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Six weeks of summer

Spend all six weeks of summer with Stagecoach and enjoy everything there is to do in West with our Friends and Family Explorer and our U19 for those aged 5-19.* From castles to climbing, treetops to teashops we've put together lots of ideas to help you and your family & friends get the most out of your time and money this summer.

Our Journey Planner will tell you which routes to take, how to find your bus stop and even how far it is to walk to it. A few ideas to get you started are below!

Gloucester

Gloucester park

Why not enjoy a picnic in the park with family and friends? Chill out and let the world go by, and the kids will have plenty of fun places to play.

Gloucester Life Museum

One of the oldest museums, which dedicates itself to social history, is well worth a visit. Its collections have been mainly donated and they have some of the most fascinating collections in Gloucestershire.

Museum of Gloucester

Here you will find ground floor exhibitors and exhibits, which offer a much more interactive experience. Some of the highlights include a Roman kitchen playhouse and a medieval street.

Robinswood Country Park

This beautiful park is set in 250 acres of countryside, where you can walk to the viewpoint, and follow a marked nature trail. It has a fantastic landscape and is a peaceful place where you might spot badgers, foxes and birds.

St. James City Farm

This 1.5 acres of paddock, situated in the heart of Gloucester is home to a variety of animals including goats, horses and cows. It offers a fun day out for the whole family - and you can even handle and feed the animals.

Warehouse Climbing Centre

This is an old Victorian warehouse, which has been transformed into a large indoor climbing and caving centre. Whether you are young or old, there is something for everyone, including a cafe – if you’re feeling a little less adventurous!

GL1

Here you will find something for everyone. There are four swimming pools, facilities for football, badminton, squash, table tennis and much more. You can also relax in the café, which also has WiFi access.


Cheltenham

Pitville Park

Pitville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and is home to the impressive Pump Rom and lakes. Kids can play in the newly-built play area, where you will find aviaries with birds and bunnies. There is also a pitch and putt golf course along with a skate park.

Montpellier Treasure Trail

Why not follow the Cheltenham self guided Treasure Trail? There’s 1.5 miles of hidden treasures to be found! The whole trail will take around 2 hours and should you need to take a break, there are plenty of places to stop off along the way.

Sandford Parks Lido

The Lido is a great day out for the whole family and is situated right in the heart of Cheltenham. Children will have lots of fun on the slides, in the children’s pool and in the paddling pool. The 50M pool is ideal for older children and adults.

Cineworld

The multiplex cinema in the Brewery area of Cheltenham has all the latest film releases, as well as a few family favourites at weekends. Perfect for a rainy day!

Jetage Museum

If you are interested in planes, then this is the place to visit. The museum depicts the start of jet development back in the 1930s and 40s and you can even climb into the cockpits of some of the old planes. It’s a great place for kids and historians alike.


Swindon

The Link Centre
The Link Centre is a large sports complex which offers a large range of sports and activities including swimming, football, ice skating and indoor climbing. Perfect if you have sporty little ones or fancy a go yourself!

Coate Water Park
Your day at Coate water park can be Splash park one minute and golf the next. You can also hire a BBQ to really take advantage of the beautiful lakeside view.

Jolly Roger Adventure
The Jolly Roger is the biggest play area in the South. There are lots of fun activities for the children, including bouncy castles, a soft and adventure play area and a driving area, where they can drive a police car, post office van or even a bus!

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
This houses one of the best 20th Century Art collections outside of London and has various interesting displays of local history, archaeology and geology.

Rockstar Climbing
If you’re a bit of a daredevil, Rockstar Climbing might be more your kind of thing. The nervous can try a taster session, or you can book in for a course to get started. Prefer the quiet life? They cafe claims to have “quite possibly the best tea and coffee in Swindon”.


Stroud and Forest of Dean

Go Bananas
Go Bananas is an indoor play centre – and it’s not just for kids! Go Bananas offer both child and adult parties. Can you navigate the Aztec Adventure without falling into the crocodile-invested waters?

Selsey Common
Enjoy panoramic views from the common, then take a walk through the woodland on marked tracks. An ideal place to enjoy a picnic.

Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Set in a beautiful park location, Stratford Park Leisure Centre offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities. There is also a lake in the park where you can enjoy a walk and feed the ducks.

Museum in the Park
Situated within Stratford Park, you will find a variety of items of display. These include household items and children’s toys as well as finds and dinosaur fossils.

Ten Pin Bowling
A place where a fun time can be had by all. Lots to do including bowling, pool, video games and a children’s amusement area.

Perrygrove Railway
Perrygrove Railway is situated in Coleford and runs through farmland and woods. Passengers can take a train journey to use the activities and these include a Treetop Adventure, a covered picnic and play area, an indoor village with secret passages and a den-building area in the woods.

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
The forest of dean sculpture trail is a walk with a difference. The 4 mile trail has a unique collection of contemporary sculptures with a theme of the forest and landscape.