The inland beach and inflatable water park less than an hour’s drive from Bristol - the perfect place to stay cool

 Have fun and stay cool this summer at an inflatable water park near Bristol

The summer heatwave looks set to continue with temperatures soaring over 30 degrees and the hottest day the UK has ever seen forecast for the weekend.

The Met Office has warned that there is a possibility that temperatures in some parts of the UK could reach a sweltering 40°C.

While the highest temperatures forecast near Bristol is in the range of 32 degrees, it is still essential that we find ways to stay cool and comfortable.

Perhaps one of the most exciting activities to enjoy on a hot day is to visit a beach or water park, where you can take a dip in the water and indulge in ice-cream with a scenic view.

You don’t have to travel far this summer as there is somewhere like this less than an hour away from Bristol.

Where is the beach?

Cotswold Country Park and Beach is an hour away from Bristol and about a 10 minute drive from Cirencester.

It provides the backdrop for the perfect day out, whether you’re relaxing with friends on the sandy beach or enjoying activities such as water sports and mini golf within the park.

Hire a boat or paddle boards, or even jump onto the fun total wipeout-style inflatable course.

The area around the lakes and paths are suitable for the whole family, with most being pushchair friendly - so the little ones won’t miss out.

What to expect at Cotswold Country Park and Beach?

In recent years the Cotswold Country Park and Beach has gained popularity, hugely due to the Aqua Adventure inflatable course aimed at all ages.

This is the largest inflatable waterpark in the area, and the perfect way to keep children entertained during the summer break.

It will give you the opportunity to take on a total wipeout-style adventure course, where you can climb, slide and fight your way through all the obstacles.

There are 33 pieces to the course to really challenge yourself, including a mammoth tower and an amazing tornado.

The venue is also great for birthday parties, school groups and corporate team building days.

This is the perfect way to keep children entertained during the summer break. (Credit: Cotswold Country Park & Beach / 2021 Planning Solutions Ltd)

The inflatable water park is based on the North Lake, but the South Lake is just as much fun. You can take a ride on a swan pedalo or a mini port electric boat - both are available to book in advance or hire on the day.

You can also cool down by taking a dip in the swimming lagoon at the beach, where there are lifeguards and plenty of staff on hand if needed.

What about food and drink?

After all that fun and excitement, why not have a picnic in the park, with food and light refreshments from the cafe, pizzeria or beach shack.

The Beach Shack, which overlooks the beach and lake, serves a feasting menu including tasty burgers, hotdogs and delicious nachos.

The beach cafe overhanging the waters edge, serves a selection of sandwiches, drinks, cakes and treats.

The Pizzeria serves freshly made pizza, or if you would prefer you can hire out a BBQ and enjoy your own little summer feast by the beach.

How to book tickets?

Cotswold Country Park and Beach is currently taking peak admissions, which runs from 9 July 9 to 11 September.

Start by booking park admission, then consider the vehicle that you will arrive in, admission tickets include one x car and up to five occupants.

Once these are booked, click on the ‘Add More’ button, then ‘Main Menu’ – this will show all the activities and hires on offer.

You can book Park Admissions here.

The Aqua Adventure Inflatable course is £16 per person and needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance.