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Cotswold Time, Mistletoe and Wine.

With frosty mornings on the horizon and Christmas adverts already playing on TV, December will be upon us before we know it. Winter is a magical time in the Cotswolds as villages transform into twinkling Christmas wonderlands, complete with decorated trees, the smell of log fires and perhaps the occasional snow flurry or two. Traditional festive markets and outdoor ice-rinks pop-up across the region, offering visitors the chance to enjoy a more traditional Christmas experience.But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.November plays host to the Cheltenham Wine Festival on the 25th of the month, held at the Pittville Pump Room. Book a night at No 38 The Park, a boutique hotel conveniently located within walking distance of the event and forget about driving for the evening. With over 150 wines to sample, the festival is perfect for wine connoisseurs or anyone looking to try something new. It’s also a great opportunity…

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…

The Cotswolds to Host A One of a Kind Pride Event.

Pride in Gloucester is to become the first Pride event to embark on a summer tour. The celebrations are set to kick-off in Cheltenham, and will continue to Gloucester, the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean, and Tewkesbury. ‘Pride Gloucestershire’ will be the first Pride event in the UK to organise a procession of mini-Pride weekends throughout the county. The party starts at Pittville Park in Cheltenham, on Sunday 15th May. Then comes ‘Cirencester Pride in the Cotswolds’, which takes place in the Abbey Grounds on Sunday 12th June. This marks another huge milestone as it becomes the UKs first all-vegan Pride event – all food outlets will be vegan friendly. Sunday 17th July will see the carnival atmosphere reach the Forest of Dean. ‘Cinderford Pride in the Forest’ will be held at The Triangle in Cinderford, and the final mini-event ‘Tewkesbury Pride in the Hall’ will be held in Tewkesbury,…

Take A Jurassic Journey Through The Cotswolds.

Is there a fossil fanatic in your family? Do you have a young one who loves dinosaurs? Then why not make the most of the April Bank Holiday and come face to face with over 30 different dinosaurs. Discover a Jurassic trail filled with wonder and explore a prehistoric boneyard. Birdland Park and Gardens, located just minutes from the centre of the pretty Cotswold town of Bourton-on-the-Water, is holding an exhibition that will take you back over 65 million years. Experience a time when fearsome dinosaurs roamed the Cotswolds.Track everything from a baby stegosaurus to a 5-meter tall brachiosaurus. But remember, not all dinosaurs walk on land, some have wings! Be sure to look up – there might be a pteranodon flying above you. Tyrannosaurus Rex himself will be there, and he’s not one to be missed! As you continue to explore the trail you will uncover giant dinosaur eggs…

The Music Festival Chipping Campden Makes A Triumphant Return.

After a much-awaited return, the acclaimed music festival is back for a two-week event in May. Following two years of covid cancellations and social distancing restrictions, the festival is making a triumphant return, jam-packed with a host of musical talent, ready to delight audiences with a series of live performances. The festival first made its debut back in 2002 and has been going from strength to strength ever since, producing heavenly acoustics at St James Church. The lineup over the two weeks includes; Dame Mitsuko Uchida, the Julian Bliss wind soloists, Chineke!, the Quatuor Modigliani, and the winner of the 2021 Leeds International Piano competition, Alim Beisembayev.Regulars to the event will be thrilled to know that returning once again will be, Florilegium and established festival performers Emanuel Ax, Henning Kraggerud, Adrian Brendel, Imogen Cooper, Steven Isserlis, Richard Goode, Ex Cathedra, Mark Padmore, and last but not least the Festival president,…

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