Wednesday 18 September 2019

17 days out for grown-ups in Gloucestershire

Why let kids have all the fun? We’ve rounded up 17 of the best days out for adults in Gloucestershire. So, round up your mates, and get ready for fun!

Gloucestershire is home to some fantastic family days out with farm parks, play zones and inflatable assault courses right on our doorstep – but why should the kids get all the fun?!

We think it’s about time that grown-ups get the chance to let loose, with everything from activity days, through to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, in our latest hot list rounding up 17 of the best days out for grown-ups in Gloucestershire.

Just make sure you’re feeling young at heart!


About the sponsor

Hillside Brewery

Hillside Brewery is a Gloucestershire based family-run brewery, producing a range of top-quality traditional ales at its brewery based in the picturesque village of Longhope, in the Forest of Dean.

The brewery, which launched in May 2014, uses mainly local English hop varieties, along with hops from around the world to create its high-quality ales, while its seasonal Craft Specials combine traditional styles with innovative flavours for a truly unique take on beer.

For more information see hillsidebrewery.com directly.


1. Archery Tag at Hillside Brewery


As well as being a fantastic events space and brewery, Hillside Brewery is home to a range of activities including archery tag – think The Hunger Games meets Dodgeball, bubble football, brewery tours, and even has its own camping facilities for those wanting to make a weekend of it!

The Forest of Dean Brewery runs tours and tastings for beer fans, and hosts regular evening events and live music from its events space, and boasts an enormous, fully-stocked bar.

If you’re visiting for an activity weekend with friends, relax into the evening with plenty of locally brewed beer, before ending the night camping under the stars, in the rolling countryside of the idyllic Forest of Dean.


2. Segway and High Ropes at Go Ape


One of Gloucestershire’s best-known activity days out, Go Ape isn’t for the faint of heart, but does provide an amazing day of exhilarating action, as you clamber, climb and jump through obstacles set high within the trees of the Forest of Dean.

If you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, Go Ape is also home to a Segway safari trail, where you’ll be taught how to control your two wheeled off-road vehicles, before taking to the tracks.


3. Tubing at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre


Grab a tube and head to the top of the ski slope at Gloucester’s ski and snowboard centre for an unforgettable thrill as you slide down the city’s famous dry slope.

The inflatable rings, sometimes known as ringos or doughnuts, are suitable for anyone over the age of four, so even nervous grown-ups can rest easy knowing that this exciting activity is completely safe and loads of fun!

Minimum groups of six are needed to book this experience, with a slide and dine experience available for adults looking to enjoy a burger and a pint after their tubing session.


4. Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst


This completely free activity is the perfect way to spend the day in the great Gloucestershire outdoors, as you explore the beautiful Forest of Dean.

There’s loads of cheap parking available at the Beechenhurst Lodge car park, along with picnic tables and a lovely café on site.

Then take some time to enjoy the four-and-a-half-mile route around the Forest, tracking down the 16 sculptures hidden in the forest floor, amongst the scenery, and even high in the tree tops.


5. Flyup 417 Bike Park


This adrenalin-fuelled mountain bike park near Cheltenham is the perfect attraction for thrill seekers.

Take your own bike, or hire one from the venue, and take on the indoor pumptrack, dirt jump barn, dirt jump field, or get stuck into the amazing downhill trails.

The great thing about this bike park is that is offers an uplift service, where drivers load bikes onto trailers and drive them to the top of the course, so you don’t even have to do the pushing!


6. Funky Warehouse adult sessions


Cheltenham based Funky Warehouse is home to more than 20 indoor trampolines, a ninja warrior course, and parkour zone.

From 6pm on Fridays, the activity centre is open to teens and adults only, where the lights go down and the music goes up!

The venue also hosts exercise classes on the trampolines for all levels of fitness. These adult-only sessions are a great way to tone up, while having fun.


7. Go Karting and Laser Tag in Gloucester


JDR Karting in Gloucester is a brilliant afternoon activity for those with a competitive streak! Don your overalls and protective helmet, before taking to the track and racing against your mates.

If driving isn’t your thing, the centre is also home to a multi-level lasertag arena, where you can duck, dive and find the perfect sniper spot to blast your friends.

Located close to Gloucester Quays, JDR Karting is easily accessible from the city centre, with lots of free parking available too.


8. Picnic in Pittville Park


One of the gems of Cheltenham, Pittville Park, is a large open space perfect for lazy afternoons, picnics, and leisurely walks around the lake.

With plenty of parking available at the nearby Pittville Pump Rooms, the park is a stunning outdoor space which is always popular on sunny days.

There’s even an ice cream kiosk and a bandstand, so on warmer days you might even be able to enjoy some live music in the sunshine, ice cream in hand. Heaven!


9. AquaVenture at Cotswold Water Park


Take on the ultimate Total Wipeout style experience, right here in Gloucestershire with the AquaVenture inflatable assault course at Cotswold country park and beach.

The largest course of its type in the area, there are 20 obstacles to overcome and the huge course can accommodate up to 80 people per hour.

Buoyancy aids are included in the ticket cost and wetsuits can be hired for chillier days!


10. Clay Shooting at Ian Coley


Located just five miles from Cheltenham, Ian Coley shooting school is run by its namesake and six-time Olympic coach, Ian Coley, and is described as one of the top 10 shooting schools in the UK.

Catering for both beginners and more advanced shooters, the school benefits from friendly and experienced instructors, most of whom have shot at a county or national level, with both individual and group lessons available.


11. Sandford Parks Lido


Open from Saturday 30 March until Friday 11 October 2019, Sandford Parks Lido is a brilliant place to spend a sunny afternoon.

Grab an ice cream or cone of chips from the on-site café, and enjoy diving into the deep end of Cheltenham’s stunning outdoor pool.

Set within four acres of landscaped gardens, this heated pool even has a couple of slides, for those wanting to make a splash.


12. Take a steam train from Cheltenham


Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway near Cheltenham is a steam and diesel heritage railway, run entirely by volunteers.

Guests can hop aboard the vintage steam train from the station at Cheltenham Racecourse, where there’s masses of free parking, and enjoy a leisurely day exploring the village of Toddington, or town of Winchcombe.

Why not stop at one of the local pubs and sup a delicious pint of local ale, or enjoy a delicious pub lunch in the sunshine, before heading back on this traditional transport.


13. Sail down the canal on a narrowboat


Release your inner Jack Sparrow and learn how to captain your own vessel with a day hire of a narrowboat from Gloucester Narrowboats.

Setting sail from Slimbridge, even complete beginners will be able to sail down the Gloucester Sharpness Canal as experts introduce you to the boats, advise on routes, and highlight the best pub stops along the way.

Sit back with a glass of wine in hand, or take your turn at steering the boat for a leisurely day messing about on the river.


14. Swing by the driving range at Brickhampton


Described as Gloucestershire’s finest driving range, Brickhampton Court in Churchdown features 28 floodlit bays, ideal for perfecting your swing.

If you’re a complete beginner, Brickhampton Court also offers lessons from its experienced professionals, who will help get you started.

You don’t need to be a member to take part, and you can choose from 35, 70 or 100 balls, with discounts available for members.


15. Crazy Golf at Brewery Quarter


If real golf is a bit too serious for you, why not head over to Cheltenham for the crazy kind!

Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf is located upstairs in The Brewery Quarter, offering two indoor adventure golf courses and a late-night bar and restaurant.

Join the legendary explorer Mr Mulligan on an ‘out of this world’ adventure taking in 36 holes, and strange creatures along the way.


16. Stand Up Paddle boarding in Gloucester


Doing what it says on the tin, Stand Up Paddle boarding Gloucester can give you all the skills and equipment you need to take in the historic Gloucester docks, while paddling along on what is essentially a huge surfboard along the River Severn.

Led by an instructor, this exciting activity is said to be ‘the fastest growing water sport in the world’, organisers claim it’s very easy to pick up. Although beginners’ sessions are available if you’re not sure if paddle boarding is for you!


17. Cheer on the Cherry and Whites


It’s a rite of passage for every Gloucestrian to hear the roar from the shed and cheer on the Cherry and Whites from Kingsholm Stadium.

Since its humble beginnings in 1873, Gloucester has grown to be one of the best rugby clubs in the UK – with Kingsholm Stadium capable of holding capacity crowds of over 16,000 spectators.

Take your place in the Kingsholm stands and follow the fortunes of the Cherry and Whites, where Gallagher Premiership, Anglo Welsh Cup and European Challenge Cup matches are all played – as well as international fixtures.


For more information see hillsidebrewery.com directly.


By Melissa Hamblett

© SoGlos
Tuesday 05 March 2019

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