The best things to see and do in the Cotswolds
Things To Do
Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Cotswolds, we are surrounded by rolling hills, ancient woodlands, and quaint towns and villages steeped in history and culture.
Painswick Rococo Gardens
Nestled just outside our pretty petite village is the historic Painswick Rococo Gardens, the only surviving complete Rococo garden in the entire country. Designed in the 1740’s as a pleasure garden, this beautiful valley of flowers, plants and trees is perfect for snapping stunning photos and losing yourself amongst the natural splendour. It's also renowned as one of the best places in the Cotswolds to see carpets of snowdrops during early spring.
Take a bike on the wild side... we've teamed up with local bike enthusiasts Wild Carrot who can provide the latest bikes or take you on a guided eBike tour of the surrounding Cotswolds (with plenty of pubs and refreshments stops!). Give us a bit of notice and we'll have it all organised for you - £60 per bike per day plus VAT (if you want to go and explore yourself) or a half day tour £125 per person or £225 per person for a full day tour plus VAT (includes refreshment stops) Just call us direct on 01452 813688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk An Alpaca
Enjoy a stroll with an alpaca in one of the most picturesque spots in the Cotswold hills. Tibbiwell Alpacas in Painswick offer walking experiences with these friendly and fascinating animals. Walks cost £30 per adult and £15 per child - book by contacting Sandie or Dawn @tibbiwellalpacas on Facebook or Instagram.
There’s no shortage of festivals nearby and our personal favourite is the Art Couture Festival Painswick (ACP). The ACP aims to inspire designers to create extraordinary wearable art. During April and May, pay a visit to the Site Festival in Stroud, a unique event encompassing over 150 artist projects in sites across the Stroud Valleys, showcasing new work, collaborations and exciting new projects. A short drive from Painswick is Cheltenham, home to an eclectic calendar of festivals, including the annual literature, jazz and science festivals that draw some of the world’s finest musicians, writers, scientists and performers.
During your Cotswold getaway, there are many nearby towns worth visiting. World-renowned for its annual Gold Cup festival, Cheltenham boasts stunning Regency architecture and boutique shopping. A bustling market town dating back to Roman times, Cirencester offers a mixture of shopping, eating and drinking destinations, and its own small amphitheatre. Also worth a visit is Chipping Campden. Sitting snugly in the lovely northern Cotswolds, the high street of the town is bursting with beautiful historic buildings that are most definitely photo worthy.
St Mary’s Church
Sitting cosy in the heart of Painswick, St Mary’s Church dates back to 1377, making it a must-see for novice historians. The church is famous for its yew trees which were planted as an important symbol of Christianity. For many years, 99 yew trees stood in the church grounds, as legend told that if the hundredth tree were ever planted, it would be destroyed by the Devil. Courageously, the church defied the odds and the hundredth Yew Tree was planted in 2000—and still stands to this day.