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5 Half term activities in The Cotswolds

Looking for some fun, family activities to keep the brood occupied during half term? We've put together a round-up of local days out in The Cotswolds that are guaranteed to keep cabin fever at bay - and we've included some wet weather options too as we are in Britain after all!

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Snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Garden
If you're looking for a seasonal hit of nature at her finest, Painswick Rococo Garden's snowdrop display is stunning. Famed for having one of the largest displays of snowdrops in the UK, the valley is carpeted in delicate white blooms for just a few short weeks. Each day over half term there is an afternoon talk from the garden's horticultural team about the display and you can even purchase your own snowdrops to recreate a little bit of Painswick in your own garden. Great for getting little ones out in the fresh air.

Wild Place Project
If you're in South Gloucestershire, the Wild Place Project just outside Bristol is a great day out, especially the Bear Wood, where you can wander along raised woodland walkways, watching bears, wolves, lynxes and wolverines roaming below. For half term they have a new trail focussing on British wildlife, from bats to birds, newts and mice - teaching young animal-lovers about their homes and habitats, right on our doorstep.

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Sudelely Secret Spies
For little history explorers, Sudelely Castle's half term detective trail will have them decoding Hieroglyphics, Morse Code and Nautical Flags to reveal a password that will win them a small prize at the end. Once completed there's the rest of the castle to explore, including adventure playground with fun fort - pack your wellies and coats, the gardens and grounds are great for little adventurers.

South West Puddle Jumping Championships - Slimbridge
Do you have a Peppa Pig fan at home for half term? The South West Puddle Jumping Championships are being held at the Wetlands Centre, Slimbridge from 15-23 February (no we didn't realise they were a thing either). Take them along and let them splash to their heart's content, with the greatest splash winning a prize.

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Tweedy Presents: The Missing Company of Sherlock Holmes
For half-term week, The Cotswold's favourite clown, Tweedy is performing a theatre show of Sherlock Holmes at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. A great wet-weather option full of mystery and slap-stick humour for all the family.