10 Things To Do in 10 Miles of… Moreton in Marsh

1.6 Miles- Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is home to the country’s largest private Arboretum. A selection of Tree’s and Shrub’s covering 65 Acres.  As well as being able to tour the grounds, there is a visitors centre with a Cafe, Shop and Plant Centre. The Arboretum dates back to the early 17th Century and is now run by a charity known as the Batsford Trust. It’s open every day of the year excluding Christmas Day 9-5 Mon- Sat and 10-5 on Sundays. It’s dog friendly which is a great feature and would be sure to keep the kids amused for a day.

2016 prices- £7.95 adult, £3.50 kids, £19.95 family. 

Dog Friendly, Good for Kids

2 Miles- Cotswold Falconry Centre

Cotswold Falconry centre was started in 1988 and now houses over 150 Birds of Prey. There are daily demonstrations as well as the chance to walk through the Owl Woods which is a more natural environment to observe the Birds. The centre is open mid Feb to mid November with 3 to 4 displays a day. There are also chances to pay for extra activities and displays on the website.  Dogs are not allowed at the centre.

2016 prices- £10 Adult, £5 kids, £25 Family

Good for Kids 

4.3 Miles- Chastleton House and Gardens

Chastleton House is a 400 year old Jacobean House and Gardens, built in the 1600’s and now owned by the National Trust.  It’s one of the only National Trust sites that has focused on conservation rather that restoration, which means that there has been little change to the house in the modern era’s, giving you an unspoiled look into how the house was built and used. You can pick up a special explorer pack for kids to keep them amused during your time touring the house and gardens. The garden features a Topiary and a Croquet area in the summer months and you can get a free guided tour of the gardens.  Opening months are March to October with a few opening weekends in December. Website says dogs allowed in fields only so I wouldn’t class this as a dog friendly location.

2016 prices- House and Garden- £10.50 Adult, £5 kids, £27 Family. Garden only £4 adult, £2.50 kids, Family £10. 

Good for Kids

7.2 Miles-Broadway Tower and Country Park

Broadway Tower and Country Park consists of  the  65 foot high Broadway Tower with views of over 16 counties spanning 62 miles. The Tower is located in a country park along the Cotswold Way and also has a Cafe as well as a Nuclear Bunker to visit.  The Tower was built in the 18th century,  designed to give a dramatic outlook on a pre-medieval trading route. Each floor has a different exhibition showing the history of the Tower, culminating in the roof viewing platform giving you amazing views across the landscape. Red deer may be spotted from June onwards in the grounds of the park . There is an on-site Cafe which is Dog Friendly and a cold war Nuclear Bunker buried 15ft under the ground. The Tower and Cafe are open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The opening times are 9-5 for the Cafe, 10-4 for the Tower,  and 10-4.45 for the Bunker on Weekends and Bank Holidays only.

2016 prices- £5 adult, £3 kids, free under 6,  £14 Family. £8 to visit Tower and Bunker.

Good For Kids, Dog Friendly

8.2 Miles-Cotswold Motoring Museum

Cotswold Motoring Museum is situation in the picturesque Village of Bourton on the Water. It’s designed to be a journey through the motorcars of the 20th Century, complete with vintage cars, classic cars, caravans and motorbikes. Possibly most importantly, it’s the home of the famous Brum! There are 7 showrooms over 7500 square foot where you can discover over 50 classic and vintage cars.  The Museum is Dog Friendly too. It’s open from 13th Feb to mid December and is open 10am-6m daily.

2016 prices- £5.50 adults, £3.95 Kids, under 4’s free, £17.35 Family

Good for Kids, Dog Friendly

8.3 Miles- Bourton on the Water

Bourton on the Water is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds and is one of the most popular villages in the area. It sits on the river Windrush and it’s main features consist of the many small bridges which cross the river in the centre of the village. Bourton is buzzing with day visitors and has lots of quirky shops as well as places to eat. A lot of the other tourist attractions in this list are located here including the Cotswold Motoring Museum, Model Village and Railway and the Birdland Park and Gardens.

Price- Free

Good for Kids, Dog Friendly 

8.3 Miles-Bourton Model Village 

The Bourton Model Village is a replica of Bourton on the Water which is built at a one ninth scale of the actual Village. The Model Village was opened in 1937 and took 5 years to build. The Village is famous for it’s mini Bonsai style tree’s which are pruned to replicate the scale of the Model. It aims to be open all year (weather dependant) but dogs are not allowed and there are restrictions on pushchairs and wheelchairs due to the size of the replica paths and roads. The Village is child friendly, although given the strict instruction for what kids can and can’t go near I wouldn’t want to be the one responsible for the little one breaking a tiny house!

Price- £3.60 Adult, £2.80 Kids over 3, £3.20 over 60

8.4 Miles- Birdland Park and Gardens

Birdland itself is set in 9 acres of garden and woodland surrounding the River Windrush in the centre of Bourton on the Water.  It houses over 130 species of birds including Flamingos, pelicans, cranes, storks, parrots, owls, pheasants, hornbills and  touracos among others. There is an on site Cafe, a Jurassic Area complete with hidden Dinosaur models and 2 acres set aside as a nature reserve where people have observed Rabbits, Foxes and Deer as well as other animals. There is a small outdoor and indoor kids play area. Birdland is open daily from 10am, closing only on Christmas day with varied closing times depending on time of year. Surprisingly, compared to most other places dealing with animals, dogs are also allowed.

2016 Prices- £9.95 Adult, £6.95 Kids over 3, £8.95 Senior/ Student 

Good for Kids, Dog Friendly

8.5 Miles- The Lido, Chipping Norton

Chippy Lido as it’s affectionately known in the area consists of a 25m heated pool, toddler pool with slide and Cafe. The Lido is run by a charity and relies on donations and fee’s to stay open. The pool is heated with solar power. Opening months are April to September. This attraction has the smallest open season, but if you’re away in the summer months, it’s always good to know of a good local outdoor pool. There is also an event at the end of each season where they have an annual dog swim where owners can take their dogs into the pool for a swim if you fancy it!

2016 Prices (peak times)- £5.20 Adult, £3.60 Kids, £16.25 Family.

Good for Kids  

10 Miles- Cotswold Farm Park

Cotswold Farm Park is run by the famous Countryfile farmer Adam Henson. The farm houses over 50 breeds of rare farm animals and also has large kids play areas, farm shop, cafe, bistro. Wildlife Walk, Farming demonstrations, meet the animals, farm safari, Lambing, feeding , maze, bouncy pillow, rare breeds through hisotry, own campsite. Open mid Feb to end October

2016 Prices- £10.50 Adult, £9.50 Kids, £6.50 toddler (2-3), £35 Family.








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