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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September events: Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

September events: Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

Experience the city’s rich history at the Gloucester History Festival in September with family activities, parades. talks and tours.

Location: Gloucester, 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

 
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

 
Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Experience the sights, sounds and the smell of traditional train travel on The Dean Forest Railway, a rural branch railway offering rides on steam trains and some heritage diesel services.

Location: Lydney, 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

 
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

 
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.

Location: Gloucester, 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

 
Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Park

Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Park

Indulge in classically beautiful surroundings and enjoy a hotel that strives for excellence.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 
Fly or freewheel through the trees in the Forest of Dean

Fly or freewheel through the trees in the Forest of Dean

Hire bikes and go exploring, fly through the air on a zip wire or paddle down the river on a watery adventure.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 
Get lost in Gloucestershire's finest gardens

Get lost in Gloucestershire's finest gardens

Experience two world-famous gardens just six minutes’ walk from each other - the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Hidcote Manor and historic Kiftsgate Court, created by lifelong friends.

Location: Gloucestershire

 
A Tale of Two Gardens and a Lasting Friendship

A Tale of Two Gardens and a Lasting Friendship

Experience two world-famous gardens just 6 minutes’ walk from each other - the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Hidcote Manor and historic Kiftsgate Court.

Location: Gloucestershire

 
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

 
Stay and play on Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Stay and play on Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Make the most of family fun time camping at Cotswold Farm Park, and visit nearby Bourton-on-the-Water to explore attractions & picnic by the river.

Location: Near Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

 
Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Visit the Cotswolds and discover vintage treasures on a carefully designed retro-themed driving tour.

Location: Tewkesbury or Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 
Explore the autumnal landscape of The Forest of Dean

Explore the autumnal landscape of The Forest of Dean

With miles of tracks and footpaths to explore, The Forest of Dean offers endless pleasure for walkers, whether it's a 30 minute gentle stroll or a two hour ramble.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 
December events: Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

December events: Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a truly magical experience with the family this Christmas at Perrygrove Railway.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 
October events: Celebrate all things foodie at the Forest Showcase Food Festival

October events: Celebrate all things foodie at the Forest Showcase Food Festival

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

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 
Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Explore William Morris's Cotswolds as you relive the area's arts and crafts movement in Chipping Campden and Broadway.

Location: Chipping Campden & Broadway, Gloucestershire

 
Strap your boots on for the Cotswold Way National Trail

Strap your boots on for the Cotswold Way National Trail

Escape this summer and walk the Cotswold Way with friends, stopping over along the route at unique accommodation sites nestled in tranquil locations.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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