First Time Cotswold Discoveries for Children

The Cotswolds is a wonderful place for people of all ages to discover, and it can be especially magical for children. With opportunities to explore, discover, play and relax - you can find many exciting things to see and do that the whole family will enjoy. Our Jigsaw properties are perfect for families, with privacy, big indoor open spaces, and beautiful gardens making the Cotswolds a holiday destination you'll want to return to time and time again. Create special memories with our picks of the best Cotswold discoveries for children.

Cotswold discoveries for children

Cotswold Farm ParkThe Cotswold Farm Park is one of the most popular family attractions in the Cotswolds, and its easy to see why. Owned by Adam Henson, the Countryfile presenter brings his passion for conservation and wildlife to this wonderful farm park which offers families the chance to get up close to the animals. Children can learn about all the different elements involved in farming, as well as develop an appreciation for the British countryside. There are regular theme weeks and workshops which visitors can take part into gain a true understanding of what farming as a way of life really involves, helping your children to foster a love for country living.The park also has playgrounds, cafes and more to help you make a full day of it! You can also complete the Wildlife Walk, a two-mile walk around the park which will take you past a number of beautiful and historical sights.Easy Cotswolds WalksThe Cotswolds is a popular location for walking, with people visiting regularly to enjoy the many great paths and routes the area has to offer. Whilst big walks are a big feat for children, there are some easier walks which you can all do together as a family that everyone will enjoy. Around a mile apart, you can take the trail along the river and explore the wonderful local scenery. Meanwhile, Cirencester town offers a great walk which takes you past a number of different historical buildings, featuring classic Cotswolds stone.Escape to the Cotswolds has a lot of great walk suggestions which are suitable for those with pushchairs and prams, giving you a number of ideas for walks to enjoy during your visit.Explore Bourton-on-the-WaterCotswolds towns and villages offer plenty to see and do, and one of the best to take your children to as part of their introduction to the Cotswolds is Bourton-on-the-Water. Some of Bourtons most popular attractions include The Model Village, the Dragonfly Maze, and Birdland. There's also plenty of family-friendly eateries, including the Chestnut Tree Tearooms, all of which make Bourton-on-the-Water one of our favourite locations for children.MagiclandMagicland is the ultimate indoor play centre to enjoy when the weather is poor. Based in Cirencester, it offers soft play, climbing ropes, and a caf for parents to enjoy whilst the kids play. If youre visiting the Cotswolds for a birthday or special occasion, Magicland also puts on spectacular childrens parties which add plenty of magic to the occasion. After all the playing and running around, head to Cirencesters The Falcon Inn, a great pub which offers some tasty childrens options.Westonbirt ArboretumNo matter what time of year you visit, Westonbirt Arboretum always offers a wealth of new Cotswold discoveries for children. Not only can families learn about the history and to recognise the different types of trees, but there are also many different events taking place throughout the year, including concerts, runs and charity walks. Kids will be delighted with the different games and trails that are available at Westonbirt, as well as the many photo opportunities everyone can enjoy.Westonbirt is a Childrens University Learning Destination, which aims to encourage children to try new things and enjoy new experiences outside of school, making it an ideal place for children to learn in a fun environment.WWT Slimbridge Wetlands CentreThere are some fantastic places to see great wildlife in the Cotswolds, and the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre is one of the best. Not only does it offer the possibility to see rare bird and otters, but you can also make a day of exploring the grounds. Bring your wellies and your waterproofs and enjoy fun in the water at this fascinating location.The centre offers various events including otter feeds, canoe safaris, daily talks and walks as well as special one offs including wildlife photography courses. With different birds visiting at different times of the year, a unique experience awaits you each time you visit, ensuring new Cotswold discoveries for your little ones every time!Kenilworth CastleIn the Cotswolds, were fortunate to have a number of historical sites, including magnificent manor houses and castles. Kenilworth Castle is one example of a great country castle which is known for being associated with many of Englands great kings and queens. Your children can make Cotswold discoveries of their own by climbing the castle keep and learning more about the tudors. Look out onto the kingdom below and enjoy the Stables Tearoom for some refreshment on your way down. A visit to Kenilworth Castle is sure to leave them hungry to make more Cotswold discoveries into Britains varied past!Family adventures at Jigsaw propertiesJigsaw Holiday properties are the perfect self-catering accommodation for families. Not only do they have all the features and facilities you need for eating, relaxing and sleeping, but they also feature cosy, homely dcor which will help the whole family feel at home. As well as their luxury features, our selection of family-focused properties have gardens and open spaces, ideal for games and the chance for kids to blow off some steam. Many of our properties are also dog-friendly, so theres no need to worry about leaving the dog at home.The Old School House in Milton-under-Wychwood is a lovely property for families of 5, with a gorgeous garden and a cosy lounge to relax in after a fun day of exploring the Cotswolds. Berry Cottage in Taynton sleeps 4 with room for the dog and is a fantastic Cotswold cottage to call your home for the weekend, with a toasty fireplace for warming up after a day outdoors. If its a larger property youre looking for then Springfield House is a must for families. Sleeping up to 10 people, it has its own swimming pool, large grounds and a fabulous living area for playing games and catching up.The Cotswolds has a lot to offer families, with many magical Cotswold discoveries to make around every corner. Whatever time of year you pay us a visit, youll find something to delight and entertain, helping to create wonderful memories that will form a love for the Cotswolds for life.Why not explore our full range of large Cotswold cottages for families and larger groups?

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