Bringing with it brighter days and longer evenings, there’s even more time to enjoy everything Gloucestershire has to offer now that March – and spring! – is finally here.
From celebrating all the Race Week action to exploring more of the county with SoGlos’s exciting new Gloucestershire Bucket List, our pick of 10 unmissable things to do this month is packed with inspo to keep you busy.
Featuring the definitive collection of 100 ultimate things to do in the county, The Gloucestershire Bucket List is packed full of inspiration for your next day out – whether you’re seeking family fun, an outdoor adventure or your next culture fix.
With 15,000 illustrated printed copies distributed in hotels, attractions and on Stagecoach buses across the county, as well as a regularly updated digital version at The Gloucestershire Bucket List, get out there and start ticking things off this March 2022.
And don’t forget to share your experiences with SoGlos on social media, using the hashtag #GlosBucketList – we’ll reshare our favourites!
Arguably the BIGGEST event in Cheltenham’s calendar, The Festival™ is back, taking over the town from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 March 2022.
From watching the equestrian action unfold at Cheltenham Racecourse to celebrating big wins at the best restaurants and bars in town, racegoers can expect the revelry to continue into the small hours – with SoGlos collating this year’s must-hit party spots in the Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup celebrations guide.
Racing fans can even lift the iconic Gold Cup for themselves, with the first ever Boodles Gold Cup Community Tour visiting venues throughout Gloucestershire until Sunday 13 March 2022.
Shoppers can discover the best of the south west at Orchard Street Market, when it makes its anticipated return to Gloucester Quays on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 2022.
Brimming with vintage treasures, artisan produce and local crafts, there’s also the chance to grab a bite to eat from a tasty selection of street food traders – all while soaking up the buzzy atmosphere and live music.
It’s finally time to step up to the throwline at Flight Club, which is officially opening in Cheltenham on Friday 11 March 2022.
The latest addition to the vibrant Brewery Quarter, Flight Club is a unique ‘social darts’ venue that offers a host of exciting multiplayer games for beginners and pro players alike; with food and cocktails delivered straight to each oche, too.
Helping parents to feel extra special, Dean Heritage Centre is offering free entry for mums this Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday 27 March 2022.
A fantastic day out for young families, with a woodland Gruffalo trail and a replica Victorian schoolroom for children explore – as well as interactive opportunities to learn all about the Forest of Dean’s rich history – visitors can also head to the craft hut to make something lovely to take home.
For more ideas on how to spoil her rotten, check out SoGlos’s 13 ways to treat your Mum this Mother’s Day.
6. Go for an illuminated swim in Gloucester
Grab your goggles for an immersive swimming experience at GL1 Leisure Centre, as the pool is transformed into a stunning illuminated artwork from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 March 2022.
Part of the Gloucester Bright Nights programme, swimmers will be surrounded by clouds of colour and music, created by young talent from The Music Works – with the audio-visual display evoking a tranquil sunset swim in the evenings, and a playful scene for families to splash into on the weekend.
7. See gorgeous spring colours in Gloucestershire
From blossoming cherry trees at Batsford Arboretum to thousands of native daffodils popping up in the Golden Triangle, nature lovers can start to see flora spring back to life across Gloucestershire’s woodlands, gardens and beauty spots, this March 2022.
Plus, with botanical collections from all over the world awakening, discover why spring is perhaps the most glorious time of year at the popular Cotswold attraction, Westonbirt Arboretum
Cult pizza parlour, Franco Manca, is opening in Cheltenham this month, bringing its signature sourdough creations to the Promenade from Friday 25 March 2022.
Made fresh to order, every pizza can be tailored to suit diners’ dietary requirements and tastes, with a vegan special available every day. Post-pizza, guests can tuck into Italian desserts like affogato and tiramisu, sip negronis or wash everything down with an Aperol spritz.
9. Watch live wrestling in Tewkesbury
Wrestling fans can go ringside to see some of the country’s best professionals in action, when South West Wrestling comes to Watson Hall in Tewkesbury on Saturday 26 March 2022.
South West Wrestling is also showing its support for Ukraine throughout March and April 2022, donating 20 per cent of any merchandise sold to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund – with everything from t-shirts to meet and greets helping to provide much-needed aid to Ukrainian civilians and refugees.
10. Get arty at Craft Festival Cheltenham
A dreamy day out for creative types, Craft Festival is returning to Cheltenham Town Hall from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 March 2022, welcoming over 100 designer-makers from across the UK.
From furniture and woodwork to precious jewellery, ticketholders can hunt for new treasures; take part in creative workshops, with free drop-in sessions for mini artists; and stop by live demonstrations to see the crafters at work.