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Chipping Campden - A lovely Cotswold Village

The name of Chipping Campden, one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds, is derived from the old English word "ceping", meaning market place. The Saxon village of "Campadene", meaning a valley with fields and enclosures, was established in Saxon times. With a population of over 2000 people, the High street is dominated by the 400-year-old market place built by the town's rich benefactor Baptiste Hicks for just £90.00. St James's church at the north end of the High Street is one of the Cotswolds finest "wool" churches.  Campden House, destroyed by the Royalists in 1640 to stop it from falling into Parliamentarians hands,  can be seen next to the church and the Court Barn Museum. Chipping Campden became an important destination in the Art and Craft movement in the early 1900s.

Chipping Campden, Cotswold Villages

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Plan a visit to the Cotswold Farm Park

The Cotswold Farm Park was established in 1971 by Joe Henson, the current owner's father, to protect many rare breeds of farm animals. Visitors can interact with  rare breeds of farm animals from rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Pigs and Cattle.  Hebridean Sheep were introduced into this country by the Vikings. They survived on St. Kilda until 1930. There is also an adventure playground, Farm safari, Maize Maze, and plenty of entertainment for children of all ages. Plan a special day where visitors of all ages can learn and discover about farm animals and modern farming techniques the provider of our food today. Hebridean Sheep were introduced into this country by the Vikings. They survived on St. Kilda until 1930.

Cotswolds , Cotswold Farm Park, Rare Breeds

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Famous Film Locations in the Cotswolds

JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, was born and raised in the Cotswolds. Much of the Harry Potter series filming was done in Gloucester Cathedral and The Cloisters at Lacock Abbey and The Bodleian Library in Oxford.  Snowshill was made famous for Bridget Jones' Diary filming with "snow" being imported into the village in June.  The Cotswolds make an excellent backdrop to Jane Austen films, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma being two of the more recent films. The list of famous films and locations is enormous, but amongst the most famous is the location of Bampton in Downton Abbey.

Cotswolds , Lower Slaughter, Lacock Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, SnowshillVillage, Bampton , Cotswold Farm Park

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Tour Bath from the Cotswolds

Bath is the perfect destination for a day trip from the Cotswolds. The famous Roman Baths were first constructed in early Roman times for relaxation and wellness, while the building dates to 1894.  If you want to enjoy a relaxing swim in the natural spa waters, try the modern-day Thermae Bath Spa.

Bath is also famous for its Georgian Architecture. Built-in the 18thCentury of BathStone, the magnificent  Crescents, Squares, the Circus and terraces create the World Heritage Site that is well known today. 

Bath is well known for many places to eat and drink compact and has some of Britain's finest independent shops. Bath is the ideal city to immerse yourself in many museums and galleries and enjoy year-round festivals, theatre, music and sports.

Bath, Roman Baths, Georgian Architecture

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How far can you see from Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower in the North Cotswolds stands over 1000ft tall and at 68ft high is the second-highest point in the Cotswolds and the highest castle in England. With unrivalled views of over 60 miles and a total of 16 counties, it is possible to see the River Severn in the south, The Wrekin, and Wales beyond in the west, Birmingham's towers to the north, and Oxford to the east.   An enchanting walk up the escarpment from the village of Broadway to the tower is part of the Cotswold Way. The Tower is always open, but the circular stairs to the viewing platform at the top close at 5.00 pm. 

Cotswolds , Broadway Tower

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Stanway House and Fountain

The Tracey Family have owned Stanway House in the Cotswolds since the 1580's. The Gate House, designed by Timothy Strong, a local Craftsmen, was added in the  1630s. He also worked on St Pauls Cathedral and many important buildings in London after the Great Fire in 1666. During the summer months, the property is open to the public for a couple of days /week to tour the house and garden home to the most powerful gravity-fed in the world fountain reaching 300ft into the air. The reservoir to feed the fountain is at the top of the Cotswold Escarpment behind Stanway House. The Thatched cricket pavilion set upon staddle stones in Stanway House's grounds was presented to the village by JM Barrie who played cricket with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, AA Milne, and HG Wells in the 1920s. 

Stanway, Cotswold Villages

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Snowdrops Painswick's Rococo Gardens

Designed in the 1740's  Painswick's Rococo Gardens is a charming 6-acre garden laid out in a hidden valley around Painswick House. It was abandoned to woodland in the 1950s and has been re-designed by Lord and Lady Dickinson with a magnificent Yew Topiary, old roses and box parterres. The restoration which is nearing completion comprises a series of follies, ponds, and herbaceous borders. A privet maze was planted in 1998. The garden is famous for a fantastic display of snowdrops in late January and February. The gardens are open during these difficult times on Friday to Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. but must book tickets in advance for a timed entry.

Painswick, Rococo Gardens, Snowdrops