To quote the musical sensation Jessie J, it’s ‘not about the money’ in the Cotswolds – or it doesn’t have to be!  There are plenty of things you can do for free, which means you can make the most of your precious holiday time without breaking the bank.

Enjoy a Deer Encounter at Broadway Tower
If you’re looking for something exciting and interesting to do in the Cotswolds, look no further than a visit to Broadway Tower!  You can follow the wonderful circular walk exploring the estate and taking in the beautiful views, as well as joining in on a Deer Encounter when you can meet William and the herd and discover all about them. 
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'Loud and Clear' - work by some of the finest glass artists in Britain
Pop into New Brewery Arts from August 31st to see work by some of the finest glass artists in Britain including floating glass panels etched with photographs, brightly coloured vessels or extraordinary sculpture.  The ‘Loud and Clear’ exhibition is free to enter and you can drop in to see resident makers who are experts in glass blowing, mixed media, stained glass among many other artistic disciplines.  With the money you’ve saved, why not treat yourself to a fabulous lunch or cake in the teashop too?
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Dyrham Park (photo by Sarah Fox)
The National Trust’s Dyrham Park is opening its doors for free on Saturday 14 September as part of Heritage Open Days weekend.   Spend the day at the 17th-century house, garden and ancient deer park at this magical time of year – as the final throes of summer make way for the bright autumnal colour.  With free daily guided-tours around the park and the garden, you can learn more about the rich history and biodiversity while inside the house you’ll witness the ongoing conservation work and see the Dutch paintings up close as part of a temporary art exhibition.
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Robert Welch in Chipping Campden
Don’t miss the chance to discover more about one of the most respected British designers of the 20th century.  Visitors to Robert Welch’s flagship store in Chipping Campden can join one of the free studio shop tours to learn more about the life and work of the man who pioneered the design and retail of modern stainless steel homeware in the UK.  Tours run on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am.
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Will Hurt exhibition at Tetbury Goods Shed
If modernist architecture is right up your street, make a beeline for Tetbury Goods Shed this September.  ‘Concrete Fever Dream’ includes large scale print graphics by Will Hurt and is only possible thanks to recent developments in computer hardware.
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Tewkesbury Abbey
You can't go far in Tewkesbury without seeing Tewkesbury Abbey.  Originally used as the church for the Benedictine monastery which was founded there in the 10th Century, the Norman tower is visible from miles around.  After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII the building was purchased by the townspeople for £453 and became the parish church.  Today you can still see many fine features, from unique 14th Century stained glass to modern sculptures.
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The Oxfordshire Museum
The Oxfordshire Museum is housed in a large 18th century house in the heart of the historic town of Woodstock with galleries exploring Oxfordshire’s story from the Jurassic period through to Anglo-Saxons and Victorians. There’s a beautiful walled garden, perfect for picnics, and don’t miss the life-size Megalosaur in the Dinosaur garden - it’s as big as a bus!
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Woodchester Park (National Trust)
Woodchester Park (National Trust) is a quiet wooded valley with a 'lost landscape' - the remains of an 18 century landscaped park with a chain of five lakes. There’s a play trail and several waymarked walks (steep in places) which lead through picturesque scenery.
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Museum in the Park
Museum in the Park is set in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park just outside Stroud and tells the story of the Stroud Valleys area, giving you the chance to find out about the people who lived and worked there, from the earliest settlers through to the present day. Explore over 4,000 objects on display, from dinosaur bones to the world’s first lawnmower!
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