Getting hitched and having kids

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Sort out your ceremony (Registration services)

The Registration Service delivers the statutory function of civil marriages, civil partnerships notice of marriage and intention to form civil partnership. Its statutory responsibilities also include making quarterly returns of marriage for the clergy, licensing approved venues and approved persons and delivering citizenship ceremonies in Gloucestershire.

The service is delivered from Cheltenham, which is the head office and the Register office for Gloucestershire. There are other full time offices in Gloucester (Shire Hall and Archives), Cinderford and Stroud, and part time offices in Cirencester library, Moreton library and Tewkesbury district council offices.

Last year we carried our around 2500 civil marriages.

Register your child (Registration services)

The Registration Service delivers the statutory function of registering births.

The service is delivered from Cheltenham, which is the head office and the Register office for Gloucestershire. There are other full time offices in Gloucester (Shire Hall and Archives), Cinderford and Stroud, and part time offices in Cirencester library, Moreton library and Tewkesbury district council offices.

Last year we registered around 6000 births.

Arrange a naming ceremony (Registration services)

The Registration Service can help arrange a naming ceremony to celebrate the birth of your child.

A Naming Ceremony is a wonderful way of welcoming a new baby into the family. In Gloucestershire we strive to make sure your Naming Ceremony is a unique and memorable experience.

The Naming Ceremony is designed to meet the individual needs of the family and provide a dignified and formal opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the birth and welcome your child into the family and wider community
  • Announce the names that you have chosen and, if appropriate, explain the reasons behind the choice
  • Make promises of commitment to nurture and support your child into adult life
  • Choose other adults prepared to promise a special supportive relationship to your child.

Naming ceremonies aren't just for babies though, you can also welcome a child of any age into a family either through adoption or marriage.

Any parent can arrange a naming ceremony whether married or not.

A Naming Ceremony does not carry any legal status and must not contain any religious references.

Help you have a great day out with kids (Country Parks)

There are five country parks in the County managed by the County Council. The parks have lots of facilities that will help give families with a great day out including:

  • Car parking
  • Picnic tables and benches
  • Interpretation boards
  • Barbecues (Crickley Hill)
  • Toilets, including disabled facilities (Crickley Hill)
  • All terrain mobility scooter for hire (Crickley Hill)
  • Fine panoramic views
  • Woodlands
  • Wild flowers
  • Walking trails
  • Ancient archaeological sites