What’s On April
April is a bumper month for fun, want to know what's worth getting out of bed for? We have the insider line. Check out these brilliant things to do in Glos & Worcs, from a star-studded gig for Ukraine to a top interiors fair, circus hijinks, an immersive Van Gogh experience and more.
Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School near Tetbury, 22-24 April
With art works, interiors, antiques galore and jewellery – starting from just £20 (up to £10,000) this brilliant fair is back for its 33rd year with a bang. Find it in the grand setting of the Orangery and Great Hall at Westonbirt. Get your free tickets here.
Carpa at Gifford’s Circus, Fennells Farm, 14 to 25 April 2022 (and 22 September to 2 October 2022)
Promising to evoke the sights and sounds of rural Mexico, Giffords Circus new UK tour brings Mexican performers over to join the show, creating a performance full of skills and thrills at Fennells Farm until 25th April. A cast of talented performers, including Tweedy the Clown launches in Stroud, before taking in Cotswold venues including Cirencester, Daylesford and Blenheim Palace. Plus try out the Circus Sauce restaurant for a fabulously theatrical pre-show meal.
The Scenic Supper, Todenham Manor, 01 April – 30 September
One of the most unique dining venues in the Cotswolds, returns to Todenham Manor from April 2022. Discerning foodies can feast on a four or six course lunch or dinner menu, made from local and seasonal ingredients, while enjoying views over the Cotswolds countryside. And there’s an awesome gin bar too.
Easter Bunny Spa Session, Malvern Spa, Malvern, throughout April
Unwind in the comfort and privacy of the brand-new spa pods at the award-winning Malvern Spa, whilst indulging in Easter themed chocolate fondue! This special April offer includes a 4-hour spa session with exclusive pod hire and a chocolate fondue to enjoy in the pod. Choose from one of the below sessions; 9.30am-1.30pm, 2pm-6pm, 6pm-10pm. Costs £75 per person Monday – Friday only. We’re there.
Bicester Village Private Sale, Oxfordshire, throughout April
Time to flex the credit card. Bicester Village’s exclusive Private Sale runs throughout April – and we’re putting you on the guest list! Just register for a Bicester Village membership (it literally takes seconds) to access savings on the Village price from tomorrow – up to 20% off the Village price in loads of participating designer boutiques, including Sweaty Betty, Soho Home, Manolo Blahnik and The White Company.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, 27 April to 02 May
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is back for 2022 for its 25th glittering year and the line-up looks spectacular. Hosted in a tented festival village in Montpellier Gardens, featuring the Big Top stage, Jazz Arena, Free Stage, a programme of family activities and events, a food, drink and market area and more.
On the bill are Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Saving Grace ft Robert Plant, James Bay, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Tom Odell, Nubya Garcia, Gabrielle and many more. There’ll be world premieres, masterclasses, family-friendly shows and an array of free events. There’ll also be a special concert to celebrate the past 100 years of British jazz, as well as some of the standout moments from across the Festival’s 25-year history featuring guest appearances from Imelda May.
Safari at Sudeley Castle, April onwards
An ark full of animals has arrived at Sudeley Castle with a permanent exhibition of life-sized sculptures capturing visitors’ imagination – all created from flowers, grasses and plants to shine a light on the need to peacefully coexistence with nature. Stroll among a herd of elephants, keep an eye out for crocodiles and spot orangutans relaxing in the castle grounds as part of the new CoExistence attraction, included with standard admission to Sudeley Castle.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Bristol, from 09 April
Head to Bristol for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – an incredible exhibition that brings his art to life in a new and fabulous way. Using state of the art technology to create floor-to-ceiling projections of the artist’s most famous works, art lovers can step inside Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings; and even walk alongside him on a rich, virtual reality journey.
Superworm Activity Trail, Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos
Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest. The new self-led trail in the Old Arboretum features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask. Packs are available to purchase from the Westonbirt shop for £3.50. The Trail starts outside the Great Oak Hall and takes visitors past two natural play spots and the Gruffalo sculptures.
Incredible Deer Encounter, Broadway Towers, 26 April, Worcs
This cool Deer Encounter takes place at the iconic Broadway Tower. Meet the resident herd of red deer in their enclosure under expert guidance of Lewis Potter who looks after them! You’ll learn all about them and get to interact too. Tickets cost £5 and include complimentary parking. Book tickets today.
Bibury Literature Festival, 23 – 24 April
Bibury’s own literary, boutique arts festival is back for 2022. See great speakers in the intimate venues of Bibury village hall and church, the line up includes Simon Heffer, Jane Ridley, Rachel Johnson, John Preston, Anne de Courcy, Rev. Jonathan Aitken, Andrew Lownie and Jessie Childs.
International Photography Exhibition, Museum of Gloucester, until 05 June
See incredible art from more than 40 globally-renowned photographers at the longest-running photography exhibition in the world. From portraiture to landscapes and documentaries, with themes exploring identity and spirituality, take in 43 internationally-acclaimed photographic artists, anonymously selected from over 1,370 entries from 62 countries. Don’t miss ‘Strange Land’ – a series of otherworldly landscapes from the American West by award-winner Cody Cobb. There will also be a series of talks and workshops to book online throughout the run.
Paella Night, every Tuesday, The Sub Rooms, Stroud
Join the Subs crew for an evening of authentic Spanish cuisine. Choose from succulent seafoods to a chicken and chorizo classic. View the menu here. To book a table call us on 07852 898 637.
Want some Easter holiday entertainment? Here’s what’s going down in the Easter holidays ….
Easter eggs galore
Easter Eggstravaganza, 09 to 23 April, Over Farm near Gloucester.
That’s my kind of Easter bunny, and you can find her at Over Farm. Get stuck into a cracking egg hunt, meet the Easter bunny and a whole host of cute animals to make from lambs to chickens. There are live shows every day, giant jumping pillows to bounce on; tractor and quad train rides to go on; a double high slide to whizz down and loads more. Tickets are £11 per adult and £14.50 per child and include a go on each of the attractions, and a chocolate egg for each child to take home. Perfect for the under 10s.
Easter Trail, Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, 06 – 28 April
A brilliant place to head over Easter for some fun is Sudeley Castle. From 06 – 28 April search the castle rooms to find Easter chicks hidden around the inside of the castle and between 13 – 22 April, a giant Easter egg trail will lead visitors around the castle’s beautiful gardens. Additionally, for the Easter weekend itself (Bank holiday Friday to Monday), egg-citing Easter crafts will be available all day for younger visitors. Nearby, the castle’s huge new fun fort and adventure playground and zip wire are tremendous fun, there is even a 10-piece obstacle course, swings and natural willow maze.
Easter Egg-stravaganza, Sandford Lido, Cheltenham, 16 April
There’s some jolly good old fashioned bunny fun going down at Sandford Lido this month. They can meet the Easter Bunny and take part in a bucket full of great Easter themed games (both kids and adults that is!) from egg and spoon races to ‘hook-a-duck’ in the paddling pool! (These will run 11am-3pm).The pool will be open as usual between 11am and 7:30pm.
Easter Egg Hunt, Chedworth Roman Villa, 15 – 18 April
Do this great family-friendly trail with fun activities to do along the way at the Roman Villa. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate egg at the end. Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family. The trail takes place between 15th-18th April 2022, from 10am to 4pm, with last entry at 4pm, so come along and explore the beautiful site of Chedworth Roman Villa. The price of the trail is £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and choc egg at the end.
Spot the Eggs Hunt, Clearwell Caves, 08 – 24 April
This year some of the Forest birds have found their way into Clearwell Caves to lay their eggs. How many eggs can you spot? Get down to these quirky caves this Easter. Correct entries will be entered into the Easter Grand Prize Draw too.
Carpa! Giffords Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud, 14 – 25 April
Promising to evoke the sights and sounds of rural Mexico, Giffords Circus new UK tour brings Mexican performers over to join the show, creating a performance full of skill, humour, turmoil and excitement. See the brand-new show from Thursday 14 to Monday 25 April 2022 (and if you miss it 22 September to 02 October 2022.)
ABBA Tribute Night, Cheltenham Racecourse, 09 April
Get your hot pants out – ABBA (lite) are coming to Chelt Racecourse! Performed by West End performers, My My! pays homage to the original Swedish sensations and captures Abba’s great sense of fun, classic hits, and catchy tunes to get you dancing and singing all night – a great family-friendly evening out. Tickets from £22.
Wizard of Oz Easter Pantomine, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 12 – 13 April
Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey on a panto-filled adventure down the yellow brick road to meet the legendary Wizard and defeat the Wicked Witch of the West! This all-dancing rib-tickling show starring panto favourite Kerry Katona, who this year will be joined by Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood, X Factor’s Lauren Platt and Coronation Street’s legendary baddie Brian Capron.
Cotswold Farm Park, near Cheltenham, 09 – 24 April
There are all levels of farmyard cuteness at the Cotswold Farm Park this Easter. Head for the Animal Barn where you can sit and watch the bundles of fluff being born and skipping around. See newborn piglets, donkey foals, calves and goat kids and burn off the eggs at the playground.
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, 09 – 24 April, Slimbridge
Super Slimbridge is the place for an Easter Duck Trail. Pick up a trail card and crack the clue to find the yellow ducks hiding around the wetlands. Win prizes, as well as finding out about the real ducks around the centre. As well as plenty of other Easter activities to look forward to, they will love splashing about in Welly Boot Land; saying ‘aloha’ to the world’s rarest goose at Mission Possible; and having fun with the friendly Wetland Heroes app.
Incredible Deer Encounter, Broadway Towers, 26 April, Worcs
This first Deer Encounter of the year is taking place at the iconic Broadway Tower. Meet the resident herd of red deer in their enclosure under expert guidance of Lewis Potter who looks after them. You’ll learn all about them and get to interact too. Tickets cost £5 and include complimentary parking.
Cracking Easter Fun, Birdland, until 19 April
As well as Easter trails, quizzes and daily egg-themed talks and shows, expect some egg-stra special new arrivals in their hatchery. Dozens of eggs in special incubators are due to hatch out over the Easter break and visitors will have the rare opportunity of watching the new-born chicks make their entry into the world. This Bourton-on-the-Water attraction is home to over 500 birds ranging from England’s only breeding colony of king penguins and awesome birds of prey to parrots, cassowaries and cranes in a mix of free-flying and enclosed habitats.
West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley
This fantastic day out is a family favourite, with more than 165 species of animal to see, a drive through safari and a mini theme park to boot. Entrance to the park buys you so much fun, from Boj’s Giggle Park, the Sea Lion Show, Penguin Cove, the Aquarium, Meerkat Mayhem, Hippo Lake and much more. Watch daily feeds and animal encounters with the residents then wear the kiddos out on the 20 adrenaline rides.
All Things Wild, Honeybourne near Evesham, Worc
You can NEVER trust the weather in April, right? So this indoor-outdoor zoo is a great place to take them without worrying about the not-so-great British rainclouds. Let them go wild at the adventure play park, beach area, pedal go-karts and the Jungle Mayhem indoor play area. There is a rainbow array of animals to meet and squeal at or ride the Dino Train. See the website for the latest on daily itinerary seasonal activities from Lemur Walkthrough, Outback Trail, bug hunting and arts and crafts.
Cool kids classes
Junior Bakers Cookery Class, Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh, 20 April
Daylesford’s friendly tutors will teach budding bakers how to make special treats with a combination of demonstration and hands-on baking. Each student will take home a box of their handcrafted goodies. Expect both traditional and inventive recipes, with a seasonal twist for Easter. Aimed at children aged between 9 – 12.
Delectable Doughnuts, Cotswolds Baking Workshop, 24 Paril and various dates
If your idea of bliss is a fresh doughnut, straight from the fryer, coated in sugar, and filled with jam or custard, this is the class for you. During this fun class, you will make, fry, and fill jam and custard doughnuts and learn lots of techniques and ideas to recreate them yourself. There will be plenty of doughnuts to take home too! (2 hours long).
Ultimate Activity Camps, Cheltenham, 04 – 14 Apr
If your child is 4-14 years, let Ultimate Activity Camps do the heavy lifting. During the Easter hols, kids can enjoy brilliant facilities and over 40 sports and activities at the camps, with this one being held at Dean Close School in Cheltenham.
Fresh air vibes
Garden at Miserden, Stroud, throughout April
Get out of the house and into nature at this stunning garden day out. We adore the Garden at Miserden (see it here in our LIttle Black Book). With row upon row of flowers and an amazing topiary yew walk designed by Edwin Lutyens, bring the kids to see the ancient mulberry tree, believed to be planted in 1620, and a stone summer house built to commemorate the Millennium. Reopening from 2nd April, book your slot online, and take along a delicious picnic to enjoy the flowers, scenery and (hopefully!) sunshine. Best of all? Kids under 16 go free (adults £9).
Walk amongst aliens, take on dinosaurs, have a selfie with bears, meet a spaceman and venture on an African safari … just a few of the brilliant themed zones awaiting you at this new trail at the lovely Cirencester Park. Kids get a free activity booklet with quests to complete along the way, with the route taking around 45 minutes to complete. Children under 2 go free, otherwise it’s £8 per person.
Easter Sprites at Painswick Rococo Garden, Stroud, 30 March – 23 April
Book now for this popular session in the grounds of the Rococo Garden. During the sessions they can explore the gardens, hunt bugs in the meadow, check what the pond creatures are up to, or play games on the bowling green with parachutes or ropes. The second half is spent in Hidden Hollow adventure playground, where families can have a picnic (bring your own), and do a crafty activity. It’s all topped off with storytime. Great for ages 18 months to 6 years.
Wet and wild fun
Aztec Adventure, Upton Warren and Lower Moor, Worcs
We’ve recently discovered Aztec Adventure and we can’t believe how much you can do here. It’s a fantastic place to keep them entertained this Easter and beyond. Bookings are now being taken for paddle board hire and kayaking book onto the Easter School Holiday Activity and Sailing Courses. Choose from Stage 1 RYA Sailing (2 day course £135 , ages 8 – 15) or Multi Activity Days (£40). The bouncy aqua park is opening up fully from 1 May too so nab a slot now for some post-Easter fun.
Easter Adventure in Nature at Croome, Upton-on-Severn, 02 April – 01 May
Take them for an Easter adventure in nature at Croome. There’s a family-friendly trail with fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn a chocolate reward (nothing like a bit of bribery!), Croome is open between 10am and 4pm, kids can pick their £3 Easter bag when they arrive (whilst stocks last people) and inside will be an activity sheet, pencil and chocolate egg (or allergen free reward). There will be a Covid-safe one-way route around the trail.
Broadway Tower and E-bikes, Broadway, Worcs
Blow away the Easter cabin fever with a day out at this iconic tower. As well as getting breathtaking views, explore the Nuclear Bunker, gift shops and grab some picnic snacks from Morris & Brown cafe. We love the electric bike hire at Tower Barn, perfect for a family ride without having to fight with the bike rack, make sure to book your slot online before setting off.
Forest of Dean Fun, Glos, April
With a rich history and vast array of wildlife, the Forest of Dean is a magical place to explore for the whole family. From wandering around the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst, tucking into a picnic at Cannop Ponds, to spotting birds of prey at Symonds Yat Rock, or try out the new family Superworm Activity Trail for Easter. If you love a thrill head for Go Ape at Mallards Pike and Beechenhurst, as well as a range of mountain biking trails at the Forest of Dean Cycle Centre.
Living History, Berkeley Castle, throughout April
From Sunday to Wednesday throughout the Easter holidays, as well as from Friday 15 to Monday 18 April 2022 get down to this spectacular castle to see the for its Civil War living history event. Horse & Foot will go through their paces in exciting arena displays, whilst families can enjoy period music, have-a-go dancing, and join in with children’s activities. Adult tickets are £14 and children are £7, free entry from under 3.
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Stand up for Ukraine benefit concert, Everyman Theatre, Saturday 2nd April
The Everyman Theatre and Barn Theatre are putting on a star-studded variety show to raise money for those affected by the war in Ukraine. Stand Up For Ukraine, will be an evening of laughter, music and magic with Tweedy the Clown, Dom Joly, Ben Miller, Rory Bremner, author Sir Michael Morpurgo, Lisa Maxwell and the Every Voice choir all performing. Want to know where to get tickets? Find out here.
Cocktail Masterclass and Beer Tasting, Stow on the Wold, 4 February to 4 April (Friday nights)
Love cocktails? Head over to The Old Stocks Inn, for a series of cocktail masterclasses and beer tasting experiences each month in spring. Taking place on Friday 4 February, Friday 4 March, and Friday 4 April 2022. Event tickets cost £40 and include three cocktails or beers created by the Old Stock’s in-house mixologist, with canapes; cocktail demonstration; and a discussion with a supplier too. Sounds fabulous!