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

The Founding Collections of Corinium
9th February 2016 - Corinium Museum
The museum was founded in the 1935 with the collaboration of the Bathurst and Cripps collections.
Corinium Cinema - West Side Story
11th February 2016 - Corinium Museum
Winner of 10 Oscars this film of the beloved stage musical brings Romeo and Juliet to the streets of 1950s New York.
Centurian Masks
15th February 2016 - Corinium Museum
Make part of a Roman soldier's uniform with this centurian mask to take home.
Family storytelling, Children's flax making workshops, Sheep and Wool Day, Medieval Pardoner re-enactment, and outdoor theatre!
Stretchy Soldiers
16th February 2016 - Corinium Museum
Learn about the Roman soldier's kit and create this stretchy soldier to take home.
Family Storytelling. Free event
16th February 2016 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre at the Old Prison
Local entertainer Chloe of the Midnight Storytellers brings half term fun to the Cotswolds Discovery Centre at the Old Prison, Northleach, on Tuesday 16 February at 2:30pm. Free event.

Upcoming Walks

10 February 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Stroud
  • Starting Point Shortwood Car Park (aka Cripplegate)

Via Bird in Hand and Scottsquar Hill to Edge and Stockend, then a return along the Cotswold Way, mainly on good tracks and quiet roads. Wonderful views across the Painswick Valley and Severn Vale. Lunch available in nearby pubs.

13 February 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village South of Charlbury
  • Starting Point Finstock Primary School

This is a family walk from Finstock to Shakenoak Farm through Wilcote. We cross a Roman Road and visit two "wells" on the way. We pass through ancient woodland and open fields on our return where there will be an opportunity to take lunch at The Plough Inn.

14 February 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5.5 hours
  • Distance 9.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Sherston
  • Starting Point High Street, Sherston

A flat walk to Leighterton passing through Westonbirt Arboretum. We return via Didmarton and the source of the Sherston Avon. Please bring a packed lunch. Pub stop for drink only.

16 February 2016 - 10.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.75 hours
  • Distance 4.25 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Marshfield on the A420.
  • Starting Point Market Place, Marshfield

A morning walk along the High Street of this small medieval market town to the Almshouses, then taking bridleways South to Ashwicke and returning through the fields on footpaths (No stiles).. Lunch choice of 2 pubs or a tea shop afterwards.

16 February 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village On the A3400 between Chipping Norton and Shipston on Stour
  • Starting Point The Red Lion, Long Compton CV36 5JS

A circular walk exploring the hills around the village of Long Compton which includes some steep ascents and descents. Pub lunch available after the walk.

16 February 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 5.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
  • Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn Car Park, Kingscote. By arrangement

The walk passes down through a secluded valley before passing through Kingscote Wood and Horsley Wood, which have provided timber throughout the centuries. Meals available at the inn following the walk, if required.

Latest News

Funding drive after Old Prison Heritage Lottery Fund bid rejected
Cotswolds Photography Competition - The winning pictures
Appointment of Replacement Parish Member - Notice of Vacancy
Annabel's Wall
Annabel's Wall
1st December 2015
After attending a dry-stone walling course in May 2015, Annabel decided to put her new found skills into practise and build her own dry-stone wall.
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