Fairford - A small, thriving Cotswold Market Town
Fairford sits on the south east edge of the Cotswolds. Its population was just over 4000 but is growing due to over 400 new houses being built in recent years. Although small, Fairford benefits from a wide range of facilities including a Pre-School, Primary School, Secondary School, Doctor's Surgery, a hospital outpatient clinic, a Dentist, an Opticians, a Library, Sports Hall, a Community Centre, and the Palmer Hall. There are also some good shops and a Post Office.
St. Mary's Church with its complete and recently restored set of medieval stained glass windows draws many discerning tourists. The beautiful River Coln is lovely to walk along and provides the opportunity to see kingfishers, swans, little grebe and brown trout plus shy water voles.
The town has a great community spirit as witnessed by the abundance of clubs for all ages from sports clubs to the University of the Third Age to environmental societies and art clubs. There are many community events like the annual Town Council Festive Market and Fairford Festival.