Tuesday 20 October 2020

17 days out for grown-ups in Gloucestershire

Why let kids have all the fun? SoGlos has rounded up 17 of the best days out for adults in Gloucestershire. So, gather your mates and get ready to let loose!

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’re giving grown-ups the chance to let loose with everything from activity days, through to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, in SoGlos’s hot list of 17 of the best days out for grown-ups in Gloucestershire.

About the sponsor – Go Ape

With two sites in the Forest of Dean, thrill seekers can trek through the treetops, taking on an exhilarating high ropes course with tree-to-tree crossings, free-fall Tarzan swings and super speedy zip lines.

Go on a big treetop adventure at Beechenhurst, while adrenaline junkies can swing through the trees or even jump on an all-terrain Segway at Mallards Pike, just 15 minutes away.

1. Segway and high ropes at Go Ape

Head to Go Ape in the Forest of Dean for an amazing day of action, adventure and adrenaline rushes with an obstacle course set high up in the trees.

Go Ape also offers a Segway safari trail through its beautiful site, perfect for adventurers who would prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground. There’ll be a quick lesson on how to control these two wheeled off-road vehicles before taking to the tracks.

2. A day at the races at Cheltenham Racecourse

Feeling lucky? Experience world-class horse racing at Cheltenham Racecourse, with a whopping 16 racedays every season – including the renowned Cheltenham Festival in March. And the exhilarating action will hopefully resume in October 2020.

With top entertainment, delicious food outlets and plenty of places to grab drinks too, this iconic venue promises a fun and thrilling day out for raring racegoers.

3. Battlezone archery at Hillside Brewery

Hillside Brewery is home to a range of activities including battlezone archery – think The Hunger Games meets Dodgeball – axe throwing, Pilates and even Indian cooking lessons.

The brewery in the Forest of Dean also hosts tours and tastings for beer fans, as well as regular evening events and live music. There’s an enormous, fully-stocked bar, too.

4. Tubing at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

Adults can ‘slide and dine’ at Gloucester’s ski and snowboard centre, tubing down the city’s famous dry slope before heading to the ski lodge to tuck into a tasty burger and grab a few drinks.

There’s a prosecco on arrival option, while designated drivers can enjoy a hot chocolate. Minimum groups of six are needed to book this exciting experience.

5. Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst

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

Track down the 16 sculptures hidden in the forest floor, amongst the scenery and even high in the tree tops on this four-and-a-half-mile route. Then relax and refuel with a bite to eat from Beechenhurst Café.

6. Riding at Flyup 417 Bike Park

Flyup 417 Bike Park near Cheltenham is the perfect attraction for thrill seekers. Take your own bike, or hire one from the venue, and tackle the indoor pumptrack, dirt jump field or get stuck into the amazing downhill trails.

There’s also an uplift service where drivers will load your bike onto a trailer and take it to the top of the hill, so you can reserve your energy for more pedalling action!

7. Trapped Escape Rooms in Gloucester

A must for horror movie fans, Trapped Escape Rooms has zombie apocalypse and serial killer themed rooms available for group hire, where it’s a race against the clock to work together and escape a locked room by solving a set of tricky puzzles.

The game is not designed to be scary, so even the fainthearted can feel comfortable taking on this exciting challenge.

8. Axe throwing and laser tag at JDR Karting

Racing around the tracks at 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, blast your friends at the centre’s multi-level laser tag arena or unleash your inner warrior with urban axe and hatchet throwing.

9. Caving at Clearwell Caves

Dare to venture beneath the Forest of Dean in the footsteps of forest freeminers, where you’ll discover an ore-inspiring natural cave system.

Wander the caverns, or don a helmet and head deeper into the underground labyrinth on an epic caving adventure. The caves also play host to regular live music events for a super unique experience.

10. AquaVenture at Cotswold Water Park

Take on the ultimate Total Wipeout style experience right here in Gloucestershire with the AquaVenture inflatable obstacle course at Cotswold Country Park and Beach.

And the new AquaVenture Pod experiences means grown-ups can still splash and slide, tackling some of the craziest obstacles in the Cotswolds with up to six members of their household or support bubble.

11. Clay pigeon shooting at Ian Coley

Ready, aim, fire! Located five miles from Cheltenham, Ian Coley shooting school is run by its namesake and six-time Olympic coach, 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.

12. Wine tasting at Woodchester Valley

Discover the wonderful world of English wine with a guided tour and tastings session at Woodchester Valley Vineyard.

An expert guide will introduce you to the vineyard and winery, before treating you to a full tutored tasting of five current wines – with the option to buy your favourite from the cellar door shop and continue the fun at home!

13. Sail down the canal on a narrowboat

Learn how to captain your own ship for a day, setting sail down the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal aboard one of Gloucester Narrowboat’s classic hire vessels.

Starting at Slimbridge, experts are on hand to introduce you to the boats, advise on routes and highlight the best pubs for a pitstop along the way. Then it’s anchors away for a leisurely day of messing about in the water – preferably with a drink in hand.

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.

For complete beginners, Brickhampton Court also offers lessons from its experienced professionals who will help get you started. Membership isn’t required to take part and there’s a choice of 35, 70 or 100 balls, with discounts available for members.

15. Go crazy golfing at Mr Mulligans

If real golf feels a bit too serious, head to Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter for the crazy kind! Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf offers two indoor adventure golf courses and a late-night bar and restaurant.

Join the legendary explorer Mr Mulligan on an ‘out of this world’ golfing adventure, encountering plenty of strange creatures along the way – with a maximum of six people per group allowed.

16. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding in Gloucester

Embark on an adventure down the River Severn with SUP Gloucester providing all the skills and equipment you need to take on the open water.

See the historic Gloucester Docks from a whole new angle, paddle up the Sharpness canal, or take your board from pub to pub. Beginners’ lessons are also available for those who have never paddled before.

17. Watch a Gloucester Rugby match

Take your place at Kingsholm Stadium and follow the fortunes of the Cherry and Whites, with premiership, European and international fixtures scheduled throughout the season.

Since 1873, Gloucester Rugby has grown to be one of the best rugby clubs in the UK – with Kingsholm capable of holding capacity crowds of over 16,000. While sports stadiums are currently closed to the public, the UK government hopes to allow spectators back soon.

For more information see goape.co.uk directly.

© SoGlos
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