Local Cotswold Events and Attractions

One of the delights of the Cotswolds is to meander around the villages with little fixed purpose,
but there are a host of houses and gardens to visit, neolithic remains galore,
and outdoor sports both traditional and modern.

There are also ample opportunities for that most tiring of sports: shopping - particularly for antiques.



The National Trust



Chedworth Roman Villa - the remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country.  Open Wednesday-Sunday from 10.00am-5.00pm from late March until late October, from 10.00am-4.00pm in November and again from mid-February to late March. Completely closed from early December until mid-February.  Entrance charge £8.80 in 2013, but free for NT members. The drive up the Yanworth valley and around Stowell's perimeter is almost more magical than the Roman Villa.

Sherborne Lodge Park- built in 1634 as a deer coursing grandstand for the Duttons, but after a series of alterations and simplifications over the years was of no architectural interest until NT renovation in the 1990s. The grandstand sits within the 4,000 acre Sherborne Estate of rolling Cotswold countryside with views down to the River Windrush. Sherborne Park itself, however, was converted into apartments after the estate was given to the Trust in 1982. The grandstand should be open 11.00am-4.00pm Friday-Sunday from early March until the end of October, but sometimes is unaccountably closed. The £5.50 entrance charge (in 2013) for the grandstand is not great value, but walks in the Estate are always accessible and free.

Hidcote Manor Garden - one of England’s greatest gardens, an ‘Arts & Crafts’ masterpiece created by Major Lawrence Johnston.  but note that weekends and Bank Holidays can be very busy, so a visit after 3pm may be more enjoyable!  Closed in January and February and not open on Thursdays and Fridays except between May and September. Entrance worth every penny of £9.50, but free for NT members.

Snowshill Manor – - the former home of eccentric Victorian compulsive collector Charles Paget Wade. A small but appropriately eclectic house, recently renovated in "NT Classic" style. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 12noon-5.00pm, but closed from early December to late March.  Not a bargain at £9.40 (in 2013), but as always free for NT members.

Chastleton House - one of England’'s finest Jacobean houses in continuous family ownership for 400 years until its acquisition by the Trust in 1991.  Open Wednesday-Sunday 1.00pm-5.00pm from April until September but only 1.00pm-4.00pm in March and October. Completely closed from early November until early March..  Entrance charge £8.50 (in 2013) but free for NT members.  Entry by timed ticket only but worth the hassle.

Cotswolds B&B - English Heritage





Notgrove Long Barrow - a Neolithic burial mound right on our doorstep (well, 2 miles!)
Belas Knap Long Barrow - a good example of a Neolithic long barrow.
Cirencester Amphitheatre – a large, well-preserved, earth-covered Roman amphitheatre.
Hailes Abbey - Cistercian abbey founded in 1246 that fell into ruins after dissolution.
Odda's Chapel - Anglo-Saxon chapel attached to a half-timbered farmhouse.
Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler's Tump) - an unusual chambered burial mound dating from about 3000BC.


Other historic houses, gardens and local sites

It's almost always worth checking the relevant websites or telephoning ahead to check houses' and gardens' current opening times, as they do take it in to their heads to change these from time to time.

Bourton House Garden - an impressive, but still domestically-scaled garden in Bourton-on-the-Hill (not "on-the-Water") open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from April until October, 10.00am-5.00pm.  Entrance: £6.00. (Easy to combine with a visit to Sezincote, see below.)

Blenheim Palace and Gardens - 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland surrounds Vanbrugh's greatest masterpiece and "Britain's Finest Palace". Open daily from mid-February to mid-December, 10:30am-5:00pm (although closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in November and December). Entrance £22.00 (in 2013) for Palace and Gardens, or £13.00 just for the Gardens, but this includes rides on the miniature train as well as the Marlborough Maze, the Adventure Play Area, the Butterfly House and the lavender garden too!

Misarden Park Gardens - beautiful herbaceous borders, shrubs and stunning topiary in the garden of this house owned by the Wills family since 1913. Open Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-4:30pm from April until September and with a very useful adjoining nursery for plant sales.  Entrance: £4.00.

Colesbourne Park - the Elweses' are snowdrop cultivators extraordinaire and their gardens are consequently open on weekends in snowdrop season in February and early March only. Saturday and Sunday 1.00-4.30pm. Entrance: £7.50.

Sudeley Castle - a Victorian glovemaker's re-creation of a castle on this historic site previously destroyed by Cromwell.  Gardens open 10.30am-5.00pm from mid-March until early November.  Entrance: £11.00 but free for HHA members.

Sezincote - great gardens surrounding a fascinating manor house in the Regency Indian style, lavishly restored in the Kleinworts' ownership since 1944.  House and gardens open on Thursdays, Fridays & Bank Holiday Monday afternoons  2:30pm-5:30pm from May until September (and gardens open from January until November.) Entrance: Garden - £5.00, House - £10.00 (including garden.)  No children in house, no dogs in garden.

Stanway House - opening hours are as eccentric as its owner, Lord Neidpath, but basically Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from June until August. Stanway's Jacobean gatehouse of mellow Cotswold stone, highly personal house and slightly surprising fountain makes it our favourite house anywhere in Britain.  Entrance: £7.00.

Kelmscott Manor - the country home of William Morris, now owned by the Society of Antiquaries and containing a collection of William Morris furniture, textiles & ceramics (the house is open 11:00am-5:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April until the end of October.) A hefty £9.00 entrance fee (in 2013) - designed to deter the casual visitor, we suspect. Entrance is by timed ticket.

Painswick Rococo Gardens - a fascinating recreation of the mid-eighteenth century Rococo style of gardening.  Gradually and lovingly restored since 1984 by the Dickinsons and open daily 11:00am-5:00pm from mid-January until end-October.  Entrance: £6.50.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens - a garden developed by three generations of Muir women since the 1920s, most notably Diana Binny. Set on the Cotswold escarpment and renowned for its use of colour.  Right next door to Hidcote (see NT properties above.)  Open Sunday, Monday & Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm-6:00pm in April and September, Saturday-Wednesday 12:00noon-6:00pm from May to July (ie, not Thursday and Friday) and 2:00pm-6:00pm in August. Confused?  Entrance: £7.50.

Batsford Arboretum - 50 acre arboretum containing over 1,500 trees, established in the 1880s by the Redesdale family and home to the Mitford girls during the Great War.  The arboretum was considerably developed under the Wills family's ownership between the 1960s and the 1980s, recycling the tobacco fortune organically in a sense, before being turned over to the charitable Batsford Foundation in 1984.  Open daily 10:00am-5:00pm all year round.  Entrance: £7.00.

Cotswold Motoring Museum (Bourton-on-the-Water)– run by the Civil Service Motoring Association contains a substantial toy collection in addition to the main motor-car exhibition.  Open 10:00am-6:00pm daily from mid-February until early November.  Entrance: £4.75.

National Hunt Racing

Cheltenham Racecourse We are about 15miles (or 24km) and a 30 minute drive from the home of National Hunt
  racing and "The Festival" in March each year.


 



Walking & Cycling

The Cotswolds provide great walking and cycling opportunities. Two long-distance routes pass through Turkdean:

Macmillan Way
The Chedworth-Bourton section of this 290-mile path runs directly past the cottage as part of its long course from Boston on the Lincolnshire coast to Abbotsbury in Dorset.  Peter Titchmarsh's eponymously-entitled walking guide 'The Macmillan Way' and the supplemental 48-page 'Cross-Cotswold Pathway' and 12-page Cotswold Link' pamphlets are all available (for £9.00, £3.50 and £1.65 respectively) from the Macmillan Way Association.

North Cotswold Diamond Way30 Sparkling Short Walks by Elizabeth Bell
This beautiful circular 60-mile route created by the North Cotswold Ramblers Association in 1995 also passes through Turkdean on its Notgrove-Hazleton-Turkdean-Hampnett section.

Elizabeth Bell's excellent handbook 'North Cotswold Diamond Way - 30 Sparkling Short Walks' maps the course of this path in 30 shorter walks.  Two of these beautiful 2-3 hour walks run right through Turkdean.  Occasionally available from amazon.co.uk (although we do have a copy of this at the cottage too!) However, the new (2012) edition is now available at a cost of £8.00 plus £2.00 p&p direct from Mrs Liz Bell by email lizziebell@dsl.pipex.com or telephone 01608 650253


In addition, four further long-distance paths pass close to Turkdean - close enough to make a walking detour, or of course, you may prefer to have us come and pick you up in the car!

Gloucestershire Way
The Gloucestershire Way by Gerry StewartThis 100-mile long walk from Chepstow to Stow-on-the-Wold and then on up and back to Tewkesbury passes through Notgrove, just 2 miles North of us in Turkdean.  In addition there is a really special detour that can take you via a secret valley all the way to Turkdean if you turn South on to a footpath at Farhill Farm between Salperton and Notgrove.  Alternatively, as the Gloucestershire Way crosses the road at Notgrove, turn South to Turkdean, or give us a call!

Gerry Stewart's detailed walking guide 'The Gloucestershire Way' is available for £5.95 with free postage direct from its publishers Countryside Matters.

Monarch's Way
The Monarch's Way Part II by Trevor AntillThis path follows the course of Charles II's 1651 escape from England after the Battle of Worcester. Some 80-odd miles of its 610 miles total are in Gloucestershire.  Having stepped alongside the Macmillan Way from Chedworth to Hampnett, the Monarch's Way heads East to Northleach, but instead, why not continue along the route of the Macmillan Way for a further three miles North from Hampnett until you come to Turkdean?

The second part of Trevor Antill's walking guide to the Monarch's Way, covers the 210-mile section from Stratford-upon-Avon to Charmouth.

Windrush Way
The shorter 14-mile Windrush Way from Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe can be extended by 4-5 miles rather nicely either by turning South on to the North Cotswold Diamond Way at Aylworth and then heading down past Notgrove to Turkdean itself, or by turning South on to the Gloucestershire Way at Aston Farm to pass through Cold Aston and Notgrove en route to Turkdean as above.

If on the other hand you fancy a shorter circular route from Turkdean we have a range of beautiful routes linking us with Hazleton, Salperton, Notgrove and Cold Aston on hidden paths and beautiful tracks. Maps, sandwiches and pub directions all available!

Clay Shooting

Nick and Claire Phillips-Holt run the Cotswold Clay Club & Shooting School about 5 minutes away at Farmington Quarry every Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. You can make a provisional booking on their website and choose how much shooting you want to do on the day.

Or you could take your shooting somewhat further, with a trip to the Ian Coley Shooting School over at Andoversford about 8 miles from Turkdean, where they can provide everything from an hour's clay pigeon shooting to high-level competition shooting tuition at this renowned school.

Golf

Noel Boland is the pro at the very friendly Shipton Golf Course which is only really next door to the Frogmill Inn, which might make a good combination. .

Alternatively, even closer to us is the charming Naunton Downs Golf Club less than 5 miles from Turkdean and a local favourite.


Some Less Active Recovery Thoughts

Daylesford
We are only about 12 miles from Daylesford, where Carole Bamford has created a little slice of retail heaven, combining the organic delights of the most upmarket deli imaginable, a glorious cafe, a splendid garden shop with truly epic topiary and 'The Haybarn' - a full-blown spa that would not disgrace the most luxurious of hotels and which could certainly soothe aching feet very effectively. 
Tel +44 (0)1608 731 700 for the shop, or +44 (0)1608 731 703 for the spa.

Arts

Cheltenham is also the venue for a range of arts festivals. Check out Cheltenham Festivals.

Literature Festival October
Jazz Festival May
Science Festival June
Music Festival July

Longborough Festival Opera


Longborough Festival OperaThis splendid festival was established on the Glyndebourne model by Martin and Lizzie Graham in 1991, with black tie picnics in the beautiful gardens during the long interval. The 2014 season will kick off on 24th June with productions of Tosca and The Barber of Seville and there are performances of Handel's Rinaldo on 24th and 26th July.

Antique Shops

Cotswold Antique Dealers Association The Cotswolds is also home to the finest selection of antique dealers outside London - with a particular concentration of dealers in Stow-in-the-Wold some 8 miles from Turkdean.

Check out our page of favourite local dealers.

If this all sounds rather tiring go back to our homepage
to see how you can recuperate.

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