Cotswold Horseriding Experiences for Beginners

Its never too late to give horse riding a try. This classic countryside pastime is a much-loved Cotswolds activity and attracts people from all over the UK and beyond who want to experience Cotswolds horse riding within beautiful surroundings. With top instructors and riding schools dotted across the area, there is plenty of choice for children and adults whove perhaps never ridden before. Best of all, you can be sure that there is a Jigsaw Holidays property nearby to call your home from home wherever you decide to ride.

Cotswolds Horse riding instruction and beginners rides

The Cotswolds offers some great riding centres situated within some truly magnificent locations. From taster sessions to intensive courses, you can enjoy a Cotswolds horse riding experience to suit your needs and even perhaps mark the start of a new hobby.

Cotswolds Riding at Jill Carenza Equestrian

As one of the most well-known riding schools in the Cotswolds, you can be sure of a memorable time at Cotswolds Riding. Expert Jill Carenza has been offering riding instruction at her school for over 40 years, and with over 50 horses to choose from, has something to suit all tastes and abilities making it a great choice for beginners looking to try horse riding for the first time. The school is known for its accelerated learning which helps beginners to develop their riding skills quickly. There are special lessons available for children too, as well as pony rides available for younger riders.Cotswolds Riding is situated in the beautiful village of Stanton, and offers some stunning views whilst you take your ride. Also located near Cotswolds Riding is a golf course and access to the Cotswold Way, offering further great activities to enjoy outside of your time at the school. Cotswolds Riding is highly rated, and youll become a confident rider in no time at all.Where to stay: Broadway is just a couple of miles from Stanton and our Top Cottage offers accommodation for 4, perfect for families looking to learn to ride together. There is a good choice of bars and shops nearby, offering plenty for you to enjoy during your stay.

Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre

The Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre is one of the most popular Cotswolds horse riding destinations for tourists, offering a range of riding experiences perfect for beginners, children and anyone else who wants to enjoy some scenic riding experiences. With expert tuition, the centre offers lessons in a wide range of disciplines, covering simple riding through to show jumping and more advanced riding skills. There is a wide choice of horses available to suit every ability, and the centre even specialises in hen do experiences for brides to be looking for a more active weekend activity.Rides from Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre take you to Lower Slaughter and along the river Eye, offering some picturesque scenes to accompany your ride. There are also routes available which are suitable for more nervous riders. Taking care of your every need, the centre will provide a memorable Cotswolds horse riding experience for all, as well as the chance to explore a wonderful Cotswold village.Where to stay: Chapel Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water is a cute Cotswolds cottage with enough room for 4. A great place for exploring many nearby Cotswolds sights, this property offers wonderful accommodation for a memorable weekend escape.

Equestrian-themed days out

As well as horse riding instruction, the Cotswolds is known for its wide range of equestrian-themed activities and days out, providing plenty of ways to enjoy horse-based activities during your Cotswolds escape.

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse provides a fun day out all year round, and is one of the UKs best loved and well-known tracks. With a range of events taking place all year, it is one of the top locations to enjoy a day at the races, including special ladies days and Christmas events to help make your visit special at any time of year.Attracting spectators and competitors from across the UK and further afield, Cheltenham Racecourse has a high reputation which makes it a must-see for visitors to the Cotswolds. One of the highlights is The Festival which takes place every year, and is a four-day spectacular of different events in March offering plenty of fun and spectacles for all. There are different pricing options available as well as special packages so that families and groups of different tastes and budgets can enjoy their perfect race day.Where to stay: Elgin is our stylish barn conversion offering luxury accommodation for up to 4. Located in Gretton Fields, its around a 20-minute drive to Cheltenham, whilst there are plenty of other sights to enjoy in nearby Winchcombe.

Cirencester Park Polo Club

Polo is a much-loved part of British equestrian life, and theres no better place to watch it than at Cirencester Park Polo Club, the UKs oldest polo club. Welcoming those who are already acquainted with polo, as well as those who want to learn, the club has been around since 1894, and is situated within some beautiful Cotswolds surroundings.A day at the polo is a great way to enjoy your Cotswolds visit, and people love to bring picnic baskets and blankets and sit out and watch the action. There is also hospitality available and plenty of food and drink outlets to make your time at the polo a memorable day. A wonderful experience to enjoy with the family or with a group as part of your Cotswolds getaway, a day out at Cirencester Polo Club offers a true country experience you wont forget.Where to stay: Make a real stay of it with a group stay at Springfield House which is located in nearby Rendcomb. With accommodation for 10, an outdoor pool and other wonderful facilities, it will provide the perfect place to unwind after your day at the polo.For horse lovers, the Cotswolds offers many amazing experiences which make it a wonderful destination to enjoy some equestrian activities. Whether youve always had an interest in horses or youre giving it a try for the first time, there are plenty of great ways you can enjoy a Cotswolds horse riding experiences whilst enjoying its other great sights and activities. Take a look at our Jigsaw Holidays properties and do get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to find out more.

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