Escaping on a Cotswold short break in April? Choose a few of our top things to do in the area this month to make the best of your time here. With the promise of spring ahead this is a lovely month to be out and about as nature wakes up for the warmer months ahead.
Get cosy at the Wild Duck
There are so many different pubs to choose from in the Cotswolds. We’ve tried to help you by creating a shortlist on our Ultimate Cotswold Guide as well as having our top three local pubs listed in your welcome pack on arrival. One of the best is the Wild Duck Inn at Ewen. A lovely 40 minute walk from your log cabin along the Thames path. Or a 10 minute cycle along quiet Cotswold lanes. This pub dates back to the 16th century so understandably boasts a fantastic atmosphere. The large open fire is the centre piece of the pub and is a welcome reward after a bracing walk. Whether you just want an afternoon hot chocolate, a big Sunday lunch or a romantic dinner this pub is well worth a visit. With all good pubs in the Cotswolds we recommend booking a table in advance if you hoping to enjoy supper on a weekend.
Experience a free tour of Force Brewery in Cirencester
If you want to know exactly how your beer is brewed, as well as developing your palate why not put together a group and book in for a Thursday evening at the this up and coming micro brewery. The tour covers a comprehensive explanation of the brewing process, set in the context of the industry as it is today, a taste of each brew and an introduction to all of the ingredients. Conclude the journey upstairs with Force Brewery pints at just £2.50. If you’re with us for a group holiday this is an ideal night to head for.
Explore the grounds at Blenheim Palace
This historic estate changes throughout the seasons and is lovely in April with wild flowers and fresh greens all around as new buds start to emerge. This is one of Capability Browns best works in our opinion and was also the home of Winston Churchill. There are usually exhibitions near the main house as well as a tour of the formal garden at 11:30 every day. If you want to be alone though head further into the parkland along one of the many romantic walks. Not far from Oxford, you could easily combine some shopping, sightseeing or good food with a day out at Blenheim.
Enjoy some antique shopping in Burford
The historic town of Burford is a quaint location to explore whilst in the Cotswolds. There are lots of Aladdin dens to see including the Burford Antique Centre and Gateway Antiques, both found on the Burford Roundabout. Other places to look for are The George on the main high street. After finding something special head to The Lamb Inn, with its cosy open fire to enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Walk the woodland paths at Woodchester Park
A National Trust property which sits in the steep hills of the Stroud Valleys. The routes take you through old beech woods, past swathes of wild flowers in the spring and along pretty lakes. On the way there or back you pass the roadside farm shop, Jolly Nice. Stop here for lots of delicious options.
Learn about roman life in the Corinium Museum
This museum is aimed at all ages and is a perfect way to spend a few hours on a day when perhaps the weather isn’t so good. With collections covering two floors and lots to see from reconstructions to original artefacts. There are many temporary galleries taking place throughout the year too and great workshops for kids. Check out their website for what’s on in April. Whilst in Cirencester there is lots of boutique shopping to enjoy and of course some top places to grab a lunch. Head to Made by Bob in the Corn Hall for a bustling restaurant.
Whilst at the lake…
April holidays are when we start to see swathes of primroses at their best. This means the lakeside walk is a really romantic way to spend an hour each day as you meander around your private nature reserve. There are also lots of birds busy pairing up for the nesting season. A highlight to look out for is courting great crested grebe who dance on the water in amazing synchronisation. Fishing for pike is good in April too if you fancy dropping the line in whilst enjoying the surroundings from your pier. Finally, with the Thames flowing well in April, the walk from your cabin to the source is a great few hours spent. The mighty Thames gurgles out of the ground here so it’s a great place to get ticked off your Cotswold to do list.