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10 Fun Facts About The Cotswolds – in and around the region.

Summer in the Cotswolds is an artists palate of colour as rolling green fields meet meticulously planted cottage gardens in full bloom. From the early morning light, sparkling in the rivers and streams, to the sun setting over honey-coloured stone villages, this breath-takingly beautiful slice of rural Britain offers visitors the chance to step back in time and experience an altogether more wholesome way of life. But the Cotswolds are more than just picture-postcard towns and villages, here are 10 fun facts about the Cotswolds and the surrounding regions. One – The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK. It covers 6 English counties and is 80% farmland. Two – You can see the tallest hedge in the country in Cirencester. The 300-year-old yew hedge surrounding the Bathurst Estate is over 40 ft tall. It takes around 80-man hours for a team of two…

August in the Cotswolds.

We love the Cotswolds as a year round destination, but it’s never better than in the Summer. With meteorologists predicting another hot month ahead, we are looking at some of the great things to do there this August. Get ready to become a countryside explorer at the Cotswold Farm Sunflower Festival. The vibrant floral display returns this August, providing the perfect backdrop for those essential Instagram pics and beautiful family photographs. (Throughout August) The Elmore Chamber Music Festival is held in the historic Church of St. John the Baptist, near the banks of the river Severn in the heart of Gloucestershire. The festival showcases 3 days of wonderful classical chamber music. (04-06 August) Outdoor cinema – but not like you’ve seen before – is coming to Cheltenham this August. The Frontier Sapiens Film Festival is the only adventure film festival of its kind in the UK. (05 August) The Hartpury…

The Big Feastival 2022 – A culinary delight in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Feast on the Farm returns to the Big Feastival for 2022. This culinary delight, in the heart of the Cotswolds, serves a multi-course menu cooked up by the country’s leading chefs, with complimentary wine from Canned Wine Co. The experience offers lavish and decadent dining for friends and families alike. Headline sponsor M&S Food will be returning to run their ever-popular cookery school. The M&S tent is the perfect place to pick up cooking tips and learn a few new kitchen tricks with superstar chefs & the M&S development team. The NEFF Big Kitchen stage plays host to an array of demonstrations across the weekend from an incredible line-up of chefs including Clare Smyth MBE, Ravneet Gill, and Thomasina Miers. Table Sessions – This is your chance to get up close and personal with your favourite chefs and industry experts through Q&A talks and tastings. Swing by to learn insider tips and innovative ideas from…

Enjoy More in the Cotswolds This Summer.

The Cotswolds are renowned for their historical importance, natural beauty, and outdoor pursuits. With experts predicting a long glorious summer ahead, there’s never been a better time to visit. A short break to the Cotswolds can include so many things, from panoramic walks in the countryside to decadent afternoon teas and fine dining experiences. With so much to see and do it’s hardly surprising that the Cotswolds are a firm favourite with solo travellers, couples, families, and groups. We love the Cotswolds as a year-round destination, but for anyone planning a holiday or short break there this summer, here are just a few of our favourite things to do on a sunny day. Cotswold Lavender Farm is a beautiful place to visit in July when the lavender tends to be at its peak – walk through fields of lavender and experience a fragrant delight – enjoy a relaxing end to…

Cornbury Music Festival – The Cotswolds never sounded so good.

If you were inspired by the coverage of Glastonbury 2022 last weekend, and want to experience the thrill of a festival weekend for yourself, then why not add Oxfordshire’s much loved Cornbury Festival to your calendar. With less than two weeks until big name acts take to the stage, including Bryan Adams, The Darkness, James Blunt, Ronan Keating, Jules Holland, and Mica Paris – along with many more, the Cornbury Festival is the perfect introduction to the music festival experience. If you don’t fancy a sleeping bag on the floor of a tent, we have an extensive choice of hotels throughout the Cotswolds. So, whether you want a night some where idyllic or are looking for longer stay options to explore this beautiful region, we can offer everything from grand country house hotels to romantic traditional coaching inns – and everything in between! The Cornbury Music Festival takes place from…

Make like the Royals and escape to the Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds have long been favoured by the Royal Family. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall have their private residence Highgrove House in the county of Gloucester, close to the pretty market town of Tetbury. Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, lives at Gatcombe Park near Minchinhampton (just 5 miles south of Stroud) and daughter Zara Phillips lives in the area with her husband Mike Tindall. The town of Lypiatt is close to Stroud and is the place Princess Michael of Kent calls home. Cirencester is often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds and is home to the Cirencester Park Polo Club, which has welcomed Prince Charles and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry many times over the years, both as players and spectators of the sport.Cheltenham is another much loved destination of the royals. The Gold Cup Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse each March was a favourite…

A taste of the Cotswolds – 5 ways to tantalise your taste-buds this summer.

The Cotswold countryside is not only beautiful to look at, but also supports and inspires some of the best producers in the land: from vines and organic vegetables that grow directly from Cotswold soil to whisky made from locally grown barley. Here are 5 of our favourite regional producers we would recommend adding to your itinerary when you visit the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds Distillery is the first and only full-scale distillery in the Cotswolds. Using the best local ingredients, they craft world-class spirits and liqueurs including the award-winning Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky and Cotswolds Dry Gin. Visit the distillery to enjoy a tasting and tour, or even join in a blending masterclass! Little Oak Vineyard planted their first vines in 2005 and have gone on to produce high quality white wine, award-winning sparkling wine, and a superb brandy. Their most recent accolade came when they were awarded Gold in the…

Explore Beautiful Gardens in the Cotswolds.

If you are a gardening enthusiast in need of a little inspiration, then a trip to the Cotswolds is in order. Whether you are looking for ideas on how to improve a small back yard, or a much more expansive space, the gardens of the Cotswolds range from pretty cottage gardens to the splendour of landscaped country estates.Gardens bloom all year round in the Cotswolds. From the first flush of winter snowdrops, to warmer days that welcome spring daffodils and flowering cherry blossoms. During the summer months the region is awash with colour as fragrant lavender, roses and honeysuckle start bursting into life. Historic woodlands, such as Woodchester Park, and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Nature Reserves offer lovely walks for seasonal bluebell spotting. To help you really enjoy the gardens of the Cotswolds this summer we have compiled a list of boutique hotels, with gardens that would make even the most…

Stay at one of the country’s most famous buildings.

Cowley Manor is one of the most famous buildings in the country. Based on the Villa Borghese in Rome and echoing the architecture of Chatsworth and Cliveden, it features a grand Italianate exterior and bold iconic interiors. The perfect choice for a romantic break or relaxing getaway, Cowley includes 31 bedrooms, a multi award-winning spa, heated indoor & outdoor pools, and 55 acres of Grade II listed gardens – ideal for a luxury Cotswold getaway. Located within the quintessential chocolate-box village of Cowley, the manor is just 15 minutes from Cirencester and 20 minutes from Stow-on-the-Wold – with its honey-hued buildings and inspiring views, it is the perfect starting point for a countryside walk (with some great pubs on the way!). The land on which Cowley Manor sits used to belong to the kings of England. It was exchanged by Edward the Confessor in return for the land on which…

The Ultimate Shakespearean Experience.

Next week marks what would have been William Shakespeare’s 458th Birthday. He is still considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest playwrights, and fans will be thrilled to learn that the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon will once again be bringing to life the written word of the bard, in 3 brand new productions this Spring – a much-loved romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing and two state-of the nation plays, Rebellion and War of The Roses (Henry VI Parts 2 & 3). Get up close and personal with the life and times of William Shakespeare in Stratford this Spring and explore the house in which he was born – a beautiful Tudor building containing more than 500 years of history. Then visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the family home of Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare’s wife-to-be. It is here that Anne was born and raised and where the…

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