Broadway Pebbles: Look out there’s a Painted Pebble about!
Whilst staying in one of our Cotswold holiday cottages in 2018 keep a keen eye out for a Broadway Pebble. It’s a little like geocaching, minus the technology, and is a craze that is spreading across the country.
Several decorated pebbles have been hidden in and around the village. If you find one share you find on Twitter (@broadwaypebbles and @broadwaymanor) or on Instagram (#broadwaypebbles), and afterwards re-hide the pebble so that somebody else can join in the fun.
Perhaps you would like to hide a decorated pebble or two in the village whilst holidaying here? Remember to hide your painted pebble in a public and safe place. Are there some hidden in our grounds here at Broadway Manor Cottages for our guests to find?
Broadway Pebbles, a great way to get the family out and about in the village and having fun.
Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail
22nd May to 9th September 2018
Following a successful 2017 Cotswold Hare Trail which extended across the Cotswolds from Bristol to Broadway and Cheltenham to Woodstock with 80 large 5ft hares and 22 leverets on display, the 2018 Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail returns to the Cotswolds from 22nd May to 9th September.
The Trail, a premier public art trail across the Cotswolds, was set up in 2013 with the first Cirencester March Hare Festival taking place in 2014 celebrating Cirencester’s links with the famous Roman Hare Mosaic in the Corundum Museum.
The 2018 Trail is partnered with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Trail will branch out as far as Stratford-Upon-Avon to the Forest of Dean. The extended Trail will give many more the opportunity to marvel at the hares along a variety of routes designed for those travelling on foot, by car, on public transport or by bicycle.
Various artists are involved in decorating the hares, artists Neil Helyard and Sam Wilson painted two of the hares on display last year in Broadway and this year local Broadway artist, Doug Eyre, will be painting ‘Harvest Hare’ and one of the leverets (further details to follow).
The Trail is an exciting way to visit different parts of the Cotswolds and fun for the family. At the end of the September the hares will be sold by auction with the money raised going to support the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme and Glorious Cotswold Grasslands.
We are pleased to announce that all of our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway including The Stables, our Cotswold holiday cottage on West End, Broadway, have free WiFi access.
If you want to keep in touch with work or the latest news, one of our self-catering holiday cottages with free WiFi access is a must. Bring your laptop or phone and when you arrive you will find a code for the WiFi listed in your information folder in your cottage, simply type in the code and get online.
The WiFi signal in our cottages is strong enough for you to take your laptop, ipad or phone into the garden, put your feet up and look for local events and attractions. Why not Skype or FaceTime your family and friends and show them around your beautiful Cotswolds holiday home?
For more information about rates and availability in The Stables and our other Cotswold holiday cottages with WiFi in Broadway click here.
2018 is packed with a wide range of events in the Cotswolds for all the family. There is plenty going on in the Cotswolds throughout the year. Ranging from world famous international festivals like the Cheltenham Festivals in Cheltenham Spa which include the Science, Literature and Music Festivals and Cheltenham Gold Cup Week at Cheltenham Racecourse, to quirky events like the Cotswold Olimpick Games at Dover’s Hill or Tetbury Wool Sack Races.
Major musical events also include the Wilderness Festival, Longborough Festival Opera, Cornbury Festival or the Big Feastival, as well as many other events featuring food, music, exhibitions, arts and literature festivals and theatrical productions. Not to be missed in Broadway is the 2018 Broadway Arts Festival in June!
Spring Events in The Cotswolds
The festival season in Cheltenham kicks off in March with the jump racing and the excitement of Gold Cup Day.
Easter sees the opening of Broadway Station and steam trains returning to Broadway and ‘Easter Eggspress’ trains.
Families can enjoy Easter egg hunts at many Cotswolds’ attractions including Newark Park, Wootton-under-Edge.
Badminton Horse Trials and Cheltenham Jazz Festival are some of the largest festivals taking place in the spring.
Quirky Cotswolds events include the famous Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill and the Tetbury Woolsack Races both taking place on 28th May 2018.
Families will also enjoy the Times Science Festival in Cheltenham and the Wychwood Music Festival.
Look out for magical Giffords Circus as it travels its way around the Cotswolds. Giffords will be performing in nearby Winchcombe from 17th – 21st May.
Other key events include the The Cotswolds Show in Cirencester, The Three Counties Show near Malvern, Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, Longborough Festival Opera and the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford.
Autumn Events in The Cotswolds
Heritage Days in the Cotswolds see some attractions, not normally open to the public, open their doors.
The brilliant leaf colours of Westonbirt Arboretum and nearby Batsford Arboretum amaze.
The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the flagship festival of the autumn.
Winter Events in The Cotswolds
During the winter months you’ll find carpets of snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Gardens, Colesbourne and Newark Park.
The Cheltenham Folk Festival and Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival add a touch of spice to the proceedings.
Christmas Events in The Cotswolds
Christmas Late Night Shopping Evenings take place in Broadway the last Friday in November and the first Friday of December.
Christmas markets appear in towns and villages such as Cheltenham, Cirencester and Gloucester.
Westonbirt Arboretum lights up its acres of trees for Enchanted Christmas.
Our Cotswold Holiday Cottages in The Cotswolds
Inside our Cotswold holiday cottages and on-site information room you’ll find a wide selection of leaflets, books and other information to help you make the most of your stay in Broadway and the Cotswolds.
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was the most celebrated portrait painter of the Edwardian age. Although born in Florence, Italy, to expatriate American parents, Sargent has a number of links with Broadway and the Cotswolds.
Sargent’s talent was noticed and nurtured by Carolus-Duran who introduced him to the Parisian art scene. Sargent fled Paris in early 1885, after exhibiting Madame X, his sensual portrait of Mme Gautreau, a noted society beauty, which caused a great scandal.
Sargent travelled to England and paid his first visit to Broadway in the late summer of 1885 to recuperate from a bad head wound he had received whilst diving from a weir near Pangbourne. Sargent had been invited to Broadway by fellow American painter Edwin Austin Abbey. Whilst in Broadway, Sargent became a member of the American colony of artists, the ‘Broadway Colony’, who were living in the village at the time. Sargent socialised with fellow Americans artists and writers including Francis Davis Millet and it is in the gardens of Farnham House and Russell House on the village green where Millet was living at the time that Sargent painted Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose the title lifted from the light-hearted lyrics of a popular song. The painting is a true example of Impressionist en plein air painting. It took numerous sunsets to complete and even during its conception provoked much discussion, amusement, involvement and encouragement from his circle of friends, the ‘Broadway Colony’.
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose was purchased for the nation and now hangs in the Tate in London. In his lifetime Sargent was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1897 and he painted over 500 portraits and more than 1000 landscapes along with celebrated murals at the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Art and the Widener Memorial at Harvard.
The biennial Broadway Arts Festival celebrates Broadway’s artistic heritage. The 2018 Festival will take place in the village from 8th to 17th June 2018.
The Broadway Arts Festival 2018 will be taking place in and around the village of Broadway from 8th to 17th June 2018. The beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway is a renowned centre for the arts with a unique artistic heritage of a world famous colony of artists the ‘Broadway Colony’. The Broadway Colony was a group of American artists, writers and musicians who visited and worked in Broadway in the late 19th century.
Broadway Arts Festival 2018 Events
The Broadway Arts Festival during June 2018 will offer a huge selection of events for all the family including: celebrity talks, art workshops and demonstrations, art exhibitions including an open art exhibition, a WW1 Exhibition, music including a ‘Come & Sing’ choral workshop, and theatre of the highest quality.
Broadway Artbeat Weekend will take place during the first week of the Festival from 8th-10th June – an exciting weekend event featuring artists and craftsmen demonstrating their skills, with specialist demonstrations led by some of the country’s most renowned contemporary artists.
During the evening of 14th June, Heartbreak Productions will be bringing romance to the village with their performance of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in a tent on the village green.
Featured guests during the Festival will include:
Sir Roy Strong CH FRSL in conversation with Tristram Hunt, the current Director of the V&A.
Richard Ormond the grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, sister of John Singer Sargent. Richard, historical advisor to the Festival, will be giving a talk on the Art and Adventures of John Singer Sargent.
John Julius Norwich (2nd Viscount Norwich CVO) who will be giving a talk on his latest book The Art of France.
Leading art critic Andrew Graham Dixon.
Artist, writer and broadcaster Lachlan Goudie who recently present the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge.
Author Guy Fraser Sampson whose books include the Mapp and Lucia series.
Violinist and composer Ben Powell in concert.
Award-winning author Donna M. Lucey whose works include the bestselling Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age and Sargent’s Women.
Broadway Arts Festival Tickets
Tickets for Broadway Arts Festival events this June will be on sale later in the year – more information about the Broadway Arts Festival 2018 can be found at: www.broadwayartsfestival.com.
Accommodation during the Festival
Our Cotswold holiday cottages on West End are just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village. Our self-catering holiday cottages are an ideal location to stay whilst visiting the Festival. For more information about our cottages in Broadway visit www.broadwaymanor.co.uk.
We would like to thank all of our lovely guests for their visits over the past year. It is a pleasure to see many familiar faces time and time again and it’s fantastic to welcome new guests to stay in our Cotswold holiday cottages in beautiful Broadway.
If you’re thinking of returning to stay with us or are planning to visit the Cotswolds for the first time, now is a good time to plan your holiday in this lovely part of the Cotswolds. Broadway has so much to offer and is an all year round destination. We are already taken bookings for this year with Christmas 2018 in Sheldon Cottage already booked! We’re looking forward to 2018 welcoming both returning and new guests to our Cotswold holiday cottages.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Ross and Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages
Broadway WR12 7JP
More snow in Broadway! As the temperature dropped over Christmas, for the second time this month we had snow in Broadway in the Cotswolds. The snow fell during the night after Boxing Day and by the morning the village was a winter wonderland. The news that a couple of inches of snow had covered the village made the front page of The Telegraph. The newspaper headline was accompanied by a photo of our local postman pushing his trolley in the snow outside Shakespeare’s Cottages on the High Street. And more snow is forecasted over the next few days!
Broadway is a beautiful Cotswold village which looks magical with a dusting of snow especially at Christmas when its twinkling lights light up the High Street and the Christmas tree on the village green. Our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway are a cosy place to stay whatever the weather, for more information visit: www.broadwaymanor.co.uk.
The Wychavon Way which runs from the edge of the village green in Broadway to Droitwich Spa is currently being partially diverted along the Cotswold Way across our neighbouring field in West End lane.
A flood alleviation bund (part of the Badsey Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme) is being built in the path of The Wychavon Way in Broadway and the current footpath diversion will become permanent when the work on the bund is completed early next year.
The Wychavon Way was opened to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The route used to begin in Holt Fleet, Worcestershire, ending in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, but the route now starts/ends in Droitwich Spa.
Many of our guests come to Broadway to enjoy walks along the miles of footpaths in the area but others enjoy either spectating or participating in other sporting activities during their stay.
The village has a very fine bowling green at the end of Kennel Lane and a flourishing cricket club on the Snowshill Road near St Eadburgha’s Church, where spectators are welcome to watch some entertaining cricket and enjoy a drink whilst taking in one of the most beautiful places to play cricket in the UK.
Broadway Golf Club has a links style 18 hole course uniquely located 850ft above sea level on top of the Cotswold escarpment. Located at Willersey Hill above the village, the course has exceptional views over the Vale of Evesham and provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities and welcomes non-members.
Teams representing Broadway United Football Club play in the Cheltenham League and Ambassador Evesham Football League. The clubhouse on the Milestone Ground is the only venue in the village that offers Sky Sports, showing most live sporting events. The club also has a darts team and runs various social events throughout the year to which all are welcome.
One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful Cotswolds hills and wolds is on horseback. There are many riding centres in the area which cater for both the experienced rider and beginner. Broadway is home to the North Cotswold Hunt with kennels in the centre of the village along Kennel Lane. The Hunt organises a Point-to-Point, usually held on Easter Monday, at the nearby village of Paxford. The meet provides an excellent day’s entertainment for the whole family with good views of the racecourse, betting facilities, picnic spaces, trade stands, bars, food stalls, hospitality and children’s amusements.
Fishing or angling is one of the most popular pastimes in the Cotswolds especially in the nearby River Avon. The limestone riverbeds provide an ideal environment for traditional fly-fishing for brown trout or the silver-purple grayling and the local lakes are well stocked with chubb, roach, pike and carp.
A holiday in Broadway is a great opportunity to enjoy the surrounding beautiful landscape through walks or by participating in or just watching some of the many sporting activities that take place in the Cotswolds.