Things To Do In The Cotswolds This Autumn

things to do int he cotswolds this autumn (Last Updated On: 18th September 2018)

If you plan to spend some time in the beautiful countryside during the cooler months, then you’ll be looking for things to do in the Cotswolds this Autumn, in-between long walks, trips to the pub and the endless breath-taking views.

Despite it’s seemingly relaxed exterior, the Cotswolds plays host to world class events through out the year and.

We’ve highlighted the 6 main events happening in the Cotswolds this Autumn 2018:

Blenheim Palace Horse Trials

things to do in the Cotswolds this autumn

Blenheim Palace horse trials are firmly established in the eventing calendar. The event has been running since 1990, attracting the world’s best riders and the thousands of spectators who visit each year.

Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is known as a ‘three-day-event’, even though the actual competition is run over four days! This is because the event is made up of three phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping, with the dressage phase taking place over the first two days.

It’s very much a family event where visitors can come along to enjoy the range of competitions, extensive shopping opportunities and variety of attractions in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace.

When & Where

13th – 16th September

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices vary between £12 and £150 depending on the day you arrive and type of admission you require.

Children 12 years of age and under can enter the event free of charge when accompanied by an adult, however due to health and safety requirements each child requires a complimentary entrance ticket.

Moreton-in-Marsh Show


things to do in the cotswolds this autumn

Moreton Show was first held in 1949, on the exact same site it occupies today, which is part of the Batsford Estate. Its underlying purpose is to improve the standard of farming and farm crafts locally.

It’s one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the UK, with it’s 165 acre site in the beautiful north Cotswolds packed with things to see, do, and buy.

There is something for all the family at Morton show, and you don’t have to be a live stock enthusiast to enjoy them. Previous years have seen stunt quad bike riding, circus acts, vintage tractors and performances from local gymnastic and dance teams.

And then there’s the shopping! With more than 350 trade stands, you can buy everything from Wellington Boots to Combine Harvesters.

When & Where

Saturday 7th September

Moreton-in-Marsh showground

Ticket Prices

Adult – £18

Children (5 – 15 years) – £8

Family Ticket (2 Adults, up to 3 children) – £48

Cheltenham Literature Festival 

things to do in the cotswolds this autumn

Cheltenham Literature Festival transforms Cheltenham into a literary lover’s dream for ten days every Autumn. It welcomes over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help us celebrate the joy of the written word.

Alongside a programme of nearly 500 debates, interviews and workshops, we also host Book It! our festival within a festival for families and young readers. Where else could you see the Gruffalo rub shoulders with an award-winning novelist, or a Hollywood legend exchange views with political leaders?

When & Where

5th – 14th October

Venues vary depending on event.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices vary from £6 – £55 depending on the event you are seeing

Westonbirt Arboretum – Autumn Colour Spectacular

things to do int he cotswolds this autumn

Westonbirt Arboretum is home to 15,000 trees and a succession of plants from different areas of the temperate globe. From September through to November you can watch as they burst into a succession of bright, golden or burnished tones delighting the senses throughout the autumn period.

There are also  lots of events on offer from photography workshops to fungi forays, family events and ‘Awesome Autumn’ guided walks, to make the most this spectacular season.

When & Where

From September to November (with peak leaf-peeping time being the month of October)

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Tetbury

Ticket Prices

Adult – £10

Children (5 – 18 years) – £4

under 5s go free

Batsford Arboretum – Autumn Colour Spectacular

things to do in the cotswolds this autumn

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Autumn at Batsford Arboretum brings with it a riot of leaf colour ranging from deep butter yellow through to orange reds and crimsons as well as an abundance of berries.  It’s a natural fireworks spectacular throughout the autumn months.

And that’s not all you can see at Batsford. They also host seasonal workshops, exhibitions and forest school for little ones. And if you have green fingers you might want to visit the Batsford garden centre, which is a haven for those with a passion for plants and gardening!

When & Where

From September to November (with peak leaf-peeping time being the month of October)

Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh

Ticket Prices

Adults – £7.95

Concessions – £6.95

Children (4-15) – £3.50 (Under 4 years Free)

Families (2 adults and 2 children(4-15)) – £19.95

The November Meeting – Cheltenham Racecourse

things to do in the cotswolds this autumn

As the National Hunt season hits full speed, The November Meeting takes centre stage. Day Two of the biggest Jump racing fixture before Christmas features the iconic BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The racing highlight of The November Meeting always draws a large, high-class field and was won last year by the popular Splash Of Ginge and Tom Bellamy for local trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Come along for a fantastic day of racing, with bars and restaurants open to suit all palettes throughout the day. As well as their famous Shopping Village featuring the likes of Fairfax & FavorWill Bees Bespoke and Bredon Hill Shooting.

When & Where

Friday 16th and Sunday 18th November

Prestbury, Cheltenham

Ticket Prices

Tickets are available from just £14 in advance.

Under 18’s entry is free of charge, when attending with a full paying adult.

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