A Cotswolds Country File 2018
 
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THE COTSWOLDS COUNTRY FILE

The Cotswold Farm Park is home to sandy haired TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson. The first of its kind in the world the Farm Park was set up by his father in 1971 to promote rare breeds. We combine our visit with a coach tour of the Cotswolds starting with morning coffee and Lardy Cake (included in the tour fee) at Burford, and stopping for lunch off the beaten track in a gem of a town. Please avoid the new extra long coaches if you want to enjoy the most scenic route today.


Picture-postcard Burford on the River Windrush is the gateway to the Cotswolds. Just off the A40, it’s within a two-hour coach journey from Guildford, Bedford and Milton Keynes and 90 minutes from Newbury, Reading and High Wycombe. We start here at 10.30am with coffee and a local specialty the deliciously naughty Burford Lardy Cake. See the ancient packhorse bridge, hear all about the Burford Golden Dragon and discover why the superstitious villagers of olden days would fill the river with buckets during droughts!


Then by coach off the beaten track through little hamlets and villages nestling in gorgeous countryside – please avoid those extra long new coaches so we can take you through the charming backwaters. There’s so much to see and so much you’d miss without our entertaining and knowledgeable Blue Badge Tour Guide.


At Northleach, tucked away from the main tourist routes between gently rolling hills at a great Roman crossroads, we discover the Cathedral of the Cotswolds. The stone porch is possibly the most lovely in all England and the giant east window which floods the church with light is glorious. We stay here for free time to buy lunch and time to explore interesting alleys full of ancient houses that radiate from the old market square.


After lunch we sweep across the top of the Cotswold escarpment to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. There’s always a lot happening in the all-weather display barns here and the school kids have come and gone in the morning! Seasonal demonstrations include milking, lamb bottle-feeding and sheep shearing and there are twenty-minute tractor safaris to see the wonderful views as filmed for BBC television.


At the end of the afternoon we’ll be welcomed into the marquee for an entertaining short talk about the farm and the rare breeds including a question and answer session over a cup of tea (included) before heading for home by 4.45/5.00pm.



Adults: £34 Seniors: £32


Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019


Available weekdays except Tuesdays

from March to the end of October.

Please avoid half terms and the

school holidays in July and August.


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