Sunshine Shenanigans…

Five fabulous things we’re doing in the sunshine this week…

(Black & white show images courtesy Kevin Mullins
  • Taking a dip: The open air pool in Cirencester has a gorgeous dramatic setting, high stone walls and views across the town, while the pool is filled with natural spring water. The setting dates back to 1869 and there’s a really fab days-gone-by feel to the place. The baby pool is spacious, while the grown-up pool was plenty warm enough for Munchkin to splash about, plsu there’s plenty of space to dry off and sit in the sun afterwards. (Open Air Pool, Cirencester, £4.50 adults, £2.50 children, babies free)
  • Showing-off: The ever-expanding Cotswold show is the epitome of country life in all its glamour and glory. Everything from falconry displays and goat agility to ancient farm machinery and a rare breeds parade is here, as well as lots and lots of local food, craft beers and English wines, and an endless sea of country-style shops. Go with lots of cash…  (The Cotswold Show & Food Festival, 4-5 July, £10 Adults/£5 children – Buy Online)
(Black and white polo image courtesy
  • Scuplting our minds: In the beautiful setting of the Old Rectory in Quennington, (also the setting for one of the most memorable open air Shakespeare experiences I’ve ever seen), this wonderful sculpture exhibition shows a mix of modern and traditional sculpture throughout the gardens and is always a creative, inspirational way to spend a morning. I know Munchkin is going to love ambling around the unique spaces and grassy expanses. (Fresh Air, £4 adults, runs until 5 July, Quenington Old Rectory, Quenington, GL7 5BN)
  • Picnicking at the Polo: A weekly event through the summer, Sunday afternoon polo is a fab way to make the weekend last longer. You can take anything from your Ford Fiesta and a packet of sandwiches to a Range Rover and a gazebo, picnic tables, smoked salmon blinis and Champagne. The posher the better. There’s plenty of space for little ones to potter about, plus the added bonus of handsome fellas in tight trousers on big horses… (Cirencester Polo Club, £20 per car, Polo every Sunday from 3pm)


  • Having coffee in the meadow: The wonderful world of Jolly Nice near Stroud continues through the summer with their gorgeous meadow, where you can grab a picnic table and enjoy the best sausage rolls in England, strong coffee and their amazing Valhrona brownies. There’s also their famous ice creams, available in cones, or just big pots from the freezer, as well as a cool airstream trailer serving divine rare-breed shorthorn beef burgers. (Jolly Nice, The Old White Horse Filling Station, Frampton Mansell, Stroud, GL6 8HZ)

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