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Your perfect companion for exploring Gloucestershire!

including: the CITY of GLOUCESTER CHELTENHAM SPA the COTSWOLDS and FOREST OF DEAN

featuring: 2011 EVENTS & FESTIVALS GUIDE VISITOR ATTRACTIONS ENTERTAINMENT GREAT SHOPPING EATING OUT ACCOMMODATION 4 GREAT MAPS


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Welcome to the 2011 Explore Gloucestershire guide. This useful, handy sized guide is your perfect companion to help you explore the wonderful county of Gloucestershire. With four informative maps of Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire, it’s an ideal aid for preparing your visits and days out.

Inside this year’s guide... City of Gloucester Pages 4 - 17

The capital of Gloucestershire, once known as ‘Glevum’ during Roman times, is now a busy shopping centre and home to notable places of historical interest.

The Forest of Dean Pages 18 - 31

One of England’s few remaining ancient forests, now a National Park, it boasts stunning scenery throughout the seasons, and is an excellent base for a variety of activities.

NEW for 2011 The Explore Gloucestershire iPhone APP is ideal for keeping up to date with news and events in Gloucestershire while on the move. It’s available free from the iPhone App Store - search for ‘Explore Gloucestershire’. The APP also works on the iPad and iPod Touch. Explore and enjoy!

Events & Festivals 2011 Pages 32 - 35

A round up of some of the best events, fayres, festivals and air shows happening in Gloucestershire in 2011.

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Cheltenham Spa Pages 36 - 49

Cheltenham is a thriving Regency town, renowned for its Spa waters, fantastic festivals, exclusive shopping and of course the world famous Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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The Cotswolds Pages 50 - 67

An ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, the Cotswolds with its rolling hills and hidden valleys, is home to some of the most quintessential towns and villages in Britain.

Cover Photograph: Tewkesbury Medieval Festival (9 & 10 July 2011) General Photography: All photographs are the property of Explore Gloucestershire unless stated otherwise or with the kind permission from Cheltenham Tourism and the Forest of Dean Tourism units.

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Gloucester

‘A fascinating journey of discovery into the past’

Gloucester combines its ancient origins and a rich historic past with a modern, bustling city. The heart of the City is home to excellent shopping centres, museums, wonderful restaurants and pubs. Nearby lies the beautiful Cathedral, with its ‘Great East Window’ and ‘The Cloisters’ - the most complete example in England, and also famously featured in the Harry Potter films. From 13-16 July 2011 Gloucester Cathedral will be filled with spectacular floral arrangements celebrating the famous people, products and events of Gloucestershire. A short walk from the centre takes you to the famous Docks, with its Victorian warehouses, serving what was once the most inland port in Britain. Over the past few years the Docks have been restored and redeveloped, giving the city of Gloucester a new dimension. This year the ‘Tall Ships Festival’ is returning to

the Docks, bringing a weekend of nautical fun and entertainment in the height of summer from 5 - 7 August. Full details are yet to be confirmed (at time of going to print March 2011), but from the previous festivals it’s guaranteed to be one of the highlights in the Gloucester events calendar in 2011. Other events at the Docks this year include a Water Festival, the colourful Dragon Boat Regatta, Yacht Regatta, Food Festival, spectacular fireworks display and a Victorian Christmas Market. For details of these and what else is going on this year in Gloucester, visit www.exploregloucestershire. co.uk - updated daily, it’s full of useful information. Can you Find the Treasure, Solve the Mystery or Crack the Code? Trails available from most Tourist Information Centres and selected outlets in Gloucestershire or online at www.treasuretrails.co.uk

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Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery

Gloucester Museums have been given a million pound lottery make-over Come and see for yourself...

Re-opening in July 2011 the lottery-funded and newly renovated City Museum will amaze you. Brand new interactive exhibits tell the story of Gloucester. Craft, science and hands on zones throughout the museum are educational and fun for the whole family. New displays showcasing some of the museum’s most treasured artefacts and a new Coffee House ensure that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Visit yesteryear and explore Victorian Gloucester Docks

Entrance to the Coffee House and shop FREE.*

Gloucester Folk Museum Brand new interactive displays Complete story of Gloucester Toys and games Roman play kitchen Dinosaur measuring chart

From Tudor times to the present day you will find examples of the lives, crafts and trades of Gloucester people in this beautiful 500 year old building. New features such as The Retro Room, Folk Tea Rooms and Folk Boutique have recently been added, and the cottage garden and education facilities have also been greatly improved thanks to Lottery and Council funding. This hidden gem is well worth a visit. Entrance to Tea Rooms, Boutique and Cottage Garden FREE.* *Combined City and Folk Museum entrance £4 adults, £2 concessions. Group and membership discounts available. Entrance is unlimited for one month from purchase date.

The Retro Room Folk Tea Rooms Boutique Shopping Cottage Garden New Victorian classroom For more info call 01452 396280

or visit www.gloucester.gov.uk/museums

For more information and events for both museums visit www.gloucester.gov.uk/museums

A short walk from the City Centre you’ll find the historic docks, which in bygone years helped provide the region with food, fuel, textiles and building materials, as then it was the most inland port in England. Visit The Gloucester Waterways Museum at the Docks and discover the fascinating history of this once bustling Victorian port. Climb onboard heritage boats and discover what life was like living and working onboard a narrow boat. Plenty of hands on displays and special events throughout the year: a perfect day out for the whole

family. The Museum gift shop is a real treasure trove, stocking books, maps, model boats, prints and traditional Painted Ware, plus general giftware. Complement your visit with a boat trip with commentary along the Gloucester & Sharpness canal onboard our ‘Little Dunkirk Ship’ Queen Boadicea II, or book for one of our longer themed cruises onboard King Arthur. King Arthur is also available for private hire, ideal for those special occasions.

A venue with a difference! The Oliver Cromwell Paddle Wheeler is a unique floating Riverboat Hotel moored up in the heart of Gloucester’s historic docks. It stages ‘Showboat’ nights every Friday, featuring a 3-course dinner and live entertainment on stage. It is also an interesting venue for private celebrations and dinners, wedding receptions, Top-Deck Summer BBQs, Christmas parties and discos. Free parking is available alongside the vessel.

Photograph: Mike Broom

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Nature in Art Home to the widest range of nature-inspired art in the world.

An inspirational museum on the outskirts of Gloucester

A great shopping experience in Gloucester

Nature in Art is the world’s only museum dedicated to all kinds of art inspired by nature. Displays embrace two and three-dimensional work in all mediums and styles from across the world, spanning 1500 years. So typically, in addition to a temporary exhibition, you’ll see watercolour landscapes, contemporary glass, the Flemish masters, modern abstract interpretations, bronze sculpture and even some exotic oriental treasures. With all this variety you’re sure to find something appealing, and you’ll make some discoveries too!

The main streets in the city centre are laid out in a cross, giving rise to Northgate, Eastgate, Southgate and Westgate Streets. This area is pedestrianised and makes the city centre both easy to navigate and very safe. Although there are the usual high street stores and a selection of specialist shops, the city manages to retain some of its market town characteristics.

At Nature in Art you have the opportunity to meet and talk to an artist whilst they demonstrate their skills. Artists from across the world work at the museum during all opening hours between February and November - so you may encounter painting or almost anything from woodcarving to textile art. With various activities like brass-rubbing, an outdoor play area and art activity days during school holidays there’s plenty for children to do. There’s also a tranquil sculpture garden to explore and a coffee shop serving home-made cakes.

Nature in Art has a collection spanning 1500 years and from

over 50 countries, embracing two and three-dimensional work in all media and styles ranging from Pablo Picasso to David Shepherd. So whether you prefer exotic oriental treasures or watercolour landscapes, the Flemish masters or contemporary glass there will be something here for you... and you are likely to make some new discoveries too!

As well as regularly transforming our galleries with new displays from our own collection we organise a vibrant programme of special exhibitions. Meet an artist at work! Come and visit an artist at work in the studio during all opening hours (Feb-Nov). Feel free to talk to them whilst they demonstrate their skills.

Sculpture garden - Coffee shop Children’s activity areas & workshops Artist in residence - Art courses Gift shop - Free parking Open: 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA

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The museum also offers a variety of short art courses and other events throughout the year. For more information call 01452 731422 or visit www.nature-in-art.org.uk

Kings Walk Shopping Centre, in the heart of Gloucester, provides a huge variety of shops catering for many different types of customer. Their exciting events calendar for this year offers seasonal interactive events for all the family. For details of these and latest news on the shops visit www. kingswalk.co.uk. The Gloucester Quays Outlet is home to some of the high streets top brands as well as designer names, at up to 70% off RRP. Gloucester Quays has many events planned in 2011 and on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month, commencing from May and ending in October, will be a Great Taste Food Market. Watch out for two culinary calendar highlights, with the Gloucester Food Festival. Take a step back in time on 24 - 27 November when Gloucester Quays hosts the annual Victorian Market. Full of stalls, street performers and lots more entertainment and shopping , it’s just in time for Christmas!

Two great historical pubs in the City centre offering a lot more than a pint! The Tigers Eye Restaurant

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival 2011

For a unique dining experience The Tigers Eye Restaurant at the Old Bell is one of the most historic pubs in Gloucester and features an original Jacobean fireplace dating back to 1650. The fusion menu is on offer for the more adventurous diner, or alternatively you can cook steaks at your table on the shared dining experience that is the ‘Black Rock Grill’.

Café René - Lé Pub & Restaurant There are many places to relax and unwind but one of the best is a hidden gem - Cafe René located down on of the old lanes of Greyfriars. This authentic watering hole specialises as a Steakhouse Grill and with Sunday Roasts, fine wines, real ales and spirits - is definitely a place to visit when in Goucester. Café René also has free Wi-fi access, regular live music and the lively Cellar Bar.

Each year Café René hosts a week long Rhythm & Blues Festival where live music and entertainment is a plenty. A great weekend finale includes a real ale and cider festival and lots of fun and frolics for all the family to enjoy whilst listening to live music from the many bands. Make a date in your diary this year - Monday 25th to Sunday 31st July.

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• Open daily 8am until Evensong • Guided tours and Group tours available • Tower tours Wednesday to Saturday from April to October Phone 01452 528095 • email: reception@gloucestercathedral.org.uk or visit our website: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk Photograph: Gloucester Cathedral taken by Neil Wildin.

The famous Cloisters

A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral - a medieval jewel and a glorious sacred space.

Explore Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester Cathedral’s knowledgeable and friendly Guides will lead you through 1000 years of history. Trace the architectural styles from Norman through Perpendicular to the present day where a team of stonemasons are still busy carving and casting. The extraordinary fan-vaulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures and the Lady Chapel houses some of the finest Arts & Crafts glass in the country. The tomb of Edward II became a place of pilgrimage in the 14th century and inspired the innovative cathedral building we treasure today. It is the only monarch’s tomb in the South West, one of only a few outside London and as such is of both historical and architectural significance.

At Café René we have a full and varied menu but pride ourselves on serving the finest expertly grilled prime steaks, from traditional cuts of Ribeye, Sirloin and Rump to our premium range of Fillet and T-Bone.

There is plenty for families to see and do, including the Whispering Gallery, the Giant Jigsaw and the Teddy Trail – not forgetting the chance to see where ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Dr. Who’ were filmed.

Our premises have a friendly and relaxing atmosphere and are well stocked with many varieties of real ales, ciders and fine wines. The restaurant caters for parties and functions, and serves a traditional roast on Sundays in addition to our regular menu.

The Cathedral Choir stems from that established by Henry VIII and is of a very high standard. The choir sings at the Sunday Eucharist and at most daily Evensongs during school term time.

We host live music on Wednesdays & Fridays and play host to our very own

‘Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival’ in the summer from 25 to Sunday 31 July, 2011.

Open: Sun - Thurs 11am - midnight and Fri & Sats 11am -3am Food served: Monday to Saturday: 11am - 10pm & Sunday: 12 - 9pm

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Waterside restaurant With rooms

A fine blend of setting, dining and resting!

Enjoy fun on the farm, locally grown produce, festivals and a riverside restaurant serving up delicious food, beautiful views and rooms to stay. On the A40 just outside Gloucester you’ll find Over Farm Market. The large farm shop sells a wide selection of fresh locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, pickles and preserves. There is also a bakery, cheese counter and a meat counter. The shop also sells seasonal wares including Christmas trees. During the summer you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, so it’s also a great day out for the whole family. Children are well catered for as there’s lots of farm animals to look at and plenty of activities throughout the year. From 8 - 11 July, Over Farm hosts its very own ‘Barn on the Farm’ Music Festival.

Here you can explore the riverside and the recently restored Canal Basin, learn all about the canal and the local area from the Civil War to today in the free visitor centre. You can then replenish your energies with lunch or dinner from the a la carte menu or just a tea or coffee and cakes in the morning or afternoon. If the weather is good you can even enjoy the locally sourced produce on the terrace overlooking the river, all in the satisfaction of knowing that all the profits go back to the charity maintaining the canal. The Wharf House also offers superb, luxurious accommodation. Each of the Seven bedrooms provide wonderful views of the River Severn, or the newly restored Canal Basin. All rooms have wide-screen TV’s, full data link-up, and private en suite facilities - some with whirl-pool baths!

In October school half term holidays watch out for spooky goings on with ‘Frightmare’ - a whole week of scary and fun antics for both children and adults. The farm is also ideally placed for trailer rides to watch the Severn Bore. For some time by the river there’s been no better place than The Wharf House, conveniently located for both Cheltenham and Gloucester. It lies opposite Telford’s Bridge near the junction of the A40/A417, on the western edge of Gloucester.

Over • GlOucester • Gl2 8DB

01452 33 2 900 www.thewharfhouse.co.uk

restaurant all profits from the Wharf house will be used for the promotion and restoration of the Hereford and Gloucester canal.

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Your family’s ticket to a wild day out at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre Visit Slimbridge Wetland Centre to marvel at the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos. This beautiful visitor centre and internationally renowned Reserve welcomes visitors throughout the year with its seasonal programme of events from downy duckling days and Land Rovers safaris in the spring and summer to the breathtaking swan feeds in winter.

Out in the grounds hand feed tame geese from around the world, see a family of otters and an impressive collection of birds including the famous cranes. Grab a paddle and see wildlife on the kilometre long canoe safari, go pond dipping in pond zone, visit the many hides to see wildlife up close, or take the children to the popular outdoor wet playground: Welly Boot Land. Every day there are guided walks, otter feeds and handling sessions of the amphibians at Toad Hall. For breathtaking wildlife spectacles and close encounters with nature then go and explore what WWT Slimbridge has to offer.

Twice as much fun at one venue and a short walk from Gloucester Quays! JDR Karting was the first Karting centre in the UK to combine KARTING and LASERTAG under one roof. As a result they are able to offer hours of fun for children (aged 4 and over) to adults. The main track has a minimum age requirement of 12 years and offers many different sessions tailor-made for individuals, groups and corporate events. The track features high-speed banking corners and tarmac surface for exhilarating high-speed racing. There is ample viewing available which is free for spectators. Full training and equipment is included. There’s also a separate junior track for 4 - 11 year olds, which is great fun for birthday parties.

The lasertag arena has been uniquely designed just for the centre and uses the best equipment available. Darklight Lasertag can accommodate ages from children (6 years and over) to adults, and can have up to 34 players in the arena at any one time. Solo and team games are possible and score sheets are issued for every game. The phasers have an LCD display to give live information throughout the game and your position. The arena will be watching you, and various GEMS will shoot you if you do not get them first - so beware! No party would be complete without food so make use of the integrated cafe for all your catering needs. Ample free parking is provided and the Centre is located within walking distance of Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet.

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SLIMBRIDGE FEED DUCKS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD • MAKE A SPLASH IN WELLY BOOT LAND • GRAB A PADDLE AND TAKE A RIDE ON THE CANOE SAFARI • HANDLE AMPHIBIANS LIVING AT TOAD HALL • SEE OUR PLAYFUL FAMILY OF OTTERS • SIT BACK AND WATCH WILDLIFE FROM OUR KINGFISHER HIDE • EXPLORE THE WILD RESERVE ON A LAND ROVER SAFARI • DISCOVER NEW THINGS WITH YEAR ROUND EVENTS • JOIN FUN TOURS & TALKS

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The Forest of Dean The Forest of Dean is one of England’s few remaining ancient forests covering over 27,000 acres of woodland. Designated a National Forest Park in 1938, it is bordered by the River Severn and the River Wye, giving rise to its stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery. The seasonal changes showcase a vast array of flora and fauna with ever-changing colours. Bluebells in spring, lush green summers, spectacular autumns and the cool frosts of winter. With so much to see and do all year round, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. The Forest of Dean is well known for its abundance of activities and adventures. With such a diverse range there’s something for everybody including walking, fishing and cycling, caving, canoeing, kayaking and paintballing to name but a few. It’s just one big adventure playground!

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For young and old, families and groups, the Forest of Dean has a wealth of visitor attractions to entertain and places of interest to admire. Take a trip into the magical and mysterious Puzzlewood, a journey down memory lane (track!) on the Dean Forest Railway, or visit the Dean Heritage Centre which tells the story of Forest life in times gone by. One of the best attributes of the Forest of Dean is that although it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is in fact a very easy location to reach. With links to all major motorways, the Forest of Dean is perfect for either a short break or great day out. Can you Find the Treasure, Solve the Mystery or Crack the Code? Trails available from most Tourist Information Centres and selected outlets in Gloucestershire or online at www.treasuretrails.co.uk

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Arts, crafts, activities, events, wholesome food all served up at Taurus Crafts near Lydney!

Taurus Crafts - Come visit! Love Arts and Crafts? Our resident artist, potter, stone mason, stained glassworkers, leatherworker, felter, jeweller, framer and chocolatier means there is always something to see and often something being made. Love Food? We put local food on the plate. Cakes made by us and local bakers, local jersey cream, milk, bread and soups made by us, fresh salads using our own organically grown vegetables. Saturday’s we offer an all day brunch and Sunday a roast, both based on local produce. The local food shop and deli carries a wide range of local meat, dairy, baked goods, cheese and drinks. From further afield, the delicatessen offers a choice of Spanish cheeses and chorizos, and Italian pastas and sweet things. Love markets? Throughout the year we have a range of food markets and in the build up to Christmas we hold the largest craft markets in the area. Love to party? This summer the internationally renowned Architects of the Air are bringing a luminarium for 10 days from July 22nd. Wander through the dazzling maze of winding paths, tunnels and soaring domes bathed in liquid coloured day light. And then there is our traditional Christmas of local trees, markets and lights.

3 great visitor attractions located at Symonds Yat West Over in Symonds Yat West you’ll find three great experiences on one site. The aMazing Hedge Puzzle was planted in 1977 by the Maze Makers Lindsay and Edward Heyes, and opened for the first time to visitors on the day of the Royal wedding when Prince Charles married Diana. It is just the perfect place for fun and games with your friends and family. Hide and seek, tag, or even kiss-chase. Find your way then play! Discover ancient secrets in our Maze Museum, and solve exciting puzzles in our aMazing Puzzle Shop. The Wye Valley Miniature Golf twelve hole course is set amongst the fantasy ruins of a picturesque roman farm villa. Will you beat par for the course? Will you curse the gods at the Shrine of the Four Seasons? Score cards, clubs and balls provided. Original design with excellent all weather artificial turf playing-surface. Huge fun, this is a must! At the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo walk among the world’s most beautiful and delicate creatures, as they fly around you. It’s a safari where you explore to find answers which baffled people for centuries: Why don’t butterflies grow? How long do they live? How do they survive? Be at home with the butterflies, and we have a great wildlife shop too!

Jemima Parry-Jones and her fabulous birds of prey collection The International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) near Newent was taken in hand by its previous owner, Jemima Parry-Jones in 2008. A major refurbishment since has returned the Centre to a beautiful place to visit with Jemima’s dedicated staff and wonderful collection of birds of prey. The ICBP is a great place to visit, learn about and enjoy these great birds. With three flying demonstrations daily from April to October, you can relax in the picturesque setting and gaze at the spectacular displays by these incredible birds. It’s also a great photography opportunity and courses with experts are also available. For a great present you can also book special experience days including the very popular ‘Winter Owl Evenings’, operating at weekends from November to Christmas and at Valentine’s for a wonderful romantic experience.

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Great adventure in the Forest of Dean The Forest of Dean is just one big playground full of action and adventure for all to enjoy, from a gentle stroll through the many woodland walks or the more adrenlin-fueled activities such as kayaking the rapids and climbing at Symonds Yat, or mountain biking, canoeing and orienteering. All these can be experienced with two of the best; Forest Adventures and Way2Go Adventures both of which operate throughout the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

Indoor and outdoor fun on the farm Let the kids go wild in the country and burn off some energy at the Dick Whittington Farm Park. It’s an all weather, all year attraction with great indoor and outdoor facilities. Let them loose in the playbarn while you relax over a tea or coffee. There’s lots of play equipment for all ages up to ten with an array of ball pits and slides, and for the daring older children there’s also a drop slide. There’s a large café serving a wide selection of drinks and snacks and a gift shop. Outside there are lots of animals to feed and stroke, a pets corner and a reptile house full of creepy crawlies. During the summer take advantage of the extensive picnic area and play area. The outdoor pedal karts are also a big hit with the kids.

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Magical Puzzlewood! What is the magic of Puzzlewood? Is it the maze of pathways winding between the moss covered rocks, the twisted roots of the Yew trees or the bridges and ‘lookouts’ you have to find on your way round? Puzzlewood is a unique and magical destination in the beautiful Forest of Dean. You can explore one mile of pathways winding through deep gulleys of moss covered rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations, all set in 14 acres of ancient woodland. You will find Puzzlewood to be an enchanting place. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have ever visited. Once in Puzzlewood you will imagine that you are in a fantasy film, and that fantastic creatures lurk round every corner. In fact Puzzlewood is used regularly as a location for the BBC1 production of ‘Merlin’ and ‘Dr Who’. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it is easy to see why. Puzzlewood has 3 cottages onsite as well as the lots of farm animals, a willow maze, an indoor maze, a children’s playground, plenty of picnic tables and a café and gift shop. BBC Television Programme: ‘Merlin’ is filmed in Puzzlewood.

Why not take a nostalgic steam train trip through the Forest of Dean? Pay once and explore all day - a fascinating day out for all the family. Dean Forest Railway hosts a varied selection of events including Bygone Branchline Days with vintage steam, diesel days, Forties Weekend, Halloween Ghost Trains, Santa Specials and the ever popular Day out with Thomas events. Thomas with perhaps Salty, Duck, Oliver and certainly Diesel, with Daisy the Railcar bringing the stories of Thomas and his Friends to life on this leafy railway. Treats like brake van rides, Thomas and Diesel having a race, rides on a miniature steam railway abound. Daisy chases the steam train. There are Punch and Judy shows, face-painting, and story telling in the Imagination Station with DVD screenings and table top toys. The shop is always chock full of Thomas themed toys, books and DVDs. Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller, hopes to keep order during these full days of entertainment. Will Thomas run out of water? Will his driver find fish in his tanks? Come and see if he does! Thomas is in the Forest from April 15th to 17th, June 4th and 5th and August 19th to 21st. Avoid any queues by booking on 01594 841164 and save money.

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Underground adventure in the Forest of Dean at Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves has a varied programme of events throughout the year which include both underground theatre and musical events. Due to the unusual underground location these events are very inspirational and enchanting. The annual Christmas fantasy is always an enjoyable spectacle as the caves are transformed into a magical adventure for children, with a different theme for each year. As well as being a great visitor attraction, special deep level caving days are available throughout the year.

A fabulous holiday setting Whitemead Forest Park is the perfect holiday destination, whether you’re looking for a relaxing break or an actionpacked holiday. The accommodation provides everything needed for a self-catering break, and the extensive on-site leisure facilities mean there is something to keep the whole family entertained!

Fabulous holiday setting in the idyllic Forest of Dean 3Log cabins, apartments, caravan and camping pitches 3Family friendly restaurant and bars (open to non-residents) 3Great on-site leisure facilities 3Weekend, mid week and full week breaks 3Activities and entertainment for the whole family

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When you visit Clearwell Caves you’ll be entering some of Britain’s oldest underground mine workings, dating back over 4,500 years. With nine impressive caverns to explore, the caves are both educational and fun for the whole family.

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Dean Heritage Centre Set across a stunning and interactive five acre site, the Centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean. With a wide range of things to do and see, including five onsite galleries; a reconstructed Victorian cottage; charcoal burner’s camp; adventure playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; variety of animals and gift shop, there’s always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise you. A full programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops make it a great day out for all the family.

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The café and coffee shop is a great place to take a break whilst overlooking the picturesque mill pond.

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An exhaustive history of felony and misdemeanor in the Forest’s former prison! Located at the gateway to the south of the Royal Forest of Dean, is Littledean Jail, a former house of correction, courthouse and police station, now privately owned and is home to the infamous ‘Crime through Time’ collection. Once you enter the jail, through where the old court house once stood, you’ll come face to face with an extraordinary Aladdin’s Cave of curiosities. This eclectic private collection touches on a great many sad, disturbing, quirky and at times taboo subject matters - so be warned! It’s an intriguing collection which includes many rare and historically significant exhibit items including the hangman’s noose that was used on the man they couldn’t hang - John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee. Also on display is the skull of the last man in Britain to be gibbeted, then hung, drawn and quartered! As you wander through the jail you’ll find wall to wall galleries of authentic and vintage signed photographs and ephemera from some of the world’s most notorious villains and criminals, and iconic celebrity figures slated and brought to heal by the tabloid newspapers. There are strange looking creatures on show too, including the products of Victorian taxidermy that were exhibited in this era. They include a six-legged piglet, a kitten with five legs, a three-eyed puppy with two mouths, an eight-legged lamb with one head and four ears and a ten foot long maneating crocodile, and various other beasts of the jungle too. The Jail is also home to the largest single collection of Quadrophenia memorabilia in the world and includes the Vespa GS-Rally scooter that Sting (who played ‘Ace Face’) rode in the famous 1978 cult film, which was highly regarded as being one of the greatest British films of all times. Released in 1979, Quadrophenia is still to this day highly regarded as being one of the greatest British films of all time, and has a massive cult following worldwide. This controversial film, when originally released was panned by critics for its sex, bad language, violence, profanity and drug use throughout the film, which at the time were fairly uncommon in film (unlike today’s Film and TV industry that seemingly appear to revel and rely upon using as much sex, violence, drug use and bad language). We must stress that the Jail is NOT for the faint hearted, persons of a sensitive nature or easily offended. Children are allowed in but should be kept under the strict supervision of their parents or guardians at all times. (Explore Gloucestershire)

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10 April WATER FESTIVAL & BOAT JUMBLE

7 & 8 May WHARF HOUSE & CANAL TRUST SPRING OPEN DAY

Friday 3 June ROBERT DOVER’S COTSWOLD OLIMPICK GAMES

Another great event at Gloucester Docks.

Plenty of fun, beer festival and ‘Tapas on the Terrace’

Traditional and rustic games dating from 1612.

Nine hours of nationally acclaimed blues music in the Forest of Dean.

GLOUCESTER WATERWAYS MUSEUM, TEL: 01452 318200

OVER, GLOUCESTER TEL: 01452 332900

DOVER HILL, CHIPPING CAMPDEN www.olimpickgames.co.uk

NR. LYDNEY, GL15 6BU www.tauruscrafts.co.uk

15 - 17 April DAYS OUT WITH THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE

7 - 8 May HIGHNAM COURT SPRING FAIR

3 - 5 June WYCHWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL

29 June - 10 July CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL

Raising money for local charities.

Widely regarded as the UK’s most family and green friendly festival - ‘Bijou Glastonbury’.

One of the world’s longest established music festivals.

HIGHNAM COURT, GL2 8DP TEL: 08454 226119

15 May DRAGON BOAT REGATTA Join Thomas and his friends in the Forest of Dean. Also 4 - 5 June & 19 - 21 Aug. DEAN FOREST RAILWAY www.dfr.co.uk

27 April - 2 May CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL

A colourful event raising money for CLIC Sargent children’s charity. GLOUCESTER DOCKS

30 May (Bank Holiday Monday) TETBURY WOOLSACK RACES

VINEYARDS, TEWKESBURY www.tewkesburyfoodfestival.co.uk

The Cheltenham Science Festival returns with a tenth anniversary theme ‘X’. VENUES IN CHELTENHAM BOX OFFICE: 01242 505444

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1 -3 July GLOUCESTER QUAYS FOOD FESTIVAL

18 - 19 June COTSWOLD AIR SHOW

TETBURY, SOUTH GLOS. www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk Robert Dover’s Olimpick Games

9 - 10 July TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

CHELTENHAM COLLEGE www.gloscricket.co.uk

22 - 31 July ARCHITECTS OF AIR

2 - 3 July THE COTSWOLD SHOW Join the medieval mayhem when the famous 1471 ‘Battle of Tewkesbury’ is re-created. LOWER LODE LANE, TEWKESBURY www.tewkesburymedievalfestival.org

16 - 17 July ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO The 23rd Cotswold Show encompasses all aspects of rural living.

This year will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the legendary Hawker Hunter. KEMBLE AIRPORT www.cotswoldairshow.com

Music, fun and food packed into a long weekend! OVER FARM, GLOS. GL2 8DB www.barnonthefarm.co.uk

Wander through a dazzling maze of winding paths, tunnels and soaring domes bathed in liquid coloured day light (see pic above). NR. LYDNEY, FOREST OF DEAN GL15 6BU www.tauruscrafts.co.uk

25 - 31 July CAFÉ RENÉ RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL A week of rhythm and blues, beer festival and family entertainment.

CIRENCESTER PARK, GL7 2BU www.cotswoldshow.co.uk

8 - 11 July BARN ON THE FARM FESTIVAL

20 - 31 July CHELTENHAM CRICKET FESTIVAL A perfect setting to watch five county teams take on Gloucestershire CCC.

GLOUCESTER QUAYS www.gloucesterquays.co.uk

COOPERS HILL, NR. GLOUCESTER www.cheeserollingfestival.co.uk A traditional Cotswold competition with competitors showing their strength!

‘Architects of Air’ at Taurus Crafts from 22 - 31 July

A brand new food festival with top chefs, cookery demonstrations and lots more.

Now a two day ticketed event including the traditional ‘wake’ games - tug-of-war, gurning, shin-kicking and welly wangling.

VENUES IN CHELTENHAM BOX OFFICE: 01242 505444

A weekend of ‘foodie’ events with celebrity chef John Torode.

7 - 12 June CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL

11 & 12 June CHEESEROLLING FESTIVAL

One of the highlights of the jazz calendar in Europe.

30 April - 2 May TEWKESBURY FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE www.wychwoodfestival.com

25 June TAURUS BLUES FESTIVAL

CAFÉ RENÉ, GLOUCESTER www.cafernene.co.uk

The world’s largest military air show returns to Fairford. FAIRFORD AIRBASE TICKETLINE: 0800 107 1940 www.airtattoo.com

29 - 31 July COTSWOLD BEER FESTIVAL The highlight of the year for CAMRA members. POSTLIP HALL, WINCHCOMBE www.gloucestershirecamra.org.uk

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1 - 31 August ART IN THE GARDEN

29 AUG (Bank Holiday Monday) FOOTBALL IN THE RIVER

The Cotswolds newest annual garden art event.

17 - 18 September BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW

PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN www.rococogarden.org.uk

Fun and frolics in the River Windrush as two teams battle it out - prepare to get wet! BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER

GLOUCESTER DOCKS

26 - 29 August FESTIVAL OF THE TREE

A superb event in the Forest of Dean with fire-eaters, jugglers, children’s activities, music, bar & hog roast. NR. LYDNEY, GL15 6BU www.tauruscrafts.co.uk

5 - 7 August (*tbc) TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL

The Tall Ships Festival returns to Gloucester with nautical fun for all the family.

29 October FIRE & LIGHT FIESTA

3 & 4 September BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL AT WHARF HOUSE Plenty of fun, beer festival and ‘Tapas on the Terrace’ OVER, GLOUCESTER TEL: 01452 332900

8 & 11 September GLOUCESTERSHIRE HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Heritage sites throughout the county open their doors for free. ALL OVER GLOUCESTERSHIRE www.heritageopendays.org.uk

10 September NEWENT ONION FAYRE Photo: Rob Cousins/Westonbirt Arboretum

Kemble Airport hosts another weekend to commemorate Battle of Britain Day. KEMBLE AIRPORT, NR CIRENCESTER www.battleofbritainairshow.co.uk

29 - 31 October HALLOWEEN AT PRINKNASH BIRD & DEER PARK

7 - 16 October THE TIMES CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

CRANHAM, NR. GLOUCESTER www.thebirdpark.co.uk

Over 600 speakers, 400 events and 10 days of outstanding literary talent.

Spooky fun and games with autumn illuminations.

11 - 13 November THE OPEN

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Underground festive fun.

OVER FARM, GLOUCESTER www.frightmare.co.uk

BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER www.birdland.co.uk

Step back in time and enjoy Victorian stalls and activities.

Christmas 2011 CHRISTMAS FANTASY AT CLEARWELL CAVES

Halloween fun for everyone including haunted hayrides!

A new spooky event at this Cotswold tourist attraction.

24 - 27 November GLOUCESTER VICTORIAN MARKET

GLOUCESTER QUAYS & DOCKS www.gloucesterquays.co.uk

22 - 31 October FRIGHTMARE

HALLOWEEN AT BIRDLAND PARK & GARDENS

Victorian Christmas at Gloucester Quays

A major highlight of the British horse racing calendar, with three days of racing magic. CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE www.cheltenham.co.uk

CLEARWELL CAVES www.clearwellcaves.com

ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS AT WESTONBIRT

WESTONBIRT, SOUTH GLOS. www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

The annual Christian Festival at Cheltenham racecourse.

A great day out for all the family with traditional onion eating contest, best onion and lots of onion soup!

CHELTENHAM www.greenbelt.org.uk

NEWENT TOWN CENTRE www.newentonionfayre.org

Highly acclaimed Christmas fantasy with lights and illuminations. Frightmare at Over Farm

The best pantomime in Gloucestershire. Oh yes it is! EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM www.everymantheatre.org.uk

WINTER WONDERLAND AT PRINKNASH BIRD & DEER PARK Another highly acclaimed Christmas spectacular with amazing illuminations. CRANHAM, NR. GLOUCESTER www.thebirdpark.co.uk *tbc - Event to be confirmed. The listed events are just a small taster of what’s on in Gloucestershire this year. Full details of all these and lots more can be found on www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk which is updated daily.

Tree-mendous fun for everyone with walks, talks and workshops. This year celebrates the ‘National Year of Forests’.

26 - 29 August GREENBELT FESTIVAL

JACK & THE BEANSTALK AT THE EVERYMAN

WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

Explore Gloucestershire also have a special ‘Schools Out’ section, with details of what to do, see and visit during the school holidays throughout the year. Have details of these and other events delivered to your inbox each month - visit our website to sign up for Explore Gloucestershire’s monthly e-newsletter.

PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes events can be cancelled or dates changed for various reasons - please check with organisers prior to the event. All dates correct at time of print.


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Cheltenham Spa Explore the Regency Spa town of Cheltenham, famous for its fine architecture, tree-lined Promenade, speciality shops, parks and gardens, numerous cafés, bars, bistros and restaurants and of course the internationally acclaimed festivals and events which occur throughout the year. The discovery of the Spa waters and the visit of King George III in 1790 transformed Cheltenham into a fashionable place ‘to be seen’ - a Regency hotspot! The heritage of that time left a huge impression on the town, and this can still be seen and admired in the magnificent buildings of Montpellier and Pittville. The Pump Rooms (above) are where the town’s spa waters can still be tasted and many fine concerts performed. Cheltenham has fast become the festival town of England with numerous festivals throughout the year including the Folk, Jazz, Science, Music, Cricket,

‘Festival town of England’

National Hunt, Poetry, Literature, Performing Arts and new for November the Cheltenham Comedy Festival will be bringing top names from the comedy circuit. The famous Regency Spa town, in recent years has claimed the prestigious accolade of ‘Britain in Bloom’, and this is evident in the many parks and gardens throughout the town. Take a stroll around the Imperial and Montpellier Gardens or through Pittville and Sandford Parks to appreciate the floral splendour for yourself. Cheltenham is an ideal place to stay when exploring the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean. Can you Find the Treasure, Solve the Mystery or Crack the Code? Trails available from most Tourist Information Centres and selected outlets in Gloucestershire or online at www.treasuretrails.co.uk

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The Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

The HSBC Cheltenham Music Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

May Bank Holiday sees the return of Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Guest Director Jamie Cullum. Jamie has invited some of his favourite acts to the festival including Mercury Prize nominated Kit Downes, soul-singer Andreya Triana and beautiful pop covers from Norwegian starlet Susanna. This year, the festival offers the perfect setting to celebrate the Royal Wedding with a whole day of ‘Best of British’ themed outdoor fun featuring a broadcast of the wedding itself. Free entertainment throughout the day and a very special Jazz Royalty edition of the BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night presented by Sir Michael Parkinson.

From 7-12 June, The Times Cheltenham Science Festival promises more eXplosive eXperiments than ever before as it celebrates its tenth year with the festival theme of ‘X’. The theme will inspire a programme of all things X-related - from X-rays to X-men and algebra, via a few X-rated issues.

In July, the Music Festival makes the most of its Cotswold setting. The programme features show-stopping concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall, intimate musical adventures in the Pittville Pump Room, and a feast for the senses in cathedrals, abbeys and churches across the region Festival Director Meurig Bowen has created a programme which marries repertoire with each building’s unique acoustic and architectural character. Highlights include the world premiere of a new Joseph Phibbs percussion concerto with Evelyn Glennie, orchestral brilliance from both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the concerto debut from rockstar-pianist James Rhodes, The full line-up will be Elsewhere the line-up and a performance from one revealed in the spring, but includes established of classical music’s hottest to give you a flavour of the international stars such as new properties, guitarist Milos famous faces to look out for, Pharoah Sanders, Dame Cleo past festivals have welcomed Karadaglic (below). Laine, Tord Gustavsen and Dave Holland; modern home- such stellar scientists as Robert Winston, Brian Cox, grown talents like Portico Richard Hammond, Robin Quartet, Django Bates, Phronesis and Denys Baptiste; Ince and Alice Robert. 2011 promises the festival’s tradeand eclectic modern sounds from Roots Manuva, Bonobo mark mix of outstanding scientists, popular faces and and the return of acclaimed comedy geniuses throughout UK electronica duo Lamb. the six day event.

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is an ever-growing cultural phenomenon and is the longest-running Literature Festival in the world. The festival now achieves astonishing ticket sales – 120,000 in just 10 days, and showcases the talents of the world’s leading novelists, poets, humorists, historians, philosophers, actors and politicians as they bring the written word dynamically to life.

A Sporting Festival Town One of the most famous sporting events in England occurs in mid March. With daffodils in full bloom and race-goers swarming the streets of Cheltenham, the National Hunt Festival brings the Regency town to life! Spread over four days, this amazing equestrian treat finishes with the ‘blueriband’ event, the ‘Cheltenham Gold Cup’. If you haven’t been before – you must! The atmosphere is electric and the buzz of excitement can be felt miles away! In the height of summer, Cheltenham College plays host to the Cheltenham Cricket Festival. Gloucestershire County Cricket Club this year will be taking on the Nottinghamshire Outlaws, Essex Eagles and Lancashire Lightning in the Clydesdale Bank 40 one day matches, with Kent and Surrey in the 4 day LV=County Championship. The county’s team have been entertaining the crowds at the College for over 130 years, and with ‘Ladies Day’, ‘Beating Retreat’ and many hospitality packages on offer, it’s a great summer festival for all sports lovers - a true cricketing indulgence indeed! Join in the fun on the ‘Family Day’ at Cheltenham on Sunday the 24th July, when the Gladiators play Nottinghamshire Outlaws in a CB40 match. A great day out for the whole family with tickets priced at only £25 for 2 adults and 2 U16s (when purchased in advance), you will get a whole day of cricket and entertainment at the festival with a wide selection of stalls and activities to get involved in.

The full line-up will be available in the summer but with its signature blend of star names and awardwinning writers the festival will continue to attract the world’s finest literary talent. Add to this the children’s festival ‘Book it!’ and Cheltenham really does continue to offer a festival experience like no other.

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Widely regarded as the UK’s most family and green friendly festival - ‘Bijou Glastonbury’. Wychwood Music Festival 2011 The Wychwood Music Festival returns for its’ 7th year to Cheltenham Racecourse over the weekend of 3rd-5th June 2011. Nominated Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards every year, with reduced prices for students, concessions, teenagers and under 5s free! “You can go to festivals all over the world, but none will be quite as homely as Wychwood”, The Independent. With more than 100 acts across indie, world and folk genres, early confirmations include The Charlatans, The Waterboys, Cornershop, Transglobal Underground, Ian Anderson plays Jethro Tull, Robyn Hitchcock, The Wurzels, Neville Staple and 3 Daft Monkeys. Add to that comedy, over 100 workshops for all ages, The Headphone Disco until the early hours, Children’s Literature Festival, great food and ale, healing gardens and idyllic camping beneath the Prestbury Hills, and you have your perfect summer-opening festival!

Nominated ‘Best Family Festival’ 6 years running More than 100 acts over 5 stages! EARLY CONFIRMATIONS INCLUDE:

THE WATERBOYS THE CHARLATANS IAN ANDERSON plays JETHRO TULL ROBYN HITCHCOCK THE WURZELS CORNERSHOP RODDY WOOMBLE TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND NEVILLE STAPLE 3 DAFT MONKEYS JUSTIN FLETCHER AHAB DELTA MAID THE TRAVELLING BAND THE EPSTEIN EARLY COMEDY CONFIRMATIONS:

ROBIN INCE SOL BERNSTEIN NICK PAGE & MANY MORE A superb value for money, magical weekend of music, workshops for all ages, comedy, poetry, kids literature, cinema, Headphone Disco, real ales, great food, healing gardens and idyllic camping beneath the Prestbury Hills. For latest information & tickets visit:

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Throughout 2011 there are several events and exhibitions inspired by the horse, as part of our Off the wall, on the move programme at various venues throughout the Cheltenham.

West End musicals, plays, ballet, opera, comedy and traditional pantomime!

Fine Form: the horse in art

£3m refurbishment for the Everyman Theatre The Everyman is Gloucestershire’s finest theatre, presenting every kind of play and performance from ballet to opera, drama, dance, comedy, music events and the traditional family pantomime to community projects and education workshops open to all. The main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham and it will be restored to its former glory this year when it undergoes a £3 million restoration that will include updating all public areas, making visiting the Everyman a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. The theatre closes on 30th April and reopens on September 26th with The Madness of King George by Alan Bennett. The annual family friendly pantomime is always a big hit with young and old alike and this year Jack and The Beanstalk opens with a bang on Friday 25th November.

Collect a copy of our current brochure from the Theatre or Cheltenham TIC or ring the Box Office 01242 572573 Regent St Cheltenham GL50 1HQ

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HOBBY HORSE EXHIBITION Gardens Gallery, Montpellier

Sat 16 April 10.30am - 4pm

HORSE PLAY A family fun day with the opportunity to see hobby horse artist Steve Rowley at work, make a simple hobby horse, plus donkey rides.

Wed 20 April 10.30am -3pm

PJ Crook, 3D prototype and virtual painting. HOBBY CRAFT Work with hobby horse artist Steve Rowley and construct a hobby horse to be proud of. Suitable for 9-13 year olds. Bring a packed lunch. Bookable tickets £6.50 from the Tourist Information Centre - Tel: 01242 522878

Also storytelling in partnership with Cheltenham Library – details on our website.

Late July – mid Oct

HORSE PARADE An open-air exhibition of life-size horse sculptures, decorated by artists, at various locations throughout the town, organised to celebrate the centenary of the Cheltenham Festival. Trail leaflet available at the Tourist Information Centre.

11 - 23 August

CAROUSEL Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Take part with an artist-in-residence to decorate horses for a carousel installation. Drop-in event for all ages.

November

Films inspired by the horse – details on our website.

To find our more information and news from Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum visit

For more information about the Everyman Theatre visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk or call 01242 572573 to book tickets.

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14 - 23 April 10am - 5pm

www.cheltenham.artgallery.museum

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Explore the Holst Birthplace Museum Visit the birthplace of Gustav Holst, composer of ‘The Planets’, and see the piano on which he composed his masterpiece. This elegant Regency terraced house shows the ‘upstairs-downstairs’ way of life of in Victorian and Edwardian times, and includes a working Victorian kitchen and children’s nursery. Access is difficult for wheelchair users, due to the nature of the building. A lively event programme including children’s activities can be found at www.holstmuseum.org.uk.

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Cheltenham - The desired shopping destination to explore

Cheltenham has for a long time been a town renowned for its exclusive shopping, from charming boutiques to shopping centres with many leading retailers.

Situated in the heart of Cheltenham are three fantastic leisure and retail centres.

The Nutrition Centre located in the town centre and Bath Road offers a wide range of quality vitamins and herbal supplements, organic foods and natural body and skincare ranges. They pride themselves on their customer service and ability to give expert advice to help you find the solutions to all your health needs.

The Beechwood Shopping Centre is home to over 30 shops and has 370 safe and secure car parking spaces. With top names shops such as Debenhams, Next, Animal, Thorntons, Cargo and Vision Express, it’s the place to visit. The Brewery is Cheltenham’s premier leisure and retail destination, the perfect venue for family entertainment and eating out. It offers an exciting mixture of bars, restaurants, retail and entertainment.

Located in ‘The Suffolks’ is Cheltenham Antique Market. With a wide range of antiques, the market also offers a stock of high quality chandeliers from all over Europe.

Watch a movie at Cineworld - new for summer 2011: 3 new luxury screens! Work out at Fitness First gym and enjoy great food at Après, Chiquito, D’Alto’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s, Prezzo or the Real China.

Nestled on the edge of the Cotswold scarp between Cheltenham and Gloucester, Primrose Vale Farm Shop & PYO specialise in growing super fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables picked daily from their fields. So whether you prefer robust winter roots, brassicas packed with nutrients, your quintessential soft summer fruits or the first cut of asparagus, there’s plenty available at Primrose Vale to suit everyone’s tastes.

For homestyle retail therapy visit Habitat or Dwell. Take your kids to the Play Farm soft play activity centre to let off some steam! The Brewery is behind Tesco metro on the High Street, or park at the NCP in St Margaret’s Road. The Regent Arcade boasts many shops and restaurants and is home to the famous ‘Wishing Fish Clock’ which children love when it comes to life ‘on the hour’.

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CHELTENHAM Stores can be located at:

28 Winchcombe St - Tel: 01242 529934 133 Bath Road - Tel: 01242 514150 You can also find us in... TEWKESBURY CIRENCESTER 98 High Street 22 Castle Street Tel: 01684 299620 Tel: 01285 640069

Local produce is also very much a key part of the business, thus keeping food miles to a minimum as well as supporting other farmers and food producers. A visit to the shop will reassure you that this is very much the case as you will quickly realise their philosophy is to source from Gloucestershire and it’s surrounding counties whenever possible.

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1 The Parrot Bar & Grill 2 Bottelino’s Italian Restaurant

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The Cotswolds The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful and captivating areas of England, known and loved by people across the world. An area of warmth and character, where Cotswold stone walls, buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and picturesque villages make it a spectacular English landscape - a landscape once experienced, never to be forgotten. There’s an array of attractions and activities to suit all ages, from child friendly farms and stunning country gardens to windsurfing, cycling and walking. During Medieval times the Cotswolds was well known throughout Europe as supplying excellent wool and much of the building and traditions that remain today are a result of this industry. The Cotswolds are full of historical gems that span the ages. From ancient Roman settlements at Chedworth, to the former home to one of King Henry VIII’s wives (Katherine Parr, who did escape the chopping block!) at 46

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An ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ Sudeley Castle, to the 17th century hunting retreat at Lodge Park within the Sherborne Estate. The Cotswolds boasts an abundance of beautiful gardens, but one of the finest must be at the National Trust property at Hidcote near Chipping Campden. The carefully designed gardens were made into exquisite rooms by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston during the 20th century, with each possessing its own special character. A plethora of wildlife and nature can be found throughout the Cotswolds, but at Bourton-on-the-Water, Birdland Park and Gardens has the only group of King Penguins in England and Wales, and with many other exotic birds to see, it is well worth a visit. Can you Find the Treasure, Solve the Mystery or Crack the Code? Trails available from most Tourist Information Centres and selected outlets in Gloucestershire or online at www.treasuretrails.co.uk

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2 completely different family visitor attractions in Bourton-on-the-Water Birdland Park & Gardens is a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, which is inhabited by over 500 birds, with the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland. There are over 50 aviaries and a Desert House. You will also see a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects. There is the Penguin Café serving home-cooked food, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, a playground and a gift shop.

Cotswold Motoring Museum, in the heart of Bourtonon-the-Water reflects motoring history over the years. The collection showcased represents a nostalgic journey through the 20th century; take a trip down memory lane when you view the museum’s vast collection of vehicles and enchanting toy collection as well as a fascinating selection of memorabilia, motoring curiosities and enamel signs! You can also say hello to TV’s Brum - the little super hero car, whose adventures start and finish at the museum, can be found here every day.

In 2010 the 2.5 acres ‘Marshmouth Nature Reserve’ was opened. Now more developed in its second year, there’s a maze of paths and copses with marshland and ponds and views over the Windrush River. It’s a wonderful chance to immerse yourself into a small area of the Cotswold countryside where you can see numerous species, as diverse as otters, dragonflies, kingfishers and many birds of prey.

A vintage day out for the whole family to enjoy

Also new to Birdland last year, ‘The Discovery Zone’, offers a dry area to explain the Life Cycle of the Egg and the Life of Birds, with seating and soft play area. It also houses ‘Trigg Hall’ a conference/classroom/lecture theatre facility which will expand the educational facilities for schools, the visitor experience and small business conferences. For more details please contact Birdland.

3 Fascinating collection of motoring memorabilia 3 Seven unique galleries and enchanting toy collection 3 Home to BBC TV’s superhero car, Brum 3 A nostalgic journey through the 20th Century 3 In the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water

In 2009 Explore Gloucestershire donated a ‘live streaming’ web cam which over looks the penguin enclosure - log on to www.birdland.co.uk and take a peek - the penguins get fed at 2.30pm daily.

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For spring 2011, Birdland will have a new addition; ‘The Encounters Zone’. A purpose built presentation display area for hands-on activities and demonstrations including the popular ‘Bird of Prey Encounters’, ‘Reptile Awareness Days’ and ‘Meet a Keeper’. Other events to look out for during the school holidays are the ‘Easter Trail’ and ‘Summer Trail’. During October half term there will also be a new ‘Halloween Trail’ with lots of spooky fun and activities.

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What’s going on at Chedworth Roman Villa? By Mark George (National Trust) With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we are embarking on an exciting programme of redevelopment this year. Site access, interpretation and conservation are all being improved. This is a unique chance to see a building project, at a major archaeological site. However, car parking will be VERY limited so if you come, please try to car share (or better still get on your bike, or walk!). What will I be able to see at the Villa this year? • Discover a Roman water-shrine, under-floor heating and a Roman bath-house • Explore our temporary exhibition in the museum • Find out about life in 4th century Roman Britain • Join our site tour explaining the building works in progress What will I not be able to see this year? • Any of the mosaics in the west range • Any of the artefacts in the museum

Our project: “Chedworth Revealed” Why do we need the project? The fragile remains of the villa faced an uncertain future, with the existing shelters failing to adequately protect the mosaics. Our visitor facilities also failed to meet modern expectations with no permanent café, outdated interpretation and a small ‘shed’ used for our popular educational visits. All of these shortcomings will be addressed in the project. Inset: Main:

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What the project will do?

Lodge Park

Build a new conservation shelter over the west range to protect the house the mosaics are in, allowing you to get closer than ever before by walking on a suspended walkway. More mosaics exposed and on view for the first time since the Victorians discovered them.

Discover this unique 17th century grandstand situated on the picturesque Sherborne Park Estate in the Cotswolds. Built for the popular spectator sport of deer coursing, it was created by John ‘Crump’ Dutton who had a passion for gambling, banqueting and entertainment. Find out about the archaeological reconstruction project that the National Trust undertook to return the Lodge to its original layout. Climb up to the roof and enjoy the impressive views of the deer course and park, designed by Charles Bridgeman. Feel free to play around the vast green lawns, have a picnic or a cup of tea and an icecream from our tea-room.

The museum will be transformed to explain how the Victorians have shaped the site you see today. A dedicated learning facility will create a wonderful environment for people of all ages including our thousands of schools children who visit each year. Local community groups and families will be able to take part in more activities such as mosaic making and weaving, helping to bring the Villa to life for people of all ages.

2011 EVENTS at Lodge Park

Our reception will be refurbished to house a café. All in all a year of change at the villa – challenging, but exciting – with a fantastic future for one of the country’s best-known Roman sites.

Aldsworth, nr Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3PP Telephone: 01451 844130 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lodgepark Open 11 March – 30 October Fri, Sat, Sun & BH Mon 11am – 4pm

Chedworth Roman Villa Yanworth, nr Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3LJ

Telephone: 01242 890256

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(Closed for weddings on 19 Mar, 28 May, 18 June, 2 & 9 July, 3 &17 Sept)

Open 2nd March to 30th October, Wednesday to Sunday.

15 - 25 April: 1 & 2 May 30 & 31 July: 11 Aug: 10 Sept: 23 - 31 Oct:

Easter Egg Trail Pirates! Highwaymen! Outdoor Theatre

’Much Ado about Nothing’

Heritage Open Day & Dowsers (free entry) Halloween Trail

Check website for further details of these and other events happening throughout the year.

(VERY limited parking this year)

Building work is being carried out during the season Artists impression of the completed works.

Illustration: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The Corinium Museum - an award winning visitor attraction in the heart of the market town of Cirencester Leave the 21st century behind you and discover the treasures of the Cotswolds as you explore its history at this multi-award winning Museum. Home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities extensively from Corinium, Roman Britain’s second largest city. Admire the work of Prehistoric metal smiths. Marvel at the Roman mosaics as you take a peek through the window of a Roman town house. Come face to face with the Anglo Saxons and their buried treasures. Be amazed by Medieval Sculpture, Civil War coin hoards and experience the elegance of Victorian Cirencester. An inspiring and interactive experience for everyone. Special events, exhibitions and workshops take place through out the year, please see our website for more details. Fully accessible with a Cafe attached. Gift Shop and the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre on site.

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The Bristol Aero Collection at Kemble celebrating over 100 years of our aviation heritage In 2010 the museum celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Bristol Aeroplane Company and the beginning of a century of aviation design and production. The company was founded by Sir George White, a Victorian entrepreneur, whose first venture into aeroplane manufacture sprang from his successful tramway and bus companies. The Bristol Aero Collection is dedicated to the preservation and display of products of the Bristol Aeroplane Company and its sister companies. On display at Kemble are examples of road transport, military and passenger aircraft, aero engines, missiles, spacecraft and many more items designed and built in Bristol. The museum is manned by enthusiastic volunteers and is housed in a WW2 hangar, easily accessible from the south entrance of Kemble airfield on the A429, just 5 miles south of Cirencester.

Catch a trout in Bibury! In the quintessential Cotswold village of Bibury, seven miles east of Cirencester is the Bibury Trout Farm. It’s great fun as you’re able to catch your own trout, or buy a fresh one from the shop. Why not take in the picturesque setting and enjoy the refreshments at the café.

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What are you doing on 2nd & 3rd July?

The Cotswold Show

• White Helmets motorcycle display team • Shetland pony Grand National • Helicopter flights • Sky-diving • Racing llamas • Falconry display • Horse whisperer For satellite navigation systems, the nearest postcode • Rare breeds to the entrance is GL7 1XB • Dog display team 9am-6pm pebleybeach.co.uk • Hot air balloon Saturday 2nd and • Old Tyme fun fair Sunday 3rd July 2011 cainandfuller.co.uk

Cirencester Park

• Cotswold Sheep annual summer show • Steam engines & military vehicles • Shooting tuition • Celebrity otters • Dog agility • Polo in the park • Family dog show • Food village • Shopping with over 200 trade stands • Archery • Ferret racing

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The Cotswold Air Show on 18 and 19 June is a wonderful weekend event for enthusiasts and families alike.

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Join the party as the world’s largest and most exciting military airshow celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer.

As well as the excitement in the air there is non-stop entertainment on the ground with exhibits, stalls and trade stands, food stalls, children’s games and activities and much more. The Sunday is also Father’s Day so an ideal opportunity for the family to look after dad for a thrilling day out! This year the Cotswold Air Show’s theme will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the legendary Hawker Hunter. Perhaps now the archetypal classic jet, a recurrent theme for air shows at Kemble over the years, the Hunter is an aircraft which evokes numerous memories and stirs many emotions. Hunters from the UK and beyond will be flying in to the air show, alongside a host of other classic jets, civilian display acts and modern military hardware, paying homage to one of the most famous and best loved British aircraft of all time. For full details and to book tickets visit www.cotswoldairshow.com visit local Tourist Information Centres.

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The Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park successfully combines town and country pursuits to create a glorious medley of fun activities and displays. From the spectacular White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team and the dynamic Royal Logistic Corps’ SkyDiving, to the Shetland Pony Grand National, the national gundog weekend, horse whispering, craft stalls, food village, Living/Working Countryside and traditional children’s entertainment, it’s a great day out for all ages. STAR ATTRACTION FOR 2011 White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team Watch in awe as the Royal Corps of Signals ‘White Helmets’ Motorcycle Display Team perform spectacular feats of balance. Gasp in amazement at death defying, high speed crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics. NEW TO THE COTSWOLD SHOW ‘Shetland Pony Grand National’ It’s fast and furious but most of all it’s loads of fun. Cheer on your favourite steed as these ponies and their young jockeys fly over the ‘mini’ Aintree fences; all determined to be first past the post. The race is real and the pace is frantic! Don’t forget dogs are very welcome at the Cotswold Show and can join in the fun too. Save 20% when buying tickets online at www.cotswoldshow.co.uk

More than 150,000 people will be heading for the Cotswolds to enjoy many of the world’s most spectacular aircraft, including fast jets, giant transporters, classic warbirds, helicopters as well as aerobatics display teams including the legendary Red Arrows. In addition to the thrilling seven-hour flying display programme, there is a large static aircraft park, a classic car display, an action arena, fairground and outdoor concert. Entertainment includes a stunt car driving demo, a parachute tower, children’s quad bikes, a motorbike display team, water zorbing, reenactors plus a range of aircraft simulators. Since 1971, the Air Tattoo has not only established itself as one of the noisiest and most thrilling days out for all the family but with FREE parking and FREE entry for all accompanied under-16s it is also unbeatable value for money. Tickets are £39 for specific day; £44 for either day and £68 for 2 days. Children under 16 FREE when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets can be purchased at www.airtattoo.com or by calling the Ticket Office on 0800 107 1940. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available on the gates.

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Fun, fun and more fun on the farm Cotswold Farm Park, located near Guiting Power (which is about 5 miles north west of Winchcombe), is one of the best places in the Cotswolds to take children of all ages. There’s a comprehensive collection of rare breed British farm animals, lambs and goat kids to bottle feed, piglets to stroke, seasonal farming demonstrations including lambing, shearing and milking, lots of fun children’s activities, two mile wildlife walk, picnic area, gift shop and Children love the Jumping Pillow at the Cotswold Farm Park. Cotswold Kitchen.

Lions, giraffes and rhinos in a beautiful Cotswold setting Cotswold Wildlife Park is set within around 160 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and gardens. There are many exciting animals to be seen as you walk around the Park, visiting the Reptile House, Invertebrate House, Bat exhibit and farm barn as you go. The ‘Walled Garden’, once the kitchen garden for the Manor House, has been transformed with displays of exotic plants, tender perennials and is the perfect setting for tropical birds, penguins and smaller mammals, including the popular meerkats. Here you will find the Tropical House and, close by, be able to walk with lemurs in the Madagascar walk-through enclosure.

English history and royal splendour in the Cotswolds Award winning gardens and medieval ruins surround Sudeley Castle, which sits nestled in the Cotswold Hills on the edge of the historic town of Winchcombe. Sudeley has played host to many royal figures throughout history and was famously the former home of Katherine Parr, who is buried in St Mary’s Chapel within the grounds. The Castle has also been visited by Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Besieged by Cromwell’s troops, Sudeley was restored in the 19th century by the Dent brothers with their fortunes from the glove trade. Today Sudeley is the home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie DentBrocklehurst and their respective families. The extensive gardens have been lovingly restored and designed to reflect the Castle’s fascinating past. The Queens Garden is amongst the finest rose gardens in England and sits on the original Tudor Parterre. Sudeley has welcomed Sir Roddy Llewellyn as Garden Design Consultant for 2011 and this summer will see the launch of a new Herbal Healing Garden. Fascinating exhibitions explore Sudeley’s history and also new for 2011 is the story of ‘Brock The Badger’ once the family pet to the Dent-Brocklehurst family. Tours of the family’s private apartments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Sudeley boasts a fabulous children’s play area with wooden fort, slide and zip wire, set in a family picnic area. A visit to the Cotswolds is not complete without seeing one of the finest Castles and gardens in the country. Opening dates are from 26th March to 6th November 2011, daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm. For more information call 01242 602308 or visit www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

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Aerial view showing the beautiful gardens at Sudeley Castle taken by Adrian Mason www.anmphotography.co.uk

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3 reasons to visit the North Cotswolds Located in the Batsford Estate, there’s a dazzling collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and elegant birds at the Cotswold Falconry Centre. From eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights with the chance for some hands on experience too! Visitors can watch the grand birds free flying in the spectacular demonstrations or take a leisurely walk around the centre and view some stunning species in their habitats.

Hidcote, nr Chipping Campden Relax and unwind in one of the country's great gardens. You'll never forget the exquisite garden rooms, each with its own unique character. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons so there's always something new to see.

01386 438333 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote

Registered charity number 205846.

Inspiration can be found near Chipping Campden at Hidcote Manor Garden. Visitors will discover rare shrubs and trees, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plant species. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to the glorious Red Border during autumn. With sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, Hidcote is appealing for everyone all year round. The Cotswold Food Store at Longborough (once the Longborough Farm Shop) near Moreton-in-Marsh is well worth a visit. A warm welcome awaits you by the knowledgeable staff. There’s an abundance of fresh local produce (much of it free range), a delicious ‘Cheese & Deli Counter’, and fine wines and beers are also available. Take time out, unwind and enjoy the tasty food served in the café - and during the summer months relax on the terrace.

Journey into a world of trees at Westonbirt Arboretum Great reasons to visit in 2011 Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire is internationally known for its vibrant autumn colour; but have you thought of the many other opportunities Westonbirt offers for other times of the year? Spectacular spring flowers, the Festival of the Tree, summer walks amongst lush woodlands and the Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail offer great reasons to visit the Forestry Commission managed National Arboretum. From April to June, Westonbirt is awash with spring flowers; from the tallest magnolias to carpets of bluebells. There are over 17 miles of paths to explore across the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood. The Spring Colour Watch on www.fowa.org. uk, from 1 March, will help show you what’s looking best for your spring visit. You can sit down for lunch at Westonbirt’s onsite Maples restaurant, or picnic on the Grade I listed Downs landscape; then visit the Plant Centre to pick up a Westonbirt maple or the Forest Shop for condiments, crafts, accessories and gardening books.

In the run up to Christmas, you can take an evening stroll through the magic of the ‘Enchanted Christmas’ illuminated trail from 25 November - 18 December. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening this illuminating experience attracts thousands of visitors. Carol singers, mince pies and a visit from Father Christmas make this is a great event for getting in the festive spirit. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt for events, guided walks details and admission prices.

• Live Music • Festival of the Tree • An Enchanted Christmas

Farm Shop, Café, Terrace

Nr. Longborough Open 7 days a week: Moreton-in-Marsh Mon–Sat 9am-5.30pm GL56 0QZ Sun 10am-4.30pm T: 01451 830469 www.cotswoldfoodstore.co.uk www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’

The event will include big wood carving amongst many other new attractions to celebrate UN International Year of Forests. This year, Tree Aid are taking a step back from the Festival of the Tree to focus on their other fundraising ventures, so the event’s main beneficiary will be Westonbirt’s own charity, the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. Supporting the Friends with Westonbirt’s signature summer event will give exciting opportunities to highlight the charity’s activities with our visitors (find out how the Friends support Westonbirt at www.fowa.org.uk).

Trees of the world in one amazing place

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On August Bank Holiday weekend, 26 - 29 August, the ‘Festival of the Tree’ takes place. A new format for the 2011 event will see a focus on fun with an exciting line-up of events; music, food, crafts and family activities; all chosen to highlight and celebrate the many roles trees play in our lives.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS Tel: 01666 880220 www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

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Are you visiting Stratford-upon-Avon?

Cotswold Visitor Attractions

If you are, then why not explore ‘Shakespeare Country’ from a different angle, on-board and in the comfort of a pleasure cruiser courtesy of Bancroft Cruisers.

1 Bancroft Cruisers 2 Nature in Art 3 Cotswold Falconry Centre 4 Westonbirt Arboretum 5 Cotswold Farm Park 6 Sudeley Castle 7 Bibury Trout Farm 8 Cotswold Motoring Museum 9 Birdland Park & Gardens 10 Shipton Golf Club 11 Prinknash Bird & Deer Park 12 Chedworth Roman Villa 13 Lodge Park 14 The Cotswold Food Store 15 Cotswold Wildlife Park 16 WWT Slimbridge 17 Corinium Museum 18 Bristol Aero Collection 19 Hidcote Manor Garden

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Their 45 minute walk-on cruises depart from the landing stage at the Holiday Inn Stratford at Bridgefoot. Take in the beautiful views including Bancroft Gardens, Holy Trinity church and the newly redeveloped Royal Shakespeare Theatre (pictured).

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Bancroft Cruisers boast two all-weather craft, the ‘Princess Marina’ and ‘Rita Allen’ - the latter built with full disabled access, galley and bar. Both boats are available for hire for private parties and functions, with special rates available for groups and schools.

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Bancroft Cruisers provide picnic lunches, cream teas, buffets on board and barbecues at selected picturesque locations along the river Avon, and both boats are fully licensed.

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Keep a look out for the ‘Ghost Cruises’ operating throughout the year. Call 01789 269669 for more details or visit www. bancroftcruisers.co.uk

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2011 Event locations 21 Royal International Air Tattoo Sat 16 - Sun 17 July 22 The Cotswold Show Sat 2 - Sun 3 July 23 Cotswold Air Show Sat 18 - Sun 19 June

come and see, feed and stroke our beautiful fallow deer, our wonderful collections of peacocks, waterfowl, pheasants and the amusing pygmy goats... all very tame and will feed from your hand! Prinknash Abbey Nr Painswick, Glos. GL4 8EX Open seven days days a week 10am - 5pm children under 2 years go FREE

thebirdpark.com for information please call T: 01452 812727

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