Stroud is a market town in the county of Gloucestershire and is surrounded by the stunning Cotswolds with the Cotswold Way path passing by it to the west. Stroud has a thriving artistic community and is referred to as Notting Hill with wellies or the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds. Stroud was also the birthplace of the organic food movement.
Getting to Stroud
By road, Stroud is connected to nearby Gloucester by the A46 to the north and Bath to the south. The A419 connects Stroud to the M5. Stroud railway station has frequent services to Gloucester, Swindon, Reading and London. National express coaches run services to Bath and London. Stroud also sits on the National Cycle Network Route 45.
Stroud Contemporary Arts Festival runs for the month of May and hosts the work of over 460 artists.
The Stroud Fringe Festival runs for three days in August comprising performance, music, comedy and poetry at many venues throughout Stroud.
Activities in the area
Cotswolds Adventures provide guided cycling tours of the stunning surrounding Cotswolds area; for those happier in comfort, they also offer chauffeur driven tours in luxury cars.
Ballooning in the Cotswolds unsurprisingly offer hot air balloon flights over the Cotswolds. Group bookings are available
Cotswolds Gliding provides the chance to see the stunning Cotswolds from 2,000 feet up. Discounts for group bookings are available.
While clubbing opportunities may see you need to travel to the nearby towns of Gloucester or Cheltenham, there are no shortage of excellent dining opportunities and numerous beautiful country pubs to spend your evenings.
No 23 Bar and Bistro has excellent food in a warm and friendly environment. A really popular local choice
Sorrento Italian Restaurant is a friendly, bustling establishment serving excellent traditional Italian food.
Bisley House is a relaxing pub serving fresh, locally sourced food. Incredibly popular and enjoying a growing reputation it’s the perfect spot to spend an evening with friends.