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Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester
Gloucestershire has a rich history of free thinkers, pioneers, inventors, artists and musicians that have left their mark. They’ve launched parachutes, inspired much loved stories and even started rebellions. New walking tours around Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester and Stroud will bring the people that have shaped these local gems to life, and explain their impact on the world.
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 10.00 am
Guided Walk - How Cheltenham Changed the World
Illusion, exploration, aircraft, the parachute, womens' rights - you name it, Cheltenham has made its mark.
Next time you take a bath or watch Star Wars, go shopping or board an airplane, raise a glass to Cheltenham. Before Lush, there were Cheltenham salts; before John Williams there was Gustav Holst; before Westgate shopping centres there was the Montpelier Arcade; and before the Boeing 747 there was the Meteor. Find out how Cheltenham pioneers opened up the interior of Australia, launched the parachute, and even gave George Michael the iconic look of the 80s.
Walk ends at the Suffolks Sunday market.
Sunday 17th November 2019 at 10.00 am
Guided Walk - Gloucester: History, Myths & Legends
The real Tailor of Gloucester, Long John Silver, Scrooge - discover them all on this tour of one of England's oldest cities.
Gloucester, as Dr Foster discovered, is full of hidden surprises. This is where Beatrix Potter got the idea for The Tailor of Gloucester and where Harry Potter discovered that the Chamber of Secrets had been opened. It's where Gandhi got his image, Robert Louis Stevenson found inspiration for his famous pirate Long John Silver and where Humpty Dumpty came to grief. Join accredited tour guide Steve Roth to explore the stories - some true, some legend - of this fascinating Cathedral city.
Walk ends at the Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Docks.
Saturday 30th November 2019 at 10.00 am
Guided Walk - Stroud: The Covent Garden of the Cotswolds
Quirky and creative, Stroud was called the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds by Jasper Conran. It's home to an award winning Farmers Market that Conran started.
Free thinking Stroud is the creative capital of the Cotswolds, and a magnet for artists, musicians and writers. Birthplace of the organic movement, Extinction Rebellion and Laurie Lee, it's also home to Damien Hirst's art studios. Join this walk to explore the origins, stories and characters of this 700 year-old market town. Walk ends at the multi-award winning Stroud Farmers Market - set up by designer Jasper Conran and Isabella Blow - where you can browse fantastic food and crafts, or have a coffee in the country's first fully organic cafe.
Sunday 8th December 2019 at 10.00 am
Guided Walk - Cirencester: The Cotswolds’ colourful capital
Stand where gladiators stood, admire Alexander Pope's 'enchanted forest' and explore the colourful shops in the capital of the Cotswolds.
The journey from Waitrose to the Roman amphitheatre is just a short hop, but covers a 1,000 years of history. The Romans made Cirencester their regional capital; Roundheads and Cavaliers fought in the streets; and the Earl of Bathurst created one of England's most influential landscape gardens on the edge of town. Walk through Cirencester's winding streets and learn about the Cirencester Mop, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the tallest yew hedge in England.
Walk ends at the Cirencester Christmas Market.
These new walks have been created by accredited Tour Guide Steve Roth. As a journalist and qualified guide, he’s spent his life telling stories. He’ll take you on a fascinating journey to discover the Cotswolds at their most picturesque, fun and often bizarre. All walks can be booked through the link below
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