We've never been to the Cotswolds before. It's not an area we had considered for a holiday destination, only for day trips. But, when my boss suggested Far Peak Campsite, we jumped at the chance. Post COVID, they are running with showers and toilets and the site is large with lots of space for social distancing.
Far Peak Camping
Far peak camping is located in Northleach in the heart of the Cotswolds. A prime location for visiting most of the pretty villages in the surrounding areas. There is an onsite climbing wall and indoor climbing area. These do need to be pre-booked, but are well priced for family or single person climbing.
The town of Bourton-on-the-Water is only 10 minutes away and is a must go-to for anybody visiting the Cotswolds. Termed as the Venice of the Cotswolds, the river Windrush provides plenty of photo opportunities and a perfect place to paddle or picnic in the summer.
Bourton-on-the-Water has many attractions, notably the Model Village, Birdland and the Motor Museum. We bypassed the crowds at the Motor Museum and checked out the Model Village.
Bourton Model Village is a replica of Bourton-on-the-water and has even smaller versions inside. A real Russian doll effect! The models are very well done, very quirky and the kids really enjoyed walking around, pretending to be giants! You can walk around as many times as you like and try to recognise the different buildings.
Harry Potter Inspired
Our trips usually consist of places that are interesting to see, have some history behind them, or a general tourist attraction. As our children are huge Harry Potter fans, we decided to take them to Gloucester Cathedral. A lot of the first Harry Potter film was shot here, in the cloisters. The kids happily geeked out and acted out several scenes, including being the troll walking down the hallway!
No holiday in the UK can be without a National Trust visit. The nearest one to the campsite is Ewe Pen Barn and the Sherbourne Park Estate. A walk through woodland to a playground is all that's needed to occupy the kids for a few hours. And ours weren't disappointed! Free parking with our membership and no need to book, we just turned up and walked. A lovely free day out to please everybody.
Our trip to the Costwolds was short but pleasurable. A quintessentially British area, with cute cottages and large open fields. Perfect for a slower paced holiday with sight seeing and plenty of ice cream spots!