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Activities for husband in The Cotswolds

My husband, 22 year old son and I will be spending 4 days in Chipping Campden ( and Cotswolds area) in May. We will have a car and so we have the flexibility to travel at our leisure. I could spend everyday touring gardens but will narrow that down to 2-3 gardens however my husband and son will be bored to tears. Any recommendations on WW II museums/sites as well has vintage car museums that might be in the area. They would also enjoy watching herding dog demonstrations.
Thank you!

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We stayed near Moreton in Marsh and from there visited the British Motor Museum near Gaydon. I'm not a huge car fan but I really enjoyed it. Lunch afterward at the Malt Shovel Inn was excellent. Do they happen to play golf? You could drop them at a course for nine or eighteen holes and then hit a garden or two. That's what I did but my husband had his clubs with him.
A day trip to Bletchley Park is also doable.

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Wellington Aviation Museum is a small - quite small - WW2 aviation museum just outside Moreton-in-Marsh, right on the side of the A44 just west of town. Some neat stuff. Check the opening times.

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To be honest, the Cotswolds doesn’t have much to entertain a 22 year old. Also I presume you’ll only have 1 car so there’ll be quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing involved as places aren’t necessarily going to be near each other. I’d suggest the pub? Do they like watching sport?

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How about Blenheim Palace?

Any interest in falcons? We enjoyed the Cotswold Falconry Centre...seeing all the owls, falcons, etc. and watching the flying displays.

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It's a shame you aren't going a month or so later. I'm thinking your husband, son and I could find some ways of having fun (and getting into fairly serious trouble) even in Chipping Campden.

On second thought, probably best as it is.

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Thank you for all the excellent suggestions. We are looking forward to our travels which are just around the corner.

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If you make it to Bletchley Park, 37 minutes from it is the Glenn Miller Museum. It was RAF Twinwood Farm during the war and still has the WWII control tower. It was the airfield band leader Glenn Miller took off from on his last fateful flight.

Near Chipping Campden are the Neolithic era Rollright Stones. Very close to Chipping Campden is St Peter's & St Paul's Church that is the fictional St. Mary’s church used in the UK tv series Father Brown (if you follow it).

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If they are car fans, they may be familiar with Jeremy Clarkson, the famous Top Gear, and more recently, Amazon Grand Tour presenter, who has a farm in the Cotswolds. He also created a show on Amazon (Clarkson's Farm) that is entertaining, and the show follows the opening of a Farm Shop you can visit (Diddley Squat). He’s also affiliated with a brewery called Hawkestone near Bourton on the Water that is great to visit if you enjoy beer. There are also a few F1 teams with headquarters in the area and these may be great to visit - Alpine and Williams are closest.