Get your skates on and get over to Gloucester Quays this autumn for a whole host of seasonal fun, including Gloucestershire's first dedicated roller disco venue opening.
There's loads going on at the shopping destination during Halloween half term, with a spooky trail in store from Saturday 21 October until Friday 3 November 2023, where little ones can get Halloween-themed treats if they can find Ralph and his spooky friends hiding around the centre, for just £1 per child.
A pumpkin-themed photo opportunity is available in the centre from Friday 20 to Tuesday 31 October 2023, with Halloween entertainment including close-up magic in-store on Saturday 28 October 2023.
Frightening film fans can get their cinema fix with Cineworld showing a variety of Halloween movies, including the 35th anniversary screening of Tim Burton's cult classic Beetlejuice on Saturday 28 October 2023. For little monsters, there's also Trolls 3 coming out on Friday 20 October 2023.
Foodies are spoiled for choice with new autumn menus at some of Gloucester Quays' many restaurants. At Côte, there are seasonal dishes including creamy baked Crottin cheese with fresh figs and toasted walnuts in a cabernet sauvignon dressing, cassoulet with smoked Toulouse sausage, wild mushrooms and pork belly, and praline profiteroles filled with Chantilly cream and drizzled with warm chocolate sauce; while at Pizza Express, its autumnal specials include 'Nduja doughballs, Grand Pollo Milanese and a white chocolate and salted caramel pizza dolce.
There's a spooky children's menu available at Coal Kitchen from Saturday 14 October until Thursday 2 November 2023, with options like chicken tenders, boo burgers and petrifying pizzas on the menu, as well as a build-your-own broomstick breakfast with howl-oumi, spooky sausages and monster mushrooms, plus Halloween-themed colouring.
For anyone with a sweet tooth, Bill's is serving up spooky buttermilk pancakes smothered with brownie chunks, scary marshmallows, whipped cream and syrup from Monday 23 October until Friday 3 November 2023; and Hotel Chocolat has limited-edition apple pie or pumpkin spice hot chocolates on the menu, as well as a Cherry Scary sundae, both available to enjoy in or take away.
Finally, promising affordable roller skating action for all, Roller Express opens its doors this autumn 2023, taking over an 8,000 sq ft unit next door to Bill's. Open seven days a week with two-hour skating sessions costing from as little as £5, it's ideal for skaters of all ages and abilities. The official opening date is yet to be confirmed, so watch this space.