(This page describes the Open Day that took place on Sunday 11th June 2017)
It will be updated shortly
This event was organised and supported by Elkstone villagers to raise funds for the upkeep of the local church and Village Hall. It was our 25th annual event, and the descriptions below will give you the ‘flavour’ of how the day ran.
Straight away it must be said that over the years, thanks to the wonderful support given to us by websites and media (see below) we have had outstanding attendances, and this simply would not happen without their help.
Elkstone is one of the highest villages in the Cotswolds, with extraordinarily beautiful limestone houses and cottages, with views across valleys that are often described as breathtaking
On a glorious Sunday afternoon, visitors had a unique opportunity to visit this very special Cotswold village and see it in a detail not normally accessible to the casual visitor.
St John’s Elkstone is the highest church in the Cotswolds, and dates from Norman times. The dawn sun shining through the chancel window illuminates the altar area with golden glow of stunning beauty. In the last year much work has gone into eco-themed developments including a “bug-hotel”, the Coronation Meadow, and new eco ‘facilities’ for the benefit of visitors.
Beatrice Bee was be in attendance to explain the significance of ecologically maintained meadows to youngsters of all ages..
The church has quite exceptional Norman arches in the chancel and sanctuary, and boasts a wonderful Norman tympanum above the south door. The chancel arches, and those leading to the altar, are among the best in Gloucestershire, if not in Britain.
It has been said by those who know that it was well worth taking a detour to explore the church and its striking collection of Norman arches and decorative features including grotesque monsters, birds, and a very Roman-looking centaur, ready to shoot an arrow from his bow.
In the course of the afternoon you could amble through a selection of beautiful private gardens.
In preparation for Open Gardens Day, villagers prepared a range of garden displays from the very simplest, to those that would challenge most!
Some blooms were really special!
Even Elkstone villagers enjoy the scenery each year!
You could browse the many stalls feature a children’s clothes store, lovely craft-made jewellery a tombola, plants and much more….
Visitors enjoyed village teas, & home-made cakes or ice creams
– and also enjoyed a tractor ride through farmland with sensational views. A new attraction this year was a fired-up Atkinson Steam Lorry.
On this special afternoon you could not only soak up the atmosphere, made more special with glorious flower displays but you could also hear the bells and visit the bell tower.
Elkstone’s houses date from medieval through to modern times – they all represent the glorious heritage of the Cotswolds – we hop[e you enjoyed your visit – we’re sure that like hundreds of others, you’ll want to visit us time and time again!
Elkstone near Cirencester / Cheltenham
N51o 48’ 37.7” W02o 02’ 45.6”
OS Explorer Map 179, SO968122
For SatNavs: please use postcode GL53 9PD
We are very grateful for the support of the following organisations which helped to promote our event:-
• Cotswolds Info whose website link is Cotswolds Info.
• Cotswold Preview whose website link is Cotswold Preview.
• Country Gardener whose website link is Country Gardener.
• Cotswold Life Magazine whose website link is Cotswold Life.
• So Glos Online Magazine whose website link is So Glos Online Magazine.
• Gloucestershire Guide whose website link is Gloucestershire Guide.
• Open Gardens UK National Directory whose website link is Open Gardens.
We have many other organisations helping us to publicise this event – a big thank you to you all!
If you attended our Open Gardens Day on June 11th 2017 and would like to give us feedback, your comments or questions are most welcome. Please fill in the form below and enter the security code. We would especially like to know if you have photos of the day that you would like to share with us on this website, an upload facility will be in place soon, let us know and you will receive an email when it is ready - many thanks.