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Step into spring with the National Trust in Gloucestershire

Across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, National Trust places are sparkling after their winter cleans and gardens are bursting into life.

There's loads on offer this season, from Tai Chi in nature to Easter Egg Hunts, craft workshops and art exhibitions.

What's more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you help care for these special places for future generations.

Here's what's happening near you this spring, please check property website for opening days and times:

Chedworth Roman Villa

Matronalia - Spoil Mum Mother's Day

Saturday 18 March & Sunday 19 March, 11am-3pm

Spoil Mum this Mother's Day by making her something special in our craft workshop. Bring your friends, dress up like a Roman and play Roman games.

Price: Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed.


IGPOTY Highlights of Hidcote competition

Daily to Friday 30 June

This free-to-enter special award 'Highlights of Hidcote' is open to everyone (adults only) and is the first IGPOTY run photo competition to be dedicated to images captured at National Trust Hidcote; a world famous Arts and Crafts-inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills. We would love to see photos that capture Johnston's passion for plants and design, whether in the gardens, or set against architecture of the buildings or wider landscape.

Online submissions, find out more at

Price: Free to enter online. Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed.

Colour with Kaffe

Daily to Sunday 26 March, 11am-4pm

Colour with Kaffe follows Kaffe Fassett's love of colour expressed through his textile work. The shop at Hidcote will have a selection of textiles and Kaffe products for you to enjoy, including books, crafting kits and much more. The exhibition will be in the Entrance Hall of the Manor House, open when the gardens at Hidcote are open, please see opening times on the website.

Price: Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed.

Sensory nature session

Friday 17 March, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is a way of relaxing and slowing down the mind by being immersed among the trees and nature. Join us in the gardens at Hidcote for a series of, or stand-alone, exclusive sessions in forest bathing. Join our nature therapy guide who will take you through learning to focus on the details of nature using all your senses. Designed to be inclusive and autism-friendly, these sessions give you the chance to experience the sounds and feel of nature.

Suitable for ages 15+

Price: £20. Booking essential Call 03442 491895.

Tai Chi in the garden

Saturday 4 March, 9.30am-11am

Join Swan School of Tai Chi & Chi Gung at Hidcote, for a unique perspective of the gardens with the ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi.

Price: £10, normal admission prices apply. Booking essential call 01386 438333

Newark Park

World Poetry Month at Newark Park

Wednesday 1 March - Friday 31 March, 11am-4pm

We're celebrating World Poetry Day all month in the second hand bookshop.

Join in with the celebrations by writing your own poetry, learning about haikus, and browsing the selection of poetry books for sale.

Price: Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed.

World Book Day storytelling

Thursday 2 March - Sunday 5 March, 11:30am - 11:45am, 12:30pm - 12:45pm, 13:30pm - 13:45pm

Dress as your favourite book character and join us to celebrate World Book Day with storytelling in the house or pick up a pre-loved book from the second hand bookshop.

Price: Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed.


Blossom Thai Chi

Saturday 22 April and Saturday 13 May, 9.30am-10.45am

Join a gentle and relaxing Thai Chi session in the Snowshill Manor Orchard surrounded by blossom trees.

Price: £12. Booking advisable via the Snowshill Manor and Garden website.

Two-day Stone Carving and Wood Carving Workshops

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May, 10am-4pm

On this two-day, hands-on course you will use traditional skills to carve a relief in lime wood or a stone sculpture. No previous experience necessary and you will be able to work at your own pace. Stage by stage instructions and demonstrations will guide you through every element of the process towards a high quality finished carving. All tools, materials and equipment are provided

Price: £130. Booking Essential via Snowshill Manor and Garden website.

Easter Egg Hunts with the National Trust

From Saturday 1 April

Join us for our Easter adventures in nature trails at many of the places we care for across Gloucestershire this spring. There'll be lots of fun for you and your family on your trail as you do your nature-inspired activities. Complete the trail and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg.

Price: £3 per trail (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary.

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