The Cotswolds offer a rich diversity of places to visit and things to do, from picturesque walks and natural beauty spots to cosy pubs. In the autumn months, the idyllic landscape is decorated with rich oranges, reds and browns of the falling leaves, showing England at its finest.
At PegasusLife, we recognised the natural beauty and rich history of the Cotswolds and have built three sites in Cheltenham and Tetbury, and we are currently undertaking the development of a residence in Bath, on the edge of the region.
While the area can often leave you feeling spoilt for choice, here's a list of some of the best things to do in the Cotswolds this autumn:
Get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors
Embrace the best of what autumn has to offer. Early morning mist floating over the rolling hills, crisp golden leaves that crunch beneath your feet, and stunning views for miles around.
Admire the changing colours of autumn; pull on your boots, coat and scarf and enjoy an autumn walk around Westonbird Arboretum. Home to over 15,000 trees the autumn months are a burst of bright, golden tones – and it’s just 10 minutes down the road from our Steepleton residence at Tetbury.
Bury your nose in a book at the Cheltenham Literature Festival
Each year, book lovers unite at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, the UK’s leading festival of literature. Over 600 writers, poets, comedians and actors are invited to give talks, interviews and workshops in the heart of the spa town.
This year's event was bigger and better, running from 5 -14 October across some impressive venues including Cheltenham College Chapel, Cheltenham Town Hall and Gloucester Cathedral.
Take your clubs out for a swing
Offering stunning views, challenging holes and world-renowned courses, the Cotswolds is home to some fantastic golf courses. Whether you choose Cleve Hill Golf Course with its stunning views over Cheltenham, Minchinhampton with its three spectacular courses, or the Cotswold Hills Golf Club where you can enjoy a drink overlooking the 18th, there’s a course for people of all abilities.
Try a new tipple at the Cotswolds Distillery
Using fresh, local ingredients, The Cotswolds Distillery utilises traditional production methods to create premium spirits, including whisky and gin. Surrounded by barley fields, farmland and orchards, the Cotswolds is a great place to uncover a new flavour. Take a tour of the distillery and enjoy an afternoon tasting session, only an hour away from Cheltenham.
Visit one of England’s most picturesque villages
Step back in time and wander the old village streets of Castle Combe, often coined the ‘prettiest village in England’. Located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Combe village is a well-loved beauty spot.
Enjoy the honey-coloured Cotswold stone cottages, 13th-century market square and picture-perfect bridge over the gentle stream – all just 30 minutes away from Tetbury.
Enjoy lunch with friends at a cosy country inn
Taste the flavours of the countryside with fresh, seasonal local produce prepared by the finest hands at one of the Cotswolds’ many country inns. The recently refurbished Frogmill country inn offers a range of menu options to be enjoyed on colder days by the open fire in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Visit Steepleton's own on-site restaurant, The Barn, for a seasonal menu using the best locally sourced produce or enjoy a drink from our fantastic collection of wines supplied by Vinotopia. Sink back into a sumptuous armchair with a glass of wine, or gather around the table with your nearest and dearest to toast to life itself in the private dining room.
Shop, eat, gather and learn at Daylesford Organic Farm
The iconic Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham offers a wealth of experiences under one roof. Shop for clothing, homeware and gardening equipment; learn a new skill and create your own floral arrangement; shop for organic produce or stop for a spot of lunch with friends.
The monthly changing menu promises to impress your taste buds, with the majority of ingredients being picked each morning from the market garden going straight from the farm to your fork.
Try your hand at a new outdoor pursuit
Don your tweed and enjoy the traditional English sporting pursuit of shooting. Whether you enjoy air rifle shooting, game shooting or clay pigeon shooting, the Cotswolds offers plenty of unforgettable shooting opportunities. Suitable for first-timers and professionals alike, enjoy a shooting lesson from Olympic GB coach Ian Coley at the Ian Coley Shooting School just outside Cheltenham.
Explore the best in local produce at the Stroud Farmers Market
Pick up some fresh vegetables, organic honey, locally baked cakes, handcrafted goods and more at Stroud Farmers Market. Held every Saturday morning in Cornhill Market Place, this award-winning market is said to be one of the most popular in the UK, promising a wide range of stalls to browse.
Enjoy luxury country living with the Cotswolds on your doorstep at one of our three PegasusLife developments in the area: In the historic market town of Tetbury, we have our Steepleton development built around country kitchen gardens where you can enjoy all of the social elements of community living.
In Cheltenham, we have the One Bayshill Road and Clarence Gardens apartments, close to theatres, shops and local amenities. Coming soon to Bath, we have Norfolk Place apartments, with architecture paying homage to the nearby Royal Crescent and riverside views of the Avon.