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The Hayloft, Bolthole Retreats

Holiday cottages for August

Balmy sunny days, outdoor swimming, funky festivals and a Bank Holiday to enjoy

Lazy summer days dangling your feet in the cool water of one of the Cotswolds’ many rivers is a must for visitors and residents alike. To enjoy a sunny and watery scene, head with a picnic and rolled up trousers to the Windrush in Winchcombe or Burford, the Coln at Coln St Aldwyns or Fairford, or the Churn in Cirencester.

If you’re a sports (and silliness!) fan, Bourton-on-the-Water is the place for you, with its unique river football match held between two teams from the Bourton Rovers Football Club. If you don’t want to get soaked, stand back from the riverbank, as half the fun of the game is soaking the spectators. Kicks off is the August Bank Holiday.

If you like your water cool but regulated, opt for one of the Cotswolds’ outdoor swimming pools at Cirencester, Chipping Norton, Stroud or Cheltenham. Alternatively, if open water is more your thing, book a swim – or a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) session in the deep and deliciously cool water of Cromwall Quarry. Visitors with children should head to the fabulous Cotswold Country Park and Beach where you can swim, play on a sandy beach, picnic, paddle, windsurf or hurl yourself around the Aquaventure inflatable park.

With the August weather generally being warm and dry, it’s a great month to don your colourful gear and head to a festival or two. This month sees the return of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, The Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park Estate near Charlbury, and The Big Feastival at Kingham near Chipping Norton.

If you prefer something a little more sedate, hire a boat at Lechlade on Thames and pootle down the river for the day, returning to your hand-picked cottage in time to relax in the garden with a glass of something cool, bubbly and delicious.

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