When family came to visit over the holidays, we may have pushed the touring a little too hard (i.e.: Non-sequitor). With family visiting this summer, in the first week of summer vacation, we still wanted to tie up our area in a pretty bow and give it to them, but we didn’t want to be completely exhausted after their week here. So this is what we did.
First up, checking out the lavender fields (Day out: Cotswold Lavender)
Then a trip up Broadway Tower for a spectacular view of the Cotswolds (note to self: write a day out post for Broadway Tower!)
And a stroll around Broadway for a late lunch and some window shopping. (You know you’re in England when … )
(If we ever have a full sunny day, wouldn’t it be awesome to take this hamper out for a spin?)
That was day one.
Day two, hit the road for the drive to Avebury. (Day out: Avebury)
Livestock in the fields on this trip — much added excitement for the kids. I still don’t know if these are sheep, or goats.
We added on a visit to the restored Avebury Mansion and the Saxon-era Parish Church of St. James on this trip. (Note to self: add or update Avebury post with new coolness.) This crazy head is from the snooker room in the Mansion, where son played snooker and I listened to an amazing old Victrola.
That was day two.
Day three started with a visit to Tewkesbury Abbey. (Day out: Tewkesbury)
This time I walked around the barriers blocking off part of the quire and visited the burial marker for Edward Plantagenet, the only Prince of Wales ever killed in battle. And took a moment to shake my fist at the sun symbol of Edward IV soaring overhead. It’s a long story.
Then a quick walk outside through Tewkesbury, noting the difference in the wooden Tudor construction seen there from all our warm Cotswold stone villages, and then letting the kids run lose in the new exercise area:
It’s a whole gym — outside!
Although there are plenty of good places to eat in Tewkesbury, we zoomed off to Bourton-on-the-Water, because it is my favorite village ever. (Note to self: I need to write a Bourton-on-the-Water day out post.)
We once again ate at The Croft, shown here in miniature village form — we also visited the miniature village, walked along the River Windrush, had ice cream … you get the idea.
That was day three.
Day four, I must admit it, we were starting to get a little tired. Some of the group took a ride on the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway, while the rest of us enjoyed a quiet stroll along the Promenade, more window shopping, and lunch.
Ahhhh, day four.
Day five — our last full day — and what could be better than a trip to Bath. (I haven’t written “Day out: Bath”?! What is wrong with me??!) First, the Roman Baths:
A break for lunch, and then the Abbey (I Spy)
Of course, no visit to Bath would be complete without a Lunn Bun. Or two.
Don’t judge me.
Although it rained a bit every day, we were only drenched once — a pretty good average for England this summer. If you had five days in the Cotswold, what would you see?