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9 Ice-cold hangouts in Glos & Worcs

Evaporating in the heat and eaten every Cornetto in the freezer to no avail? Beat the scorching weather at its own game by heading to one of these ice-cool, air-conned, fridge-tastic hangouts from fascinating caves and crypts to ice cream factories and wine cellars.

Ice ice baby! …. Hanging around the frozen fish aisle at Iceland just getting a bit awkward? We have the answer. Stay cool and still have a darn good time with these unusual ideas.

Ice Quest, Malvern

Perfect your triple salco (or just stumble round a bit) at Malvern Ice Quest. Most of the skaters here are children and novice skaters so less chance of being mown down and just having a good time. The ice here is kept soft and snowy, to make a slower speed for skating for all the family and you can hire Roxa Skates. Keen and more experienced? All sessions are £10 including skate hire. Ahh, icy coolness!

Stratford Park Lido, Stroud

At last! The day has come we can all use Stroud’s fabulous Art Deco lido without a wetsuit. Who’d have thought it. This gorgeous, unheated, 50 metre spring fed pool is a real beauty and open for 13 weeks over the summer. Escaping the heat feels so good in this pool (I’ve done it trust me, it’s cold), jump in from noon until 7pm every day with public sessions for all ages and abilities from 1:15pm to 5:45pm.

Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean

Did you know that a secret shaded world lies beneath the trees where the whole family can mop the sweat off their brows? This great under the radar attraction tells the story of Forest of Dean iron mining over thousands of years, from the frozen waterfall chamber to the old churn. It takes around 45 minutes to an hour to explore, giving you ample time to cool down a few degrees (aided by an ice lolly or iced smoothie from the cafe).

Gloucester Cathedral & Crypt, Gloucester

When the heat rises head underground! The spectacular Gloucester Cathedral is a brilliant and fascinating place to explore. As well as being the tomb of kings it has been used in many a famous film such as Harry Potter. Hours of cooling culture guaranteed in a lovely shady place.

Dolcetti Ice Cream Factory & Parlour, Cirencester

One of my favourite secret places to hang out with the kids (or without) on a hot day! This ice-cream is made by a family run company in the heart of the Cotswolds and it’s absolutely amazing, choose your scoop (the Strawberry Cream and the Blood Orange are to die for). Or get a refreshing fruit sorbet with fruit sourced from Hereford and Somerset with 60% pure seasonal fruit. Then sit back and enjoy it in the air conditioned parlour you may not want to leave.

Worcester Art Gallery & Museum, Worcester

Immerse yourself in the special exhibitions and activities all in the blast of modern air-con! The museum gallery has lots of amazing things to see including dinosaur footprints, a Worcestershire Sauce archive, a real Roman mosaic and a Native American totem pole. When you’re done there go browsing at the recreated Victorian Chemist Shop and grab a cool iced latte at Al’s Cafe on the Balcony. Over in Glos? Head for the Corinium Museum, a wonderland of Roman heritage with super cool (literally) rooms to explore.

Planet Ice, Bristol

Spend the day at Planet Ice and you’ll stay amazingly cool. As well public skating and skating lessons you can also sign up for an Ice Hockey taster lesson or do the Skate Disco in the evenings from 7pm which sounds right up our street.

Daylesford Wine Cellar (and cheese fridge)

If you’ve decided to head for an air-conned oasis then go upmarket and take yourself off to Daylesford. The deli area has a wondrous cheese fridge to browse for that perfect garden party cheese platter, that gives of the most lovely of arctic breezes (we kid you not) but there’s also a brand new Wine Shop that is airconned and pretty awesome. With bottles selected by the experts at Daylesford you’ll find producers from all over the world including Rothschild wines from Bordeaux to the finest Burgundian vineyards. Check ahead too for special daily tastings.

And lastly, if all else fails, head for the Nuclear Bunker at Broadway Tower! Yes this is actually a Cotswold attraction! Fifteen feet below ground this heritage relic from the Cold War is now a fascinating place to visit, and so right for this weather! Children over 10 are allowed in but must be accompanied by an adult.

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