Wherever you venture in Cotswold country, the trip there is as much fun as the activities on arrival, as you drive past wool churches, babbling brooks and ancient, honeyed-stone villages. Try Bourton-on-the-Water or Blockley for quaint idylls dripping with weeping willows, wisteria and Cotswold charm.
For a variety of full-flavoured, hoppy bitters and ales with bizarre names such as Pigor Mortis and Pig’s Ear, take a trip to Uley Brewery. Or sample the organic and vegan barley beers on offer at Stroud Brewery. For a two-Michelin-starred foodie treat, head out to Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.
Catch some open-air theatre, a music festival or even a steam rally at Berkeley Castle or Nibley House. At Newark Park, get an eyeful of the Ozleworth Valley in a place of architectural intrigue, gorgeous gardens and sprawling parkland. Or walk into a world of heavenly choirs and stained-glass windows at Tewkesbury Abbey.
Shop till you drop at Cribbs Causeway or Bristol’s Cabbot’s Circus. Fish at Stroud Water Canal, hire cycles with the Bike Works, climb into the saddle at Tumpy Green, or shoot 18 holes at Stinchcombe or Cotswold Edge. Wrap up your adventures by going ape in the Forest of Dean or booking a mobile spa with Pink Orchid.
Enjoy the pleasure of some extra luxuries to make your stay at Cotswold Edge House even more enjoyable and fun filled.
Work out whodunnit with a murder-mystery night, keep your game face on for an organised poker package or casino night with black ties and cocktails, or book some karaoke. The gardens are great for sumo wrestling or gladiator duelling.
Capture the laughs with a photography session, letting a top local photographer take formal and informal photos of your celebration.
Enjoy a big meal in with the lads, fire up a hog roast or wake up to a full breakfast just when you need it most. Or even a black-tie dinner with all the trimmings, including top chef, butler and uniformed staff? Let the bubbly flow, don’t count the courses or calories, and wrap up with a chocolate fountain. So often, the best ideas are closer to home than you think.