Family-friendly activities in the Cotswolds

Things To Do

The Cotswolds is a beautiful part of the country and we could not be more excited to sit in the heart of it. From its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the quaint villages and regency towns dotted throughout, the Cotswolds is full of family, pet, and couple-friendly things to do. Take a look at our favourites below.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Set in over 160 acres of beautiful parkland, Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to a huge array of species, many of which are endangered in the wild. From 130 bird species to a special Madagascar exhibit, this is your chance to get up close to some of the most beautiful wildlife on the planet.

Birdland Park and Gardens

Feed their penguins, embark on a journey through the Jurassic era, and get involved in interactive sessions covering all kinds of fascinating topics about birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Perfect for a day out with the kids, Birdland is just a short drive from us here at Cowley Manor.

Cotswold Farm Park

From horse riding in the heart of the countryside to going on a farm safari, Cotswold Farm Park is full of fun and exciting things to do for all ages. Watch your kids explore the adventure barn and wear themselves out in the outdoor play area, get lost in an outdoor maze, and discover the beauty of the Cotswolds on a wildlife walk.

Guiting Power

With winding roads and quiet pubs, Guiting Power is a quintessentially British Cotswold village. A short distance from the Cotswold Farm Park and the Cotswold Wildlife Park, this village is covered top-to-toe in Cotswold stone and is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon stroll. On top of all of this, it's a stone's throw from Guiting Wood.

Elemental Sculpture Park

Discover the intricate, varied, and meaningful sculptures across 10 acres of gardens. Originally a wild thistle field, the Elemental Sculpture Park has been transformed into into a beautiful landscape of woodland, ponds, gardens, and glades. Want a break from exploring? Stop for a hot drink and some lunch in their Poppin Tearoom.


The largest town in the Cotswolds, Cirencester is home to beautiful parks, charming markets, and the largest parish church in Gloucestershire. Cirencester Park is a particular highlight, with chestnut tree lined paths offering shade in the summer months and perfect for dog walkers all year round.

Sudeley Castle

Open all year round apart from a short break over Christmas, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is a must-see for anyone spending time in the Cotswolds. Home to a two mazes, ten magnificent gardens, an adventure playground, historic ruins, and a quaint cafe, the grounds alone are a fantastic sight to behold. The castle itself dates back to the Tudor period and is regularly home to fascinating exhibitions.