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Anyone who knows anything at all about the Cotswolds will know that Bourton on the Water is a veritable jewel among all the charming villages you could visit. It would be a shame to come to the Cotswolds and not see Bourton: such is the charm that it has to share with you. Indeed many people choose to find a Cotswolds country cottage in the area so they are nice and close to Bourton itself. There is certainly plenty to do there and lots of lovely walks that take you out into neighbouring countryside as well.

But if you haven’t yet planned a trip to this part of the Cotswolds you should consider fitting it in at the beginning of December – namely on Friday 2nd – because this is when the late night Christmas shopping event takes place. This is an annual event and while it is not the only one to take place in and around the Cotswolds, it is one of the most delightful. This is purely because of the setting – and if you have been to Bourton on the Water before you will know just what we mean by this.

So what can you expect from the late night shopping event? Well, it all kicks off at 6pm when the festive lights are switched on. You’ll then have three hours to explore all the shops in Bourton, as they are staying open until 9pm. You can also look out for the pig roast, candy floss and lots of entertainers too. Bourton really knows how to put on a great Christmas extravaganza, and you can be sure that people will be visiting from all over the Cotswolds and perhaps beyond. So if you want to go to the event and you live a fair distance away, it is wise to look for Bourton on the Water cottages you can book in advance, perhaps for a long weekend. What better way to kick off your Christmas shopping in style than to treat yourself at the same time and spend a couple of days exploring the Cotswolds as well?

Bourton on the Water isn’t hard to find either. It’s a short distance to the east of the A429, and the A40 runs along from west to east a little further to the south of the village as well. Stow on the Wold is just north of Bourton and there are lots of other charming villages in the area as well. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit the Slaughters for example, which despite their name are both incredibly charming and just a short distance up the road from one another.

You may not think of visiting the Cotswolds towards the end of the year. It may seem to be more of a summer destination. But in truth there is nothing better than this part of the country at any time of the year, and when the thrill of Christmas is in the air you’ll love it even more.