Whatever the season,there is always something for everyone from the youngest to the oldest visitor. Visit Explore and Enjoy.
This area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) consists of seven counties and is steeped in history with beautiful unspoilt scenery, picturesque rolling green hills, historic buildings and honey coloured stone.
There is a fantastic choice of pubs, hotels, B&B's and quaint tea shops all offering top quality food, accommodation and service.
For further advice on where to stay, what to see or where to visit please get in touch with Best Cotswold Tours.
The Cotswolds start to change colour with the emergence of new growth. Snowdrops, tulip daffodils appear as early as January. The trees produce new buds, the fields in the countryside start green, while the bright yellow of the Oil Seed Rape comes into flower in april. There is new wildlife as well. From the song birds hatching their young, to the sound of the Cuckoo and the birth of new lambs and calves in the fields. The Cotswolds come alive.
There are also many events throughout the spring in the small towns and villages. There is also the quirky Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling event, and the Tetbury Woolsack races.
Autumn in the Cotswolds is a sight to behold. The harvest of wheat, barley and pulses is over and the countryside is changing from yellows and golds back to brown and greens of the new crop being planted. The trees and hedgerows change to gold and russet/reds as the leaves start to fall against the backdrop of the honey-coloured stone of the villages.Fruit,such as blackberries,apples can be readily picked from the hedgerows,along with sloe's for making into sloe gin to drink at Christmas.Batsford and Westonbirt Arboretum are "a must" to visit at this time of year.There is also the Flagship of the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Summer in the Cotswolds is magical. Warm balmy summer evenings enjoy superb food in one of the many excellent pubs within the area. Visit some of the many of the villages such as Stow on the Wold, Lower Slaughter and take in the magnificent view from Broadway tower watching the sun go down. Drive gently along the Coln Valley taking in the breathtaking beauty and tranquility. There are numerous village events and fetes all summer long. There are music festivals to suit all tastes from the 3 day Feastival to a season of Opera at Longborough.
Winter in the Cotswolds is as idyllic as in the summer, only less busy. Come and see Christmas markets in Bath or Cheltenham. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful countryside and afterwards relax by a roaring fire in one of the quintessential pubs sampling some delicious home-cooked food while enjoying local brewed ales and ciders. Marvel at the Winter Special Light Extravaganza at Westonbirt Arboretum, 1st-18thDec, or the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle 8th-30Dec.
The Cotswolds are well served with quick and efficient services from London, Paddington and Marylebone. There are main line railway stations at Bath,Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester), Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud, Charlbury, Kingham and Oxford.
Between London Paddington and Cheltenham via Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester
Between London Paddington and Moreton in Marsh via Kingham, Charlbury and Oxford
Between Cardiff and Cheltenham via Gloucester
Between Birmingham and Bristol via Cheltenham, Gloucester and Dursley