11 great sporting days out in Gloucestershire

Whether you're a Cherry and Whites fan, dedicated Robin, or love your sports on the wacky side, SoGlos has teamed up with Gloucester Rugby to find 11 great sporting days out in Gloucestershire.

Encompassing thrilling rugby matches, world-famous racing, and the county’s strangest events, SoGlos has rounded up 11 of the best sporting days out in Gloucestershire.

Spanning famous annual events and popular festivals, to rugby and football seasons, there’s a sport to bowl everyone over, from fun-filled to fiercely competitive events.

For more information about the county’s top rugby club, visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.

1. Gloucester Rugby

Offering an unbeatable atmosphere, loyal following, and the chance to see the Cherry and Whites in action, a Gloucester Rugby match at Kingsholm Stadium promises a brilliant day out for families, friends and dedicated sports fans.

Whether you want to cheer on Gloucester’s top rugby club during an AVIVA Premiership match, the European Challenge Cup, or Anglo-Welsh Cup, the 16,500-capacity stadium welcomes newbies and regulars with open arms, and promises an exciting sporting experience in the heart of the city.

Check out SoGlos’s dedicated home matches guide for this season’s AVIVA Premiership games at Kingsholm.

2. Cheltenham Town FC

The county’s leading football club, Cheltenham Town FC, entertains crowds during regular matches at its home stadium, Whaddon Road, promising 90 minutes’ sporting action at the 7,200-capacity stadium.

A family-friendly club, Cheltenham Town FC is the perfect day out for football fans of all ages, with the chance to wave hello to Whaddney the Robin, cheer the home team to victory, and take advantage of great deals thanks to the club’s Junior Robin scheme.

3. Cheltenham Racecourse

The jewel in jump racing’s crown, Cheltenham Racecourse is one of the county’s most famous landmarks, playing host to some of the best horse racing action in the world, and making for an unforgettable day out.

Attracting punters, fun seekers and sports fans from across Gloucestershire and far beyond, the racecourse sees eight thrilling features each season, with the four-day Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup the undisputed highlight.

4. Cheese Rolling

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While it may not boast the same sporting acclaim as national rugby, football or horse racing, the annual Cheese Rolling event on Cooper’s Hill undoubtedly makes for a completely unique sporting day out in Gloucestershire – not to mention the whole country!

Taking place annually in May, the world-famous sporting event sees spectators flocking from far and wide to watch daring contestants race down the steep slope in pursuit of a weighty Double Gloucester cheese, making for a hilarious and somewhat nerve-racking display.

5. Forest Green Rovers FC

One of the county’s most popular football clubs, a match at Forest Green Rovers FC offers enjoyable sporting entertainment, which has attracted celebrity fans such as beloved author Jilly Cooper.

What’s more, a visit to see the Green Devils play not only promises action on the pitch, but a chance to tuck into delicious food and drinks which go far beyond the stereotypical pies and chops, with the club having officially become the world’s first vegan football club.

6. Football in the River

Offering a football match with a fun-filled twist, Football in the River sees two teams take to the waters in the River Windrush for a novelty game, with a warning that the front two rows will get wet!

Traditionally taking place in August and December of each year, the event in Bourton-on-the-Water promises a hilarious and totally unique sporting experience, with crowds taking to the river banks to join in the fun year after year.

7. Sandford Parks Lido

Aside from offering a heated outdoor swimming pool to cool off in during the summer months, Sandford Parks Lido also plays host to a range of entertaining spectator events, from competitive races to novelty swims.

Highlights include the annual Christmas Swim which sees locals take the plunge into the icy waters, while the Cheltenham Triathlon offers the chance to cheer on competitors, and the Night Swimmer provides a 12-hour sporting spectacle.

8. Gloucestershire Cricket Club

Located just beyond the border in Bristol but well worth the visit, Gloucestershire Cricket Club is one of the 18 first class County Cricket Clubs in the UK, and organiser of the hugely popular annual Cheltenham Cricket Festival.

Playing host to a range of matches, encompassing everything from four-day county championships to one-day tourist matches, supporters and first timers will be bowled over by the riveting sporting action on the field.

9. Prescott Speed Hill Climb

Located on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Prescott Speed Hill Climb is a prestigious motor racing venue which promises a brilliant day out during its public sporting events, which draw in crowds from across the county and beyond.

With highlights including the annual Prescott Bike Festival; weekend celebration La Vie en Blue; and the Midsummer Speed Festival, along with a host of other popular events, motorheads are in for an exhilarating day out at the world-famous attraction.

10. Cirencester Park Polo Club

Sure to make for an enjoyable and quintessential day out for sports fans, families and friends, Cirencester Polo Club welcomes visitors to its regular games which take place between April and September, with Sundays the traditional polo games.

Visitors are welcome to take along picnics, four-legged friends, gazebos and little ones, making the outing fun for all ages, with a smart casual dress code offering the chance to dress for the occasion and make a day of it.

11. Hartpury Festival of Dressage

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Offering a fantastic five days of top equestrian displays and exciting championships, Hartpury Festival of Dressage is a highlight on the annual events calendar and is sure to delight horse lovers and sports fans alike.

Promising outstanding equestrian sport displays, a day out at the festival encompasses exciting competitions and championships, boasting hundreds of horses, national showcases, and the best talent in both able bodied and para dressage.

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Wednesday 26 July 2017

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