November – the month filled with frosty sunny days, chilly crisp mornings, roaring pub fires, dewy cobwebs, blankets of mist and silver skies… but what to do in the Cotswolds during November?
I sometimes fear that November is overlooked, with the excitement of Christmas around the corner & Halloween just past, but Winter is one of the most magical times to put on your hat & scarf and head out for a walk in the Cotswold countryside.
Whether you’re dreaming of walking through a woodland of fallen leaves, crunching your wellies on the frozen grass, seeing your breaths in the crisp winter air we have some enchanting Cotswold walks, trails and National Trust gardens for you to explore in which you can enjoy the blanket of frost that November brings. Not to forget the magical local spots & hidden gems which you can cosy up in! November is a time to enjoy the peace & quiet before the festivities, enjoy the extended starlit evenings and wrap up warm with your friends & family and here are our recommendations on what to do in the Cotswolds during the month of November…
The Eyston Arms
Found on Eyston High Street, this pub has be named one of the best by Fergus, who recently visited and said “My first time at The Eyston Arms but definitely not my last! Without a doubt, probably the best service I have received from a pub in the area”. With locally sourced & freshly prepared food alongside that proper pub feel, the team at Eyston Arms has mastered a wonderful dining experience and is certainly one for you to add to the list if you’re in the area.
Fireworks & Bonfire Night
Who doesn’t love the excitement and magic around bonfire night? With magnificent colours and patterns shooting into the sky & sparkling brightly, the comforting scent of the bonfire, mittens wrapped around cups of hot chocolate and welly boots on-firework displays are a must! You can attend Shipston Firework Display on Friday 3rd November at 5pm at the Sports Club, Far Peak Fireworks in Northleach on Friday 3rd November at 5.30pm, Dursley Fireworks on Saturday 4th November at 5pm, Fireworks Extravaganza at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday 4th November at 4pm and Fox & Hounds Firework Display on Sunday 5th November at 5pm.
Stroud Farmers Market
Every Saturday, there is a fantastic Farmers market held in the Cornhill market. A few of our favourites include the chocolate piped doughnuts, pulled pork rolls as well as the cheese & chutney packages. It is a multi award-winning and is well known as one of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers’ market in the UK & been featured in the Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent and The Times.
Add a touch of sparkle this November, to commence the excitement of the festive season that’s on the way, and enjoy enchanting light trails from the 24th November. With castles, museums, forests and farms all draped in colourful lights, these trails have become an annual Christmas tradition. So wrap up warm (and bring an umbrella just in case), grab a hot drink and explore one of these fabulously festive light trails in the Cotswolds- Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle, Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, Illuminated Light Trail at Blenheim Palace and The Enchanted Garden at Painswick.
Book tickets for you & the family at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre to cosy up in the audience and enjoy some wonderful performances, such as Madagascar the Musical, Hauntings Thriller Show, A Christmas Carol & Mother Goose. Whilst there are plenty of shows, there are also a few drama workshops for the aspiring actors and performers.
Hidcote at National Trust
Hidcote is an arts and crafts-inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills. This was world famous garden created by celebrated horticulturalist and plant collector, Major Lawrence Johnston. You can enjoy the grounds as well as a spot of tea & cake in their sweet little café.
Known for their delicious pub food and friendly staff, you’ll be right at home the moment you walk in. The award-winning gastro pub offers a wide selection of classic British pub food such as fish and chips, pie of the day, steak, and different flavoured puddings.
If you have a sweet tooth, then this activity is definitely for you! Cotswold Baking offer the best of British, American and world baking through our fun, informal classes. They range from basic to more advanced techniques, to baking for kids and teens, always focusing on great results. Whether you’re starting your baking adventure or a baking whizz who’s looking for inspiration, you’ll find it at our small, friendly, classes, held in Susie’s home kitchen.
We hope that’s inspired you with what to do in the Cotswolds during November! If you’re considering relocation to the Cotswolds, then please get in touch with our Cotswold Letting Agent team on 01993 684572 and we will be happy to help you find the right property.