In this visit to Gloucestershire, Alex took me to several places, one of them being Painswick, a small town in the Cotswolds. It is best know for the Yew Trees in the church which we wandered through. It looked beautiful with the shadows being cast by the trees. The houses were beautiful and we stumbled across a cute cat just waiting to be stroked.
It was Easter Sunday and Alex bought me a personalised egg.
I also had my first experience on a road bike. It was a bit high for me as it was his mum’s bike, but after a little getting used to I was off and loving the countryside air!
As it was the bank holiday and Alex and I had Monday off work, I decided to take the train to Gloucestershire. I went to the station straight from the office that I am interning at and hopped on my train. Once I got there it was pretty late so we just drove home, cooked dinner and relaxed.
The next day we went to the Witcombe Cider Festival, the UK’s largest cider festival. Alex and I got the tickets a while ago and I would really recommend doing that, because the ticket prices go up quite a lot.
The weather wasn’t amazing, but there were plenty of large tents where the bars were set up so we didn’t really get wet. They had some music acts performing, a couple were pretyy good, but people are really there for the cider, not the music. By my count, they had 38 different ciders, so between us Alex and I tried 6 of those. You purchase tokens and then swap the tokens initially for a cup and then the ciders – either a half or full pint. I got the half pint because then I could try more. Each half pint was £2 and each pint £4, which we were quite happy to pay.
I tried: Brothers Strawberry & Kiwi (4.0%), Mates Cider Eider Elderflower (5.2%) and Abrahams Lilly the Pink (4.5%). Out of those I think my favourite was the Brothers cider. I have had better Elderflower than this one, but it was still pretty good.
They had some funfair rides as well which were a laugh. All in all it was a great afternoon and I would consider going again next year.
We also had a BBQ for Alex’s birthday, inviting some of his friends over, and enjoying the relaxed summery atmosphere.
Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucetershire. Great views over the county, allowing you to see as far as Wales at some points. This weekend I visited Alex at his home and as it was lovely weather I had more of an outside tour, visiting this SSSI and some of the parks in Cheltenham as well as a lunch at a country pub/restaurant. There were lots of people sitting on the fields or under trees having picnics and some taking their dogs on walks – really idyllic really.
The pub we went to was The Colesbourne Inn, Cheltenham. It’s a really nice pub with outdoor seating and nice interiors. The only thing was, we forgot that it was a Sunday, so there sandwich/salad/lunch menu that looked really nice online was not on offer because they were focussing on the roast dinners.