What to do in the Cotswolds with young kids


Visit a wildlife park

The Cotswolds is home to some fantastic wildlife parks which offer lots to do to keep your little ones busy. Some of the popular places include:

Cotswold Farm Park – the home of Adam Henson, known from BBC Countryfile, has plenty to do meaning you can spend the whole day here. From the huge indoor play area in the Adventure Barn to the range of cute animals to see in the Discovery Barn, your little ones will be sure to enjoy their time here.

The Cotswold Wildlife Park – over 160 acres of beautiful parkland make up the wildlife park, and you’ll be able to see a range of species from red pandas to giraffes, and everything in between.

Birdland Park and Gardens – not only can you see bird species from around the world, but your little ones will be able to visit the hatchery and see rare eggs and chicks up close. The Jurassic Journey will also offer kids the chance to learn about their favourite dinosaurs, and even hunt for fossils along the way.

Visit a playground

If your little ones need a place to burn off some energy, there are a range of playgrounds and activity parks across The Cotswolds. One of the most popular in the area is Broadway Activity Park – a 3-acre Activity Park that has been created for kids of all ages to enjoy. The park is divided into 4 specific areas for different age groups, meaning there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy.

Explore Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is a stunning landscape of trees and shrubs that's perfect for a family day out. With over 15,000 trees from all over the world, there's plenty for your little ones to see and explore. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained, including a treetop walkway and a natural play area.

Explore Lower Mill Estate

As we are located within The Cotswold Water Park, there is plenty to see and do around the Estate. For the little ones, our Miss Mouse Trail encourages children to spot as many different species as possible while hunting for hidden treasure along the way! We also have an on-site soft play area and an activity park to help keep the little ones entertained all day. 

Go on a steam train ride

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a great way to explore the Cotswolds. The railway runs between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway and offers stunning views of the countryside. Depending on what time of the year you are visiting, there are plenty of family-friendly events throughout the year, including Santa and Halloween Specials.

Visit Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a stunning country house and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained, including a miniature train ride and a butterfly house. There is also plenty to explore across the grounds, including a Secret Garden and a huge hedge maze.

As you can see, there is plenty to do to keep your little ones amused in the Cotswolds. If you are looking to book your next trip to this beautiful part of the country, take a look at our available properties – we look forward to seeing you soon!

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