This will be an ever-growing list of baby friendly places to go. Please contact the relevant place before you travel, just to check their opening times. If you know of a baby friendly place that’s not on here please contact me with all the details so I can add it to the list.
Check out the page at Explore Gloucestershire which has a list of events going through the holidays .
Check out travellovingfamily.com for ideas for things to do with the kids during the school holidays.
- Online Groups/Classes : for online baby/toddler groups and meet-ups
- Online Events and Entertainment : Local and beyond, a variety of events, and places to find events to participate in.
- Online Support : Links and organisations that have online support in place
- Online Resources : Things to do, inspiration, helpful people to follow…
Be safe, take care of yourselves, and feel free to contact me with any information or suggestions.
Child friendly cafes
- Woodruffs Organic Cafe – Near the top of the High Street, Stroud – Mum and baby/toddler friendly, enclosed children’s play area, space for prams downstairs, friendly and relaxed. 01453 759 195 24. The High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AJ. www.woodruffsorganiccafe.co.uk
- The Canteen – Daysmill, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 0DU – thecanteennailsworth.co.uk – Very cool and yet baby friendly, delicious food and drinks. Lovely and helpful staff (who don’t mind warming up bottles!). Toy corner, highchairs and changing mat available, but no specific changing area.
- Prema – Bethesda Chapel, South Street, Uley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 5SS. www.prema.org.uk Fantastic cafe and art space where there are always exhibitions, workshops and exciting things going on. There are always a lot of family events going on, see the Kids Zone section of the website.
- Curio Lounge – Kings St, Stroud. thelounges.co.uk – not an independent cafe, but it’s big and has loads of room for toddlers to run around, and comfy sofas, and a few toys. Plus a new little play area in the corner of the upper floor. Changing pace in disabled toilet on ground floor.
- Meme Cafe in Stroud is very friendly with mini- meme meals aimed at toddlers, a box of picture books to enjoy and baby changing facilities in the disabled toilets.
- Upper Lock Cafe – Great children’s section with a mini kitchen, lots of books and colouring. It’s friendly and relaxed, and they cater for both parents and children very well. Great baby changing facilities too. Head out of town under the railway bridge towards Travis Perkins, and it sits on the canal.
- The Malthouse – Salmon Springs, Stroud.
- The Old Flying Club cafe – Nympsfield. A lovely place for toddlers with good food, space to play in and gliders to watch.
- Eastington Park – Recommended by a local mum.
- Thistledown Cafe – Tinkely Lane, Nypsfield. This family run, organic farm has beautiful views over Woodchester Park and an open field right outside to run around in safely. Fresh seasonal dishes and a lovely selection of cakes. Dog friendly. Highchairs and changing space available.
- Whiteshill shop have a cafe with toys at the back of their shop and were very welcoming.
Outdoor Spaces and Walks
- Stratford Park and Museum in the Park.
- Whiteshill Playing Field – Great play area for little ones with a great view and benches, with a community run shop and cafe next door. Parking is right in front of the play area, and then there’s a nice walk down to the playing field and beyond. Definitely one I’d recommend.
- Daisy Bank – at the end of Horns Rd, near the cemetery in Stroud. A popular park and play area.
- Chalford Hill/France Lynch – good little jungle gym, the river, and a dirt track for bikes in the woods which Toby loves running around.
- Summer Crescent, Summer Street, Stroud – recently refurbished with lovely wooden play equipment.
- The Commons – Minchinhampton, Rodborough and Selsley Commons are great spaces for walking, kite-flying, picnics, ball games and of course, eating ice-cream at Winstones Ice-cream factory! Also try Painswick Beacon and Haresfield Beacon for walking – though maybe only with a decent off-road pushchair or a baby carrier!
- Coaley Peak (4 mile SW of Stroud on B4066) 12 acres of grassland with panoramic views of Severn Vale. Car Park and Toilets.
- Woodchester Park – has a free play trail. See the Woodchester Park website for info.
- Ruskin Mill public walk-through – park at Horsley Mill. This is an Independent Sepcialist College on school days, but with a beautiful public walkway through it. Best to go weekends or holidays. Follow the river through the valley down to organic cafe and art gallery at the end one way (short, flat walk), or pass the fish farm through Washpool and up through the woodlands the other way (longer walk with and uphill). Toilets at Horsely Mill, but no changing facilities. Toilets at Ruskin Mill with changing space and lift to cafe. No highchairs.
- Museum in the Park, Stroud. Free to get in and loads to see. There are often art exhibitions, there are refreshments and loos, and it’s pushchair friendly. There’s a little play area on the second floor with wooden toys and lovely books.
- Wyevale Garden Centre in Haresfield – Bath Road, Haresfield, Nr Stonehouse, GL10 3DP. This is where you’ll find me and Toby on a rainy day… They have a lovely soft play area by the cafe which is £2 a go, and although it says ‘recommended 3-6 years’ Toby’s been going there since he was 18 months, and there’s a little baby area. And there’s the rest of the garden centre to look around, and the fish shop further down the row of shops – great for distracting kids! www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
- Rugrats and Halfpints Indoor Play Centre (what was Magicland) in Cirencester – Open 7 days a week, 9.30am – 6.00pm. Meadow Road, Cirencester GL7 1YA. Recently renovated, with a decent cafe for food, large baby area, go kart area (£1 per go) and 3 netted trampoline beds! Rugrats and Halfpints website
- Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre in Ebley, between Stroud and Stonehouse.
Go Bananas has a good selection of varying equipment with plenty of special looking additions. They also provide a segregated play area for kids under 4 years old to keep them safe from the chaos while they avail themselves of the developmental toys and mini play equipment.
- Nature in Art in Twigworth (nr Gloucester) is the world’s first museum dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature. See website for more details including tickets and prices.
- Jet Age Museum near Gloucester – www.jetagemuseum.org. The Jet Age Museum is a really interesting place to visit, even if you aren’t a budding pilot or petrol head, and it’s free.
- Cotswold Farm Park
- WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
The birthplace of modern conservation, Slimbridge Wetland Centre is the ideal place to get closer to nature. Slimbridge is home to an astounding array of wildlife including the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, and ducks. A year round programme of walks, arts, events, workshops, talks and spectacular wildlife encounters are a fantastic way for everyone to connect to their natural surroundings. It’s pram friendly, has multiple baby changing facilites, playground, outdoor cafe and indoor restaurant, and is a wonderful place to take babies and toddlers for all the different sounds and smells.
- Prinknash Abbey
- Prinknash Bird and Deer Park : Closed Sept 2019 🙁
- St. Augustines Farm, Arlingham
A real working organic dairy farm in the Severn Vale, St Augustines is a typical dairy farm of over 100 acres, where the everyday farm life will go on around you. They are specially suited to early years and primary age children, please phone Elaine or Rob on 01452 740720 for more details. Watch the cows being milked in a herringbone parlour every afternoon, talk to the farmer as he works and find out where your milk comes from. Help feed the baby calves and visit the farm animals in the paddocks. Follow the farm trail to see over 50 acres and see our wildlife in its natural habitat. Explore the mini woodland trail. Go back in history and discover a vanished era in our bygones collection. •Join in the Fun on the Farm. •Indoor and outdoor activities •Acres to Explore. Educational visits from schools are welcome – please ring for details.
- St James City Farm – Gloucester – Open all summer
A taste of the countryside in the heart of the city of Gloucester. Run as a community project by a charity. Kids will love meeting the local animal residents (and you will love the free entrance!) Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4:30pm. Donations welcome.
- Cotswold water park has a special under 5s play area with their own paddling bit.
- Berkeley Castle and butterfly centre – walk around the castle searching for the jesters, and around the gardens searching for the dragons. Fancy dress available to wear for the whole of the visit (mostly for older kids, but cute butterfly and caterpillar costumes for toddlers). Holiday times they have a craft room open for kids too.
- Westonbirt Arboretum – Tetbury. Look out for the Gruffalo sculptures in Old Arboretum. Play park by the cafe. Great walks through the trees all year round and there’s organised holiday activities.
- Newark Park
- Woodchester Mansion
- Woodchester Park, with paper trail to follow, and a play trail
- Butts Farm in Cirencester
- Corinium Museum in Cirencester
- Cattle Country near Berkeley
- Painswick Rococo Gardens – A lovely place to walk around with a hedge maze too. New woodland play area at the bottom of the gardens. Cafe with cakes and light lunches. Also, they regularly have activities planned throughout the holidays.
- Stratford Park Leisure Centre outdoor pool – open in the summer, pay to swim / paddle in the toddler pool. There is some shade up to sit in now. Not the most beautiful, but very refreshing in the summer.