Get your hands on 24 fantastic Gloucestershire prizes in the countdown to Christmas, with The Great SoGlos Advent Giveaway 2017.
The advent calendar is set to be packed with top treats from the very best businesses in Gloucestershire – from romantic overnight stays to hampers brimming with festive fayre and magical treats for the whole family – with more than £3,000-worth of goodies being given away until Christmas Eve.
Forget flimsy chocolate, bookmark this page, follow the #SoGlosAdvent social media hashtag and check back daily at 10am to find out exactly what we’re giving away each day – and get entering to win, win, win some spectacular prizes.
About: The Falcon Inn is a family-run pub located in the Cotswold town of Painswick that offers a relaxed setting to enjoy a lunchtime pint, a post-work G&T, or a leisurely weekend lunch. The pub’s restaurant served up a range of British classics, with dishes such as Ploughman’s and sandwiches, along with seasonal pies and elegant fish courses. On Sundays diners can tuck into the pub’s popular roasts served with all the trimmings, while there’s also the option to choose from the à la carte menu as well. The pub also caters for private function hire and is perfect for hosting birthday celebrations, wedding receptions and anniversary parties.
SoGlos loves: With 11 guest rooms, the pub makes an ideal stop-off point for those exploring the Cotswolds, and with beautiful walks and attractions galore on its doorstep, there’s plenty to entertain visitors.
For more info: See The Falcon Inn, call (01452) 814222, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit falconpainswick.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Friday 1 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Situated in the grounds of the stunning Eastnor Castle, the venue is one of only a handful in the UK where budding and experienced off-roaders alike are given the chance to put Land Rover’s brand spanking new models through their paces. As part of structured experiences and courses, guests are welcomed by the company’s expert instructors, before taking on 43 miles of glorious woodland, with the chance to tackle steep inclines, off-road driving skills, slip slopes, streams, descents and more. Offering Taster, Half-Day, Full-Day and Advanced experiences, there’s something for everyone.
SoGlos loves: Spread over 5,000 acres in the dramatic setting of the Malvern Hills, the Land Rover Experience offers guests exclusive use of the grounds of the enchanting Eastnor Castle, with the carefully-managed trails taking in spectacular views, picturesque woodlands and an impressive array of wildlife.
For more info: See Land Rover Experience, call 0333 733 3003, email email@example.com or visit eastnor.landroverexperience.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Gloucester’s XJump Trampoline Park is a fun-filled activity centre boasting a range of action-packed facilities including more than 90 trampolines, platforms to leap off, a dodgeball court, and a foam pit. XJump offers a range of sessions suitable for toddlers, teens and adults, with the chance to pick up skills from qualified coaches, get fit at the exercise classes, bounce to beats at Clubtastic sessions, or impress your friends by learning some cool tricks. The toddler sessions, aimed at children five years and under, are great for helping little ones improve balance, flexibility and posture, while the on-site café is a handy spot to watch older children in action.
SoGlos loves: The activity centre is perfect for hosting children’s birthday celebrations, with parties including 60-minute jump sessions and use of the newly-built party room.
For more info: See XJump, call (01452) 221800, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit xjump.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Sunday 3 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Wycliffe College is a thriving co-educational day and boarding school in Stonehouse that prides itself on offering a broad curriculum that mixes traditional and modern study programmes, along with exceptional co-curricular activities. Wycliffe places strong emphasis on personal development and works closely with pupils across the board, with its experienced teachers covering a broad range of subjects at both GCSE and A Level. The independent school has an impressive range of facilities, encompassing a floodlit astro turf, a swimming pool, a high tech gym, and a sports hall.
SoGlos loves: Sport is a key part of life for pupils at Wycliffe College, who are encourage to take part in a wide variety of sporting activities including rugby, rowing, netball, cricket, and tennis, while the school’s long established squash academy has produced elite British players.
For more info: See Wycliffe College Senior School, call (01453) 822432, email email@example.com, or visit wycliffe.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Monday 4 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Situated in Stow-on-the-Wold, Meggie’s is a charming little gift emporium featuring a signature range of beautifully curated items for the home and garden, along with jewellery, accessories and more. Handpicked by the owner, Megan Ford, the shop has an emphasis on championing local designers and makers, with the Cotswold-based stock including handmade earthenware mugs from Holly Rance; divine natural bath and body washes from 100 Acres; along with candles and hand-stamped cutlery from La De Da Living. While catering for all occasions, spanning thoughtful wedding tokens, birthday treats and more, Meggie’s is the perfect destination for stocking up on festive goodies, with everything from decorations and scented candles, to stocking fillers and Secret Santa presents available.
SoGlos loves: Meggie’s also stocks a selection of kids’ pieces, including children and baby gifts and nursey accessories in the Mini Meggie’s section, with brands including Bob & Blossom, Buddy & Bear, and Little Cloud.
For more info: See Meggie's, call (01451) 831200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit shopmeggies.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Brickhampton Court Golf Complex is set in 200 acres of rolling hills between Cheltenham and Gloucester and offers golfers of all abilities the chance to practice their swing on the fairways. Brickhampton’s Spa Course features 18 holes that aim to challenge the sport’s different disciplines, while the nine-hole Glevum Course is the county’s first full intermediate-level green and is perfect for beginners or improvers looking to develop skills and boost confidence. Brickhampton also has an on-site Pro Shop where you can stock up on everything from new clubs and footwear, to clothing and accessories, while the state-of-the-art GC2 Simulator offers a range of opportunities that include custom club and ball fitting, along with the chance to improve your technique.
SoGlos loves: If you’re in need of a helping hand, Brickhampton runs golfing lessons taught by PGA-qualified instructors, which take place in the shelter of the 28-bay Floodlit Driving Range and on the adjacent putting green.
For more info: See Brickhampton Court Golf Complex, call (01452) 859444, email email@example.com or visit brickhampton.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Wednesday 6 December 2017 from 10am.
About: The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is a historic hub of Gloucestershire entertainment, playing home to an eclectic line-up of drama, ballet, opera, dance, comedy and music events – not to mention the annual family-favourite pantomime, which is Dick Wittington for 2017. Originally designed by the great Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham, the Everyman offers theatre-goers a modern, stylish venue with comfortable seating and great food too. Lookout for anticipated 2018 shows including Flashdance – The Muscial, Gangsta Granny, and Hairspray.
SoGlos loves: While Everyman Theatre tickets certainly make for a thoughtful Christmas gift, Everyman Theatre Association Membership goes a step further and will give you – or someone pretty special – the chance to be first in the queue for coveted tickets, save money, meet the stars, and be first in the loop for exciting announcements – costing just £25 for a single membership.
For more info: See Everyman Theatre, call (01242) 572573, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Thursday 7 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Hatherley Manor is an elegant 17th century manor house hotel set in 37 acres of rolling countryside, just outside of the historic cathedral city of Gloucester. Complete with 51 sympathetically refurbished bedrooms, the AA four-star hotel provides all the comfort expected at a modern country house hotel, while retaining its historic charm. The hotel is also home to a unique walled garden, relaxing lounge, bar and restaurant, with its Superior Feature Rooms offering stunning views of the front lawn or rooftop terrace.
SoGlos loves: Hatherley Manor Restaurant serves a fine selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner choices in a relaxed, contemporary setting, with chefs using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients, catering for all dietary requirements.
For more info: See Hatherley Manor, call (01452) 730217, email email@example.com or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Friday 8 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Home to the world’s largest collection of swans, geese and ducks, as well as all six species of flamingo, Slimbridge Wetland Centre is one of nine centres across the UK that form part of the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust. Offering visitors of all ages the chance to get close to nature, guests can enjoy exploring 325 hectares of the reserve, which include grasslands and the shores of the Severn Estuary. Slimbridge is particularly known for its birdlife, with over 200 species, including 25 different wildfowl, along with the vast number of Bewick’s swans who migrate from Russia to the reserve every winter.
SoGlos loves: Slimbridge offers a fun day out for children, who will particularly enjoy the range of hands-on experiences, from feeding geese and handling frogs to coming face-to-face with creepy crawlies and slithery snakes, while little ones can splash in puddles to their heart’s content in Welly Boot Land.
For more info: See Slimbridge Wetland Centre, call (01453) 891900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wwt.org.uk/Slimbridge directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Saturday 9 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Launched in 2016, Brewerism offers local beer lovers the chance to take a look around Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cotswold and Bristol-based breweries, with a host of bespoke tours, tastings, and beer and food pairings. Promoting the concept of beer tourism, Brewerism takes guests to local breweries, alehouses and businesses, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience, which is equally suited to established enthusiasts and amateur tasters alike. Whether groups are celebrating a special occasion, planning a corporate event, or would like to throw a beer-catered dinner party, Brewerism can create a bespoke day to suit you.
SoGlos loves: Tours include an expert lesson on the art of production, a wide variety of samples, snacks, transport and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to breweries and venues, making them the perfect Christmas gift for the beer-lover in your life.
For more info: Call 07564 017670, email email@example.com or visit brewerism.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Sunday 10 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Boasting 56 acres of stunning parkland, one of the finest botanical collections in the country and over 1,500 different species of trees, Batsford Arboretum offers an awe-inspiring day out. Guests can wander the picture-perfect grounds and soak up the stunning views across the Evenlode valley. The family-friendly attraction offers a beautiful place to visit all year round, whether you want to see blankets of snowdrops or cherry blossom in spring, or the impressive displays of autumn colour in October and November. Guests can make a day of it, with the chance to enjoy seasonal lunches and afternoon teas in the on-site Garden Terrace Café. Green-fingered guests can pick up horticultural accessories in The Garden Shop and Plant Centre; thoughtful presents in the Arboretum Gift Shop; and handmade items from the Woodturner or Glass Studio.
SoGlos loves: Batsford offers a diverse annual programme of events, spanning outdoor theatre productions to gardening-themed talks, providing plenty to entertain during what is sure to be an enjoyable day out.
For more info: See Batsford Arboretum, call (01386) 701441, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit batsarb.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Monday 11 December 2017 from 10am.
About: The Ian Coley Shooting School is nestled in the Cotswolds, five miles from Cheltenham, and is described as one of the top 10 shooting schools in the UK. Catering for beginners and advanced shooters alike, the school benefits from friendly experienced instructors, most of whom have shot at county or national level, including owner and six-time Olympic coach, Ian Coley. Set within mature woodland, the school benefits from 24 different shooting stands, each with a minimum of two traps; three High Towers up to 120 feet high; Double Trap and Down-the-Line layout, and more.
SoGlos loves: The Try Clay Shooting package is particularly suited to complete novices, with instructors equipping participants with an appropriate gun, before guiding guests through hitting different clay targets.
For more info: See Ian Coley Shooting School, call (01242) 870391, email email@example.com or visit iancoleyshootingschool.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Tuesday 12 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Playing to lively crowds at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester Rugby is in the middle of an action-packed season – with a host of Aviva Premiership, European Rugby Challenge Cup and LV= Cup matches to look forward to in 2018. Over the festive period catch the Cherry and Whites come up against Sale Sharks on Saturday 30 December 2017, guaranteeing a sporting way to celebrate the season of goodwill, whether you’re a loyal fan or first timer.
SoGlos loves: If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for Cherry and Whites fans, head to the online club shop where you can find everything from official kits, leisurewear, accessories, and more, while ‘The Shed’ Christmas jumper will definitely go down a storm with rugby supporters.
For more info: See Gloucester Rugby, call 0871 871 8781, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Boasting a large selection of varied shops to tempt shoppers, Gloucester’s King’s Walk Shopping Centre caters for everyone in one city centre retail destination. Spanning fashion brands like River Island and Claire’s Accessories; beauty emporiums such as Superdrug and The Fragrance Shop; and gifts galore from Jessops, The Entertainer, HMV and WHSmith, visitors can get all their Christmas shopping done in one leisurely trip. Meanwhile, Costa Coffee is on hand to offer a quick pit stop, with festive bakes from Jane’s Pantry giving you ample fuel to shop until you drop.
SoGlos loves: King’s Walk Shopping Centre will be offering late-night shopping hours this Christmas season, ensuring you get your gifts all wrapped up by the big day, and with excellent parking facilities it’s easier and more convenient than ever to stop and shop.
For more info: See King’s Walk Shopping Centre, call (01452) 304953, email email@example.com or visit kingswalk.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Thursday 14 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Bar & Wok is one of Cheltenham’s favourite Chinese restaurants, serving up a host of delicious dishes from its fresh made-to-order menu, which includes stir-fried noodles, curries, and barbecue meals, with a selection of small oriental dishes and big plates. With a focus on using the freshest and tastiest ingredients available, Bar and Wok incorporates many ingredients from local farms. Similarly, guests can enjoy local drinks, with Battledown Special Pale Ale and Special Premium Ale available, both brewed in Cheltenham; while its bottled water, FRANK, donates 100 per cent of its profits to a sustainable clean water project in India.
SoGlos loves: Always boasting a bustling and lively atmosphere, diners can sit together at long tables and benches, offering a sociable eating experience, with high chairs available for little ones, as well as children’s bowls, spoons and colouring pens.
For more info: See Bar & Wok, call (01242) 582346, or visit barandwok.com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Friday 15 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Cheltenham Ladies’ College is a world-renowned boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18, with its history of providing first-class education dating back to 1854. The school has around 850 pupils from all over the world and prides itself on offering an educational environment that’s supportive, challenging, innovative and creative to help girls thrive both in and outside of the classroom. Sport is an integral part of school life and CLC’s new Health and Fitness Centre is due to be complete in spring 2018 to offer even better facilities.
SoGlos loves: CLC’s Sports Centre is open to members who can take advantage of the facilities, which include an indoor pool, two gyms, tennis and badminton courts, or sports hall, while non-members can take part in fitness classes.
For more info: Call (01242) 520691, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cheltladiescollege.org directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 10am.
About: The Stable has been serving up delicious wood-fired pizzas, pies and salads to hungry diners ever since it opened in 2015, marking the first Gloucestershire outpost for the south west restaurant group. The spacious Cheltenham branch is set over two floors and offers a relaxed space for eating and drinking, along with hosting regular live music events. The enticing menu features a range of sourdough pizzas that include The Cheltenham Clucker, complete with chicken, roasted red peppers, field mushrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella, along with sharing platters and a host of vegan options.
SoGlos loves: Cider lovers are spoilt for choice with the restaurant offering over 80 different types, ranging from elegant sparklers to scrumpies. The Stable runs a host of tasting experiences, during which you can sample different ciders, with the option to add in dinner, or a feast of cheeses and charcuterie, and brownies for dessert.
For more info: See The Stable Cheltenham, call (01242) 514163, email email@example.com, or visit stablepizza.com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Sunday 17 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Upcote Farm Glamping is located in a beautiful rural setting between Cheltenham and Cirencester and offers a charming spot where you can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and soak up the tranquillity of the Cotswolds. The accommodation includes two oak and cedar handmade pods, The Banny, featuring a double bed; and Ladygrove, which has two single beds and a bunk, with both benefitting from electricity and running water. The farm also has a romantic shepherd’s hut, complete with double bed, wood-burner and electricity, that’s located 40m away from the pods to provide total seclusion. Other facilities at Upcote Farm include a shower unit and separate toilet; a kitchen with hot and cold running water; a microwave; cutlery; a fire pit and a barbecue, offering campers all they need for a break in the country.
SoGlos loves: Whether you want to enjoy a ramble, visit historic castles, or tour charming Cotswold villages, the farm makes the perfect base for exploring the many attractions the area has to offer.
For more info: See Upcote Farm Glamping, call (01242) 890332, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit upcotefarm.com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Monday 18 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Severn & Wye Smokery, which is located in a picturesque Forest of Dean setting between the Rivers Severn and Wye, is a family-run business that has nearly 30 years’ experience of producing the finest range of quality smoked fishes. It added to its offering with the launch of its new premises in October 2017, which encompasses a delicatessen, a fish counter, a café, a fish restaurant, gift shop, and a cookery school, transforming it into a must-visit destination for Gloucestershire foodies.
SoGlos loves: Stock up on Severn & Wye’s smoked salmon so you can get your Christmas morning off to a delicious start by serving a decadent feast of smoked salmon scrambled eggs, or head to the deli to stock up on homemade tasty treats to enjoy throughout the festive season.
For more info: Call (01452) 760191, email email@example.com or visit severnandwye.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Tuesday 19 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Coach House Coffee is an independent coffee shop located in the bustling market square of the Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The business is run by Emily Hopkins, one half of the duo behind lifestyle blog, Millie & Meg, and specialises in supporting local suppliers, including coffee from Cirencester’s Rave, baked goods from small artisan Cotswold producers, along with offering cold-pressed juices, and healthy snacks. The Coach House’s ethos is all about balance and within the café you can also pick up whole foods and free-from produce that’s part of its Fare & Fettle range. On the health shelves, visitors can find everything from raw cocoa butter and dairy-free milks to nut butters and gluten-free flours, which are perfect for recreating delicious meals and snacks at home.
SoGlos loves: The Coach House is dog friendly, making it the ideal place to stop for a refuel with your four-legged friend during a day out in Stow.
For more info: See Coach House Coffee, call (01451) 870811, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit coachhousecoffee-stow.com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Wednesday 20 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Three Counties Showground in Malvern hosts a number of family-favourite events every year, celebrating food and drink, local agriculture, the countryside, gardening and much more. The next event on the showground’s packed calendar is the ever-popular Countrytastric in April 2018, boasting chick-handling, tractor rides and more; while the four-day spectacular, Malvern Spring Festival will be set to showcase stunning gardens, feature award-winning nurseries and boast appearances from gardening experts and celebrity guests in May 2018. Whatever the event, Three Counties Showground promises a fun-filled day out for all ages, with food and drink aplenty, live music and stacks of entertainment.
SoGlos loves: The events have seen an abundance of top special celebrity guests over the years, with previous line-ups including Mary Berry, Alan Titchmarsh, Valentine Warner, CBeebies star, Mr Bloom, and much more, making it a must-do event on the calendar.
For more info: Call (01684) 584924, email email@example.com or visit threecounties.co.uk
The prize: To be revealed on Thursday 21 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Gloucester’s Riverside Sports and Leisure Club offers a wealth of facilities designed to help you get fit and stay active. The independent health club benefits from a purpose-built gym with four rooms, a heated 20-metre indoor swimming pool, a sports hall, a sauna and steam room, and tennis and squash courts. Riverside runs a packed timetable of group exercise classes which are free for members and non-members can opt for join in on a pay-as-you-go basis. The club also benefits from an on-site crèche that makes working out easier for parents, while the children’s football parties are a fun-filled birthday option for young sports fans.
SoGlos loves: Riverside’s membership is offered on a non-contract basis so you don’t have to tie in for 12 months, with a choice of peak, off-peak and junior membership prices.
For more info: See Riverside Sports and Leisure Club, call (01452) 413214, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit riversidesports.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Friday 22 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Stonehouse Court Hotel is located in a picturesque setting overlooking the Stroud Water Canal and offers impressive views of the rolling hills of the Stroud Valley. The 36-bedroom hotel, which is situated on six acres of grounds, has a choice of guest rooms that provide a relaxing base for exploring the surrounding countryside or nearby towns and villages on its doorstep. The hotel’s newly refurbished Court Brasserie is open to guests and non-residents alike and serves up seasonal dishes that feature local ingredients where possible, while it also offers a more relaxed lounge menu that’s ideal for casual dining.
SoGlos loves: Stonehouse Court also serves afternoon tea every day from 12pm to 5pm, featuring sandwiches, scones and delicious cakes. And for the perfect special occasion, there’s also the chance to add a glass of fizz!
For more info: See Stonehouse Court Hotel, call (01453) 794950, email email@example.com or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Saturday 23 December 2017 from 10am.
About: Bristol Street Motors – Ford Gloucester has an extensive range of the newest Ford models, including Mondeo, Focus, Ecosport, Kuga and Grand-C Max, along with offering a regularly updated stock of used Fords. The dealership has Fords to suit all lifestyles, whether you’re looking for a spacious family motor, a sporty style or a reliable run around, and caters to a variety of budgets, along with offering flexible finance options. The knowledgeable team prides itself on providing first-class service, with staff on hand to discuss any queries you have when purchasing a Ford.
SoGlos loves: Not only is Bristol Street Motors one of the largest Ford dealerships in Gloucester, it also has mechanics and technicians who are specialists in the most up-to-date vehicle technology and offers MOT testing, full service workshop facilities and a body shop to provide repairs.
For more info: Call (01452) 640786 or visit bristolstreet.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Sunday 24 December 2017 from 10am.
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