Four reasons why you should spend Christmas in the Cotswolds


Spending Christmas in the Cotswolds is truly an unforgettable experience. We are lucky enough to enjoy the beauty of the area all year round so we know how important it is to experience as much as possible in a short timeframe. As a result, we’ve asked our team about their favourite things to do this festive season in the wonderful Cotswolds to get into the Christmas spirit!

Sudeley Castle

On the 8th December, the castle reopens ready to showcase it’s very own Spectacle of Light. This illuminated trail will see you and your loved ones venture deeper into the season of sparkle. Mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate and a whole host of savoury treats will be available as well as new features for 2017 including a kaleidoscope of illuminated parasols, a surprise in the tower dungeon and Moroccan lanterns – you’ll even see a very special tree come to life with its energised roots. A vision that has to be seen to be believed, you can get further information and tickets here.

Unrivalled Christmas Markets

There are several Christmas markets in the area, each offering a unique twist on your typical shopping and exploring experience. Whether you visit Bath’s Christmas Market with over 200 traditional stalls, a grotto, ice rink and Apres Ski bar, Bourton-on-the-Water’s lights-on extravaganza or opt for Cheltenham’s traditional festive fare and warming drinks, a Christmas spent in the beautiful Cotswolds would be lacking without a stroll around the shops.

Festive Afternoon Tea

An adored British tradition, Afternoon Tea is granted a whole new lease of life during the festive season. After a morning spent shopping or soaking in the season’s atmosphere, there are few finer joys than sitting down to a decadent serving of afternoon treats. From Eggnog macaroons and sherry trifles to toasted stolen and marzipan wrapped fruit cake, a festive afternoon tea shared with good company at Ellenborough Park pushes out all the stops. Treat yourself to a mixed spice scone, turkey sandwiches, pigs in blankets and much more.

Explore Cleeve Common

As one of the highest points in the Cotswolds at 330 metres above sea level, Cleeve Common boasts countless footpaths across 1000 acres that are perfect for exploring on a brisk winter morning. Take in the Malvern Hills, the Black Mountains of Wales and The Cotswold Way as you stamp your feet and warm your hands inside your gloves; it might be chilly during this time of year, but it certainly affords magical and breath-taking views for those who wish to venture out. Start at Winchcombe, a mere ten-minute drive from the hotel and you will soon find yourself nearing the historic Sudeley Castle. You will even be able to see the welcome sight of Ellenborough Park, one of the most beautiful hotels in Cheltenham, when you return from your stroll.

If you are looking to enjoy a magical Christmas in the Cotswolds, then why not do so at one of the finest hotels in Cheltenham? We have an entire Christmas Collection that will suit your festive plans. For more information, call us on 01242 545454 or contact us here.


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