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Things to do in Gloucestershire

Amazing, fun things to do in Gloucestershire, days out in and around Gloucestershire to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Gloucestershire.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

Have you tried an outdoor gym? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

15th March 2019

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Things to do on a Cold Rainy Day in Tewkesbury

There is so much more to Tewkesbury than at first glance. 

Things to do on a Cold Rainy Day in Tewkesbury - Paddling in the pool...

Paddling in the Pool

Swimming is always a favourite in our family. If it's raining outside, there is nothing nicer than heading into a warm changing room. It's even better getting into a warm pool. There are two pools at the Tewkesbury Leisure Centre and reasonably sized family changing rooms. There is also a nice cafe with wifi if you can’t tear yourself away from your phone for too long! Entertaining the family and getting one of the best forms of all round exercise. A big plus in my book!

Brunch and Board Games

Swimming always makes me hungry, so rather than the cafe at the pool, we head for Theoc House.  What we like best is the all day brunch choices and that it is independently owned. James and Simon have a great selection of books and games to keep the young, and the young at heart amused. Nothing beats a good board game on a rainy day.

Things to do on a Cold Rainy Day in Tewkesbury - Brunch and Board Games...
Things to do on a Cold Rainy Day in Tewkesbury - Mooching Around a Museum...

Mooching Around a Museum

The John Moore Museum is close to the Abbey and was established in memory of the writer and naturalist, John Moore. If you aren’t into natural history, a few doors away is The Merchant’s House. This is a two storey building which has been beautifully restored and furnished to show the construction of a 15th century shop and dwelling. Recent comments on Trip Advisor state “A visit to Tewkesbury would not be complete without a visit to the 15th century Merchant's house. The audio tour was brilliant. And only £4 for this museum and the old Baptist Chapel”. “This is well worth a visit. There is lots of things to dress up in and touch/play in the tudor house and lots to feel and see in the museum”. Outside is a lovely secret garden, which you may need to save for a day when it isn’t raining!

Evening Entertainment

To round off the day, it is always worth checking what’s on at the Roses Theatre. They have ever changing exhibitions, films, live screenings and performances as well as music and stand up comedy.   

The Roses’ big claim to fame is that Eric Morecambe gave his last performance there on 27 May 1984. After his final curtain call he returned to his dressing room, where he collapsed with what was believed to be his third heart attack. He was rushed to Cheltenham General Hospital, where he sadly died.  The Roses has remembered Eric Morecambe’s life by naming the conference room after him. The Eric Morecambe room is regularly used for meetings, craft activities and rehearsals. It doubles as the wardrobe for The Roses' annual pantomime.

Things to do on a Cold Rainy Day in Tewkesbury - Evening Entertainment...

So there you have it - a selection of things to do in Tewkesbury on a cold rainy day in February! Let us know what things you find to do when you go to Tewkesbury. And if you are stuck for inspiration, we'd recommend you started with the Tewkesbury Treasure Hunt

16th February 2017

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