Our Guide to Summer in the Cotswolds
It’s good to be in the Cotswolds during the summer. Not only can you luxuriate in the beauty of the countryside, you can also explore all the goings-on across the county in glorious weather – we would like to help you create an itinerary to perfectly suit your visit. As we are arguably the most decadent hotel in the Cotswolds, it makes sense to trust our guidance and to call our manor home throughout your stay.
Firstly, you’ve picked an excellent time to visit historic houses and gardens. Sudeley Castle for roses in June; the extraordinary, tree climbing rose at Kiftsgate Court Gardens and the overflowing borders at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Garden lead the charge. With a little forward planning you can book yourself into Prince Charles’ Highgrove House garden. Don’t forget that the National Open Garden Scheme takes place during the warmer months too.
The next tip is to look out for village fêtes which take place somewhere on most Saturdays through the summer in many Cotswold villages. They’re often in or around a large private house meaning you can look around and even try local afternoon tea. There’s usually a good second hand or bric or brac stall where you stand a better chance of finding a bargain than in the local antique shops. Whilst we are on the topic of tea, why not plan things so that you experience afternoon tea on the lawn at Lords of the Manor in summer? It’s a very English experience.
Cotswold attractions are all fully open in the summer months and most are at their best. You can see as far as Wales on a clear day from the top of Broadway Tower, enjoy the vast (and cool) interiors of Blenheim Palace or visit Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. The BBC Countryfile presenter’s farm is our near neighbour and is always a good summer visit thanks to its breezy hilltop location.
Look out, too, for Giffords Circus, probably the only circus ever to be reviewed by Vogue. Expect a themed evening of horse and human circus led by local hero, Tweedy the clown. On a warm night with the (fairly) Big Top backlit by the setting sun, it is pure magic. Tickets sell out fast though thanks to the masses of celebrities who swoon over the show.
There’s a lively programme of Summer events around the area – here are ten of our 2019 favourite suggestions:
June 5 – 3 August Longborough Festival Opera
Smart-set opera in the Cotswolds.
June 21 -24 Blenheim Palace Flower Show
Supercharged flower displays in a grand setting.
July 13 Upper Slaughter Village Fete
Duck racing on the River Eye is a highlight.
July 13 – 14 Cotswold Show and Food Festival
Busy two days of animals and produce in Cirencester.
July 19-21 RAF Fairford Air Tattoo
Was that a stealth bomber flying over Lords of the Manor? Quite possibly! Hugely popular event.
July 19-28 Guiting Power Music Festival
Classical music, jazz and blues in a small village near Lords. Punches well above its weight.
August 1-4 BBC Countryfile Show at Blenheim Palace
All the presenters and all the skills and crafts of county life.
August 23-25 Big Feastival
Family-friendly music and food from Jamie Oliver and Alex James (Blur).
The shallow, wide River Windrush hosts an annual game of football.
September 7 Moreton in Marsh Show
An annual and authentic farming show where ‘best in show’ means everything to the winners. Good for country shopping.
Once you have had your fill of all that is on offer, it would be a delicious next step to dine at the finest restaurant in the Cotswolds. Join us informally in The Dining Room or make an evening of it in The Atrium. See the menus here.
To stay at the most luxurious hotel in the Cotswolds this summer, enquire about availability online today.