We spent one of the early weeks of September staying at the Croft Farm Waterpark just a short distance outside Tewkesbury near the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter.
The site caters primarily for water sports enthusiasts, with all manner of activities available on the lake. Lots of seasonal pitches, so the site seemed eerily quiet during the week but filled up again towards the weekend. Good facilities, with a bar and restaurant on site, and a friendly pub across the road!
Sunday afternoon amidst the crowds at Bourton-on-the-Water, the “Venice of the Cotswolds”.
Just a short drive away, the comparatively peaceful villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. We stopped for a while at Lower Slaughter, for a picnic on the banks of the river, and a look around the restored water mill.
Turned out that we were not allowed in the grounds of Sudeley Castle with the dogs. So instead we took a walk around the area, from the “AA Leisure Guide to the Cotswolds”. Wonderful views from some high vantage points, before descending back into Winchcombe village, for a sit down and a drink in some leafy shade.
A bit of a stroll around Tewkesbury, looking at some of the old buildings, and exploring the back alleyways down to the riverside.
Chedworth Roman Villa
We visited Chedworth Roman Villa, midway between Cheltenham and Cirencester. A fascinating site, well-preserved, and with an audio visual guide using ipods to add some depth to the visit.
Then on to the Corinium Museum at Cirencester. An award winning visitor attraction, with a massive collection of Romano-British antiquities from the area.
Cheltenham was only a short drive away from the campsite, just one junction down the motorway. A large town with lots of shopping, including plenty of designer labels along “The Promenade”, and a chance to sit down and do some people-watching over a coffee in the Montpellier area.
Three Choirs Vineyard
At the Three Choirs Vineyards in nearby Newent we took a long walk amongst the vines, and of course bought some of their local produce to sample later!
An unexpected surprise while driving around the area on our way back from Three Choirs. We stopped off at Ledbury, a market town near to the Malvern Hills, and famed for its black & white tudor style buildings. The route home also took us through Great Malvern, and the village of Upton upon Severn for an ice cream in the sunshine sitting near the banks of the river.
Friday saw us returning to Bourton-on-the-Water, for a visit to Birdland. Considering the relatively small size of the village, this attraction covers a very extensive area. A very large collection of birds of all shapes, sizes and colours, and well worth every penny of the entrance fee. It’s a fantastic opportunity to take some photographs of course, and you can see all of these and many more from our holiday in the gallery…