Age-old traditional events take place across the year in the Cotswolds and so the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), has created a calendar for 2008-9 that shows you where and when you can enjoy events that are closely linked to the area's rich heritage.

There are a whole host of events that bring local colour to traditional Cotswold settings, from cheese rolling on Coopers Hill near Brockworth and the Tetbury Woolsack Races to Dover's Hill Games and the Bourton Water Game.

Spokesperson for the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Claire Cunningham said:

"The board works to encourage people to understand and enjoy the Cotswolds AONB and taking part or being a spectator at these events helps to strengthen an awareness of the distinct qualities of the area. It reinforces the fact that the AONB has a special character, which is worth maintaining.

There are so many interesting and unusual things that take place at these events such as the Painswick Ancient Clypping Ceremony in September. The community joins hands and forms a giant circle all the way around the church. A tradition that must have fostered community spirit for many hundreds of years, since it's inception in 1321, and still does today."

Click here to view the calendar or call and request a paper copy. Tel: 01451 862003