Wednesday 25 November 2020

What you can still do in Gloucestershire during England’s second lockdown

While there will be strict restrictions, there are still things you can do in Gloucestershire during England’s national lockdown. SoGlos gives you a few ideas...

We know the drill. Second time around, we all know that we need to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS. But what exactly can you still do safely in Gloucestershire during lockdown 2.0?

Before you’re tempted to bake banana bread, add to Jeff Bezos’ net worth or rekindle the Zoom quiz, take a look at some of SoGlos’s idea…

This article will be updated throughout lockdown.


Get outdoors in Gloucestershire

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During this November 2020 lockdown, people will be allowed to exercise outdoors and visit outdoor public places with people they live with or support bubbles.

• See 11 of the most beautiful walks across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds to give you some ideas of where to head.

• Explore 11 places to get on your bike in Gloucestershire, if you prefer pedal power.

• Or you could head to one of Gloucestershire's best public parks.

• Getting outdoors, doesn’t have to mean heading to the countryside. Soak up some of these highlights from the Cheltenham Paint Festival or spot street art near you.

• You could even hunt for fairy doors on the Honeybourne Line in Cheltenham.


A bit (or a lot) of DIY in Gloucestershire


With DIY shops still open, lockdown 2.0 might be the perfect time to finish off all the jobs you started around the house during the first lockdown – or, grab a hammer, and start some news ones!

Autumn is also a great time to sell your home, according to independent estate agency Naylor Powell, sharing some easy ways to make your home more saleable.


See Gloucestershire on the small screen


Stay at home and watch a host of television shows and films with a Gloucestershire connection.

Gloucester Cheese Rolling features in a new Netflix series which launches this November 2020.

• While Gloucester chef Tom Kerridge is launching a new TV show on BBC Two helping a Stroud pub survive.


Consider your fitness and wellbeing


From taking part in online classes to trying to de-stress, lockdown 2.0 might have given you more time to think about your own fitness and wellbeing.

• Personal trainer Prime Motion suggests 7 of the best ways to get fit and stay fit.

• Busylizzy Cheltenham is also offering online fitness classes for pregnant and postnatal women, as part of parent and baby activities in Gloucestershire.


Do something nice in Gloucestershire


During this lockdown, take some time to be nice! Could you volunteer, raise money for charity or help out a neighbour?

• Write a Christmas message for an elderly person

Kids cycling for Cheltenham Foodbank raise more than £1500

• Or find 9 other ways to do good in Gloucestershire


Take part in a virtual Gloucestershire event


With real life events on hold for four-weeks, there are a handful of virtual Gloucestershire events to put in your diary.

• Take part in a Virtual Open Event at Gloucestershire College from Monday 9 to Monday 16 November 2020.

A Life in Lockdown exhibition at the Museum of Gloucester launches online from Thursday 3 December 2020.

• Enjoy A Musical Theatre Night In from Friends of Cheltenham Samaritans on Saturday 28 November 2020.


Support Gloucestershire’s small businesses


Postpone, don’t cancel bookings; buy gift vouchers and try to buy local… you can continue to support Gloucestershire’s small and independent businesses through the second lockdown – at a time when it’s needed most.

Check out SoGlos’s practical ways to support Gloucestershire’s small businesses during the Coronavirus crisis for some simple ways you can play your part.


Get a tasty Gloucestershire takeaway or booze delivery


While independent restaurants, pubs and cafes across Gloucestershire will be closing their doors to diners, many are returning to offering takeaways, deliveries and click-and-collect.

• See SoGlos’s list of independent Gloucestershire restaurants offering takeaway services.

• Shop local with Gloucestershire businesses offering beer, wine and gin delivery services.


Plan for an extra special December in Gloucestershire


With hopes that the lockdown will be lifted from Thursday 3 December 2020, give yourself something to look forward to in the run-up to Christmas.

• Book an intimate Christmas party in Gloucestershire

And snap-up tickets for…

Tweedy's Reduced Pantomime at the Everyman Theatre

Westonbirt's Enchanted Christmas

Enchanted Light Trail at Cotswold Farm Park

See Santa at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Also see SoGlos’s Gloucestershire events calendar for more things to do in December 2020.


Win a Gloucestershire competition


As well as booking some things to look forward to, why not try your luck entering a competition? With a number of exclusive SoGlos reader competitions to enter during lockdown.

Win a winter stay for two at Cowley Manor

Win winter afternoon tea for four at Tewkesbury Park

• And get ready for daily prizes in the Great Gloucestershire Advent Giveaway, launching on Thursday 1 December 2020


Keep up with the latest Gloucestershire information


During the last lockdown, SoGlos’s journalists worked tirelessly to report on the many positive, uplifting and inspirational stories emerging across Gloucestershire in SoGlos's #inthistogetherglos campaign.

Second time around, our Editorial Hub team will be continuing to publish the latest local information from across Gloucestershire – from events being postponed or rescheduled, to businesses doing something special during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday 19 November 2020

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