Wednesday 18 September 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 from Gloucestershire 2019


Cheltenham Racecourse


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


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

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


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.


Christmas shopping in Gloucestershire 2019


The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham


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 to remember 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 directly.


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.

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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. Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

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


Where?

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 (01242) 338933


Where?

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?

Cheltenham Town Centre

What’s there?

The centre of Cheltenham has a wide range of shops, from high street to luxury brands. Shops include everything from Urban Outfitters to New Look, Anthropologie to Oliver Bonas.

Late-night shopping available?

Yes. Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

Not available. Details will appear here once confirmed.


Where?

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?

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?

Winchcombe Town Centre

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?

Details will appear here once confirmed.

For more information

Call Winchcombe tourist information on (01242) 602925.


© SoGlos
Wednesday 21 November 2018

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