Fresh air fun

  1. Broadway Tower
    William Morris used this extraordinary folly on the Cotswold Ridge. You too can enjoy its spectacular views, architecture and setting.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  2. Kingfisher mosaic on the Windrush Path Mosaic Trail
    The Lower Windrush Valley Mosaic Trail is a flat walk taking in a few bridges and stiles. It is approximately 2 miles long and you should allow 1 hour each way to enjoy all the mosaics along the trail.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  3. Cotswold Lavender
    Visit the working Lavender Farm on top of the Cotswold Hills. Experience the beauty of the lavender fields, enjoy the views as you walk among the lavender.
    1. 15 Jun 20247 Aug 2024
  4. Image of Foxburrow Wood
    Look out for... Since its transition from improved grassland pastures to a nature reserve, wildlife has started to return to Foxburrow Wood. Look out for charms of goldfinches feeding on the thistles and teasels, ghostly barn owls quartering the site in the evening, and weasels hunting in the walls and rock piles.
  5. Relax and have fun with family and friends around a campfire at Fat Squirrel Outdoor. Light and cook on bushcraft fires. Toast marshmallows to make some s’mores and lasting memories.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  6. Compass Holidays have a great selection of bikes for short or long-term rental; perfect for exploring the local spa town of Cheltenham and the nearby Cotswolds.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  7. Planning on visiting the amazing Westonbirt Arboretum?...If so, click here to get the latest information direct from the official Cotswolds tourism site!
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  8. Cirencester Park
    Historic Grade 1 Listed 3,000-acre park open daily to visitors. Dog friendly with accessible avenues for walkers. Refreshments available at Beano and The Old Kennels.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  9. A model of the actual village, built in Cotswold stone to 1/9th scale.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  10. Abbey Home Farm
    A 1600 acre mixed organic farm with award winning farm shop, cafe, cookery/craft day and short residential courses, educational visits, organic cotton textiles, yurts, green field campsite, Cotswold stone holiday cottage and farm trail.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  11. The Thames at Chimney Meadows. Credit Kerry Lock
    Chimney Meadows is one of Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserves and is well worth a visit at any time of year.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  12. The trail map and a compass
    Treasure trails to explore the beauty, history and heritage of the Cotswolds. Have fun exploring the Cotswolds by car following trail directions and answering questions and clues.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  13. Cotswold Water Park
    Set in 42 square miles of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire countryside, this unique area of over 170 lakes known as the Cotswold Water Park has something for everyone – from watersports and land activities, fantastic and varied birdwatching, excellent angling, off road cycling, an inland beach, peaceful lakeside walks to beautiful Cotswold towns and villages waiting to be explored. You can come for a day visit, a short break or a family holiday.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  14. Dyrham Park (photo by Sarah Fox)
    17th century house and garden
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  15. Abbey Grounds Cirencester
    The Abbey Grounds is hidden behind the Market Place and the Parish Church.  The grounds contain the site of St Mary's Abbey which was consecrated in 1176 in the presence of Henry II, remaining until the Dissolution in 1539 when the Abbey was completely demolished. The only remaining building is the Norman Arch situated at the north-eastern corner of the grounds.
  16. Bluebells at Foxholes Nature Reserve
    In spring, the woodland floor is vibrant with primroses, violets and early-purple orchids. In May, Foxholes is awash with bluebells, and by summer, the tall spikes of foxgloves are in their full glory. Later in the year, you can enjoy spectacular autumn colours, and Foxhole's fabulous fungi, with over 200 species recorded.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  17. Spring at Batsford Arboretum
    Beautiful Batsford – a wild garden for all seasons. 56 acres of breathtaking woodland garden, Batsford is a world of trees and so much more. Visit our award-winning visitor centre Gift & Garden Shop, Plant Centre & Garden Terrace Café.
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  18. Greystones.
    At first glance Greystones appears as quiet sloping fields. However, on closer inspection, a remarkable landscape is revealed throughout stories about Bourton, wildlife, farming and our remote ancestors.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  19. Red Borders - James Dobson
    One of England's greatest gardens, famous for its rare trees and shrubs, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world.
    1. The Leys Adventure Golf
      Just a short walk from Witney High Street and Church Green lies The Leys park. A lovely, large open space with tree-lined paths, a cafe and lots to do, including a fantastic play area with seasonal splash park, tennis courts, skate park and adventure golf.
    2. Minster Lovell Hall
      Ruins of a large 15th century manor set around courtyard. Situated in attractive settings on the banks of the River Windrush. A skeleton found in 18th century is said to be that of Lord Lovell.
      1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
    3. Lodge Park
      Lodge Park is part of the Sherborne Estate, an ornate building dating from 1635 overlooking the deer course and surrounding countryside.
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    4. Newark Park
      Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold Escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth Valley to the Mendips beyond. With a house of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and a sprawling estate and parkland.
      1. 1 Mar 202431 Oct 2024
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    5. Owlpen Manor Cotswold manor house holiday cottages and wedding venue
      The garden at Owlpen is an unusually complete survival of an early formal garden on a manorial scale. It has been described by the landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe as possibly the earliest domestic garden in England to survive in something approaching completeness.
      1. 1 May 202430 Sep 2024
    6. Rushy Common and Tar Lakes
      Rushy Common and neighbouring Tar Lakes is a 30 hectare site with three lakes, left after gravel extraction in the Lower Windrush Valley, that are being managed for the benefit of people and wildlife.
      1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
    7. Image of Singe Wood
      This wonderful woodland is managed by the Wychwood Forest Trust. It was kindly gifted to the Trust by Barbara and Val Payne, whose late father John wished to make the Wychwood Forest Trust the future custodians of his cherished wood. Though intermittently harvested over the centuries, Singe Wood is the descendent of true ancient Wychwood woodland and is now the largest remaining fragment in the parish of Hailey.
    8. Snowshill Manor & Garden
      Explore the treasures collected by one man with an eye for the unusual. Be intrigued by the story of Charles Wade, be amazed by his huge and varied collection from around the world and relax in the peaceful hillside garden.
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    9. Painswick Rococo Garden
      This unique garden restoration, situated in a hidden valley, dates from a period when 18th century gentle folk were creating flamboyant pleasure grounds in which to entertain their guests.
      1. 10 Jan 202430 Nov 2024
    10. Cotswold Country Park & Beach
      Relax on a sandy beach beside a beautiful swimming lagoon, enjoy activities from water sports to mini golf within beautiful parkland, the Cotswold Country Park and Beach offers the perfect day out.
      1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
    11. Wychwood Wild Garden in Shipton
      Wychwood Wild Garden covers 12.5 acres of avenues, woods and ponds,much of which was laid out in the 1860s, and provides a haven for wildlife including many breeds of ducks and birds. It is owned and managed by the local community and offered as a place of peace and tranquillity to local residents, guests and visitors to the area.
      1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
    12. Image of Wigwell Nature Reserve
      In summer months, its steeply sloping meadows become a riot of colourful wildflowers, including birds-foot-trefoil, lady’s bedstraw, and the nationally scarce meadow clary, found at just 20 other sites across the UK.
    13. Valley walk at Woodchester Park (photo by Andrew Butler ©National Trust Images)
      Woodchester Park surrounds Woodchester Mansion (not NT) in a hidden, quiet valley. Secret and closed to the public for many years it is now owned by the National Trust and can offer several miles of walking.
      1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
    14. Croome.Credit: John Hubble
      Expect the unexpected. Incredible innovation, devastating loss, remarkable survival and magnificent restoration. All in one place
      1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
    15. Pittville Pump Room Cheltenham across the lake
      A fantastic blend of living history, open spaces, children's activities and of course a boating lake! The perfect place to spend a day...
      1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
    Saltridge Woods (Credit: Ken Long)