Wednesday 20 November 2019

Gloucestershire Christmas shopping guide

From prepared late-night shoppers through to last-minute panic buyers, SoGlos has rounded up the best Gloucestershire shopping spots, late-night openings, artisan gift companies and local producers – ensuring you’ve got everything you need for the perfect Christmas shopping experience in 2019.

Before you head to the high street, SoGlos has rounded up everything you need to know about Christmas shopping in Gloucestershire, which should help to make 2019’s festive shopping experience a stress-free affair.

Featuring a host of late-night shopping destinations, local artisan foods perfect for your Christmas hamper, and charming gifts from around the county, make sure you’re prepared this festive season with our ultimate Christmas shopping guide.


Christmas gift ideas in Gloucestershire 2019


Cheltenham Racecourse Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

Give your loved ones the best start to 2020 with tickets to New Year's racing at Cheltenham Racecourse. There’s no better experience than the thrill of horse racing, and with under 18s gaining free entry, tickets to New Year’s Day racing won’t break the bank for a family gift.

Several compelling contests will take place on the track and the Family Fun Zone and free children’s activities mean tickets to the races make a great present for all ages.

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Perfect for keeping the Christmas celebrations going, tickets to New Year’s Day racing at Cheltenham Racecourse are ideal for that person who has everything. For keen racing fans, tickets to the The Festival ™ Presented by Magners also make a brilliant gift.

The important bits

New Year's racing at Cheltenham Racecourse will take place on Wednesday 1 January 2020, with tickets costing from £10 per person and under 18s free of charge.

To buy

Buy tickets to New Year's racing at Cheltenham Racecourse by visiting thejockeyclub.co.uk directly.


Stonehouse Court Hotel Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

Treat someone special to an indulgent overnight stay at Stonehouse Court Hotel – a breathtaking country manor house with beautiful Cotswold views.
Located in the district of Stroud with easy access to Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, an overnight experience at Stonehouse Court promises to be a relaxing and luxurious affair, with an on-site cocktail bar and restaurant; six acres of grounds to explore; and 36 recently refurbished rooms to choose from.

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Providing the perfect opportunity to be a tourist in your home county, Stonehouse Court’s Stroud location makes it an ideal spot for exploring some of the best attractions in the Cotswolds, before returning to the venue’s cosy dining spaces, enjoying an expertly mixed cocktail, and relaxing in front of a roaring fire.

The important bits

Stonehouse Court offers a Romantic Break package, where guests can enjoy overnight accommodation in an upgraded room, dinner in the restaurant to the value of £30 per person, full English breakfast the following morning; and a bottle of house champagne, a bouquet of hand-tied flowers, and a box of chocolates in the room upon arrival. The special package is priced from £88 per person, based on two sharing.

To buy

To book your overnight stay at Stonehouse Court Hotel, or your Romantic Break package, visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.


Ian Coley Christmas gift ideas

Gift idea

For something a bit different, treat a friend or family member to a gift voucher from Ian Coley Sporting this Christmas.

The vouchers can be used for a range of different activities and products, including clay pigeon shooting tuition, clothing, cartridges, shooting accessories and guns.

Located in the Cotswold countryside, Ian Coley Sporting provides a fun and quirky day out for those wanting to have a go at something new, or a clay shooting enthusiasts who want to refine their skills.

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A brilliant opportunity to take on a new hobby, Ian Coley Sporting offers shooting lessons for beginners, intermediates and advanced levels.

Shooters benefit from 24 different shooting stands, all with a minimum of two traps; three High Towers of up to 120 feet high; Double Trap and Down-the-Line layouts. Group lessons are also available and the venue’s Christmas party experience also makes a great festive day out.

The important bits

Gift vouchers range from £10 to £168 and can be used in the gun shop or shooting school. To go the extra mile, opt for a specific clay shooting package.

The price of a bespoke package depends on the options chosen. Gift vouchers will be posted to the specified address at checkout.

To buy

For more information call (01242) 870391, or visit iancoley.co.uk directly.


Hatherley Manor Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

Spoil your loved ones with an indulgent trip to The Spa at Hatherley Manor. Located within easy reach of both Gloucester and Cheltenham, this state-of-the-art spa only opened in 2018, boasting a pool, vitality pool jacuzzi, tepidarium, sauna, steam room, heated loungers, ice fountain and experience showers.

Alongside its spa facilities, the venue offers a range of treatments using Made for Life and Elemis products, and also boasts a spa café, perfect for a light bite, or glass of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion.

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If Christmas is getting too stressful, why not unwind with Hatherley Manor’s Winter Warmer Spa Package. Combining a half day of relaxation in the spa with a 55-minute treatment and two-course lunch in the spa café, this package costs £105 per person, and is available Monday-Thursday during the festive season.

The important bits

Making it easy to spoil your loved ones this Christmas, Hatherley Manor offers a range of gift vouchers priced from £25 to spend on a spa treatment, through to the £155 for the ‘Time for you’ spa package, which includes access to the spa facilities, lunch, a welcome drink and treatments.

To buy

Buy gift vouchers by calling (01452) 730217 or visiting hatherleymanor.com/gift-vouchers directly.


Cowley Manor Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

For a thoughtful gift that promises to brighten up those gloomy post-Christmas months, Cowley Manor is offering a heavenly Come Away with Me package during January to March 2020.

Including a welcome drink, use of the award-winning C-Side Spa and an overnight stay with breakfast the following morning, the package is a wonderful treat for anyone who’d soak-up a glorious Cotswold getaway – complete with stylish bedrooms and a grand setting.

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Set in acres of scenic countryside, Cowley Manor is the perfect place to unwind after the hectic Christmas period. With its stunning C-Side Spa facilities including a heated indoor and outdoor pool, a relaxation area, steam room, sauna and gym area – it’s a perfect way to see in 2020.

The important bits

The Come Away with Me package is available from January to March 2020 on Sundays to Thursdays. Prices start from £190 for Good Rooms and range up to £300 for Outstanding Rooms.

To buy

Call (01242) 870900 or visit cowleymanor.co.uk directly.


Float in the Forest Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

Give the gift of complete relaxation, with a floatation gift card from Float in the Forest. Based in Whitecroft in the peaceful Forest of Dean, guests can redeem their voucher for an hour of uninterrupted relaxation in a warm, comfortable floatation pod – allowing them to completely switch off from the stresses of life. Offering benefits such as deep relaxation; improved blood pressure, circulation and reduced stress levels; pain relief from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and back pain; and more restful sleep, a Float in the Forest gift card makes a meaningful gift for those who often put others’ needs before their own.

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Float in the Forest presents its Christmas gift cards in a seasonal greeting card which is left blank for your own personal message, along with a leaflet fully explaining how the experience works and how the recipient might benefit. There’s also a fantastic offer for those buying multiple floatation gifts, with £15 off a single float for yourself when you purchase three single float gift cards.

The important bits

A One Float Christmas Gift Card costs £50, while a Three-Float or Five-Float Christmas Gift Card benefits from a discount, costing £135 and £220, respectively.

To buy

Call (01594) 715215 or visit floatintheforest.co.uk/xmasgiftcards


The Isbourne Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

Home to an array of workshops, courses, classes and relaxing holistic treatments, The Isbourne is a pioneering wellbeing centre in the heart of Cheltenham. This Christmas, the venue will be transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland. Taking place on Tuesday 3 December 2019, the Christmas Gift and Taster Fayre will combine relaxing beauty treatments with eco-friendly crafts and gifts, providing the ideal festive destination for people looking to pick up some locally made gifts with the environment in mind.

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Alongside the Christmas gift fayre, The Isbourne is home to a fantastic range of courses, classes and workshops. Why not give the gift of relaxation or education this Christmas, with a gift voucher than can be redeemed against any event, workshop, course, class or talk? Topics include flowing yoga, belly dance, reiki and meditation, amongst other things, meaning there’re options available to suit every taste and budget, with vouchers available from £1 upwards.

To buy

Tickets for Christmas Gift and Taster Fayre are available on the day from The Isbourne, with courses, workshops and treatments available to book at isbourne.org. Gift vouchers can be purchased from The Isbourne’s reception.


Gloucestershire College Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

Give the gift of learning this Christmas thanks to Gloucestershire College’s new gift vouchers. Available from £10 upwards, the GC Christmas gift vouchers can be used towards a range of courses and classes – ideal for those who want to learn a new skill or try a new hobby in 2020. Spanning topics such as group singing, interior design, photography, floristry, introduction to photoshop, and creative textiles, the vouchers can be used towards part-time or evening courses

SoGlos loves

A GC Christmas gift voucher isn’t just useful for those wanting to learn a new skill, the college also offers a range of practical professional courses for people wanting to upskill in their current roles. The courses include Microsoft Office basics, assertiveness at work, marketing and social media, conflict management, and increasing productivity, amongst others.

The important bits

Course prices range from £50 to £150, and GC Christmas gift vouchers can be purchased in any value from £10. Vouchers can be used as part payment towards a course. Full terms and conditions are available at gloscol.ac.uk/terms-and-conditions.

To buy

To purchase a GC Christmas gift voucher call (01452) 563278, email commercialcourses@gloscol.ac.uk, or visit gloscol.ac.uk/christmas-vouchers-2019
directly.


Tanique Christmas gift ideas

Gift idea

If you have a friend or family member who loves the sun-kissed look, give them the gift of perfectly tanned skin for the winter months ahead with Tanique gift vouchers. Providing a bespoke service for those who want to enhance their look for the festive season, the beauty salon works closely with its clients to provide a seamless tanning experience suited to individual skin tones.

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With treatments spanning everything from eyebrow shaping to eyelash extensions, as well as waxing, Tanique’s team of fully-qualified therapists can help you to refresh your whole look in time for Christmas!

The important bits

Treat your friend or family member to a voucher of any value, which they can use for any treatment Tanique offers. Vouchers are available to buy in-store or over the phone.

To buy

Call (01242) 228112 or email enquiries@cheltenhamtanique.com. For more information about Tanique, visit cheltenhamtanique.com and keep up to date with the latest on its Facebook page facebook.com/cheltenhamtanique


Royal International Air Tattoo 2020 Christmas gift ideas


Gift idea

Give your loved ones a fantastic day out to remember with tickets to the Royal International Air Tattoo 2020.

Taking place from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 July 2020 at RAF Fairford, the event is regarded as one of the best air shows in the world, representing 25 nations through more than 200 aircraft which are on display both on the ground and in the air.

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As well as hundreds of fascinating aircraft to enjoy, The Royal International Air Tattoo offers a range of family friendly activities to keep everyone entertained. The Techno Zone offers access to interactive exhibits about space and technology; the RAF experience details the impressive equipment being used by today’s troops and the Vintage Village, which takes visitors back to the 1940s with retro cars, aircraft and fashion.

The important bits

Tickets to the Royal International Air Tattoo 2020 cost between £44 and £59 depending on which day you’d like to attend, although there are discounts available for those attending across two or more days. Under 18s are free with a paying adult.

To buy

Book tickets to Royal International Air Tattoo 2020 by visiting airtattoo.com.


Favourite Beers Christmas gift ideas

Gift idea

Know someone who loves a good beer? Give them the gift of endless choice with a voucher from Favourite Beers. With so many different options and beers from all over the world, your friend or family member will love picking out the ones that suit their taste. Not only do Favourite Beers have stock from local breweries in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, but they’re also home to beers from all over the world. Alternatively, pop into the store and pick out exactly what you think your friend or family member would like with Favourite Beers’ bespoke gift bags and boxes.

SoGlos loves

Favourite Beer’s beer box subscription service is truly a gift that keeps on giving, delivering 12 beers to Cheltenham addresses every month. Filled with beers from all over the world, including a limited edition or unusual beer, subscribers get to try a whole host of different flavours and strengths.

The important bits

The gift vouchers are available in denominations of five, and can be bought in-store or over the phone.

To buy

Call (01242) 220485 or visit favouritebeers.com for more information.


Christmas shopping in Gloucestershire 2019


Christmas shopping at The Brewery Quarter


What’s there?

Alongside its shopping offering of Urban Outfitters, and LUKE which are perfect for fashion lovers, The Brewery Quarter is home to a range of food, drink and lifestyle brands ideal for relaxing before or after a busy evening of late-night shopping. Treat yourself to a luxurious cocktail at bars like Babel, Cosy Club or The Botanist or warm yourself up with an indulgent hot chocolate from dessert bar Creams Café or Starbucks. If you need to refuel before shopping until you drop, there are also plenty of food options including Son of Steak, Nando’s, Frankie and Benny’s, Five Guys, Chiquito’s, and Prezzo..

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If you don’t have time to stop at The Brewery Quarter while you’re shopping, why not treat your loved ones to a night out by purchasing vouchers for one of the venue’s many entertainment venues as a Christmas gift. Destinations include Hollywood Bowl, Mr Mulligans Lost World Golf, or Cineworld, which has recently benefitted from a complete refurbishment to include 4DX and VIP screening rooms.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

Call (01242) 574378 or visit thebreweryquarter.com.


Christmas shopping at The Regent Arcade in Cheltenham

What’s there?

As well as housing popular high street stores such as H&M, Topshop and TK Maxx, The Regent Arcade also has some lovely independents including Love It and Cotswold Galleria. Shoppers can try out new skincare at The Body Shop, get lovely gifts for friends and family at Tiger, or pick up something extra special at Pandora. With everything you need in one place, The Regent Arcade is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done.

SoGlos loves

Need a break from Christmas shopping? The Regent Arcade is also home to a range of lovely cafes and restaurants, including Soho Coffee, Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop, The Bridge Café, and Carluccio’s. With so many delicious treats on offer, shoppers can really get into the Christmas spirit.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Regent Arcade will be open from 9am to 8pm on Thursday 5 December 2019 and from 9am to 7pm on Thursday 12 and Thursday 19 December 2019. Regent Arcade is also extending its hours on Saturday 23 November 2019, Friday 29 November 2019 and Monday 23 December 2019 from 9am to 7pm.

For more information

Call (01242) 521345 or visit regentarcade.co.uk.


Christmas shopping at Eastgate Shopping Centre


What’s there?

Encapsulating a fantastic mix of High Street and independent stores, Eastgate Shopping Centre offers great choice for fans of fashion, with stores including H&M, JD Sports, Accessorize, and Blue Inc. Savvy shoppers can enjoy picking up some bargain stocking fillers at B&M Bargains, Poundland, and great offers on cards and wrap at Card Factory and A Write Card. There’s also plenty of gift ideas at Game, F.Hinds and M&S. Plus, if you need to refuel after all that Christmas shopping, guests can enjoy a delicious coffee, cake or sandwich at the M&S Café, Farmhouse Deli or Boswell’s Café.

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Throughout December 2019, Eastgate Shopping Centre will be home to The Giving Tree, where shoppers can purchase and donate an additional gift which will be given to families in need over the festive season. The Giving Tree will be open from Sunday 1 to Sunday 22 December 2019. There’re also great opportunities to celebrate Christmas at Eastgate Shopping Centre as Christmas characters take a break from the North Pole to wander around the shopping centre to meet guests.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

Call Eastgate Shopping Centre on (01452) 520023 or visit eastgateshoppingcentre.co.uk.


Christmas shopping at Cheltenham town centre

What’s there?

Cheltenham town centre benefits from a range of High Street, designer and independent shops – including John Lewis, Olive, House of Fraser, Monty Smith and Urban Outfitters. Need refuelling? Sip a flat white or tuck into lazy lunch at one of the many bustling cafés, bars and restaurants in town, from Bar Padron and School House Cafe to The Coffee Dispensary and Smokey Joe’s.

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The town centre will be sprinkled with festive magic when the Cheltenham Christmas market returns between Thursday 21 November and Saturday 14 December 2019. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the market on The Promenade is open until 8pm, meaning late-night shoppers can pick up lovely gifts, hot food, decorations and not forgetting mulled wine.

Late-night shopping available?

On Thursday 5 December 2019, shops across Cheltenham will be open until 8pm and with festive carol singers, a Christmas magician, and buskers belting out the Christmas classics, it’ll be a lovely evening to find those perfect gifts for friends and family.

For more information

Email events@marketingcheltenham.co.uk or visit visitcheltenham.com/Cheltenham-christmas-market


Christmas shopping at The Fairview Gardener

What’s there?

With so many lovely gifts and homeware items, The Fairview Gardener makes a great place to get those all-important stocking fillers. From beautiful baubles to scented candles, Christmas decorations to house plants, you’ll be able to get something for everyone. Complete with a plant nursery, the garden centre near Gloucester is home to an array of different flowers, shrubbery, ornaments and garden tools under one roof.

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The Fairview Gardener’s tea room serves delicious food made using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. With seasonal specials and cakes galore, take a break from the Christmas shopping with a slice – or two! The Fairview Gardener’s afternoon tea makes a great gift for foodie friends, and the unusual herbal teas are not to be missed.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. On Saturday 30 November 2019, go along to The Fairview Gardener’s VIP late night shopping event, starting at 6pm. With a 20 per cent off promotion, get your festive decorations and choose your Christmas tree. Book a VIP set meal at the tea room or tuck into refreshments in the garden centre. Usual opening times at The Fairview Gardener and Tea Room is Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

For more information

Call (01452) 750436 or visit The Fairview Gardener’s Facebook page.


Christmas shopping at The Nursery at Miserden

What’s there?

With an impressive range of seasonal house plants, The Nursery at Miserden has everything you need to make your home and garden beautiful. Over the Christmas period, the nursery sells stunning Christmas trees and decorations, to prepare your home for the full festivities. The Garden Café, housed inside a bright greenhouse, serves up a delicious range of homemade cakes and freshly-brewed coffee.

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The new lunch menu at The Nursery at Miserden features high-quality and utterly scrumptious vegetarian meals, including beetroot falafel superfood bowl; garden burrito; and roast cauliflower shawarma bowl – making it a perfect pit-stop as you refuel for more Christmas shopping.

For more information

Call (01285) 821638, email info@miserdennursery.co.uk or visit miserdennursery.co.uk. Stay up to date on The Nursery at Miserden’s Facebook page at facebook.com.


Where?

Christmas shopping at Gloucester Quays

What’s there?

This shopping outlet has a mix of High Street and designer labels at up to 70% off. Shops include Adidas, Ted Baker, Cath Kidston, Joules, White Stuff and Levis.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

Call (01452) 338933


Where?

Christmas shopping at King’s Walk in Gloucester

What’s there?

Shoppers can browse fashion, gifts, jewellery, books, beauty and more at King’s Walk in Gloucester. Shops include River Island, The Perfume Shop, Primark and The Entertainer.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

Call (01452) 304953.


Where?

Christmas shopping at Cirencester Town Centre

What’s there?

Cirencester offers shoppers a wonderful array of independent and high-street shops, including Cotswold Living, Sue Parkinson, Joules, Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics and Laura Ashley.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

Call Cirencester Town Council on (01285) 655646.


Where?

Christmas shopping in Broadway, Cotswolds

What’s there?

From art, antiques and food and drink, through to gifts, crafts, fashion and florists, there are plenty of lovely independent shops in Broadway. Shop for Christmas gifts in Slate Clothing, Sue Parkinson, All of My Heart, and Lottie Jewellery.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Late-night shopping evenings are on Friday 29 November and Friday 6 December 2019, where shops will stay open until 8:30pm. There’ll also be mulled wine, live music and festive food.

For more information

Call (01386) 852937.


Where?

Christmas Shopping in Winchcombe

What’s there?

Winchcombe is home to an array of Cotswold shops, including Just in Case, Lavender Blue and Rapport Interiors.

Late-night shopping available?

On Tuesday 3 December 2019, head to the town centre for a festive celebration between 5pm and 8pm. With a bustling Christmas market and festive entertainment, the atmosphere will be buzzing with christmassy excitement.

For more information

Call Winchcombe tourist information on (01242) 602925.


© SoGlos
Sunday 03 November 2019

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