Welcome to Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds
“Chipping” means market or market place from the old English “Ceping“. Campden was already established in the 7th century and derives its name from the Saxon “Campa-denu” or “Campadene“, meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land. The main street curves in a shallow arc lined with a succession of ancient limestone houses each grafted onto the next. Hence Chipping Campden.
Enjoy a weekend in Chipping Campden with the JCI British Senate.
We are staying in the historic Noel Arms, one of the oldest Cotswold inns and steeped in history. Allegedly Charles II stayed here during the English Civil War. As an old building every room is unique so to encourage prompt bookings, rooms will be allocated on a “best room first” basis! A limited number of single and disabled rooms are available.
The weekend activities promise the opportunity to explore and learn more about Chipping Campden. Discover the traditional sport of Shin Kicking in the home of the World Championships! You can also visit nearby Broadway Tower and explore a nuclear bunker. To sustain you there is plenty of food and drink on offer, from a curry buffet on the Friday night, Saturday lunch in one of Campden’s oldest pubs, afternoon tea and cakes and a black-tie dinner!
We are staying in the historic Noel Arms, one of the oldest Cotswold inns. As an old building every room is unique so to encourage prompt bookings, rooms will be allocated on a “best room first” basis! A limited number of single and disabled (ground floor, no lift) rooms are available. Please book and pay via the Senate. Single rooms have been secured at a particularly good discount as the hotel does not have singles as such, but only five are available. Indicate on your booking form if you are booking a single room, would prefer to share but do not have anyone to share with. There are 27 rooms in the hotel held for the Senate until 6th January.
If you wish you can book your own accommodation, other hotels and B&B’s are available but nowhere in Campden is cheap! We may have to limit Friday night’s event to those staying in the Noel Arms.
Friday Night – Curry Buffet at Noel Arms Hotel
Kick off the weekend and meet up with old friends whilst enjoying that most traditional of British food – a curry! A speciality of the Sri Lankan head chef, a three-time winner of Pub Curry Chef of the Year, who has worked around the world catering for prime ministers and presidents. There will be a range of dishes to choose from buffet-style but remember to put any dietary requirements on your booking form. The evening will start at around 8pm and be held in the Noel Arms for ease of getting to bed afterwards.
Saturday Morning – Broadway Tower & Country Park, Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LB
A few miles outside Chipping Campden is Broadway Tower, the brainchild of the 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. Broadway Tower has exhibitions on three floors, including William Morris, the Arts and Crafts movement and the Royal Observer Corps. Enjoy breath-taking views from the roof. The Royal Observer Corps used the unique vantage point to track enemy planes over England during the world wars of the 20th Century and later constructed a nuclear bunker to report nuclear attacks during the “Cold War”. Please be aware that access to the bunker is via a ladder, there is no disabled access and suitable clothes and footwear must be worn. Also there is no lift in the Tower! The nuclear bunker is usually closed at this time of year but they are opening it especially for the Senate. A combined Broadway Tower and Nuclear Bunker visit can be booked. Or you can go to Broadway Hill, pay your own entry to the tower (£5), look at the Tower (free) and visit the café. Travel in your own car or ask for a lift. To help both those without cars and the planet, please indicate if you can offer a lift.
Saturday Lunch – The Lygon Arms, High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6HB
The Lygon Arms is the oldest Coaching Inn in Chipping Campden with trading records dating back to the 16th Century. Originally called the “White Hart” derived from Richard II’s heraldic symbol. We have a private room and bar out the back of the pub with a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch. Please note there is a more well-known, and expensive, Lygon Arms in Broadway. You may go there if you wish but the Senate will not pay your bill!
Saturday Afternoon – Chipping Campden
Explore and learn more about Chipping Campden with a guided walking tour around Chipping Campden. This is accessible by motorised scooter and last approximately two hours, but a shorter walk can be arranged if wanted.
Saturday Late Afternoon – The Bantam Tea Rooms, High Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6HB
After the walk enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea (or coffee or soft drink) and some delicious cake. There will be a quiz on Chipping Campden, so we will see who was listening to the guide on the walk! The Bantam Tea Rooms were built in 1693 in the time of the Stuarts, William III and Mary II, when it was known as the Guild House. The name ‘Bantam’ derives from a hotel across the road, ‘The Golden Cockerel’, which helped set up the first Bantam Tea Rooms here – hence the golden cockerel perched on top of the Bantam Tea Rooms sign. The 1960s was a famous era for The Bantam when it was run by Miss Betty Brock and her waitresses known as The Bantam Babes.
Saturday Night – Montrose Suite, Cotswold House Hotel, The Square, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AN
Directly across the road from the Noel Arms is the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa. Cotswold House was built in Regency 1820 and has been a successful town house hotel for many years. Start your evening off in style with a pre-dinner prosecco reception. Then enjoy a delicious dinner with wine. The room can hold up to 90 so you are welcome to come even if not staying the whole weekend.
Sunday Morning – Robert Welch Studio Shop, Lower High Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6DY
Just along the road from the Noel Arms hotel is Robert Welch who design and manufacture iconic cutlery and other household items. Join the Senate for a tour of the shop and a talk on the history of the company and Robert Welch Designs. There is no charge and each person will receive a ‘goody bag’ containing a complimentary product, catalogue and a copy of their Design Craft and Industry book. Welch pioneered the introduction of stainless steel cutlery to the UK and gained a reputation for excellence in both design and manufacture. His designs are displayed the V&A Museum, British Museum, MoMA in New York and KODE Art Museums of Bergen, Norway.
Sunday Lunch – Various venues or nothing at all!
Nothing has been booked for lunch but there is a wide variety of pubs and restaurants in Chipping Campden where you can have lunch if you wish.