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August Bank Holiday Weekend in Cheltenham

Regardless of the weather, we've got some brilliant bank holiday weekend events to brighten up your calendar before the autumn term begins - we're not letting go of you just yet, summer!

Sit back, relax and take a leisurely scroll through our bank holiday guide - you may want to pour yourself cuppa first!

August Bank Holiday Weekend in Cheltenham

The Cotswold Farm Park Maize Maze invites visitors to meet pirates, fairies and a mischievous boy by the name of Peter Pan in Neverland! Brand new for 2019, a unique, interactive outdoor theatre maze, just perfect for a summer holiday outing with the family. With a professional theatre company cast providing the entertainment, performance times at 11am - 11:45am and 12pm - 12:45pm. Find out more.


Bring your little ones to Sudeley Castle for a whole host of fun this weekend, as they learn what it takes to be a knight (by day)! Guests are welcome to dress up to look the part and take part in knight-themed activities and have a go at the Knight's Quest! This event is included with admission tickets and free for Sudeley members. Find out more.


This summer Mr Mulligans is running a great selection of offers and promotions, including the fab ‘kids eat free’ promo, running even on weekends from 3pm - 6pm! Receive one free kids meal with every main meal purchased from the menu - that’s an offer you can’t refuse! With two 18-hole courses, a huge restaurant and full bar, it’s a great all round destination with something for all ages. Find out more.


Discover what childhood was like in the Victorian times at the Holst Birthplace Museum this weekend! What was life like for a child growing up in the Victorian times? Glimpse young Victorian lives through objects from the time, including those from Gustav Holst’s own childhood. The Holst Birthplace Museum is open bank holiday Monday too - so a great choice on a rainy day! Find out more.


Make the most of the summer weather (we’re hoping) by getting active with the kids at Batsford Arboretum this weekend! Find the creepy crawlies hidden around the Arboretum and mark their locations on the map provided to win a prize on the The Big Batsford Bug Hunt! Find out more.


The Baby Bell Festival is back! Some fab family fun days planned at The Bell Inn, with live music, a bouncy castle for children and a BBQ - and it’s free entry! Find out more.


Looking for a free, family-friendly activity this weekend? The Hidden Cheltenham trail is free for all! You don't need to sign up to be able to take part in the trail, simply pick up a map and secret instructions from The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum to get started, then follow the trail and clues all the way to the finish line (to receive a few goodies)! Find out more.


Court Farm Shop is inviting visitors to enjoy their extended Animal Area during the bank holiday weekend, with the chance to meet the goats, pet sheep, pigs and piglets and cows! With free entry to see the animals and no need to book, we’re off for fun at the farm! Find out more.

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Yes, it's that time again! The Royal of Charlton Kings is hosting a jolly good knees up to finish off the summer and you're all invited! Entertainment over the family-friendly weekend includes children’s pizza decorating, a dog show, a mega quiz, face-painting, garden games (weather permitting) and fun from The Music Man! Find out more.


Saturday 24th August

Howdy partners! Saddle up for the Show at Brockhampton; a traditional village fete and produce show with a twist - it's a Wild West themed! Ten gallon hats, chaps, and rhinestone boots are encouraged and a great opportunity for children’s fancy dress! With rodeo-themed stalls and entertainment including a fun dog show, produce show and exhibition, parish fete, races, BBQ and bouncy castle! The Show ends with the Grand Auction of both produce and promises such a family day pass to Sudeley Castle. Find out more.


Pets at Home Cheltenham Stores are offering a FREE My Pet Pals workshops, and this Saturday it’s ‘Cool Pets’! This workshop is aimed at kids aged 5-11; they’ll meet some friendly small furries whilst learning how to keep them happy and healthy in the summer during a fun and hands-on experience! Find out more.

Little ones are welcome to enjoy a free in-store workshop at Hobbycraft Cheltenham this Saturday to learn how to make their very own batch of textured slime! This workshop is suitable for ages 4 and over, all children under 16 years must be supervised by an adult at all times. Find out more.

Come and join in the fun and games at Waterstones Cheltenham for a game of Dobble, a classic test of mental agility, with five games rolled into one! All welcome to attend the session at 11am (suitable for children aged 6+). Find out more.

The Greatfield is having a beach party! Beach-themed fancy dress with prizes for the winners and children are welcome! Offers for grown ups include 2 for £7 on our cocktails and bottles of bubbles from £12! Find out more.

Come and join The Beehive for a sausage and cider fest! There will be all kinds of different sausages and ciders for you to try, as well as live music and children's entertainment for the whole family to enjoy from 1pm! Find out more.

Rock up (after-hours) to The Ox Shed at Cotswold Farm Park for live music this Saturday evening from musician, Laura Davis! Free entry, food and drink available, and stunning views from the terrace – what more can you ask for? Find out more.

Sunday 25th August

Brighten up your Sunday morning with a free trip to see the sunflower meadows at Cotswold Farm Park, now open to the public! Take some Insta-worthy family snaps or spend the rest of the day at the farm visiting the animals! Find out more.

Buskers, street food and over 80 stalls with goods ranging from arts and crafts, vintage clothes, accessories and food at the Suffolks Sunday Market, which also features the popular dog show! Find out more.

Join The Old Courthouse crowd this Sunday for the pub's first ever free dog walk around Cheltenham! Meeting bright and early at 10am, you and your furry friends will be welcomed with bacon sandwiches to start the day off, before venturing out on a 3 mile walk around town! Find out more.

Spend some precious quality time with your little one getting crafty and creative at The Wilson family-friendly art drop-in session this Sunday morning. Just make sure to wear something that you don’t mind getting paint on! Find out more.

Join in at the London Inn for some summer-vibes at the children's garden party (held in the function room if raining)! Expect a fun-filled Sunday afternoon, with the children entertained while you relax with a refreshing drink and BBQ! Including a Punch and Judy show, balloon modelling, a free bouncy castle, two hours of magical fun with Merlin the Magician and more! Find out more.

Join in the fun at the free Cheltenham Library Comic Con event this weekend - with something for everyone of all ages on the day, including comics, cosplay, artists and special guests! Cosplay is encouraged! Find out more.


Pets at Home Cheltenham Stores are offering a FREE My Pet Pals workshops, and this Sunday it’s ‘Friendly Fish’! This workshop is aimed at kids aged 5-11; they’ll meet some friendly fish and help to feed them, whilst learning how to keep them happy and healthy during a fun and hands-on experience! Find out more.

The Bottle Of Sauce is playing host to the fantastic family-friendly market, where Create Cheltenham has arranged a fantastic selection of craft stalls, as well as music and art workshops for little ones. Find out more.

Monday 26th August

Bank holiday Monday sees the return of the Winchcombe Country Show, now in its 70th year, with celebrations marking the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This year’s main event to wow the crowds will be an incredible BMX show, as well as a wide range of entertainment for everyone, including a Punch & Judy show, face-painting, street entertainment, bungee jumping - and that’s not all! With a traditional flower show and floral display, arts and crafts stalls, cookery and photography workshops, food samples, doggy demonstrations and dog-friendly games, prize winning exhibits and more! Find out more.


There's lots of fun for all the family planned at the Coberley Village Fete this bank holiday Monday. The very popular Dog Show will be a central feature throughout the afternoon, with stalls, activities, ice creams, cream teas, pre-loved clothes sale, try-your-luck games, tombola, raffle and home-made scarecrow competition! Find out more.

Little ones are welcome to enjoy a free in-store workshop at Hobbycraft Cheltenham this bank holiday Monday, to decorate their very own foam shape animal! This workshop is suitable for ages 4 and over, all children under 16 years must be supervised by an adult at all times. Find out more.

Bridge Football Academy is delivering free drop in football sessions this summer for the Hesters Way Partnership in Cheltenham! Rock up and join in this Monday afternoon, no booking required! Find out more.

An afternoon movie is a perfect choice on a rainy day, and a trip to see The Sound of Music at the Bacon Theatre would be a great way to introduce a classic family-favourite to a younger audience. A tuneful, heartwarming story based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers starring Julie Andrews (and who doesn’t love a singing nun spinning around on a hill?!). Find out more.

Join John Lewis Cheltenham this Monday afternoon for the last chance to see Agent Green from DCHQ (Dragon Conservation Headquarters) who will take you to a world of magic and adventure! This week’s theme is ‘Fantastic Furry Tales’! Find out more.


That's all folks, we hope you have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget you can browse the site any time and find activities by day, age, cost, distance and more!