Monday 16 September 2019

17 of the best annual passes in Gloucestershire

From animal attractions and castles, to glorious gardens and museums, SoGlos has found 17 of the best annual passes that Gloucestershire has to offer, perfect for families, couples and individuals.

Allowing entry for 12 months, buying an annual pass offers the perfect opportunity to visit your favourite attractions time and time again, without repeated ticket costs.

Whether you’re obsessed with animals, find historical destinations fascinating, or just love exploring picture-perfect gardens, Gloucestershire is home to plenty of amazing attractions – and a year of visits is just a ticket away…

1. Cotswold Farm Park

A hugely popular family attraction, Cotswold Farm Park is heaven for animal lovers, offering everything from bunny-cuddling and bottle feeding, to holding chicks. And with plenty of other highlights such as Farm Safaris, an Adventure Barn, and Wildlife Walk, it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite for all ages.

For those who want to return again and again, an annual membership costs £50 for adults, £40 for children, and £30 for toddlers.

2. Sandford Parks Lido

A season ticket for Sandford Parks Lido allows for unlimited outdoor heated swimming at Cheltenham’s popular summer destination, during its opening months. Great value for those who hit the water regularly, the ticket also offers 10 per cent discount on hot food from Café Lido.

Tickets cost £152 for adults, £90 for children, and £249 for a family of three, with other options also available.

3. Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle offers plenty to see and do during a visit, from wandering around the gorgeous grounds and going wild in adventure playground, to soaking up its incredible heritage. Once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the castle is steeped in history and boasts numerous royal connections.

Allowing a year’s visits, a Sudeley Castle membership costs £43 for adults, £18 for children, and £115 for a family of two adults and two children.

4. Batsford Arboretum

Perfect for romantic day trips, leisurely walks, and family outings alike, Batsford Arboretum is a picture-perfect destination that’s open 364 days of the year – so well worth a membership that allows for plenty of visits!

With a whole host of benefits, membership costs £30 per person, and £27 for concessions, and allows free entry for Batsford members’ children.

5. Eastnor Castle

Home to a spectacular arboretum, beautiful lake, fascinating historical rooms, and plenty for children such as the Knight’s Maze, Adventure Playground and Woodland Play Area, Eastnor Castle has plenty for all ages to enjoy, as well as hosting regular events.

Open on selected dates from Easter until the end of September, an Eastnor Castle Privilege Card allows free entry on every open day for 12 months. The card costs £26.50 for adults, £16.50 for ages three to 15, and £70 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

6. Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge Wetland Centre is a favourite amongst bird watchers and families thanks to its amazing wildlife, exciting programme of events, picturesque scenery, and children’s activities – with Welly Boot Land a sure highlight, complete with waterwheels, fountains and streams.

Offering unlimited free entry, four Waterlife magazines a year, and more, WWT membership starts from £69 for a family, costing £79 for a joint membership, and £52 for an individual.

7. Painswick Rococo Garden

Designed in the 1740s and still as beautiful as ever, Painswick Rococo Garden is famed for its stunning natural sights, breathtaking views and characterful garden buildings. Highlights include its leafy woodland walk and unique maze – and with dogs welcome on leads, it’s the perfect place for two- and four-legged visitors.

If one visit just isn’t enough, there’s the chance to buy a season ticket, costing £24 for a single adult, £40 for a joint membership, £31 for a family with one adult, and £49 for a family with two adults.

8. All Things Wild

Located just beyond the Gloucestershire border, All Things Wild has a whole host of indoor and outdoor attractions, including its Wild Golf; Farmyard Safari; Lemur Walkthrough; Wild Meadow; Go Karts; Wallaby Walkthrough; and the Step Through Time Dinosaur Walk, featuring larger-than-life models.

An annual pass allows repeats returns for 12 months, costing £65 for adults, and £55 for seniors and children.

9. Puzzlewood

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A magical woodland in the Forest of Dean, Puzzlewood is one of the county’s most unique settings, with winding pathways, mazes, playground, towering trees and picnic areas making it perfect for a day in the great Gloucestershire outdoors.

For the chance to visit whenever you like, an annual pass is perfect, costing £20 for adults, £15 for children, and £70 for families of two adults and two children.

10. Crocodiles of the World

Take a walk on the wild side with a visit to Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton, where a whole lot of exotic animals await. The destination boasts one of the widest collections of crocodiles, alligators and caiman in Europe, as well as plenty of other resident animals such as meerkats, otters, tamarins and tortoise.

Open all year round, excluding Christmas Day, a 12-month season ticket is a great idea. Tickets cost £44.75 for adults, £32.50 for children, £39.75 for concessions, and £135 for a family of two adults and two children.

11. Nature In Art

The world’s first museum and art gallery that’s dedicated to works inspired by nature, Nature in Art is home to an incredible collection, as well as playing host to regular events and exhibitions. What’s more with an onsite coffee shop, gift shop and children’s activities, there’s plenty to do during a visit.

Become a Friend of Nature in Art to enjoy free access to the museum, discounts on courses, regular magazines, and more. The membership costs £30 for individuals, £22.50 for concessions, and £45 for a family.

12. Berkeley Castle

Whether you visit for The Butterfly House, gorgeous gardens or to experience a slice of its fascinating history, Berkeley Castle allows visitors to step back in time and walk in the steps of royalty. From the striking gun terrace and dungeon, to The Great Hall that’s housed kings and queens, visitors are in for a treat.

With lots to see and a calendar packed with events, joining the Friends of Berkeley Castle is a great option. Membership includes free entry and other incentives, costing £20 for adults, £7 for children, and £48 for a family of two adults and two children.

13. Birdland Park and Gardens

Home to over 500 birds, Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water offers the chance to get up close and personal with feathered friends, from penguins and parrots, to owls and flamingos. Other highlights include the Jurassic Journey, Indoor Discovery Zone, and the Encounters Area.

There’s the chance to visit all year with a membership, costing £19.95 for adults, £13.95 for children, and £17.95 for seniors and students.

14. Corinium Museum

The Corinium Museum in Cirencester transports visitors back in time, boasting a fascinating collection that encompasses everything from prehistoric tools to Medieval sculpture. With a packed programme of events and exhibitions, the museum caters to all ages.

Membership includes unlimited free entry for 12 months, discounts on events, and more, with prices costing £15 for adults, £10 for concessions, and £40 for a family of two adults and up to four children.

15. Cattle Country Adventure Park

Little and big kids are in for a fun day out at Cattle Country Adventure Park near Stroud, where attractions include an animal experience centre, mini golf, splash pool, indoor and outdoor toddler areas, kids’ castle, beach barn, and so much more.

With so much to enjoy, a season ticket provides the ideal excuse to return numerous times, with prices costing £55 for adults, £60 for children, and £190 for a group of four people.

16. Gloucester Museums

Both located in the heart of the city, The Museum of Gloucester and the Gloucester Life Museum provide a glimpse into the past. Hosting regular events and activities, all ages can enjoy a visit, with permanent attractions including a recreated Victorian classroom, Roman kitchen and medieval street scene.

Membership allows entry to both museums for a year, and costs £7.50 for adults, £4 for concessions, and £15 for a family.

17. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park remains one of the region’s most popular animal attractions. Visitors can wander the glorious open space, enjoy a picnic, and meet the resident animals; see everything from lions and camels, to giraffe, zebra and reindeer.

Animal lovers can book themselves a season ticket and return to their heart’s content. Tickets cost £72.50 for adults, £50 for children, and £230 for families of two adults and two children.

By Kathryn Purvis

© SoGlos
Friday 25 May 2018

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