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Easter Holidays in the Cotswolds with kids

The Easter holidays are here, and with it for many comes the juggling act of having the children around full time and coming up with some funs things to do together during their time off school.

It’s always nice being able to slow the pace down a little and not to be rushing out of the door every morning in a mad panic to get to school on time! It happens to us all! However, from experience of having three young boys in tow who love the outdoors and are pretty active (‘full on’ springs to mind!) it's essential to try and get out and about as much as possible, whether its exploring a forest during a country walk, visiting a wildlife park or having a treat lunch together. It’s good to keep busy!

Here are some fun suggestions we’ve come up with…

Far Peak

A well kitted out climbing centre near Northleach, Far Peak is a great venue for all the family. The climbing slots can be booked online prior to your visit and members of staff are there to help you get to grips with the boulders and ropes. The on site Hayloft Café serves delicious food and drinks and is ideal if you want a little quiet time whilst the kids have a climbing session. There is climbing for all abilities, indoors and out. If the weather picks up you could even brave a night or two camping onsite in the adjacent fields.

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Cotswold Farm Park

A firm favourite amongst us Cotswold folk, Adam Henson’s Farm Park guarantees a great day out for children and adults alike. Nestled on the outskirts of Guiting Power the Park has so much to offer including plenty of activities centred around lambing season, camping, fun rides, farming demonstrations, and much more. Join in the Easter Eggstravaganza with an egg hunt around the Farm Park with a prize for every child. A no-brainer for a fun time!

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Cotswold Clubhouse

If the children love obstacle courses, climbing and sliding back down then they will be in play time heaven at the Cotswold Clubhouse. Located in Bourton On The Water, this play centre is a great place to allow the children to burn off some energy whilst enjoying a catch up and coffee with friends at the cafe - cakes by Very Vanilla are to die for! The Clubhouse, which is also home to the North Cotswolds Gymnastics and Trampolining Academy, runs a holiday camp which gets very booked up but worth bearing in mind for future holidays. The clubhouse offers an array of year round activities too for all the family including fitness classes, craft sessions, pop up events and more.

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Pic credit: Cotswold Clubhouse

Why not pop into the Bakery On The water for a spot of lunch afterwards? We highly recommend taking one of their scrumptious bread loafs home with you!

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Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford is a guaranteed children-pleaser of a day out. All the ‘favourites’ are there – from giraffes, to zebras, lions, primates and penguins. Set in gloriously landscaped gardens with the Victorian manor house as a handsome backdrop. On a sunny day, a picnic on lawn is wonderful, overlooking the kids playing in the adjacent play park.

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Airborne Trampoline Park

If you all fancy some serious trampolining action, the Airborne Trampoline Park in Cheltenham is the place to go. Suitable for all the family, with specific age appropriate areas, lots of fun is to be had at this venue. Located in Cheltenham, why not park up in town afterwards and have a bite to eat at Wagamama or The Botanist.

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Pic credit: Airborne Trampoline Park

Westonbirt Arboretum

For oodles of fresh air then head to Westonbirt Arboretum. It’s fab for dog walks and family walks alike. Our boys love taking their bikes or scooters along and always make a bee-line for park! Join in on Birt’s ‘I Spy’ advernture and see if he can spy some of the things that help the small Tree Team look after their trees at Westonbirt.

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