A family holiday is the ultimate way to not only take yourself away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life but to have fun and make memories with the people you love the most.
Spending quality time with family is incredibly important and what better way is there to do that than being able to stay together under one roof.
Often the most difficult part of arranging a family holiday is catering for everyone. How do you find somewhere that has easy accessibility for the grandparents, places for Mum and Dad to relax and unwind, as well as things to do that’ll leave the children jumping for joy daily?
Our self-catering, lakeside properties at the Cotswold Water Park can do just that. Many of our properties can cater for large parties of up to 12, with accommodation on several floors meaning that everyone can stay together whilst still enjoying some space. Alternatively, for larger groups, you can rent 2 or more properties next door to each other.
In this our latest blog find out why the Cotswold Water Park makes the perfect family base.
Local food and drink
Whether you’re looking for a small bite before cracking on with your activity-filled day, or planning a big family dinner, we know accommodating all the family can often be a difficult task. Even more so if you want to bring along your furry friend.
Luckily in the Cotswold Water Park, there is a wide range of pubs, restaurants, cafés and takeaways for you to choose from! Many are pet-friendly and within walking distance of our lakeside properties. You’ll never have to travel too far to feed the family while staying here.
Activities for all…
From horse riding to archery and golf, the list of activities you can do at the Cotswold Water Park is endless. For the young, the not so young and everything in between, the exhaustive list of activities means there is something for the entire family.
Whilst there is an abundance of things to do to get your heart racing, don’t make the mistake of thinking activities in the Cotswolds are just limited to thrill-seekers. This area of outstanding natural beauty is widely known for wildlife watching and angling during all seasons.
Why not try something new and get involved in one of the many art and craft workshops that local businesses such as New Brewery Arts run throughout the seasons.
…And water sports!
Of course, we could never forget the water sports! How could we when they’re right on our doorstep. Local businesses offering the chance to try your hand at paddleboarding, kayaking and rowing certainly aren’t in short supply in the various lakes of the Cotswold Water Park.
If adrenaline-filled activities are going to be a main part of your family break in the Cotswolds, we highly recommend staying on Spring Lake. Whilst those brave enough can take to the waters any time of day, onlookers can join in by dining in The Lakeside Brasserie or viewing the lake from their private sundecks.
Cotswold Country Park and Beach
Open 7 days a week and recently refurbished, the Cotswold Country Park and Beach offers the perfect day out time and time again. Whether you’re the type of person to head straight to the water for a paddle or if you prefer to stay on dry land, there is plenty to be explored here from mini golf, to pedal karts, to the AquaVenture.
Why go on a beach holiday when we have the perfect one right here?
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Magnificent nature reserves
It’s no secret that nature walks have significant effects on our health and wellbeing, and the Cotswold Water Park certainly isn’t lacking in them.
The high waters and dense reedbeds provide rich nutrients for the plants around the lakes making them a favourite feeding place for a variety of birds and dragonflies. You can even find the more elusive Water Vole and Otters inhabiting the streams, reedbeds and ditches at the eastern end of Cleveland Lakes.
You can find out more about the wildlife you can find around the area here.
Ideally located for visits to other towns and villages
The Cotswolds is widely known for its biscuit tin villages and thriving local towns so heading out of the water park during your stay and exploring these glorious places is something we’d highly recommend.
One of the best things about staying in the Cotswold Water Park is its location and easy accessibility to all of these places. So, go ahead and pack up for the day to explore the Iron Age town of Fairford, walk down the River Leach at Lechlade and be wowed by the wonderful, picturesque church walk in Ashton Keynes. You won’t be disappointed!
Your furry friends are very welcome
Don’t ever think you need to leave your canine adventurer at home when visiting the Cotswolds – they are just as welcome as you are! As well as many of our properties, a lot of places and attractions will not only allow but encourage you to bring your furry friend with you.
In a place designed for wildlife, walkers and a strong sense of community, you’ll find hundreds of dog-friendly places to eat and visit.
There are too many to list here, but head over to Dog Friendly Cotswolds to see all the things you and your four-legged pal can get up to.
Safe and child-friendly accommodation
Finally, we know the term family-friendly often encompasses young children who love to run about and find mischief. If safety by the lakes is a concern of yours, a number of our lakeside properties have a large grass area in front of the property and vegetation before the water starts.
Please give us a call and speak to us if this is something you’d like to discuss. We’d be happy to point you in the direction of what properties are most suitable for you and your young families needs.
Fancy a family trip to the Cotswolds Water Park?
We know we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s on offer, but there’s more than enough in this article to keep you and your family entertained during a break in the Cotswolds.
If a trip to the Cotswold Water Park is what you’re after, we’ve got the perfect holiday homes to cater for everyone. Give our team a call on 01285 861 839 or have a look around our website to see what’s available.