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Midweek Breaks in the Cotswolds Itinerary

January 3, 2020 by midweek

Midweek Breaks in the Cotswolds Itinerary

Before you go –

Book a supermarket delivery to the property so you have no need to accommodate a food shop in your car as well as luggage.

The first day of your midweek break will be spent travelling.  However, if you can leave a few hours free in your day for a stop on the way you will not regret it.  Our Midweek break in the Cotswolds itinerary includes adventures to be had on the day you travel and during your return trip. Not booked your midweek break yet?  See our top 6 self catering cottages in the Cotswolds.

Monday

Stop off at Royal Leamington Spa. Described as ‘the best bits of London all in a ten-minute walk’.  Features specialist independent shops that adorn the streets as well as an array of restaurants, spas and salons.  Enjoy the wide boulevards and parks. Download the map and guide.

Street map of Royal Leamington Spa for the day visitor

Spend some time in Bath, visit the beautifully luxurious bath spa and start your holiday relaxed. Bath is also famed for its fabulous shopping – start your Christmas shopping early or simply treat yourself.

Prefer something more organised and informative?  There are many guided walks around the city. Here are just some of them…

One Day Tour of Jane Austen’s Bath – Wonderfully evocative Jane Austen tours of the city that bring Regency Bath to life through guided tours, visits to key sites, expert talks and an indulgent afternoon tea.

Text QuestA treasure hunt around Bath using text message clues.

See further guided walks in Bath here…

Jane Austen walking tour during your Midweek Break in the Cotswolds

Oxford boasts a good variety of things to do on your midweek break.  See some of the places that Harry Potter was filmed including the Bodleian Library. Oxford Castle and Prison is extremely popular – admission starts at £8.50 for a child and £12.50 for an adult (Senior £10.50) and includes a lantern led guided tour.

Oxford castle and prison is an ideal day trip when on a short break

You will want to ensure you’re not the designated driver for this one – Chase distillery – Visit our field to bottle distillery, nestled deep in the wonderful Herefordshire countryside, where our expert tour guides will take you through the secrets and skills that go into making our award-winning range of gin and vodka.

You’ll discover first-hand the traditional methods of mashing, fermenting and distilling of our potato-based spirits, which all takes place right here on the farm. This approach is what makes our family-run distillery truly unique.

During the tour, you’ll get to enjoy a full-sized GB Gin & Tonic followed by a tutored tasting and a zesty Pink Grapefruit Gin & Tonic to finish.

https://chasedistillery.co.uk/visit-us/

Join a tour of Chase Distillery in Hereford
Travelling from the North:

Stop off at Royal Leamington Spa. Described as ‘the best bits of London all in a ten-minute walk’.  Features specialist independent shops that adorn the streets as well as an array of restaurants, spas and salons.  Enjoy the wide boulevards and parks. Download the map and guide.

Street map of Royal Leamington Spa for the day visitor
Travelling from the South:

Spend some time in Bath, visit the beautifully luxurious bath spa and start your holiday relaxed. Bath is also famed for its fabulous shopping – start your Christmas shopping early or simply treat yourself.

Prefer something more organised and informative?  There are many guided walks around the city. Here are just some of them…

One Day Tour of Jane Austen’s Bath – Wonderfully evocative Jane Austen tours of the city that bring Regency Bath to life through guided tours, visits to key sites, expert talks and an indulgent afternoon tea.

Text QuestA treasure hunt around Bath using text message clues.

See further guided walks in Bath here…

Jane Austen walking tour during your Midweek Break in the Cotswolds
Travelling from the East:

Oxford boasts a good variety of things to do on your midweek break.  See some of the places that Harry Potter was filmed including the Bodleian Library. Oxford Castle and Prison is extremely popular – admission starts at £8.50 for a child and £12.50 for an adult (Senior £10.50) and includes a lantern led guided tour.

Oxford castle and prison is an ideal day trip when on a short break
Travelling from the West:

You will want to ensure you’re not the designated driver for this one – Chase distillery – Visit our field to bottle distillery, nestled deep in the wonderful Herefordshire countryside, where our expert tour guides will take you through the secrets and skills that go into making our award-winning range of gin and vodka.

You’ll discover first-hand the traditional methods of mashing, fermenting and distilling of our potato-based spirits, which all takes place right here on the farm. This approach is what makes our family-run distillery truly unique.

During the tour, you’ll get to enjoy a full-sized GB Gin & Tonic followed by a tutored tasting and a zesty Pink Grapefruit Gin & Tonic to finish.

https://chasedistillery.co.uk/visit-us/

Join a tour of Chase Distillery in Hereford

Arrive at your accommodation.  Check in – usually around 4pm (Remember to pour yourself a glass of something refreshing – it helps with unpacking, so I’ve heard 😊).

Tuesday

Moreton in Marsh hosts the biggest open air market in the Cotswolds.  Browse around 200 stalls. Every Tuesday from 9am until 3pm.

And/Or (depending how much stamina you have!)

Visit Batsford Arboretum – open all year. 55 acres over 1500 species of tree. The visitor centre – where you’ll find our Cafe, Garden Centre and Gift Shop – is completely free to come and have a look around, enjoy a meal or browse our beautiful gifts. The only part of Batsford you need to pay to go into is the Arboretum. Adults £8.95 and Concessions £7.95  Find out more before your visit – http://www.batsarb.co.uk/

Moreton in Marsh open air market
Walk around Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds

Wednesday

Don your hiking boots and take a wonderful walk across the Cotswolds countryside.

Broadway start or Chipping Campden and walk to Broadway Tower and Park via the Cotswolds Way. Walk between 3 -4 miles and takes around 1hr 15mins.

Broadway tower and Park – www.broadwaytower.co.uk open 10am to 5pm adults £5 child £3, parking charge £3 for 4 hours.  Dog friendly. Shop and Cafe offering log fire, homemade cakes, hot chocolate, wine, breakfast and dishes throughout the day to late afternoon.

Enjoy a peruse around Broadway or Chipping Campden on your return or before your walk.

Thursday

Stow on the wold is just a 15-minute drive from Moreton in Marsh, Broadway, or Bourton on the water and sits atop an 800-foot-high hill.  It has a vast market square with historic importance and now it hosts a farmer market every 2nd Thursday of the month from 9am to 1pm.  Many visitors enjoy the array of Antique shops, Art galleries and quirky shops.  Have a bite to eat in a bistro, cafe or tea shop.    If you are or have a cricket fan in your party, then the Cricket Museum is a must visit.

Just 4 miles from Stow on the Wold is Bourton on water. This picturesque Cotswold village is often describes as ‘Little Venice’.

Visit the shop/factory that made Perfume for the Queen or see the spectacle that is the Model Railway Exhibition on the High street.

Friday

Check out of your accommodation – usually around 10am.

 

Remember that your holiday isn’t finished until you’re unpacking your bags back at home so……

St Edwards Church Yew Trees at Stow on the Wold to visit on Midweek Breaks in the Cotswold Itinerary

On the way back stop for lunch

The enigma machine can be seen at Bletchley Park
  • North

    Stratford-upon-Avon the Birthplace of Shakespeare. 11am to 4pm from January 2020.   Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – a 500 year old thatched cottage.  Find out more about this historical property and Shakespeare himself. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/

  • South

    Glastonbury, Somerset and Glastonbury Tor – Midweek is the best time to visit, avoid the weekend rush and really enjoy the relaxing and historic buildings including Glastonbury Abbey. https://glastonbury.uk/visit/

  • East

    Bletchley Park home of the codebreakers from the war.  Sorry no pets.  Open 9.30 to 5pm Summer and 4pm in Winter (last entry 3pm).  Adults on the day £20 (concessions £17.50) or save £1 each by booking online. Coffee shop and cafe onsite. https://bletchleypark.org.uk/

  • West

    Wye Valley butterfly Zoo with maze and miniature golf.  You can walk with butterflies from around the world. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is indoors, it’s tropical and it’s teeming with exotic butterflies. Open from 10am until 5pm – From £4.25 (£3.25 for concessions) for the Butterfly Zoo only. https://butterflyzoo.co.uk/

Still not booked a Midweek Break in the Cotswolds?  See our selection of self-catering holiday cottages and book a wonderful memory making break to look forward to….

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