Sudeley Castle Play Date


Recently we were invited to Sudeley Castle for a play date by one of G’s Kindergarten friends. Sudeley Castle is located in the village of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. It is only about 15 minutes from where we live in Stow-on-the-Wold but it isn’t somewhere I have visited for years. It is famous for being the home of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s final wife and of all the Tudor castles in England, Sudeley is the only private castle to have a queen buried within the grounds.


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What is really great about Sudeley Castle is that is not over commercialised in any way. You really do feel like you are stepping into another world or someone’s home when you walk through the beautiful gardens and the old ruins. Having 3 children under 4 with us meant we didn’t venture inside the castle but I am going to save this treat for a rainy day when I have some time to myself. There is a Pheasantry in the grounds which is great to stroll around and spot some very exotic looking birds. It is home to a number of rare and endangered species that Sudeley are helping to preserve. There is also a very enticing café in the Banqueting Hall but again this looks like a treat for when you don’t have children in tow desperate to get to the play area.

The adventure playground is the main attraction for children and who can blame them!

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The fort is an amazing wooden structure with lots of different levels to climb up and down, a zip wire, turrets and a slide. (The slide was definitely G’s favourite part). There are trees sheltering this amazing fort so it is nice and shady on a hot day but can also provide great cover if it begins to rain (which it did when we were there!)


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In another part of the play area is an adventure trail and swings. The adventure trail provided great fun with us all trying to get from one side to the other without touching the ground. This was much trickier than it sounds.

The only down side is the entrance price is quite expensive for a one off visit. Children under 5 go free and children 5-15 are £5.50 but adult entry is £14.50, which if your main reason for going is to take the children can seem quite expensive. If however you are going to be visiting regularly the season ticket prices are great value with an adult season ticket £26.00 or a family pass for £37.50. I know we will visit lots during the summer holidays and have plenty more play dates there so my season ticket will end up being a great investment. I love it as much as the children as I always have one very tired little boy on my hands when we leave.

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18 Responses to Sudeley Castle Play Date

  1. MyLifeMyLove says:

    Oh it looks beautiful. And the adventure playground looks like a child’s dream. Harley would love it. Also under 5s go free, is fab. Not many places round here are like that. It’s usually under 2s! xx #lovewhereilive
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  2. Molly says:

    Wow what a great place for a playdate! I love history – especially the Tudors – so this place would be really interesting. Next time I’m near Gloucestershire I shall have to make a detour here!
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  3. Elaine says:

    Looks like a great place, I love a bit of history! The playground looks amazing for little people, I know my son would love stomping up those stairs. Thats not a bad price for the annual pass, hope you get to visit on your own one day so you can enjoy the Castle :) Thanks for linking up to #LoveWhereILive
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  4. The place is so pretty! This is not near to us but not impossible to go to! I wish we can go one time cuz the place looks like a place where my son will enjoy visiting and playing =) #sharewithme
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  5. MyLifeMyLove says:

    Ooh I know I’ve already said it, but it looks beautiful. A kiddies’ dream of an adventure playground! thanks for linking up #ThisWeekIveLoved x
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  6. It must be great to have a castle where you like! Shame about the entry price, I guess they need to make money somehow. I love the name of your hometowm -Stow-on-the-Wold – you must do a post about this place! #lovewhereilive
    Sabrina xx
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  7. Jenny says:

    Looks great, definitely sounds like a season ticket it worth it if you live close and can go often. What a great place for families. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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  8. Steph says:

    Wow. This place looks amazing for kids! That adventure play fort is fabulous!!! Looks like a great day out. Thanks so much for linking up with #ThisWeekIveLoved Steph xxx
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    • admin says:

      We do really love it there, I could write about it every week for #ThisWwekIveLoved !! Thanks for hosting xxxx

  9. Hannah says:

    Wow that fort looks amazing, I think I want a go, nevermind the kids! We are all the way up in Yorkshire but this on my to visit list should we pass nearby! Beautiful pictures x
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