BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Things to do
People & Places
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Gloucestershire

South East Wales
Hereford & Worcs

Related BBC Sites


Contact Us

Christmas Survival Guide 2004
SOS on piece of toast
All you need to know this Christmas...
Last updated: 21 December 2004 1545 GMT
lineThis is your Christmas and New Year survival guide that will keep you informed of when things are slowing down, or stopping all together!
(December 2004)
See Also

Christmas Index


Community Toolkit

Web links


The AA


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.


View a print friendly version of this page
Talk to us and each other

Christmas is a time when most of us relax a bit, let our hair down, and get together with the family. But what happens if something goes wrong like a member of the family becoming ill?

Here's all you need to know about what services we can expect in Gloucestershire, when the shops are open, and much much more...

Click on the key words below to go directly to the information you need:

Transport (buses, trains, taxis, petrol stations, motoring organisations)

Health (chemists opening times, dentists, and sexual health)

Rubbish Collections

Leisure Centres

BBC Learning Centre



Buses, trains and taxis won't be too disrupted over the festive season, apart from the major festival days. Here are all the details:

STAGECOACH - Any problems call 0870 6082608 (local rates apply).
Normal service up to 23rd December 2004.
24th December - Saturday timetable, but be warned that the last bus runs at 7.30pm
25th December - Christmas Day - NO SERVICES
26th December - Boxing Day - Special services on routes 10 and 94 (Cheltenham - Gloucester) approx. every ½ hour. NO OTHER SERVICES.
27th & 28th December - Special timetable which will be an improved Sunday service. Timetables available from drivers and travel shops.
29th & 30th December - Normal Saturday Service.
31st December - Saturday timetable with last buses running at 7.30pm except a late night service on route 94 Cheltenham to Gloucester.
1st January - New Years Day - Gloucester to Hereford service only.
2nd & 3rd January - Normal Sunday service.
4th January - We're Back In Business!.

As a general rule of thumb there will be normal services up to the 24th December
25-26-27th December - No Services
29-30-31st December - Normal services
No services 1-2-3rd January
4th January - We're Back In Business!.

For the very latest information visit the County Council's special website or call their special bus-line telephone number - 0870 6082608 (open throughout the Christmas period 7am - 9pm except Christmas Day)

And check out our special Bus Travel page which included real time passenger information.

Most services will be suspended on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Check National Rail Enquiries (0845 748 4950) for details.

City Taxis Assoc. 01452 383838
25/12 taxis reduced service up until 7pm
1/1 reduced service

So what happens if your car breaks down on Christmas Day on the way to the in-laws? Don't panic, help is at hand.
The AA - 0800 887766
RAC - 0800 82 82 82
Both operate a 365 day service, but you may wait a little longer than normal.

Even if your car is running well, it still needs petrol so our advice is to make sure that you're topped up before the holidays. But if you do find yourself running on the red line, below are some of the garages that will be open:

Gloucester area
BP Safeway, Eastern Ave 01452 416266
Open 24/7 over Christmas and New year.

Westgate Services, Westgate street 01452 529539
Open 24/7 over Christmas and New year.

Cheltenham area

Shell - Cheltenham, Gloucester Road, 01242 258900
Open 24/7 over Christmas and New year.

Red Apple Services, Gloucester Road, 01242 584849
Open 24/7 over Christmas and New year.

Tewkesbury area

BP Express, Ashchurch Road, Ashchurch, 01684 293785
Open 24/7 over Christmas and new year.

Warners, Mitton Manor Garage, 01684 294223
20/12 - 24/12 open 6.30am - 9.00pm
Christmas Day 10.00am - 2.00pm
Boxing Day 8.00am - 8.00 pm

Stroud area

Dudbridge Garage, Dudbridge, Stroud 01453 762345
Open 24/7 over Christmas and New year.

Snax 24, London Road, Stroud 01453 763422
Open 24/7 over Christmas and New year.

Cotswolds area

Tesco - Cirencester, Cricklade Road, Cirencester 0845 677 9160
Open 24/7 over Christmas and New year.

Chemists opening times

Christmas Day
Boots The Chemists, 43 Cricklade Street, Cirencester 12 – 1pm
01285 653019

Boots The Chemists, 72 Parsonage Street, Dursley 12 – 1pm
01453 542275

Cinderford Pharmacy, 19 Market Street, Cinderford 11.30 – 12.30

Badham Chemists Ltd, 33 Morley Avenue, Churchdown 12 – 1pm

W Marchant Ltd, 117 Barton Street, Gloucester 12-1pm 6-7pm

Boots the Chemists, 57 High Street, Stroud 6 – 7pm
01453 764292

Boots, 92 High Street, Tewkesbury 12-1pm

Boxing Day
G Horton Ltd, 7 Market Place, Cirencester 12 – 1pm
01285 653042

Moss Chemists, 20 Parsonage Street, Dursley 12 – 1pm
01453 542321

Drybrook Pharmacy, Drybrook Road, Drybrook 11.30- 12.30pm

Barkey Chemists, 110 High Street, Gloucester 12-1pm 6 – 7pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, 1-2 Abbotswood Road, Brockworth 12-1pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, 9 King Street, Stroud 6-7pm
01453 764513

Lloyds, 8 Bishops Walk, Tewkesbury 12 – 1pm

Monday 27th December
N. R. Bailey, Windyridge Road, Cheltenham 6 – 7pm

Boots, 92 High Street, Tewkesbury 12 – 1pm

Tuesday 28th December
James Pharmacy, 19 St.Georges Road, Cheltenham 6 – 7pm

Lloyds, 8 Bishops Walk, Tekesbury 12 -1pm

New Year's Day
Martins Pharmacy, 80 Tennyson Road, St Marks, Cheltenham 6 – 7pm

Lloyds, 80 Church Street, Tewkesbury 12 – 1pm

Monday 3rd January
P Appleyard, 1 Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham 6 – 7pm

Boots, 92 High Street, Tewkesbury 12 – 1pm

Monday 4th January – We’re back in business

If it is neccessary that you have an URGENT (as written on the prescription by your doctor) prescription dispensed at a time when no pharmacies are open you should contact your GP or the Police who will be able to help you.

Dentist opening times - (Urgent dental Treatment of unregistered patients)

THE PERSONAL DENTAL SERVICE, SOUTHGATE MOORINGS, Southgate Street, Gloucester: 01452 380073

Thursday 23rd December 2004
8.45AM – 8.00PM

Friday 24th December 2004
8.45AM – 2.00PM

Christmas Day
ON CALL ONLY 9.00AM – 12.00 NOON

Bank Holiday, Sunday 26th December 2004
10.00AM – 1.00PM

Bank Holiday, Monday 27th December 2004
10.00AM – 1.00PM

Bank Holiday, Tuesday 28th December 2004
10.00AM – 1.00PM

Wednesday 29th December 2004
8.45AM – 8.00PM

Thursday 30th December 2004
8.45AM – 800PM

Friday 31st December 2004
8.45AM – 8.00PM

Bank Holiday, Saturday 1st January 2005
10.00AM – 1.00PM

Sunday 2nd January 2005
10.00AM – 1.00PM

Bank Holiday, Monday 3rd January 2005
10.00AM – 1.00PM

Tuesday 4th January 2005
8.45AM – 8.00PM

The Cheltenham Access Centre at St Paul’s Medical Centre will be open for at least one session every normal working day. (01242 707848)

The Community Dental Service will also operate normally on working days at Rikenel Health Centre, Gloucester.

Dental Helpline Number: 01452 318858


Clinic Opening Times over Christmas & New Year 2004/05



Family Planning

Family Planning



Hope House, Gloucester

St Paul’s Wing, Cheltenham


Hope House, Gloucester

Benhall Clinic, Cheltenham General Hospital


Fri 24


12.00 – 2.00pm



8.30am– 1.30pm


Sat 25 & Sun 26



Mon 27 & Tue 28



Wed 29

12.00 – 7.00pm

1.00 – 3.00pm




Thurs 30

12.00 – 7.00pm

9.00 – 11.00am

6.00 – 8.00pm


8.30am – 12.30pm

2.00 – 5.00 pm

8.30am– 1.30pm


Fri 31

9.00am– 4.00pm

1.30 – 3.30pm

12.00 – 2.00pm



8.30 am – 12.30 pm


8.30am– 1.30pm





Mon 3



Tue 4

12.00 – 7.00pm

10.0am– 2.00pm

5.00 – 8.00pm



8.30am– 1.30pm


Wed 5


1.00 – 3.00pm

4.30 – 7.00pm



8.30am– 1.30pm

2.00 – 5.30pm


Thur 6


9.00-11.00 am

6.00-8.00 pm



8.30am– 1.30pm


Fri 7

New building

9.00am– 4.00pm

1.30 – 3.30 pm


8.30 am – 12.30pm

8.30am– 1.30pm


Sat 8

10.00– 11.45 am

Under 25’s clinic


8.30am– 1.30pm

Rubbish Collections

Glos City Council (01452 396396)
Mon 27/12 - Fri 31/12 NO COLLECTION
From Mon 3/1 Normal Collection resumes

Stroud Dist Council 01453 754424
Domestic/ Business/Recycling NO CHANGE COLLECTIONS AS NORMAL although office shut from 24/12 until 4/1

Cotswold & Dist Council 01285 643643 Domestic/Business/Recycling NO CHANGE

Tewkesbury Borough Council 01684 295010 Domestic NO CHANGE

Chelt Borough Council 01242 262626 Domestic/Business/Recycling NO CHANGE

Forest of Dean 01594 812444 Domestic 27/12 to 3/1 NO COLLECTION
Business No collection on 25- 26/12 or 1/1 Recycling collection usually on Xmas day will be on 23/12 and refer to local press and web site for "coloured week" collections.
3/1 Normal collection resumes


GL1, Gloucester 01452 396666
Gym 24/25/26 CLOSED Swimming 24/25/26 CLOSED
27-28 10am - 5pm 27/28 10am 6pm
29-30 Normal 29/30 Normal
31/12 10am - 5pm 31/12 7am 6pm
2/1 9am 6pm 2/1 Normal
3/1 10am 5pm 3/1 10am 6pm
4/1 Normal 4/1 Normal

Stratford Park, Stroud 01453 766771
25/26/12 CLOSED
5/1 Back to business

Cascades Leisure, Tewkesbury 01684 293740
25/12 & 26/12 9.00am - 12.00 noon
1/1/2005 9.00 - 12.00 noon

Cheltenham Leisure Centre 01242 528764
25/12 & 26/12 Closed
1/1/2005 Closed

BBC Learning Centre, Eastgate Street, Gloucester

Dec 24th - Jan 3rd inclusive CLOSED
Re-opens 9.00am Jan 4th.

All county libraries will be open as follows:
Friday 24th Dec - open (all libraries close at 1pm)
Saturday 25th - closed (Christmas Day)

Monday 27th - closed (bank holiday)
Tuesday 28th - closed (bank holiday)
Wednesday 29th - open normal hours
Thursday 30th - open normal hours
Friday 31st - open (all libraries close at 5pm)
Saturday 1st Jan - closed (New Years Day)

Monday 3rd - closed (bank holiday)
Tuesday 4th - reopen as normal

dotted divider

If you would like to comment on this story get in touch at or have your say on our messageboard

You are in:
» Christmas

Countywide theatre guide
Cinema listings
Upcoming comedy
Film link
Countywide cinema listings
Gloucs in the movies

Film review archive

Voices promo
What is Voices all about?
Outa spake Vorest
Wicked, Safe and Sick!

BBC Gloucestershire
London Road

Telephone (website only):
+44 (0)1452 308585


Christmas bauble

dotted line
dotted line

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy