Bourton-on-the-Water with Kids, Cotswolds England

Tuesday, August 1

I'm convinced Bourton-on-the-Water is the best home base when traveling with kids in The Cotswolds. Besides being an absolutely adorable little village, it is overflowing with kid friendly things to do.

Bouton-on-the-Water sits on the River Windrush, and has the most adorable little bridges throughout the village. In the summer, when we stayed there, kids were creek walking as the water is very shallow. Every evening we walked down to the green on the river and had a picnic. It was so dreamy. 

The Cotswolds with Kids

Without a doubt, the Cotswolds in England is one of my absolute favorite places in the world.

I'm not sure it it's the honey colored cottages, the quaint villages that exude charm at every twist and turn, or the friendliness of the people, but every trip I've taken to the Cotswolds has been magic:)

The Cotswolds is actually a region in central south-west England, not an actual city. It is characterized by rolling hills, and the golden colored Cotswold stone that sets each village apart. For much of its illustrious history, the Cotswolds has been known for its wool, which brought the wealth much of the city was built upon. Today, you can still see sheep dotting the hillsides in the region! 

On this trip, our family stayed two nights in Burton-on-the-Water! You can read more about our time in Bourton-on-the-Water here (including the link to our Airbnb Cottage!) What a gorgeous little town and extremely kid friendly (which is why we picked it). We could walk all around the little hamlet and we picnicked along the green by the river a few evenings in a row. The river, flanked with many stone bridges around the city, was shallow enough for kids to walk around and play in. You can read more about why Bourton-on-the-Water is great with kids here. 

Bourton-on-the Water is also centrally located to the many places we wanted to explore with the kids. Some of the things we did in the area...

1) Explored my favorite Cotswolds town of Stow-on-the Wold. See our time in Stow here.

2) Visited Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park- this lovely park has tons of animals to feed and see, playgrounds galore, trampolines, and little trails to walk around. My kids loved it! They didn't want to leave. Open 10:30am-5pm, you can purchase tickets at the door. 

4) Spent a morning in Lower Slaughter (a wonderful little hamlet to walk around with kids). You can see see our time in Lower Slaughter here! 

You can read about 5 of my favorite Cotswolds villages with kids right here! 

We've taken the kids to the Cotswolds a few times now, and actually love it so much we are headed there in October for a few days to do some more exploring:) If you're been following along on IG, you know that I'm currently writing a children's book series. My second book is set in the Cotswolds, so it's been really fun doing research and meeting new friends there!

If you have any specific questions regarding taking your family to the Cotswolds, don't hesitate to comment, email or send me a message on IG (@hope_engaged)! I'd love to help you!

Stow-on-the-Wold (Cotswolds, England) with Kids

It's no secret that Stow-on-the-Wold is my favorite Cotswolds village. I fell in love with it on my inaugural Cotswolds trip years ago, and every time we return to this charming corner of the world, I always find a way to pop in and say hello! 

On this last visit, we spent a whole day exploring Stow with our kids. I introduced them to my absolute favorite tearoom in all of England...Lucy's tea room. If you're in the area, you must go for a cream tea, especially if you have food allergies. Lucy's provides a gluten free cream tea that is delicious! I wrote a whole post about our time at Lucy's Tearoom which you can read here. 

Rick Steve's England book also has a marvelous walking tour of Stow that I highly recommend. We did this with the kids and it took us all around the honey colored hamlet, down little alleyways, and through the main drag! 

A major highlight of Stow is the beautiful St. Edward's church. One of the grand doors on this church has two huge iconic trees growing up on either side of it, and many legends suggest that J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by these doors as he wrote the Lord of the Rings series. At the very least, I think every tourist is inspired as they soak in the creativity of scene. 

For dinner that night we ate at the Porch House in Stow. Hailed as the "oldest pub in England" (I'm pretty sure every pub says that haha!), it is absolutely gorgeous inside, and the food is delicious. A huge fire place, beamed ceilings, and gorgeous cottage pub decor rounded out the experience. If you're gluten and dairy free, order the risotto, it was incredible! 

If you're headed to the Cotswolds, don't miss Stow-on-the-Wold! And even better, plan to come on a market day for some shopping which is the second Thursday of every month from October to March, or the second and last Thursday from April to September! 

As usual, feel free to comment, email me, or message me on IG (@hope_engaged) if you have any questions!