Christmas is a magical time wherever you are. However, few places are quite as bewitching as the Cotswolds at Christmas when festive illuminations light up charming villages and (if you’re really lucky) snow dusts the tops of its famous hills and stone cottages.
But the Cotswolds is more than just a string of sleepy villages, it’s a bustling hive of activity and at Christmas becomes an epicentre of traditional festive events. So, if you’re lucky enough to be staying in the Cotswolds this Christmas look no further for ideas for what to do with your time here.
Explore Blenheim Palace
The imposing architecture of Winston Churchill’s ancestral home is made all the more spectacular at Christmas when it is decked out with a wealth of incredible decorations and lights.
Running from the 22nd of November until the 5th of January, Blenheim Palace is hosting a range of festive events that are certain to please the entire family including the ‘New Alice in the Palace’ experience — which allows guests to explore the topsy turvy world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Christmas Markets galore
Christmas markets are more than just a great way to pick up gifts for your loved ones, spending the day (or night) strolling around quaint stalls is a wonderful activity in itself — especially with the opportunity to gorge yourself on samples of cheeses and mince pies whilst glugging mulled wine.
Bath sits on the southern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is considered to host the best Christmas Market in the whole of the UK, although Oxford and Cheltenham’s offerings are also well worth a look too.
Check out The Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle
Bring your children’s Christmas to life with a visit to see Peter Pan and Wendy in the illuminated grounds of Sudeley Castle. Wonder the ancient castle grounds that bring J. M. Barrie’s timeless classic to life, accompanied by an enchanting musical score. Tickets are available from £14.50 and the event supports the brave children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
A snowy stroll for all
You can never go wrong with a country stroll at Christmas time, especially in the majestic landscape and endless rustic trails that the Cotswolds has to offer, there’s a route to take for everyone. Some sensational season walks include The Rollright Stones and The Cotswolds Way. With routes ranging from four to 100 miles depending on your Christmas spirit…or how hungry you are for lunch.
Festive feasts in country pubs
After a seasonal stroll, there’s nothing better than satisfying your hunger with a festive feast in one of the ancient country pubs that this incredible part of the country is famed for. Of course, we like to think there’s no better choice than the Maytime’s seasonal Christmas menu. Alternatively, why not just stop in for a drink and to warm yourself by our welcoming fireside?