What to do in Stow-on-the-Wold

Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, this charming antique-rich market town boasts picture-postcard houses, beautiful scenery, a wealth of independent cafes serving scrumptious cream teas, an abundance of antique shops, and attractions steeped in history and intrigue.

Map available from Pepper Pot Studios

If you’re planning a visit over the May Bank Holidays or waiting until summertime rolls around, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite attractions that Stow-on-the-Wold has to offer – perfect for an afternoon stroll, a relaxing weekend or a week-long staycation!

our flagship store!

Of course, no guide to Stow-on-the-Wold would be complete without the mention of our beautiful Cotswold Co flagship store!

Epitomising our modern-country aesthetic perfectly, we’ve set up shop in the historic public house, The Unicorn. Meander through the nostalgic nooks and crannies as you browse our stunning furniture collections inspired by this very region.

take a stroll to St. Edwards Church

With its famed tree-lined doorway, St. Edwards Church – built between the 11th-15th century – is an architectural gem not to be missed!

pick up some fresh produce

On the second Thursday of every month, Stow-on-the-Wold holds a popular Farmer’s Market in the town square from 9am-1pm. From homemade scented soaps to fresh bread, chutneys and fruit, you can find the dates for forthcoming markets, here.

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enjoy the local flora & fauna

If the scenic views of  Stow-on-the-Wold aren’t captivating enough, there are a number of beautiful gardens and historic homes just a stone’s throw away.

From Kiftsgate Court Garden – famed for its climbing rose – and the traditional country gardens of Barnsley House, to Hidcote Manor Gardens run by the National Trust and Westbury Court Garden which is said to be the earliest formal Dutch water garden now in the country, you’re spoilt for choice!

hunt out a bargain

Stow-on-the-Wold is famed for being an antique lover’s paradise, filled with independent and unique destinations that are perfect for scouring out a nostalgic gem or two.

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the gypsy horse fair

The bi-annual Gypsy Horse Fair takes place every year in May and October. Said to be one of the biggest gatherings of its kind in England, it attracts traditional horse-drawn caravans, photographers, artists and members of the public. Although the dates of both fairs were set more than 500 years ago, they still remain today with gypsies arriving into the town on the nearest Thursday to May 12th and October 24th.

Whatever you decide to do, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this beautiful town just as much as we have! If you have any more suggestions of where to go or what to visit, please leave them below!

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