Don’t let the ‘back to school’ blues get you down!  Autumn is a wonderful time of year in the stunning Cotswold countryside and, with so many new things to see and do, we guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Broadway Tower - electric bikes for hire
Make a beeline for beautiful Broadway Tower’s new Explorer Centre – an exciting new lifestyle space with the emphasis on healthy living.  Top-of-the-range electric bicycles will be available to hire so you can immerse yourself in nature and learn how easy it is to ride with minimal effort and maximum fun!  A new retail area also has beautiful, useful clothing so you can kit yourself out with that – grab a Bento box picnic and get active this autumn.  It opens in October and promises to be a great day out for all the family. 
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Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen hosts a programme of one day craft workshops every month at the Foyle Leaning Space at The Wilson Museum in Cheltenham.  Whether it’s tapestry working on simple wooden frames, stencilling onto natural linen using permanent dyes to customise textiles or learning how to inlay and marble ceramics with clay, there’s a new skill for everyone to learn. 
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'Classic Virgins' Experience Day and other events at the British Motor Museum
The popular hands-on ‘Classic Virgins’ Experience Day returns to the British Motor Museum on 20 October. It’s an informative day aimed at those considering buying and owning a classic car. Experts will deliver guidance on the theory of classic car ownership and provide workshop-based basic maintenance sessions, after which there’ll be free rides in a variety of classic cars. There’s also a wide range of one day autumn workshops on offer including photograph and sketching – all of which include entry to the Museum so participants can visit the extensive collection of historic British cars.
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Workshops at the Little Soap Company
How about starting the new term with a refresh of your skincare routine! The Little Soap Company offers fabulous workshops which will teach you how important it is to get back to basics with skincare before letting students loose to make their own beauty concoctions!  Courses include creating creams, balms and natural perfumery and you’ll go home laden with your creations and all the skills you need to make soap for your friends and family.
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Tours of the Cotswolds Distillery
Ever wondered how the fabulous Cotswold gin and whisky are created by the clever folk at the Cotswolds Distillery?  You’ll wonder no more if you sign up to a tour of their beautiful distillery nestling in the wonderful Cotswold countryside.  As well as seeing how the range of different spirits are made, you can see and smell the processes in action and learn more at a special sampling session at the end.
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Workshops and classes at New Brewery Arts
Whatever craft you love, New Brewery Arts have something for everyone at their beautiful Cirencester gallery, workshop and café.  Whether it’s learning about woodcutting, creating your own leather traveller's notebook, stitching a heart sampler or painting furniture, there’s a course to meet all your creative needs and passions throughout September and beyond. 
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'Take Great Photographs' - one of the great workshops at the Tetbury Goods Shed
Discover top tips and insider information about how to take better photographs by signing up for the ‘Take Great Photographs’ course on August 31st - just one of the great workshops on offer at Tetbury Goods Shed.  Spend the day with Steve Hammond and you’ll leave with a better understanding of your camera settings and a master of how to compose, save and improve the pictures you take. 
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Courses and Workshops at Abbey Home Farm
Abbey Home Farm has a great range of year round courses which are suitable for vegetarians.  How about discovering more about fabulous Mexican dishes with Erin Baker who’ll be creating fantastic fiesta food full to bursting with fresh ingredients and complex flavours.  Don’t worry if you prefer your dishes on the milder side – you’ll be taught how to control heat and enjoy the flavor of chillies – all in the beautiful surroundings of Abbey Home Farm.
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