If you’re planning a visit to our beautiful corner of the planet this summer then you’ve made a very good choice! We might be biased but we don’t believe that there is anywhere quite like the Cotswolds, especially during the summer months when the sun shines down on the beautiful Cotswold stone houses making the villages, towns, and countryside look even more stunning.
Whether you decide to base yourself right in the middle of a village or town with easy access to boutique stores and gorgeous pubs and restaurants, or whether you decide to stay in the middle of the countryside with glorious walks and beautiful countryside views surrounding you, you can’t go wrong.
During the summer months, there are a whole host of activities to undertake in the Cotswolds and the place comes alive with festivals, pub events in gorgeous beer gardens, and stunning sunny walks.
If you are craving your fill of the beach but aren’t heading for the coast then visit the picture-perfect Cotswold Water Park which has a host of water based activities including; a giant inflatable assault course, boating, lake swimming, and a beach! The beach area is backed by a large grassy section with plenty of space to picnic and there are even BBQs to use.
The children will love the shallow, calm water (with no tides and currents of course with it being on a lake), so pack the buckets and spades. It can get very bust at the Cotswold beach so book a parking space ahead to avoid disappointment.
If you are a music lover or a fan of all things camping then you should certainly consider buying tickets to one of the many festivals in the area. Some have already taken place but there are plenty more going on during the summer holidays including Lake Fest, a big family festival with loads happening for all members of the family; 2000 Trees a rock music festival set in the rolling fields of the Cotswolds, the Big Feastival – a now pretty famous festival combining great music, loads of family activities and of course amazing food, plus many, many more festivals from small local shin-digs to larger scale events.
Pack your wellies and raincoats, flip-flops, and sun-cream, because come rain or shine the people of the Cotswolds will be dancing in a field this summer!
If you are more keen on the quiet life and a nice walk followed by a pub lunch is your thing (and that does sound rather tempting!) then take advantage of the green and gorgeous countryside that the Cotswold is renowned for. There are literally hundreds of walks to undertake from long-distance challenges to lovely little short strolls. Amble along riverside paths, hike up large hills, or wander through ancient forests; the choices are limitless and you’ll find the walking opportunities are not crowded with people and will provide a really peaceful experience.
The Cotswolds are famous for their chocolate box houses and gorgeous stone towns and villages so make sure you pay these places a visit.
Wander the streets of Bourton on The Water, past the tiny streams running alongside the roads, visit the many attractions such as the Model Village and Birdland, and grab a gorgeous afternoon tea at one of the quaint traditional tea rooms.
Other beautiful points of interest include Broadway with its abundance of chic Cotswold hotels, Chipping Camden with its boutique shops, and the town of Cheltenham with its regency-style buildings, fantastic shopping, and super stylish places to while the evenings away.
Whatever you decide to do, or wherever you decide to go in the Cotswolds this summer we promise that you won’t be disappointed. You’ll meet friendly locals, stroll some of the county’s most beautiful paths and spend lazy afternoons in sunny pub gardens, sounds good right?