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20th to 21st May: What's On In Cheltenham This Weekend

Welcome to this weekend's what's on guide for families in Cheltenham. There's a run down of ideas and suggestions of things to do in Cheltenham for families, a handful of out-of-town highlights plus a couple of options for grown-up fun.

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Family Events and Activities

Saturday and Sunday

Hollywood Bowl is hosting a family fun event this Saturday and Sunday with face-painting and a treasure hunt with prizes. Find out more

Every weekend at Leisure At there's family swim sessions with floats and toys in both pools from 1 til 3pm. Find out more

The discount film showings at Cineworld Movies for Juniors this weekend are the LEGO Batman Movie and Sing. Find out more

The first strawberries of the season are ready to pick at Primrose Vale. Pop along a pick a punnet to take home and enjoy for days. Find out more

There's fun for kids big and small at Airborne. First hour £10, second hour £5. Bounce around the park, battle it out on the battle beams and unleash your inner Ninja on the Ninja run. Find out more

The Moscow State Circus is at Cheltenham Racecourse until Sunday with their show, Gotinitsa. Afternoon and evening performances, prices start at £8. For 50% off grandstand, deluxe grandstand or VIP ringside seats quote 'CHELTENHAM123' at the box office. Find out more


Unlimited bouncing at the Holy Apostles Primary School Inflatable Fun Day with a BBQ, bar, tombola and silent auction for adults whilst the kids bounce the afternoon away. (If it rains the inflatables will be indoors). Find out more

St Mary's is having a Spring Fair with lots of stalls including toys, gifts and crafts. Find out more

If you're in Cheltenham town centre with a toddler this weekend, don't forget the Wishing Fish Clock is back in action blowing bubbles every 30 minutes and there's also free 'Storytime for Toddlers' every Saturday at Waterstones. Find out more

Who Let The Dads Out is a regular club especially for dads to get together whilst the kids play. Taking place this Saturday at Charlton Kings Baptist Church. Find out more

If you need a new family computer or tablet, head along to LeisureAt Saturday for the Cheltenham Computer Fair. Discounted tech, including PCs, laptops and tablets. Find out more

The regular Pop-Up Shop at Create on the Square has guest stalls selling handmade items, birdfeeders and energy drinks. Find out more


Junior Parkrun welcomes youngsters aged 4-14 along for a timed 2k run every Sunday morning. Find out more

At last check there were around 60 tickets left for Sunday's 5:30 performance of Giffords new show 'Any Port In A Storm' at Sudeley Castle. If you've missed out on this leg of the tour don't worry, it's coming close to Cheltenham again later in the summer with performances at Fennells Farm (Stroud) and Stratton Meadows (Cirencester). Visit the Everyman Box Office to buy tickets for Giffords at Sudeley Castle

For the Grown Ups

Friday 7:30pm: Cheltenham Ghost Tour reveals strange and supernatural stories, including spectral maids at a major hotel, a murderous butler, and the town’s very own Jack the Ripper suspect. Tickets £10. Book here

Saturday 2pm: The Playhouse Cheltenham is showing the multi Oscar award-winning movie, Gone With The Wind on Saturday at 2pm. Telling an epic (4 hour!) story set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, following the life, loves and tragedies of Scarlett O’Hara. Tickets £7. Buy tickets from the Playhouse website

Cheltenham Cocktail Week is running through until Sunday with various events dotted around town. Alongside the 'official' events some bars and clubs are running fringe events and offers. Check out the hashtag #CheltenhamCocktailWeek on Instagram and Twitter for the latest. Visit the official Facebook page here

Out Of Town Highlights

Saturday and Sunday: Back by popular demand Cotswold Farm Park has a Meet the Machinery Weekend Saturday and Sunday. A chance to get up close to the farm's biggest pieces of equipment. Learn how they work and the important jobs they do – if you’re lucky, you may even be able to take a selfie in the driver’s seat! Visit the Cotswold Farm Park website

Saturday and Sunday: The Spectacular Big Weekend at Worcester Racecourse
See Worcester's biggest fun fair, the mega kites festival, and plenty of character attractions with special guests appearing throughout.
Entry is free although rides are chargeable. Visit Worcester Racecourse website

Sunday: Cirencester Fringe Family Fun Day. Live music, Food & Vaults Bar area, Bouncy castle & Fairground rides, entertainment for kids, face paint, hair feathers, trade stalls, and much more. Visit the Facebook Event Page.

Don't forget you can easily view all 'What's On Today' listings or 'What's On This Weekend' listings any time for instant inspiration.