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5 things to do in the Cotswolds this weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:52 02 December 2019

The Victorian Christmas Market will take place in Stratford-Upon-Avon this weekend. Photo credit: Aiselin82/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Victorian Christmas Market will take place in Stratford-Upon-Avon this weekend. Photo credit: Aiselin82/Getty Images/iStockphoto

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The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

1.Stratford-Upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market

Journey back in time to the days of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' at this fabulously festive event, which is taking place from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 December. Now in its third year, the market is fast-becoming a firm favourite in the town's calendar of events, with a whole host of 19th-century themed entertainment that will appeal to history lovers young and old. Stalls will line Waterside, Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street and Meer Street so it's the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique gifts, and you can get the adrenalin levels going on the traditional funfair too. The market will take place between 11am and 8pm on Friday, 10am and 8pm on Saturday and 10am and 5pm on Sunday.

2.Christmas Tree Festival

This weekend will see Stow-on-the-Wold's Christmas Tree Festival take place at St Edward's Parish Church, with 45 real Christmas trees that have been donated by Fosseway Garden Centre and decorated by local children's groups, organisations and businesses - you can vote for your favourite, if it isn't too hard to pick! On Sunday you can catch a performance by the Cotswold Band at 10am, and there will also be an array of seasonal gifts, plants, wreaths and cards to browse through. Now if that doesn't say Christmas, we don't know what does…

3.Object Handling Day at the Museum of Gloucester

Fancy a break from the Christmas madness? We recommend heading to the Museum of Gloucester on Saturday for one of their 'object handling' days, which will give visitors the rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the precious artefacts in their collection. Previous examples of objects include replica Roman staffs, shields, swords and sandals, so it really is a history lesson with a difference. Sessions will take place between 10am and midday, or between 2pm and 4pm.

4.Paint your own Christmas bauble

Put your art-skills to the test at Batsford's Forest School this Saturday, and make your very own personalised Christmas decorations - run in partnership with The Yard Pottery Painting Co., this is the perfect activity for families with young children who are looking for something a little different to help in channelling the energy levels. You'll have the chance to choose from either a large bauble or two flat decorations, and there will be hot chocolate, tea, coffee and mince pies for well-deserved refreshments. Takes place between 1 and 2pm.

5.Wreath making workshop

The Beautiful Flower Co., which opened on the Dowdeswell Estate back in July, has been transformed into a winter wonderland, and this Saturday they are running a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop. You'll get the chance to join the experts for a hands-on floral experience, creating seasonal wreaths out of fresh foliage including eucalyptus, olive, grasses and branches, complete with natural dried elements and decorations. Each class will be two hours long, and you'll have your very own handmade wreath to take home at the end.

We update 5 things to do in the Cotswolds at the weekend every Monday. If you are in need of inspiration, bookmark this page for events from Friday through to Sunday, and please get in touch if you have future events that you would like us to include.

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