Cotswold Farm Park (Adam’s Farm)

Cotswold Farm Park is a rare breed farm near Bourton on the Water and 20 minutes away from Cheltenham and Cirencester.  Its located on a working farm on the top of a hill (it gets pretty windy even in the summer months!) with some amazing views of the Cotswolds.  Its popular with locals and also gets lots of tourists in the peak season.  Many people who visit buy day passes, but they also have a great annual membership scheme. Membership includes fast tracking the queues during your visit, and also getting 10% discount in the on-site shop and café (I have popped the link above so check this out on the website).  There are lots of facilities and activities on the farm park including a touch barn, you can help feed animals, and experience seasonal demonstrations, including lambing, shearing and milking.

 

Over the years the activities for children have grown and they have a wide range of outdoor and indoor activity zones.  These include a sand pit area, automatic toy tractors (which are free of charge to use), and under 4 year old soft play barn, trampoline pillows, adventure playground and zip wire, and also a lovely nature trail walk.  I would say the majority of these areas are pretty much fully enclosed which is great if you have your hands full.  One area I particularly liked was the sand and tractor indoor area as they have a coffee hut and picnic tables under shelter right next to it; we were there for around 45 minutes and it was very relaxing.

Other outdoor things to explore include a nature trail and the chance to explore the farm on a tractor ride. They last around 20 minutes long, but its first come first serve so if you want to get on make sure you arrive about 5/10 minutes before the scheduled time.

It’s a great day out and we were there for at least 4 hours.  The queues are short, there are lots of places to play including indoor and outdoor facilities. They have a small maze with clues which is suitable for all ages, where they get lost but at least there is only one way in and out!

The café gets quite busy so I would recommend a picnic at peak time as there are lots of places to eat outside and there is a sheltered area. When we visited recently and the food in the cafe was resonably priced and was very quick. They are currently building a new cafe area and visiting which is due to open in March 2019 which is much larger and will have amazing views of the valley and beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds.

I recently met Adam Henson at the opening of our son’s RDA (Riding for the disabled) mess room in Coates, Gloucestershire and he was a lovely guy. Also, on our last visit he was there with some friends and really engaged with the public and happily helped with the animals.  We worked with the team on suggestions and support for their Santa experience and I must say the staff are really open to suggestions and fully supportive of SEND. We are in the process of organising some training with the team on SEND and cannot wait. The final reminder…it’s windy up there so wrap up and take layers. It re-opens on Saturday 16th February 2019.