What to See and Do in the Area
- Guide Friday - Around Stratford-upon-Avon and Cotswold villages in vintage open top coaches.
- Oxford Classic Tour - Guide Tour of Oxford and the Colleges.
- Tour Gems - Genny Stallabrass. Day tours of the Cotswolds & beyond for 2 - 6 people. Fixed or individual tours
- Cotswolds Photography - A Chauffered Tour with Photographic Training
A chauffeured tour with photography training. Enjoy the beautiful Cotswold region of England with a chauffeured day tour including photographic training from a professional. Beginner to experienced."
- Guided Tours of Chipping Campden
These walks will take place each Wednesday during July, August and September. Meet at the Market Hall, Chipping Campden for a 1.30pm start for tours led by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. This is an easy walk that is very suitable for families and will take one and a half hours. They suggest donations of not less than £2.00 per person, this money being used to pay for the upkeep of stiles, paths and signs and for other essential work within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For further details contact Mike and Ann Colcomb on 01386 832131
- Cheltenham Walking Tours
The official tourist office guide will bring history to life and keep you entertained as you stroll for 90 minutes through the best of Regency Cheltenham. Start point Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, The Promenade 11.00 am.
Contact: Tourist Information Centre on +44 (0) 1242-522878
- Stratford Town Walk
Tel: +44 (0) 1789 292478 or +44 (0) 7855 760377
Mon, Tues, Wed at 11am
Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun at 2pm
Christmas Day 10.30am
Meet at the Swan Fountain, Waterside (opposite Sheep Street), near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. No need to book, just turn up.
- Stratford Town Ghost Walk
Tel: +44 (0) 1789 292478 or +44 (0) 7855 760377
Monday, Thursday and Friday evening all year at 7.30 pm
Places must be reserved in advance.Telephone to book or to discuss evening ghost cruises from Easter to Halloween
Walk starts from the Swan Fountain, Waterside (opposite Sheep Street), near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
TOWNS & VILLAGES
The following villages and towns are worth a visit
Burford (25 minutes drive approx)
Cheltenham (40 minutes drive approx)
Cirencester (40 minutes drive approx)
Lower and Upper Slaughter
Lower and Upper Swell
Stow on the Wold
CASTLES & MANOR HOUSES
- Broughton Castle, near Banbury
(Where Shakespeare in Love was filmed)
- Chastleton House (NT) Moreton-in-Marsh
- Snowshill Manor (NT) Snowshill
- Kelmscott Manor (William Morris)
- Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
- Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
- Ernest Wilson Garden, Chipping Campden
- Hidcote Garden (NT), Chipping Campden
- Kiftsgate Garden, Chipping Campden
- Mill Dene Garden, School Lane, Blockley
- Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
- Bourton House Garden, Bourton on the Hill
- Sezincote Gardens,
Bourton on the Hill
Open Bank Holidays and every Thursday and Friday throughout the year (except Dec) 2.00pm to 6.00pm. The house is open on Thursdays and Fridays in May, June, July and September. Entrance 1 mile on the road above Bourton on the Hill.
COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK
Burford, Oxford, OX18 4JW
Tel: +44 (0) 1993 823006
Fax: +44 (0) 1993 823807
Open: All year, daily from 10am Home to a fascinating and varied collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, from Ants to White Rhinos and Bats to big Cats. Enjoy the exotic animals and gardens in the spacious and peaceful Cotswold surroundings, including Guira Cuckoos, Waldrapp Ibis, Sloths and long-eared Hedgehogs and The Wolf. Open every day, a great family day out with plenty to do. Special Events held throughout the year.
- BIRDLAND PARK & GARDENS
Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BN
Tel: +44 (0) 1451 820480
Fax: +44 (0) 1451 822398
Open: April to October, daily 10am - 6pm. November to March, daily 10am - 4pm. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Seven acres of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans and penguins to parrots, hornbills, toucans and many more. Tropical, temperate and desert houses. Plus picnic areas, coffee shop, gifts and play area.
- COTSWOLD FALCONRY CENTRE
Batsford Park, Moreton in Marsh, GL56 9QB
Tel: +44 (0) 1386 701043
Open: Mid February to mid November. Daily 10.30am - 5.30pm. Birds of prey are constantly showing off their skills at this amazing centre, where the breeding and conservation of birds of prey is of paramount importance. Many different types of birds of prey are on display here, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons. Daily Flying Displays, One Day & 3 Day Falconry Courses, Owl Evening Experience, Eagle Day Experience
- ALL THINGS WILD Station Road, Honeybourne, Evesham, Worcs, WR11 7QZ.
Tel: +44 (0) 1386 833083
- Miniature Village Bourton-on-the-Water
- Steam Railway Toddington, Nr Winchcombe
- Crocodiles of the World, Crawley, near Witney
- Broadway Tower & Country Park
Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare
Swan Theatre or The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon
- Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
- Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton
- New Theatre (formerly Apollo Theatre) Oxford
- Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
- Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
- Theatre Royal, Bath
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
- Chipping Campden Morris Men, Traditional English Ritual Folk Dancing
It is often described as having the most perfect High Street in England, with it's beautiful honey coloured stone buildings dating from the 14th to 17th centuries, Chipping Campden epitomises Cotswolds charm
The village of Broadway was probably established in 557 AD after the Battle of Dyrham, by conquering South Saxons advancing to Worcester.
Located 3 miles North of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire The village of Mickleton lies in a fine setting immediately beneath the Cotswold edge overlooked by Meon Hill.
It has several attractive stone houses and cottages in addition to those of thatch and half-timber.
The little Victorian Memorial Fountain close by the Three Ways Hotel (home of the Pudding Club) is an interesting feature by William Burges, the architect of Cardiff Castle and Castle Coch, two excellent examples of the High Victorian Gothic.
The church has a fine 14th-century tower and spire, and a most unusual 17th-century two-storeyed porch. Inside will be found a 12th-century crucifix or rood over the north aisle chapel alter.
A nice circular walk leads up the hill from the church to Kiftsgate, Hidcote Manor Garden, and then up onto Ilmington Downs, before going down again through Hidcote Boyce to return to Mickleton. The is also a pleasant walk leading southwards, over the hill to Chipping Campden, passing close to the southern entrance to Campden Railway Tunnel.
At one time, Moreton in Marsh was an important weaving centre and coaching town with the manor house in which King Charles sheltered
The village church of St Peter and St Paul dates from 1180, whilst Paxton House, by the old Post Office, was the Headquarters of the American Super Six division in 1942
Ancient Roman pottery and coins discovered in the village itself give clear evidence of extended Roman occupation.