Days Out and Things to Do
Our charming small wool-merchants town has an abundance of eclectic, independent shops and boutiques that rub shoulders with flagship stores of leading retailers Robert Welch and Sam Wilson, all waiting to be explored. And, depending on when you visit, you might find thriving events in the Market Hall including the regular Friday morning country market.
Antique hunters will love the antique shops in town and nearby Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. You’ll also find a fine collection of art galleries hosting regular exhibitions and featured artists in the Cotswolds.
Foodies will love nearby organic food emporium Daylesford, and if you’re a fan of the Royals, don’t miss the Cotswold market town of Tetbury near Prince Charles's home of Highgrove. A visit to the Highgrove shop is a must, everything sold there is made by local artisans and craftspeople and chosen for their ethical and sustainable pedigree.
For those seeking the ultimate in relaxation, the spa at Dormy House will not disappoint. Serious hikers can find challenging paths like the 102km Cotswold Way which commences its journey from the heart of Chipping Campden. While those wanting a gentler ramble, can download one of the many free maps and head off to make their own discoveries.
Further afield enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian brewery with a tour of iconic Hook Norton Brewery, or join one of the award-winning tours at the Cotswold Distillery. The area is a gardener's paradise with Hidcote Gardens, Kiftsgate Garden, Batsford Arboretum, Sezincote House, Bourton House Garden, and the lavender fields at Snowshill, all within a 10 minute drive.
For a wonderful insight into rural life time your stay to visit The Moreton Show which is traditionally held the first weekend of September. Animal lovers can enjoy a great day at Cotswold Wildlife Park, or experience Cotswold Falconry Centre at nearby Batsford.
Venture no further than the elegant terraced High Street to immerse yourself in iconic buildings dating back to the 14th century. There was a Norman church on the site of St James' Church before AD 1180 which is a landmark for miles around and can be found at the north end of the town. Inside visitors are rewarded with the site of wonderful survivals preserved behind glass from the days before the Reformation.
The town is also home to the vast and extravagant 17th-century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and his family. Hicks was also responsible for Campden House, which was destroyed by fire during the English Civil War.
Embark on a walk along the Cotswold Way and within just a few miles you will reach Broadway Tower one of England's highest viewpoints, and the second highest in the Cotswold ridge. Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Sudeley Castle and Stratford upon Avon are all within easy reach for a rewarding day out.
Art and Entertainment
Chipping Campden is highly-regarded as a hub for the arts and Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon is nearby. Held during May, The Chipping Campden Literature Festival presents a programme of talks, interviews and discussion. Music is celebrated through the Chipping Campden Music Festival which attracts international artists.
Court Barn Museum pays homage to the Arts & Crafts movement and there are numerous galleries and craft outlets including Gallery at the Guild housed in the old silk mill. Nearby Broadway Museum houses a unique collection of local exhibits curated by the Ashmolean Oxford. Travelling slightly further Compton Verney offers an award-winning art gallery and stunning parkland.
In August Longborough Festival Opera stages brilliantly ambitious productions in an intimate 500-seat theatre. For something completely different, Chipping Campden offers the world famous Robert Dover's Olimpick Games and annual Scuttlebrook Wake - hosted by the town since 1612.