Local Attractions

Highgrove Grounds and Gardens - (3 miles)

Highgrove is the private home of Their Majesties The King Charles III and The Queen Consort. The house is not open to the public, but the Gardens are open between April and October every year to allow visitors to share Their Majesties’ enjoyment of this much-loved, inspirational place.

The series of interlinked gardens have been created with imagination and passion over some 40 years and reflect The King’s natural artistic ability. Managed organically and sustainably, the gardens have become an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna.

The gardens have been designed, as The King says, to “please the eye and sit in harmony with nature”. From the classic order of the Cottage Garden to the pastoral beauty of the Wildflower Meadow, there are highlights in every season. A landscape which was once simply lawn has been transformed into a magnificent, ever-changing canvas.

Discover the gardens’ delights, along with hidden curios and horticultural innovations, on a tour that offers a rare glimpse into the life of HM The King Charles III.

One of my great joys is to see the pleasure that the garden can bring to many of the visitors and that everybody seems to find some part of it that is special to them,” HM The King Charles III

Join one of our experienced guides on a tour to discover the history, inspiration and unique organic management behind this incredible series of gardens.

During your visit you will be able to visit the Ante Room Shop, where you’ll find a selection of bespoke Highgrove products from beautiful home and garden ware to country attire, and artwork by His Majesty The King. The Orchard Room will also be open to visitors after their garden tour and will be offering refreshments, both savoury and sweet, including the celebrated Highgrove cream tea and hot and cold drinks.

The Generous Gardener - Rodmarton (2 miles)

The Generous Gardener offers a programme of Garden Lecture Days and Specialist Plant Sales throughout the year from two Cotswold gardens.

The Lecture Days will be held at the historic Rodmarton Manor and Gardens near Cirencester in Gloucestershire with speakers from the world of horticulture and garden design.  Join us to expand your gardening knowledge in this stunning Arts and Crafts house and garden.

Our Specialist Plant Sales will be based at Charlton Farm Garden near Malmesbury in North Wiltshire and will showcase a selection of small nurseries and garden related items.  Meet the nurserymen and enjoy the garden.  Proceeds from the day will go to supporting horticultural therapy charity projects.

Rodmarton Manor is 4 miles from Larkhill and Charlton Farm is 7 miles.

 

The Barn Theatre - Cirencester (8 miles)

The Barn Theatre Project was established as a charity by Ian and Chrissie Carling with the vision of building a bold legacy in the arts for the community of Cirencester and the Cotswolds. Their unwavering determination made this dream a reality.  Construction of this remarkable facility began in 2014 and finished in 2017, opening their first professional production to critical acclaim in March 2018.

The former 1940s Nissen hut has been transformed into a beautiful, state-of-the-art, air-conditioned auditorium for 200 theatre-lovers. With a studio rehearsal suite, dressing rooms, a green room, and an orchestra pit, audiences will experience entertainment that competes with the West End.

We have a passionate belief that theatre is for everyone and use this as a platform to inspire and support a vibrant performing arts education programme via the theatre’s Barn Academy and various community and school outreach initiatives.

Our aim quite simply, is to be one of the leading producing house theatres in the country. Being one of the premier brands in theatre doesn’t mean being the biggest, it merely reflects the high standards we set ourselves. Community is at the heart of everything we do. We want theatre to be the platform that inspires, educates, and enriches people’s lives and the Barn to become a cherished landmark that everyone can be proud of. 

The Beaufort Polo Club - (4 miles)

The Beaufort Polo Club is the foremost centre for the development of polo in the Cotswolds. Home to the famous Tomlinson polo dynasty, the Club prides itself on a friendly atmosphere with high quality facilities for both spectators and players from -2 to 18 Goal.

The Club also plays host to the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, pairing top-class polo with fantastic entertainment and a tented shopping village. Whether your interest in polo is as a player, an aspiring player (coaching at all levels), a spectator, or a sponsor the Beaufort Polo Club can provide something for everyone and you will be assured of a warm welcome.

Westonbirt Arboretum - Westonbirt (4 miles)

Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the most beautiful and important plant collections in the world. With 15,000 specimens, and 2,500 species of tree from all over the world, the arboretum plays a vital part in research and conservation, as well as being a stunningly beautiful place to visit and explore rare, interesting and beautiful plants from the furthest corners of the globe.

Tetbury

Tetbury is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the second largest town in the Cotswolds. It is the home of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort of the United Kingdom. Tetbury was an important market for Cotswold wool and yarn during the Middle Ages.  Today, it is better associated with boutique shops, great food, and its Royal Connections.

Badminton Horse Trials - (13 miles)

The Badminton Horse Trials is a five-day event, one of only six annual Concours Complet International Five Star events as classified by the Fédération Équestre Internationale. It takes place in April or May each year in the park of Badminton House, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort in South Gloucestershire, England.

Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park - (4 miles)

The Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing hosts 5 Championship classes that horse and rider combinations have to qualify for throughout the year. It is a key date in the calendar for riders’ and spectators alike and always promises to be an action packed weekend.

With the Festival hosting championships from The Corinthian Cup for amateur riders right through to the British Open Championship, the weekend really is a true showcase of the sport at all levels.

The Festival provides a true test of cross country riding with the courses at all levels being some of the most difficult on the circuit. This is not only due to the topography of the land, but how course designer Captain Mark Phillips uses it to test and challenge horse and rider.