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 - Roman Shields
27th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Join us to create your very own Roman shield to take home.
Become an Archaeologist
27th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Have a go at digging for real Roman artefacts from our collection, drawing and trying to identify them.
Family Film Friday - Ethel and Ernest
28th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Based on Raymond Briggs' award-winning graphic novel 'Ethel & Ernest', a funny and touching tribute to his parents
Family Film Friday SING
28th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, 'Sing' stars Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times.
Burford Art Antiques & Design Fair
29th July 2017 - 30th July 2017 - Burford School, A40, Burford OX18 4PL
Quality Antiques, Fine Art and mid Century design for sale on 35 stands, including glamorous jewellery, collectable ceramics and silver, furniture of all ages, oils and watercolours and decorative accessories for the home.
South Cerney Angling Club's Free Angling Taster Day
29th July 2017 - Gillman's Lake (Lake 23 Cotswold Waterpark) Wickwater Lane, South Cerney, GL7 5RL
Come and try your hand at Fishing for FREE, with one-to-one guidance from qualified Angling Coaches.

Upcoming Walks

28 July 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Stroud
  • Starting Point Stroud Leisure Centre car park. Park at the top of the car park.

A moderate walk around the Painswick Valley with some steep ascents. Refreshments available at the Leisure Centre or in Stroud and Painswick.

01 August 2017 - 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.

01 August 2017 - 18.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Distance 3 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village South of Cheltenham near the Air Balloon pub.
  • Starting Point Outside the Café in Crickley Hill Country Park Car park charge of £1 applies (as at Jan 2017)

A gentle walk around the park with time to find out about its history (ancient and modern), the flora and fauna. Some great views with the setting sun over the valley.

02 August 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bisley
  • Starting Point Bisley - Van der Breen St (turn opp Stirrup Cup pub). Park at K George V field or in the village

A walk through the valleys of Holy Brook and its tributaries passing through Monsell Wood with a fairly steep ascent into Fox Wood to Sudgrove then back via Througham. Walk starts in Van der Breen St which is opposite the Stirrup Cup pub. Park considerately in the village.

04 August 2017 - 10:30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3.0 hours
  • Distance 4.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
  • Starting Point Newark Park National Trust car park, by arrangement.

Join us with your children for an easy walk at a slow pace in Newark park, by kind permission of the National Trust, with the option of an additional "buggy" friendly walk through quiet lanes. Picnic in the parkland in front of the house afterwards to make a day out!

08 August 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3.5 hours
  • Distance 4 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Between Burford and Chipping Norton
  • Starting Point New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton under Wychwood

During this short walk around Shipton under Wychwood we shall discover there is more to this charming village than at first appears. Its amazing history will be revealed with a unique opportunity to visit many of its buildings and businesses on the way. Lunch options at end of walk.

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