With its dramatic Cotswolds landscape, unique arts and crafts heritage, fabulous festivals and independent shops, the Stroud District is the least commercialised and unexplored area for a holiday in the Cotswolds.
In fact, Lonely Planet has just named the South Cotswolds as one of Europe's best kept secrets. If you are looking for a lovely, Cotswolds weekend away, why not have a look at our Special Offers.
2014 is a special year in the Cotswolds' Stroud District with much to celebrate including the 100th anniversaries of famous author, Laurie Lee, and renowned sculptor Lynn Chadwick. There's plenty to do all year round. Plan which Cotswolds Events and Festivals to attend throughout the year on our What's On page.
NEW Cotswolds & Severn Vale 7 day circular cycling tour
|Cycling the Cotswolds in one day|
|NEW cycling map|
A group of four cyclists recently undertook the challenge of completing a 180-mile circular tour of the Cotswolds in just one day. During their ride, they came across beautiful, hidden villages they hadn't known of before.
Instead of cycling the whole route all in one go, how about trying the NEW Cotswolds & Severn Vale 7-day circular cycling tour? The waterproof maps can be purchased from Stroud TIC for £3.99.
Cotswolds 7-day circular route - Find out more
Launch of the new Laurie Lee Wildlife Way on the author's centenary day
|Jessy Lee & Cerys Matthews on centenary day|
This new six mile circular walk, launched on what would have been Laurie Lee's 100th birthday, follows 10 poetry posts around the wildlife-rich Slad Valley, linking the work of Gloucestershire's most famous twentieth century writer with the landscape that inspired him. An 11th post is situated at the Museum in the Park in Stroud.
Find out more about this walk in the Feature Walks on the link below:
100th Anniversary of Laurie Lee's birth
|Laurie Lee 100th Anniversary|
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stroud’s most celebrated author, Laurie Lee, author of 'Cider with Rosie'. An exciting array of events will take place throughout the year in Slad, Stroud and the surrounding valleys, including music, poetry, exhibitions, walks and workshops.
Laurie Lee - Official centenary website
Explore the Stroudwater Canal
|Stroudwater Canal at St Cyr's|
This beautiful Royal Geographical Society walk, along the canal towpath from Stroud to Stonehouse, tells the story of the Stroud Valley (in both audio and visual format). With plenty to observe along the way including mills, locks, bridges, warehouses, beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Royal Geographical Society - Discovering Britain Stroud Canal Walk
Why are we so proud of Stroud?
|Strolling on Stroud's Commons|
Read why Tracy Spiers is 'Proud of Stroud' and its dramatic landscapes, unique arts and crafts, independent shops and fabulous festivals. Find out more about the 100th anniversary celebrations of famous author, Laurie Lee, and renowned sculptor Lynn Chadwick.
Cotswold Tourism 2014 Award Winners
|Slimbridge WWT - Gold Winner|
Congratulations to all the Cotswolds Tourism award winners in the Stroud District:
Slimbridge WWT – Large Visitor Attraction of the Year (gold)
Tudor Caravan & Camping – Holiday Park of the Year (gold)
Hatton Court – Large Hotel of the Year (silver)
Cattle Country, Museum in the Park, Old Passage Inn, Stroud Festival of Nature, Sudgrove Cottages and Woodchester Lodge B&B all won bronze awards.
Get your walking boots on...
This is the perfect time for strolling around the Stroud District.
For more ideas, click on the link to our walking pages or have a look at the Sunday Times walks article featuring The Slad Valley:
A Great British Weekend in the South Cotswolds (The Times)
|William's Food Hall, Nailsworth|
If you're looking for inspiration for a weekend away, read all about the South Cotswolds, described in The Times as 'A far cry from the twee Cotswolds that most people know', including the small market towns of Berkeley, Minchinhampton and Nailworth.
Download the Cotswolds Visitor Guide
|Cotswolds Visitor Guide 2014|
Discover more about the Stroud District, where to stay and what to see and do in the rest of the Cotswolds in the OFFICIAL Cotswolds Visitor Guide 2014. Features include 'Time for Yourself', 'Food & Drink' and 'Come Rain or Shine' fun for the family. View the guide online or download a copy from the link below.
Special Offers on Overnight Stays
|The Bear of Rodborough|
Make the most of cosy Cotswold pubs, bracing winter walks and roaring log fires by enjoying a weekend away in the Cotswolds this winter. Accommodation ranges from traditional Cotswold stone B&Bs and self-catering cottages to boutique hotels. Check out our Special Offers page and how to apply for free Stroud Farmers' Market vouchers for stays until 30th Sept 2014.
|Independent shopping in Stroud District|
Whether you're a local or a visitor, enjoy special offers and discounts from a wide range of shops and businesses all over the Stroud District with a Shop Local loyalty card, sponsored by Stroud District Council. Pick up one for free from Stroud Tourist Information Centre or participating businesses. Click below to find out which businesses are taking part.
Stroud District Loyalty Card - List of participating businesses
|Stroud Farmers Market|
The Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds
Stroud's award-winning Farmers' Market and the unfinished gothic masterpiece, Woodchester Mansion, have been voted by the public as two of the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds.
The Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds - more information
Woodchester Mansion - find out more
Stroud Farmers' Market - find out more
STROUD IN THE COTSWOLDS
This least commercialised and unexplored area of the Cotswolds is presented among valleys, vales and wolds. This dramatic mix of landscape, coupled with unique heritage, unspoiled villages and market towns are all here waiting to be discovered.
The Cotswolds is renowned for being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is convenient to access famous points of interest such as Stratford upon Avon, Cotswold villages, Bristol, Bath and the Welsh Borders.
The Stroud district boasts an exciting and contemporary art scene, with the likes of Damien Hirst, Cleo Mussi and the Pangolin foundry in residence, making the area positively unique.