Winter is a magical time of year here in the Cotswolds, so why not visit the beautiful market town of Cirencester, the 'Capital of the Cotswolds'. There is plenty to explore and discover: a rich history going right back to Roman times, a wonderful arts centre, two theatres, parks and grounds, outdoor markets, fabulous independent shops, great places to eat & drink and to stay in.

Cirencester Market

Cirencester’s regular charter and farmers markets are held in the spacious market square right in the centre of the town. However the Christmas & Christmas Arts and Crafts markets are particularly special: the festive backdrop of the stunning Church of St John Baptist, twinkling Christmas lights, a magical Christmas tree and live music with carols, all combine to create a truly wonderful and memorable festive shopping experience.

Roman mosaic at the Corinium Museum

Learn about Cirencester’s history and heritage by taking a guided walk with the local civic society or visit the town’s award winning Corinium Museum to see the magnificent Roman finds. Visit the church of St John the Baptist, which dominates the market square, stroll through the Abbey Grounds or historic Cirencester Park.

Shop in the New Brewery Arts centre in Cirencester

Cirencester is perfect for a bit of retail therapy: spend time wandering the many alleyways discovering everything from quirky gift shops to boutique designer shops; lovers of vintage should check out the classic pieces for the home and garden at Now-Vintage and New Brewery Arts to see local craftspeople at work. Don’t miss the Corn Hall, where you will discover indoor markets every day of the week, with a focus on antiques on Fridays and crafts on Saturdays.

Room at the Kings Head in Cirencester

You certainly don’t want to miss the awarding winning Barn Theatre and there’s no shortage of tempting accommodation for you to stay in: from the newly opened Ingleside House just down the road from the theatre to the fabulous Kings Head Hotel and The Fleece Inn right in the centre of Cirencester or just out of town there’s the Stratton House Hotel or Abbey Home Farm with its shepherd huts, yurts, cottages and campsite. 

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