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Cotswold Country Park & Beach, Cirencester
(2.1/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Cotswold Country Park and Beach is the number one attraction in The Cotswold Water Park.

During the summer, the park boasts facilities including an inland beach, crazy golf, raft building, play areas, kayaking, a climbing wall, two adventure playgrounds, water zorbing, paddleboarding, boat hire, slacklining, and a brand new System 2.0 Cable Wake Park!

The System 2.0 is a straight lined cable perfect for beginners to professional wakeboarders. Sessions are available most days. For more information please visit: www.wmski.com
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  • Arrived at entrance to find it is closed (for the season?) Turned in of the public road, gate half closed with notice on closed half. 
  • This a is a vast country park sandwiched between cirencester and swindon, navigation from first visit is to start at one of the two cafes, plus their is a recreated beach (@cost) 
  • Such a beautiful place to walk , run , picnic , BBQ , cycle , paddle , play golf (crazy) . The parking is good but it does get busy in the summer , dogs are welcome and can swim too . The cafe is love...  more »
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  • Fine if you like your beaches inland. I went in school holidays which made it a bit unbearable. Nice idea though.
  • Unfortunately this review cannot take into account the interior of the park, as we were turned away at the gate after 105 minutes of queueing. Granted that this was one of the warmest days of the year, and that the park was expected to be busy, queues were to be expected. But the situation itself was handled very poorly by the staff at Cotswold Park & Beach, and their attitude to the kilometre of queueing traffic was essentially "you are not our problem." No information about the state of the traffic was passed along the queue (it wasn't until we reached the toll gate that we were informed the park was closed for the next two hours). The one member of Cotswold Park & Beach staff present along the route was telling drivers to remain in the queue and not turn around, despite the boiling weather and stationary traffic. The road became hopelessly gridlocked several times with aggregates trucks and local traffic, trapping long sections of the queue from moving anywhere. It's important to remember that, for the beach area, the vast majority of visitors had young children and babies who were getting steadily more restless and hot. After the almost two-hour wait, when we reached the front of the queue, the only two uniformed members of Cotswold staff present (the previous one being an equipment rental bloke in his hut) were shutting the gate into the park and telling the nearby traffic that "the park is closed until 3:30pm." We were told our options were to either wait in the queue, or leave. When informed that the traffic was hopelessly backed-up and jammed for a kilometre behind us, they simply repeated that the park was shut and we had to leave. To add insult to injury, we were also told that "our responsibility is the health and safety of the guests in the park, we can't send staff along the queue". I strongly doubt the guests in the park were dehydrated, stuck with no information (either word of mouth or through Cotswold's various social media platforms) and unable to leave. I'm extremely disappointed that Cotswold Park & Beach's preparation for the hottest (and likely busiest) day of the year essentially boiled down to "yes, there is a queue here" and "please have your money ready to ease the queue". Nobody was informed that the park had been shut despite the queue, information that would have eased the congestion. Furthermore, the "not my problem" attitude of the Cotswold staff and their refusal to get involved left us feeling that their only concern was the customers who had already paid to enter the park. This was an awful experience that has left a very bitter taste, especially considering the park's sudden closure was not listed on any social media, signs along the route, or even spread down the queue by word of mouth. It seems like the staff at Cotswold Park & Beach were not concerned about the queue growing longer, so long as the entrance itself was not obstructed. Considering we received better service, information and compassion from other drivers in the queue than the uniformed staff at the gate, we will not be visiting Cotswold Park & Beach again.
  • Nice place for family, friends and bbq. Not for swimming. There is just small beach for playing at water but that's it. But just for fun is good. Toilets are pretty far from the beach.
  • Well not much to say. The beach in he middle of land. That is just awesome. Children have had a lot of fun. The sand would be more yellow and sandish but otherwise great place with all attractions and water sports you would like to have.
  • It's alright, nice lake but pretty crowded and not really worth the entrance fee.