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Nature in Art

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Museums and Arts)

Twigworth Gloucestershire England
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Discover the unique nature inspired art collection housed within the beautiful setting of Wallsworth Hall. The Georgian mansion was once owned by Samuel Hayward (1714-1790), local landowner and magistrate who built it for his wife Catherine as a wedding present, you will be in awe as you spy its grandeur travelling along their half mile driveway, edged by trees and fields. The perfect surroundings for what is held within!

The art collection is international in scope, embracing two and three dimensional work in all media and styles, ranging from Pablo Picasso to David Shepherd. Over their 25 year history, Nature in Art has collected works which represent over 1500 years of art inspired by nature, from more than 50 countries and 600 artists. So whether you prefer exotic Flemish masters or contemporary glass, modern abstract interpretations or bronze sculpture, textiles or ethnic art there will be something for you...


Nature in Art is also suitable for all the family; children can create animal brass-rubbings, experiment with materials using their handling box, touch some of the sculptures around the galleries, as well as enjoy their outdoor play area and garden.

Together you can visit the artist in residence (from mid-January to mid-November) in the purpose-built studio, meet a woodcarver, painter or sculptor! Complete your visit by relaxing in the coffee shop with a homemade lunch or afternoon tea, and then browse through the gift shop for a memento of your day. The shop sells a range of unique gifts, cards and prints.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday, including Bank Holidays, 10am to 5pm. Closed 24th-26th December.
Entry: £5.25 adults, £4.75 concessions (over 60s, under 16s), £15 family (2 adults, 2 children), under 8s free.

Telephone 01452 731422


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Mill Dene Garden

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Gardens)

Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire England
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Mill Dene Garden is hidden deep on the north scarp face of the Cotswolds.  It surrounds an old, pre-Norman water mill, with its pond and stream and is set in a tiny valley.

Barry and Wendy Dare fell in love with  a building that was falling down with  no garden.  They had no money and no experience of either restoration or horticulture, but learned on the hoof so to speak, whilst doing other jobs and raising children.
Their creation over a lifetime is there for everyone to enjoy: two and a half acres of interesting planting (Wendy recently judged at Chelsea); of surprises round every corner and a lot of fun.  Mill Dene has a tiny misty grotto in amongst the bog garden on the stream and a trick of the eye apparently extends the boundaries of the garden.   It is an exercise of making the most of a difficult site.  It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate, and which will nourish the senses.
Telephone 01386 700457


Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

Hook Norton Oxfordshire England
Description : 

Our brewery tours allow our visitors to experience first hand the sights, sounds and smells of brewing beer the Hooky way. Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approx 2 hours, progress around the brewery where you'll see our original steam engine , learn about our history and how we make our range of delicious beers . After a tour of the stables, if they are in residence you'll be able to see our lovely Shire Horses who still deliver beer to our local pubs in the traditional way. Upon completion of the tour, it's into our Barm Cellar bar for a beer tasting.


We run our brewery tours 7 days a week.
Monday to Friday: 11.00am and 2.00pm
Saturday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm 14.30pm Sunday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm
Cost: £15.00 per person PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you book a brewery tour before arriving.



Cost : £15.00 per person.
These are a unique way to experience the brewery and are available year round for a minimum group size of 10 people. Payable in advance. Minimum age 18 yrs


Sensible footwear is highly recommended. Regrettably, the Brewery itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 (this includes babes in arms) as there are many steep stairs to negotiate; the Visitor Centre, Brewery Shop and Museum, however, are easily accessible for both. Please note, the Brewery is a nut free and no smoking site. School educational parties are very welcome as are other groups or clubs. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email: vc@hooky.co.uk  to discuss your requirements.


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Roves Farm, Sevenhampton

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

Swindon Wiltshire England
Description : 

A great family day out, come rain or shine! There are lots of indoor and outdoor facilities to entertain everyone, from the very young to the older generation. Roves Farm is a 166 hectare working, mixed, open farm situated 3 miles East of Swindon.  

Our Free Tractor Rides around Roves Farm, which also have wheelchair spaces, provide visitors with the opportunity to see our 60 acres of wild flower meadows, woodlands and willows, and usually stop for a fun, interactive activity along the way! Children can also become a proper farmer on our pedal and electric tractors in the barns!

Roves Farm has a large range of Farm Animals including, Sheep, Donkeys, Shetland Ponies, Highland Cattle, Goats and Pigs! There are always lots of little piglets running around, along with lambs or baby goats to bottle feed! The free range poultry are always interesting to watch too! And for those that like a cuddle, Pets Corner is full of rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks for the young and old to hold and stroke!

Outdoor activities: Adventure Play Area (including sandpit, slides, swings and climbing ropes), 2 Acre Willow Maze with a quiz sheet, Family Walk with a children's activity sheet past our animal paddocks, Willow Village Picnic Area and Animal Racing during weekends and school holidays.

Undercover activities: The Indoor Adventure Play Area (including a ball pond and wavy slide!), Bouncy Castle, Huge Climbing Bale Stack with Tunnels, Under 5's Soft Play and Indoor Sandpit. Additional indoor daily activities include snipping, sticking and decorating during Kids Craft, and Meet and Feed the animals!

Children's Birthday Parties at Roves Farm are always a huge hit, with a large list of activities on offer, leaving your house intact and mess free! Other Group Visits, Social Parties and Barn Dances are also very popular!


St Augustines Family Farm

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

Arlingham Gloucestershire England
Description : 

Our family has lived here for 200 years.
St Augustines Farm is a real family farm where our family has farmed for 6 generations.  Today the farm is run by Robert and Elaine Jewell.  Our farm is a 70 acre farm in the village of Arlingham which is set in the Horseshoe Bend of the River Severn.
Robert's great great grandfather was the first member of our family to farm here and we still live here with our daughter today.  St Augustines Farm was one of several farms belonging to Arlingham Court and Great Uncle William Merrett (known as WP), who was a well known local character, was the tenant.  When the Arlingham Estate was sold in 1919, WP bought the farm.  He later sold it to his brother Maurice Merrett.  Maurice was Robert's grandfather and was the last of the family to rely entirely on horses.  In 1950 he retired and Robert's parents, Percy and Margaret Jewell, took over the farm.  During Percy's time the horses were finally phased out and tractors, machine milking and electricity were introduced.  In 1977 Percy retired and Robert took over. 
The farm continued as a dairy farm with over a hundred cows plus occasionally crops of wheat or barley grown.  In 1988 Robert and Elaine first opened their gates to families and school children, one of the first farms to let the public in to see what farms and farming are really all about. 
In 1996 we started converting the farm to Organic production and by 1998 St Augustines Farm was accepted for registration by the Soil Association.  We have now sold our dairy herd and no longer produce milk but we now have a herd of beef cattle as well as keeping pigs, sheep, hens and ducks. We also have some pet rabbits and friendly goats.We joined the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative who supply organic milk to Yeo Valley, most supermarkets and others.  We continue living and working here and, as our family has so enjoyed being here, we hope you will also enjoy your visit to our farm.
The Legend of St Augustines Visit
In 597 AD Pope Gregory sent St Augustine the prior of his monastery in Rome, with 40 monks to begin the evangelisation of southern England.  Augustine heard of the Celtic Church in Wales and arranged to meet its bishops.  Legend says that he travelled from Canterbury in 604 AD via Corinium (Cirencester) and along the ancient trackway to Arlingham.  From Arlingham he crossed the River Severn on the old ford near the farm to Broadoak for The Synod of the Oak.  An old Welsh manuscript records this first ever church conference on the banks of the Severn, on the border of the Forest of Dean and beneath an oak tree.  The name Broadoak perpetuates the famous oak and a field there is called Stroods  Danish for meeting place.  The ill fated meeting failed to mend the rift in the church.  The Pope made Augustine the first Bishop of Canterbury and it is said that 10,000 people were converted to Christianity before Augustines death.
How The Farm Got Its Name
Arlingham belonged to the Berkeley Hundreds and thus to one of the few families who can trace their ancestors back to 1066.  Robert Fitsharding built Berkeley Castle in 1154 and then the Abbey of St Augustine in Bristol which he endowed in 1154.  He gave land to the Abbey from his manor in Arlingham which in those days included land adjoining the river so he gave the monks half the fishing rights.  St Augustines Farm remains today to commemorate the visit of St Augustine 15 centuries ago.

St Augustines - The Friendly Family Farm
Smooth and Scratch
You can feed some of the animals yourself with the animal feed sold on the farm. Each day you can also help the farmer feed the pigs and join in bottle feeding the baby calves.
Fun Finding Out
You can follow the Heritage Trail then learn how our family have lived and farmed in our Bygones Collection. Sit inside our Camera Obscura and see the surrounding countryside in a new light.

Quizzes Galore

Try the quizzes around the farmyard. Follow the clues in the museum trail. Collect all the things in your Treasure Hunt bag. Answer the riddles in the Riddle Maze. And win small prizes.
Clamber and Climb
To have fun and get you fit there are swings, slides, and an adventure playground. Try climbing the straw bales in the Barn as well as other games to play in the farm buildings.
Or just relax with a picnic or a cup of coffee and soak up the peace of the countryside.


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