The Warehouse Climbing Centre (< 1 mile)
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.
Gloucester Waterways Museum (< 1 mile)
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...
GL1 (< 1 mile)
- 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.
JDR Karting (< 1 mile)
Indoor Go Karting and Lasertag arena. 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 purpose uv artwork in the UK.
Tenpin Gloucester (2 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!
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre (3 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 9 hole golf, there's something to do for everyone!
Prinknash Bird and Deer Park (5 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...
The Playmate Childrens Riding School (7 miles)
Sandford Parks Lido (8 miles)
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.
Leisure at Cheltenham (8 miles)
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 Paint it Yourself Pottery Co. (8 miles)
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.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (8 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.
Stratford Park Leisure Centre (8 miles)
Pittville Park (8 miles)
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.
Gloucester Apollo (9 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.
Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre (9 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!
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (11 miles)
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
is a wildlife attraction offering families close encounters with exotic birds, mammals and amphibians. The attraction is in the beautiful setting of the Cotswolds and has views out to the Seven Estuary.
Dean Heritage Centre (12 miles)
Dean Heritage Centre
The history of the Forest of Dean including the Gruffalo woodland trail; a reconstructed Victorian cottage, an adventure playground; a chainsaw carving demonstration pitch; animals and an onsite gift shop and cafe. With a full programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops...
Eastnor Castle (13 miles)
Fairytale Georgian castle in magical surroundings, with Deer Park, Lake and Arboretum, Children's Adventure Playground and Assault Course, Knight's Maze and Burma Bridge Tree Top Walkway.
Eastnor Pottery and The Flying Potter (13 miles)
Eastnor Pottery and The Flying Potter
is an indoor pottery studio where you learn how to make things from clay. Try the art of the potterâs wheel. Model your favourite animal or figure. Create a mug, bowl or vase. 100âs of exciting projects and pottery making techniques. Creative, fun and suitable for all ages and abilities.
Go Ape Forest of Dean (13 miles)
Forest of Dean
Go Ape Forest of Dean
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Go Ape Forest Segway (13 miles)
Go Ape Forest Segway
You can enjoy our forest segway experience in the beautiful Thetford Forest. From two legs to two wheels for the ultimate forest experience on a rugged all-terrain Segway. It's a unique way to tackle the trails in the forest.
Avonbelle River Boat Trips (14 miles)
Upton Upon Severn
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.
Sudeley Castle (14 miles)
Great castle adventure playground: family opportunities to relax, run wild (usually just the kids) and experience something completely unique. Visit the tomb of Katherine Parr and take a tour of the Castle. The award winning gardens are also worth a visit.
Malvern Hills Spy Mission Drive Trail (14 miles)
Malvern Hills Spy Mission Drive Trail
The Malvern Hills are a famous beauty spot, with scenic views over both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. This circular driving Spy Mission Trail around the North Malvern Hills takes about 2.5 hours. There are 5 stopping places where clues can be found to crack the code and save Malvern’s water!
Glazydayz Pottery (14 miles)
Paint Your Own Pottery - Great fun for kids, relaxing for adults. Choose from over 400 items - the biggest choice of any studio in the Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire area. Indoor kids' play area, plenty of free parking right outside our door, refreshments available
Pedalabikeaway (14 miles)
Start of traffic-free marked trail and single/downhill tracks for serious mountain biker. Bikes for all ages and abilities. Local information, maps, toilets and showers available. Cafe and shop for cycle spares. Bike wash. Groups welcome. Guides on request.
Cattle Country Adventure Park (15 miles)
Berkeley Castle (15 miles)
is England's oldest inhabited castle and most historic home. Over 24 generations of Berkeley's have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home full of treasures. Come and learn about murder, intrigue and mysterious events at the castle.
Malvern Hills GeoCentre (16 miles)
Malvern Hills GeoCentre
is the official visitors' centre of the Geopark way. Attractions include interactive iPads and wall maps encouraging kids to learn all about the geology, archaeology, history and water of the Malvern Hills. The Cafe stocks a wide range of local food and drink and has free WiFi and parking.
Barrys Amusements (16 miles)
6 rides for younger kids and another 8 for older types, including splash ending roller coaster, ghost train, mini and maxi dodgems and the frankly terrifying Looping Star roller coaster!
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool (16 miles)
Corinium Museum (16 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 (16 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.
The Adventure Zone (16 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.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (16 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...
MagicLand (17 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!
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail (17 miles)
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Is a 4 mile trail with sculptures inspired by the forest, trees and wildlife. There are various play structures along the way for the kids to play on.
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure (17 miles)
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure
The steam train for all ages- and all weathers! A charming railway in the Forest of Dean where friendly staff welcome you. Fun for children in our Treetop Adventure and Indoor Village with secret passages - treasure boxes are hidden here! 4 stations, each with paths to walk through ancient woods and solve the...
Puzzlewood (17 miles)
A unique and magical destination in the Forest of Dean. You can explore meandering pathways that take you through a spectacular wonderland of deep ravines of mossy rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations. There is an outside playground and an indoor maze. Plus animals and...
Croome (17 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!
Green Frog Pottery (17 miles)
Green Frog Pottery
Come and have fun painting your own design on a piece of pottery. There are lots of things to choose from, including mugs, plates and bowls, money boxes, treasure boxes, animals, cupcakes, dragons, pirates, aliens, fairies, princesses and much more! Great fun for all the family.
River Severn and Meadows (17 miles)
Ross on Wye
River Severn and Meadows
There are many attractions and activities available by the Severn, including boats to hire, a modern and exciting children's play area, river cruises, crazy golf, a putting green, go-kart's, a paddling pool, skateboard park, plus many amusements.
Wotton Pool (17 miles)
Wotton Under Edge
Heated outdoor pool under cover, summer opening only.
Kingfisher River Cruises (17 miles)
Symonds Yat East
Kingfisher River Cruises
Join the river wending its way through Symonds Yat gorge and village, dividing it into East and West for a 40 minute boat trip with informed history and nature commentary.
Malvern Splash (17 miles)
Features a main pool and a teaching pool with leisure facilities including a beach, flume and wave machine!
Far Peak Climbing and Outdoor Centre (17 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.
Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines (17 miles)
Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines
An impressive natural cave system, mined for over 4,500 years to form some of Britain's most atmospheric and intriguing underground mine workings. Nine caverns, geological and mining displays throughout.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (17 miles)
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo
Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo you can walk with free-flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.
The Amazing Hedge Puzzle (17 miles)
The Amazing Hedge Puzzle
The scale and fun of the amazing Hedge Puzzle has made it Herefordshire's most popular private tourist attraction. Other features include a mini golf course and butterfly zoo plus new Laser Ops outdoor laser tag!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Gloucester 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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