What is it like to visit the Cotswolds in October?

If you’re planning to visit the UK, or the Cotswolds in October, read our blog post for inspiration!

Although many people like to travel in warmer weather seasons, there are many advantages of autumn travel. Perhaps it’s the only time of year you can take a holiday? Perhaps you’re visiting for business, school, or to visit relatives, and want to make the most of your time?

Whatever the reason, Go Cotswolds runs guided tours of the Cotswolds in October, so come and join us!

3 things you need to know about visiting the Cotswolds in October

1. It’s quieter in the Cotswolds in October

Stow-on-the-Wold - Cotswolds in October

One of the best reasons to visit the Cotswolds in October is because most other people visit in the summer!

During the summer months of July and August, when many families take vacations during the school holidays, some parts of the Cotswolds can be heaving with visitors.

By mid-September, children are back at school, so those visitors who don’t need to travel in school holidays can enjoy the Cotswolds with far fewer people around!

There is a school half-term holiday near the end of October, so family-friendly attractions like the Cotswolds Wildlife Park, Cotswold Farm Park and Birdland are likely to be busier. But, it’s never jam-packed at this time of year.  You might find accommodation is a little more expensive during this week though.

All that said, we tend to have better availability for our best-selling Cotswolds in a Day tours in October – sometimes even at last minute. So come and join us!

2. The weather is less reliable in October – but don’t let it put you off!

Let’s face it: UK weather is never ‘reliable’. There’s a very good reason why us Brits are renowned for always talking about the weather, and that’s because it’s so unpredictable!

With an average of 11 days of rainfall throughout the month, October is typically one of the wettest months in the Cotswolds. But ‘wet’ can mean anything from a short shower, to constant drizzle, to full-on downpours. Make sure to pack a raincoat and umbrella – but there’s a good chance it won’t rain!

Likewise, the average daytime temperature in the Cotswolds in October is around 14°C (57°F). That’s ‘sweater and boots’ weather, but not yet ‘winter jacket, hat and gloves’ weather – my favourite! But this year, the first week of October was unseasonably warm, and we were all still wearing shorts and t-shirt!

Our tours depart whatever the weather – so don’t let a little rain spoil your trip. Bring a raincoat and embrace the Great British Weather!

3. It’s beautiful in the Cotswolds in October!

Being a rural, countryside region, the Cotswolds is just beautiful in the fall!

The colours of the autumn leaves are stunning, and the late afternoon sunshine makes the honey-coloured Cotswold stone look even warmer and more beautiful. Throughout October, shops and villages often have lovely autumnal displays of flowers, fruits and pumpkins.

It’s the perfect time for gorgeous photos to take home as souvenirs of your trip!

Ready to book your tour of the Cotswolds in October?

Our best-selling Cotswolds in a Day tours run throughout October and right through the winter. If you prefer a private tour, then we usually have good availability in October too!

Just need group transport, without a guide? Then, check out our minibus hire options.

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