The Cotswolds with Kids!

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Have Fun in the Cotswolds with Kids!

I have quite a few friends in America and whenever they talk about coming over to the UK, I always tell them they must hire a car and visit the Cotswolds. This part of the UK is one of my absolute favourites.

Rolling countryside, pretty villages, cosy pubs and restaurants. This area also means a lot to me because I’ve had so many happy memories there, from spending the first few days of our honeymoon in Bibury, to spending our first day knowing we were expecting a baby at the Westonbirt Arboretum. We also had our first mini break away with little b when he was 3 months in the Cotswolds.

Today on the blog I’m sharing with you a short list of my fave places in the Cotswolds and why they are worth checking out with babies, toddlers, kids or, if you are lucky, on your own! Fortunately for us, we don’t have to travel too far. If you do have a long car journey ahead though, check out my tips for making it a tiny bit less stressy.


Bourton-on-the-Water is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Just “google image” it if you’ve never been and you will see why it is called the “Little Venice” of the Cotswolds. It is an ideal place to visit with or without kids to be honest. We have been many times with and without b.

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With b, we enjoy feeding the ducks, paddling in the river if the weather is warm and picnics in the sunshine. There is a model village too which I’ve been to, years ago, but never with b. I imagine he’d like it more when he is a bit older. Right now I just envisage him climbing on the displays to try and get at the little trains that run around!

Without B, we typically enjoy a quiet pub lunch and a few drinks 😉 There are loads of lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from. We also like to do a bit of shopping without little man. It is one of those places where there are lots of small, pokey shops that are not ideal with a pram or crazy toddler. Here we are enjoying a spot of lunch:

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Bibury is a small village, not far from Cirencester. Again, it is beautiful. The river Coln runs through the village and dotted along the main road are some really stunning buildings. Bibury is also famous for it’s quaint row of cottages – Arlington Row. They’ve been used in TV and films in the past – most notably for me –  Bridget Jones’s Diary!

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I wouldn’t say there is an awful lot for kids to do in Bibury really. When Mr D and I go, we like to walk, enjoy a pub lunch and drinks at our favourite hotel, The Swan, and generally relax! There is a Trout farm there which may appeal but we’ve never fancied it ourselves!

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Cotswolds Water Park

Now if you do have kids and want a day out, I’d highly recommend the Cotswolds Water Park. Last time we went, we hired bikes and rode around the park. We then hired peddle boats and went out on the lake for a bit. This was all pre-b so I can’t comment on the playground. But there was one and if we visited the Cotswolds with b now, I would definitely go back to the Waterpark.

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Not sure where to Stay?

We loved the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel. It is right next to the Water Park and it has an onsite pool you can enjoy. When Mr D and I went, it was a bit too family friendly for us! The spa pool was full of kids, the restaurant was full of kids and we could hear kids up and about at 6am in the room next door! Argh life before kids ey. Now I’d be super excited about all of this! I’d not hesitate to go back with the little man.

Other pretty villages worth checking out include Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold. Here is a pic of the pretty village square in Stow:

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Have you been to the Cotswolds? I can’t wait to go back and take little man with us. Last time we went with him, he was three months old! Super-B!

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  1. I love Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-wold, I haven\’t been there since I\’ve had my son, over 3 years ago now. This has reminded me what a beautiful area it is, definitely somewhere to add to my places to revisit #justanotherlinky

  2. Lovely to se these pretty images! We visited friends in the Cotswolds a few years back and had a lovely time. We went to Stow and also a bird park somewhere there I remember…but cant remember the name! #PicknMix

  3. I can really feel your enthusiasm here, and I just LOVE the Cotswolds too!! I\’d recommend it to anyone visiting the UK, just as you have! The architecture, the prettiness, it\’s all just wonderful! My inlaws are right in the heart of it, very near Bourton-On-The-Water, and they get all their gifts for the children in a lovely toy shop in Stow-On-The-Wold! Despite them living there though, we\’ve never taken the children to the water park-something we really must do! My parents are also in Castle Combe-not far from Cirencester, so although they aren\’t in the thick of things, they have some lovely places nearby too! I really want to go now! Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

    • yes people often stick to the cities but id rcmd exploring elsewhere too! how lucky your family live there too! and Castle Combe is lovely too isn\’t it. thanks for reading 🙂 x

  4. Oh gosh, Bourton on the water has been on my list for ages – it looks absolutely stunning! I was thinking a \’without kids\’ trip, but after reading this I\’m thinking we can do it with ours, which makes arranging it a lot easier! #MarvMondays

  5. I LOVE the Cotswolds., we were in Cirencester on Monday Infact. It\’s so picturesque and laid back. Burton on the water is also a fabulous place to go as is Broadway. The OH and I once had a night there in the logon arms, is was a beautifully sunny day (pre babies) and we really made the most of it. Such a lovely place with lovely memories xx #marvmondays

  6. It is just so lovely! I really must make the effort to go. Silly when really it is on our doorstep compared to your friends from America, you know? I take the UK for granted! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

  7. This is the perfect post for me! We would love to take a visit down to the Cotswolds later in the year, but had no idea where to start. Now I can just use your list of recommendations as a start point, perfect! I\’m particularly drawn to the Burton on the water and Bibury 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  8. I really really love the Cotswolds! I think it\’s so charming and has a lot of character. I think my favorite amongst all that I\’ve been to was Bourton-On-The-Water as well but I plan to go back there as soon as we\’ve moved to London. 🙂

  9. The Cotswolds are so pretty, with so many gorgeous villages to potter around. I still have to take my two but I still avoid excessively family-friendly hotels with my kids as I really hate being surrounded by loads of other people\’s kids. A few is great but not in every room… #citytripping

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