We celebrated Easter last year with a visit to Wyevale Garden Centre in Gloucester to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Alice, from Alice in Wonderland. If you are considering booking it as a special treat for your children this Easter we can definitely recommend it. The event is taking place at selected Wyevale Garden Centres from the 1st to the 23rd April, pre booking is essential. This is how we got on last Easter…
We arrived at the garden centre bright and early for our 9am table reservation and were warmly greeted and shown to our table by our waitress, Alice! The four of us were impressed with the little touches the event organisers had thought of including a hand written Easter card, an Easter activity sheet with crayons and a small parcel per child of beautifully presented mini eggs. (Unfortunately I did not spot them quick enough to hide them away before my youngest son clamped eyes on them… Within minutes of arriving at the venue he had a full blown toddler meltdown. Many apologies to our fellow diners!)
We had all opted for the full English breakfast which for the children consisted of pork sausage, scrambled egg, hash brown, baked beans, toast soldiers and unlimited squash. The adult version was rather substantial! Pork sausage, two bacon rashers, black pudding, fried egg, fried bread, hash brown, flat mushroom, grilled tomato, beans and toast all served with a tea or filter coffee (I felt like I rolled out of the garden centre to our car and did not eat again until dinner time!)
My eldest son did question why the Easter Bunny was not present during the actual breakfast, which to be fair was a valid question, he was delighted however after breakfast to be invited to take part in an Easter egg hunt by Alice. The hunt consisted of searching around the garden centre for the missing (cardboard cut out) eggs, after each one was found all the children taking part were given a packet of Haribo sweets. When the children were struggling to find the last remaining egg they called upon the help of the Easter Bunny.
After completing the egg hunt the children were asked to return to their seats to decorate a shortbread biscuit shaped like an Easter egg. Charlie and Harry both loved this part and took great delight in decorating with the icing, marshmallows, sprinkles and chocolates… and I have to say the biscuits were delicious too!
Whilst this was taking place the Easter Bunny was making his way around the tables presenting each child with a soft teddy and having photos taken before he said his goodbyes and hopped off back to a field somewhere!
Summary – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centre, Gloucester
We all enjoyed this lovely Easter family treat and felt it was rather good value for money too at only £7.99 for an adult, (or £3.99 for a pastry and hot drink) and £9.99 for a child. The child’s price in particular is great value for money for it includes breakfast, unlimited squash, biscuit to decorate, sweets, egg hunt and a soft teddy (which I spotted in the shop for £5). **Prices for 2017 have remained the same.
My only slight criticism was the choice of sweets for the children. Call me old-fashioned but I would prefer the kids to receive small chocolate eggs during an Easter egg hunt, rather than Haribo sweets, which I feel are a choking hazard and not suitable for young children. Likewise with the hard-shelled mini eggs left on the table, I felt they would have been best given by the Easter bunny at the end of the event to prevent toddler meltdowns like we experienced!
If you are considering booking this event do keep in mind some of the Wyevale Gardens Centre’s have soft play areas, such as the Gloucester one, but not all. Our boys enjoyed an hour running around the soft play area and had to be bribed to leave to return home. As we left my eldest declared it was the best morning he had ever had… very high praise indeed!
Need to know – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and afternoon tea with the Easter Bunny, is taking place 1st – 23rd April 2017 at select Wyevale Garden Centres nationwide, including Lechlade, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Nailsworth in Gloucestershire.
We were kindly invited as guests for the purpose of this review. All opinions (including those of my stroppy toddler) are our own.