An A to Z of everything great about the Cotswolds

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

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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.

 

 

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