Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds and a gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship. The main street curves in a shallow arc lined with a succession of ancient houses each grafted to the next but each with its own distinctive embellishments.

Chipping Campden also has strong links with the Arts & Crafts Movement – it was the home of the Guild of Handicraft and a number of important craft shops are still in the town today. Trace the history at the Court Barn Museum: www.courtbarn.org.uk

Every year, Chipping Campden stages Robert Dover’s Olimpicks: a boisterous rural event that was first held in 1612 and takes place in early summer. Attractions include Champion of the Hill, a traditional Tug o’ War and the famous Shin Kicking, a two-man contest that has to be seen to be believed.