Spanning cracking days out, free family activities, energetic sports and some unmissable special events – SoGlos’s guide to the summer holidays in Gloucestershire is guaranteed to make the six-week school break fly by.
Venue: Funky Warehouse
What’s happening: Bounce away boredom at Cheltenham’s all-weather destination, Funky Warehouse, where 28 trampolines, a foam pit, battle bean, parkour jump boxes and a Ninja Warrior course await. There’s plenty of fun to be had during the centre’s range of jumping sessions, whether children want to jump around, enjoy some friendly competition in the basketball area, or learn some new tricks. With an hour’s bouncing in the main park, Funky Warehouse is perfect for all ages.
SoGlos loves: For children who are too young to bounce with the big kids, Funky Warehouse’s soft play area is perfect; suitable for youngsters aged five and under, the area boasts three bouncy floors complete with ball pits, swirly and wavy slides, exciting obstacles and an area for under twos. Even better, the morning Toddler Sessions offer special access for little ones, who can let loose on the trampolines.
How much: A Warehouse session costs £10, £7.50 for off-peak times. A soft play session starts from £2.95 and is free of charge for children under 12 months. A toddler session costs £2.50.
When: Funky Warehouse is open from 10am daily
For more info: See Funky Warehouse
To book: Call (01242) 300101, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit funkywarehouse.co.uk directly.
Venue: Sudeley Castle
What’s happening: Family-favourite destination, Sudeley Castle and Gardens, will be drawing in families from Gloucestershire and beyond this summer with its ever-popular Children’s Wednesdays, which, you guessed it, take place every Wednesday throughout the holidays. With everything from musical mayhem with Gloucestershire’s Music Man and storytelling, to bouncy castles and an inflatable activity centre, mini lords and ladies can enjoy a whole host of holiday fun. What’s more, there’s plenty of chance to explore the castle’s historic rooms, exciting adventure playground, and award-winning gardens.
SoGlos loves: Aside from plenty of organised fun, Sudeley Castle is a hot spot for happy families every day, with its own zip wire, wooden fort, and slide just some of the treats which await. Meanwhile, young animal lovers will be delighted by a trip to The Pheasantry at Sudeley, which houses a collection of rare and endangered bird species from around the world, while the owlery offers the chance to meet some feathered friends.
When: Children’s Wednesday take place every Wednesday from 25 July to 29 August 2018.
How much: Normal admission prices apply
For more info: See Children's Wednesdays at Sudeley Castle
To book: Call Sudeley Castle and Gardens on (01242) 602308, email email@example.com or visit sudeleycastle.co.uk directly.
Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening: A two-week long Summer School is sure to keep budding thespians aged between 11 and 19 entertained during the long summer holidays. Led by industry professionals, the STOMP course offers the chance for performers to challenge themselves and get creative; featuring dance, drama and song, young performers can learn new techniques, and most importantly, have fun! What's more, for younger performers aged between seven and 11, there will also be a one-week Junior Summer School, Raiders of the Lost Park.
SoGlos loves: While the Musical Theatre Summer School is aimed at budding stars, Everyman Theatre has plenty going on for those who simply want to sit back and relax. Sure to be another smash-hit show from David Walliams, Awful Auntie will delight little and big kids when it takes to the Everyman’s stage. The story follows Stella who goes to London with her parents, but she has no idea that her life’s in danger. When she wakes up three months with her Aunt Alberta, she’ll have to fight for her life…
When: STOMP Summer School runs from Monday 13 to Friday 17 August, and from Monday 20 to Friday 24 August 2018. The Junior Summer School runs from Monday 30 July to Saturday 4 August 2018. Awful Auntie runs from Tuesday 31 July to Saturday 4 August 2018.
How much: The two-week Summer School costs £200 per child. The one-week Junior Summer School costs £125. Tickets for Awful Auntie cost £23.50, £18.50 for under 16s.
For more info: See The Everyman Theatre Summer School, The Everyman Theatre Junior Summer School, and Awful Auntie at Everyman Theatre
To book: Call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 572573, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit everymantheatre.org.uk.
What’s happening: Whether you’re planning a big day out with the whole family or simply fancy popping into town for a spot of shopping, Stagecoach West’s services will make getting around this summer holiday that little bit easier. With a host of special offers and discounts, families can enjoy unlimited travel around Gloucestershire, with affordable daily, weekly and monthly tickets available. What’s more, with family-friendly destinations, iconic landmarks and bucket list must-sees, Gloucestershire is bursting with places to visit – whether you’d prefer a picnic at the park, an alfresco swim, a shopping trip, or an enjoyable and educational museum visit.
SoGlos loves: It’s now even easier to plan your journey, find your nearest bus stop, and use Stagecoach’s excellent services, thanks to The Stagecoach Bus App, which can be downloaded for free via the App Store and Google Play. Dedicated to making bus travel hassle-free, the app allows users to set their location using GPS to find the right buses, stops and routes; use the journey planner to get from A to B with information about ticket options, walking directions and disruption updates; check live bus times; save your favourite bus routes; and even wave goodbye to paper tickets, paying safely and securely through your phone.
When: Stagecoach buses run daily throughout Gloucestershire
How much: Price vary as per ticket type
To book: No need to book, but for specific information visit stagecoachbus.com directly.
Venue: Rendcomb College
What’s happening: Rendcomb College will be keeping the children happy during the six-week summer holiday, when its popular Activity Camp returns, welcoming children aged five to 11 years old. With a jam-packed timetable bursting with fun-filled activities, there’s something for everyone. For sporty kids, highlights include football, tennis, hockey, quick cricket, gymnastics, volleyball, bench ball and dodgeball. For creative types, the arts and crafts sessions are sure to delight; dance and drama games are perfect for young performers; and playground games are great for playful children. With all this plus Olympic Games, Ultimate Frisbee, Team Building and more, there’s plenty going on at Rendcomb College.
SoGlos loves: The Summer Activity Camp offers the perfect opportunity for kids to explore Rendcomb College’s award-winning Forest School; groups will get time to visit the fantastic facility. Located in the ‘wilderness’, the Forest School boasts a beautiful and expansive outdoor area which allows children to have fun and explore the natural world within a safe environment.
When?: The Summer Activity Camp runs from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August, Monday 6 to Friday 10 August, Monday 13 to Friday 17 August, and Monday 20 to Friday 24 August 2018
How much: The Summer Activity Camp costs £25 per day; childcare vouchers are accepted
For more info: See Summer Activity Camp at Rendcomb College
To book: Call Rendcomb College on (01285) 832367, email email@example.com, or visit rendcombcollege.org.uk directly.
Venue: Batsford Arboretum
What’s happening: Little explorers will be putting their detective hats on at Batsford Arboretum this summer, with the Big Batsford Bug Hunt set to return this August. Offering children the chance to enjoy a whole host of fun in the great outdoors, kids can follow the trail on their map and search high and low for all sorts of creepy crawlies, before receiving a prize at the end – if they finish their search!
SoGlos loves: As well as offering plenty of open space where children can burn off some steam, Batsford is also home to a play area, located next to the café. Offering the chance for parents to relax with a cuppa while the little ones let loose, there’s even an aviary with resident parrots, which are sure to delight youngsters.
When: The Big Batsford Bug Hunt takes place from Wednesday 1 to Friday 31 August 2018
How much: The Big Batsford Bug Hunt costs £2.50, plus normal admission prices.
For more info: See The Big Batsford Bug Hunt at Batsford Arboretum
To book: Call Batsford Arboretum on (01386) 701441, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit batsarb.co.uk directly.
Venue: Cotswold Clubhouse, Unit 20b Bourton Industrial Park,
Bourton-On-The-Water, GL54 2HQ – opening on Sunday 29 July 2018
What’s happening: A brand new family attraction in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswold Clubhouse offers the perfect place to have fun during the six-week school holiday, and will be running gymnastics, trampolining and activity camps that are sure to keep kids entertained. The Gymnastics Camps are suitable for children aged four to 16 years old, with no experience needed. There's the chance to enjoy an exciting session using foam pits, beam bars, trampolines, a vault, sprung floor and trampette; take part in friendly competitions, mini Olympic-style games and some team bonding. Children aged five to 14 years old can bounce an hour away during the Trampolining Camps, learning new skills, building confidence and even learning some tricks too. Finally, the Activity Camps welcome children aged two to four into the Owlets group, and children aged five to 12 into the Owls group. Promising fun games, sports, and arts and crafts, highlights of the camps include soft play and a bouncy castle.
SoGlos loves: It’s good news for parents that the Cotswolds’ exciting new activity centre opens just in time for the summer holidays. Boasting an Olympic style gymnasium complete with foam pits, a sprung floor, and an Olympic-size beam, the venue promises heaps of fun for everyone. Enjoy everything from sports and soft play, through to creative fun at the Cotswolds’ hottest new destination. What’s more, adults can enjoy a little respite thanks to the onsite crèche, where children can play whilst parents head to a fitness class or enjoy a beauty treatment.
How much: Gymnastics Camps cost £25 for the day; Trampolining Camps cost £5.50 per session; Activity Camps cost £25 for the day.
When: Gymnastics Camps run from 10am to 3.15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer holidays; Trampolining Camps run from 12.30pm to 1.30pm every Monday through the summer holidays; and Activity Camps run from 10am to 3.15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays through the summer holidays.
For more information: Email email@example.com or call (01451) 263130.
To book visit: ncgta.co.uk/summercamps directly.
Venue Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester, GL2 0LF
What’s happening: Gloucester Rugby is hosting a week-long Multi Sport Summer Camp aimed at boys and girls aged eight to 14. The perfect chance to keep kids entertained and active this summer, the camp will feature a wide range of sports; enjoy rugby, basketball, dodgeball, Gaelic football, cricket, badminton and more. What’s more, the price for the camp includes a goodie bag complete with a junior ticket to Gloucester Rugby’s pre-season friendly at Kingsholm Stadium.
SoGlos loves: For those who prefer to watch the sporting action, there will be a pre-season friendly at Kingsholm Stadium to enjoy. Offering some friendly competition, the game will see the Cherry and Whites face Dragons on the stadium’s brand-new pitch.
When: The Multi Sport Summer Camp runs from Monday 6 to Friday 10 August 2018. The pre-season friendly takes place on Thursday 23 August 2018.
How much: The Multi Sport Summer Camp costs £150. Tickets for the pre-season friendly start from £10, £1 for juniors.
For more info: See Multi Sport Summer Camp with Gloucester Rugby, and Gloucester Rugby pre-season friendly vs Dragons
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on 0871 871 8781, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
Venue: Riverside Sports and Leisure Club
What’s happening: Children aged five to 12 years old can head to a Summer Sports Camp at Riverside Sports and Leisure Club. The Riverside Kids Camp offers the chance to join a one-hour session, or book in for a whole morning of sporty fun at the Gloucester centre. Activities include basketball, badminton, rounders, squash, schoolyard games, and tennis. All promising plenty of active fun, the camp is perfect for keeping the kids busy, and helping them to burn off some steam during the school holidays.
SoGlos loves: As well as its dedicated Kids Club, Riverside has a number of Junior Memberships that are perfect for the holidays. Available for youngsters aged two to 15 years old, the membership allows access to the centre’s indoor swimming pool and gym before 7pm, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Meanwhile for parents with children aged six weeks to four years old, the fully-supervised creche is ideal, and open six days a week.
When: One-hour sessions run between 9am to 1pm, on Mondays to Saturdays, between Thursday 26 July and Saturday 1 September 2018
How much: The club costs £5 per hour-long session, or four sessions for £15 when block booking
For more info: See Summer Sports Camp at Riverside Sports and Leisure Club
To book: Call Riverside Sport and Leisure Club on (01452) 413214, email email@example.com, or visit riversidesports.co.uk directly.
Venue: Nature In Art
What's happening: Nature In Art will play host to an engaging Animal, Vegetable, Mineral exhibition this summer, featuring sculptures, prints and drawings by a host of well-known artists. Sure to delight animal, art and wildlife lovers alike, the display is inspired by wonders of the natural world. Artists include Jon Buck, Lynn Chadwick, Terence Coventry, Anthony Gormley, Peter Randall-Page and Geoffrey Dashwood.
SoGlos loves: Aside from the anticipated exhibition, Nature In Art boasts plenty of family-friendly attractions and is an ideal day trip destination for all ages. With its outdoor sculpture trail, brass rubbing, and themed handling boxes in the gallery spaces, younger visitors are sure to enjoy their visit. What’s more, with dedicated Activity Days during the summer holidays, parents can book their child a place to ensure they’re kept entertained. Activities include clock making, pompom making, creating dream catchers, painting, and much more.
When: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral runs from Tuesday 24 July to Sunday 9 September 2018, with Nature In Art open on Tuesdays to Sundays.
How much: Normal admission charges apply
For more info: See Animal, Vegetable, Mineral exhibition at Nature in Art
To book: Call Nature In Art on (01452) 731422, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit natureinart.org.uk directly.
What’s happening: Whether kids want to bounce around, jump into the foam pit, enjoy some friendly competition with dodgeball, or take on a walk-the-wall challenge, XJump is a great all-weather destination in Gloucester. Offering even more incentive to visit this summer, XJump’s Sizzling Saver deal allows parents to make some great savings when booking an Open Jump session online. Running throughout the six-week holiday, receive 25 per cent discount when booking for an hour-long session between Thursday 26 July to Sunday 2 September 2018.
SoGlos loves: As well as its Sizzling Saver, XJump will run a promotion for each week during the summer holidays. Encompassing competitions and discounts, the promotions include savings on Polar Krush slushies, and the chance to win a £10 gift voucher; fun bundle filled with a drawstring bag, fidget spinner, bouncy ball, water bottle and more; and a back to school pack filled with goodies such as pencil case, crayons, and a PE bag.
When: XJump is open daily, with times varying as per activity.
How much: An Open Jump session costs £10. Other prices vary as per activity.
For more info: See Sizzling Saver at XJump
To book: Call XJump on (01452) 221800, email email@example.com, or visit xjump.uk directly.
Venue: Gloucester Cathedral
What’s happening: Gloucester Cathedral's Tribune Gallery exhibition is an exciting new attraction at the landmark, offering free, hands-on fun for all ages. Open daily, the interactive exhibition gives youngsters the chance to dress up and make their very own gruesome gargoyle. Visitors can also discover secrets of how the cathedral was built, soak up sensational views of the stained glass windows, and have fun in the Whispering Gallery. One of the county’s most famous venues, Gloucester Cathedral has plenty of other highlights making it great for a family day out. With plenty to see and do, the tours will amaze visitors old and young; explore the hidden underground level during Crypt Tours; reach new heights with Tower Tours; and climb a spiral staircase during new Library Tours.
SoGlos loves: If you’re looking for a rest or are feeling hungry, The Monk’s Kitchen provides a great space to relax and tuck into tasty treats. Boasting a tempting selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and its famous Pilgrim Pie, there’s plenty of delicious options.
How much: Admission to Gloucester Cathedral and the exhibition is free of charge. The Library and Crypt Tours cost £3, £1 for children; Tower Tours cost £7, £1 for children.
When: The Tribune Gallery exhibition is open from 10.30am to 4pm on Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 2pm on Sunday
For more info: See Gloucester Cathedral
To book: Call Gloucester Cathedral on (01452) 528095, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit gloucestercathedral.org.uk directly.
Venue: Berkeley Castle
What’s happening: Berkeley Castle has a summer of fun planned, offering even more incentive to visit the favourite family destination during the school holidays. Highlights include storytelling on Mondays (excluding bank holiday Monday); Monty the Jester on Tuesdays; and Archery Shows archery on Wednesdays. Meanwhile, there will be falconry displays on Sunday 29 July; authentic sword-fighting displays on Sunday 12 August; a circus show on Sunday 19 August; and a bank holiday of Magnificent Medieval Merriment from Sunday 26 to Monday 27 August. And for a day packed with activities, the Family Fun Day returns on Sunday 5 August.
SoGlos loves: Great news for families, as grandparents can receive free entry to the attraction, when accompanying a paying child, every Monday throughout July and August (excluding Monday 27 August 2018).
When: Berkeley Castle is open from Sundays to Wednesdays between Sunday 29 July to Wednesday 29 August 2018.
How much: Admission prices vary, contact organisers for details
For more info: See Summer holidays at Berkeley Castle
To book: Call Berkeley Castle (01453) 810303, email email@example.com, or visit berkeley-castle.com directly.
Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What’s happening: Always a hugely popular event, the Giant LEGO Brick Animals trail returns to Slimbridge Wetland Centre this summer, even bigger and better than before with three new faces to see. The only trail of its kind in the UK, the trail features 14 huge sculptures, with returning favourites including a river otter, kingfisher, frog and flamingo. Meanwhile for 2018, there will be new friends spanning Sam the short-eared owl, Walter the water vole, and Skye the stork. And for those who enjoy hands-on fun, there will also be LEGO Brick Workshops running throughout the summer holidays; children will get the chance to make their own version of Sam the short-eared owl to take home.
SoGlos loves: There’s plenty awaiting visitors at Slimbridge Wetland Centre this summer, which will keep all ages entertained during the six-week holiday. Get up close to plenty of feathered friends including colourful flamingos, feed the ducks and geese, and pay a trip to Welly Boot Land, where kids can splash to their heart’s content. Meanwhile adults can soak up the views, and enjoy a spot of birds watching in the observation tower, ensure that the whole family has fun.
When: The Giant LEGO Brick Animals trail runs from Saturday 7 July to Sunday 23 September 2018. The LEGO Brick workshops run on weekends and selected dates between those dates.
How much: Normal admission charges apply for Giant LEGO Brick Animals trail. The LEGO Brick workshops cost £10.50.
For more info: See Giant LEGO Brick Animals trail, and LEGO Brick Workshops
To book: Call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wwt.org.uk/Slimbridge directly.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s happening: The Roses Theatre will be welcoming families from across Gloucestershire for a host of special shows, fantastic films and exciting workshops, all taking place during the six-week holidays. A highlight will be an enchanting show by Freckle Productions, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales. Featuring a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved books, audiences can expect giggles, toe-tapping songs and funky moves. Also taking place will be an entertaining performance by The Makeshift Ensemble, The Children In The Moon. Complete with puppets and music, youngsters can enjoy a wonderfully visual show and great storytelling.
SoGlos loves: As well as its live shows, The Roses Theatre will host a range of workshops for children, including a variety of crafts, along with Cartoon & Comic Mask Making sessions. The theatre’s film programme also features plenty of family films that are just perfect for rainy days or lazy afternoons.
When: Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales takes place on Thursday 26 July 2018; The Children In The Moon takes place on Wednesday 15 August 2018
How much: Tickets for Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales range from £12 to £14; tickets for The Children In The Moon cost £9
For more info: See Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales at The Roses Theatre, and The Children In The Moon at The Roses Theatre
To book: Call Roses Theatre on (01684) 295074, email email@example.com, or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: Eastnor Castle
What's happening: Eastnor Castle will be transporting visitors back into prehistoric times during its exciting Dinosaur Shows. Running at selected times throughout the days, there will be a real walking, roaring T-Rex, which promises a dinosaur encounter like no other. There’s also the chance to see lifelike dinosaur models, and view bones and eggs, all of which will provide an enjoyable and interesting experience.
SoGlos loves: Youngsters can burn off some steam and have heaps of fun when Eastnor Castle opens its doors for a Bounce and Boing event. Featuring an inflatable slide, obstacle course and bouncy castle, there’s plenty to put a smile on children’s faces. What’s more with Eastnor Castle’s other attractions, such as the adventure playground, woodland play area and tree hunters’ trek, there’s so much for visitors to enjoy.
When: Dinosaur Show runs from Sunday 5 to Thursday 9 August 2018. Bounce and Boing takes place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August 2018.
How much: Online tickets cost £11, £7 for children
For more info: See Dinosaur Show at Eastnor Castle and Bounce and Boing at Eastnor Castle
To book: Call Eastnor Castle on (01531) 633160, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit eastnorcastle.com directly.
Venue: Various venues across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds
What’s happening: Offering another spectacular show, My Beautiful Circus is touring across the county and beyond this summer, featuring gravity-defying performers, live music, and Tweedy the Clown.
When: Thursday 24 May to Sunday 30 September 2018
For more info: Call Giffords Circus on 0845 459 7469
Venue: Tuckwell Amphitheatre
What’s happening: Featuring films, family shows, Shakespeare and more, the Cheltenham Open-Air Theatre Festival returns this summer.
When: Thursday 19 July to Thursday 2 August 2018
For more info: Call Tuckwell Amphitheatre on (01242) 258002
Venue: South Cerney Airfield, South Cerney, Cirencester
What’s happening: With highlights including a live arena, steam demonstrations, a dog agility course, model aircraft displays and more, the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza returns this summer.
When: Friday 3 to Sunday 5 August 2018
For more info: Call (01452) 260063
Venue: Sandford Park, College Road, Cheltenham
What’s happening: Sure to heat things up this summer in Cheltenham, the first Cheese & Chilli Festival will see a whole host of tasty treats, amazing entertainment and food competitions.
When: Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 August 2018
For more info: Call 07776 255199
Venue: Pittville Park, Pump Room Lawn, Pittville, Cheltenham
What’s happening: Back for another fun-filled year, Paws in the Park will see a host of animal charities and businesses, and an impressive array of pet-related stands.
When: Sunday 5 August 2018
For more info: Call (01242) 262626
Venue: Tewksbury School sports field, Ashchurch Road, Tewksbury
What’s happening: Back for another year, the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival is set to fascinate visitors with more than 700 cars and 200 motorcycles, ranging from vintage motors to super cars.
When: Sunday 19 August 2018
For more info: Call 07976 950856
Venue: Alex James’ Farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire
What’s happening: With headliners including Craig David, Basement Jaxx, Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit, The Big Feastival returns for another brilliant year of food, music and family fun.
When: Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August 2018
For more info: Call 0333 321 9999
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