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Stanton Village Church

Stanton, near Broadway, Gloucestershire

Chris Dee 0 2 Article rating: No rating

There are many churches in the Cotswolds. In fact many are known as ‘Wool Churches’, a reflection of the fact they they were funded by successful - and heaven seeking - wool merchants from Medieval times onwards. Visitors are rightly directed to the churches at Burford, Lechlade or Norhtleach as examples of the type. 

Some churches have an even older story to tell  - Stanton Church, for example. We’d say that a visit to this village, with its church, High Street , cricket pitch and pub provides what many visitors to the Cotswolds are looking for. 

Belas Knap Long Barrow

Between Winchcombe and Cheltenham

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Belas Knap is the name of a Neolithic long barrow near Winchcombe. Locals know it as one of the best short walks in the Cotswolds, with views down over the town and Sudeley Castle. Experience it on a sunny day with clouds scudding past and Belas Knap might just be the highlight of your visit to the Cotswolds.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester

Chris Dee 0 14 Article rating: No rating

Gloucester Cathedral is impressive in many ways; for its long history, as the burial place of kings and architecturally. In recent years, it has become celebrated as a Harry Potter movie location (in fact purists should note that filming took place in the attached cloisters, not strictly speaking within the cathedral). 

Cheltenham Literature Festival

5-14 October 2018

Chris Dee 0 23 Article rating: No rating

The Literature Festival can be as heavyweight or flippant as you want it to be. 'Star' events (J.K Rowling and Hilary Clinton, for example, have appeared in the last few years) sit along side the esoteric. The range this year is as impressive as ever, from a session on Klimt and Schiele to, um, Ben Fogle and so it would be a dull person who couldn’t find inspiration or entertainment from what is a quite remarkable line up of speakers and events.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Nr Burford, Oxfordshire

Chris Dee 0 30 Article rating: No rating

Cotswold Wildlife Park, which is definitely not to be confused with the Cotswold Farm Park, is near Burford in Oxfordshire. At this one you’ll see rhinos, monkeys and giraffes rather than sheep, pigs and goats. We're told that a small but steady stream of visitors do turn up at each venue having confused the two attractions. 

Woodchester Mansion

Nr Nympsfield, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Chris Dee 0 32 Article rating: No rating

Woodchester Mansion is an enigmatic visitor attraction. It’s a one-off, run by its own charitable trust and a unique listed Victorian Gothic revival mansion in a Cotswolds valley, near Nympsfield. Now, the word ‘unique’ is one of the most heavily used words in tourist brochures - but here’s why.

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