A year long listing of traditional events taking place in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been complied by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the organisation that exists to oversee the protected area.

The listing, which is available on the Board's website gives people the opportunity to discover more about the rich cultural heritage of the area. From taking part in the precarious practice of cheese rolling at Coopers Hill in May to racing ducks in Bibury on Boxing day, there is something for everybody to enjoy.

Members of the public can find the listing in the events section of the AONB's website

The Cotswolds AONB is a designated landscape, protected by law which covers 790 sq miles and takes in parts of five counties and two unitary authorities; Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board exists primarily to conserve and enhance the AONB and encourage people to understand and enjoy it but in fulfilling those roles has a secondary responsibility to seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities.


Notes to editors:

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members, 17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed by Government.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board acts as an advisor to planning departments of the 17 local authorities within the AONB.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.

With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the largest of 40 AONBs in England and Wales and is protected to ensure that its beauty and special character are conserved. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.

Contact: Claire Cunningham

Tel: 01451 862003

Cotswolds Conservation Board Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH

Tel: 01451 862000 Website: