There’s so much to love about autumn in the Cotswolds. To us, it’s a season that should be celebrated. Bright blue skies and crisp mornings with the first frost crunching underfoot. A wintery chill in the air but with the lingering whisper of the summer’s kiss still teasing our days. With our favourite season we invite you to enjoy some of our favourite pastimes: sip hot chocolate from steaming mugs and welcome the darker nights curled up with those you love in your luxurious lakeside lodge.
Leaf-kicking, conker-picking, forest exploring, marshmallow toasting, fresh-air inhaling, pumpkin carving days. Followed by firework watching, oohs and aahhs of an autumn sky, bonfire crackling, sparkler-writing names-in-lights nights. All wrapped with the hug of chunky scarves, oversized knits and the warm welcome from your home-from-home haven at Watermark.
With its pink evening skies and golden leaves, autumn paints using every colour from nature’s palette and its Cotswold canvas is no exception. Slow down the pace and indulge in some quality time away from the hustle and bustle of your 9 to 5 in a paradise where pumpkin picking is as strenuous as it gets.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do this October – in fact, you’ll wish you were staying for longer. With Watermark as your base you can embrace all the magic of the season on your doorstep:
Your intimate and romantic adventure with nature starts here. Experience the autumn in the Cotswolds confetti and a carpet of colour. From deep yellows to burnt oranges, reds and crimsons, this spectacular show is not to be missed throughout autumn. With forest school, guided walks and photography workshops available there’s something for all the family at Batsford.
Closer in proximity to Watermark, is Westonbirt, The National Arboretum which is home to some of the world’s most beautiful, rare and extraordinary plants. Autumn is the perfect time to take to the spectacular Treetop Walk, amongst a canopy of red and orange leaves.
Half-term fun and frolics
From Halloween farm trails to pumpkin picking and Freaky Friday evening entertainment, you can choose between child’s play and tricks of terror this October 31st. Cotswold Farm Park tempts you with two ticketed events with Halloweenland turning from fun activities into a Fright Night experience for ages 12-adult.
Witches, Wizards and wellies
Berkeley Castle invites you on a wild walk in the grounds beneath the castle’s shadows to enjoy tasty treats around the fire. Toast marshmallows, get creative with Halloween crafts and be bewitched by spooky storytelling in the great hall.
Ghostly goings on
Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Walk with the ghosts of Cirencester’s past and experience a tour of the town with a difference.
Why not experience the changing colour of the season on your own two feet – with the walking festival running throughout October. From the lantern way and beyond, you can let nature guide your next steps. Tailor-made walks and organised tours are scheduled most days across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Sit, relax and watch the world go by…
If ghouls and ghosts aren’t for you and you prefer to savour the scenery from the warmth of a window, why not take advantage of the Gateway on your doorstep? With breath-taking lakeside views, delicious homemade delicacies and a serene yet sociable atmosphere, relish the moment and a well-deserved rest in good company. Or simply enjoy your time at leisure in luxury with us and spend autumn in the Cotswolds.