The Bathurst Estate

The Bathurst Estate
Cirencester Park is open to the public free of charge, for visitors on foot and on horseback by kind permission of The 9th Earl and Countess Bathurst.

The Cotswold Show
The Earl Bathurst’s concept, The Cotswold Show has been at Cirencester Park since 1987 and is a mixture od town meeting country – with endless traditions and rural activities on display. Held over two days in July, hundreds of attractions and 40,000 visitors – the Cotswold Show is now one of the most popular on the regional Country Show calendar.

Cirencester’s Farmers Markets
Second and Fourth Saturday of each month. The farmers market provides a chance to buy meat, vegetables, and a host of other foods from small, local, producers and farmers – all within a 20 mile radius of the town.

Cirencester's Charter Markets
Held weekly on Monday's and Friday's in the Market Place. A wonderful selection of foods, gifts, arts & crafts and more!

Cirencester Park Polo Club
Cirencester Park Polo Club is the oldest polo club in the UK founded in 1896. Whether you are looking for a quiet family picnic beside the field or a four-course lunch in The Ivy Lodge Restaurant and Bar; Cirencester’s friendly, dedicated and experienced team will be delighted to welcome you to our intimate and ‘wonderfully rural’ club. During the polo season enjoy guest membership for the duration of your stay as a gift from Lady Bathurst.

Cirencester is the largest town in the Cotswold District and is the home of the Royal Agricultural University, the oldest agricultural college founded in 1840. Cirencester has an important tourist trade as well as providing shopping, entertainment, and sports facilities for all.

The Corinium Museum, Cirencester
The multi award winning Corinium Museum has a large collection of objects found in and around the locality making for a great educational family day out.

Cotswold Water Park
With more than 150 lakes spread over forty square miles, there is something for everyone – from angling to archery, watersports to walking, bird watching to biking, to name just a few things you can do within the Water Park.

South Cerney Golf Club & Driving Range

The Private Gardens of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are open to the public from March to October making, a truly magical garden.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
An internationally renowned tree collection, heritage landscape and fantastic location for playing, walking, relaxing and learning about nature.

Bibury Trout Farm
Bibury Trout Farm is one of Britain’s oldest, and certainly most attractive, Trout Farms. Visitors can learn about the Rainbow and Brown Trout while you wander in the beautiful surroundings. You may well see grading in progress when the fish are selected for size and quality before being transported to new homes in oxygenated water in specially made fibre glass tanks.

Cotswold Wildlife Park
Encounter Anteaters, peer at Giraffes, roar at the Lions or waddle like a Penguin; The Cotswold Wildlife Park is perfect for a fun filled family day out.

Thyme at Southrop Cookery School
Fabulous courses in the Cotswolds. More than just a cookery school, telling the complete story of food.

Daylesford Organic Farm Shop
Whether you drop in for a cup of coffee, a wander around the farmshop, an afternoon in the Spa, or treat yourself to a course at The Cookery School, there is plenty to keep yourselves entertained at Daylesford.

Chedworth Roman Villa
History comes to life at Chedworth Roman Villa and is one of the largest Roman villas in Britain. A fun and educational day out for all.

Cotswold Farm Park (Adam Henson)
The perfect family day trip, interacting with an unrivalled collection of domestic rare breeds, and the chance to learn more about farming and conservation.

Painswick Rococo Gardens
Situated outside the beautiful Cotswold town of Painswick, and famous for its snowdrop display, the Rococo Garden is a fascinating step back to a flamboyant and sensual period of English Garden Design.

The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water
The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Car Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford. Great fun to be had.

Badminton Horse Trials
The Badminton Horse Trials is a three-day event which takes place in April or May each year in the park of Badminton House, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort.

Beaufort Polo Club
The Beaufort Polo Club as it is known now is a small friendly polo club set alongside the Westonbirt Arboretum in one of the most beautiful parts of England. The serenity and tranquillity of the surrounding Cotswold countryside are in complete contrast to the speed and energy of the sport of polo.

Gatcombe Horse Trials
Gatcombe regularly hosts international riders from all over the world for both the Spring Land Rover Novice and Intermediate competitions including cross country, show jumping, dressage, shopping, hospitality and so much more!

The Royal International Air Tattoo
Held annually each July at RAF Fairford, the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world’s largest military airshow, has gained the well-earned reputation as one of the UK’s top outdoor family events.

Cotswold Woollen Weavers
Whether you drop in for a cup of coffee, or wander about the buildings, and the museum, or buy from the wonderful range of woollen garments, there is plenty to keep yourselves entertained at The Cotswold Woollen Weavers.

Cheltenham is an ideal base for touring into the Cotswolds. Regency town houses, characterized by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. With it’s award-winning gardens, impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and its festivals of horse racing, music and literature.

Cheltenham Race Course
Cheltenham Racecourse plays host to main famous horse racing events located at Prestbury Park. The racecourse has a scenic location in a natural amphitheater just below the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills.

Cheltenham Music Festival
The Cheltenham Music Festival is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music – from symphonic grandeur to the intimacy of chamber music, and from sublime choral experiences to brand new musical adventures.

Cheltenham Literature Festival
This October, whether it’s the biggest names in publishing, politics, television, radio, art, theatre, or sport, The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has it all.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival
The Cheltenham Jazz Festival was started in 1996 and has established itself as one of the UK’s most popular jazz festivals.

Cheltenham Science Festival
The Cheltenham Science Festival aims to engage in entertaining, challenging and deliberately discussing controversial issues and experiences.

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
A fantastic chance to meet food producers, brewers, winemakers and chefs dedicated to fostering, preserving and displaying the very best in food and drink.

The Everyman Theatre
This beautiful Theatre hosts a wide variety of shows and performances all year round that has something for all the members of the family to enjoy.

Tetbury Woolsack Races
The races have no greater aim than for individuals and teams to demonstrate their strength and fitness by racing whilst carrying a sack of wool – up and down a hill that reaches a gradient of 1 in 4. Around this the town celebrates with a street fair that aims to please many with street entertainers, local stalls and amusement rides.

Cornbury Music Festival
The Cornbury Festival is one-of-a-kind: an eclectic and eccentric musical carnival – a dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fayre – a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family.

CLA Game Fair – Ragley Hall
The CLA Game Fair is the leading, most extraordinary, outdoor country show and is widely accepted as the world’s greatest celebration of country life and sports. Enjoy your favourite country sport, learn more about the countryside, have a fun day out with family and friends and enjoy a thoroughly good shopping experience.

Blenheim Palace
Guided tours of the State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe run frequently together with tours of the gardens and park. The fascinating Untold Story of Blenheim Palace is led by the ladies maid to the 1st Duchess of Marlborough, who reveals what life was like at the Palace over the past 300 years, from the servants perspective.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials has been running since 1990, attracting the world’s best riders and the thousands of spectators who come each year to watch the event. The event is made up of three phases: Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping, with the Dressage phase taking place over the first two days.

Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle Gardens has something to offer everyone, whether you are interested in learning about the history of Sudeley or just want to relax and enjoy the beauty of the exteriors and ruins.

Berkeley Castle
The castle has remained within the Berkeley family since they reconstructed it in the 12th century and is traditionally believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327. Berkeley Castle and it’s Gardens are open to the public from March to October.

Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle is not your average castle. It is full to the turrets with dramatic shows, interactive experiences, storytelling, demonstrations, activities and more. Visit Warwick Castle and you will see great halls, beautiful landscapes; mournful dungeons and high towers – but you’ll also see people having fun, laughing and being amazed. Warwick Castle homes eleven hundred years of history, but also great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales and so much more.

Eastnor Castle
Fairy-tale mansion in the style of a Norman castle standing in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Open to the public at Easter and in the summer, with a full programme of events and activities. Fine collection of works of art and 19th century arboretum.

Go Ape, Forest of Dean
Nestled in the English Westcountry you'll find the idyllic Forest of Dean. It's towering pines and ancient oaks provide a home to some of the country's most treasured wildlife and not one, but two awesome Go Ape locations.

Bicester Shopping Village
Bicester Village outlet shopping centre has luxury fashion shops, homeware boutiques & discounted designer stores.

National Waterways Museum
Housed in a warehouse at the heart of Gloucester’s fine Victorian Docks, Gloucester Waterways Museum tells the story of our wonderful canals and rivers. Climb aboard historic boats, enjoy hands-on fun, watch archive films and browse galleries rich in canal heritage. You could even take a boat trip along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal or River Severn.

Roman Baths – Bath
The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century.

Thermae Bath Spa - Bath
Britain's only natural thermal spa located in the historic city of Bath, offering traditional and state of the art spa facilities.

The Historic Houses Association
Enjoy a great day out at Britain’s privately-owned houses, castles and gardens. You can discover properties that have been in the same family for generations and are still a much-loved private home.

The National Trust
The National Trust protects historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs, opening them up for ever, for everyone to enjoy.

Gifford’s Circus (travelling summer)
Toti and Nell Gifford started Gifford’s Circus in 2000. Their vision was of a miniature village green circus, packed, rowdy, glamorous-birds and horses and motorbikes bursting from a fluttering white-tent- a show for rural families, farmers and film stars. Since 2000 the Gifford’s Circus company of painted wagons has toured the rural Southwest, moving every week, and entertaining over 250,000 people.

The National Gardens Scheme (open gardens)
Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved.

Stanway House & Fountain
Stanway is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house, owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss. Stanway House is currently the home of Lord and Lady Neidpath.