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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Gloucestershire

If you love nature, you’ll find plenty of brilliant things to do in Gloucestershire, the home of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 


From wandering through the stunning collection of over 15,000 tree specimens at the Westonbirt The National Arboretum to exploring the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, you’re in for a whole lot of family days out in the great outdoors. 

Fancy a hike? Take the kids to Cotswold Water Park and Beach - it’s a large area of about 40 square miles, featuring more than 150 lakes. Imagine the scenery and the wildlife around there! Speaking of wildlife, if you fancy an animal day out in Gloucestershire, Cotswold Farm Park is one of our best beloved attractions in the region. 

One of the most magical places to visit in Gloucestershire is Puzzlewood, a 14-acre ancient woodland, riddled with indoor and outdoor mazes, secret doors, hidden animal pictures and many other wonderful things to engage your little one’s imagination. Our trusted explorer

Laura went there with her family; here’s her review of Puzzlewood if you’re interested. 

If you’re just visiting Gloucestershire, you may want to take a look at the UK school holiday dates to help you decide when to go. 

  1. Mr Mulligan's Cheltenham Kids Eat Free

    Mr Mulligan's Cheltenham


    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    Take a dive into a mystical lost world at Mr Mulligan’s Cheltenham, where you’ll find an incredible 36 hole course that’s full of surprises. See if y...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  2. Outdoor swimming pool at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud

    Stratford Park Leisure Centre


    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Stratford Park Leisure Centre, as well as being home to indoor facilities galore, a 50 metre outdoor pool also welcomes those wanting to take a dip,...

    1 star rating Rating 1/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  3. Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

    Vue Stroud


    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Sit back and let your imagination take you away because with the latest films, you can go anywhere. Jump into movie magic at Vue Stroud, where you’ll...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  4. Outside view of Gloucester Apollo VUE cinema in Stroud

    Gloucester Apollo


    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Enjoy all the latest releases at Stroud's Apollo Cinema which is now a Vue Stroud, surrounded by first class comfort and superior technology with all...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  5. Ball pit at Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre in Stroud

    Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Physical fun at its best! Go Bananas has something for the whole family from tiny tots to hulking great 10 year olds! Whiz your way down the cool wav...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  6. Walking path at Hidcote Manor Garden in Chipping Campden

    Hidcote Manor Garden

    Chipping Campden

    Stately Homes and GardensStately Homes and Gardens

    Hidcote Manor Garden was created to be full of surprises, with a maze of narrow pathways and secret gardens for the kids to explore. There are some l...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  7. Walking trail at Painswick Rococo Garden in Painswick

    Painswick Rococo Garden


    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Painswick Rococo Garden The much beloved Painswick Rococo Garden was designed back in the 1740s as a rather flamboyant pleasure garden for entertaini...

    Suitable for Outdoor
  8. Woodchester Mansion front

    Woodchester Mansion


    Stately Homes and GardensStately Homes and Gardens

    Visit the mysterious Woodchester Mansion and discover a stunning piece of history nestled in beautiful rural Gloucestershire. Walk around, marvel at...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
  9. Person skiing at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

    Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre


    Skiing and SnowboardingSkiing and Snowboarding

    Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre is located on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds. Activities offered...

    Suitable for 0-8 Outdoor
  10. Bandstand by lake at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park in Gloucester

    Prinknash Bird & Deer Park


    Zoos and Wildlife ParksZoos and Wildlife Parks

    Once the hunting lodge of King Henry VIII, Prinknash Bird and Deer Park's Old Abbey is set in a charming wooded valley the other side of a monastic e...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  11. Ruins of Great Witcombe Roman Villa in Great Witcombe

    Great Witcombe Roman Villa

    Great Witcombe


    The Great Witcombe Roman Villa is set in beautiful countryside and thought to be one of its kind left standing in Britain. These rare remains reach s...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  12. People go kart racing at JDR Karting in Gloucester

    JDR Karting


    Go Karting and DrivingGo Karting and Driving

    JDR Karting and Darklight Lasertag offers a great family day out and is particularly popular for kids birthday parties. The junior karting track give...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor
  13. Cotswold Farm Park Open in February for lambing!

    Cotswold Farm Park


    Children's FarmsChildren's Farms

    Meet the nation’s favourite farmer along with his furry, fuzzy and feathered friends at Cotswold Farm Park. You’ll learn how a working farm is run wi...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  14. Cineworld Gloucester Quays

    Cineworld Gloucester Quays


    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Bring some excitement into your day with a brilliant new film at Cineworld Gloucester Quays. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  15. Family looking at artefacts in Gloucester Waterways Museum

    Gloucester Waterways Museum


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Gloucester Waterways Museum brings to life the fascinating story of 2,000 miles of waterways and Britain's most inland port. Kids of all ages will en...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
  16. Kids looking at rock exhibit at Museum of Gloucester

    Museum of Gloucester


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    The Museum of Gloucester, previously known as Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, was recently given a grant to refurbish and reinvent itself. It...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor
  17. Climbing wall at The Warehouse Climbing Centre in Gloucester

    The Warehouse Climbing Centre



    The Warehouse Climbing Centre is set over 5 floors with dedicated spaces for climbing, bouldering and children's activities. The Digi wall, Auto bela...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  18. Mum and baby playing at GL1 in Gloucester



    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    GL1 is Gloucester's own leisure centre offering a variety of activities for young and old, from swimming for the whole family to indoor sports of all...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  19. People with paddle boards at SUP Gloucester

    SUP Gloucester


    Water SportsWater Sports

    Why try stand-up paddleboarding? Not only is it great core exercise, but it's a fantastic way to see the world from the water. At SUP Gloucester, you...

    Suitable for 13+ Outdoor
  20. Outside view of Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester

    Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is well laid out and full of interactive exhibits and displays that will really grab the attention of your kids. T...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor

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