6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Cotswold Life today click here

An A to Z of everything great about the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 11:10 23 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:39 15 March 2017

Arlington Row © Raymond Llewellyn, Shutterstock

Arlington Row © Raymond Llewellyn, Shutterstock

Archant

From A to Z, we scroll through the alphabet and reveal 26 reasons why the Cotswolds is such a wonderful place for visitors to explore, and residents to call home

A is for adventures. Get your heart racing and take in breathtaking views as you abseil through the Forest of Dean at Go Ape.

 

 

B is for Broadway Tower. At the ‘Highest Little Castle’ in the Cotswolds, you can admire the rolling countryside once you huff and puff your way to the top!

 

 

C is for Cirencester. The historic market town and the Cotswolds’ capital boasts beautiful honey coloured architecture, a bustling market and lots of independent shops.

 

 

D is for Dormy House Hotel & Spa. Relax and unwind in one of the Cotswolds’ beautiful spas. Go on, treat yourself!

 

 

E is for eating. Whether you fancy a long lunch in a cosy pub, an à la carte affair or delicious afternoon tea, you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to dine out.

 

 

F is for festivals. Music, food and drink, arts and culture, among many more - there’s always something going on in the Cotswolds.

 

 

G is for Gold Cup. Cheltenham Racecourse becomes host to one of the biggest jump racing festivals in the world in March and visitors travel from far and wide to place their bets and enjoy the merriment of the week.

 

 

H is for Highgrove gardens. Highgrove in Tetbury, the private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, sits on a stunning English garden for you to explore.

 

 

I is for intelligence and information at GCHQ. The government’s security organisation sits just outside Cheltenham’s town centre.

 

 

J is for Japanese samurai at Snowshill Manor. The National Trust building is stuffed with whimsical and fascinating artefacts – including 26 suits of Japanese samurai armour dating from the 17th and 19th centuries.

 

 

K is for Kingsholm Stadium. Join the crowds to cheer on the Gloucester rugby team or sing and dance to your favourite music act at a pop concert in the stadium grounds.

 

 

L is for Laurie Lee. The renowned novelist’s work Cider with Rosie was about his childhood in Slad Valley, Stroud.

 

 

M is for Minchinhampton Common. This gorgeous common of greenery, where cattle and horses roam freely, is a great place for an afternoon walk.

 

 

N is for Nailsworth. The town is famous for its picture-perfect cottages just waiting to be explored.

 

 

O is for owls. Gloucestershire’s Barn Owl Centre is dedicated to educating visitors, wildlife conservation and bird welfare.

 

 

P is for Prescott Hill Climb. Set in the glorious Cotswold countryside, the racecourse is home to classic car and bike weekends and exhilarating motor racing competitions.

 

 

Q is for quirky traditions. The Cotswolds is home to cheese rolling in Gloucester, river football in Bourton-on-the-Water, onion eating in Newent and the Tetbury woolsack race.

 

 

R is for the Royal International Air Tattoo. The world’s largest military air show is held in Fairford, right in the heart of the Cotswolds.

 

 

S is for Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of Shakespeare. Literature lovers flock to this historic town every year.

 

 

T is for Tewkesbury Medieval Festival. Travel back in time to 1471 to see the spectacle that is the Battle of Tewkesbury.

 

 

U is for unexplained phenomena. For those interested in conspiracy theories and mystical tales, the Cotswolds is full of them! Check out the 99 trees of Painswick churchyard and the Bisley boy tale.

 

 

V is for VIPs. The Cotswolds is full of celebrities who call the region home.

 

 

W is for Warwick Castle. Explore the stunning castle steeped in thousands of years of history.

 

 

X is for Xmas at Westonbirt Arboretum. Follow the trail of the illuminated Westonbirt trees.

 

 

Y is for yurts. Set up camp in the beautiful Cotswolds while still enjoying all the normal home comforts.

 

 

Z is for zebras at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Spot lots of different species across the beautiful parkland.

 

 

If you love the Cotswolds, you’ll definitely like…

 

26 pictures that sum up the Cotswolds beautifully

29 reasons the Cotswolds are the best place for a staycation

28 reasons to move to the Cotswolds

 

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & about

Yesterday, 07:08

We never tire of pretty pictures of the Cotswolds. Here are ten of the best shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Mon, 00:35

There are many beautiful spots in and around the Cotswolds to lay your blanket down and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic! Here are 13 of the best…

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

The Cotswolds is a county of beauty: with mesmerising views of the scenery, beautiful landmarks to discover and rolling green countryside to explore, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a walk. We pick 8 walks for you to try and have found the nearby pubs to prepare for your ramble or reward yourself when you finish!

Read more
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Call yourself a true Cotswoldian? We’d love to put you to the test! Take our quiz to find out how well you really know the Cotswolds

Read more
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

They say Cirencester is the capital of the Cotswolds but the quintessential villages that adorn the northern half of the region are equally as beautiful. In no particular order, we pick 10 of the prettiest north Cotswold villages you need to explore

Read more
Monday, March 20, 2017

Forget the bad press, says Tracy Spiers, visitors are flooding back to the beautiful riverside town of Tewkesbury

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Improving Cirencester’s appeal as a classic market town has been 50 years in the planning and is at last coming to fruition, as Tracy Spiers explains

Read more
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

As the weather warms, blossom blooms from the trees and colourful flowers burst from the ground, we can’t wait to explore the Cotswold countryside. We pick 9 walks that will make you want to lace up your walking boots straightaway!

Read more
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Head to Stroud Subscription Rooms on Saturday March 4 from 10am to see how you can get involved with the National Trust Cotswolds

Read more
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Get hare-ing! From March 25, the Cotswolds will be teeming with 80 five foot-hare sculptures for visitors to spot throughout the region

Read more
Monday, February 20, 2017

In our latest literary ramble, we explore the golden backlanes of this pretty Cotswold town

Read more
Monday, February 13, 2017

We pick seven special and unique ways to pop the question in one of the most romantic and beautiful places in England… The Cotswolds.

Read more
Monday, February 13, 2017

Snowdrops bring great joy in the early months of the year, signifying the warmer weather ahead. We pick 9 of the most magical places to explore these beautiful flowers

Read more
Monday, February 6, 2017

Walk in the footsteps of arguably the greatest English travel writer of the 20th century, Patrick Leigh Fermor, visiting his last home, his grave, and the magnificent Dumbleton Hall, where roaring fires, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas await to be indulged in

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Cotswold Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search