If you’re looking for somewhere that offers something for all the family, the child-friendly options available in the Cotswolds make this region a particularly obvious choice. There are several reasons why this is such a fantastic area for a family holiday, and coupled with multiple self-catering accommodation options, the region is perfect for either long or short-term breaks.
Museums and historic houses, as well as more natural attractions such as such as woodlands and parks, form the basis of the attractions here. Westonbirt Arboretum is a particularly splendid visit during the autumn, as the maple trees light up with rich, warm colours at the end of the summer.
The arboretum also offers family events and walking trails, but a more exciting and fun-filled day out can be found at Bowood House and Gardens. Here, an adventure playground, featuring everything from a vertical slide to a replica pirate galleon, is perfect for keeping the kids entertained.
The Partridge Play Pen, featuring more traditional entertainment such as see-saws and sand pits, is perfect for younger children; it carries a maximum age of seven so your younger children won’t be intimidated by bigger children.
At Bourton-on-the-water lies another well-known Cotswolds attraction – the model village at the contradictorily named Old New Inn. Built in the early 1930s, the miniature village is just the right size to make kids feel like giants, and is suitably sized for them to run through, towering over the streets.
Of course, some children aren’t as entertained by these things, and are more entertained by animals. If your children are animal lovers, the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre is a great venue for keeping them fully entertained.