Castles and gardens
Here are some of the most popular local places to visit:
Painswick Rococo Garden (1 mile) - the last remaining Rococo Garden was originally designed for the Hyett family who bought and expanded Painswick House in the early 1700's. The garden was carefully restored in 1984 and it today looked after by The Garden Trust. A truly breathtaking place to go to in the Spring.
Woodchester Mansion (6 miles) - an unfinished Victorian masterpiece mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873 and suspended in time but revealing many of its structural secrets. Check the website for open days and themed events.
Prinknash Abbey, and the adjoining Prinknash Bird Park (2 miles) - the serene promontory of a modern Abbey, pottery and tearooms, combined with a perfect venue for children who will enjoy the pygmy goats, baby deer and feeding trout.
Westonbirt Arboretum (18 miles) - stunning landscaped grounds, which are home to some of the world's tallest, rarest and oldest trees. Great for dog walking, kiddies play area and rope walk through the woods.
Delight the children with a visit to Cattle Country (18 miles) - an outdoor adventure playground and indoor chutes, slides and scramble nets.
Ornithologists should visit Slimbridge Wetland Centre ( 14miles), the only place in Britain to see all six varieties of Flamingo. A fantastic water world for children to play in safely and feed the birds.
And there's more.....the Dr Jenner Museum set amidst a splendid tree collection overlooking the lake in Stroud's Stratford Park, Stroud's Museum in the park displays elements of the District's local history and never before on view. Free entrance with fantastic events for kids during half terms and holidays.
Within a short drive you can also discover historic houses, such as Owlpen Manor (11 miles) and Chavenage (14 miles) where the BBC series 'Poldark' was filmed, Sudley Castle and gardens (21 miles) and Kelmsoctt Manor, William Morris country home, referred to as 'heaven on earth'.
Puzzelwood - is a magical day out in the Forest of Dean for the whole family.
Towns and villages
You could spend a week just driving around the honey-coloured market towns and villages of the Cotswolds admiring the timeless beauty of this unspoilt part of England.
The official Cotswolds tourist site lists most of the best places.
Painswick, Miserden, Slad and Minchinhampton all very close by. A little further will find Cheltenham and Cirencester (Roman capital of Britain), Tetbury (where Prince Charles has a food shop), Bibury (very picturesque and with a great trout farm), Winchcombe and (when it's less crowded, out of season) the incredibly twee Bourton-on-the-Water with its bird park and miniature village as well as the historic Bath and it's world famous Roman Baths and Therma Spa.
Art Couture, festival of wearable art held in Painswick
Stroud Art Festivals and open studios, fantastic art work
Giffords Circus, a must if in the area.