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All Creatures Great & Small-Cotswold Animal Magic

All Creatures Great & Small-Cotswold Animal Magic

Enjoy the 'Animal Magic' of the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Adam's Farm and Birdland Park & Gardens

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Enjoy the 'Animal Magic' of the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Adam's Farm and Birdland Park & Gardens

Witney

Surrounded by stunning countryside, Witney lies on the edge of the Cotswolds, just 15 miles west of Oxford. It is the largest market town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and has grown rapidly over the last 50 years but still retains the feel of a charming and bustling market town with a twice weekly market and a unique blend of excellent shops and cafes. Once famous across the world for its blanket making, gloves and other woollen goods, much of the town's architecture reflects the prosperity brought by the woollen trade.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Set in over 160 acres of beautiful parkland, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is home to a diverse collection of more than 260 species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. Watch Rhinos graze on the lawns in front of the Gothic Manor House or walk up the Giraffe walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures. Watch the Penguin’s being fed (daily at 11 am & 3 pm) and walk with Lemurs in their free-roaming Madagascar Exhibit. Indoor exhibits include the reptile house, insect house, bat house, tropical house and Little Africa. 

Devizes

Devizes - Wiltshire's 'hidden gem', is regularly in the top 10 of the country's favourite market towns. The building of a castle in Norman times dictated the layout of the town which is still visible in the ‘D’ shape plan today. With it's colourful Medieval past, Devizes has a wealth of history and architectural heritage with more than 500 listed buildings and a wide range of traditional independent shops. In 1141 the borough received a royal charter permitting regular markets, which are still held weekly in the open Market Place, one of the largest in the West Country.

Lacock Village

The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust and attracts many visitors by virtue of its unspoiled appearance. With its central grid of four streets, Lacock today looks much like it did 200 years ago. Its oldest house is older than the thirteenth-century abbey but since the loss of the village's main source of income from wool in the nineteenth century, new development has been minimal. There's lots to discover in Lacock village - quaint traditional stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock-up and the village church. The medieval landscape was dominated by Melksham Forest, which came right up to the village and stretched for 33 miles to the south and east. Settlement began around the church, reflected in the irregular line of Church Street, but the rest is a medieval planned town, deliberately laid out on a grid of the other streets which can be seen today. Lacock is a famous filming location and it's appearances include Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice and various period dramas.

Avebury Manor & Garden

Avebury Manor and Gardens are a National Trust property with nearby standing stones in Avebury, Wiltshire. The manor house is Grade I listed and was built in the early 16th century. The house has been recently refurbished so that the rooms reflect the period in which the residents at the manor lived. As you walk around the house you will learn about these people. One of the most unique things about the house is that you are not kept away with barriers. In the rooms, you are encouraged to sit on the furniture, lie on the beds and even play snooker in the billiards room. The only exception is that the Chinese hand-painted wallpaper in the Georgian dining room is too delicate to be touched.

There are some lovely gardens that are arranged as a series of ‘rooms’, each with a different character. There is a kitchen garden, a topiary garden, Lions walk, church garden, moon garden, Monks garden and more.

Adam's Farm

Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Founded in 1971 by Joe Henson, Adam's father, the aim of Cotswold Farm Park was to help protect some of our rare breeds of farm animal. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. The touch Barn and Demonstration Barn can be enjoyed all year round, as they are undercover and protected from the elements.

Bourton-on-the-Water

This pretty village is located in the heart of the Cotswolds and is famous for its honey coloured stone architecture and idyllic village scenes. It is a vibrant village buzzing with many community groups, local events and fantastic small businesses. Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, this 'chocolate box' village offers a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply the space for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush, spanned by its five arched bridges.

Birdland Park & Gardens

Set in nine acres of gardens and woodland, Birdland has over 130 species of birds on display, from some of the rarest, to the most unique species that have developed to live in a specific habitat. Birdland Park and Gardens is home to the only breeding group in the UK for King Penguins. Discover exotic and rare birds, walk around the Jurassic Journey in an area of over two acres, set in a tranquil setting for observing local wildlife in the Marshmouth Nature Reserve

 

 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head south via Birmingham, Cheltenham and Cirencester to our hotel, the Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

This morning we head off for a coffee stop at Millets Farm Centre before continuing to the delightful Oxfordshire town of Witney, here we have time for lunch before our afternoon visit to the fantastic Cotswolds Wildlife Park. Set in over 160 acres of beautiful parklands the Park has an amazingly diverse collection of over 260 species many of which are endangered in the wild. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Following breakfast in the hotel we visit Devizes, 'Wiltshire’s hidden gem', a historic market town with a colourful Medieval past, wealth of history and architectural heritage with more than 500 listed buildings and a large Market Place in the heart of the town. In the afternoon we visit Lacock Village and Avebury Manor & Garden, a National Trust property consisting of a Grade I listed early 16th century manor house and its surrounding garden. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Our first visit today is to Adam's Farm - the Cotswolds Farm Park as featured on TV. Adam Henson's farm is the home of Rare Breeds Conservation and is devoted to the protection of endangered species. There is much to see before we continue to beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, a delightful village with the River Windrush flowing quietly through. We have time for lunch here before our afternoon visit to the Birdland Park and Gardens. Discover the weird and wonderful species of birds from all over the world and take a scenic walk around the 50 themed habitats. Final dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Blunsdon House hotel for the journey home to Cumbria.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon ****

Set in 30 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside, the Best Western Plus Blunsdon House Hotel has extensive leisure facilities including indoor swimming pool and gym, two superb restaurants and three comfortable bars. All bedrooms are ensuite and have television and hospitality tray. Lift.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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