Gloucestershire

Elegant spa and market towns and stately homes presiding over rolling, green landscapes. Welcome to Gloucestershire. Trek between the honey-hued clusters that make up the picture-perfect Cotswold villages or cycle off the beaten track through oaks and beeches in the huge Forest of Dean – brake for wild boar and roe deer! An ever popular family day out, Gloucestershire towns will give you glimpses of regency high life and medieval market squares. This west county's lively sporting calendar is packed with high-end horse races, county cricket and even annual Double Gloucester cheese rolling. There’s never a shortage of attractions in Gloucestershire.

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Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Ancient, spectacular and a beautifully serene place to visit, the Cathedral is one of the most magnificent Gothic buildings in the world.

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Set sail to Gloucester as the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships makes its return voyage to the UK's most inland port on 27 to 29 May.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of four main Cheltenham Festivals in an exciting annual calendar of festivals within the town.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Dance the night away with musical legends at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Dance the night away with musical legends at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Swing into springtime in style at Cheltenham Jazz Festival (26 April – 1 May 2017), set in the cultural heart of the Cotswolds.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Get into green camping in the Cotswolds

Get into green camping in the Cotswolds

Camp out amongst elderflowers and starlight at Thistledown Campsite. Acres of idyllic woodland surround your tent, waiting to be explored for free.

Location: Nympsfield, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy a celebration of food & art at the Forest Food Showcase

Enjoy a celebration of food & art at the Forest Food Showcase

Head to the Forest of Dean this autumn for the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink at the Forest Showcase Food and Drink Festival.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in Moreton in Marsh and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy a winter urban adventure day with Inspire2Adventure

Enjoy a winter urban adventure day with Inspire2Adventure

Head to Gloucester and try your hand at dry slope skiing as part of Inspire2Adventure’s Winter Urban Adventure Day.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Cooking with game at Foodworks Cookery School

Cooking with game at Foodworks Cookery School

Learn the art of cooking with game and other seasonal produce at Foodworks Cookery School near Cheltenham, with an overnight stay in a country pub.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Feel the adrenaline flow through you as you experience downhill mountain bike tracks in the Forest of Dean.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Experience the waves of The Severn Bore

Experience the waves of The Severn Bore

Experience a natural phenomenon known as The Severn Bore, a tidal surge that sweeps up the River Severn and attracts both spectators and surfers.

Location: Minsterworth, Forest of Dean

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Experience the wonders of the deep at the Dive Centre

Experience the wonders of the deep at the Dive Centre

Pay a visit to one of England's finest five sites offering all dives for complete beginners to experts.

Location: Chepstow, Gloucestershire

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Experience rock climbing in the picturesque Wye Valley

Experience rock climbing in the picturesque Wye Valley

The spectacular Wye Valley cliffs offer a unique and beautiful playground for what is now one of the UK's largest participation sports.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Chill in style in Cirencester

Chill in style in Cirencester

Enjoy top class pampering and learn a new craft – all in the beautiful market town of Cirencester.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

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Lace up your boots for Dursley’s Walking Festival

Lace up your boots for Dursley’s Walking Festival

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the undiscovered south Cotswolds and take part in the annual Dursley Walking Festival, taking place each October.

Location: Dursley, Gloucestershire

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Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Forget about the outside world for a few hours in this perfect spot of Gloucestershire.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Lose Yourself in the Sound of Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Lose Yourself in the Sound of Cheltenham Jazz Festival

With world-renowned annual festivals of not only jazz, but also science, literature and music, Cheltenham is one of the country’s leading cultural destinations.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy contemporary crafts at The Wilson

Enjoy contemporary crafts at The Wilson

Visit Cheltenham this spring and indulge your cultural instincts with a visit to two exhibitions running in tandem from 5 March - 5 June.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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