Cotswolds

Museums that transport you back to the Domesday Book, yellow-stone Cotswold hamlets straight from a chocolate box and manors perched on rolling, emerald hills. If you like the great outdoors, you'll love these west-central hills. After trekking escarpments, swap hiking boots for top hat and tails at race days in elegant regency Cheltenham. If you haven't spotted buzzards sweeping across the hilltops, get a bird's eye view of species like barn owls and harris hawks at the bird parks. Raid farmers' markets for local culinary delights like crumbly single Gloucester cheese, local trout and heady ales.

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Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Museums that transport you back to the Domesday Book, yellow-stone Cotswold hamlets straight from a chocolate box and manors perched on rolling, emerald hills. If you like the great outdoors, you'll love these west-central hills. After trekking escarpments, swap hiking boots for top hat and tails at race days in elegant regency Cheltenham. If you haven't spotted buzzards sweeping across the hilltops, get a bird's eye view of species like barn owls and harris hawks at the bird parks. Raid farmers' markets for local culinary delights like crumbly single Gloucester cheese, local trout and heady ales.

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From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
June events: Enjoy the west's best at the Cheltenham Food Festival

June events: Enjoy the west's best at the Cheltenham Food Festival

Get a taste for the local and refined at this gourmand's delight, found on the edge of the scenic Cotswolds.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 
Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

Whatever happens at this festival, you won't go home with an empty stomach.

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

 
June events: Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

June events: Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

England’s forests turn into atmospheric music venues for Forest Live, offering an eclectic range of artists & an amazing night out.

Location: Westonbirt near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 
Discover the setting for ‘The White Queen’

Discover the setting for ‘The White Queen’

See where the penultimate battle Wars of the Roses happened at Tewkesbury,discovering the story behind Philippa Gregory’s ‘The White Queen’.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

 
Chill in style within Subterranean Spa Cirencester

Chill in style within Subterranean Spa Cirencester

Indulge yourself in the newly opened Kings Head Hotel combining luxury rooms and dining, but allow time to experience pampering treatments in the spa.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 
Learn to shoot to thrill in The Cotswolds

Learn to shoot to thrill in The Cotswolds

Learn from the experts and experience the ultimate in country pursuits in an idyllic Cotswold valley based between Winchcombe and Ford.

Location: Near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

 
Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Tour the Cotswolds’ hidden gems and receive a warm welcome at the Secret Cottage, a private home where you are invited to traditional afternoon tea.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 
Uncover the remains of a Roman town

Uncover the remains of a Roman town

Travel through every era in Cirencester's history, from Stone Age to Civil War.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 
May events: Watch the Tetbury Woolsack Race

May events: Watch the Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest things to do in May, but this unique race dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 
Enjoy a romantic break at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

Enjoy a romantic break at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

Chill out and rekindle your romance with a wonderful summer luxury break at the contemporary Cotswold House Hotel and Spa in Chipping Campden.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

 
Discover Laurie Lee Country

Discover Laurie Lee Country

Take inspiration from the BBC adaptation of the classic novel ‘Cider with Rosie’ and follow in the footsteps of author Laurie Lee through the Slad Valley.

Location: Slad village near Stroud, Gloucestershire

 
Celebrate historic England at Abbey 900 in Cirencester

Celebrate historic England at Abbey 900 in Cirencester

At Cirencester's year-long festival you can marvel at the Abbey's manuscripts, dance at a May Day Fleece Fair and tuck in at a Medieval Banquet.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 
Walking in the Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds

Join a walking route from Bourton-on-the-Water to the Slaughters.

Location: Oxfordshire

 
Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Gloucester, featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, entertainers and a traditional carousel.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
Explore the resting place of the last of Henry VIII’s six wives

Explore the resting place of the last of Henry VIII’s six wives

Sudeley Castle’s magnificent gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour from spring through to autumn and the grounds are the final resting place of Katherine Parr.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

 
Grab your bike for a cycling tour of the Cotswolds

Grab your bike for a cycling tour of the Cotswolds

Get off the beaten track with a Cotswolds Adventures guided cycling tour in the summer sun. Meander through lanes, villages, and stunning countryside.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

 
July events: Go back in time at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

July events: Go back in time at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Originally one of the world’s biggest battle re-enactments, this event in the normally quiet village of Tewkesbury has grown into a festival recreating all aspects of medieval life.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

 
Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

If you’ve ever fancied staying in your very own shepherd's hut, then head to Shakespeare’s England to stay in Farncombe Estate’s new Hilly Huts.

Location: The Cotswolds

 
Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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