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The Dean Close Schools in Cheltenham have vibrant music departments with dedicated instrumental teachers – including the internationally renowned Carducci Quartet.

Award-winning Cheltenham school reveals its impressive musical offering

Singers and instrumental performers can develop their musical skills at award-winning Cheltenham independent school Dean Close.

Cheltenham’s new all-weather ice rink will join an extended Christmas market as well as the town’s spectacular Christmas lights.

Cheltenham ice rink gets the go ahead

It’s official! Cheltenham will get its very own ice rink this festive season, set to open in Imperial Gardens this November...

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine or chow down on bratwurst at Birmingham’s annual Frankfurt Christmas Market in 2021.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market 2021 dates confirmed

A destination day out for many in Gloucestershire, get your gluhwein at Birmingham’s famous Frankfurt Christmas Market in its...

Snap up a stunning Cotswolds holiday, and relive the 90s with a dance party with Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins, all for £1 a night!

Stay at a Cotswold Manor for £1 a night – with a Steps star DJing!

Book a ‘once-in-a-lifetime family retreat’ for up to 15 in a Cotswolds manor for just £1 a night – with a Steps...

Popular family venue Over Farm is set to get some exciting new attractions.

Gloucester’s Over Farm set to launch new Countryside Adventure attraction

The home of PYO, Spookyard and Frightmare, Over Farm in Gloucester is set to open a new Countryside Adventure attraction –...

Take a tour around Dean Close’s Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and whole school this October 2021.

An award-winning Cheltenham school is welcoming visitors this October 2021

Prospective pupils and their families will be able to get a taste of what life is like at Dean Close School this October 2021.

There’s not long until the winners of SGGLA 2021 are revealed at the official awards evening.

SGGLA 2021 votes are counted in run up to awards night

The public has spoken and the winners for the fourth annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards have been chosen – with...

Enjoy classics such as ‘The Circle of Life’ performed in nearby Bristol, when Disney’s Lion King returns to The Hippodrome’s stage.

Disney’s The Lion King returns to Bristol

One for fans of Simba, Pumba and Timon – see Disney’s Lion King live on stage as it returns to Bristol Hippodrome for five...

Do you dare to brave Over Farm’s Frightmare this Halloween 2021?

Frightmare is back bigger and better for Halloween 2021

Frightmare at Over Farm in Gloucester will put your courage and bravery to the test with more spine-tingling attractions than...

Little Trees Christ Church will open in September 2021 at Airthrie Independent School.

A brand new nursery is opening in Cheltenham

Part of the Dean Close Foundation, a new Little Trees Nursery is opening in Cheltenham this September 2021.

Cheltenham’s Cineworld hosts a special anniversary screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this October 2021.

Harry Potter is back on the big screen to celebrate its 20th anniversary

Gloucestershire Potterheads are in for a treat as Cheltenham’s Cineworld screens Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on...

Voting for the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards closes on Friday 17 September 2021.

Last chance to vote for your favourites in SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2021

There are just a few days left to show your support for the best local restaurants, pubs, hotels, venues, attractions and lifestyle...

Sculptures from the Cotswolds Kingfisher Trail are being auctioned off in October 2021, when the free art trail comes to an end.

Cotswolds Kingfishers are coming up for auction

When the Cotswolds Kingfisher Trail comes to an end this October 2021, there’s a chance to take home one of the 22 unique sculptures....

Flight Club will join new arrivals Mowgli and Hub Box at Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter. © Mikal Ludlow

Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter to get another new venue

Flight Club, the home of social darts, has revealed plans to open a venue at the Brewery Quarter – promising ‘a spectacular...

Children can delve into the past with Gloucestershire Archives, with monthly after school clubs for anyone with an interest in history.

Gloucestershire Archives is launching a free after school club

It’s time to get back to the classroom – and parents need look no further for something to keep the kids entertained after...

Cheltenham could finally be getting its Christmas ice rink this December 2021.

Cheltenham could finally get an ice rink this Christmas 2021

Marketing Cheltenham have submitted a planning application which would see part of Imperial Gardens transformed into a winter...

Voting for the 2021 SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards closes on Friday 17 September 2021.

Voting is open for SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2021

There’s still chance to show your support for Gloucestershire’s best lifestyle businesses and attractions, with a month left...

The Cotswolds will be getting its own edition of Monopoly, ready to play in spring 2022.

A Cotswolds Monopoly boardgame is launching

Joining Gloucestershire and Cheltenham versions of the boardgame is a new Cotswold edition of Monopoly. And this is when you...

The Living Wetland Theatre is one of Slimbridge’s new exhibits for summer 2021, made possible by the Slimbridge 75 project – funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. © Amy Alsop

New Living Wetland Theatre opens at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

With free flight demonstrations and specialist talks, Slimbridge Wetland Centre’s feathered friends are the stars of the show...

With lots of wetland species to spot, Waterscapes Aviary is one of Slimbridge Wetland Centre’s newest attractions. © Amy Alsop

One of the UK’s biggest open-air aviaries opens at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Wander through a wetland paradise and discover one of the country’s largest open-air aviaries at Slimbridge Wetland Centre...

What does your Slimbridge experience look like? Share what the WWT site means to you with its new #MySlimbridge campaign. © Clem Hencher Stevens.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre invites families to share their summer wetland adventures

Families exploring Slimbridge Wetland Centre this summer are being encouraged to share their adventures as part of its new...

Ex-gymnastics champion Jimmy Taylor Cardoso has launched the new Cheltenham and Gloucester Gymnastics Club, near Eastern Avenue.

Former gymnastics champion opens new club in Gloucester

A new gymnastics club, with space for more than a thousand young people in Gloucester, has opened this summer.

Families are invited to take part in Gloucester Cathedral’s Summer Challenge during the school holidays.

A family summer challenge is launching at Gloucester Cathedral

Children can enjoy a summer of fun at Gloucester Cathedral, taking on a series of family-friendly challenges as they explore...

Families can see the brand-new play from the Everyman Theatre for free at venues across Gloucestershire this July 2021.

A free children’s play is touring Gloucestershire libraries and venues this summer

The Everyman Theatre’s latest children’s production will be visiting libraries and outdoor venues across Gloucestershire this...

Residents and visitors can look forward to a packed schedule of films, music, and summer sport at Imperial Gardens in Cheltenham, this July and August 2021.

Free big screen entertainment is coming to Cheltenham

Enjoy free open-air entertainment on the new big screen at Cheltenham’s Imperial Gardens this summer.

Visitors to Beechenhurst can see nine brand-new sculptures along the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, launching in July 2021.

Brand-new installations at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail are revealed

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust has unveiled nine new sculptures along its famous trail,...

Kids can enjoy a summer of reading and free activities at their local Gloucestershire library.

Summer Reading Challenge launches in Gloucestershire

Libraries across Gloucestershire are once again taking part in the page-turning Summer Reading Challenge – with this year’s...

It may look like any other vending machine, but the machine in Gloucester from Wall’s will be dispensing free ice cream for one day only, this July 2021.

Here is where you can get free ice creams in Gloucester this weekend

Ice cream maker supreme, Wall’s, is installing a special vending machine in Gloucester this weekend giving away free Twisters,...

Gloucestershire County Council is hosting a new scheme to entertain children this summer.

Gloucestershire County Council launches new summer activities for kids

Children eligible for free school meals are being invited to take part in the Holiday Activities and Food Programme from Gloucestershire...

International Baccalaureate Diploma students at Cheltenham Ladies’ College have achieved the school’s best ever results.

Cheltenham Ladies’ College achieves best ever International Baccalaureate results

The prestigious Gloucestershire school has achieved its best ever results for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, this...

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