Things to do on holiday in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 12:49 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 06 August 2015

Lower Slaughter, a typical Cotswold village / Photo credit: Justine Kibler

Lower Slaughter, a typical Cotswold village / Photo credit: Justine Kibler


Experience the beauty of rolling English countryside, quaint limestone villages, stunning stately homes and imposing castles by visiting the Cotswolds. But there’s more to do than just relax in this beautiful region of south England.

Holidays in the Cotswolds aren’t only about relaxing, as you’ll find a fantastic selection of activities and attractions to keep you entertained.

Cotswolds Water Park is home to more than 150 lakes, created when old limestone quarries were filled with water, and is a popular destination in the region. Here you can take part in a selection of watersports including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing; or enjoy fishing, biking, bird watching and even archery. It’s a great place for all ages, so make sure you stop by.

You can also discover one of the UK’s largest zoological collections by visiting the Cotswolds Wildlife Park, where you will find lions, camels, zebras, giraffes, donkeys, goats, pigs, meerkats, lemurs, gibbons, otters, tortoises, snakes, birds and more. As well as animals, you can also enjoying walking through the beautiful gardens, which boast an array of plant life plus a Victorian manor house near the centre.

The Cotswold Falconry Centre is another fantastic place for animal lovers, as it houses a vast selection of elegant birds including eagles, hawks, kestrels, owls and falcons. Watch the entertaining bird shows, which are great for all ages, before heading to the nearby town of Moreton-in-Marsh where you can browse the weekly market and explore the 18th century buildings.

Other towns and villages that are well worth visiting include Stroud, Cirencester, Burford, Tetbury and Chipping Norton. There is also Cheltenham, home to the famous Cheltenham Festival held at the Regency town’s racecourse - so why not experience horse racing at its finest during your holiday here.

If you’re interested in historic castles then we recommend paying a visit to Sudeley Castle near the town of Winchcombe. Built in the 15th century, the castle boasts a proud history that you can discover by exploring the many rooms open to the public. But be warned, as the castle is known to be haunted.

There is no better way to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds countryside than by taking a walk along the Cotswolds Way, a 102-mile walking route that passes through some of the most scenic areas, whilst linking up with numerous towns and villages along the way. Breathe in the fresh country air, as you make your way through swaying trees and tall grass.

Why not discover the Cotswolds for yourself by booking a holiday to this charming destination.


For holidays in the Cotswolds, contact Waterside Breaks

tel: 01252 339020



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