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holidays in England

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Weather forecast for the Cotswolds


Come prepared for sunshine and rain.

One of the things about being on holiday in the Cotswolds is that you are most likely going to be out and about sightseeing and subject to the vagaries of the weather.

The winter months of November to January can be grey and dreary with heavy leaden skies. This is when the British long for blue skies and escape abroad for somewinter sunshine.

However this period also includes Christmas and New Year when shops and Cotswold villages are decorated with trees and lights to help usher in a festive spirit. Should you be holidaying in the Cotswolds in December or even Christmas you are likley to be able to enjoy carol concerts, that very English and highly recommended experience of a pantomine, mince pies and sherry and a Christmas lunch or dinner.It is a good time to find out more about English traditions.

The delicate white nodding heads of snowdrops are the first spring flowers to grace gardens and parks at the end of January, and there are places in the Cotswolds where you can see them flowering en-masse; Painswick Rococo Gardens are one such location. Snowdrops are closely followed by crocus in February, then daffodils in March and tulips in April.

May is an excellent time to visit because it tends to be a lovely month, often unexpectedly warm, trees heavy with pink and white blossom and those Cotswold villages look their best in the warm sunshine.

Although, June, July and August of the Summer can be glorious. This is a time when roses bloom in fine splendour around Cotswold cottage porches and bring to mind those chocolate box images we have of the quintessential Cotswold cottage. The Cotswold Water Park comes into its own during the summer. Who wouldn't mind to go sailing, fishing or wind surfing when the weather is hot and balmy?

The autumn months of September, when British children return to school after the 6 weeks of summer holidays can still be pleasant although the nights begin to draw in and we have fewer hours of sunshine each day.

In October, the leaves on the trees begin to change colour. Visit the Cotswold arboretums and parks to see trees in autumnal splendour of reds and golds.


The changing seasons are reflected in our menus. Take a look at the tempting Cotswold food on offer when eating out in the Cotswolds.

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