Things to do in the Cotswolds


The Cotswold Way is one of the UK’s most scenic walking trails. At just over 100 miles long, the route follows the western edge of the Cotswolds from Chipping Campden to the historic spa town of Bath. The path takes you through forests, honey-coloured villages, and lovely countryside. It requires a reasonable level of fitness and can be walked in all seasons.


Lavender is farmed as a commercial crop, but it is also one of the most stunning sensory experiences that you can explore during a visit to the Cotswolds. Make time to visit Cotswold Lavender in Broadway. The best time to visit is when the crop is in bloom, from mid-June to early/mid July, depending up on the season.


Some of the UK’s most quintessential photographs of village life are of Cotswolds locations. Snowshill, Broadway, Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold, and Burford, are all fantastic locations for photography. Some of the less well known, but equally photogenic locations include Naunton, Bliss Mill, and Arlington Row in Bibury. If your itinerary permits, why not consider booking a photography workshop with a local expert.

Horse Back Riding

Horses continue to be an important feature of Cotswold life, and there are many stables in the Cotswold area that can accommodate riding abilities of all levels. A particularly scenic and memorable outing might be to do a river ride in Lower Slaughter at Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre. At the other end of the horse riding spectrum, for those attracted to excitement of racing, why not book a tour and visit  the home of the famous trainer, Jonjo O’Neill.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Located in Winchcombe, Sudeley castle is a special find in the Cotswolds and features a rare window into English history, along with spectacular gardens and an adventure play area for children. Uniquely, it is the only private residence in the UK where a former Queen of England is buried – Queen Katharine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. During the Civil War, Sudeley was the headquarters for Prince Rupert, nephew of Charles I. After falling into neglect, since 1837 the castle and its ground have been progressively renovated. It remains a private home, but its treasures, grounds and history are open for all to explore.

The Costwold Farm Park – Home of Adam Henson

The home of Adam Henson, possibly the UK’s best known farmer as a presenter of Countryfile, The Cotswold Farm Park is just around the corner from Temple Guiting. Adam’s family farm specialises in rare breeds, and offers a visitor experience for the whole family. As a working farm, it also focuses on crop production and conservation. It’s a popular place, so make sure you book tickets ahead of time.

The Cotswold Wildlife Park

Although visiting the Cotswolds takes you to the heart of England, the Cotswold Wildlife Park is a place where you can meet animals from all around the world. Giraffes, camels, lions, lemurs, primates, and red pandas are all part of the community. The Park offers lots of educational experiences for young children and older visitors, so booking ahead is a must.

Warwick Castle

Originally built by Norman the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle makes for a fantastic day out for the whole family, with many different child-friendly activities to explore. It has been preserved to a remarkable standard making it a fascinating window into the early medieval period. Visit its website for the most up to date schedule of what’s available.

Stratford Upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Company

When staying in the Cotswolds, spending an afternoon or evening at a performance of Shakespeare in the historic town of his birth, feels like a chance not to miss. The RSC is one of the UK’s great artistic institutions, and has three theatres in Stratford Upon Avon. Plan ahead to make sure tickets are available.