Broadway Pebbles

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 2018

Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail
22nd May to 9th September 2018

Cotswold Hare Lygon Arms Broadway
‘Charles the First Hare to the Throne’ by Neil Helyard outside The Lygon Arms Hotel, Broadway, in 2017

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.

Cotswold Hare Trail Broadway 2017
‘Mr Hedge-Springer’ by Sam Wilson on display in Cotswold Trading, High Street, Broadway, in 2017

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s On in The Cotswolds 2018

What’s On in The Cotswolds 2018

Broadway Arts Festival 2018

Broadway Arts FestivalThe 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

Featured guests during the Festival will include:

  • Sir Roy Strong CH FRSL, Patron of the Festival, 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.

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year from Broadway Manor Cottages
Happy New Year

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
West End
Broadway WR12 7JP

 

More Snow in Broadway!

Snow in Broadway the Cotswolds
Broadway in the Snow

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.

 

 

 

Sport in and around Broadway

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.

For further information about our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway visit www.broadwaymanor.co.uk.

Learn a Traditional Rural Skill in the Cotswolds

Learn a Traditional Rural Skill in the Cotswolds

Whilst holidaying in the Cotswolds in one of our Cotswold holiday cottages, why not combine your stay with learning a traditional rural skill? In the Cotswolds AONB, the Cotswolds Conservation Board run a number of courses throughout the year on which participants can learn hedgelaying techniques, how to build a drystone wall, how to prepare and use lime mortar, how to use green woodworking techniques to make wooden objects from unseasoned timber or try their hand at woodland coppicing, thatching, blacksmithing or stone carving.

Our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway are ideally located as a place to stay in the beautiful Cotswold countryside whilst learning an interesting and unusual traditional rural skill.

Courses run from January through to October through the Cotswolds. Details of available courses in 2018 can be seen at: www.cotswoldruralskills.org. Contact us for details of our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway.

Alfred Parsons RA, RI, PRWS (1847-1920)

My interest in gardening grew after obtaining an RHS Certificate in Horticulture which then led me to a qualification in Garden Design in 2005. During my studies I studied many great British garden designers including Alfred Parsons, Gertrude Jekyll (who was famous for her herbaceous borders and greatly influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement), Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, landscaper Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Rosemary Verey to name a few. I was also fortunate to visit many of the gardens which were originally designed by these great designers, many of which are located in the Cotswolds. I now live in the picturesque village of Broadway in the North Cotswolds which was also home to Alfred Parsons in the late 19th century.

Alfred William Parsons, English landscape painter, watercolourist and illustrator was born on 2nd December 1847 in Laverton near Frome, Somerset. Alfred was the second of seventeen children of Dr Joshua Parsons and Letitia Harriet Parsons (née Williams). His father was a doctor with a keen interest in growing alpines which no doubt sparked Alfred’s early interest in plants and gardening.

Although Parsons started work in 1865 as a clerk in the Post Office after 2 years he left to pursue studies at the Kensington School of Art. Parsons.  went on to become well known as a fine botanical painter, engraver and painter of English rural landscapes exhibiting at various galleries including the Royal Academy (1887), the Grosvenor and the New Gallery.

Whilst living in London, Parsons shared his home with Edwin Austin Abbey and they painted alongside each other in adjacent studios. Parsons was introduced to Broadway by his friend Lawrence Dutton who was a frequent visitor to Broadway Tower, the holiday retreat of William Morris, Dante Rosetti and Edward Burne-Jones. Parsons was so taken with the village that he decided to move out of London joining the Broadway colony of artists in residence in Broadway in the late 1880s. Parsons became a good friend of both John Singer Sargent and Francis Davis Millet (Frank and Elizabeth Millet named their youngest son John Alfred Parsons Millet after both Parsons and Sargent) and introduced Abbey to the Broadway colony.

Parsons also met Henry Harper through the Broadway Colony which led to him illustrating several editions of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (Harper’s Magazine). Parsons also worked with his good friend Abbey on illustrations of Robert Herrick’s poems and supplied illustrations for Henry James’ essays on Broadway. He also illustrated songs, poems as well as travelogues.

Parsons’ fine watercolours for botanist Ellen Ann Willmott and illustrations for William Robinson, author of The Wild Garden, encouraged Parsons interest and passion in garden design. Parsons had always been an avid gardener and horticulturist and was once a judge at the Chelsea flower show.  Parsons went on to design several great gardens including Great Chalfield Manor, an Arts and Crafts garden near Melksham, Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton and Lamb House, Rye, home of Henry James from 1898 to 1916. Parsons also designed several gardens in Broadway including Court Farm, home of Mary Anderson (Mme de Navarro), Broadway Court with its wonderful yew topiary, Bell Farm, home of the pianist and composer Miss Maud Valerie White and eventually his own at Luggershill.

Parsons became President of the Society of Painters in Water Colour in 1905 and full RA in 1911 on the acceptance of his diploma work, the oil painting Orange Lilies which Parsons painted in his back garden at Luggershill. Orange Lilies was on public display in the ‘Exhibition of the work of John Singer Sargent and members of the Broadway Colony’ at Trinity House, Broadway, during the 2010 Broadway Arts Festival. Parsons died at Luggershill (now known as Luggers Hall), Broadway, Worcestershire, on 16th January 1920.

The next Broadway Arts Festival will take place from 8th – 17th June 2018 and will offer a varied schedule of events including talks, art workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, music and theatre. The village is a centre for the arts with its unique heritage of the world-famous colony of American artists, writers and musicians – the Broadway Colony.

If you are interested in staying in Broadway during the 2018 Festival please visit our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village.

Trains Returning to Broadway: Easter Weekend 30th March to 2nd April 2018

Broadway Station, Worcestershire
Artist’s Impression of the new Broadway Station, Worcestershire, by the late Fred Lea

Easter weekend 2018, after 58 years, trains will be returning to Broadway. At the start of the weekend, the newly rebuilt station in Broadway will be officially opened and trains will run to and from the station at Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway village along 14 miles of completed track.

Over Easter (30th March to 2nd April 2018), GWSR will be running an intensive timetable with hourly departures from Broadway and Cheltenham. Tickets are available to book now at www.gwsr.com  or on the day at either station but it is expected that the trains will be very busy and that tickets will be very limited on the day so it is advisable to book in advance.

Parking at Broadway Station will be limited, however, the station is only about a 20 minutes’ walk from our Cotswold holiday cottages. If you are interested in staying on one of our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway whilst planning a trip on the newly opened GWSR line and station please visit our website for our current rates and availability in our cottages.