Bibury, Cotswolds

Family Things to do in the Cotswolds

If you are looking for family things to do in the Cotswolds, whether it is for a holiday or a day trip, this area has plenty to offer. Whether you’re an active family looking for an adventure that encourages family bonding or you’re looking for somewhere to spend quiet time together, our selection of family-friendly things to do is sure to make you all smile.

Spending quality time as a family during your holiday in the Cotswolds is easy. 

When you’re ready to book the perfect place to stay, choose from our handpicked collection of Cotswolds luxury cottages.

The Cotswolds is perfect for a short break or longer family holiday. It is an area of England, almost 800 square miles, that runs across 5 counties, including, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, and Oxfordshire. Characterised by golden stone buildings and rolling hills, the Cotswolds is everything that is quintessentially English.

From long countryside walks with the whole family and shopping in quaint market towns, to exploring castles, country homes, and natural reserves, the area of the Cotswolds has something for everyone.


Things To Do In The Cotswolds For Families


1. Cotswold Farm Park

Do you have a child that loves farm animals, being outdoors or the idea of becoming a farmer one day? If you do, or even if you don’t, the Cotswold Farm Park makes a great fun-filled day out.

Owned by Farmer Adam Henson, who regularly appears on the BBC’s Countryfile programme, the farm focuses on the conservation of rare breed pigs and cattle.

There’s a host of pursuits for the whole family to get involved in and learn about life on the farm.

Between the Animal Barn, Adventure Barn, and Discovery Barn there are activities including Messy Play and feeding the animals, while outdoors there’s a playground, a farm safari, a maze, and a two-mile nature trail through the surrounding Cotswold countryside to tackle.

Stay nearby at Ember Cottage

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2. Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

Kids and adults alike will feel like giants at the Model Village in Bourton-on-the-Water.

A unique attraction, being the only Grade II-listed model village in England, it is a popular place to visit and a great way to get your bearings of Bourton as you walk amongst the scaled down winding lanes. It’s actually one ninth of the size of the real-life village, but is built from the same Cotswold stone.

The attention to detail is incredible and the model includes the River Windrush and its bridges, plus all the important buildings that existed in the village in the 1930s, including the church where you’ll even hear hymns being played. There’s also a miniature replica of the model village itself.

Stay nearby at Bay Tree Cottage


3. Honeybourne Pottery Studio Pottery Class

Honeybourne Pottery Studio is the place to go if you’ve always fancied having a go at sculpting your own pot at the potter’s wheel.

Taster lessons are available and participants over 12 years old are welcome to take part, (children under 16 must be supervised by an accompanying adult). Or, book a private session just for your family. 

Taster lessons last 1.5 hours and begin with a pot throwing demonstration, before being assigned a potter’s wheel where you will be guided through how to make a basic pot. Then you’ll be let loose to attempt your own creation, but fear not, an experienced tutor is on-hand to help you correct any mistakes so that you end up with something you’re proud of.

It’s lots of fun and once you get the hang of working with clay, it’s very therapeutic.

Stay nearby at The Stables or The Coach House


4. Broadway Tower and Park

Broadway Tower is an iconic folly and landmark that stands high above the countryside around Broadway.

When you arrive, grab some refreshments at the cafe before exploring the 200-year history through the multimedia tour and museum exhibits. Then, climb up to the rooftop viewing platform, where on a clear day up to 16 counties can be seen.

Afterwards, head into the tower’s parkland which is home to a resident herd of red deer and offers plenty of space for kids to roam freely too. 

There is parking at Broadway Tower, but if you’re in the mood for a good walk, park in the village of Broadway and join the Cotswold Way for a circular walk of about 3.5 miles to the tower and back. It’s a hilly route and can be muddy, so is perhaps best suited to older children.

Stay nearby at Church View Cottage


5. Feastival

Feel the good vibes at Feastival, the summertime festival held at Alex James’ farm near Kingham (Alex is a musician and was the bassist in the band Blur).

The event is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend and celebrates the very best of music, food and family-friendly entertainment. 

For children there’s a line-up of events from wild workshops and crafting classes, to performances and meet and greets with special guests. Expect music from superb British artists on the main stage, DJ sets and family-friendly silent discos.

When it comes to the food, there are demonstrations from Michelin star chefs, street food stalls and cookery classes suitable for families, while the Little Kitchen offers cookery tips for kids.

Stay nearby at one of the Anthology Cottages

Horse Tours

6. Horse-riding Tours

Want a real outdoor adventure? Saddle up at the Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre in Bourton-on-the-Water for a horse-riding tour that the whole family can enjoy.

There are various lessons and experiences for all levels of ability, but the River Ride is perfect for children, as well as nervous adults ideal for dipping your toe into the equestrian world to see what it’s like. 

Opt for the River Ride and an experienced guide will walk with you and your horses to lead you into the shallows of the river at Lower Slaughter, where your horse will enjoy a paddle and a splash about. It’s great fun and there are opportunities for photos before you head back.

Stay nearby at Luxury Penthouse

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7. Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Sudeley Castle and Gardens in Winchcombe is possibly best-known as the place where Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII, is buried.

The entire place exudes character and history and there’s lots to see including the pretty 15th-century church where Katherine is entombed, an exhibition about Sudeley’s 1,000-year history, the collection of rare pheasants that live in the grounds and 10 beautiful garden areas.

Once you’ve soaked up some of the atmosphere, it’s time for the kids to hit the adventure playground that is designed in the style of a large fort with lots of towers and bridges, as well as slides and climbing areas.

There’s also an adventure trail with an obstacle course, zip-wire and swings, so there’s no chance of anyone getting bored.

Stay nearby at Ember Cottage

Cotswolds Park

8. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Animal-loving families will love the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens near Burford. Allow a full day so that you can take your time as you enjoy your ‘walk on the wild side’!

Home to a wide range of birds, mammals, primates, reptiles and amphibians, residents include giraffes, rhinos, zebras, sloths, crocodiles and giant tortoises to name just a few.

A particular highlight is the Madagascan Walkthrough exhibit where you can walk in close proximity to cute little lemurs. 

Throughout the day, keepers host events such as the daily penguin talk that takes place at feeding time, while other attractions include a ride on Bella the train (April to October), the adventure playground and the children’s farmyard home to friendly goats that love to be stroked.

Stay nearby at one of the Anthology Cottages

Blenheim Palace

9. Blenheim Palace

If your kids are little culture vultures, take them to Blenheim Palace near the pretty town of Woodstock in the rolling hills of Oxfordshire.

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage treasure with 300 years of history and is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough, but perhaps better known as the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

Explore the various rooms and exhibits inside the house, before heading outside for non-stop fun.  

Within the 2,000 acres of parkland there are several walking trails, most of which are pushchair-friendly, like the delightful walk around the lake.

Meanwhile, there’s a miniature train to escort little legs from the palace to the Walled Garden where there’s a fantastic play area, a giant hedge maze to find your way around, a Bee Trail and the butterfly house which is home to a dazzling array of tropical butterflies.

Stay nearby at Anthology Cottages

Byron Cottage

10. Children's Paradise at Anthology Cottages

Anthology Cottages are situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, on a private estate and come equipped with an array of luxury children’s facilities.

Within the grounds you will find a delightful two-storey Wendy house and a play cabin. In the play cabin you will find dressing up clothes, brio railway, plenty of books to keep the bookworms happy, and array of toys and arts and craft supplies. For the sunnier days, you will also have access to pedal tractors and push cars, plus, child sized tennis racquets and croquet sets.

Regardless of the weather there is an indoor heated swimming pool, situated right next to the the children’s playground. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For older children particularly, you will find a ping pong table and pool table in the games room, as well as a 75 inch TV with a PS4 and Xbox to keep them entertained.

Within the cottages you will find a host of books, boardgames and DVDs to keep you busy during your stay.

If you want to head out to explore more of the Cotswolds, your only a stones throw from the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens, museums, Birdland, the Model Village, The Dragonfly Maze and so much more.

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