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We understand some days in your life are extra special. We really do. And we appreciate that few, if any, are more important than your wedding day. You want to know it’s in safe, capable, passionate hands. As many of our hotels are licensed for civil ceremonies, we’re also happy to host your actual wedding as well as your reception. Whatever your choice, when you get hitched, we’ll make sure your special day goes without a hitch. That’s a Hallmark promise.

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Half Term Excursion Ideas for Hallmark Hotel Guests in Gloucester


The Cotswolds are the jewel of the South West, offering hundreds of different walks, treks and quaint country villages to explore and admire. Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bath, Bristol and Salisbury are all fantastic historic cities to visit if you like beautiful cathedrals, award-winning restaurants and boutique shopping.

Hallmark Hotel Gloucester is perfectly situated within easy distance of the old city. It’s also easy to get to from all main the routes, and the perfect distance from all the adventures this part of the country has to offer!  

In Gloucester itself, there is plenty to do for the whole family. Start with the fantastic museums in the city:

Any Beatrix Potter fans in your family will absolutely love visiting The House of the Tailor of Gloucester. This charming little museum and shop, named after the enchanting children’s book of the same name, exhibits and sells all things to do with the author’s timeless tales.

If you’re an active family, you will find the area surrounding Gloucester rich in places to explore on foot or on a bike. The Cotswolds and Forest of Dean are just on the doorstep, and both offer fantastic outdoor fun!

Go Ape Forest of Dean is a fab day out for families with older children who aren’t afraid of heights! Get yourselves harnessed up and enjoy swinging through the trees in this ancient woodland (learn a little of its history in this post). It’s a little pricey but sites like Day Out with the Kids often run discount offers so check before you go.

Over in Coleford, less than 24 miles from the hotel, you’ll find the Clearwell Caves and ancient iron mines. Go underground to explore ancient mines and natural caves that have been around for more than 4,500 years. If your children are over the age of seven, you might want to check out the semi-deep and deep level visits, which involve crawling through passages and scrambling over rocks, complete with hard hats and head torches!

Another highly rated family day out in Coleford is Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure. Here, you can climb aboard a steam train and ride through the forest to the treetop adventure and indoor village at the top. Small children will be delighted as it’s full of secret passages and hidden treasure which they are given clues to find!

If you and your family are up for some Halloween fun during your half term break, then the following places are great to visit and are also running special spooky events that week:

  • Halloween Land at Cotswold Farm Park (a 40-minute drive from Gloucester) – get involved in pumpkin picking and decorating, face painting, and a spooky woodland trail.
  • Halloween at Cattle Country Park (a 28-minute drive from Gloucester) – they’ll be doing scary tractor and trailer rides through a spooky maze, pumpkin carving, toasting marshmallows and a scarecrow trail.
  • Halloween at Berkeley Castle (half an hour’s drive from Gloucester) – enjoy all the best spooktacular activities in this incredible castle setting. Meet the ghost of Henry VIII, see the owls in the Great Hall and do some pumpkin carving!).

If you’re visiting Wiltshire whilst you’re staying with us, then consider trips to the mystical Stonehenge and fun-filled Longleat Safari Park too!

We hope you have an amazing half term break this October and take the time to recharge your batteries before the Christmas fun begins. If you’re staying with us, be sure to ask our staff about the local area. They’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you any recommendations.

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