Slow Cotswolds

  • Half-term fun in the Cotswolds

    You'll never be bored taking the kids out around the Cotswolds. And they'll never grumble that they've nothing to do. Guaranteed!

    Here's a quick guide to some great activities over half-term. Each one relates to a chapter within Slow Cotswolds, the book.

    1. Introduce your children to Bottom and witness the mischief and magic of Puck with performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. This new production of the nation's favourite Shakespeare play offers a combo of professional and amateur actors and at a little over 2 hours long, with a 20 minute interval, little ones will be so mesmerised as to ensure there's no bottom shuffling going on.

    2. Take a scenic walk around the 50 acres of woods and parkland at Broadway Tower. Meet the herd of Red Deer and enjoy the incredible hilltop views before warming up with drinks and cake in the Morris & Brown cafe.

    3. Explore the grounds of Upton House and learn how the Land Army contributed to the war effort during World War Two. Complete the 1940s Land Army Ttrail to win a prize at the end. Open daily over half-term between 11am and 4pm.

    4. Burn off some energy running around Batsford Arboretum, the largest collection of private trees in the UK, during snowdrop season. The kids will love the maze of secet paths, gargantuan trees and a visit to the Garden Terrace Cafe afterwards.

    5. There's loads going on for children at Witney's Cogges Manor Farm Museum over half-term, especially for really little ones with drop-in activity sessions, story-telling, musical instrument making and winter walks.

    6. The new Animal exhibition at The Story Museum in Oxford is a must-see. Lots of creative activities and events over half-term, but if you can't make it this week, the exhibition continues all year. And don't miss the Gromit Model Making event with Aardman Animations next month, on Satruday 19th March.

    7. Fill the lungs with fresh air on a cycle ride around the Cotswold Water Park. There's miles of traffic-free cycle ways around this beautiful lakeland area and you can hire bikes from Cotswold Water Park Hire.

    8. Winter is, of course, the best time for eating ice-cream. The delectable creamy confection doesn't melt so fast! So wrap up warm and brave the cold for a run around fabulous Rodborough Common followed by a scoop of even more fabulous ice cream from Winstones. You'll find winter-only flavours like Ginger Bread and Toffee Apple. And they're open seven days a week throughout the chilly season.

    9. You'll have the best of both at Neston Farm Shop and Kitchen. They've a welcoming cafe that offers wonderful food using ingredients from the farm and other local producers, including very tempting dishes for fussy eaters! What's more you can sit back and chill while the children enjoy the play area, look at the animals or walk the woodland trail.

    10. No one gets tired of Bath but if little ones are tired of walking, they'll find the opportunity to get creative at The Holburne Museum. There's a fun family workshop creating a portrait in the style of Renoir and Degas on Friday 19th February. The activities are all based aroun the Impressionism: Capturing Life exhibition, which runs until 5th June. And kids go free, having the chance to get close to paintings by some of the most famous artists in the world.

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