One of England’s most beautiful areas, the Cotswolds boasts pretty villages of honey-coloured stone, manor houses, charming churches, dry-stone walls and country pubs. History is all around you, from the Regency houses of Cheltenham to the black and white medieval buildings of Tewkesbury.
Gloucestershire offers plenty of fantastic food and drink, from smart gastropubs to traditional inns and quirky cafes. If you enjoy a tipple, don’t miss the local wines and ales. You’ll also find farmers’ markets, delis, farm shops and prize-winning cheese producers all selling the freshest local produce.
Sport and outdoors
The Cotswolds is horseriding heaven, with the National Hunt Festival – including the Gold Cup – taking over for a week in March, plus more horse-related events at Gatcombe and Badminton. Cricket fans won’t want to miss the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, and there’s top-class rugby in Gloucester.
Music and nightlife
From folk, classical or jazz festivals, to summer opera and concerts in the open air, the Cotswolds has plenty to offer music lovers. There’s also the prestigious classical music celebration, the Three Choirs Festival every 3 years.
From traditional antique shops at Stow-on-the-Wold and Tetbury to contemporary crafts in Cirencester, you’ll find a great choice of local shops in the Cotswolds. Head to Cheltenham for a wider-range of well-known stores – and for delicious local produce try Daylesford Organic Farmshop.
The local view:
“I’m Sara Chardin, Tourism Officer for the Stroud District in the Cotswolds. There are a plenty of activities here to keep you busy as you walk or cycle over rolling hills, through pretty villages full of history and along winding river valleys. Not forgetting, of course, to stop en route to rest your legs in a local pub or café. Cycling is a brilliant way to explore the Cotswolds with routes ranging from gentler slopes to sharper escarpments – meaning people of all biking abilities can get involved. For more ideas of things to see and do in the Cotswolds, visit www.cotswolds.com”
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