This February 2018, celebrate the spring half term in Gloucestershire, with plenty of activities and events taking place across the county, perfect for keeping little nippers happy during their school holiday.
Spanning family fun, fantastic theatre, and bouncing to new heights, find out where to go this half term with SoGlos’s dedicated guide.
Venue: Everyman Theatre
What's happening: Get the school holidays off to a great start and go on an adventure during Beowulf. A new retelling of the iconic Anglo-Saxon poem, the play follows Sophie, a young girl who knows the legend of heroic Beowulf well, and has enjoyed sharing it with her mother. But Sophie is facing fights that are just as scary as Beowulf’s – with her mother dying, is Sophie brave enough to save her? Mixing gripping storytelling with physical action, live music, and a bit of original Old English, the performance promises an exciting theatre experience in Cheltenham.
SoGlos loves: For a more adult show, theatre fans have the chance to see the latest Everyman Theatre production before it embarks on a national tour, when Quartet takes to the stage with a star-studded cast. A charming tale of four ageing opera singers, the bittersweet comedy is a celebration of the twilight years and growing old disgracefully. Starring Paul Nicholas, Wendi Peters, Sue Holderness, and Jeff Rawle, the story follows the four singers who live in a splendid retirement home; when a new resident arrives, old rivalries surface and chaos unfolds.
When: Beowulf is on Saturday 10 February 2018;
Quartet runs from Thursday 8 to Saturday 17 February 2018
How much: Tickets for Beowulf cost £8.50, tickets for Quartet range from £22 to £32.
For more information: See Beowulf at Everyman Theatre, and Quartet at Everyman Theatre
To book: Call (01242) 572573, email email@example.com, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Image © John Waters – Lloyd and Tilly Golden Eagle
Venue: Various venues across Cheltenham
What's happening: This February at Pittville Pump Room there's the chance for families to see Lloyd and Rose Buck: Our Life With Birds, when there will be birds on stage and even flying over the audience! The event offers the rare opportunity to meet golden eagles, peregrine falcons, hawks, owls, starlings and many more, all raised and trained with loving care by bird handlers Lloyd and Rose Buck. Having devoted their lives over the last 25 years to taking care of birds and mastering the art of capturing them on film, the duo are undoubtedly the world’s experts at tracking birds and in-flight filming. Having appeared on programmes such as Springwatch and Countryfile, the show is interspersed with Lloyd and Rose’s own film footage and photography, promising an interactive wildlife experience like no other!
SoGlos loves: Along with Our Life With Birds there's plenty for children to enjoy across Cheltenham Trust's venues during the half term week. Pittville Pump Room will welcome young and old party goers for the first KlubKidz, a family rave with DJ, dance floor, glow sticks and club lights set to unleash everyone’s inner party animal! Head to The Wilson for Wednesday Crafty Fun, a drop-in session which invites young budding artists to get creative with an enjoyable craft activity, suitable for a variety of skills and offering a tactile experience. Meanwhile over at Leisure at Cheltenham, there will be a Synchronised Swimming session, and the chance to join in with Aquabatics.
When: Lloyd and Rose Buck: Our Life With Birds takes place on Thursday 15 February 2018. KlubKidz takes place on Friday 16 February 2018. Wednesday Crafty Fun takes play on Wednesday 14 February 2018. Synchronised Swimming takes place on Wednesday 14 February 2018. Aquabatics takes place on Thursday 15 February 2018.
How much: Lloyd and Rose Buck: Our Life With Birds costs £16.50. KlubKidz costs £9, £7 for children. Wednesday Crafty Fun costs £3. Synchronised Swimming costs £5. Aquabatics costs £30.
For more information: See Lloyd and Rose Buck: Our Life With Birds with Cheltenham Trust
To book: Call Cheltenham Town Hall on 0844 576 2210, or visit cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk directly.
Venue: Funky Warehouse
What’s happening: Cheltenham’s ultimate trampoline park, parkour and soft play centre is just perfect for keeping kiddies active and happy during the half term holidays. Jumpers can let loose as they bounce across 28 trampolines, with the chance for some friendly competition at the basketball hoops or on the battle beam. There are also parkour jump boxes for those aged seven and over, and a foam pit inviting kids to diving into its soft cushiony cubes. And if you’re up for a challenge, the Ninja Warrior course features ropes, hoops, cargo nets and monkey bars to tackle, with a foam pit promising a soft landing!
SoGlos loves: With the Great British weather always unpredictable, especially during February, it’s good to make plans that won’t be affected by sudden downpours or chilly gales. What’s more, with a dedicated soft play area, special toddler sessions, and teen times too, Funky Warehouse is a destination that caters for every generation of the family, making it ideal whatever the weather, whatever the age.
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: Cheltenham town centre
What's happening: Cheltenham BID will host a brand new event during February half term, with Light Up Cheltenham promising to dazzle visitors of all ages. Offering the chance to see some of the town’s iconic buildings glowing in splendour, the free event will shine a light on venues such as Cheltenham Town Hall, The Queens Hotel, the Brewery Quarter, and The Municipal Offices, as well as popular nightclubs and buildings along The Promenade, all coming together to put Cheltenham into the spotlight. Light Up Cheltenham will kickstart with a launch event, when spectacular street theatre drumming group, Spark!, will perform at The Brewery Quarter at 5pm, following which there will be a parade through town, and a second show by Spark! at the Quadrangle at 5.45pm.
SoGlos loves: With the town lit up for a week, Valentine’s Day on Wednesday 14 February 2018 will see the main buildings turning a romantic red for the occasion; set to create a gorgeous glow, it’s the perfect setting for date night… and maybe even a proposal!
When: Light Up Cheltenham takes place from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February 2018. The launch event takes place from 5pm on Saturday 10 February 2018.
For more information: See Light Up Cheltenham
To book: Call (01242) 571123, email email@example.com, or visit cheltenhambid.co.uk directly.
Venue: Various venues in Cheltenham, Dursley, and Stow-on-the-Wold
What's happening: Gloucester Rugby will host two Junior Rugby Camps during the February half term, one in Cheltenham and one in Stow-on-the-Wold. Suitable for boys and girls aged eight to 13, both of the two-day camps will be led by Gloucester and Samoan international player, Terry Fanolua, along with professional coaches. Children can look forward to an enjoyable experience, benefitting from bespoke feedback and specially tailored individual advice about how you to develop your play.
SoGlos loves: There will also be a one-day Girls Only Junior Rugby Camp in Dursley for female players aged 11 to 18 years old; led by professional rugby coaches and Terry Fanolua, the camp will focus on the basic principles of handling; decision making; tackling, rucking, mauling and defensive systems; speed and agility; game analysis; and the importance of teamwork.
How much: The two-day Junior Rugby Camps cost £60, or £100 for two places. The Girls Only Rugby Camp costs £25.
When: The two-day Junior Rugby Camp at the Prince of Wales Stadium takes place on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February 2018; the camp at Stow-on-the-Wold FC takes place on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February 2018. The Girls Only Rugby Camp takes place on Wednesday 14 February 2018.
For more info: See Junior Rugby Camps in Cheltenham, Junior Rugby Camps in Stow-on-the-Wold, and Girls Only Rugby Camps.
To book: Call (01452) 872287, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What's happening: Set to be a thrilling match on home turf at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester Rugby will face Leicester Tigers in an AVIVA Premiership match.
When: Saturday 10 February 2018
To book: Call 0871 871 8781
Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What's happening: Enjoy a unique experience at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, during its Floodlit Swan Supper events; visitors can settle down in the Peng Observatory to watch the swans, geese and ducks being fed on the floodlit lake, before enjoying a delicious dinner.
When: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February 2018
To book: Call (01453) 891223
Venue: Stroud Subscription Room
What's happening: Enjoy a marvellous magic show when Morgan & West return to Stroud Subscription Rooms for a family show that’s bursting with crazy capers.
When: Friday 16 February 2018
To book: Call (01453) 760900
Venue: Stroud Subscription Room
What's happening: Time travelling magicians Morgan & West will burst into the 21st century with their sensational show, brimming with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers and the ability to travel through time.
When: Friday 16 February 2018
To book: Call (01453) 760900
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