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24 hours in Cirencester

Cirencester is a beautiful market square that is pinpointed by the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John Baptist. The town of Cirencester contains a variety of historical and interesting buildings that have called the square home for several centuries. There is no better place for a family getaway that is both fun and educational! There is so much to do in Cirencester from festivals and outdoor events to restaurants and boutique shops, BUT you only have 24 hours – so let’s go!


He Says She Waffles

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Who doesn’t love breakfast?! He Says She Waffles may be a mouthful to say, but it’s the Cotswolds first Waffle House. It’s a warm and inviting place where everyone is welcome. It’s a place to eat, drink and chat the morning away over a hot cup of coffee and a delicious, fluffy waffle – served with only the best toppings of course! Yes, they have eggs and bacon and savoury goodies and everything is delicious, but the waffles steal the show for sure! Baked fresh every day, a waffles meal makes for a great breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack. Pair it with coffee, tea, or one tasty milkshake served in an old-fashioned milk bottle – how cool! Mmmmmm yummy!


Octavia’s Bookshop

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It only takes one turn of a page, a new chapter, and words on paper to transport you and your family into a different world. While visiting Octavia’s Bookshop, readers (and onlookers) can choose a book from stocked shelves that are 50% dedicated to the children genre. If you are visiting the shop in early August, enjoy the Abbery900 Festival by readings and specials at the book shop. Really want to spoil yourself and your kids? Octavia’s Bookshop offers a Book Spa where you can purchase a book and enjoy a selection of yummy treats from The Candy Man next door and a warm cup of hot chocolate. And parents, you can settle in for a cup of coffee and a sweet cake at Jack’s Coffee Shop.


Cerney Gardens

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Forget the busy streets and city lights and visit Cerney House Gardens, where time is non-existent. This place ignites all your senses, from the old-fashioned scents to experiencing the colours around you in this not-so-secret garden. Touch and discover the working, fresh organic kitchen garden full of herbs and vegetables among the abundant herbaceous borders. Listen to wildlife frolic within the woodlands and taste the fresh air as you wander the paths of the gardens. This historical home and gardens, erected in the 1660s, is a popular tourist stop while visiting Cirencester. Make sure to visit the café for a snack and a lesson in the property’s history.


Made By Bob

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Great food and friendly service keep patrons of Made By Bob coming back for more! Menus are created daily with fresh, local ingredients that are guaranteed to tantalize your tastebuds – especially the dinner menu at Bob’s Bar. The venue is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and the menu offers bites that eat like an appetizer and are perfect for sharing with friends and family. Enjoy your food with a pint of ale or cider or sipping a rich red or springy white wine, or a taste from their collection of spirits.


Sundial Theatre

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Looking for an evening full of art and culture? Book your tickets to the latest play, comedy act, music, or film event at the Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College. This performance venue holds over 250 guests and boast superb lighting and clear acoustics. Open on Tuesdays and Fridays, guests can purchase event tickets up to one hour prior to the performance. The Sundial Theatre is the perfect spot to see comedians before they hit it big, relish in the nostalgic playhouse performances, listen to music productions, and all in all enjoy a five-star time! This is great idea for last minute evening plans or upstaging that dinner and movie standard!

So you see, there are plenty of activities in Cirencester to entertain the entire family in only a short period of time.

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