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Things to Do in the Cotswolds this February Half Term


Things to Do in the Cotswolds this February Half Term

Put a spring in your step and escape with all the family to the stunning Cotswold countryside this February half term. From puddle jumping competitions and treasure trails to country rambles amongst the snowdrops, there’s so much to get outdoors and enjoy this February half term as the rolling Cotswold countryside wakes up from her winter slumber.

Cotswold Farm Country Park

New Arrivals at Cotswold Farm Country Park

There’s lots of frolicking down at the Cotswold’s number 1 farm attraction over the warm spring months. Visit from Saturday 8 February up until April 2020 to see live lambing, have a go at bottle feeding goat kids and have a hold of other cute new arrivals, like bunnies and chics.

Puddle Jumping

Puddle Jumping Competition, Slimbridge Wetland Centre

This February half term the annual fun South West Puddle Jumping competitions returns to Welly Boot Land at Slimbridge, outside Stroud. Taking place on Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February 2020, there are prizes up for grabs for the most enthusiastic, stylish and biggest splashes. Welly Boot Land and Riverlife are Slimbridges children’s outdoor adventure playgrounds, with a purpose-built paddling stream, waterwheels, bridges and fountains - there are hours of fun for all ages. If the weather turns, there’s indoor soft play to escape too.

Entry to the puddle jumping competition is included with tickets to Slimbridge, which is a 100-acre wetland wildlife reserve with lots of attractions designed to get you closer to wildlife in this unique and special wetland. There’s the UK’s largest flock of flamingos, poison dart frogs, Toad Hall, otters and lots of birds that you can feed.

Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail 1

Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail, Forest of Dean

Just an hour’s drive from popular Cotswold holiday hotspots is the Forest of Dean, which you may know featured in the Harry Potter movies! The forest offers an impressive 204 square miles of ancient ‘Royal Forest’ and this February a new and, somewhat different, movie cast is hitting the forest paths. To celebrate the new Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon movie, released October 2019, the animators have partnered with the Forestry Commission to create an exciting digital trail. Download the app before you arrive (signal is poor within the forest) and park at Beechenhurst Cafe. The trail is free, but for £3.50 you can pick up a Glow Trail pack, including a cool UV pen, cute sheep ears and fun stuff like stickers as well as clues and pencil. Lu-La’s spaceship has crash-landed in the forest, follow clues around the forest, helping Shaun the Sheep decipher UV puzzles and complete challenges to help charge the lovable aliens charger so she can call home for help. There’s no time to hang about as Lu-La is being chased. There’s a great outdoor playground at Beechenhurst Cafe as well as serving delicious homemade food.


Pandemonium of Parrots, Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water

Did you know that a group of parrots is called a pandemonium? This February half term Birdland in the popular Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water is celebrating its brand new parrot display, featuring no less than 16 species of this colourful, intelligent and funny exotic bird. From 15 - 23 February 2020 at Birdland there are parrot-themed puzzles and a trail to follow, which will get all ages scratching their heads. Why do parrots like to sit on your shoulder? Did you know that parrots taste with the roof of their mouth?

Snowdrops at Painswick

Snowdrop Spectacular, Painswick Rococo Garden

Take the family to see what a carpet of 5 million snowdrops looks like this February half term at the stunning Rococo gardens of Painswick, a delightful Cotswold village often referred to as ‘The Queen of the Cotswolds’. Wander the 18th-century gardens, seeing if you can spot the 15 different varieties from the small native ones to the giant ‘Galanthus’. If you were fairies playing hide-and-seek, where would you hide?

Take a hop, skip and jump into the Cotswolds this spring, call 01451 600844, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or browse our family-friendly cottages.

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