Escape to the Cotswolds!
The centre for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Housed in the Old Prison at Northleach, "Escape to the Cotswolds" is the centre for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a place where you can find out more about this beautiful landscape and how people have helped shape it over thousands of years.
Through imaginatively designed information panels you can learn about the dinosaurs that first roamed the area, how geology has shaped the landscape, how the wealth of the area came as a result of the 'golden fleece' of the Cotswolds sheep and how so many people have left their own marks in the landscape - from Neolithic burial chambers and Iron Age hill forts, through to roman roads and villas, medieval churches and right up to the present day conservationists who are helping to look after the place for our future generations.
CENTRE OPENING TIMES 2013:
The Escape visitor centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays. It isn't staffed during the winter period, but you will still be able to walk through and explore the exhibition and original cell block.
Meet the Lion at the Cotswold Lion cafe - Sunday 1 December 11am-3pm
An opportunity to meet a real Cotswold Lion as well as sample the delights of the new cafe will take place on Sunday 1 December between 11am and 3pm. Join us on the day for music, gifts, traditional craft demonstrations plus the official book launch of The Old Prison - The Story of the House of Correction at Northleach.
Having established an increasingly successful events programme, we are keen to encourage private group bookings throughout the year for prison tours, guided walks, themed talks (wide range of topics available) and demonstrations. The new Cotswold Lion café and the original courtroom are also available for group meetings, or short courses.
Sample List of talks available:
1.The Jurassic beneath your feet: the Geology, Fossils & Landscape around Northleach.
2.History of Northleach over the past 100 years.
3.Geology and Quarrying in the Cotswolds.
4.The Conservation Work of the Cotswold Wardens.
5.National Trails, National Assets – focusing on the Cotswold Way.
6.Wildflowers of the Cotswolds.
7.Managing Woodllands for Wildlife.
8.Managing Grasslands for Wildlife across the Cotswolds.
Guided Tours and Walks available:
1.Guided Tour of the History of Northleach Old Prison.
2.Guided Tour around the Medieval Town of Northleach – see the visible signs of history from the 13th Century to the present day.
3.Guided Tour of Northleach – one of England’s finest Norman “Planted” Towns. Discover why hundreds of these market towns were set up in England and Wales over a period of 250 years following the Norman Invasion of 1066.
4.Guided Geology & Landscape Trails – see how drainage patterns, settlement patterns and the shape of the landscape reflect the geology beneath our feet. Local routes available, i.e. Northleach to Hampnett return.
Please contact Denise Dane for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RURAL LIFE COLLECTION
Visitors to 'Escape' will also have the opportunity to take a look around the unique Lloyd Baker Rural Life Collection - the largest publicly owned regional collections of agricultural 'bygones' in the country.
Click here to find out more about the collection
LOCATION: Click here to view location on Google Maps.
For further information, please call the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.