Events and Attractions

There are so many Cotswolds events and attractions to enjoy during your Cotswolds Family holiday. Farms, Wildlife Parks, Stately Homes, Annual Events to name a few.  Here’s our pick of some of the places you might like to visit.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

The farm park belonging to BBC Country File’s Adam Henson. A lovely day out where you can play, discover, explore and relax. Self-propelled roller racers, battery operated tractors, a jumping pillow, maze and adventure playground will greet you. There are chances to get up close to animals, a demo barn, a wildlife walk and of course Adam’s kitchen where you can enjoy a well earned cup of tea!

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

For a fun filled day out for all the family – encounter anteaters, watch the giraffes, roar with the lions or waddle with the penguins. There is a railway to ride on around the park, and an adventure playground to run off some energy. It’s a pushchair friendly venue.

Source of the River Thames

The official souce of the River Thames is found at Kemble.  Here the river begins its 154 mile long journey to London Bridge.  As the river is ground water fed the precise source depends on the ground water level and as such can vary by a few miles between summer and winter.

Source of River Thames Kemble

Cirencester Park Polo Club

Cirencester Park Polo Club is the most historic Polo Club in the UK. It was established in 1894 in 3000 acres of parkland in the midst of one of the country’s most beautiful parks on the Bathurst Estate.  The club has 11 polo grounds , with some of the highest levels of polo available to watch.  Visitors are always welcome whenever polo is being played.  From May to September admittance is £20 per car (which includes all the occupants of the car).  Tournament finals are usually played on Sundays at 3pm, with gates opening at 12pm.  Dress code is smart-casual and children and picnics are welcome!

Polo (2)

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is The National Arboretum and holds an internationally renowned tree collection.  It is a fantastic place to explore – a living museum of trees!  Walk, relax and learn about nature.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is the medal winning home to one of the country’s largest private tree and shrub collections.  56 acres of wild gardens open up to stunning views, paths and streams and orient inspired statues.  The garden has lots of interest all year round – from the early promise of snowdrops, spring flowering bulbs and Japanese flowering cherries to the shading tree canopy in summer and the outstanding autumn colour there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Batsford Arboretum

Badminton Horse Trials

The Badminton Horse Trials is a three day event held each year in the park of Badminton House, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort.  In 2015 it is being held from 6th – 10th May.

Badminton Horse Trials

Fairford Royal International Ait Tattoo

 Each year the world’s largest military airshow takes place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, just 12 miles from Daisy Chain.   During the Tattoo visitors will are to a thrilling flying display including fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft and much much more!
The Royal International Air Tattoo takes place from 17th – 19th July 2015.
  Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo
Blenheim Palace, one of England’s largest houses was built at the start of the 18th Century and is a World Heritage Site.  The Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture and visitors are inspired by the imposing Great Hall, the beautifully intricate State rooms, the stunning portraits, tapestries and furniture collections.  It is set in over 2000 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and formal gardens. Children are well catered for too with miniature train rides to the Pleasure Gardens, where they can enjoy the Marlborough Maze (the world’s second largest symbolic hedge maze) as well as the Tropical Butterfly House and adventure play area.  It’s certainly worth spending the whole day at Blenheim Palace with all the family…and then going back for more!