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

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

Encompassing everything from trampoline fun and adventure golf, to kids’ cookery and even mermaid-themed celebrations, SoGlos has found 43 venues to host an unforgettable children’s birthday party in Gloucestershire.

Sponsored by The Mermaid Academy, SoGlos’s round-up ensures a birthday to remember for all boys and girls. For more information about The Mermaid Academy and its truly magical parties visit facebook.com/themermaidacademyuk directly.


1. The Mermaid Academy

The Mermaid Academy

Turning children’s dreams into reality, The Mermaid Academy’s magical parties offer the chance to fit into your fin, channel your inner Ariel and go ‘under the sea’ for an hour of music, games and mermaid-themed fun!

Dedicated to making each child’s birthday go swimmingly, the Mermaid Academy’s unique parties include some poolside posing in the costumes before taking to the water, learning how to swim to music and move like a mermaid.

The party package is suitable for groups of up to 12 children and includes the hire of mermaid tails and fins; the use of a qualified instructor with specialist mermaid insurance; use of a GO PRO camera to snap brilliant photos and videos; and music and games to complete the experience.

Parents can benefit from a choice of party locations spanning Brockworth Sports Centre in Gloucester and Tewkesbury School Pool, both of while have a room available for post-pool food, and Dean Close School in Cheltenham which is available for pool hire only.

For more information call 07870 509443, email becca@fin2fitgloucestershire.co.uk, or visit facebook.com/themermaidacademyuk directly.


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, enjoying a round of adventure golf with their friends along with getting to party in a dedicated room, with ice-cream and more.

With packages offering a choice of either one or two games of golf, other perks for groups include a dedicated party host, invitations, cordials, individual awards and two free passes for the birthday boy or girl.


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, with a range of age-relevant themes to ensure everyone is catered for.

Arty options encompass Animal Antics, Impressive Printing, and Life-size Self-portraits for children aged five and above; Beautiful Birds, and French Knitting for children aged nine and above; and Fantasy Felt, and Willow Lanterns for groups aged 11 to 14 years old.


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 JS Stand; birthday announcement on the big screen; meal deal and more.

Available for children aged between three and 15, there’s also good news for older supporters, as one adult receives free entry with 10 children!


5. The Museum of Gloucester

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, with party menus also available at an extra cost.


7. Slimbridge Wetland Centre

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Promising a unique party venue for little nature lovers in the company of stunning wildlife and with plenty of hands-on activities to keep kiddies 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 at Funky Warehouse in Cheltenham are in for a brilliant time, with party options spanning Baby Monkey for ages one to two years old; Mini Monkey for ages two to four years old; and Funky Monkey for children aged five and over.

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

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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 open 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. Gloucester Life Musum

Gloucester Life Museum

Offering a choice of princess and tiaras, Tudor, Victorian, and WWII party themes, Gloucester Life Museum caters for birthday boys and girls of all tastes, with its packages sure to provide a fun-filled and stress-free celebration.

The packages span room hire for two hours; free downloadable invites; a free quest trail; unlimited museum access; and an optional helper for the duration of the party.


11. Brickhampton Court


Footie fan? Golf lover? There’s no need to choose at Brickhampton Court, which is the first venue in Gloucestershire to offer footgolf facilities – for a fun and unique game combining both football and golf!

Suitable for a maximum of six players per tee time, children’s parties include a nine-hole game which can be upgraded to 18 holes for an extra cost, along with a choice of menus spanning hot and cold food. Goal!


12. Cattle Country Adventure Park

Cattle Country Adventure Park

Home to giant play slides, trampolines, two playbarns, and fun facilities galore – not to mention its animal inhabitants – Cattle Country Park is a popular place for children’s parties, near Berkeley.

The attraction’s options span either weekend or exclusive private parties, and include a hot or cold food option.


13. Harts Barn Cookery School

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 and 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.


14. 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.


15. 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; craft making; and more, the weekend parties are suitable for up to 15 children, with catering options available.


16. 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; framed party photo; complimentary game voucher for each child; party invites; and more.


17. 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.


18. Rachel Shilston – Inspiring Creativity

Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity

Kiddies can unleash their inner creativity at Rachel Shilston’s art studio on the edge of the Forest of Dean, or in the comfort of their own home, with birthday party activities and themes tailored to the birthday boy or girl, with the option for an outdoor Creative Detective party for active youngsters.

With popular choices including mosaic, super heroes, jewellery, puppets, graffiti and many more, children can look forward to two hours of creative fun, which encompasses expert tuition, party invitations, and a balloon and gift for the birthday boy or girl.


19. JDR Karting

JDR Karting

Suitable for go-get-’em children aged from four to 15, JDR Karting in Gloucester has two tracks for karting parties, while indoor Segway experiences are also available.

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.


20. Laser Tag Gloucester

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, which can be combined with karting for the ultimate active party.


21. The Paint it Yourself Pottery Company

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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.


22. BattleSports Glos

BattleSports Glos

Providing the perfect activity for sporty kids aged seven and above, BattleSports Glos’s parties promise safe and fun adventures, allowing children to get into the spirit with camouflage overalls and face paint, and certificates and medals sure to encourage some healthy competition.


23. The Play Farm Cheltenham

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.


24. 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 Masterchefs to try.

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


25. Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

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 parties for up to 12 children. Home to a 240-metre slope, Snowflex Fun Park, and two nursery slopes, sporty children aged six and above are sure to have a fun, adrenaline-fuelled experience.


26. Cineworld Cheltenham

Cineworld Cheltenham

Whether it’s battling out during a heated gaming competition or watching the latest blockbuster, young film fans and gamers can hire their very own screen at Cineworld Cheltenham for the ultimate viewing or playing experience, with parties promising exclusivity and maximum fun.


27. 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 parties, and caving parties, the packages cater from little climbers to sporty teenagers.


28. 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.


29. 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.


30. 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.


30. Dick Whittington Park

Dick Whittington Park’s children’s parties in the Forest of Dean offer two hours full of play time for kids, along with invitations, party bags and a jug of juice to ensure everyone stays refreshed! Meanwhile there are optional extras of face-painting, glitter tattoos, and hot or cold party food choices to boot.


32. Oxstalls Sports Park

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For sporty fun, Oxstalls Sports Park in Gloucester is a prime birthday party venue, with Tennis, Sports Frenzy, and Fun Factory Parties – offering everything from parachute play and a sports zone, to slides and interactive fun.


33. 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.


34. 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.


35. 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.


36. Cheltenham Art and Craft Workshop

Cheltenham Art and Craft Workshop

From puppets, sculpting and decorating bags, to masks, kites and magnets, Cheltenham Art and Craft Workshop’s parties offer a wide range of craft options and party themes, with full supervision for the duration, and the choice to take along party food.


37. Cheltenham Martial Arts


Encompassing two-hours of supervised martial arts; fun activities and games; the chance to cut the cake with a sword; and pizza, 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.


38. 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.


39. Head 4 Heights

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.


40. XJump

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Guaranteed to have children jumping for joy, Gloucester trampoline park XJump has two options, both of which include a 60-minute jump session with access to all areas, time in the facility’s designated party area, dedicated park host, VIP check in, and grip socks.


41. Earl's and Co

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Cheltenham beauty salon, Earl’s and Co, offers parties for children, with its Little Ladies’ Tea Party and Disney Princess Party packages perfect for little women. Options include homemade sandwiches, cupcakes and sparkly chocolates; Disney music; party games; and a manicure or pedicure to leave the birthday girl preened and pampered.


42. Tenpin


Tenpin in Gloucester offers birthday fun which spans 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.


43. 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.


By Kathryn Purvis

© SoGlos
Tuesday 13 March 2018

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