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Things to do in the Cotswolds with kids during the holidays

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The summer 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, 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…

Cool down and splash around at the pool!


When very hot days are on the cards, a spot of outdoor swimming will keep you and your little ones cool! We love Cirencester open air swimming pool as it’s located edge of Cirencester Park and the historic Roman town so the backdrop is absolutely gorgeous. The pool is fed by natural spring water and features an additional children's paddling pool and sunbathing patio. With general swim sessions for everyone and inclusive swims for those with special requirements, it’s a great spot for kids looking to splash around this summer!

Sandford Parks Lido is also a great option for kids with slides, children's pool and a paddling pool. There is also a 50m pool for older kids or adults that want to do some serious swimming. If you want access to the children’s pool, you will need to book in advance!

Click here for more info and to book your swim at Sandford Parks Lido.

Click here for more info about Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool.

Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park is a fantastic and unique spot in The Cotswolds to make the most of summer with its 180 lakes and abundance of outdoor and adventure activities! Why not hit the beach here where you can relax on the sand while little ones splash and jump around on the inflatable AquaVenture for the ultimate total wipe-out style experience? Or explore every type of water sport possible from paddleboarding and swimming to wakeboarding and sailing! There is so much to do in the Water Park and recommend booking a mini holiday to this area so you can make the most of all the water activities while the sun is shining!

Go Ape


Another way to keep cool is to head into the forest and Go Ape is one of our favourite outdoors experiences for the holidays. Kids can climb among the treetops and fly around on multiple ziplines from exciting heights. If adventurous activities are your thing too then Go Ape is great for adults and kids alike!

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. The Clubhouse, which is also home to the North Cotswolds Gymnastics and Trampolining Academy which runs a holiday camps and still have availability to book! The clubhouse offers an array of year round activities too for all the family including fitness classes, craft sessions, pop up events and more.

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!

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.

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 their spectacular Sunflower Festival from August, which provides the perfect backdrop for those essential family photographs. Plus the Maize Maze will be growing tall for the season to provide some puzzle-solving activities! Stays at Cotswold Farm Park Holidays and Farm Park tickets include entry to the Sunflower Festival!

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.

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.

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! For this summer, they’re offering free entry for children up to 18-years-old from Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September 2022, meaning families can enjoy days out at one of Gloucestershire's best-loved attractions for less during the summer holidays.

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