Discover rolling hills, ancient woodlands, tranquil villages and bustling market towns and enjoy one of England's most treasured landscapes on foot, on horseback or by bike.
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Welcome to the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes some of the most beautiful countryside in England and is a wonderful place to visit and explore at any time of year. Visit the Cotswolds for a truly peaceful and relaxing holiday - get away from the crowds and explore the quieter tracks, hidden villages and secret corners.

Upcoming Events

Family Drop-in - Stretchy Witches
26th October 2016 - Corinium Museum
Double, double, toil and trouble." Join the museum team and make a stretchy witch to take home this Halloween.
Rock and Fossil Roadshow 10am to 4pm FREE
27th October 2016 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre at the Old Prison
Half term fun for children and adults alike. Learn about the rocks and fossils - and dinosaurs! - of the Cotswolds. Free drop-in workshop with lots of hands-on activities and crafts.
Children's Drawing Workshop - Roman Draw
27th October 2016 - Corinium Museum
During this workshop children will have a unique opportunity to create a mini exhibition of their drawings of real artefacts from the museum store.
Evening Lecture - Every Roman Coin Tells a Story
27th October 2016 - Corinium Museum
Roman coins were not only day to day currency, they were a method of communicating information and state propaganda throughout the empire.
Found, fired and Fabulous
3rd November 2016 - 27th November 2016 - Corinium Museum
Found objects, fired glass and ceramics become unique, colourful and delicate creations in a fabulous exhibition by five local artist.
Longborough and Sezincote Bonfire Night Party
5th November 2016 - Tithe Barn, Manor Farm, Chapel Lane, Longborough, GL56 0QV
A traditional village celebration. Bonfire, fireworks, beef roast, hotdogs, mulled wine, live folk music, cash bar.

Upcoming Walks

27 October 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Distance 7 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Banbury
  • Starting Point Ratley Village Hall Car Park OX15 6DS

On 22nd August 1642 Charles I raised his standard in Nottingham and the English Civil War began. The Battle of Edgehill on 23rd October 1642 was the first major encounter and both sides claimed victory. This walk goes over part of the battlefield. Please bring a packed lunch

28 October 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.75 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Cowley; west of the A435 between Colesbourne and Seven Springs
  • Starting Point Car Park of the Green Dragon Cockleford

Through Cowley Woods to Stockwell and Shab Hill and back via the Gloucestershire Way.

29 October 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Distance 2 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Between Witney and Long Hanborough
  • Starting Point North Leigh Common Car Park

The walk starts with a tree trail on North Leigh Common. After a walk of 2 miles we arrive at a Roman Villa and have a quiz trail to find out about the people who once lived here. Please bring a picnic. Some car sharing - please refer to website.

30 October 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Ford on the A420 between Marshfield and Chippenham
  • Starting Point The White Hart Inn, Ford, Wiltshire. From the A420, turn down left past the White Hart, cross the bridge and the car park is on the right.

From Ford we walk to Slaughterford and Weavern farm to enter Colerne Wood where Wardens have coppiced areas over many years. A small demonstration may be possible, weather permitting, and you will see deer fencing around the most recent work. Please bring drinks. Return via Thickwood. Pub lunch available afterwards.

31 October 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 3.0 hours
  • Distance 5.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Dursley
  • Starting Point Stinchcombe Hill public car park (not golf club car park).

A hilly walk with wonderful views, taking in Stinchcombe Hill, Stancombe and Stinchcombe village. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.

01 November 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Colerne, Between Bath & Chippenham overlooking the By-Brook valley.
  • Starting Point Fox & Hounds, Colerne

A walk around the various footpaths of Colerne Parish. Lunch available at the Fox and Hounds. Bring a mid morning munchie. Parking at the pub or adjacent Constitutional Club. Not suitable for Pushchairs.

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