Crowned as the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester’s charm is abundantly clear and is a perfect destinationfor a daytrip or longer stay.
With quirky places to eat, stunning sights to see and historical attractions to enjoy, SoGlos discovered whittling down 11 of the best things to do in Cirencester decidedly difficult.
The Barn Theatre is a 200-seat theatre in Cirencester, with exceptional technology and facilities that are on par with a West End auditorium.
Opened in 2018 in a converted 1940s Nissen hut, The Barn Theatre’s diverse programme includes thrilling dramas, family shows and magical musicals – very much putting Cirencester on the must-visit list for culture fans.
For more information visit barntheatre.org.uk directly.
The Barn Theatre takes entertainment very seriously. Showcasing a series of impressive productions throughout the year, the theatre has everything from family shows to sensational stage classics. Oozing style and class, the Cotswolds theatre also has a fabulous bar for pre-theatre bubbly, which doubles up as a brilliant spot for a coffee during the daytime.
Famous across Britain and beyond, and set on the outskirts of Cirencester, the Roman amphitheatre was once one of the biggest Roman amphitheatres in the country. Free to explore, visitors can see the impressive remains that once held 8,000 spectators – the perfect way to soak-up Cirencester’s Roman heritage.
Take in the exhibitions in the galleries at New Brewery Arts or try your hand at something crafty with one of the many workshops. From children’s crafts, to creative writing, ceramics and watercolour painting for adults, New Brewery Arts is bursting with inspiration on ways to be creative.
Nestled next to The Barn Theatre, Téatro features stylish interiors and impressive food to match. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, take advantage of the scrumptious steaks and dine alfresco in the courtyard on warmer days. And don’t miss the live piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Open 8am to 5pm every day, stroll around the stunning Cirencester Park which forms part of Bathurst Estate. A gloriously long stretch of green runs parallel with the path and visitors can even ride their horse around the park – if they have one! Plus, a delightful converted café horsebox, Beano in the Park, serves coffee, hot chocolate and tasty gluten-free cakes.
Taking its name from Cirencester’s original Roman title, the Corinium Museum is a must-visit for history lovers of all ages who can discover more about the town back in the Roman age. It is home to internationally-significant archaeology collections and plenty of interactive exhibits for kids too.
Hidden away down a quiet side street, He Says She Waffles is the devoted to all things delicious – namely waffles, of course. Satisfy a sweet tooth with toppings including salted caramel, chocolate and peanut butter. Or, keep it savoury with breakfast waffles or melted cheese toppings.
With a stellar selection of antique shops and a weekly antiques and collectables markets on every Friday at The Corn Hall, find everything from statement pieces for your home to vintage clothes to suit all budgets across Cirencester.
For a relaxing subterranean experience, head to The Vaulted Spa at Kings Head Hotel for an escape from it all. The spa’s Thermal Suite features a hot tub, steam room, sauna and experience shower, the relaxation room is a great spot for a cosy nap, with a menu of relaxing treatments too.
Held in the central Market Place from 9am to 3pm on Mondays and Friday each week, don’t miss Cirencester’s Charter Market. Stalls include gourmet olives, deli treats, beautiful plants, fresh fish, pickles and preserves, and bespoke décor pieces too.
Whether it’s a ridiculously good breakfast or lunch you’re after, or even an intriguing ‘secret supper’, Made By Bob is the place to head in Cirencester. The proud recipients of a Michelin Bib Gourmand recommendation, the laidback restaurant is headed up by renowned local chef Bob Parkinson and also has a deli too.
For more information about this hot list sponsor, The Barn Theatre, visit barntheatre.org.uk directly.
By Sophie Bird
Wednesday 20 February 2019
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