There are few places as magical and traditionally festive as the Cotswolds during the Christmas period. Whether you are lucky enough to live there or are staying for the holiday season there is much to experience and enjoy. Relaxing in timbered inns, savouring fresh local produce and browsing around independent, quality shops or getting into nature and soaking up the scenery with a walk or cycle around this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds will not disappoint.
If you own a property in the Cotwolds that you rent out for the Christmas or any holiday period, have a check with one of our specialist brokers to make sure you have the right insurance in place. Similarly, if you are leaving your property empty for any length of time. Christmas is not the time for unexpected costs and worry, reassurance is a phone call away!
Here are some of our festive highlights for spending your Christmas in the Cotswolds.
Sprinkle a little Christmas magic this year and enjoy a festive event on the “Royal Highgrove Estate. Celebrate with friends and family at Highgrove with one of their exclusive dining experiences. Start with a Kir Royale before a seasonal lunch or indulge in a delicious afternoon tea in the beautifully decorated Orchard Restaurant – guaranteed to put you in joyful spirits. Finish off with a visit to the Estate Shop and choose from luxury food and drink to clothing, home accessories and decorations – everything you need for the perfect Christmas gift.”
Escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the atmosphere at Blenheim Palace’s Christmas market and wonderful new Alice in the Palace experience where you can explore the topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland. Don’t miss our ever popular Illuminated light trail including the formal gardens which will be lit up in festive colour, brighter than ever before with lasers, projections and thousands of tea-lights.
Fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of the modern Christmas experience? Why not take some time out to encounter some 17th century winter traditions at beautiful Dyrham Park? Step away from the tinsel and baubles and learn about some historic traditions or stretch your legs, take stock and reconnect with nature. There’ll be choirs at weekends, costumed storytellers, children’s crafts and trails through the parkland, a poetry trail and subtle decorations crafted from dried flowers.
Cheltenham will be hosting its annual New Year’s Day racing on Wednesday 1 January 2020, promising the perfect way to continue the celebrations in style. With plenty of fun scheduled for families.
Whether you’re a racing expert or want to start the new year with a spot of trackside action in the festive fresh air, the New Year’s Day racing event in Cheltenham is a highlight on the town’s annual calendar time and again.
Sudeley Castle is a top day out in the Cotswolds throughout the year but in December this historic castle really comes to life. Explore this unique experience by following the trail of light around the stunning gardens and romantic ruins.
Offering a magical experience for both children and those who are young at heart, Cotswold Farm Park will host Father Christmas and his elves this festive season.
Taking place on various dates from Saturday 23 November until Monday 23 December 2019, children will get the chance to enter Father Christmas’s luxurious grotto to meet the man of the moment, before enjoying access to the Toy Room to choose a gift and see a photograph of themselves with Santa.
If you’re tired of getting out and about and want to just relax with loved ones, there’s no place better then around an open fire with a hot chocolate and gingerbread or two!
Have a great festive season wherever you are, from Eggar Forrester Insurance.