Antiques and Markets in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds contain one of the largest concentrations of art and antiques dealers outside London. The famous antiques shops here are, it’s sometimes whispered, "temporary storerooms" for the great families of the region, filled with tole-ware, treen, faience firedogs, toby jugs, and silhouettes, plus country furniture, and ravishing 17th- to 19th-century furniture.
The center of antiquing is Stow-on-the-Wold, in terms of volume of dealers. Other towns that have a number of antiques shops are Broadway, Burford, Cirencester, Tetbury, and Moreton-in-Marsh. The Cotswolds have few of those "anything in this tray for £10" shops, however. The Cotswold Antique Dealers' Association (07831/850544, www.cotswolds-antiques-art.com) represents 50 or so dealers in the area.
As across England, many towns in the region have market days, when you can purchase local produce (including special treats ranging from Cotswold cheeses to fruit juices), crafts, and items such as clothes, books, and toys. Moreton-in-Marsh has a market on Tuesday, while Cirencester is busy on Monday and Friday. Attending a farmers' market or a general market is a great way to mingle with the locals and perhaps find a special treasure or a tasty treat.