Arts & Culture Experiences
Discover the locations that inspired Tolkien, Carroll, Austen, Morris and more
Cheltenham is known as the cultural centre of the Cotswolds, but the inspiration doesn’t just stop there. Creativity stretches from the town, known for its Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals, with independent theatres and halls across the Cotswolds showcasing the best of local talent, as well as world-wide names.
There are references to the Arts and Craft period all over the counties, and key historic landmarks to view from Broadway Tower to Sudeley Castle & Gardens. You don’t have to go on a guided tour or sit in a lecture hall to discover the culture of the Cotswolds, you simply need to look out your cottage window. That said, booking a couple theatre tickets wouldn’t be a bad idea. Here are our favourite cultural experiences.
Arts & Culture Experiences
Bath Insider ToursBatheaston
There are self-guided audio tours for those who want to explore at their own pace while still being entertained.
Listen to an audio tour of The Palace State Rooms to discover the incredible history behind the artefacts on display.
Hire an e-bike from the Tower Barn and go on a full exploration of the area.
Cotswold Photography ToursPainswick
Read their ready-made tours to source some inspiration on the types of areas you would like to visit and capture on camera.
Cotswold Guided ToursPainswick
If you’re visiting for the first time as a family, arrange a private tour so you can tailor your interests to the route.
To save time, place pre-show and interval drinks in advance of your visit, with a full menu and ordering system available online.
This contemporary gallery hosts many exhibitions throughout the year, highlighting multiple artists. Be sure to check out the upcoming events.
Sudeley Castle & GardensWinchcombe
Extend your historic stay by booking one of the Sudeley Castle Cottages with us direct, and enjoy free entry to the castle and gardens.
The Roman BathsBatheaston
During your visit, try the hot spa water at the fountain, situated in the Pump Room Restuarant. It contains 43 minerals, has an unusual taste, and was used for curative purposes for two thousand years.
Each year, an artist in residence is chosen, and there are specific, dedicated events to their formats and style. Be sure to check out who is live on the platform this year.
Learn a new skill at a pottery workshop led by experts and enjoy the therapeutic benefits the craft has to offer.
Discover an unfinished masterpiece of the Gothic Revival era. Woodchester Mansion is available for private tours, special events, and an incredible day out.
Larkswold Creative WorkshopsMoreton-in-Marsh
Book a crafty workshop in the Cotswold countryside for your friends and family. Or, enjoy a whole wellbeing day to relax and rejuvenate.
The Flower Hut TetburyTetbury
Book a creative, floral workshop for your friends and family, or visit in-store for a selection of beautiful bouquets for that special someone.
Stratford Town WalkStratford-upon-Avon
Discover the history of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare connections, and the ghostly goings-on with an award-winning guide.
Cotswold Pure BotanicalsBroadway
Crafted by hand in the Cotswold countryside, Cotswold Pure Botanicals offer a range of luxurious candles that all use renewable soy wax.