30 Egg-cellent things to do this Easter
Looking for ideas to keep the cherubs entertained this Easter? You're in luck - here are 30 brilliant things to do as a family over the holidays. The lowdown on what's on, what's fun and where to go. Easter cabin fever - begone!
Time to eat our body weight in chocolate eggs and go all in for some bunny-shaped fun. Want to entertain your toddlers, teens and everything in between? Here’s where to find the fun in Glos & Worcs.
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.
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.
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.