Want to know what's hot for July? We've super-sleuthed all the latest under the radar news for you, from gourmet glasshouse dining pop-ups to new boutique openings.
Read on for the good stuff …
We’re missing Giffords circus like mad after this year’s ‘Hooley’ was cancelled. But like an acrobat somersaulting out of a proverbial fire hoop, they’re back with Flying Sauce – a pop-up (and absolutely delicious) takeaway service.
You can now nip over to the troupe’s home at Fennell’s Farm in Lypiatt, Stroud for a three-course meal based on the rustically-extravagent Circus Sauce restaurant feasts. Just pre-book, pick it up in some natty Giffords paper bags handed through your car window, and heat it up at home.
Head chef Ols Halas is behind the temporary takeaway and the menu changes each week, with several dishes taken from the rather fabulous new Giffords Cookbook (win it here by the way – just head over to our Insta!)
We road tested this week’s amazing menu (just for you of course) – a feast of braised shin of beef with hazelnuts and sticky dates, root vegetable gratin and farm shop greens and Tweedy’s salted caramel banoffee pie. Also thrown in were sourdough buns and handmade turkish delight that I downed like a four year old in the front row.
It was the best meal I have had in a long time – and not just because someone else was cooking for the first time in 747 days – each course was absolutely delicious, so easy to heat up, and a full-on hit with the whole family too.
Vegans and veggies also get options, which this week (until 4 July) is Stuffed Savoy Cabbage with Wild Mushrooms and Fired Nettles.
A 3-course meal costs £20 and Flying Sauce is open Weds, Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 6pm, head to the website to book pronto.
The farmyard of fun returns
Muddy fave day out The Cotswold Farm Park is reopening on 4 July. Brilliant news for families and animal-lovers champing at the bit to get out for fresh air and fun.
Celeb farmer owner Adam Henson announced the full details on their Instagram feed. During lockdown there have been some gorgeous new arrivals including these ridiculously cute Old Spot piglets which you can coo over, as well as the usual rare breed goats, cows, sheep and ponies.
Or, get your staycation vibe on and book the caravan and campsite which are also reopening with lots of safety measure in place such as contactless check in, social distancing on all pitches, hand sanitiser points and deliveries of food and drink to individual pitches.
New super-nice shop alert!
We love to see a new indy springing to life at the moment and they don’t come much more gorgeous than Petal & Pad. A lifestyle and homewares gift shop, it’s packed with beautiful things for your home, and can we just take a moment for the Flower Bar!
Located in the heart of Worcester, this time last year founder Kirsty was working her notice as cabin crew for an airline – yas! proof that dreams can come true. Fill up your baskets at 47 Upper Tything right now #supportlocal.
A very scenic supper
Fancy a dining room with a view? Three Cotswold entrepreneurs have come up with a genius idea with The Scenic Supper – a new socially distanced dining experience unlike any other.
Created by Toby Baggott, Scott Sullivan and Sam Lawson, the three have been mates for 20 years and each own a small business – event styling, outdoor catering and a local gin company.
Located just minutes over the Glos border at King Stone Farm, near the Roll Right Stones. And it sounds rather fabulous – a pre-selected 5-course tasting menu in five glass houses, each with individual artwork and stunning views of the Cotswolds countryside.
There will be a gin bar and a menu of cocktails, wine, beer & cider. The Scenic Supper is open on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm from Saturday 4th July to Saturday 12th September and cost £50 per person.
Pop-up ice-cream parlour
The lovely Bibury Trout Farm has upped its game since new owners Poulton Hill Estate took over. A new open-air ice-cream parlour has popped up serving delicious Kelly’s ice-cream (and doggy icecream, which Muddy Glos dog Bowie road-tested and loved). And head down for freshly made stoned-baked pizzas from @anscombeandhaybars who have a pop-up tent taking orders every Sunday from 12.30pm. (get in early people, they’d sold out by 3.30pm this weekend!)
And if you’re planning a ‘BBQ in a bubble’ event with friends in the coming weeks BBQ’s will be available (one family only per booking, max 8 people) from Wednesday 1st July – you can even get your own gazebo (fancy!). Remember to pre-book or call ahead as it’s popular.
Drive-in delights coming to Chelt
There’s no keeping a good show down. Whilst the theatres and venues are closed, get your fix of some top-notch entertainment at Cheltenham Racecourse Drive-In – socially distanced fun in your own car.
Amongst the line up are Tony Hadley (gold!) on 29 July, The Streets on 8 August, Dizzee Rascal on 18 August, bestselling show SIX The Musical on 29 and 30 August and Gary Numan on 5 September.
And finally … some early Christmas cheer (because it’s never too early)
Yep, it’ll be here before you know it! But some very exciting news just announced is that Cheltenham will be getting an ice-rink this Christmas.
Plans have been given the go-ahead and there’ll be an extended Christmas Market alongside it. The icy wonderland will be on Imperial Gardens in front of the Queen’s Hotel. Watch this space later in the year for tickets and how to book.