Sunday 18 February 2018

10 affordable family friendly attractions in Gloucestershire

If you're hoping to keep the kids entertained without spending a fortune, look no further than SoGlos’s selection of 10 family-friendly Gloucestershire attractions that won’t break the bank.

Thrifty parents can keep their kiddies entertained without splashing the cash thanks to SoGlos’s handy hot list, rounding up 10 affordable, family-friendly attractions in Gloucestershire.

With everything from trampolining to farm park fun, there’s plenty of inspiration to keep children happy, in this handy hot list.

1. Jump for the stars at XJump

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Lively little ones can jump, bounce and boing to their heart’s content at Xjump in Gloucester, playing dodgeball, reaching new heights and burning off bounds of energy.

Promising not to break the banks for parents, the Toddler Time sessions cost £5 for one child and their parent, allowing youngsters to bounce along to all their favourite music hits.

2. Outdoor exploring at Puzzlewood

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Equally enchanting for children and grown-ups alike, Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean offers hours of exploring fun in the magical woodlands – and with entry costing £5.50 for children aged three to 15, it won’t break the bank either!

Animal lovers can meet the donkeys, goats and ponies; the willow maze is just waiting to be explored; toddlers can enjoy the racing track and outdoor playground; and the 14 acres of wonderful woodlands promise plenty of outdoor fun.

3. Meet some furry friends at St James City Farm

Offering free entry and a whole host of friendly farmyard faces to meet, children will love getting up close to the animals at St James City Farm in Gloucester.

With its resident animals including giddy goats, gorgeous guinea pigs, cute pigs, and fluffy sheep, among others, youngsters are sure to love the experience, whilst adults can enjoy the chance to save some pennies.

4. Collect the clues on Cheltenham Treasure Hunt Trail

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Promising to keep the kids entertained for hours, pro-active parents can purchase a Cheltenham Montpellier Treasure Hunt Trail booklet online for £6.99. Perfect for exploring outdoors, the self-guided trail is suitable for children aged six years-old and up.

Keen kiddies and their parents can head off on the circular trail route and see if they can solve the sneaky clues hidden amongst Montpellier’s buildings, features and monuments, for the chance to uncover the hidden treasure at the end!

5. Settle down for a family flick at Sherborne Cinema

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With its jam-packed programme including plenty of family-friendly films to keep even the youngest of visitors entertained, Sherborne Cinema in Gloucester invites children to enjoy a movie for as little as £3.50.

What’s more, with a host of classic cinema snacks such as popcorn, slush drinks, sweets and ice-cream starting from £1, as well as teas and coffees for parents, the art deco cinema is the perfect destination to catch a feel-good flick for less.

6. Run wild at Batsford Arboretum

Little legs can let off some steam in the great outdoors during a trip to the beautiful Batsford Arboretum, with entry free of charge for under fours and £3.50 for children aged four to 15 years-old.

Open all year-round, the Cotswold attraction promises the perfect place to pitch up with a picnic in the summer months, soak up the fireworks of autumn colours, and pile on the wellies and coats for a winter walk too.

7. Putt a hole-in-one at Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf

With two 18-hole courses to choose from, little and big kids can putt their way around exciting Cheltenham attraction, Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf, which offers the perfect wet weather activity for all ages.

With entry for an 18-hole game costing £3.50 for under fives and £6.75 for under 12s, visitors can play their way through the other-worldly course, encountering 15-foot smoking volcanoes, weird and wonderful creatures, and hidden treasure along the way.

8. Get lost in the maze at Painswick Rococo Garden

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Offering free entry for under 16s, the glorious Painswick Rococo Garden is bursting with things to see and do, with a magical maze to explore and a woodland play area awaiting visitors.

Mini explorers can muse over the tree carving, test their knowledge with a child-friendly quiz and run free around the glorious grounds. What’s more, on winter days don’t miss the infamous ‘full works’ hot chocolate when you refuel in the café!

9. Take a trip into the forest at Beechenhurst

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Promising plenty of opportunities to run, explore and adventure through the Forest, Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean is the perfect place to start a day of family fun that won’t break the bank.

With the Sculpture Trail, Highway Rat Trail and hundreds of acres of forest to explore for free, there’s even a café to keep little ones and the grown up fuelled throughout the day.

10. Feed the flamingos at Birdland Park and Gardens

Be a perch for a parrot and feed the flamingos at Birdland Park and Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water, which is home to over 140 different species including chattering kookaburras, dainty dragonflies, slithering snakes and flamboyant flamingos.

With entry costing £6.95 and free of charge for under threes, children can get up close with rare eggs and chicks in The Hatchery, discover sneaky snakes in the Encounter Zone, and follow the footsteps of a dinosaur in the Jurassic Journey.

By Sophie Bird

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Sunday 21 January 2018

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