Cotswold Water Park and Beach
Essentials List –
- Bucket, spade, ball and a fishing net
- Towel and lots of changes of clothes
- Inflatables (small boat)
- Sun tan lotion for kids, hat and something to sit on
Enjoying Outdoor Fun
Luckily the Cotswold Water Park and Beach is very local to us and I have found it a fantastic day out even when Harry was a baby. The best time to enjoy the Cotswold Water Park and Beach with your toddler is on a sunny day. It is brilliant for enjoying the outdoors and in particular for experiencing some beach fun. Parking has recently been allowed right opposite the beach, but you need to arrive early to obtain a space. Unfortunately its quite a walk from the reception car park to the beach and can be a struggle if you are alone with your toddler.
There are two small play areas for children of all ages, the first is opposite the car park, and the second is just behind the beach. The playground by the beach has two baby/toddler swings and a small slide. The other has smaller climbing frames but toddlers will need assistance.
In both playgrounds there are large sand pits for children of all ages to enjoy, but you will need to remember buckets and spades. Should you forget there is a small shop at the reception that sells beach fun packs, nets and balls
On a sunny day the beach (man made) can get very busy, but if you arrive at opening time it is very quiet and you can enjoy the space and water. Harry really enjoys the beach and has done since he was very little. A wetsuit is recommended as it does get cold but the water is calm and you can take a dinghy on the water, use a net to look at fish and even go snorkelling. Toilets are a walk away and are located in cabins behind the playground where there is a baby changing station.
Bouncy Castles, Country Walks and BBQ’s
At times throughout the year the park has a large inflatable slide and bouncing castle available but you will need to pay to use these. Harry really enjoys the slide but this slide is not suitable for smaller toddlers.
Around the lakes there are two long walks with activites based on route. These are better for older children but youngers ones can take a bike or a ball. It is important that you keep your toddler / child with you as there is no fence around the lake so it is important to stay safe. At the Cotswold Water Park and Beach they have several large BBQ site which can been booked for parties or social occassions. In paricular BBQ 1 is right next to the beach so it makes a excellent location.
Eating and Changing Facilities
At the entrance there is a large reception area which has a shop selling drinks and ice cream, and on the ground floor there is a cafe which provides meals and drinks. Toilets are located in the cafe but there are also toilets and baby changing in the cabins near the beach. These are quite tucked away.
There is plently of parking and if you get there early enough you can park right opposite the beach making it easy to transport all your beach bags. Parking is also free and on busy days they collect your entry payment at the gate.
Location and Opening Times
Opening times are seasonal – please click on the link to the Cotswold Water Park and Beach website
For location and map please click here