Top things to do in the Cotswolds
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Welcome to Broadway
With its quaint village green, Cotswold stone buildings and collection of boutiques, Broadway is the ideal place to while away a weekend. However, it's also an excellent base for exploring the wider Cotswolds region with Winchcombe, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Moreton-in-Marsh all within easy reach.
Broadway is also well-located for trips to Cheltenham Races and is especially popular with race-goers for the annual Cheltenham Festival and the flagship Gold Cup.
Friday 24th November & 1st December
Late Night Shopping in Broadway
The Christmas lights twinkle in Broadway from early December making the village one of the prettiest and magical places to celebrate the festive season in the Cotswolds. A highlight is the very popular Late-Night Christmas Shopping events which take place in the village, on the last Friday in November and first Friday in December. The atmosphere is fantastic with plenty of entertainment and fun to be had.
Broadway Steam Railway
Recently restored Broadway Station is a volunteer operated heritage railway which runs steam and heritage trains from Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. Join the train at Broadway Station, a short walk from the Broadway Hotel, and relax as the train takes you on a by-gone age trip through sleepy hamlets and villages, with views across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.
With 53 acres of lavender, 250,000 plants and 70 miles of rows, a visit to Cotswold Lavender is a sight to behold. In a typical English summer, the lavender fields should start to come into flower mid-June, with the best time to see them early-mid July.
Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and is the second-highest point on the Cotswold Ridge. In addition to the iconic tower, it is home to a nuclear bunker, Morris & Brown cafe, and a herd of red deer.
A 10-minute drive from The Broadway Hotel is the unique gardens, temples, grottoes and waterfalls of Sezincote. At the heart of a traditional, family-run estate covering 3,500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside stands a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape well worth a visit when visiting the Cotswolds.
Hidcote Manor Gardens NT
This internationally renowned manor is home to a series of smaller gardens - each with its own theme. It is one of the most inventive and influential gardens of the 20th century, located near the village of Hidcote Bartrim - not far from Chipping Campden.
The countryside is one of the main reasons people visit the Cotswolds and following the Cotswold Way is a wonderful way to see the area. Running from Chipping Campden to Bath (100 miles), the trail picks its way through lots of tiny villages along the way.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
This 100-year-old garden is the work of three generations of women gardeners. We highly recommend a day out exploring these interconnecting botanical gardens that are made up of orchards, borders, winding pathways and terraces.
Snowshill Manor and Gardens NT
Once described as "a house for the evening hours, surely the loveliest spell of the day”, Snowshill Manor is a typical, traditional Cotswold house, built of golden yellow local stone and set on a hillside above the Vale of Evesham.
Sudeley Castle and Gardens NT
The history of Sudeley Castle and its award-winning gardens spans over a thousand years and contains many varied tales of royal associations, wars and periods of neglect and subsequent restoration.
Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, is one of the jewels of the Cotswolds. It is home to one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country, and is the ideal place for dog-friendly walks.
Cheltenham Racecourse is best known for The Festival held in March each year, which includes races such as the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle. It's also regarded as the home of jump racing.
Broadway Museum and Art Gallery
The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery opened in September 2013 and displays objects from the 17th to the 21st centuries. It's one of the few original 17th-century buildings in Broadway that you can explore, and it features everything from paintings and porcelain to antique furniture.
Gordon Russell Design Museum
Located in the original workshop, the Museum celebrates the life and work of furniture design pioneer Gordon Russell and his Company over a period of sixty years in Broadway village. Its unique collection of furniture embraces a range of styles spanning this rich period of design: from the Arts and Crafts to 30s streamline Modernism; Utility Furniture to 1980s luxury post modernism.
Ferrari's come to Broadway
With at least 20 Ferraris expected to arrive courtesy of Cotswold Ferrari Owners' Club. They usually assemble in the Upper High Street at around 10.30 am and parade down the High Street around 10.45 am to be all parked up by 11.00 am.
2nd Sunday in September
Broadway Food Festival
Every September the Broadway food festival takes place on the village green, attracting both local residents and visitors from further afield. The food festival celebrates local artisan producers and the very best Cotswold produce which is all from within a 30-mile radius of the village, with cooking demos, produce stalls and food to go, it’s an event not to be missed!
Broadway Arts Festival
Broadway Arts Festival is a biennial celebration of this beautiful Cotswold village’s unique artistic heritage and its enduring relationship with a world-famous colony of American artists and writers, who visited and worked here in the late 19th century.
From Theatre On The Green, to Sue Baker 'Calling the Shots' talk, to Workshops and Demonstrations, the Broadway Arts Festival is the place to be this June...
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