Come along to the Cotswold Clubhouse

  • Cotswold Clubhouse
  • Cotswold Clubhouse
  • Cotswold Clubhouse

Bourton has a brand new centre for children to enjoy - and it caters to grown-ups, too

At the time of writing, it’s been over two months since the opening of the Cotswold Clubhouse - a new soft-play, gymnastics and activity centre in Bourton on the Water. Children are loving it. So too are their parents, who have a nice café stocked with locally sourced, natural food to unwind in, and classes of their own to sign up to.

It’s all down to the hard work and vision of Caroline Ardron - mother, PE teacher and specialist gymnastics coach extraordinaire - who started to dream of the perfect activity hub after visiting tired and unclean play centres with her own children.

You may already know Caroline if your children have ever taken classes with the North Cotswolds Gymnastics & Trampolining Academy. ‘There was a real lack of gymnastics clubs in the Cotswolds, so I first set up a club five years ago - operating initially out of a small primary school in Stow,’ she tells us. ‘My first class had five children…Now we have over 600 people coming through a week.’

Of course, Caroline couldn’t do it all alone. Jay Mosson of local business JM Roofing Contractors was essential to realising her Clubhouse dream. ‘I just want to give Jay and his company a special acknowledgement,’ Caroline says. ‘His fantastic work was really instrumental to our opening - he was a crucial part of the Clubhouse’s creation, and to this day he still comes and assists with things for us.’

‘With the Cotswold Clubhouse, I wanted to make somewhere really clean and inviting for both children and parents - somewhere with really nice coffee and healthy food, somewhere that offers a range of holiday classes and activities and fitness sessions.’

The Clubhouse works hard to deliver a range of holiday camps, classes and events to offer something for most children. The little ones can enjoy drop in Play Gym sessions, Gymfants classes, Messy Clubhouse and more. Once a month there is also a special event, Slumber Soft Play and Storyland, where the children can enjoy the Clubhouse after hours and cosy up with a hot chocolate and cookies while listening to a story or two. (The next event will be 10th November - details and booking are available online.)

Clubhouse Fitness continues to grow and new classes are being added throughout the term. With a mix of daytime and evening classes, there is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a hard-core workout with Insanity or a relaxing session of Yoga. The creche facility is available for all classes before 5pm, booking is available online through the website. And now you can pick up a refreshing Pro-Juice smoothie from the café after your class.

Christmas is fast approaching, and Cotswold Clubhouse is excited to be offering a wonderful Christmas Clubhouse experience. Your children get to meet Father Christmas on his sleigh, receive a gift, pick some candy canes, and get involved in some Christmas crafts. (Booking is coming soon - follow on Facebook for up to date information).

Talking of Christmas, Cotswold Clubhouse are now offering soft play memberships, to cover peak and off-peak times. You can even purchase Clubhouse gifts cards.

Caroline’s already thinking of the future, with plans to make a climbing wall and introduce cookery classes. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit - there are plenty of places that might benefit from a clubhouse or two. ‘We’re really going from strength to strength,’ Caroline says.

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