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
Things to do
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway – The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.
Sudeley Castle – A lovely family day out.
Broadway Tower – Experience great English heritage in an inspiring location.
Cotswold Club House – Cotswold Clubhouse is for people to be able to meet up with friends, or have somewhere to go whatever the weather, where they can relax and enjoy great food and drink, or take part in their own activities, whilst their children can play and have fun.
Fosseway Play Barn – Offers a bright, clean, and safe environment for children to play and parents to relax, with the latest in soft play technology.
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.