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
There’s a mystery to solve in Cheltenham as you explore on this self guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. Can you find the clues and locate the long lost treasure?
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.
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
Fowl, follies and family fun aplenty as you wander the exquisite grounds; plus mixed era monastic buildings either side of a wooded valley and a modern visitor centre. The follies include a charming traditional Wendy House to play in!
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
Arguably 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
Fantastic 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.
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.
Cotswold Farm Park (10 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.
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)
Trace the story of the Cotswolds from Prehistory to the late 19th century at this brilliant museum full of interactives, hands on exhibits and audiovisual displays. 2 floors of Roman artefacts, plus Anglo Saxon treasure, Medieval sculpture, and more!
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.
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 will still 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.
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.
Abbey Park (14 miles)
A lovely park that is free to visit and has plenty to keep everyone amused, including children’s play area, skate park, a bandstand, boat trips on the river, and water play fountains!
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.
Croome (14 miles)
Restored 18th century park with fascinating statues, follies and temples are hidden around every corner of the garden for the kids to discover, and the Visitor Centre with museum used to be a secret wartime base!
Thames Path National Trail (15 miles)
Thames Path National Trail
A 184 mile (294km) walking trail that follows England’s best known river from its source to the sea. Visit Oxford and London, pass through watermeadows, cities and villages. Relax in a rowboat, enjoy a mix of nature and culture.
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.
Evesham Vale Light Railway (16 miles)
Evesham Vale Light Railway
- is a narrow gauge steam railway running regular passenger trains every weekend and main school holidays throughout the year.
Batsford Arboretum (16 miles)
- is a wonderful place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the outdoors. Follow the streams, dodge the waterfall and find Foo Dog and the Big Buddha hidden in our arboretum and wild garden. Visit the nearby Cotswold Falconry Centre to see free flying bird demonstrations.
Cotswold Way National Trail (16 miles)
Cotswold Way National Trail
A 102 mile (164km) long National walking trail between Chipping Camden and the city of Bath. Great views, a number of circular walks through a varied and beautful landscape full of wildlife and historic sites to discover with the kids.
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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