20 Best Things To Do In Gloucestershire Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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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. 

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Mr Mulligan's Cheltenham

Mr Mulligan's Cheltenham

  • Cheltenham
  • Indoor
  • Crazy 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...

Outdoor swimming pool at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud

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  • Stroud
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming 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,...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Stroud

  • Stroud
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas 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...

Outside view of Gloucester Apollo VUE cinema in Stroud

Gloucester Apollo

  • Stroud
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas 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...

Ball pit at Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre in Stroud

Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre

  • Stroud
  • Indoor
  • Indoor 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...

Walking path at Hidcote Manor Garden in Chipping Campden

Hidcote Manor Garden

  • Chipping Campden
  • Outdoor
  • Stately 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...

Walking trail at Painswick Rococo Garden in Painswick

Painswick Rococo Garden

  • Painswick
  • Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Woodchester Mansion front

Woodchester Mansion

  • Stonehouse
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

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

Person skiing at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre

  • Gloucester
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing 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...

Bandstand by lake at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park in Gloucester

Prinknash Bird & Deer Park

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos 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...

Ruins of Great Witcombe Roman Villa in Great Witcombe

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

  • Great Witcombe
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

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...

People go kart racing at JDR Karting in Gloucester

JDR Karting

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Go 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...

Cotswold Farm Park

Cotswold Farm Park

  • Cheltenham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children'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...

Cineworld Gloucester Quays

Cineworld Gloucester Quays

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas 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...

Family looking at artefacts in Gloucester Waterways Museum

Gloucester Waterways Museum

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums 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...

Kids looking at rock exhibit at Museum of Gloucester

Museum of Gloucester

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Museums 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...

Climbing wall at The Warehouse Climbing Centre in Gloucester

The Warehouse Climbing Centre

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

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

Mum and baby playing at GL1 in Gloucester

GL1

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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...

People with paddle boards at SUP Gloucester

SUP Gloucester

  • Gloucester
  • Outdoor
  • Water 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...

Outside view of Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Museums 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...

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