If you are looking for a fantastic getaway for the whole family then why not plan your very own staycation and head to the Cotswolds. Covering a total of five counties and an area of about 800 square kilometres, you can choose from the stunning countryside views of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Each of these breath-taking counties has its own personality and its own defining features that set it apart from the rest.
A Place for the Kids
It is an incredibly family friendly area with plenty of activities for the kids to take part in, from visiting farms to see the local wildlife to attending The Big Feastival in August for an experience to remember. Why not take a day trip to Berkeley Castle this summer and take part in their medieval fun with archery demonstrations and falconry displays.
A perfect way to explore the splendour of the Cotswolds is to go by kayak. Whether you want to spend an hour gently paddling or whether you are looking to become a watersports expert then there is something here for you.
Participate in a family fishing trip with a difference and hop in a kayak to make the most of your day, you get to explore more of the shore, have fun and maybe even catch a few fish. Spend some time researching your options before you head out into the water with sites such as Best Kayak Reviews to really get the most out of your kayaking adventure and to learn a little more about the sport in advance.
This is a great alternative to walking which the kids might find boring after a while and a fantastic way to learn a new skill, so why not make kayaking one of the main features of your Cotswold holiday.
Sun and Sand
Temperatures are at their highest in July and August making this the ideal time to head to the beach. The Cotswolds has is very own country park and beach which is one of the best and cleanest family beaches in the UK where you can relax and build some sandcastles with the kids before lunch at one of the many pizzerias and bistros.
In the afternoon, rent a pedalo and head out on to the lake for some more water-based fun and round off the day with a delicious Italian Gelato.
A walk in the Woods
The Cotswolds Volunteer Wardens run a packed year-round schedule that allows visitors to the area to learn all about this area of the countryside and to take it the outstanding natural beauty and views. You can go on a guided walk with a volunteer and some other tourists, or get a map and go on a self-guided tour and make discoveries on your own.
You can choose to visit the charming Hailes Abbey and Sudeley Castle but rest assured whatever you decide to do, you will fall in love with this stunning part of the UK and might just discover your new favourite holiday destination.