Who Needs the Seaside When You’ve Got The Cotswold Water Park?

When you live in the Cotswolds or you are coming for a holiday the one thing that you may miss is the seaside. Sandwiched between other counties, right in the middle of the country you’d have to drive for about an hour and a half to reach the coast which is a lot of car time, especially if you’ve got little children who get grumpy very quickly in a hot car.

The little gem that is the Cotswold Water Park could perhaps be the answer to your beach loving prayers!

The park covers an area of about 40 square miles and runs into Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire with more than 150 lakes in total.

The area ia absolutely beautiful, amazingly peaceful and is great for walking, exploring, water activities and most surprisngly, going to the beach!


In the Cirencenser area of the Cotswold Water Park you’ll find the Cotswold Country Park and Beach which was lovingly reopenend last Spring and is a brillaint attraction.

150 tonnes of sand was shipped onto the South Lake making a gorgeous sandy beach area on the lake so the kids can play on the sand and take a dip in the water.

The lake is still and the water is a good temperature so unlike the worry of tides and big waves on the sea you can let your children dip in and out quite freely.

There are boats and pedalos on the South Lake too but the swimming area is roped off so there is no fear of collision with little ones.


Around the lake you’ll find picnic benches, huge grassy areas for louunging around, toilets, ice cream and refreshment huts and even BBQ’s that can be used and reserved.

All of this is nestled into the beautiful countryside and feels a million miles away from traffic, noise and everyday life.


If you are feeling adventourous they have a huge inflatable assault course on the North Lake, for 6 year old's and up (but you’ll mostly find adults on this!) which looks like brilliant fun for the more brave amongst you.


The park simply charge per car which doesn’t work out badly for a day out.

There is a lovely little restaurant with seats right on the lake and two separate children's playgrounds, so your children will definitely be entertained all day.


If you can pick a mid week day to visit the Cotswold Water Park you’ll find the place super quiet and absolutely glorious but this can certainly change come the weekend when a lot more people come to visit, so if its peace, quiet and a chilled out day you are after then avoid the weekend madness.


We hope you love it as much as we do! See, who needs the seaside?!