Unique places to visit in Gloucestershire
Let us tell you about some of the ‘lesser known’ unique places to visit in Gloucestershire.
As a county, Gloucestershire offers a great choice of activities and attractions. From its stunning natural landscapes to the picturesque villages and towns, and of course lovely gardens, churches and farm attractions, there’s no shortage of things to do here.
We have put together some suggestions of ‘local’ unique places to visit in Gloucestershire. These are based in the North of the county, within easy reach of our glamping site in Chipping Campden. Some of these will need to be booked ahead so once you know when you are visiting – get planning!
Unleashing Creativity at Larkswold Craft Workshops
For adults seeking something relaxing and creative, Larkswold craft workshops offer the perfect escape. Tucked away in the serene countryside, just 5 minutes drive from Stow-on-the-Wold, Larkswold workshops provide an opportunity to engage in a diverse range of hands-on crafts. From candle making and silver smithing to block printing and willow weaving.
Imagine spending a leisurely afternoon handcrafting unique souvenirs with your partner or friends in the studio overlooking the stream and fields. The workshops are led by skilled tutors who provide guidance as you create your unique piece. Enjoy the rejuvinating benefits of being creative and playful as you get in the flow and forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Melinda and Emma will make sure you have a plentiful supply of drinks and homemade cakes throughout your visit.
Most courses are for adults or those 10yrs or older unless you request a childrens birthday event.
What could be nicer than visiting a farmers market whilst in Gloucestershire? Meet the farmers, the makers and the people who are passionate about what they produce. Sample breads, cheeses and preserves and ask about how they farm or produce their wares. Then stock up on goodies to take home with you or buy as gifts for those back home.
There are 3 main farmers markets in Gloucestershire. Stroud market is always really popular and takes place every Saturday between 9 – 2pm.
Gloucester farmers market is held Friday 9 – 3pm. Stow on the Wold market is held on the 2nd and last Thursday of the month April – October and just on the 2nd Thursday October – March. A general market takes place in Moreton-in-Marsh every Tuesday 9 – 2 with clothes, produce, baked
goods and other items.
Our next suggestion for unique places to visit in Gloucestershire is Beckford Silk. About 6 miles north of the medieval town of Tewkesbury, on the outskirts of the village of Beckford you will find Beckford Silk. This family owned business, started in 1975 is renowned for it’s quality printed and dyed silk and velvet fabric. Their silk is used by some major brand names, often for scarves, ties, clothes and accessories. Their scarves can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Gallery and The British Museum.
I can recommend taking your time to appreciate the variety of colours and patterns that they produce and treat yourself to something really special in the shop where silk and velvet can be purchased. To learn more about the history of the mill and the processes involved in producing such quality silk, you can watch the fascinating information film that is played in the mill. If booked ahead they can sometimes do a tour of the workshop too. There is a separate café on site too selling light lunches, cakes and coffees.
To plan your visit: https://beckfordsilk.co.uk/
So whether you are a local or a visitor to the area, let Gloucestershire charm and entertain you. Enjoy a creative spark and take home a handmade treasure. Meet local farmers and producers at one of the Farmers Markets or pick up some beautiful fabrics from Beckford Silk. These are far from all of the hidden gems in Gloucestershire – we will add more to our suggestions and hopefully keep you coming back again and again.
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