Truly in the heart of the Cotswolds, like many of its neighbours, the thriving market town of Tetbury came to life with the growth of the Cotswold wool trade. It boasts a wealth of architectural heritage, including its iconic market house which plays host to farmers’ markets and craft fairs every Wednesday and Saturday. So why not meander down the cobbled chipping steps and enjoy all that the ‘mop fairs’ have to offer.
Stow on the Wold is a wonderful small market town
steeped in history, having been very much part of The English
Civil war. There are many narrow stone alleyways, which were
traditionally used for herding and counting sheep on their
way to market, lined with some of the oldest buildings in
Chipping Campden is the most beautiful and unspoilt Cotswold
market town. The thatched cottages and rich history attract
visitors from far flung countries. For me, it‘s all the
fabulous places to indulge my taste buds and watch the world
go by that bring me back every opportunity I get.
No neon lights here, located as it is at the gateway to the Cotswolds and just 2 hours from London, Broadway is an easy escape from the hussle and bustle and strolling along its attractive High Street you’ll soon find distractions aplenty and feel the cares and stress ebbing away….
It’s really nothing new, our mothers were doing it and our grandmothers certainly were but thank heavens for the foodie revolution which means that most of us are keen to know where the food we enjoy on our plate actually comes from and just as importantly, how it got there.
For those of us who are a little beyond our Reading or Glastonbury days, we suggest combining your week-end escape or family holiday this year with one of the many cultural events taking place across the Cotswolds arts scene.
If like us you enjoyed the excellent BBC production Wolf Hall and more recently Sunday evenings spent glued to a compelling reprise of 70’s Poldark, you may be surprised to learn that much of the grand house filming takes place in our very own Cotswolds…
Not just a pretty face, the Cotswolds is equally as capable of feeding the mind as it is the soul… Literary types in search of cerebral stimulation can look forward to the Bath Literary Festival later this month and the Oxford literary festival in March. Even charming Chipping Norton has joined the big boys with its very own Chippy Lit Fest in April.
Secret Cottage Tours, is your chance to experience the beautiful and picturesque villages, which the Cotswold’s has to offer, but with the personal touch. With only 7 people on the tour at any one time, you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the sites of the Cotswold’s, while you’re knowledgeable guide takes you to all those hidden villages, throughout the Cotswold’s.