Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water – Brilliant days out!

Cheltenham, Days Out, Life with a toddler
Birdland Bourton on the Water Gloucestershire family days out
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Last weekend we visited Birdland in Bourton-on-the-water for a great summer’s day out. We’d heard from friend’s that Birdland is a hit with toddlers and crucially, we’d even heard it had dinosaurs. We knew?that would be a huge win with out newly ‘roaring’ toddler and so, with my parents visiting, it was time for us to visit. Firstly, where’s Birdland,?you wonder? It’s in a a lovely Cotswold village near Stow, around half an hour from Cheltenham or 50 minutes from Oxford, and is definitely worth a visit (Birdland website).

I should clarify straight off, that we had a fantastic day and we loved it so much we bought membership (only ?19.99 for each adult for a year, so amazing value for money).

What’s Birdland?

The park covers 9 acres and is all really pushchair accessible. There is a playpark for kids up to age 10, more ducks than in a toddler’s dreams and dinosaurs thrown into the mix too. ?What more could you want?! Yes, there is ice-cream too, so that box is ticked as well!

What about birds? Well there are loads, some in enclosures, others more wild. You can play bird spotting in the hides around the Nature Reserve which is also where the dinosaur trail is located. From penguins and owls, to a parrot in the cafe and a hatchery, everything is covered.

The map below shows the many different areas within Birdland:

Birdland 9 acres of fun for kids and toddlers

A few basics:

1. Entry cost:

It’s ?9.99 for an adult (but you can get 10% off if you book online beforehand a day before)

Children under 3 are free, and those over 3 are ?6.95. Seniors are ?8.95.

We upgraded to year membership on our way out as we had such a good day (adult ?19.99, child ?13.95, senior ?17.95) and you get the price of the day ticked back, so we?only need to visit once more to break even.

2. Parking:

There are a few car parks nearby – one through Bourton (taking the left bend and following the sign for Birdland, as well as the field we parked in (?3 a day) which was just before the bend and High Street, but still only a 5 or so minute walk away.

3. Visiting:

It’s open all year apart from Christmas, and we really could spend at least most of the day there. There were a few talks which we missed, and Penguin and Pelican feeding in the afternoon on the day we visited. We were starving at that point and had managed to get H into the buggy, so weren’t getting her out. The poor birds would have wondered what was going on if we had later tried to put her back in!

Our day:

We had a fantastic day, it’s all so well laid out and the park and setting is beautiful.

There is a great range of birds and they’re all in different situations, from wild open large enclosures to ducks on the stream, some huge cages, but paired with a parrot in the outdoor cafe, and a nature reserve complete with hides.

Of course you have the dinosaurs on e Jurrasic Trail to keep even the smallest child entertained. We do love a dinosaur park!

Here are a few photos of our day

A few bird photos:

And a few from one of our favourite bits… the Jurassic Trail dinosaurs:

Kids facilities?

Yes, from a playpark to Ikea highchairs they have little ones catered for. The dinosaurs appeal to a vast range of kids (and adults) and we really had a great day. I also have to mention the vast array of birds and their colours also appeared to appeal to kids and adults alike, they’re all so different – flamingos, pelicans, penguins, owls, cocktoos, parrots.


Yes, yes, yes! 100% recommended – lots to do, brilliant for kids, and membership is cheap!

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If your kids also love dinosaurs, we also recommend and have reviewed Gullivers Dinosaur + Farm Park in Milton Keynes, and also love All Things Wild in Evesham, and the Lost Kingdom at Paultons Park. All were fantastic dinosaur related days out!

Lynne x

Disclaimer: we bought our own tickets and memberships, and had a fantastic day out, which is one I thoroughly recommend to everyone.

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    Franki - Wonderful Chaos
    August 12, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Nothing better than finding a good day out that you know you’ll visit again and again. Plus dinosaurs, I mean what’s not to love eh? #thelist
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    August 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    We ‘ve been here quite a few years ago and I’d completely forgotten about it! It would have been when my eldest (now 10) was a toddler so she won’t recall and they all love wildlife so I think it may even make for an outing next week! Thanks for sharing- Its so hard to think of different things to do that will suit a variety of ages! Xx #KCACOLS
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    Emma (Upside Mum)
    August 14, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Looks like a great place and fantastic that’s it’s pushchair accessible too, sounds like you had a brilliant time. #kcacols

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    Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    August 15, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Love the looks of those pink flamingoes!! Anything in the fresh air that tires the kids out has my vote. #bigpinklink

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    Nicky Kentisbeer
    August 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

    What a wonderful day out – you had me at Flamingo! Such beautiful creatures. Lovely review and post #KCACOLS
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    August 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I wish we lived a little closer, your pictures look great! #kcacols
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    Rachel Bustin
    August 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Love all your photos. A fab family day out! Shame it’s so far way xx

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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    Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
    August 16, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful family day out, my toddler would be very happy with the dinosaur walk and play park. Definitely one we’ll add to the list when we’re visiting family in the area. Thank you for linking to #bigpinklink x

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    August 17, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Oh what a wonderful day out. I adore Flamingos so would be in my element. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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    August 18, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Oh I LOVE birds, this is definitely a place I would visit. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    August 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Ah this doesn’t look to far from me either. Dinosaurs, birds and ice- cream? A definite hit then! Love all the pictures of the birds. Hope you get to visit again soon and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx
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    August 20, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Oh so nice reading this…. Me and my OH stumbled upon it years ago in our pre-children days and had a lovely few hours there. I don’t remember the dinosaurs but our toddler would love that so I think we’ll have to go back soon! Xx
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    Lucy Dorrington
    August 30, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    We love Birdland!! It’s great value for money and Jade did the penguin feeding, which was amazing! #TriedTested
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