Cotswolds National Landscape
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, guests 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. You will have the opportunity to go fossil hunting and as the saying goes, finders keepers!
All tools and materials are included as well as safety glasses and work gloves. Hot drink on arrival also included.
|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.