To help you plan your holiday in the Cotswolds our What's On Guide highlights some of the best events not to be missed nearby.
The Festival at Cheltenham kicks off the jump racing season in March with the excitement of Gold Cup day. The Chipping Campden Literature Festival presents a varied programme of illustrated talks, readings, interviews, discussion and film. Music and performance are celebrated through the hugely-popular Chipping Campden Music Festival which attracts international artists and audiences from around the world.
Batsford Arboretum - the former estate of the Mitford family - springs to life and, depending on when you visit, you will be rewarded with fields of daffodil or a canopy of blossom. May Day weekend sees Dover's Hill and the High Street transformed as visitors and residents flock to experience the truly unique Robert Dover's Olimpick Games, and Scuttlebrook Wake, with its remarkable parade and traditional fun fair.
Look out for the truly magical Giffords Circus as it travels its way around the Cotswolds, visit the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, or join international song artists at the very English open-air Cornbury Festival. And for opera aficionado's, Longborough Festival Opera offers an intimate and unique experience with their programme that runs between June and early August.
A gardener’s delight awaits as over 40 residents throw open the gates to their private gardens for Chipping Campden Open Gardens Weekend, and the numerous public gardens are not to be missed in their full summer glory.
For a genuine and vibrant agriculture show, The Moreton Show offers a wonderful insight into rural life here in the Cotswolds. Attracting internationally renowned authors, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the flagship cultural event of the season, and for those seeking nature's highlights, the magnificent autumn colours of Batsford Arboretum amaze.
In winter, you'll find carpets of snowdrops in the abundance at nationally-acclaimed public gardens, and lodges with roaring log fires waiting to welcome you back to town from a rewarding days hike, or exploration. Christmas markets appear across the region and Chipping Campden lights-up creating an enchanted Christmas.