The Cotswolds region of the United Kingdom offers a variety of family-friendly experiences that are perfect for those looking to spend quality time with loved ones.

There are outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and picnicking in the rolling hills and countryside, as well as fun-filled adventures at popular attractions like Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Cotswold Farm Park. Children will love exploring the enchanting Bibury Trout Farm and going on a steam train ride through the picturesque villages.

For those who enjoy a bit of history, visits to famous castles like Sudeley Castle and Berkeley Castle are sure to delight. And for families who simply want to relax, the Cotswolds offers numerous quaint tea rooms and pubs where everyone can unwind and enjoy a traditional British meal. No matter what type of family experience you are looking for, the Cotswolds has something for everyone.

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Towns and Villages

Bourton-on-the-Water

Delve into the enchanting heart of the Cotswolds, where history, nature, and charm intertwine, in the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water. As a native and lifelong resident, I can offer a unique perspective and share insider stories passed down through generations of my family. Here’s a taste of what awaits you: * **Tranquil Beauty:** Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton-on-the-Water is a scene straight out of a storybook. Its honey-coloured stone houses and bridges straddle the gentle River Windrush under a canopy of graceful willow trees. This village isn’t just a place; it’s an atmosphere, one of serenity and timelessness. * **Historic Charm:** Experience life as it was in the Roman era. Let me lead you along ancient streets once trodden by Roman soldiers. You’ll see the indelible mark of centuries in the timeworn Cotswold stone of the buildings, each with its own tale. * **Living History:** The local pubs and shops, traditional in every way, add to the charm. Enjoy a pint in a centuries-old inn, where I’ll regale you with tales of the characters who’ve drunk there over hundreds of years. Or find a perfect memento in our quaint shops that offer local crafts and world-renowned Cotswold honey. * **Natural Splendour:** Immerse yourself in the breathtaking English countryside, with its rolling hills, lush meadows, and diverse wildlife. Our guided walk will include the tranquil banks of the Windrush, where I’ll share the lesser-known tales of its aquatic inhabitants. * **Village Treasures:** We’ll explore the remarkable Model Village, a perfect miniature replica of our town. I’ll tell you about the extraordinary efforts taken by local craftsmen in its creation. Don’t miss the fascinating Cotswold Motoring Museum, packed with vintage vehicles and memorabilia, which still inspires the child in all of us! Don’t just see Bourton-on-the-Water; experience it with all your senses. Hear the babbling river and the peal of the church bells. Smell the fresh country air and blooming gardens. Feel the centuries-old stones beneath your hands. Taste the local delicacies. And, most importantly, hear the stories that make this village come alive.  
Farms

Butts Farm Rare Breeds

The farm is open from the 1st April 2023 Wednesday to Sunday but will be open all Easter week between the 10th and the 16th April 2023 The Butts Farm is a working farm showcasing rare and traditional farm animals and their young. Daily Activities include:- Bottle feeding the lambs Pets corner where you can interact with the small animals (no dogs) Tractor rides Donkey grooming The Farm is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday 10:30am to 5pm. Play area available for under 12 years old. Picnic areas for outside or undercover eating. Many breeds of animals to see, horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, pigs, to name but a few. Dogs on leads are welcome.
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Water Park

Cotswold Water Park itself has an array of activities for kids, particularly if they like watersports.
Towns and Villages

Cirencester

Welcome to Cirencester, often referred to as the “Capital of the Cotswolds”. This charming market town is steeped in history, with roots reaching back to Roman times, earning it the title of the second largest town in Britain during that era. As you wander through Cirencester, you’re walking on layers of history. One of the highlights is the Corinium Museum, home to an impressive collection of Roman artefacts. Here, you can immerse yourself in the region’s past, exploring exhibits that tell tales of Roman life, the town’s agricultural roots, and its growth through the centuries. Stroll through the town centre and marvel at the grandeur of the Church of St. John the Baptist, standing tall since the 15th century. With its imposing tower, intricately carved stonework and beautiful stained glass, it’s a marvel of medieval architecture. In the heart of the town, you’ll find the Market Place. On Mondays and Fridays, the square is bustling with local vendors selling a variety of goods, from fresh produce to local crafts. It’s a vibrant scene that encapsulates the spirit of Cirencester. Lastly, don’t miss the Abbey Grounds, a beautifully landscaped park adjacent to the site of a former Augustinian abbey. It’s a perfect spot to unwind, with the pretty River Churn flowing through. Cirencester offers a delightful blend of history, charm, and Cotswold character – truly a place where the past and present meet. Experience it and let Cirencester charm you as it has so many before.

Family Fun
Cotswold Farm Park

Ready to explore, play, eat, feed and learn? Meet 50+ rare breeds of British farm animals, whizz along our zipline, hold little chicks and pedal on our tractors, all in a day at Cotswold Farm Park!

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Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter egg hunt event at Cotswold Water Park Retreats was a joyous affair, with families exploring the lush surroundings in search of sweet treats.

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Lunar City

Bursting with fun features, including Crater mountain, an assault course, a dedicated toddler area with a fun slide and bouncy obstacles.

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