Embarking on a family adventure at Cotswold Country Park and Beach promises an unforgettable day out filled with laughter, excitement, and the joy of exploration. This vibrant destination is a treasure trove of activities, catering to every member of the family, from the thrill-seekers to those who prefer a more laid-back approach to leisure.
Kayaking in the Cotswolds offers enthusiasts a serene yet exhilarating adventure amidst picturesque landscapes and tranquil waters. Nestled in the heart of England, the Cotswolds region boasts an array of waterways, including meandering rivers, serene lakes, and scenic canals, making it an ideal destination for kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts of all skill levels. One of the most popular spots for kayaking in the Cotswolds is the River Thames, which winds its way through charming villages and lush countryside. Paddle along its gentle currents as you soak in stunning vistas of rolling hills and historic landmarks such as quaint bridges and riverside pubs. The River Windrush is another favorite among kayakers, offering a leisurely route through the idyllic Cotswold countryside, where wildlife sightings are plentiful and the pace of life slows to a tranquil rhythm. For those seeking a more adventurous kayaking experience, the Cotswold Water Park provides a vast network of interconnected lakes and waterways, offering endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Glide through serene lakes, weave through reed-lined channels, and marvel at the diverse birdlife that calls this wetland habitat home. Novices can partake in guided kayaking tours led by experienced instructors, who provide instruction on paddling techniques and safety tips while sharing insights into the region's rich natural and cultural heritage. Alternatively, experienced paddlers can embark on self-guided expeditions, charting their course through the Cotswolds' waterways at their own pace. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat immersed in nature or an adrenaline-fueled adventure on the water, kayaking in the Cotswolds offers an unforgettable experience that combines outdoor recreation with the region's quintessential charm and beauty. So grab your paddle, set course for the Cotswolds, and embark on a kayaking journey you'll cherish for years to come.
Spring in the Cotswolds transforms the landscape into a vibrant tableau. The chill of winter gives way to a flourish of daffodils and the fresh scent of blooming flowers. Quaint villages burst into color with gardens full of tulips and the lively buzz of local farmers' markets offering seasonal delights. Trails meander through woodlands carpeted with bluebells, beside ancient forests and clear, mirror-like lakes. It's a season marked by traditions such as the exhilarating cheese rolling event, embodying the spirit of community and celebration. Experiencing spring here is to immerse in the heart of English countryside charm, a blend of natural beauty and cultural festivity, leaving a lasting impression of renewal and joy.
Nestled in the Cotswolds' rolling hills, Upper Minety's exclusive glamping site offers a luxurious outdoor living experience. Our unique pods - Badgers Set, Foxes Den, and Squirrels Drey - blend rustic charm with modern comforts, set against the stunning backdrop of the English countryside. Embracing the trend of glamping, each pod is inspired by local wildlife, offering cozy, eco-friendly retreats perfect for star gazing and connecting with nature. Amidst this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, guests can explore picturesque villages, historic towns, and enjoy the communal spirit around our fire pit and pizza oven. Upper Minety is more than a stay; it’s an immersion into the serene, simple pleasures of the Cotswolds.
Cotswold Water Park Retreats are based in South Cerney, a Saxon village located just a couple of miles outside of the old Roman capital of Cirencester. South Cerney is a lovely mixture of old and new with lots of places to eat and drink and lots of friendly locals
Nestled amidst the rolling hills and picturesque villages of England's Cotswolds region lies a legacy etched in stone, a testament to the skill and artistry of generations of stonemasons. These master craftsmen have played a pivotal role in shaping the Cotswolds' distinctive architecture, their handiwork evident in the honey-colored cottages, grand manor houses, and intricate dry stone walls that characterize the landscape. Their expertise extended beyond mere construction, as they transformed raw stone into works of art, adorning buildings with intricate carvings, ornate window surrounds, and imposing fireplaces. These decorative elements not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal of Cotswolds architecture but also reflected the region's prosperity and cultural heritage. Read the full article to discover more about the enduring legacy of stonemasons in the Cotswolds.
In spite of the rain CWPR have been incredibly busy again this summer and the middle of summer signals the end of the school holidays and a time for us to draw breath. Traditionally we have visited Giffords Circus who are around Cirencester this time of the year and they rarely disappoint - this year was no exception. We all had a fantastic time followed up with a lovely barbecue on Waters Edge lake!
Experience the breathtaking autumn sunsets in the Cotswolds, where nature's own artistry comes alive. Discover why these vivid displays of orange, pink, and purple are a local phenomenon, set against our region's unique landscape and crisp autumn air.
We were visited recently at one of our homes on Little Horseshoe lake by Canan, a travel blogger who wrote a lovely blog for her visit to our lovely part of the world. Canan actually stopped at our sister site, Little Horseshoe Lake
The Cotswolds are a magical place all year round but there is something special about Christmas in the Cotswolds. There is so much going on around the area and most of the lovely towns and villages are dressed for Christmas creating some amazing experiences and great photo opportunities.