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Any regular visitor to the Cotswolds will know that there is plenty to do here, any time of year, not least in the great outdoors. Choose from a vast array of activities on offer, ranging from high speed car days to climbing walls to pony trekking. Whether you are looking for a family activity holiday, celebrating a birthday, planning a get-together or would just like to try something new, take a look at some of the different experiences on offer when you holiday in the Cotswolds:


Start them young and who knows, you could be headed for the Olympics! Cotswold Archery caters for budding archers of all ages (from 5 to 105!) who can experience the thrill of shooting a bow and arrow. All instruction is under the guidance of a fully qualified archery coach.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon shooting is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the UK. Why not schedule in a lesson during your stay in the Cotswolds and have something to tell your friends about? Cotswold Clay Pigeon Shooting offer lessons for beginners and improvers so there’s no need to worry if you haven’t tried it before. Choose from one-on-one lessons, or book as a pair or group – great fun!

Rally School

Another one for our older visitors although you can take part from as young as 10! Gloucestershire Rally School offers rally driving experiences from just £15 and caters for all abilities. A gift voucher makes a great present as part of your Cotswolds activity getaway too! This authentic gravel rally driving track is located in the South Cotswolds at Down Ampney, between Swindon and Cirencester on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border. Visit their website for more details on this exciting activity.

Climbing Wall

Kids love climbing! Far Peak Climbing Centre in Northleach is a superb climbing facility, offering indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities and outdoor climbing on a 15m tower set within the surrounding woodlands. The centre is great for families and climbing enthusiasts alike and is open until dusk daily, with floodlit evening and night climbing sessions regularly on offer. There is a dedicated children’s climbing area suitable for those as young as 3 (as long as they fit a helmet) and a mini cave and slide to keep them amused for hours. There are also climbing pillars with loads of dedicated children’s climbs and routes set on four separate top ropes as well as challenges for the older climber. If you just want to go along and watch, you can view the action from the on-site cafe.

Pony Trekking and Riding Lessons

Situated just outside Bourton-on-the-Water, Bourton Vale Equestrian is a friendly riding establishment, offering expert tuition and scenic rides around Bourton-on-the-Water and the picturesque villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. Catering for complete beginners to the more advanced they offer riding for everyone.

And when you've spent an active day in the Cotswolds, you're going to need a hearty pub-meal for sure, so for a super list of dining pubs in the Cotswolds, don't miss this guide to 27 Amazing Dining Pubs in the Cotswolds.

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