The Swindon Designer Outlet is located in a beautifully renovated Grade II listed buildings, originally built for the Great Western Railway Works. It is one of the largest indoor designer outlets in Europe. Shoppers will find a range of High Street and designer brands reduced by up to 60% There are over 90 top name stores including John Lewis Home Outlet, Hugo Boss, French Connection, Gap, Denby and Marks and Spencers.
Our guests often pop into the Outlet on their way to or home from Daisy Chain – an essential visit with children in tow to stock up on Clarks school shoes! Just make sure you have room in the car for all your bargain purchases!
One of the world’s premier three day events takes place in the magnificent ground of Blenheim Palace from 11th – 14th September 2014. The trials offer a great opportunity to see some of the world’s finest riders and their horses compete in a beautiful environment – the Palace is the back drop for all the action in the main arena. The event is made up of the three phases dressage, cross country and show jumping.
The cross country phase is held by many to be the most exciting part of the competition, with riders and horses taking on the challenge of big fences and water obstacles, all set in the beautiful Blenheim Parkland. Four of the Team GB riders who have just finished competing at the World Equestrian Games will be riding including William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Oliver Townend and Nicola Wilson.
The weekend offers a great opportunity to see some of the world’s top riders performing in a fabulous location.
The most common topic of converstation at The Thames Head Inn near Kemble is not politics, or even sport, but rather the source of the River Thames. The pub takes its name from the place, about half a mile away, where the river begins its 154 mile long journey to London Bridge. The source of the Thames is not quite as simple as that – as the river is ground water fed, the precise source depends on the ground water level, and as such can vary by a few miles between summer and winter.
The Thames Head Inn serves a varied menu of fresh home cooked food and visitors can enjoy a drink or meal enjoying relaxed atmosphere of the pub, complete with its various nooks and crannies and open fires or outside in the garden.
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. 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.
Each year the world's largest military airshow takes place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, just 12 miles from Daisy Chain. This year it promises to be another spectacular event. The Air Tattoo will be hosting the official celebrations for the 50th season of the Red Arrows who first formed at the Fairford Base in 1965. During the Tattoo visitors will be treated to a thrilling flying display including fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft and much much more!
Last year we watched some of the display in the distance from the balcony at Daisy Chain. In the weeks leading up to the display visiting aircraft can be seen over the Lower Mill Estate practising their manoeuvers.
The Royal International Air Tattoo takes place from 11th – 13th July 2014. For more information visit http://www.airtattoo.com