Swim outdoors at Stratford Park Leisure, follow the maze of narrow pathways and secret gardens at Hidcote Manor, or see the UK’s largest flock of flamingos at WWT Slimbridge, plus exotic birds from all around the world. Watch from the sunken hide as they rear their chicks in spring and summer.
At Cheltenham Montpellier, follow the self-guided treasure trail to pick up some fascinating snippets of local history. Try tubing sessions, skiing, snowboarding or snoXross at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre. Or run, dive and roll as you shoot the enemy at Battle Hill laser tag.
Make like Lewis Hamilton at JDR Karting, learn new skills at The Warehouse Climbing Centre, with spaces for climbing, bouldering and children’s activities. Or learn the fascinating story of 2,000 miles of waterways and Britain’s most inland port at Gloucester Waterways Museum.
Stand up and paddle at SUP Gloucester, while getting great views of the historic city docks and tall ships. Or take to the trails at Fly-up 417 Bike Park, one of the biggest mountain bike facilities in the country, with 100 acres of hillside, a dirt jump site, outdoor trails and indoor pump track. Sleep like a log.
See the stunning stained-glass, crypt and cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral, or the TV-famous gardens and arboretum at Miserden. Or take the vigorous climb to the summit at Robinswood Hill Country Park to be wowed by views of the Severn Bridge to the South, the Malvern Hills to the North and the Black Mountains to the West.
There are stunning sculptures to see at Gallery Pangolin, a rich local aviation history to explore at the Jet Age Museum, open-air theatre and music at Berkeley Castle, and free-flying birds to feed at Prinknash. Or visit a working fruit and veg farm with shop (and airstrip) at Over Farm.
Take a walk through the shops and eateries of Gloucester Quays and Docks, for clothes, sports, jewellery, shoes and homeware. Walk the Sharpness Canal, or take in views of the Ozleworth Valley at Newark Park. Or be wowed by 1000 years of history at Tewkesbury Abbey.
Try the 20-acre paintball battleground at Go Ballistic, be manicured or pedicured at ZenZero Spa at Gloucester Docks or make your girlie get-together complete with a little home pampering with the Beauty Box. Refresh at the Frocester George with cask-conditioned ales or one of 20 different gins.