The 8 Best Group Activities In The Cotswolds


Whether you live in the Cotswolds or are visiting the area, when you are looking for activities and you are in a big group of people it can be hard to know what to pick. We’ve tried and tested most of the activities to be done in the area and have hand-picked the best group activities in the Cotswolds, to get you started.



With so much outstandingly beautiful countryside and a whole host of biking trails for all ability levels, cycling is a great group activity.

There are lots of places that will hire bikes out to you if you don’t have your own and the beauty of biking is that it doesn’t matter how many there are of you, in fact the more the merrier. In a larger group you’ll have plenty of support along the way.


2.Riding the Steam Train

The GWSR runs straight from Cheltenham to Broadway and takes in some of the most beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds, head for one of the stations and buy your group some tickets for the train, its an amazing experience seeing and hearing the sounds of the old, majestic steam engines puffing down the tracks will be a thoroughly enjoyable group activity.



With so much beautiful countryside surrounding the Cotswolds take yourself off for a walk, it doesn’t matter how big or small your group you can all walk together on this group activity , there are a whole host of walking routes, trails and signposted walks for you to follow of varying difficulty so that everyone can get involved.


4.Pub lunches

This leads me onto pub lunches! Take a walk and team it with a pub stop. The pubs in the Cotswolds are second to none, gorgeous cosy, inviting places with roaring fires, great selections of food and drinks and welcoming armchairs to relax back in and let the afternoon unfold.


5.Explore the towns and villages

The picture perfect villages of the Cotswolds are wonderful to explore, with old, beautiful buildings, little boutique stores and many coffee shops, pubs and restaurants to dine in. Must sees are Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

There are often village markets and lovely autumn/winter events at this time of year.


6.Book onto a ghost trail

The Cotswold are rich in history and many a scary tale will be told of spirits that haunt certain areas in this beautiful part of the country. Because of this you’ll find ghost tours in a lot of the villages. If you dare, book this group activity and head out into the night to learn about the goings on in the Cotswolds many years ago and which ghosts are said to still haunt the area.

Prestbury just outside of Cheltenham is said to be one of the most haunted villages in the country and has some great ghost tours to book on to.


7.Clay Pigeon Shooting

When in the country and all that...shooting is a favourite past time of a lot of people in the Cotswolds, but if you don’t fancy killing animals for fun then there is a great alterntaive in the form of clay pigeon shooting. Practice your aim and get going. This is a great group activity and can get pretty competitive.


8.Go Horse Riding

And lastly you could explore the magnificent countryside surrounding you on four legs, namely a horse.

On the winding country lanes of the Cotswolds you find many a horse rider and even police on horses.

If you are confident then go it alone or if you need guidance book an instructor and hit the road on horse back.