5 family friendly things to do this winter in Cheltenham & Gloucester

Cheltenham and Gloucester have so much to offer families it can be hard to decide on what to do! There’s no need to worry though, as we’ve saved you some time and found 5 family friendly things to this winter.

  1. Get creative in Cheltenham

With over 200 items of pottery to choose from, Paint It Yourself Pottery Co offers a unique and wholesome way to spend a couple of hours this winter. Located on Winchcombe Street in Cheltenham, pop-in with the little ones anytime between 10am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-4pm on a Sunday. Create some memorable Christmas presents or keepsakes this winter.

Rubber ducks

  1. Bibury Duck Race

If you’re looking for something unusual and fun to do on Boxing Day this year, why not take the whole family to Bibury’s annual charity Duck Race? Usually starting around 11am, there are two exciting races to sponsor a duck in. With a range of locally sourced prizes to win, get out in the fresh air and have a laugh this Boxing Day!

  1. Gloucester Quays ice rink

Running from 14th November to 5th January 2020, Gloucester Quays open-air ice rink is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. Open from 12.35pm-9pm Monday-Friday and 9.50am-7pm on Sundays, why not transport your family back to the Victorian era and enjoy the Victorian Christmas Market whilst you’re there?

Enchanted Christmas woodland gloucester

Westonbirt Arboretum – photo sourced from visitgloucester.co.uk


  1. Enchanted winter walks

Most of us will end up spending way too much over Christmas, so it’s always good to have a few cost-effective options to entertain the family. Surrounded by the beautiful Gloucestershire scenery, there are many family friendly walks to enjoy. Our top 3 winter walks are:

  • The Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean

Beginning at Beechenhurst, this four-and-a-half-mile trail includes the Highway Rat Trail which is great fun for the kids.

  • Westonbirt Arboretum

The Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum is a magical spectacle to behold! Explore the magical woodland and try to spot woodland characters as you explore the illuminated trail.

  • Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light

Running from November 30th to December 30th, don’t miss out on this stunning illuminated trail under the stars, surrounded by the historic grounds of Sudeley Castle.

A window in the snow

  1. Family-friendly windows and doors showroom Cheltenham

Starting out as a local family run company all those years ago, we still have family values at heart. With this in mind, we would like to invite you and your family to visit our Cheltenham showroom and experience our large product range for yourself. Gain valuable inspiration for future renovations in a welcoming, no-hassle environment.