Part of the Cotswold charm is being part of a community where people recognise each other and stop to pass the time of day – some might say old fashioned values but we love old and anything vintage, particularly if it’s reminiscent of childhood.
A traditional circus would figure large in many idyllic childhood lists and in the Cotswolds we’re particularly lucky that the dream lives on in the shape of Gifford’s Circus.
The 2015 tour Moon Songs kicks off on our home turf in Oxford University Park on 26th June and thereafter rolls through Kingham, Great Barrington, Frampton on Severn, Minchinhampton, Marlborough Common, Cirencester and rumbles to a close at Fennell’s Farm near Stroud in September. Great news for Jigsaw guests holidaying in the area this summer, a family experience not to be missed. The essence of the show is creating a bit of magic and this vision is realised through hand made costumes and sets and home trained animals, all managed with passion by the founders Nell & Toti Gifford. This year’s theme is the fairground world of the Victorian Luna Park. There are gymnasts, clowns, jugglers and horses: illusion, chaos and laughter combine to create a magical, lunatic world which will appeal to young of mind and body.
Cerebral hunger satisfied, to complete the treat there’s a new addition guaranteed to satiate discerning tastebuds, Circus Sauce travelling restaurant. There’s a weekly changing set 4 course menu and as you’d expect the seasonal produce is all locally sourced – mouth watering stuff such as freshly baked bread, smoked haddock kedgeree with soft boiled duck eggs and crispy shallots, glazed shoulder of pork and strawberry and elderflower jelly with lashings of cream and shortbread biscuits – our kind of yum!
So come one, come all, the circus is coming to town!
We are very excited to announce a brand new property, available now – and it’s a real treasure!! New to the holiday market and the latest addition to Jigsaw Holidays, Chapel Cottage is a charming Grade II listed, early 17th Century Cotswold stone cottage situated in the picturesque and popular village of Bourton-on-the-Water.
Truly in the heart of the Cotswolds, like many of its neighbours, the thriving market town of Tetbury came to life with the growth of the Cotswold wool trade. It boasts a wealth of architectural heritage, including its iconic market house which plays host to farmers’ markets and craft fairs every Wednesday and Saturday. So why not meander down the cobbled chipping steps and enjoy all that the ‘mop fairs’ have to offer.
Stow on the Wold is a wonderful small market town
steeped in history, having been very much part of The English
Civil war. There are many narrow stone alleyways, which were
traditionally used for herding and counting sheep on their
way to market, lined with some of the oldest buildings in
Chipping Campden is the most beautiful and unspoilt Cotswold
market town. The thatched cottages and rich history attract
visitors from far flung countries. For me, it‘s all the
fabulous places to indulge my taste buds and watch the world
go by that bring me back every opportunity I get.
No neon lights here, located as it is at the gateway to the Cotswolds and just 2 hours from London, Broadway is an easy escape from the hussle and bustle and strolling along its attractive High Street you’ll soon find distractions aplenty and feel the cares and stress ebbing away….
It’s really nothing new, our mothers were doing it and our grandmothers certainly were but thank heavens for the foodie revolution which means that most of us are keen to know where the food we enjoy on our plate actually comes from and just as importantly, how it got there.
For those of us who are a little beyond our Reading or Glastonbury days, we suggest combining your week-end escape or family holiday this year with one of the many cultural events taking place across the Cotswolds arts scene.
If like us you enjoyed the excellent BBC production Wolf Hall and more recently Sunday evenings spent glued to a compelling reprise of 70’s Poldark, you may be surprised to learn that much of the grand house filming takes place in our very own Cotswolds…