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In the midst of all the hectic preparations for Christmas it can be all too easy to forget to set aside some time for ourselves to wind down and enjoy the season. One of the best ways to do this is to get away from it all and into the countryside for some fresh air. And what better place could there be to do that than at the Cotswold Water Park?

If you are going to be in the Cotswolds area during the latter part of December you might want to find out more about the guided winter waterbird walk that is taking place on December 18th. This is a Sunday so you can still have plenty of time for Christmas shopping on the Saturday, before winding down for something completely different on Sunday.

The good news is that the event is free and there is no need to make an advance booking either. However the organisers are asking that if you do want to go you should email them in advance. There is one very good reason for this – they are intending to provide mulled wine and homemade mince pies after the walk to everyone who attends, so they want to be sure they have enough to go round!

The meeting point is the Neigh Bridge car park near Somerford Keynes. You’ll get to see the surroundings of the western side of the Water Park, from 10.30am onwards. In fact if you are planning on having all your Christmas shopping done by this late in December you can even plan to spend a weekend in the Cotswolds. There are various properties you can stay in at the Water Park, not to mention other Cotswolds country cottages nearby. So you are bound to find somewhere you can escape to for a bit just before Christmas arrives.

The Cotswold Water Park is not far south of Cirencester, and well known spots in the Cotswolds including South Cerney and Somerford Keynes. Certainly you can look forward to seeing a lot of other nice spots in and around the Cotswolds if you are planning on making the most of a nice weekend there. It might be just what you need a week before the real festivities begin. Make sure you pack for cold weather though – you never know whether you will be doing the walk on a mild morning or a cold and frosty one.

Certainly there is a lot to be said for the Cotswold Water Park and there is always a lot going on there for you to enjoy when you stay. You don’t need to stay to take part in the guided walk of course, but you might decide that a short break just before the festive season is exactly what you would want. So consider it now and book soon too if you want to have a weekend away. With Christmas just around the corner it might be ideal.