Most of the Cotswold gardens and historic attractions open at Easter for the season, and by June gardens are reaching a peak, with roses in bloom throughout.
You don't always have to visit a large, National Trust style garden though – The 'Yellow Book' National Garden Scheme whereby private gardens open up for charity, is well supported in the Cotswolds.
Look out too for village fêtes and festivals, great places for buying plants, discovering an Evelyn Waugh first edition in the book sale or simply having a peek around the gardens of the local village houses.
The Cotswolds in August is sometimes overlooked in favour of the seaside, but a family Cotswold holiday is a great experience, with our historic houses offering re-enactments, quirky museums, medieval jousting and farm parks. There are high quality tea rooms at every turn (a huge reward/incentive for family walks).
Look out for Giffords Circus, an utterly charming touring country circus.
It pops up at various locations through the year.