With cozy country pubs, a thriving calendar of winter events, and many attractions remaining open throughout the season, there’s never been a better time to take a winter break in the Cotswolds. Here are some of the most amazing places to visit, and the best sights to see, during the colder winter months.
A Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle
From 30 November to 30 December, you can experience the awe-inspiring ‘Spectacle of Light’ at Sudeley Castle country house. This is an illuminated trail that covers the castle’s magical grounds. To add to the festive atmosphere, you can sip mulled wine or hot chocolate as you explore the grounds and uncover the castle’s secrets.
Cozy Fires in Traditional Tearooms and Pubs
The Cotswolds are full of many magical pubs to pass the time in on cold, crisp winter days. With log fires and delicious local ales, you’re bound to feel snug. You can also check out the tearooms in Broadway and Bourton-on-the Water for a traditional afternoon tea, in from the cold. Christmas is surely the best time to enjoy this tasty, indulgent treat.
The Cheltenham Races
Although Cheltenham’s showcase horse racing event occurs in March, the racecourse also holds a number of other events throughout the year, including a mammoth New Year’s Day event, which sees seven quality races occur, as jockeys and racegoers all bid to get their year off to a winning start. There are many VIP hospitality packages available, but tickets start from only £10.
On a crisp winter’s day is there anything more indulgent than heading to a spa? The Dormy House Hotel in Broadway one local world-class spa retreat. You can enjoy taking a relaxing dip in their heated candlelit infinity pool. The Bamford Haybarn Spa is another wellness retreat situated inside Daylesford Farm, near Kingham. They offer yoga too and place an emphasis on nurturing and restoration. And with the dark nights closing in, there is nothing more comforting than a cosy spa day.
The Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum
This festive season the ‘Enchanted Christmas’ event returns to Westonbirt Arboretum with a new trail on offer for visitors. All the family will enjoy exploring the winter wonderland by night. The arboretum’s tress are illuminated in bright magical lights, and Santa is on hand to greet the children. It’s the perfect place if you’re seeking some Christmas magic.
Sunday Roast Time
The are many great Cotswold country pubs in which to enjoy the perfect Sunday roast. Surrounded by idyllic countryside and with many great walking spots nearby, The Swan at Broadway is one such example. Once you’ve eaten enough Yorkshire puddings, head for a walk towards nearby Broadway Tower for great views across the region.
Don’t let the winter stop you from enjoying the beauty of the Cotswolds, the most stunning corner of England. From cosy country pubs to amazing attractions, the Cotswolds are worth visiting the whole year around. Just make sure to wrap up warm!