The Old Stocks Inn in the Cotswold village of Stow-on- the-Wold is now calling on local people to help them put together the first official Cotswolds Bucket List – the 100 top things to see, do, visit or experience when you come to the Cotswolds.
You can make a nomination at www.cotswoldbucketlist.com
I’ve made mine – have you ???
Mine is …The Broadway Tower..
My nomination goes to…The Broadway Tower. Nothing in my view sums up The North Cotswolds as much as either seeing the majestic Broadway Tower far out in the distance or right up close as she peers down on the picturesque village of Broadway. Up close enjoy the stunning views of the Cotswold countryside as far as the Malverns and wonder at the more local scenery; the deer, the chocolate box villages below, the flocks of sheep and stunning countryside.
Nominees are entered into a prize draw to win a £400 voucher for The Old Stocks Inn, and the nomination period ends on Friday 8 April. The team at The Old Stocks Inn will then choose their top 100, which will be compiled into a free downloadable guide for people all over the world to check out before they visit the Cotswolds.
The first Cotswold Bucket List aims to put region on the map
Local residents are being called upon to share their inside knowledge of the area to help compile the first Cotswold Bucket List – 100 things that people must see, do, visit or experience when they visit the region.
The initiative has been launched by the team at The Old Stocks Inn in Stow-on-the-Wold, who hope that local people will take the time to nominate their hidden gems from across the area so that visitors will be able to experience the best the Cotswolds has to offer as the tourist season starts in earnest.
“The charm of the Cotswolds is that you never know what you might find hidden around the next corner,” said Charlotte Tuck, general manager. “But for those visiting the area for a short time, it’s always great to have a helping hand to make the most of their time. And no one has the inside track on what’s on offer more than the people who live here all year round.
“That’s why we’re looking for local people to tell us about the things that they think make the Cotswolds special – whether it’s where to find the best pint, the most picturesque view to take a picture from, what will make the most memorable day out, a tucked away restaurant or tea room or a must see, unusual local sporting event,” continued Charlotte. “If local people love it, we want visitors to experience it.”
Residents can nominate their Cotswold ‘must do’ by visiting www.cotswoldbucketlist.com and completing the short online form before Friday 8 April. Local businesses or organisations can also submit themselves or encourage their customers to do so. Once the nomination period is complete, the team at The Old Stocks Inn will analyse the entries and compile the top nominations into a free downloadable guide.
Every year an estimated 16 million visitors descend on the Cotswolds from all over the world, generating over £1billion for the local economy. Covering 790 square miles and running 80 miles from north-east to south-west, the Cotswolds covers Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire, but also stretches into parts of Wiltshire, Bath, North East Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
Launched a year ago, The Old Stocks is on a mission to ensure that visitors to the region make the most of their time here and leave having had the best possible experience. While most hotels encourage guests to dine and drink with them, the staff at The Old Stocks are tasked with getting guests out to experience the best the Cotswolds has to offer, even if it means sending them to a rival bar, restaurant or hotel. The unique approach has already paid dividends with guests coming from across the globe while The Times has named it as one of its ‘Cool Hotels’.
“While many people will know of attractions like Bourton-on-the-Water or Gloucester Cathedral, there are plenty of other places just waiting to be discovered by the millions of tourists that come to the region each year.” continued Charlotte.
“With the insight of local residents and the launch of the first Cotswold Bucket List, we hope to put as many different aspects of the Cotswolds on the map as possible. And who knows, perhaps people from the region, no matter how long they have lived here, might also discover somewhere or something that they didn’t already know about,” she concluded.
Organisers plan to run the Bucket List search annually, ensuring it is as up to date as possible. Once compiled, it will be shared with tourist information centres and other tourism businesses across the region, as well relevant visitor organisations across the UK and beyond.
What are you waiting for…get voting!!!