The Cotswolds is arguably one of the prettiest places in the UK. It spans over an area of almost 800 miles that cross 5 counties, so trying to pinpoint an area to visit over the weekend can be a little overwhelming. Here are a list of things to do that will work perfectly if you’re visiting with children. It features a visit to what has been (unofficially) cast as England’s prettiest village and an interactive farm hosted by a BBC presenter.
Places to visit:
- Cotswolds Farm Park. CFP is an initiative run by BBC Countryfile’s Adam Hensen. Booking tickets is necessary for visitors making a day-trip. On the other hand, entry to the farm park is free (no booking necessary) for overnight guests at the park: you can book to stay there overnight in exciting places like lodges, camping pods and glamping tents!
At the farm park, visitors can feed, pet and view a variety of British rare breed animals including cows and goats. The Park has a range of play areas, picnic seating and a wonderful farm shop with a range of fresh produce. You can begin with animal viewings and feedings, followed by a scenic trip through the wildlife walk and a trip to the play area. Don’t forget to end the day with a fresh ice cream sourced in the Cotswolds!
I would advise a minimum of 3 hours for a daytrip to the Cotswold Farm Park.
- Adult Farm Park Tickets: £16.00
- Senior/Child Farm Park Tickets: £15.00
- Toddler Farm Park Tickets: £10.00
- Baby Farm Park Tickets: Free
2. Berkeley Castle. BC is a fairy-tale castle whose origins date back to the 11th Century. They have activities for all members of the family including archery, jousting and falconry. You can also get a feel of the magnitude and history of the place through the tours of the incredible the grounds and gardens. Berkeley Castle should certainly be on your list for a weekend in the Cotswolds.
Booking tickets for Berekely Castle guided tours is necessary
Castle & Gardens:
- Adult £14.00
- Children (age 3 – 16) £7.00
- Concession (full-time student or aged 65+) £12.50
- Family (2 adults and 2 children) £39.00
- Children under 3 are free.
3) Castle Combe: The prettiest village in England and a must-visit when you’re in the Cotswolds. You can take a dip in the stream, book walking tours and afternoon teas in this area of the Cotswolds or simply take a meandering stroll on your own. Whatever your choice, it will be a trip. Castle Combe can get very busy during the summer months so try booking any activities in advance. It does quieten down as evening approaches but the downside to this is that the quaint tea rooms and shops are then closed.
- There is free parking in Castle Combe in the car park on Dunns Lane, SN14 7HU. It is an approximate 15 mins walk to the lower village via a buggy/child friendly route.
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