Bursting with ways to keep the kids busy and plenty of new places to explore too, SoGlos has handpicked some exciting things to do this May half term.
The Forest of Dean is welcoming visitors to its sites in Gloucestershire this May half term, with plenty of family-friendly activities and adventure trails to discover in the ancient woodland.
Families can kick off their forest adventure at Beechenhurst, where little ones can hunt for monsters along the Gruffalo Spotters trail or swing through the treetops at Go Ape. While the famous Sculpture Trail offers plenty of wholesome family photo opportunities.
Elsewhere, see soaring birds of prey from Symonds Yat Rock; seize the opportunity for a waterside picnic at Wenchford, if the sun is shining; or test your orienteering skills at Mallards Pike Lake, using a map to find the twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the woods.
The Forest of Dean offers a fantastic membership programme which gives a year’s worth of free parking at Beechenhurst, Mallards Pike Lake, Cannop Cycle Centre, Cannop Ponds, Symonds Yat Rock and Wenchford – ideal for family days out in the great outdoors.
The Forest of Dean and most of its facilities are now open to the public, but visitors are reminded to follow government guidelines when planning their trip.
For more information, visit forestryengland.uk/the-forest-of-dean.
Reconnect with nature this half term, with Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury open every day from Monday 31 May to Sunday 6 June 2021.
Enjoy some quality family time at Westonbirt Arboretum, with lots for children of all ages to discover – from staring out over treetops as they explore the STIHL Treetop Walkway to finding Gruffalo sculptures in the depths of the woodland.
Gruffalo lovers will also be thrilled to find the Gruffalo Spotters trail in Westonbirt’s Silk Wood, which gives participants the chance to interact with their favourite characters through a special app.
The natural play trail at Westonbirt Arboretum invites little ones to have fun in the woods, building dens, scurrying over logs and crawling through tyre tunnels. There’s even a mysterious troll bridge to cross, if you’re brave enough!
Admission to Westonbirt Arboretum costs £11 per adult and £4 per child aged five to 18. With under-fives able to visit for free. Tickets must be pre-booked online and are on sale seven days in advance.
For more information, visit forestryengland.uk/westonbirt.
See IKP’s Treasure Island on Wednesday 2 June 2021 at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, with showings at 12pm and 4pm.
Children and families can enjoy an afternoon of pirates and treasure at the Everyman Theatre, watching IKP’s pantomime production of Treasure Island.
From the same company that brought the critically acclaimed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Cinderella: The Pop-Up Panto to stage, audiences of all ages are sure to be in for a treat with the new, fun-filled adaptation of the swashbuckling tale.
Now that we’re finally allowed back indoors to see live entertainment, an afternoon full of laughs at the Everyman Theatre would be a wonderful way for the family to celebrate both half term and the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Tickets for IKP’s Treasure Island cost £15 and are currently on sale.
For more information, call the Everyman Theatre on (0124) 572573.
Families can complete Glossy the Rabbit’s Book Trail from Friday 21 May to Sunday 6 June 2021, with locations to find throughout Gloucester city centre.
This half term, children can enjoy exploring Gloucester with their families, visiting a series of venues, attractions and shops in order to find Glossy the Rabbit’s 23 lost books – with the chance to win some great prizes!
Simply download a map online or collect a copy from the trail’s start point at the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, which is located in the Museum of Gloucester, and get hunting!
Visit Gloucester is offering a series of fabulous prizes for those who manage to find and deliver all of Glossy’s books back to her, including a family ticket to see Peter Rabbit 2 and three different Gloucester Gift Cards with values ranging from £10 to £50.
Winners will be announced on or after Tuesday 8 June 2021 and notified by email. The trail should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete, walking at a leisurely pace.
For more information, call the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre on (01452) 396572.
This half term from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 6 June 2021, families can enjoy a fun day out along the Feel Good in Gloucester Trail, winding their way around some of the city’s hottest spots – with a chance to win prizes too.
Families are being invited to take part in an interactive adventure trail in Gloucester, which has been put together by local businesses. Download the map and walk, skip or run to the locations featured to discover the clues and work out the winning phrase.
Those taking part have the chance to win a series of great goodies such as a £200 shopping giveaway; soft play sessions; gym membership; hampers; fashion accessories and plenty more.
The trail has been designed by passionate Gloucester businesses that collectively want to give something back to the community and bring life back into the city after a challenging year. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to get together for some fun in the sun.
The trail map is available online and can be downloaded from the Feel Good in Gloucester Trail website. Once all the clues have been found, visitors can fill in a form to submit to be in with the chance of winning.
For more information, call The Eastgate Shopping Centre on (01452) 520023.
There’s roar-some fun to be had at the Museum of Gloucester on Brunswick Road this half term, on Reggie the Raptor’s Trail Through Time.
Throughout May half term, families can follow in a dinosaur’s footsteps at the Museum of Gloucester, as Reggie the Raptor takes visitors on his Trail Through Time around the museum and Tourist Information Centre.
Pick up an activity sheet from reception on arrival at the museum, as well as a goody bag full of craft activities to continue the fun at home.
As well as the family trail, the Museum of Gloucester has a brand-new ‘engagement wall’ where visitors can write what the museum means to them – plus new exhibitions like CommUNITY in the community gallery.
The Museum of Gloucester is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Reggie the Raptor’s Trail Through Time and goody bag cost £5 per child, with goody bags on their own costing £4 each, and simply the sheet for Reggie the Raptor’s trail available with a donation to the museum for frugal families.
For more information, call the Museum of Gloucester on (01452) 396131 or (01452) 396572.
Nature in Art in Twigworth is welcoming little ones aged five to 11 along to a series of children’s half term activity days, taking place from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 June 2021.
The museum near Gloucester is hosting several creative activity sessions, packed full of crafting fun to keep the little ones entertained this May half term.
From upcycling tin cans into bug hotels to building mini shelters, there’s something to suit every child’s interests, with all sessions taking place in Nature in Art’s glorious garden.
The environmentally-friendly activities aim to teach kids how to turn empty boxes and household recycling into something fun and useful – giving them something to do at home on rainy days!
Each session costs £5 and must be pre-booked. Parents are welcome to visit the museum and coffee shop while their little ones are crafting, but must book this in advance.
To adhere to government guidelines, the sessions will cater for a limited number of children with social distancing and safety measures in place.
For more information, call Nature in Art on (01452) 731422.
This half term, Eastnor Castle near Ledbury will be hosting its annual Steam Weekend for families to enjoy from Sunday 30 to Monday 31 May 2021. It will also be open every day from Sunday 30 May to Thursday 3 June 2021.
Eastnor Castle is inviting guests to visit its grounds for a jam-packed weekend, hosting a spectacular line-up of vintage cars and steam engines as part of its Steam Weekend extravaganza.
Visitors can wander around the Valley Lawn, watching stunning falconry displays and listening to the sounds of live jazz. While the castle will be opening its doors for the very first time this year, too!
With beautiful grounds, guests are welcome to bring their own picnic, but if not, the gazebo will also be serving hot dogs and nachos during Eastnor Steam Weekend. The Castle Tea Room will also be open for those wanting to sit down and tuck into a snack throughout the day.
Tickets start from £7.50 for children and £12.50 for adults. Eastnor Steam Weekend will be cashless so make sure to bring your card.
For more information, call Eastnor Castle on (01531) 633160.
By Zoe Gater
Tuesday 01 June 2021
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