Go Cotswolds’ founders and owners Tom and Lisa Benjamin met each other in 2007, in a backpacker’s hostel in Argentina. A friendship was made, then love blossomed. Six years later, they got engaged in South Africa, and the following year got married on the pitch at Tom’s cricket club! Among other adventures, Lisa and Tom have scuba dived in Mozambique, road-tripped around the USA, and stayed on an organic farm in India. In 2017, their daughter Zoe was born, so now the adventures continue as a family of three!
But, wherever in the world this family wanders, there’s no place like home. Tom and Lisa live near Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on the northern edge of the Cotswolds. They established Go Cotswolds in 2014 because they wanted to show visitors around this beautiful region they call their ‘back yard’.
Go Cotswolds has grown a little, but we still work with only a small team of hand-picked guides who are all local to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. Together, we deliver fun, memorable experiences that are the kind of tours we would want to go on ourselves!
The Cotswolds is a beautiful yet complex ecosystem. It includes fragile, historic buildings; vast, unspoilt countryside; and small, tight-knit communities. As locals, we care about this region, so we’re excited for you to explore it with us! But, we also know that tourists and tourism can have a negative effect on this delicate environment.