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featuring the CITY OF GLOUCESTER, CHELTENHAM SPA, the COTSWOLDS & the ROYAL FOREST OF DEAN Visitor attractions · Entertainment · Great Shopping · Eating Out Maps · FREE Competitions · 2010 Events & Festivals Guide

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Welcome to the Explore Gloucestershire magazine. This useful, handy sized guide is your perfect companion to help you Explore the wonderful county of Gloucestershire. With four informative maps of Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Royal Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire, it’s an ideal aid for preparing your visits and days out. Explore and enjoy!

Pages 4 - 17 The capital of Gloucestershire, once known as ‘Glevum’ during Roman times, is now a busy shopping centre and home to notable places of historical interest such as the Cathedral.

Maps City of Gloucester............................................................... 16 Royal Forest of Dean.................................................... 28

The Royal Forest of Dean

Cheltenham Spa............................................................ 44

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Cotswolds & Gloucestershire...................................... 67

One of England’s few remaining ancient forests, now a National Park, it boasts stunning scenery throughout the seasons, and is an excellent base for a variety of activities.

Don’t miss events of 2010!

Cheltenham Spa

Guide to the best events this year.............. 34

Pages 32 - 45 Cheltenham is a thriving Regency town, renowned for its Spa waters, fantastic festivals, exclusive shopping and of course the world famous Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Gloucestershire at its Best!

The Cotswolds

Photography COMPETITION 2010

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£250 to be won!............................................... 30

An ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, the Cotswolds with its rolling hills and hidden valleys, is home to some of the most quintessential towns and villages in Britain.

Just the ticket!


Gloucestershire’s very own wet World Cup! Football in the River Windrush at Bourtonon-the-Water takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August, 2010.

City of Gloucester

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Historic Gloucester

Gloucester City Council

A fascinating journey of discovery into the past

celebrating gloucester’s heritage

The Docks

Celebrate everything Gloucester by making Gloucester Folk Museum and Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery your first port of call.

The Cloisters

Gloucester Folk Museum

A variety of ‘handson’ events are run throughout the month for all the family to enjoy.

Gloucester waterways

Lively, loud, with lots of fact filled fun and absolutely free!.

Gloucester combines its ancient origins and a rich historic past with a modern, bustling city. The heart of the City is home to excellent shopping centres, museums, wonderful restaurants and pubs. Nearby lies the beautiful Cathedral, with its ‘Great East Window’ and ‘The Cloisters’ - the most complete example in England. A short walk from the centre takes you to the famous Docks, with its Victorian warehouses, serving what was once the most inland port in Britain. The City Museum and Art Gallery’s fascinating displays are housed in a fine Victorian Building in the heart of the City, containing many items of national and international importance. Among the spectacular collection are archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts and natural history specimens representing Gloucester’s rich heritage.

larger than seems possible, and constantly surprising.

A visit to the museum will tell you so much about the early history of Gloucester. As well as fascinating Roman and Mediaeval displays there are dinosaurs, fossils, paintings, clocks, furniture, the stunning Birdlip Mirror and lots more.

Nature in Art is the world’s only museum dedicated to all kinds of art inspired by nature. Displays embrace two and three-dimensional work in all mediums and styles from across the world, spanning 1500 years. So typically, in addition to a temporary exhibition, you’ll see watercolour landscapes, contemporary glass, the Flemish masters, modern abstract interpretations, bronze sculpture and even some exotic oriental treasures. With all this variety you’re sure to find something appealing, and you’ll make some discoveries too!

Gloucester Folk Museum is one of the oldest-established museums dedicated to social history. The collections have been drawn together mainly through gifts from the entire county of Gloucestershire, and represent one of the most fascinating collections of such material.

At Nature in Art you have the opportunity to meet and talk to an artist whilst they demonstrate their skills. Artists from across the world work at the museum during all opening hours between February and November - so you may encounter painting or almost anything from woodcarving to textile art.

Set in Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the Protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Folk Museum is a complex of rooms on different levels with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors. Behind the chocolate-box facade is a museum (with a garden to the rear) which is both

With various activities like brass-rubbing and an outdoor play area, there’s plenty for children to do. There’s also a tranquil sculpture garden to explore and a coffee shop serving homemade cakes. The museum also offers a variety of short art courses and other events throughout the year - contact them for details.

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Visit yesteryear and explore Victorian Gloucester Docks A short walk from the City Centre you’ll find the historic docks, which in bygone years helped provide the region with food, fuel, textiles and building materials, as then it was the most inland port in England. Visit The Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks and discover the fascinating history of this once bustling Victorian port. Climb onboard heritage boats and discover what life was like living and working onboard a narrow boat. Plenty of hands on displays and special events throughout the year: a perfect day out for the whole family. Complement your visit with a boat trip with commentary along the Gloucester & Sharpness canal onboard our ‘Little Dunkirk Ship’ Queen Boadicea II, or book for one of our longer themed cruises onboard King Arthur. King Arthur is also available for private hire, ideal for those special occasions.

• Relaxing full-board river cruise holidays on the Edward Elgar • Open House events on the Oliver Cromwell Paddle Wheeler • Special Easter & Christmas Lunch Cruises on the canal • Delicious meals, attentive crews, great views, car parking • Stage your own private and unique celebration afloat

Paddle Wheeler Calendar 2010 APRIL Sat 3rd -Sun 4th Sun 25th

EASTER WEEKEND Roof-top BBQs, cream teas & bar. SUNDAY ROAST LUNCH Traditional meal, unique venue.

English Holiday Cruises provide some unique holidays and events afloat. Their cruiser Edward Elgar provides all-inclusive holiday cruises along the River Severn with some great views of the county and an excellent standard of catering.

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They also own the Oliver Cromwell Paddle Wheeler, a static restaurant and events venue floating in Gloucester docks opening most weekends for cream teas, Sunday lunch and dinner-cabaret shows. The boat is also available for exclusive group event hire, for anything from cream teas right up to gala dinner dances. For further information call the company on 01452 410411.

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SHOW BOAT NIGHT Dinner & live entertainment. SUNDAY ROAST LUNCH Traditional meal, unique venue. DRAGON BOAT LUNCHES Watch the boats race by. TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL WEEKEND BBQs, drinks and great views. YACHT FESTIVAL CREAM TEAS Watch the flags flutter.


The Oliver Cromwell Paddle Wheeler static venue.

Most events require advance booking. Both vessels are located on Alexandra Quay, off Llanthony Rd, opposite Gloucester College.

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Sat 5th SHOW BOAT NIGHT Dinner & live entertainment. Sun 6th SUNDAY ROAST LUNCH Another terrific meal. from Sat 12th WORLD CUP FOOTBALL PARTIES Flat screen TVs, drinks and bar meals for every England game. Sun 27th SUNDAY ROAST LUNCH Another great day out.

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Enjoy fun on the farm, locally grown produce and a riverside restaurant serving up delicious food, beautiful views and rooms to stay. On the A40 just outside Gloucester you’ll find Over Farm Market. The large farm shop sells a wide selection of fresh locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, pickles and preserves. There is also a bakery, cheese counter and a meat counter. The shop also sells seasonal wares including Christmas trees. During the summer you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, so it’s also a great day out for the whole family. Children are well catered for as there’s lots of farm animals to look at and plenty of activities throughout the year. In October school half term holidays watch out for spooky goings on with ‘Frightmare’ - a whole week of scary and fun antics for both children and adults. The farm is also ideally placed for trailer rides to watch the Severn Bore.

explore the riverside and the recently restored Canal Basin, learn all about the canal and the local area from the Civil War to today in the free visitor centre and replenish your energies with lunch or dinner from the a la carte menu or just a tea or coffee and cakes in the morning or afternoon - if the weather is good you can even enjoy the locally sourced produce on the terrace overlooking the river, all in the satisfaction of knowing that all the profits go back to charity to maintain the canal. New for 2010 the Wharf House now offers superb, luxurious accommodation. Each of the seven bedrooms provide wonderful views of the River Severn, or the newly restored Canal Basin. All rooms have wide-screen TV’s, full data link-up, and private en suite facilities - some with whirl-pool baths!

For some time by the river there’s no better place than The Wharf House, conveniently located for both Cheltenham and Gloucester, opposite Telford’s Bridge near the junction of the A40/A417, on the western edge of Gloucester. You can - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’


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• Open daily 8am until Evensong • Guided tours and Group tours available • Tower tours Wednesday to Saturday from April to October Phone 01452 528095 • email: or visit our website: Photograph: Gloucester Cathedral taken by Neil Wildin. Highly commended in the 2009 “Explore Gloucestershire at its Best” photography competition.

The famous Cloisters

A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral - a medieval jewel and a glorious sacred space.

Explore Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester Cathedral’s knowledgeable and friendly Guides will lead you through 1000 years of history. Trace the architectural styles from Norman through Perpendicular to the present day where a team of stonemasons are still busy carving and casting. The extraordinary fan-vaulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures and the Lady Chapel houses some of the finest Arts & Crafts glass in the country. The tomb of Edward II became a place of pilgrimage in the 14th century and inspired the innovative cathedral building we treasure today. It is the only monarch’s tomb in the South West, one of only a few outside London and as such is of both historical and architectural significance. There is plenty for families to see and do, including the Whispering Gallery, the Giant Jigsaw and the Teddy Trail – not forgetting the chance to see where ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Dr. Who’ were filmed. The Cathedral Choir stems from that established by Henry VIII and is of a very high standard. The choir sings at the Sunday Eucharist and at most daily Evensongs during school term time. - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’



Set in the heart of historic Gloucester, Café René serves freshly prepared food: 11am to 10pm - 7 days a week Pub Opening Hours: 11am - 12am Sun - Thurs • 11am - 3am Fri - Sat

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Great shopping in Gloucester and a Tall Ships Festival The main streets in the city centre are laid out in a cross, giving rise to Northgate, Eastgate, Southgate and Westgate Streets. This area is pedestrianised and makes the city centre both easy to navigate and very safe. Although there’s the usual high street stores and a selection of specialist shops, the city manages to retain some of its market town characteristics. Kings Walk Shopping Centre, in the heart of Gloucester, provides a huge variety of shops catering for many different types of customer. Their exciting events calendar for this year offers seasonal interactive events for all the family. For details of these and latest news on the shops visit www. Gloucester Quays is a fabulous iconic £400 million waterside retail and leisure development set adjacent to the Historic Docks and the City Centre of Gloucester. The Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet was officially opened in May 2009 by TV Celebrity Gok Wan and is now home to some of the high streets top brands as well as designer names at up to 60% off RRP plus a new three storey antiques centre, maritime museum, hotel, cinema, restaurants and many other attractions and events though out the year, including the return of the third Gloucester Tall Ships Festival*. It’s a lively festival with many nautical themed events and activities and of course the Tall Ships themselves.

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Relax in our friendly atmosphere inside & outside NEW!!! Chargrill menu (see our website for your copy) Sunday roast dinner & full menu Sunday evening summer BBQ / winter chargrill Real ales, ciders & fine wines Parties & functions catered for Full table service in the evening in candlelit restaurant Live music Wednesdays & Fridays Blues, real ale & cider fesival - July / August

Whether you want to eat, drink or just have a cup of coffee... Café René is The Place To Be!

The historic Gloucester Docks offer a stunning backdrop for the designer outlet as well as offering an insight into the history of the area with local heritage trips and plenty of architecture to see.

Two great historical pubs in the City centre offering a lot more than a pint! There are many places to relax and unwind but one of the best is a hidden gem - Cafe René located down on of the old lanes of Greyfriars. This authentic watering hole offers a wide range of culinary delights including a Sunday Roast as well as a vast collection of fine wines, real ales and spirits. Cafe René also has free Wi-fi, Live Music and a Cellar Bar. For a unique dining experience The Tigers Eye Restaurant at the Old Bell is one of the most historic pubs in Gloucester and features an original Jacobean fireplace dating back to 1650. The fusion menu is on offer for the more adventurous diner alternatively you can cook steaks at your table on the shared dining experience that is the ‘Black Rock Grill’. * Tall Ships Festival dates not available at time of going to print - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’


Twice as much fun at one venue! JDR Karting was the first Karting centre in the UK to combine KARTING and LASERTAG under one roof. As a result they are able to offer hours of fun for children (aged 4 and over) to adults. The main track has a minimum age requirement of 12 years and offers many different sessions tailor-made for individuals, groups and corporate events. The track features high-speed banking corners and tarmac surface for exhilarating high-speed racing. There is ample viewing available which is free for spectators. Full training and equipment is included. There’s also a separate junior track for 4 - 11 year olds, which is great fun for birthday parties.

The lasertag arena has been uniquely designed just for the centre and uses the best equipment available. Darklight Lasertag can accommodate ages from children (6 years and over) to adults, and can have up to 34 players in the arena at any one time. Solo and team games are possible and score sheets are issued for every game. The phasers have an LCD display to give live information throughout the game and your position. The arena will be watching you, and various GEMS will shoot you if you do not get them first - so beware! No party would be complete without food so make use of the integrated cafe for all your catering needs. Ample free parking is provided and the Centre is located within walking distance of Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet. - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’



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Why not take a nostalgic steam train trip through the Forest of Dean on the Dean Forest Railway? Pay once and explore all day - a fascinating day out for all the family. During the year there are various events including ‘Steam’ and ‘Diesel’ days. With three special visits during the year by ‘Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends’, there’s guaranteed fun for children!

Queen of Forests’ One of England’s few remaining ancient forests covering over 27,000 acres of woodland. Designated a National Forest Park in 1938, it is bordered by the River Severn and the River Wye, giving rise to its stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery. The seasonal changes showcase a vast array of flora and fauna with ever-changing colours. Bluebells in spring, lush green summers, spectacular autumns and the cool frosts of winter. So much to see and do all year round.

In Autumn get on board the spooky ‘Halloween Ghost Train’ and at Christmas enjoy the great atmosphere and delights of the ‘Santa Specials’.

DEAN FOREST RAILWAY The Friendly Forest Line

Spend an atmospheric day on our GWR branch line, steaming through the magnificent Royal Forest of Dean!

Highlights this year are the anniversaries surrounding the old Severn and Wye Railway and Canal Company. Incorporated 200 years ago, at first horse-drawn, then re-gauged and steam-driven, and of 40 years of railway preservation in Dean. In June and early July, there will be a three week festival of nostalgia, with a visit from the famous ‘City of Truro’ loco.

From a nostalgic steam train journey and a mysterious magical wood, to a centre telling the story of the Forest.

Be sure to grasp a little of the atmosphere of hot oil, live steam and coal smoke. It will be a real tonic!

We recall the charm of steam trains between Lydney Junction, Norchard and the village of Parkend from late February to early November. Fascinating Museum, Gift Shop and Platelayers’ Café. Please check for operating dates. Special events for all the family and railway enthusiasts including ‘Days out with Thomas’, Hallowe’en Ghost Specials, Santa Specials and a three week Severn & Wye Railway Festival at Midsummer this year. Book your Sunday lunch on the First Class Royal Forester Dining train. Large free car park at Norchard - just north of Lydney town. All subject to availability

PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB GARRIGUS Early autumn light accentuates dew-covered details along the edges of a water fowl sanctuary in the Forest of Dean, highlighting a delicate spiderweb.

Norchard Railway Station, Forest Road, Lydney GL15 4ET

Enquiries 01594 845840 (daily 11am-4pm) 24 hour Information Line 01594 843423

Highly commended entry in the 2009 Explore Gloucestershire Photography Competition (See page 31 for details of the 2010 competition). More photo’s by Bob Garrigus can be found at

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Miniature magic and farmyard fun! The Forest Model Village, located just outside Lydney is a great place to enjoy the Forest of Dean in miniature.

Watch out for the spectacular Autumn illuminations with the ‘Festival of Light’, and during December the very popular ‘Winter Wonderland’ decorated with all the festive decor including snow! It’s a truly magical experience. Let the kids go wild in the country and burn off some energy at the Dick Whittington Farm Park. It’s an all weather, all year attraction with great indoor and outdoor facilities. Let them loose in the playbarn while you relax over a tea or coffee. There’s lots of play equipment for all ages up to ten with an array of ball pits and slides, and for the daring older children there’s also a drop slide. There’s a large café serving a wide selection of drinks and snacks and a gift shop. Outside there are lots of animals to feed and stroke, a pets corner and a reptile house full of creepy crawlies. During the summer take advantage of the extensive picnic area and play area. The outdoor pedal karts are also a big hit with the kids.

Children will love this unique visitor attraction equipped with a fabulous play area and inflatables. There’s a gift shop to browse, as well as a café to relax in and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Underground adventure in the Forest of Dean at Clearwell Caves When you visit Clearwell Caves you’ll be entering some of Britain’s oldest underground mine workings, dating back over 4,500 years. With nine impressive caverns to explore, the caves are both educational and fun for the whole family. Clearwell Caves has a varied programme of events throughout the year which include both underground theatre and musical events. Due to the unusual underground location these events are very inspirational and enchanting. The annual Christmas fantasy is always an enjoyable spectacle as the caves are transformed into a magical adventure for children, with a different theme for each year. As well as being a great visitor attraction, special deep level caving days are available throughout the year. ‘Explore Gloucestershire’ were lucky enough to experience this unique opportunity - read about our adventure at

Deep level caving at Clearwell Caves

n 9 impressive caverns n Ochre and blacksmith workshops n Cafe and Gift Shop n Crystals and minerals to buy n Ample free parking n Picnic area n Guided tours/caving activities

Open 10.00am - 5.00pm Clearwell, Nr Coleford, Glos

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At the Dean Heritage Centre, you will discover the story of the Forest, in the heart of the Forest. Step out into the woodland to experience the lives of charcoal burners, traditional cottage-dwellers, and free miners. Indoors, the museum tells the history of a beautiful Forest formed by an industrial past. It reveals a unique culture which visitors will find hard to forget. A great place to start your visit to the Forest!

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From Forest heritage, Middle-earth magic, to Jemima Parry-Jones and her fabulous birds of prey collection

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Puzzlewood is a unique and magical destination in the beautiful Forest of Dean. You can explore one mile of pathways winding through deep gulleys of moss covered rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations, all set in 14 acres of ancient woodland. What is the magic of Puzzlewood? Is it the maze of pathways winding between the moss covered rocks, the twisted roots of the Yew trees or the bridges and ‘lookouts’ you have to find on your way round? You will find Puzzlewood to be an enchanting place. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have ever visited. Once in Puzzlewood you will imagine that you are in a fantasy film, and that fantastic creatures lurk round every corner. In fact Puzzlewood was recently used as a location for the BBC1 production of ‘Merlin’ and the fantastic creature spotted in its midst was a unicorn!! JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it is easy to see why.

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Puzzlewood A magical day out in the Forest of Dean

The International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) near Newent was taken in hand by its previous owner, Jemima Parry-Jones in 2008. A major refurbishment since has returned the Centre to a beautiful place to visit with Jemima’s dedicated staff and wonderful collection of birds of prey. The ICBP is a great place to visit, learn about and enjoy these great birds. With three flying demonstrations daily from April to October, you can relax in the picturesque setting and gaze at the spectacular displays by these incredible birds. It’s also a great photography opportunity and courses with experts are also available. For a great present you can also book special experience days including the very popular ‘Winter Owl Evenings’ operating at weekends from November to Christmas and at Valentine’s for a wonderful romantic experience.

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An exhaustive history of felony and misdemeanor in the Forest’s former prison! Located at the gateway to the south of the Royal Forest of Dean, is Littledean Jail, a former house of correction, courthouse and police station, now privately owned and is home to the infamous ‘Crime through Time’ collection. Once you enter the jail, through where the old court house once stood, you’ll come face to face with an extraordinary Aladdin’s Cave of curiosities. This eclectic private collection touches on a great many sad, disturbing, quirky and at times taboo subject matters - so be warned! It’s an intriguing collection which includes many rare and historically significant exhibit items including the hangman’s noose that was used on the man they couldn’t hang - John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee. The skull remains of the last man in Britain to be gibbeted, then hung, drawn and quartered! As you wander through the jail you’ll find wall to wall galleries of authentic and vintage signed photographs and ephemera from some of the world’s most notorious villains and criminals, and iconic celebrity figures slated and brought to heal by the tabloid newspapers. There are strange looking creatures on show too, including the products of Victorian taxidermy that were exhibited in this era. They include a six-legged piglet, a kitten with five legs, a three-eyed puppy with two mouths, an eight-legged lamb with one head and four ears and a ten foot long maneating crocodile, and various other beasts of the jungle too. The Jail is also home to the largest single collection of Quadrophenia memorabilia in the world and includes the Vespa GS-Rally scooter that Sting (who played ‘Ace Face’) rode in the famous 1978 cult film, which was highly regarded as being one of the greatest British films of all times. We must stress that the Jail is NOT for the faint hearted, or for persons of a sensitive nature. Children are allowed in but should be kept under the strict supervision by their parents or guardians at all times. (Explore Gloucestershire) - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’


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Three great visitor attractions located at Symonds Yat West

Arts, activities and ‘fire sculptures’ at Taurus Crafts near Lydney

Over in Symonds Yat West you’ll find three great visitor attractions on one site.

Over in the south west of the Forest of Dean, at Aylburton, on the Lydney Park Estate, you’ll come across Taurus Crafts, an inspirational place to visit with great works of art and crafts created through the various studios and workshops. There’s also a wholefood restaurant and organic market garden open daily.

Meet the Maze Makers Lindsay and Edward Heyes. The aMazing Hedge Puzzle is just right for games with your friends and family. Hide and seek, tag, or even kiss-chase. Find your way then play! Think you know how to solve mazes? The Museum of Mazes will surprise you! Why not take home some puzzling fun to share with your friends from the brilliant Puzzle Shop.

Throughout the year Taurus Crafts have many workshops and events including a ‘Fire Sculpture’ to celebrate the end of summer, and a festive Christmas market where local craftsmen sell their seasonal wares and gifts. Fine foods produced locally are on sale too.

The Wye Valley Miniature Golf twelve hole course, is set amongst the fantasy ruins of a picturesque roman farm villa. Will you beat par for the course? Will you curse the gods at the Shrine of the Four Seasons, or work up a lather in the roman bath house? Score cards, clubs and balls provided. Original design with excellent all weather artificial turf playing-surface. At the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, walk among the world’s most beautiful and delicate creatures, as they fly around you. It’s a safari where you explore to find answers which baffled people for centuries: Why don’t butterflies grow? How long do they live? Where do they lay eggs? How do you find caterpillars? How do they survive? Be at home with the butterflies and find out how to attract native butterflies to your garden. - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’



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One of the most famous sporting events in England occurs in mid March. With daffodils in full bloom and race-goers swarming the streets of Cheltenham, the National Hunt Festival brings the Regency town to life! Spread over four days, this amazing equestrian treat finishes with the ‘blueriband’ event, the ‘Cheltenham Gold Cup’. If you haven’t been before – you must! The atmosphere is electric and the buzz of excitement can be felt miles away! The Wychwood Music Festival returns to the racecourse in early June. Widely regarded as the UK’s most family and green friendly festival, Wychwood has gone from strength to strength over the last five years, fast becoming the UK’s most successful independent arts event of the summer.

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For food lovers the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival serves up culinary delights with Antonio Carluccio and top local chefs demonstrating their skills in the kitchen. With many food stalls, entertainment, beer and cider tent and much more, this is a festival to whet any appetite. In the height of summer, Cheltenham College plays host to the C&G Cheltenham Cricket Festival. Gloucestershire County Cricket Club this year will be taking on the counties of Yorkshire and Middlesex in the Clydesdale Bank 40 one day matches, with Glamorgan and neighbours Worcestershire in the 4 day LV=County Championship. The county’s team have been entertaining the crowds at the College for over 130 years, and with ‘Ladies Day’, beating the retreat and many hospitality packages on offer, it’s a great summer festival for all sports lovers - a true cricketing indulgence indeed!

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A ‘giant’ fire sculpture and celebration, marking the end of summer. A family event with entertainment and refreshments.

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Coinciding with Fathers Day this year the show will be commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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The hottest ticket in town! West End musicals, plays, ballet, opera, comedy and traditional pantomime!

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The Everyman Theatre had its grand opening in 1891 with a performance by prominent actress Lily Langtry and has continued to entertain, delight and enthral audiences ever since.

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum possesses an internationally significant collection relating to the Arts and Crafts Movement, recognised as outstanding by the award of Designated Museum status in 1998. Particularly strong in furniture, the collection also includes silver, textiles, ceramics and paintings, much of which was made by Cotswold craftsmen inspired by William Morris.

Originally the New Theatre and Opera House, the theatre was designed by Frank Matcham, the greatest architect of his time. It contains one of Matcham’s finest surviving interiors and its auditorium is largely intact. Many of theatre’s greats have taken centre stage at the Everyman, from Ellen Terry and HB Irving to Charlie Chaplin, Fred Karno and John Gielgud and it is still home to the many stars that visit with touring shows as well as a vital resource to the community. The Everyman showcases a huge range of performances from drama to musicals, comedy, children’s shows and of course the most anticipated and exciting event on the calendar, the pantomime! It strives to produce entertainment that is attractive and welcoming to the entire population of Gloucestershire and the surrounding regions. The Everyman Studio Theatre presents a unique programme of events supporting new writing and the groundbreaking work of Gloucestershire’s theatre companies and the ReachOut team work across the county helping children and adults explore their creative potential through the arts in a range of community and educational initiatives. This ranges from working in schools and youth centres to organising an annual carnival, supporting students with a disability devise a performance to training for teachers in delivering drama, training for Equity actors and GCSE, A Level and SATS workshops. Last, but by no means least, EveryTots and EveryKid sessions provide an opportunity for children and young people to learn new skills, make new friends and discover hidden talents and the successful Youth Theatre regularly perform shows and take performances to the Edinburgh Festival. For further information on the Everyman Theatre take a look at the website at

Cheltenham is the most complete Regency town in Britain and the museum houses a wide range of objects associated with its history. There is also a gallery devoted to one of the town’s famous sons, Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott on their way back from the South Pole in 1912. Dutch and Flemish paintings, donated by the Baron de Ferrieres in 1898, are of particular interest. A fine collection of oriental ceramics has been assembled from the many pieces brought back to Cheltenham by retiring civil servants who had served in the Far East. There are additional displays of archaeological treasures from the Cotswolds and a series of historical galleries depicting life from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, as well as a programme of special exhibitions changing regularly throughout the year. Due to redevelopment, the Art Gallery & Museum may be closed from September 2010 onwards, for approximately 18 months. Please check (by telephone/website) for confirmed details.

Explore the Holst Birthplace Museum Visit the birthplace of Gustav Holst, composer of ‘The Planets’, and see the piano on which he composed his masterpiece. This elegant Regency terraced house shows the ‘upstairs-downstairs’ way of life of in Victorian and Edwardian times, and includes a working Victorian kitchen and children’s nursery. Access is difficult for wheelchair users, due to the nature of the building. A lively event programme including children’s activities can be found at

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Two great leisure and retail centres in the heart of Cheltenham Situated in the heart of Cheltenham, the Regent Arcade boasts over 60 shops, 7 restaurants and parking for 500 cars. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment including a brand new roof - giving the shopping centre a light and airy feel. The Regent Arcade is home to the famous ‘Wishing Fish Clock’ which children love when it comes to life ‘on the hour’. Browse around the many shops, including Tobacco World - one of the few specialist suppliers of fine cigars in the country. The Brewery is Cheltenham’s premier leisure and retail destination, the perfect venue for family entertainment and eating out. It offers an exciting mixture of bars, restaurants, retail and entertainment. Watch a movie at Cineworld, work out at Fitness First and enjoy great food at Après, Chiquito, Frankie & Benny’s, Mango, Nando’s, Prezzo or the Real China. For homestyle retail therapy visit Habitat or Dwell. Check out Gloucestershire College for free IT courses. New for kids in spring 2010: Playfarm soft play activity centre! The Brewery is two minutes walk from Boots corner via the Lower High Street (turn right just before Tesco) or park at the NCP in St Margaret’s Road.

Speciality shopping in Cheltenham Nestled on the edge of the Cotswold scarp between Cheltenham and Gloucester, Primrose Vale Farm Shop & PYO specialise in growing super fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables picked daily from their fields. So whether you prefer robust winter roots, brassicas packed with nutrients, your quintessential soft summer fruits or the first cut of asparagus, there’s plenty available at Primrose Vale to suit everyone’s tastes. Local produce is also very much a key part of the business, thus keeping food miles to a minimum as well as supporting other farmers and food producers. A visit to the shop will reassure you that this is very much the case as you will quickly realise their philosophy is to source from Gloucestershire and it’s surrounding counties whenever possible. Cheltenham has for a long time been a town renowned for its exclusive shopping, from charming boutiques to shopping centres with many leading retailers. The Nutrition Centre located in the town centre and Bath Road offers a wide range of quality vitamins and herbal supplements, organic foods and natural body and skincare ranges. They pride themselves on their customer service and ability to give expert advice to help you find the solutions to all your health needs. They also have shops in Cirencester and Tewkesbury. Located in ‘The Suffolks’ is Cheltenham Antique Market. With a wide range of antiques, the market also offers a stock of high quality chandeliers from all over Europe.

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The Cotswolds A fascinating region of the UK and an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. One of the most beautiful and captivating areas of England, known and loved by people across the world. An area of warmth and character, where Cotswold stone walls, buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and picturesque villages make it a spectacular English landscape - a landscape once experienced, never to be forgotten.

The Cotswolds boasts an abundance of beautiful gardens, but one of the finest must be at the National Trust property at Hidcote near Chipping Campden. The carefully designed gardens were made into exquisite rooms by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston during the 20th century, with each possessing its own special character.

There’s an array of attractions and activities to suit all ages, from child friendly farms and stunning country gardens to windsurfing, cycling and walking.

A plethora of wildlife and nature can be found throughout the Cotswolds, but at Bourton-on-the-Water, one visitor attraction has the only group of King Penguins in England and Wales, and with many other exotic birds, Birdland Park & Gardens is well worth a visit.

During Medieval times the Cotswolds was well known throughout Europe as supplying excellent wool and much of the building and traditions that remain today are a result of the industry. The Cotswolds are full of historical gems that span the ages. From ancient Roman settlements at Chedworth, to the former home to one of King Henry VIII’s wives (Katherine Parr, who did escape the chopping block!) at Sudeley Castle, to the 17th century hunting retreat at Lodge Park within the Sherborne Estate.

The Cotswolds are blessed with a wealth of events throughout the year, from spectacular air shows, traditional festivals, country shows and lots more. For details of these and many other events see pages 34 and 35 or visit our website at www.

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Cotswold Wildlife Park - 40 years old! In 2010 the Cotswold Wildlife Park celebrates its 40th Anniversary. The Park first opened its gates to the public on Good Friday 27th March l970; the weather was fine and admission prices were 5 shillings for adults (25p) and 2 shillings for children (10p). From those modest beginnings, the Park has grown into a major attraction and the animal collection is one of the most diverse in the country; many are designated as threatened or endangered in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red Data Books and the Park plays an active role in numerous important captive breeding programmes. The Park receives no outside funding and remains a family run concern. Visitors walk around the 140 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and gardens to see the larger mammals including Asiatic lions, Leopards, a young trio of White Rhinos, Bactrian camels and many more. Staff at the Park are very excited at the prospect of a new enclosure, already under-way, for the arrival of giraffes later in the year. The ‘Walled Garden’, once the kitchen garden for the Manor House, has been transformed with displays of exotic plants, tender perennials and is the perfect setting for tropical birds, penguins and smaller mammals including the ever-popular meerkats. Here you will find the Tropical House and, close by, be able to walk with lemurs in the Madagascar walkthrough enclosure.

The Park is open daily from 10am and many families will spend a full day at the Park enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, visiting the farmyard, having picnics or eating in the large self-service Oak Tree Restaurant, riding on the train, and playing in the adventure playground. Facilities are good with wheelchair access to all the enclosures, free parking, Award winning toilet blocks and Gift shop; dogs are allowed provided they are controlled on short leads. The Park is a popular venue for school and group visits and was the first wildlife park to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. During the summer months there are Birds of Prey Demonstrations on Bank Holiday weekends, Reptile Awareness Days on Sundays from May through to August, weather permitting and a number of car rallies. For full information see www. - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’


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Two completely different family visitor attractions in Bourton-on-the-Water Birdland Park & Gardens is a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, which is inhabited by over 500 birds, with the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland. There are over 50 aviaries and a Desert House. You will also see a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects. There is the Penguin Café serving home-cooked food, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, a playground and a gift shop.

Cotswold Motoring Museum, in the heart of Bourton-onthe-Water reflects motoring history over the years. The collection showcased represents a real slice of motoring history from the 20th century. Take a trip down memory lane when you view the museum’s vast collection of motoring memorabilia and extensive collection of toys. You can also say hello to TV’s Brum, the famous little yellow car who lives at the Museum. The little super hero car, whose adventures start and finish at the museum, can be seen every day.

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Birdland have just added another 2.5 acres to the site and have developed a nature trail area called ‘Marshmouth Reserve’ - open Easter 2010. The area is a maze of paths and copses with marshland and ponds and views over the Windrush River that will develop over the next few years. This will be a chance to immerse yourself into a small area of the Cotswold countryside where you can see many species, as diverse as a dragonfly to a kingfisher.


There are several new aviaries and more to be built which will allow for some new species of bird to be seen here in 2010.

Multi-award winning museum for all ages, ideal for families. So much to see and do!

2010 will also see the completion of the refurbishment of the Tropical House which now offers a dry area to explain the Life Cycle of the Egg and the Life of Birds, with seating and soft play area. Also located within the Tropical House is ‘Trigg Hall’ a new conference/classroom/lecture theatre facility which will expand the educational facilities for schools, the visitor experience and small business conferences. For more details please contact Birdland.

For a great day out why not visit the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water. Known as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” this popular spot is home to the award winning Cotswold Motoring Museum, where we have something for all the family!

Many events are planned for 2010 including ‘Bird of Prey Encounters’, ‘Reptile Awareness Days’, ‘Meet a Keeper’ , ‘Easter Trail’, ‘Summer Trail’ and much more.

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English history, steam heritage and farmyard fun near Winchcombe Sudeley Castle sits nestled in the Cotswold Hills, surrounded by 1200 acres of grounds, award-winning gardens and historic medieval ruins. Sudeley has passed in and out of royal hands many times throughout the centuries, notably home to Queen Katherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII, who is buried in the chapel of St Mary at Sudeley. It has also been visited by Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Besieged by Cromwell’s troops, Sudeley was restored in the19th century by the Dent brothers with their fortunes from the glove trade. Today Sudeley is the home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and their respective families. Sudeley’s glorious gardens are amongst the very best in England, from the centrepiece Queens Garden, billowing with hundreds of varieties of old fashioned roses, to the herbal healing garden which is being introduced for the 2010 season. Various exhibitions give a fascinating insight into the lives of Sudeley’s former residents, including Katherine Parr’s prayer book and the host of curious objects collected by Emma Dent, the Victorian Chatelaine of Sudeley. Guided tours of the private apartments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sudeley boasts a fabulous children’s play area with wooden fort, slide and zip wire, set in a family picnic area. Opening dates are from 29th March to 31st October 2010, daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm. For more information call 01242 602308 or visit Heading northwards from Winchcombe you’ll find the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway station at Toddington. Take a trip on one of the steam trains to Cheltenham station while taking in the breathtaking Cotswold views. The Gloucester Warwickshire Railway holds many events throughout the year including “Diesel and Steam Galas”, “Transport Nostalgia Days” and the ‘Autumn Steam and Vintage Rally’ in October. ‘Thomas the Tank’ engine visits in April and September, and this year will see the arrival of ‘Olton Hall” which starred in the Harry Potter films as ‘Hogwarts Express”. All GWR events are also listed on our website Cotswold Farm Park, located near Guiting Power (which is about 5 miles north west of Winchcombe), is one of the best places in the Cotswolds to take children of all ages. There’s a comprehensive collection of rare breed British farm animals, lambs and goat kids to bottle feed, piglets to stroke, seasonal farming demonstrations including lambing, shearing and milking, lots of fun children’s activities, two mile wildlife walk, picnic area, gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen. TV Presenter Adam Henson looks forward to welcoming you to the Cotswold Farm Park.

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“The crowd fell silent as the sword came down...” Chedworth Roman Villa

‘Gladiators’ event

Yanworth, nr Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3LJ

Telephone: 01242 890256

2010 EVENTS at Chedworth Roman Villa 2 - 18 April: Easter Egg Trail 19 - 20 June: Dad’s Gladiator School (ideal for Father’s Day!) 27 June: Roman Falconry Display 17 July - 31 Aug: Nature Trail 17 - 18 July: Meet the Archaeologist 24 - 25 July: The Romans are coming! 21 - 22 Aug: ‘Gladiators!’ Warriors fight it out! 29 - 30 Aug: Leylines & Labyrinths 11 Sept: Heritage Open Day (free entry) 9 - 10 Oct: The Big Draw 23 - 31 Oct: Halloween Trail Mosaic making sessions most months. Check website for further details of these and other events happening throughout the year.

Open 13 March - 14 November (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays)

2010 EVENTS at Lodge Park 2 - 18 April: 3 May: 30 - 31 May 23 July: 31 July & 1 Aug: 12 Aug: 15 Aug: 11 Sept: Sept: tbc 2- 3 Oct: 23 - 31 Oct: 4 Dec: 11 - 12 Dec:

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Easter Egg Trail Leylines & Labyrinths Pirates! Wildlife Fun Highwaymen! Open Air Theatre

Box office: 0844 249 1895

Falconry Display Heritage Open Day (free entry) Deerhound Day The Big Draw ‘Deerhound Day’ event Halloween Trail Aldsworth, nr Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3PP Christmas Music Concert Telephone: 01451 844130 Christmas at Lodge Park

Check website for further details of these and other events happening throughout the year.

Open 12 March - 31 October, Fridays to Sundays & BH Mondays Ideal setting to enjoy a picnic.

Great events at two great National Trust properties in the Cotswolds in 2010. Both places only 30 minutes from Cheltenham.

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Discover Roman Life & 17th Century Stuart Splendour in the Cotswolds You don’t have to travel all the way to Italy to see original Roman mosaics, under-floor heating, bath houses and 2nd century latrines. The remains of one of the largest Roman villas in Britain is right here in Gloucestershire! It provides a fascinating insight into the period and can be found amidst Cotswold valleys at Chedworth Roman Villa. Visitors can experience Roman times through audio tours, trails and living history events. Come along to see the Roman Legionaries or Gladiator fights, try your hand at mosaic making or follow the Easter Egg trail! Open 13 March - 14 November (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays).

Admire the work of Prehistoric metalsmiths. Marvel at the Roman mosaics as you take a peek through the window of a Roman town house . Come face to face with the Anglo Saxons and their buried treasures. Be amazed by Medieval Sculpture, Civil War coin hoards and experience the elegance of Victorian Cirencester. An inspiring and interactive experience for everyone. Special events, exhibitions and workshops take place through out the year, please see our website for more details. Fully accessible with a Cafe attached. Gift Shop and the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre on site.

Lodge Park is a unique 17th century grandstand situated on the picturesque Sherborne Estate in the Cotswolds. Built for the popular spectator sport of deer coursing, it was created in 1634 by John ‘Crump’ Dutton and inspired by his passion for gambling, banqueting and entertaining. Until 1983 it was the home of Charles Dutton, 7th Lord Sherborne, and, when bequeathed, it was the first project undertaken by the National Trust that relied totally on archaeological evidence. Visitors can now experience how the unique grandstand would have looked in the 17th century and enjoy the impressive views of the deer course and park, which was designed by Charles Bridgeman. Open Fridays to Sundays from mid March to mid November, Lodge Park is an excellent place for family picnics and countryside walks. There is a varied programme of events including ‘Wildlife Fun Days”, falconry displays and a traditional ‘Deerhound Day” in September.

The Corinium Museum, Cirencester Leave the 21st century behind you and discover the treasures of the Cotswolds as you explore its history at this multi-award winning Museum. Home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities extensively from Corinium, Roman Britain’s second largest city. - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’


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The Bristol Aero Collection at Kemble celebrating 100 years of our aviation heritage In 2010 we shall be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Bristol Aeroplane Company and the beginning of a century of aviation design and production. The company was founded by Sir George White, a Victorian entrepreneur, whose first venture into aeroplane manufacture sprang from his successful tramway and bus companies. The Bristol Aero Collection is dedicated to the preservation and display of products of the Bristol Aeroplane Company and its sister companies. On display at Kemble are examples of road transport, military and passenger aircraft, aero engines, missiles, spacecraft and many more items designed and built in Bristol. The museum is manned by enthusiastic volunteers and is housed in a WW2 hangar, easily accessible from the south entrance of Kemble airfield on the A429, just 5 miles south of Cirencester.

Catch a trout, paint a pot, or experience a historic guided walk in Cirencester Step back in time with a Cirencester Guided History Walk. Stroll around the town with the period guide and find out how and where the people lived in Roman Corinium - using the herbs, spices and textiles known, eaten and worn. The walks are at 10am and 2pm most days. Call 07547 403057 for more information (booking essential). The ‘Pick a Pot & Paint’ studio, situated in Stable Yard is a great place for children and adults to get creative, even if the weather’s not great. In the quintessential Cotswold village of Bibury, seven miles east of Cirencester is the Bibury Trout Farm. It’s great fun as you’re able to catch your own trout, or buy a fresh one from the shop. Why not take in the picturesque setting and enjoy the refreshments at the café. - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’


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Cotswold Air Show 19 & 20 June 2010

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Royal International Air Tattoo 17 & 18 July 2010

2009 proved the most successful Air Show to date at Kemble, and in line with the rebranding of the Airport to Cotswold Airport, the two day air show will be rebranded the Cotswold Air Show!

From show stopping performances in the main arena to a whole host of action packed activities, fascinating country pursuits, craft stalls and shopping - the Cotswold Show really is a great family day out.

This year’s show on 19th and 20th June (Father’s Day) promises to continue the excellence that has become synonymous with the Cotswolds favourite air show. High quality entertainment is not only guaranteed in the sky above Cotswold Airport, but also on the ground with many activities for children and grownups to enjoy. The Cotswold Air Show continues to compete amongst the ‘big boys’ delivering the high standard of Air Show that can been seen across the UK in a more relaxed and intimate environment making it a truly unique air show.

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Special tributes marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be among the highlights at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. On July 1718, you’ll be able to share the sights and sounds associated with Britain’s ‘finest hour’ as legendary Battle of Britain fighters such as the Spitfire and Hurricane conjure up the atmosphere on an airfield in southern England in 1940.

This year the Cotswold Air Show will celebrate the theme of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain amongst its air and static displays. Once again the advance ticket prices offer a great discount.

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For full details and to book tickets visit visit local Tourist Information Centres.

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For satellite navigation systems, the nearest postcode to the entrance is GL7 1XB (Deer Park School).

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Watch in amazement as ‘Big Pete’, the Monster Truck of all Monster Trucks crushes every car in its path. Weighing in at 3 tons and standing 12ft tall by 12ft wide, it’s the ultimate answer to entertaining children of all ages. NEW TO THE COTSWOLD SHOW Harry Potter Roadshow Get close and magical with the characters from Harry Potter at the Cotswold Show this year. Join the broomstick training workshop with Professor McGonagall and plant beans with Professor Sprout. Meet Hagrid, Dumbledore and spend some fantastical moments with the great Harry Potter himself - but watch out, things are never quite what they seem! From breathtaking main arena stunts and mouth-watering culinary delights to horse and plough, hi-tech harvesters and Victorian fairground rides, there really is something for everyone to see and do. And don’t forget dogs are very welcome and can join in the fun too. Save 20% when buying tickets online at

There will also be an opportunity to enjoy an unparalleled range of current aircraft from around the globe – from fast jets and helicopters to bombers and transporters. See all these, plus many of the world’s most spectacular aerobatic display teams, including the RAF’s legendary Red Arrows, in a breathtaking sevenand-a-half hour flying display. On the ground, there’s everything you’d expect from one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting family days out, including a display arena, fairground, flight simulators, a vintage car display, a static aircraft park, battling robots plus the renowned interactive Tri@RIAT entertainment area aimed specifically at young people. With free entry for all accompanied under16s, a free outdoor evening concert and free parking – this summer’s Air Tattoo represents unbeatable value for money. Tickets for this summer’s Air Tattoo, which is staged in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, are priced £37.50 and can be purchased by calling the Ticketline on 0800 107 1940 or visiting airtattoo. com. All tickets must bought in advance. - ‘The premier website for exploring Gloucestershire’


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Located in the Batsford Estate, there’s a dazzling collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and elegant birds at the Cotswold Falconry Centre. From eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights with the chance for some hands on experience too! Visitors can watch the grand birds free flying in the spectacular demonstrations or take a leisurely walk around the centre and view some stunning species in their habitats. Inspiration can be found near Chipping Campden at Hidcote Manor Garden. Visitors will discover rare shrubs and trees, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plant species. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to the glorious Red Border during autumn. With sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, Hidcote is appealing for everyone all year round. The Cotswold Food Store at Longborough (once the Longborough Farm Shop) near Moreton-in-Marsh is well worth a visit. A warm welcome awaits you by the knowledgeable staff. There’s an abundance of fresh local produce (much of it free range), a delicious ‘Cheese & Deli Counter’, and fine wines and beers are also available. Take time out, unwind and enjoy the tasty food served in the café - and during the summer months relax on the terrace.

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Free range meat LOCAL PRODU CE Cheese & Deli Counter FRESH BREAD Beers & Fine Wines Store cupboard HAMPERS & GIFTS Free Farm Shop, Café, Terrace

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Nr. Longborough Open 7 days a week: Moreton-in-Marsh Mon–Sat 9am-5.30pm GL56 0QZ Sun 10am-4.30pm T: 01451 830469

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Out of the Hat and into the Farmyard Out of the Hat - Tewkesbury Heritage and Visitor Centre is a beautifully restored and enhanced 17th century former home and shop. The building owned by the Borough Council, houses the town’s Tourist Information Centre on the ground floor, with two upper floors packed to the rafters with modern interpretation and things to do. Visitors can explore the life and times of a former resident using hand held media players which enable the user to self-guide around this fascinating building. The centre is ideal for families, groups and schools, history and architecture enthusiasts. Wheelchair friendly, hearing loops available and assistance dogs welcome. Out of the Hat run a range of events every year for both children and adults. Craft workshops, imaginative art sessions, talks, exhibitions and more all feature on the event calendar (

Your family’s ticket to a wild day out at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

See the family of otters and beaver in ‘Back from The Brink’ and get up close to the team of tame ducks in our new attraction ‘Puddleduck Corner’, which opens Easter 2010.

With an astounding array of wildlife from water voles to waders, hares to dragonflies, Slimbridge is home to the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos.

The revamped ‘Pondzone’ area will also be springing into life by early Summer. Here families can go dipping in the network of ponds to try to find water boatmen, nymphs and pond skaters, before heading back to the pondzone building to learn more about their discoveries.

This beautiful and internationally renowned reserve is unique to the South West and has something to offer visitors during every season from downy duckling days in Spring to breathtaking swan feeds in Winter. Take a canoe trail through the grounds or let the children splash and stomp in their wellies at ‘Welly Boot Land’, an exciting outdoor play area.

After a full day in the open air enjoy the fabulous visitor centre and take a well deserved rest at ‘The Water’s Edge Restaurant’ then pick up some fantastic souvenirs at the gift shop. Slimbridge Wetland Centre is open daily except Christmas Day. 9.30am - 5pm (5.30pm April - Oct).

...and down on the farm! St. Augustine’s is a real working organic dairy farm of over seventy acres. Situated near the river Severn, it’s an ideal place to visit with children as there is so much to see and do including feeding the farm animals - a real taste of farm life. There are great facilities including a gift shop and café serving a variety of refreshments. Children love it!

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With over 200,000 birds and other wildlife at WWT wetland centres, there are literally thousands of reasons to visit year round. Plus don’t miss seasonal activities including canoe and landrover safaris, welly boot land play area and winter swan feeds.


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Are you visiting Stratford-upon-Avon? If you are, then why not explore ‘Shakespeare Country’ from a different angle, on-board and in the comfort of a pleasure cruiser courtesy of Bancroft Cruisers.

Cotswold Visitor Attractions Bancroft Cruisers Out of the Hat Cotswold Falconry Centre Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway 5 Cotswold Farm Park 6 Sudeley Castle 7 Bibury Trout Farm 8 Cotswold Motoring Museum 9 Birdland Park & Gardens 10 Shipton Golf Club 11 Prinknash Bird & Deer Park 12 Chedworth Roman Villa 13 Lodge Park 14 St. Augustine’s Farm 15 Cotswold Wildlife Park 16 WWT Slimbridge 17 Corinium Museum 18 Bristol Aero Collection 19 Hidcote Manor Garden 20 The Cotswold Food Store


Their 45 minute walk-on cruises depart from the landing stage at the Holiday Inn Stratford at Bridgefoot. Take in the beautiful views including Bancroft Gardens and the newly built Royal Shakespeare Theatre (pictured).


Bancroft Cruisers boast two all-weather craft with the ‘Princess Marina’ and ‘Rita Allen’ - the latter built in 2009 with full disabled access, galley and bar. Both boats are available for hire for private parties and functions, with special rates available for groups and schools.







Bancroft Cruisers provide picnic lunches, cream teas, buffets on board and barbecues at selected picturesque locations along the river Avon, and both boats are fully licensed. Keep a look out for the ‘Ghost Cruises’ operating throughout the year. Call 01789 269669 for more details or visit

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come and see, feed and stroke our beautiful fallow deer, our wonderful collections of peacocks, waterfowl, pheasants and the amusing pygmy goats... all very tame and will feed from your hand! for more info please call T: 01452 812727 Prinknash AbbeyNr Painswick, Glos. GL4 8EX Open seven days days a week 10am - 5pm 2 years and under go FREE

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