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English countryside help (Cotswolds and Bath?)

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Just starting the planning stages of a potential trip to the English countryside in spring 2016 (May, probably), and looking for some feedback on driving times and kid activities in particular.

We are myself, my wife, and our son (who will be 4.5 years old). We've traveled extensively before kids, and have taking 3 previous European trips since our son was born (to Paris when he was tiny, Barcelona, and Athens + Greek Islands).

We have 8 to 9 nights and we would like to stay in 2 or maybe 3 places. Key activities are short walks in the countryside, scenic drives, little villages to stroll in, castles (whole or ruined), gardens, farms, plus any kid-oriented special activities. Our son loves castles, dragons, weapons, and knights, so we want to go to a few places where he can run around and pretend. He also loves trains so we'd like to have a few opportunities to get around via train. I love cathedrals but don't think we are likely to drive far for one on this trip.

One idea based on research so far is Bath and the Cotswolds, but I'm looking for feedback and potentially other ideas. We were thinking an itinerary something like:

Fri AM: Arrive LHR from Boston. Train to Bath.
Fri, Sat, Sun: Bath. Ideally we'd take a day trip (to Stonehenge and Salisbury? Or maybe Wells?) one day - but not having to have a car is probably a plus, and might rule out Stonehenge.
Mon morn: Pick up car in Bath, drive Cotswolds.
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur: Cotswolds. Day trip to Warwick Castle one day. Mostly pottering around.
Sat or Sun: leave LHR back to BOS.

Questions:
1. I assume the drives here are all pretty reasonable, even if we are staying in the northern Cotswolds, i.e. no more than 2 or so hours or so in the car in a day.
2. Kid activities? Anyone know of anything in particular in this area?
3. What should we do Fri/Sat? I'm interesting in seeing Oxford but not sure about car logistics (and would really like to avoid driving in traffic) - and also the connection to LHR - relatively painless? Should we just add a day or two the Cotswolds and drive directly back to LHR on our last day? What about Windsor? Does it make sense to stay overnight there our last night, or would we be better off in London for connections to LHR?

Alternatively, does someone want to suggest a totally different part of England to go to, that combines a nice small city with some countryside and relatively painless logistics from LHR?

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