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August Bank Holiday Weekend in Gloucester

Gloucester has got your August bank holiday weekend sorted! With live music, bbq’s and bouncy castles aplenty it’s impossible to stay indoors, whatever the weather! We've found some brilliant bank holiday weekend events to brighten up your calendar before the autumn term begins - we’re squeezing every last drop out of summer!

Sit back, relax and take a leisurely scroll through our bank holiday guide.

August Bank Holiday Weekend in Gloucester

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Nature in Art is the perfect place to go with the family this weekend - there's so much to see and do! With a dedicated arts education department and a purpose built education centre, Nature in Art provides year round activities and events including, children’s activity days, family fun days, adult art courses, evening talks and demonstrations (check out the children's Activity Days going on next week here). The Hayward Coffee Shop is a great place to take a coffee or lunch break whilst enjoying views of the beautiful surroundings, with light lunches served between 12 - 2pm. Please check bank holiday opening hours before attending, although we've been told they are open on Monday too! 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 UK’s Biggest Cider Festival returns to Brockworth - the 'must attend' music festival with every cider you can imagine! The event has grown to become a firm fixture on the music festival calendar, with 10,000 attendees over the August bank holiday weekend, 50 Ciders and national artists. There's plenty for the whole family to enjoy - and children are welcome too! Rugby For Heroes will be back again at the festival with lots of fun activities. Find out more.


A live history event bringing the English Civil War to life, the Siege of Gloucester involves over 200 re-enactors and horses! Expect musket firing, battle re-enactment, living history encampments and much more! Find out more.

Can you find the sheep? The members of the Diocese of Gloucester flock are spending their holidays in Gloucester Cathedral, where they would love to be visited by children and their families! Come along during your holidays and follow the sheep trail around the Cathedral! Find out more.


To celebrate the amazing retro weekend happening in Gloucester, Waterstones will be joining in the fun with 60’s themed activities throughout the weekend! Free to come along and enjoy the fun and festivities in store! Find out more.

Fancy getting out in the fresh air and having a bit of fun? Then join the Over Farm family farm trail, which is open daily during the summer holidays. The trail will take you on a mini adventure around the farm, with time to visit the friendly animals along the way. With 14 fun activities to enjoy on the trail there’s something for everyone! Find out more.


We're going on a bear hunt to Hatherley Manor this weekend for a scout around the grounds and a delicious afternoon tea! Bring along your teddy bear, take a photo and upload to Instagram - best photo wins mum a spa day! Find out more.


Saturday 24th August

Fun for the whole family at the The Ramblers Club Summer Fete, thanks to Dazzle Dust Productions! With stalls, a bouncy castle, games, Disney movies and princesses for kids! Refreshments, licenced bar, BBQ, tea, coffee and cakes for everyone! Find out more.


Get transported back in time this weekend as Gloucester city centre goes retro! The four main gate streets will be turned back in time; Westgate 1900 - 1949, Northgate 1950’s, Eastgate 1960’s, Southgate 1970 to modern day times! Take a trip down memory lane with historic and classic vehicles from all over the country parked up in the streets, as the music plays and fashion, food, businesses, banks, shops and reenactors all play their part to make this a memorable experience for all! Find out more.


Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers is offering FREE family storytelling this afternoon at St Mary DeCrypt! Fantastical, funny stories from around the world, including magical trees, courage, kindness, dreadful jokes, a monastery moggie, the original Spider Man and a very determined tortoise! Find her in the cosy Tudor Schoolroom at beautifully restored church in central Gloucester. No need to book, just walk in, help yourself to a cuppa and cake and get cosy! Find out more.


Keep your little ones entertained while you do your Saturday shop with FREE facepainting at the Eastgate Shopping Centre Hang Out Hub! The team from Cheltenham Face Painting will be in the hub from 11am - 4pm, come along and paint the town whatever colours you like! Find out more.

Bring your flares for the Clean Plate (was Hub Bistro) opening party! With live music, games, bbq, and fancy dress party to coincide with this weekend's Gloucester Goes Retro Festival! Find out more.

Little ones are welcome to enjoy this messy in-store workshop at Hobbycraft Gloucester this Saturday afternoon, to make their very own textured slime! This workshop is suitable for ages 4 and over - and it’s free! Find out more.

The Museum of Gloucester Moon Exhibition has so much going on for visitors this Saturday! Not only does it come complete with a very special Children's Crafty Corner, with free drop-in activities for children and their families (this week’s theme is ‘design a space suit’). But there’s also a chance to dress up! Guests are invited to wear your best spaceman, alien or 'out of this world' outfit when you visit the exhibition at the Museum of Gloucester today - and don't forget to take your lunar selfies! Find out more.


Fun for all the family at this exciting Last Blast event, arranged for the local community by Matson, Robinswood & White City Community Partnership. There's plenty to see and do, including football, face-painting, inflatables, arts and crafts, stalls, a family fun run, a dog show, live music and a talent show! Find out more.


All children are welcome to the under 8's Summer Activities Programme at Brockworth Library this morning, a chance to get creative and unleash your inner artist! Find out more.

Pets at Home Gloucester is 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.

Rock up to The Black Shed this Saturday for a special 1960's themed, family-fun day! Join in with fun, fancy dress, music, games and children’s entertainment in the daytime and live music, raffle and a buffet in the evening, all while fundraising for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Find out more.


Sunday 25th August

The Hare and Hounds is hosting a bank holiday festival this afternoon; fun for the whole family guaranteed! With a live band, ice creams, craft stalls, BBQ, karaoke, raffle, face-painting and much, much more! Find out more.


Bag a bargain at Gloucester Car Boot and Flea Market, running this Sunday at Hempsted Meadows. With FREE entry, there's everything from antiques and collectables, homeware and clothes on offer! Catering and barista coffee available to provide some perk while you peruse - and on Sundays there's an ice cream van, inflatable castle and soft-play area for kids! Find out more.

If you've not yet had the chance to visit Llanthony Secunda Priory then now is the perfect time. Step inside the listed buildings to see the newly refurbished spaces and find out more about the events and people that shaped Llanthony’s history, including an Archbishop of Canterbury, and King Henry VII. Tea/coffee will be available throughout the day and there will be lawn games to keep the family entertained. Find out more.

Pets at Home Gloucester is 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.


Party on the patio at The Old Forge Inn this Sunday, with live bands, karaoke, a bbq, bouncy castle, kid’s games and plenty of entertainment, all helping raise funds towards Defibrillators for Whitminster village. Find out more.

All are welcome to the The Ship Inn bank holiday party! With live music, great food, wine and ale, and lots of fun for the whole family - and your dogs are welcome too! Find out more.

Gloucester's biggest band, the Shy Teds, are BACK - and here to entertain you at this family-friendly event, with a bbq and free bouncy castle for the kids! Find out more.

Monday 26th August

An exciting family-friendly fun day at The Greyhound in Longlevens this bank holiday Monday! With bbq, outdoor games, bouncy castle, ice cream and special guest appearance! Find out more.

Join the Museum of Gloucester for their exciting interactive moon walk today! All you need is a smartphone and an app (which we recommend you download). Find out more.

Celebrate 20 years of the 'That's Not My' series with fun, free activities for children at Waterstones Gloucester today! The additional them ‘Reading is Magic’ is also running in store! Find out more.

That's not my flamingo... - That's not my... (Board book)

Little ones are welcome to enjoy a free in-store workshop at Hobbycraft Gloucester 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

Football and UV lights at the Q Club - what could be better?! Get fit, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun at Glow Football! 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!