Destination Guide

Home to chocolate box pretty villages, lively market towns, rolling hills and beautiful historic houses and gardens, the Cotswolds are quintessentially English.

Home to chocolate box pretty villages, lively market towns, rolling hills and beautiful historic houses and gardens, the Cotswolds are quintessentially English.

Spring

Cheltenham Festival

Enjoy a day at the races with one of the racing calendar’s highlights including the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Evesham Rd, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH

Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill

Coopers Hill, visible from The Cheltenham Chase Hotel, is home to the annual cheese rolling festival – one of England’s quirky traditions.

Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4SB

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Get your toes tapping along to some of the best jazz in the world.

109- 111 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7LS

Summer

Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford

Celebrate 100 years of the RAF in 2018 with what Buzz Aldrin described as the “greatest air show.”

Ohio Ave, Fairford GL7 4DG

Royal Three Counties Show

A great day out with activities for all the family and a brilliant way to enjoy the pleasures of country life.

Three Counties Showground, Malvern WR13 6NW

Cheltenham Science Festival

Science for all the ages in June. Hands-on experiments and fun, debate and discovery; if you love science, you’ll love the festival.

109- 111 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7LS

Autumn

Cheltenham Literature Festival

For book lovers everywhere. Join writers, actors, politicians and poets to celebrate the joy of the written word.

109- 111 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7LS

Heritage Days

Some attractions not normally available to the public, open their doors.

Various locations

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Winter

Christmas Markets

Get festive with the smell of roasting chestnuts, glühwein and some great gift ideas.

Various locations

Westonbirt Arboretum

600 acres of beautiful tree garden created by a Victorian entrepreneur.

Tetbury GL8 8QS

The Model Village, Bourton on the Water

A 1/9th scale model of an actual Cotswold stone village, with church bells and more!

Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2AF

Cheltenham & Gloucester cities

Explore the cities of Cheltenham & Gloucester with their cathedrals, spas, old pump rooms, gardens and docks.

Various locations

Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate

Just outside Sherborne, this 17th century lodge is surrounded by a deer park. It was the National Trust’s first restoration project in 1998.

Cheltenham GL54 3DW

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The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum & Shop

Visit the original building used by Beatrix Potter in her story The Tailor of Gloucester.

9 College Court, Gloucester GL1 2NJ

GWR Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Steam and diesel heritage railway, 12 miles of line between Cheltenham race course and Laverton.

The Railway Station, Greet, Winchcombe GL54 5LB

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Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre

Outdoor, dry slope where you can learn to ski, snowboard or go tubing.

Matson Ln, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6EA

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Paddle alongside tall ships and take in Gloucester’s historic docks. If you’re feeling energetic you can head out to the River Severn.

Gloucester Docks, Gloucester

Gloucester Waterway Trail

Hike the waterway trail, one of Gloucester’s best-kept secrets.

Various locations

Virgin Balloon Flight

From the Cheltenham race course launch site, take to the air and marvel at the Cotswolds beauty from a different perspective.

Evesham Rd, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH

Gloucester Quays Outlet

Mix of High Street and designer labels at up to 70% off the Recommended Retail Price.

St Ann Way, Gloucester GL1 5SH

Regent Arcade, Cheltenham

In the heart of the spa town, the arcade is home to 60 retail stores and impressive dining options.

Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1EU

Montpellier District, Cheltenham

Browse the tree-lined streets of Montpellier with its period architecture and exciting boutiques.

Montpellier District, Cheltenham

Cathedral Quarter, Gloucester

Gloucester’s Cathedral Quarter is ideal for gift shopping with an array of independent boutiques to choose from.

Cathedral Quarter, Cheltenham

Tara Restaurant at Hatton Court Hotel

Ivy-covered country house with lawned gardens and offering views of the Severn Vale.

Upton Hill, Upton St. Leonards, Gloucester GL4 8DE

Wild Beer at Jessop House

Set in a 5-storey Georgian townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham, this is the Wild Beer Co.’s first bar, and there’s pretty good food, too!

30 Cambray Pl, Cheltenham GL50 1JX

Greek on the Docks, Gloucester

A taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of Gloucester’s docklands.

Unit A, Merchants Quay, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EW

Imperial Garden Bar, Cheltenham

Relax in the walled Skillicorne Gardens overlooking the Imperial Garden and with the Pittville Pump Room as a backdrop.

Imperial Square Developments, 26 Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA

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