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Cotswold National Trust Summer Events

PUBLISHED: 10:40 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 08:56 21 February 2013

The whole family can get involved in activities taking place at National Trust properties this summer

The whole family can get involved in activities taking place at National Trust properties this summer

The summer holidays pose the perpetual challenge of finding fun things to do to keep the children entertained....

What better way to enjoy the long, care-free summer evenings than in the presence of great company, good food and sublime surroundings at a classic open-air theatrical performance. The spectacular grounds around Dyrham Park provide the wonderful atmosphere for the well-loved story of Wind in the Willows and the romantic drama for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Equally as charming is Newark Park, playing host to the Bard's comedy, As You Like It. For great family theatre, Lodge Park will be staging magical productions of The Pied Piper and Treasure Island.



Take a trip to Chedworth Roman Villa during the holidays and you might think you have stepped back in time. There will be plenty of action from the long-gone days of the formidable Roman Empire. Stand back in awe as Legio II Augusta march into the villa with mighty displays of combat, weapon skills and artillery. Or watch the Gladiators of Ludus fight for your entertainment. For a less ferocious day out, but by no means any less intriguing, come and take a closer look at fringe archaeology. Walk a labyrinth and have a go at dowsing to see what you can find.



Many people over the years have been influenced by the wonderful Arts and Crafts style garden at Hidcote Manor. With its exquisite garden rooms and array of exotic and vibrant plants, it is easy to see why. This year is Hidcote's centenary, so celebrate with us and discover this beautiful gem for yourself. Budding young gardeners can come and learn all about the wonderful world of gardening at Hidcote's summer holiday gardening club. Pop into nearby Snowshill Manor and lose yourself in Charles Paget Wade's extraordinary collection of craftsmanship and design. Or come and wander round its intimate organically grown garden, where you will come across lovely curiosities such as the intricately designed Nychthemeron, a twenty-four hour astronomical garden clock.



Explore the great outdoors around the Sherborne Estate and discover the hidden treasures this vast area of rolling countryside has to offer. The whole family will enjoy a walk with the warden learning all about its fascinating history, farming and wildlife.



Children all over Gloucestershire will be hoping for sunny weather, as they gather their favourite teddy bear and prepare for the ever-popular teddy bears' picnics. So bring teddy along to discover enchanting places such as Snowshill Manor and Newark Park and join in the joviality with lots of games and activities.



Whatever you decide to do this summer you are sure to have a memorable day out with the National Trust in Gloucestershire.



Rebecca Garratt.




Event details



Chedworth Roman Villa


The Romans are Coming!, Sat 21-Sun 22 Jul, 10am-5pm


Ley Lines & Labyrinths, Sat 18-Sun 19 Aug, 10am-5pm


Gladiators!, Sun 26-Mon 27 Aug, 10am-5pm


Dyrham Park


Wind in the Willows, Wed 25 Jul, 6.30pm. Book


Romeo and Juliet, Sat 25 Aug. Book


Teddy Bears' Picnic, Tue 21 Aug, 11am-4pm


Hidcote Manor Garden


Young Roots, Fri 27 Jul & Fri 3, 10, 17, 24 Aug, 2-3pm Book


Lodge Park


The Pied Piper, Sat 4 Aug, 2pm Book


Treasure Island, Mon 27 Aug, 2.30pm Book


Newark Park


Teddy Bears' Picnic, Wed 22-Thu 23 & Sat 25-Sun 26 Aug, 11am-4.30pm


As You Like It, Sat 25 Aug, 7.30pm Book


Sherborne Estate


Walk with the Warden, Sun 19 Aug, 9.30am-12.30pm


Snowshill Manor


Teddy Bears' Picnic, Fri 27 Jul, 1.30-4.30pm



More information and booking details at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events







What better way to enjoy the long, care-free summer evenings than in the presence of great company, good food and sublime surroundings at a classic open-air theatrical performance. The spectacular grounds around Dyrham Park provide the wonderful atmosphere for the well-loved story of Wind in the Willows and the romantic drama for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Equally as charming is Newark Park, playing host to the Bard's comedy, As You Like It. For great family theatre, Lodge Park will be staging magical productions of The Pied Piper and Treasure Island.



Take a trip to Chedworth Roman Villa during the holidays and you might think you have stepped back in time. There will be plenty of action from the long-gone days of the formidable Roman Empire. Stand back in awe as Legio II Augusta march into the villa with mighty displays of combat, weapon skills and artillery. Or watch the Gladiators of Ludus fight for your entertainment. For a less ferocious day out, but by no means any less intriguing, come and take a closer look at fringe archaeology. Walk a labyrinth and have a go at dowsing to see what you can find.



Many people over the years have been influenced by the wonderful Arts and Crafts style garden at Hidcote Manor. With its exquisite garden rooms and array of exotic and vibrant plants, it is easy to see why. This year is Hidcote's centenary, so celebrate with us and discover this beautiful gem for yourself. Budding young gardeners can come and learn all about the wonderful world of gardening at Hidcote's summer holiday gardening club. Pop into nearby Snowshill Manor and lose yourself in Charles Paget Wade's extraordinary collection of craftsmanship and design. Or come and wander round its intimate organically grown garden, where you will come across lovely curiosities such as the intricately designed Nychthemeron, a twenty-four hour astronomical garden clock.



Explore the great outdoors around the Sherborne Estate and discover the hidden treasures this vast area of rolling countryside has to offer. The whole family will enjoy a walk with the warden learning all about its fascinating history, farming and wildlife.



Children all over Gloucestershire will be hoping for sunny weather, as they gather their favourite teddy bear and prepare for the ever-popular teddy bears' picnics. So bring teddy along to discover enchanting places such as Snowshill Manor and Newark Park and join in the joviality with lots of games and activities.



Whatever you decide to do this summer you are sure to have a memorable day out with the National Trust in Gloucestershire.



Rebecca Garratt.




Event details



Chedworth Roman Villa


The Romans are Coming!, Sat 21-Sun 22 Jul, 10am-5pm


Ley Lines & Labyrinths, Sat 18-Sun 19 Aug, 10am-5pm


Gladiators!, Sun 26-Mon 27 Aug, 10am-5pm


Dyrham Park


Wind in the Willows, Wed 25 Jul, 6.30pm. Book


Romeo and Juliet, Sat 25 Aug. Book


Teddy Bears' Picnic, Tue 21 Aug, 11am-4pm


Hidcote Manor Garden


Young Roots, Fri 27 Jul & Fri 3, 10, 17, 24 Aug, 2-3pm Book


Lodge Park


The Pied Piper, Sat 4 Aug, 2pm Book


Treasure Island, Mon 27 Aug, 2.30pm Book


Newark Park


Teddy Bears' Picnic, Wed 22-Thu 23 & Sat 25-Sun 26 Aug, 11am-4.30pm


As You Like It, Sat 25 Aug, 7.30pm Book


Sherborne Estate


Walk with the Warden, Sun 19 Aug, 9.30am-12.30pm


Snowshill Manor


Teddy Bears' Picnic, Fri 27 Jul, 1.30-4.30pm



More information and booking details at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events







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