For the main course
Appetite whetted, now it’s time to get stuck into something a bit more substantial. And no trip to the area would be complete without visiting one of the many famous villages – take your pick from Bibury, Broadway, Kingham, Castle Combe, Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water and more.
First-time visitors to Bibury and Castle Combe may be struck by a sense of déjà vu. Both villages are popular filming locations and have featured in Hollywood movies such as War Horse and Stardust. In fact, if you’re a film buff, the whole area is teeming with beautiful locations for everything from Harry Potter to Bridget Jones’ Diary.
When in Bibury, don’t miss the 14th-century cottages of Arlington Row. Or, for something a little different, pop into the Bibury Trout Farm where you can catch your own’ – or just stock up on local delicacies and fine wines.
Time your visit right and you may catch one of the more outlandish village events. There’s the Bibury Duck Race, the Tetbury Wacky Races, Shin-kicking at the Cotswold Olimpicks and (probably most famous of all) the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling. Of course, if you prefer rocking out to Morris dancing, head to Alex James’ place at the end of August. In 2016 the former Blur bassist’s festival – the Big Feastival – played host to The Kaiser Chiefs, Tinie Tempah and Mark Ronson, plus some of the country’s finest chefs.