Let’s start with kids.
There’s loads to keep them chipper in The Cotswolds.
Animals, animals everywhere. And not just English countryside ones. Head to Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, and you’ll be sharing air with the likes of lions, two-toed sloths, giraffes, penguins, rhinos, meerkats, zebras, otters (who doesn’t love an otter?), pandas (who doesn’t love a panda?).
And that’s not the only animal-based fun to be had in this lovely part of the country. There are petting farms and sanctuaries, a falconry centre, and the UK’s only crocodile zoo. Llamas, plenty of llamas. It’s amazing. Not just for the kids, really.
There’s also all the water-based stuff. Not least, the Cotswold Country Park & Beach. That’s where you’ll find the largest inland paddling beach in the UK. There’s a sandy beach, a lagoon for swimming. Or (are you ready?) inflatable assault course, kayaks, SUP board hire, boat hire, adventure playgrounds, mini golf, picnic areas, and BBQ pitch hire if you want to settle in.
And for the days the sun hasn’t got his hat on and you’ve not packed the wellies, brollies and macks, there’s plenty of inside-y things to keep them entertained, too. Like the Cotswold Motoring Museum, Sudeley Castle, Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.