Spanning cracking days out, free family activities, energetic sports and some unmissable special events – SoGlos’s guide to the summer holidays in Gloucestershire is guaranteed to make the six-week school break fly by.
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What’s happening: Whether you’re planning a big day out with the whole family or simply fancy popping into town for a spot of shopping, Stagecoach West’s services will make getting around this summer holiday that little bit easier. With a host of special offers and discounts, families can enjoy unlimited travel around Gloucestershire, with affordable daily, weekly and monthly tickets available. What’s more, with family-friendly destinations, iconic landmarks and bucket list must-sees, Gloucestershire is bursting with places to visit – whether you’d prefer a picnic at the park, an alfresco swim, a shopping trip, or an enjoyable and educational museum visit.
SoGlos loves: It’s now even easier to plan your journey, find your nearest bus stop, and use Stagecoach’s excellent services, thanks to its useful app, which can be downloaded for free via the App Store and Google Play. Dedicated to making bus travel hassle-free, the app allows users to set their location using GPS to find the right buses, stops and routes; use the journey planner to get from A to B with information about ticket options, walking directions and disruption updates; check live bus times; save your favourite bus routes; and even wave goodbye to paper tickets, paying safely and securely through your phone.
When: Stagecoach buses run daily throughout Gloucestershire
How much: Price vary as per ticket type
To book: No need to book, but for specific information visit stagecoachbus.com directly.
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Venue Airborne Trampoline Park
What’s happening: Let the little ones burn off some steam during the summer holidays at Airborne Trampoline Park in Cheltenham, which is home to 35 trampolines, basketball hoops, a jump tower, reaction wall, and much more. The Air Time sessions run daily and promise one hour of fantastic family fun, during which all ages can jump to their heart’s content. There is also dedicated Toddler Time in the mornings for youngsters and their parents to jump with carefree abandon; in addition to Airburn fitness sessions, which are perfect for parents to work up a sweat and have fun too!
SoGlos loves: Airborne Trampoline Park offers the chance for speedy jumpers to become the master by tackling the Ninja Run, the premier obstacle course where children can test their skills and complete the route as quickly as possible. Balance on the wobbly domes, swing on the army net bags, and clamber along the swinging steps, going as quickly as you can to try and top the scoreboard.
When: Airborne Trampoline Park is open daily. Toddler Time takes place from 10am on weekdays, from 9am on weekends, and on specific afternoons; Air Time sessions run on the hour at various times across the week; Airburn sessions take place on Wednesday at midday, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.
How much: Airtime costs £10 per person. Toddler Time costs £6 per child, with supervising adults free of charge. Airburn costs £6 per person.
For more info: See Airborne Trampoline Park
To book: Call Airborne Trampoline Park on (01242) 255551, or visit airbornetrampolinepark.com directly.
Venue: Sudeley Castle
What’s happening: Family-favourite destination, Sudeley Castle and Gardens, will be drawing in families from Gloucestershire and beyond this summer with its ever-popular Children’s Wednesdays, which, you guessed it, take place every Wednesday throughout the holidays. With everything from musical mayhem with Gloucestershire’s Music Man, and Punch and Judy shows, to bouncy castles and creative fun in the Cotswolds Craft Room, mini lords and ladies can enjoy a whole host of holiday fun. What’s more, there’s plenty of chance to explore the castle’s historic rooms, exciting adventure playground, and award-winning gardens.
SoGlos loves: Aside from plenty of organised fun, Sudeley Castle is a hot spot for happy families every day, with its own zip wire, wooden fort, and slide just some of the treats which await. Meanwhile, young animal lovers will be delighted by a trip to The Pheasantry at Sudeley, which houses a collection of rare and endangered bird species from around the world, while the owlery offers the chance to meet some feathered friends.
When: Children’s Wednesday take place every Wednesday from 26 July to 30 August 2017.
How much: Normal admission prices apply
To book: Call Sudeley Castle and Gardens on (01242) 602308, email email@example.com or visit sudeleycastle.co.uk directly.
Venue: Sandford Parks Lido
What’s happening: With slides, heated pools and a paddling pool offering a youngster’s paradise and hours of fun in the sun, Sandford Parks Lido is always a popular choice with families from Cheltenham and beyond looking to soak up the rays and cool off in a friendly, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. This summer, the lido will be giving little ones the chance to improve their skills in the water, with its Summer Holiday Intensive Swim School offering the chance to get close tuition with ASA qualified coaches. Meanwhile, for more competent swimmers, there will also be water polo and rookie lifeguarding courses.
SoGlos loves: As well as providing hours of energetic fun, Sandford Parks Lido also plays host to a number of special outdoor theatre events, such as The Comedy of Errors, Lost World, and Twelfth Night, providing the perfect opportunity to pack up a picnic and enjoy a balmy summer’s evening.
When: Sandford Parks Lido is open daily throughout the summer holidays. Swim School runs in five different blocks between Monday 31 July and Friday 1 September 2017.
How much: Normal admission charges apply throughout the summer holidays, while swimming lessons cost £24 for three 25-minute lessons.
To book: Call Sandford Parks Lido on (01242) 524430, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sandfordparkslido.org.uk directly.
Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening: A two-week long Musical Theatre Summer School is sure to keep budding thespians aged between 11 and 19 entertained during the long summer holidays, not to mention offer the chance to tread the boards of one of the county’s most popular stages and gain a recognised Arts Award qualification. Led by industry professionals, the Come Fly With Me course offers the chance for performers to challenge themselves, get their feet off the ground, and learn some best-loved musical theatre numbers. The enjoyable experience will then culminate with a performance on Everyman Theatre's main stage, offering the opportunity to showcase skills in front of friends and family. What's more, for younger performers aged between seven and 11, there will also be a one-week Monster Mash Up Junior Summer School.
SoGlos loves: While the Musical Theatre Summer School is aimed at budding stars, Everyman Theatre has plenty going on for those who simply want to sit back and relax, with families able to get the holidays off to a brilliant start with an enjoyable stage adaptation of The Gruffalo. The sensational show incorporates singing, laughter and scary fun, with the story following Mouse as his search for hazelnuts, which leads to an exciting adventure in the woods.
When: Musical Theatre Summer School runs from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August, and from Monday 7 to Friday 11 August 2017, with the final performance on Friday 11 August 2017. The Junior Summer School runs from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 July 2017, with the final performance on Friday 28 July 2017. The Gruffalo takes place from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 July 2017.
How much: The two-week Summer School costs £200 per child. The one-week Junior Summer School costs £125. The Gruffalo costs £13.50.
To book: Call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 572573, email email@example.com or visit everymantheatre.org.uk.
Venue: Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD
What’s happening: Rugby fans and sporty boys and girls aged 10 to 16 have the chance to see inside a professional environment whilst receiving elite coaching, during the R360 Rugby Camps in Cheltenham. The camps promise a great way for youngsters to burn off some steam and enjoy a unique experience during the school holidays. The MAX360 Program is one-of-a-kind, placing emphasis on personal development and education. With a specialist learning and development segment, the camps explore important areas such as leadership, communication, resilience and teamwork, with parents encouraged to attend sessions too. A testimonial from a previous attendee reads: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the R360 Rugby camp. Not only developing my rugby but learning about nutrition and leadership. It has changed how I approach food and the importance of team skills and communication in rugby and as a person.’
SoGlos loves: The MAX360 Program promises an all-round learning experience for participants. In addition to receiving excellent rugby coaching, the course educates about nutrition and injury prevention from expert sports professionals; and even information and advice about social media – how to use different platforms positively to build a brand, and how to be mindful of the pitfalls.
When: Children aged 10 to 13, Monday 31 July to Tuesday 1 August. Children aged 14 to 16, Wednesday 2 to Thursday 3 August 2017.
How much: R360 Rugby Camps cost £120 per person. For group booking prices, contact organisers directly.
To book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit r360.co.uk directly.
Venue: Various venues across Cheltenham.
What's happening: The Cheltenham Trust has a jam-packed calendar of family-friendly events in 2017, with five weeks of summer celebrations for children of all ages during its ever-popular holiday play scheme. Offering everything from outdoor exploration and swimming, to art and cooking, parents can take their little ones to the Prince of Wales Stadium on Mondays to Fridays throughout the holidays, for a full or half-day of fun.
SoGlos loves: There are plenty more events going on across Cheltenham. Head to The Wilson, where crafty children can take part in Wednesday Crafty Fun, make a time capsule and join illustrator Lisa Yardley to create their very own story book.
When: The play scheme takes place every weekday from Monday 24 July to Friday 1 September 2017 (excluding bank holidays).
How much: The play scheme costs £22 for a full day, while half days cost £17. Prices for other activities vary, contact organisers for details.
For more information: See Summer holiday play scheme in Cheltenham.
To book: Call The Cheltenham Trust on (01242) 528764 or visit facebook.com/TCTinthecommunity directly.
Venue: Cheltenham College Sports Centre, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AH
What’s happening: Cheltenham Activity Camps, the number one provider of multi-sport and activity camps in the county, has five weeks of fun planned at Cheltenham College during the school holidays, encompassing a huge variety of games, sports and arts and crafts. Children can look forward to six different activities each day, and a new theme each week, ensuring that no two days are ever the same. Activity highlights include swimming, mini Olympics, treasure hunts, ultimate Frisbee, obstacle courses, football, fancy dress, quizzes, face painting, and much, much more! With the camps dedicated to providing a brilliant environment for children to develop their interest, understanding and enjoyment of many sports and activities, parents can rest assured that the camps will be led by highly qualified and experienced staff.
SoGlos loves: Suitable for boys and girls between four-and-a-half and 14 years old, the camps will take age into account, tailoring the games, activities, and staff to child ratio accordingly. What’s more, the Cheltenham Activity Camps offer a variety of flexible packages to suit parents’ personal needs and childcare requirements. Duration options for each week span participation for one day; three days; five days standard (10am to 4pm); five days extended (8.15am to 5.45pm); and five mornings, which is suitable for children aged four-and-a-half to five who may get tired, but don’t want to miss out on the fun!
When: Summer Activity Camps run in the weekdays from Monday 24 July to Friday 25 August 2017.
How much: The camps cost £41 for one day; £103.70 for three days; £140 for five days standard; £170 for five days extended; and £92 for five mornings.
For more info: See Cheltenham Activity Camps.
To book: Call Cheltenham Activity Camps on (01242) 705551, email email@example.com, or visit cheltenhamactivitycamps.co.uk directly.
Venue: Winchcombe Senior School, Greet Road, Winchcombe, GL54 5LB
What's happening: There will be a whole host of country entertainment, with highlights including vintage tractors, dog displays, local produce, and the eagerly-anticipated annual flower show; not to mention a thrilling performance from On the Edge Stunt Trials Display Team.
When: Monday 28 August 2017
To book: Call (01242) 602395
Venue: Tuckwell Amphitheatre
What's happening: Featuring alfresco drama, musical performances, cinema under the stars, and a whole heap of family fun, Tuckwell Amphitheatre will play host to a variety of outdoor performances, with children sure to love Blunderbus Theatre Company's Dogs Don't Do Ballet, and Jenny Wren's all-singing, all-dancing Jungle Book.
When: Wednesday 19 July to Friday 4 August 2017
To book: Call (01242) 258002
Venue: Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, GL50 2AB
What's happening: The Suffolks Street Fair returns for another year, with stalls galore, music, a children’s area and street entertainment all promising a fun-filled day out for all ages.
When: Sunday 27 August 2017
Venue: Batsford Arboretum
What’s happening: Little explorers will be putting their detective hats on at Batsford Arboretum this summer, with the Big Batsford Bug Hunt set to return this August. Offering children the chance to enjoy a whole host of fun in the great outdoors, kids can follow the trail on their map and search high and low for all sorts of creepy crawlies, before receiving a prize at the end – if they finish their search!
SoGlos loves: Families can soak up the sunshine in the glorious setting of Batsford Arboretum before enjoying an alfresco theatre performance, with The Jungle Book show promising a day out that every member of the family can enjoy.
When: The Big Batsford Bug Hunt takes place from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 31 August 2017. The Jungle Book takes place on Thursday 27 July 2017.
How much: The Jungle Book costs £10, £8 for concessions; while the Big Batsford Bug Hunt costs £2.50, plus normal admission prices.
To book: Call Batsford Arboretum on (01386) 701441, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit batsarb.co.uk directly.
Venue: Various venues across the Cotswolds
What's happening: A storm is brewing in Gloucestershire as Giffords Circus gears up for its anticipated 2017 tour, featuring dancing horses, international gymnasts and of course, Tweedy the Clown.
When: The circus will be performing on select dates throughout the school summer holidays.
To book: Call 0845 459 7469
Venue: Abbey Grounds, Cirencester, GL7 2DA
What's happening: Phoenix Festival is set to transform the Abbey Grounds into a thriving hub of activity, offering a weekend of live music, delicious local food, children’s entertainment, and much more.
When: Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 August 2017
Venue: South Cerney Airfield, South Cerney, Cirencester, GL7 5QD
What's happening: Family-friendly fun awaits visitors at this year’s Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza, with highlights including a live arena, steam demonstrations, a dog agility course, model aircraft displays and more.
When: Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August 2017
To book: Call (01453) 890891
Venue: The River Windrush, Bourton-on-the-Water
What's happening: Crowds will fill the banks of the River Windrush for a football match like no other when the annual Bourton Football in the River match returns, with two teams splashing up a storm while they battle for victory – and the front rows will get wet!
When: Monday 28 August 2017
Venue Beechley Barracks, Chepstow
What’s happening: County teens have the chance to gain valuable professional sporting advice this summer during Gloucester Rugby’s residential rugby camp in Chepstow. Aimed at boys aged between 14 and 16, rugby-loving participants have the chance to hone and develop their sporting skills, learning first-hand from the professionals. What’s more the rugby training will be combined with physical and mental challenges provided by the British Army, ensuring that players are tested to the full. Promising plenty of fun, the five-day camp is sure to benefit participants’ games, and offer a unique experience during the school holiday.
SoGlos loves: There’s heaps of family fun awaiting when Gloucester Rugby’s ever-popular Beach Weekender returns to Gloucester Quays for the August bank holiday weekend, with the waterside destination converted into a beach, a rugby tournament, and the chance to meet the Gloucester Rugby players on Saturday. What’s more, visitors can browse the market stalls boasting the best of Gloucestershire, and feast on tasty treats galore. Plus, with live music offering a brilliant backdrop and plenty of children’s activities, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.
When: The residential rugby camp takes place from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August 2017. Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender takes place from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August 2017.
How much: The residential camp costs £400
For more info: See Gloucester Rugby residential rugby camps in Chepstow and Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender.
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on (01452) 876567 or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
Venue: Sherborne Cinema
What's happening: Happy families can enjoy some down time at family-friendly picture palace, Sherborne Cinema in Gloucester. Screening the latest blockbusters and favourite family flicks for value ticket prices, the Art Deco cinema offers a programme for all ages, in addition to hosting dedicated family shows. During the school summer holidays, films will include animated comedy Despicable Me 3, Spiderman: Homecoming, and War for The Planet of The Apes.
SoGlos loves: A trip to Sherborne Cinema doesn’t break the bank, with tickets starting from just £3.50, making it undoubtedly the best value Gloucester cinema! What’s more, there are plenty of tempting treats on sale, such as slush drinks, popcorn, sweets, ice-cream, hot chocolate, and teas and coffees for adults, with prices starting from an irresistible £1.
How much: Tickets start from £3.50
When: Times vary as per film, contact organisers for details
For more info: See Sherborne Cinema
To book: Call Sherborne Cinema on (01452) 520560, email email@example.com or visit sherbornecinema.co.uk directly.
Venue: King's Walk Shopping Centre
What’s happening: Kids won’t be left bored this summer at King’s Walk Shopping Centre, as its flagship store for families, The Entertainer, has a truckload of summer toys and essentials just waiting to be discovered. From water blasters, scooters and slides, to sandpits, skate boards and outdoor sports equipment, get the kids enjoying the great outdoors this summer, with plenty to keep them jumping for joy. Holidaymakers can also pick up their summer treats at the toy store too, with inflatables, bucket and spades and beach toys aplenty, as well as a number colouring-in books, games and puzzles which are perfect for long flights or car rides. And don’t worry if the great British weather doesn’t behave itself, as there are plenty of inside fun and games, such as craft sets, LEGO and jigsaw puzzles.
SoGlos loves: Situated right in the heart of Gloucester, King’s Walk Shopping Centre boasts excellent parking facilities, making it easy for families to make a real day of it. With a range of shops, a number of snack choices to refuel, as well as plenty to see and do in Gloucester, families can head to the retail destination safe in the knowledge that there’s something going on to keep everyone happy.
When: King’s Walk Shopping Centre is open from 9am on Mondays to Saturdays, from 10am on Sundays
To book: There's no need to book, but for specific information, see King's Walk Shopping Centre, call (01452) 304953 or visit kingswalk.co.uk directly.
Venue: Eastgate Shopping Centre
What's happening: From bikinis, sunglasses and beach toys to summer accessories, head to Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gloucester and grab everything you need for your summer holiday in one easy trip. With fashion from H&M, Select, M&S, Blue Inc and more, fashion-forward holiday makers can shop for a whole new summer wardrobe; while Specsavers and Vision Express offer a stylish selection of sunglasses; and Bags R Us and Accessorize are perfect for picking up any last-minute essentials. What’s more, there’s the chance to find beach accessories at JD Sports; and shop for in-flight entertainment at Game, ensuring all members of the family are all prepared for an enjoyable summer break.
SoGlos loves: Eastgate Shopping Centre is home to travel agents Thomas Cook, Thomson, and Co-Op Travel, meaning getting your summer escape sorted has never been easier, with the chance to book your holiday, sort out travel insurance and money, and do all of your summer shopping under one roof. Even better, with the centre set to host Super Thursdays during the school holidays, which offer everything from magic and crafts to dance, shopping trips are sure to be exciting!
When: Eastgate Shopping Centre is open from 9am on Mondays to Saturdays, from 10.30am on Sundays. Super Thursdays take place at specific times weekly; for more information see Super Thursdays at The Eastgate Shopping Centre.
To book: There's no need to book, but for specific information, see Eastgate Shopping Centre, call (01452) 520023 or visit eastgateshoppingcentre.co.uk directly.
Venue: The Museum of Gloucester
What’s happening: The Museum of Gloucester will transport visitors back to a prehistoric world during its exciting Dinosaurs exhibition, complete with sounds, smells and life-size sights. Sure to delight budding palaeontologists and Jurassic Park fans, the engaging exhibition will be home to both an immersive Expedition Zone, and an Investigation Zone with hands-on interactives and a fascinating collection of genuine fossils. What’s more, there’s the chance to learn some fascinating facts from a host of world-renowned palaeontologists from Bristol University, who will be delivering talks on a wide variety of topics – so if you ever wondered what a T-Rex ate for breakfast, now’s your chance to find out!
SoGlos loves: The Museum of Gloucester has teamed up with the Gloucestershire County Libraries Service and its annual Summer Reading Challenge, and will offer free entry to the Dinosaur exhibition for any child that has registered for the free scheme – offering even more incentive to grab a good book and get reading during the school holidays.
When: The Museum of Gloucester is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday to Sunday. The Dinosaur exhibition runs from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 28 October 2017.
How much: Normal admission charges apply
To book: Call Museum of Gloucester on (01452) 396131, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit venues.gloucester.gov.uk directly.
What’s happening: Home to more than 90 interconnected trampolines, a foam pit, dodgeball and basketball areas, launch platforms, and much more, XJump in Gloucester offers the chance for children to bounce to new heights and burn off some steam during the school holidays. The Open Jump session allows access all areas for an hour, with jumpers able to take the leap from a launch platform, practice their moves on full-length trampolines, and bounce off the walls – literally – on the angled trampolines, making for 60 minutes of energetic fun. What’s more, for little nippers aged five and under, the toddler morning sessions are perfect, with trampolines, parachutes, balls, and soft play, not forgetting favourite children’s music providing a lively backdrop for the jumping fun.
SoGlos loves: During the school holidays, XJump has a special Summer Saving deal offering 25 per cent discount when booking an Open Jump session online, inviting jumpers to have a fun-filled hour for only £7.50, providing even more incentive to head along to the fantastic facility during the long six-week break.
When: XJump is open daily, with times varying as per activity.
How much: Open Jump costs £10 and Toddler sessions cost £8, with prices for other activities varying. The special Summer Saving deal runs from Monday 24 July to Sunday 3 September 2017, with Open Jump sessions booked online costing £7.50.
For more info: See XJump
To book: Call XJump on (01452) 221800, email email@example.com, or visit xjump.uk directly.
Venue: Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Road, Gloucester, GL46SX
What's happening: County children can go wild in the great outdoors thanks to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s seasonal events, offering a host of outdoor activities such as treasure hunts, making insect homes and bird feeders, and planting wildflowers.
When: Friday 28 July 2017; Wednesday 2, Friday 11, Wednesday 16 August 2017
To book: Call (01452) 383333
Venue: The Wharf House
What's happening: A weekend of summertime fun, the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Festival offers two days of waterside culture and great entertainment, featuring a flotilla of heritage boats sailing from Over Basin into Vineyard Hill.
When: Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 August 2017
To book: Call (01452) 332900
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s happening: There's plenty to put a smile on children's faces at Roses Theatre, such as The Owl And The Pussycat, set to sail onto the stage in its beautiful pea green boat, complete with puppetry and live music. The MakeShift Ensemble will bring a sense of adventure and humour to the best-loved nonsense poem, with audiences invited to join Reynard. H. Fox and his unenthusiastic sidekick Rabbit as they try to get the owl and the pussycat to the hill, in time to be married! Meanwhile, there will also be a special singalong screening of Disney's live action blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast, inviting families to join the chorus and sing their hearts out during what promises to be an enjoyable and enchanting musical experience.
SoGlos loves: For kiddies who like to get involved in the action, Roses Theatre will run a Blockbuster 3 holiday club at Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury, offering five days, five star-studded themes, and plenty of fun, games and creativity. The inclusive holiday club invites children aged between seven and 18 to use theatre, film, art and crafts to develop a creative performance project.
When: The Owl And The Pussycat takes place on Wednesday 2 August. Beauty and the Beast takes place on Sunday 6 August. Blockbuster 3 holiday club takes place from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August 2017.
How much: The Owl And The Pussycat costs £8.50. Beauty and the Beast costs £5. Blockbuster 3 holiday club costs £70.
To book: Call Roses Theatre on (01684) 295074, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: Tewksbury School sports field, Tewkesbury, GL20 8DF
What's happening: A petrol head's paradise, the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival on Sunday will feature more than 700 cars and 200 motorcycles ranging from vintage motors to super cars. Meanwhile, there will be a drive-in cinema screening of the iconic film favourite Grease on the Saturday.
When: The film screening will take place on Saturday 19 August; the festival will take place on Sunday 20 August 2017
To book: Call 07976 950856
Venue: Berkeley Castle
What’s happening: Berkeley Castle has a summer of fun planned, offering even more incentive to visit the favourite family destination during the school holidays. Highlights include storytelling on Mondays (excluding bank holiday Monday); Monty the Jester on Tuesdays; and ‘have a go’ archery on Wednesdays. Meanwhile, there will be authentic sword-fighting displays on Sundays 23 July and 13 August; and medieval falconry displays on Sundays 30 July and 20 August. And, if you’re looking for a fun-filled bank holiday Sunday and Monday, look no further, as there will be living history displays, archery, musket and crossbow shooting, and more taking place.
SoGlos loves: Along with its summer activities, there will be a dedicated Family Fun Day, with attractions including giant games, a penalty shoot-out, and a bouncy castle, all on the castle's lower lawns. What's more, grandparents can receive free entry to the attraction, when accompanying a paying child, on Mondays between 3 July and 21 August 2017.
When: Berkeley Castle is open from Sundays to Wednesdays between Sunday 23 July and Wednesday 30 August 2017. Family Fun Day takes place on Sunday 6 August 2017.
How much: Admission prices vary, contact organisers for details
To book: Call Berkeley Castle (01453) 810303, email email@example.com, or visit berkeley-castle.com directly.
Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What’s happening: Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers invites little ones to take part in eight exciting activities for the chance to receive their very own Wildlife Ranger badge! Visitors will receive their free wildlife ranger log book on arrival, which is packed with everything required for a fun-filled day of discovery. With something for everyone, the activities span a wetland canoe safari; building summer shelters and hideaway dens; learning skills at the ranger survival camp; identifying wildlife; building mini rafts; hand-feeding birds; playing the brand new pandemonium game; and making a wildlife wetland movie for the chance to win a prize.
SoGlos loves: Slimbridge Wetland Centre is the perfect destination for little ones to burn off some steam in the great outdoors, with its resident animals, glorious grounds and outdoor wet playground sure to put a smile on everyone's face. What's more, during the school holidays, there will be Family Wildlife Photography sessions, offering an educational and enjoyable day for budding wildlife photographers and their parents.
When: Wednesday 26 July to Sunday 3 September 2017. Family Wildlife Photography takes place on Wednesday 26 July and Wednesday 23 August 2017.
How much: Normal admission charges apply, with extra costs for certain activities, contact organisers for details. Family Wildlife Photography costs £30 per adult and child.
To book: Call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wwt.org.uk/Slimbridge directly.
Venue: Painswick Rococo Garden
What's happening: Spanning Shakespeare, children's classics, and favourite comedies, Painswick Rococo Garden's Open-air Theatre programme welcomes all ages, with shows including Alice in Wonderland and Three Men in a Boat.
When: Friday 30 June to Monday 28 August 2017
To book: Call (01452) 813204
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