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A Brilliant Disguise
The pretty market town of Stroud, in Gloucestershire, is famous for its steep streets and a location in the heart of the Cotswolds. There is plenty to keep you occupied, and we’ve chosen a few must-see attractions.
The award-winning Stroud Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday at Cornhill Market Place and is a beautiful place to buy locally grown produce including everything from fruit and veg, poultry and local cheeses, and even Cotswold Wine and craft beer. This is a proper traditional market that has its roots in history.
For beer lovers Stroud Brewery offers tours and tasting sessions which give a great insight into how your favourite ales are made. The bar serves a decent food menu and there are regular events at the brewery, so it is certainly worth checking the website for current information.
An eclectic and fascinating collection of exhibits and art makes Museum in the Park a worthwhile attraction. Based in and around a 17th century manor house in Stratford Park, the museum charts various aspects of Stroud history and more. If you have children they’ll love the ancient dinosaur exhibits, and also among the 4000 items are some of the first lawnmowers ever built! We did say it was eclectic!
For active types, a fun and unusual activity is paddle boarding on one of the canals in the area. There is a knack to it but there are tutors on site who will help you get the technique right. It’s a fantastic way of enjoying the stunning scenery of the Cotswolds.
Stroud is a town with many interesting and unusual shops, some lovely cafes, and plenty of traditional pubs serving a variety of drinks and food. Don’t forget to take a hike on one of the many Cotswold paths that begin and end close to the town.