The Cotswold Water Park
The area known as the Cotswold Water Park contains 147 lakes and was formed by quarrying and gravel extraction over the last 50 years. So far these lakes cover almost 1,000 hectares of open water and provide excellent leisure opportunities for sailing, water ski-ing, wind-surfing, canoeing and diving. For those who prefer to stay on land there is walking, cycling, bird-watching, angling, paint-balling and in summer the Cotswold Country Park is ideal for children with its sandy beach, adventure playground and children’s activities and pedalos.
With a rich variety of flora and fauna these lakes provide a home for a stunning variety of wildlife thoughout the year. Birdwatchers will be rewarded for their patience in the bird hide, as regular visitors include the great crested grebe, sedge warblers, whitethroat and kingfishers and a visit in winter could well include sightings of fieldfare, brambling, wigeon, pochard and teal.
Just 30 minutes from The Ormond
Westonbirt National Arboretum
Westonbirt is an historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and an internationally important tree and shrub collection with 17 miles of paths through five national collections. It is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
The 16,000 trees (2,500 different specimens) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates.
Westonbirt attracts over 350,000 visits per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular display of autumn colour and the rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays in the spring. The arboretum is popular for groups, individuals and educational visits. Popular events include the Live Music concerts programme in the summer, Treefest and the Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail, not to mention the special “Dog Days” held in the autumn.
Just 5 minutes from The Ormond.
Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Slimbridge is wildlife up close… great spectacles… things to do beautiful landscapes… places for children to explore… good food… friendly faces…and beautiful pink flamingoes!
Slimbridge offer unique experience for all the family to enjoy beautiful surroundings. Be sure to visit the interactive visitor centre. The flamingo’s are a must see and if you want to do some serious twitching then there numerous hides overlooking the adjoining marshes.
There is a restaurant and children’s play are within the grounds and don’t forget to buy some bird feed which is on sale in the excellent shop
Just 30 minutes from The Ormond.
The ancient Roman city of Bath is a jewel of the South Cotswolds. Just 35 minutes from our door but offers hours of endless exploration for everyone.
The attractions and museums in Bath and beyond take you on a trip through time. There’s such an exceptional choice of things to see and do – from the world famous Roman Baths and the Jane Austen Centre (a shrine to the city’s most famous resident) to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath Abbey and Fashion Museum. Why not spend the day at one of the many attractions in Bath’s surrounding countryside? You can enjoy a family day out to Longleat or a trip to Stonehenge.
Bath is 35 minutes from The Ormond
Castle Combe has been called ‘The Prettiest Village in England’ and with good reason; visitors have been coming to enjoy its charms for at least a century and the small street leading from the Market Cross down to the By Brook is as picturesque today as it ever was.
In recent times the village has played host to many filming activities, the most famous of these being ‘Doctor Doolittle’ filmed in and around the village in 1966. More recently the village has had a major role in ‘War Horse’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘The Wolf Man’. The village is also a sanctuary to wildlife as it is a conservation area and enjoys the beauty of nature at its very best.
Castle Combe is 20 minutes from The Ormond