You’ll be bowled over by the incredible array of family-friendly things to do, festivals and places to stay in the Cotswolds this summer.  Make the most of your holiday by heading to our gorgeous countryside - full to bursting with fabulous activities and attractions to keep kids, young – and not-so-young – entertained!

The Maize Maze at the Cotswold Farm Park
The a-mazing Maize Maze returns to The Cotswold Farm Park for the summer holidays!  Venture down the rabbit hole as this year the theme is Wonderland, including a delightful tea party in the middle of the maze!  There’ll also be a guided route suitable for smaller children where they can follow white rabbit signs to the middle.  The maze is open from July 21st to September 2nd
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The Big Feastival (photo by Olivia Williams)
The Big Feastival is all about good food, good music and good times – the perfect escape for the August bank holiday weekend.  Along with brilliant entertainment you’ll find street food traders and restaurateurs serving up delicious delights throughout the weekend and an abundance of fantastic bars to make sure you’re kept topped up!  For the little Feastival-goers there’s everything from face painting to storytelling, dancing to jam sessions, bubbles to arts and crafts – in fact everything you need to have a ball. 
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Children's Wednesdays at Sudeley Castle
There’s plenty to do for young visitors to beautiful Sudeley Castle this summer as its popular ‘Children’s Wednesdays’ run weekly from July 25th to August 29th.  There’ll be a bouncy castle, exciting inflatable activity centre for the under 5s, story-telling and more, as well as the chance to see the past brought back to life through fun history shows featuring uni-cycling, juggling and escapology.  The huge new fun fort is now open within the adventure playground including a climbing wall, zip-wire, adventure trail and cradle swings – as well as a 10-piece obstacle course. 
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Cotswold Wildlife Park (photo by Rebecca Farrah May)
August is Rhino Month at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and you can stroll around, watching rhinos like Belle and Alan – the new calves, grazing on the gothic manor house lawns.  There are daily keeper talks about these magnificent animals, the threats they face and conservation work going on to try to protect them for future generations.   Explore the large tree-house adventure playground, gaze at the giraffes, stroke the miniature goats or take a ride on Bella the train around the park. 
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Summertime fun at Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle has a season of summertime fun.  Enjoy storytelling on Mondays (excluding the bank holiday); Monty the Jester on Tuesdays and archery shows on Wednesdays throughout the school holidays.  There’s also a Falconry Displays and Tudor Gentry day on July 29th, and a whole host of other wonderful kid-friendly events including Magnificent Medieval Merriment over the Bank Holiday. 
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Family Cycling Day at Blenheim Palace on August 12th
How about getting active this summer by taking part in the Blenheim Palace Family Cycling Day on August 12th?  Bring your bicycles and helmets and take in the scenery and fresh air – or stop for a picnic and make it a day to remember.   Two routes will be available – one around Queen Pool and one around the park perimeter and extra bike racks will be available for cyclists wishing to make the most of their day and include a visit to the Palace. 
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Log House Holidays
Give the kids a real Swallows and Amazons experience on their summer holiday this year by booking a luxury lakeside cabin at Log House HolidaysEscape and unwind in your hot tub as the kids are let loose to explore the 100 acre lake and hidden islands in their own rowing boat and kayaks.  Then finish each day by lighting your outdoor fire it and toasting some marshmallows under the stars. 
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Pinkney Court Lodge
You’ll be on the doorstep of a whole host of family friendly activities if you stay at beautiful Pinkney Court Lodge this summer.  Comprising the west wing of a country manor house, with complete privacy and stunning country views, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Westonbirt Arboretum with all its family friendly activities and you can get to know the animals who live on-site too.  It’s the perfect place to explore all the Cotswolds have to offer. 
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New Brewery Arts in Cirencester
If you’ve got creative kids with twitchy fingers, New Brewery Arts have just the thing to keep them busy this summer.  July Craft Days are a great way to give them a taste of craft with a whole day of getting their hands into all sorts of arty things.  And, if they love it, they can jump in for a whole week in August at the Kids Create Weeks – with four fun filled days of painting, collage, printmaking, 3D model making, felt, pottery, batik and papier mache to try. 
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Parson's Barn, the Old Stocks Inn Bolthole
Nestled in the heart of beautiful Stow on the Wold is the Cotswold’s newest family friendly luxury holiday cottage, The Old Stocks Inn's bolthole Parson’s Barn.  Designed especially for visitors with children, the three bedroom luxury holiday cottage has plenty of space to relax and includes everything from 32” smart TV to keep the kids entertained to a living area perfect for family dining and going head-to-head over board games. 
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The British Motor Museum
The British Motor Museum is celebrating Land Rover’s 70th Birthday this year with great themed family activities throughout the summer holidays.  Follow a Land Rover explorer trail or unleash your design skills to make your own model land rover, then enjoy an explorer tour to hear about the amazing adventures of some of their cars.  And every Wednesday you can discover the wonderful world of science with AutoScience Live – a 25 minute show full of cool interactive demonstrations. 
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Fairytale Farm
You’ll find new attractions for the kids at Fairytale Farm this summer.  Try out the brand new interactive musical dancing fountains or find out how the new weather fairy magically forecasts the weather.  Visit the new Wilderness Walk including a giant vegetable patch or have your photograph taken by the giant’s camera and post it direct to Facebook.   With amazing animals, adventure play, an enchanted walk, rubber duck racing and much more – it’s a great family day out. 
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Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre
Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre has plenty for kids from 4 years old to enjoy this summer – from a leisurely pony ride to the river in the gorgeous village of Lower Slaughter to a fun packed activity day.  The Pony Days give the kids lots of hands on pony fun - riding and learning, and parents a day child-free! 
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The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum  has plenty to keep kids occupied in the holidays, with regular Kids Club drop-off sessions (kids only, no parents!) and weekly Family Open Afternoons which offer discounted admission with special activities for families included! Discover how you can pack more fun into Summer with the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum! 
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Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
Animal Collection
Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

Established in 1971 as the home of rare breed conservation, Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun-filled day out. Children can interact closely with the animals in the Touch Barn and there’s also a wildlife walk, adventure playground and farm safari.

The Big Feastival
The Big Feastival - 24th to 26th August 2018

A feel good festival of food & music for all the family

Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Sudeley Castle

Award-winning gardens surrounding Castle and medieval ruins. Exhibitions, rare-breeds pheasantry, restaurant & cafe, adventure play area.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Animal Collection
Rana, Asiatic Lion, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos grazing on the Gothic manor House lawns or walk with lemurs. With over 260 different animal species in over 120 acres of beautiful Parkland & gardens, there's plenty of space to relax and get closer to wildlife!



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