What to do with the Kids in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire and The Best Places to Stay Leo Bamford 27 June, 2016 Living, Travel I’m lucky enough to spend most of my weekends in Gloucestershire, and it’s somewhere that I cherish with the children. They long for the weekends and holidays so they can let loose and run wild. A couple of years ago, I did a post on ‘places to stay and what to do with the kids’ and it went down really well. I often get e-mails asking for a more up-to-date list and it’s been on my to-do for ages: what to do with the kids in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire, and more importantly, where to stay! I’ve put lots of hotels and pubs, and a few country lets in here, and I’ve also mixed in a few more grown-up options incase you’re off on a romantic getaway or looking for the perfect babymoon destination. They all have lovely websites and it’s worth spending some time trawling through to see what suits you best. Places To Stay The Wild Rabbit Soho Farmhouse Kings Head Hotel The Rectory Hotel Barnsley House Calcot Manor Dormy House The Close Hotel The Painswick Hotel The Wheatsheaf Inn Thyme The Bull Inn No131 The Slaughters Inn Daylesford Organic Farm Bruern Cottages The Fox Inn The Horse and Groom The Kings Head Inn The Swan Inn The Porch House Things to do Birdland Park and Gardens – A great day out with every bird you can imagine. The Model Village – As you would expect, fantastic for younger children. Cotswolds Wildlife Park – A proper zoo, good for all ages and a great train that cuts through so you can see everything without walking miles. Cotswolds Farm Park – One of or favourite places. Petting zoo, goats to feed, a brilliant play area and so much more. Blenheim Palace – Always great fun, beautiful gardens and great shows – check what is on, online. Burford Garden Company – Amazing garden centre with the best kids shop. Love playground and delicious cafe. Crocodiles of the World – Love this place where you get to hold real baby crocs. The Toy Shop – A proper old fashioned toy shop that you can get lost in for hours. Cotswold Falconry – What is says on the tin, great for boys. Cotswold Sweet Company – Love this place, where you get a brown bag of sweeties. Huffkins – Best gingerbread man and donut. Also a good place for a sandwich. they have more than one shop. Sudeley Castle and Gardens – Always lots going on here, one to check out on line first. Oxford University Museum of Natural History – A fantastic museum for all ages.