The Cotswolds Through theSeasonsThe  Cotswolds  is  an  area  in  the  west-­‐central  region  of  England.    This  area ...
In  November,  Bath  Abbey  hosts  a  traditional  Christmas  market,  with  vendor  stalls,  carollers,  and  mulled  win...
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The Cotswolds Through the Seasons

  1. 1. The Cotswolds Through theSeasonsThe  Cotswolds  is  an  area  in  the  west-­‐central  region  of  England.    This  area  is  a  mix  of  traditional  villages  and  modern  amenities.      This  area  is  offers  interesting  and  exciting  things  to  do  all  year  long.    It  is  a  great  vacation  spot,  both  for  British  citizens  and  international  travellers.In  the  spring,  festivals  and  community  events  start  gearing  up  with  the  Bath  Shakespeare  festival.    Then  Nearby  Stratford-­‐Upon-­‐Avon  gets  into  the  season  by  holding  the  Shakespeare  birthday  celebration,  which  culminates  in  a  charity  ball.    There  are  also  many  music  festivals,  including  the  Cheltenham  International  Jazz  Festival.One  of  the  most  famous  springtime  activities  is  Cheese  rolling  at  Coopers  Hill  in  Gloucester.    Historically,  townsmen  rolled  cheese  wheels  down  the  hill  to  claim  it  for  sheep  grazing.    Now  townspeople  do  it  for  fun  and  community  pride.    Another  sheep  related  springtime  activity  is  the  Woolsack  races  and  traditional  street  fair  in  Tetbury.    This  is  a  relay  race  involving  a  60  pound  woolsack  run  up  and  down  the  streets  by  two  people.    The  relay  is  part  of  whole  day  of  charity  fund  raising  events.Summertime  brings  Opera  to  the  Longborough  Festival  Opera.    This  opera  house  seats  480  and  can  hold  65  musicians  in  the  orchestra  pit.    It  also  brings  Shakespeare  in  the  park,  performed  by  the  Oxford  school  of  drama,  in  the  Pleasure  Gardens  in  Bienheim,  Woodstock.    It  also  brings  the  Cheltenham  International  Festival  of  Music  and  Fringe,  fringe  events  and  the  best  of  classical  music.The  largest  military  air  show  in  the  entire  world  is  held  in  Fairford.    Military  planes  Uly  in  dramatic  formation,  as  well  as  perform  terrifying    acrobatics.    This  event  brings  spectators  not  only  from  England,  but  from  throughout  Europe  as  well.    Later  on,  the  water  games  are  held  at  Bourton-­‐on-­‐the-­‐water,  which  is  a  Uive  a  side  soccer  match,  held  in  the  stream  of  the  river  Windrush.In  the  fall,  festivals  focus  on  culture.    The  Jane  Austen  festival  in  Bath  celebrates  their  most  famous  resident.    Bath  is  an  elegant  World  Heritage  City,  and  is  proud  to  hold  a  whole  day  of  events  in  celebration  of  Jane  Austens  contributions  to  literature.    Cheltenham  also  hosts  a  10  day  festival  of  literature,  with  readings,  performances,  and  other  live  events.
  2. 2. In  November,  Bath  Abbey  hosts  a  traditional  Christmas  market,  with  vendor  stalls,  carollers,  and  mulled  wine.      Warwick  Castle  is  decorated  for  Christmas,  and  opened  to  the  public.    The  Westonbirt  Arboretum  near  Tetbury  is  illuminated,  and  visitors  can  wind  their  way  down  the  path  of  the  national  arboretum.    In  December,  Bourton  on  the  Water  holds  a  Victorian  Christmas  evening,  complete  with  traditional  costumes,  carol  singing,  plenty  of  shopping  opportunities,  and  lighting  of  the  town  Christmas  tree.The  Cotswolds  is  an  area  full  of  things  to  do  all  year  long.    This  is  just  a  small  sample  of  the  events  that  happen  during  the  year.    Every  single  day  there  are  opportunities  for  shopping,  historical  tours,  and  cultural  explorations.    The  Cotswold  is  a  great  vacation  destination  no  matter  the  season.About  The  AuthorAnna  Phillips  represents  Jigsaw  Holidays,  specialists  in  supplying  Cotswold  Cottages  and  character  properties  for  the  ideal  Cotswold  break.

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