10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this July

From rooftop parties and music festivals to fantasy worlds and sky-high spectacles, there’s lots to keep local pleasure seekers entertained in Gloucestershire this July 2021.

Putting the anticipated easing of lockdown restrictions aside, July is bursting with things to look forward to in Gloucestershire – from the return of in-person concerts at Cheltenham Music Festival to the launch of a new social darts club.

We’ve scoured the county’s events calendar for 10 of the most unmissable things to do this month – whether you’re looking for family fun or a night out with friends.


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

Starting out as a small Gloucester-based retailer, Gillman’s is now the country’s one-stop shop for all things for all things electrical, offering a wide range of commercial and domestic appliances that it promises to look after for their lifetime.

Family-grown and totally independent, Gillman’s offers free delivery on thousands of appliances and provides an installation service – with customers able to shop online or in its Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye showrooms.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. Go clubbing in Gloucestershire!

After a four-week delay, we’ve made it to the final phase in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown with everything crossed for Monday 19 July 2021 – when it’s hoped that all restrictions on large events, performances and social contact will be lifted.

It’s also hoped that Gloucestershire’s nightclubs will be able to reopen, with a brand-new club coming to Cheltenham that features high-energy dancefloors, a piano bar and even an outdoor beer terrace for your next BIG night out.


2. Go to a concert at Cheltenham Music Festival

Filling Gloucestershire with live music once again, Cheltenham Music Festival is returning on Friday 1 July 2021 – bringing ten days of in-person concerts to socially-distanced audiences in and around Cheltenham.

Head to Imperial Gardens for free musical performances across the weekend, with everything from instrumental Spanish flamenco and rumba to soulful rock and sea shanties. And for the most charming introduction to classical music, don’t miss Classical Mixtape at Gloucester Cathedral – with SoGlos even giving away tickets to the event.

For more inspiration, check out our 8 unmissable highlights at Cheltenham Music Festival.


3. Escape from reality at Fantasy Forest Festival

See Sudeley Castle transformed into an enchanted world of sci-fi, superheroes and mythical creatures when Fantasy Forest Festival comes to the Winchcombe landmark from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 July 2021.

Fantasy fanatics can dance with witches or learn how to wield a lightsaber; meet mermaids or walk among Daleks; while Lord of the Rings fans can even attend an Orc boot camp. With dressing up encouraged, Sunday’s costume competition is not to be missed.


4. Celebrate midsummer at Painswick Rococo Garden

The magical Painswick Rococo Garden is lighting up on midsummer evenings from Friday 23 to Thursday 29 July 2021, coming alive with fire dancers, aerial performers and illuminations to enchant the whole family.

Bring a picnic and explore the dreamlike world, with spectacular scenes to discover and a fizz bar and ice cream to enjoy, too.


5. Grab the popcorn for outdoor cinema in Gloucestershire

From starlit cinema nights to screenings at some of the county’s most striking attractions, there are plenty of chances for film fans to catch an open-air movie in Gloucestershire this July 2021.

See Jurassic Park on the big screen at Cirencester Park on Saturday 10 July 2021; time warp to Over Farm for The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday 23 July 2021; and sing along to The Greatest Showman at Berkeley Castle on Friday 30 July 2021.


6. Vote for your favourite business in the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards

Celebrating the best of Gloucestershire’s diverse lifestyle sector, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards is back for 2021 – and readers will be able to vote for their favourite businesses to win from Monday 5 July 2021.

Head to soglos.com/awards-lifestyle to cast your votes and show your support for local businesses across 16 categories – covering everything from Cultural Venue and Family Day Out of the Year, to Gillman’s sponsored category, Food/Drink Producer of the Year.


7. Party on a rooftop in Gloucester

Transforming a modest car park into a feel-good festival, Gloucester Rooftop Festival is bringing a mix of live music, circus skills and even a fashion show to the city centre from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 July 2021.

With pay what you like tickets, groups of up to six can book a socially-distanced party pod and dance the weekend away on the top of Eastgate car park – with The Outdoor Inn on hand to serve drinks.


8. See world-class flying displays at the Virtual Air Tattoo

Aviation enthusiasts can look forward to the return of the Virtual Air Tattoo, celebrating the airshow’s 50th anniversary with all-new displays and exclusive content streaming for free on Saturday 17 July 2021.

Promising six hours of high-flying entertainment, the virtual event will feature spectacular aerobatic displays, contributions from the Royal Air Force and special interviews – with the chance for viewers to get involved on social media, too


9. Take to the skies at Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta

Brightening up the sky from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July 2021, the Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta is returning to Cheltenham Racecourse with sky-high spectacles, live entertainment and a giant funfair planned.

Kicking off with an epic firework display and glowing hot air balloons, there will also be local traders and plenty of food and drink stalls to discover over the weekend.


10. Hit a 180 at Cheltenham’s new darts club

Challenging friends and families to take each other on, The Fire Station is opening a vibrant social darts experience on Thursday 22 July 2021 – with the 180 Club bringing its interactive multi-player games and competitions to the Cheltenham bar.

Visitors can supercharge their game with a special bottomless brunch, providing unlimited fizz and a selection of small plates, fried chicken baskets and dirty loaded fries to enjoy while aiming for that bullseye.


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


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Thursday 01 July 2021

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