10 sporty activities for children in Gloucestershire

If you're looking for sports clubs, activities or places to take energetic kids in Gloucestershire, you're in the right place - with SoGlos rounding up 10 sporty activities for children in this helpful hot list.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Check out SoGlos's pick of 10 sporty activities for active children in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
Check out SoGlos's pick of 10 sporty activities for active children in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

From gymnastic clubs to swimming and Ninja runs, Gloucestershire is brimming with fun activities to satisfy even the sportiest of children. 

SoGlos rounds up 10 of our favourites, from getting out on your bike to taking on an obstacle course.

Gymnastics at Cotswold Clubhouse in Bourton-on-the-Water

Hop along to Cotswold Clubhouse where children aged between 18 months and 16 years-old can take part in a whole host of gymnastic classes.

Perfect for all abilities, kiddies can head along to a taster session or join the fun lessons which cover strength, coordination and balance, and offer a great way to meet other children.

Ninja Warrior in Gloucester

Let children run riot at Gloucester’s Ninja Warrior adventure park, where the endless obstacles will keep the kids busy for hours.

Inspired by ITV’s show Ninja Warrior UK, the sporty attraction also offers Mini Ninja sessions for under fives complete with foam pits, bouncy inflatables and a safe environment to run around.

Bike riding at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean

Families will love whizzing through the forest at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean. With an 11 mile, car-free route through the trees, the Family Trail is great for burning off some energy – and there are plenty of pretty places to stop off and have a picnic too.

And if there’s no room in the car for the bikes, Pedalabikeaway has plenty of children’s bikes, tag-alongs and adult bikes which can be hired for a few hours or all day.

Take to the water at Croft Farm Waterpark in Tewkesbury

If it’s water sports your children love, then Croft Farm Waterpark in Tewkesbury is brimming with fantastic activities to try out.

There's its Junior Windsurfing Club on Saturdays during the warmer months, with other activities including canoeing, paddleboarding and pedal boats. 

Climbing at Far Peak Climbing Centre in Northleach

Little adventurers can scale new heights at Far Peak Climbing Centre in Northleach.

With a kids’ zone complete with castle walls to climb and tunnels to wriggle through, Far Peak also has sessions for three to six-year-olds, as well as more advanced sessions for children up to the age of 16.

Fencing at Cotswold Fencing Club in Churchdown

Kiddies can learn the art of fencing at Cotswold Fencing Club, which is based at GL3 Community Hub in Churchdown.

With two sessions taking place for juniors, children between the ages of eight and 14 years-old can head along to try out the sport.

Bouncing around at JumpinFun in Cheltenham

Bounce, boing and bound around at Cheltenham's brand-new JumpinFun inflatable adventure park.

The 12,000-foot site is due to open in August 2022 with a host of inflatable obstacles including a climbing wall and a jelly mountain, perfect for tiring out energetic kids. There are dedicated toddler and SEN sessions, too. 

Go Ape in the Forest of Dean

Complete with wobbly bridges, crossings and a zipline, Go Ape at Beechenhurst makes for a fantastic adventure for children as young as four years-old.

Plus with the Sculpture Trail and playground right next to Go Ape, there’s plenty to keep the kids busy in the Forest of Dean.

Swimming at Gloucestershire's outdoor pools

When the weather heats up, let the children splash around at one of Gloucestershire’s many outdoor pools and splash pads.

For the winter months, active kiddies can head to Leisure at Cheltenham's indoor splash zone, which is complete with slides, sprayers and shallow water to splosh around in.

Horse riding at The Playmate Children's Riding School

Children as tiny as two years-old can learn to ride at The Playmate Children’s Riding School in Elmstone Hardwicke near Cheltenham.

With toddler sessions, school-age sessions and a Pony Academy, the centre offers a great place to take up horse riding.

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