The Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power is a perfect place to take visiting children.
When my sister visited me in October 2001, I took her and the kids to the Cotswold Farm Park. We ate lunch first (having learned that hungry children are cranky children), and then went in. We rode the tractor hay ride, the kids drove toy tractors, and we walked around to see all the animals. Last year when we did this you could buy food for the animals, go into the pens, and feed them. This year, thanks to foot and mouth, you can't touch any animal with cloven hoofs (goats, cows, sheep, pigs), let alone feed them but I'm sure that feeding them is now possible.
The Farm Park is one place where the rare domestic breeds of cattle, sheep and other farm animals are preserved.
2006 SEASON Open daily from 25th March until 10th September (including Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the May Bank Holiday weekend). Then weekends to the end of October and Autumn Half Term (Sat 21 Oct to Tues 31 Oct). 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. Last admission ½ hour before closing.
Children (3-16 years inclusive) £4.50
Senior Citizens £5.00
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £18.00
Many people tend to come to Cheltenham and Gloucestershire because of its scenery. Although, Cheltenham has some lovely sights within the town centre there are some fabulous photography opportunities if you drive out of town. The Leckhampton and Cleeve Hills offer splendid views over Cheltenham and there are some small woods nearby.
Some of the best views (which I have yet to photograph) are from Leckhampton Hill at night. On a clear day the lights of Cheltenham really shine and it makes for such a good photo!
One place we take visiting firemen's children is Bowood House near Calne because the Adventure Playground has a life size pirate ship to explore, complete with rigging, slides, chutes, trampolines high level rope-walks, and lots more to keep the children occupied. (age limit of 13 yrs. and under).
Beth's family piled in the bus and drove to Bowood house to have a picnic. The playground was amazing and the two boy cousins had a good time trying out stuff after lunch. Beth's daughter got to do some of the smaller stuff. The house has a nice garden. The landscaper of the house wanted there to be no signs of anything unnatural like fences and so there were a few other methods he used to keep the sheep in the fields. I forgot what they are called.
When I look on the website, I find that these are called ha-has
Capability’ Brown was employed to remove the earlier semi-formal gardens and create an open, gentle landscape, with a sinuous lake and belts of trees, all typical of his style. A ha-ha was constructed near the house.
OPEN: Daily from Saturday 1st April to Tuesday 31st October 2006
* Grounds 11am - 6.00pm
Admission Charges House and Gardens
Senior Citizens: £6.50
Children 2 - 4 yrs: £3.80
Children 5 - 15 yrs: £5.00
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) : £22.50
* Exit M4 at Junction 17.
* Follow signs to "Chippenham".
* At next roundabout, pick up the signs for "A4 Calne". Follow signs for several miles, around and through Chippenham.
* Approx. 3-4 miles out of Chippenham, you will see a large white pub on the right hand side (Lysley Arms).
* Continue straight up the hill, it will be signed to Bowood House.
* Approx. ½ mile up, on brow of the hill, turn right into Derryhill village.
* continue for approx. 20 metres straight ahead you reach the sharp corner.
* Turn through the white gates
If you're in Cheltenham its because you already have an appreciation for or an interest in the small English village scene. The Cotswalds which is pretty much the surrounding region is full of small villages with thatched roofs and all.
There are buses leaving all the time from town for various villages if driving on the wrong side is not your thing.
Our daughter brought us into Cheltenham the back way over the hill so that we could have this as our first view of the town.
She pointed out where she worked, and various other landmarks from this vantage point. A picture of what we saw is in the Intro
Symond's Yat - Really nice viewpoint between a meander in the river Wye, on the border of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire (As I recall!). Surrounded by forests, farmland, cliffs, river and little villages. If you are in the area, it's worth a vist. Oh, and you can watch Peregrine Falcons on their nest in breeding season. The RSPB has telescopes for you to use. If you fancy a drink, walk down to the Saracen's head by the river, but don't get too drunk, you'll have to walk back up again!!
This fabulously interesting museum is about 35 minutes drive East of Cheltenham, just off the A40 road.
Please read further details plus see more photos by looking at the Northleach page.