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Summer Holidays Activities

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No need for holiday boredom at The Wilson and Leisure At Cheltenham

Thinking of what to do for the last couple of weeks of the school holidays, The Cheltenham Trust has a programme of activities and workshops to keep youngsters stimulated and engaged.

A round-up things to do at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum

Holiday craft sessions

Come along to The Wilson on 28 August and enjoy a family-friendly craft session.  The session will have a different craft process or activity to learn, along with painting and drawing animals and artefacts from the museum collection.

Suitable for a variety of skill levels including very young artists from 18 months old, be prepared to get messy! Sessions will run at 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30 – 3.30pm and cost £3.50.  Please call 01242 387488 to book a place.

Create your own nature notebook

What can you see all around you, in your local area, your local park, your back garden?

The Nature Notebooks are a scrapbook of drawings and paintings by Edward Adrian Wilson, gathered together and mounted by his father. They span the period from his childhood right up until 1910 when he set off on his second, and as it proved to be the last, expedition to the Antarctic. They include illustrations of plants, birds, animals, fish and insects from the hills, and woods and streams around Cheltenham, the home town he loved.

Create your own nature notebook this summer.

There’s still time to create your own nature notebook. Hand it in to The Wilson front desk by Friday 23 August and your entry could become part of a public exhibition.

All submissions will be judged by a panel and short-listed entries will be exhibited for public display at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum from 28 August – 1 September.

World of Wonders (WOW) gallery

Our World of Wonders gallery encourages children and young people to sing, dance, touch and play in our interactive gallery.  With leaping rabbits, a hidden penguin and a bone-shaker in the sky, there’s plenty to stimulate the imagination.  The WOW gallery includes a buggy park plus The Wilson provides onsite changing facilities, lifts to all floors and a café offering tasty treats and light lunches.

Entry to the WOW gallery is free, donations are kindly welcomed.

Hidden Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s Hidden Trail takes participants across town including Montpellier Gardens and The Brewery Quarter and invites families to follow clues and uncover hidden stories. The trail is free to take part in, with the chance to win prizes and get a sticker to add to the No Child Left Behind #PhysicallyActive Summer Challenge wall chart (distributed through participating schools in July).

The trail is running throughout the summer holidays from 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday, until Monday 2 September.

To take part, visit to receive a digital map or pick up a printed map and instructions from The Wilson front desk.

Lots to do at Leisure at Cheltenham

Multi-activity day at Leisure at Cheltenham

Tickets are selling fast for the Active Adventures day on 28 August – starting at 9.20am.  This is an active day that includes  scuba diving, track and field events and gymnastics. Youngsters will come home exhilarated and exhausted after a fun, active day.

Suitable for boys and girls aged 8 – 12, places are £30 and can be reserved by calling 01242 387416. Children are advised to bring a packed lunch, snacks and a water bottle.

Making a splash

Our indoor Splash Pad play zone, is heated to balmy 30 – 31 degrees and is suitable for both children and adults to enjoy with water toys and play activities.

The pool is recommended for children 5 years and under. However, children up to 8 years of age are welcome to join in the fun.  Sessions last 45 minutes and run between 9.15am to 5.15pm. Find out more details or book a Splash Party on our website.

All year round fun

You can check out our programme of fun activities for all the family taking place at Leisure at Cheltenham over the holidays and through the year by visiting

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