The Cotswolds covers a huge area and runs through five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire). One of the delights of visiting the Cotswolds is exploring the different areas, each with its own identity, yet all with those defining Cotswold features: golden stone and rolling hills, the ‘wolds’.
Richly rural and varied landmarks such as the Malvern Hills, Bredon Hill and Cleeve Hill offer great places for walking, cycling, etc. Stunning views greet you at the summits with more than 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore; ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows.
There’s a vibrant buzz in places like Cheltenham, Cirencester, Tewkesbury and Stroud which extends to the wealth of festivals that are testimony to the creative vibe of the region. There are many seasonal events that take place locally covering food, real ales, literature, science, motoring and music to name just a few. In addition, there are lots of famous landmarks worth a visit. The 3 Counties Showground at Malvern, Prescott Hill Climb near Bishops Cleeve and the Cheltenham Racecourse have feature packed diaries and events on throughout the year.
If you’re a foodie and/or love cooking, then Gloucestershire is a great place to be with plenty of fine dining restaurants, gastro pubs, old inns and colourful cafes scattered generously across the region. Both Tewkesbury and Cheltenham feature regular farmers’ markets and there are many good food outlets including butchers, delicatessens and grocers serving a wide variety of produce from the local area and further afield.
Excellent schooling, low crime rates, a thriving sporting culture and bustling town centres make the Cotswolds a natural place for families with children. If you are looking to keep the kids entertained, then there is a lot of choice. There are always lots of events to look forward to and there are an abundance of animal attractions like the Cotswold Farm Park. Both the lido and the delightful Pittville Park in Cheltenham are also deservedly popular.