Maytime Mayhem: Hunting cows and whacky races

Book a cottage and join the Hunt for cattle in Avening on 4th/5th May!

minchinhampton-cowsEarly May in the Cotswolds means the cattle come back to the commons. We are lucky to have 3 commons nearby and we are actually ‘commoners’ (no surprise to those who know us) with rights to graze our animals there. It still startles me to see cattle wandering up the High Street of Minchinhampton!

The cattle and horses over-winter at their farms but once the grass starts growing in May they come back to the commons and to celebrate their arrival, the village of Amberley holds an annual Cow Hunt – a chance to follow the trail through the village and common, to discover more than 30 hidden, novelty wooden cows and be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to Giffords Circus. Expect to spot names such as ‘Desperate Cowswife’, ‘Moolin Rouge’, ‘Finding Nemoo’ and ‘Diamond Moobiliee’ on their novelty counterparts, all of whom will be delightfully dressed to impress.

The popular family event, organised by Amberley Parochial School to raise funds for the Send a Cow charity in Africa and Amberley School itself, will offer plenty to keep the little ones entertained, including face painting and a funny photo booth, whilst adults can rack their brains in the Cow Hunt quiz and rest and refresh in the vintage tea tent, brimming with a sumptuous array of homemade cakes.

Herd together the family and friends for an afternoon of great British eccentricity in the glorious Gloucestershire countryside.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Tetbury Lions are holding their annual Soapbox Derby on Monday 6th May. A great chance to see the English At Play. Eccentric doesn’t even touch it – but it’s what made this country great, so get tinkering and bring along your home made jalopy…you might just win!

Plenty of reasons to come and stay at Westley Farm in the first week of May. And I haven’t even touched on the Cheltenham Jazz Festival or the Stroud based SITE arts festival.