Now that we’re into the Summer months (although sometimes it doesn’t feel like it) we can get out and about and enjoy exploring our local areas more. I love exploring my local area and finding new places to visit, whether it be a new shop, cafe, museum or local beauty spot.
Whether you have never been to Gloucestershire, visit regularly or live there, I think the list of places to visit below has something for everyone and a few hidden gems to explore this Summer. I have shared some of my favourite places to visit in Gloucestershire below, there’s a real mixture so there should be something everyone will enjoy. I’m looking forward to crossing a few off my list in the coming months. Especially visiting Gloucester Cathedral.
If you love history and architecture, then visiting Gloucester Cathedral is a must. Found in the heart of Gloucester it can be enjoyed by all ages. Admission is free, although a donation is appreciated. There are free guided tours through the cathedral, fun family activities for children to enjoy during the school holidays and so many beautiful sights, namely the gorgeous stained glass windows. As well as all of the above, several scenes in Harry Potter were filmed at the cathedral, children will love seeing the area where the scenes were filmed for themselves.
If you like spending time outside then you will love Westonbirt Arboretum. The Arboretum often has events for the whole family to enjoy during the school holidays. A few years back we attended their Enchanted Christmas Event which was amazing, it takes place every year so if you haven’t been yet I would highly recommend it.
Shopping at Gloucester Quays
If you’re looking for somewhere to shop, eat and explore then Gloucester Quays has it all. You can browse over 50 popular shops including M&S Outlet, Next, Gap Outlet and the Nike Factory Store, all with up to 70% off the recommended retail price. After a long day shopping you can stop for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, coffee shops and takeaways. You could even head to the Cineworld complex and catch the latest must see movie.
The International Centre for Birds of Prey
For animal lovers there’s the amazing International Centre for Birds of Prey, there are lots of different species of birds to see. You can also see demonstrations throughout the day where you can watch the birds flying, each demonstration is different but equally mesmerising. There’s also a lovely cafe where you can stop for refreshments or a bite to eat.
Another great place to visit in Gloucestershire is Puzzlewood. There are 14 acres of ancient woods to explore, lots of different animals to see, an exciting indoor and outdoor play area and a cafe where you can have a rest before heading off to explore more of the amazing woods. A fun fact about the woods is that it has played host to a lot of famous shows and movies, including Dr Who & the Weeping Angels, Atlantis, Merlin, Jack the Giant Slayer and part of the opening and closing sequences of Tree Fu Tom.
I hope the list has given your some suggestions of places to visit in Gloucestershire this Summer. If you know of any great places to visit in the local area that I have missed let me know in the comments below, I love finding new places to explore.