Monthly Archives: March 2008

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A Host Of Holiday Fun At The Corinium Museum

From storytelling to life in Roman Corinium workshops, there is something for all the family at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester over the Easter school holidays.

The Park Street museum will host several family drop-in sessions during the holiday break, including attempts to recreate crafts and characters from both the Victorian and Medieval eras, as well as workshops were children can explore household items and their uses through history.

A Victorian Quilling pictures session will take place on Wednesday April 9th, where children and visitors can re-create the popular 19th Century craft activity and make their own pictures with rolled-up paper. This event runs from 1pm-3pm and the price is included in the Museumís cost of admission, or £1 for the activity only.

Children will also be able to make their own Medieval figure with the Make a Jousting Knight (1pm-3pm) event on April 16th, where pieces of card and paper are folded and fashioned into your very own Medieval knight complete with jousting tent. Booking for this event is essential and is included in the Museumís normal admission price, or £1 for the activity only.

Places are available on the childrenís workshops, with youngsters sure to take an interest in Toilets through Time on April 10th, where they will hear about the range and quality of different types of toilet used through history. The children will also work together to make large model toilets. Or why not book for the workshop on April 17th on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. These sessions run from 10.30am-12pm, are suitable for children aged 7ñ11 and cost £4 per child (£2 per child for season ticket holders/Friends of Corinium Museum).

The family workshops, which run from 2.30pm-4pm, are Life in Roman Corinium on April 8th and Cracking the Codeíon April 10th which both provide fun and learning for all the family. These workshops are included in the cost of admission but pre-booking is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Or why not come to the Corinium Museum on April 17th at 2pm to listen to the Storysmith with his Tales from the Court of King Arthur. Find out about Sir Gawain, the bearded lady and the Green Knight. Tickets are on sale now and cost £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.

The museum will also hold Archaeology seminars for 9-12 year olds. These are a great introduction for children about how archaeologists build a picture of the past using site reports and objects from the collection. This is a new activity developed by museum staff to encourage children to discover new things about their past. Contact the museum for further details.

Events tailored for adults include the Rural Cinema scheme visiting the Corinium Museum for showings of the romantic Julie Christie film Away from her on March 30th (2.15pm) and La Vie en Roseí, a biopic of the French singer Edith Piaf, which will be shown on April 27th.

There are also places left on the evening lecture series ñ Paul Nichols of Gloucestershire Archaeology will be talking about the Iron Age Discoveries at Bourton on the Water on Thursday 27th March (7pm).

For more information and to book a place on any of the above event, please contact the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611, email or visit our website at

Free kids’ pizzas at top Tetbury hotel

FREE kids’ pizzas this summer as top UK child-friendly hotel gives guests a taste of Italy on the house.

If you want to show the kids some rolling English countryside but still want a taste of the continent this summer, check into the award-winning Priory Inn, and let the children become pizza chefs!

The Priory Inn, Tetbury, the family-friendly, award-winning gastro-inn in the heart of the Cotswolds which was selected by Adam Raphael (editor of The Good Hotel Guide) as one of the UK’s top 10 child-friendly hotels, is offering a very family-friendly deal this summer, with a continental twist. For every parent staying in the hotel on the hotel’s dinner bed and breakfast package, their child gets a free pizza from the wood fired oven ñ and the best bit is that they can design and assemble it themselves at the table!

The Priory Inn will also throw in a family day pass to nearby Westonbirt Arboretum to explore the 600 acres of forest, and can offer loads of other suggestions for days out in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. The best part though is that mum and dad also can enjoy a bit of PIZZA-n-quiet in the restaurant when the kids are tucked up in bed (monitors work from bedrooms to restaurant or babysitters can be booked)! And there’s plenty more on the menu besides pizza: The Priory Inn has won numerous food awards for its imaginative locally sourced menu.

The Priory Inn has gained a fabulous reputation for offering families a quality and value-for-money option. Director and co-owner, Tanya Kelly says: ìWe would love to welcome families to this fabulous part of England during their summer holidays. There are so many things for them to do in the Cotswolds: they can spend the day at a wildlife park; get gooey over the small animals at local farms; go canoeing, sailing or swimming at the nearby water park; and there is also a famous trout farm with a beginner’s fishery so that everyone can get lucky!

ìThen most importantly when the kids are worn out and tucked up in bed, it is time for their parents to relax and enjoy a 3-course meal in our award-winning gastro-inn which features live acoustic music on a Sunday evening.î

The Priory Inn’s Dinner Bed and Breakfast break costs just £79 per adult per night between Sunday and Thursday and £89 per adult per night on Friday and Saturdays. Children under 12 get bed and breakfast for free when sharing their parents’ room and a free pizza (see below for conditions). And for the whole family, tickets to the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum are thrown in to allow some healthy and happy exploring amongst the thousands of acres of beautiful trees.

Alternatively, a double room with breakfast starts at £109.00 or a family suite from £139.00 – all under 12s can stay in the same room as their parents for free.

The management team behind The Priory boasts years of hospitality experience between them, working in and launching high profile hotel and restaurant establishments in New York, London and Hertfordshire.

The Priory Inn is situated in Tetbury, a beautiful market town in the heart of the Cotswolds which is one of the most important antiques centres in the UK. It is 2 miles from the Royal home of Highgrove. The hotel has 14 ensuite contemporary bedrooms.

Views Sought On Cirencester Conservation Areas

The public will have their say this spring as Cotswold District Council proposes to redraw the boundaries of Cirencesterís four Conservation Areas.

Under guidelines from English Heritage, the Councilís conservation team will start a six-week consultation with residents this month, over the first changes to Cirencesterís Conservation Area boundaries since 1991.

A Character Appraisal and Management Plan (CAMP) has been prepared for each Conservation Area. These define the special architectural and historic interest of the area, and identify any potential threats to its special character. They also provide guidelines on the positive management of change.

The public are invited to submit their views and comments by April 25th. The documents will be available for viewing on from Monday March 17th and those wishing to comment are asked to use the form on the web site and submit it electronically or by post. The documents will also be available on CD from the Council Offices in Trinity Road.

Public presentations of the Conservation Area CAMPs will take place at 3pm and 7pm on Thursday March 27th at the Council Chamber in Trinity Road. All are welcome.

The comments will be analysed and a report placed on the website summarising the Councilís response to the public comments. The Council will then officially adopt Cirencesterís new conservation boundaries and the Conservation Area CAMPs

The four new areas of Cirencester proposed for a conservation rethink are:

  • Cirencester: The Park Conservation Area
  • Cirencester: The Gloucester Street and River Walk Conservation Area
  • Cirencester Town Centre Conservation AreaCirencester South Conservation Area

The Cotswolds has the highest number of conservation areas in England (144) and the Council has a duty to review the boundaries and propose ways to preserve and enhance their special and distinctive qualities on a regular basis.

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest and are the subject of national legislation designed to ensure their preservation and enhancement.

Anyone wishing to discuss the documents can contact Sandy Hamilton, at or on telephone 01285 623000.