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Things to do in the Cotswolds this autumn

Posted: Thu, 25th Aug 2022
Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury

The ‘Season of Mists’ – things to do in the Cotswolds this autumn

Autumn is a beautifully atmospheric season; the leaves start to fall, the nights begin to draw in, and there’s an unmistakable chill in the air. To quote Keats, autumn is the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. For those with little ones, it’s also October half term. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids during the holidays, or you’re enjoying a peaceful break away from it all, autumn in the Cotswolds is magical.

Visit an arboretum at its most colourful

Westonbirt

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is worth visiting in every season, but autumn sees the most dramatic change, as the leaves turn deep golden and fiery red. Westonbirt offers a mindful walking experience through the natural landscape. Look out for the Katsura Tree, which, in autumn, when the leaves turn yellow and begin to fall, smells just like candy floss. Wander through nature in the most relaxing way at Westonbirt and enjoy a feast for the senses!

Enjoy a country show

Moreton-in-Marsh Show

Moreton-in-Marsh Show

The Moreton show is an annual event held in September, taking place on 2 September 2023. The much-loved occasion is popular with locals and visitors, farmers and non-farmers. Expect to see beautiful, prize-winning livestock and lots of local farm crafts on display. Started in 1949, the show has stood the test of time. Held on Batsford Estate, with over 350 stalls, visitors can buy anything, from wellies to Combine Harvesters.

Try a spectator sport

things to do in the Cotswolds this autumn

Blenheim Palace Horse Trials

Attracting the world’s best riders, Blenheim Horse Trials is a great annual event in Woodstock. Held in the stunning palace grounds, which are in themselves a worthy attraction, the event offers brilliant shopping opportunities and a great day out. Held over four days from 14 to 17 September 2023 (although the event is known as a three-day-event!), the trials offer a wonderful day out. Whether you are a regular at the races, or this is the first time you’ve been a spectator, Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is a brilliant and thrilling event to enjoy.

Discover something new

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Another annual event held every autumn, Cheltenham transforms into a book lover’s paradise with the Literature Festival. Hosting authors and writers, politicians and poets, the festival celebrates every aspect of the written word. With lively debates, interviews and workshops, the festival is a great place to discover your new favourite novel or author – and an even better place to connect with like-minded people from all around the country. The line-up for this year’s festival, from 6 to 15 October 2023, includes Andi Oliver, Chris Packham, David Baddiel, Gaby Roslin, Judy Murray, Kate Mosse and Ian McEwan.

Cosy up in a traditional Cotswold pub

The Bell Inn Langsford

The Bell Inn, Langford

Enjoy a glass of wine this autumn at The Bell Inn, near Burford, a modern country pub with a focus on simple food done brilliantly. The pub offers a range of classic dishes, with interesting and simple additions, freshly made every day. Warm up by the fire with a delicious meal, washed down with a pint of local ale.

PYO at a local farm

Pumpkin Picking at Cotswold Farm Park

Nothing feels more autumnal than wrapping up and visiting a foggy field to pick your own pumpkin. Cotswold Farm Park, in Guiting Power, is hosting a Pumpkin Festival this October with Halloween-themed activities and decorations, where you can choose your own carving pumpkin to carry home. Pumpkin Festival only tickets will be available and general admission also includes entry to the pumpkin field. Cotswold Farm Park is a great destination in itself, with visitors encouraged to interact with the animals and learn about different species.


Searching for autumn accommodation? We have a range of properties available over the October Half Term, as well as throughout the month of October as well.

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