Gloucestershire is a ceremonial county in southwest England. It is made up mainly of agricultural lands. Running through it giving an ample water is supply is the river Severn. This is the longest river in England. The Forest of Dean is north of the river. Its 42 square miles is made up of of various tree types. A large part of the Cotswolds are south, central and east in the county. Outdoor pursuits in its woodlands, along its rivers and many nature reserves are popular.
The Badminton Horse Trials, which began in 1949, is a world class sports event that takes place here each year. There is only one city in Gloucestershire. It is called a county town and named Gloucester, with its mighty cathedral. Popular historic buildings here include 11th century Berkeley Castle, 16th century Thornbury Castle, 10th century Tewkesbury Abbey to name but a few.