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It's a Dogs Life in the Cotswolds

Most people head to the beach for a holiday with their dog. So we wondered if there is enough to do to keep the whole family entertained in the Cotswolds or is it just antique shops and tearooms? Louise Dolan from roverrecommended.com went to find out and reviewed ten of the best places to visit.
Bringing Muttley on holiday with us shows that we like animals. So two of our favourite attractions featured our furry and feathered friends.
Cotswolds Wildlife Park is one of the few wildlife attractions in the UK that allows dogs on leads throughout the majority of the park. Riding on the park train with our dog created such a stir with watching children that it soon became as busy as London Underground in the rush hour! With a huge range of animals from red pandas to rhinos and beautiful gardens there is plenty to appeal to all ages.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park
Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water has an impressive collection of birds including the star turns, which are the king penguins. Our dog was mesmerised watching the ducks and flamingos from the bridge and pretended to be deaf when we finally wanted to go home.

Birdland Park & Gardens
Lovers of beautiful gardens and parks will not be disappointed in the Cotswolds.
Statues, shrubs and trees are captivating in every season at Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre. Take a peak at the outside of the great house and imagine how the other half live.

Dogs can enjoy off lead fun in Silk Wood which covers two thirds of Westonbirt Arboretum. The annual Dog Days weekend from 26-27th February 2011 is doggy heaven with stalls, displays and the Scruffts crossbreed dog show.

Batsford Arboretum
Painswick Rococo Garden is famous for its snowdrops but it also has charming herbaceous borders, a productive kitchen garden and fiendish maze.
Cotswolds Water Park is a great place for the kids and the dog to work off some energy. There are lakeside walks and fossil and sculpture trails to follow.
Lodge Park & Sherbourne Estate is run by the National Trust and has a variety of walks with sweeping views of rolling countryside and the River Windrush.
Steam enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with two evocative steam railways. Dogs on leads can travel for free in style (except on special event days) in a heritage steam train on the Dean Forest Railway.

Dean Forest Railway
Alternatively it's well worth £1 for a dog's ticket to travel on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
If you fancy a sit down after all that activity, The Lamb Inn at Great Rissington has open fires, good books sold in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind and a sumptuous sticky toffee pudding that would give the famous Cotswolds Pudding Club a run for its money.

The Lamb Inn
So ditch the bucket and spade, forget miles of Bank Holiday traffic queues and stick to the Cotswolds for your next day out or family holiday. Best of all your dog can come too!

Louise Dolan
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