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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

Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys Photographic Exhibition
27th September 2016 - 1st October 2016 - Stroud Subscription Rooms, George St, Stroud,GL5 1AE
Images by Deborah Roberts celebrating the beauty of the wildflower-rich grasslands surrounding Stroud and the work of local organisations to conserve these internationally important habitats.
Exhibition -Coast
29th September 2016 - 31st October 2016 - Corinium Museum
CHART is a small, Cheshire based collective of visual artists interested in the links between all the arts and sciences, and in structure, time, words, numbers and symbols.
Wooden Horses: The Early Occupation of Cirencester
29th September 2016 - Corinium Museum
Afternoon Talk -The Death of King John, 1216
6th October 2016 - Corinium Museum
800 years ago; a French invasion, a failed regime, the sudden death of a king. These events came into our region when King John was buried at Worcester, creating the biggest cliff-hanger in history. Join Tim Porter to find out more!
Corinium Cinema - Florence Foster Jenkins
13th October 2016 - Corinium Museum
Based on an astonishing true story, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the hilarious and inspiring Florence Foster Jenkins tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer.
Westonbirt Charities Fair
25th October 2016 - 26th October 2016 - Westonbirt School GL8 8QG
A unique opportunity to start your Christmas shopping and enjoy a day out at the Westonbirt Charities Fair. There is lots of new things this year which makes it a great day out for all the family with plenty to see and do.

Upcoming Walks

28 September 2016 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Painswick on the A46
  • Starting Point Painswick church yard opposite the Falcon

A walk along the Painswick valley past five mills. Returning via Painswick Beacon along the Cotswold Way in Painswick Car parking is available at Stammages lane car park (Pay & Display).

28 September 2016 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5.5 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Burford
  • Starting Point Burford town car park

We walk along the River Windrush to Widford and then to Swinbrook church to see the Fettiplace Effigies and the Mitford family graves. Continuing along the Windrush we arrive at Asthall to see one of the Mitford family homes before returning via Fulbrook. Packed lunch and possible refreshments en route.

30 September 2016 - 10:00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Distance 7 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Stow on the Wold
  • Starting Point Longborough, by the water fountain on the High Street GL56 0QC

When the Royalist army of 300 troops marched from Worcester towards Oxford in 1646 they were confronted by an army of Parliamentarians near to Stow on the Wold. More of this battle, and the toll it took, on the walk. Please bring a packed lunch.

30 September 2016 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.75 hours
  • Distance 5.6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Eastleach is between Carterton and Bibury.
  • Starting Point Around the village of Eastleach and by the Victoria Inn.

A gentle walk alongside the disappearing river Leach and back over the downs. A lovely walk through a beautiful village and great Cotswold landscapes.

30 September 2016 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5.5 hours
  • Distance 10.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Box, 6 miles East of Bath
  • Starting Point Selwyn Hall Car Park, Box.Off the A4.

This walk takes the Macmillan Way along the By-Brook valley to explore the old mills towards Slaughterford and Ford. After lunch the return climbs out of the valley to take the high ground towards Colerne. Please bring a packed lunch or use the Inn at Ford. Not suitable for pushchairs.

04 October 2016 - 10.00
Details
  • 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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