Days out



The Cotswold Water Park is an area spanning 40 square miles, with more than 150 lakes. It’s a great place for birdwatching and wildlife spotting, there are some superb walking and cycling tracks, plus it’s the best place to go for watersports in the summer. Lake activities include boating, paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking, swimming, wakeboarding, water skiing and windsurfing..



From watching magnificent lions roam around to seeing rhinos graze on the lawn, Cotswold Wildlife Park is a magical experience. One that is fantastic for kids and adults alike. Animals not to be missed are the giraffes, camels, zebras, reindeer, wallabies, lemurs, plus the Red Panda and other primates. They also house the largest reptile collection in the UK, including one of the largest snake species, the Green Anaconda.


lavender farm

If you’re visiting from late April / early May to August, you will have the fantastic opportunity to witness our local lavenders in bloom – it’s such a pretty sight! Visit the Cotswold Lavender Farm at Hill Barn Farm and spend the day exploring the fields, taking photos, and enjoying tea and cake in the Cotswold Lavender tearoom. Don’t forget to browse the gift shop for lavender scented gifts too.


warwick castle

This medieval castle is located on the bend of the River Avon, in the town of Warwick. And it was first built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It’s an iconic landmark in the Cotswolds and it’s a fantastic place to take the kids, especially during half term time when the castle organises children’s programmes and interactive shows for the whole family.


sudeley castle

One of the most spectacular pieces of architecture in the region, Sudeley Castle is a historic gem and a wonderful day out for the family. With a history spanning over 1,000 years and with 10 magnificent gardens to explore, it’s one of the best attractions in the Cotswolds. The café is also the perfect spot for afternoon tea, with panoramic views from the outdoor terrace or garden room



Dubbed ‘England’s favourite village’ a few years back, Kingham is another typical Cotswold village that you won’t want to miss. Like the other chocolate box villages and towns of the region, it’s adorned with stunning limestone cottages and open village greens that are ideal for picnics. If you’re here for August bank holiday, be sure to head to The Big Festival, hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James every year. Or for great pub grub, we recommend filling your boots at The Wild Rabbit!



There are two reasons you need to head to Bibury for the day. Firstly, because many believe it to be the most beautiful place in England (including the poet William Morris). And secondly, for Britain’s oldest and most well-preserved trout farm. The Bibury Trout Farm gives you a chance to catch your own dinner, with BBQ facilities and a shop filled with wines and deli products so you can rustle up a feast. A wonderful treat for fish lovers!



For a fun day out with the little ones, head to Birdland in the beautiful town of Bourton -on-the-Water. This fantastic wildlife park and gardens is a superb place to go bird spotting and there’s even an area with penguins and daily penguin feeding. Other attractions at Birdland are The Jurassic Journey themed landscape, an Indoor Discovery Zone with reptiles and amphibians, a Desert House for birds that live in arid areas, a Hatchery for ducks, chickens and quails, and Marshmouth Nature Reserve with a 2.5 acre trail.


couple walking

The Cotswold Way

This National Trail is a famous walk, offering over 100 miles of scenic strolls and panoramic views of the countryside. The route runs from Bath all the way to Chippen Campden, but there are also many shorter walks within the trail for those who don’t want to go the full stretch. Notable spots along the way include Cleeve Common, Winchcombe, Stanton and Snowshill.

Cleeve Hill & Common Walk

For the most incredible views, takes the 6.5 mile walk across the Cotswolds’ highest common – a romantic vantage point overlooking the Malverns. You can even see as far as Wales on a clear day! Rare plants and birds can also be spotted here and centuries of quarrying have made this area a place of interest for geologists.

The Gloucestershire Way

A 94 mile walk starting from Chepstow to Tewkesbury. The route will take you along the Welsh-English border, through the ancient Forest of Dean, and across the River Severn in Gloucester, over Crickley Hill to Salperton, and through Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe

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