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Shopping Trips to to the Cotswolds


The Cotswolds is not a place to look for bargains unless you plan to spend a great deal of time browsing charity shops. This is a wealthy area and essentially the quality of merchandise available is superior to many other parts of England. Even in the charity shops. You will come across fine china, art glass and expensive clothing labels.

Other bargain hunting grounds are car boot fairs, which are generally held at weekends, where you might be able to pick up the odd discarded heirloom or two. There is a boot fair held every Sunday morning at Cheltenham Racecourse from 9 am to 1 pm, also Wotton in the summer months. Be aware that you are likely to be competing for treasures with antique dealers.

Antique shops abound in the Cotswolds and fine art galleries.

There is such a selection of specialist shops that is difficult tind anywhere else. There are shops that sell only tapestries and wall hangings, traditional hatters, antique book sellers, picture framers and similar shops that delight in their individuality.


The Cotswolds is a good weekend or mid week short breaks destination for a group of ladies or friends who would like to shop for good quality goods, enjoy the very best in food and find visiting gardens a pleasure.

All the large Cotswold towns and cities have good shopping centres. Perhaps visit elegant Cheltenham and combine shopping with afternoon tea or lunch.

A shopping expedition to the Cotswolds is more about a pleasure than essentials, so do find somewhere to stay and enjoy the experience.


Christmas shopping in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are dressed up for Christmas with streets and houses sporting numerous Christmas trees and garlands.

A Christmas Market is held in Cirencester plus numerous other towns and villages host Christmas fairs, advent festivals and similar festive events.