Things to do in the Cotswolds
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Things To Do in The Cotswolds

At nearly 800 square miles, The Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – has much to offer. It has castles, a palace and grand country houses along with quaint thatched cottages in picturesque villages. There are some beautiful gardens and walks with incredible views and rivers to relax next to. Small, bustling towns with unique shops and eateries are all waiting to be explored. And we mustn’t forget the wonderfully British institution of the country pub!

We have more than a few pubs in North Gloucestershire that have won recognition and awards for their homemade food. These include The Eight Bells in Campden, The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington (or Yubberton to the locals), The Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill and many more locally and further afield.

We have some really fantastic local attractions too, so whether you are coming for a romantic break, family holiday or just time away with friends, you have plenty of choices in front of you. More quirky options include Husky dog racing, ghost tours or learning to make your own soap to name but a few. Stratford-upon-Avon is a 20 minute drive so why not explore Shakespeare’s birthplace, Mary Arden’s farm or Ann Hathaway’s cottage. You can treat yourself to a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, take a boat trip on the river or simply enjoy a bit of shopping and relaxing in town.

Our glamping site is a 15 minute walk from Chipping Campden so you can easily wander into town, look around the independent shops, galleries and museum before choosing which of the several pubs/hotels, the 3 bistros and 3 coffee/tearooms to take lunch in. Get some fresh air by walking up to Dover’s Hill, a National Trust property with great open spaces and views and then back to town for afternoon tea. If you feel more adventurous you can walk part of the Cotswold Way from Campden to Broadway Tower. There is a very pleasant cafe to refuel in and then continue on to the town of Broadway, catching a late afternoon bus back to Campden. 

 

**2020 Changes due to the Coronavirus**

We recommend checking with all venues/eateries to book tickets or tables ahead of time as many now have reduced capacity to comply with safety measures.

👉Many attractions have staggered arrival times to avoid queue’s.

👉Some attractions no longer accept cash but only take card payments (including Cotswold Farm park)

👉Cotswold Farm Park are not running their tractor safari or animal feeding/handling sessions. Their indoor play area is closed

👉All Things Wild have kept their soft play area closed at present but outdoor areas are open

👉Cotswold Wildlife Park are not running the train safari and the Lemur Encounter, outdoor adventure playground and restaurant are closed

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Eating out in Chipping Campden

Eating out is a popular activity with our guests and we can make some great suggestions! Whether you are looking for a pub lunch, a delicious evening meal or an afternoon cream tea treat; there are many award winning English pubs and eateries locally and in Chipping Campden, including the famous Pudding Club! We could fill a whole page on local places to eat – so we have done just that…please click here 👉

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Places to go with children in the Cotwolds

Families can be assured that there are plenty of things to do with children in the Cotswolds. Close to our glamping site we have amazing family attractions including Countryfile presenter Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park (just 20 minutes away) and All Things Wild (10 minutes), The Batsford Arboretum and the Cotswold Falconry (10 minutes away) to name but a few. Slightly further away is the wonderful Cotswold Wildlife Park (40 minutes) and the GWSR steam railway (25 minutes). There are also some lovely play parks in the area so both teenagers and young children can have some great days out in the Cotswolds. 

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St James' Church, Chipping Campden

Cultural and historical places in the Cotswolds

The area is rich in history and you can visit the local churches, some of which are called ‘Wool Churches’ as they were built from the riches of the Cotswold’s wool trade.  Enjoy local galleries and museums which include Chipping Campden’s Court Barn museum displaying artefacts from the Arts and Crafts movement, the Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway and more. We can also recommend a visit to Hart’s Gold and Silversmiths workshop in Campden, where you can meet and chat to the makers as they create exceptional pieces from jewellery to goblets.

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National Trust properties near Chipping Campden

National Trust properties near Chipping Campden include Hidcote Manor Gardens,  Snowshill Manor, Hailes Abbey, Bibury and just up our road is Dover’s Hill, a beautiful space with amazing views.

Cotswold Discovery Trail Map of the area

Take a Tour around the Cotswolds

If you want to sit back and relax while you explore some of the hidden gems of the Cotswolds, why not take a tour with one of the local tour providers. Let someone else drive you to some of the local beauty spots and places of interest, tell you about the history of the places and take care of all the driving and parking! Local providers such as Go Cotswolds are operating again requesting all passengers wear face masks.

If you prefer exploring on foot, we recommend taking a Wardens walk around Chipping Campden or having someone help you to plan your route further afield across the countryside. You can also buy the Cotswold Discovery Trail map that directs you to some hidden gems.