The misty scenes of winter, with the promise of spring just around the corner…..February is such a wonderful time to see the English countryside. And there’s nowhere quite as beautiful as the Cotswolds at this time of year. So whether you’re here to celebrate a Valentine’s staycation with your loved one or taking that much needed family trip during half term, there’s plenty to do round these parts. Here are some of the best things to do in the Cotswolds in February.
Head to a Cotswold farmers market
Market atmosphere is electric in the summer months, but there’s also something very romantic about wrapping up warm and heading to a farmers’ market in the winter too. Come wind, rain or shine, there’s so much local produce to feast your eyes on. And with so many different local markets to choose from, there’ll be plenty of food to tantalise your taste buds. Our favourite markets include Stroud Farmers’ Market (every Saturday from 9am to 2pm), Cheltenham Market (2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 9am to 3pm), Cirencester Market (2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9am to 1pm), and Chipping Norton Market (3rd Saturday of the month from 8.30am to 1.30pm).
Go antique shopping
Those with a love of antiques will be in their element in the Cotswolds. Some of the best places to shop for unique pieces include Stow-on-the-Wold and Tetbury (don’t miss Amy Perry Antiques and Lofords Antiques), plus The Suffolks in Cheltenham. But for the ultimate antiques shopping experience, head to the fantastic Antiques and Collectables Market in Cirencester (open every Friday at the Corn Hall from 8am to 3pm).
Oxford International Art Fair
For a daytrip away further out, why not take the whole family to the Oxford International Art Fair? It’s an iconic annual festival that showcases some of the best art from around the world in some of the finest local galleries.
Catch a theatre show
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Then check out what’s on at the Chipping Norton Theatre, a building which dates back to the late 1800s. Today, there’s everything from theatre shows, dance and music to film screenings, children’s plays and comedy. There really is something for all ages, and it’s less than an hour away from Log House Holidays.
Book a photography lesson
If you’re a budding photographer, February could be the perfect time of year to practice your shooting skills. Our private lake reserve, with its undisturbed nature and tranquil waters, makes the ideal spot for a photography holiday (available with local landscape photographer David Hall). Or you can head out to the Slimbridge Wetland Centre where photographic events are held regularly. Slimbridge is also thriving wildlife spotting and birdwatching haunt, so bring the kids here for a fun day out.
Whilst at the Lake…
When you’ve had enough of sightseeing, shows and shopping, your cosy lakeside cabin awaits back at our private nature reserve. If you’ve booked a few days here, give yourself plenty of time to soak up those views and stick around for sunrise or sunset. It really will take your breath away. If you’re brave enough to tiptoe across the cold decking first thing in the morning to enjoy the outdoor hot tub, make sure you keep an eye out for our resident otters and other wildlife – the crack of dawn is prime time for spotting otters! And if you’re looking for a way to loosen up those legs after a long nap, don’t forget to take the binoculars out with you on our 2.5 mile private track. Check out our Things to Do At the Lake for more.