Calling all Thomas the Tank Engine fans!

We are fortunate to have Thomas and Friends visiting our local steam railway which is just up the road. He is coming to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway on the 23rd and 24th June and two days of events is planned including:

  • Meet Sir Thomas Hatt (The Fat Controller)
  • Live re-enactments with Thomas and the Fat Controller
  • Thomas face painting
  • Story telling with the Fat Controller
  • Ride on the trains with Rusty and Dusty
  • Ride on the narrow gauge railway

The GWSR is based at Toddington which is a really picturesque, but fully functioning heritage station, about 10  minutes from Cotswold Glamping. If you wish to book a tent for this weekend based with us see the web site for further details. Thomas tickets available from www.gwsr.com.

 

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Goodbye Winter, hello sunshine!

After what seemed like a never ending Winter, it seems that Spring has finally arrived. Just three weeks ago we were battling freezing temperature in the lambing shed. Pipes were frozen, snow was swirling around us and the lambs were queing up for their turn under the heat lamp. This week we have enjoyed blue skies and wonderful sunshine with temperatures reaching 24 degrees. We've been swimming in the pool while the ewes and lambs soak up the sun in the fields. The garden has burst into bloom, the hedges are white with blossom and the verges scattered with cowslips. 

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Make the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival a glamping stay

On the 8th and 9th July 2017, thousands of reenactors, entertainers and traders from all over Europe will gather in Tewkesbury for Europe’s largest annual Medieval re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury on the original battlefield.

The Battle Of Tewkesbury took place on 4 May 1471 and was the final battle in the War Of The Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Prince Edward was killed either during or just after the battle and is now buried in Tewkesbury Abbey.

The festival has period entertainment, including music, dance and drama as well as a collection of fascinating characters from the past. These may include barber surgeons, preachers and even the odd dragon keeper. There is a children’s activity area, with period based arts and craft sessions, and an exhibition tent with displays from organisations specialising in different aspects of history.

If you fancy Glamping a short distance from Tewkesbury do give us a call. We happily accept Lancastrians and Yorkist’s as long as you hold a truce whist with us

Happy 2016 from Cotswold Glamping!

Although I do love Christmas, by the time I get to January 1st and am only too ready to tidy up and move on! Clearing away the tired looking tree and taking down the cards is always rather cathartic. Once they’re gone I feel quite rejuvenated and ready to start planning for our next Cotswold Glamping season with renewed enthusiasm. We are currently looking at buying a few extra little things to make a stay here even more fun and of course our new swimming pool will be up and running as soon as we open in April. Our inbox has come to life again in the last few days with people beginning to plan their summer holidays. 

Spring 2015 and the Cheltenham racing festival

Don't want to speak too soon but so far this winter has been fairly kind to us. Not too many bitterly cold mornings defrosting frozen pipes or battling against arctic winds to feed livestock.

Our over winter calves were sold on in early January and the shed cleared out and disinfected in preparation for lambing in early March. The ewes have returned to the farm from grazing elsewhere over the last couple of months. This gives the fields here a rest and hopefully ensures better grass for lambs and lactating ewes in the spring. The ewes have all had their pre-lambing vaccination boosters and are given extra food in the run up to lambing.These jobs all done, our attention now turns to the 2015 glamping season. We are busy repainting,  updating and restocking .

For the first time this year we are renting out our glampers reception building for the Cheltenham race festival (10th -13th March). The accommodation will comprise of three double bedrooms each with ensuite shower and our spacious sittingroom with its beautiful rural views. This comes with TV. music system, fridge and toaster. With Cheltenham race course just 15 mins. drive from here this could make an excellent base from which to enjoy the festival. We will be sending out flyers shortly. Please do get in contact if interested.   

New shower block is completed

Wow! What a busy couple of months. We sold the last of our calves and went straight into lambing. Meanwhile our website went live and we rapidly started taking bookings. The pressure was then on to finish the new shower block and lobby area before our first guests of the season arrived.  

We are delighted with the completed building and have had lots of positive feedback from our guest who have enjoyed using the space as a cosy warm room to read, play board games and listen to music when wet or as a cool retreat on hot days.   

Lapwings over stubble

Walking back from feeding the pigs this morning I stopped for a while to watch the Lapwing in the stubble field. If you catch sight of these birds on the ground they seem quite exotic with a black plume that sweeps off the back of their proud heads, however when they take to the sky they loose their air of superiority with a playful display of rather ungainly acrobatics, looping and swirling around the sky and regularly flapping their large awkward white and black wings. Their call too is playful, they emit a shriek of ’pee-wit, pee-wit.’ Occasionally on a calm spring evening we hear the Lapwing calling through the darkness and it makes me think of friendly dolphin chatter.

As I watched them, it occurred to me that they may be nesting. Like the Sky lark they nest on the ground. I was suddenly tempted to see if I could find a nest, I guiltily walked closer to where the birds were flying, searching the ground all the time in hope of stumbling upon a nest, which in my mind I imagined to be full of eggs. Of course I know that this is wrong and that I should leave the birds alone and not seek out their nests and anyway it was probably too early in the season for nests. In all probability, what I had witnessed in the sky was an elaborate courtship display. Just at that moment I was stopped in my tracks by a hare. The creature had been inches from my foot but so motionless and camouflaged that it had remain invisible to me. It had obviously lain silently watching my approach until my closeness became unbearable and it had to make a dash for safety. Far too quick for my little pocket camera to capture I watched it speed away over the expanse of stubble until it disappeared over the horizon. As I looked down I could see a small indentation in the bare earth. This shallow hole is called a ‘form’ and is the only ‘home’ a hare makes, unlike a rabbit it does not burrow. Hares are shy and elusive creatures and although I often see them in the quieter spots of the farm they are not as common a sight as the rabbit. They live a mainly solitary life out in the open, even giving birth in a simple form, lined with their own fur. The young are born with fur on and eyes wide open , able to run within hours. Maybe it is this that adds to the hares mystical image. It is a free spirit not tied to one place, born into the elements, it does not live a life of mundane domestic monotony, but springs from the earth and runs like the wind.