Rocking Cirencester With: Anna Jones


Oh hello Cirencester!

If you're not familiar with Cirencester Rocks, we're here to connect local families with events and things to do in and around Cirencester, bringing you the best of our local attractions, groups, classes, restaurants, events and more.

Alongside the what's on directory, we'll be running a series of interviews with local people about what they most like to do when they have free time to spend in Cirecester.

Kicking things off for us is the wonderful Anna Jones of The Cotswold Connection,

Name Anna Jones
Number of children 2
How old are they? 3 and 6
Occupation Owner of The Cotswold Connection, marketing and PR for venues and events

Hi Anna! Thanks so much for taking the time out to chat all things local with us. If anyone has insight into what rocks in Cirencester and the Cotswolds, its you. Tell us, what do you love most about Cirencester?

Cirencester is such a friendly small town that is so well connected to lots of other fab places. It has a good mix of great outdoor spaces as well as the lakes, which as the children get older will be amazing. I love the mix of different people, from locals who have lived here all their lives to people who have moved from further afield. There is so much talent and creativity in the town and so have made some great friends and discovered some real talents as I’ve grown my business.

What would the perfect family day in Cirencester look like?

In the summer it would have to be breakfast out at Made by Bobs for grown ups but with the kids we like Jessie’s up on Love Lane. Then a walk in St Michaels park which is perfect especially now it has the café and has recently had some further improvements. Followed by a trip to the outdoor pool, where else can you go to a pool and have a castle as a backdrop, it’s perfect with a picnic. If we were really going for it, we would choose to have dinner at The Bell in Sapperton, we love it there. We looove our food in this house!!

Is there anywhere unexpected your children love in the town?

Cirencester Park is up there as we love a good walk whatever the season. We like it in the summer as our eldest spends time at the cricket ground and tennis. Such an amazing setting. I'm also a keen runner and you can't beat this park as it's big enough to get the miles in but central to the town. I can’t believe we haven’t been up to enjoy the polo yet, so this summer we are determined to go.

Where would you go for fun with the kids if the weather’s not looking good?

We would probably try and get in to The Pick a Pot, as we love creating something, followed by a treat at The Brewery Arts Café. Such a hidden gem.

Can you tell us about any upcoming Cotswold events families should know about right now?

Well the festivals here are amazing. Our favourite has to be the Big Feastival being real foodies, our son has the biggest appetite ever and is very adventoruous with his food but we also love a good dance so a perfect day out for us.

What other Cotswold towns/villages do you love to visit as a family, and why?

It’s a bit further afield but we do love Broadway for that amazing park with stunning views as well as all the delicious places to eat and drink. So something for all of us, oh and the shops are lovely too!
I have also recently discovered Fairford park, which is great and means we get to pick up a treat at the amazing Lynwoods café. Definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been.

How about stopping for a bite to eat in Cirencester, which are your favourite child-friendly places?

Their favourite place would always be Pizza Express if you asked them. But we also enjoyed the fish and chips at Malt and Anchor! Yummy.

If you could live in any other Cotswold town or village where would it be and why?

Oh this is a really tricky one, I would probably say Cheltenham, as it is a bit bigger with more choice in terms of activities and buzz of things going on. Great for its restaurant scene, fantastic schools and plenty of outdoor spaces such as Pittville Park.

The 2 other places that would be high on the list would be Nailsworth or Painswick, for their stunning settings and the fact that such small towns/villages has so many great eateries and places to explore including parks and shops (favourites include the fabric shop in Painswick and Domestic Science in Nailsworth). Not forgetting the added bonus of having Rococo Gardens.

More about Anna Jones:

My campaign (the Cotswold Connection) started as a hobby as I enjoyed exploring and finding venues and events that were a little different/unexpected when we first moved here. In the last 5 years there have been some amazing new additons. It really does keep getting better and better. I have grown a really engaged community of like minded people looking for the same thing. The social media campaign is still all my genuine recommendations but I have now started to work with some of these venues to help get more awareness about the great things they are doing through my social media marketing skills.

I recently launched my own business events The Power Hour Series, these are action focused 1 hour events for small business owners to improve their brand awareness through social media marketing. This year I hope to launch my own unique events that will offer something a different to what is already there and will be focused on the whole family, so watch this space!

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