The Paint it Yourself Pottery Co. (< 1 mile)
The Paint it Yourself Pottery Co.
Ceramic Cafe welcoming all ages for some messy, creative fun, with no experience required and plenty of inspiration and help on hand.
The Play Farm (< 1 mile)
The Play Farm
Indoor multi tiered soft play centre in farmyard themed surroundings. For kids aged up to 12 years, with play zones dedicated to different age groups. Toddler mornings held during term time.
Cheltenham Montpellier Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Cheltenham Montpellier Treasure Trail
Is a fun way to explore one of the most delightful parts of Cheltenham, bustling with charming and sophisticated shops, wine bars and restaurants. Follow the Trail, solve the clues and see the sights.
Sandford Parks Lido (< 1 mile)
Sandford Parks Lido
Simply a children's paradise, with slides, a children's pool and a paddling pool. The 50 metre pool is also an ideal place to train, two lanes are reserved most days. Open spring through autumn.
Pittville Park (< 1 mile)
is Cheltenham’s largest park with plenty to do for all ages, three play areas, one includes a pet’s corner and lots of open space to run around in and trees to explore. Other facilities include, boating lake, golf, tennis, skate park, on site toilets and award winning cafe.
Leisure at Cheltenham (< 1 mile)
Leisure at Cheltenham
Facilities include 3 pools, 2 sports halls, racquet sports, coached courses, athletics track, gymnastics, trampolining, soft play and drop in gymnastics sessions, free parking and free swimming for children when accompanied. Fully accessible with family and disabled changing spaces.
Walks with Hawks (2 miles)
Walks with Hawks
A great chance to get hands on with some fantastic birds of prey. Hawk walks, Owl encounters and for kids aged 14 plus, Hunting Days. A wonderful wildlife experience.
The Playmate Childrens Riding School (3 miles)
Jet Age Museum (4 miles)
Jet Age Museum
A museum dedicated to preserving the rich aviation history of Gloucestershire. Find out about the Gloster Aircraft Company and the first jet flight, plus stories of people and places that put the county at the head of the aerospace industry.
Sudeley Castle (6 miles)
Visitors can explore the castle, play in the outdoor adventure playground featuring a spectacular wooden fort with zip-wire and hidey holes, take an alpaca on a trek around the estate (extra cost) and spot rare pheasants, owls and even parrots.
Tenpin Gloucester (6 miles)
is a bowling centre located in Centre Severn Barnwood. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar and Costa Coffee for some delicious meal and snack options!
Great Witcombe Roman Villa (6 miles)
Great Witcombe Roman Villa
Visit the remains of a large villa that was built around AD 250 plus a shrine to a water spirit! Tricky terrain though, best for the fit and mobile. A short trip, but free!
Nature in Art (7 miles)
Nature in Art
The first museum in the world dedicated to different forms of art that have been inspired by nature. Great for art and nature fans. Family friendly with a playground and an attractive garden.
Prinknash Bird and Deer Park (7 miles)
Prinknash Bird and Deer Park
- is set in a wooded valley once the hunting lodge of the Abbots of Gloucester and King Henry VIII. The park has been landscaped to resemble an 18th century park with traditional follies enhanced by beautiful birds and animals. You will see over 50 peacocks and waterfowl, golden pheasants, love birds, the...
Tewkesbury Town Museum (7 miles)
Tewkesbury Town Museum
A community museum displaying the rich heritage of the town and surrounding villages from pre history to present day. Plenty to see and play with. Family friendly and free to visit.
GL1 (8 miles)
- in the heart of Gloucester has something for everyone, from warm swimming pools with wet n wild fun sessions and special parent and toddler times to trampoline lessons and after school or holiday sports and swimming courses.
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre (8 miles)
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre
One of the best and longest outdoor artificial ski slopes in the UK. From skiing and snowboarding to tubing and snow fun park, there's something to do for everyone!
The Warehouse Climbing Centre (8 miles)
The Warehouse Climbing Centre
A fantastic, fun indoor climbing centre for the whole family to enjoy. Parties, fun children’s sessions from toddler to teenage plus family tasters so everyone can be involved. Come and try the growing sport of climbing.
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum (8 miles)
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
A chance to experience what war was like over the last three hundred years for soldiers and their families. A fun way to show history to the kids.
Gloucester Waterways Museum (8 miles)
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Delve into the fascinating world of Gloucester's Victorian docks at this museum and meet the people and wildlife of our wonderful waterways. Discover impressive facts about the ingenious engineering of the waterway system and explore home life aboard a narrow boat. Plenty of hands on fun and...
Chedworth Roman Villa (8 miles)
Chedworth Roman Villa
The ruins of one of the largest Romano British villas in the country. Also considered one of the most complete and extensive sites, includes some great mosaics. Interesting activities and events throughout the summer and school hols.
JDR Karting (8 miles)
Two great family activities under one roof. We have two karting tracks catering from as young as 4yrs to adults with full safety instruction provided free. Our lasertag arena has the most stunning uv artwork in any lasertag arena in the UK.
Darklight LaserTag (9 miles)
Two great family activities under one roof. Our lasertag arena has the most stunning uv artwork in any lasertag arena in the UK. We have two karting tracks catering from as young as 4yrs to adults with full safety instruction provided free.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (9 miles)
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
The GWR is a steam and diesel heritage railway in the English Cotswolds. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to a scheduled service, GWR hosts a number of galas and enthusiast events...
Cotswold Farm Park (9 miles)
Cotswold Farm Park
Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun filled day out. Children can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present.
Cotswolds Riding (10 miles)
A riding school offering lessons and great hacks, with a choice of over 50 horses, plus ponies for children. Suitable for all levels of ability.
Regular fun rides held throughout the year.
Far Peak Climbing and Outdoor Centre (11 miles)
Far Peak Climbing and Outdoor Centre
is an outdoor activity centre and campsite, with a dedicated Indoor Climbing Centre. We have climbing facilities for ages 3 year and upwards, dedicated kids’ clubs and sessions and run regular Bushcraft and adventure activities using our low ropes course and trails.
Stratford Park Leisure Centre (12 miles)
Gloucester Apollo (12 miles)
Enjoy all the latest releases at Vue Stroud (Apollo) surrounded by first class comfort and superior technology, with all the newest family feature films.
Broadway Tower Country Park (13 miles)
Broadway Tower Country Park
Explore a unique folly with graphic display floors, plus the park itself with natural wildlife and stunning views. One of England's outstanding viewpoints at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level.
Avonbelle River Boat Trips (13 miles)
Avonbelle River Boat Trips
Enjoy a 35 minute boat ride on our waterbus Avonbelle. Try out our fun quiz and see what riverside wildlife you can spot! We have seen herons, cormorants, kingfishers, pike, otters and more! Parents can relax with a cuppa while the kids enjoy the quiz and scenery.
Bourton Model Railway (13 miles)
Bourton Model Railway
Housed in a period farmhouse, established over 25 years a spectacular Model Railway Exhibition and traditional toyshop situated right in the centre of the picturesque Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water.
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool (13 miles)
The Adventure Zone (13 miles)
The Adventure Zone
Provides outdoor activities for young people and their relatives if they so choose, to participate during the school holidays, to have fun, exercise and meet new friends in the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester.
Corinium Museum (13 miles)
Visitors can trace the story of the Cotswolds from Prehistory to the late 19th Century, with hands-on exhibits, interactive displays and a wealth of precious artefacts. There are animated and practical games, and audio-visual screens to bring the past to life for everyone from schoolchildren to grandparents.
Pick a Pot and Paint in the Cotswolds (13 miles)
Pick a Pot and Paint in the Cotswolds
A family friendly ceramic studio based in a charming courtyard of shops and boutiques in Cirencester. A perfect activity that both children and adults can enjoy together.
Bourton on the Water Spy Mission (13 miles)
Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water Spy Mission
Follow the Trail of Pictures, Solve the Clues and See the Sights as you and the children have fun exploring the town in your own time and at your own pace. The Trail is 1.5 miles long and passes through the park for a chance to pause and play too.
Hidcote Manor Garden (13 miles)
Hidcote Manor Garden
An Arts and Crafts garden with plenty for kids to do and see including secret gardens, plant house, orchard, Kitchen Garden and The Wilderness. You can play croquet or tennis on the new all weather court or pick up a free Hunter Pack for kids.
Wacky Warehouse - Strawberry Field (13 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Strawberry Field
The usual Wacky Warehouse scenario: you have a rest while the kids run themselves ragged on the multi level play structure, with separate toddler zone.
Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre (13 miles)
Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre
Whiz your way down the wavy Astra slide, swoosh down the half pipe into the ball pool, dare to cross the wobbly bridge and jump the star burst clouds and many more adventures await you!
The Old New Inn Model Village (13 miles)
The Old New Inn Model Village
Known all over the world for the fascinating and astonishingly accurate model village in the Inn's garden. The inn also has children's play areas.
Birdland Park and Gardens (14 miles)
Birdland Park and Gardens
For fantastic family fun and excitement, enjoy a day at one of the UK's biggest bird gardens, discover a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and water gardens that are inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots to laughing kookaburras and magical owls.
Cotswold Motoring Museum (14 miles)
Cotswold Motoring Museum
Fun packed indoor museum covering motoring right through the 20th Century. Brum lives here and this is where he was filmed. He loves having his photo taken so don't forget your camera! Throughout the museum there are quizzes, feely boxes, building games, brass rubbings, old fashioned toys and dressing-up...
MagicLand (14 miles)
Loads of slides, including wave, tube and a 70ft astra: the largest in Gloucestershire! Plus multi level play and pneumatically powered cannons that allows you to shoot foam balls at various targets including the other visitors! New additions include Story Corner and interactive gaming screens!
Evesham Leisure Centre Climbing Wall (14 miles)
Evesham Leisure Centre Climbing Wall
is a 17 rope climbing wall with over 50 coloured routes. The climbing wall also features animal themed climbing holds. Junior climbing courses, climbing taster sessions are climbing parties are available for children aged 5 and up.
The Handsam Boat Company (14 miles)
The Handsam Boat Company
Offering jaunts down the River Avon either by guided covered group tour, private hire motor boat or a family sized row boat. Departing from the award winning Abbey Park.
The Almonry Heritage Centre (14 miles)
The Almonry Heritage Centre
Loads of displays on different angles of history, spread across 12 interesting rooms and the garden. Join the Junior Almoners' Club for bonus trails and activities.
Stow on the Wold Treasure Trail (15 miles)
Stow on the Wold Treasure Trail
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Stow on the Wold? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery, solving an intriguing mystery at the same time.
Croome (15 miles)
Restored to its 18th century beauty, fascinating statues, follies and temples are hidden around every corner of the garden for the kids to discover on the Family Trail. Intrigue older ones with the fact it was a secret wartime air base!
International Centre for Birds of Prey (15 miles)
International Centre for Birds of Prey
Three flying demonstrations with commentary, every day. The Centre caters for school visits, and is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training. Courses in falconry and photography are available. Shop, cafe, education facilities, attractive gardens and picnic areas.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Cheltenham with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Gloucestershire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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