In February the air is crisp and sweater weather is in full effect. But what is there to do in the Cotswolds during this cold month?
1. Take a Wonderful Winter Walk
A winter walk in the Cotswolds can be a magical thing. With cozy country pubs and romantic hotels to warm up in, every scenic walk has the promise of a reward. The Cotswold Way, which begins in Chipping Campden, is a great choice for the intrepid walker looking for a February adventure. Wrap up warm, as the route is over 100 miles long. But the scenery and historical sites you pass along the way will bring the whole route alive, particularly during the winter months when the air is crisp and clean and every corner of the route holds a unique atmosphere. Meandering up Cleeve Hill, which is located just outside Cheltenham, is another great February walk. This vast expanse of moorland provides breathtaking views across the south of England.
2. Corineum Museum, Cirencester
For those looking to avoid the winter chills, a visit to the Corineum in Cirencester is a great option. The museum houses one of the finest collections of Roman artifacts in the country. The majority of the exhibits are from the Roman town of Corinium Dobunnorum, which is the present-day market town of Cirencester. So if you’re curious about the Roman history of the Cotswolds, this museum is your perfect winter stop. The Corineum is open from Monday to Saturday and a family ticket costs £15.50.
3. Shopping in Cheltenham Spa
Cheltenham Spa is home to world-class shopping. The flagship John Lewis department store houses many high-end products. The Promenade shopping district, which is known locally as ‘The Prom’, features many other high-end stores. Cheltenham is also home to many independent retailers and some wonderful coffee shops for when you need to come in from the cold.
4. Relax and Unwind in a Cotswold Restaurant or Pub
The Cotswolds are beautiful during February, but it can be rather cold. One great way to warm up is to step inside a warm country pub or restaurant for a bit of rest and relaxation. There are many excellent options in this regard. The Wild Rabbit in Kingham delivers truly excellent cuisine. Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Lucknam Park, and Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons are three Michelin-starred restaurant options. Dining in the Cotswolds is a truly world-class culinary experience. And if you’re looking for a dog-friendly pub The Seagrove Arms in Chipping Campden will welcome your four-legged friend.
5. Spa Day
February is a great time to hit the spa. An indoor steam room and sauna will be sure to warm you up, and an open-air hot tub will make you forget it’s winter, at least for a moment. There are many great spas in the Cotwolds. Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham, Barnsley House in Cirencester, Cowley Manor in Cowley, and Calcot & Spa, are just some of the many relaxing spa options to choose from.