10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this April

From grooving at the 25th annual Cheltenham Jazz Festival to celebrating Easter in the county, discover 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this April 2022.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Get out and about in Gloucestershire with 10 unmissable things to experience in the county this April 2022 - including the return of Cheltenham Jazz Festival!
Get out and about in Gloucestershire with 10 unmissable things to experience in the county this April 2022 - including the return of Cheltenham Jazz Festival!

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With the anticipated return of Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Giffords Circus, as well as cracking Easter activities and days out for all ages, April is shaping up to be a busy month in Gloucestershire.

Discover 10 unmissable things to get in your diary this month, including a safari trail of life-sized animal sculptures and a star-studded variety show to raise money for Ukraine.

1. Show your support for Ukraine at the Everyman Theatre

Raising money to help those affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine, Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre has joined forces with the Barn Theatre to put on a star-studded variety show – with famous names like Tweedy the Clown, Dom Joly, Ben Miller and Sir Michael Morpurgo taking to the stage on Saturday 2 April 2022.

All proceeds from Stand Up For Ukraine will be donated to the DEC’s appeal for Ukraine, as well as Gloucestershire-based charities, Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees. With the option to make a donation online and catch the show on live stream if you can’t make it on the night.

For more ways to show solidarity and support the people of Ukraine, SoGlos has rounded up 12 ways to help Ukrainian refugees in Gloucestershire.

2. Have an egg-cellent Easter in Gloucestershire

From cracking egg hunts to fun family activity trails, there’s heaps to keep Gloucestershire’s little bunnies happy during the Easter holidays, from Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 April 2022.

Go on a wild duck chase at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, spotting rubber duckies around the wetlands; step onto the battlefield and experience the English Civil War at Berkeley Castle; and grab a bottle to give the hungry lambs their dinner at Cotswold Farm Park – with SoGlos’s Easter guide covering all the highlights.

3. See big names at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Boasting its best line-up to date, the highly anticipated Cheltenham Jazz Festival is returning from Wednesday 27 April to Monday 2 May 2022, celebrating its 25th anniversary after a two-year hiatus.

Gracing the stage this April are British music icon, Emeli Sandé, making her Jazz Festival debut on Wednesday 27 April 2022; and ‘Put Your Records On’ singer, Corinne Bailey Rae, on Friday 29 April 2022. While fans can listen to James Bay’s husky tones and watch jazz powerhouse, Gregory Porter, perform on Saturday 30 April 2022.

4. Experience the magic of Giffords Circus

Presenting what it passionately describes as ‘the best show we’ve ever done’, Giffords Circus is back on tour from Thursday 14 April 2022 – with the chance to see gravity-defying stunts and jaw-dropping costumes when ¡Carpa! opens at Fennells Farm in Stroud.

Inspired by Mexican art, culture and history, ¡Carpa! will evoke the sights and sounds of rural Mexico; taking its name from the type of theatre that flourished in the country during the 1920s and 30s.

5. Strike it lucky at Andoversford Races

With two fixtures this year, horseracing fans can cheer on the favourite or back a dark horse at Andoversford Races on Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 April 2022.

As well as plenty of point-to-point racing and trackside action, there’s dog agility competitions, tent-pegging contests and pony racing for children – keeping all members of the family entertained.

6. Dine at The Scenic Supper

A foodie experience like no other, The Scenic Supper is welcoming diners back to its sensational destination restaurant from Friday 1 April 2022, as it reopens for its spring season.

Expect intimate dining with panoramic Cotswold views, tucking into set menus which champion locally-sourced produce; all while sipping cocktails and soaking up the scenery at Todenham Farm.

7. Go on safari at Sudeley Castle

There’s an ark full of animals to see at Sudeley Castle this year, with a permanent exhibition of life-sized sculptures capturing visitors’ imagination – all created from flowers, grasses and plants to spread a message of peaceful coexistence with nature.

Visitors can stroll among a herd of elephants, keep an eye out for crocodiles and spot orangutans relaxing in the castle grounds as part of the new CoExistence attraction, which is included with standard admission to Sudeley Castle.

8. Spot classic cars at the Coleford Carnival of Transport

Local petrolheads can see vintage vehicles and impressive classic cars at Coleford’s annual Carnival of Transport – with hundreds of exhibitors making their way to the Forest of Dean town on Monday 18 April 2022.

With plenty to delight car enthusiasts, including an auto-jumble, the bank holiday extravaganza will also host a craft fair, food vendors and street entertainment for a fun-filled day out.

9. Pick up a bagel from Cheltenham’s latest lunch spot

Set to get mouths watering with its New York-style bagels, decadent doughnuts and freshly-baked goods, cult bakery The Steamhouse is soon to be setting up shop in Cheltenham.

Although the exact opening date is yet to be confirmed and subject to change, The Steamhouse has revealed that it hopes to get its first Gloucestershire venue up and running by the end of April 2022. Bring on the bagels!

10. Step inside Van Gogh’s paintings

While it’s not in Gloucestershire, it’s worth a short trip over the border to Bristol for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – a unique exhibition that brings his art to life, opening from Saturday 9 April 2022.

Using cutting-edge technology to create floor-to-ceiling projections of the artist’s most famous works, art lovers can step inside Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings; and even walk alongside him on a rich, virtual reality journey.

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