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Cotswolds in December

Has anyone been there in December? If so,how was it? I'm thinking it will be less crowded Abe very festive for Christmas....but maybe too cold to spend too much time walking?

If we choose not to go in December....When is the best time to go weather-wise? Crowd-wise?

My wife and I are wanting it to be a leisure trip since it will be our first one since having our baby.

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It is December now.

Perfectly walkable. Wrap up well, don't forget a scarf and gloves and a hat, and most importantly since walking across fields you will probably run into a touch of mud so the right footwear or wellies are vital.

This month is likely not to have as good weather as in the summer. You will see fewer people in December than in the summer.

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We would probably want to stay away from the field and just stay in the towns of at all possible. Is that possible? haha. Also, if we were only able to visit one town during a 2 day stay, which ones would you recommend?

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car or train+bus? This month or 12 months from now? What time of the month? If you don't want to get out into the countryside do you just want to stroll around the towns/villages/hamlets? How will the baby travel - stroller or carried?

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All sorts of towns and villages to stay at in the Cotswolds. I like Cirencester - good public transportation to/from Heathrow, Oxford, Cheltenham. Roman remains (ampitheatre, roman walls) and a nice museum, pubs, A nice trip out to a nearby Roman country villa (Chedworth), pubs, a street market (check days), good shops, a lovely old Church, did I mention pubs?......a nice park along a river with good walking trails.

Broadway is a lovely village but quite expensive to stay there and you really need your own vehicle.

I can remember some cold, snowy Christmases in the Cotswolds on family visits - but it can also be very mild. Certainly it will not be too busy with tourists in December. Just bear in mind that away from London a lot of attractions may not be open between Christmas Eve and until after New Years Day.

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I went the first week of September and it was pretty perfect. The crowds had died down nicely but the weather was beautiful.

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I have spent time there in winter twice and loved it. Once over New Years and stayed just outside of Stratford and drove all over and visited lots of Cotswold villages as well took the drive up the coast stopping in Whitby and ending in Edinburg and the weather was fine. Definitely cool, dressed in layers, but it was actually warmer than I expected. Lack of tourists made it a joy to be able to sightsee and visit places during a time of year when there were not hordes of tourists. Short daylight hours, but I actually enjoyed that. Other trip first part of Nov. and it was also perfect. I have been in summer and prefer the winter. I don't love cold weather but I really dislike hot weather among tons of tourists...

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Bourton-on-the-Water is decorated for Christmas so beautifully. I would suggest going there.