Manor Cottages has put together a list of Winter Gems in the Cotswolds for anyone wondering what to do over Christmas and New Year.

The Cotswolds, known for its beautiful scenery, quaint villages and idyllic walks, is a must visit all year-round.

Winter, however, offers something special, with an array of activities to be enjoyed in the picturesque surroundings.

One such activity can be found at The Cotswolds Distillery, where they have been crafting a variety of single malt whiskies, gins and liqueurs since 2014.

A visit to the distillery is a chance to warm up with a tasting and learn about the crafting process.

For those more adventurous, there's the chance to blend their own through one of the distillery's masterclasses.

Elsewhere, Cheltenham Racecourse offers a winter thrill.

It is often described as one of the most beautiful racecourses in the country.

A racing event provides both a dose of exhilaration and an excuse for a friendly gathering - just remember to dress warmly.

Cotswold Journal: The Cotswolds, known for its beautiful scenery, quaint villages and idyllic walks, is a must visit

However, if the races don't appeal, a winter walk in the Cotswolds might.

With trails spanning across the region, there's nothing more refreshing than a journey under the crisp winter skies with crunchy snow underfoot.

Popular routes include Newark Park and the Haresfield Beacon Walk, both offering an excellent opportunity to take in the stunning winter scenery.

For family fun, Cotswold Wildlife Park is a top choice.

Home to one of the UK's largest zoological collections, the park houses over 260 different species, which can be explored in peace during the quiet winter months.

Finally, the Corinium Museum in Cirencester offers an escape from the cold.

Celebrating the district's heritage and culture with its variety of exhibits, this museum is undeniably a winter gem in itself.

Witnessing the Cotswolds in winter is truly a magical experience.

Catering to a range of interests and preferences - whether it’s a romantic getaway, a family trip or a New Year’s celebration with friends – there's so much to see and do in this enchanting region.