Gloucestershire February half term guide

Packed full of things to keep the kids entertained, have a fun-filled February half term, whatever the weather, with SoGlos’s handy guide to the best family events in Gloucestershire.

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Discover the very best family events in Gloucestershire this February half term 2023.

With Gloucestershire children off school from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 February 2023, there's plenty to keep families busy during February half term.

Please note, this page will be updated by SoGlos journalists as February half term events are announced.

February half term events in Cheltenham

Tweedy's Musical Mayhem at the Everyman Theatre

In partnership with Everyman Theatre  |  everymantheatre.org.uk

When and where?

With plenty of silliness expected, a trip to the Everyman Theatre to see Tweedy the Clown in action is a lovely February half term treat for the whole family.

What's happening?

Comedy legend and the star of the Everyman Theatre’s pantomime is taking to the stage in Tweedy's Musical Mayhem, a slapstick performance about a clown who wants to show off the very skills that have made him so popular - but Giffords Circus' Mikey and James want to put on a musical, instead... What could go wrong? 

Always getting himself into a mess, audiences of all ages can join in to help Tweedy find a way out of his sticky situations.

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Little ones will also love seeing Hey Duggee on the Everyman Theatre stage during February half term. Based on the BAFTA-winning television series, families won't want to miss the opportunity to see Duggee live in an exciting new production, running on Monday 21 and Wednesday 22 February 2023. 

The important bits 

Tweedy's Musical Mayhem is on stage from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 February 2023 at 11am, 2pm, or 7pm. Ticket prices start from £10. 

How to book

Visit everymantheatre.org.uk.

February half term activities at The Brewery Quarter

In partnership with The Brewery Quarter  |  thebreweryquarter.com

When and where?

With so much to keep kids entertained, from soft play for little ones to escape rooms for bigger ones, head to The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham for February half term fun. 

What's happening?

Take little tykes to Cheltenham's biggest soft play centre, The Play Farm, where they can clamber over all sorts of obstacles while parents relax with a coffee, with lively laser tag sessions taking place during the school holidays, too.

Mr Mulligan's hits a hole in one for family fun, with two 18-hole adventure golf courses, taking intrepid adventurers through Canopy Creek and into the depths of Neptune's Mist, with shuffleboard, ping pong, pool and electro-darts to play at the venue, too; while Hollywood Bowl invites families to hit the lanes and see if they can strike it lucky.

Ideal for older kids, Escape Hunt offers a range of mind-bending puzzles for brainy families to try and solve together, with Alice in Wonderland, Doctor Who, Aladdin and GCHQ-inspired rooms. 

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With something to keep everyone in the family happy, The Brewery Quarter is brimming with delicious dining options from fragrant Vietnamese pho, juicy burgers and cheesy pizzas to super sweet desserts and ice creams, with dedicated kids' menus at many venues - and plenty that welcome four-legged family members, too

The important bits

Activities at The Play Farm, Mr Mulligans, Hollywood Bowl and Escape Hunt, as well as restaurant tables, can all be booked online in advance. 

How to book

For more information, visit thebreweryquarter.com.

February half term events in Cirencester

February half term activities at Corinium Museum

In partnership with Corinium Museum  |  coriniummuseum.org

When and where?

Corinium Museum in Cirencester is giving kids the chance to meet some real-life gladiators at its Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets exhibition, open every day this February half term.

What's happening?

Keen explorers can discover the ancient world of gladiators at Corinium Museum, where they'll find an exclusive exhibition featuring real Roman skeletons.

The exhibition brings the Roman period to life through its display of special archaeological finds, with talks, re-enactments, lectures and historical activities to make the experience even more interactive.

Little history lovers are bound to love exploring the Roman market, dressing up and investigating the skeletons to try and work out what role they played in Roman society when they were alive – were they criminals, soldiers, gladiators or something else entirely?

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Tickets to the Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets exhibition are included in admission to the museum so families can discover more about Cirencester's fascinating history through its interesting collections, spanning the Stone Age through to early Roman times. Keep an eye out for Rusty the dog skeleton, too!

The important bits

Entry to the Corinium Museum starts from £7.40 per adult, £3.45 for children aged five to 16 and is free for under fives. 

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 2pm until 5pm on Sunday. 

How to book

Visit coriniummuseum.org/gladiators to book tickets online and for more information about the event.

February half term events in the Cotswolds

February half term at Camp 4-2-11

In partnership with Camp 4-2-11  |  camp4211.co.uk

When and where?

Keep young ones occupied this half term at Camp 4-2-11, with the holiday camp’s action-packed programme of activities running from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February 2023.

What's happening?

Family-run Camp 4-2-11 is offering exciting adventures for children aged three to 14-years-old at three locations across the county, including St Edward’s School in Cheltenham; Dinglewell School in Gloucester; and The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water this February half term. 

Kids can expect a jam-packed schedule featuring an assortment of activities, including themed art and crafts; baking; face painting; mindfulness; movies and popcorn; camp's got talent; mini-Olympics and plenty more.

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Camp 4-2-11 launched an exciting new Cotswolds camp in 2021, running a brilliant selection of workshops and activities for both small and older children at The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Plus, both the Easter and May camps are already ready to book for those organised parents.

The important bits

The St Edward’s camp in Cheltenham, Dinglewell School in Gloucester and Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water all run from Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February 2023.

Admission starts from £30 per child per day and £130 per child per week.

How to book

Visit camp4211.co.uk.

February half term events in Gloucester

February half term fun at Ninja Warrior UK Gloucester

In partnership with Ninja Warrior UK Gloucester  |  ninjawarrioruk.co.uk/gloucester

When and where?

Little ones and young-at-heart grown ups can take on a fun challenge at one of the county's most adrenaline pumping activity centres this February half term 2023, as they become a ninja for the day at Ninja Warrior UK Gloucester.

What's happening?

Inspired by the hit ITV show Ninja Warrior UK, children and their families can take part in a variety of challenges on a visit to Ninja Warrior UK Gloucester this February half term, racing against their friends and developing some impressive ninja skills along the way. 

The venue offers obstacles galore for little ones to go wild on, all with varying levels of difficulty, including climbing, balancing, swinging, jumping - and even a wicked warped wall!

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After a session of thrilling fun, tired out ninjas can refuel at the venue's on-site café, which serves hot and cold food and drinks.

The important bits

Ninja Warrior UK Gloucester is open every day during February half term, welcoming ninjas from 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am until 6.30pm on Sunday.

Tickets cost from £13 for children aged five and up, with free admission for one supervising adult. An additional adult costs £8.

How to book

Tickets can be booked online in advance via ninjawarrior.co.uk/gloucester.

Gloucester Bright Nights

In partnership with Gloucester City Council  |  gloucester.gov.uk

When and where?

The Redwell Centre in Matson is coming alive with light this February half term, as Gloucester Bright Nights returns on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February 2023. 

What's happening?

This year's Bright Nights event, Light Games, is turning The Redwell Centre in Matson into an illuminated arcade with giant, light-up versions of snake, connect four, memory games, neon mini golf, glow sports and more. 

See if you can get the high score before warming up with a hot drink and hanging out around the fire pits. 

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Light Games from Gloucester Bright Nights is completely free, so it's perfect for keeping little ones entertained on a budget - and game slots can be booked in advance to guarantee your chance to play. 

The important bits

Light Games are suitable for children aged four and up. Slots to play Light Games can be pre-booked online in advance via the Strike-a-Light website. 

For more information, see Gloucester Bright Nights

How to book

Visit strikealight.org.uk.

February half term events in Stroud

The Big Hideout at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

In partnership with Slimbridge Wetland Centre  |  wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

When and where?

The Big Hideout is taking place at Slimbridge Wetland Centre from Saturday 11 to Sunday 26 February 2023.

What's happening?

Budding birdwatchers can borrow some binoculars and observe Slimbridge's birdlife from the hides, with expert birdwatchers on hand to help them discover the wetland wildlife.

Tick all 10 species off the bird spotter sheet – not forgetting to take a trip to the top of the Estuary Tower to learn all about the birds that call the Severn estuary home, or see the majestic Bewick's swans from the Peng Observatory, where there's the chance to drink hot chocolate, create a Bewick's bill pattern and watch the daily feed.

Wannabe explorers can also visit Arctic Adventure to try bird ringing and participate in the great migration game, while getting a taste of what life is like inside a tundra research hut.

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With February half term usually comes rain – and energetic children can certainly make the most of wet weather at Slimbridge, by donning their wellies and splashing about in the puddles at the newly revamped Welly Boot Land. 

The important bits

Tickets to Slimbridge Wetland Centre cost from £15 for adults, £8.63 for children aged four to 15 and admission is free for children under four. 

Slimbridge Wetland Centre is open every day during February half term, welcoming visitors from 9.30am to 5pm.

How to book

Tickets can be booked online in advance via wwt.org.uk/slimbridge/the-big-hideout.

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