The county of Gloucestershire is one that is steeped in history and tradition and these are obvious in the many events and attractions that are here for the visitor to enjoy, whether you are here for just the day or for a longer trip. Without further ado, here are just a few of the many things that you can enjoy when visiting Gloucestershire.
One of its oldest, and most fun, traditions is that of cheese rolling. Only in Gloucestershire will you find people throwing themselves down a hill that is almost vertical to try and catch a large Double Gloucester. This takes place every May bank holiday on Coopers Hill, which isn’t very far from the centre of Gloucestershire. It is very dangerous, an awful lot of fun and is one of the original extreme sports.
At the foot of the cheese rolling hill is the village of Cranham, and here you will find the stunning Prinknash Abbey. It is still inhabited by a monastery of monks and it has a working pottery which attracts visitors from both home and abroad. There is also a picnic area and bird park to enjoy here and a wonderful gift shop. The whole area is one of peace and tranquility and is the perfect spot for a great day out.
Right in the heart of the city of Gloucester are the fabulous Victorian docks. Now home to numerous businesses such as museums, bars and retail outlets, the Gloucester Waterways Museum is one that should be missed.
This details life on the waterways within the city and surrounding areas with artefacts, photos and excellent interactive computer feature. There is also a barge, a tugboat, several narrow boats and a dredger to complete the scene, and the museum is the starting point for river cruises.