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Five Things to do With Your Elderly Parents in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh is a charming Cotswold town with a history that dates back several centuries. With the old Roman road, the Fosse Way, passing through its heart, the town was, for centuries, a stopping point for stagecoaches heading between London and the north of England, so there are plenty of former coaching inns where visitors can stop and enjoy a drink or meal.

Unlike many UK towns, Moreton-in-Marsh has managed to thrive without any of the big high street names moving into the area, so there are plenty of independent shops offering visitors the chance to pick up something unique on their travels. In addition, the town holds a regular market every Tuesday, which attracts plenty of visitors in the hope of a bargain.

Getting out and about is important for everyone, but particularly for the elderly, who can become housebound. If your parents have live-in care at home, then their caregiver may be able to organise outings to local attractions and events. Increasingly venues are becoming aware of the need to include elderly care facilities in their accessibility policies, and some places offer free admission for carers, so do check before you leave home, to see if concessions apply.

The numerous cafes and restaurants in Moreton-in-Marsh make this a great place to spend some time with your elderly parents, as there is always somewhere close by to stop and relax for a while. The area also offers some excellent local attractions which hold particular appeal for the older visitor. Here’s our list of the top five things to do with your elderly parents in Moreton-in-Marsh.

The Wellington Aviation Museum

Situated in the British School House on Broadway Road, the Wellington Aviation Museum celebrates the former RAF base once located on the outskirts of the town, where airmen trained before joining bomber command. The former airfield is now the site of a training station for fire crews, but this museum celebrates the town’s association with the RAF, through a carefully curated selection of souvenirs and mementoes.

The museum is small, and visitors should expect to spend an hour or so perusing the exhibits. There is also a small gift shop selling prints, badges, books and videos relating to the RAF. Your parents are sure to enjoy the trip down memory lane, and your visit could even spark some long-forgotten memories; particularly important in dementia as experts now believe that revisiting a person’s past can help them to re-engage with their surroundings in a more meaningful way.

Chastleton House and Gardens

Open to the public between March and October, Chastleton House and Gardens are owned by the National Trust. The house is one of the finest examples of an old English country house in the UK, thanks to the long stewardship of the former owners. The last private owner, Barbara Clutton-Brock, maintained that the house had hardly been touched - or modernised - since it was built in the 1640s, making it one of the finest Jacobean mansions to survive into this century.

The original Jacobean gardens have also been preserved, so far as possible, in a state of ‘maintained wilderness’. The game of croquet was developed at Chastleton, and the croquet lawns have been restored to their former glory, with the opportunity to enjoy a game when the weather permits. There are no cafes or tearooms at the house, but visitors are welcome to picnic in the grounds, so think about bringing your own refreshments if you plan to spend a day here.

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Batsford Arboretum

Renowned for being the biggest private collection of shrubs and trees in England, Batsford Arboretum is a lovely place to while away a few hours at any time of the year. The Visitor Centre has been designed to offer accessibility to everyone, with disabled parking close by and ramps to access the main buildings. Here, you will find the plant shop, gift shop and Garden Terrace Café. The arboretum itself is on a hillside and can prove challenging to anyone without a motorised wheelchair. There are wheelchairs available for hire on site, along with a couple of all-terrain mobility scooters, which need to be booked in advance.

Sezincote

For a country estate with a difference, your elderly parents will enjoy a day out at Sezincote House and Gardens. Built to replicate the style of an Indian Mughal palace, Sezincote features minarets and an onion dome, along with an elaborate curved Orangery which encloses a Persian Garden of Paradise. The design of the house is reputed to have inspired the iconic Brighton Pavilion.

The house is open on Thursday and Friday afternoons and Bank Holiday afternoons from May to September; the gardens open on Thursday and Friday afternoons and Bank Holiday afternoons from January to November. The owners suggest that you contact them in advance if anyone in your party has disability issues, and they will try to accommodate you.

Bourton House Garden

A must-see for anyone with a passion for gardens or gardening, Bourton House Garden is considered by many to be a ‘hidden gem’. There are three acres of planting, including a parterre, knot garden and topiary walk, all demonstrating exciting and vibrant colour and texture combinations. There is a Shade House, a White Garden and a raised walk that offers excellent views across the countryside. A spring lends itself to some unique water features, including an exhibit of a raised basket pond which was part of the Great Exhibition in 1851.

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