Sport experiences in the Cotswolds

Badminton Horse Trials in the Cotswolds is a prestigious event on the horsey set’s calendar. First held in 1949 by the 10th Duke of Beaufort for British riders to train for international events, it was advertised as "the most important horse event in Britain".

The Festival at Cheltenham is a stalwart in the jump season. Held at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse every year, it’s a spine-tingling atmosphere on race days.

Despite the name, Slaughters United Cricket Club is one of the most picturesque locations for cricket you’ll find. It’s only rivalled by nearby Dumbleton, a fantastic ground situated amid Cotswold pastureland, trees and with a pond to the rear of the pavilion.

Only in Britain…the Cotswold Olimpicks (yes that’s how it’s spelt) is thought to date from 1612 and has events such as shin-kicking and tug o’ war. They take place every year on a hill in the idyllic Cotswolds.

Keen cyclists can join a tour with the Carter Company, which shows groups Britain's hidden gems, including a secret traffic-free route in the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds.

Once a year, the peaceful waters of the Windrush River get very choppy. Football teams from the pretty Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water play in the shallow river rather than on grass. The unusual game has been played for 100 years now gets global coverage!

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