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First ever Cotswold Bucket List celebrates the quirkier side of the Cotswolds

Britain’s best service station, a forerunner to the Olympic Games where men kick each other in the shins and a festival that celebrates the humble onion are just some of the entries in the first ever Cotswold Bucket List.

The collection of the 100 must-see, must-do and must-experience things that visitors should do when visiting the region was compiled through nominations made by Cotswold residents.

The ultimate insider’s guide, The Cotswold Bucket List highlights some of the region’s more unusual hidden gems – including secret woodland walks, microbreweries, the best photographic viewpoints and even a rally school – rather than recommending the traditional tourist offerings that many associate with the area.

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Every year, an estimated 16 million visitors descend on the Cotswolds from all over the world, generating over £1 billion for the local economy. Covering 790 square miles and running 80 miles from north-east to south-west, the Cotswolds covers Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire, but also stretches into parts of Wiltshire, Bath, North East Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

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“We’re thrilled to present the Cotswolds’ first bucket list, and we’re pleased to say it’s jam-packed with recommendations that are well off the beaten track,” said Charlotte Knowles, general manager at The Old Stocks Inn. “From quirky local events like the Aunt Sally World Championship, where everyone can have a go at a classic Cotswold pub game, to trendy bars like The Feathers, which hosts the world’s largest gin selection, there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” she continued.

Visitors to the region can download a PDF of The Cotswold Bucket List from www.cotswoldbucketlist.com. Alternatively, the full list can be viewed online so that visitors can discover new things to see and do via their smartphones while on the go.

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“It can be tricky for visitors who are only in the area for a few days to decide how to make the most of their time here or to decide what to do next, so we hope that our downloadable list will help visitors to make the most of their Cotswold adventure,” Charlotte explained.

Launched in March 2015, The Old Stocks is on a mission to ensure that visitors to the region make the most of their time here and leave having had the best possible experience. While most hotels encourage guests to dine and drink with them, the staff at The Old Stocks are tasked with getting guests out to experience the best the Cotswolds has to offer, even if it means sending them to a rival bar, restaurant or hotel. The unique approach has already paid dividends with guests coming from across the globe.

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“We welcome guests from all over the world to The Old Stocks, and we’re delighted to be able to tell them not only about the most famous attractions in the Cotswolds, but also those hidden delights that can be found off the beaten track,” concluded Charlotte.

Organisers plan to update The Cotswold Bucket List annually, ensuring it is as up to date as possible. To find out more about The Cotswold Bucket List, visit www.cotswoldbucketlist.com

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