Berkeley Castle

9 Top Children's Attractions around Gloucestershire

Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village
Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village. Photo by Simon Q, licensed under CC BY 2.0
For people visiting Cooks Green Holiday Cottage with children, it can sometimes be hard to keep the little ones occupied, although with our lovely cottage garden there is plenty of space to run and play. It is always enjoyable to visit some interesting and fun filled places with the kids so we have put together some of our favourite attractions that we think you and your children will remember long after your holiday is over.

1. Castles are always great favourites and a good place to start. Berkeley Castle is one of the best. It is possibly one of the most outstanding examples of Medieval domestic architecture in England. Special events such as the Steam Rally and the ‘Berkeley Skirmish’ medieval re-enactment are well worth looking out for.

2. Slimbridge Wetland Centre is world renowned for its collection of swans, geese and other wildfowl, and is hailed as the birthplace of conservation. There is a year-round programme of walks, events, workshops and spectacular wildlife encounters. Many of the facilities and activities are designed specifically with children in mind.

3. Exploration of the two-wheeled variety is something all the family can enjoy. Pedalabikeaway near Coleford in the Forest of Dean is a place where you can hire bikes for the whole family and hit the trail on one of the many marked cycle tracks in the Forest. Natural beauty, tranquility and exercise make the day go pleasantly past.

4. Ideal for children, the 1:9 scale replica of the village of Bourton-on-the-Water may be found in the garden of Bourton’s Old New Inn. Complete with houses, church and shops, built in the traditional Cotswold stone of the original. The model village is a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

5. Underground exploration in Clearwell Caves, near Coleford, will make an exciting trip for the family. There are nine impressive caverns to explore, and some of Britain’s oldest underground mine workings.

6. An action-packed day of fun is to be had at Cattle Country near Berkeley. In the play barns you will find drop slides, wavy slides, ball pools and much more, whilst outside there is lots to do as well, including rides on the mini train, or bouncing on Britain’s largest jumping pillow. For animal lovers there are opportunities to see deer, bison and cattle, as well as the chance to handle smaller animals.

7. During the maize growing season, Elton Farm creates three new giant maize mazes, large, medium and small. The mazes are themed and provide an unusual and entertaining challenge (potentially a long one!) for all ages with special events always going on. The late night special event is great fun but bring your torch with you!

8. The Dean Forest Railway is a good place for railway enthusiasts young and old. In addition to heritage train services for visitors to the Forest of Dean, the railway runs special events suitable for all the family, such as a ‘Day out with Thomas’.

9. Gloucester Folk Museum is a treasure trove of items relating to local history and just right for a rainy day and with free admission you can’t go wrong. Domestic life, crafts, trades and industries from about 1500 to the present day are exhibited. There is a Toys and Childhood gallery, with toys to play with and a puppet theatre.

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