10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this April

The countdown to Monday 12 April 2021 is on, with SoGlos rounding up 10 unmissable things to do this month as more lockdown restrictions are eased – from alfresco dining to drive-in drag shows!

Whether it’s a trip to the beer garden or a shopping spree, we all have high hopes for Monday 12 April 2021 when more lockdown restrictions are due to be eased across Gloucestershire.

Stage two of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown brings tonnes of things to look forward to in Gloucestershire this April 2021 – from weird and wonderful animal trails to drive-in drag shows, plus one of Cheltenham’s finest foodie spots opening a new pop-up eatery…


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

Family-run and born in Gloucester in 1969, Gillman’s has grown to become one of the country’s biggest independent electrical appliance retailers, trading in domestic and commercial appliances as well as offering delivery, installation, spares and services.

From cordless vacuums to steam cleaners, Gillman’s has all your spring-cleaning needs covered, along with some cracking seasonal deals on Bosch products. And with lockdown restrictions gradually easing, its dedicated showrooms in Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye are expected to reopen from Monday 12 April 2021.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. Shop, stay and dine in Gloucestershire!

With even more lockdown restrictions set to ease this month, the countdown to Monday 12 April 2021 is on – with many of Gloucestershire’s fantastic shops, outdoor attractions, alfresco dining spots AND beer gardens due to reopen.

Self-contained holidays are also allowed, so why not take Tewkesbury-based M5 Motorhome Hire’s word for it and consider hiring a camper for your next staycation?


2. Walk among elephants at Sudeley Castle

Gloucestershire isn’t usually known for its safaris but this month, Sudeley Castle & Gardens in Winchcombe is playing host to some gentle giants as a herd of life-size elephant sculptures arrive at the historic attraction on Monday 12 April 2021.

Installed as part of an environmental art campaign, there are over 30 sculptures to spot along the new Elephant Parade trail. Plus, children will be able to let loose on Sudeley’s exhilarating adventure playground with refreshments available from the Castle Pantry, too.


3. Get your culture fix at Gloucester History Festival

For the very first time, Gloucester History Festival is hosting a preliminary Spring Weekend Festival ahead of its much-loved September event, giving Gloucestershire history buffs a teaser of what’s to come on Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 April 2021.

Exploring the city’s rich heritage, the programme will include talks from expert speakers, including Horrible Histories adviser Greg Jenner; a historical singalong with HUM; and the chance to go on a virtual tour of Gloucester Cathedral.


4. Watch DriveTime Drag in Cheltenham

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be thrilled to hear that their favourite queens are coming to Cheltenham this April, taking the town by storm with one fierce drive-in drag show!

Don your heels and sashay away to South Car Boot Site on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 April 2021 to see Baga Chipz, Vinegar Strokes and more star in a fabulous performance from The Parking Lot Social, promising big laughs and killer costumes. All from the comfort of your car!


5. Tuck into an alfresco Sri Lankan feast in Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s beloved Sri Lankan restaurant The Coconut Tree will be serving its unique tapas-style dishes alfresco this spring, as it launches a new pop-up venue on the lawn of St Paul’s Church.

Opening on Monday 12 April 2021, the temporary pop-up is the perfect spot to meet friends for a post-lockdown feast, with space for up to 60 socially-distanced diners from 5pm to 10pm on Monday to Saturday.


6. Celebrate Easter in Gloucestershire

It’s officially chocolate eating season and with the kids off school from Friday 2 to Sunday 18 April 2021, there are plenty of egg-cellent activities and Easter-themed trails in Gloucestershire to keep them entertained.

Track down the mischievous egg thief at Painswick Rococo Garden near Stroud; egg-splore the grounds of Eastnor Castle near Ledbury; or hunt for signs of spring in Gloucester as part of the Museum of Gloucester’s Spring City Trail.


7. Nominate your #GlosHeroes

SoGlos is on a mission to celebrate the incredible people who have gone above and beyond for our community during the Covid-19 pandemic – and we’re after your nominations for your very own #GlosHeroes.

From frontline workers to community volunteers, our #GlosHeroes campaign – proudly by St. James’s Place Wealth Management and Gloucestershire County Council – aims to give local stars the recognition they deserve. With a special treat from Brasserie Blanc to thank them for everything they’ve done, too.

To nominate someone special, visit soglos.com/glosheroes.


8. Enjoy some retail therapy at Sandersons Boutique in Stroud

If you were lucky enough to save any money over lockdown, it might well burn a hole in your pocket when Sandersons Boutique department store opens in Stroud on Wednesday 14 April 2021.

Situated in the Five Valleys Shopping Centre, the retail space is a shopaholic’s dream, with everything from premium skincare and perfume to homeware pieces; as well as luxury fashion brands, including Cheltenham’s very own Holland Cooper.


9. Win a bell tent picnic experience at Cowley Manor

Make the most of the spring sunshine and celebrate your reunion with friends and family in style by winning a gourmet picnic inside one of Cowley Manor’s luxurious new bell tents.

One lucky SoGlos reader will win an alfresco dining experience for six people, with exclusive use of a private bell tent and £150 towards food and drink at Cowley Manor included in this gorgeous prize. The competition closes on Monday 12 April 2021 so don’t miss out!


10. Meet unicorns, dragons and dinosaurs in Cirencester Park

Embark on a wild family adventure without leaving Gloucestershire, with a whole host of magical and crazy creatures to spot at Cirencester Park from Friday 2 to Saturday 17 April 2021.

Whether they’re mad about dinosaurs, unicorns or into all things sci-fi, there’s something for every little explorer to discover on this multi-zone activity trail hosted by UK Adventure Trails.


For more information about Gillman’s, visit gillmans.co.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Thursday 01 April 2021

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