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Spending Christmas in the Cotswolds 2020


The air in the Cotswolds in winter is lovely and fresh, and if we're lucky, we’ll enjoy clear blue skies and a sprinkling of festive snow. Whatever the weather though, you'll be guaranteed beauty and peace. Getting out and about, whether a long walk on the Cotswold Way, or just a wander around one of our pretty villages, is sure to clear your mind and remove some of the stresses of the year. Here are a few ideas of things to do in the area:

Food & Drink

Of course, food is very important on holiday, especially around Christmas - and a big part of the celebration (you can walk it all off later...)

Old fashioned inns and gastropubs are some of the best things about the Cotswolds. And wherever you book your stay, you’ll never be too far from a traditional pub with old-world charm and a roaring fire. And plenty of ‘substantial meals’! Cosy up with a glass of wine and great food. Some of our favourites with a traditional setting and open fires in the Cotswolds include The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, The Kings Head Inn in Bledington, The Potting Shed in Malmesbury, The Wild Duck Inn in Cirencester and The Ebrington Arms in Ebrington.

Be enchanted!

Explore the beautiful illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle’s stunning grounds returning for the fifth year. The Spectacle of Light, an outdoors, continuous one-way trail, is going ahead, with groups of no more than six and social distancing applied. There are also rules around which Tier you are from. See the timeless castle, the glorious gardens and romantic ruins all lit under the stars, as you stroll around these beautiful grounds, with the theme of The Nutcracker to enchant you.

The Enchanted Light Trail at Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, open until Sunday 3rd January 2021 (closed Christmas Day)
Enjoy the Enchanted Light Trail, a spectacular night time journey of magical lights and sounds around the farm park, with a set trail to follow with crackling fire pits, a festive shop and hot food & drink along the route.

Enjoy the Christmas lights

Many of our charming towns and villages have lovely Christmas lights and festive celebrations to enjoy as you’re doing your Christmas shopping. Look out for Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cirencester, Winchcombe, Stroud, Tetbury and Chipping Campden.

Take a Walk

If you’re simply looking for fresh air and exercise, Winter strolls are wonderful in the Cotswolds. With our inspiring country landscape and endless choice of easy, moderate and advanced walking routes, there is something to suit everyone. Some superb seasonal walks include the Painswick to Slad circular walk (six miles), the Cotswold Way circular walk (four miles), and the Cleeve Hill to Winchcombe walk (four miles). The Cotswold Way itself has so many different walks to choose from, and our lovely villages are wonderful just to potter around.

Whatever you do this Christmas, let's all look forward to a better 2021, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful Cotswolds.

We wish you and yours a peaceful and healthy Christmas, from all the team at Character Cottages.

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