It’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – and there’s nowhere better to soak up the sights, sounds and tastes of autumn than the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.  From chilly walks through our glorious woodland and arboreta to cosying up with a hot drink (or something cheeky!) enjoying fabulous Cotswolds food and drink, you’ll be spoilt for choice of ways to spend this magical time of year.

Cotswold Farm Park

Autumn is the perfect time to pull on your wellies and explore the great outdoors at Cotswold Farm Park. September means harvest time in the potato patch, the perfect activity for budding gardeners, future farmers or little chefs.  Dig your own, then take them home for tea, all included in the cost of admission.  October will soon swing around again too, with pumpkin picking kicking off on the 21st October. Halloween Land and its extra activities (including free face painting) will be open from late October.
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Sudeley Castle

As shades of orange, yellow and red colour the countryside, there couldn’t be a better time to visit Sudeley Castle, and follow its new Autumn Wildlife Trail.  Running daily until 25th October, the trail will see families follow the footprints of Sudeley’s resident wildlife around the grounds, and learn interesting facts about these charming creatures that call our countryside home.  From badgers, hedgehogs and red foxes, to red deer and stoats, the trail offers a chance for little ones to get closer to British wildlife, whilst soaking up all the shades of autumn across Sudeley’s award-winning gardens.    
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Blenheim Palace

Autumn is the perfect time to experience Blenheim Palace, discover the rich history and collections inside the Palace, as well as the warming seasonal food and new exhibitions on offer.  From contemporary art, SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials, half term Halloween entertainment, fascinating flora and fauna and a dazzling array of special autumnal events and activities on offer at Blenheim Palace to keep you fully entertained as the nights draw in.   
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Batsford Arboretum

Home to one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country, Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh is famed for putting on a spectacular display of autumn colour. From mid-October to mid-November, visitors can expect to see a kaleidoscope of reds, pinks and golds across the 56 acre garden, with stunning views out across the Cotswold countryside.  Browse the Garden Centre and Gift Shop and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the autumn sunshine on the deck of the Garden Terrace Café. 
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The Lygon Arms

As the seasons change, there’s no better time to book your stay at The Lygon Arms – a sixteenth century coaching inn boasting roaring open fires and the heavenly spa.  Bring your dogs to stay and enjoy the bucolic surroundings of the leafy Cotswolds – one of the best places for gorgeous autumn colour.  The temperatures may be dropping but we guarantee your autumn spirits will soar!  
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Cotswolds Guided Tours
Enjoy the autumn colour as you join Cotswolds Guided Tours on a wander through beautiful villages & market towns. Take time to relax in our famous riverside villages of Lower Slaughter & Bourton on the Water, or enjoy spectacular views from hillside locations like Snowshill and Stanton. Enjoy a memorable day exploring the best locations on one of our small group tours.
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Enjoy the autumnal pleasures of the Cotswold towns, villages and countryside without the summer crowds with StayCotswold.  Pet friendly properties are ideal for exploring towns like Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold and the surrounding rolling hills.  Warren House, near Kemble, also pet friendly, offers gorgeous countryside Cotswolds views from every window.  From couples to families and large groups, with over seventy-five properties to choose from StayCotswold can provide the comfort and unique environment of a great Cotswold home stay coupled with fantastic service and local knowledge.
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Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumn sees the greatest colour show on earth and Westonbirt Arboretum is the best place to see this incredible spectacle.  With 15,000 specimen trees and 2,500 from all over the world, you can experience autumn from around the world in 600 acres of stunning landscape.  With colours changing throughout the autumn months, don’t forget to visit again and again to make the most of awe-tumn in the Cotswolds!    
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Cotswolds Distillery
Autumn means only one thing at the gorgeous Cotswolds Distillery - it's Hedgerow Gin season! Come and join us in our cafe where you can savour a glass next to the fire while sampling the tasty new additions to the menu.   If whisky is more your drink of choice, then be sure to book on to one of the whisky blending masterclasses which take place once a month.  You’ll take a tour of the distillery before you’re helped to  blend your own bespoke whisky.   
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Heath Farm

Autumn is a wonderful season to enjoy roasting chestnuts in the open fireplace of your cottage at Heath Farm.  Roam the 70 acres of woodland where you can pick raspberries, blackberries, apples & various nuts which grow in abundance - if you're lucky you might find a puffball!   Take a stroll through the stunning Great Tew Estate and cosy up in the famous Falkland Arms pub for a spot of delicious lunch.  Then curl up on a comfortable sofa with a roaring fire and delicious complimentary cake. Unlimited firewood supplied to warm your spirit and soul.   
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The Royal Gardens at Highgrove

Enjoy spectacular autumnal highlights at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove.  Explore the incredible gardens with one of HRH’s expert garden guides and discover the magnificence of the Thyme Walk to the serene, otherworldly setting of the Stumpery. From family life on the estate to tales of how HRH has crafted each garden from scratch, your tour will offer a rare glimpse into the life of The Prince of Wales.  Finish your tour with some warming refreshments in the Orchard Restaurant surrounded by fascinating original paintings of The Prince of Wales and his family.    
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Cotswold Walks

This autumn walk through the ancient woodlands of the Cotswolds to discover the therapeutic powers of nature.  Immerse yourself in the beauty of the season as you breathe in the fresh air, surrounded by the colours of autumn.  After taking a walk on one of our tours through stunning woodlands such as Guiting Wood in the Northern Cotswolds, or Lineover Wood on the Cotswold Way, we guarantee you’ll return to reality refreshed and revitalised.   
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Lords of the Manor

The gardens at Lords of the Manor are a much-loved aspect of this 17th century hotel.  Eight acres of gardens offer relaxation and calm and keep Head Gardener Katie, and assistant Elena busy, managing walled and herb gardens, newly extended wildflower meadows and plenty more.  This autumn you can enjoy a tour with Katie around the garden and after an inspirational hour you can enjoy a gorgeous cream tea.    
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Cotswold Photography Tours

As summer draws to a close, the Cotswolds comes alive – specially for photographers!  Famous for being the best time to capture the beautiful Cotswolds area, Cotswold Photography Tours are experts at helping you make the most of your camera and photography.  You can book your own custom photographic tour capturing the very best of autumn and the Cotswolds and get 10% off when you book tours in September and October using the ‘Autumn’ discount code.    
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Whatley Manor

Indulge in an autumn escape that gets you out into the countryside exploring this most gloriously colourful of seasons.  Whatley Manor’s autumn hikes and bikes break includes maps with routes to follow and discovers the very best of the southern Cotswolds.  Or why not take a trip to the gorgeous Westonbirt Arboretum on foot or by bicycle and when you return after a day exploring enjoy a relaxing moment in the spa.     
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Hidcote Manor Gardens

Autumn is a time for the senses - colours and scents will fill the air while birds enjoy the berries and quietly follow the gardeners at Hidcote Manor Gardens around looking for bugs.  Historically the Red Borders are in full bloom and visitors can hope to see colour across the garden in the late summer perennials and summer bedding with plenty of salvias and grasses.  And don’t miss the gorgeous autumnal scents from the heliotropes and grasses which catch the light as they move and dance.   
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Go Cotswolds

As the rich greens of summer give way to warm yellows, reds and browns, and with many of the summer holiday crowds gone, autumn is a beautiful time of year to experience the Cotswolds! Join Go Cotswolds on an award-winning, small-group day tour of seven stunning locations in the Cotswolds, including some hidden gems!  Tours are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with many different pick up points available.   
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Dyrham Park

A parkland and garden awash with autumn colour awaits you at the National Trust's Dyrham Park near Bath. The 270-acre ancient deer park is home to hundreds of trees - leading to an autumn spectacle. The 17th century house nestled in the valley provides a focal point as you walk down the winding drive.  Learn more about nature and history with free daily guided walks and tours, Tuesday toddler trails and harvest celebrations and pear pressing.    
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Bourton House Garden

Bourton House Garden is not just a summer’ garden – it is full of colour well beyond.  The Garden, as recently seen on BBC2’s Gardener’s World, 'keeps on going and getting better and better to the end of September/beginning October.'   Experience its autumnal beauty for yourself up to the end of October, Tuesday to Friday between 10am to 5pm.    
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The King's Hotel

Why not enjoy an autumnal night out with a complete difference as you vote for – and choose your favourite dish at The Kings Hotel’s Chef’s Menu evening on Friday 25th October?   You’ll get to know the kitchen team through their dishes, as each chef creates a course using only the best of local ingredients.   YOU decide who wins!     
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Tewkesbury Abbey

The knitted monks of Tewkesbury Abbey return from their autumn retreat as part of Heritage Open Days from 13th to the 22nd September.  The unusual event was the brainchild of Friar Paul – the Vicar to celebrate the 900th Anniversary of the consecration of the Abbey in 2021 – with supporters all over the world getting involved and knitting more than 1,000 monks!    
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Cotswold Water Park

With so many kilometres of picturesque, peaceful – and flat footpaths around the Cotswold Water Park, you can explore the area with ease.  Head for the Gateway Information Centre and pick up a leisure map showing all the cycling and walking options and then free yourself to experience the huge variety of landscapes, from winding river trails, canal tow paths, vast lakes and woodland walks.    
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Feather Down farms

Spend your autumn holidays on a Feather Down farm.  As the air gets a little crisper and the days a little darker, there is still much of the natural world to discover.  Days are still bright and clear enough to appreciate the countryside.  The cooler evenings are the perfect time to huddle round the wood-burning stove.  Glamping guests at Feather Down farms can take part of the Stewpot weekend in October and even see the harvesting of crops such as potatoes, beet and corn.      
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Burleigh Court

Burleigh Court is the perfect place to enjoy a walk with views over the Cotswolds golden valley before retreating to the cosy oak room where treats and tradition are blended during an afternoon tea ceremony.  It’s the quintessentially British treat that everyone loves and the perfect excuse for catching up with friends and family.  At Burleigh you’ll find beautifully made pastries, freshly baked scones and delicious sandwiches. You choose tea from the exquisite Hoogly taster tray and perfect your experience with a glass of sugar-free Champagne.  
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The Theatre Chipping Norton

Skylight at The Theatre Chipping Norton

11 – 21 September 2019

Set in London during the middle of winter, Kyra is visited by her newly widowed, much older ex-lover, Tom. They haven’t seen each other since Tom’s wife discovered their love letters and uncovered their affair. Can they reconnect after all this time? Or are their views on life too far apart for them to be together?

This production looks at love from all angles, testing to the very limits how much weight it can bear before the pressures of social and political friction cause it to shatter.

Tickets £15, Conc £13, Under 26’s £5

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