Wednesday 5 August 2020

43 places to host unforgettable children's birthday parties in Gloucestershire

From sporty celebrations and animal encounters to crafty fun and movie magic, discover 43 places to host an unforgettable children's party in Gloucestershire.

Encompassing everything from trampoline fun and adventure golf, to kids’ cookery and animal encounters, SoGlos has handpicked 43 venues to host an unforgettable children’s birthday party in Gloucestershire.

Whether you’re looking for birthday party inspiration for toddlers or teens, and every age in between, you’ll find plenty of ideas that will go down a storm with the birthday boy or girl.

About the sponsor – Cotswold Clubhouse

Cotswold Clubhouse is an activity and soft play centre that runs classes suitable for the whole family. Based within the Bourton-on-the-Water Industrial Park, the centre is just a short walk from the centre of the village.

Home to a three-level soft play that’s ideal for children between the ages of three and 11, the venue offers a range of memberships for regular guests.

In addition, the venue is the North Cotswold Gymnastics and Trampolining Academy’s HQ, and hosts Open Clubhouse sessions where children can use both the soft play and gym facilities; holiday camps for children and a range of fitness classes for adults.

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1. Cotswold Clubhouse

Bourton-on-the-Water’s soft play and activity centre, Cotswold Clubhouse, has a range of fun-filled party packages that offer entertaining celebrations for children of all ages.

Little ones will enjoy burning off energy at gymnastics or soft play parties; competitive types will love the NERF parties on offer; while pamper parties are also available for those who love some special sparkle!

Cotswold Clubhouse benefits from two special party rooms for cooling off after all the fun, with three food packages available – allowing party organisers the flexibility to prepare their own food; or take the stress away with party boxes, buffets, decorations and balloons organised by the Cotswold Clubhouse team.

2. Mr Mulligan's Lost World Golf

Promising a party that’s out of this world, children will have a memorable birthday celebration at Mr Mulligan’s in Cheltenham. Kids can enjoy a round of adventure golf with their friends along with getting to party in a dedicated room, rounded off with a delicious ice-cream.

Various packages are available offering invitations, cordials, souvenir golf balls, buffets and slushees. The birthday boy or girl even gets two free passes to go golfing again!

3. New Brewery Arts

Home to a number of purpose-built studios that are just perfect for parties, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester hosts unique and thoroughly enjoyable birthday bashes on the first and third Sundays of the month, with a range of age-relevant themes to ensure everyone is catered for.

The choice of arty activities encompasses bird sculptures; toadstool fairy houses; wet felting; and life-size portraits, and are suitable for children aged five to 12. Food can be added on to the sessions and there’s also the option to order a birthday cake for the special celebration.

4. Gloucester Rugby

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During home matches, mini Cherry and Whites fans can celebrate their birthday with a memorable party at Kingsholm, which includes a pitch parade; signed birthday card presented by one of the players; a match ticket for the Malvern Tyres Stand; a birthday announcement on the big screen; a meal deal; gift for the birthday boy or girl and a special Q&A session with players.

This package is available for a minimum of eight and a maximum of 20 people per party, and requires one adult for every 10 children attending.

5. The Museum of Gloucester

Whether the birthday child is a wannabe Jack Sparrow, a Jurassic Park fan, or mini history enthusiast, The Museum of Gloucester’s birthday parties will keep them happy, with a choice of dinosaur, pirate and Roman themes.

The package offers room hire for two hours; a free quest trail; unlimited museum access; free downloadable invites; and the option of a helper to ensure that the celebrations run without a hitch.

6. Leisure at Cheltenham

Leisure at Cheltenham

With parties spanning swimming, sports, archery, soft play, and go-kart-themed celebrations, Leisure at Cheltenham is undoubtedly one of the town’s most popular birthday venues – providing energetic fun and games for all tastes and ages, with under and over seven’s options both available.

Options range from pool parties complete with floats and toys galore and go-karting experiences, to sports parties with bouncy castles and safe archery sessions. Party menus are also available for an extra cost.

7. Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Promising a unique party venue for little nature lovers in the company of stunning wildlife and with plenty of hands-on activities to keep kiddos entertained, Slimbridge Wetland Centre’s facilities are ideal for a wild birthday party.

The three party packages span Really Wild Birthday Party with pond dipping and amphibian handling; Splashtastic Wellyboot Land Party, which offers exclusive use of the wet play area; and Canoe Paddle and Play Party, which includes exclusive use of the outdoor Riverlife Play Area and the Canoe Safari.

8. Funky Warehouse

Comprising 60 minutes of play time and 40 minutes of food time, parties heading to Funky Warehouse in Cheltenham are in for a brilliant celebration. The Funky Monkey party package for children aged five and over, gives little ones full access to all the facilities within the trampoline park.

Each party includes invitations, a host, buffet food, milkshake for each child, unlimited jugs of squash, a cake ceremony, and free return pass for the birthday boy or girl.

9. Sandford Parks Lido

Summer youngsters can have fun in the sun at Sanford Parks Lido in Cheltenham, which provides a paradise for children – complete with slides, a children’s pool, and a paddling pool – during the warmer months.

Parties can either be held during regular opening hours, or can be booked to include exclusive use of the children’s pool for one hour and 20 children. And to prevent any rumbling tummies, the Lido can also provide scrumptious party food from its on-site café.

10. Smokey Joe’s

Smokey Joe’s in Cheltenham is a quirky 50s themed diner and retro gaming centre with an epic menu that kids will love. Rounding up the very best waffles, hot dogs, burgers and ice cream sundaes, Smokey Joe’s can be hired out for private events and parties, with space for kids to explore the retro gaming arcade, while older kids will love taking snaps against all the insta-worthy Americana interiors.

11. Cattle Country Adventure Park

Home to giant play slides, trampolines, two play barns and fun facilities galore – not to mention lots of friendly animals – Cattle Country Park is a popular place for children’s parties, near Berkeley.

The attraction’s options include Weekend Adventure Parties which includes use of both indoor play barns, and Weekend Animal Experience Parties, which give children the chance to feed and handle the animals. with packages including a hot or cold food, there’s even the option to book an exclusive-use children’s party.

12. Harts Barn Cookery School

Mini cooks and young foodies will be in their element with Harts Barn Cookery School’s parties in the Forest of Dean, with a range of themes including Bling Cupcakes; Pop and Corn Party; and Sushi Making.

Parties include the cooking ingredients; a helpful tutor and assistant; party food and drink; access to an outdoor play area; and the option for party bags at an extra charge – and even better, there’ll be no washing up afterwards.

13. Everyman Theatre

The Everyman Theatre opens its doors for tiny theatre fans, who can celebrate their birthday with a very special visit to the popular Cheltenham venue, with a number of packages available to suit all budgets.

Alongside tickets to one of the Everyman’s many family-friendly shows, the theatre also offers a room for parties, along with a choice of food packages, which promises a memorable and wholly enjoyable birthday.

14. The Wilson

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The Wilson’s Young Explorers birthday party package is ideal for inquisitive youngsters aged between six and 11, who can enjoy an exciting journey through history by exploring the museum’s impressive collections.

Complete with two-hour’s use of a private room; party host; bespoke museum trail; printable invites; object handling; and craft making. Weekend parties are suitable for up to 15 children, with catering options also available.

Alternatively, creative kids can enjoy the venue’s Arty Party, which focusses on creating artworks inspired by those seen inside the gallery.

15. Hollywood Bowl Cheltenham

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Mini party-goers can battle it out on the lanes at Hollywood Bowl Cheltenham, which offers the ultimate party package complete with one hour of unlimited bowling; a mini bowler’s meal; dedicated party host; complimentary game voucher for each child; and party invites.

16. GL1 Leisure Centre

GL1 Leisure Centre

GL1 Leisure Centre’s Toddler World Parties promise a world of soft play fun for under-fives, with its bouncy castle, trikes, balls, and toys sure to keep everyone entertained.

With party food included too, the package covers everything you’d need for a fun-filled tot’s celebration.

There are also options for older children including swimming parties, football parties and tennis parties.

17. Ninja Warrior UK

Daredevil kids can gather their mates together and get competitive at the first Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park in the south of the country. Based in Gloucester, the centre offers a range of party options for children, with food packages also available once they’ve exhausted themselves on the park’s many obstacles.

18. JDR Karting

Suitable for children aged between four to 15, JDR Karting in Gloucester has two tracks for karting parties, while indoor Segway experiences are also available for kids over the age of six.

The centre offers bespoke packages tailored to individual groups, with a number of food options, including free drink refills and even extra portions for those who’ve worked up an appetite on the tracks.

19. Laser Tag Gloucester

Also located at JDR Karting in Gloucester, Laser Tag offers fun for energetic and sharp-shooting children aged six and above. Hosting parties in its Aliens vs Predators-themed arena, the activity can be combined with karting for the ultimate party.

20. The Paint it Yourself Pottery Company

Offering a choice of party packages, The Paint it Yourself Pottery Company in Cheltenham is perfect for creative children to get hands-on and to go home with a lasting memento of the day.

Parties can be held either at home or the studio, with the option to bring party food along.

21. Lasertag at The Play Farm

Launched in 2018, The Play Farm located at The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham, introduced laser tag parties for children using a special lightweight system which means there’re no heavy vests for children to wear.

What’s more, children can run, jump and climb around the soft play structure as they try to laser tag their friends, with the parties suitable for children aged four and above.

22. Soft Play at the Play Farm Cheltenham

With a number of themes such as Pizza Party; Princess and Pirate; and Disco Fever, The Play Farm Cheltenham takes care of planning the entire party, with packages including everything from cake ceremonies and party games, to special visits from costumed characters.

23. The Foodworks Cookery School

Whether the birthday boy or girl prefers pasta, chocolate or sweet treats, The Foodworks Cookery School in Cheltenham offers a range of recipes for mini chefs to try.

Suitable for groups between 10 and 16, the parties include themed goodie bags; bespoke aprons and hats; and birthday cakes too.

24. Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

Budding ski bunnies can hit the slopes with their friends at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre, which hosts one-hour ski or snowboarding parties for up to 12 children, along with tubing sessions in large rubber rings.
Home to a 240-metre slope, Snowflex Fun Park, and two nursery slopes, sporty children are sure to have a fun, adrenaline-fuelled experience. Parties also include food in the café.

25. Cineworld Cheltenham

Following a huge renovation in 2019, Cineworld Cheltenham is a great party location for film-loving kids. Guests can hire out an entire screen to show their favourite film, with food and drink packages also available to help make an extra special celebration.

26. The Warehouse

The Warehouse, Gloucester’s indoor climbing facility, hosts action-packed parties for children which provide an exhilarating climbing experience. Offering kids’ zone, arena and caving parties, the packages cater from little climbers to sporty teenagers.

27. Birdland Park and Gardens

One of Bourton-on-the-Water’s main attractions, Birdland Park and Gardens promises children a birthday to remember. Party groups can watch the penguins being fed, enjoy a buffet-style birthday tea in the Flamingo Point Café, and explore Birdland at their leisure, including the Jurassic Journey.

28. Go Bananas

Home to fun facilities galore including a ball pit, wavy slide and wobbly bridge, Go Bananas in Stroud offers party packages for little monkeys, ranging from discos and arty parties, to laser tag and soft play.

29. Far Peak Climbing

Promising plenty of action-packed fun, Far Peak Climbing in Northleach offers a number of packages. Party-goers can choose from climbing, bouldering, abseiling, archery, and more exciting activities; while a party room is also available for hire.

31. International Centre for Birds of Prey

Offering the chance to meet and greet some fascinating creatures, the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent provides tailored birthday parties, which include highlights such as handling sessions and guided tours.

32. Pick a Pot and Paint

Cirencester venue, Pick a Pot and Paint, allows mini-Monets to get creative with paints and produce a long-lasting souvenir of their day. Parties in the studio will be in the company of the centre’s enthusiastic staff, with the option for DIY catering.

33. Stroud Bowl

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Kiddies can battle it out on the lanes at Stroud Bowl, which offers tailored children’s parties. The basic package includes invitations; one bowling game; squash refreshments; and a kid’s meal, while extra games; slush drinks; personalised birthday cakes; and food upgrades are available at an extra charge.

34. Lush Party

Ideal for older kids and teenagers, book a party at Cheltenham’s branch of Lush, where guests can play games, make their own goodies, and have lots of fun in store.

Parties are completely customisable and can be booked in store.

35. Cheltenham Martial Arts

Encompassing two-hours of supervised martial arts; fun activities and games; the chance to cut the cake with a sword; Cheltenham Martial Arts hosts unique parties for up to 20 children – and the birthday boy or girl will even have the chance to break some blocks in front of everyone.

36. Cotswold Trail Riding Centre

Cotswold Trail Riding’s pony parties are perfect for horse-loving children aged six and above, who will get the chance to meet and pet the friendly animals before going on an exciting ride across the grounds.

37. Head 4 Heights

Guaranteed to leave party animals flying high, Head 4 Heights near Cirencester is home to a range of climbing, jumping and swinging activities and offers parties for children aged eight and above. Party planners can choose between one and two-hour sessions which include pole climbing, free falls, and more.

38. Earl's and Co

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Cheltenham beauty salon, Earl’s and Co, offers parties for children, with its Little Ladies package perfect for pampering fun. The package includes a manicure or pedicure for each little lady, pink fizz, a caterpillar cake and sandwiches, along with exclusive room hire and music or the film of your choice played.

39. Tenpin

Tenpin in Gloucester offers birthday fun which includes bowling, a meal, unlimited squash and a bowling pin for the birthday boy or girl; while its Ultimate Birthday Bash package also includes dancing, music, games and prizes.

40. Go Ape

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Children can head into the forest for a unique birthday celebration at Go Ape, with the centre’s Tree Top Junior Parties offering canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles, in addition to party bags, a t-shirt for the birthday child, and time in the Forest Shelter, for an added cost.

41. Anneli Dance School

Little ones can practice their moves at Cheltenham’s Anneli Dance School which hosts dance parties that cover a variety of themes, from break dancing to pop star-themed celebrations.

After spending an hour learning a routine to the birthday boy or girl’s chosen track, children can enjoy food and cake (not included in the package), before finishing with a performance for parents.

42. Rugrats and Halfpints Cirencester

Cirencester soft play centre, Rugrats and Halfpints, offers the perfect setting for hosting a birthday party, with its packages including two hours of fun and play, access to a private party chalet, a choice of buffet food, free helium balloons, and free admission for attending adults.

43. Waterland Outdoor Pursuits

Children aged eight and over will love the exciting choice of birthday parties on offer at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits at Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester. Choose from raft building, archery, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing, with the option to have one- or two-hours’ tuition.

There’s also the choice of having a Bushcraft Party in the woods, during which, mini Bear Grylls’ can learn about fire lighting, shelter building, wilderness cooking and knife craft.

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Tuesday 15 October 2019

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