Things To Look Forward To In The Cotswolds This Autumn

I always feel a bit sorry for Autumn, it is usually met with a heavy heart from people who are sad to see the summer months disappear to cooler days and darker evenings, but in reality autum is a month that should be celebrated for all of its glory. You’ll never find colours in nature quite like the colours of autumn. Leaves turn golden and red and the sun hangs low in the sky lighting up the autumn colours beautifully.


Autumn might mark the end of the summer seasons beach trips and BBQ’s but it also brings the promise of fun winter festivities, cosy pub lunches and of course Christmas.


So this autumn why not take autumn by the horns and fully embrace its entrance and give it the credit it deserves.


We’ve put together some great suggestions of things to look forward to in the Cotswolds this autumn to start you off.


1.The Cheltenham Literature Festival

From the 5-18th October the Literature Festival will arrive in Cheltenham for a couple of weeks of all things literature.  Over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers head for Cheltenham to help us celebrate the joy of the written word.

There really is something for everybody at the Literature Festival, children can see their favoruite authors and television personalities doing talks and workshops and for the adults catch  with an award-winning novelist, or a Hollywood legend exchange views with political leaders.


This year the fetival looks East with an ‘East meets West’ theme; head for the Art & Design area to meet the V&A’s curators to view all of the fabulous treasures in the East Asian Galleries. In the Lifestyle events take yourself on a trip around Japan tasting specially selected Japanese whiskies and learn about Zen Buddhism and Japanese garden design.


There are free activities to get involved in or you can buy tickets for events that really appeal to you, there is also a food and drinks area where you will find some of the best street food stalls in the area so that you can refuel between activities.


3.Pub Trips

There aren’t many places in the country that could rival Cotswold traditional English pubs, and as the autumn months set in there is really not a better way to spend your time than cosying up in a gorgeous country pub, roaring fire at your feet, drink in hand and some home cooked food on its way.

There is a always a welcome smile in a Cotswold pub and perhaps a resident dog who will greet you with a lick.

Why not take a nice countryside walk and team it with a well-earned pub stop at the end?


4.Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is a real high point of autumn for kids and adults alike. We get to wrap up warm and head into a field to cosy around the bonfire and see a magnificent fireworks display, often with a flask of mulled wine in hand!


Bonfire night is an event we all remember so fondly from out childhoods and that we still seem to enjoy year after year.


Find your local display and head on down, there are also often childrens displays earlier in the evening that have smaller, less noisy fireworks, so everyone can enjoy the evening.


Its also a good time to reming yourself of Guy Falkes and the real reason behind the annual bonfire night celebration.


5.Cosy Autumn Clothes

Season change also means that we have a PERFECT excuse to go shopping and stock up our wardrobes ready for those cold months ahead. The Cotswolds are littered with gorgeous shops for a spot of retail theraphy and we do countryside glamour better than anywhere else in the country, a perfect style for cold countryside walks and warm English pubs.

Get yourself some Hunter  wellies and a barber jacket for those muddy autumnal walks and head to one the Cotswolds beautiful boutique stores (found in all of our gorgeous towns) for scarves and wooly hats to keep you warm and looking great.



Nothings screams autumn like Halloween (quite literally if you make a REALLY scary costume) and although we generally don’t go as all out as the American crowds like to, we do still love to celebrate this old Christian holiday.

Children love to trick or treat and dress up in spooky get up, people decorate their houses and you’ll find themed nights and parties spread across the Cotswolds.

Check out your local pubs to see what’s on, often events are great for children and adults if you have a family.


We are also very lucky to have many farms that grow pumpkins in the Costwolds, head down to choose your perfect pumpkin or do one of the many special Halloween pumpkin trails around the fields, then get creative with your carvings at home.