Our Guide to Things to Do in The Cotswolds

Here at our beautiful Cotswold hotel, we would love nothing more than for you to get out and enjoy the stunning local area. Days out in Gloucestershire are glorious. Studded on a backdrop of beautiful villages and gentle Cotswold slopes are a succession of beguiling Cotswold towns. This is no rural backwater however, the Cotswolds today offer a sophisticated mix of shopping, sightseeing, excellent pubs and places to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea.

Historic Houses, Gardens and Great Shops Nearby

In this ‘Explore’ section we include some of the sightseeing secrets in our ‘little black book’. Do ask at reception for advice and information on what’s happening in the area during your stay.

Blenheim Palace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Sudeley Castle and the National Trust properties at Hidcote Manor and Snowshill are all nearby. BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is just over the hill – and it’s a short walk or drive to Bourton-on-the-Water, perhaps the busiest village in the Cotswolds. Shopping ranges from Stow-on-the-Wold (antiques capital of the Cotswolds) to the remarkable Daylesford Farm Shop, a.k.a. ‘Harrods on the Hill’.

The Cotswold calendar of events is sensational, from Cheltenham Gold Cup to Longborough Opera to Shin-Kicking at the Cotswold Olimpicks (the latter date back to 1612). These days the calendar of events stretches through the year.

Live Lambing, Cotswolds Farm Park
February Onwards

The Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse
March 13-16

Oxford Literary Festival
March 17-25

Rare Plant Fair, Quenington
April 8

The April Meeting, Cheltenham Racecourse
April 18-19

CADA Art and Antique Fair
April 19-22

FRESH: Art Fair, Cheltenham
April 27-29

Badminton Horse Trials
May 2-6

Chipping Camden Music Festival
May 12-26

Cheese Rolling
May 28

Asparagus! In Season.

Cheltenham Science Festival
June 5-10

Blenheim Palace Flower Show
June 22-24

Cotswold Show and Food Festival
July 7-8

Cornbury Festival, Great Tew
July 13-15

Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford
July 13-15

Wilderness Festival
August 2-5

BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace
August 2-5

Big Feastival
August 24-26

Moreton Show
September 1

Blenheim Horse Trials
September 13-16

Autumn Colour at Batsford Arboretum

Cheltenham Literature Festival
October 5-14

Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music
October 12-15

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light

Some Guests are Happy Never to Leave Upper Slaughter…

With 8 acres and a choice between afternoon tea on the lawn, croquet or exploring the walled garden at the back of the hotel we do find that many guests are happy just to relax at one of the finest hotels in the Cotswolds or to explore the village. Upper Slaughter is a charming place with its Church and ford.

We are proud to say that we have no Spa or Fitness Centre – we find just being here has much the same effect. For the truly keen, we keep some wellies by the door and suggest the gentle walk into neighbouring Lower Slaughter, surely one of the most scenic short walks in Britain.

Explore the Hotel and Gardens

Lords of the Manor dates back to around 1649 and was originally a much smaller house, added to and altered over the years.

The Slaughter family (originally ‘Sclostre’ meaning “a muddy place”), purchased the Manor from Henry VIII. It was later occupied by the excellently named Ferdinando Tracy Travell, whose portrait hangs on the first floor landing, with his coat-of-arms is incorporated into the decoration of the Drawing Room fireplace.

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Explore the Cotswolds

The Little Black Book at Lords refers to the book in which we keep our information about events and what to see and do the area.

The full excitement, beauty and entertainment value of the Cotswolds is on the hotel’s doorstep. Roads from nearby Stow-on-the-Wold lead off in all directions, putting the area’s best-known villages and attractions within easy reach.

We pride ourselves on an excellent knowledge of where to go, what to see and how to get the most from the area.

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Near Cheltenham

Lords of the Manor is very close to Cheltenham. The popular spa town has a whole array of shops, restaurants, bars and high street chains as well as strong railway links and of course, the popular racecourse.

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