Enjoying a weekend escape in the Cotswold’s this May? Check out our top list of things to do. May holidays offer a great time of year to be here. If we are lucky enough to be enjoying an early heat wave you can have the joys of the summer whilst even the top attractions are still relatively quiet. The lake’s wild flowers will be in full force now with swathes of ox-eye daisies and red Campion coming through. This all makes for a romantic time to visit.
Invade Sudeley Castle
Rated as one of the top attractions in the Cotswolds this is a fantastic place to spend a whole day with the family. There are castle rooms and exhibits to see with treasures from ancient Roman times onwards. The award winning gardens will be looking spectacular in May and walking through remember that four of England’s queen once walked through the same paths. If the fascinating history of Sudely castle is not enough to keep the kids entertained they will love scaling the wooden fort, going down the zip wire or tackling the assault course. Finish this day out with a lovely meal or even a night at the Everyman Theatre in the famous nearby town of Cheltenham.
Find out more here: Sudeley Castle
Cycle to the Potting Shed
This has long been the top of our list for Cotswold pubs when people ask where to go. It’s a lovely 30 minute cycle (keeping the eco-friendly holiday vibe) or just a 10 minute drive otherwise. Waiting for you if the sun is shining is a glorious outdoor beer garden where shade can be found under a large weeping willow. Inside the pub is very cosy with a menu that changes regularly and uses local produce. The food is really exceptional. Grab a coffee after before getting lost on your way home with the bikes. If you are looking for a table indoors at the weekend it is best to book in advance as this pub is popular with locals and tourists a like.
Book a table here: Potting Shed
Head to Bourton on the Water with fewer crowds
This quaint village is, like the Potting Shed, where we tell people to go if they only have time for one day out. Nick-named the Venice of the Cotswold’s. When you arrive you will see why with the many cute bridges that cross the River Windrush. Off the main river walkway follow winding streets with chocolate box cottages to find a tea room where you can enjoy a cream tea and a pot of the finest tea. Whilst there make sure you head to the Model Village which kids and adult will both enjoy seeing. Walk the streets of this 1/9 exact replica marvelling at the attention to detail.
Read more: The Model Village
Take a stroll through Batsford Arboretum
Wonder around the countrys largest private collection of trees and flowers as spring turns to summer. If you are staying in in the Cotswolds in early May the Japanese Wild Cherry trees should still be in full blossom, adding a very romantic backdrop to any couples minibreak. Leave time for the café, gift shop or plant shop. Take a few pots home to your garden to remember your special holiday in the Cotswolds!
Plan your visit: Batsford Arboretum
Take cookery course at The Organic Farm Shop
This local farm shop runs great courses all year round but there are some good ones to choose this May. Why not treat someone you’re on holiday with to one. Even if the courses don’t work with your dates the farm shop itself and café are well worth a visit. Especially for a delicious Sunday lunch!
Book onto a cookery course here: The Organic Farm Shop
Check out our Holidays in May page here.