School is officially out for Summer and we’re already facing the hottest on record! Whether you’re enjoying the soaring temperatures or willing it to rain, the sunshine looks set to continue so let’s make the most of it!
The Cotswolds is brimming with brilliant attractions and events to entertain the whole family this summer. So, whether you live nearby or are visiting for a holiday or day trip, here are our top picks of things to do during your summer holidays in the Cotswolds…
Channel your inner Knights & Princesses at Sudeley Castle
‘Children’s Wednesdays’ are taking place every Wednesday throughout the school holidays at Sudeley Castle and gardens. Head to this historic hub for storytelling, music, bouncy castles and an inflatable activity centre alongside their existing attractions for mini Knights and Princesses!
The Broadway Hotel is just a 16 minute drive from Sudeley Castle
Take on the Big Batsford Bug Hunt
The big bug hunt is back at Batsford Arboretum for summer 2018! Burn off some steam with a whole host of activities; all centred around finding giant creepy-crawlies! Complete the whole trail and there’ll be a prize at the end for little detectives – and a cuppa in the café will be well-deserved too!
The Manor House Hotel is just a 3 minute drive from Batsford Arboretum.
Play Ping Pong at The Bear
If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly spot for a bite to eat, look no further than The Bear of Rodborough Hotel. The new Pavilion garden bar was completed last year and this year, we’ve increased the fun-factor further with cheery bunting, table football and… ping pong! Dogs are also welcome.
The Bear of Rodborough Hotel is located on Rodborough Common, near Stroud – GL5 5DE
Bring the whole family to Berkeley Castle
Head to Berkeley Castle this summer holiday for a jam-packed diary of events, from storytelling on Mondays to Monty the Jester on Tuesdays and Archery Shows on Wednesdays! What’s more, grandparents go free on Mondays in August when accompanying a paying child – the perfect offer for a family day out in the Cotswolds!
The Hare & Hounds Hotel is just a 28 minute drive from Berkeley Castle.
Experience life in the Country at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show
With show-jumping, livestock and great local trade stands a-plenty, the Moreton-in-Marsh Show is one of the UK’s largest agricultural shows, and a great opportunity to sample the Cotswold countryside in a day… but if you want to make a weekend of it, The Manor House can accommodate!
The Manor House Hotel is just a 3 minute drive from the Showground.
Build and spot LEGO animals at Slimbridge Wetland Centre
This year the much-loved LEGO animal trail at Slimbridge is bigger and better than ever with 14 huge sculptures to find! There will be some familiar faces to spot, but also look out for new friends such as Sam the short-eared owl, Walter the water vole, and Skye the stork! For added hands-on fun, LEGO brick workshops will be running throughout the six-week holiday too.
The Bear of Rodborough is just a 27 minute drive from WWT Slimbridge.
Conquer the Maize Maze at Adam Henson’s Farm Park
Planning a family day out to the Cotswold Farm Park during the holidays? Make sure you factor in extra time to conquer the wonderland-themed Maize Maze, which is included in entry fees! There is also an exciting Outdoor Film screening of The Lion King at 3pm on 22nd August!
The Broadway is just 15 minutes from Cotswold Farm Park.
Help Snowdrop Bunny at the Painswick Garden of Lost Things!
The Rococo Garden has teamed up with local illustrator, Hannah Shaw, for this brand-new sticker trail which will run until 2nd September. Children will set out on their challenge to help the Snowdrop Bunny find all the items she’s lost – and will pick up some fun facts about the gardens resident animals along the way.
The Bear of Rodborough is just a 17 minute drive from Painswick.
Be entertained (and well-fed) at The Big Feastival (24th – 26th August)
With day tickets starting from £69 for adults and free entry for under 12’s, the Big Feastival is one of be one of the best events in the Cotswolds calendar! This year Justin Fletcher and Andy & The Odd Socks will be on-board to keep kids entertained and the line-up of live music includes Basement Jaxx, Craig David and James Arthur!
The Manor House Hotel is just 20 minutes from The Big Feastival in Kingham.
Experience the magic of Giffords Circus at Minchinhampton (16th – 28th August)
If you’ve not yet experienced Giffords Circus, you’re in for a real treat! This year, Tweedy the Clown and co bring you ‘My Beautiful Circus’ – a summer-long party celebrating of 250 years since the birch of circus. Think 1930s inspired sequin dresses, tail coats, top hats and a troupe of talented musicians, acrobats, gymnasts and more…
The Bear of Rodborough</u) is just 5 minutes from Minchinhampton.