amazing sight.