The Cotswolds is famous for the beauty of its landscape and buildings. Houses and churches in Cotswold towns and villages are built from the local limestone, as are the countless miles of drystone walls, which has a unique warmth and richness.
In this experience, you will discover the origins and secrets of this amazing stone and how it has shaped the story of the Cotswolds. You will have a go at shaping and carving a stone block using traditional methods, which will then be used to repair a wall. Set in a stunning quarry off the beaten track, you will see the lengths the quarrymen went to get their prize, even going underground.
The experience will also take you back to the beginning of the story, when the Cotswolds was being formed in the Jurassic period. At that time, the area was a clear tropical sea, much like the Bahamas today. In these conditions, life flourished and those creatures are now also encapsulated in the stone. Try your hand at fossil hunting - and, as the saying goes, finders, keepers!
All tools and materials are included, as well as safety glasses and work gloves. There will be a hot drink on arrival.
About the Cotswolds National Landscape
The Cotswolds National Landscape is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, looked after by a small team working in partnership with a number of other organisations.
The team at the Cotswolds National Landscape works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds; to increase understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities; and to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities.
To find out more visit the website.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Child (under 18)||£19.00 activity|
The experience will be held outside so guests should bring weather-appropriate clothing.
|Open 2021 (12 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|
* Due to Covid restrictions - maximum group size - 5
DRIVING? We will send you the instructions and a map. It is about a 45 minute drive off the M4 or a 15 minute drive off the M5. There is parking but the track is a bit bumpy so if you have particularly low-sitting car - a Porsche? - you might want to park elsewhere!
Public Transport Directions
TAKE THE TRAIN The most pleasant way to get here is a train to Stroud and picking up a taxi from the station. It is a five minute drive and we can provide numbers for taxis. There are direct trains from London, Swindon and Cheltenham. If you are coming via Bristol, you may find it easier to travel to Cam & Dursley station, around 25 minutes away.