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

The Wild Rabbit

Soho Farmhouse

Soho Farmhouse

Kings Head Hotel 

Kings-Head-Cirencester-Bedroom

The Rectory Hotel 

The Rectory Hotel

Barnsley House

Barnsley House

Calcot Manor

Calcot Manor

Dormy House

Dormy House

The Close Hotel

The Close Hotel

The Painswick Hotel

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The Wheatsheaf Inn

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Thyme 

Thyme

The Bull Inn

The Bull Inn

No131 

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The Slaughters Inn 

The Slaughters Inn

Daylesford Organic Farm

Daylesford

Bruern Cottages 

bruern cottages

The Fox Inn

The Fox Inn

The Horse and Groom

The Horse and Groom

The Kings Head Inn 

The Kings Head Inn

The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn

The Porch House 

The Porch House

Things to do 

Birdland Park and Gardens – A great day out with every bird you can imagine.

birdland

The Model Village – As you would expect, fantastic for younger children.

The Model Village

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.

Wildlife Park

Cotswolds Farm Park – One of or favourite places.  Petting zoo, goats to feed, a brilliant play area and so much more.

Cotswolds Farm Park

Blenheim Palace – Always great fun, beautiful gardens and great shows – check what is on, online.

Blenheim Palace

Burford Garden Company – Amazing garden centre with the best kids shop.  Love playground and delicious cafe.

Burford Garden Company

Crocodiles of the World – Love this place where you get to hold real baby crocs.

Crocodiles of the World

The Toy Shop – A proper old fashioned toy shop that you can get lost in for hours.

The Toy Shop

Cotswold Falconry – What is says on the tin, great for boys.

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Cotswold Sweet Company – Love this place, where you get a brown bag of sweeties.

Cotswold Sweet Company

Huffkins – Best gingerbread man and donut.  Also a good place for a sandwich. they have more than one shop.

Huffkins

Sudeley Castle and Gardens – Always lots going on here, one to check out on line first.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens

Oxford University Museum of Natural History – A fantastic museum for all ages.

Museum of Natural History

About The Author

Leo Bamford

I am the mother of three young children and whilst I'm not professing to be an expert on motherhood or babies, everyday is part of the learning-curve and this blog will share what has worked for me in the stages I've hit so far.

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