Easter is fast approaching and the lure of a lakeside lodge has never been more appealing. Relax, recharge and reinvent how holidays should be spent. Watch the sun rise and set over tranquil waters and take time to enjoy experiencing how it truly feels to escape. It’s not chocolate that you crave or the sweet seduction of sugar this time of year, it’s stopping what’s expected and being open to spontaneity. And staying with us guarantees exactly that.
No two days are the same when you’re living the lakeside life. From water sports and long wild walks to toasting bubbles within the thermal springs of your private and picturesque hot tub, you choose the pace as well as the activities. Fresh air is the tonic to your wellbeing. And with so many exciting outdoor events surrounding us this season, you’ll be sure to re-set your mojo and soak it all in:
Cheltenham Festival: Hear the roars of an adrenalin-fuelled crowd as hooves pound the ground before you. You’ll soon understand why there’s no festival quite like Cheltenham. Feel the hairs rise on the back of your neck and your nerves tingle as the thundering thoroughbreds gallop to the finish line. The pinnacle jump racing event of the year boasts four days of extraordinary racing from 12-15th March as well as live music, boutique shopping and an unrivalled atmosphere. Take advantage of some top racing tips before your flutter at the festival preview evening on Sunday March 10th from some of Cheltenham’s champions. Bringing a little friendly rivalry to the forefront Oli Bell and Nathan Murphy captain a panel of racing enthusiasts including trainer Paul Nicholls, Irish football legend Kevin Kilbane, Gold Cup-winning Jockey Richard Johnson, Niall Quinn and Kate Harrington for an evening promising banter in abundance.
Easter Wonderland at Blenheim Palace: For an Easter egg hunt with a difference – try finding your bounty at Blenheim. A four-day celebration of family fun promises giant 8ft decorated eggs hidden amongst the Pleasure Gardens. And that’s not all – find the special ‘Blenheim Egg’ and you could have a chance of winning an Easter surprise.
Cheese Rolling: Ancient traditions arouse curiosity and this one is no exception. Believed to have originated as a way to distinguish grazing rights on common land, cheese rolling is now officially an extreme sport. Attracting competitors and spectators worldwide the atmosphere alone is something to be experienced. Cheese rolling at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth takes place on May 27th 2019 and a new King of Cooper’s Hill will be crowned. Watch the stampede of runners chase a 9lb Double Gloucester cheese (travelling at 70mph) down the hill. The winner is the first runner to the bottom – the prize is the cheese and instant Cotswolds’ fame.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival: From 1-6 May there’ll be jazz cats worldwide coming to the Cotswolds. Join them and jam while enjoying international jazz icons from Jamie Cullum to Charenee Wade. Boasting Gregory Porter as artistic curator this is a festival of high acclaim. With free outdoor music in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, let the sweet sounds of the sax soothe your soul – surrounded by food, drink and the company you choose.
Surfing on the Severn: Here’s a date the thrill-seekers amongst you will already have marked on your calendar. March 22nd 2019. The first of three five-star bores heading to the River Severn, promising a swell for surfers and spectators alike. With waves set to reach heights of 10m plus, this natural phenomenon always attracts a crowd. Now a world-famous event it sees surfers across the globe head inland and upstream for an alternative adrenalin-fuelled adventure.
Whether you’re looking for family-fun, musical enlightenment, fast-paced adrenalin action or the safety of being a spectator, there’s something for everyone this Easter on our doorstep. And there’s your home from home waiting for you with us at Watermark. We’re the Cotswold’s best-kept secret…stay with us once and you’ll want to keep us that way.