STAYCATION SERIES: Gloucestershire

Let’s face it, Summer 2020 is going to go down in history! It’s unlikely many of us will be able to leave the country so we’ve put together a STAY-cation series to help you find the best places in the UK to get away for some kind of break this summer.

Location: Gloucestershire

Type of Staycation: Countryside break


Best places to stay:

Cheltenham


A large spa town and borough on the edge of the Cotswolds and is well known for the 4 days of horse racing, The Gold Cup. Perfect if you want a mixture between nightlife/bars and traditional and modern culture.

Places to stay:

The Frogmill Hotel

No39 The Park

Double Tree by Hilton

Hotel du Vin

Stow on the Wold


A quaint market town in Gloucestershire, England, on top of an 800-foot hill. With only a small population of around 2000, this is the perfect getaway for any twenty-something wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of busy city life.

Places to stay:

The Kings Arms Hotel

The Stag At Stow


Bourton on the Water


A charming English village, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. It’s known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. If you're wanting to feel like Cameron Diaz in 'The Holiday', this is the place to go!

Places to stay:

The Lamb Inn

The Mousetrap Inn

Winchcombe


A Cotswolds town with timbered inns, quality shops, centuries-old architecture and stunning countryside offering beautiful walks, and a castle. A real escape to the countryside!

Places to stay:

Sudeley Castle Cottages

The Lion Inn

Things to do:

Getting out in the countryside


If you're planning a staycation to Gloucestershire, it's likely because you want to escape the busy life of your hometown. Thankfully, you've found the right place to do it! Gloucestershire is home to the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, which is ideal for that 'escape-to-nature' feel.


Eating out


Country pubs galore! Some of the best eating out experiences can be found in local pubs in Gloucestershire. It's common for people to head out on a long walk, stop off some lunch at a pub and then carry on their way.


Horseracing

Now this will unlikely be back for a while, but when crowds do return to live events you do not want to miss Gold Cup week at Cheltenham Racecourse. Ordinarily, during this week in March, Cheltenham welcomes thousands of visitors. I'd recommend starting in town for a local breakie and walking up to the racecourse with friends and family for an action-packed day.

Gloucester Docks


Gloucester Docks is the perfect location to soak up some history. Here you can spot Tall Ships and colourful barges on the water whilst also getting your shopping fix in the designer outlet Gloucester Quays.

Art


Showcasing the work of local artists, The Gardens Gallery in Montpellier unites the local community with regular-changing exhibitions, which draw in locals and tourists alike, and offers a pleasant viewing experience.

3 fun facts about Gloucestershire:


1. The cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral were used for scenes of the “Harry Potter” films’ taking place at Hogwarts School.


2. GCHQ the Government Communications Headquarters is based in Cheltenham.


3. The Great British Bake-Off judge Prue Leith was born in South Africa, but now lives in Moreton-in-Marsh (another popular Cotswold village).

Blog post author: Caitlin Rose Harvey


Caitlin is a twenty-something Event Marketing Executive from Cheltenham.

She's living proof of that you definitely don't need to go to uni and get a degree in order to succeed, and is already a homeowner at the age of 23.



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