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Stay and Play in Brockworth, England

by Angelique Platas

Jan 23, 2018

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Situated between the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve and the beautiful city of Gloucester, Brockworth is a large village ideal for budget travelers of all ages. Stay in Brockworth at an Old English Inn and get the full experience of old-world-meets-comfort accommodations.

 

Enjoy the quaint village and rural English countryside with easy access to Gloucester, Bath, Oxford, national parks and countless 18th-century pubs.

 

Get the most out of your family vacation and make a mini road trip out of it. Take a car or train daytrip and explore the 11th-century Gloucester Cathedral and tomb of King Edward II, or stroll along the Gloucester Docks lined with Victorian warehouses and unique design.

 

Head to Bath, about an hour south of Brockworth, and explore the city’s famous hot springs and Georgian architecture. Pop in any of the various museums boasting 18th-century architecture and incredible history before heading an hour east toward Oxford.

 

Home to a famously prestigious university, Oxford is located in central southern England and boasts medieval charm and beautiful city views.

 

Cooper's hill Cheese Rolling Race 2017

Cooper’s hill Cheese Rolling Race. Photo: Hiroshi Tateishi | Dreamstime.com

 

Take a trip this spring and enjoy the beautiful spring flowers of England and oddities of Brockworth. Every year on the last weekend in May, thousands of spectators gather around Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, England, to watch fearless competitors roll down a hill after a wheel of cheese in the Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling competition. This year, the festival takes place May 28, and welcomes guests of all ages.

 

At approximately 295 feet high and with a 2.1 gradient, this hill is steep and the competition is not for the lighthearted. Many participants suffered injuries from the rocky, rough terrain, but that doesn’t dissuade them from coming back to compete year after year for bragging rights and the grand prize — the wheel of cheese.

 

Since the event’s conception nearly 20 years ago, the wheel of cheese is now a plastic replica created in 2013, weighing eight pounds and reaching speeds up to 70 miles an hour down the hill. Following the speeding cheese wheel down the hill is no easy task for competitors as the cheese is often far our of sight by the time participants make their way down the hill by running, falling and tumbling down.

 

Bring the family and line up along the hill to support friends, your favorites and just enjoy the merriment of the silly, but seriously fun event. Many participants come from all over the world, but some of the top competitors are locals who have competed for many years. Participating men and women often dress in costume to stand out from the rolling crowd. The videos and photos from the event made the competition more popular and infamous in recent years.

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