Friday 30th November – Sunday 16th December

Cirencester, ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’ has been famous for its markets since Roman times: it hosts the famous twice weekly Charter Market, a Farmers’ Market every Saturday and regular indoor antique and crafts markets in the Corn Hall. The town itself has a wonderfully diverse mix of shops, combining quality independent retailers with some of the best high street names, with something for all tastes and budgets.

From 30th November to 16th December 2012, the heart of Cirencester will be transformed by our Christmas Market and Skating Rink.  The market will run daily from 10am – 6pm and the skating rink will run daily from midday – 8pm.  The skating rink will be set in the Abbey Grounds, set beneath the stunning backdrop of the Parish Church. Tickets go on sale starting Friday 30th November.


Beautifully adorned wooden chalets, each decorated with festive swags and white pea lights will be the backdrop for showcasing local artisans from the area, between them selling an enticing range of clothing, accessories, gifts and toys, together with festive food and drink.

A programme of activities is currently planned, which will centre on the Christmas market, but spill out across the town. Some highlights will include the switching on of the lights, the return of the popular and hugely well supported lantern procession, as well as live music and street performances.



To keep you feeling happy and safe under the sun, we’ve compiled a list of sun-safe tips leaving you prepared and free to enjoy that glorious, sunny summer holiday.

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    1. WEAR SUN SCREEN.  If you’re going to be brave the rays, make sure you wear proper sun block – at least factor 25 – and remember to reapply after swimming. Sun block should be applied at least 15 minutes before going outside. This gives your skin enough time to absorb it properly. Also, make sure your skin is dry before applying sun block. If you apply it to a sweaty or wet face, it will dilute and rub off . The risks – skin cancer, sun spots, cataracts, dehydration – far out way that browned look.
    2. DRINK DRINK DRINK.  Remember to pack water and juice on days when you’ll be out in the sun. Your body needs fluids to cool itself down. If you don’t sweat enough, your body temperature will rocket and this can quickly lead to dehydration or heat stroke. Both conditions are serious if left untreated and can mean the end of a fun holiday in the sun.
    3. TAKE A SIESTA. Make like a continental European and retreat indoors for a cheeky snooze during the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 2pm). Alternatively, relax in the shade during these peak sun hours – bring an umbrella with you for guaranteed cool, or visit the shops, go to a gallery or explore the local castle. Breaking up your time in the sun will reduce the risk of fatigue, sun burn and dehydration.
    4. DRESS TO PROTECT. Wearing the right clothing in the sun can keep you cool and burn free. If you’re sightseeing under the sun, stick to light cotton or linen shirts, shorts and a wide brim hat. Light clothing that covers your neck and shoulders will also save sensitive areas from getting burned.
    5. DRESS YOUR EYES. A pair of decent sunnies will block out the sun’s UV rays, which can cause cataracts, pterygiums and muscular degeneration, particularly in older people. Not only will sunglasses protect you from ultra violet radiation, they improve vision in bright conditions and block out the glare – perfect if you’re driving or induldging in a bit of watersport fun.
    6. BEWARE THE GLARE. Sunlight reflects off the water, snow and sand. This glare reflects up to 12 times as much light intensity as normal UV rays. If you go anywhere near these surfaces make sure you’re wearing sun block, donning those UV-protective sunglasses and covering up!
    7. TAKE A BREAK. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, sunburn strikes. If it happens to you, be strict and stay out of the sun altogether until your skin recovers.
    8. THINK OF THE CHILDREN. Make sure you don’t forget to slap the sunscreen on the kids, reapply regularly, pop a hat on their heads and make sure they’re well covered up while building sandcastles. Children’s skin is far more sensitive to the sun’s harmful UV rays than adult skin and deserves a bit of extra TLC.
    9. MISTRUST CLOUDS. Just because it’s cloudy, does’t mean the sun can’t reach you. Cloud cover does reduce the risk of getting burnt, but only by a fraction and UV rays can happily penetrate cloud cover. Never treat a cloudy day as an opportunity to give sun block a miss!

…reasons to stay at Fountain View

  1. Stylish, clean and comfortable accommodation

  2. Perfectly located to explore all the Cotswolds has to offer

  3. Activities available for ALL ages

  4. Lots of FREE leisure facilities just steps away from the lodge

  5. Tranquil and relaxing setting make it a perfect retreat

  6. FREE fishing onsite

  7. Fully equipped for your self catering holiday – including FREE WIFI

  8. Price Match Promise – we are 10-20% cheaper than our competitors

  9. Exceptional customer service & very high standards

  10. Fountain View is special – read our guest reviews to see why!

CHILDREN across the Cotswolds have a holiday full of fun events to look forward to when school’s out for summer.

The Summer off the Streets programme is being distributed to local schools this month and contains details of activities from circus skills to African drumming for children and young people to enjoy until August.

Events also include craft and dance activities, family fun days and Scratch & Skate festivals, and have been funded by the district council and Cirencester Town Council.

Jane Manning, of local arts organisation World Jungle which is managing the programme, said there was much on offer this year such as one-off workshops offering youngsters the opportunity to try something new.

“Event organisers are now raring to go, and we hope to repeat the success of previous years,” she added. “Whatever the weather we aim to deliver another great summer of fun.

“One of the many highlights will be when we join up with the London 2012 Olympic Inspire Programme to present a fun afternoon of circus activities at the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester, on Monday, July 23.

“We’re helping to celebrate National Play Day with a free family fun day event in the same location on August 1.”

She said the team had tried to make the programme accessible to all but, if a child has additional needs, parents should make contact as early as possible so extra support can be arranged.

For more information and to book call 01285 623407 or go to

Royal International Air Tattoo held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on 7 – 8 July promises one of the world’s biggest and best air shows, with hundreds of aircraft offering death-defying displays to crowds from across Gloucestershire and beyond.

One of the counties, and indeed the UK’s, top outdoor family events.

As well as trademark jets and military aircraft, the event will have a Jubilee theme. The Air Tattoo, which was granted Royal Status in 1996, will be delivering its own personal salute to our much-loved and respected monarch.

This summer it will be an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground – so if you are a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned air show veteran, the experience will be breathtaking.

During the exciting flying display you can see fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much, much more. There will be a chance for you to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first class entertainment including an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters. You will also find flight simulators, cars, shopping malls and a fairground. This should give something for all the family to enjoy.

This years highlights:

  • FREE entry for accompanied under-16s

  • FREE parking

  • Over two miles of static aircraft, interactive activities & ground exhibitions

Held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

A Chapman’s zebra foal, only a few weeks old, stays near its mother while taking in the surroundings of its new home at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire.

Keepers at Cotswold Wildlife Park were surprised when one of the oldest zebras in the group fell pregnant. The as yet unnamed foal was born on 5th June to twelve year old first-time mother Sarah. As one of the lowest ranking females in the group, Sarah hadn’t previously shown any signs of interest in mating with Dampy, the foal’s father, so it was to some surprise when she became pregnant.  Usually dominant females within the group give birth, so the foal is an unexpected delightful addition to the herd.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is open every day (except Christmas Day) so why not pop on down and see the new zebra foal along with over 260 species of other animals in stunning landscape parkland and gardens.

AS PATRIOTIC fever grips Britain, Cotswold Airport is buzzing for its up and coming celebration of the most iconic of British culture, innovation, music, food and drink.

The Kemble based airfield’s Best of British Show which spans the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 26 to Monday 27, will host an airshow featuring a display by the Red Arrows.

Glen Moreman, operations manager at Cotswold Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Red Arrows to headline the inaugural Best of British Show alongside other British favourites the RAF Hawk and RAF Tucano Display Teams, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Tiger Nine formation, Ultimate High Extra300 unlimited aerobatics and The Silver Stars Parachute Display Team.”

An estimated 20,000 visitors are expected to pass through the gates to enjoy attractions including the trade fair offering locally sourced organic crafts, afternoon cream teas, Pimms or English beer before a spin around the traditional British funfair.

Now local businesses are being urged to exhibit at the show, with attractive discount packages available for local companies looking to promote products or services including food concessions, arts and crafts, clothing and memorabilia.

Moreover, the event will be raising money for four charities, including the RAFBF, Help for Heroes, fly2help, and the Dogs Trust.

As if the Jubilee weekend did not see enough Union Jacks, the Cotswold based Breitling Wingwalkers will be literally flying the flag at the show wearing specially made Union Jack suits whilst performing breath taking stunts.

Live traditional British music will also feature with Stroud-based musicians The Outcast Band, The Approval and 1940s trio The Three Belles while classic cars and vintage military units will be on display representing the British love of vehicles.

In addition to the aviation, music and food, there is something for animal lovers too. The show will host lurcher and ferret racing, plus the Lamb National and an RSPCA-sponsored dog show with live commentary in the mornings before the RAF demonstrations.

An interactive wildlife zoo will also give visitors of all ages the chance to meet spiders, snakes, meerkats and other creatures.

Tickets in advance are £15 for adults and £5 for children and can be purchased online at Tickets on the gate, however, cost £20 for adults and £7 for children.

Put a huge smile on your children’s face with a visit to see THOMAS! Enjoyed by the ‘big kids’ in your family too!

Come for an amazing experience at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with Thomas and his Friends.

With so much to see and do it will make your day out with Thomas the ideal all day family activity – and all the fun and games are free once you have bought your travel ticket. Ride not only with Thomas but also behind other steam and diesel engines on the frequent trains between Cheltenham and Winchcombe. See Thomas getting busy and watch Mavis try and keep the Troublesome Trucks under control.

Also come and meet Sir Topham Hatt, better known as the Fat Controller, as he makes sure all the engines behave themselves and stops Thomas getting into any mischief!

The entrance price includes unlimited travel on trains during the day between Cheltenham and Winchcombe stations passing through the second longest tunnel on a preserved railway. Your ticket also includes all of the additional attractions and rides

So why not join us for a truly magical day with Thomas and his friends on the 26th & 27th May and 22nd & 23rd September.

Timetable - Planning your day - Attractions - How to get there - Facilities

The Thomas experience starts at Cheltenham Racecourse Station which has ample FREE CAR PARKING and it should be noted that Winchcombe station does not have car parking facilities on the day.Please do not come to Toddington for this event.

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Visit the official Thomas and Friends website

If you combine a stunning lakeside building with amazing acoustics, and bring in the wonderful rich sound of more than 50 voices from the famous Neath Male Voice Welsh Choir, you have the recipe for a fabulous evening of entertainment for all.

The Cotswold Water Park Trust are delighted to welcome this well known choir on Friday June 29th at 7.30pm to the Cotswold Water Park for the very first time, and hope that people will give them a very warm welcome. The choir has performed alongside well known celebrities as Bryn Terfel, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Neath’s own Katherine Jenkins and Gail Pearson. They are bringing their truly magnificent sound to the Gateway Centre, a wonderful oak framed building in the heart of the Water Park, set on the edge of a lake, with free parking and easy access from Cirencester, Lechlade, Swindon and Cheltenham.This concert in the Cotswold Water Park is a very rare treat, and we are sure it will be a sell out, so please do make sure you book your tickets soon.

Friday June 29th, 7.30pm at the Gateway Centre, South Cerney GL7 5TL. Booking essential. Tickets: £7.50 each , Children under 16 £3.50 . To reserve tickets please email or call the CWPT office during office hours on 01793 752413
Proceeds from the event will help support the charitable work of the Trust