Living in the serene and picturesque region of the Cotswolds, we’ve been immensely blessed to be surrounded by a wealth of art and culture. The honey-coloured stone cottages, the rolling green hills, and the meandering streams and rivers are art forms in their own right. It’s as if nature itself took a painter’s brush to this landscape.
In and around Cirencester, one cannot help but notice the town’s Roman heritage, especially the majestic Cirencester Church and the Corinium Museum. This museum holds a splendid collection that narrates the history of the Cotswolds from prehistoric times up to the modern day. Although we have been here for just a blink of the eye in the life of this area the deep connection we feel with this place never tires. Its a testament to the enduring spirit of the people who’ve lived in these lands.
The arts are alive and well in local theatres, like The Barn Theatre in Cirencester. They regularly put on performances that span from the classic to the contemporary, each time making us feel proud of the thriving cultural scene we have here. The theatre acts as a pulsing heartbeat in the core of the community, drawing both residents and tourists.
Local art galleries are another treasure trove. Artists, both local and from afar, are inspired by the landscape and the stories of the Cotswolds. Each painting, sculpture, or piece of pottery tells its own tale, capturing moments in time or the essence of this enchanting region. Cotswold Contemporary is one of our favourite browsing shops and we have bought a few things from there in our time!
Beyond the tangible art forms, there’s a rich tradition of storytelling and music here. Local festivals and fairs often feature folk musicians who play tunes that have been passed down through generations. Jo and I love attending these events; they have a way of making us feel connected to something larger than ourselves.
The Cotswold Sculpture park is a great place to visit – dog friendly and always plenty to see and experience and a great place for a bit of fresh air. Great houses such as Blenheim Palace and Studley Castle are on our doorstep as are some lovely gardens such as those at Hidcote Manor and Painswick Rococo Gardens and not forgetting beautiful woodlands such as Batsford and Westonbirt. Both arboretums come into their own in Autumn.
In essence, the Cotswolds is more than just a place to live. It’s a living, breathing tapestry of art and culture. It’s my hope that in my retirement, I can put pen to paper and truly capture the spirit of this place, and maybe, just maybe, inspire others to come and witness its magic firsthand.
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Berry Farm is home to Chris and Claire and their family and you will likely see them busily working around the farm as you enjoy your break in the Cotswolds. Their newly converted 17th Century threshing barn is the perfect place to base yourself for any visit to the Cotswolds. Nestled at the heart of […]
Enjoy beautiful and calming views over this stunning wildlife filled lake. Direct access to the water allows residents the perfect opportunity to take part in non motorised water sports and fishing. All equipment can be hired locally. The Cotswolds being an area of outstanding beauty is ideal for exploring stunning villages, country pubs, cosmopolitan towns […]