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It's back baby! ... your essential guide to what to do in Glos and Worcs is live and kicking again after its little lockdown holiday. Find all the best events springing back to life right here every week.

Royal Air Tattoo, virtual festival, 18 – 19 July

It’s an iconic event in the Glos calendar and it’s flying onto a virtual skyline near you this weekend. The Royal Air Tattoo may be cancelled on the ground but there’s an amazing weekend of free aviation action from Sat 18 to Sun 19 July. Say hello to four hours (11am – 3pm) of live cockpit and flying footage, visual displays from Europe’s top flight simulator, exclusive behind the scenes footage of military aviation and more. Check into the Youtube and Facebook for all the live streams.

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley in Glos, opening on 19 July

The wonderfully historic battlements of Berkeley Castle are opening up again on Sunday 19 July so head down for a fantastic day out. The castle, near Stroud, has a fascinating 850 years of history to explore, a children’s Dragon Trail and Woodland Play Area as well as gardens teaming with colour at this time of year. With a safe one way system in place around the castle and takeaway food and drinks available, it will be open from Sunday to Wednesday until the end of October 2020, with a limited number of visitor slots available each day so book ahead now.

Cotswold Farm Park, open to pre-booking, Bourton on the Water

If you need a fix of furry animals then you must swing by the Cotswold Farm Park. As well as an impossibly cute new baby Highland cow there are baby chicks, guinea pig pups and many more to coo over. The Park is staggering entry times to keep everyone safe so make sure to pre-book tickets via the website before you go.

Painswick Rococo Garden, open for pre-booking, Stroud

The pretty Painswick Rococo Garden is now open for pre-booking, with slots currently available for the end of July and throughout August. The brilliant play area is also due to reopen on 23 July.

Drive-in cinemas, through Glos and Worcs, July and August.

If a retro drive-in is your bag then you’ll be spoilt for choice. With bluetooth speakers given to you on arrival for your car, snacks and drinks whirled over to yo by roller-skated waiters and pre-film shows and comedy, it’s no wonder they’re the must-do event socially distanced event of the summer, Check out … Parasite (21 July) and Pretty Woman at (27 July) at the Luna Cinema at nearby Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle. The brilliant Rocket Man at The Cotswold Drive in Cinema on Sat 18 July, and Dirty Dancing and Pulp Fiction at Film on the Farm in Cirencester on, 24 and 25th July (plus head over to our Insta page to WIN a free car ticket to Dirty Dancing and snacks!)

Hartlebury Castle, open to pre-booking, Kidderminster

Discover the history of Worcestershire at Hartlebury Castle – a palace, museum and gardens rolled into one. As well as the castle to explore with all its quirks you can walk around the whole perimeter taking in the Sunken Garden, Orchard Terrace and the old moat. Dogs are also allowed in the grounds. Plus keep your eyes peeled for news of Treasure Island in the Outdoor Theatre, which is due to take place on 21 August. (see website for updates).

Treasure Trails around the Malvern Hills, Malvern, Worcs

This is a great thing to do in Worcs if you want to get out but still avoid the crowds. Pick up a Spy Mission Treasure Trail (downloadable as a PDF) for a really fun way to explore the stunning Malvern Hills with kids (no moaning about being bored – hallelujah). Trails can be done entirely at your own pace, involves a circular route of one mile of walking and 10 miles of driving. Suitable for ages 6 upwards. There’s even a chance to win a monthly £100 prize draw for correct answers.

Miserden Garden and Estate, reopen to pre-booking, Stroud

These gorgeous gardens (all 850 acres of them) are a joy to walk around, or take off on one of the stunning woodland walks to explore. Tickets are available through a pre-booking system on the website. Open Thursday to Saturday, choose from a morning or afternoon slot and children under 16 go free of charge.

Cheltenham Music Festival, online throughout July and August

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The Festivals may be cancelled but there is a world of musical magic online courtesy of the Chelt Music Fest. Tune into a host of fabulous singers, songwriters and musicians from the festival’s archives plus loads of brilliant chats and shows on the FestCast podcast. Check them all out here.

Book Ahead

Get in early with this one! Sudeley Castle has just announced an early bird ticket offer on its Spectacle of Light show taking place from Sat 28 November to Weds 30 Dec.

This show-stopping, lit-up winter wonderland features a new illuminated trail to ‘oo and aah’ over. Now in its fifth year, book early to save up to 25% on the normal ticket price.

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