Visitors to Cheltenham are spoiled for choice when it comes to the great outdoors. For example, the town prides itself on its numerous pretty public parks and is also known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a list of the best things to do with children outdoors in Cheltenham. So whether you want a sunny picnic spot, a great playground or 2,000 acres of palatial estate, we’ve got you covered.
1. Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Firstly, a historic, stately home makes for a wonderful family day out. Sudeley Castle lies in the heart of the Cotswolds, just 9 miles from Cheltenham town centre. The 1,200 acre estate has 10 award winning gardens, an amazing Adventure Playground and a family picnic area.
Inside, the castle rooms contain fascinating treasures from ancient Roman times to the present day. In addition, visitors can also look around the 15th century church where former Queen Katherine Parr is buried.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm from March to October and 10am – 4pm from October to December. Closed in January and February.
2. Prinknash Bird and Deer Park
This beautifully landscaped park is home to a collection of rare birds, deer, donkeys and goats, offering the perfect family day out. There are lovely lakes, ponds and walkways to admire as you spot the wildlife. The daily feeding times for the ducklings and reindeer are also sure to delight young children. Lastly, the charming rustic Visitor Centre serves refreshments overlooking the Park and the Cotswold Valley.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
3. Walk to Cleeve Common
Cleve Common, on the outskirts of Cheltenham, has over 1000 acres of splendid scenery to explore. From its highest vantage points you can admire views as far as the Black Mountains in Wales and the Shropshire hills. Locals and tourists head here to enjoy horse riding, golf, cycling, rock climbing and birdwatching.
The ‘Cotswold Way’ runs over Cleeve Common –a National Trust protected trail which covers over 100 miles between Chipping Campden and Bath. For example you can download a route map for a 4 or 6 mile walk.
However, if you have younger children, the shorter 2.3 mile walk will be more manageable for little legs.
4. Sandford Parks Lido
This heated outdoor pool is one of the largest in the UK and therefore attracts many Cheltenham families each summer. Open from March to October, the 50 metre main pool is heated to 26C and the children’s pool to 30C. In addition to the pools there are slides and a paddling pool for the kids. Lastly, there’s a pleasant café to enjoy when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Address: Keynsham Road, Cheltenham GL53 7PU
Opening Hours: Opening hours vary, check the website for more details.
5. Pittville Park
This is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham, and a firm favourite with families thanks to its excellent play area. In addition, the park is famed for its Grade 1 listed Pump Room -a prime example of regency architecture. So let the kids loose in the park’s manicured lawns and tranquil lakes, and don’t miss the aviaries where you can see birds and bunnies! Fishing on some of the lakes is permitted in season, which could be great for older kids. Lastly there are tennis courts, a pitch and putt golf course and a skate park to enjoy.
Address: Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL52 3AB
Opening Hours: Open 24/7. (Individual attractions may vary)
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