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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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