A Cotswolds Visit
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
A well-known and popular region that doesn’t disappoint. If you’ve never been then without doubt it’s well worth a visit. If you have ventured before then I feel sure you would endorse my opening statement and I have no doubt that most who have visited, have at the very least pondered returning.
The Cotswolds is the quintessentially English countryside region spread across five counties in the lower West Midlands/ South area of the country. With its pretty chocolate box villages, patchworks quilt countryside defined by the famous Cotswold stone walls and vibrant market towns it has attracted hordes of visitors for many years. However its expanse almost always ensures that overcrowding is rarely too much of a problem. If you’re looking for a high tempo getaway with buzzing nightlife and all that goes with it, then a Cotswold break is probably not for you (to contradict that the towns of Cheltenham & Gloucester do offer a night club scene etc.). An ideal place for a weekend getaway or mid week break.
Suggested Towns & Villages to Visit:
Bourton on the Water
Stow on the Wold
Moreton in Marsh
This truly is one of the prime places to explore the finest countryside the country has to offer; there is over 3000 square miles footpaths providing easy access to explore woodlands, meadows, winding streams and picturesque landscapes. The towns and villages offer a huge variety of shops and restaurants offering delicious local produce, with cheeses and meats being a speciality. For TripAdvisors selection of restaurants and eateries Click Here
The area has no shortage of things to do and is abundant with Historic Houses, Gardens and Museums for you to visit along with many family fun day out Attractions. The Arts are also well represented with many Theatres and Galleries to choose from. A sample selection you may wish to consider is detailed below.
Suggested Places & Attractions to Visit:
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
Cotswold Motoring Museum
As you would expect a What’s On guide would not be short of entrants. A wide variety of Festivals; Music, Cultural, Agricultural, Literary along with Sporting, Seasonal, Family Fun, Exhibitions, Traditional events etc. etc. are on offer. These range from large international shows to small intimate happenings. Below is a taster of Events in the area
A Selection of Annual Events:
Ceremonial Cheese Rolling at Randwick
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Malvern Spring Festival
Gypsy Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold
Cotswolds Walking Festival
Tetbury Woolsack Races
Evesham National Morris Dancing Weekend
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival
Cotswold Show and Food Festival
Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Bourton Football in the River
Newent Onion Fayre
Jane Austen Festival Bath
Winchcombe Christmas Festival
So unless you really, really detest the countryside and everything rural, then the Cotswolds is a place you should visit. To coin a phrase it does have something for everyone (well apart from those mentioned in the previous sentence. Our Partners offer many types of Short Breaks to the region; maybe holiday cottages in the Cotswolds, tour, a cosy B&B, luxury hotel, Spa Break and so on. Have a look through our Countryside Breaks section or go to our Partner Page for companies who specialise in Country Holidays. Running concurrently with this Blog Post our Feature Page is highlighting the Cotswolds.
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