The Cotswolds

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Our nearest town is the wool town of Fairford. Tamous for its beautiful church, the stained glass windows date back to mediaeval times, it has a lovely variety of shops, pubs and coffee shops. Either drive or enjoy a picturesque walk along lakes and the river from Great Farm.

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The Thames Path links Lechlade to London in one direction and to Cricklade in the other. Discover postcard pretty villages including Inglesham, which has a 13th century church that was restored by William Morris, Buscot, with its weir and tea room and Kelmscott, with a fantastic pub and William Morris’ home, Kelmscott Manor. All within a good days’ walk from the camps.

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The National Trust looks after Buscot Park, with its beautiful Italinate House and stunning gardens. There are many lovely walks to be had around the wider estate, with nearby Badbury Clump famous for its display of Bluebells each spring. Open April-October

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No trip to the Cotwolds is complete without a trip to Bibury, with visitors coming from all around the world to see its famous cottages – Arlington Row, said to be the most photographed terrace in England. There are two great pubs in the village and the trout farm is worth a visit – particularly if you have children in tow – feeding the fish is a treat not to be missed!

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A favourite outing in our family, Cotswold Wildlife Park has something for everyone. A huge variety of animals can be seen in enclosures which are as close to their natural environment as possible. There is also a lovely playground, a petting zoo and amazing gardens.

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Great Farm is situated in the eastern corner of the water park, most of which is devoted to wildlife. Whelford Pools Nature Teserve is just next door and is unmissable in spring, when nightingales can be heard every evening. To the west there is the opportunity to enjoy almost any watersport, from swimming to waterskiing, stand-up paddle boarding and everything in between.