School’s out for the summer, which means six weeks to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank – quite the challenge, even for the thriftiest of parents!
To give you a helping hand, SoGlos has rounded up 10 awesome Gloucestershire summer holiday activities that cost £10 or under per child, offering plenty of inspiration for days out that won’t drain your purse.
Slimbridge Wetland Centre near Stroud is brimming with family-friendly activities that will keep children of ages entertained. In addition to being home to an impressive collection of birdlife, the centre invites little ones to head out on a canoe safari, explore Welly Boot Land, try birdwatching, or burn off energy at the playground.
Over the summer, Slimbridge is inviting children to join in with Dusty's Wildlife Rangers, offering eight fun-filled activities guaranteed to keep them out of mischief.
Entry costs £8.50 for children aged four to 16, and under fours are free of charge; while Slimbridge’s family ticket, which includes entry for two adults and two children, is £39.10.
Brand new for 2018, the splash pad at Leisure at Cheltenham opens on Wednesday 1 August 2018 and promises to be a great place to entertain the kids without paying a fortune.
Splash, jump and paddle around at the brand-new attraction and with the splash pad being indoor, little ones can enjoy the fun whatever the weather.
If you’re looking for a way for the kids to bounce off some of their boundless summer holiday energy, head to Gloucester’s XJump. With 90 interconnected trampolines, a foam pit, dodgeball court and launch platforms, children are spoilt for choice with the activities on offer.
XJump’s amazing summer offer invites visitors to save 25 per cent on its Open Jump sessions which can be booked online, and are available to those bouncing between Thursday 26 July and Sunday 2 September 2018.
The one-hour Open Jump sessions are £10 per child, while those in groups of 10 or more are £9 each. XJump also has an on-site café where parents can watch the kids perform tricks whilst relaxing with a coffee.
While Gloucestershire might be short on beaches to visit during the holidays, Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham certainly makes a top alternative, with the outdoor pool perfect for cooling down on a hot summer’s day.
The 50-metre main pool is made for splashing about in and there are also two slides that will provide endless fun in the sun, while those looking to practise their technique can take advantage of the swimming lanes.
Entry costs £2.70 for five to 15-year-olds, with under-fives free of charge; while a family of two is £7.20, a family of three £12.10 and a family of four £14.70.
Go below ground this summer holiday with a visit to Clearwell Caves, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Forest of Dean. Clearwell has nine large caverns that are open to the public, along with displays telling miners’ stories from the Stone Age to present day.
The family-friendly attraction also benefits from a children’s play area and picnic areas so you can take along an alfresco lunch to enjoy on your day out, making it an even more budget-friendly option.
Entry costs £5.50 for children aged four to 16, while under fours are free of charge. Family tickets are £24 for two adults and two children, or £27.50 for two adults and three children.
Home to loveable television star Brum, Cotswold Motoring Museum is located in Bourton-on-the-Water and makes a fun day out for kids. With more than 50 classic and vintage vehicles to discover, and almost the same number of motorbikes, pedal cars and caravans, there’s plenty to entertain visitors.
Admission to Cotswold Motoring Museum is free for under fours, £3.80 for children aged four to 16, and £16.80 for a family ticket for two adults and two children. Entry to Birdland is £6.95 for 3 to 15-year-olds. A visit to The Model Village is £2.80 for kids aged three to 13.
Located in a rural setting near Burford, Crocodiles of the World offers the chance to see over 15 species of the incredible animal right here in the Cotswolds. The UK’s only crocodile museum invites visitors to come face-to-face with some of the world’s deadliest predators and see them in clear water habitats.
Time your visit to catch the daily croc feeds which take place at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm, providing a fascinating and educational way to learn more about these incredible animals. There are also meerkats, otters, birds and monkeys to discover on your visit.
Entry is free for children aged two and under, £6.50 for three to 16-year-olds; while a family ticket for two adults and two children is £27.
Hop aboard Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway this summer, with plenty to see and do for all ages. The steam and diesel heritage railway operates from train stations at Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham Racecourse and offers a round trip of over 26 miles.
Children will get the chance to get up close to the driver, try the have-a-go signal boxes at Toddington Station, explore the Discover Coach at Winchcombe, or take part in Teddy Bear Tuesdays throughout August.
Tickets must be booked in advance online or purchased on the day from the booking offices at Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham. Children under five can travel free, while all day rover tickets for five to 15-year-olds are £8. Family tickets for two adults and three children cost £46 when booked online and £48 on the day.
It’s a good idea to have rainy day activities up your sleeve and Gloucester’s Sherborne Cinema is ideal for when the weather isn’t playing ball. The 1930s-themed picture house offers great value for money and issues cash-only tickets from an old-fashioned machine – perfect for a bit of nostalgia!
The summer programme includes an exciting line-up of family flicks and blockbuster hits, including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Hotel Transylvania and Incredibles 2.
Tickets start at £4 for family shows before 5.30pm and £6 for all other shows.
Spend a day exploring Sudeley Castle, a magnificent family attraction that’s steeped in history. Located in the pretty Cotswold town of Winchcombe, the castle offers an enjoyable day out for all ages, with the chance to learn more about its royal history and explore the impressive grounds.
During the summer holidays, Sudeley is hosting its Children's Wednesdays event, including action-filled tales of days gone by, a bouncy castle, and a craft room.
There’s also an adventure playground to keep little ones entertained, while the on-site picnic areas are perfect for day trips.
Entry is free for under-threes and costs £7.50 for three to 15-year-olds. A family ticket for two adults and three children is £43, and the Children’s Wednesday activities are included with normal admission price.
By Anna Marshall
Thursday 05 July 2018
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