Cirencester Bathurst Friendship
CBF, symbolising the rich historical and contemporary ties between Bathurst, NSW, and Cirencester, UK, is an initiative rooted in shared heritage and a vision for economic collaboration. Founded on the deep-rooted connection between the two cities, it celebrates their intertwined history dating back to the naming of Bathurst in 1815 after the 3rd Earl of Bathurst from Cirencester. With the establishment of the ‘Cotswolds Store’ in Bathurst in 2019, CBF ensures that both cities not only honour their shared legacy but also move forward in a spirit of genuine partnership.
History of CBF
Bathurst was named in 1815 for the 3rd Earl of Bathurst whose ancestral home is at Cirencester, the largest city of the Cotswolds district of Gloucestershire in the UK.
Cirencester is the ancestral home of Lord Bathurst, and the site of the famous Cirencester Park and the Bathurst Estate. Today the 9th Earl Bathurst still resides at the family seat of Cirencester Park. The family has lived in Cirencester since 1705.
In 2016 Bathurst NSW and Cirencester began to establish a closer relationship based upon their historical ties and economic similarities between the regions. In 2019 a formal friendship arrangement was formalised between the two cities.
Having established this formal friendship arrangement both cities shared a desire to move beyond a symbolic relationship and to create a genuine economic partnership to benefit the local businesses and economies of both areas. The first stage in this process was the establishment of the ‘Cotswolds Store’ at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre in October 2019. The Store stocks a selection of authentic products of Cirencester and the Cotswolds, all carefully selected and personally approved by Lord Bathurst.
The Store and Friendship Agreement will lead to even closer connections, with a number of visits also planned for the year ahead.
Attractions of Cirencester
Cirencester, often referred to as the “Heart of the Cotswolds,” is a quintessential English market town steeped in ancient history and rich cultural heritage. Located in the serene landscapes of Gloucestershire, Cirencester is a hub of Roman history, boasting one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain and the Corinium Museum, which paints a vivid picture of the town’s life during the Roman era. The medieval charm of its streets, interspersed with honey-coloured stone buildings, contrasts beautifully with the modern boutiques, cafes, and artisan shops. The Church of St. John the Baptist stands sentinel over the town, representing its spiritual and architectural significance. Amidst the bustling marketplaces and tranquil parks, Cirencester offers visitors an enchanting blend of the past and present, making it a must-visit gem in the English countryside.
Attractions of Cirencester
Attractions of Bathurst
Bathurst, located in New South Wales, stands as a testament to Australia’s rich colonial history and passion for motor racing. Nestled in a picturesque landscape, this regional city beckons visitors with its blend of heritage and contemporary attractions. Most renowned for the Bathurst 1000, a flagship event on Australia’s motorsport calendar, the Mount Panorama Circuit epitomises the city’s racing spirit. Beyond the roar of engines, Bathurst is steeped in historical charm, with its well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture giving life to tales of gold rushes and early settlements. The city’s galleries, museums, beautiful parks and nature further enhance its appeal, making Bathurst a multifaceted destination for both history buffs and adrenaline seekers.