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It’s hard to believe Christmas is creeping ever closer once again, but we're very excited because what could be better than doing your Christmas shopping in the Cotswolds? The very best way to make the most of the wide range of festive shopping experiences the Cotswolds offers, is to book a long weekend in a Cotswolds holiday cottage, of course. This will give you an opportunity to relax and see the sights as well as getting some of your holiday shopping done.
This part of the country is famous for its festive spirit. A great place to get started is at the Cheltenham Christmas Market. This runs for the majority of December, so you can easily plan your festive shopping here around the rest of your schedule.
Broadway gets involved too, as this charming village offers late-night festive shopping at the end of November and the beginning of December.
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Bourton-on-the-Water is well-known for its Victorian evening. This is a wonderful experience, set in this charming village and completed with a real Christmas tree right by the river. Late-night shopping means you’ll have plenty of time to shop around for those festive treats. The village even has a Christmas shop that is open the entire year!
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Slimbridge may not be the most familiar of locations in the Cotswolds, but it is the location of Santa’s Grotto each year. Yes, Father Christmas makes time to head down to the Cotswolds to see the children there during the weekends in December. Look out for the Wetlands for Life Centre where Santa will be each weekend in the run-up to Christmas (before he gets really busy).
There are some fine shops in places like -Chipping Campden – check out Molemi, a wonderful independent ladies' shoe shop with some of the most fabulous shoes and boots.Shipston-on-Stour – don't miss Antique Pine & Lovely Things, packed full of.. antique pine and lovely things!.Stow-on-the-Wold – you must visit India Mahon, super talented and independent jewellers, and Powder Cashmere, a shop with the most amazing cashmere clothing and accessories. Many of the shops in these locations are independent and put on a real show around Christmas time.
One good way to make sure you make the best of some festive shopping is to see which areas offer the best opportunities to shop, and then to book a Cotswolds holiday cottage nearby to stay in for the weekend. This gives you the chance to enjoy a meal or two out as well as getting your shopping done. Get into the festive spirit with ease in the Cotswolds this year.