Out & About
Family Days Out
Below are a few suggestions. If you have a specific requirement please give us a call.
Birdland - Park and Gardens Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2BN
A natural setting of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes in various water habitats.
Tel: 01451 820480 Web: www.birdland.co.uk
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens Burford, OX18 4JW
Ideal venue for gardeners and their children in 160 acres of landscaped parkland with splendid trees.
Tel: 01993 823006 Web: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, GL54 5UG
A rare treat for all the family, offering the chance to meet over 50 breeding flocks and herds of farm animals. Seasonal demonstrations, adventure playground, Touch Barn, Fun Barn, and maze. Gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen.
Tel: 01451 850307 Web: www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
GWR Steam Railway Toddington, Glos, GL54 5DT
The GWR is an all-volunteer steam and diesel heritage railway in the English Cotswolds. In addition to a scheduled service, GWR hosts a number of galas and enthusiasts’ events throughout the year, including the popular Santa Specials.
Tel: 01242 621405 Web: www.gwsr.com
Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9QB
The Cotswold Falconry Centre is a superb conservation centre whose aims are to preserve and to provide an insight into the world of birds of prey. It is situated in Batsford Park, close to Moreton-in-Marsh and cares for a beautiful collection of birds, with flying displays every day
Tel: 01386 701043 Web: www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk
More Adventurous Days Out
Go-ape Mallards Pike, Forest of Dean, Glos
Spend a fun-filled three hours up in the trees, trekking from tree to tree via an assortment of rope bridges and Tarzan swings. Courses are split into five or six separate zones with exhilarating zip slides bringing you back to the forest floor.
Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre Forest of Dean, GL16 7EH
Lies at the centre of the beautiful Forest of Dean. From here you can hire bikes and follow waymarked car-free trails including the ten mile Family Trail.
Clothes Cheltenham, Cirencester, Bath, Oxford
Antiques Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, Broadway
General Cheltenham, Cirencester, Bath, Oxford
Shopping Villages Great Western Centre, Swindon and Bicester Village, Nr Oxford
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Batsford Arboretum Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9QB
Britain's favourite arboretum, 55 acres of magical walks in a Japanese setting.
Tel: 01386 701441 Web: www.batsarb.co.uk
Hidcote Manor Garden Chipping Campden, GL55 6LR
Internationally renowned, Hidcote was designed and created in the "Arts and Crfats" style. It's arranged as a series of outdoor rooms, each with a different character.
Tel: 01386 438333 Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bourton House Bourton-on-the-Hill, GL56 9AE
Surrounding a delightful 18th century Cotswold Manor House and 16th century tithe barn, this exciting 3 acre garden brims with ideas.
Tel: 01386 700754 Web: www.bourtonhouse.com
Sudeley Castle and Gardens Winchcombe, GL54 5JD
A collection of 10 individual gardens surrounding the 15th Century castle at Sudeley are some of the county’s best. There are roses, perennials and herbs, a Tudor knot garden with a water feature centrepiece, a Heritage Seed Library garden, as well as formal pools, spring bulbs and a selection of fine trees.
Tel: 01242 604357 Web: www.sudeleycastle.co.uk
Warwick Castle Warwick, CV34 4QU
Warwick Castle is over a thousand years old and has been well maintained with magnificent towers and ramparts. The splendid grounds are an ideal venue for a picnic. There are many attractions at Warwick Castle from dungeons to the Great Hall, State Rooms and the Royal Weekend Party of 1898. Visitors can climb some of the towers and visit the well laid out exhibitions, many have wax figures. Many forms of medieval entertainment are staged at the castle throughout the year.
Tel: 01926 406600 Web: www.warwick-castle.co.uk
London can be reached via an excellent Park and Ride service from Oxford. Journey time from Oxford is approximately 100mins. A timetable of buses from Oxford can be found at Oxford Express.
Tel: 01865 785400