In Active

As tempting as it is to spend your Cotswold break lounging around in the sunshine, don’t forget there are many activities – both gentle and more adrenalin-fuelled - guaranteed to make it a holiday to remember.  Whether it’s cycling (with electric help) to zip-wires and water sports, you’ll be amazed how many activities there are to fill up your sun-filled days.

The new fun fort at Sudeley Castle
There’s a whole host of ways to get active at Sudeley Castle this summer.  Every Wednesday throughout the holidays little lords and ladies are invited to join their ‘Children’s’ Wednesdays’ events, which includes a bouncy castle and an inflatable activity centre for under 5s.  On August 8, 15 and 29 there will also be a seven metre high climbing wall for young thrill seekers!  The castle’s new fun fort is open within the adventure playground – giving youngsters the chance to scale the wooden fort, explore the different levels, tackle the climbing wall and whizz down the slides and zip-wire. 
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Have-a-go archery at Berkeley Castle
Head to Berkeley Castle this summer for a fabulous, action-packed day out for all the family!   There’s a varied itinerary throughout the school holidays with everything from bouncy castles to have-a-go archery.  Take part in the jester dragon hunt which takes you on an exploration all around the castle grounds and gardens and there’ll be a sweet treat waiting for you once you’ve discovered all of the baby dragons.  All activities are included the entrance fee making it the perfect place for a great value family day out.
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Family Cycling Day at Blenheim Palace
The Family Cycling Day at beautiful Blenheim Palace is a unique opportunity to cycle around the picturesque parkland in a World Heritage Site.  It takes place on August 19th and you just need to remember to being your bicycles and helmets.  Then take in the scenery and fresh air, stop for a picnic and make it a day to truly remember – while getting some exercise at the same time! 
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Cheltenham Brewery Quarter's Summer Jam
From Rock and roll to reggae, indi-pop to hip-hop and disco, you can really get moving to the toe-tapping live music to suit all tastes at Cheltenham Brewery Quarter’s popular Summer Jam.  With food and craft stalls, outdoor bars and a festival vibe, you can enjoy great music, food and drink al fresco style.  Don’t forget your dancing shoes and remember to dance like no-one is watching! 
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Water skiing at Cotswold Water Park
Visitors and locals have been enjoying the cool, clear waters of the Cotswold Water Park for years and now there are more reasons than ever to get out on the water and get wet!  Have a go at water skiing or wakeboarding, have fun with some friends on a large inflatable or you prefer a more gentle activity, try windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking or open water swimming. 
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Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum has a host of exciting activities this summer to get everyone up and moving in the great outdoors!  Why not have a go at a new hobby – like Nordic Walking or Tai Chi in the woods or hire a Westonbirt sports bag from the Welcome Building and get the whole family involved in a game of rounders, cricket or boule on the Westonbirt Downs!  
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Explorers at Broadway Tower
Visit beautiful Broadway Tower and have a go at their ‘Explorers at Broadway Tower’ centre – complete with e-bike hire – which takes all the hard work out of the adventure thanks to the luxuriously smooth support of a motor! There’s no better way to have a go at cycling without the effort of pedalling yourself! 
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Sheepfold B&B
If you’re looking for a great cycling and walking friendly bed and breakfast, think Sheepfold for a fabulous location and lockable, covered bike storage and washing and drying facilities.  Located in the ancient village of Shipton-under-Wychwood you’ll be treated to hearty and healthy breakfasts after all your energetic activity and gorgeous views. 
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