FINGERS crossed the weather picks up for half term as there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained in Gloucestershire, from wild animal encounters to Victorian arts and crafts.
Adorable otters, majestic birds of prey and exotic creepy crawlies are making a guest appearance at Gloucester Waterways Museum, with a chance to learn about their lifestyles during special talks by their handlers. Learn about both native and foreign snakes, lizards, falcons and fossils and have fun with animal-themed art and crafts activities from today until next Saturday.
Eager to mix with wilder animals, grab your explorer’s hat and head over to West Midlands Safari Park, where it’s Explorers Week throughout the park.
Discover the bats and flying monkeys in the Twilight Cave and learn about exotic marine life in the Flooded Forest or visit Penguin Cove.
Alternatively, head to Birdland Park and Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water from today onwards to learn about the 140 different types of bird and dispel the myth that all species are peaceful and sedate.
A selection of Toxic Talks will take place throughout the week to help you find out revolting facts about the naughtiest birds on the planet.
For the chance to be a researcher and identify some remarkable swans, visit Slimbridge Wetlands Centre where beautiful protected birds take pride of place with guided walks, arts, puzzles and swan feeds and a chance to meet otters and toads.
Meanwhile, at Chedworth Roman Villa, travel 150 years back in time with the rangers swapping their Roman tunics for Victorian top hats to mark the 150th anniversary of the Victorians’ excavation of the site.
Open from today, you can tour the villa and learn about the archaeological finds and even dress up as a Victorian.
Alternatively, explore the woodland and see some of the most remarkable conifers in Britain, as Westonbirt Arboretumpresents Conifer Capers, an enlightening trail through the trees and creative pine cone and conifer collages workshops to make your own pine cone monsters.
Gloucestershire Airport’s Jet Age Museum is extending its hours for half term too and there’s plenty to keep you entertained at The Roses in Tewkesbury with a street dance workshop on Tuesday and arts and crafts workshop on Wednesday.