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New Logo - Bread and WheatPlans are well underway for the Show to be held in Cirencester Park on 4th and 5th July 2015 with many new attractions announced this week.

Headlining the main Bathurst Arena will be Moto Stunts International – the only stunt team to include Cars, Quads and Motorcycles in their thrilling displays. Visitors are promised thrilling jumps, wheelies and high speed cross over routines.

The Scurry Driving Arena Challenge is also featured – carriage driving in miniature for a fast and furious spectacle of ponies, drivers and obstacles.

The Apsley Arena will once again be the centre of countryside pursuits including rare breed displays, Reedlands Retrievers gundogs demonstrations, dog agility and a sheep shearing competition with new equipment versus traditional shears.

Also on the 100 acre site will be a Traditional Rural Skills area showcasing countryside crafts and activities – an important element to the Show and close to host Earl Bathurst’s heart. He says: “It’s important to us that we can show what happens and why in the countryside. Many traditional skills are being lost as new technology overtakes them but our display shows many are still being used every day.”

The Show’s original ethos “where town meets country” is still adhered to 27 years on with masses to see and do for the whole family throughout the weekend, from clay target shooting and archery, to new attractions such as the Mountain Bike stunt team Zero Gravity and the high speed Skyfall Zip Wire.

Children’s entertainments are plentiful again with free circus skills lessons as well as a fun fair, donkey rides, a climbing wall, bouncy castles and lots more.

Dogs are once again welcome to the Show and even have their own activities including an agility course and a fun dog show which will be judged by TV Vet Joe Inglis.

The Food Festival element of the Show continues with a new Cookery Theatre featuring chefs form Cotswolds hotels and restaurants such as Barnsley House, Eat Wild, The Kings Head and The Potting Shed. There will also be around 50 food producers in the food hall with in total around 200 tradestands on the site making for a great shopping experience.

Earl Bathurst says: “It really will be a bumper year for us – we have won the Cotswolds Tourism Event of the Year award but we’re not resting on our laurels – it will be a tremendous Show again this year.”

Tickets for the Show are on sale via the new website www.cotswoldshow.co.uk which is constantly being updated with new attractions as they are confirmed.

PrintFollowing the great success of the 2013 event, the second Cirencester Children’s Literary Festival will take place from 28th July to 2nd August 2014.

Funded by the Bingham Library Trust and organised by Gloucestershire Library Service and Octavia’s Bookshop, the festival has just secured award winning children’s author and illustrator Liz Pichon to open the event.

A firm favourite for the Tom Gates series, Liz will be appearing in Cirencester Bingham Library on 28th July kicking off the week long festival which this year will also include two evening events for adults.

Plans are still being worked out for the week but events will be split between the Library and Octavia’s Bookshop in Black Jack Street, Cirencester, with a range of activities to suit all age groups; readings, illustration demonstrations and Q&A sessions for older children. All will finish with a book signing by the author.

PSPR is working on the events – both in a PR capacity and liaising with all the authors – a great job for a real bookish agency!

New Logo - Bread and WheatThis year’s Cotswold Show on 5 and 6 July at Cirencester Park has a brand new attraction, a Food Festival.

Food and drink have always been a big part of the Show but this year’s Festival will see over 100 foodie stallholders in three, joined marquees.

The Festival is being supported by BITE in association with The Cotswold Table who will bring food and drink suppliers, as well as artisan potters and tableware providers, and Taste of the West who have a fabulous array of members from the Cotswolds and throughout the Westcountry.

PSPR is working hard on setting this up – lots of opportunity to meet some serious foodies from the region. A great Spring and Summer ahead!

PrintCrystal Springs Health and Beauty Clinic, run by Joan Burke for 20 years in Cirencester, has launched a new online store.

Currently selling sought after brands including Aromatherapy Associates and La Perla fragrances, the shop will soon expand to include Crystal Springs’ own skincare range, Isabella.

The new website also details all the treatments available at the Clinic in Dyer Street from Joan and therapist, Claire.

The Crystal Springs ethos of ‘beauty in the name of health’ is evident in many of the treatments available at the Clinic where personalised, therapeutic nutrition is a key element.

Their Isabella skincare range is already used in the treatments in the Clinic and will soon be available to buy online. All the products are made by Joan herself from essentials oils, plant and fruit extracts and herbs.

Take a look at the beautiful new site at www.crystalsprings.co.uk/

Rocking the Cotswolds

September 10th, 2013 | Posted by Philippa_Stagg in News - (0 Comments)

I love Cirencester and I love The Cotswolds – check out this BRILLIANT website aiming to make us the coolest place in GB! I agree entirely! http://www.rockthecotswolds.com/

A great note from Claudia Wilson, Show Director.

“PSPR has been a great addition to the Cotswold Show. Philippa has brought us fresh, creative ideas and masses of enthusiasm for promoting the Show. In our 25th year it was really important to us that we made a lasting impression and she has helped us achieve just that. Our website has been busier than ever and the social media feeds have been buzzing. We’ve really enjoyed working with PSPR and we’re already planning next year’s Show with them.”

Perfect for the school summer holidays, comes Cirencester’s first children’s literary festival – a week of readings, activities and book signings to entertain even the most reluctant reader!

Jointly organised by Octavia’s Bookshop, Gloucestershire Library Service and the Bingham Library Trust the fun kicks off on Monday 12th August with the brilliant Alex T Smith, author of the bestselling Claude series.

Local favourites joining the week-long event include Hannah Shaw, Sarah Garland, John Dougherty and Christopher Edge.

Wendy Meddour and her super talented daughter, recently featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, will also be appearing.

Best selling authors Kate Maryon and Frances Hardinge will be visiting and writer of the brilliant Young Sherlock Holmes series, Andrew Lane, will be signing his new book.

There will be something to suit every age group with activities taking place at both Octavia’s Bookshop and Cirencester Bingham Library.

So get the dates in your diary now: 12th – 17th August and more authors will be announced soon.

Pakeman_Family-150yrsCirencester tailor and outfitter, Pakeman Catto and Carter has plenty to celebrate in 2013 as the family business marks its 150th anniversary.

With almost 50 years in Cirencester, the Company was originally established in Swindon’s Old Town in 1863, after George Pakeman, great great grandfather of the current owner, Robert, returned from service in the Crimean War.

George was the regimental tailor for the 50th Regiment (later the West Kent) before opening his first shop at 22 High Street, Old Town, Swindon.

The focus of the shop was to provide exceptional quality and customer service and then, as now, the clothes were impeccably made. Suits today are still made using patterns originally cut by our bespoke tailor.

Five generations on, and now situated in the Market Place in Cirencester (with another shop inside McEwens of Perth, in Scotland), Pakeman Catto and Carter pride themselves on being able to clothe their gentlemen customers from head to toe, covering all stops in between.

Offering a traditional and conventional approach to design and manufacture, Robert Pakeman also believes there is room for a little eccentricity: “Many items in our exclusive range boast vibrant colours, patterns and features that make them unique. It’s a signature look for many of our customers.”

He also ensures that the finest cloths are sourced from Britain and Europe, from English Moleskin and Scottish Tweeds to Irish Linen and Italian Cottons.

Such has been the success of the shop in Cirencester, Pakeman Catto and Carter also produces a popular Catalogue and has a successful Website sending its unique Britishness all over the world.

The business has truly been a family affair with five generations of the Pakeman family involved; control of the business passing from George to his son John Henry, with Robert’s grandfather, Oscar, joining after World War I and his father, John, after World War II.

Robert is modest about his family’s successful business. “Although times and fashions have changed, our values haven’t – it’s still about offering clothes that are made to the highest standards to ensure exceptional quality and happy customers.”

Thank you to Jesse’s

March 1st, 2013 | Posted by Philippa_Stagg in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Such a lovely comment from Jesse’s Cirencester on our work together. Hope you don’t mind me sharing…

“We’ve been working with Philippa since the beginning of 2011. When we first met I told her I wanted Jesse’s to feature in more food guides. Working with her to help raise our profile we now have an AA rosette and have listings in the Michelin and Good Food Guides for 2013. Philippa is always on call – she has boosted our social media and developed a popular newsletter. She has really been a great partner for Jesse’s.” Andrew Parffrey, Manager, Jesse’s Cirencester

Back in Tweedland

January 27th, 2013 | Posted by Philippa_Stagg in News - (0 Comments)

Delighted to working on a project for Pakeman Catto and Carter – fabulous gents and ladies outfitters in Cirencester and online at www.pakeman.co.uk
It’s their 150th anniversary so lots to talk about – great heritage product. And all UK manufactured.

Watch out for news of their big Cirencester open house!