Fairford is a small Gloucestershire town along the River Coln just six miles east of Cirencester. The town is nearby the Cotswold Water Park and is principally known for its wonderfully preserved churches and its proximity to the RAF Fairford air base.
Fairford was originally a river-crossing town which traded in wool. During the Middle Ages it became very profitable and was able to construct the impressive Saint Mary Church. Saint Mary’s set of 28 stained glass windows is the most complete set of medieval stained glass windows in all of England. The structure of the church has been marvelously preserved relatively unaltered over all these years.
Another highlight is the 19th century church St. Thomas of Canterbury. This lovely church includes an organ and stained glass windows, as well as a gargoyle in the churchyard dedicated to the memory of a boy who jumped off the roof and died.
The largest military air show in the world is held annually at the neighboring air base, RAF Fairford. The Royal International Air Tattoo is held each July and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. Definitely expect the roads around Fairford to be backed up in the summer; the air show is an exciting event; if you’re in the Cotswolds in July you may wish to include it on your to-do list!