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The Perfect Long Weekend for Horse Lovers

The Cotswolds are the perfect destination for equine nuts, with everything from racing to riding available for those willing to venture along their winding country lanes and myriad pastures.

Whether you come to the 'Wolds with a view to visiting Cheltenham Festival, or one of the bi-annual Stow Horse Fairs that take place in May and October, Stow-on-the-Wold is the ideal base, being a mere thirty minute tootle to the famous racecourse and at the heart of the hoof stomping action when the fairs come to town.

So take your pick from the wealth of great accommodation available, and start making plans using this handy list of activities just for horse lovers.


Race Days

With Cheltenham racecourse just a picturesque half hour drive away, Stow-on-the-Wold is a good base for horse race enthusiasts eager to watch premium thoroughbreds thunder by.

There are regular race meets year round, as well as the world famous Cheltenham Gold Cup that usually takes place in mid-March. However, Cheltenham is far from being the only course in close proximity, and if your trip doesn’t coincide with a Cheltenham meet, you can always see if there’s a steeplechase going on at Stratford Racecourse, or jump racing at the Warwick or Worcester courses.

Horse Riding

If watching others ride isn’t enough for you, the Cotswolds have you covered with a range of different riding schools catering to all levels of rider. The Jill Carenza Equestrian Centre is one such place, boasting a stable of fifty horses to take out on hacks through scenic private estates, on routes that can be taken at an easy canter or a lung busting gallop.

If you wish to ride straight from your door, the Foxhill B&B could be an option. The former coaching inn’s superb breakfast will fuel you for a day’s riding on the horses stabled a few feet away in its adjoining riding school.

With so many options available in the area, we couldn’t list them all, but rest assured there’ll be nothing to stop you getting out on the horse riding trails.

The John Moore Museum

For bad weather days it’s always wise to have a few indoor activities up your sleeve, and for those who appreciate the peace and quiet of the countryside, a visit to the John Moore Museum is a must.

Moore was one of the UK’s most famed naturalists and conservationists, and the museum is made in his memory, often hosting live animal events and detailing everything that the Cotswolds’ countryside, woodlands, wetlands, and farmland have to offer.

For Lovers of Animals Great and Small

For people whose love for animals and nature extends beyond the world of horses, Cotswold Farm Park is just the ticket. This petting zoo allows you to get up close and personal with a variety of animals that will put you back in touch with the natural world. The history of this particular farm is also interesting, with it being the first of its kind in the country to protect rare native breeds of farm animal.


For those fans of horse racing who prefer to shun the silly hats and high heels of the corporate tracks, point-to-point racing is a welcome alternative. These cross country races tend to take place during the months of March and April, as amateur jockeys guide their steeds through changeable weather and challenging terrain, that would have the likes of Frankie Dettori throwing a hissy fit.

Watering Holes

A day out on the long noses isn’t complete without a stop at a suitable water hole, and with the Cotswolds boasting some of the UK’s finest independently owned country pubs, you’d be amiss not to wet your whistle at a few of them.

The Bell at Stow is one such pub, and has the added benefit of a beautiful beer garden, tailor made for those balmy summer afternoons and evenings. Just up the road in Oddington, there’s the aptly named Horse & Groom, which boasts an award-winning menu of locally sourced dishes that are just right for those feeling a little saddle sore.

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