Elena Bowes

New York-London travel & design writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

Capering in the Cotswolds

June 25th, 2014
Cotswolds, England
Wanderings: Europe

Breathtakingly beautiful, bucolic and at times buzzy, the Cotswolds is the ideal weekend getaway from London. Read my article for Trufflepig, a spirited site devoted to digging up the best in travel. And for those who are doers, there’s lots to do here. “Please do touch” is the theme of  on form, the only sculpture exhibition devoted entirely to works in stone.

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This 7th biennial is housed in the lovely landscaped gardens of Asthall Manor near Burford, a 17th c. Jacobean house once the family home of the Mitford sisters.

L to R Work by Guy Stevens, Paul Vanstone & Ekkehard Altenburger

Don’t dawdle because this fabulous exhibition featuring more than 200 works by 30 of the most talented living sculptors ends July 6th.

And for the free-spirits out there, the Wilderness open-air festival in Cornbury Park near Burford is a must. Besides glamping, this award-winning, four-day festival in early August hosts so many fun frivolities it’s hard to list them all. Highlights include long table banquets with top chefs like Simon Rogan, Angela Hartnett, Russell Norman & Polpo.

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There’s tons of live music and dancing and interesting talks supported by the Huffington Post. Other activities include morning meditation, fly fishing, facials, tai chi, croquet, sunset yoga classes  and of course, luxury hot tubs.


 and wild swimming….


Who can resist a festival where the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society”, “Liars League”, “Tongue Fu” and “Chill Pill” are just a few of the guest speakers?

June, 2014