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Fat Squirrel Outdoor: A Family-Friendly Adventure in the Cotswolds

When you are thinking of the Cotswolds, what is the first picture that comes into your mind? Is it a beautiful village full of honey-coloured little cottages, rolling hills with hundred sheep peacefully grazing among the stone walls, right?


Well, the picture is actually pretty accurate but it doesn’t end up there. The Cotswolds are much more than that. If you are coming to the area for a weekend, it might be a good idea to opt for exploring the villages. However, if you coming for a week or longer and going to have kids in tow, then it’s time to find out what else the Cotswolds can offer.


When I was a kid, I thought that building dens with my friends in the woods near my grandma’s house was the most exciting thing ever! If you and your children agree with me, then you would love to spend a day at Fat Squirrel Outdoor.


Comfortably located within a 20-minute drive from Graziers Cottage (very convenient if you are staying with us!), Fat Squirrel Outdoor offers a wide range of family-friendly outdoor activities in the Cotswolds associated with woodlands. Here you can build your own den; you can learn how to light a fire without using a match… In fact, you can even cook your own woodland feast!


A woman and a man watching campfire cooking demonstration
Mastering the skill of campfire cooking

Don’t worry if you have never cooked anything in your life apart from a toast: a highly-skilled Fat Squirrel Outdoor instructor will be guiding you step-by-step throughout the whole experience helping to transform those fresh ingredients into a delicious meal. By the way, you don’t need to worry about fresh ingredients either: a hamper of your choice is provided as part of your adventure.


An instructor demonstrating how to place ingredients on a barbecue
Cooking guided by the experienced instructors

Looking for some fun? No problem! Try your hand at axe throwing. This instructor-guided activity is absolutely safe for everyone aged 8+ and not strenuous as the axes are lightweight. After some practising, you will be split into small groups, and each group will be given an individual challenge to achieve.


Two boys throwing axes to the targets
Axe-throwing is a safe and full of fun activity

Feeling in need of a little rest after all those activities? Just chill out in one of the hammocks under the trees and enjoy the calmness and serenity of the Cotswolds countryside.


Child's wellies in front of a hammock
Time for relaxation

No matter the weather, Fat Squirrel Outdoor got you covered – there are rustic shelters provided onsite for all participants to keep you dry.


In addition to all the above, there is also a range of interesting events held throughout the year: Mother’s Day; Teddy Bear’s Picnic; Mini-beast Picnic; Spooky campfire with the Wicked Witch; Campfire with Santa, etc. I would recommend checking their website for more details.



Top tip: make sure you have pre-booked the activities in advance via the website as Fat Squirrel Outdoor doesn't accept entries on the day without prior arrangement.


I hope I have inspired you to visit the Cotswolds with your children without fear that they might get bored. This area is so big and versatile, that I guarantee there will be plenty of entertainment for kids of all ages.


Still not convinced but thinking of visiting the Cotswolds with children? Ask me, I am here to help with more tips and advice (ccntact@grazierscottage.com)


How to get there:

Fat Squirrel Outdoor

Notgrove,

Cheltenham,

Gloucestershire


A map with directions
Fat Squirrel Outdoor is less than 20 min drive from Graziers Cottage

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