Welcome to the place where time stands still. With us. At Watermark. Planning your half-term holiday couldn’t be easier. Put your hand on your heart and you’ll hear the Cotswolds calling. It’s time to celebrate the start of Spring. It’s time to try new experiences. To take a break from the cold morning commute, stressful school run and from being who people expect you to be. Time to relax and unwind. Time to turn off your phone without asking permission. To disconnect* from the digital world and connect to those who are most important. Time to walk barefoot. To taste the frost on your face/lips. Time to dip your toes. To get muddy. Get wet. Feel wild and refreshed. Time to wander.
Pause and clock-off from the 9-5 and take time. Quality time. On your own schedule with your loved ones in our luxurious lakeside lodges. Discover new half-term adventures in the great outdoors and pick the pace that suits your personalities. From introverts to adrenalin junkies there’s something for all the family. Feel-good family time in the fresh air. February is the month of love and you’ll feel it in the air at Watermark – watching your family make memories with us:
Cycling: bring your bikes or hire ours. Whether you fancy a relaxing ride around the country lanes and lakes or an adrenalin-fuelled off-road adventure, you’ll be spoilt for choice from Salisbury to Cirencester.
Horse riding: feel the air in your lungs on a crisp morning hack on horseback. From novice to experienced rider, the Cotswold countryside is yours to walk, trot or canter.
Children’s activities: choose from our outdoors activity park with zipwire, swings and climbing frame or our children’s playroom with cushioned floor and soft mats for toddlers through to gymnasts. Not forgetting our games room for teenagers and big kids, complete with pool tables, consoles and cyber-escapism.
Sports: From table tennis, boules and football to wakeboarding, fishing, sailing and golf – racket sports to water sports – there’s something for everyone, exclusively to our lodges, seasonally and all year round.
Photography: capture the views, wildlife and water via your lens. Or visit Wallsworth Hall and marvel at the ‘Nature in Art’ photography exhibition, from the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition from London’s Natural History Museum. Showcasing over 100 images of intimate animal portraits, atmospheric landscapes and revolutionary photojournalism.
Lambing live: Take a walk in the fields and see the bouncing baby lambs or visit Cotswolds Farm Park for lambing live from 16-28th February. Try bottle-feeding the lambs and goat kids or let your own kids loose in the soft play. Climb aboard the tractor safari for a trip around the farm and meet a few familiar faces along the way.
Pack your wellies: The South West puddle jumping championships takes place at Slimbridge on 18-24th February. Style your splash in the perfect puddle and practice lakeside in advance.
Of course, this list doesn’t cover everything. Inspired by your surroundings, the artists amongst you may wish to write, draw or paint from the comfort of your lakeside living room. Or maybe you’d prefer to feed the ducks from your private jetty or relax in the hot tub with a glass of bubbly after bedtime. It’s your time and your choice.
However you spend your stay, one week is never enough. You’ll want to return again and again. We recommend staying with us to experience every season…then pick your favourite month – starting with February.
Half-term? Turn your question mark into Watermark.
*(of course, there’s Wi-Fi for those who don’t remember life without it)