Monday 24 February 2020

6 Gloucestershire adventures you can have on the bus

Explore Gloucestershire as a passenger, and as you’ve never seen it before, with these amazing day out itineraries, all within easy reach using a Stagecoach West bus service.

Whether you’re looking to be more environmentally friendly, don’t have access to a car, or fancy a day being chauffeured around the county for a change, there are so many attractions you can reach using one of Gloucestershire’s extensive bus routes.

SoGlos has rounded up six routes from Stagecoach West, so you can enjoy some glorious Gloucestershire adventures, all for the cost of a bus ticket!

About the sponsor – Stagecoach West

Perfect for getting around Gloucestershire, Stagecoach West is a great budget way to start your next family day out – there’s no need to worry about pricey parking either.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, Stagecoach West operates 300 buses throughout Gloucestershire and promises great value for its passengers.

For more information, visit directly.

1. Gloucester to Stroud – 66S

Hop aboard the 66s service in Gloucester city centre and travel to Gloucester Quays for a spot of shopping, or a tasty brunch at one of its many restaurants, cafes and bars, before taking the kids climbing at nearby The Warehouse, where there’s plenty on offer for kids and adults of all ages, with daily play sessions for toddlers, too.

Hop back aboard the 66S service and stop off at Dobbies garden centre, where alongside a friendly café, children can enjoy an indoor soft-play area, or visit the fish at the nearby Aquajardin.

After thoroughly wearing out the little ones, it’s time to get back onto the 66S bus and take a trip into the village of Kingsway, for a chilled afternoon of crafting at Dixie Dot Crafts, where children and adults can get creative with pottery, painting and crochet.

Return to the 66s service and take your seat for a trip into Stroud town centre, where you can enjoy a film as a family at Vue Stroud, or if you’re feeling competitive, take a trip to Stroud Bowl for a game of ten-pin bowling.

When it’s time to head home, there are plenty of options from Stroud’s Merrywalks Bus Station to get you where you need to go. For exact routes, use the plan a journey feature at

2. Stroud to Cheltenham – 66

Beginning your day in the centre of Stroud, board the 66 service and hop off at Stratford Park for a multitude of things to do, including free activities such as feeding the ducks, playing at the well-equipped play park, visiting the Museum in the Park or for the more adventurous – enjoying the skate park.

Inside Stratford Park Leisure Centre, visitors can enjoy swimming and sports classes, with an outdoor lido during warmer weather.

Climb aboard the 66 service and stop off at Salmon Springs to visit the Malthouse bar and kitchen. Known for its famous freakshake menu, kids will love these stunning drink-dessert hybrids, before popping back on the bus for the next adventure!

Still aboard the 66 service stop at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park, where visitors can explore picturesque wooded valleys and enjoy wildlife such as swans, peacocks and deer. Back at the bus stop for the 66 service top off at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, the site of the world-renowned Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling for a walk in the great British countryside. It’s also a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic, or perhaps stop at the nearby Toby Carvery for a delicious roast lunch?

After a pitstop for rumbling tummies, it’s time to get back on the bus, as the 66 service takes you to Badgeworth, and Primrose Vale fruit farm. Home to a fantastic selection of pick-your-own fruits, the venue has recently invested in a new children’s play area, and hosts regular family-friendly trails at Halloween and Easter.

The final trip on the bus will take visitors into the centre of Cheltenham, where fun awaits at The Brewery Quarter. Choose from seeing the latest blockbuster films at Cineworld Cheltenham, a game of bowling at Hollywood Bowl, or challenge the family to some crazy golf at Mr Mulligans.

When it’s time to head home, there are plenty of options from Cheltenham to get you where you need to go. For exact routes, use the plan a journey feature at

3. Hatherley to Bishop’s Cleeve – Bus E

This route starts in Hatherley, but can be picked up in the centre of Cheltenham, where you can catch the E service to take you to Pittville Park to enjoy a fun and free family day outdoors. Kids will love the expansive play park, masses of open space for a picnic, and stunning lake to walk around and feed the ducks. There’s even an ice-cream kiosk and rowing boats if you’re visiting in summer.

A quick hop back onto the E service bus will take you towards Cheltenham Racecourse, which along with being the home of jump racing, is also the location of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, where you can step back in time, and experience life on the rails, travelling aboard steam and diesel trains.

After returning to Cheltenham Racecourse, guests can get back onto the E service and take a trip into the village of Bishop’s Cleeve, where – alongside a range of independent shops and cafés – is Dinky Street.

Gloucestershire’s only imaginative play centre allows youngsters the chance to step into other worlds, as they play pretend and become a doctor, hairdresser, café owner or builder.

When it’s time to head home, there are plenty of options from Cheltenham to get you where you need to go. For exact routes, use the plan a journey feature at

4. Cheltenham to Cirencester – 51

Starting in the heart of Cheltenham, hop off the 51 service at Sandford Park and head to Sandford Parks Lido for a day that’ll be simply splashing!

If the swimming has worked up an appetite, hop back into the 51 service bus to Seven Springs, where you can enjoy a delicious meal at the family-friendly Hungry Horse.

Those looking for a bit of culture can return to the 51 bus route, and make their way to Colesborne Park which is famous for its snowdrops between February and March, but the gardens and arboretum at Colesbourne are open year-round.

Return to the nearest bus stop and continue the 51 service towards the centre of Cirencester, where you can visit New Brewery Arts and watch artists and craftspeople at work; Corinium Museum which takes visitors on a journey through time; or on a warmer day, head to Cirencester Open Air Pool.

When it’s time to head home, there are plenty of options from Cirencester to get you where you need to go. For exact routes, use the plan a journey feature at

5. Gloucester to Coleford – 30

Start your adventure in Gloucester and take in some glorious Gloucestershire countryside as your bus driver weaves their way through country lanes towards Westbury-on-Severn. If you love a National Trust property, make sure you stop at Westbury Court Gardens to explore the stunning fountains and greenery.

Returning to the 30 service will allow explorers to discover the Elton Farm Maize Maze, or continue into Cinderford and visit the family friendly Palace Theatre. Built in 1910, there are two screens showing the latest blockbuster hits.

Back aboard the 30 service stop off at Cannop to visit Beechenhurst Lodge and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail for an afternoon of free exploration, and access to a brilliant café and play park. While you’re there, children can find the famous characters from the book Zog in a themed walking trail, or climb high above the tree tops at the children’s Go Ape Treetop Adventure.

Continuing the journey by bus via the 30 service visitors can stop at the Hopewell Colliery to explore the underground mines via guided tour, or continue into the town of Coleford, where it’s a short walk to nearby attractions including Puzzlewood and Perrygrove Railway.

When it’s time to head home, there are plenty of options from Coleford to get you where you need to go. For exact routes, use the plan a journey feature at

6. Cheltenham to Tewkesbury – 41

Starting in Cheltenham, the 41 service stops near to Kingsditch Retail Park, just a 10-minute walk to Funky Warehouse where kids and adults can enjoy a range of trampolines, a parkour area, Ninja Warrior course, and a soft play.

Hopping back aboard the 41 service will see travellers head in the direction of Tewkesbury, where they can stop at the town’s leisure centre, a popular destination for swimming; or continue into the centre of town to enjoy a show or film at the Roses Theatre.

For a real treat, indulge in a hot chocolate, delicious chocolate cake or challenge the family to the Chocolate Indulgence challenge at Tewkesbury’s famous Café Au Chocolat.

When it’s time to head home, there are plenty of options from Tewkesbury to get you where you need to go. For exact routes, use the plan a journey feature at

© SoGlos
Wednesday 24 July 2019

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