Things to do in the Cotswolds

Our Self Catering cottage at The Butchers Arms is ideal for overnight stays and weekends away in the heart of the Cotswolds. There are many activities and places of interest within a short drive from the pub & cottage. Here are some we recommend.

Cotswold Country Park and Beach
Set in 40 square miles of countryside, the Country park features the largest inland beach in the UK, Activities include: boat hire, water zorbing, bouncy castles, crazy golf, a climbing wall, adventure playgrounds, open water swimming, cafes, wonderful lakeside walks, and more. The park allows pets and your own BBQ’s and picnics. Open February-December.

Spratsgate Lane, Shornecote, Cirencester, Gloucsetershire, GL7 6DF

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Home to one of the largest reptile collections in the UK, the Cotswold Wildlife Park features over 260 animal species including giraffes, rhinos & lions and is set in studding gardens. There are daily penguin and lemur talks, a farmyard, adventure playground and picnic areas.
Burford, Oxon, OX18 4JP

Slimbridge Wetland Centre
This wetland zoo is home to flamingos, otters and much more. Here you can take a canoe safari, go birdwatching and climb the viewing tower for 360 degree views over the studnning Severn Estuary.
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, Glocestershire, GL2 7BT

Cirencester, known as the “Capital Of The Cotswolds”, is an historic Roman town in the heart of the Cotswolds with attractions from a Roman Ampitheatre, Cirencester church and the nearby Chedworth Roman Villa. The Corinium Museum in an important source of information on the local history.
The Abbey grounds contain the site of St Mary’s Abbey which was consecrated in 1176 in the presence of Henry II, remaining until the Dissolution in 1539 when the Abbey was completely demolished. The only remaining building of this period is the Norman Arch. A portion of the ancient Roman Wall is also situated in the grounds.

About a hour drive away is the Roman city of Bath. Bath is set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. The museum at the site of its original Roman Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple; the facility’s Pump Room serves a popular afternoon tea. Today’s visitors can soak in the waters at the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa.