A weekend break in the Cotswolds promises a delightful escape into the idyllic English countryside. With its rolling hills, charming villages, and picturesque landscapes, the Cotswolds offers a range of activities and experiences for a memorable getaway.

Begin your weekend by exploring the historic market towns such as Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, or Chipping Campden, where you can wander through cobbled streets, browse boutique shops, and indulge in delicious local treats. Don’t miss a visit to one of the many stunning gardens and estates, such as Hidcote Manor Gardens or Blenheim Palace, to immerse yourself in the region’s horticultural beauty and rich history.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Cotswolds provide ample opportunities for walking, hiking, and cycling. Take a leisurely stroll along one of the Cotswold Way’s scenic sections or embark on a bike ride through the countryside, passing through quintessential villages and enjoying breathtaking vistas along the way. Nature lovers can explore the Cotswold Wildlife Park or partake in birdwatching at the Cotswold Water Park, a vast area of lakes and wetlands teeming with wildlife.

To fully appreciate the local culture, relish a traditional afternoon tea at a charming tearoom or savor a hearty meal at a cozy village pub, complete with a roaring fireplace. You can also delve into the Cotswolds’ arts and crafts scene by visiting local galleries and artisan workshops.

For a touch of history, discover the region’s historical landmarks, including ancient churches, medieval castles, and intriguing museums like the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. End your weekend break with a pampering session at a luxury spa or unwind with a leisurely boat trip along the serene River Avon.

A weekend in the Cotswolds promises a perfect blend of relaxation, exploration, and immersion in the natural beauty and rich heritage of this enchanting region. Whether you seek outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply the tranquility of the countryside, the Cotswolds welcomes you with open arms.

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Family Cycling

The area is great for cycling. We recommend Bainton Bikes
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Cotswold Water Park itself has an array of activities for kids, particularly if they like watersports.
Towns and Villages

Cirencester

Welcome to Cirencester, often referred to as the “Capital of the Cotswolds”. This charming market town is steeped in history, with roots reaching back to Roman times, earning it the title of the second largest town in Britain during that era. As you wander through Cirencester, you’re walking on layers of history. One of the highlights is the Corinium Museum, home to an impressive collection of Roman artefacts. Here, you can immerse yourself in the region’s past, exploring exhibits that tell tales of Roman life, the town’s agricultural roots, and its growth through the centuries. Stroll through the town centre and marvel at the grandeur of the Church of St. John the Baptist, standing tall since the 15th century. With its imposing tower, intricately carved stonework and beautiful stained glass, it’s a marvel of medieval architecture. In the heart of the town, you’ll find the Market Place. On Mondays and Fridays, the square is bustling with local vendors selling a variety of goods, from fresh produce to local crafts. It’s a vibrant scene that encapsulates the spirit of Cirencester. Lastly, don’t miss the Abbey Grounds, a beautifully landscaped park adjacent to the site of a former Augustinian abbey. It’s a perfect spot to unwind, with the pretty River Churn flowing through. Cirencester offers a delightful blend of history, charm, and Cotswold character – truly a place where the past and present meet. Experience it and let Cirencester charm you as it has so many before.

Family Fun
Butts Farm Rare Breeds

The Farm is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday 10:30am to 5pm. Play area available for under 12 years old. Picnic areas for outside or undercover eating.

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Eat and Drink

The Easter egg hunt event at Cotswold Water Park Retreats was a joyous affair, with families exploring the lush surroundings in search of sweet treats.

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Little Horseshoe Lake

Little Horseshoe Lake is a Cotswold destination like no other – a sustainable, adults-only retreat immersed in nature where contemporary eco-design is fused with traditional craftsmanship.

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