5 things to do in the Cotswolds this bank holiday weekend
Happy (technical) May Day everyone!
May Day is one of Britain’s oldest festivity days, but of course while today most of us are more likely to be sat in an office right now than we are to be dancing around a maypole, it does mean that the three day weekend is on its way. So, if you’re after three whole days of fun and frolic, hopefully in the sun, then there’s no better place to be than the Cotswolds this weekend. But just what are some of the best things to do ‘round these parts? Here’s five tantalising suggestions…
1. Take a visit to Belenheim Palace
The ancestral home of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of the largest houses in England and the only non-royal house to hold the title of palace. The colossal estate requires some time to view in its entirety. Explore the miles of parkland, look around the grand rooms and be sure to view the jousting tournament going on in the palace’s grounds this weekend.
2. Go to Stow-on-the-Wold
While, your mind might jump to Oxford when asked to think of a place to go for fab shopping in the Cotswolds. Stow-on-the-wold is a fantastic contender. It’s not just quaint tea shops, Stow-on-the-Wold has dozens of quirky antique shops and boutiques waiting to be discovered. It’s also home to two art galleries — Red Rag and Fosse, that are really worth a visit.
3. Take a stroll
The weather forecast of the moment predicts a sunny weekend with a comfortable temperature of 18 degrees celsius, perfect for a long country walk (shout at the Met Office not us if it rains). Our favourite route takes you on a five mile circular trip around the River Windrush, taking in some of the Cotswolds’ finest views. The best bit? You’ll pass right by our little pub. Pop in for a swift half before you set off won’t you? Click here for a map!
4. Hang out in a pub garden
And after a long country walk there’s nothing better than spending some quality time with friends and family in a beer garden. And, we think we can boast one of the best in the entire Cotswolds with our outdoor bar, and panoramic views. Why not replace the precious calories you burnt off on your walk with one of our legendary Sunday roasts?
5. Listen to some good music
Finally, if you fancy seeing some fantastic live acts then the only place to be is the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Starting tomorrow and ending on bank holiday Monday, this event is curated by Jamie Cullum and is considered to be one of the UK’s leading jazz festivals. The lineup this year includes Corrine Bailey Rae, Giles Peterson and Kamasi Washington. Get tickets and info here.