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What’s On July

On your marks, get set,have fun! ... it's your monthly must-have guide to where to go and what to do. From festivals and yoga pop-ups to live music and shows, find your fun factor with these 22 brilliant ideas.

Handmade in Painswick, Painswick, throughout July

A brand new pop-up has arrived in the pretty town of Painswick and it’s open 7 days a week for browsing and buying. Handmade in Painswick is a permanent new pop-up at the Painswick Centre showcasing local artisans and makers – from stalls and vintage wares to homegrown flowers and handmade furniture. On Saturday there will be fresh coffee and homemade cake, as well as the Tibbiwell Alpacas on hand! Book onto a jewellery workshop or just have a go at metal mark making, watch some amazing magic, grab some pizza and a Fairtrade drink for lunch or wander through the art studios. Queen of Shops Mary Portas visited on Saturday 3rd July so we reckon it’s pretty hot news!

Fantasy Forest, Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, 16 – 18 July

Transport yourself to a magical realm full of fairytales and enchantment when popular family-friendly festival Fantasy Forest takes over Sudeley Castle this summer. It’s a total jamboree of sci fi and fantastical sights and sounds. Meet the mermaids of Mermaid Bay, relaxing in the beautiful Sudeley Castle gardens. They are very approachable and always up for a selfie with visitors. The three-day event runs until Sunday 18 July. Take them to talks by fantasy artists, medieval tournaments, falconry, workshops, costume shows and more.

Medieval performance group The Sherwood Outlaws will be on hand with fight demonstrations, soft archery, storytelling and children’s craft activities and watch out for some very special guests including Terry English (Batman, Harry Potter) and Chris Achilleo, top fantasy book illustrator. Day tickets are £9.99 for children and £18.95 for adults with children under seven going

Gatcombe Park Food and Drink Festival, Glos, 30 July – 01 August

Taking place at the spectacular Gatcombe Park in Stroud, this is the first year for this fabulous new festival which promises to be 3 days of fun, live music and much food Dogs are welcome on leads. Under 12s go free and tickets are just £10. Go go go!

Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta, Cheltenham Race course, 23 – 25 July

One of the most spectacular dates in the Chelt calender head to the Racecourse for a 3-day extravaganza. There will be fireworks, followed by the Big Balloon Fiesta Day on Saturday and the Family Fun day on Sunday (no balloons on the Sunday).With thrilling live arena entertainment, funfair, independent traders, Friday and Saturday night fireworks display, food, drink and much, much more.

Outdoor Yoga, The Garden at Miserden, Stroud, 03 July and 17 July

Could there be a more beautiful backdrop to a morning of downward dog! Limber up and get into yoga, whether you’re a beginner or improver at this nature-immersed yoga session. Your £15 class fee gets you full access to the garden after the class too.

Milos, Malvern Theatres, Malvern, Worcs, 14th July

Chill out to the sound waves of globally-acclaimed Milos, a guitar soloist who sells out concerts across the world as well as performing with international orchestras and in recitals. A recording star in his own right he’s appeared at the Royal Albert Hall. Catch him at this venue on 14th July.

Flower Wreath and Candle Workshops, Larkswold Creative Workshops, Moreton-in-Marsh, 2nd and 3rd July

This fabulously creative hub holds creative workshops throughout the year, want something pretty for the door? Book onto the Dried Flower Wreaths Workshop to learn how to make one of these stunning adornments. Cost is £65 for three hours. Or, if you love candles try the Scented Candle Workshop on Sat 3 July, and make an essential oils candle, helped along by lashings of cake and a glass of bubbly to boot! Cost is £65 for three hours.

WWT Slimbridge, Slimbridge, Glos

Head a wonderful day out at the ever-popular Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Feed the ducks, geese and swans, who’ll happily eat right out of their hands then explore the watery world of Toad Hall, getting up close to frogs, newts, salamanders and other pond life, before heading to visit the family of otters and harvest mice. Then let off some energy with a splash around at Welly Boot Land and an indoor soft play session.

Cotswold Forest School, South Cerney, Glos

Let them go wild at Cotswold Forest School

Release your Lord of the Flies tribe into the real wild at Cotswold Forest School in South Cerney. Running brilliant courses and camps throughout July and August each half day session costs £14 per child with the option of booking a full day for £30. The daily schedule looks pretty amazing to us; Tracking Skills, Woodland Shelter Building, Whitling Warrier Staffs and much more, and summer courses run until 27 August.

Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Glos

This glorious tree-filled day out is perfect for kids. Don’t miss the incredible STIHL treetop walkway which goes through the tree canopy and is pushchair and god friendly!. Wander through the woods and flowers and meet the Gruffalo sculptures, build a den out of sticks, cross the troll bridge and crawl through tyre tunnels on the outdoor adventure trail for a thoroughly outdoorsy day out.

Outdoor Theatre, Miserden Garden, Stroud, Sat 17 July

Take them to see some wonderful outdoor theatre with the glorious backdrop of the flower-filled Garden at Miserden. Kick in the Head productions presents ‘Into the Breach’, at 6pm on Saturday 17th July, a comedy Dad’s that’s Dad’s Army meets The Vicar of Dibley! Suitable for all ages, wIth one actor playing all 17 parts it promises to be a hoot. Plus booking the show gets you admission to the amazing garden.

Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, 01 June – 31 August

Glos’s very own opera extravaganza has a new Greatest Showman-vibe venue for 2021: the Big Top. Three of the festival’s 2021 productions will take place in this new venue: Cosi fan tutte, The Return of Ulysses and The Cunning Little Vixen. Perfect for social distancing and summer evenings. Book your ticket to one of these stand-out operas today. There are subtitles on a big screen too, so bring it to life for them.

Family Cook-Together, Daylesford Farm, 25 July

Gourmand grazing at Daylesford

If you have a budding Blumenthal on your hands then book them into one of the kids’ cookery courses at Daylesford Cookery School. We love the sound of
the Family Cooking classes where you’ll get the chance to have some fun in the kitchen togteher and learn some news skills but with no washing up to worry about.

Go Ape in the Wyre Forest, Worcs

We love a visit to Go Ape (nothing makes you feel alive like teetering on a 14m high pole). So why not book them on to the TreeTop Challenge at . For 10+ years they can swing between the giant Douglas Firs, holler down high rise zip wires and generally have the time of their lives.

Go high or go home at GoApe

Or, head for one of two locations in the Forest of Dean, Glos (Mallards Pike and Beechenhurst) Courses cost £25. The Segway Forest School here is also brilliant fun (all ages, 1 hour)

The Warehouse Climbing Centre, Gloucester

This exciting place has special Activity Tickets for kids over the summer holidays so they can climb and cave to their heart’s content. Check into the Mini-Mice toddler sessions, hour-long sessions that give toddlers a chance to climb up to 6.5 metres and have a go on the touch-sensitive DigiWall, with lights, sounds and interactive games. Or book into the Rock Ratz (7 – 16) and take on the big boulders. All overseen by qualified climbing instructors, the sessions help kids develop fitness and confidence.

Cattle Country Farm Park, Berkeley

This animal-packed day out is always a big hit with kids. They’ll get up close with calves, pigs and even alpacas. Pack the swimming stuff and let the kids loose in the waterplay area and covered beach. There’s also fantastic outdoor toddler areas where little ones can play on rope bridges, tractors and seesaws, all specifically designed for small children.

Sailing and SUP Paddleboard Lessons, South Cerney Outdoor, Cirencester, Glos

Book onto the Sailing and Discovery Club courses. Operating on a smaller 1:5 instructor ratio they can try out their sea legs with Sailing, Windsurfing, SUP. For 8+ years. Pay & Play booking is also open again – just pre-book then rock up for a go on the kayaks, canoes and paddle boards.

Or take them for a day at the blissful Cotswold Country Park Beach – the UK’s largest inland pop up beach With brilliant things to do like the inflatable Wibit aqua course, giant swan pedalos, go-karting and one of the best lakeside food shacks we’ve eaten at, you’re in for an amazing day here.

Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham Glos

Sudeley Castle & Gardens, is now fully open after 15 months for the summer season and is throwing open its treasured castle rooms and Royal Sudeley exhibition for the first time this year. Take them to explore castle rooms and St Mary’s Church where a real queen is buried. There’s 1000 years of history showcased here (see the Trials, Triumphs and Treasures Exhibition and take in the private family castle rooms.) Home to one of the largest collections of rare and endangered pheasants from across the world too, top it off at the adventure playground, with a giant fort and zip wire.

FunTech Create Camp, Glos and Worcs, July – 03 September

Yout tweens or teen will love this.FunTech is running virtual camps including Roblox Design (new for 2021!), 3D Game Design, Coding, Game Developing, Minecraft Engineering, all aimed at teaching them tech skills in a fun way.

Classes have an average of six kids per camp and run from 20 July through to 03 September for ages seven to 16. Courses are priced £475 and you can use Childcare Vouchers (CCVs) towards it.

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