The season of goodwill is finally upon us – and Christmas shoppers can spread some extra festive love in the run-up to the big day by supporting local high streets and independent traders in the Cotswolds.
Whether you’re a last-minute gift buyer or your Christmas shopping is well underway, there are plenty of ways to support independent traders and high street favourites this November and December 2021 – from taking advantage of late-night shopping to soaking up the festive atmosphere at Christmas markets, where local craftspeople showcase their wares.
There’s also a fabulously festive line-up of Christmas events to experience across the Cotswold district, with the return of Cirencester’s popular Advent Market; Stow-on-the-Wold’s enchanting Christmas Tree Festival; and Fairford’s annual Festive Market, to name a few.
Meanwhile, families visiting Tetbury can tie-in their shopping trip with a visit to the nearby Westonbirt Arboretum for its ever-popular Enchanted Christmas, or head to Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power, where the Enchanted Light Trail provides a magical experience.
Cotswold District Council is committed to supporting its local towns and villages this Christmas 2021 by encouraging consumers to pay a festive visit to its high streets.
And while there’s still a risk of catching or passing on Covid-19, visitors can take easy and effective actions to protect themselves and others – such as wearing face coverings, avoiding crowds wherever possible and getting plenty of fresh air.
For some inspiration on where to head to in the Cotswolds this Christmas, check out SoGlos’s round up of 10 festive towns to visit in the Cotswolds.