Tuesday 11 December 2018

Gloucestershire Christmas events guide

Find Christmas events in Gloucestershire in 2018, including family fun, where to meet Santa, traditional pantomimes, and much more, with SoGlos’s guide to the best festive events in the county.

Christmas in Gloucestershire 2018 is set to be a fun-filled festive season, complete with plenty of things to do for the whole family and all the festive celebrations and over-indulgence you could hope for.

SoGlos’s hand-selected guide to Christmas events in Gloucestershire 2018 will help you make the most of everything that’s on offer in the county, from festive fayres and where to meet Santa to carol singing and special concerts.


Cheltenham Christmas events 2018


Aladdin pantomime at Everyman Theatre

Christmas at Everyman Theatre

Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening: Everyman Theatre's ever-popular annual pantomime returns, with this year's show Aladdin set to grant the wishes of audiences old and young. Directed by Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan, the show is sure to provide laugh out loud entertainment, with the hilarious Tweedy the Clown taking centre stage as Wishee Washee; while Daniel Beales plays Widow Twankey; and Ben Darcy stars as Aladdin. A brand-new production of the magical tale, this winter’s eagerly awaited show is sure to have families snapping up tickets, with plenty of boos, hisses and festive fun along the way.
SoGlos loves: Aside from the pantomime, Everyman's Studio Theatre will play host to two uplifting shows during the festive season. The Velveteen Rabbit hops onto the stage for an enchanting show, raising festive cheer with live music, songs and the chance to join in. Meanwhile The Old Curiosity Shop offers an exciting new adaptation of Dickens’ tale, which follows Nell, a young girl who lives with her beloved grandfather in his shop of curiosities. When Nell and her grandfather have to run away, they have only each other and have to face new challenges together.
How much: Tickets for Aladdin range from £5 to £33
When: Aladdin runs from Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 13 January 2019
For more info: See Aladdin pantomime at the Everyman Theatre
To book: Call (01242) 572573, email admin@everymantheatre.org.uk, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.


Enjoy Christmas events with Stagecoach West

Stagecoach West

What’s happening: Avoid the cold, skip the hassle of finding a parking space, and let someone else deal with holiday traffic thanks to Stagecoach West's extensive services across the county and beyond. Whether you're heading to the cinema for a festive family film, the annual pantomime, a carol concert, shopping trip, going to meet the Jolly Red Man, or going for a day out with family and friends, the county's premium bus service promises a convenient and stress-free journey. What's more, Stagecoach West's Family and Friends Explorer Ticket is a great option for groups, providing great value and unlimited day travel throughout Gloucestershire and just beyond the border – perfect for saving pennies during what’s an expensive month!
SoGlos loves: If your mind is bogged down with gift lists and party planning, Stagecoach’s useful app offers the perfect solution for planning your journeys without any extra hassle. Available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play, the app allows users to set their location using GPS to find the right buses, stops and routes; 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, saving any last-minute panic for change at the bus stop.
How much: Prices vary as per ticket type
To book: No need to book, but for specific information visit stagecoachbus.com directly.


The Brewery's Christmas Lights Switch On

The Brewery's Christmas Lights Switch On

What's happening: From singing, dancing and even a visit from the pantomime cast, The Brewery’s Christmas Lights Switch On is packed with festive family entertainment. Enjoy a Christmas market complete with handmade gifts, toys and more.
SoGlos loves: Making a special appearance on the night, stars of Bacon Theatre’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will be there to switch on the Christmas lights.
How much: Admission is free of charge
When: Saturday 24 November 2018
For more info: See The Brewery's Christmas Lights Switch On
To book: Booking is not necessary however, please visit thebreweryquarter.com directly.


Cheltenham Christmas Market

Cheltenham Christmas Market

Venue: The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1PJ
What’s happening: Sprinkling festive cheer in the heart of Cheltenham, the annual Christmas Market promises a delightful shopping experience for all ages. Taking place on the town’s pretty promenade, the market allows visitors to shop, eat, drink and get into the seasonal spirit. The charming chalets will be brimming with thoughtful and unique items, offering plenty of gift inspiration for family and friends. With around 40 stalls to wander around, expect to see everything from handmade crafts to foodie treats.
SoGlos loves: Cheltenham Christmas Market is ideal not only for shopping, but socialising. From warming mulled wine to tempting bratwurst, there’ll be plenty of tasty treats to enjoy whilst soaking up the atmosphere and relaxing with loved ones. After all, ‘tis the season to indulge!
How much: Free of charge
When: Thursday 22 November to Saturday 15 December 2018
For more info: See Cheltenham Christmas Market
To book: No need to book but call (01242) 387492, or visit visitcheltenham.com for further information


Cheltenham Christmas Lights

Cheltenham Christmas Lights

Venue: The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1PJ
What’s happening: The town will be alight with festive cheer following a sensational Christmas lights switch-on, complete with an illuminated parade, incredible characters and theatre-style entertainment. Organised by Cheltenham BID and Evenlode Productions, the show is themed around best-loved children's story, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Visitors can enjoy exciting entertainment as they watch the giant White Witch travelling through the town on her chariot, as she tries to stop Santa from turning on the lights. The show will culminate in a showdown at Imperial Gardens, between the White Witch with her six trolls, and Santa with his six elves.
SoGlos loves: Dressed with twinkling lights, Cheltenham will also be sprinkling festive cheer thanks to the annual Christmas Market. Featuring traditional chalets brimming with unique goods, shoppers can enjoy a pleasant browsing experience. What’s more with tasty treats such as mulled wine and bratwurst on offer, there’s plenty of excuse to indulge!
How much: Free of charge
When: The Christmas lights will be switched on on Saturday 24 November 2018
For more info: See Cheltenham Christmas lights switch-on
To book: No need to book but call (01242) 387492, or visit visitcheltenham.com for further information


Meet Father Christmas at Regent Arcade

Regent Arcade

Venue: Regent Arcade
What’s happening: Festive families can enjoy a fun-filled shopping trip at Regent Arcade during the Christmas season, and tick off their wish lists at the same time. Father Christmas will be putting a smile on Christmas shoppers’ faces when he visits the shopping centre to make sure every good little boy and girl get the chance to meet him. With Regent Arcade’s beautiful decorations up, and twinkling lights creating a great atmosphere, Santa will be wandering around, ready to add a dash of magic to shopping trips; while there’s also the chance to snap a selfie with the jolly red man, providing children with a festive memory they can cherish forever.
SoGlos loves: Aside from Father Christmas’s regular appearances, Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade is the perfect destination for seasonal shopping trips with the whole family. A highlight will be Elf School when visitors can enjoy elf-themed activities and an exciting retailer trail.
How much: Free of charge
When: Father Christmas will be at Regent Arcade on weekends from Saturday 24 November 2018, and daily from Monday 17 December 2018. Elf School takes place on Saturday 15 December 2018. Please note, booking for Elf School will be available from Monday 5 November 2018.
For more info: See Father Christmas appearances at Regent Arcade and Elf School at Regent Arcade
To book: Call (01242) 521345, email info@regentarcade.co.uk, or visit regentarcade.co.uk directly.


Cotswold Christmas events 2018



Father Christmas Visits at Cotswold Clubhouse

Father Christmas Visits at Cotswold Clubhouse

Venue: Cotswold Clubhouse
What's happening: Visitors are invited to walk through the enchanting trees at Cotswold Clubhouse to find Father Christmas in his cosy snug. With a gift for each child, festive activities and entry into the soft play, it’s the perfect form of festive family fun.
SoGlos loves: Promising to be a magical moment for little ones, Cotswold Clubhouse will have a special post box for children to put their all-important Christmas list into.
How much: Tickets cost £10.50 per child.
When: Saturday 1, Sunday 2, Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December 2018.
For more information: See Father Christmas Visits at Cotswold Clubhouse
To book: Call Cotswold Clubhouse on (01451) 263130, or visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk directly.


Forest of Dean Christmas events 2018


Christmas at Dean Heritage Centre

Christmas at Dean Heritage Centre

What's happening: Father Christmas will be taking his seat inside the enchanting cosy cottage at Dean Heritage Centre, with a beautiful gift for each child who visits. Carol singing and Christmas crafts will also have everyone feeling the festive spirit.
SoGlos loves: Not only is there Christmas crafts for kids, the festive weekend will also feature a Victorian-themed Christmas market and a live band.
How much: Prices vary, contact organisers for details.
When: Saturday 15 December, Sunday 16 December, Saturday 22 December and Sunday 23 December 2018.
For more info: See Christmas at Dean Heritage Centre
To book: Call (01594) 822170 or visit deanheritagecentre.com directly.


Gloucester Christmas events 2018


Hip Hopmas Eve party at Café Rene

Café Rene

Venue: Café Rene
What's happening: Getting the Christmas break off to an incredible start, Café Rene will host its Hip Hopmas Eve party this December. With music from two Gloucester-based DJs, the pair will play pop hip hop hits, old school classics and 70s funk music too.
SoGlos loves: Great drinks, brilliant atmosphere and incredible music make Café Rene a solid choice for any Christmas celebration this year.
How much: Entry to the Hip Hopmas Eve event is free of charge.
When: Monday 24 December 2018
For more info: Hip Hopmas Eve at Café Rene
To book: No need to book, but for specific information about Café Rene visit caferene.co.uk directly.


Festive family fun at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

Venue: Gloucester Cathedral
What’s happening: Festive families can head to the iconic Gloucester Cathedral during December, where a host of seasonal concerts and events are planned. A highlight will be the Christmas Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market, when visitors can enjoy bursts of festive praise throughout the day, sung by choirs of the cathedral. There’s also the chance to peruse seasonal stalls at the Christmas Market, taking place in the beautiful cloisters. Youngsters can look forward to appearances from Father Christmas and Oscar the Reindeer during the event, while mince pies, mulled wine and festive food will be on offer in the Monk’s Kitchen – all you need for a fabulous festive experience!
SoGlos loves: Set to sprinkle Christmas cheer through song, Gloucester Cathedral will host two Family Crib Services complete with a Lighting of the Christmas Trees; as well as two Christmas Carol Services, where visitors can enjoy traditional readings and classic carols. All taking place within the iconic setting, Gloucester Cathedral promises to warm hearts far and wide this December.
How much: Free of charge
When: The Christmas Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market take place on Saturday 8 December; the Family Crib Service and Carol Concert take place on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 December 2018.
For more info: See Gloucester Cathedral
To book: Call Gloucester Cathedral on (01452) 528095, email visits@gloucestercathedral.org.uk, or visit gloucestercathedral.org.uk directly.


Stroud Christmas events 2018


See Santa at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Christmas at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What's happening: Children are in for a fun-filled festive experience at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, when the jolly red man takes up residence in his magical grotto. He’ll be welcoming visitors who can enjoy either afternoon tea or breakfast with the elves, and a host of themed activities including marshmallow toasting; elf den building; arts and crafts; and icing gingerbread men. Meanwhile youngsters can pay a visit to Santa’s Post Office, sending their gift list all the way to the North Pole.
SoGlos loves: In addition to the seasonal show at Slimbridge, visitors can book their place at a truly unique event, experiencing the beauty of wild swans during its Swan Supper Evenings. Visitors can settle down in the cosy Peng Observatory to watch the swans, geese and ducks being fed on the floodlit lake, along with a commentary from the warden. Following the animals’ feeding, it’s time to head to the Kingfisher Kitchen for a delicious two-course dinner, which is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
How much: Prices vary as per event, contact organisers for details
When: Santa’s Grotto takes place on selected dates from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 December 2018. Swan Supper Evenings take place on Friday and Saturday evenings from Friday 30 November 2018 to Saturday 9 February 2019.
For more info: See Santa's Grotto at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, and Swan Supper Evenings at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
To book: Call (01453) 891900, email info.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk or visit wwt.org.uk/Slimbridge directly.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Stroud Subscription Rooms

Stroud Subscription Rooms

Venue: Stroud Subscription Rooms
What's happening: Get into the Christmas spirit with some booing, hissing and cheering during That’s Entertainment Productions' pantomime, Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs. The show boasts a fabulous cast including Britain's Got Talent finalist, Drew Cameron as Muddles, alongside a villainous Wicked Queen, dashing Prince, and of course, the beautiful Snow White. Sure to deliver another year of sensational entertainment, audiences old and young are in for a traditional panto treat – so book tickets before they sell out!
SoGlos loves: ‘Tis the season to indulge, and a visit to Stroud Subscription Rooms can be complete with a visit to Mr Twitchett’s Coffee House & Bar; the perfect place to relax with a drink in hand. Serving delicious coffees and a selection of teas, as well as other hot drinks, visitors can warm up in the cosy space. What’s more with beers, wines, spirits and local ales from Stroud Brewery on offer, it’s ideal for treating yourself to a tipple or two!
How much: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tickets cost £17, £15 for concessions
When: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from Friday 21 to Monday 24 December 2018
For more information: See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Stroud Subscription Rooms
To book: Call Stroud Subscription Rooms on (01453) 760900, email subscription.rooms@stroud.gov.uk, or visit subscriptionrooms.org.uk directly.


Tewkesbury Christmas events 2018


Dick Whittington Pantomime at The Roses Theatre

Dick Whittington Pantomime at Roses Theatre

Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s on stage: Set to burst onto Roses Theatre’s stage with frivolity, gorgeously glittering costumes, spectacular sets, and plenty of cries of ‘he’s behind you,’ this traditional family pantomime offers all the ingredients for a fun and festive time with the family. Telling the tale of Dick Whittington and his journey to London, audiences are in good hands with this year’s dazzling show; writer and director Ben Crocker returns to the helm and is set to deliver another spectacular show, which will reign in the Christmas season in feel good style.
SoGlos loves: There's no need to worry if panto isn't your thing, as The Roses Theatre will play host to a show that's 'as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies', Holly At Christmas. Promising heaps of Yuletide festivities, audiences old and young can enjoy hearing Holly’s hits along with other contemporary classics, and some Christmas crackers, all wrapped up in a fantastic feast of entertainment.
How much: Tickets for Dick Whittington range from £15 to £25
When: Dick Whittington runs from Saturday 1 December 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019
For more info: See Dick Whittington at The Roses Theatre
To book: Call Roses Theatre (01684) 295074, email boxo@rosestheatre.org or visit rosestheatre.org directly.



Beyond the border Christmas events 2018



Santa’s Grotto at Land Rover Experience Eastnor

Land Rover Experience

Venue: Land Rover Experience Eastnor
What's happening: Families can enjoy a magical visit to see Santa in his Grotto this Christmas with the Santa Package at Land Rover Experience Eastnor. Little ones can get in the festive spirit with a host of activities including tree decorating, pin the nose on Rudolph and bauble decorating. For a scrumptious treat, toast marshmallows before writing an all-important letter to Father Christmas. For an extra treat, there's the Santa and Drive Package which includes all of the festive treats of the Santa Package but with the added chance for adults to drive around the enchanting forest in an iconic Land Rover vehicle.
SoGlos loves: During the Santa and Drive Package*, children can sit in the back of the Land Rover and look at the map to find forest friends who are hidden in the woods.
How much: Santa Package costs £35 for a family of four, the Santa and Drive package costs £139 for a family of four.
When: Saturday 1, Saturday 8, Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 December 2018.
To book: Call (01531) 638777, or visit eastnor.landroverexperience.co.uk directly.


© SoGlos
Wednesday 21 November 2018

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