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13 budget family-friendly things to do in Gloucestershire

20 May 2019

Whether you’re planning a family day out, or perhaps looking for a way to keep boredom at bay, SoGlos has teamed up with Stagecoach West to round up 13 budget family-friendly things to do in Gloucestershire.

1. Splash about at Leisure at Cheltenham

When your activity budget is running dry, head to Leisure at Cheltenham’s splash pad where the whole family can enjoy a day out for under £20! Suitable for children up to the age of eight, the indoor splash pad features slides, fountains and toys.

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2. Meet some furry friends at Over Farm

Have a baa-rilliant time at Over Farm where you can meet some sheep, donkeys, ponies, pigs and more, and all for free! In the summer there’s the chance to stock up on strawberries and there’s also a fun trail for kids too.

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3. Get a great view of Gloucester Cathedral

Enjoy some family fun at Gloucester Cathedral with a host of things to see and do, and all with free entry. Design a gargoyle, dress up as a pilgrim or climb to the very top of the cathedral’s tower; there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.

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4. Go for a walk on Robinswood Hill

Soak up the views, let the kids run riot and enjoy some free family fun with a stroll up to the peak of Robinswood Hill. With a kiosk to grab a drink, a children’s play area and glorious views all around, why not pack a picnic and make a day of it?

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5. Explore an exhibition at The Museum of Gloucester

Everyone gets free entry at Museum of Gloucester making it a great cheap choice for a family day out. With exhibitions covering everything from medieval streets to dinosaurs, it’s also a great option for a rainy day too.

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6. Let the little monkeys run around at Go Bananas

Featuring ball pits, slippery slides, a big balloon zone and tasty treats in the café, Go Bananas promises somewhere for both babies and bigger kids to explore, and let off some steam.

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7. Catch a movie at Roses Theatre

Expect family films a-plenty at Roses Theatre, with a stellar selection of movies screened all year round. With tickets costing from £6, there’s even special baby and toddler-friendly screenings on Monday mornings.

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8. Race around the course at GL1

It won’t just be the kids that will want to take on Gloucester’s brand-new inflatable assault course. With discounts available for families, the course includes bouncy balls, inflatable slides and tunnels to race around.

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9. Pack a picnic and tuck in at Pitville Park

Boasting one of the county's best play areas, a picture-perfect boating lake and masses of glorious green space, Pittville Park is a great spot for tucking into a family picnic. If you don't fancy making your own, Central Cross Cafe sells a selection of tasty treats and ice creams for sunny summer days.

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10. Bring out your creative streak at Dixie Dot Crafts

Let your artistic flair free at Dixie Dot Crafts in Kingsway, Gloucester, where the whole family can get stuck into some crafty activities. With everything from pottery painting to tutu making and even slime workshops – it’s also another great option for when the weather isn’t so great.

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11. Watch out for wildlife at Tewkesbury Nature Reserve

Pull on your wellies and go bug hunting around Tewkesbury Nature Reserve. Free to explore, there’s the chance to look out for beautiful birds and swimming fish, as well as keeping an ear out to hear the cuckoo calling.

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12. Reach new heights at Funky Warehouse

Bounce, boing and bound around at Funky Warehouse in Cheltenham. There’s a baby and toddler area, over 30 trampolines and a Ninja Warrior course to take on.

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13. Take aim at Laser Tag in Gloucester

Bring out your competitive streak and enjoy some family fun with a game of Laser Tag at JDR Karting in Gloucester. Suitable for children over six-years-old and great for a wet weather plan, it’s a perfect opportunity for even the big kids to run around and have some fun.

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