Friday 10 April 2020

11 of the best Gloucestershire sporty activities for children

If you're looking for sports clubs, activities or places to take the children to in Gloucestershire, you're in the right place. Find 11 sporty activities for children in Gloucestershire in this helpful hot list.

From gymnastic clubs to swimming and Ninja runs, Gloucestershire is brimming with children’s classes.

About the sponsor – Cotswold Clubhouse

Cotswold Clubhouse is a fantastic soft play facility in Bourton-on-the-Water and the home of the North Cotswold Gymnastic & Trampolining Academy (NCGTA).

Offering excellent soft play for children, Cotswold Clubhouse’s gymnastics classes range from Gymfants for tiny tots to recreational classes for four to 16-year-olds.

Offering both term time and holiday camps for gymnastics, Cotswold Clubhouse also offers taster sessions for children wanting to try it out.

For more information, visit

1. Gymnastics at Cotswold Clubhouse

Hop along to Cotswold Clubhouse where children aged between 18 months and 16 years-old can take part in a whole host of gymnastic classes.

Perfect for all abilities, kiddies can head along to a taster session or join the fun lessons which cover strength, coordination and balance, and offer a great way to meet other children.

2. Ninja Warrior in Gloucester

Let the children run riot at Gloucester’s Ninja Warrior adventure park, where the endless obstacles will keep the kids busy for hours. Inspired by ITV’s show Ninja Warrior UK, the sporty attraction also offers Mini Ninja sessions for under fives complete with foam pits, bouncy inflatables and a safe environment to run around.

3. Bike riding at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean

Families will love whizzing through the forest at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean. With 11 miles of car-free trail through the trees, the Family Trail is great for burning off some energy – and there are plenty of pretty places to stop off and have a picnic too.

And if there’s no room in the car for the bikes, Pedalabikeaway has plenty of children’s bikes, tag-alongs and adult bikes which can be hired for a few hours or all day.

4. Rush Skate Park in Stroud

Skate, scoot and bike around Rush Skate Park in Stroud, where sessions for under fives and after school clubs are available. Mini thrill seekers can get their fix of sporty fun at Rush – one of the largest indoor parks in the world!

5. Windsurfing at Croft Farm Waterpark in Tewkesbury

If it’s water sports your children love, then Croft Farm Waterpark in Tewkesbury is spilling over with fantastic activities to try out. With its Junior Windsurfing Club on Saturdays during the warmer months, there are also activities including canoeing, paddleboarding and pedal boats.

6. Climbing at Far Peak Climbing Centre in Northleach

Little adventurers can scale new heights at Far Peak Climbing Centre in Northleach. With a kids’ zone complete with castle walls to climb and tunnels to wriggle through, Far Peak also has sessions for three to six-year-olds, as well as more advanced sessions for children up to the age of 16.

7. Fencing at Cotswold Fencing Club in Churchdown

Kiddies can learn the art of fencing at Cotswold Fencing Club, which is based at GL3 Community Hub in Churchdown. With two sessions taking place for juniors, children between the ages of eight and 14 years-old can head along to try out the sport.

8. Bouncing around at Airborne Trampoline Park in Cheltenham

Bounce, boing and bound around at Airborne Trampoline Park in Cheltenham. Mini bouncers can head along to the Toddler Time sessions which are the first session of each day, or older children can bounce in any of the many Air Time sessions.

9. Go Ape in the Forest of Dean

Complete with wobbly bridges, crossings and a zipline, Go Ape at Beechenhurst Lodge makes for a fantastic adventure for children as young as four years-old. With the Sculpture Trail and playground right next to Go Ape, there’s so much to keep the kids busy in the Forest of Dean.

10. Swimming at Gloucestershire's outdoor pools

When the weather heats up, let the children splash around at one of Gloucestershire’s many outdoor pools and splash pads. For the winter months, active kiddies can head to Leisure at Cheltenham's indoor splash zone, which is complete with slides, sprayers and shallow water to splosh around in.

11. Horse riding at The Playmate Children's Riding School

Children as tiny as two years-old can learn to ride at The Playmate Children’s Riding School in Elmstone Hardwicke near Cheltenham. With toddler sessions, school-age sessions and a Pony Academy, the centre offers a great place to take up horse riding.

For more information about this hot list’s sponsor, Cotswold Clubhouse, visit

© SoGlos
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