A Taste of Painswick
Often known as “The Queen of the Cotswolds” for its attractive, pale-grey stone buildings, the picturesque, sleepy, “wool market” town of Painswick nestles quietly on the edge of the Cotswolds between Cheltenham and Stroud. As well as its traditional charms – a pretty church, bowling green (reputedly Britain’s oldest), its celebrated Rococo Gradens and one of Britain’s earliest post offices – Painswick has practical attractions. There is a good local primary school in the town and two good grammar schools in nearby Stroud.
The town’s popular “Art Couture Fair” attracts thousands of visitors each year and there is now a permanent “Art Couture” gallery in the centre of town. Painswick, it seems, is definitely beginning to wake up. Cath Kidston has her home here, there is an award winning delicatessen, fantastic little cake shop, a community library and some great pubs.