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6 Cotswolds podcasts to download now

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If you’ve reached the bottom of your reading stack and ‘completed Netflix’, we have some brilliant podcast recommendations both old and new for you this week, all set in The Cotswolds and featuring a mix of local businesses and national broadcasters. The perfect soundtrack whether you’re on the morning run or the school run – plug in, stream and connect to life in The Cotswolds, safely over the airwaves…

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The Barn Theatre

If you’re missing your trips to local arts institution, The Barn Theatre in Cirencester this year tune in to their brilliant and lively podcast and listen in as Artistic Director Iwan Lewis chats to industry experts, including Michael Morpurgo and Rory Bremner. Discussions include how to make theatre ‘current’ by embracing technology and live streaming (even more so in the current climate), as well as chats about their aims and ideas for the independent theatre’s future. (pic credit: Barn Theatre)

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Ramblings
Clare Balding’s Radio 4 podcast, Ramblings follows her jaunts around the English countryside, with many episodes featuring walks through The Cotswolds – including a stroll through Bath with Stuart Maconie; along the banks of the Severn at Purton and through the Forest of Dean. Listening in it as if you are striding alongside Clare as she so brilliantly describes not only her location but its stories and history, too. A great series for those looking for inspiration to get out in nature this autumn.

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Dundry Nurseries
If you’re looking for some gardening inspiration and tips from someone who really understands The Cotswolds climate and soil, join Chris Evans and his team from Dundry Nurseries, near Cheltenham. You may have heard Chris on Mark Cummings’ BBC Radio Gloucestershire breakfast show, sharing his advice on all things horticulture and the gems continue on his dedicated podcast, there may only be a handful of episodes but there's plenty of gardening guests, seasonal tips and local chat.

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Oxford University
Looking to flex your grey cells and scrub up on your academia? Oxford University have a great library of podcasts to listen to, from languages and History of Art to Shakespeare, Business and ‘the secrets of mathematics’. Far from ‘dry and dusty’ – each series showcases some of the colleges’ brightest minds. Inspiring, informative and a wealth of subject to keep you going till spring.

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Rissington Podcast
One from the archives, but worth a listen - self-styled as a ‘web-geek version of Gardeners’ Question Time’, co-hosts Jon Hicks and John Oxton-King draw you immediately into their faintly chaotic and definitely eclectic podcast show, recorded at the ex-RAF base in Upper Rissington. The 20 episodes were recorded a decade ago, but have stood the test of time – covering a compendium of topics from the History of RAF Rissington to Star Wars Lego and their ‘Font of the Week’. Warm, conversational and a little bit bonkers, the perfect distraction for current climes.

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Meet the Farmers
Ben Eagle’s podcast, Meet the Farmers may not be specifically Cotswolds based, but through the series he visits and chats to many local farmers and food producers to hear their stories of modern farming in Britain. He meets Gloucestershire National Trust tenant, Jonty Brunyee and Oxfordshire beef farmer Silas Hedley-Lawrence as well as chief executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning. Ben’s passion for supporting Britain’s farming community is infectious, and his timely discussions about the impact of COVID-19, the need for farming diversification to combat climate change and mental health in farming feel relevant and timely topics to tune in to.

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