AD| When thinking of locations to visit in the UK, Gloucestershire may not be high up on your wish list. But with our picturesque countryside, historic sights and beautiful architecture, it’s the ideal place for a weekend break or a date night with your SO.
Even if you’re single or planning to visit with friends or family, there are plenty of activities to choose from. And if you are looking for someone special to spend time with, why not try a Gloucester Dating Site?
No matter who you choose to spend your time with, there are so many things to see and do in Gloucestershire… and here are just a few of my favourites.
Starting off with a classic date night idea – dinner and a movie. But if you’re looking for something a little bit different to your usual cinema experience, try out the Screening Rooms in Cheltenham, followed by dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby. I would highly recommend dessert at Creams (who do some great vegan options).
Situated in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, The Cotswold Distillery showcases many gin and whisky tastings throughout the year, so it’s the perfect date idea for any budding connoisseurs. And you can usually get a great deal through Groupon too.
Go for a Walk
The Costwolds are a beautiful part of the UK, so why not explore one of the quaint Costwold villages like Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water (which is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds) or Stow-on-the-Wold.
If you’re looking for something a little more woods-y then the Westonbirt Arbortoreum is a great choice. They put on various events throughout the year including their Enchanted Christmas.
Visit a Museum
If you’re looking for a cultured way to impress your date, then head to one of Gloucestershire’s many museums; such as the Soldier’s of Gloucestershire Museum which tells the story of local regiments, the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water which is ideal for car enthusiasts, and Cirencester’s Corinium Museum which is full of Roman artefacts to enjoy. Honestly, you really are spoilt for choice.
One of my favourites happens to be Stroud’s Museum in the Park where you’ll explore the beautiful grade II listed mansion house.
See a Show
With the Cotswold Water Park in the heart of Gloucestershire county, it should come as no surprise that there are a wide range of water sports on offer. From kayaking to stand up paddle boarding (SUPs) and even an inflatable water course, you really are spoilt for choice.
However if it’s too cold to get out on the water or you’re looking for something a little more competitive, there are other sporting activities to try out. One of my favourites is cross bow shooting at the Cotswold Range, or snowboarding at Gloucester’s dry slope. But I’d also love to try indoor rock climbing at Gloucester Climbing Centre, or trampolining at Cheltenham’s Airborne Trampoline Park – both look like they’d be a lot of fun.
Hot Air Balloon ride
Get a birds eye view of some of Gloucestershire’s picturesque countryside by taking a hot air balloon ride. Flights are available from Gloucestershire’s Staverton airport or ‘The Capital of The Cotswolds’, Cirencester.
Catch a game
Bundle up and get ready to cheer on the cherry red and whites at the Kingsholm Rugby Stadium. It’s a great group activity and even if you’re not a huge fan of the sport, you’re sure to get caught up in the atmosphere.
Go for a dip
The Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham is open until 7.30pm between April to October, making it ideal for an evening dip with your special someone. The lido also boasts a sauna where you can warm up afterwards and lovely lawns to share a picnic.
But if you’re feeling really brave you could challenge each other to their Christmas Swim, which has been a tradition for the past 50 years!
Another great alternative is the Outdoor Swimming Pool in Cirencester, which was the second largest city in Roman Britian and home to the oldest public outdoor swimming pool (in continuous use).
Embrace your competitive side
Explore some of Britain’s oldest underground mine workings at Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean. Travel 200ft underground, with the chance to crawl and explore through the mysterious mines. Make sure to wear suitable footwear as the ground can be uneven and wrap up warm!
Visit a Zoo
Whether you visit the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford (which is technically Oxfordshire but still The Cotswolds) or get splashed by the penguins at Birdland (which has happened to me!), a zoo is a great place to spend time with someone. You could even pack up a picnic and enjoy the sunshine on one of the many parklands.
Of course there’s also Slimbridge Wetland Centre where thousands of Bewick’s swans migrate to from Arctic Russia each Winter.
Movie city seeing
Explore the corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and see where the famous blockbusters were filmed, at the iconic Gloucester Cathedral.
While you’re in the city take a stroll to the historic docklands where movies such as Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic and childhood favourites Rosie and Jim where filmed. Does anyone else remember them plodding along in their old canal boat?
Another great filming location in Gloucestershire is Puzzlewood which saw the likes of Merlin, Star Wars and Doctor Who.
Have you ever been to Gloucestershire? If not, I hope I’ve convinced you to pay a visit soon. 💞
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