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A Weekend Away

    Weekend away: Mousehole

    Quaint and quintessentially Cornish, the fishing village of Mousehole is beautifully picturesque and a favourite of tourists and locals alike. Its name is said to originate from either a nearby sea cave that is believed to resemble a mouse hole or from its small harbour entrance. In fact, the harbour is known as one of the most beautiful in Britain.

    But why visit? Beyond the breathtaking, peaceful views, Mousehole is situated a few miles from Penzance, Lands End and Marazion (with easy bus routes to each) making it a brilliant place to stay to explore some of the most iconic Cornish landmarks including St Micheals Mount, Lands End and the tin mines.

    From Kate Winslett to Dawn French, even the odd celebrity is rumoured to have visited once or twice. But Mousehole holds a stardom all of its own, being the home of legendary Tom Bawcock, who folklore says was a valiant fisherman in the 16th century. He bravely took to the seas one winter when the village was afflicted by storms, bad weather and as a result, starvation. He hauled a huge catch of fish and the village celebrated his courage by baking a fish pie for everyone, just in time for Christmas. This tradition is continued today every year on the 23rd of December and has become known as Tom Bawcock’s Eve where Stargazy pie is still served. The story has even been eternalised by Antonia Barber, in her Children’s book ‘The Mousehole Cat’.

    Over the years the celebration has grown and since 1963 the famous Christmas festive illuminations of Mousehole sparkle over the harbour and is wonderful to see if you visit at Christmas time. But if you plan on visiting during the summer, don’t be disheartened that you’ll miss all the festivities, as there as many Cornish festivals, including the mid-summer festival Golowan (also known as Mazey Day) which takes place in Penzance.

    After learning more about the folklore or visiting other landmarks, while in Mousehole you can enjoy a tipple with the locals at the traditional fisherman’s pub The Ship Inn, or a Cornish pasty from ‘Hole Foods. Then once you’re suitably fed and watered, explore the nooks and crannies around the village and visit the beautiful little shops that are filled with incredible artwork of Cornish landscapes by local artists.

    If you’re keen to visit, but unsure what to pack, opt for light, but warm layers as the wind chill from the sea can certainly make the temperature seem more bitter. Our easycare merino turtleneck with smart Milano jacket are both made from 100% soft merino wool providing you with cool but insulating comfortable layers. Pair with our classic black trousers for effortless style and for extra warmth and an elegant touch, add our Italian silk neckerchief.

    Have you visited Mousehole, or the Penwith area? What did you do while you were there and what would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below…

    11 facts about Cheltenham

    We are very proud of our heritage here at Cotswold Collections! Starting over 25 years ago in Cheltenham we wanted to learn more about our lovely spa town that is quaintly nestled in the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

    Here are 11 facts about the beautiful place we call home…

    1. Cheltenham began as an Anglo-Saxon settlement.
    2. It was granted a market charter in 1226 enabling the growth of the town.
    3. By 1850 Cheltenham had become the largest town in the county of Gloucestershire.
    4. The town’s popularity was boosted in 1788 by King George III who visited with his family, lodging at Bayshill and could often be seen exploring the municipality with his family.
    5. Gloucestershire has many literary ties including with novelist and poet Laurie Lee being born in Slad and his book ‘Cider with Rosie’ is based on the area. However, it is also believed Jane Austen was among the early visitors to Cheltenham.
    6. Pittville Pump Room, the work of Joseph Pitt, was built in 1830 and the spa waters (for which the town is famous) can still be enjoyed here today.
    7. In the 19th century, the fashionable shopping district (which in more recent years has become synonymous with the town) began development including the landmark promenade.  
    8. The Ladies’ College opened in 1854 and has been attended by notable figures such as the actress Dame Kristin Ann Scott Thomas and artist Bridget Riley.
    9. The first race meeting was held here in 1815 on Nottingham Hill and moved to Cleeve Hill three years later. Although, not everyone agreed with the sporting event and in 1829, a local priest preached against the evils of horseracing and the grandstand was burned to the ground. Consequently, in 1831, the racecourse was moved to its location today on the outskirts of the town.Read more about the Cheltenham races here and also see our race-day ready outfit inspiration here.
    10. In 1935, the steam-driven Cheltenham Spa Express – also called ‘The Cheltenham Flyer’ was the fastest train in the world, breaking records by achieving a speed of 92.3 mph and it was this train that regularly ran from Cheltenham to Paddington Station in London.
    11. The town is known for its association with British intelligence, as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is based here.

     

    Fancy a weekend away in Cheltenham? Take a look at our sight-seeing recommendations >>

    Which is your favourite place in Cheltenham? Let us know in the comments..

    Cheltenham Races 2019

    Today marks the first day of this years’ Cheltenham Gold Cup races!

    Over 250,000 people are expected to visit our usually quiet hometown for this annual event, including members of the royal family. And as we ready ourselves for the thrilling and action-packed days ahead, we thought we would research 11 fascinating facts about the festival:

    1. The first Cheltenham Gold Cup was held in 1819, but as a three-mile race with no jumps.
    2. The modern version with jumps was first ran in 1924 with the winner taking home £685.
    3. This year, for the first time in history, prize money will exceed £4.5 million.
    4. During the Gold Cup race on Friday 15th March 2019, 22 fences will be jumped.
    5. Outside of two world wars, in its history, the Gold Cup has only been cancelled three times! The first was due to a frozen course in 1931, the second happened because of flooding in 1937 and in 2001 the entire Cheltenham Festival was cancelled due to a local outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
    6. The prize money for this years’ Gold cup race is £625,000.
    7. Over 8,000 gallons of tea and coffee will be consumed during the 4 day festival.
    8. On average, 65,000 people will attend the races on each of the four days.
    9. The economic impact of The Festival each year for Gloucestershire is 100,000,000 pounds sterling.
    10. The 1924 Gold Cup trophy, acquired by Cheltenham Racecourse in 2018 after being kept in a bank vault for years, will be presented to the winning connections of the 2019 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.
    11. Known as The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world's pre-eminent Jump meeting.

    Are you planning on attending the races?
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    Have you ever attended Cheltenham races or any others around the country? Or will be watching on the television? Let us know in the comments…

    Style guide: January getaways

    The decorations are down, a new year has begun, and the wonderful British weather is being as unpredictable as ever! So, it comes as no surprise that January is one of the busiest times of the year for travel agents. Whether you’re looking to escape the cold, seek it out or make the most of the fantastic January deals we have the pieces you’ll certainly want in your suitcase!

     

    City break

    If you’re escaping for a mini-break to explore a new city (or perhaps one you’ve been to before) our tweed jacket, woven by Lochcarron of Scotland will be the perfect accompaniment. The bouclé tweed is in a stunning shade of lavender and features a beautiful raised textured finish. As it is fully lined, it is sure to keep you warm as well as stylish as you stroll the streets of Paris, Milan or Edinburgh.

     

    Beach Getaway

    Are you heading overseas to bask in glorious sunshine? Be sure to pack our stunning relaxed jersey dress. It’s a wonderfully diverse outfit, being great for both simple casual wear or an evening occasion. As it showcases the bold unique pattern it doesn’t need much accessorising. For those colder evenings simply pair with a cardigan, scarf or serape for an effortlessly chic look!

     

    Cruise Voyage

    Perhaps you are embarking on a voyage of the seas for a much-needed break away from the bleak, dreary weather of the UK. If so, our stripe floral blouse with its warm textured fabric is fantastic for light layering. Match with a plain top underneath and a coat over the top for the nippier days aboard the deck and button it up on its own when you reach those warmer destinations.

     

    Mountain Escape

    Maybe it’s not so much the cold but the British rain that you’re looking to avoid. Journey to those colder, winter wonderlands in our beautifully detailed, stylish quilted coat. Featuring a snug collar and detachable hood it is perfect for wrapping up. Accessorise with our Italian woven scarf for extra warmth and style!

     

    Staycation

    If you’re not heading off on a holiday and instead enduring the forecasted weather at home, cosy up in our wonderfully warm jersey top. Made in a jacquard jersey with a soft sheen and lovely drape, it’s brilliantly soft and sophisticated for braving the cold while relaxing with friends and family.

     

    How are you spending your January? Let us know in the comments.

    A Weekend Away: Sussex

    Sussex, a county with a vast array of cultural offerings within easy reach of London, a stunning coastline and, of course, county of the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Intrigued to learn more about Sussex, we picked out some of the county's highlights, so you can get planning your weekend away there.

    Sussex, or technically East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, as the archaic county is now divided into, has long inspired artists, such as J.W.M. Turner (above), Percy Bysshe Shelley and Edward Elgar.

    Where to eat: The Townhouse, Arundel.
    This highly-rated restaurant with grand Regency decor is within a hotel, so after supper you won't have far to go. Doubles with dinner & breakfast from £170.

    For some history: Arundel Castle.
    Conveniently near The Townhouse, this impressive 11th century castle will make a fascinating afternoon out with Van Dyck and Gainsborough paintings on show.

    Run with the Bloomsbury set: at Charleston House, Lewes.
    Discover the retreat of Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster and the gorgeous artwork that fills the house.

    Re-discover nature: the South Downs and Seven Sisters.
    Rolling hills and dramatic chalk cliffs make for restorative walks and with several trails, from literary to wheelchair-friendly, there is plenty to choose from.

    Get your sporting fix: at Cowdray Park Polo Club.
    This July it hosts the King Power Gold Cup, which Prince Harry often frequents.

    Where to drink: at Rathfinny Wine Estate.
    Take a guided tour of the vineyard and finish with lunch or afternoon tea with views of the South Downs.

    For some shopping: meander through Rye's quaint streets. 
    Time has stood still in this picturesque town - make sure you visit for the scallop festival, usually the first week in March.

    Have you been to or do you live in Sussex? Is there something that makes it special for you? If so we'd love to hear from you! Let us know by leaving a comment using the box below.

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    The Best National Trust Walks in the Cotswolds

    As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we are spoilt with the Cotswolds on our doorstep. Spanning many counties and reaching from Bath to Oxford, it has a variety of landscapes, suitable for everyone, from hour-long strolls to more adventurous hikes. As the warmer summer weather sets in, get back to nature with these stunning National Trust walks in the Cotswolds.

     

    Prior Park walk, Bath.
    Be spoilt with majestic views of Bath, the Palladian Bridge (shown above) and a rare ice house on this gentle half-hour walk, which is a wonderful tonic for days spent indoors. Visit Bath afterwards for tea & cake at Sally Lunn's, one of the city's oldest houses. View more details here >

     

    Haresfield Beacon, Stonehouse
    This picturesque walk through bluebell woods, farmland and ancient barrows is for those who fancy a longer ramble through the countryside. Taking around four hours, this can be finished off with a nice pub lunch at the Beacon Inn. View more details here >

     

    Rodborough Common, Stroud
    A gentle stroll over the common, where you can take in views of the River Severn, an 18th-century fort, cows and butterflies. Finish with a scoop of the renowned Winstone's ice cream. View more details here >

     

    Lodge Park Bridgman walk, Aldsworth
    Featured on last year's BBC Springwatch, Sherborne Park Estate, this National Trust property is holding several nature talks, followed by afternoon tea, throughout the year. Explore the grounds of Lodge Park, the deer racing course, Stone Age barrows on this stunning estate. View more details here >

     

    Woodchester Park boathouse walk, Stonehouse
    This hour-and-a-half walk around the park is filled with hidden surprises, from the boathouse to Woodchester Mansion and many ruins that house plenty of unusual wildlife, like horseshoe bats. View more details here >

     

    Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge
    From the tranquil lake and shady trees, to views of Newark Park House and a ha-ha, this walk is great for bird lovers and for taking the dog too. View more details here >

     

    Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk, Cranham
    The National Trust gives the best description: "This walk gives you the chance to explore all the features that make the Cotswolds so special – steep valleys, exhilarating views, beautiful limestone grassland, magnificent beech woodlands and two honey-coloured villages where time seems to stand still." View more details here >

     

    The Shenington Round from Upton House, Banbury
    This long walk takes in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Stay for the weekend and visit Upton House the day afterwards. View more information here >

     

    Discover a National Trust walk near you >

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    A Weekend Away: Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is a city like no other, with plenty to see and do, from the impressive castle to secluded riverside walks and striking monuments; the more you look, the more you will find, which is why we fell in love with this city. Discover our top picks and fall in love too!

    Walk up to Arthur's Seat and take in the spectacular vista of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. On the way down stop off at The Sheep's Heid for some refreshments in front of a roaring log fire.

    If you don't feel up to hiking but still want to take in the majestic cityscape Edinburgh has to offer then visit Calton Hill. Filled with neo-classical monuments and stunning views, all easily accessible and within the city centre.

    Smart, sophisticated, versatile and comfortable. An outfit to match the city! Whether you wear the ensemble for city sight-seeing or wear as separates with more practical garments for hiking, these pieces are perfect for a mini-break to Edinburgh. The Tweed Jacket in pure cotton is styled with a rever collar and useful pockets in a versatile shade of dove grey, which pairs well with the Textured Bias Skirt, a flattering and resilient piece for travelling. Under these wear the customer favourite Cotton Pointelle Top for elegant warmth and finish with the graceful Italian Jacquard Wrap and you are ready to enjoy all that this city has to offer.

    Visit Dean Village, a hidden gem accessible by a cobbled street. Take a stroll along the river bank and admire the quaint houses and beautiful scenery.

    Edinburgh is a city with many surprises and many levels. Take time to explore Edinburgh's winding streets and enjoy the cafes and shops that it has to offer. West Bow Street is pictured above and is a short walk from the Royal Mile.

    Dine at The Witchery, a luxurious restaurant that showcases the very best of Scottish produce. Enjoy mouthwatering food in opulent surroundings, close to Edinburgh Castle.

    When the weather turns wet and you would still like to enjoy nature, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens to get your fill of greenery in the warm and dry. Filled with exotic flora, this beautiful glasshouse is an oasis of calm in the city.

    Stay at The Balmoral, an iconic hotel located in the heart of the city and right by Waverley train station. Perfectly positioned for sight-seeing, shopping and travel, this grand hotel is the perfect stay.

    See the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. With thousands of theatre, comedy and music performances taking place over three weeks, there really is something for everyone.

    Take tea at Jenners, a beautiful department store, where you can also shop to your heart's content.

    Climb Scott's Monument for breath-taking views of the city or stroll through Princes Gardens below it and admire the flowers.

    Look out for Greyfriar's Bobby and take a walk through the nearby Meadows, which are particularly beautiful in April and May when the cherry trees that line the paths there blossom.

    Finally, take a ten-minute bus ride outside Edinburgh to Leith and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen's marine residence for over 40 years, which is permanently moored in the harbour.

     

    Have you been to or do you live in Edinburgh? Is there something that makes it special for you? If so we'd love to hear from you! Let us know by leaving a comment using the box below.

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    A Weekend Away: Dublin

    With longer nights and colder days, exploring the great outdoors becomes less appealing. The solution? Exploring the picturesque city of Dublin, a wonderful destination, filled with beautiful architecture and a plethora of activities.

    Spend time with nature: in Dublin's National Botanic Gardens. Filled with exotic and endangered plants and a great way to keep warm in the glasshouses. Admission is free and it's a tranquil alternative to the bustling streets of the city centre.

    Enjoy a tipple or two: at the Guinness Storehouse. Discover the history behind this iconic brand by taking a tour and ending it with a pint of the good stuff.

    Take in the sights: with a walking tour. Keep fit whilst absorbing the history and architecture of Dublin.

    Soak up the cultural atmosphere of bustling and scenic Dublin with our sophisticated
    Bouclé Tweed Jacket and luxurious Faux Fur Collar. The addition of the Smart Leather Handbag, which can also be carried as a clutch, completes your outfit. Comfortable yet ultra-chic, this ensemble will take you from day-to-evening with ease.

    Become a bibliophile: at Trinity College's Old Library. View the busts of Jonathan Swift and Edmund Burke re-kindle a love of books.

    Sample the local cuisine: at the highly rated Mulberry Garden. Sourcing local ingredients, this restaurant prides itself on producing local cuisine and the results are delicious!

    Dublin has several beautiful squares. Pictured above is Mountjoy Square but you should visit them all if you can. Discover more here >

    Visit the Christmas markets: and find something special for your loved ones.

     

    Have you been to or do you live in Dublin? Is there something that makes it special for you? If so we'd love to hear from you! Let us know by leaving a comment using the box below.

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    What's On in Ireland this Autumn

    This autumn we are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and events. From refined music festivals to the more adrenaline-fuelled activities, we've outlined some must-see events that are taking place across Ireland during the coming months.

     

    Conamara Sea Week
    Conamara Sea Week is a multi-disciplinary festival, celebrating the wonderful marine heritage of Connemara. Highlights include music workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, talks, walks, children’s activities, sports events, lots of great music and buckets of fun for all the family A special highlight of the festival for the last few years has been the wonderful ‘After the Light’ parade, a spectacular night full of myth, magic, madness and mayhem! Takes place from now until the 30th October. Discover more here >

     

    Dún Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary
    This festival will celebrate two hundred years of Dún Laoghaire harbour with history talks, contemporary art exhibitions, and even a live recording of the RTÉ Sunday Miscellany boasting stories, songs, and spoken word. Visit from now until the 31st October. Find out more here >

     

    Féile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse
    Experience a traditional Samhain Festival this Halloween at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the world. From October 28th to 31st Féile Samhain takes over Hook, kicking off with an atmospheric guided Sunset Tour Experience. After being guided through the historic lighthouse – with plenty of tales of horror from the Hook Peninsula thrown in for good measure – tuck into Prosecco and canapes as the sun sets across the sea. Take a look here >

     

    Macnas Parade
    The largest, free event in the West of Ireland returns for another year of dazzling displays and colourful performances. Experience the famous Macnas giants appearing among hundreds of other performers Galway’s city streets are transformed on Sunday the 29th October. Discover more here >

     

    Mayo Dark Sky Festival
    Gaze at shooting stars and discover mysteries of the sky at night at the amazing Mayo Dark Sky Festival. If you’ve always been fascinated by the sky at night and want to find out more the Mayo Dark Sky Festival is unmissable. Visit from the 27th-29th October. Find out more here >

     

    Savour Kilkenny
    If you’re a food lover, Savour Kilkenny is the festival for you. Set against a backdrop of the beautiful medieval city in south-east Ireland, Savour Kilkenny brings together local and national top quality produce. Tuck in from the 27th-30th October. Discover more here >

     

    Cork Jazz Festival
    Celebrating 40 years of jazz in Cork, this year's festival takes place on the 27th-30th October in the city of Cork. Put on your dancing shoes and make your way to this musical extravaganza. Discover more here >

     

    Galway Races
    Look forward to an action-packed day out at the races this month, with beautiful horses and the opportunity to don your finest tweed jacket! Visit on the 10th, 29th & 30th October. Book your tickets here >

     

    Guinness Series 2017: Ireland v South Africa
    An exhilarating match between Ireland and South Africa kicks off the season. It's the first time they've played since Ireland beat the Springboks in South Africa last year. Be part of the action on the 11th November in Ballsbridge. Click here for more information >

     

    Wexford Festival Opera
    Discover rare and forgotten masterpieces at the 66th Wexford Festival Opera, one of the world's leading Opera Festivals from the 19th October to 5th November. Take a look here >

     

    Which events would you like to attend? Let us know by leaving a comment using the box below.

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    A Weekend Away: Cheltenham

    With the bank holiday weekend fast approaching, what better place to visit than our hometown of Cheltenham? Filled with Regency architecture, award-winning restaurants and an abundance of renowned events, there is plenty to see and do.

    Catch a show: in the stunning Everyman Theatre or take a tour behind the scenes and appreciate its magnificent decor.

    For a spot of shopping: Cheltenham has much more to offer than the usual high street fare. Montpellier and the Suffolks boast a large variety of independent stores and boutiques, with something for everyone.

    A bite to eat: an award-winning seafood restaurant, Purslane, is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. Family-run and specialising in the freshest, sustainably-caught seafood and local, seasonal produce, this restaurant is sure to please.

    What to wear: smart, versatile and comfortable, this tweed-style Herringbone Jacket is the perfect option for the changeable weather. Pair with comfortable trousers or a skirt and finish a soft scarf on cooler days to add a pop of colour to your ensemble.

    For the adventurous: enjoy a thrilling day out at the races, spectating beautiful horses, surrounded the stunning vista of the Cotswold hills. With several meetings a year, you can enjoy the races in a relatively more relaxed environment outside of race week.

    A well-earned beverage:  located in the quaint area of Tivoli, the aptly named Tivoli pub is an ideal place to quench your thirst in delightful surroundings. We highly recommend their sticky toffee pudding, which is surprisingly light and fruity; an indulgent treat that is worth every bite.

    Put your feet up: at the UK's oldest literature festival, where world-famous authors and celebrities descend for nearly two weeks of literary events across the town in October. This year it hosts talks by Alexander McCall Smith, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Mary Berry and Victoria Derbyshire to name but a very few.

    Absorb some local history: Head to The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery, named after Edward Wilson, the Antarctic explorer. Featuring fascinating displays of costumes, furniture and much more, this museum reveals Cheltenham's history and also hosts touring artwork exhibitions (currently Queen Victoria in Paris). Immerse yourself in an afternoon of art and culture.

    Don't forget to take a stroll through the beautiful Pitville Park and visit the Pump Room, where you can take the waters that made this town what it is today!

    Have you been to or do you live in Cheltenham? Is there something that makes it special for you? If so we'd love to hear from you! Let us know by leaving a comment using the box below.

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    What's On in the Cotswolds this Summer

    This summer we are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and events. From refined music festivals to the more unusual Cotswold traditions, we've outlined some must-see events that are taking place across the Cotswolds during the coming months.

     

    Giffords Circus

    This charming circus troupe are on tour in the Cotswolds from now until September. Watch in awe as the talented performers transform the tent into a Spanish 17th century court. View more here >

    Chipping Campden Music Festival

    Listen to magnificent pieces of music in the glorious setting of St. James' Church from the 14th - 27th May. Read more here >

    Bath Festival

    Take the time to visit this beautiful city while seeing celebrities such as Mary Berry and Ali Smith as well as plenty of literature and music events from the 19th - 28th May. Take a look here >

    Nailsworth Festival

    This picturesque Cotswold town hosts events from 20th - 28th May, including a duck race and the riding of the bounds, where you can ride your horse around the town's boundaries. View more here >

    Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

    Soak up the atmosphere of the historic dockyard and marvel at these magnificent ships from the 27th-29th May. Read more here >

    Blenheim Palace Food Festival

    Sample a wide range of local produce in the stunning setting of Blenheim Palace from 27th - 29th May. A perfect afternoon out! View more here >

    Bibury Village Open Gardens

    Take a stroll around one of England's most beautiful villages on the 28th May. More details here >

    Cheese Rolling

    Certainly one of Gloucestershire's more unusual traditions, cheese rolling takes place at the top of Cooper's Hill on the 29th May. Take a picnic and enjoy the fantastic spectacle of men and women tumbling down the hill after a round of cheese! Read more here >

    Tetbury Wool Sack Races

    Watch the wool sack race around the lovely town of Tetbury and go for lunch at one of the many great pubs on the 29th May. Read more here >

    Longborough Festival Opera

    Watch exclusive operas in this stunning setting from the 8th June to the 4th August. Book here >

    Berkeley Show

    Visit this traditional village show for a day of fun, from livestock shows to tractors on the 25th June. Take a look here >

    Nibley Festival

    This family-friendly festival takes place in North Nibley from the 30th June to the 1st July, set on the Cotswold Way, beneath the Tyndale Monument. Read more here >

    Cheltenham Music Festival

    The highlight of the summer in Cheltenham, the music festival hosts over 650 performers for an unforgettable experience. Take a look here >

    Which events will you be attending? Let us know by leaving a comment using the box below.

    The Holiday Packing Guide

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    So you've hauled your luggage from its home: the attic/similar storage area and dusted off the cobwebs, filled with wanderlust. You then open your wardrobe to discover that you have NOTHING suitable to wear. Now what? That's where we come in! We've got you covered, from staycations to casual dinners in Greece to voyaging across the Atlantic, we have an outfit for everything!

    Malta

    Our first outfit is ideal for yachting or staying harbourside in Malta.

    Slip this chic Printed Kimono Overshirt over your existing outfit for instant glamour. This simple style is enhanced by a dramatic floral print in a soft crêpe. Pair with the easycare Classic Trousers in a gorgeous shade of coral to highlight the kimono, keeping it plain underneath and let the beautiful print do all the work. They will fit easily into your suitcase (remember to roll your garments up to avoid creasing).  Before you go remember to try on your outfits before packing to ensure that they co-ordinate and that you are not packing more than you need. Style and comfort are key for holidaywear!

    This next one makes an impression on a cruise or in far off climes.

    This relaxed outfit makes perfect cruise wear. For long sojourns on board, this versatile and layered outfit combines everything you need, from practicality and ease of wear to style in large doses. The sophisticated stripes in the Soft Jacket elongate the figure, whilst the Textured Trousers offer comfort and neutral simplicity. Dress up your outfit with statement jewellery and pack plenty of basic yet versatile tops. Our jersey is a great fabric as it is soft, breathable and won't crease easily! A handy tip to maintain the freshness of your clothes is to keep scented drawer liners or potpourri (in a fabric or mesh bag) in your suitcase, amongst your garments, ensuring that they smell lovely. If you are going away for an extended period of time remember to pack all chargers for your electronic devices and pack books or better yet a Kindle to economise on space.

    For a city break in Florence or relaxing in the Tuscan countryside, this ensemble covers all bases.

    This outfit is all you will need for touring the picturesque countryside or soaking up the city culture. The tropical Print Blouse is complemented with soft, pull-on Trousers and finished with a useful Straw Tote, perfect for carrying water and stowing away your souvenirs. Say ciao to your outfit worries with this simple yet oh so stylish ensemble. With all that walking remember to never underestimate a good pair of shoes! Stick to old favourites that you know won't let you down and save new pairs for wearing to dinner.

    Whether it's relaxing on a beach or enjoying the idyllic island of Santorini this jersey dress is the one.

    From sightseeing in the midday sun to balmy evenings dining al fresco, our ultra flattering Jersey Dress is your new go-to piece. Made from luxuriously soft jersey in pure, breathable cotton and featuring a beautiful and intricate regency-inspired print in turquoise, this pull-on style is easy to wear, doesn't crease and will keep you feeling cool and comfortable. Make sure you are prepared for any dips in the temperature by having a scarf to hand to wrap around yourself.

     

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