Holiday cottages for May Half Term
Lose yourself in the rolling green hills of the Cotswolds this May half term
The frosty mornings are behind us, the air is sweet with the gentle fragrance of bluebells carpeting ancient woodlands, and shady hedgerows froth with the delicate lacy blooms of cow parsley. It’s a glorious time of year to visit, with gardens in full flourish, fields filled with fluffy sheep as far as the eye can see and, although popular, the summer holiday crowds haven’t yet arrived. This late May half-term also crosses over with the UK-wide celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the festivities taking place across the Cotswolds will be no exception. It’s the perfect time to gather friends and family together and join in the celebrations.
Spend fun days in the beautiful countryside exploring gardens and arboretums, visiting bustling markets in ancient country towns, and wandering through farm parks. Or why not pull on your walking boots, grab the dog and hit one of the fabulous walking trails that bisect the region, none more so famous than the Cotswold Way, running 103 miles from north to south. The Cotswolds are also renowned for quirky, often ancient traditions, two of which coincide with the half-term holidays. Dover’s Hill, on the outskirts of Chipping Campden is the setting for the unique Cotswold Olimpick Games – events include the slightly alarmingly named ‘shin kicking’. Whilst Coopers Hill sees daredevil competitors chase an 8lb round of cheese down the hill, in the annual cheese rolling competition.
Your Cotswold holiday cottage will be a welcome retreat after all the excitement.