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Children's shops in The Cotswolds

As parents to three young boys, living in The Cotswolds we thought a round-up of our favourite local children's clothes shops, book stores and activities would be great to share - in these ever changing times, we would suggest checking each businesses' website before visiting as opening days/times may vary.

Kids Arcade


Kids Arcade does a range of seasonal pop-ups around The Cotswolds - from Woodstock to Burford, curating a beautiful edit of independent and European childrenswear brands that you just don't see on the high-street. The good news is that they have a permanent online store in the works, so we can get a regular fix of well-made, good quality children's clothes. Sign up via their website for news on a launch date.


Chickadee at the entrance to the The Woolmarket, Cirencester stock a great range of kidswear brands including Frugi, Kite and Lilly & Sid - ranging from newborn up to 10. Perfect for 'new baby' gifts, there are blankets, toys and games too. Owned by Funky Monkey, you can shop online via their website too, great if you are looking to send presents by post right now.

Octavia's Bookshop


We have featured Octavia's Bookshop before and it is one of our personal favourites - a real hub for little book worms, there are regular events with children's authors (perfect for inspiring small minds) and book groups for all ages too where they can get together and chat about their favourite reads. If you're looking for some inspiration for age-appropriate books for your children, Octavia shares a regular list on the website of the latest releases to discover.

The Toy Shop in Moreton in Marsh


A word to the wise - a trip to The Toy Shop in Moreton in Marsh with an under 10 in tow is likely to leave you seriously out of pocket. There are 7 rooms, full to the brim with toys, games, puzzles, craft materials... a proper Aladdin's Cave of joy for children. The Jeffrey family, who have nurtured and cared for The Toy Shop for over 50 years are brilliant, with a wealth of knowledge if you are present shopping for a tricky gift. A great local, family run business to support.

Cotswold Clubhouse
A popular choice with parents and children, the clubhouse in Bourton on the Water has indoor soft play, a state-of-the-art gymnastics club, beautiful café area - as well as a dedicated SENDS Clubhouse for children with Autism and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities. A great venue for kids parties, as well a god-send on rainy days, fingers crossed it will be open again soon.


Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
Perhaps the UK's best-known farmer, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm is a great outdoorsy day out with little ones. Founded in 1971 by Adam's father, Julian with a passion to protect rare farm animal breeds, the farm has now grown to include a campsite, play barns, a farm safari and wildlife walks.