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home to country file Presenter and farmer Adam Henson, Cotswold Farm Park is an award-winning attraction in Guiting Power, near Cheltenham. Activities include feeding lambs and meeting baby bunnies, scrambling around outdoor playgrounds and jumping on bouncy cushions. You can also stay in campsites, glamping tents and cabins.
Not only are the Cotswolds teeming with chocolate villages and exquisite rural settings, but they’re also packed with playgrounds that will keep even the most energetic of kids busy – much to their parents’ delight!
Discover 11 of the best playgrounds for little ones ranging from aerial obstacle courses to replica train stations to let off some steam, all in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
1. Cotswold Farm Park at Guiting Power
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is a hit with people of all ages, but children are particularly well catered for at the family-friendly attraction near Guiting Power.
As well as offering opportunities to meet a variety of animals, the park also offers plenty of opportunities to hop, swing and play – and has even introduced two brand new adventure playgrounds in 2021 and 2022. The little ones can improve their driving skills on the pedal tractors, practice acrobatics on the bouncy floor cushions and test their balance on the new air play equipment.
2. Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury
Home to tree species from around the world, the National Arboretum, Westonbirt, helps children understand them through its forest adventure playground, Exploratree, where little ones can tunnel through logs and climb into a bird’s nest.
Elsewhere, follow the natural play path to crawl through tire tunnels, jump over logs and even cross a magical troll bridge. or go hunting for Gruffalo sculptures in the deep darkness of the forest.
3. Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe
With hide-and-seek holes, soaring turrets and slippery slides, the adventure playground at Sudeley Castle will keep little ones entertained for hours when visiting the popular attraction near Winchcombe.
The playground has a variety of spots where you can have a picnic before heading to the test course with cradle swings and balance beams. Eager explorers can also whiz down the zip line and test their skills on the 10-part course.
4. Tetbury Playstation
Train-loving toddlers will love climbing aboard the Tetbury Play Station, a train-themed play area built on the site of the city’s former railway station.
Featuring a jungle gym version of the Tetbury footbridge, a wooden steam train and a signal box playhouse, the motorized design is sure to stimulate little imaginations, with features best suited to preschoolers.
5. Broadway Activity Park
Broadway Activity Park transforms the village’s amusement park into a super fun park for kids of all ages, featuring a large climbing wall, giant space net and fast zip line accessible from Main Street.
With four play areas separated by open grassland, there’s plenty of room for energetic children to run around, as well as a picnic area, an all-weather sports field and a pitch for football and baseball.
6. Chipping Campden Recreation Area
Arguably one of the loveliest playgrounds in the Cotswold, the leisure site is just off Chipping Campden High Street.
Wiggle over bridges, climb the cargo net jungle gym and try to get all the way over the monkey bars. with a spiral walkway in Cotswold stone and a willow tree arch also to be explored.
7. Burford Garden Company
As well as some really stylish home and garden accessories, the Burford Garden Company has an adventure playground that makes for a child-friendly visit to the Cotswold shopping centre.
After you’ve exhausted the little ones on the swings, don’t miss the opportunity to browse Little Burford’s magical selection of toys. And if you have hungry kids to feed, the on-site cafe offers plenty of tasty treats and lunch specials.
8. Fairytale Farm in Chipping Norton
Enter a fantasy world at Fairytale Farm with six enchanting zones filled with sensory experiences and adventure games to explore – from visiting Jack’s beanstalk and milking his cow, to climbing a multi-story combine harvester and encountering a giant mermaid.
Best of all, Fairytale Farm prioritizes inclusivity above all else and offers plenty of accessible play equipment, including a wheelchair swing, to ensure children of all abilities have a magical time.
9. St Michael’s Park in Cirencester
Certain to be a hit with little ones who want to climb and explore, St Michael’s Park in Cirencester is an oasis of fascinating spaces with an adventure playground and the family’s favorite activity, mini-golf.
Also with tennis courts, croquet and bocce ball there is something to keep the whole family entertained in the beautiful green area which is only a few minutes walk from the town centre.
10. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens near Burford
As well as giraffes, penguins and rhinos, the Cotswold Wildlife Park has an incredible adventure playground for children to discover when they visit the popular family attraction.
Climbing 20 feet up into the trees, Skymaze is a maze of interconnected treehouses connected by jungle bridges and slides to rush down. while the Mini Manor offers a smaller adventure for smaller children, complete with a mini zipline and sandpit.
11. Abbey Park in Evesham
Just outside the Cotswolds but worth mentioning is Abbey Park, Evesham’s crowning achievement, which offers an impressive play area for children to let off steam.
With an underground shore slide, basket swing and trampoline, kids can climb, jump and swing to their heart’s content. As a bonus for visitors on a sunny day, there are water feature fountains to splash around in and plenty of green space for a picnic.
By Annabel Lamas
Thursday, May 26, 2022