Avebury is a World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest prehistoric stone circles. It’s a short drive away from the village and many people prefer it to Stonehenge because you can get in amoung the stones and sense the history.
Avebury provides something for all the family. Adults can enjoy the walk around the stones, meander around the shop and museum. Kids love to run around the ancient earth works and roll down the steep slopes! There’s a pub, and if you need to bribe the kids there is usually an ice cream van in the car park. It’s often busy, so bear that in mind when choosing when to visit.
The national trust website is here
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Yes we know this is quite a long way from the village (35-40 min drive). But we also know that many families in the village visit this park more than once, every year. It’s the combination of sensible pricing, relaxed atmosphere, open parkland and a wide selection of animals to see that makes it such a pleasant day out. None of the stress that you often get in a busy zoo. It caters really well for all ages and it is ideal for a picnic lunch. The website is here.
Savenake forest is just 5 miles south of the Village. You can cycle to it down the old railway track if you are feeling fit. Savernake Forest is one of the oldest woodlands in England and believed to be well over 1000 years old. There are around 2600 ancient oaks, 2400 ancient beeches as well as over a hundred ancient chestnut trees.
It’s great for walking. It’s great for cycling, with long tracks, large ramps and bumps to jump. It has BBQ areas and open glades that children can play football in. You’ll also see from the pictures that many of the kids build dens from the fallen branches.
The forest can be pretty busy on sunny Sundays so we’d recommend Saturday or a weekday if you prefer a little more peace.
In the Walks section of this site you can see a number of shorter walks. The National Trail website has much more detail on the entire route