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.
Plan which Cotswolds Events and Festivals to attend throughout the year on our What's On page.
The Casual Vacancy & Wolf Hall Filming Locations in the South Cotswolds
|Berkeley Castle (seen in Wolf Hall)|
Eagle-eyed viewers of BBC2’s adaptation of ‘The Casual Vacancy’ may have spotted the beautiful locations used in the Stroud District. The fictitious village of Pagford is not just one village, but a mix of Painswick, Minchinhampton and Bisley (as well as Northleach and Burford).
While the buildings housing Samantha’s Boudoir and Pagford Library can be found in Painswick, Barry Fairbrother’s and Colin Wall’s houses are in Bisley. Pagford Church is actually a combination of Painswick and Bisley Churches.
The success of historical drama Wolf Hall has also shone a light on locations in the Cotswolds. Berkeley Castle stood in for Esher where Cardinal Wolsey was banished after falling from grace. Its inner bailey and Great Hall can be spotted in other scenes.
Chavenage House near Tetbury, was used for the scene where Thomas More and Cromwell take supper together. Other Cotswolds' locations included Gloucester Cathedral and Stanway House & Fountain.
Attractions - Historic Houses
Stroud Tourism Day - Saturday 14th March 2015
|Guided heritage walk around Stroud|
Celebrating English Tourism Week, Tourism Day returns to Stroud for the 3rd year and promises to be the best yet. Local attractions including Rococo Gardens, the Edward Jenner Museum and Woodchester Mansion will be joining us. Giffords Circus will be in town and there will be guided walks (£4), face-painting, information on walks in the area, cycling and many other activities, all being provided by Stroud Tourist Information Centre. Stroud Tourism Day will take place in the Subscription Rooms from 10am to 4pm.
Vintage Finds & Antique Treasures
BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine recently visited Stroud, Nailsworth and Painswick to unearth some hidden treasures. In the February 2015 issue, Eleanor O'Kane visits this alternative Cotswold destination and discovers award-winning markets, antique shops and a newly vibrant vintage shopping trail.
Towns & Villages - more information
BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine - website
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:
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.