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Welcome To The Cotswolds Guide

The Cotswolds, known as ‘The Heart of England’, is a region of beautiful countryside with picturesque Cotswolds stone built houses in small villages often hidden in gentle hillsides (‘wolds’).

The Cotswolds is located in west central England (approx 2hrs drive from London) and runs south west to north east through six counties, particularly Gloucestershire, west Oxfordshire and south western Warwickshire.

The area was designated an ‘Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (AONB)’ in 1966, and it is now the largest area of outstanding natural beauty in England and Wales.

There are many attractive small towns and villages such as Cirencester, Castle Comb, Burford, Bibury, Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. ...more info / hide

COTSWOLDS What's on / Events



Gloucester:
Gloucester Farmers' Market

Gloucester City Council's Farmers Market is located in the Gate Streets every Friday.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Town Centre MORE INFO
Bath:
Bath Christmas Market

For 18 days, the quaint streets and square between the stunning Bath Abbey and the internationally renowned Roman Baths, are transformed into a Christmas shopper's haven - the Bath Christmas Market.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Town centre MORE INFO
Bath:
Bath Farmers Market

Bath Farmers Market (BFM) was the first Farmers Market in the UK and was established in September 1997 in response to Local Agenda 21 and the principles of sustainable development.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Green Park Station MORE INFO
Cheltenham:
Cheltenham Farmers' Market

Cheltenham's award winning farmers' market is held on the second and last Friday of each month. You will find it in front of the Long Gardens on the Promenade, where a string of stalls line the street selling a range of produce
TYPE: Markets & Shows   MORE INFO
Bourton-On-The-Water:
Christmas Fayre Bourton-on-the-Water
The tree is lit from 1st December to 5th January, but the official switching on celebrations are held at 6pm on the first Friday of December, the date of the Christmas Late Night Shopping.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Town centre MORE INFO
Bath:
Bath Music Fest
Bath International Music Festival is located in the heart of Bath's vibrant and picturesque city centre.
TYPE: Events & Festivals Location: City centre MORE INFO
Cheltenham:
The Open West Exhibition in Cheltenham
The exhibition will be taking place in June/July/August 2013 - full dates and venue details to be confirmed - visit www.theopenwest.org.uk for further information
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Tewkesbury:
Tewkesbury's Christmas Lights and Christmas marke
Christmas Lights Festival & Market starts Sunday 24 November 2013. Come into town, enjoy free parking, and soak up the festive atmosphere.
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Cheltenham:
Christmas Market Cheltenham
A huge range of designed wooden chalets selling a wide range of festive crafts and gifts situated in the beautiful setting of Cheltenham Promenade.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Promnade MORE INFO
Stroud:
Stroud Farmers' Market
Stroud Farmers' Market is multi-award winning and is well known as one of the the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers market in the UK.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Cornhill Market Place & Surrounding Streets MORE INFO
Tetbury:
Tetbury in Bloom
Tetbury in Bloom is a community group dedicated to keeping Tetbury looking good and making it a great place to live, work and visit - Overall Winner of the Heart of England in Bloom and twice awarded Silver Gilt in the Britain in Bloom Finals.
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Stratford-upon-Avon:
The Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival
The Stratford Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.
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Tetbury:
Christmas in Tetbury
The 2013 Christmas Shop Window Display Competition will be on Wednesday 4th December and Christmas Lights will be switched on the following day at 6.00pm on the steps of the Market House.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Town Centre MORE INFO
Bath:
Bath Guitar Festival
The Bath Guitar Festival will take place 19 - 25 July 2013 in a variety of venues across the city.
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Tetbury:
Tetbury Fiesta
The Tetbury Fiesta is a FREE event for all the family.
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Stratford-upon-Avon:
Stratford-Upon-Avon Market
Our Markets are a wonderful place to shop, meet people, and learn more about the area. The markets are full of good food and great fun for all the family.
TYPE: Markets & Shows   MORE INFO
Bath:
Bath Guildhall Market
The Market is one of the longest running shopping venues in Bath, serving the community for around 800 years and operating from its current venue in one form or another from at least the 16th century.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: High Street MORE INFO
Cheltenham:
Cheltenham Literature Festival
The spectacular annual literary festival that attracts all the big names in books. Based in and around the Town Hall.
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Stow-On-The-Wold:
Stow-On-The-Wold Farmers' Market
Held in the picture postcard town of Stow on the Wold, nestled amongst the Cotswold Hills.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: The square MORE INFO
Cirencester:
Cirencester Christmas Market
As a change from the past 3 years there will be no German-style chalets but by popular demand a return to the Advent Festival and Christmas Lights Switch-On, which will take place on Saturday 30 November.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Town Centre MORE INFO
Stow-On-The-Wold:
Stow-on-the-Wold Cotswold Festival
Stow-on-the-Wold Cotswold Festival is on 24th, 25th & 26th August 2013. The theme draws on the abundance of high quality fashion and food outlets in this famous and picturesque Cotswold town.
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Gloucester:
Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival
Celebrating 10 years of vibrant rhythm and blues in Gloucester. Local musicians mix with touring national acts and there are opportunities for artists to shine at the 'open mic' jam.
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Gloucester:
Victorian Christmas Market
Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market, visitors will be able to browse more than 130 decorated stalls selling artisan crafts, fine food and drink and unique Christmas gifts.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Gloucester Quays MORE INFO
Gloucester:
Gloucester Country Market
Gloucester Country Market is part of the Country Markets network of over 450 local markets in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Country Markets Ltd is a nationwide co-operative enterprise, previously known as WI Country Markets.
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Bath:
Bath Folk Festival
Bath Folk Festival is now entering it’s fourth year and has already established a reputation as one of the most exciting new folk festivals to emerge in the UK.
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Gloucester:
The Three Choirs Festival - Gloucester Cathedral
The Three Choirs Festival, held each year since the early eighteenth century, and rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford is one of the world's oldest classical choral music festivals.
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Stroud:
Christmas Gift Markets Stroud
A special 4 days of markets in the Cornhill Market Square starting with a crafts and gifts market on Friday the 20th, the immense Stroud farmers market Christmas market on Saturday 21st and two more craft and gift fairs on the Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Cornhill Market Square MORE INFO
Stratford-upon-Avon:
Stratford upon avon Christmas Market
The Stratford upon Avon Christmas Markets will run every Sunday from November 21st until December 22nd in Henley Street, just yards from William Shakespeare's birthplace.
TYPE: Markets & Shows Location: Henly Street MORE INFO
Tetbury:
The Tetbury Music Festival
Tickets are available from, Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 33 Church Street Tetbury GL8 8JG
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