A Summer Affair in the Cotswolds

Up and down the country the summer brings forth the usual village fetes. Morris dancers, dog shows, biggest vegetables, most delicious cake. A hog roast, hoopla and bric-à-brac stalls, bouncy castles for the children, donkey rides, and afternoon teas on the lawn.

However, this Cotswold village fete has one very big difference, separate from the fete attractions. The Manor House opens it’s doors to the public along with it’s very fine Printing Press housed in the outbuildings. It shows off its latest work with displays of printing and typecasting.

In the gardens scattered around under a canopy of trees are an array of visiting printers, binders, marblers, wood and linocut engravers and handmade paper-makers from all over the country; they display the myriad skills that go into the production of a handprinted, limited edition book. Stalls of these fine books sell their wares. However, a big fat wallet is required to secure a limited edition, hand bound book in leather. It is a mecca for purists from far and wide seeking something rare and special from under these ancient bunting clad trees.



  1. It doesn’t get more quintessentially English than this! Wonderful post, thankyou!

    1. Thanks Kate – a few technical adjustments and refinements needed – hopefully better next time.

  2. Lovely post and photos. Wish I could have been there and not across the pond.

    1. Jillian – this fete has been going on in this particular fashion for the past 43 years. It is held in Whittington, near Cheltenham, always at the same time, end Aug/beginning Sept. May be you could visit one year?

  3. My how I would love to go there one day. So amazing.

    1. Its hallowed ground for book collectors.

  4. Oh, where is this? How interesting

    1. Whittington village, off the A40, 40 miles west of Oxford – next year it will be held on the 31st August. you can check up here nearer the time http://www.whittingtonpress.com/

      1. not too far from here then… maybe we’ll visit next time?

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