12 educational and fun days out in Gloucestershire

Make learning fun with SoGlos’s 12 picks for family days out in Gloucestershire that are both educational AND fun.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Discover educational days out across Gloucestershire, whether youre home schooling or hoping for an interesting family daytrip.
Discover educational days out across Gloucestershire, whether you’re home schooling or hoping for an interesting family daytrip.

With opportunities to explore the region’s Roman history, see ecology in action and fly birds of prey, Gloucestershire is a living classroom where children can have fun developing their curiosity and soaking up knowledge.

Perfect for families who are home schooling or hoping for an interesting day trip, get ready to engage those brains, with SoGlos’s 12 fantastic places to enjoy a fun and educational day out.

1. Educational days out at Dean Heritage Centre

Uncover the Forest of Dean’s ancient secrets at Dean Heritage Centre, where curious kids can trace the history of the forest from pre-historic times to World War II – with the chance to wander through five museum galleries.

With five acres of woodland to explore, families can also follow in the footsteps of Victorian schoolchildren, snoop around the forester’s cottage and peep inside the replica coal mine where freeminers once grafted.

2. Educational days out at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Explore a natural landscape brimming with wonderful wildlife at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, near Stroud, to find out why flamingos are pink, what otters eat and much more.

Have fun handfeeding friendly ducks, geese and swans or step back in time with tours of Scott House, where there’s an intact 1950s kitchen to explore and Slimbridge’s fascinating history as a hub for modern conservation to discover.

3. Educational days out at Nature in Art

Soak up the wonders of the natural world at Nature in Art in Twigworth, near Gloucester, home to an eclectic collection of artworks from across the globe, which all celebrate nature in unique ways.

Nature in Art also regularly hosts activity days for children, encouraging them to get crafty by taking inspiration from the world around them.

4. Educational days out at Gloucester Cathedral

From the tomb of King Edward II to the famous cloisters featured in the Harry Potter movies, there’s plenty of history for inquisitive children to discover at Gloucester Cathedral.

With the interactive app, kids can lead their families through the magnificent building, unlocking secret stories from historical figures, including monks and masons, along the way – and even watching the cathedral being built before their eyes.

5. Educational days out at Berkeley Castle

With a fascinating history dating back to the 11th century, there’s lots for curious kids to learn at Berkeley Castle, near Stroud – with regular activities and events for all ages, too.

Open on selected days from March to October, visitors can wander through the ancient Keep, tour the medieval kitchen or even dare to visit the dungeon where King Edward II was imprisoned.

6. Educational days out at the Museum of Gloucester

Discover Gloucester’s origins as a Roman settlement with two floors of exhibitions and interactive experiences at the Museum of Gloucester – including a Roman kitchen and part of the original wall.

With regularly changing exhibitions and events scheduled throughout the year, young historians will enjoy learning all about the city’s rich heritage.

7. Educational days out at Jet Age Museum

Take off to the Jet Age Museum to learn all about Gloucestershire’s fascinating aviation history between Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Showcasing a range of aircraft and engines near Gloucestershire Airport, aeroplane enthusiasts can have a blast exploring the exhibits – with cockpits for young pilots to clamber into when the Coronavirus situation improves.

8. Educational days out at the International Centre for Birds of Prey

An exciting and educational experience for naturalists, head to the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent to get to know its resident eagles, hawks and falcons.

As well as magnificent birds of prey, the centre in Forest of Dean also hosts regular Owl Evenings – giving families the chance to experience the magical world of its nocturnal birds.

9. Educational days out at Cotswold Motoring Museum

A must for young petrolheads, Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water boasts an exciting collection of rare vehicles and 20th-century motoring memorabilia.

Families can enjoy wandering through the blacksmith’s workshop and small country garage, discovering the motoring industry’s humble beginnings – and there’s the chance to meet TV icon, Brum, too!

10. Educational days out at Corinium Museum

Discover Roman life at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester, inspiring children’s interest in history through engaging displays and computer interactives.

With thousands of objects to marvel at, from Roman antiques through to Victorian artefacts, kids will love following the story of the Cotswold capital from prehistoric times through to the modern day. And with the Cirencester Amphitheatre nearby, they can truly walk in the footsteps of gladiators!

11. Educational days out at The House of The Tailor of Gloucester

Educational for little ones and nostalgic for grown-ups, visit The House of The Tailor of Gloucester to discover the magical world of Beatrix Potter.

Explore the charming house that inspired her favourite tale, The Tailor of Gloucester, with displays that bring the story to life – including the tailor’s kitchen, which has been carefully reconstructed from Potter’s own drawings.

12. Educational days out at We The Curious

Reopening in November 2020 with a brand-new exhibition, it’s worth taking a trip over the Gloucestershire border to visit We The Curious, an interactive scientific experience in Bristol.

Making science accessible for everyone, We The Curious is a playful celebration of curiosity and creativity, where visitors of all ages are encouraged to ask questions, interact with fun exhibits and take part in exciting experiments.

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