Uffington White Horse
Located approximately 6 miles from Shrivenham, the Uffington White Horse can be seen from miles away and is vividly set on the edge of the Ridgeway National Trail. The image can only be seen from the air, some believe it was a sign to the ancient gods and some believe it was a mark of territory many years ago. However the mystery of exactly why the horse was created still remains. The horse is dated as 1000BC; it still continues to be an incredible sight to behold and one that should not be missed. Find out more on the National Trust website.
Badbury Clump, also known as Badbury Hill, is renowned for bluebells in the spring and is a favourite spot for ramblers. Exploding with blue and green colour this spot will take your breath away and is on the site of an Iron Age hill-fort. The area has not yet been excavated, but a number of Iron Age pot shards and Roman pot pieces have helped to date the continuous settlement of the hill. It is believed that prisoners of war planted the beech trees while they were held captive in the area. Please see the National Trust website for further details.
Coate Water Country Park
Coate Water is a large park with a 56 acre reservoir offering many activities for the visitor. You can take a walk along the many paths around the park or you could try your hand at the pitch and putt or one of the orienteering courses. There are areas to fish, bird watch, play, picnic and even barbecue. See Swindon Borough Council's website for more information.
Faringdon's landmark building rising over 100ft on Folly Hill. It offers a wonderful view across the area and is open on certain dates. Further information can be found on the Faringdon Folly website.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Located near Burford, 14 miles from Shrivenham, Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House. You may choose to wander around Cotswolds gardens, through acres of parkland at one of the Cotswold stone historic houses, or set off down a glorious avenue of trees at one of the Cotswolds two arboreta. Explore quintessential villages of honey-coloured stone; take in splendid market towns; visit some of the country’s greatest palaces and country houses; marvel at the natural world in acclaimed reserves, walk through breath-taking landscapes along historic trails; or make a splash in our own lake-land area - a truly unforgettable experience. Visit the Cotswolds website for further details.
Lydiard House and Country Park
Set on the western edge of Swindon, Lydiard Park is a beautiful 260-acre 18th century parkland open all year round. As well as visiting the house and grounds, there are many fun, interactive events and days out for both adults and children. More information is available on the Lydiard Park website.