Monday 24 February 2020

Gloucestershire spring half term guide

Packed with things to do, places to visit and ways to keep the kids entertained, don't miss SoGlos's handy guide to February spring half term 2020.

From days out whatever the weather to finding something to keep the kids busy, there are plenty of things going on this February spring half term in Gloucestershire.

*Please note, this guide will be added to as events are announced.*


February half term events in Cheltenham 2020


Tweedy Presents: The Missing Company of Sherlock Holmes at Everyman Theatre

When and where?

Tweedy Presents: The Missing Company of Sherlock Holmes will be performed at Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham from Sunday 16 to Sunday 23 February 2020.

What’s happening?

Gloucestershire’s favourite clown, Tweedy, is back at Everyman Theatre in February 2020 for his hilarious show Tweedy Presents: The Missing Company of Sherlock Holmes. Audiences are invited to join Tweedy and his faithful sidekick Monsieur Loyal as the pair solve a mystery of where Tweedy’s cast have gone.

SoGlos loves

Known for his slapstick silliness, Tweedy the clown will not just have children laughing but will also entertain adults too! Perfect whatever the weather, tickets to Everyman Theatre make for a great half term treat.

The important bits

Tickets cost £19 per person and performances are available at 11am and 2pm.

How to book

To buy tickets, visit everymantheatre.org.uk.


February half term events in the Cotswolds 2020

Cotswold Clubhouse Holiday Camps

When and where?

Both the Activity Camps and Gymnastic Camps take place between Monday 17 February and Friday 21 February 2020.

What’s happening?

Children between the ages of three and 12 years old are invited to Cotswold Clubhouse to enjoy a day of fun activities this spring half term. Those between the ages of three and 10 can attend the Activity camp at Cotswold Clubhouse where youngsters can enjoy a fun-packed day of team activities, soft play, arts and crafts and bouncy castle time; while gymnastic fans between the ages of five and 12 will love the Gymnastic camp at Cotswold Clubhouse, where children can learn new skills like how to swing like a monkey from the bars and how to balance on the beam, as well as enjoying some of the other activities in the clubhouse such as soft play and crafts.

SoGlos loves

Cotswold Clubhouse is home to the North Cotswolds Gymnastics and Trampolining Academy, boasting a state-of-the-art gymnasium for the squad to train. In addition, Cotswold Clubhouse has its own soft play centre and café, stocking locally-sourced food, drink and cakes – making the venue an ideal spot to enjoy exercise for the whole family if the weather doesn’t play ball this half term.

The important bits

Gymnastic Camps cost £25 per day, while Activity Camps are priced between £20 and £25 per day, depending on the age of your child.

How to book

For more information, call (01451) 263130, see Activity Camps at Cotswold Clubhouse and Gymnastic camp at Cotswold Clubhouse, or visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk/holidaycamps.


Lambing at Cotswold Farm Park

When and where?

From Saturday 8 February 2020, throughout half term and until April at Cotswold Farm Park.

What’s happening?

The newest arrivals at Cotswold Farm Park will be making an experience this springtime with live lambing taking place from February through to mid-April.

Visitors can expect daily talks about lambing, bottle feeding of the goat kids and tiny lambs, a chance to hold the chicks and rabbits, and Farm Safari rides around the attraction.

SoGlos loves

With a beautiful onsite café and restaurant, visitors can dine at The Ox Shed for a hearty breakfast before the farm park opens or tuck into a tasty lunch later on in the day.

The important bits

Standard tickets cost from £12.50 for adults, £11.25 for children aged between four and 15, and £7.65 for toddlers. Cotswold Farm Park’s café is open from 9am and the animal areas open at 10.30am.

How to book

To find out more or to book tickets, visit cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk.


February half term events in the Forest of Dean 2020


Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail in the Forest of Dean

When and where?

Everyday throughout February at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean.

What’s happening?

Visitors can take on the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail at Beechenhurst this half term, with an interactive app and plenty of puzzles along the way. As well as that, families can explore the beautiful Sculpture Trail for free. Make the most of the Forest of Dean’s spectacular sights at Mallards Pike and Symonds Yat Rock, or take the family on a bike ride from Cannop Cycle Centre.

SoGlos loves

With the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail app being free to download, families can enjoy a fantastic day out this half term without breaking the bank. What’s more, the cosy Beechenhurst Café has plenty of tasty treats and hot chocolates to finish off a great day.

The important bits

The Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail at Beechenhurst is a free app, which should be downloaded before arriving at Beechenhurst due to lack of signal. Trail packs including a UV pen, activity book, Shaun ears and more are available from Beechenhurst Café for £3.50.

How to book

There’s no need to book anything in advance, but to find out more about the Farmageddon app, visit forestryengland.uk.


February half term events in Slimbridge 2020


South West Puddle Jumping Championships at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

When and where?

From Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February 2020 at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

What’s happening?

Get ready to splish, splash and splosh around at Slimbridge's South West Puddle Jumping Championships this February half term. Grab the wellies and pull on the waterproofs for a whole lot of splashing around, with daily competitions taking place at 2pm in the attraction’s Welly Boot Land.

With so much to see at Slimbridge, visitors can check out the North American otters, meet some amphibians in Toad Hall, head up high in the Estuary Tower and meet plenty of feathered friends.

SoGlos loves

Slimbridge has plenty for families to enjoy whatever the weather this half term. From its outdoor Welly Boot Land that’s designed for splashing around, to the indoor soft play for children to play on, Slimbridge is great for even the rainiest of days. Even better, the attraction is buggy and wheelchair friendly.

The important bits

Entry into Welly Boot Land is included in the admission ticket. Tickets cost from £13.95 for adults, £7.90 for children aged between four and 16 years-old, and free for under fours.

How to book tickets

To book tickets, visit wwt.org.uk.


February half term events in Berkeley 2020


Lambing Live at Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park

When and where?

Lambing Live at Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park takes place from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February 2020.

What’s happening?

Springtime brings new lambs into the world and at Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park, families can meet the little woolly animals as a part of its Lambing Live event. Say hello to the newborns and their mothers in the animal barn, feed the new calves and hold tiny chicks and rabbits for an adorable day out.

With indoor play barns, a boating lake, sandpit and play castle, Cattle Country has a whole host of activities to keep the kids entertained.

SoGlos loves

The animal experience centre is home to guinea pigs, calves, chickens, pigs and rabbits. It’s an excellent place for families to get close to the animals and learn more about them.

As well as all that, Cattle Country also has both indoor and outdoor play areas, a mini golf course, splash pool, assault courses, trampolines, ‘jumping pillows’ and more. With so much to see and do at the park, families can go back as often as they like with a season ticket, which costs £65 per adult; £70 per child; £55 per concession with toddler; and £220 per group of four.

The important bits

Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park is open daily from 10am to 4pm over spring half term. Entrance to the park costs £12 per adult, £13 per child between four and 17 years-old and £8.50 per toddler between two and three years old. Entrance for concessions costs £9.50 per person and a group ticket for four or more people costs £11.75 per person. Babies aged one and under are free.

How to book

Booking for Lambing Live is not required, however entrance tickets to the park can be bought in advance online. For more information, call (01453) 810510, email info@cattlecountry.co.uk, or visit cattlecountry.co.uk.


Other February half term events in Gloucestershire


February Half Term Fun at Dean Heritage Centre

When and where?

From Saturday 15 to Friday 21 February 2020 at Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean.

What’s happening?

Children will need to put on their wellies ready for a whole host of fun and games at Dean Heritage Centre this February half term. Including crafts, nature walks and the chance to explore the attraction, there’s plenty for families to do this school holiday.

The important bits

Admission to Dean Heritage Centre costs from £7.20 for adults, £5.40 for children and £6.30 for concessions. Under threes go free. The attraction is open from 10am to 4pm.

How to book

There’s no need to book in advance, however, to find out more call (01594) 822170.


Family Fun with Sticks at Westonbirt Arboretum

When and where?

From Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020 at Westonbirt Arboretum.

What’s happening?

Be creative with nature and get involved with Family Fun with Sticks. Activities include stick drawings, twig prints and charcoal making with the beautiful backdrop of Westonbirt’s national tree collections.

The important bits

Admission to Westonbirt Arboretum cost from £7 for adults and £3 for children. Under fives go free. Family Fun with Sticks activities are free of charge. The activities are from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

How to book

There is no need to book in advance.


Family Stool and Mallet Making Workshop

When and where?

Saturday 15 February 2020 at Westonbirt Arboretum.

What’s happening?

Learn how to make practical mallets and rustic stools with your family in the heart of Westonbirt this school holiday. This experience includes an authentic wood-fire cooked lunch and the woodwork you crafted ready to take home.

The important bits

Admission prices are £65 for an adult and child. The event starts at 10am to 2pm or go later at 1pm to 5pm.

How to book

To book in advance, call 07855 535717.


February Half Term at Dyrham Park

When and where?

From Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February 2020 at Dyrham Park.

What’s happening?

It’s time to get crafty over at Dyrham Park this half term. Work together to build your own bird feeders and bird perches so you can enjoy wildlife in your own back gardens. There’s a tearoom and tea garden to keep your strength up and have a little break.

The important bits

Dyrham Park is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Admission prices are from £13.50 for adults ands £6.75 for children. Craft activities are free of charge. Bird feeder and perch crafts are on Monday 17, Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 February 2020 from 11am to 2pm. Other animal crafts are on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 February 2020 from 11am to 12.30pm.

How to book

There is no need to book in advance, however, to find out more call (01179) 372501.


February Half Term Fun at Newark Park

When and where?

From Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February 2020 at Newark Park.

What’s happening?

Wrap up warm and stretch your legs on a trail around Newark Park. Look across the Mendips and Gloucestershire countryside from the unique architecture of Newark House. There’s a play area by the lake to entertain the kids whilst they are enjoying their school holiday.

The important bits

Admission prices are from £9.50 for adults and £4.75 for children. Newark Park is open from 10am to 4pm.

How to book

There is no need to book in advance, however, to find out more call (01453) 842644.


Half Term Extras at Perrygrove Treehouse, Trains & Treasure Railway

When and where?

Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 February 2020 at Perrygrove Treehouse, Trains & Treasure Railway.

What’s happening?

This February, Perrygrove Railway have exciting Half Term Extras for its visitors. Whether you want to burn some energy on the treetop adventure play area or relax on a scenic train ride around the site, stop by this half term. There are free indoor craft activities exclusively for this school holiday.

The important bits

Admission prices are from £7.85 for adults, £6.35 for children and concession prices from £6. Perrygrove Railway is open from 9.30am to 3pm.

How to book

There is no need to book in advance, however, to find out more call on (01594) 834991.


Storytelling, Singing and Crafts with the Mermaid Princess

When and where?

Wednesday 19 February 2020 at Smokey Joe’s.

What’s happening?

Spend your half term in the company of a real mermaid princess. She’ll teach your little ones tales from the wild seas, sing songs and show them how to craft their own Valentine’s wreaths. There will even be the opportunity to have a photo taken with her to remember this experience forever.

The important bits

Tickets cost £5.28, including booking fees.

How to book

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.


© SoGlos
Monday 10 February 2020

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