Tag Archive: Stow-on-the-Wold



My last visit was in 2003 but that was on official business so it shouldn’t count. In 1986 and 2000, I was there. First as a student, the next as a tourist. Most things remained the same, but for the price of West End tickets. As a newbie watching musicals for the first time, I was very lucky to be there when Les Miserables first showed some 3 months before my arrival in 1986. With my student discount, it was a steal watching it and quite frankly, I was beyond awed. I’ve never seen the likes of it till then. I’ve watched it several times since, both in West End and Broadway, and even back in my home country. This Cameron Mackintosh was my new hero. Fast forward 2019. Ticket prices have spiralled. Lowest-priced musicals still hovered from £30 upwards. Some at £200 and up. And I mean really upwards. If you’re aiming to watch only one or 2, sure you can splurge. But not if you’re meaning to watch more. And so, rather than stay longer in London, we moved to stay nearly a week in Amsterdam and then another week in Brussels before heading back to London and onwards for 8 nights in Bath and The Cotswolds. We made many day trips from our chosen city base using trains, buses and vans. This is our Trip Summary from May 19 to June 12, 2019.

London

https://lifeisacelebration.blog/2019/05/21/touchdown-london/

London

Day Trip from London: Stonehenge

https://lifeisacelebration.blog/2019/05/23/one-in-a-million-stonehenge/

Amsterdam

https://lifeisacelebration.blog/2019/05/25/its-been-awhile-amsterdam/

DayTrips from Amsterdam

Giethorn

Zaanse Schans

Volendam & Marken

Delft & The Hague

Brussels

https://lifeisacelebration.blog/2019/06/01/touchdown-brussels/

Day Trips from Brussels

Bruges

Ghent

Antwerp

Back to UK

Bath

The Cotswolds

Day Trip to Cardiff, Wales

The Cotswolds


Always in my mind. Always in my list. Been to Stratford-upon-Avon on its north side, and south of it, Bath, but never stepped into the real Cotswolds territory. Until now. Time well spent in the English Countryside. In some places, time stood still. The honey-coloured stone cottages, the centuries-old market halls, “wool churches” and biscuit-hued houses with dry stone wall fences. So lovely!

Castle Combe

Malmesbury

Corsham

Bourton-on-the-Water

Arlington Row in Bibury

Stow-on-the-Wold

Tetbury and Cirencester

And finally, Chippenham, where the wedding was held. The reason why we’re here. The Lost Orangery in Euridge Manor was the perfect venue for such a fairytale wedding.

Chippenham


We were famished by the time we got to Stow-on-the-Wold. This time, a proper afternoon tea with scones in Lucy’s. The Old Bakery is full but no worries, this old market town has an abundance of tea rooms and also antique shops. Between the two, you know where I headed to. Hard to resist freshly-baked scones with lashings of good ol’ clotted cream and strawberry jam. But I needed more than that and so I settled for the Cotswold ham served with matured cheddar and homemade brown bread warmed and toasted under the grill. You bet I waddled out of Lucy’s Tearoom after that meal.

Lucy’s Tea Room

Scones from Lucy’s Tearoom

Lucy’s Tearoom is one of many in Stow-on-the-Wold. It comes with a good reputation and the cafe itself has a charming courtyard garden you’d pass on the way to the loo 😜 Obviously, Stow-on-the-Wold is a choice spot for lunch or afternoon tea. Most cafes were full even at a very late lunch hour, and the car park confirms this is a pit stop for many visitors to Cotswolds. It is the highest among the Cotswolds towns at 800 feet where 7 major roads converge. A hub, if I may call it that, just like in the past when it hosted big sheep trading fairs at the height of the wool industry of Cotswolds.

Cotswold Ham, anyone?

Just like the other villages in the 5 counties covered by The Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold has the same biscuit-colored cottages and green fields. Art enthusiasts would love visiting the 3 art galleries to be found here. Or you can choose to shop in any of the antique shops or like us, check out some of the ancient inns and tearooms. It is said that J. R. R. Tolkien was inspired by Stow-on-the-Wold when he wrote Lord of the Rings. Specifically, the Doors of Durin were inspired by the north door of St. Edward’s Parish Church. Many photos were taken here. So I’d grab one just to show you. Why? Because we failed to see this. Darn. Too busy and too hungry for lunch. By the time we were done with lunch, it was time to move.

Sourced from the Net

Sourced from the Net

Indeed, this market town is a jumble of art, history, culture and gastronomy. From what I gather, there’s a wide range of dining options from fine restaurants to artsy cafes to ale pubs. And as I mentioned earlier, at least 3 art galleries. Choice is yours to make. Unless you’re staying the night here, better plan on which to check out or which NOT to miss! Listen and take our advice. Learn from us 🙄