Tall Ships

Gloucester Tall Ships

Gloucester Tall Ships Festival - May 25th to 27th. Tickets from just £8. Under sixes go free.

Come rock the dock at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival - the maritime extravaganza where sea shanties meet hip-hop, submarines house DJs, and movie-star ships fire their cannons.

Have a whale of a time with world-class entertainment, adventures for mini mariners and three days of epic music, featuring TikTok legend Nathan Evans famous for his Wellerman shanty.

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Festival of Steam

Festival of Steam Gala

25th - 27th May 2024

Following on from winning the 2023 coveted award for 'Best event in the Cotswolds' - join GWSR for what promises to be a busy long weekend of steam action. This year's theme is 'Western Workhorses'.

Their home fleet will also run alongside visiting locos plus the new ‘Cotswold Halt’ café at Toddington will be open.

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Tetbury Woolsack Races

Monday 27th May 2024 10am - 5pm

Since 1972, Tetbury has hosted the world-famous Woolsack Races. A test of strength, where individuals and teams compete to run up and down the 1 in 4 gradient of Gumstool Hill with heavy woolsacks on their back.

Steeped in tradition, the event dates back to the 17th century where drovers ran from pub to pub with a woolsack on their shoulders to impress local women. Over the years the event has evolved, to contain numerous races, stalls, and entertainment. Traditionally held on the May long weekend, allowing visitors to come to Tetbury to compete, or enjoy the spectacle on the day.

Unfortunately due to COVID, the event was put on hold, but in 2024 Woolsack is back! The theme of the event is a Celebration of the Cotswolds, highlighting the history of the event, and showcasing local food, drink, businesses and entertainment. Come along to spectate, compete, eat and shop local, and enjoy a fabulous day out in Tetbury.

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Cotswold Driving Experiences

Cotswold Driving Experiences 

Located in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park on a specialist 20 acre site, Cotswold Driving Experiences offers drivers of all abilities from just 10 years old upwards the chance to experience some really exciting driving challenges!

All of the tracks are off road, gravel and mud so lots of sliding around and all of the staff are real rally competitors so you can rest assured that they will teach you all the tricks of the trade…

Using special, dual controlled cars they can teach kids from just 10 years old with no previous driving experience and via their new Family Rally package, Mum & Dad can compete against the kids to earn eternal bragging rights – the ultimate in family rivalry!

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Civic Society

Cirencester Town Walk 

Sun 26th May, Mon 27th May & Thu 30th May at 2.30pm

Enjoy a historical walk around Cirencester hearing about the 2000-year history and characters that make us what we are today.

Just turn up to join our walk outside the Church Porch in the Market Square in Cirencester

The walk takes about 70 min, is on flat ground suitable for wheelchairs, children and dogs.

They ask a small charge of £4 per adult. All monies go to the Cirencester Civic Society. The guides are all volunteers.

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Cotswold Farm Park

Feed the new born lambs at Cotswold Farm Park 

It's feeding time at the Farm Park this May Half Term and we're getting ready to fill up our growing youngsters' bottles with milk for you to give them their dinner. Join the daily sessions at 11.30 & 15.30 in the Animal Barn.

Bottle Feeding is included in your Farm Park admission ticket.

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Sudeley Gardens

Sudeley Castle & Gardens 


Located only eight miles from the picturesque Broadway, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is a much-loved family home as well as a popular visitor attraction with award-winning gardens.

A must-see on any visit to The Cotswolds, the castle has played an important role in England’s history, boasting royal connections that stretch back over 1,000 years.

Visitors are offered the chance to walk in the footsteps of past kings and queens including Richard III, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey. It is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds.

The last of Henry VIII’s six wives, Katherine Parr lived and died in the castle. She is now entombed in a beautiful 15th century church found within the gardens.

In celebration of Sudeley’s gardens in bloom, a collaborative exhibition between artist, Anna Masters and Helena Tibocha is coming to St Mary’s Chapel at Sudeley in May. Blending visual art, poetry, music and participatory works, this installation takes the marking of time through the seasons as its starting point.

The Art of Flowers is running from Saturday 25th May – Fri 31st May, the floral exhibition will provide a beautiful backdrop for poetry readings in the morning, and live musical performances in the afternoon between 2:30-3:00pm.

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Duck Race

South Cerney Street Fair and Duck Race

27 May 2024 Open 10:00 - 16:40

The annual South Cerney Duck race will be taking place on Monday 27th May 2024.

Come along to see 2000 yellow ducks bob down the river, buy a ticket and cheer your duck along. There will be live commentary over the loud speakers as the race is in progress.

There are also live bands, street food, trade stands, food stalls and exhibitions around the pretty streets of South Cerney. Free parking at the Army camp with free vintage bus to and from the Street Fair site and fee entry to the fair.

All profits are donated to Village charities and organisation

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Poulton Hill

Poulton Hill Tour & Tasting at the Cellar Door 

June 1st

Visiting the Estate and taking one of Poulton Hill wine tours gives you a rare opportunity to not only taste their unique wines and spirits but also to enjoy the countryside they were grown in.

Join for a relaxed tour around the vineyard, where the guides will take you through the history and the growing of grapes.

Following the tour of the vineyard, you will then head into the Cellar Door for a guided tasting. Here you will sample a selection of their wines and also learn about the medal-winning spirits. The tasting will include one sparkling wine and three still wines.

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Gruffalo Party Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum 


The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

This interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember.

Search for balloons, pine cones, apples and the Gruffalo himself, and complete fun activities and rubbings as you go along.

The trail is located in the Old Arboretum which is a dog free area.

Trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9, but can be enjoyed by all. Approx 1 mile / 1.6km, at an adult pace this trail can be walked in 25 minutes. With little legs and moments to stop

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Bing's Nature Explorers at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre


Learn all about wetland nature and wildlife with a little help from Bing and his friends.

Join Bing and Flop to become a Nature Explorer with activity trails, storytelling, character appearances and much more.

New experiences around every corner:

Activity trails – Follow Bing's Nature Explorers trail to discover fun-filled challenges and amazing wildlife facts. Be sure to pick up a map at the start and collect your sticker once you've completed the trail.

Storytelling – Enjoy a Bing story with an interactive storytelling session. This activity runs multiple times throughout the day and lasts 5-10 minutes. Please see the noticeboard in the visitor centre for activity times.

Character appearances – Meet Bing and Flop and snap a photo of your time together. More details coming soon!

Mini shows – Join Bing, Flop and one of our WWT team for a mini show where you can learn all about wildlife and wetlands. More details coming soon!

Gifts and toys – Want to take the fun home with you? Visit Slimbridge's shop for a range of Bing gifts and toys.

All activities are included in admission ticket or free for WWT members

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Bibury Trout Farm

Bibury Trout Farm 


Bibury Trout Farm is one of Britain’s oldest, and certainly most attractive, trout farms. Founded in 1902, by the famous naturalist Arthur Severn to stock the local rivers and streams with the native Brown Trout, it now covers 15 acres in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Cotswolds, the Coln Valley. The crystal clear waters of the Bibury spring provides the essential pure water required to run the hatchery, which spawns up to 6 million trout every year.

On site is a fish shop stocking a wonderful range of wines, deli. products and preserves as well as quality breads, etc, and of course trout products inclluding smoked and fresh trout. Play area for children plus cafe.

For the more adventurous there's an ideal opportunity to catch your supper or get hooked on a new hobby.

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Cotswold Lakes Brew Co

Cotswold Lakes Brew Co 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 

Born out of a lockdown project that “got out of hand”, the Cotswold Lakes Brew Co. is an independent craft brewery based on the edge of Somerford Keynes in the Cotswold Water Park.

The taproom and brewery is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from Easter through to early December. Opening hours are 5pm – 9pm but check the website and socials for details of what’s going on and when!

They are a family friendly venue so bring the kids along, too, it’s the perfect spot for relaxing with friends. There’s plenty of space inside and out – so don’t let the weather put you off - and they even welcome well-behaved dogs.

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British Motor Museum

British Motor Museum


This Half-Term, children can discover patterns of all kinds in the collections at the British Motor Museum. From elegant detailing on a car’s bodywork to charming patterns in the upholstery, plenty of work goes into creating cars that look great! Children can meet colourful characters on a Family Tour, make their own pattern paper, and explore the Museum to find the fastest car.

The Character-Driven Family Tour will take place every day at 11.30am. A range of costumed characters, from chauffeurs to racing drivers, will take families on an exciting, fun and engaging tour looking at shapes and colour in the collection. No two tours will be the same!

Make your own Pattern Paper runs daily until 3.30pm. Children will love putting their creative skills to the test in this brand new craft activity! Using the collection as inspiration, younger visitors can create their own pattern paper using wood-carved stamps, and a range of washable paints. They can design a greetings card or wrapping paper and take their creation home!

Find the Fastest Car - Family Trail also runs every day. Children can search for the fastest car in each zone of the Museum, before crowning the ultimate speed champion from the Museum’s collection of over 400 cars.

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Chedworth Roman Villa Snail Trail 

This May half term we will be celebrating Helix Pomatia, the Roman Snail. This snail is one of Britain's largest and is thought to have been brought here by the Romans as a source of food almost two thousand years ago.

Come and learn about the wonders of the snail, study its incredible shell, and play snail-inspired games. Dress up as a snail and challenge your friends and family to some human snail racing. Study ancient recipes, create snail crafts and even help us to name our snails!

On selected days, you will be able to chat to Chedworth's ‘Snail Champions’ who have been tracking snails around the Villa to help us to understand more about this protected species. There will also be storytelling sessions where you can hear about the adventures of ‘Pom the snail’ and his family.

During half term, you may be lucky enough to spot a snail in and around our ancient walls. If you do find one on your visit, look but don't touch and remember that they are definitely no longer on the menu.

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Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park

Get involved with some animal antics this half term at Dyrham Park. Crawl like a caterpillar, hop like a bunny and leap like a frog while learning some fascinating facts about these interesting creatures. Activities to get families out and active in the great outdoors will be free of charge, normal admission charges apply.

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