Easter falls early this year so children are barely back at school from the February half term holidays before they break up again. Here are a selection of the best Easter school holiday events in Gloucestershire (and beyond) including Easter egg hunts, Easter train rides and fun with the Easter Bunny!
**Please click on the links highlighted to visit the attraction websites prior to travel as dates and activities may change.
GWR, Winchcombe Station
On Easter Monday (28th March) catch one of the GWR ‘Easter Eggspress’ specials from either Cheltenham Racecourse or Toddington Station and enjoy a family day of Easter fun at Winchcombe station. Meet the Easter Bunny and take part in Easter activities including egg and spoon races, Easter egg rolling, an Easter bonnet competition, Easter craft activities and an egg hunt. Click here to read our tips on visiting GWR
Wyevale Garden Centre Gloucester
Taking place from the 14th – 28th March. This popular annual event includes a delicious freshly prepared breakfast or tea, meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, Easter cookie decorating and an Easter Bunny egg hunt. All children will be given a cuddly toy to take away as a souvenir. Click here to read our recent review – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
The Mad Hatter returns to Sudeley Castle on Easter Sunday (27th March) with his themed Tea Party. Complete a fun trail in the castle gardens to collect a chocolate Easter treat from the Mad Hatter. Children are also encouraged to take along an Easter bonnet to enter a competition to win a family 12-month pass. Other activities include making flower crafts.
Over Farm, Gloucester
There are many outdoor and undercover activities taking place at Over Farm from 25th March – 3rd April. The whole family will enjoy Henry the tractor-trailer rides, an Easter trail, arts and crafts, entertaining shows and fairground rides.
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley
Lots of special events taking place over Easter weekend 25th – 28th March including the official opening of the attraction by King Henry VIII and his Queen, Anne Boleyn. On Good Friday and Easter Saturday there will be a pop-up museum from Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. The mystical Dragon Puppeteers will be performing over the weekend and visitors will also meet baby dragons, join in the Chinese Dragon parade and make Easter arts crafts.
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge
Giant ducks will be landing at Slimbridge this Easter holiday (25th March – 10th April) and local families are challenged to find them all! As well as a giant duck hunt there will also be Easter arts and crafts which kids can take home as a memento of their fun day. Click here for our tips on visiting WWT Slimbridge
Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh
The ‘Big Batsford Chicken Hunt’ takes place 25th March – 10th April. Visitors will be challenged to find the chickens that laid the eggs by exploring the Arboretum grounds and simply marking their locations on a map to win a prize.
Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge
Enjoy an Easter egg hunt and spring walk with your family at Newark Park from the 25th – 28th March and earn yourselves a tasty treat. There will also be games on the lawn and dressing up in Newark House.
Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean
An Easter egg hunt is taking place at the enchanting Puzzlewood 25th – 28th March. Find the giant Easter eggs and discover the hidden shapes to help you complete a word search and claim your bouncy surprise.
Dean Heritage Centre, Forest of Dean
For Easter with a difference check out the Very Hungry Caterpillar Giant Wiggle taking place for one day only at the Dean Heritage Centre on 26th March.
Dean Forest Railway, Forest of Dean
An activity packed Easter weekend will be taking at the Dean Forest Railway 25th – 28th March. Visitors can expect face painting, bouncy castles, an Easter egg hunt, magic shows and the chance to travel along the Dean Forest Railway on both steam and heritage diesel railcar trains. Shaun the Sheep will also be visiting on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday. Train tickets must be pre-booked in advance.
Corinium Museum, Cirencester
Various Easter arts and crafts sessions and kids work shops are taking place over the Easter holidays (29th – 31st March & 5th – 8th April) including making gargoyle masks and mini mosaics workshop.
Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth near Cheltenham
A Cadbury Easter Egg hunt is taking place at Chedworth Roman Villa between 25th March – 28th March. Visitors will follow a trail to discover more about the villa and win a Cadbury chocolate prize! There will also be daily children’s craft activities.
Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester
Enjoy an Easter afternoon tea or Easter sunday lunch on Sunday 27th March with themed treats such as hot cross buns, chocolate nests, bunny shortbread and an Easter Egg hunt.
Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power
Lots of additional events taking place at the Farm Park over Easter. Live lambing continues daily until the 10th April – Visitors can meet the new arrivals and may even witness a lamb being born. The Great Chicken Challenge takes place from the 25th March – 10th April. The new obstacle course involves making a nest, transporting giant eggs and bouncing to the finish line! Everyone who completes the course will receive a prize. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt from good Friday to Easter Monday. These activities are included in the normal price of admission and will run alongside other seasonal activities. Click here for our tips on visiting Cotswold Farm Park
St Marys Church yard, Painswick
An annual community event organised by Painswick Playgroup. 30 beautifully designed eggs will be hidden all around the village on Saturday 26th March, for families with their little ones to find. The theme this year is Children’s TV favourites, and local companies and villagers are busy creating the eggs in preparation! There will also be bouncy castles, food stalls, face painting, live music and an Easter garden craft table.
Primrose Vale, Shurdington
Lots of fun taking place at the farm over the Easter holidays 24th March – 10th April including an Easter trail, an Ultimate Easter Challenge, a Spring Hunt and a Toddler Trail. All ages are catered for – pick and choose the activities most suitable for your group – adults go free with a participating child. £5 per child.
Fancy travelling a little further for an Easter family adventure?
Here are a few attractions offering activities over the Easter school holidays within a fairly short drive of Gloucestershire…
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
Enjoy a fun-packed day at Warwick Castle this Easter with the launch of the new Horrible Histories Maze, the return of the Horrible Histories Wicked Warwick live stage show, fearsome fireballs, soaring eagles and a bowman show! Click here to read our tips for visiting Warwick Castle
Drayton Manor Theme Park, Nr Tamworth, Staffordshire
From Friday 25th March – Wednesday 6th April families can enjoy the Easter school holidays at Drayton Manor. Young train fans will take great delight in meeting Thomas and all of his Friends at Thomas Land and thrill seekers will enjoy the many rollercoasters including Shockwave or having the flight of their life on Air Race. Click here to read our recent review of Thomas Land and the Drayton Manor Hotel.
West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire
From 19th March to 17th April the Safari Park are offering lots of extra Easter activities for the family, all included in the standard admission price! Find the missing Easter eggs with a free children’s eggsplorers trail and enjoy making an Easter bonnet at the Easter Eggsplorers Craft Club. The Adventure Theme Park, Tiny Tots Theme Park and SEGA Priza Zone will also be open.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford, Oxfordshire
The popular wildlife park are celebrating Lemur week over the Easter holidays (21st March – 28th March). Visitors can expect a week of fun activities and keeper talks to help raise awareness and funds for Lemur Conservation in Madagascar. There are also lots of other animals to visit and daily activities including – penguin feeding sessions, riding on the narrow gauge railway, petting the animals in the farmyard and 160 acres of parkland to explore. Click here for our tips for visiting Cotswold Wildlife Park
Wild Place Project, Bristol
Two weeks of magical Easter family fun will be taking place at the Wild Place Project from the 25th March – 10th April including a fairy door trail in the enchanted woodland, the chance to take part in a giant fairy mud collage, magical storytelling in an enchanted yurt, face painting and animal talks.
Are you hosting a fun Easter school holidays event in Gloucestershire (or beyond) that we have not listed above? Please do let us know about it by commenting below!
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