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Explore Glos Visitor Guide 2021

Fabulous guide for exploring Gloucestershire with lots of things to do in the Cotswolds and days out in the Forest of Dean featuring castles, animal parks, museums, outdoor activities, karting, parks, gardens, arts and crafts and lots more great things to do in Gloucestershire.

Fabulous guide for exploring Gloucestershire with lots of things to do in the Cotswolds and days out in the Forest of Dean featuring castles, animal parks, museums, outdoor activities, karting, parks, gardens, arts and crafts and lots more great things to do in Gloucestershire.

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DAYS OUT & ACTIVITIES GUIDE 2021

FREE

MAP OF

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Featuring the best of

The Cotswolds, Forest of Dean & Gloucester

2021 STAYCATION SPECIAL

COMPLETE WITH QR CODES FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION


Discover

Whitemead

Forest Park

Set in acres of enchanting woodland in the Forest

of Dean, Whitemead Forest Park is the ideal holiday

spot, whether you’re looking for an action-packed

getaway or just want to kick back and relax.

Choose from glamping pods, cosy cabins or modern

apartments. And if you’re touring or under canvas,

our caravan and camping pitches make the most of

our beautiful surroundings.

You’ll find everything you need for the perfect

self-catering break, as well as fantastic on-site

facilities including an indoor pool and gym.

Plus, if you fancy skipping the cooking,

there’s an on-site restaurant and bar.

Use code

EXPLORE

to save 10%

on 2021

stays

To book

Visit: whitemead.co.uk

Call: 03301 230374


2021

From the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, to

the vast adventure playground of the

Forest of Dean, there is something for all

ages to enjoy in Gloucestershire in 2021.

Steeped in history, it’s no wonder this

amazing county attracts so many visitors

each year. Although opening a little later

than usual, all the attractions within this

handy guide are delighted to welcome

you back safely.

With life changing daily during these

difficult times, the ‘2021 STAYCATION

SPECIAL’ edition includes QR Codes

to help you get the latest information

quickly - more information overleaf.

Explore & Enjoy!

“Your perfect

companion

for exploring

Gloucestershire”

Published by Explore Gloucestershire

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Gloucester Cathedral Forest Segways at Go Ape, Mallards Pike Painswick Rococo Garden

Cover Photos: Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, JDR Karting & Activity Centre, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Birdland Park & Gardens, Go Ape

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Connect with Craft in the Cotswolds

New Brewery Arts connects people with the hand-made, promotes

the joy and fulfilment of making and celebrates the role of craft and

creativity in all our lives. It is an independent charity that supports

extraordinary craftspeople.

The onsite studios are home to some of the finest creatives in the

region. Open to the public, the studios offer a rare opportunity to buy

beautifully crafted work direct from the makers.

The shop at New Brewery Arts is filled with expertly selected future heirlooms,

jewellery and homewares produced by the best UK artisans - supporting

hand-made, creativity, skill and sustainability. There are regular specialist

craft exhibitions explore inspiring work on a wide range of themes.

If you want to explore your own creativity, New Brewery Arts hosts a wealth of

weekly courses and one-off workshops. From drawing to stained glass, pottery

to printmaking, these sessions give you time to explore a particular craft, try a

new skill, or master a traditional technique under the guidance of expert tutors.

Contact Information:

Brewery Court, Cirencester

Sat Nav GL7 1HW

01285 657181

hello@newbreweryarts.org.uk

newbreweryarts.org.uk

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A

COLOURFUL

ENCOUNTER

with nature

at SLIMBRIDGE WETLAND CENTRE

Book now

wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

Contact Information:

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre,

Gloucestershire

Sat Nav: GL2 7BT

01453 891900

info.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk

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Amazing wildlife encounters await!

From birdwatchers to families, there’s something for everyone. With

amazing close-up wildlife encounters and seasonal activities, it’s no

wonder Slimbridge is an award winning day out.

2021 marks Slimbridge’s 75th Anniversary and the opening of exciting

new exhibits: from May Half Term explore Mission Possible and learn

about the world’s rarest goose, the nene. From summer, immerse

yourself in the open air Living Wetland Theatre and Waterscapes Aviary.

Spot all six species of flamingo and look out for marvellous mammals

including water voles and harvest mice. Explore Toad Hall where you will

find frogs, toads and newts.

Splash around in Welly Boot Land and go wild at Riverlife outdoor

adventure playground or venture indoors for soft play.

Travel back in time at Scott House Museum or become a real life

explorer at the Arctic Adventure experience. Take a walk to the Estuary

Tower with spectacular views over the Severn estuary - look out for

wading birds, ducks, geese and swans.


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The stunning film location of...

Poldark · Wolf Hall · The White Princess · Johnny English Strikes Again

Berkeley Castle

Open Sun - Weds from

17th May - 31st October ’21

Please book your entry ticket in advance

online at: www.berkeley-castle.com

• Acres of landscaped gardens

• 16th Century tapestries

• Historical artefacts

• Wire Sculptures

• Yurt Tearoom

• Family friendly events

through the year

BerkeleyCastleEstate

@BerkeleyCastle

@BerkeleyCastle

SatNav GL13 9PJ

Only 10 mins from

M5 Jct 13/14


Just 30 mins north

of Bristol


6 miles from Cam

& Dursley Station

A Great Day for every generation

• Berkeley Castle, a hidden gem in the Cotswolds

• Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last five years

Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, built in 1153 and still

the home of the Berkeley family. It is a great day-out for all the family,

hosting special events during school holidays and throughout the year.

The Castle is steeped in over 860 years of British history. It is best known

as the scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and for being

besieged by Parliamentary troops in 1645. Over 24 generations of

Berkeley’s have gradually transformed a Norman fortress into the lovely

family home it is today. The Castle is surrounded by lovely terraced

gardens with flower borders, a lily pond, Elizabeth I’s bowling green and

sweeping lawns. Garden enthusiasts can enjoy a stunning display of

roses and many rare plants and flowers in Berkeley Castle’s magnificent

terraced gardens in June and July with admission included within the

entry cost to the Castle.

Contact Information:

Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire

Sat Nav GL13 9PJ

01453 810303

info@berkeley-castle.com

berkeley-castle.com

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Contact Information:

Arlingham, Glos.

Sat Nav: GL2 7JR

01452 740720

hello@staugustinesfarm.co.uk

staugustinesfarm.co.uk

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Fun for all the family down on the Farm

This small unspoiled family run farm has been run by the same family

for over 200 years and is located in the horseshoe bend of the River

Severn only 5 miles from J13 of the M5. Children love to help feed the

friendly animals and run and play in freedom and safety. Set in 70

acres there is plenty to explore and everything you need for a fun day

out down on the farm in the countryside.

Daily activities aim to get everyone interacting with the animals, big or

small! You can meet all the animals out in the fields including goats,

Gloucester Old Spot pigs, cattle, sheep and Shetland ponies. In the

farmyard you will find chickens, ducks and geese, as well as rabbits

and guinea pigs.

During rainy days or for a bit of shelter from the sun, there are traditional

games to play and children can ride on tractors indoors in the Big Barn.

Unwind in the picnic area with the whole family or relax with a coffee

in the café.


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Experience

the great outdoors with a peek

into the flamboyant frivolity of

the early 1700s, in the UK’s only

complete surviving rococo garden.

“Beautiful gardens enjoyed by

three generations of our family.”

Please visit our website for current opening times and days.

Pre-booking may be required.

rococogarden.org.uk

Follow us on:

Registered charity no. 1107844

Located 1/2 mile outside Painswick on the B4073

A beautiful place to explore, escape and imagine

Experience the great outdoors with a cheeky peek into the flamboyant

frivolity of the early 1700s in the UK’s only complete surviving rococo garden.

Whether you are visiting as a family, a group of friends or a couple – or simply

in need of some time alone in nature – you’ll discover a haven of peace

and tranquillity, sprinkled with quirky features to surprise and delight you.

The Garden is the perfect place for all ages to get out in the fresh air

and enjoy. Families can battle their way to the centre of the maze and

explore the woodland rustic play area. Well-behaved dogs, on leads,

can join in the fun too! There is plenty of free parking and a cafe serving

a delicious range of cakes, ice-creams, and hot and cold drinks.

The Garden plays host to a programme of events throughout the year,

including summer theatre and family trails. The hidden valley which

forms the Rococo Garden is unforgettably carpeted with snowdrops

for a few weeks at the start of each year – please check the website or

scan the QR code on the right for all the latest event information.

Contact Information:

Painswick, Glos.

Sat Nav GL6 6TH

01452 813204

info@rococogarden.org.uk

rococogarden.org.uk

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Batsford

Arboretum - the

hidden gem of

the Cotswolds

Wander through 56 acres of wild

gardens, paths and streams and

marvel at stunning views across

the Evenlode Valley beyond. Enjoy

early colour from the snowdrops,

spring-flowering bulbs and

spectacular Japanese flowering

cherries; escape the heat under

the tree canopy in summer and

prepare to be amazed by the

outstanding autumn colour!

You’ll find fabulous lunches,

afternoon teas and cakes in the

Garden Terrace Café where

you can soak up the sun on

the wooden deck while the kids

explore the play area.

Browse the Garden Centre and

pick up expert gardening tips -

and everything you need for the

garden and allotment - from

the knowledgeable staff. The

visitor centre is also home to

the Gift Shop - full to bursting

with hundreds of gift ideas you

won’t find on the high street.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the

resident Woodturner too!

Dogs welcome!

Contact Information:

Batsford, Nr. Moreton-in-Marsh

Sat Nav GL56 9AT

01386 701441

arboretum@batsfordfoundation.co.uk

batsarb.co.uk

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Contact Information:

Cotswold Falconry, Batsford,

Nr. Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos.

Sat Nav GL56 9AT

01386 701043

info@cotswold-falconry.co.uk

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Get Closer to birds of prey in the Cotswolds

Located near Moreton-in-Marsh, there’s a dazzling collection of some of the

world’s most beautiful and elegant birds. From eagles, hawks and vultures,

to falcons and enchanting owls, the Centre is full of fascinating sights.

With various demonstrations taking place throughout the day, visitors

will gain an insight into the wonderful world of birds of prey while also

learning about the importance of their conservation and the work that

goes on at the Centre.

Visitors are able to enjoy some hands on experiences and gain a greater

knowledge of the ancient art of falconry during some of the special

experience days which are held until the end of October. The popular

Owl Encounters give a special insight into these magnificent creatures.

Many people who visit the Centre express their wish to help with the

upkeep of the birds. By adopting a certain bird of prey you can help with

the feeding, housing and any veterinary fees for the following 12 months.


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COTSWOLD

MOTORING MUSEUM

& TOY COLLECTION

BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER

A FASCINATING JOURNEY THROUGH THE

HISTORY OF 20TH CENTURY MOTORING.

AWARD-WINNING

Museum

Over 50 classic & vintage vehicles

through seven unique galleries

Home of TV’s

BRUM

Motor on down for an enchanting family day out.

Call 01451 821255 or visit

cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk

Prou

For opening times and ticket information please visit our website or scan the QR code below

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The Old Mill, Bourton-on-the-

Water, Glos.

Set in the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water the Cotswold

Motoring Museum and Toy Collection is waiting to be discovered.

The museum is home to an impressive collection of over 50 vehicles

including cars, motorcycles, pedal cars and caravans displayed over

seven unique galleries.

The museum takes you on a fascinating journey through the 20th

Century, overflowing with vintage vehicles, hundreds of original enamel

signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities. The museum

is also home to superhero car Brum, star of the classic 90’s TV show.

The enchanting toy collection also spans the decades with a wonderful

display of toys and games from old favourites to more modern items.

The knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to guide you

through your visit. Plus there’s a fantastic gift shop full of souvenirs of

your memorable day out.

Sat Nav GL54 2BY

01451 821255

museum@cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk

cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk

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EXPERIENCE

OUT

AFRICA

OF

Rissington Road,

Bourton-on-the-Water,

Glos. GL54 2BN

T: 01451 820480

E: info@birdland.co.uk

Tickets must be pre-booked online

www.birdland.co.uk

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PENGUIN SHORE

Meet some fascinating and entertaining characters from our

huddle of penguins including the majestic Kings

and comical Humboldts.

OUT OF AFRICA

Celebrate the amazing biodiversity of African

birdlife from touracos to hornbills and a colony

of village weavers.

PARLIAMENT OF OWLS

Have a hoot and meet our incredible species of

owl in their brand new aviaries. Meet Snowy owls,

Burrowing owls, Great Grey owls, Spectacled owls

and many more!

JURASSIC JOURNEY

Armed with a special dinosaur tracker map,

venture into a Jurassic-themed landscape and

discover over 30 different dinosaurs from a baby

Stegosaurus to a terrifying T-Rex.

OPEN

DAILY

NEW!

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A World of Birds

in the Cotswolds

Birdland Park and Gardens, in

Bourton-on-the-Water, is home

to one of the largest collections

of exotic birds in the UK.

Located in the heart of the

beautiful Cotswolds, the

park’s magical combination

of woodland, riverside and

gardens makes it the perfect

day out.

Meet over 500 birds including

birds of prey, large cassowary

and rare species like the

Waldrapp ibis. Spot flamingos,

pelicans, cranes and waterfowl

that live in our riverside

habitats with many more

inhabiting over 50 aviaries.

See England’s only breeding

group of King penguins and the

comical Humboldts.

Explore the Out of Africa area

home to hornbills, village

weavers and many more

amazing birds from across the

continent.

Venture into the woodland and

encounter life-sized dinosaurs

lurking between the trees in the

Jurassic Journey area.

Please note: talks and close

encounter sessions will be

temporarily paused until

government guidelines allow.

See website for full details.

Contact Information:

Rissington Road, Bourton-onthe-Water,

Glos.

Sat Nav GL54 2BN

01451 820480

info@birdland.co.uk

birdland.co.uk

Visit birdland.co.uk

for latest news, events

& feeding times

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Adventure Play | Feed the Animals | Wildlife Walk | Messy Mud Kitchen | Bouncy Pillows

Meet the Rare Breeds | Sandpits | Fresh Pizzas | Ice Cream | Pedal Tractors

Purchase online

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It’s all happening

on Adam’s Farm!

Brand New

PLay!

Sitting in the heart of the

Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s

Cotswold Farm Park has a

long-standing reputation for

a fun-filled day out. Visitors of

all ages can interact closely

with the animals, learn about

farming – past and present

– and soak up the beautiful

surroundings in an Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As the home of rare breed

conservation, there are over 50

flocks and herds of farm

animals to meet, including

Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs

and Highland cattle. There are

plenty of outdoor play

opportunities, whilst the

Discovery Barn, Adventure

Barn and Animal Barn are all

undercover and protected from

the elements, for those rainy

days out!

The Ox Shed visitor centre sits

outside the Farm Park and is free

to enter, serving homemade

food, prepared from fresh

ingredients. The shop stocks a

selection of its own meat, along

with a range of local, handmade

and unique gifts.

Contact Information:

Guiting Power, Nr. Cheltenham,

Gloucestershire

Sat Nav Find us on Google Maps

01451 850307

hello@cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE: A438 Including The Cotswolds & Forest of Dean

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B4221

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St. Briavels B4231

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A466

B4228

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Gloucester Sharpness Canal

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B4058

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A46

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A433

A38

Gloucester

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Bristol

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A46

eltenham

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A46

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WINCHCOMBE

B4632

Naunton

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10

B4068

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A429

SBURY

Cirencester

Kemble

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Water Park

M4

16

WOTTON BASSETT

A417

CRICKLADE

FAIRFORD

River Thames

Swindon

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1 New Brewery Arts.......................................................................3

2 Slimbridge Wetland Centre...........................................4

3 Berkeley Castle.............................................................................5

4 St Augustines Farm..................................................................6

5 Painswick Rococo Garden...............................................7

6 Batsford Arboretum................................................................8

7 Cotswold Falconry Centre...............................................10

8 Cotswold Motoring Museum........................................11

9 Birdland & Jurassic

FARINGDON

Journey..........................................12

10 Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park.................14

11 Sudeley Castle & Gardens...............................................18

12 Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens..........................20

13 Pedalabikeaway (2 locations)....................................22

14 Go Ape (2 locations)...............................................................23

15 Dean Heritage Centre...........................................................24

16 Taurus Crafts...................................................................................25

17 Dick Whittington Park............................................................26

18 International Centre for Birds of Prey................27

19 Gloucester Cathedral...........................................................28

20 Nature in Art......................................................................................29

21 JDR Karting & Activity Centre.......................................30

22 Museum of Gloucester........................................................32

23 Whitemead Forest Park................inside front cover

24 Westonbirt Arboretum..................inside back cover

25 The Brewery Quarter........................................back cover

22 Pirate Island Adventure Golf.........................................16


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Enjoy a fascinating

Cotswold Day Out

A must-see on any visit to

the area, Sudeley Castle has

played an important role in

England’s history, boasting

royal connections that stretch

back over 1,000 years.

Visitors can walk in the footsteps

of past kings and queens

including Richard III, Henry VIII,

Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey. It

is also the only private castle in

England to have a queen buried

within its grounds - Katherine Parr,

the last of Henry VIII’s six wives.

Stroll through 10 beautiful gardens,

visit the rare-breeds pheasantry

and children will love to play in the

Adventure Playground, featuring

a huge fun fort, 10-piece obstacle

course, zip wire and swings.

Visit by 6 June to see the Elephant

Family, proudly on display

throughout the grounds. Witness

the start of the world’s greatest

Elephant migration with over 30

life-sized elephant sculptures

to spot throughout the grounds

before they move to London’s

Royal Parks in the summer, and

beyond on their global mission.

Sudeley Castle is located only

eight miles from Cheltenham.

Free parking is available.

Contact Information:

Winchcombe, Glos.

Sat Nav GL54 5LP

01242 604244

enquiries@sudeley.org.uk

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Take a Walk on

the Wild Side

Cotswold Wildlife Park is one

of the largest zoological

collections in the UK, with over

1,500 animals from 250 different

species, set in 160 acres of

beautiful parkland with plenty

of space to enjoy nature.

The stunning gardens, themed

borders, exotic planting and

seasonal displays make a

beautiful backdrop to the

animals which range from the

iconic Rhinos to tiny Leaf-cutter

Ants. The collection is home

to many endangered species,

including Humboldt Penguins,

Wolverines, Red Pandas and

Asiatic Lions. The fascinating

Reptile House contains one of

the most interesting collections

in the country.

Don’t miss the Adventure

Playground ‘Skymaze’ with its

interconnecting treehouses,

jungle bridges and slides,

climbing to a bird’s eye view of

the Park over 20 feet high.

“I’ve brought my children here

for years. It’s a great way to

introduce them to wildlife.”

Bear Grylls OBE, Chief Scout & Adventurer

Contact Information:

On the A361, 2 miles south of the

junction with the A40 at Burford

Sat Nav OX18 4JJ

01993 823006

enquiries@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

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Contact Information:

Pedalabikeaway - Forest of Dean

Cannop Ponds Sat Nav GL16 7EH

Pedalabikeaway - Wye Valley

Nr Chepstow Sat Nav NP16 7LQ

01594 729000

info@pedalabikeaway.co.uk

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Now in two fantastic locations!

Pedalabikeaway is the only bike hire company in the Forest of Dean

where all the cycling trails depart from - from the scenic 10-mile,

traffic-free Family Trail, to the more challenging Verderers’ and

Freeminers mountain bike trails and a wide range of downhill tracks -

there is literally riding for everyone!

• Direct access to all trails • Large hire fleet inc. leisure bikes and e-bikes

• Dog friendly café • Large car park • Large mountain bike skills area

• Bike shop • Toilets, showers and bike wash • Bike workshop

NEW FOR 2021 – Pedalabikeaway is pleased to announce that they have

a new bike hire location in the Wye Valley! Based at the NDAC (National

Diving and Activity Centre) just outside Chepstow, they are based at the

start of the brand new Wye Valley Greenway. A 7km traffic free trail that

goes to Tintern through the 1.1km Tidenham Tunnel, running alongside

the beautiful river Wye and finishing at the 12th Century Tintern Abbey.

This unforgettable cycle path is open from April to October.


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FoRest oF DeaN

gloucestershire

#FindYourAdventure

book at goape.co.uk

Participation and supervision ratios apply — please see our website.

Fantastic adventure in the trees and on the ground

Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within

the beautiful Forest of Dean, families and friends of all ages can unleash

their inner Ape on Tree Top Challenge and Tree Top Adventure, or explore

the forest floor on epic all-terrain Segways. It’s a day out like no other.

Tree Top Challenge: You will be briefed for safety before you fly down

zip-wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying

some breathtaking scenery.

Forest Segways: Get off the beaten track and Go Ape Forest Segway

- an epic adventure with a down-to-earth twist.

Go Ape Beechenhurst Lodge, Forest of Dean (three miles away from

Mallards Pike Lake) is home to the Tree Top Adventure (for younger

adventurers) and Tree Top Adventure Plus for children above 1.2m

and over 6 years. This extension loop is perfect for thrill seekers who’ve

smashed the Treetop Adventure but aren’t ready, or don’t have time,

for the full Mallards Pike Treetop Challenge course. Designed with the

younger family in mind you can either harness up and join in or cheer

on from the forest floor.

Contact Information:

Go Ape Tree Top Challenge

Mallards Pike Sat Nav GL15 4HD

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Beechenhurst Sat Nav n/a

01603 959411

questions@goape.co.uk

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Contact Information:

Camp Mill, Soudley,

Forest of Dean, Glos.

Sat Nav GL14 2UB

01594 822170

info@deanheritagecentre.com

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A fascinating journey of discovery...

Set across a stunning and fully interactive site, the Dean Heritage Centre

protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful

Forest of Dean.

With five acres to explore and a wide range of attractions, artefacts

and displays, the Centre offers something for everyone, all set against a

spectacular forest backdrop.

Five on site galleries bring the history of the Forest to life, from the Ice Age

to the present day; along with a reconstructed Foresters cottage, charcoal

burner’s camp, Victorian schoolroom and woodland playground to enjoy

as part of your visit.

Relax in the Dean Heritage Centre Gallery & Coffee Shop to enjoy the

current art exhibition and sample delicious homemade snacks and cakes

overlooking the millpond and forest.

There’s always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise

you at the Dean Heritage Centre; a great day out for all the family.


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taurus crafts

Craft studios - Artisan businesses - Cafe - Gift shop

Local food & drink - Local art - Special events - Markets

Registered charity no. 232402

A charity supporting people with learning disabilities,

autism, mental health challenges and complex needs.

Taurus Crafts, Lydney, GL15 6BU

01594 844841 - www.tauruscrafts.co.uk

A showcase of creativity - eat, shop and unwind

See arts and crafts, discover your own creativity, meet artisan makers, shop for

distinctive gifts, attend special events or simply relax and unwind in the café.

Food lovers can enjoy freshly cooked food and be tempted by lunch, coffee

or tea with homemade cakes in the cafe.

Discover a range of distinctive gifts from the Gift Shop or visit the Home & Fashion

Shop where you will find fairly traded clothing, accessories, homewares and gifts.

There are around eleven designer makers and artisan businesses on-site

where you can see people at work and have the opportunity to learn about

and perhaps buy something distinctive direct from the maker.

These daily offerings are complemented by regular activities including specialist

markets, exhibitions and creative workshops throughout school holidays.

As part of the Camphill Village Trust, Taurus Crafts is ‘a place with purpose’

operating the shops and café with mixed ability teams, providing work

placements and supported employment for people with learning

disabilities, autism, mental health challenges and complex needs.

Open daily, with free entry, free parking and an accessible site.

Contact Information:

Taurus Crafts, The Old Park,

Lydney, Glos.

Sat Nav GL15 6BU

01594 844841

enquire@tauruscrafts.co.uk

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Open weekends &

every school holiday

10am-5pm

dick whittington play barn

Come and enjoy one of Gloucestershire’s largest indoor Play Barns,

including a soft play area, slides, trampolines and climbing wall.

Refreshments in the Cats Whiskers Restaurant!

FOR OPENING TIMES & TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT OUR WEBSITE

dickwhittingtonpark.co.uk

COMING SOON! HIDDEN VALLEY

NEW & EXCITING VISITOR ATTRACTION

Contact Information:

Little London, Longhope, Forest of

Dean, Glos.

Sat Nav GL17 0PH

01452 831000

info@dickwhittingtonpark.co.uk

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All weather fun in the Forest of Dean

Come rain or shine, the Dick Whittington Park is the place to visit for family

fun, exercise and relaxation. Set in a beautiful quiet location the Park offers

a massive indoor heated Play Barn for children which includes slides,

climbing frames, trampolines, climbing wall and wavy mirrors.

Venture outside to enjoy the Hidden Valley nature trails. Wander around

the lake, along the pathways and into the ancient wood to experience

the Gloucestershire apple orchard and even say hello to the horses.

Finish your walk in the Sensory Garden enjoying the scents, sound and

touch. The Sensory Garden is wheelchair friendly. Dogs are welcome

along the walks but must be kept on leads.

The Who’s Who Gallery offers a fascinating insight into a range of

Gloucestershire characters including the Harry Potter author and Eddie the Eagle.

Food and drink is available in the restaurant. Picnic areas can be found

around the Park and the Sensory Garden. Fishing is also available.


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“Truly a

day out to

remember.”

Open 7 days a week 10.30-17.30

Let your imagination fly!

ICBP is home to over 150 birds of prey with everything from the

tiny little owl to the giant Steller’s sea eagle - it’s the perfect day

out for all the family!

Enjoy coffee and a cake in the café, explore the acres of beautiful

gardens and grounds and get up close during the daily flying

demonstrations.

If you’re looking for something extra special, check out the ICBP

experience days (suitable for over 8’s, prebooked only). Get

‘beak to beak’ with some of the world’s top predators or spend a

magical morning exploring the world of owls.

The International Centre for Birds of Prey is open 7 days a week,

10:30 to 5:30 and has free parking (suitable for all vehicles,

including RVs).

Book your tickets today!

Contact Information:

Boulsdon House, Cliffords Mesne,

Nr. Newent, Glos.

Sat Nav GL18 1JJ

01531 820286

info@icbp.org

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Whatever the weather

1000 years of history to discover

Try the Whispering Gallery

Enjoy afternoon tea in The Monk’s Kitchen

Climb the Tower

Visit the tomb of a murdered king

www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Explore the hidden Crypt

Contact Information:

12 College Green, Gloucester

Sat Nav: GL1 2NE

01452 528095

reception@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

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Explore the wonder of Gloucester Cathedral

From Benedictine monks and Royalty to film crews and medieval pilgrims,

Gloucester Cathedral has welcomed many different visitors over the

years. Enjoy the beautifully landscaped outdoor space, breathtakingly

restored Lady Chapel and visit the family friendly, interactive Tribune

Gallery, which tells the story of the building of the Cathedral.

Gather your friends and family and make sure you come and explore this

incredible building and all it has to offer. Whether it’s the architecture,

such as the beautiful fan-vaulted medieval cloisters (used in the filming

of Harry Potter and Mary Queen of Scots) and Great East Window, or

the history behind the stunning Tomb of King Edward II and King Henry

III’s Coronation Window or the medieval library, you are sure to find

something that makes you want to come back time and time again.

Visit the Cathedral website for daily opening times and information on

tours, events and services before visiting, follow us on social media, or

scan the QR code on the left.

Gloucester Cathedral looks forward to welcoming you soon…


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An inspiring museum for all ages to appreciate

The chance to explore, discover and be inspired all year round.

Nature in Art is the world’s first museum and art gallery 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, 60 countries and cultures, and over 600

artists. Coupled with an exciting temporary exhibitions programme,

you are sure to find something to spark your interest.

A popular attraction at Nature in Art is the artist in residence

programme. You have the opportunity to meet and talk to an artist

whilst they demonstrate their skills. From mid-January to mid-

November you could find yourself in front of a woodcarver, textile

artist or painter.

Contact Information:

Wallsworth Hall, off the A38,

Twigworth, Nr. Gloucester

Sat Nav: GL2 9PG

01452 731422

enquiries@natureinart.org.uk

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www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk

THE PREMIER ONLINE GUIDE FOR EXPLORING GLOUCESTERSHIRE


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Lots of fun in one

fab venue!

JDR Karting and Activity Centre

is one of Gloucestershire’s

most exciting visitor attractions

offering exhilarating activities

for families, kids, birthday

parties, team-building events,

office parties, stag & hen do’s.

Children’s karting (from just

4 years old) on the dedicated

kids track is ideal for birthday

parties. Children can progress

to the main track in special

cadet karts from the age of

8 years. Adults will enjoy the

recently re-surfaced tarmac

track and new features.

The Lasertag Arena uses the

very latest Darklight V7 system

incorporating haptic sensory

feedback and weapon changing.

Revel in the James Bond game

against the villains - great fun for

ages 6 years to adults.

The Segway experience will

teach you how to ride and have

fun with these sophisticated, selfbalancing

machines.

Urban Axe Throwing, the most

recent addition is suitable for

ages over 12 years.

NB: There is a fully Covid

Compliant -Ozone Cabinet to

sterilise helmets and suits.

Contact Information:

Unit 5, Madleaze Industrial Est

Bristol Road, Gloucester

Sat Nav: GL1 5SG

01452 311211

sales@jdrkarting.co.uk

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Contact Information:

Brunswick Road, Gloucester

Sat Nav: GL1 1HP

01452 396131

museum@gloucester.gov.uk

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Find out all about the Museum of Gloucester

Found within the city of Gloucester is an internationally important

collection of treasures of over 750,000 objects…

The Museum of Gloucester is the most unique cultural and family

destination in the city, telling the story of the city’s origins as a Roman

settlement and its subsequent development through the ages.

This fine Victorian building houses a significant collection of art including

paintings by Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough to name a few and the

archaeology collection includes the world-famous Birdlip Mirror and the

Gloucester Tables Set; the oldest complete backgammon set in the world.

Highlights also include a Roman kitchen and Medieval street, plus part of

the original Roman wall can also be viewed within the museum.

The Museum of Gloucester is proud to offer FREE admission, but rely

on donations to allow them to continue to preserve and display their

historical collection for generations to come...

Your support makes a huge difference to the Museum!


Enjoy the things you love for less:

- FREE entry into Westonbirt Arboretum

- 10% Westonbirt Shop member discount

- Half-price Enchanted Christmas Friday tickets

Plus many more benefits!


THE BREWERY QUARTER

ON CHELTENHAM’S BUSTLING

HIGH STREET IS A ONE-STOP

DESTINATION FOR DINING

OUT, LEISURE, SHOPPING

AND ACCOMMODATION.

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With a great selection of bars and eateries, IMAX,

4DX and VIP Cineworld, Hollywood Bowl, Mr Mulligans

indoor golf, Escape Hunt adventure rooms, The Play

Farm soft play, plus High St retail and 104-bed

Premier Inn Hotel, visitors are truly spoilt for choice.

For cocktail and food lovers, stylish venues The

Botanist, The Alchemist and Cosy Club come highly

recommended, or for those wanting quality food made

fast then Creams, Five Guys, Nando’s or Son of Steak

is for you! Brewhouse & Kitchen offers modern pub

grub, with an impressive menu and array of beers,

all brewed on site in their very own microbrewery.

For those looking for a little more luxury, Cineworld

VIP offers intimate screens and an unlimited buffet.

Get the latest street trends and homeware in Urban

Outfitters or shop in Luke for the modern man.

What more could you wish for?!

New for Summer

&

Look out for Mowgli Indian street food

& Hubbox opening later in 2021

SAT NAV - G L50 4FA H EN RIET TA STREE T, CHELTEN HAM

…plus many more!

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