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The Charm of the Cotswolds: 8 Things to Do for Couples

Posted: 16 May 2023

16 May Things To Do In The Cotswolds For Couples Blog 1

If you’re dreaming of a romantic getaway with your significant other, the Cotswolds is the place to be. This picturesque region in the south of England is home to rolling hills, charming villages, and plenty of activities for couples, making it a playground for hopeless romantics. 

If you want a whimsical, romantic experience that’ll blow your partner away, or are simply out of ideas for date night, take a look at our pick of some of the most romantic things to do in the Cotswolds for couples.

1. Take a scenic stroll

The Cotswolds is home to England’s most picturesque villages, and taking a stroll through these charming towns on any day of the week is perfectly dreamy. Saunter through the charming streets of Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the "Venice of the Cotswolds", with its awe-inspiring bridges and beautiful rivers. The quaint streets of Stow-on-the-Wold are fantastic to explore on foot, with plenty of quirky shops and corner cafes. 

If you're looking for something a little more off the beaten path, Upper Slaughter is a must-visit. This small village has one of the most beautiful walks in the region which meanders along the incredible River Eye.


2. Go to the theatre 

Date night is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and enjoy a night out with your loved one at the theatre. 

The region is home to some truly incredible theatres, many of which host an array of productions all year round. Whether you're into classic plays, musicals, or comedy, you’re sure to have a magical night in the Cotswolds.


3. Visit Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle is a beautiful castle located in the heart of the Cotswolds. It's the perfect place for a romantic stroll, featuring beautiful gardens and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Plus, it's said to be one of the most haunted castles in England, so you might even get a spooky surprise!


4. Book a spa day

If you love to be pampered, head to one of the many luxurious spas in the Cotswolds for a relaxing spa day with your loved one. Enjoy a couples massage, soak in the hot tub, practice yoga, or simply relax in the sauna. 

A day of pampering in this beautiful region is the perfect way to unwind and spend some quality time together. And with all the spa services you could dream of, it’s guaranteed to make you forget about all the stresses of daily life. 


5. Hike the countryside 

Boasting lush hills, vibrant wildflowers, and breathtaking views, the Cotswolds is a haven for both adventure seekers and avid hikers. If you love exploring the outdoors with your partner, there are numerous trails here that promise a day straight out of a fairytale. 

Some of the best trails include the Cotswold Way, which stretches for 102 miles and passes through some of the most beautiful villages in the region. Another great option is the Winchcombe Way, a circular trail that takes you through the heart of the Cotswolds, passing by ancient woodlands and historic landmarks. And for those who want a challenge, The Cleeve Hill Circular Walk is a strenuous hike with rewarding views from the top.


6. Go on a wine tasting tour

Is there anything more romantic than sipping on a glass of delicious red while drinking in the picturesque views of the countryside? The Cotswolds is home to many world-class wineries that offer unforgettable tasting tours. 

One of the most popular wineries to visit is the Cotswold Hills Vineyard in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire. Here, you can take a tour of the vineyard, learn about the winemaking process, and sample some of the wines produced on site. 

Another great option is the Wyfold Vineyard. Nestled in the forests of Oxfordshire, the winery is renowned for its sparkling wines. The Three Choirs Vineyards in Gloucestershire’s rolling hills also offer unique wine tasting experiences and mouth-watering tapas! 


7. Take a cooking class

If you love stirring up a storm in the kitchen with your partner, then a cooking class is the perfect way to heat things up. Producing some of the freshest fruit and veg in England, the Cotswolds is a hotspot for foodies and amateur chefs alike. 

Some of the most popular cooking schools in the Cotswolds include The Cotswold Cookery School and The Jericho Kitchen Cookery School. These schools offer a variety of classes, from traditional British cuisine to Mediterranean and Asian dishes. 


8. Have a romantic picnic

Having an outdoor picnic is one of the most romantic things to do for couples in the Cotswolds. Pack a basket with your favourite foods and drinks, and find a picturesque spot in the Cotswolds to enjoy your meal together.

Some of the best picnic spots in the Cotswolds include the top of Cleeve Hill, or the banks of the River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water. For a more secluded spot, try the Hidcote Manor Garden, a beautiful garden with a variety of hidden nooks and crannies, perfect for al fresco dining.


The Cotswolds is a dreamy destination for couples, and with so many activities to choose from, you're sure to have a romantic and memorable time with your loved one. 

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