10 delightful things to do in Broadway, The Cotswolds

View of Broadway Village in the Cotswolds

The charming Broadway has everything to fulfill your Cotswolds village fantasy. It stole my heart the moment I set foot inside, and I’m confident that you too will fall in love with its vintage and elegant vibes!

I’ve put together this guide to make sure your time at the Jewel of the Cotswolds is unforgettable! I’ve been there visit after visit, and not a moment did I feel bored.

From picturesque scenery and amazing parks to rich museums and mouth-watering food, I’ll share with you 10 charming things to do in Broadway that’ll keep you coming back for more.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

What you need to know about Broadway village

Let’s get the ball rolling with a few interesting facts you should know about Broadway.

A brief trip through the history of Broadway village 

You’ll feel like you traveled back in time once you’re here, and for good reason – this village is ancient, with a history spanning over 5,000 years!

Its history dates back to the Middle Stone Age and has seen the civilization of both the Beaker people and the Romans.

In the 9th century, it became known as ‘Broad Village’ (Bradsetena Gamere). The name went through multiple changes until the 16th century when people started calling it ‘Broadway’. 

Where is Broadway?

Broadway is located in the far southeast of Worcestershire, splitting the distance between Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham, near the border of Gloucestershire county.

It lies in the western Cotswold area, overseen by Fish Hill.

If you’re driving from central London, Broadway is about a 2-hour drive. It’s an hour or so away from Oxford and just 30 minutes from Cheltenham.

How’s the parking in Broadway?

If you’re traveling by car or motorcycle, you’ll be pleased to know that parking is easy at Broadway.

Of course, I’d advise doing your part in helping preserve the pretty village, so do try to use the car parks rather than on-street parking.

Multiple parking facilities are available throughout the area. Personally, I’d recommend the High Street Car Park (postcode WR12 7AH) as it’s the most convenient for exploring the village.

The one mentioned above is a short-stay option, but there are long-stay car parks available too. All car parks in Broadway offer disabled spaces. 

11 best things to do in Broadway, The Cotswolds

There are plenty of fun things to do in Broadway, both inside the village and just outside, no matter your age.

Let’s dive into some of my top recommendations that you don’t want to miss:

1. Reach the top of Broadway Tower

This iconic 3-story tower is one of Broadway’s unique historic monuments that’s been around for more than 200 years. 

You can explore the tower’s museum, rooms, nuclear bunker, and park while learning about the romantic history behind this landmark.

Drone Shot of Broadway Tower

Make your way to the top of the tower and appreciate the spectacular view! Even if you don’t fancy climbing the tower, I’d recommend enjoying one of the many walks around the tower.

2. Discover the village’s history 

Broadway bears a great deal of cultural significance and rich heritage that you can enjoy through the village’s many museums and historic spots. Some of the must-visits include:

  • Broadway Museum & Art Gallery
  • Cotswold Motor Museum
  • Gordon Russell Design Museum
  • Broadway Heritage Railway

3. Chill with the family at the Broadway Activity Park

If you’re visiting with kids, you’ll have a lovely time playing, eating, and relaxing at the 3-acre Activity Park.

The park has an area designated for holding picnics, as well as a playground divided into 4 sections for different ages.

Located midway through the High Street, there’s also plenty of open grassland for strolling, running, and more!

4. Meet unique animals and plants at the Cotswold Farm Park

You may not expect this (I didn’t see this coming either my first time here!), but the biodiversity at Broadway is nothing short of stunning!

The popular Cotswold Farm Park has a fantastic range of British farm animals, insects, and plants, with various rare breeds waiting for you to meet.

Cattle, sheep, horses, goats, waterfowl, flowers, butterflies, birds – you name it! It’s another great option for families.

5. See the amazing birds at the Cotswold Falconry Centre

Even if you’re not a bird fanatic, I guarantee you’ll be fascinated with what the Cotswold Falconry Centre has to offer.

Fun for all ages, this place is home to more than 150 species of birds that you can watch or interact with.

6. Eat your way around the village

I’m a strong believer that food is one of the most exciting aspects of traveling (shout out to all of the foodies out there!).

So imagine my joy upon discovering all the amazing eateries residing in Broadway Village.

Soul-warming baked goods? Check. 

High-quality teas and coffees? Check.

Cheerful drinks at pubs? Check.

Fancy Michelin-recommended meals? Check. 

Discover my guide to the best restaurants in Broadway for my pick of the best spots.

7. Get fired up with clay pigeon shooting

If you’re craving some action between your time relaxing and soaking up the village’s atmosphere, head to Cotswold Shooting Ground for some exciting clay pigeon shooting.

The setting is beautiful and the instructors are super helpful. It’s a great way to get your blood pumping outdoors!

8. Explore the picturesque village and surrounding countryside

Honestly, one of the best things to do in Broadway is to simply walk around and appreciate the enchanting landscape.

You can make your way through ‘The Cotswold Way’ trail or book a walking tour with a guide.

9. Attend local events

Depending on the time of your visit, you can go to one of the town’s fun-loaded local events.

For example, there’s the Colourscape in July, the Car Show in August, and the Horticultural & Craft Show in September.

10. Explore the gorgeous lavender fields

Saving the best for last, prepare to have your breath taken away at the Cotswold Lavender. You get to stroll through the captivating fields of lavender and a sea of magnificent purple hues!

You can experience this one-of-a-kind adventure during the flowering season of lavender, which is typically summer (June, July, and August).

Where else to go when visiting Broadway in The Cotswolds

Broadway is one of the most bewitching villages in the Cotswolds, which makes its popularity among visitors a no-brainer. But this doesn’t mean it’s the only beautiful place to go here.

Cotswolds is exploding with gorgeous spots that should also be on the list of any village exploring enthusiasts.

There’s Castle Combe, Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter, and many more pretty Cotswolds villages.

Did you find this guide helpful? Do you have other recommendations for Broadway? Share your thoughts in the comments or get in touch on social media!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, discover my guide to the best hotels in Broadway or seek out the best foodies spots with my pick of the top restaurants in Broadway.

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Jessie Moore
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Jessie is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

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