Days Out around the Cotswold’s
It goes without saying that come the weekend we often choose to spend our time walking the beautiful countryside that surrounds us, however it can be nice to do something a little different from time to time. This is why we’ve put together some of our favourite days out around the Cotswold area. We’ve tried to find something for all and have clearly only scratched the surface as there are too many interesting and entertaining places to mention in this neck of the woods!
A favourite for all ages is Slimbridge Wetland Centre, with rare and exotic birds, mammals and the largest collection of amphibians in the UK wondering around the tranquil nature reserve you really get up close and personal to the wildlife. The area is covered with boardwalks that cut over the water providing an amazing view and it’s all very family friendly with fences to stop little ones falling into the wetlands. Within the centre is a really nice restaurant and shop, a small soft play area which has a little learning centre area for the kids. There is also a fabulous welly boot land where young and old can don their willies and have a splash around. Season dependant there are canoe Safari’s and Land Rover Safaris running which are hugely exciting for the little ones and pretty fun for the big ones too! It’s a lovely day out we can assure you.
Batsford Arboretum in the North Cotswold's is another firm favourite of ours for a day out. This place boasts the largest private collection of trees and shrubs in the country. Autumn is definitely the time to pick with the outstanding colours to be seen right across the arboretum. They have a café and a shop on site. If you’re going with children there is a really nice trail for them to follow and a prize for completion to keep them interested. Dogs on leads are allowed throughout which is always a welcome addition for the many of us with furry friends. Right next to the arboretum is a falconry centre which is certainly worth a visit if you find time. It’s a great day out if you fancy some fresh air and plenty of space to roam around.
A trip to Bourton on the Water is also a must if you are visiting the Cotswold's. The village itself is a beautiful example of the traditional Cotswolds and it boasts many coffee shops, pubs and boutique stores. Within Bourton is Bird Land with over 500 birds including flamingos, pelicans, penguins and storks. There is a small café and play area with a nice sand area for the little ones. We’ve always found it to have a relaxed and reasonably quiet vibe here Also in Bourton you’ll find the Model Village which is a one-ninth scale replica of the Cotswold village and definitely worth a visit. You’ll certainly fill up a whole day out if you choose Bourton on the Water for a visit.
Last and by no means least is the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Entry will cost you a bit more than some but it is worth the extra spend with animals such as rhinos, lions and giraffes, a huge play park, lovely gardens and a train. In the summer months there is plenty of space to lounge and picnic, but if you fancy a trip now and through the winter then just head for the café when your tummy starts to rumble. We’d recommend a full day out here to make the most of all there is to offer.
These ideas simply scratch the surface of what the Cotswold’s have to offer, you’ll just have to come and pay us a visit and find out for yourselves! Now really is the perfect time to choose, there are few places that rival the Cotswold's for beauty in the autumn months. We hope to see you here soon.