The Christmas season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to gather your friends and start planning one of those weekend breaks for adults only that you’ve been dreaming about. A time for loved ones, warming food and general good cheer, there’s no better place to get in the spirit than the pretty English countryside, and the Cotswolds offers a real-life winter wonderland. |
Imagine crisp, cold walks through the rolling countryside followed by a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate by a roaring fire. Or perhaps you’ll spend an afternoon in the local country pub before listening to the carols in the nearby village. These are just a few of the things on offer if you decide to spend Christmas in the Cotswolds. Read on to discover some more reasons why it is the only place to spend the festive season.
Although weekend breaks for adults only mean no kids, that doesn’t mean gift-giving has to take a backseat. Festive markets are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the good cheer of the time of year, and it's a good opportunity to catch up on some last-minute shopping! Aromas of roasted chestnuts, warm spices and mulled drinks waft around shoppers while the twinkling lights add to the magic of the scene.
It’s not officially the Christmas period until a few carols have been sung, and the Cotswolds offers the ideal backdrop for this feel-good activity. Gather your friends and make your way to one of the many services on offer over the period. Some are set in the most beautiful abbeys and cathedrals, which adds even more magic to this special time of year.
Spending the holidays in England is not complete without a wintry walk, and when the landscape is something off of a postcard it’s almost impossible not to want to get out for a wander. Bundle up with your hats and scarves and take yourselves on a refreshing ramble in the crisp country air. There are several routes to choose from with varying distances depending on how intrepid you’re feeling (or how long you can wait for that afternoon sherry).
Speaking of walks, no winter amble is complete without a trip to the pub afterwards! With crackling fires and friendly landlords, country pubs are the perfect place to relax after a stroll. In cold weather there’s also nothing better than a hearty pub lunch, so consider treating yourselves on your weekend breaks for adults only and book in one of the inns for a delicious (and washing-up free) Christmas lunch. Eat, drink and be merry without all the faff beforehand.
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At this busy time of year, planning a getaway with friends can be stressful. I recommend weekend breaks for adults only or even longer holidays with a specialist company that knows the destination inside out. Book with the professionals and your trip can be full of festive fun without the stress of organising anything.
Perry Mahoney is the Director of GN Holidays, a holiday company specialising in music and party weekend breaks for adults only. Whether you're looking to enjoy a much-needed break sailing along the Rhine, a getaway with non-stop 60s and 70s sounds or a just an opportunity to bond with some like-minded travellers, GN Holidays will be sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.
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