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

Christmas Market
3rd December 2016
Visit our festive market to purchase locally made food, unique handmade gifts and artwork.
Ramsden Christmas Market
3rd December 2016 - Lower Farm, Lower End, Ramsden OX7 3AZ
The biggest covered Christmas Market in Oxfordshire
Vintage Paper Christmas Wreath & Handmade Decorations (£40 per person - Booking Essential)
8th December 2016 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre at the Old Prison
Combing two of our popular Christmas workshops! Use paper, music, fabric and old books to create a variety of original decorations. Create a stunning paper wreath from music and old books.
Corinium Cinema - Miracle 34th Street
8th December 2016 - Corinium Museum
When her toy department Santa shows up drunk for work , Macy's supervisor Doris Walker Hires Kris as her emergency replacement.
Family drop-in Stretchy Reindeer
19th December 2016 - Corinium Museum
Join Jane to make Santa Reindeer to take home.
Childrens Workshop - Christmas Mosaics
20th December 2016 - Corinium Museum
Learn the roman art of mosaic suitable for age 8 and over.

Upcoming Walks

06 December 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.

07 December 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.75 hours
  • Distance 4.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village 6 miles NE of Cirencester
  • Starting Point Bibury Church

Park alongside the River Coln in the village. Down the scenic Coln Valley to Ash Copse and Roman Akeman Street. Back via a dewpond. Lunch available at pubs in the village

08 December 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village On the B4035 between Banbury and Shipston on Stour
  • Starting Point The George Lower Brailes OX15 5HN

This is a delightful walk in the Warwickshire area of the Cotswolds AONB with far reaching views across a patchwork of farmland. Optional pub lunch at the end of the walk

09 December 2016 - 9.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Distance 11 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Starting Point Longborough, Cotswold Food Store and Cafe on A424

Glorious distant views, villages, houses and maybe a battlefield. Terrain not too taxing but come prepared for some mud and stiles. If using Food Store car park please give your custom before or after the walk. Stock up for the day's packed lunch or refreshments, maybe?

10 December 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Distance 7 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village NORTH EAST OF STROUD


12 December 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3.5 hours
  • Distance 6.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Hillesley
  • Starting Point Car Park at the Fleece Inn, Hillesley, by arrangement. Or in the car park adjacent to the village sports field.

A brisk walk along the Kilcott Valley precedes a stiff ascent on the Monarch's Way to Tresham. The route down to Alderley offers great views before following the Cotswold Way back to Hillesley. Lunch and refreshments available after the walk at the Inn, if required.

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