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The Cotswolds are known for their honey-coloured buildings, picturesque landscape, and relaxing environment. But, sometimes visitors find themselves need a quick sports fix to get their adrenaline pumping. Luckily, there are plenty of options in the Cotswolds to take in a game or get in on the action yourself!
Badminton Horse Trials in the Cotswolds is a prestigious event on the calendar. First held in 1949 by the 10th Duke of Beaufort, it was advertised as "the most important horse event in Britain". This multi-day event includes everything from Dressage displays, a stallion parade, and a show jumping competition. This annual event proves to be a wonderful time for visitors of all ages to not only enjoy the sport, but also enjoy the first rate hospitality that South Gloucestershire has to offer.
The Festival at Cheltenham is a staple in the jump season. Held at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse every year, this four-day festival features several Grade I races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Festival is known for the quality sport, but also it's spine-tingling atmosphere that the crowd helps create with the famous "Cheltenham roar". Buy your tickets and be a part of all the action!
Despite the name, Slaughters United Cricket Club is set in one of the most picturesque locations 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. The Slaughters United Cricket Club runs six senior teams teams, including a women's team, as well as a thriving youth section. They insist that you head to their beautiful ground for a drink and some cricket and find one of the them there!
The Cotswold Olimpicks is an annual public celebration of games and sports thought to date from 1612, first organised by lawyer Robert Dover. The Games are located every year in the most stunning sporting arena in the idyllic Cotswolds, Dover's Hill. Highlights of the celebration include events such as shin-kicking, tug o’ war, musical sideshows, and loads of street food stalls for you to keep up your energy!
Keen cyclists can join a tour with the Carter Company, which will take you through quiet country lanes, which wind their way through honey-coloured villages, over rivers and streams, and through valleys and hills with stunning views and sheep clad pastures. Be prepared for some slopes, but the Carter Company has carefully crafted the routes to minimise any steep gradients, so you can focus on enjoying the view and soaking up the atmosphere and culture of the area!
Every year, the peaceful waters of the Windrush River get choppy. So, instead of playing on their regular grass, this event sees two teams of six from Bourton Rovers Football Club play a 30 minute football match in the shallow river! The unusual game has been played for over 100 years and tends to receive crowds of spectators and global coverage. The match also raises money for the local football teams.