Things to do

Things to do includes places to visit, regular opportunities and clubs or groups you can join. There are plenty of locally run online opportunities at the moment, so check out what’s available below. Try a new activity or get involved in a hobby you enjoy and meet people who have the same interests as you. You can browse the categories below or scroll down further to search for things to do by category and by any specific access requirements you have.

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Arts and Crafts

This is where you'll find anything to do with visual arts, textiles, crafts, sculpture, pottery, woodwork etc: clubs, groups and experiences.
Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities

Draw with Rob

#DrawWithRob is a series of draw-along videos that you can watch with your kids and, hopefully,…
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Gloucester / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Social Interest Groups

Bricks2Learn online videos

Ally runs brilliant, hands on brick building play and discovery sessions in Gloucester and surrounding areas.  She also offers Theraplay…
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Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Sports and Leisure

Gympanzees Online Resources

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Attractions and Days Out

Here we've listed some of the great places to visit in Gloucestershire. Activity parks, caves, historic buildings and a couple of castles are just some of the things to look out for.
Gloucestershire / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire offering a round trip of 28…
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Birdland Park and Gardens

Discover an amazing world of birds and their Jurassic ancestors on your day out in the Cotswolds.Please note this venue…
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Cheltenham / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Food and Drink - Gardens and Nature - Parks and Green Spaces - Play Areas

Pittville Park Cafés

If you are visiting Pittville Park, why not pop into one of their cafés for some refreshments?Central…
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Children's Activities

Everything for children including soft play, outdoor adventure, family or child groups like messy play, baby yoga etc and places for family days out.
Gloucester / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Social Interest Groups

Bricks2Learn online videos

Ally runs brilliant, hands on brick building play and discovery sessions in Gloucester and surrounding areas.  She also offers Theraplay…
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Stroud / Children's Activities - Play Areas

Go Bananas

Let's put down phones and get off games consoles to rediscover Fun in an active and safe environment!Please note this…
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Lydney / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities

Dean Forest Railway

Train rides and experiences in the Forest of Dean. Enjoy a relaxing journey along the Dean Forest Railway behind one…
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Farms and Zoos

Farms, Zoos and other animal experiences.
Bourton-on-the-Water / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Farms and Zoos

Birdland Park and Gardens

Discover an amazing world of birds and their Jurassic ancestors on your day out in the Cotswolds.Please note this venue…
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Cheltenham / Farms and Zoos

Cotswold Farm Park

My father Joe Henson founded the Cotswold Farm Park in 1971 to help protect some of our rare breeds of…
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Berkeley / Children's Activities - Farms and Zoos

Cattle Country Park

Welcome to Cattle Country Adventure ParkThe Adventure Park has been operating since the early 1990’s, and has grown from a…
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Festivals and Seasonal

A list of the county's many festivals and events that take place at certain times of year such as the Literature and Jazz Festivals. Easter fun, Halloween goings-on and Santa's Grottos can be found here.
Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Festivals and Seasonal - LGBTQIA+ - Social Interest Groups - Wellbeing

FestivALL - Link Up

What is FestivALL?FestivALL is a month dedicated to celebrating the diverse and welcoming communities in Gloucestershire. This year FestivALL is…
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Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Festivals and Seasonal - Performing Arts

Open Road Carnival Course

Looking for something fun and creative to do this August?Join us online on our virtual  ‘OPEN ROAD’ CARNIVAL…
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Food and Drink

From wine tasting and brewery tours to the Cotswolds' famous pudding club, this category has it covered.
Cirencester / Attractions and Days Out - Food and Drink - Markets and Shopping

Bibury Trout Farm

Founded in 1902, Bibury Trout Farm is one of England's oldest working trout farms set in the historic village of…
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Lydney / Children's Activities - Food and Drink - Parks and Green Spaces - Play Areas

Visit Cannop Ponds

Cannop Ponds are two large ponds, just north of Parkend in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. The ponds,…
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Cheltenham / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Food and Drink - Gardens and Nature - Parks and Green Spaces - Play Areas

Pittville Park Cafés

If you are visiting Pittville Park, why not pop into one of their cafés for some refreshments?Central…
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Gardens and Nature

Enjoy some of Gloucestershire’s beautiful gardens and areas of wildlife.
Winchcombe / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Gardens and Nature - Historic buildings

Sudeley Castle

Described as the Hidden Gem of the Cotswolds, this castle and gardens make a great day out.Visit Sudeley Castle and…
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Gloucestershire / Farms and Zoos - Gardens and Nature

Wild Earth Safari LIVE

WildEarth’s safariLIVE is an award winning, expert hosted LIVE safari, broadcast directly from the African wilderness into your home.…
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Gloucestershire / Gardens and Nature - Parks and Green Spaces - Wellbeing

30 Days Wild with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Sign up for your free pack of digital resources to help you explore the wildlife in your area. This June,…
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Historic buildings

Buildings that tell us about the county’s cultural history and families who have lived here. Includes castles, manor houses, estates and barns.
Gloucestershire / Attractions and Days Out - Historic buildings - Parks and Green Spaces - Wellbeing

Tour the world from your own home!

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Berkeley / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Historic buildings

Berkeley Castle

The Berkeley family welcome you to Berkeley Castle, their ancient fortress home where they have lived since their ancestor, Robert…
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Winchcombe / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Gardens and Nature - Historic buildings

Sudeley Castle

Described as the Hidden Gem of the Cotswolds, this castle and gardens make a great day out.Visit Sudeley Castle and…
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LGBTQIA+

Groups and events for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or any other gender or sexual orientation.
Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Festivals and Seasonal - LGBTQIA+ - Social Interest Groups - Wellbeing

FestivALL - Link Up

What is FestivALL?FestivALL is a month dedicated to celebrating the diverse and welcoming communities in Gloucestershire. This year FestivALL is…
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Literature and Writing

Book clubs and creative writing workshops can be found here.
Gloucestershire / Performing Arts - Literature and Writing - Children's Activities

Bedtime Stories in BSL

Enjoy classic children's stories presented in BSL.Gloucestershire Deaf Association Facebook page will share a new video every Tuesday and Thursday…
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Markets and Shopping

From shopping centres and popular shops to local markets with home-produced food and crafts, you’ll find it all here.
Cirencester / Attractions and Days Out - Food and Drink - Markets and Shopping

Bibury Trout Farm

Founded in 1902, Bibury Trout Farm is one of England's oldest working trout farms set in the historic village of…
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Museums and Galleries

Museums that tell us a lot about Gloucestershire’s history, from motoring and war museums to Beatrix Potter and craft & design museums. Also enjoy work done by local artists in our list of galleries.
Gloucestershire / Attractions and Days Out - Museums and Galleries

Online Museum and Gallery Tours

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Parks and Green Spaces

Enjoy walks and picnics in this amazing range of parks and green spaces across the county.
Cheltenham / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Gardens and Nature - Parks and Green Spaces - Play Areas

Pittville Park

Pittville Park, a 20-30 minute walk from the centre of Cheltenham, is the town’s largest ornamental park and features the…
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Gloucester / Parks and Green Spaces - Sports and Leisure - Wellbeing

Inclusive Cycling Sessions at Blackbridge Athletic Track

A selection of special bikes and trikes to enable anyone who would otherwise be unable to cycle to enjoy…
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Tour the world from your own home!

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Performing Arts

Are you looking to dance or want to give amateur dramatics a go? Dance, music and drama activities are listed here.
Gloucester / Children's Activities - Performing Arts - Social Interest Groups - Theatre and Concerts

Music Works at Home

Is music your passion? Are you missing the opportunity to get involved in making music during lockdown?
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Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Festivals and Seasonal - Performing Arts

Open Road Carnival Course

Looking for something fun and creative to do this August?Join us online on our virtual  ‘OPEN ROAD’ CARNIVAL…
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Gloucestershire / Children's Activities - Performing Arts - Wellbeing

Makaton Stories and Songs

There are lots of great resources online to help you and your child enjoy stories and songs with Makaton and…
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Play Areas

Information about outdoor play areas for children.
Lydney / Children's Activities - Food and Drink - Parks and Green Spaces - Play Areas

Visit Cannop Ponds

Cannop Ponds are two large ponds, just north of Parkend in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. The ponds,…
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Cheltenham / Attractions and Days Out - Children's Activities - Food and Drink - Gardens and Nature - Parks and Green Spaces - Play Areas

Pittville Park Cafés

If you are visiting Pittville Park, why not pop into one of their cafés for some refreshments?Central…
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Stroud / Children's Activities - Play Areas

Go Bananas

Let's put down phones and get off games consoles to rediscover Fun in an active and safe environment!Please note this…
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Social Interest Groups

This is a great place to find things to do with people who have similar interests. You might even find a new hobby!
Gloucestershire / Social Interest Groups

Quizzes!

We've been loving all the online quizzing opportunities around at the moment!  Here are just a few of the best -…
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Gloucester / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Social Interest Groups

Bricks2Learn online videos

Ally runs brilliant, hands on brick building play and discovery sessions in Gloucester and surrounding areas.  She also offers Theraplay…
Read more
Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Festivals and Seasonal - LGBTQIA+ - Social Interest Groups - Wellbeing

FestivALL - Link Up

What is FestivALL?FestivALL is a month dedicated to celebrating the diverse and welcoming communities in Gloucestershire. This year FestivALL is…
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Sports and Leisure

A range of sports and leisure activities to get involved in, whether you’re looking for an inclusive club/venue or something that is more suited to your specific requirements.
Gloucestershire / Children's Activities - Performing Arts - Sports and Leisure

Flamingo Chicks Inclusive Dance

Looking for an inclusive dance opportunity whilst in lockdown? Join Flamingo…
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Forest of Dean / Parks and Green Spaces - Sports and Leisure - Wellbeing

Inclusive Cycling Sessions at Mallards Pike

A selection of special bikes and trikes to enable anyone who would otherwise be unable to cycle to enjoy…
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Gloucestershire / Arts and Crafts - Children's Activities - Sports and Leisure

Gympanzees Online Resources

From exercise videos, activities, ideas and Zoom sessions with a qualified therapist – we’re here to help you. Our resource…
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Theatre and Concerts

Venues around Gloucestershire where you can enjoy live performances including theatre, music and comedy.
Cheltenham / Theatre and Concerts

Cheltenham Playhouse

Cheltenham's intimate community theatre, hosting a range of performances.Please note this venue is currently CLOSED until further notice due to…
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Gloucester / Children's Activities - Performing Arts - Social Interest Groups - Theatre and Concerts

Music Works at Home

Is music your passion? Are you missing the opportunity to get involved in making music during lockdown?
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Cirencester / Theatre and Concerts

Sundial Theatre

The heart of performance in Cirencester - hosting a wide range of shows.Please note this venue is currently CLOSED until…
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Wellbeing

A selection of activities, groups and sessions to support your health and wellbeing.
Gloucestershire / Children's Activities - Performing Arts - Wellbeing

Makaton Stories and Songs

There are lots of great resources online to help you and your child enjoy stories and songs with Makaton and…
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Gloucestershire / Wellbeing - Sports and Leisure - Children's Activities

Staying active during Covid-19 Lockdown

The Active and Inclusive Swindon team are providing free, fun and inclusive activities via videos and posts that you can…
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Gloucestershire / Attractions and Days Out - Historic buildings - Parks and Green Spaces - Wellbeing

Tour the world from your own home!

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