Cotswolds - Calendar


For frequently updated ideas for what to see and do in the Cotswolds each month, visit Caroline's Slow Cotswolds website

January

Cosy up in a North Cotswold pub

Use the excuse that it’s chilly outside to sit beside a roaring log fire with a pint of local ale. With more than a dozen breweries in the Cotswolds, you’re sure to find a ‘native’ brew.

February

Snowdrop weekends

Brush away the winter blues and walk through a floral carpet at one of Colesbourne Park’s Snowdrop Weekends.

March

Discover the Cotswolds’ best-kept secrets

Take a trip to Wiltshire and discover Malmesbury and Corsham, two of the Cotswolds’ oft-forgotten (by tourists) towns. You’re in for a treat with Malmesbury Abbey and Corsham Court.

April

See the fritillaries bloom

Be amazed at the wonder of North Meadow in Cricklade, where the fritillaries are in full bloom. It’s truly a magnificent sight; one that you’ll never forget.

May

See in the May Day dawn

Watch the sun rise over Ilmington Downs as the Ilmington Morris Men welcome in May Day with a dance. Alternatively, bring on the dawn listening to the Magdalen College choristers in Oxford.

Ilmington Morris Men, Cotswolds, England by Julia LindropThe Ilmington Morris Men on May Day © Julia Lindrop

June

Train whistle blowing

Step aboard a steam train on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway and experience a thrilling ride through the Cotswold countryside from Toddington to Cheltenham.

July

Indulge with an ice cream

Fly a kite, play golf, watch for butterflies, appreciate the views; whatever you get up to on Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons, you have to eat Winstones Ice Cream.

August

Woodland walk through beech woods

Escape the heat by sheltering beneath the cool, shady beech woods synonymous with the Cotswolds. The woods around Cranham, in particular, are considered amongst the finest in the world.

September

Moreton Show

Explore rural life at the Moreton Show, where locals vie to win a rosette for the best potato or dahlia alongside farmers showing their prize cows. And you’re sure to find out what a Cotswold Lion is.

Moreton Show, Cotswolds, England by Caroline MillsWho will win at this year’s Moreton Show? © Caroline Mills 

October

Catch a play by the RSC

Step into another world and check out a tale from the Bard with a performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Performance, Stratford Upon Avon, Cotswolds, England by Royal Shakespeare ComanyThe performers take a bow © Royal Shakespeare Company

November

Frosty walk besides a Thames Tributary

Pop on a hat and mittens and appreciate the beauty of a frosty day with a walk beside a Cotswold river – choose between the Churn, the Windrush, the Leach, the Coln or the Evenlode.

December

Christmas markets

Pick up a pressie at one of the many Christmas markets held throughout the Cotswolds. Bath has one of the largest and prettiest in the country, but you’ll find equally attractive local festive markets elsewhere; look out for the Victorian Christmas Weekend in Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour.

Christmas Market, Bath, Cotswolds, England by Paolo Ferla, visitbath.co.ukPart of Bath’s Christmas market on the Abbey Green ©  Paolo Ferla, visitbath.co.uk

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