Celebrate the spring half term in Gloucestershire, with plenty of activities and events taking place across the county, perfect for keeping little nippers happy during their school holiday.
Spanning family fun, fantastic films and bouncing to new heights, find out where to go this half term with SoGlos’s dedicated guide.
Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
What's happening: Cheltenham Trust’s inaugural Family Day places a firm focus on fun, with a host of circus-themed arts activities and exciting workshops on offer, including circus skills, mime, arts and crafts, and clowning. Meanwhile, special guests The Rig from CBeebies and Bruce Airhead will be putting on a sensational live show which is sure to delight little ones, making it a thoroughly entertaining day for county children.
SoGlos loves: In addition to the anticipated Family Day, Cheltenham Trust has planned a whole week of exciting activities during its February half term play scheme at Prince of Wales Stadium. Children can burn off some steam with swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor exploring, sports and much more.
When: Family Day will take place on Wednesday 15 February 2017, while the half term play scheme takes place from Monday 13 to Friday 18 February 2017.
To book: Call 0844 576 2210, email email@example.com or visit cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk directly.
Venue: Airborne Trampoline Park
What's happening: Little ones can tackle the largest Ninja Run in Gloucestershire at Airborne Trampoline Park, taking on the challenge throughout the half term holiday in the bid to win the exciting tournament and be crowned the Ninja Master and win the top prize, £100 worth of Amazon vouchers split between two age categories; while there’s also a host of runner-up prizes up for grabs. The competition will take place throughout the week, with a score board to check out the reigning champion and regular updates across social media. And with videos, photos and certificates all part of the fun, it’s not just the champion who’ll be jumping for joy.
SoGlos loves: If you'd prefer a gentler jump, Airborne's half term schedule is perfect, with something for everyone and facilities for all ages to enjoy. Double trouble toddler time will take place during the first session of every day; Children can beat those school blues every weekday and and for older visitors, Airburn Fitness is sure to get your heart pumping, and put a smile on your face.
When: The Ninja Run tournament will take place during normal opening hours. Double trouble toddler time will take place during the first session of every day, from 10am to 12pm on weekdays, from 9am to 10am on weekends. Beat those school blues takes place from 4pm to 6pm every weekday, with the chance to bounce for just £7.50. Airburn Fitness takes place on Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm.
To book: Call (01242) 255551, or visit airbornetrampolinepark.com directly. Please note, advance booking is advised, with places expected to fill up quickly.
Venue: Everyman Theatre
What's happening: Expect havoc and hilarity aplenty when multi award-winning comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong takes to the stage at Everyman Theatre for some hilarious entertainment. Audiences are sure to be in stitches watching a group of accident-prone thesps, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who attempt to perform a 1920s murder mystery, battling on while everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.
SoGlos loves: Visiting Cheltenham as part of its UK tour, The Play That Goes Wrong has been performed in the West End to rave reviews and boasts a number of celebrity fans, such as Joanna Lumley and Ant and Dec.
When: Monday 6 to Saturday 11 February 2017.
To book: Call (01242) 572573, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
What's happening: Little ones can burn off some energy at Cheltenham Town Hall, where the lights will be turned off for two Glow Sports sessions, offering the chance to play table tennis, badminton, dodgeball and more in the dark, with special glow equipment.
When: Monday 13 February 2017. From 11am to 12.30pm for six to nine year olds; from 1.30pm to 3pm for 10 to 13 year olds.
To book: Call (01242) 528764.
Venue: Bacon Theatre
What's happening: Science’s most exciting show will be mixing things up at Bacon Theatre, transporting audiences through the weird and wonderful, with exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and daredevil stunts all part of the fun.
When: Wednesday 15 February 2017.
To book: Call (01242) 258002.
Venue: Leisure at Cheltenham
What's happening: Little nippers can celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cheltenham Trust’s soft play party, complete with biscuit decorating, sensory play, face painting, arts and crafts, and more.
When: Friday 17 February 2017
To book: Call (01242) 528764
Venue: Corinium Museum
What's happening: Corinium Museum will be opening its doors for fun-filled events and activities, including a family drop-in making stone gargoyle masks on Tuesday; a mini mosaic workshop on Wednesday; and a screening of animated comedy Finding Dory on Friday.
When: Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 February 2017.
To book: Call (01285) 655611.
Venue: Daylesford Farm Cookery School
What's happening: Crafty children can get creative with Cotswold designer, The Paper Hare, who will host a card-making workshop at Daylesford Farm, with little ones learning how to hand-paint and fold origami hearts, ahead of Valentine’s Day.
When: Sunday 12 February 2017
To book: Call 07510 256281
Venue: Sherborne Cinema
What's happening: Happy families can enjoy some uplifting entertainment at Sherborne Cinema in Gloucester, which will screen animated comedy, Sing. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Seth MacFarlane, the film is set in a world inhabited by animals and follows Buster the koala, who seeks to produce the world's greatest singing competition to save his failing theatre. Meanwhile older children can look forward to feel-good musical La La Land, and moving biopic, Lion, which will also be screened during the school holidays.
SoGlos loves: Aside from its family-friendly film programme, Sherborne Cinema offers unrivalled value for money and is perfect for affordable half term outings. Tickets start from £3.50, while classic cinema snacks such as popcorn, ice-cream and sweets can be snapped up for just £1.
When: Sing will be shown at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm from Saturday 11 to Thursday 16 February 2017. La La Land will be shown at 6pm from Friday 10 to Thursday 16 February 2017. Lion will be shown at 8.30pm from Friday 10 to Thursday 16 February 2017.
To book: Call (01452) 520560, email email@example.com or visit sherbornecinema.co.uk directly.
Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What's happening: The Cherry and Whites will be taking on three-time champions Saracens in an AVIVA Premiership match, promising a thrilling winter sports battle at Kingsholm Stadium. With Gloucester Rugby facing one of the toughest sides in the division, sports fans of all ages are sure to enjoy a nail-biting match as they cheer on their rugby heroes.
SoGlos loves: Gloucester Rugby’s 15 AVIVA Premiership fixture has been given television coverage, being shown by BT Sport – promising even more excitement, and the chance to re-watch the highlights after the excitement of the live sporting action. Not to mention the chance to spot yourself on television too!
When: Friday 17 February 2017.
To book: Call 0871 871 8781, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
Venue: Nature In Art
What's happening: Sure to impress visitors of all ages, Nature In Art will play host to the renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, promising an awe-inspiring collection of plants, animals and landscape images taken from across the globe.
When: Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 February 2017 (excluding Monday).
To book: Call (01452) 731422.
Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What's happening: Little ones will be making waves when the ever-popular Puddle Duck Championships return to Slimbridge Wetland Centre, this time with fluffy friend Dusty the Duck who will be handing out prizes to the lucky winners.
When: Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 February 2017.
To book: Call (01453) 891900.
Venue: Various locations across Stroud
What's happening: Families, businesses and students can enjoy a host of events, activities and workshops at Stroud’s annual membership of manufacturing and engineering, Festomane. Highlights include bananas ringing bells, taking a trip to the stars, and watching BBC scientist, Marty Jopson, put the awesome into electricity; in addition to careers advice and expert support for businesses also on offer during the packed programme of events.
When: Thursday 9 to Wednesday 15 February 2017
To book: Call (01453) 751572
Venue: Dr Jenner's House and Garden
What's happening: Children can enjoy drop-in craft activities and family trails around Dr Jenner’s House museum, exploring the doctor’s interest in balloon flights during two Up, Up and Away half term events.
When: Saturday 11 and Wednesday 15 February 2017.
To book: Call (01453) 810631.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What's happening: Blunderbus Theatre Company will be bringing music and magic to Tewkesbury during fun-filled show, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, telling the story of Charlie Hubble and his dream to become a world-class magician – with a big surprise in store when Charlie meets a real life sorcerer.
When: Thursday 16 February.
To book: Call (01684) 295074.
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