Close to Stow on the Wold is Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden, right in the Northern part of Gloucestershire, is one of the prettiest Cotswold market towns. It has a long high street lined with typical Cotswold stone buildings. One of these is the Jacobean Market Hall, which is now owned by the National Trust. There's also a Wool Church, of course, in the form of the 'mini cathedral' St James. Dovers Hill, set high above Chipping Campden, was once the site for the Cotswolds' equivalent of the Olympic Games, established during the reign of James I by local lawyer Robert Dover. In their hey-day, the games were attended by up to 30,000 people and included 'shin kicking' and 'jumping in bags'. Visitors today can still witness the festivities on the first Friday after Whitsun.
Also close to Chipping Campden is Hidcote Manor Gardens. Horticulturalist Lawrence Johnson created the gardens in the early twentieth century and the National Trust now owns this 'Arts and Crafts masterpiece'. The gardens are structured as a series of outdoor rooms, each with their own special character. There are all sorts of unusual plants from around the world, including some beautiful old roses.