Top cultural things to do in the Cotswolds

A firm fixture in the British arts calendar is Cheltenham Literature Festival, a 10-day celebration of all things written. Top authors, thinkers and speakers lead the bill each year in venues in the Cotswolds’ cultural capital, Cheltenham.

Visit the country retreat of the eminent Arts and Crafts designer William Morris, Kelmscott Manor. It’s no wonder he fell in love with this typical Cotswold stone house surrounded by rose-filled gardens.

Fans of the Arts and Crafts movement will find tonnes of key sites to tick off in the Cotswolds. From furnished houses to glorious stained glass windows in churches around the region, you can follow an Arts and Crafts tour of the Cotswolds.

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum received a revamp recently, and renamed The Wilson it has an additional new building and an expanded collection of fine art and touring exhibitions. A whole gallery is dedicated to the Arts and Crafts Movement.

In an original, protected workshop in the Cotswolds town of Broadway, the Gordon Russell Design Museum illustrates the work and influence of the renowned 20th century furniture designer.

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