If you are looking for a children focussed Christmas trail, then the Enchanted trail at the Cotswold Farm Park is the place to visit. You can not really go wrong with Christmas lights in a farm. Expect no Blenheim palace , the illuminated trail itself is much smaller , and a bit underwhelming if I am honest, but then I had been to Kew Gardens the day before, so they had a clear disadvantage. However, the illuminated trail is just one small part of the whole experience as there are so many other things for kids to do. We spent about 1.5 hours here (excluding eating time), out of which only fifteen minutes were in the illuminated forest! We could have stayed for longer if it wasn’t so cold 🥶
The stand out moment for us was the short but amazing fire show. Ay kept shouting out “oh no she’s eating fire” much to the amusement of all the crowd. He was so concerned that later even said to me “I think she will be dead now”. Well I hope not, but it was a good surprise as I was not expecting a fire show.
The experience starts when you step into the farm through the wardrobe, hanging fur coats and a man dressed up who looked inspired by Jon Snow I think.. lol… The story unfolds as you make your way around the farm with a few characters dotted around. You can go into the barn; feed or stroke the different farm animals in the indoor barn. The frozen ball is the next stop where you can dance in the indoor (silent) disco, or play in the indoor barefoot beach (aka sand/ snow pit) or jump around in the soft play or ride on the little electric tractors. The outdoor playgrounds are also illuminated and children are free to play in them, all while enjoying the twinkling lights, which is just magical. You can roast marshmallows around a fire pit or enjoy hot chocolate.
The pace is very relaxed and the length is just perfect for little legs. I think the experience would be ideal for toddlers and under 5s but still exciting enough for ages upto 7-8 years old.
I must say the tickets are not cheap, costing £25 for adults, 16£ for ages 4-15 16£ and 12£ for ages 2-3. The price for children is worth it but I think the 25£ adult charge is not. If you want to upgrade to the full Christmas Experience (which we didn’t do), it then includes personalised visit to Santa, make-a-bear activity, festive sweet treats activity and your choice of a gift. For the combined experience, children aged 2+ pay 45£, which is pretty expensive in my opinion!
🗺 Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5F
🎟 26 NOVEMBER – 31 DECEMBER
Entry fee applies. Book tickets HERE Use VIP10 to get 10% off your tickets
Standard Adult: £19.50pp, child 4-15 yrs: £14.50, toddler 2-3 yrs: £9.50
🚘 Free parking
🚻 Toilets available
🍕 Refreshments available
🦽Mostly Buggy accessible mostly but some terrain could be muddy during wet weather.
Only assistance dogs allowed on site, due to the close contact with the farm animals
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