Ends Monday 24 December 2018
Get your hands on 24 fantastic Gloucestershire prizes in the countdown to Christmas, with The Great SoGlos Advent Giveaway 2018.
The advent calendar is set to be packed with top treats from the very best businesses in Gloucestershire – from romantic overnight stays to hampers brimming with festive fayre and magical treats for the whole family – with more than £5,000-worth of goodies being given away until Christmas Eve.
Forget flimsy chocolate, bookmark this page, follow the #SoGlosAdvent social media hashtag and check back daily at 9.30am to find out exactly what we’re giving away each day – and get entering to win, win, win some spectacular prizes.
About: World-renowned independent girls’ school, Cheltenham Ladies’ College is located in the heart of the town, educating girls aged between 11 and 18 years old for more than 160 years. Offering the chance to board or be a day pupil, the school aims to provide an educational environment that’s supporting, challenging, innovative and creative. Cheltenham Ladies’ College has consistently excellent GCSE, A Level and IB results and was named the top girls boarding school in the country for its International Baccalaureate (IB) results.
SoGlos loves: Cheltenham Ladies’ College has recently improved its sporting facilities with its state-of-the-art Fitness Centre. Boasting a pool, spaces for high-energy workout classes, and relaxing yoga and Pilates sessions – the versatile space is an excellent addition to the college’s facilities.
For more info: See Cheltenham Ladies’ College, call (01242) 520691, or visit cheltladiescollege.org directly.
The prize: Start 2019 with a brand new health kick at Cheltenham Ladies’ College Fitness Centre. Including a two-month membership, the prize will give one fun-loving family the chance to use the impressive facilities. Make a splash in the pool with family fun session, try out a HIIT class or relax with yoga.
To enter: Visit facebook.com/soglos
About: This countryside gem in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh allows visitors to enjoy 56 acres of stunning parkland, taking in over 1,000 different tree and shrub species. Open every day of the year, except on Christmas Day, Batsford provides some stunning sights throughout all four seasons. The venue is family-friendly and hosts a range of events, theatre productions and photography workshops throughout the year.
SoGlos loves: While visiting Batsford Arboretum, take some time to enjoy the on-site Garden Terrace Café. Stocking a range of locally sourced seasonal lunches and afternoon tea, it’s the perfect place to relax after a bracing walk around the woodland.
For more info: See Batsford Arboretum, call (01386) 701441, or visit batsarb.co.uk/ directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Tuesday 11 December 2018.
About: An award-winning Cotswold vineyard where guests can enjoy year-round tours and tastings from its base in the Stroud valleys. Woodchester Valley’s experienced team lead fascinating tours of its 45-acre site, teaching groups about the life cycle of grapes, walking through the vines, and then leading tasting sessions of some of the delicious white, rosé and sparkling wines grown and produced at the winery. There’s even on-site accommodation available, if you decide one glass isn’t enough!
SoGlos loves: Private tours and group tastings can also be accommodated in the venue’s on-site tasting room. Suitable for groups of between 10 and 22 people, the experience is the ideal day out for local wine appreciation groups, family get-togethers and corporate functions.
For more info: See Woodchester Valley Vineyard call 07710 605558, or visit woodchestervalleyvineyard.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Wednesday 12 December 2018.
About: An independent tattoo studio located in the heart of Cheltenham’s Montpellier. Housed inside the stylish Courtyard area, this fashionable tattoo shop describes itself as an ‘avant-garde super studio’. Specialising in a range of styles including realism, colour, black and grey, dot work and coverups, the studio is open 6 days per week for consultations and tattoo appointments.
SoGlos loves: As well as its own phenomenally talented resident artists, Tokyotattoo Studios regularly hosts guests artists from around the world. This allows customers the opportunity to book an appointment with an artist they admire, but who would otherwise be logistically out of range.
For more info: See Tokyo Tattoo, call (01242) 300165, or visit tokyotattoo.co.uk.
The prize: To be revealed on Thursday 13 December 2018.
About: One of Cheltenham’s best-loved indoor soft play centres, The Playfarm is housed within the town’s popular lifestyle venue, The Brewery Quarter. Perfect for children up to the age of 12, The Playfarm has a dedicated area for babies and toddlers, and a larger soft play section for older children featuring cargo nets to scramble across, obstacles to climb over, and tunnels to crawl through. The Playfarm is an ideal venue for hosting a birthday party, and even offers a new laser tag experience party, which is also available to adults.
SoGlos loves: Alongside The Playfarm, The Brewery Quarter is a fantastic entertainment and lifestyle venue, suitable for the whole family. Combining a range of food outlets including Creams Café, Prezzo, Nando’s, Chiquito’s and Five Guys, there’s also lots of activities on offer from Hollywood Bowl through to Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf. If you’re looking for a more grown-up activity, there’s even stylish bars like Babel, The Botanist and Cosy Club – perfect for a delicious cocktail.
For more info: See The Brewery Quarter, call (01242) 574378, or visit thebreweryquarter.com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Friday 14 December 2018.
About: A destination for Gloucester’s shoppers, King’s Walk Gloucester has a range of fashion, beauty and tech stores, all under one roof. Located in the heart of the city centre, King’s Walk’s brands include Primark, River Island, Claire’s and tReds for those who love the latest fashions; HMV and Jessops, perfect for tech-savvy teens; and The Entertainer, WH Smith and Clintons, to stock up on all the festive gifts and wrap you could wish for this Christmas!
SoGlos loves: King’s Walk is a must-visit for all your Christmas shopping. As well as the shopping centre’s fantastic range of stores, there will also be appearances from Santa on selected dates, to make it a shopping trip to remember.
For more info: See Kings Walk Gloucester , call (01452) 304953, or visit kingswalk.co.uk com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Saturday 15 December 2018.
About: One of Gloucestershire’s finest entertainment venues, The Everyman Theatre is located in the centre of Cheltenham, and hosts a range of west-end calibre plays, musicals, ballet and comedy, alongside its phenomenally popular panto! Throughout the year the historic theatre also hosts numerous community projects, educational workshops and productions from The Everyman Youth Theatre, which partners with The Gloucestershire Youth Theatre Company to offer first-class training.
SoGlos loves: The Victorian theatre offers backstage tours of the historic auditorium, where visitors can explore the dressing rooms, exit stage left and right into the wings, and discover exciting tales about the venue’s rich history.
For more info: See Everyman Theatre, call (01242) 572573, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Sunday 16 December 2018.
About: Known for being one of Cheltenham’s leading independent estate agencies, Charles Lear upholds its values of honesty and dependability to provide its clients with fantastic customer care as they buy and sell property around Gloucestershire.
SoGlos loves: Alongside being Charles Lear’s Director, Tom Hatcher is a professional photographer, who conducts photo shoots of each property in the firm’s portfolio. Selling your home with Charles Lear will ensure your property is advertised using images that will get it noticed.
For more info: Call (01242) 222722, or visit charleslear.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Monday 17 December 2018.
About: Home to the world’s largest collection of swans, geese and ducks, as well as six species of flamingo, and even a trio of friendly otters, Slimbridge Wetland Centre is truly deserving of its title of Family Day Out Venue of the Year 2018, in the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards. Alongside its wildlife offering, Slimbridge is home to Welly Boot Land – perfect for splashing in hot or cold weather, an adventure playground, and hands-on feeding and handling experiences.
SoGlos loves: Slimbridge offers one of the best value annual passes in the whole county, with single, couple and family passes available. Open every day except for Christmas day, a whole year of fun awaits at this family-friendly wildlife attraction.
For more info: See Slimbridge Wetland Centre call (01453) 891900, or visit wwt.org.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Tuesday 18 December 2018
About: Located near to the centre of Gloucester, Riverside Sports and Leisure Club is an independent health and fitness centre open to both members and non-members. Equipped with four gym rooms for weights and cardio training, Riverside also hosts a varied timetable of group exercise classes including circuits, spin, Bodypump, Bodycombat, Pilates, and core sessions – all taught by fully qualified instructors.
SoGlos loves: Alongside its sports offering, Riverside is the ideal place to relax post workout, with a sauna and steam room available next to the heated 20-meter indoor pool.
For more info: See Riverside Sports Centre call (01452) 413214, or visit riversidesports.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Wednesday 19 December 2018.
About: A popular independent day and boarding school near to Stonehouse, Wycliffe College is set within 52 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside. The school’s mission is to help pupils achieve their individual potential across a range of areas, and provide a safe and stimulating environment, conducive to learning.
SoGlos loves: Wycliffe College offers a Forest School programme for its pupils to attend for two hours, every other week, as part of their school day. Providing the opportunity to play and learn within a natural outdoor space, Forest School can help children learn to take supported risks and build confidence amongst their classmates.
For more info: See Wycliffe College, call (01453) 822432, or visit wycliffe.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Thursday 20 December 2018.
About: The Barn at Severn and Wye is an award-winning family business located just outside of Gloucester, in Westbury-on-Severn. Carefully renovated over three years, The Barn at Severn and Wye is now home to a fish market specialising in its own smoked fish products, including wild salmon and smoked eel; a chef’s larder stocking a range of artisanal foodie treats from local suppliers; a café and gift shop, and its own restaurant, which is quite simply a seafood lover’s dream.
SoGlos loves: This award-winning family business is the ideal place for foodies looking for somewhere different for date night. The modern and contemporary open-plan layout creates a delightful dining environment, and to find out what SoGlos thought of its menu, see The Barn at Severn and Wye review
For more info: See Severn and Wye Smokery, call (01452) 760191, or visit severnandwye.co.uk directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Friday 21 December 2018.
About: Undoubtedly one of Cheltenham’s most stylish hotels, the effortlessly cool Malmaison Cheltenham is located in the tree-lined Montpellier area of town. Home to Chez Mal Brasserie, the hotel has a range of cosy rooms, executive king rooms, and even a penthouse. It also boasts a new beauty salon and steam room, operated by Gee’s Beauty.
SoGlos loves: Chez Mal Brasserie delivers with both style and substance, offering a fantastically chic dining and drinking experience in Cheltenham. Find out more in SoGlos’s review..
For more info: See Malmaison Cheltenham, call (01242) 370655, or visit malmaison.com/locations/cheltenham/ directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Saturday 22 December 2018.
About: Renowned in Cheltenham as the place for fuss-free, quality Chinese dining, 288 Bar & Wok is located on Cheltenham’s lower High Street, serving up an amazing menu of noodles, curry, soup, barbeque, big plates and tasty desserts. The venue also offers great deals for lunch and Sunday evenings, making a trip to Bar & Wok good for your taste-buds and your wallet.
SoGlos loves: 288 Bar & Wok was our highly commended Restaurant of the Year in the 2018 SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards. Discover why in our review.
For more info: See 288 Bar & Wok, call (01242) 582346, or visit barandwok.com directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Sunday 23 December 2018.
About: Situated in the centre of Cheltenham, The Ox restaurant specialises in steak, using only local and seasonal produce to ensure top quality cuisine. Offering a cosy dining space, the menu includes stunning cuts of meat, as well as vegetarian options and sharing steaks – perfect for those looking for something special.
SoGlos loves: For a phenomenal steak experience to remember, indulge in The Ox’s Chateaubriand, perfect for two or three people to share. Discover what we though to the Cheltenham restaurant in our review.
For more info: See The Ox Cheltenham, call (01242) 234779, or visit theoxcheltenham. directly.
The prize: To be revealed on Monday 24 December 2018.
About: Hatherley Manor Hotel and Spa is an elegant 17th century manor house hotel, set in 37 acres of rolling countryside. Benefiting from a brand new luxury spa opened in 2018. Guests can enjoy a steam or sauna in the thermal suite, relax into the bubbly vitality pool, experience the rainforest shower, and even indulge in a luxurious treatment from Hatherley Manor’s expert therapists. Additionally the hotel boasts its own restaurant serving up seasonal dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. Popular for weddings and functions, Hatherley Manor Hotel and Spa is located just outside of Gloucester city centre with easy access to Cheltenham.
SoGlos loves: Hatherley Manor’s state-of-the-art spa is the ultimate indulgence, and a hidden gem nestled close to Gloucester city centre. To find out more about its amazing facilities, see our Hatherley Manor Spa review.
For more info: See Hatherley Manor call (01452) 730217, or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
The prize: Christmas will come early for one lucky reader as Hatherley Manor is giving away a heavenly spa break for two. Including a sumptuous overnight stay in one of the hotel’s superior suites, dinner, bed and breakfast, access to facilities spa facilities, the winner and their plus one can also indulge in a 25-minute facial.
To enter: Day 1 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: A lively and stylish cocktail bar and restaurant housed within a beautifully restored fire station in the heart of Cheltenham town centre. The relaxed eatery serves up a range of delicious cocktails alongside yummy Sunday Lunches, lighter bites and boozy weekend brunches. Expect a modern blend of industrial lighting, period brickwork and the centrepiece wooden bar, stocking hundreds of artisanal spirits.
SoGlos loves: The Fire Station serves up a mean brunch, with the option of adding bottomless Prosecco to make your meal extra special. Find out more in our Fire Station Bottomless Brunch review.
For more info: See The Fire Station, call (01242) 809135, or visit thefirestationcheltenham.co.uk directly.
The prize: Celebrate the new year in style with bottomless brunch for four in January 2019 at The Fire Station. Sip on unlimited Prosecco, bellinis, mimosas or Bloody Marys and tuck into tasty dishes including a full English breakfast, avocado smash and poached eggs on toast, or banana bread French toast.
To enter: Day 2 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga studios offer over 100 classes each week across its two studios in the centre of town. The yoga studio on Rodney Road caters for yogis of all abilities, while the Pilates studio on Sherborne Place offers reformer Pilates, mat and private sessions. Classes are led by experienced teachers in light, bright rooms, with styles ranging from gentle and restful, through to strong and challenging. The studios’ classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, with clients ranging from those in their teens, to people in their 80s.
SoGlos loves: Cheltenham Pilates and yoga also offers Californian-style barre classes which are great for a full body workout.
For more info: See Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga studios, call (01242) 523282, or visit cheltenhampilatesandyoga.co.uk directly.
The prize: Kick-start the new year with a whole month’s free pass to use at both Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga studios. Perfect for easing your way into exercise, the lucky winner can attend as many classes as they like throughout January 2019.
To enter: Day 3 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: Cotswold catering company, Ross & Ross is an award-winning business which specialises in events and wedding catering, along with creating handmade British food gifts and hampers, stocked in delis and food halls around the country. Founded in 2011 by Ross Whitmill and Ross Bearman, the firm is known for its homemade curing kits for bacon and salmon, and recently expanded to include a barbeque and roast range, featuring oils, salts, rubs and jams, specifically designed to complement different meats.
SoGlos loves: Passionate about using local Cotswold suppliers, Ross & Ross uses a range of Gloucestershire based artisan food products including Relish the Taste chutneys from Cheltenham, Artisan Kitchen preserves from Gloucester, Cotswold Curer meats from Cirencester and Beer from the Cotswold Brewing company in Bourton-on-the-Water.
For more info: Call (01608) 645503, or visit rossandrossfood.co.uk directly.
The prize: Cook up a storm this festive season with the ultimate Christmas Roast Dinner kit from Ross & Ross. Including Ross & Ross’ signature Roast Dinner Dust, an extra-large homemade curing kit for salmon and bacon, smoked apple chutney, spicy barbecue oil, a barbecue trio pack and even more foodie delights.
To enter: Day 4 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: The Greenway is a luxurious 16th century manor house hotel that’s steeped in history and oozing with country charm, with 4 AA Red Stars and 3 AA Rosettes to its name, the 21-bedroom hotel is nestled within eight acres of gorgeous grounds with views overlooking the Cotswold hills. Located in between Cheltenham and Gloucester, the Greenway is ideally located for exploring the Cotswolds, and is a popular wedding venue.
SoGlos loves: The Elan Spa at The Greenway Hotel offers a hydrotherapy pool, fitness suite, sauna, steam room and al fresco hot tub, as well as a champagne nail bar. It’s the perfect luxury retreat, offering an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of Gloucestershire.
For more info: See The Greenway Hotel, call (01242) 862352, or visit thegreenwayhotelandspa.com directly.
The prize: Escape to the sumptuous setting of The Greenway Hotel & Spa for a luxurious overnight stay and dinner. Including the chance to dine in the chic restaurant and enjoy delicious homemade dishes, the winner will also enjoy a night’s stay in one of the hotel’s elegant bedrooms.
To enter: Day 5 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: One of Gloucestershire’s most popular family days out, Cotswold Farm Park is operated by celebrity Cotswold farmer, Adam Henson. Located in Guiting Power, the venue offers the opportunity to get up-close to a number of different animals. From chicks and rabbits in the experience barn, through to bottle feeding lambs and sheep shearing demonstrations in the Animal barn, there’s memories to be made around each corner. The venue’s adventure barn is the perfect place for children to let off some steam, with three differently themed areas, outdoor play zones and a maze to choose from. Grown-ups will love the chance to relax in Adam’s Kitchen, serving up homemade food and cakes, and the farm park’s shop, which sells a selection of its own meat, eggs, and handmade local gifts.
SoGlos loves: Cotswold Farm Park runs an enormous number of themed events throughout the year, including ewe scanning, lambing, Easter egg hunting, bush craft, and even the chance to meet Father Christmas.
For more info: See Cotswold Farm Park, call (01451) 850307, or visit cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk directly.
The prize: Enjoy some festive family fun at Christmas on the Farm at Cotswold Farm Park. Taking place on weekends in the run up to Christmas, the prize experience includes the chance to meet Father Christmas, pick a lovely toy and create a Christmas Eve box.
To enter: Day 6 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: Located in the grounds of the Eastnor Castle estate, Land Rover Experience Eastnor offers guests the opportunity to drive off-road trails in an area of outstanding natural beauty. With over 66 miles of tracks, an adventure is guaranteed. Offering a range of unique experiences, one of Eastnor’s packages makes a wonderful gift for a special occasion, with gift vouchers available for those who want to contribute to an exciting day for friends and family.
SoGlos loves: If the kids don’t want to miss out on all the action, families can take part in the venue’s Exclusive Experience, allowing three additional people to sit in the vehicle and experience the adventure together.
For more info: See Land Rover Experience call (01531) 638777, or visit eastnor.landroverexperience.co.uk directly.
The prize: Thrill-seekers can enjoy the ultimate day our with a chance to take on the Land Rover Experience in Eastnor. Valid for two people, the experience includes three hours of exhilarating driving in some of the most advanced Land Rovers around. Navigate your way down steep descents, over rock crawls and through bridge crossings.
To enter: Day 7 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: A stylish and contemporary country house hotel set within 55 acres of picture-perfect Cotswold countryside. Located near to Cheltenham, guests can expect a luxurious stay in one of Cowley Manor’s 30 rooms, spanning its restored stable block and stunningly opulent main house. The on-site C-Side Spa boasts a 17-metre green slate indoor swimming pool, sauna, and steam room; alongside a second heated pool, bar and waiter service available outside.
SoGlos loves: Featuring chic interiors, contemporary design and pops of colour from British fabric designers, Cowley Manor is an instagrammer’s dream!
For more info: See Cowley Manor Hotel call (01242) 870900, or visit cowleymanor.com directly.
The prize: Effortlessly stylish and incredibly luxurious, Cowley Manor is giving away an overnight stay with dinner for two very lucky guests. Explore the breathtaking setting and tuck into an unforgettable meal in the Malt Restaurant.
To enter: Day 8 of the SoGlos Advent Giveaway has now closed.
About: Cheltenham’s Tivoli Wines stocks an interesting selection of wines from around the world and offers customers the chance to try 32 different wines by the glass in its Wine Library. Using state-of-the-art enomatic wine tasting machines, the wine is kept as fresh as the moment that it was opened, allowing guests to indulge in a fine wine, without the expense of purchasing the whole bottle. Alongside its wine library, Tivoli wines hosts regular wine tasting events, and offers a wide range of spirits and wines in its shop.
SoGlos loves: For a real masterclass, sign up for one of Tivoli Wines’ grape school sessions, teaching you everything you need to know to be able to pick an excellent pairing for your next dinner party.
For more info: See Tivoli Wines, call (01242) 269886, or visit tivoliwines.co.uk directly.
The prize: The prize: Wine lovers will want to get their hands on an incredible £150 card to spend in The Wine Library at Tivoli Wines. Promising the chance to taste a whole host of incredible wines, the card will give the winner £150 to use on the state-of-the-art machines which dispense some of the finest wines from across the world.
To enter: Day 9 of the SoGlos Advent has now closed.
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