September 6 – Our walk home from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Hare Trail 2018

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

Today we had lunch in the Dinosaur garden in the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. There is a huge dinosaur which the children love and also footprints in concrete which give the idea of how big the dinosaurs must have been. Also, the undergrowth is reminiscent of what would have been in this area in days of the dinosaurs.

The sculpture recreates a megalosaur that lived 168 million years ago. Evidence for this dinosaur and other prehistoric animals was found in Ardley Quarry, near Bicester in north Oxfordshire in 1997. Instead of bones, long trackways of fossilised footprints were discovered, which are very rare. Four of these footprints have been dug up and moved to this garden so that people can enjoy these unusual and fragile remains of Oxfordshire’s dinosaurs.

The garden explains how the footprints were discovered, which dinosaur made them and the story they tell.

COTSWOLDS AONB HARE TRAIL 2018

There has been a trail of large hares all around Oxfordshire. Each one is painted by a different artist. We saw lots of giant hares when we were in Oxfordshire last year and this year there was another crop as part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Hare Trail 2018. The aim of the hare trail is to promote a higher awareness and focus on public art, design and sculpture and interest in art projects. It also enhances the experiences of visitors to the Cotswold. It also develops an interest and knowledge of the history and culture of the brown hare and its significance to the Cotswolds alongside an increased awareness of the interdependence between the landscape, natural and built environment. In October each year, the hares are collected and sold in a fundraising auction.

In 2013 the challenge began and it has been building up ever since. In 2017 saw the return of the five-foot hares, but this time featuring them in a new Cotswold wide Trail. The Cotswold Hare Trail also expanded on numbers with 80 large hares and 22 leverets across a wide region stretching from Bristol to Broadway, Cheltenham to Woodstock. Auction proceeds this time were donated to National Star. The success of this trail prompted the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to decide to partner the event in 2018.