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What’s On – This Week

Lovely lidos, ramen hang-outs, outdoor theatre and treasure trails - there's a megaton of fun in our going out guide this week! Check them all out pronto.

Wind in the Willows, Miserden Estate, Sun 02 August

Can you think of a nicer setting for some alfresco theatre this summer? The Gardens at Miserden near Stroud are the lush backdrop for Wind in the Willows, a children’s open air theatre performance taking place at 2.30pm on Sunday 2nd August. There will be social distancing measures to keep everyone safe so book your tickets pronto. Tickets to visit the blooming gardens are also now available through a pre-booking system. Open Thurs to Saturday, with children under 16 going free of charge.

Five Valleys Market and Shopping Centre, Stroud town centre, Glos

Five Valleys manager Dionne with JoJo herself.

We’re loving the makeover at the Five Valleys shopping centre. The brilliant JoJo Maman Bébé recently opened (above) and this month sees the opening of Tomari-G – an amazing Japanese food hangout now serving up steamingly good bowls of Ramen and Callaghin’s, a vegan-friendly go-to for the best Belgian waffles you’ve ever tasted. Watch this space for more new food and fashion openings soon.

Cirencester Open Air Pool, Cirencester, reopen for pre-booking

We’re sliding into our cozzies and heading here quick smart. Cirencester’s gorgeous, heated open air swimming pool is now officially open again. Book ahead to guarantee your slot (there are no walk-up entries at the moment folks). If you want to book for more than one person make sure to tap Family Swim, and all slots are release one week in advance. Go, go, go! … And for Worcs-ies the 40m long Droitwich Lido is opening from 01 August – pre-booked tickets can be found here.

Outdoor Theatre Festival, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, 25 July – 05 Sept

Tickets have just gone on sale for this and it’s a corker. The brilliant Barn Theatre is turning its outside space into a fabulous pop-up alfresco festival between 25 July and 05 September. Among the luminaries treading the boards are Tweedy: Al Fresco!, The Adventures of Dr Dolittle, Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful and Funny Gals.

Prema Arts Centre and Cafe, Ulley, from 23 July

The boutique Prema Arts centre in Ulley near Stroud is reopening from Thursday 23 July. It has a glorious outside space and garden, pick up your the hot and cold food and drinks from the Vestry Cafe and spill out onto the lawns for some alfresco dining (with brand new coffee tables and a new gazebo for max fun rain or shine). Keep your eyes peeled for events coming up.

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Glos

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.

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. T

Cheltenham Music Festival, online throughout July and August


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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