With so much to do in our beautiful little town, it can sometimes be hard to know where to start! Lucky for you, we’ve put together a short list of our favourite free days out in Cirencester over the summer months. From walks in the park to Lego at the Library, there is fun to be had for all ages right here on your doorstep.
- Cotswold Way
Taking in over 150km of stunning Cotswold landscapes, this is a walk which will take your breath away. Don’t panic, you don’t have to do the full 150km – there are loads of short circular walks along the route, so you can pick how far you want to walk and what you want to see. You can find guides, walks and fun activities to do along the way here
- Cirencester Park
Step into a serene oasis right in the centre of town. Explore the vast parkland, meander through woodland trails, and admire the majestic trees. You could take a picnic to enjoy, or simply sit and soak up the beauty of the natural surroundings.
- St. Michael’s Park
Whether you’d like to sit quietly in the sunshine, run around with your children in the play park, or even challenge a friend to a game of tennis, there is plenty to do at St. Michael’s Park. For a small fee you can rent a BBQ, and there is a small kiosk for ice creams and cold drinks should the weather call for them!
- Abbey Grounds
In the heart of Cirencester, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Abbey Grounds, behind the Parish Church. Admire the beautifully maintained gardens, relax by the river, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. While you’re there, be sure the visit the reflective garden behind the church.
- Lego Club at Cirencester Library
Join Cirencester Library every Saturday, 10-12, to create the Lego challenge of the week! Lego is provided, not to be taken home, and they always welcome donations of more Lego. You can find out more here.
- Cirencester Skate Park
This is the perfect spot for thrill seekers, skateboard enthusiasts, and total novices alike. A free facility, Cirencester skate park offers ramps, rails and bowls for riders of all skill levels to enjoy.
- Harebushes Wood
Opposite the arched entrance to the Abbey Grounds, explore the natural wonders of Harebushes Wood, a tranquil woodland area. Enjoy peaceful walks among the trees, listen to the melodic birdsong, and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of this hidden gem.
- Cirencester Amphitheatre
Uncover Cirencester’s Roman past by visiting the Cirencester Amphitheatre. This well-preserved ancient site offers a glimpse into the town’s rich history. Take a leisurely walk around the remains and imagine the grand spectacles that once took place there.
- Go nature spotting
Wherever you are in Cirencester, you can play some nature bingo! Keep an eye out for the signs of summer, look for some lesser-spotted birds, or get up close and personal with the bugs. If you’re really lucky, you might even see some Red Kite birds swooping around looking for their next meal! You can use the Wildlife Trust Summer Stuff wallchart for ideas.
- Cleeve Hill
A little further out of town but we couldn’t miss it off. If you’re able to get over to Cheltenham, Cleeve Hill is a delight. The highest point in the Cotswolds, this really is an ideal spot for panoramic views. Breathe in the fresh air, revel in the natural beauty, and keep an eye out for the wild ponies that graze on the hillside. These are just a few of our favourite places to spend the day for free. Are there any that you would add? Let us know!