Birds of all different colours, shapes and caws have made their nest at Birdland; come and make some feathered friends for life.
This is one of the largest collections of exotic birds in the UK with free-flying displays, feeding sessions and talks, as well as the England’s only breeding colony of king penguins. You can spot flamingos and pelicans or get in a flap over their Out of Africa experience. Some of the continents most curious creatures live here, in particular village weavers whose nest-building prowess is something to behold.
Not everyone knows this, but dinosaurs have more in common with modern-day birds than reptiles. In fact, many of them even had feathers! Explore the similarity at Jurassic Journey where daring visitors can uncover fossils and see life-size dinos - just don’t forget to return to the present and meet guinea pigs, snakes and more at the Encounter Zone
Cotswold Clubhouse is a family activity centre, based in Bourton-on-the-Water, offering different sports, arts & crafts, and other activities for adults and kids of all ages.
A firm favourite amongst the little ones is the soft play area. Older explorers (3-11) can enjoy a 3-level play frame, while the tots (0-3) have fun in the interactive Toddlers play area. Meanwhile, you’ll have the chance to unwind at the Clubhouse Café and catch up with the other mums and dads over tasty, locally-sourced food.
Get active! Introduce the kids to gymnastics at the state-of-the-art Gymnastics & Trampolining Academy, or drop in for a Play Gym sessions with your under-5s (featuring a Trampoline, Rope, Fast Track and Bouncy Castle). Want to hit the gym on your own and lose the baby fat? There’s a creche on-site, too.
Take a walk on the wild side at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens!
Gaze at the Asiatic Lions lazing around in their enclosure and look a giraffe in the eye at the Giraffe Walkway. See the stunning White Rhinos on the lawn of the Gothic Manor House. Make sure you don't miss the daily Penguin Talk & feed at 11am and 3pm.
Discover Cotswold’s huge collection of over 130 species of birds. Come across all sorts - from Emus, Cassowary, Owls, Pelicans, and Vultures, to the world’s biggest bird, the Ostrich, and everything in between. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Flamingos and Pelicans when you pass by the lake! Feeling brave? Take a peek into the Reptile House for an up-close encounter with giant anacondas, crocodiles and deadly snakes.
It’s not just animals you can have fun with at Cotswold. Take a ride on the narrow-gauge railway, or explore the stunning gardens and parkland to see cacti, succulents and tropical planting in the walled garden in the summer months. Energy still left in the tank? Run wild in the amazing adventure playground, or climb 20 feet in the air on the scary sky maze. It’s going to be one wild day out!
Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection is a fun packed indoor museum with loads of activities for the children.
With seven unique galleries including an enchanting toy collection, the museum is a nostalgic journey through the 20th century, making it a vintage day out for the whole family to enjoy.
The museum is bulging with great cars, quaint caravans, precarious looking motorcycles, enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities.
Showcases are packed with memorabilia, from gramophones to cameras, you will need to look high and low, and every corner is filled.
Throughout the museum there are sounds and smells from the days of the blacksmith through to the era of heavy metal and glam rock.
You will be delighted to find Brum. He lives here, in the Museum, and this is where he was filmed. He loves having his photo taken, so don't forget your camera!
Running through the museum there are quizzes, feely boxes, building games, brass rubbings, old fashioned toys and dressing-up boxes and this is not just for the grown-ups, kids can join in too!
The Old New Inn is known all over the world for the fascinating model village in its garden.
The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Car Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford.
Bourton Model Village has always been famous for its miniature bonsai type trees, which are carefully pruned to keep them to scale.
Also at the Model Village: Miniature World - a unique exhibition of highly detailed miniature scenes and room sets. These include several moving miniatures. Over 100 of England's leading miniaturist craftsmen and women were involved in the creation of this exhibition. Miniature World can only be accessed from within the Model Village, it is undercover and entry is just £1 extra.