Christmas in the Cotswolds map
Whether the snow’s already on the ground or there’s a mere nip of Jack Frost in the air, Christmas in the Cotswolds is always a magical time
If you’re shopping for designer clothes for a baby or young child, then The Orange Pig in Tewkesbury is there to help; while the gift of an art class at Cheltenham School of Fine Art may be just the thing for an arty friend – or even to treat yourself. Just over the River Severn, at Lydney, Taurus Crafts offers the chance to buy unique gifts direct from the makers, and a cosy café to rest in before exploring their weekend Christmas markets.
If culture’s your thing, then a visit to the wonderful galleries and gardens of Nature in Art are
thoroughly recommended – and make sure you find time to take in the National Trust’s beautiful Jacobean Chastleton House & Garden. And, if the weather’s inclement, then head underground to Clearwell Caves where the temperature is always a steady 10 degrees… and it never, ever rains!
For those looking for a cosy cottage to spend Christmas and New Year with friends and family, then Cotswold Hideaways have something to suit, from a romantic retreat for two to a barn conversion that can sleep 26, while Cotswold Property Lettings can
also help find your perfect holiday home or even a longer-term letting if that’s what you need. If you’d rather someone else did the cooking, though, Tudor Farm House Hotel in the Royal Forest of Dean provides a rural retreat and culinary oasis, as does the glorious dog-friendly Oxfordshirebased Wychwood Inn.
And, after a long walk around the wintery Cotswold countryside, you could do worse than head back to a hearty locally-sourced meal and warm bed at The Plough in Cold Aston. A (very warm) welcome to winter in the Cotswolds!