Welcome to the Notgrove Estate Blog – This is where we talk about places to visit, news, events and things going on in the Cotswolds as well as on the Farm. Sometimes we talk about one of our favourite subjects…. cake!

July is always a busy month with the start of the school holidays and promise of some good old English sunshine (we are still hopeful). So to make sure you get the best out of your stay this month we have the top picks of what’s on around Notgrove.

For the kids –
The Cotswold Farm Park is still our firm favourite and just 10 minutes away it’s a great day out – with lots to do this month such as meeting the chicks, rabbits, lambs, goats and piglets, watching the sheep show and milking demonstrations. They also have a variety’s of playgrounds, a café with home-made cakes and of course the possibility of seeing Adam Henson himself!
The Gifford Circus – we know we mention it every month but it’s just soooo good we’d hate you to miss it. The fun filled quirky circus tours the Cotswolds over the summer months and it really is unmissable. This year show is The Painted Wagon with a Wild West theme, our tickets are booked for the end of the month and we can’t wait!! For tickets see their website http://www.giffordscircus.com/ .

Cheltenham is introducing Bands in the Park this summer with the sounds of free open-air jazz and big band concerts filling the air in Montpellier Gardens, Pittville Park and Imperial Gardens. This is a free event and offers a relaxed atmosphere, hopefully some sunshine and a chance to enjoy various types of local music. Times and dates can found here http://bandsinthepark.org.uk/chelt.html .
The famous Longborough Festival Opera is open for another season of theatrical drama and orchestral music and is just 20 minutes form Notgrove. Featuring four operatic masterpieces, Longborough Festival Opera’s 2016 season looks set to deliver another year of stunning performances in the heart of the Cotswold’s this summer. For performance information and tickets https://lfo.org.uk/ .

Basford Arboretum are showing Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. This is an outdoor performance by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costume, music and dance and promises to be a cracker! To book tickets, call 01386 701441. For more details, visit www.batsarb.co.uk
The Everyman in Cheltenham has a range of productions on during July such as That’ll be the Day, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Robin Hood. Just a 20 minute drive from Notgrove, the theatre is also surrounded by a wide selection of bars and restaurants making it ideal for an evening out. Performances and tickets can be found on their website http://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/

Something Different
The Royal International Air Tattoo takes us back to our Top Gun days sigh, with a display at the world’s greatest air show. Spread over 3 days it offers 8 hours of flying displays (sat and sun) from the world’s best. With plenty of action in the air and on the ground this is perfect for all the family, held over the 8th, 9th and 10th of July children under 16 are free and tickets can be bought on their website http://www.airtattoo.com/airshow .

Batsford outdoor theatre
Giffords Circus
Royal Air Tattoo