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The Gateway to Christmas

With less than six weeks to go, and so much uncertainty about how we can celebrate and who with this year, one thing we can guarantee is a magical and enchanting experience to brighten your days and lift your spirits!

Thursday 26th November – Thursday 24th December

Free Entry | Free Parking


*subject to Covid-19 Restrictions

Enchanted Spectacle & Socially Distanced Santa

As the sun sets over The Gateway Café & Information Centre at the Cotswold Waterpark in South Cerney, the trees will come alive with an array of magical colours that lead you towards a spectacular festival of Christmas cheer. Brightly lit, the trees will twinkle and capture the true essence of everything Christmassy.

A magical scene lies within …

Indulge in some Festive Treats

From fun fair rides to foodie treats, the festivities continue from within the Christmas market stalls serving freshly made doughnuts, handmade fudge, an array of local cheeses and spiced warm mulled wine. There’s a Sweet Shooter* game that rewards the smartest, a height heady Helter Skelter* and a beautifully traditional Carousel* to entertain the younger elves amongst us.

*subject to Covid-19 restrictions

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Traveling all the way from the North Pole Santa Claus will be visiting The Gateway to Christmas for a Socially Distanced Grotto. He’ll read stories to the children and find out all their Christmas wishes.

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Relish in Some More Delights…

Meanwhile, The Gateway Café itself will be transformed into a magical fairy tale space, aglow with seasonal decorations. Beneath garlands of foliage, glistening ornaments, ribbons, baubles, holly, and mistletoe, we invite you to enjoy an array of delicious treats from our Grilled Free-Range Turkey Burger topped with Bacon Jam, Stuffing, and Chestnut Pickles, right through to our 8 Hour Slow Cooked Hog Roast Rolls.


Or if you fancy something from our wood-fired oven, why not head on over to Pizzeria 720° our new pop-up authentic pizza brand that combines an artisan Italian hand-spun dough base with local, fresh ingredient toppings. From the reliably safe yet delicious Margherita to the hardcore Meat Sweats option, subtly sweet Hawaiian to the deliciously indulgent Truffle Taleggio, you may find it hard to choose! We can also offer a gluten-free pizza base with any of our options and all choices can be created using our vegan cheese.

Go Traditional – We Dare You!

This year, like no other, deserves to be marked with a little bit of tradition and what better way than with a real Christmas tree in the family home. The fresh smell of pine is one thing but did you know that having a real tree in the home is great for your mental health and wellbeing? There’s lots of evidence that suggests we recover more quickly from mental fatigue and stress when exposed to natural environments.

From Friday 26th November The Traditional Christmas Tree Company will be selling the classic Nordmann Fir; the UK’s most popular tree thanks to its symmetrical shape, strong bushy branches and excellent needle retention. From 4ft 9 to 6ft 8 they can even deliver your chosen tree to your doorstep. The essential complimentary decoration to a real tree is, of course, a stunning handmade wreath and you’ll be able to buy these too, choosing from a range of styles from traditional, tartan and citrus.