My mother in law opened the Wild Rabbit not long ago in the village of Kingham and it’s already a bit of an institution, and with good reason! Every weekend it’s full of Londoners coming for a quiet country weekend away and the bar and restaurant is always heaving with locals. The atmosphere is electric, the food, mouthwatering and the rooms, well they’re pretty idyllic!
Lots of friends have been staying and I keep getting asked what to do with the children. So that’s why I’ve come up with a bit of a ‘go to’ with local attractions and I hope it helps.
If you’re desperate to stay but find no room in the inn, the Daylesford Farm Shop a few minutes away has wonderful places to stay as a family and these can be taken for a nice log weekend.
I’ve been to the Farm Shop pretty much every weekend for 10 years and I’ve never been board. There’s just too much to see from the cookery school (which you can pre-book) to yoga, pilates, massages, shopping and so much more. It really is a dream with something for the whole family. I like having brunch or lunch there with the whole clan. There’s no children specific menu but there’s always something to make their eyes twinkle. The burger’s always a hit followed by homemade vanilla ice cream!
I’ve yet to stay there but I also hear wonderful things about Bruern Holiday Cottages which is also quite close and very hooked up for children.
The food at The Wild Rabbit is totally delicious and the Sole Goujons and Chips go down very well with my little ones, but if you’re looking to check out what else the area has to offer, here are some of my favourites:
The Fox Inn
Great children’s menu, eggs and ham are a favourite.
The Horse & Groom
Run by the most lovely couple who will do anything to make your meal one to remember. Lovely in Winter by a roaring fire.
The Kings Head Inn
In the lovely village of Bledington. Has swings and a sea-saw outside and you can often find ducks bobbing in the stream.
When it comes to activities, there are just so many! Here are some of our favourites:
My children love going to Bourton and when the sun is shining, there’s nowhere more gorgeous. They have a football match in August held in the famous waters and is great to watch. There are loads of little shops, ice cream parlours, bakeries and little gems to see.
We love spending the morning at Birdland Park & Gardens and spotting the great flocks of birds.
Something we all love on a sunny day is the Model Village.
One of my favourites when the weather gets better is Adam Henson’s Farm Park It’s the perfect day out and the only problem is tearing the children away. They have a petting area with chicks, rabbits, guinea-pigs and lots more. My son loves the tractor trail where they get to drive electric tractors and we all love buying the feed to give to the goats. A really sweet, happy day to be had here.
Then there’s The Cotswold Wildlife Park which has everything from Lions to Penguins and a little train that takes you through the park. It’s well worth looking on line to plot your visit and note down feeding times etc as that’s always fun to watch. They have a great play ground and a good cafe.
Blenheim Palace is also a good stop but you must check out what’s on first. They have everyone from Peppa Pig to Mike the Knight making appearances over the Summer months.
I spend a lot of time in Burford, which is so beautiful, a true Cotswold pitstop. The high street is well worth a walk up and I love shopping Burford Garden Company which has a huge toy shop, a great cafe and an outdoor playground.
Very close is Stowe on the Wold which I’m mad about, it’s just so sweet, one could spend hours just walking around. There is a 2 mile treasure trail that you can take the children on and finish off with a quarter at The Cotswold Sweet Company, the best sweeties in town!
From farm parks and farm shops to pubs and village trails, I hope there’s something for everyone.