TRADITIONAL EVENTS IN THE COTSWOLDS AONB

The summer is the best time of year to enjoy the age old traditions of 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 traditional events 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."

You can find a copy of the calendar in the events section of the Cotswolds AONB website at www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or call and request a paper copy. Tel: 01451 862003

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Notes to editors:

Click here to see the events chart.

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 Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) 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.

Press contact: Claire Cunningham

Tel: 01451 862003

Cotswold Way National Trail &

Cotswolds Conservation Board

Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH

Tel: 01451 862000

Websites: www.nationaltrail.co.uk

www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk