10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this May

With brand-new bars, burning coal walks and bank holidays galore, make the most of May 2021 in Gloucestershire with SoGlos’s handpicked selection of unmissable things to do.

With two bank holidays and even MORE lockdown restrictions set to ease, there’s lots to look forward to in May 2021 – and Gloucestershire’s calendar is bursting with fun things to do.

From celebrating the iconic Cheltenham Jazz Festival at home to getting out and about for urban picnics, craft fairs and new cocktail bars, discover SoGlos’s pick of 10 unmissable things to do this month.


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

Starting life in Gloucester in 1969, family-run business Gillman’s has become one of the UK’s biggest independent electrical appliance specialists over the years – providing national distribution, retail and expert service of domestic and commercial goods.

A one-stop appliance shop, Gillman’s can deliver, install and offer care for products across their lifetime, with regular deals, low prices and lots to discover online and in its local Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye showrooms.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. Visit Gloucestershire’s indoor attractions!

With indoor hospitality and entertainment venues set to reopen on Monday 17 May 2021, families can enjoy rainy days out in Gloucestershire again, visit the county’s best soft play centres, and finally dine inside – meaning hundreds of pubs, cafés and restaurants will be able to welcome customers back.

Performances in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people will also be allowed, with Al Murray at the Everyman Theatre just one comedy gig you can look forward to.


2. Celebrate Cheltenham Jazz Festival at home

Get your jazz hands ready for the return of Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with its full programme of performances streaming into homes on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May 2021.

Tune into Cheltenham Festivals’ YouTube channel from 3pm each day to catch unmissable concerts from big and rising stars across the jazz, pop and soul spectrum. With SoGlos sharing 4 fun ways to celebrate Cheltenham Jazz Festival at home to make it a May bank holiday weekend to remember.


3. Enjoy an urban picnic in Gloucester

From secret medieval churchyards to idyllic spots by the River Severn, Gloucester is full of great spots to eat local alfresco – with Gloucester BID and Visit Gloucester sharing some of the city’s very best places to tuck in to an urban picnic this spring.

Better yet, up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors from Monday 17 May 2021, giving extended families the chance to get together and enjoy a bite to eat in glorious Gloucester and beyond.


4. Get crafty at Living Crafts in Cirencester Park

Featuring glassblowing demonstrations, hands-on workshops and plenty of shopping opportunities, Living Crafts is bringing its unique crafting experience to Cirencester, from Saturday 29 to Monday 31 May 2021.

Visitors can enjoy street food-style refreshments, pick up some artisan produce and bop to live music in the gorgeous Cirencester Park, all while supporting independent designer-makers from across the UK.


5. See steam engines and classic cars at Eastnor Steam Weekend

A must for motor enthusiasts, Eastnor Steam Weekend is back for 2021 – with an impressive line-up of vintage vehicles and steam engines to see at Eastnor Castle from Sunday 30 to Monday 31 May 2021.

The 19th-century castle, just over the Gloucestershire border, will also be opening its doors for the first time this year, giving families the chance to explore its opulent interiors as well as its rolling grounds.


6. Sip cocktails at Cheltenham’s hottest new bar

Serving the dreamiest combo of cocktails and cupcakes, The Urban Fox on Montpellier Walk is the latest addition to Cheltenham’s buzzing bar scene and is set to open on Monday 17 May 2021.

To celebrate the launch, there’s the chance to win the ultimate night out for you and three friends in SoGlos’s giveaway with The Urban Fox – including a cocktail masterclass, champagne cocktails and cake!


7. Raise a glass at The Outdoor Inn in Gloucester

The wait is finally over. Officially opening on Friday 14 May 2021, The Outdoor Inn will be bringing its feel-good festival vibes to Gloucester city centre this month.

Breathing new life into the iconic Fleece Hotel, the formerly derelict outdoor space has been transformed into an alfresco bar and community hub – with live music, good beer and a repurposed London bus!


8. Swim at Sandford Parks Lido

Make a splash this month, as Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham welcomes swimmers and sunseekers back on Saturday 1 May 2021.

There will be dedicated lane swims for keen swimmers; a number of open swim sessions for families and children; and various pool-based fitness classes starting this month, too.


9. Walk along Tewkesbury Battlefield on its 550th anniversary

The year 2021 marks the 550th anniversary of the Wars of the Roses Battle of Tewkesbury and, to commemorate the event, Tewkesbury Battlefield Society is hosting a guided walk across the historic battlefield on Sunday 2 May 2021.

Spanning four miles, history buffs can walk in the footsteps of soldiers, seeing where the rival houses of York and Lancaster fought, Game of Thrones style. With a break for coffee at the Gupshill Inn, which existed as a small manor house at the time of the battle.


10. Brave burning coals in the Forest of Dean

If you’re looking for a challenge this month, Hope for Tomorrow is hosting an exhilarating firewalk at Berry Hill Rugby Club on Friday 21 May 2021.

Dare to take on the sizzling coal walk to raise money for the charity, which relies on donations to bring cancer treatments closer to patients via its mobile units. But only if you can handle the heat!


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


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Friday 30 April 2021

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