5 great places to go wild in the Cotswolds

Wildlife Cotswolds (Last Updated On: March 21, 2019)

If you’d love to combine a stay in the British countryside with a bit of a safari, the Cotswolds is the place for you! Whatever time of year you want to get away, you can see tigers, elephants, lions, pandas, meerkats, giraffes, crocodiles and more right here in the Cotswolds. Here are 5 fantastically wild places to visit this spring in the Cotswolds, complete with our selection of nearby cottages, so you can stay a while and really let your hair down!

1.Cotswold Wildlife Park

Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns, walk with lemurs, ride on the train, explore the adventure playground and meet the farm animals up close. The park also has a thriving education programme, numerous endangered species breeding programmes and several vital conservation projects in the wild.

Bolthole Retreats Cotswold Cottages near Cotswold Wildlife Park: College Farm Cottage, Church Cottage, Meadow View, Meadow View II, Hawthorn Cottage

2. Cotswold Farm Park

Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. There is plenty to do, whatever the weather, with an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows.

Bolthole Retreats Cotswold Cottages near Cotswold Farm Park: Teagles Cottage, Pilgrim Cottage, Horseshoe Cottage, Stepping Stones

3. Birdland & Jurassic Journey

Birdland is a 9-acre site in a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens – on a former Bryant & May Poplar Tree plantation, famous for its matchstick crop! It is home to over 500 birds (swans, pelicans, penguins, flamingos, hornbills, cranes, storks, cassowary, pigeons, owls and many more) in more than 50 aviaries, with open enclosures, a Desert House, and a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the Discovery Zone. Birdland is also the home of Marshmouth Nature Reserve, which has been developed into a small, Cotswolds ecosystem where over 60 species of bird have been recorded, including kingfishers. Within Birdland is ‘Jurassic Journey’, a trail for dinosaur enthusiasts with more than 30 different dinosaurs ranging from a metre-long baby stegosaurus to a 5-metre tall brachiosaurus.

Bolthole Retreats Cotswold Cottages near Birdland: South Winds, Forsythia Cottage, Horseshoe Cottage, Pilgrim Cottage, Foxes Manor (with hot tub), Church Cottage

4. Crocodiles of the World

Crocodiles of the World is the UK’s only crocodile zoo and is currently home to more than 150 crocodiles representing 15 different species including crocodiles, alligators and caimans (as well as monitor lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises, and other reptiles).

Bolthole Retreats Cotswold Cottage near Crocodiles of the World: College Farm Cottage, Church Cottage, Meadow View, Meadow View II, Hawthorn Cottage

5. Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust

From avid birdwatchers to families interested in nature and wildlife, there is plenty to discover all year round at Slimbridge – the home of Sir Peter Scott. With up-close experiences to suit all ages, offering access to a huge variety of bird life, it is no surprise that this fabulous centre is an award-winning day out!

Bolthole Retreats Cotswold Cottages near Slimbridge: New Church Cottage, Walkley Wood

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