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Ideas to keep children busy in the run up to Christmas in Gloucester

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, particularly if you’re sharing the festive magic with children. Excitement levels are high so, if you’re fostering in Gloucester, check out our shortlist of events and activities to make the very most of the Christmas season.  

Gloucester Quays Festive Fayre

Visit the Gloucester Quays Festive Fayre and browse Christmas stalls packed with local produce, food, drink and gifts. With seasonal entertainment including bands, street performers and reindeer, you’ll discover a real atmosphere of festive fun. If you’re in Gloucester fostering over the Christmas holidays, the fayre would make a great place to take a child of any age to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.    

Christmas at Gloucester Quays Festive Fayre

Gloucester City and Folk Museum’s wishing tree is magical little treat for younger children. Little ones are invited to write a letter to Father Christmas and hang it on the tree. A few days later, a personal, hand-written reply will appear on the tree, ready for collection. This is something that children will never forget. The museum is a great place to visit, especially over the festive season with this charming, inexpensive activity.  

Winter Wonderland, Prinknash Bird and Deer Park

Prinknash Bird and Deer park has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Whether you live in Gloucester fostering a tiny tot or older child, there’s something for everyone to enjoy (including a complimentary hot beverage for the adults!). Children have the chance to meet Rudolf, Prancer and Comet, the real life resident reindeer, enjoy face painting and crafts, gaze at the Christmas lights and of course meet Father Christmas himself at Santa’s grotto.

This year, the park is also hosting special toddler days while older children are still at school. If you’re fostering a little one, this is a great opportunity to join in the fun at a calmer time of day.   

Christmas Crafts Workshops

Nature in Art, on the outskirts of Gloucester, is a fascinating place to visit all year round. This season you’ll not only discover the range of artefacts and art in the nature-inspired gallery but have the opportunity to take your budding artist along for some Christmas craft days. From stained glass effect garlands to mini stockings and clay snowmen, there are plenty of activity days to choose from.

If you’re fostering in Gloucester, consider adding this to your list of things to Christmas or any time of the year!  


Surely nothing beats a pantomime for getting in the Christmas spirit? This year, The Kings Theatre in Gloucester are putting on Aladdin and it’s set to be a production full of excitement and laughter. Why not take the opportunity while you’re fostering in Gloucester to introduce a child to the delights of pantomime, and possibly even theatre itself, for the first time?

Hopefully this guide to Gloucester’s greatest festive highlights has given you some ideas of fun activities to share with the children in your care this season. With a few of these suggestions, you’ll have no trouble planning things to keep them busy in the run up to the big day. Happy Christmas