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Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
From Gloucester cattle to Guernsey goats, Cotswold sheep to crested ducks, the Cotswold Farm Park, near Guiting Power, has a rare breed for every week of the year. As well as getting up close and personal with all sorts of farm animals, there is a demonstration barn, touch barn, farm safari ride, adventure playground, conservation area and gift shop and café. With a passion for rare breed conservation, the late Joe Henson opened the Cotswold Farm Park in 1971. The family-run business is now headed up by Joe's…
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Honeybourne Pottery
We offer a wide range of exciting hands-on pottery activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Our workshops provide a fun environment for individuals to experiment and discover hidden creative talents. Whether it be for a one-off taster, a series of classes, a group celebration or team- building activity, we provide tailored workshops to suit your needs. Simply contact us to check availability, book a time and turn up for an hour or two of creative clay fun! The studio was established in 2001, and is run by…
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Arlington Row, Bibury
Situated about seven miles from Cirencester, Bibury was described by the 19th Century artist and craftsman William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" when he visited it. The picturesque group of former weavers' cottages on Arlington Row in Bibury is without doubt one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes. It is probably also now the most depicted village in the world because since 2010, a picture of the former weavers' cottages in Arlington Row has appeared on the inside cover of all newly-issued UK passports. Each year…
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Ashmolean Museum, Broadway
The world famous Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has worked with various partners to transform a historic house in the beautiful village of Broadway into the Cotswolds' newest museum. The Ashmolean Museum Broadway displays objects from the 17th to the 21st centuries over three floors of Tudor House, a former 17th Century coaching inn. Displays include objects from the founding Tradescant collections of the Ashmolean Museum and there is also gallery space dedicated to special exhibitions, also providing opportunities for local artists, as well as education and outreach programmes. The museum had…
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Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury
Athelstan Museum tells the history of Malmesbury, an attractive hill-top town which lies on the edge of the Cotswolds, and the area of north Wiltshire that surrounds it. Malmesbury was built on the site of a 2,800-year-old Iron Age hill fort and Athelstan Museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts and explanation of local history. The museum runs a series of short-term exhibitions so the displays are always changing. Malmesbury is famous for its lace and its Abbey and the museum also sheds light on a number…
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Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
The 566-seat Bacon Theatre plays host to the best in professional touring theatre, live music, dance, film and celebrity speakers as well as an extensive range of productions by local talented youth and community groups and charities. The theatre, completed in 1991, owes its name to Mr Christopher Bacon, headmaster of Cheltenham's Dean Close School from 1979-1998, who fundraised tirelessly to build his dream. The theatre boasts excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art facilities, while the more intimate Prince Michael Hall, opened in 1997, is a vibrantly designed 120-seat…
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Bampton Community Archive
This archive has over 3,000 photographs, documents and video recordings, giving a unique history of Bampton, the Oxfordshire village where the popular TV period drama Downton Abbey was filmed. Originally Bampton Museum, Bampton Archive is based in the Vesey Room of the Old Grammar School Building in Church View, Bampton. It is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, and Sunday 2.30pm-4.30pm.  
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Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and has been home to the same family - the Berkeleys - for 850 years. The castle is believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327. But despite nine centuries of often turbulent British history, the castle, the Berkeley family, the archives (which go back to the 12th Century), the contents, the estate and the town have all survived. In fact, the castle is the oldest building in the country…
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Bingham Hall, Cirencester
This historical venue in Cirencester is a thriving centre for both private and public functions and has hosted many major events. Bingham Hall is used as a venue for meetings, conferences, seminars, entertainment shows, wedding receptions, parties and club events. The main hall can accommodate up to 450 seated guests for stage performances or 300 guests for dining. The Daniel Bingham Suite is a flexible space which makes it perfect for smaller events. There are a variety of catering options with fully-equipped kitchens and bar facilities available on…
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Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water
Set on the River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswold Birdland is home to more than 120 species of birds from all around the world. The park's star attraction is without doubt its king penguins, the only such group in England. Founded in 1957, Birdland was one of the UK's original bird gardens, providing home to weird and wonderful species of birds from all over the world, including parrots, owls, flamingos and birds of prey. The park is open daily from 10am except Christmas Day.
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Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace, just outside Woodstock, is a true masterpiece of 18th Century baroque architecture and, as a World Heritage Site, it is high on the list of places to visit in the Cotswolds. Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim boasts more than 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and formal gardens and a magnificent lake. Blenheim Palace was built to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession and in particular,…
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Broadway Tower and Country Park
Broadway Tower is one of England's outstanding viewpoints and at 1,024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment after Cleeve Hill. It offers breathtaking views of as many as 16 counties, encompassing the vast expanse from the peaks of the Welsh mountains to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The "Saxon" tower, which stands 65 feet high, was the brainchild of Capability Brown and designed by James Wyatt in 1794 in the form of a castle and built for Lady Coventry…
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Cattle Country, Berkeley
A great day out for all the family with many animals to see, two huge indoor play barns and an outdoor play area suitable for all ages. There are loads of animals to see with a new activity trail and extended train line now open and a restaurant and gift shop. Pre-booked private parties all year. Nursery and school visits in term-time. The Barn is a large function room available for business and social events.  
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Charlbury Museum
One of the finest small museums in Oxfordshire, this independent museum is run entirely by volunteers. Charlbury Museum's five rooms are crammed with exhibits revealing the history of this ancient market town. Focusing on Charlbury's traditional crafts and industries, it includes exhibits given or lent by residents of Charlbury and the surrounding villages. Exhibits include a blacksmith's forge, glove-making tools, a penny-farthing bicycle, helmets and gasmasks, Victorian costumes and old shop and inn signs. There is also a large collection of photographs of Charlbury and its people at work…
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Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh
A rare Jacobean gem, Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh, was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, when it was bought by the National Trust, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st Century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting.…
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Chavenage House, Tetbury
Situated a mile-and-a-half northwest of Tetbury, Chavenage has many Civil War associations, including the tapestry-lined rooms that were stayed in by Oliver Cromwell and his second-in-command, General Ireton, in 1648. The "Legend of Chavenage" revolves around the story of Col Nathaniel Stephens MP, the Lord of the Manor during the Civil War, being cursed by his daughter Abigail for bringing the Stephens name into disrepute for his part in the execution of King Charles I. The story goes that the Colonel was soon taken terminally ill and…
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Chedworth Roman Villa
Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, Chedworth was one of the largest Roman villas in Britain. The villa was accidentally discovered in June 1864 by two men working on the Stowell Park Estate who were ferreting for rabbits in the woods when their ferret got stuck down a hole. As they dug the ferret out, they revealed a small patch of mosaic pavement. Realising the significance of the find they reported it and it came to the attention of the young landowner – 19-year-old Lord Eldon.…
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Cheltenham Playhouse
The Playhouse is a community theatre which houses productions from professional and amateur companies. Built in 1806, the theatre started life as the Montpellier Baths. It was converted to a swimming pool in 1898 and then to a theatre in 1945. As a registered charity, the theatre has been run by volunteers since 1957.
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Cheltenham Town Hall
Rich in heritage, opulence and vibrancy, Cheltenham's much-loved jewel sets a stunning backdrop for an impressive all-year-round events programme, as well as private functions and corporate hospitality. The varied events programme includes live music, comedy, festivals and exhibitions. Built at the turn of the 20th Century to accommodate the many balls and concerts of the town’s social calendar, Cheltenham Town Hall was, quite literally, made for celebrations. Standing proudly overlooking the immaculately manicured Imperial Gardens, the building comprises a grandoise Main Hall, along with varying sized dining and…
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Chipping Norton Lido
In 1963 a fundraising campaign begain in Chipping Norton to build a swimming pool. More than £20,000 was raised in just seven years and in 1970 the Lido was opened. With its heated 25m pool and toddler pool, slide and café, the Lido is an oasis in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, whether you’re a serious early-morning swimmer or a family looking for an afternoon's outdoor fun.  Since 2004 the Lido has been run by local people as a charity and the Lido Café serves lovely home-cooked food. The Lido's…
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Chipping Norton Museum
Many people don’t realise that Chipping Norton has its own museum housing a large collection of artefacts related to the town and its activities. It is currently situated in the hall above the Co-op, and has extensive archives which support the family history research developed by a member of Chipping Norton History Society. The museum is open from Easter to the end of October, Monday to Saturday 2pm-4pm. Admission for adults is £1.50 with under-16s free, but they must be accompanied by an adult. While the museum receives grants from local…
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Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre
A contender for the accolade of smallest museum in Oxfordshire, the heritage centre opened in 2001 in the restored chancel of Churchill's original medieval church. It is located in a stunning setting overlooking the site of the ‘lost’ village of Churchill, destroyed by fire in 1684. Despite its size, the building's ancient walls contain a wealth of exhibits relating to local history along with state-of-the-art technology. In 2010, the centre was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable work on the maintenance of the building, enhance the displays…
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Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool
Built in 1869, Cirencester is home to Britain's oldest open air swimming pool and is unique in that it offers the chance to swim in natural spring water heated to an average 27°C (80°F). Located on the edge of Cirencester Park, there is a 28-metre main pool with slide and a separate children's paddling pool, along with a sunbathing patio. The pool is open from late May to early September each year, offering facilities for families, parents and babies as well as serious swimmers. Over the past couple…
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Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre
The Cirencester amphitheatre is one of the largest known examples surviving from the Roman occupation of Britain. Estimated to have had a capacity of about 8,000 people, it was built just outside the walls of the town (then known as Corinium) early in the 2nd Century AD. Cirencester was second only to London in size at this period, with a population of over 10,000, and was at its finest just as Roman rule was collapsing throughout the Western Empire. In AD 408, the last contingents of the regular…
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Cogges Manor Farm, Witney
A one-time working farm, Cogges is now a heritage centre operated by a charitable trust and open to the public. Its aim is to give visitors an insight into farm life and how the food they eat is husbanded or cultivated. It also provides workshops for schoolchildren and adults about food production, local history, horticulture and rural arts and crafts. The grounds and the medieval barns are used for traditional festivals, theatrical performances and private functions. Though close to the busy centre of Witney, the farm is surrounded…
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Combat Splat outdoor activities, Cotswold Water Park
Combat Splat, situated in the Cotswold Water Park, offers affordable paintball seven days a week for ages 10 and over. Under-16s are Combat Splat's most popular age group and obviously require more guidance to keep them safe whilst in action. They receive full head goggles, impact vests, extra marshall guidance, separate games from adults, and discounted half-term sessions. New for 2016, Combat Splat has just opened a brand new archery and air rifle venue a little over a mile from its award-winning paintball venue.   Both activities are heavily reliant on technique and composure. By booking…
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Combe Mill, near Woodstock
A Grade II* Listed Building, Combe Mill is the original steam- and water-powered sawmill and workshop of the old Blenheim Palace Estate near Woodstock. This working industrial museum offers visitors a good insight into what work was like in Victorian times on a rural estate. The mill is operated as a working hands-on museum by the Combe Mill Society which is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, many of whom are retired engineers and craftsmen, so you will never find yourself lacking someone to talk to. People come back…
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Corinium Museum, Cirencester
This award-winning museum not only enables visitors to explore the history and treasures of the Cotswolds but it is home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities from Corinium, Roman Britain's second largest city, now known as Cirencester. An inspiring and interactive experience for everyone, the museum features the work of Prehistoric metalsmiths, Roman mosaics, Anglo Saxons and their buried treasures, Medieval sculpture, Civil War coin hoards and the elegance of Victorian Cirencester. These collections are of the highest heritage merit and are significant both…
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Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre, Stroud
The Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre displays information on the restoration of the canal between Stonehouse and Brimscombe Port.  Open Monday to Friday 10am-1pm; Saturday 10am- 4pm and at any time that the green flag is flying! feel free to pop in for a chat.
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Cotswold Country Park & Beach
Open from February to December, Cotswold Country Park & Beach offers the largest inland beach in the UK, as well as boat and kayak hire, bouncy castles, crazy golf, a climbing wall, adventure playgrounds, open water swimming, cafes and wonderful lakeside walks. Picture by Kay Ransom Photography
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Cotswold Falconry Centre
The Cotswold Falconry Centre is home to over 60 different species of birds of prey. Visitors can enjoy seeing wonderful birds, such as falcons, eagles and vultures, in flight whilst finding out about their conservation. Flying displays are held at various times during the day. The centre is open from mid-February to mid-November from 10.30am.
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Based on a Scandinavian idea, forest school involves children and young people aged three to 18 working with a qualified forest school leader and their teacher on a frequent and regular basis throughout the year in a local woodland setting. They follow their usual curriculum, but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence and language and communication skills.  
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Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill
Hill Barn Farm at Snowshill, overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham, is home to some 70 miles of rows and 250,000 lavender plants. Lavender was first planted at the farm in the year 2000 in fields previously used to grow wheat and barley. The lavender loves the free-draining limestone soils 1,000 feet above sea level giving the best growing conditions for the highest quality lavender. The crops are steam distilled on the farm and made into a range of unique lavender products, all proudly made in…
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The leisure centre features two swimming pools, a relaxation suite, gym, sports hall, squash courts, a physiotherapy clinic and a beauty therapy centre. The gym offers the latest fitness equipment where the gym instructors provide motivation and support. The swimming pool is home to an award-winning swim school and a range of wet activities. The sports hall offers six courts for a range of sports including badminton, five-a-side football and basketball. For those craving relaxation we also have a relaxation suite and beauty therapy centre.
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Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water
Located in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection provides a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century.   The museum is overflowing with vintage car collections, classic cars and motorcycles, caravans, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities. The bulk of the collection dates from the period between 1920 and 1950, with a particular focus on the 1930s, although in recent years the collection has been expanded to encompass the 1960s and 1970s. The museum's most prized exhibit is TV's…
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The Cotswold Playhouse is a 156-seat theatre set in the heart of Stroud. The home of the Cotswold Players, it hosts plays by local amateur dramatics groups, as well as other productions and events.
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Cotswold Water Park
Just a few miles from Cirencester, the Cotswold Water Park is an incredible leisure resource that was born out of gravel extraction which began half a century ago. But the Cotswold Water Park is not what many people might imagine it to be, as there are no water slides, log flumes or the like. It is, in fact, a collection of 150 lakes and wetlands, covering 40 square miles, making it one of the UK's largest nature reserves with many previously "lost" species being successfully reintroduced…
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Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford
Set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens two miles south of Burford, the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK (by species). A day out at the park provides a memorable experience for the whole family with rare and endangered animals such as lions, giraffes and camels on show. Indoor exhibits include the Reptile House, Invertebrate House, Tropical House and Farmyard Barn. The wildlife park provides a superb mix…
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Daylesford Farmshop & Café
Daylesford - the iconic farmshop near Kingham in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds - was founded in 2002 by Carole Bamford, with a simple passion for real food. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are picked each morning from the market garden and travel just a few yards into the shop and to chefs in the award-winning cafe. Next door is the dairy and creamery and farm kitchens, while farm animals roam freely on the surrounding organic pastures. Daylesford’s food comes straight from their farm to your fork: meat and poultry; fruit…
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Dr Jenner's House, Berkeley
Steeped in history, it's not an exaggeration to say that the town of Berkeley, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, has changed the world. The Chantry, an elegant 18th Century house, is the former home of world renowned scientist Dr Edward Jenner (1749-1823). It was here that Jenner developed the world's first vaccine and changed the world forever. The house and gardens celebrate Jenner's life and legacy, and there is also a gift shop and refreshment area, children's activities and trails. Edward Jenner is buried inside the adjacent…
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The Dunkirk Mill Centre offers a wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery. The overshot wheel, 12ft wide and 13ft in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major rebuilding programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. It was made and installed by James Ferrabee of Stroud, having a mainly cast iron frame with 40 steel buckets. The wheel is operated regularly on opening days (subject…
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Dursley Heritage Centre has been open since the beginning of 2005 and has proved very popular with visitors from far and wide. It occupies a central position in the town, adjoining the old Jacob's House building which has been fully restored and is now occupied by Dursley Town Council. The centre is entirely run by volunteers who have assembled a wide-ranging collection of historical items specific to Dursley, with locally-made objects including a 19th Century printing press, Pedersen hammock bicycle and Lister Autotruck. In addition, there are…
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This sculpture and play trail in Twinberrow Woods, Dursley, was created by the community for the community. Sculptures have been created by local people aged from six to over 90 and the trail is always changing with new sculptures being added as more community groups get involved. In the years since its launch in 2008, the trail has successfully encouraged many local residents and visitors to the area to appreciate Dursley’s woodlands. The trail is open all day throughout the year and admission is free.
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The Wotton-under-Edge Electric Picture House in Market Street is one of the oldest cinemas in the country, having first opened in 1913. The cinema continues to thrive today while many similar facilities have long since fallen by the wayside. An all-digital cinema, it offers an enhanced 3D film experience, attracting both mainstream and contemporary films.  
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The Everyman Theatre has been serving the people of Gloucestershire and beyond since 1891. Its hugely varied programme includes everything from ballet, opera, drama, dance, comedy and music events to the Everyman's traditional family pantomime. The Everyman is also the venue for many community projects, education workshops and youth theatre productions.
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Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton
Fairytale Farm mixes classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play to create a sensory and learning wonderland for all the family. Children will love Fairytale Farm. With its exciting adventure playground, an enchanted walk with a surprise around every corner and a chance to meet its amazing animals, there is so much to see and do. Fairytale Farm is the UK’s first fully inclusive visitor attraction, where children with disabilities are as important in our design and layout as those without disabilities, and where no pre-booking is…
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Far Peak Climbing Centre is a superb indoor climbing facility, offering indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities and outdoor climbing on its15m tower. It is suitable for people who want to learn, improve or bring the kids down for a party. The centre offers various other activities including archery, bush craft, tree climbing and abseiling. Far Peak is open all year round from 3pm-10pm weekdays and 10am-6pm weekends.
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Located between Cirencester and Swindon, Gloucestershire Rally School offers drivers aged 10 and over an opportunity to experience the exciting sport of rally driving. A purpose-built track and rally-prepped cars make for a memorable day out. It's ideal as a gift or the ultimate fun experience for a group event, corporate days or stag and hen parties.
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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) is often known as the "Friendly line in the Cotswolds" – and not without reason. The GWR is a professional operating railway almost entirely run by volunteers who are from all walks of live and who are passionate about what they do. The track runs along part of the former Great Western Railway's mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham. Primarily built in the 1900s, the line closed to local passenger traffic in 1960 but remained in use for goods services until 1976. The Gloucestershire…
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Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway
Sir Gordon Russell was a renowned 20th Century furniture designer, craftsman, entrepreneur, educator and champion of accessible, well crafted design who influenced furniture design worldwide. Schooled in the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds, Sir Gordon believed that good design has a lasting impact on people’s lives. At one point his manufacturing business, based in the Cotswold village of Broadway, employed more than 200 people locally. Sir Gordon died in 1980, aged 88, but in 2008, the Gordon Russell Design Museum opened in his firm's original…
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Located in the Cotswold Water Park, Head4Heights is a high ropes activity centre for families, individuals and groups, with packages from 30 minutes to a whole day. Those with a head for heights can enjoy an exhilarating range of climbing, jumping and swinging activities, all in complete safety. The centre is open to the public and for all group bookings, including corporate, school, youth group, stag, hen and birthday programmes. The staff are all well qualified and will give you the encouragement you need to do as much or as little…
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Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham
The birthplace of Gustav Holst (1874-1934) is now a museum which tells the story of the man, his music and the creative and talented family into which he was born. The Regency terraced house in Pittville has period room settings with displays including Holst's piano.
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Hook Norton Brewery & Museum
Hook Norton is one of only 32 family-owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. Over 10,000 people visit the brewery's Visitor Centre each year and the Brewery Museum houses some of the old equipment that has been used across the years at Hook Norton, alongside many fascinating records and photographs from the era. This museum also contains artefacts from the village of Hook Norton and the surrounding area with special focus on the former Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway,…
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Kelmscott Manor, near Lechlade
This Grade I listed farmhouse on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade, was built around 1600 next to the River Thames. Built of local limestone, it was the summer home of William Morris, the English artist, writer, textile designer and socialist, from 1871 until 1896. Morris signed a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the summer of 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the…
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Exciting inflatable rides, water skiing and wake boarding are all on the menu at Lakeside Ski & Wake, situated at the heard of the Cotswold Water Park near South Cerney. The sheltered, tree-lined lake makes it an ideal place to learn to waterski or wakeboard, while the Lakeside Brasserie sports bar offers relaxed family-friendly dining overlooking the beautiful Spring Lake.
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Lansdown Hall & Gallery is a fully licensed community venue in Lansdown, close to Stroud town centre. This historic building started life as a temperance hall in 1879 and has had a rather chequered history since then! The venue is run by a voluntary, charitable organisation, which leases the building from Stroud Town Council. The council is committed to refurbishing and improving the building and its facilities over the next few years.    
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Gloucestershire author Laurie Lee grew up in the Gloucestershire village of Slad, near Stroud. His most famous novel, Cider with Rosie, which describes his childhood in the period soon after the First World War, has sold over six million copies worldwide. Laurie Lee died in 1997, aged 82, and to celebrate this centenary of the author's birth in 2014, the new Laurie Lee Wood has been created in the Slad Valley by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust which bought the three-hectare woodland from the author's family. It is…
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A huge range of leisure facilities are available at Leisure @ Cheltenham's base in Tommy Taylor's Lane for serious sports people or those just looking to have fun. The centre has two pools in which the public can swim, and a diving pool. A varied timetable includes adult swimming, lane swimming, club swimming and swimming lessons, parent & toddler, women-only sessions and 50+ lane swimming. The health spa offers exclusive access to a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The leisure centre also provides a 90-station gym over two levels and…
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Lodge Park
Nestled in the Cotswold countryside on the picturesque Sherborne Estate, Lodge Park is England’s only surviving and probably most opulent 17th Century grandstand. It was purpose-built in 1634 by John ‘Crump’ Dutton as an observation post for deer coursing and for lavish entertainment. In 1726 renowned landscape designer Charles Bridgeman redesigned the parkland at Lodge Park, which is situated near the Cotswold villages of Sherborne and Aldsworth, and the market town of Northleach. In the 19th Century Lodge Park was modified into a house, then a row of…
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Longborough Festival Opera
Few villages can claim to have an opera house in their midst, but each summer thousands of opera lovers flock to the north Cotswold village of Longborough for month-long festival. Longborough Festival Opera (LFO), founded by Lizzie and Martin Graham in 1991, is based at New Banks Fee where a barn was converted into a 480-seat opera house, using seats from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which were being discarded during refurbishment. The theatre has been added to over the years as required, most recently with the…
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Gloucestershire's largest indoor soft play centre, including slides, zip slides, ball rivers and a cannon area that shoots foam balls at various targets. A wide range of refreshments are available from the cafe.   
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Museum in the Park, Stroud
Set in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park in Stroud, the Museum in the Park is situated in a Grade II listed 17th Century wool merchant’s mansion house and tells the fascinating story of the Stroud district’s rich and diverse history. With over 4,000 objects on display, including dinosaur bones, historical paintings and even one of the world’s first lawnmowers, there is something to spark the interest of everyone. Many of the museum's rooms contain interactives and toys, and some even sport peep holes into the cabinets…
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New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, based in a former Victorian brewery building, has been a centre for the arts and artistic crafts for more than 30 years. The workshops house 19 craft workers, including a glass blower, textile artists, ceramicist, upholsterer and jeweller. Visitors have the opportunity to watch craftspeople at work and to buy directly from them or browse an array of their work on show in the New Brewery Arts café and shop. Each year, about 200,000 people from near and far visit the centre in…
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Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley to the Mendips beyond. This remote corner of south Gloucestershire is a secret and unspoilt place, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction. A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland, there is much to see and do at Newark. Newark has an incredible story to tell. Founded by an influential English courtier to Henry VIII in 1550, the house and estate went from boom to…
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The remains of a large, well built Roman courtyard villa are situated just north of the hamlet of East End in North Leigh parish in Oxfordshire.  The most important feature is a nearly complete mosaic tile floor, patterned in reds and browns, which can be seen through a viewing window. The site is located in a peaceful rural landscape, within a loop of the River Evenlode.
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Old Downs Pursuits is a clay target shooting and air rifle ground situated within the Cotswold Water Park area, near Cirencester. Other outdoor activities on offer include archery, crossbows and pistol shooting. The centre can cater for birthday parties, corporate events, hen and stag parties or just to give someone a special treat. All sizes of groups are catered for and the activities are suitable for all range of abilities.
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The Oxford Bus Museum, situated at Hanborough Railway Station, a few miles from Woodstock, is dedicated to telling the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. Exhibits include many historic preserved buses, coaches, horse-drawn vehicles and a wide selection of artefacts such as bus stops, ticket machines, timetables, posters and staff uniforms. There are also lots of fantastic photos illustrating the county's diverse public transport history. Since 2004 the museum has also been home to the Morris Motors Museum, which charts the story…
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Parabola Arts Centre (PAC) is owned by the Cheltenham Ladies' College and used by the school for performances, exhibitions and events. The centre was opened in October 2009 and in February 2011, the 325-seat PAC launched as a public arts centre with a programme focused on innovative work that stretches the definitions of theatre, music and dance and encourages people to look at the world differently. PAC's mission is to support emerging artists from across the UK and inspire young audiences in Gloucestershire.  
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Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Pittville Pump Room is the jewel of Cheltenham’s Regency architecture and is the grandest survival of the town’s many spa buildings. Built in 1830, elegant Grade I listed building is surrounded on three sides by majestic columns. Overlooking the sweeping lawns and lakes of Pittville Park, the Pump Room is a monument to the more than 100 years of fame Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town. It is now Cheltenham’s most spectacular private hire venue and regularly hosts weddings, parties and corporate hospitality. When not in use, visitors can…
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Prema is a family-friendly arts centre promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as workshops, classes and creative experiences for children and adults. Prema, which is based in a former Baptist Chapel in Uley, was conceived by sculptor Andrew Wood and opened its doors for the first time in January 1981 after many years of fundraising and building work. Nowadays, Prema welcomes more than 73,000 visitors each year. Children's activities range from dancing, making, sculpting, painting and acting, while the adults dance, sing, throw pots, explore drawing and learn to knit,…
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Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham
This famous Cheltenham landmark is a children's paradise with a heated Olympic-sized 50m main pool, slides, children's pool and a paddling pool. The historic lido, built in 1935, is set in four acres of landscaped grounds and is open 'rain or shine' from early May to the end of September. A variety of sporting events are held at the lido throughout the year and there's also a cafe serving a range of food throughout the day.
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Sezincote House
Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amidst the Cotswold Hills a few miles from Moreton-in-Marsh. Sezincote House was built in 1810 by Charles Cockerell, a Member of Parliament for Evesham, who had worked in India, assisted by his brother, the architect Samuel Pepys Cockerell, and Thomas Danielli, the great painter of Indian architectural scenery. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan, with a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jail-work railings and pavilions. A curving…
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Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Slimbridge is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) near the Gloucestershire village of Slimbridge on the estuary of the River Severn. Opened in 1946 by the artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott, Slimbridge was the first WWT reserve to be opened. The Sloane Observation Tower gives far-reaching views. The centre has a shop, restaurant, art gallery and Tropical House. Winner of Cotswold Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014, WWT Slimbridge offers an unforgettable day out for families, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. Slimbridge…
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Snowshill Manor
Snowshill Manor, near Broadway, is a Cotswold manor house packed with thousands of items collected by just one man. Charles Paget Wade started collecting at the age of seven and eventually built up a collection of more than 22,000 items, which included furniture, musical instruments, toys and paintings, not to mention 26 suits of Japanese Samurai armour. Having purchased the estate at Snowshill in 1919, Wade restored the Manor House and laid out the gardens from 1920 to 1923. He housed the collection in the Manor, choosing…
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Opened June 2014, the SOFO Museum tells the stories of how conflict has affected the county of Oxfordshire. At our heart is the celebrated history of the two county regiments, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry. The permanent displays tell not just their stories but also intriguing insights into this military county; the airfields and secret locations so important to victory in the Second World War and the lives of those left behind, families and children who still today live next to current military…
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Based in a 52-acres site in the Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney Outdoor Centre offers a range of fun, challenging and educational activities in an outdoor environment. The centre has its own large lake for water sports, surrounding woods and open space for land-based activities as well as onsite changing rooms, classrooms and stores. Qualified, experienced and enthusiastic instructors have access to high-quality equipment to make visitors’ time here fun, safe and challenging. The range of outdoor pursuits includes canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, power-boating, paddling, dragon boat racing, archery,…
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The Sports and Leisure Centre at the Fire Service College provides outdoor and indoor facilities, including tennis courts, a sports hall and a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool. Open to the public as well as college delegates, the sports centre is run as a leisure club. It offers a variety of facilities for those seeking to improve or maintain their fitness or for simply relaxing and unwinding after a hard day. The college's four-lane 25m swimming pool has various uses, from public sessions to swimming lessons, birthday parties and aqua tone.…
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Stanway House is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house which has changed hands just once since 715AD. Summertime visitors can not only enjoy the house and its fascinating furniture, but also the jewel-like gatehouse, the church and 14th Century Tithe Barn, and 18th Century water garden. The glory of the Stanway water garden is the single-jet fountain in the canal, opened in June 2004. The fountain rises magnificently to over 300 feet, making it the tallest fountain in Britain, the tallest gravity fountain in…
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Stanway Estate, established in the 8th Century, is known to have had four watermills in 1291. They have been used over the centuries for fulling wool cloth, paper production, sawmilling, electricity generation, and for grinding flour and animal feed. The mill in Church Stanway, now fully restored as a working flour mill, was reopened by the Prince of Wales in 2009. Its massive 24-foot overshot waterwheel – the 8th largest waterwheel in England – drives traditional cast-iron machinery and heavy millstones to produce stoneground Cotswold flour from…
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Set in a picturesque park location, Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud offers a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor facilities. Inside the leisure centre you will find a swimming pool, gym, group exercise classes, sports hall, squash courts, sauna and steam room, meeting rooms and café bar. Outside there is an astroturf pitch, tennis courts and the fantastic outdoor swimming pool. The gym offers members the latest Precor fitness equipment which is supplemented by a varied group exercise programme. The six-court sports hall offers everything from badminton to basketball,…
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Stroud's spring water-filled outdoor pool, which first opened in 1936, is open during the summer months as a refreshing alternative to the indoor pool at Stratford Park Leisure Centre.
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Paul Bradley produces pottery in a contemporary style, with clean lines and simple shapes, for practical everyday use. The gallery also specialises in the sale of early and contemporary studio pottery and designer crafts, including paintings, glass and jewellery. Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm all year round. Free admission.
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Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Set against the backdrop of the Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle is steeped in history, with royal connections spanning 1,000 years. The castle, just outside Winchcombe, was once home to Queen Katherine Parr - the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII - who lies entombed in St Mary's Church in the castle grounds. King Charles I found refuge here during the English Civil War when his nephew Prince Rupert established headquarters at Sudeley Castle. Following its ‘slighting’ on Oliver Cromwell’s orders at the end of the…
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The Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College was opened in January 1998 as a professional and community venue with an exciting and varied programme. The auditorium seats up to 275 depending upon the style of the performance.
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Housed in a 17th Century cottage in the centre of the beautiful village of Filkins, the Swinford Museum is one of Oxfordshire’s oldest small rural museums. Originally set up in the 1930s, it has a fine collection of local domestic, agricultural, trade and craft tools providing a unique picture of a bygone rural community. As well as special exhibitions, there is also a photographic collection of The Buildings of Filkins and Broughton Poggs, past and present, to compare the changes over the years. Group visits are welcome and…
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Tetbury Police Museum
Tetbury Police Museum is located, along with the town council offices, at the town's former Victorian police station and courthouse in Long Street. The museum is primarily dedicated to the history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, which was founded in 1839, but it also houses the largest collection of handcuffs and restraints on public view in the United Kingdom. The museum contains a number of interesting displays of photographs and equipment depicting the history of policing. On the first floor there is a complete magistrates court with a display…
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The Activity Zone in Malmesbury offers a full range of leisure and fitness activities, including a 25m swimming pool. The pool has a variable floor depth from 2m to a shallow 0.9m that can be adjusted to suit swimming lesson age groups. A range of gentle and more fitness-orientated classes are on offer, including Aqua Fit and a wonderful swim session specifically for families with very young children. The pool operates a swim supervision policy for children.   The leisure centre has a kinetika gym which offers an ideal environment…
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This historic theatre is situated within the complex of Ingleside House and The Vaults in Cirencester. It has close connections to local musical groups, as well as being involved with the media and arts on both a professional and amateur basis. The Barn is a space for community activities in Cirencester and hosts a wide variety of events and shows.    
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See, feed and stroke beautiful fallow deer, wonderful collections of waterfowl, pheasants and the amusing pygmy goats...all very tame and will feed from your hand. Open seven days a week from10am-5pm.
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The Bugatti Trust
This small exhibition located at the home of the famous Prescott Hill Climb events illustrates the work of Ettore Bugatti, genius of industrial design and invention. Bugatti's artistry and individuality are demonstrated by photographs, models, diagrams, mechanical components and complete cars.   The Bugatti Trust is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and during Hill Climb events. It will be closed occasionally on Fridays during the winter months, so please call or e-mail beforehand to avoid disappointment.  
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Situated just a few miles from Cirencester, visitors can join in all the activities and have hands-on experiences at this rare breeds farm which offers a fun day out for all the family. Visitors can watch chicks hatching, cuddle the bunnies, feed the Zurich flying pigs and giving lambs and goat kids their bottles. On a Thursday, the very popular pony rides are also available. The farm is open to the public from February to October and attracts some 10,000 visitors per year. The Butts Farm Shop is…
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As well as being a major conference and event venue, in recent years The Centaur has established a growing reputation as a venue for concerts, stand-up comedians and live shows. The Centaur has recently installed a state-of-the-art 2K Digital Cinema System with 3D capabilities. It is currently building an exciting schedule of special event film showings, film marathons, live theatre screenings, live concert showings and big screen sporting events.  
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The Cotswold Perfumery, Bourton-on-the-Water
The Cotswold Perfumery, based in a 300-year-old Grade II listed building in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, has been blending perfumes for well over 40 years. Over the years it has built up a following from thousands of perfume enthusiasts, as well as a host of celebrities, including Claudia Schiffer, Gary Barlow, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne, not to mention Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles. John Stephen, the perfumer and owner, has seen the family business grow steadily since the 1960s and The Cotswold Perfumery now…
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The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water
The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Motor Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford. Situated in Rissington Road, the Model Village was created by a previous landlord of the Old New Inn. It took local craftsmen five years to build and was officially opened on the Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) in 1937. The model village also includes a…
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The Old Prison, Northleach
The Old Prison is a fascinating 18th Century building in the Cotswold market town of Northleach and a historic visitor attraction. A visit to the Old Prison offers you a unique glimpse into life in the Northleach House of Correction, one of four houses of correction in Gloucestershire. Built in the 1790s, this was once a fine example of a model prison used to inspire better care and rehabilitation of prisoners throughout Britain and further afield. It even served as a blueprint for London's Pentonville Prison. The…
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The Oxfordshire Museum (also known as Oxfordshire County Museum) is located in Fletcher's House, a large historic house in the centre of Woodstock, opposite the Bear Hotel. Run by Oxfordshire County Council, the museum features collections of local history, art, archaeology, the landscape and wildlife relating to the county of Oxfordshire, and to the town of Woodstock in particular. There is also a large garden behind and a coffee shop. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday 2pm-5pm, with last admission at 4.45pm. Admission…
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This stylish Art Deco cinema has become hugely popular since being lovingly restored and reopened a few years ago. Audiences have the choice to watch films sat at candlelit tables on the ground floor or to snuggle up in the double love seats, regular seats or one of the four Royal Boxes in the circle and enjoy a drink from the bar, before, during and after the film. The Regal is a true community venue and in addition to films and screenings, hosts a broad range of…
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With a 370-seat auditorium, The Roses is a busy and popular arts centre in Tewkesbury with an eclectic programme of live events, take-part activities, exhibitions and festivals. The Roses boasts a relaxing bar as well as live entertainment including jazz and folk music and stand-up comedy. There is also an exciting film programme of world, independent and UK film.
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The Subscription Rooms is a handsome late Regency building in the heart of Stroud and hosts year-round arts and entertainment, exhibitions, markets and meetings. Built in 1833 by public subscription, the venue still plays an important part in the community and is now owned and managed by Stroud District Council. The Ballroom seats up to 450 people and presents all kinds of popular and classical concerts and occasional theatre performances. The sprung dance floor makes it a popular venue for dances and dance classes. The George Room on…
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This fabulous building, which began life as a Salvation Army Citadel, was opened as a theatre in 1975 by Tom Baker, the Doctor Who of the time. Since then The Theatre has grown and flourished, as the building has expanded, along with The Theatre's programme and reputation. The Theatre has a strong reputation for producing its own creative work, which include perhaps its greatest claim to fame, the world-renowned traditional family pantomime.  
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Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire, GL55 5UG
Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
From Gloucester cattle to Guernsey goats, Cotswold sheep to crested ducks, the Cotswold Farm Park, near Guiting Power, has a rare breed for every week of the year. As well as getting up close and personal with all sorts of farm animals, there is a demonstration barn, touch barn, farm safari ride, adventure playground, conservation area and gift shop and café. With a passion for rare breed conservation, the late Joe Henson opened the Cotswold Farm Park in 1971. The family-run business is now headed up by Joe's…

Honeybourne Pottery

3 High Street, Honeybourne, Worcestershire, WR11 7PQ
Honeybourne Pottery
We offer a wide range of exciting hands-on pottery activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Our workshops provide a fun environment for individuals to experiment and discover hidden creative talents. Whether it be for a one-off taster, a series of classes, a group celebration or team- building activity, we provide tailored workshops to suit your needs. Simply contact us to check availability, book a time and turn up for an hour or two of creative clay fun! The studio was established in 2001, and is run by…

Arlington Row, Bibury

Bibury, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NJ
Arlington Row, Bibury
Situated about seven miles from Cirencester, Bibury was described by the 19th Century artist and craftsman William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" when he visited it. The picturesque group of former weavers' cottages on Arlington Row in Bibury is without doubt one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes. It is probably also now the most depicted village in the world because since 2010, a picture of the former weavers' cottages in Arlington Row has appeared on the inside cover of all newly-issued UK passports. Each year…

Ashmolean Museum, Broadway

Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7DP
Ashmolean Museum, Broadway
The world famous Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has worked with various partners to transform a historic house in the beautiful village of Broadway into the Cotswolds' newest museum. The Ashmolean Museum Broadway displays objects from the 17th to the 21st centuries over three floors of Tudor House, a former 17th Century coaching inn. Displays include objects from the founding Tradescant collections of the Ashmolean Museum and there is also gallery space dedicated to special exhibitions, also providing opportunities for local artists, as well as education and outreach programmes. The museum had…

Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury

Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9BZ
Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury
Athelstan Museum tells the history of Malmesbury, an attractive hill-top town which lies on the edge of the Cotswolds, and the area of north Wiltshire that surrounds it. Malmesbury was built on the site of a 2,800-year-old Iron Age hill fort and Athelstan Museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts and explanation of local history. The museum runs a series of short-term exhibitions so the displays are always changing. Malmesbury is famous for its lace and its Abbey and the museum also sheds light on a number…

Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham

Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HE
Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
The 566-seat Bacon Theatre plays host to the best in professional touring theatre, live music, dance, film and celebrity speakers as well as an extensive range of productions by local talented youth and community groups and charities. The theatre, completed in 1991, owes its name to Mr Christopher Bacon, headmaster of Cheltenham's Dean Close School from 1979-1998, who fundraised tirelessly to build his dream. The theatre boasts excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art facilities, while the more intimate Prince Michael Hall, opened in 1997, is a vibrantly designed 120-seat…

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Library, Old Grammar School, Bampton, Oxfordshire, OX18 2NE
Bampton Community Archive
This archive has over 3,000 photographs, documents and video recordings, giving a unique history of Bampton, the Oxfordshire village where the popular TV period drama Downton Abbey was filmed. Originally Bampton Museum, Bampton Archive is based in the Vesey Room of the Old Grammar School Building in Church View, Bampton. It is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, and Sunday 2.30pm-4.30pm.  

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9PJ
Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and has been home to the same family - the Berkeleys - for 850 years. The castle is believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327. But despite nine centuries of often turbulent British history, the castle, the Berkeley family, the archives (which go back to the 12th Century), the contents, the estate and the town have all survived. In fact, the castle is the oldest building in the country…

Bingham Hall, Cirencester

King Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1JT
Bingham Hall, Cirencester
This historical venue in Cirencester is a thriving centre for both private and public functions and has hosted many major events. Bingham Hall is used as a venue for meetings, conferences, seminars, entertainment shows, wedding receptions, parties and club events. The main hall can accommodate up to 450 seated guests for stage performances or 300 guests for dining. The Daniel Bingham Suite is a flexible space which makes it perfect for smaller events. There are a variety of catering options with fully-equipped kitchens and bar facilities available on…

Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water

Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BN
Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water
Set on the River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswold Birdland is home to more than 120 species of birds from all around the world. The park's star attraction is without doubt its king penguins, the only such group in England. Founded in 1957, Birdland was one of the UK's original bird gardens, providing home to weird and wonderful species of birds from all over the world, including parrots, owls, flamingos and birds of prey. The park is open daily from 10am except Christmas Day.

Blenheim Palace

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace, just outside Woodstock, is a true masterpiece of 18th Century baroque architecture and, as a World Heritage Site, it is high on the list of places to visit in the Cotswolds. Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim boasts more than 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and formal gardens and a magnificent lake. Blenheim Palace was built to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession and in particular,…

Broadway Tower and Country Park

Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LB
Broadway Tower and Country Park
Broadway Tower is one of England's outstanding viewpoints and at 1,024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment after Cleeve Hill. It offers breathtaking views of as many as 16 counties, encompassing the vast expanse from the peaks of the Welsh mountains to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The "Saxon" tower, which stands 65 feet high, was the brainchild of Capability Brown and designed by James Wyatt in 1794 in the form of a castle and built for Lady Coventry…

Cattle Country, Berkeley

Berkeley Heath Farm, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9EW
Cattle Country, Berkeley
A great day out for all the family with many animals to see, two huge indoor play barns and an outdoor play area suitable for all ages. There are loads of animals to see with a new activity trail and extended train line now open and a restaurant and gift shop. Pre-booked private parties all year. Nursery and school visits in term-time. The Barn is a large function room available for business and social events.  

Charlbury Museum

Market Street, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, OX7 3PN
Charlbury Museum
One of the finest small museums in Oxfordshire, this independent museum is run entirely by volunteers. Charlbury Museum's five rooms are crammed with exhibits revealing the history of this ancient market town. Focusing on Charlbury's traditional crafts and industries, it includes exhibits given or lent by residents of Charlbury and the surrounding villages. Exhibits include a blacksmith's forge, glove-making tools, a penny-farthing bicycle, helmets and gasmasks, Victorian costumes and old shop and inn signs. There is also a large collection of photographs of Charlbury and its people at work…

Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh

Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, GL56 0SU
Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh
A rare Jacobean gem, Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh, was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, when it was bought by the National Trust, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st Century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting.…

Chavenage House, Tetbury

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8XP
Chavenage House, Tetbury
Situated a mile-and-a-half northwest of Tetbury, Chavenage has many Civil War associations, including the tapestry-lined rooms that were stayed in by Oliver Cromwell and his second-in-command, General Ireton, in 1648. The "Legend of Chavenage" revolves around the story of Col Nathaniel Stephens MP, the Lord of the Manor during the Civil War, being cursed by his daughter Abigail for bringing the Stephens name into disrepute for his part in the execution of King Charles I. The story goes that the Colonel was soon taken terminally ill and…

Chedworth Roman Villa

Yanworth, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3LJ
Chedworth Roman Villa
Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, Chedworth was one of the largest Roman villas in Britain. The villa was accidentally discovered in June 1864 by two men working on the Stowell Park Estate who were ferreting for rabbits in the woods when their ferret got stuck down a hole. As they dug the ferret out, they revealed a small patch of mosaic pavement. Realising the significance of the find they reported it and it came to the attention of the young landowner – 19-year-old Lord Eldon.…

Cheltenham Playhouse

47-53 Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7HG
Cheltenham Playhouse
The Playhouse is a community theatre which houses productions from professional and amateur companies. Built in 1806, the theatre started life as the Montpellier Baths. It was converted to a swimming pool in 1898 and then to a theatre in 1945. As a registered charity, the theatre has been run by volunteers since 1957.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1QA
Cheltenham Town Hall
Rich in heritage, opulence and vibrancy, Cheltenham's much-loved jewel sets a stunning backdrop for an impressive all-year-round events programme, as well as private functions and corporate hospitality. The varied events programme includes live music, comedy, festivals and exhibitions. Built at the turn of the 20th Century to accommodate the many balls and concerts of the town’s social calendar, Cheltenham Town Hall was, quite literally, made for celebrations. Standing proudly overlooking the immaculately manicured Imperial Gardens, the building comprises a grandoise Main Hall, along with varying sized dining and…

Chipping Norton Lido

Fox Close, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5BZ
Chipping Norton Lido
In 1963 a fundraising campaign begain in Chipping Norton to build a swimming pool. More than £20,000 was raised in just seven years and in 1970 the Lido was opened. With its heated 25m pool and toddler pool, slide and café, the Lido is an oasis in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, whether you’re a serious early-morning swimmer or a family looking for an afternoon's outdoor fun.  Since 2004 the Lido has been run by local people as a charity and the Lido Café serves lovely home-cooked food. The Lido's…

Chipping Norton Museum

Westgate , 4 High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5AD
Chipping Norton Museum
Many people don’t realise that Chipping Norton has its own museum housing a large collection of artefacts related to the town and its activities. It is currently situated in the hall above the Co-op, and has extensive archives which support the family history research developed by a member of Chipping Norton History Society. The museum is open from Easter to the end of October, Monday to Saturday 2pm-4pm. Admission for adults is £1.50 with under-16s free, but they must be accompanied by an adult. While the museum receives grants from local…

Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre

Hastings Hill, Churchill, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6NA
Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre
A contender for the accolade of smallest museum in Oxfordshire, the heritage centre opened in 2001 in the restored chancel of Churchill's original medieval church. It is located in a stunning setting overlooking the site of the ‘lost’ village of Churchill, destroyed by fire in 1684. Despite its size, the building's ancient walls contain a wealth of exhibits relating to local history along with state-of-the-art technology. In 2010, the centre was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable work on the maintenance of the building, enhance the displays…

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool

Cecily Hill, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2EF
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool
Built in 1869, Cirencester is home to Britain's oldest open air swimming pool and is unique in that it offers the chance to swim in natural spring water heated to an average 27°C (80°F). Located on the edge of Cirencester Park, there is a 28-metre main pool with slide and a separate children's paddling pool, along with a sunbathing patio. The pool is open from late May to early September each year, offering facilities for families, parents and babies as well as serious swimmers. Over the past couple…

Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre

Chesterton Lane , Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1XW
Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre
The Cirencester amphitheatre is one of the largest known examples surviving from the Roman occupation of Britain. Estimated to have had a capacity of about 8,000 people, it was built just outside the walls of the town (then known as Corinium) early in the 2nd Century AD. Cirencester was second only to London in size at this period, with a population of over 10,000, and was at its finest just as Roman rule was collapsing throughout the Western Empire. In AD 408, the last contingents of the regular…

Cogges Manor Farm, Witney

Church Lane, Cogges, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA
Cogges Manor Farm, Witney
A one-time working farm, Cogges is now a heritage centre operated by a charitable trust and open to the public. Its aim is to give visitors an insight into farm life and how the food they eat is husbanded or cultivated. It also provides workshops for schoolchildren and adults about food production, local history, horticulture and rural arts and crafts. The grounds and the medieval barns are used for traditional festivals, theatrical performances and private functions. Though close to the busy centre of Witney, the farm is surrounded…

Combat Splat outdoor activities, Cotswold Water Park

Clayhill Wood, Spine Road East, Ashton Keynes, Gloucestershire, GL7 5TL
Combat Splat outdoor activities, Cotswold Water Park
Combat Splat, situated in the Cotswold Water Park, offers affordable paintball seven days a week for ages 10 and over. Under-16s are Combat Splat's most popular age group and obviously require more guidance to keep them safe whilst in action. They receive full head goggles, impact vests, extra marshall guidance, separate games from adults, and discounted half-term sessions. New for 2016, Combat Splat has just opened a brand new archery and air rifle venue a little over a mile from its award-winning paintball venue.   Both activities are heavily reliant on technique and composure. By booking…

Combe Mill, near Woodstock

Blenheim Palace Sawmills, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, OX29 8ET
Combe Mill, near Woodstock
A Grade II* Listed Building, Combe Mill is the original steam- and water-powered sawmill and workshop of the old Blenheim Palace Estate near Woodstock. This working industrial museum offers visitors a good insight into what work was like in Victorian times on a rural estate. The mill is operated as a working hands-on museum by the Combe Mill Society which is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, many of whom are retired engineers and craftsmen, so you will never find yourself lacking someone to talk to. People come back…

Corinium Museum, Cirencester

Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX
Corinium Museum, Cirencester
This award-winning museum not only enables visitors to explore the history and treasures of the Cotswolds but it is home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities from Corinium, Roman Britain's second largest city, now known as Cirencester. An inspiring and interactive experience for everyone, the museum features the work of Prehistoric metalsmiths, Roman mosaics, Anglo Saxons and their buried treasures, Medieval sculpture, Civil War coin hoards and the elegance of Victorian Cirencester. These collections are of the highest heritage merit and are significant both…

Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre, Stroud

Bell House, Wallbridge Lock, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3JS
Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre, Stroud
The Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre displays information on the restoration of the canal between Stonehouse and Brimscombe Port.  Open Monday to Friday 10am-1pm; Saturday 10am- 4pm and at any time that the green flag is flying! feel free to pop in for a chat.

Cotswold Country Park & Beach

Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6DF
Cotswold Country Park & Beach
Open from February to December, Cotswold Country Park & Beach offers the largest inland beach in the UK, as well as boat and kayak hire, bouncy castles, crazy golf, a climbing wall, adventure playgrounds, open water swimming, cafes and wonderful lakeside walks. Picture by Kay Ransom Photography

Cotswold Falconry Centre

Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AB
Cotswold Falconry Centre
The Cotswold Falconry Centre is home to over 60 different species of birds of prey. Visitors can enjoy seeing wonderful birds, such as falcons, eagles and vultures, in flight whilst finding out about their conservation. Flying displays are held at various times during the day. The centre is open from mid-February to mid-November from 10.30am.

Cotswold Forest School, Ashton Keynes

Clayhill Copse, Spine Road East, Ashton Keynes, Gloucestershire, GL7 5XU
Based on a Scandinavian idea, forest school involves children and young people aged three to 18 working with a qualified forest school leader and their teacher on a frequent and regular basis throughout the year in a local woodland setting. They follow their usual curriculum, but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence and language and communication skills.  

Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill

Hill Barn Farm, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JY
Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill
Hill Barn Farm at Snowshill, overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham, is home to some 70 miles of rows and 250,000 lavender plants. Lavender was first planted at the farm in the year 2000 in fields previously used to grow wheat and barley. The lavender loves the free-draining limestone soils 1,000 feet above sea level giving the best growing conditions for the highest quality lavender. The crops are steam distilled on the farm and made into a range of unique lavender products, all proudly made in…

Cotswold Leisure, Cirencester

Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1US
The leisure centre features two swimming pools, a relaxation suite, gym, sports hall, squash courts, a physiotherapy clinic and a beauty therapy centre. The gym offers the latest fitness equipment where the gym instructors provide motivation and support. The swimming pool is home to an award-winning swim school and a range of wet activities. The sports hall offers six courts for a range of sports including badminton, five-a-side football and basketball. For those craving relaxation we also have a relaxation suite and beauty therapy centre.

Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water

The Old Mill, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY
Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water
Located in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection provides a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century.   The museum is overflowing with vintage car collections, classic cars and motorcycles, caravans, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities. The bulk of the collection dates from the period between 1920 and 1950, with a particular focus on the 1930s, although in recent years the collection has been expanded to encompass the 1960s and 1970s. The museum's most prized exhibit is TV's…

Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud

Parliament Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1LW
The Cotswold Playhouse is a 156-seat theatre set in the heart of Stroud. The home of the Cotswold Players, it hosts plays by local amateur dramatics groups, as well as other productions and events.

Cotswold Water Park

Gateway Visitor Centre, Lake 6, Spine Road, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5TL
Cotswold Water Park
Just a few miles from Cirencester, the Cotswold Water Park is an incredible leisure resource that was born out of gravel extraction which began half a century ago. But the Cotswold Water Park is not what many people might imagine it to be, as there are no water slides, log flumes or the like. It is, in fact, a collection of 150 lakes and wetlands, covering 40 square miles, making it one of the UK's largest nature reserves with many previously "lost" species being successfully reintroduced…

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford

Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford
Set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens two miles south of Burford, the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK (by species). A day out at the park provides a memorable experience for the whole family with rare and endangered animals such as lions, giraffes and camels on show. Indoor exhibits include the Reptile House, Invertebrate House, Tropical House and Farmyard Barn. The wildlife park provides a superb mix…

Daylesford Farmshop & Café

Daylesford, Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
Daylesford Farmshop & Café
Daylesford - the iconic farmshop near Kingham in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds - was founded in 2002 by Carole Bamford, with a simple passion for real food. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are picked each morning from the market garden and travel just a few yards into the shop and to chefs in the award-winning cafe. Next door is the dairy and creamery and farm kitchens, while farm animals roam freely on the surrounding organic pastures. Daylesford’s food comes straight from their farm to your fork: meat and poultry; fruit…

Dr Jenner's House, Berkeley

The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BN
Dr Jenner's House, Berkeley
Steeped in history, it's not an exaggeration to say that the town of Berkeley, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, has changed the world. The Chantry, an elegant 18th Century house, is the former home of world renowned scientist Dr Edward Jenner (1749-1823). It was here that Jenner developed the world's first vaccine and changed the world forever. The house and gardens celebrate Jenner's life and legacy, and there is also a gift shop and refreshment area, children's activities and trails. Edward Jenner is buried inside the adjacent…

Dunkirk Mill Centre, near Nailsworth

Stroud Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL5 5HH
The Dunkirk Mill Centre offers a wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery. The overshot wheel, 12ft wide and 13ft in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major rebuilding programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. It was made and installed by James Ferrabee of Stroud, having a mainly cast iron frame with 40 steel buckets. The wheel is operated regularly on opening days (subject…

Dursley Heritage Centre

Castle Street, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4BS
Dursley Heritage Centre has been open since the beginning of 2005 and has proved very popular with visitors from far and wide. It occupies a central position in the town, adjoining the old Jacob's House building which has been fully restored and is now occupied by Dursley Town Council. The centre is entirely run by volunteers who have assembled a wide-ranging collection of historical items specific to Dursley, with locally-made objects including a 19th Century printing press, Pedersen hammock bicycle and Lister Autotruck. In addition, there are…

Dursley Sculpture and Play Trail

Twinberrow Woods, Dursley, Gloucestershire
This sculpture and play trail in Twinberrow Woods, Dursley, was created by the community for the community. Sculptures have been created by local people aged from six to over 90 and the trail is always changing with new sculptures being added as more community groups get involved. In the years since its launch in 2008, the trail has successfully encouraged many local residents and visitors to the area to appreciate Dursley’s woodlands. The trail is open all day throughout the year and admission is free.

Electric Picture House, Wotton-under-Edge

18a Market Street, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7AE
The Wotton-under-Edge Electric Picture House in Market Street is one of the oldest cinemas in the country, having first opened in 1913. The cinema continues to thrive today while many similar facilities have long since fallen by the wayside. An all-digital cinema, it offers an enhanced 3D film experience, attracting both mainstream and contemporary films.  

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Regent Street , Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HQ
The Everyman Theatre has been serving the people of Gloucestershire and beyond since 1891. Its hugely varied programme includes everything from ballet, opera, drama, dance, comedy and music events to the Everyman's traditional family pantomime. The Everyman is also the venue for many community projects, education workshops and youth theatre productions.

Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton

Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5QH
Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton
Fairytale Farm mixes classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play to create a sensory and learning wonderland for all the family. Children will love Fairytale Farm. With its exciting adventure playground, an enchanted walk with a surprise around every corner and a chance to meet its amazing animals, there is so much to see and do. Fairytale Farm is the UK’s first fully inclusive visitor attraction, where children with disabilities are as important in our design and layout as those without disabilities, and where no pre-booking is…
Far Peak Climbing Centre is a superb indoor climbing facility, offering indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities and outdoor climbing on its15m tower. It is suitable for people who want to learn, improve or bring the kids down for a party. The centre offers various other activities including archery, bush craft, tree climbing and abseiling. Far Peak is open all year round from 3pm-10pm weekdays and 10am-6pm weekends.

Gloucestershire Rally School, near Cirencester

Cirencester Road, Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5QF
Located between Cirencester and Swindon, Gloucestershire Rally School offers drivers aged 10 and over an opportunity to experience the exciting sport of rally driving. A purpose-built track and rally-prepped cars make for a memorable day out. It's ideal as a gift or the ultimate fun experience for a group event, corporate days or stag and hen parties.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) is often known as the "Friendly line in the Cotswolds" – and not without reason. The GWR is a professional operating railway almost entirely run by volunteers who are from all walks of live and who are passionate about what they do. The track runs along part of the former Great Western Railway's mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham. Primarily built in the 1900s, the line closed to local passenger traffic in 1960 but remained in use for goods services until 1976. The Gloucestershire…

Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway

Russell Square, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7AP
Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway
Sir Gordon Russell was a renowned 20th Century furniture designer, craftsman, entrepreneur, educator and champion of accessible, well crafted design who influenced furniture design worldwide. Schooled in the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds, Sir Gordon believed that good design has a lasting impact on people’s lives. At one point his manufacturing business, based in the Cotswold village of Broadway, employed more than 200 people locally. Sir Gordon died in 1980, aged 88, but in 2008, the Gordon Russell Design Museum opened in his firm's original…

Head4Heights aerial adventure centre, Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6DF
Located in the Cotswold Water Park, Head4Heights is a high ropes activity centre for families, individuals and groups, with packages from 30 minutes to a whole day. Those with a head for heights can enjoy an exhilarating range of climbing, jumping and swinging activities, all in complete safety. The centre is open to the public and for all group bookings, including corporate, school, youth group, stag, hen and birthday programmes. The staff are all well qualified and will give you the encouragement you need to do as much or as little…

Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham

4 Clarence Road, Pittville, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2AY
Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham
The birthplace of Gustav Holst (1874-1934) is now a museum which tells the story of the man, his music and the creative and talented family into which he was born. The Regency terraced house in Pittville has period room settings with displays including Holst's piano.

Hook Norton Brewery & Museum

Brewery Lane, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, OX15 5NY
Hook Norton Brewery & Museum
Hook Norton is one of only 32 family-owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. Over 10,000 people visit the brewery's Visitor Centre each year and the Brewery Museum houses some of the old equipment that has been used across the years at Hook Norton, alongside many fascinating records and photographs from the era. This museum also contains artefacts from the village of Hook Norton and the surrounding area with special focus on the former Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway,…

Kelmscott Manor, near Lechlade

Kelmscott, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3HJ
Kelmscott Manor, near Lechlade
This Grade I listed farmhouse on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade, was built around 1600 next to the River Thames. Built of local limestone, it was the summer home of William Morris, the English artist, writer, textile designer and socialist, from 1871 until 1896. Morris signed a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the summer of 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the…

Lakeside Ski & Wake, Cotswold Water Park

Spring Lake, Station Road, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5TH
Exciting inflatable rides, water skiing and wake boarding are all on the menu at Lakeside Ski & Wake, situated at the heard of the Cotswold Water Park near South Cerney. The sheltered, tree-lined lake makes it an ideal place to learn to waterski or wakeboard, while the Lakeside Brasserie sports bar offers relaxed family-friendly dining overlooking the beautiful Spring Lake.

Lansdown Hall & Gallery, Stroud

Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1BB
Lansdown Hall & Gallery is a fully licensed community venue in Lansdown, close to Stroud town centre. This historic building started life as a temperance hall in 1879 and has had a rather chequered history since then! The venue is run by a voluntary, charitable organisation, which leases the building from Stroud Town Council. The council is committed to refurbishing and improving the building and its facilities over the next few years.    
Gloucestershire author Laurie Lee grew up in the Gloucestershire village of Slad, near Stroud. His most famous novel, Cider with Rosie, which describes his childhood in the period soon after the First World War, has sold over six million copies worldwide. Laurie Lee died in 1997, aged 82, and to celebrate this centenary of the author's birth in 2014, the new Laurie Lee Wood has been created in the Slad Valley by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust which bought the three-hectare woodland from the author's family. It is…

Leisure at Cheltenham

Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4RN
A huge range of leisure facilities are available at Leisure @ Cheltenham's base in Tommy Taylor's Lane for serious sports people or those just looking to have fun. The centre has two pools in which the public can swim, and a diving pool. A varied timetable includes adult swimming, lane swimming, club swimming and swimming lessons, parent & toddler, women-only sessions and 50+ lane swimming. The health spa offers exclusive access to a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The leisure centre also provides a 90-station gym over two levels and…

Lodge Park

Lodge Park, Aldsworth, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3PP
Lodge Park
Nestled in the Cotswold countryside on the picturesque Sherborne Estate, Lodge Park is England’s only surviving and probably most opulent 17th Century grandstand. It was purpose-built in 1634 by John ‘Crump’ Dutton as an observation post for deer coursing and for lavish entertainment. In 1726 renowned landscape designer Charles Bridgeman redesigned the parkland at Lodge Park, which is situated near the Cotswold villages of Sherborne and Aldsworth, and the market town of Northleach. In the 19th Century Lodge Park was modified into a house, then a row of…

Longborough Festival Opera

Longborough, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0QF
Longborough Festival Opera
Few villages can claim to have an opera house in their midst, but each summer thousands of opera lovers flock to the north Cotswold village of Longborough for month-long festival. Longborough Festival Opera (LFO), founded by Lizzie and Martin Graham in 1991, is based at New Banks Fee where a barn was converted into a 480-seat opera house, using seats from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which were being discarded during refurbishment. The theatre has been added to over the years as required, most recently with the…

Magicland, Cirencester

Meadow Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1YA
Gloucestershire's largest indoor soft play centre, including slides, zip slides, ball rivers and a cannon area that shoots foam balls at various targets. A wide range of refreshments are available from the cafe.   

Museum in the Park, Stroud

Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4AF
Museum in the Park, Stroud
Set in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park in Stroud, the Museum in the Park is situated in a Grade II listed 17th Century wool merchant’s mansion house and tells the fascinating story of the Stroud district’s rich and diverse history. With over 4,000 objects on display, including dinosaur bones, historical paintings and even one of the world’s first lawnmowers, there is something to spark the interest of everyone. Many of the museum's rooms contain interactives and toys, and some even sport peep holes into the cabinets…

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

Brewery Court , Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1JH
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, based in a former Victorian brewery building, has been a centre for the arts and artistic crafts for more than 30 years. The workshops house 19 craft workers, including a glass blower, textile artists, ceramicist, upholsterer and jeweller. Visitors have the opportunity to watch craftspeople at work and to buy directly from them or browse an array of their work on show in the New Brewery Arts café and shop. Each year, about 200,000 people from near and far visit the centre in…

Newark Park

Ozleworth, Gloucestershire, GL12 7PZ
Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley to the Mendips beyond. This remote corner of south Gloucestershire is a secret and unspoilt place, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction. A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland, there is much to see and do at Newark. Newark has an incredible story to tell. Founded by an influential English courtier to Henry VIII in 1550, the house and estate went from boom to…

North Leigh Roman Villa

North Leigh, Oxfordshire
The remains of a large, well built Roman courtyard villa are situated just north of the hamlet of East End in North Leigh parish in Oxfordshire.  The most important feature is a nearly complete mosaic tile floor, patterned in reds and browns, which can be seen through a viewing window. The site is located in a peaceful rural landscape, within a loop of the River Evenlode.

Old Downs Pursuits, Cotswold Water Park

Fosse Farm, Driffield, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5QA
Old Downs Pursuits is a clay target shooting and air rifle ground situated within the Cotswold Water Park area, near Cirencester. Other outdoor activities on offer include archery, crossbows and pistol shooting. The centre can cater for birthday parties, corporate events, hen and stag parties or just to give someone a special treat. All sizes of groups are catered for and the activities are suitable for all range of abilities.

Oxford Bus Museum & Morris Motors Museum, Long Hanborough

Station Yard, Hanborough Railway Station, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, OX29 8LA
The Oxford Bus Museum, situated at Hanborough Railway Station, a few miles from Woodstock, is dedicated to telling the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. Exhibits include many historic preserved buses, coaches, horse-drawn vehicles and a wide selection of artefacts such as bus stops, ticket machines, timetables, posters and staff uniforms. There are also lots of fantastic photos illustrating the county's diverse public transport history. Since 2004 the museum has also been home to the Morris Motors Museum, which charts the story…

Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham

Parabola Road (main entrance on Bayshill Road) , Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3AH
Parabola Arts Centre (PAC) is owned by the Cheltenham Ladies' College and used by the school for performances, exhibitions and events. The centre was opened in October 2009 and in February 2011, the 325-seat PAC launched as a public arts centre with a programme focused on innovative work that stretches the definitions of theatre, music and dance and encourages people to look at the world differently. PAC's mission is to support emerging artists from across the UK and inspire young audiences in Gloucestershire.  

Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3JE
Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Pittville Pump Room is the jewel of Cheltenham’s Regency architecture and is the grandest survival of the town’s many spa buildings. Built in 1830, elegant Grade I listed building is surrounded on three sides by majestic columns. Overlooking the sweeping lawns and lakes of Pittville Park, the Pump Room is a monument to the more than 100 years of fame Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town. It is now Cheltenham’s most spectacular private hire venue and regularly hosts weddings, parties and corporate hospitality. When not in use, visitors can…

Prema arts centre, Uley

Bethesda Chapel, South Street, Uley, Dursley , Gloucestershire, GL11 5SS
Prema is a family-friendly arts centre promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as workshops, classes and creative experiences for children and adults. Prema, which is based in a former Baptist Chapel in Uley, was conceived by sculptor Andrew Wood and opened its doors for the first time in January 1981 after many years of fundraising and building work. Nowadays, Prema welcomes more than 73,000 visitors each year. Children's activities range from dancing, making, sculpting, painting and acting, while the adults dance, sing, throw pots, explore drawing and learn to knit,…

Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham

Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7PU
Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham
This famous Cheltenham landmark is a children's paradise with a heated Olympic-sized 50m main pool, slides, children's pool and a paddling pool. The historic lido, built in 1935, is set in four acres of landscaped grounds and is open 'rain or shine' from early May to the end of September. A variety of sporting events are held at the lido throughout the year and there's also a cafe serving a range of food throughout the day.

Sezincote House

Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AW
Sezincote House
Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amidst the Cotswold Hills a few miles from Moreton-in-Marsh. Sezincote House was built in 1810 by Charles Cockerell, a Member of Parliament for Evesham, who had worked in India, assisted by his brother, the architect Samuel Pepys Cockerell, and Thomas Danielli, the great painter of Indian architectural scenery. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan, with a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jail-work railings and pavilions. A curving…

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT
Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Slimbridge is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) near the Gloucestershire village of Slimbridge on the estuary of the River Severn. Opened in 1946 by the artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott, Slimbridge was the first WWT reserve to be opened. The Sloane Observation Tower gives far-reaching views. The centre has a shop, restaurant, art gallery and Tropical House. Winner of Cotswold Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014, WWT Slimbridge offers an unforgettable day out for families, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. Slimbridge…

Snowshill Manor

Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JU
Snowshill Manor
Snowshill Manor, near Broadway, is a Cotswold manor house packed with thousands of items collected by just one man. Charles Paget Wade started collecting at the age of seven and eventually built up a collection of more than 22,000 items, which included furniture, musical instruments, toys and paintings, not to mention 26 suits of Japanese Samurai armour. Having purchased the estate at Snowshill in 1919, Wade restored the Manor House and laid out the gardens from 1920 to 1923. He housed the collection in the Manor, choosing…

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN
Opened June 2014, the SOFO Museum tells the stories of how conflict has affected the county of Oxfordshire. At our heart is the celebrated history of the two county regiments, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry. The permanent displays tell not just their stories but also intriguing insights into this military county; the airfields and secret locations so important to victory in the Second World War and the lives of those left behind, families and children who still today live next to current military…

South Cerney Outdoor Centre

Lake 12, Spine Road, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5TL
Based in a 52-acres site in the Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney Outdoor Centre offers a range of fun, challenging and educational activities in an outdoor environment. The centre has its own large lake for water sports, surrounding woods and open space for land-based activities as well as onsite changing rooms, classrooms and stores. Qualified, experienced and enthusiastic instructors have access to high-quality equipment to make visitors’ time here fun, safe and challenging. The range of outdoor pursuits includes canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, power-boating, paddling, dragon boat racing, archery,…

Sports and Leisure Centre, Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh

Fire Service College, London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0RH
The Sports and Leisure Centre at the Fire Service College provides outdoor and indoor facilities, including tennis courts, a sports hall and a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool. Open to the public as well as college delegates, the sports centre is run as a leisure club. It offers a variety of facilities for those seeking to improve or maintain their fitness or for simply relaxing and unwinding after a hard day. The college's four-lane 25m swimming pool has various uses, from public sessions to swimming lessons, birthday parties and aqua tone.…

Stanway House & Fountain

Stanway, Gloucestershire, GL54 5PQ
Stanway House is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house which has changed hands just once since 715AD. Summertime visitors can not only enjoy the house and its fascinating furniture, but also the jewel-like gatehouse, the church and 14th Century Tithe Barn, and 18th Century water garden. The glory of the Stanway water garden is the single-jet fountain in the canal, opened in June 2004. The fountain rises magnificently to over 300 feet, making it the tallest fountain in Britain, the tallest gravity fountain in…

Stanway Watermill

Stanway, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5PQ
Stanway Estate, established in the 8th Century, is known to have had four watermills in 1291. They have been used over the centuries for fulling wool cloth, paper production, sawmilling, electricity generation, and for grinding flour and animal feed. The mill in Church Stanway, now fully restored as a working flour mill, was reopened by the Prince of Wales in 2009. Its massive 24-foot overshot waterwheel – the 8th largest waterwheel in England – drives traditional cast-iron machinery and heavy millstones to produce stoneground Cotswold flour from…
Set in a picturesque park location, Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud offers a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor facilities. Inside the leisure centre you will find a swimming pool, gym, group exercise classes, sports hall, squash courts, sauna and steam room, meeting rooms and café bar. Outside there is an astroturf pitch, tennis courts and the fantastic outdoor swimming pool. The gym offers members the latest Precor fitness equipment which is supplemented by a varied group exercise programme. The six-court sports hall offers everything from badminton to basketball,…

Stroud Open Air Pool

Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4AF
Stroud's spring water-filled outdoor pool, which first opened in 1936, is open during the summer months as a refreshing alternative to the indoor pool at Stratford Park Leisure Centre.

Studio Works Gallery, Nailsworth

26 Fountain Street , Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0BL
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Paul Bradley produces pottery in a contemporary style, with clean lines and simple shapes, for practical everyday use. The gallery also specialises in the sale of early and contemporary studio pottery and designer crafts, including paintings, glass and jewellery. Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm all year round. Free admission.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Set against the backdrop of the Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle is steeped in history, with royal connections spanning 1,000 years. The castle, just outside Winchcombe, was once home to Queen Katherine Parr - the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII - who lies entombed in St Mary's Church in the castle grounds. King Charles I found refuge here during the English Civil War when his nephew Prince Rupert established headquarters at Sudeley Castle. Following its ‘slighting’ on Oliver Cromwell’s orders at the end of the…

Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College

Cirencester College, Fosse Way Campus, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1XA
The Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College was opened in January 1998 as a professional and community venue with an exciting and varied programme. The auditorium seats up to 275 depending upon the style of the performance.

Swinford Museum

Filkins, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JG
Housed in a 17th Century cottage in the centre of the beautiful village of Filkins, the Swinford Museum is one of Oxfordshire’s oldest small rural museums. Originally set up in the 1930s, it has a fine collection of local domestic, agricultural, trade and craft tools providing a unique picture of a bygone rural community. As well as special exhibitions, there is also a photographic collection of The Buildings of Filkins and Broughton Poggs, past and present, to compare the changes over the years. Group visits are welcome and…

Tetbury Police Museum

The Old Courthouse, 63 Long Street, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8AA
Tetbury Police Museum
Tetbury Police Museum is located, along with the town council offices, at the town's former Victorian police station and courthouse in Long Street. The museum is primarily dedicated to the history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, which was founded in 1839, but it also houses the largest collection of handcuffs and restraints on public view in the United Kingdom. The museum contains a number of interesting displays of photographs and equipment depicting the history of policing. On the first floor there is a complete magistrates court with a display…

The Activity Zone, Malmesbury

Bremilham Road, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0DQ
The Activity Zone in Malmesbury offers a full range of leisure and fitness activities, including a 25m swimming pool. The pool has a variable floor depth from 2m to a shallow 0.9m that can be adjusted to suit swimming lesson age groups. A range of gentle and more fitness-orientated classes are on offer, including Aqua Fit and a wonderful swim session specifically for families with very young children. The pool operates a swim supervision policy for children.   The leisure centre has a kinetika gym which offers an ideal environment…

The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

3 Beeches Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1BN
This historic theatre is situated within the complex of Ingleside House and The Vaults in Cirencester. It has close connections to local musical groups, as well as being involved with the media and arts on both a professional and amateur basis. The Barn is a space for community activities in Cirencester and hosts a wide variety of events and shows.    

The Bird & Deer Park, Prinknash

Prinknash , Cranham, Gloucestershire, GL4 8EX
See, feed and stroke beautiful fallow deer, wonderful collections of waterfowl, pheasants and the amusing pygmy goats...all very tame and will feed from your hand. Open seven days a week from10am-5pm.

The Bugatti Trust

Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD
The Bugatti Trust
This small exhibition located at the home of the famous Prescott Hill Climb events illustrates the work of Ettore Bugatti, genius of industrial design and invention. Bugatti's artistry and individuality are demonstrated by photographs, models, diagrams, mechanical components and complete cars.   The Bugatti Trust is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and during Hill Climb events. It will be closed occasionally on Fridays during the winter months, so please call or e-mail beforehand to avoid disappointment.  

The Butts Farm Rare Breeds, South Cerney

Cricklade Road, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5QE
Situated just a few miles from Cirencester, visitors can join in all the activities and have hands-on experiences at this rare breeds farm which offers a fun day out for all the family. Visitors can watch chicks hatching, cuddle the bunnies, feed the Zurich flying pigs and giving lambs and goat kids their bottles. On a Thursday, the very popular pony rides are also available. The farm is open to the public from February to October and attracts some 10,000 visitors per year. The Butts Farm Shop is…

The Centaur, Cheltenham

Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH
As well as being a major conference and event venue, in recent years The Centaur has established a growing reputation as a venue for concerts, stand-up comedians and live shows. The Centaur has recently installed a state-of-the-art 2K Digital Cinema System with 3D capabilities. It is currently building an exciting schedule of special event film showings, film marathons, live theatre screenings, live concert showings and big screen sporting events.  

The Cotswold Perfumery, Bourton-on-the-Water

Victoria Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BU
The Cotswold Perfumery, Bourton-on-the-Water
The Cotswold Perfumery, based in a 300-year-old Grade II listed building in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, has been blending perfumes for well over 40 years. Over the years it has built up a following from thousands of perfume enthusiasts, as well as a host of celebrities, including Claudia Schiffer, Gary Barlow, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne, not to mention Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles. John Stephen, the perfumer and owner, has seen the family business grow steadily since the 1960s and The Cotswold Perfumery now…

The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water

The Old New Inn, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2AF
The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water
The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Motor Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford. Situated in Rissington Road, the Model Village was created by a previous landlord of the Old New Inn. It took local craftsmen five years to build and was officially opened on the Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) in 1937. The model village also includes a…

The Old Prison, Northleach

Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3JH
The Old Prison, Northleach
The Old Prison is a fascinating 18th Century building in the Cotswold market town of Northleach and a historic visitor attraction. A visit to the Old Prison offers you a unique glimpse into life in the Northleach House of Correction, one of four houses of correction in Gloucestershire. Built in the 1790s, this was once a fine example of a model prison used to inspire better care and rehabilitation of prisoners throughout Britain and further afield. It even served as a blueprint for London's Pentonville Prison. The…

The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

Fletcher's House, Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN
The Oxfordshire Museum (also known as Oxfordshire County Museum) is located in Fletcher's House, a large historic house in the centre of Woodstock, opposite the Bear Hotel. Run by Oxfordshire County Council, the museum features collections of local history, art, archaeology, the landscape and wildlife relating to the county of Oxfordshire, and to the town of Woodstock in particular. There is also a large garden behind and a coffee shop. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday 2pm-5pm, with last admission at 4.45pm. Admission…

The Regal Cinema, Evesham

Port Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 3LD
This stylish Art Deco cinema has become hugely popular since being lovingly restored and reopened a few years ago. Audiences have the choice to watch films sat at candlelit tables on the ground floor or to snuggle up in the double love seats, regular seats or one of the four Royal Boxes in the circle and enjoy a drink from the bar, before, during and after the film. The Regal is a true community venue and in addition to films and screenings, hosts a broad range of…

The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Sun Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5NX
With a 370-seat auditorium, The Roses is a busy and popular arts centre in Tewkesbury with an eclectic programme of live events, take-part activities, exhibitions and festivals. The Roses boasts a relaxing bar as well as live entertainment including jazz and folk music and stand-up comedy. There is also an exciting film programme of world, independent and UK film.

The Subscription Rooms, Stroud

George Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AE
The Subscription Rooms is a handsome late Regency building in the heart of Stroud and hosts year-round arts and entertainment, exhibitions, markets and meetings. Built in 1833 by public subscription, the venue still plays an important part in the community and is now owned and managed by Stroud District Council. The Ballroom seats up to 450 people and presents all kinds of popular and classical concerts and occasional theatre performances. The sprung dance floor makes it a popular venue for dances and dance classes. The George Room on…

The Theatre, Chipping Norton

2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5NL
This fabulous building, which began life as a Salvation Army Citadel, was opened as a theatre in 1975 by Tom Baker, the Doctor Who of the time. Since then The Theatre has grown and flourished, as the building has expanded, along with The Theatre's programme and reputation. The Theatre has a strong reputation for producing its own creative work, which include perhaps its greatest claim to fame, the world-renowned traditional family pantomime.  
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