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16 Family activities to do this Easter

Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained this Easter? You're in luck - here are 16 brilliant things to do as a family over the holidays.

Dreading the ‘what are we doing today?’ woes over the holidays? We’ve got you covered: here’s how to avoid Easter cabin fever and enjoy the company of your egg-fuelled bundles of energy …

The Parking Lot Social Easter Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, 6 – 7 April

The Parking Lot Social is a brilliant open air drive-in with fantastic films kids will love. From Harry Potter to The Greatest Showman, all taking place at kid-friendly times of day between 2pm and 6.30pm. Not only that there will also be a Social Kids Family Fun Event at the South Car Boot Site on 13 April, getting the party started will be a DJ, car-a-oke and party bingo. Revellers will be able to order food from their vehicle. Gates open at 1pm. Book your ticket today.

Picnic-Perfect Easter, Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud, 3 – 4 April

There are few things more fitting than a lovely Easter picnic after months of dreary lockdown and a family feast in the grounds of Grade ll-listed hotel Burleigh Court is the place to go for one. Sunshine (hopefully), good food (definitely), and the great outdoors with stunning views (for sure) – what could be better? Book a delectable three-course picnic over Easter weekend in the gorgeous garden setting of Burleigh Court, or as takeaway.

Cricklade Easter Bunny Trail, 2 – 16 April, Cricklade

Get some al-fresco fun and go bunny-hunting. The Cricklade Easter Bunny Trail in aid of Sampson’s Church Appeal looks super fun, download your trail map and instructions here and get seeking! There are prizes to win including a £200 John Lewis voucher and each trail map you buy is another entry into the draw.

Sudeley Castle, near Cheltenham, 6 – 28 April

Book a day out at Sudeley Castle for a fun experience that teaches them history as they play. The enclosed adventure playground features a huge fort full of hidey-holes to explore, levels to climb, towers to defend, bridges to cross, slides to zoom down and a climbing wall to master. Nearby is an adventure trail, 10-piece obstacle course, zip wire, swings and picnic benches. The grounds are gorgeous (tree hide and seek amongst the yews is especially good, we’ve tried it) and there’s a cafe on site for takeaway snacks and drinks. AND between 12 April and 31 May see the Elephant Family at Sudeley, over 30 enormous, life-sized elephant sculptures form a trail through the gardens perfect for a fresh air-filled day out for families and conservationists alike. See these awe-inspiring sculptures before they mobilise to form a 100-strong herd in London’s royal parks this summer.

Cotswold Farm Park, reopening on 12 April

There are all levels of farmyard cuteness at the Cotswold Farm Park this Easter. Reopening on 12 April 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.

Ultimate Activity Camps, Glos and beyond, throughout Easter

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Kids activity camps are BACK! 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, held at some of the best private schools in the area, with qualified teaching staff, and Covid-safe booking. Oh, did I mention the 20% discount running until 11 March? Go go go!

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).

Cirencester Adventure Trail, Bathurst Estate, Cirencester, 2 – 17 April

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. A covid-safe day out in the fresh air for the whole family with some surprises along the way. 

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, with Covid secure measures in place.

Budding Chefs Children’s Cookery Class, Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Weds 7 April

Beginning with an introduction to Daylesford and a guided tour of the 25 acre Market Garden, children will have the chance to harvest their own ingredients then get stuck into this fun mini chef course. They’ll cook some delicious dishes then sit down together to enjoy them – accompanied by Daylesford organic juices. You’ll get a recipe pack to take home too, costs £55 per child.

Billionaire Boy, Cheltenham Racecourse, 16 – 17 April

David Walliams’ popular book Billionaire Boy is being brought to life on stage at Cheltenham Racecourse. The family show is also heading to nearby Bath on Friday 16 April 2021 and Bristol on Saturday 17 April 2021. Catch this fabulously fun stage adaptation packed with laughter and cheekiness. Tickets cost from £49.50 per car from


Aztec Adventure, Upton Warren and Lower Moor, from 2 April

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 paddleboard hire and kayaking from 2 April, and from 6 to 16 April 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 Egg Hunt at Croome, Upton-on-Severn, 1 – 18 April

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.

West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley, reopening from 12 April

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. Reopening fully from 12 April 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, from 12 April

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. Re-opening on 12 April 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.

Broadway Tower and E-bikes, Broadway, from 12 April

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 the Shepherd’s Hut (takeaways) or Morris & Brown cafe (make sure to check ahead). Due to reopen around the 12th April (be sure to check ahead for opening day nearer the time) is 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.

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