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How to fill your summer holidays in The Cotswolds

Following on from the popularity of our blog, ‘How Many Days Do You Need in The Cotswolds’, we thought you’d like some ideas on how to fill those days.

We’ve got lots of wonderful activities to while away the dreamy countryside days, and plenty of delightfully charming pubs to make you comfortable in the evenings…

Activities in The Cotswolds

There is so much to choose from in our beautiful region, from private luxury tours of castles, cathedrals, Downton Abbey and other film locations, foraging in the countryside, and even our very own palace, we’ve selected some of our favorites, and some which we think you’ll love too.

Highgrove Garden visits

It’s garden season here in the Cotswolds, and there is arguably none more impressive than that of Highgrove.

Choose from a group tour of the gardens with up to 26 other guests and get the benefit of an experienced guide to take you through the extraordinary and inspiring grounds of Highgrove House. Add Champagne and afternoon tea for a decadent treat or make either of these tours private for exclusivity.

Steam train fun

An experience like no other, and only a five-minute drive from Sudeley Castle, you can enjoy the splendor of the countryside with the help of the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway.

It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.

Spa days

Pamper yourself with a few hours, or even a full day at one of the enchanting spas, often located within 5-star hotels… Here are just a few we found on Trip Advisor.

  • De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester
  • Lygon Arms, Broadway
  • Kings Head Hotel, Cirencester
  • Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden
  • Dormy House Hotel, Broadway
  • Barnsley House, nr Bibury


There are many top-rated golf clubs in The Cotswolds…

  • Tewkesbury Park has been awarded top spot in the 100 golf resorts in Great Britain and Ireland by National Club Golfer and Golf World, being described as a ‘mini Gleneagles’.
  • The Manor House Golf Club, Castle Combe is a championship 18-hole course in 365 acres of pure Cotswold countryside. The hotel also houses the Michelin star rated Bybrook.
  • Cotswold Edge, in Wootton-Under-Edge boasts the most incredible views across the hills from Gloucestershire to the Brecon Beacons.

Our favourite Cotswolds pubs

Whether for a full-English breakfast, light lunch or delectable dinner we’ll point you in the right direction to either start or finish you day of interest with precisely what you need – a good meal and great drinks. You might like to investigate one, or some of these picks:

The Barn Theatre, Cirencester – An award-winning independent theatre with an outstanding bar and restaurant attached. Téatro offers a unique dining experience; with quality sourced produce formed into exquisite menus, alongside carefully crafted drinks.

The Lygon Arms, Broadway – Mentioned already as a divine spa location, this pub boasts The Grill, by celebrity chef, James Martin and has hosted royalty as well as notable rebellious figures throughout the centuries.

The Double Red Duke, Clanfield – A 17th century tavern with snug wooden booths by the fire or candy-striped canopies on the patio. Although known for their substantial steaks, there are also heaps of vegetarian offerings.

The Swan at Southrop – Low slung ceilings and sumptuous armchairs make this pub come elegant restaurant a cozy stop for nibbles or hearty a meal.

The Fox at Oddington, Moreton in the Marsh – With a menu created from the offerings of the nearby Daylesford Organic and Wootton estate, The Fox serves you a more authentic village pub feel along with it’s craft beers and pub classics like woodfired pizza.

You can choose many of the Cotswolds pubs as your accommodation for your luxury Cotswold Holiday, just ask the Rosehill team for our recommendations according to your personal taste and activity agenda.

And everything else you can do in The Cotswolds!

If you’ve decided how many days you need in The Cotswolds and are looking for what do while you’re here, this grand region offers you literally anything to do!

Whether you’re an outdoors person who loves foraging, horseback riding, hiking or open water swimming, or if you’re more the type who prefers the theatre, antique hunting and Michelin Star dining, we challenge you to think of something special to add to your Cotswold Summer Holiday.

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