Welcome to Stroud District
1The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds

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.


LATEST NEWS

NEW Cotswolds & Severn Vale 7 day circular cycling tour

1Cycling the Cotswolds in one day
Cycling the Cotswolds in one day
1NEW cycling map
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.

Link to Cotswolds 7-day circular routeCotswolds 7-day circular route - Find out more


Make the most of summer fun!

1Picnic on Selsley Common
Picnic on Selsley Common

Enjoy time out and about this summer with plenty of family friendly attractions to suit all interests - both indoor and outdoor.

Get some fresh air for free with a picnic on the hills, stroll along the canal tow paths or a country bike ride. Click below for more inspiration.

A Link to Family Fun Family Fun - Family friendly attractions and activities


Launch of the new Laurie Lee Wildlife Way on the author's centenary day

1Jessy Lee & Cerys Matthews on 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:

A Link to Walking in the Stroud District Walking in the Stroud District - Walking


100th Anniversary of Laurie Lee's birth

1Laurie Lee 100th Anniversary
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.

PDFPDF Laurie Lee - programme of events

Link to Laurie LeeLaurie Lee - Official centenary website


Explore the Stroudwater Canal

1Stroudwater Canal at St Cyr's
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.

Link to Royal Geographical SocietyRoyal Geographical Society - Discovering Britain Stroud Canal Walk

Why are we so proud of Stroud?

1Strolling on Stroud's Commons
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.

PDFPDF 'Proud of Stroud' - Cotswold Life, January 2014


Cotswold Tourism 2014 Award Winners

1Slimbridge WWT - Gold Winner
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...

1Autumn Colours
Autumn Colours

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 Link to Walking in the Stroud District Walking in the Stroud District - Walking

PDFPDF Walk in the Slad Valley - The Sunday Times 2013


A Great British Weekend in the South Cotswolds (The Times)

1William's Food Hall, Nailsworth
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.



PDFPDF The Times, January 2013

A Link to Towns & Villages Towns & Villages - Towns & Villages

A Link to Stroud Special Offers Stroud Special Offers - Find out about some great offers to inspire you to explore and enjoy the Stroud District


Download the Cotswolds Visitor Guide

1Cotswolds Visitor Guide 2014
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.



A Link to Visitor Guides Visitor Guides - Visitor Guide


Special Offers on Overnight Stays

1The Bear of Rodborough
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.

A Link to Stroud Special Offers Stroud Special Offers - Find out about some great offers to inspire you to explore and enjoy the Stroud District


1Independent shopping in Stroud District
Independent shopping in Stroud District

Shop Local

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.

Link to Stroud District Loyalty CardStroud District Loyalty Card - List of participating businesses


1Stroud Farmers Market
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.

Link to The Seven Wonders of the CotswoldsThe Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds - more information

Link to Woodchester MansionWoodchester Mansion - find out more

Link to Stroud Farmers' MarketStroud 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.

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