BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in The Cotswolds.
1. Slimbridge Wetland Centre
This wetland wildlife reserve is one of the area’s most popular family attractions, where you can meet ducks, flamingos and otters, splash about in Welly Boot Land and scale the heights of the Adventure Playground. Hire a canoe and paddle your way around the safari trail, spotting wildlife as you go, or head to the South Lake Discovery Hide for bird watching.
There are a great range of kids activities all throughout the year, from talks to workshops, and even indoor soft play, if the weather turns bad.
Address: Newgrounds Lane, Gloucester GL2 7BT
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30am – 5pm
2. Cotswold Country Park and Beach
Bet you didn’t think you could find a beach in the middle of the Cotswolds?! This lakeside shore is fantastic fun for kids, and really popular on sunny days. Water babies will love the swan pedalos, electric boats, SUP’s and kayaks, or simply just paddling in the lake. If you prefer to stay on dry land there is mini golf and a go kart track. After all that activity, you’ll need to refuel – choose from a pizzeria, lakeside cafe , beach shack, or gelato store.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm, from April to November.
3. Cotswold Farm Park
The home of farmer Adam Henson (from the BBC’s Countryfile) is a wonderful place to spend the day, receiving rave reviews from parents for its hand-on activities. Farm tours, tractor rides, bottle feeding lambs and handling ducklings are just a few of the pasttimes which await young visitors. There’s also a campsite here, including glamping tents with a few home comforts, if you don’t fancy giving up electricity and a proper bed!
Address: Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5FL
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30 am – 5pm from February to November.
4. Blenheim Palace
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must visit if you are in the Oxfordshhire area of The Cotswolds. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a stunning example of Baroque architecture which boasts ornate interiors and magnificent grounds. The 2,000 acre estate encompasses formal gardens, a butterfly house, a miniature train ride and the Marlborough Maze.
Blenheim plays host to numerous events throughout the year including an Easter Egg hunt, flower shows, concerts and food festivals.
Address: Woodstock OX20 1PP
Opening Hours: Opening times vary, check the website for more info.
5. Fairytale Farm
A heady mix of fairy tale characters, animals and an adventure playground, children will simply love Fairytale Farm. Best suited to younger ones, there’s six zones including an enchanted walk, indoor model village, ‘mouse town’ and new for 2019, Snow White Garden. Where else can you meet mermaids, rabbits, sleeping beauty and alpacas in one day?
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
Visiting The Cotswolds with children is a great idea for a Family Break. The area features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, indoor attractions for young children and last but not least a great selection of accommodations that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.
At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to The Cotswolds without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit The Cotswolds for your next family weekend, just visit our different Cotswolds pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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