The Cotswolds Is A Winter Wonderland This Christmas
The Cotswolds is a beautiful part of the country all year round, but at Christmas it really comes into its own, with the stunning scenery set off with touches of frost and twinkling Christmas lights. We have chosen our pick some of the best events and places to visit in the Cotswolds this festive season.
Indulge in some seasonal retail therapy at the Gallery at the Guild, based in the beautifully converted old silk mill in Chipping Campden, just round the corner from the Miller Homes Oak Grange development. Throughout December the stunning location plays host to an exhibition of work by a co-operative of artists and craftspeople. This will surely be the place to pick up a one-off piece for that hard-to-buy-for special someone.
Just down the road, Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe launches its Spectacle of Light, which you can enjoy throughout December. A breath-taking illuminated trail around the castle’s immaculately kept grounds set to atmospheric music, treat yourself to a mulled wine, cider or hot chocolate along the way to help you truly get into the Christmas spirit.
Homeowners in the Miller Homes Highfields development in Tetbury are in for a festive treat as once again the town’s historic centre will be lit up in wonderfully soft white lights to complement its beautiful old buildings. Take a wander through the welcoming streets and see how creative the Tetbury traders have been in the Christmas shop window display competition this year.
Stow-on-the-Wold’s annual Christmas Tree Festival sees a stunning selection of 46 individually decorated Christmas trees, and takes place at St Edward’s Church in December. Included this year are trees dressed by local businesses and organisations, together with a number that have been artfully arranged by local children.
One of the best things about Christmas is all of the festive food and flavours that come with the season. Five-star Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham has captured all of the traditional fare, from eggnog macaroons and marzipan-wrapped fruitcake to sherry trifle, in their delicious Festive Afternoon Tea. Available most days throughout December from 3-5pm.
No Christmas would be complete without a trip to the theatre, and this year The Theatre at Chipping Norton will fill its stage with blow-up beds, bond villains and berserk pie-making machines, as it tells the story of Sleeping Beauty as you have never seen it before. Just a stone’s throw from Miller Homes developments Weavers Fields and Woodlands, both in Bloxham, performances run until Sunday 14 January.
If you are inspired to set up home in the beautiful Cotswolds, take a look at the range of family homes on offer at www.millerhomes.com.uk.