Escaping to one of our log cabins for a cosy winter holiday? Lucky you. If you can tear yourself away from the crackling log fire, or pull yourself out of the steaming hot tub, here are a few of our favorite festive days out. From family walks under illuminated ancient trees to romantic evenings wandering through Christmas fairs, there is always lots going on in the beautiful Cotswold’s at this time of year. A Christmas holiday with us is a magical experience and we look forward to welcoming you here soon.
Victorian Late Night Christmas Shopping
When: Friday 4 December 2015
Where: Bourton on the Water (30 minutes drive)
This annual Christmas late night shopping event is a really fun outing for a family holiday. We always recommend seeing this beautiful Cotswold village on any holiday in the Cotswolds, but for this special night it’s even more worth it! Shops are open till 9pm and there will be plenty of things to entertain from a good old fairground ride and Father Christmas to delicious food stands and local choirs singing. Don’t miss the lighting of the Christmas Tree at 6:30 pm. Sitting in the middle of the river with the reflections of thousands of lights on the gentle river, it is an amazing site to behold.
Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas 2015
When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 27 November to 20 December.
Where: Westonbirt Arboretum (25 minutes drive)
Kids will really love this lit up 1 mile trail through the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum. The incredible trees can be enjoyed in a whole new light and there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy and get involved in along the walk. There are also free craft activities and the real Father Christmas and elves present who have little gifts for all your little ones. Carousel rides and Christmas stands are also there to enjoy. The list of foods to enjoy is enough to make the trip too: hog roast, gourmet burgers, hot dogs, chips, jacket potatoes and baguettes, a warming hot chocolate with whipped cream (or Baileys!), delicious mulled wine. Even roasted chestnuts, toffee apples, toasted marshmallows and traditional sweets to take along the walk with you! Different choirs and bands add to the festive atmosphere at this very unique evening.
The trail opens at 5pm each night and the last entry to the car park is at 7pm. The last entry to the trail is at 7.30pm. The trail is pushchair friendly too. Pre-booking is advised on Saturday evenings.
Cirencester Christmas Market
When: Main Christmas market on the 5th December. Lots to do throughout the festive period though in town.
The nearby town of Cirencester is full of Christmas activities and events in the festive period. From skating in the Abbey Grounds of the parish church to a mesmerising lantern parade. There are gourmet foods in the hight street Market, antiques and other great presents in the Corn Hall, and accessories and crafts in the wonderfully festive decorated chalets.
The main Christmas market is on the 5th December. Selected as one of the best UK Christmas markets by the Telegraph!