The Best Time of Year to Visit the Cotswolds
When is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Cotswolds? Unusually, we’ll just go ahead give you the answer to the question in the very first paragraph of this feature: Any time is the best time.
We give you the answer straight away because we know you’re going to want to read on. We know you’re going to want to know why you should visit the Cotswolds in Spring to experience Easter lambs and bluebells. In Summer for the famous Cotswold lavender and our fabulous festivals. In Autumn for the changing of the colours at the many arboreta and all around. In Winter for stunning snowdrop blankets and impressive light displays.
And of course, you should visit absolutely any time of year to experience the all-encompassing and outstanding natural beauty that is simply everywhere in the Cotswolds.
Visit the Cotswolds in Spring
Springtime is when we all breathe a sigh of relief that the cold is taken over by sunny days and the trees and fields come to life again. In the Cotswolds, this transformation is everywhere you turn, in the trees, in the rolling hills, and our wild and wonderful hedgerows.
Walking in the Cotswolds is wonderful any time of year, but in Spring, when everything turns to green, you will most certainly get a blue surprise, as the beautiful bluebells are blooming in most of our woodlands and walks.
So many of our fields become frolicking grounds for the lovely new lambs around Easter. All over the Cotswolds, whether you’re walking, cycling or out driving, you will enjoy the sight of the Spring lambs in the fields. You can even visit Cotswold Farm Park for a more up close and personal experience with them.
Easter Egg Hunts
If you and your kids are in the Cotswolds in Spring around Easter, you will want to go on an Easter Egg Hunt as there are so many great ones to choose from. One of the most fun, is not technically a hunt for eggs, it’s the Bunny Hunt at Batsford Arboretum, where your kids can enjoy the bunny fun and you can all enjoy the beauty of Springtime at the arboretum.
Visit the Cotswolds in Summer
Summertime in the Cotswolds is pure beauty and there are so many exciting events, festivals and fabulous places to go. With many more reasons to visit than we have the space to mention here, these three things to do in the Cotswolds in Summertime are a good place to start.
We’re spoilt for choice in the Cotswolds with an abundance of beautiful gardens. There’s one or more in almost all our towns and villages, and in the Summer, they are at the absolute height of their beauty. One of the most beautiful and impressive is Highgrove Gardens, the garden created by HRH The Prince of Wales and one that encapsulates the wonderful ambience of Highgrove while showcasing the rich variety of landscaping, flora and fauna.
Famous far and wide for the beautiful fields of deep purple colours, Cotswold Lavender is an absolute must-visit if you’re in the Cotswolds from mid-June to mid-July.
When you visit the Cotswolds in the Summertime, Giffords Circus, one of the most wonderful circuses in the country, is a must on your list of things to do. This vintage village green circus is so much more than a Circus, it’s a magical nod to the old-fashioned circus with a glamorous twist. It features dancers, acrobats, horses, dogs, ducks, jugglers, musicians and much more. Star of the show is comedy genius Tweedy the Clown.
Football in the River
In the August bank holiday, Bourton-on-the-Water is the setting for one of the most weird, wonderful and fun events of the year, Football in the River. This annual event offers two teams from Bourton Rovers Football Club the chance to play for the honour of winning a wet game of football in the river.
Visit the Cotswolds in Autumn
Autumn is so wonderful in the Cotswolds. With the beautiful green landscape that is everywhere in this area of outstanding natural beauty, suddenly turning into all the most stunning shades of red and orange, for a month or so the look of the Cotswolds changes and it is completely wonderful.
There is nowhere better to experience the beauty of Autumn, than an arboretum. At Westonbirt Arboretum you can see 2,500 different species of trees, making it the perfect place to visit in Autumn.
There are many places in the Cotswolds where you can get a view from the top of rolling hills, forest and woodlands, but nowhere is this view greater than the top of the iconic Broadway Tower, our most famous landmark.
Cotswold Electric Bike Tours
Experiencing the Cotswolds on a bike ride is surely one of the best ways to immerse yourself in this beautiful landscape, but unless you’re an experienced bicycle user, it is also a tiring exercise with the many hills and ups and downs. But it doesn’t have to be tiring if you just add a bit of power. With Cotswold Electric Bike Tours you can get out there to experience the real Cotswolds on a powerful 36-volt electric motor e-bike, the perfect way to really be at one with the beauty of Autumn in the Cotswolds.
Visit the Cotswolds in Winter
Winter in the Cotswolds is magical. The honey-coloured stone cottages, the picture-perfect villages, the hedgerows, the woodlands and the fields are all beautiful in Wintertime.
In November and December, the magic is turned up at our most famous attraction in the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, with the impressive after-dark experience. This is an illuminated trail created in the gardens of the palace, with more than one million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds filling the air.
When it’s cold outside, we’re drawn towards the warm indoors, to curling up by a warm fire, to enjoying winter warming foods, to shopping, and to making our “home-nest” cosy. We have a great many places to do all those things in the Cotswolds, but if you’re looking for one place where you can do them all, check out our most wonderful shopping destination in the North Cotswolds, Bonds Lifestyle.
We started this feature in the beginning of Spring with the beautiful bluebells, and we will end it at the end of Winter with the pretty displays of snowdrops everywhere in the Cotswolds. Hedgerows, footpaths, forests and woodlands throughout the Cotswolds are covered in the little white and green beauties announcing the coming of Spring.