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 worldwide names.
Discover spellbinding locations that inspired the works of many famous authors and poets, where the landscape is just as evocative as their literary counterparts.
You can also spot references to the Arts and Craft period all over the counties, and at key historic landmarks from Broadway Tower to Sudeley Castle & Gardens. A guided tour isn’t always necessary to discover the arts and culture of the Cotswolds, you often simply need to look out of 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.
Cotswold Teacup ToursOld Minster Lovell
Cotswold Teacup Tours will whisk you away from the crowds to their best-kept secret locations that could easily feature on any chocolate box lid.
Fossils and FunNailsworth
Where you are standing right now was probably once a warm, shallow tropical Jurassic Sea full of weird and wonderful sea creatures, with maybe a dinosaur roaming along the shoreline.
Cogges Manor FarmOld Minster Lovell
Take a step back in time as you explore the old manor house, farm buildings and wonderful grounds of Cogges Manor Farm. Cogges also holds many events, workshops and festivals throughout the year.
Berrybank Park’s AmphitheatreUpper Oddington
This is a purpose-built, grassed, 500-seat amphitheatre and pavilion in the heart of the Cotswolds and was constructed with the smallest carbon footprint possible.