10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this March

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, SoGlos rounds up 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire in March 2021 – from the Cheltenham Gold Cup to Tweedy’s most daring show yet, and picnics have never seemed so exciting!

With Boris Johnson announcing his roadmap out of lockdown, March 2021 is beginning to look brighter for Gloucestershire locals, with some restrictions being eased.

From picnics in the park to some outdoor sports and leisure facilities reopening, as well as the famous Cheltenham Festival and even some absurdist theatre to watch from home, Gloucestershire is finally starting to be PACKED with unmissable things to do once again!


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

A homegrown Gloucestershire family business launched in 1969 and now one of the largest independent appliance specialists in the UK, Gillman’s stocks a variety of domestic and commercial appliances, as well as offering delivery, installation, spares and services.

Until Gillman’s Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye stores reopen on Monday 12 April 2021, customers can explore the digital showroom from home, with a wide range of appliances to shop online. With both stores offering deliveries or contactless click and collect too.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. Watch The Festival from home

Horseracing fans may not be able to fill the enclosures of Cheltenham Racecourse for The Festival 2021, but for the first time ever racing fans can watch the six main races of the event live on ITV daily.

With exhilarating Jump Racing action planned from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 March 2021, including the iconic Gold Cup, it’s the perfect excuse to get out of your loungewear, pop those corks and even place a bet or two…


2. Have a picnic in the park with one other person

Whether its meeting a friend for coffee in the local park or rolling out the picnic blanket for an alfresco lunch, two people from different households will be able to get together for recreation outdoors from Monday 8 March 2021.

From the best beauty spots, check out SoGlos’s 16 favourite places for a picnic in Gloucestershire for inspiration – but remember to stay within your local area.


3. Play padel at East Glos Club

Embrace the return of outdoor activities and have a go at padel, an up-and-coming sport popular in Spain that mixes the best of tennis and squash – with Gloucestershire’s first padel courts expected to open at East Glos Club from Monday 29 March 2021.

Played in doubles on an enclosed court, padel is a fun and sociable game for players of all ages and abilities. The rules are similar to tennis, but you serve underhand and balls can be bounced off the walls of the court in play.


4. See White Rabbit Red Rabbit at the Everyman Theatre

Gloucestershire’s favourite clown, Tweedy, will be taking to the stage at the Everyman Theatre in an absurdist theatrical experiment aimed at an adult audience, as he performs Nassim Soleimanpour’s critically acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit. There’s no rehearsal, no director, just a script, read for the first time on stage.

Part of a global theatrical event, the Everyman Theatre performance is taking place via livestream on Saturday 13 March 2021, as theatres across the world perform the show in chorus to commemorate the day the Coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their doors. Plus, all ticket sales are made by donation.


5. Swing through the trees at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean

With a proposed reopening date of Monday 29 March 2021, Go Ape in the Forest of Dean is hoping to welcome Gloucestershire’s thrill-seeking adventurers back to its tree-mendous high-ropes courses at Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike.

From wobbly bridges high in the trees to exhilarating ziplines back to the forest floor, it’s the perfect way to blow off some steam after months of staying at home.


6. Buy your mum a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift

As well as the blissful chance to meet your Mum outdoors if you’re both local, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the maternal figure in your life on Sunday 14 March 2021 if either of you are further afield.

Why not send her a thoughtful postal gift from one of Gloucestershire’s fantastic independents? Or you can also support Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen artists by buying a gorgeous Mother’s Day gift too.


7. Go dinosaur spotting in Gloucester

Take a walk on the wild side and explore a ROAR-some new dinosaurs at Catch A Smile in Quedgeley, when the family-friendly fishing site reopens in March 2021.

Dino fans can find a Stegosaurus, T-rex and even a hatching Pterodactyl – as well as a dodo and a sabre-toothed tiger – at the attraction, which has been specially designed for people with disabilities and special needs in mind.


8. Nominate your Gloucestershire business for an award

It’s been a challenging year for local businesses of all shapes and sizes, so what better way to celebrate Gloucestershire’s incredible venues, start-ups and industry leaders than with a nomination for the county’s definitive business awards?

Nominations open in March 2021 for the coveted SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards – as well as the innovative SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards, which is brand-new for 2021. For more information, visit soglos.com/awards-lifestyle and soglos.com/awards-business.


9. Discover Gloucestershire’s most talented pets

From dancing cows to hoop-shooting parrots, discover Gloucestershire’s most talented animals by tuning into My Pet’s Got Talent and be sure to cast your vote to crown the top dog – or cat!

Organised by Cheltenham Animal Shelter and Willans LLP, the virtual pet competition is being hosted online, with entries featured on a dedicated Facebook page until Wednesday 15 March 2021.


10. Order a pub in a box delivery

Until the pubs can fully reopen on Monday 17 May 2021, bring the bar snacks and classic booze to you – with a pub in a box delivery, from Cheltenham independent pub The Suffolk Arms.

It even comes complete with pretty tricky pub quiz questions, a suggested playlist, and even l’eau de pub for that authentic experience!


By Annabel Lammas


See SoGlos’s calendar for all the Gloucestershire events taking place this month. And, don't forget to follow SoGlos on Facebook for the very latest updates.

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Monday 01 March 2021

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