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2020 has been a year like no other, and we’re all hoping for a Christmas filled with peace and joy. If you can travel to the Cotswolds over the festive period, we’ve put together a quick rundown of what’s on during December. Things will undoubtedly be different in these uncertain times but please rest assured all of our attractions, cafes, pubs and hospitality are Covid-safe and wish to give you a warm welcome.

If you’re planning a trip to the Cotswolds this year, we can recommend a day out in Oxford to enjoy all the sights of this beautiful city, famous worldwide for its prestigious University – the oldest in the English-speaking world. Wander the ancient streets, enjoy the river and the castle, and of course the ‘dreaming spires’ of the stunning University Buildings.

For our guests, one of the best things about a holiday in the Cotswolds is that the Cotswold countryside provides a blissful retreat - the perfect place to switch off, slow down and reconnect with loved ones. Yet, with the current quarantine, many of us are feeling the need to connect with family and friends more than ever. Here are our ideas on the apps that are keeping us in touch with loved ones during this unusual time of quarantine.

Easter is the second biggest holiday celebration in many of our calendars and as with all good celebrations, Easter involves lots of indulgent homemade treats. Here are some of our favourite recipes that you can bake at home, for making sure you have ‘eggstra’-special treats at all times of day over the Easter weekend holiday.

Music makes us feel good. The right music can relax us and familiar songs whisk us off down memory lane. Wandering around the beautiful Cotswold countryside and spending precious time with loves ones. Music is the perfect companion when cooking, working, walking, gardening, doing DIY or powering us through workouts. 

Now’s the time to kick-start holiday planning with a trip to the Cotswolds this Easter. It’s less than two hours from London and the glorious honey-coloured villages and rolling Cotswold Hills are brimming with activity at this time of year. 

We have collected together the best short walks in the Cotswolds. These are in and around 2-hours, and offer an opportunity to shake off cabin-fever and soak up the famous Cotswold scenery, plus exercises our four-legged guests too.

This time of year belongs to those that say no to January blues. It’s for sending that group message to our girlfriends saying, “pack your bags, we’re off for a long weekend in the Cotswolds”. No more thinking about school applications, teary phone calls from uni, partner’s gym gripes or work worries. Here’s your itinerary for a girls’ weekend in the Cotswolds.

Put a spring in your step and escape with all the family to the stunning Cotswold countryside this February half term. From puddle jumping competitions and treasure trails to country rambles amongst the snowdrops, there’s so much to get outdoors and enjoy this February half term as the rolling Cotswold countryside wakes up from her winter slumber.

The Cotswolds has something going on all year round and is spectacular in all seasons. There’s the famous Cheltenham Festival that kicks off the season in March, through to lots of summer delights to get us out and enjoying the great Cotswold countryside and then Christmas markets for the festive season. There’s no better place to taste, see and experience the changing seasons than the Cotswolds. 

December is party season here in the Cotswolds, and whether it’s a spot of carol singing, a Christmas shopping spree with a cup of mulled wine at the end of it or a winter woodland walk, the festivities have begun here at Character Cottages. Here’s a taste of what we’re looking forward to in our what’s on in the Cotswolds this Christmas.

In 2020 there will be over 1,500 horse sporting events being hosted in the UK and the crème de la crème takes place right here in the Cotswolds. From the charged atmosphere guaranteed at Cheltenham Festival 2020 as jockeys vie for the coveted Gold Cup to the fun and the variety of 2020’s event fixtures.

The weather changes and it doesn't take long for our minds to wander to thoughts of frosty Christmas mornings and films by the fireside. Warm mince pies and steaming mugs of mulled wine. Crisp winter walks, ending in a local pub with a roaring fire and merry chatter - we love getting into the festive spirit.

For many of us, autumn days are the best time of the year for donning our walking boots, zipping up our anoraks and going for a walk in the countryside - why? Well, there’s nothing quite like the cool, earthy smell of the autumn air, plus the season’s signature colours, burnished bright and resplendently rich, are a real feast for the eyes.

Pull on a jumper and some wellies and get outside to enjoy the Cotswolds in autumn. Autumn is a firm favourite time of year here at Character Cottages. There’s the delight of hot chocolate and marshmallows, fright night fun for Halloween and all the joy of the changing season as the Cotswold countryside changes from lush green to crunchy oranges and reds. 

September is when the kids go back to school, but it is also the start of autumn celebrations. Yes, September in the Cotswolds is a time for grown-up festivals and late-night line-ups. Market towns and village greens come to life under large marquees and beer tents in the Cotswolds at this time of year.

Are you new to Tetbury? Let us walk you through the many highlights in the small town of Tetbury in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. Tetbury is located at the southern gateway of the Cotswolds, surrounded by pretty villages and only ten miles outside of the Roman town of Cirencester.

Going on holiday without your pooch is just not the same as having your favourite furry family member with you. We have lots of lovely dog-friendly cottages here in the Cotswolds with beautiful gardens and walks from your doorstep. 

There are lots of family-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds, from nutritious dining to pubs with secure and safe beer gardens. This roundup gives the very best child-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds and a trip to the nearest one should be on your family holiday itinerary. 

Fancy giving the driver a rest and enjoying a car-free break in the Cotswolds? Tour the picturesque Cotswold villages, take in the region’s plethora of riverside pub gardens and perhaps make a day trip to the Cotswold Distillery. So many tourist attractions in the Cotswolds can be easily accessed using the region’s outstanding network of public transport.

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