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Fun-filled things to do this November in the Cotswolds

Posted: Mon, 1st Nov 2021
Toddler walking through leaves

November in the Cotswolds is a beautiful time to visit. The air is crisp, and the scenery is at its most magnificent as the tree-lined hills explode in a final burst of colour. It’s also a great time to book a Cotswold holiday cottage, with prices significantly lower than in December.

If you’re wondering whereabouts in the Cotswolds you should choose for your holiday, take a look at some of the activities taking place this November.

Kick up leaves and jump in muddy puddles

Kicking up piles of crisp autumn leaves and jumping in muddy puddles remains a quintessentially favourite pastime and the Cotswolds is the perfect place to do this. Alongside the wonderful countryside footpaths and woodland walks, you can also visit the magnificent arboretums at Batsford or Westonbirt. Batsford even has a colour guide on their website so you can plan your visit for when the autumn colours are at their most extravagant.

Where to stay: Box Cottage, Hayloft at Newbarn Farm, Hillside Cottage, Singer House   

Enchanted light trails

Head out after dark to one of the many enchanted light trails that are lighting up the November evenings. At the Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton, the park becomes a magical wonderland of fairy lights and includes a mermaid garden, dancing water fountains, and giant party poppers. Likewise, the Enchanted Light Trail at the Cotswold Farm Park is a glorious family-friendly adventure that weaves throughout the farm paddocks. Alternatively, head for the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle and follow the captivating trail through the castle grounds.

Where to stay: Appletree Cottage, Anne Boleyn at Sudeley Castle, Lily Cottage, Temple Guiting Cottage  

Literary genius

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival features a stunning programme of bestselling authors, workshops, and celebrities. Let’s be honest – as the birthplace of the world’s most famous playwright, it wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t some celebration dedicated to all things literary.

Where to stay: Cider House, Lower Lodge Barn, Orchard View, Swifts Retreat

Christmas shopping

Enjoy a little festive cheer as you start (or finish) your Christmas shopping at one of the many events taking place across the Cotswolds this November. The pretty village of Broadway hosts a magical shopping evening at the end of the month, whilst in Cirencester, the week-long Christmas market is the place to find beautiful jewellery and handcrafted gifts. Head to the Daylesford Christmas Fayre and you’ll find more than 200 stalls under one roof offering a multitude of interesting and unusual gifts.

Where to stay: Bothy at Arlington, Field View, Poppy Cottage, Swallows Rest

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