probably my favorite part of exploring the cotswolds was our afternoon visiting the slaughters. i was so confused as we began our planning and josh kept talking about the slaughters. i was like, what even is a place with a name like that?! but apparently, the village gets its name from the old english term for “muddy” or “wet land” which is “slothre,” thus, the slaughters. i feel like they should rename it “most quaint little village in all of england,” but you know, that’s just me.
we started our day off by visiting the cotswolds farm park (photos below), which truth be told, we could have spent the entire day at and all five of us would have been happy! such a great spot for kids and josh and i really enjoyed our time there as well. (i mean, when you’re around baby lambs that had been born that very morning, how can you not have a good day? so fun to be there during lambing season.) we drove out to the slaughters (upper slaughter and lower slaughter) around lunchtime (it’s just maybe 20 minutes away) and spent the afternoon exploring the village where we found really good ice cream. josh claims the mint chocolate chip was the very best he’s had, the best in the entire world! (yes, he ate the ice cream!!!!!!) and even went back in to talk to the owner for a long time about how she makes it. haha! he is so funny like that. he wouldn’t stop talking to me about every detail she shared afterwards. haha!
lots of photos below from the day! starting with our time in the slaughters and ending with the farm park photos below….
perhaps the best part of the trip is hearing eleanor and samson ask for chips and ketchup. haha! (they call french fries “chips” in england and my kids had no problem embracing that and running with it.)
despite never raining, i guess the rainboots where a good thing after all! these kids had such a good time being kids near the water everywhere we went!
so many solid jumps over the creek after lunch!
and then conrad just stood in it! haha!
he’s so happy! haha. i’m so glad he’s enjoying his ice cream again (although did you know he’s not drinking anything this year but water???)
we bought so many bags of food at the front of the farm park to feed the animals! you pour it down these long shoots where the animals eat at the bottom.
and heaven was here when the kids got to hold bunnies and baby chicks and feed the sheep!
they could hardly contain their excitement.
what’s up, bunny.
i neglected to take many photos at the farm park, but they had the coolest zip line and huge trampoline for the kids to play on. they also had a bunch of playgrounds and these motorized tractors the kids loved.
feeding lambs that were just a few weeks (or days?) old. we were able to visit some that were sleeping with their mamas that had been born earlier that day in the barn!
you can see our time in oxford and turville england HERE if you missed it!