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Fun for all the family 2015 

It's going to be a scorcher! Make the most of your kids' summer holidays
 


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Bit of a cliché that one: 'Fun for all the family'.

Yes, it can be hugely entertaining having your face slapped in paint while you try desperately to supervise four out-of-control children hell bent on causing as much mayhem as possible.... but it's still not the sort of thing you want to do every day.

Then again, you won't get another chance to see your kids grow up, so here's a few ideas for making the most those precious family days out in the open air.
 
On the buses

Getting around on the cheap
 
With petrol prices sky rocketing, it can be pretty expensive just getting to where you want to go even before you've paid to get in.
 
 
Barnes Coaches
 
With trips planned to take you to see Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium, Bristol Zoo and Weston Supermare - why not get in touch with Barnes Coaches?
 
 
Down on the farm

Get down with the animals
 
With Swindon being surrounded by countryside, it's no surprise that one of the most popular locations for families on a day out is the farm.
 
Roves Farm
 
Animals around every corner, plus tractor rides, animal races and a café.
 

Family season pass

Buy a summer season pass at Roves Farm and say hello down on the farm any time you want!
 
 
All creatures great and small
 
Take a walk on the wild side

Just up the road you'll also find some animals slightly more exotic than the usual.
 
Take a day to see the lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes.... tortoises, parrots, fruit bats and more!
 
Cotswold Wildlife Park

Catch the animals at feeding time, jump around in the play area or take a train ride!
 
Cotswold Wildlife Park near Swindon
 
There's plenty going on this summer at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
 
 
Meerkat Manor
Studley Grange
 
Take the family to Studley Grange Leisure Park on junction 16 and you'll find a family of mighty meerkats! Plus otters, ducks, geese, lambs and more.

 
And otters too!
 

It's the perfect answer to a family day out - take the grandparents with you, and they will be entertained all day at the craft centre.
 
A Taste of the Tropics
 
Butterfly World at Studley Grange
Inside at Studley Grange, you'll be fascinated by the beautiful butterflies, flying freely amongst tropical plants - not to be missed!
 
 
 
The Manor Farm Estate
Lechlade

Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Manor Farm Estate in Lechlade offers fun for all the family.

From their friendly farmyard animals to mountain biking, swimming, nature trails & much more...

> Manor Farm - website
 
Pedal power

Two-wheel fun
 
Another advantage of living in Swindon (gosh, aren't they're so many!) is the chance to get out and have a nice, sedate bike ride round the towns and villages that surround the town.

First you'll need to kit the family out on two wheels, though - and if Robbie Williams can shop for a bike in Swindon then so can you!
 
Cycling in Swindon
Bikes at the ready! This guide tells you everything you need to know about cycling around Swindon
 
 
Wat'er life

On the beach
 
Believe it or not, life really can be a beach in Swindon.
 
Swindon beach
Who needs Bournemouth:
sun seekers enjoying Swindon's beach
Located just a few miles down the road is the Cotswold Country Park, where there's so many activities on offer we can't possibly list them all here.

Plus, there's an actual man-made sandy shore to enjoy, as well.

Not quite Bondi, we admit, but pretty brilliant all the same when the sun's at its hottest.
 
Whether you're a young person or a parent just wanting a go, this summer you can go and try your hand at tridives, sailing, windsurfing and much more.
 

Wet 'n Wild 
 
Go on, give them a thrill they won't forget in a hurry - ringo riding, waterskiing or wakeboarding!
 
 
We've tried it - and can definitely vouch that it's... absolutely brilliant fun!

Just watch the vid if you don't believe it. And with a huge range of water sports on offer at WMski it's the perfect excuse to try something new!

 
Push the boat out
 
Picnics and boat rides in Lechlade, near Swindon
Picture perfect:
the river at Lechlade-on-Thames
Always a favourite during June, July and August (and any other day when it's baking) is the river at Lechlade-on-Thames.

There aren't many better places for taking a stroll, or just lying back and soaking up some rays while the swans and boats float by.
 
But why stop there?
 
Hire yourself a boat for the day (or overnight if you're feeling adventurous) and take in the scenery at your own pace - you'll find loads of places to tie the ropes and take to land for a picnic!
 
Or take the easy way out and join a river cruise - you can relax while someone else does all the hard work!
 
 
Water Balls!
Summer Holidays 2015
 
Fun without getting wet at Studley Grange! Get there while the sun's still shining!
 
Water balls at Studley Grange, Swindon
 

Gone Fishin'
 
Dads. If it's sunny outside, why not take the boy(s) out for a spot of fishing in Swindon?
 
Trout Fishing Swindon
What a size!
there are some big fish
to fry in Swindon
Who cares if you catch anything or not. It'll be great fun to try.
 
Remember though: children under 12 don't require a rod license, but adults do at nearly all locations such as Coate Water and Stanton Park.
 
For those who really want to go for the big stuff, trout fishing at Lechlade is the place to be.
 
 
Around the houses
 
Take in a bit of history
 
Swindon has a whole number of stately homes and gardens nearby. All at their best during the summer months.
 
Well worth an afternoon out, we think. Who knows the kids might just learn something.
 
Buscot Park Swindon
Buscot Park
 
Grand Palladian style house and gardens just outside Lechlade

 
On the track
 
Get the kids revved up and ready

The summer means the speedway season in Swindon.

So why not take the kids down to the Abbey to watch the Robins?
 
Swindon Speedway
Swindon Speedway
Get the kids revved up at the Abbey Stadium...
 
On the buffers

Swindon and Cricklade railway
All aboard!:
the Swindon and Cricklade
Railway
Take a trip back into a bygone era with a ride on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway.
 
Open weekends and bank holidays, trains run between 11:00am and 4:00pm.
 
On 30 & 31 August, there's also a Children's Treasure Hunt.
 
 
Mini Swing
 
Pitch & putt and crazy golf in Swindon
 
Swindon pitch and putt
Start 'em early:
pitch and putt
You don't need to be Tiger Woods to enjoy a fun game of golf in Swindon.
 
There are 2 great pitch and putt courses to try - one at Coate Water, the other in Highworth.
 
Both offer a simple course (the Coate Water one over 18 holes) where beginners of all ages can have a go without fear of embarrassing themselves.
 
And if that sounds too much, why not crazy golf at Coate Water or Studley Grange.
 
 
Grand Days Out
 
Festivals, comedy and more...

Don't forget our other section on 'Big Events' in and around this summer, nearly all ideal for families. See link below.
 
Still in a panic? - don't worry!
 
If a trip up the river, or a game of golf doesn't inspire you, then don't worry.
 
We've loads more ideas of things to do with the kids in our sections on 'Holiday Activities' and 'Rainy Days' below including museums, cinema and plenty more.
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