This month in Circus’ Child Friendly Guide to the Cotswolds we feature some of the family friendly Christmas activities in Cirencester this Christmas season.

Less than 20 miles from Cheltenham, beautiful and picturesque, Cirencester was the 2nd largest town in Britain during Roman times – known then and now for its thriving charter market.

There’s lots to see and do on a Christmasy day out including shopping for presents in the Charter Market and a host of independent shops, whilst admiring the Parish Church of St John the Baptist one of the largest and most beautiful Medieval churches in the country.

Why not make it a true day out and have a bite to eat in many of Cirencester’s wonderful child friendly restaurants?  Plus there’s a host of Christmas events including lights, paper lantern processions, and more to delight you and your little ones at this festive time of year.

Once you’ve made your trip you can easily park in one of Cirencester’s car parks and start off on foot for your adventure.  Make sure you bring bottles of water and possibly a few healthy snacks to take along to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

While you are out and about why not add an extra bit of fun by participating in the Christmas in Cirencester Treasure Trail?  A fun way to discover Cirencester by finding the the trial that leads to 12 hidden drummers and solving the clues.  Enter by the 16th of December to win family outing to Garlic Theatre Production of Little Red Riding Hood at New Brewery Arts.

A perfect place to eat is the Swan Yard Cafe Cirencester right in the middle of Cirencester.  It offers some fantastic child friendly options for lunch or light tea or snack – plus it has very convenient baby changing facilities.

The Parish Church hosts the Festival of Trees where families can view dressed trees daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm plus on the 8th of December they host a Shoppers Christmas Carol Concert where shoppers can sing traditional Christmas carols.  The Paper Lantern Procession is also on the 8th as well as many more musical treats including the Cirencester Operatic Society entertaining folk whilst dressed in traditional Victorian dress.

For a full list of all the events this Christmas season in Cirencester go to the Christmas in Cirencester website.

Let us know if you do go to Cirencester this Christmas Season and what your family enjoyed most in the comments below.