Thursday 29 January 2015

Gloucestershire Easter guide

Celebrate Easter in Gloucestershire and find out exactly where the bunnies will be, with SoGlos's guide to Easter events and egg hunts in 2014.

Across Gloucestershire this Easter, the busy bunnies will set to work burrowing-away their seasonal treats and we don’t want the county’s children, or parents for that matter, to miss out.

Whether you want to look high and low for Easter treats or attend a family event in the county, find out where to go during the Easter school holidays in Gloucestershire with SoGlos’s cracking guide.

Easter in Cheltenham 2014

Half term at Leisure at Cheltenham

Venue: Leisure at Cheltenham
What’s happening: The ever-popular Leisure at Cheltenham is set to be a hub of sporting fun this Easter, with something lined up each day of the holidays to get county children burning off that excess energy gained through eating one too many chocolates! Aspiring dancers can learn some new moves in a number of Street Dancing and Zumba sessions, while those itching to improve their racket skills, coordination and balance will be signing up for Mini Squash, Junior Short Tennis and Junior Badminton Coaching. Meanwhile, kids who don’t fancy learning a new sport can simply jump for joy in the hour-long Trampolining sessions too.
SoGlos loves: The leisure centre will also be running four-day Swimming Crash Courses, each day during the first week, aimed at different school years and abilities. These half hour sessions are a great way to improve a child’s confidence in the water and are designed around the Amateur Swimming Association National Teaching Plan key stages.
When: Monday 7 to Thursday 17 April 2014
How much?: Tickets prices range between £3 and £20 per activity
For more info: See Half term at Leisure at Cheltenham.
To book: Call Leisure at Cheltenham on (01242) 528764, email or visit directly.

Junior Rugby Camps in Gloucestershire

Venue: Various venues across Gloucestershire
What’s happening: The hugely popular Junior Rugby Camps, organised by Gloucester Rugby, return this Easter, taking to not one, but three venues across the county: Cheltenham North RFC, Hartpury College and Drybrook RFC. Aimed at aspiring players aged between eight and 13, the two-day camps cover everything from decision making and team building to tackling techniques, rucking, running and game analysis. Designed to offer a fun and enjoyable experience, the camps will focus on developing core skills, whilst encouraging and inspiring young players to reach their full potential, with support provided by Cherry and White players and the club’s coaching staff, who will use their experience to offer top tips and training techniques.
SoGlos loves: Not only can rugby-loving youngsters improve their game with the professionals, but all camp participants will receive a free Gloucester Rugby goody bag and t-shirt; official squad photo; a Player Development Handbook’ Premiership match day ticket voucher; and free entry to Gloucester Rugby competitions to boot.
When: The Drybrook camp runs on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8; Cheltenham on Thursday 10 and Friday 11; and Hartpury on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 April 2014.
How much?: Tickets cost £60 for each two-day camp.
For more info: See Junior Rugby Camps in the Forest of Dean, Cheltenham and Gloucester.
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on (01452) 876594, email or visit directly.

The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse

Venue: Cheltenham Racecourse
What’s happening: Two days of relaxed springtime racing are taking to the Cheltenham Racecourse this Easter. While the crowds may be smaller than at its Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup counterpart, The April Meeting still raises pulses and allows racing fans to get even closer to the action on the track. Racing is a thrilling and affordable family outing – with children under 18 enjoying free entry – and parents with little ones can take advantage of the free crèche facilities available on both days too.
SoGlos loves: With Easter weekend just around the corner, Cheltenham Racecourse is getting into the spirit of the season by offering free Easter Eggs to mini race-goers – although we’re not sure whether these will make it to Easter Sunday! Be sure to head there early to claim your free egg, as there are only 800 available in the club/tattersalls enclosure and 200 in Best Mate each day.
When: Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 April 2014
How much?: Ticket prices range between £9 and £18 in advance, or £10 and £20 on the day, with packages and group discounts also available. Children under 18 enjoy free entry.
For more info: See The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.
To book: Call Cheltenham Racecourse on 0844 579 3003, email or visit directly.

Venue: Parabola Arts Centre
What’s happening: Aspiring actors aged 12 to 18 will be turning everyday objects into instruments and learning how to use body percussion during a three-day workshop, culminating in a final performance for friends and family.
When?: Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 April 2014
For more info: See Youth Theatre workshop at Parabola Arts Centre.

Venue: Bacon Theatre
What’s happening?: There’s face painting, real life fluffy bunnies, chocolate treats and a special screening of The Croods lined up for families at Bacon Theatre this Easter.
When?: Tuesday 15 April 2014
For more info: See Easter Family Film at Bacon Theatre

Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening?: Theo the Mouse and his best pal Wendy return to the Everyman Studio Theatre this Easter, joined by the creator of the Sooty Show, Wink Taylor.
When?: Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 April 2014
For more info: See Theo the Mouse and Wendy's Fun and Laughter Show

Venue: The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant
What’s happening?: A relaxed and sophisticated affair awaits local families at The Montpellier Chapter this Easter Sunday, where a tantalising three-course lunch, plus a special-priced two-night stay awaits – with children under 12 staying free when sharing a room with mum and dad.
When?: Sunday 20 April 2014
For more info: See Easter lunch at The Montpellier Chapter.

Venue: Whole Foods Market Cheltenham, Gallagher Retail Park, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, GL51 9RR
What’s happening?: Join Sling Beat and the Cheltenham and Gloucester Sling Library for a morning of sling demos and routines at Whole Foods Market, giving mums and their bundles of joy the chance to have fun and keep fit whilst wearing their sling or carrier.
When?: Tuesday 22 April 2014
For more info: See Hop into Summer Easter Eggstravaganza in Cheltenham

Easter in the Cotswolds 2014

Easter at Cotswold Farm Park

Venue: Cotswold Farm Park
What’s happening: Adam Henson’s famous Cotswold Farm Park will be the place to go to see signs of new spring life, go hunting for eggs and stroke scores of cuddly animals this Easter. Throughout the two-week break, there’s the chance to have fun getting lost in the Easter-themed Cotswold Lion Maze, which promises a fun and challenging quest for adventurers of all ages, as they solve the Rare Breed questions or track down the animals to find the right path and discover the Cotswold Lion. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt running daily, in which chocolate-loving children will have to search out the golden eggs using a special trail map – with the Easter Bunny himself set to dole out the prizes. And don’t miss one of the Farm Park’s biggest spring highlights, giving visitors a chance to bottle-feed little lambs and newborn baby goats themselves, not to mention handle fluffy rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks to boot. Aww! As always, there will be farm safari rides, wildlife walks and all the farming experiences you could wish for, complete with easy parking, an on-site restaurant, gift shop and picnic area.
SoGlos loves: During the Easter holidays, Cotswold Farm Park is challenging budding shutterbugs to enter a photography competition to win a mammoth chocolate Easter egg. All they need to do is take a picture of their time at the Farm Park, upload it to the Facebook page and the winning snap will be announced at the end of April.
When?: Monday 7 to Monday 21 April 2014
How much: Normal admission charges apply
For more info: See Easter at Cotswold Farm Park.
To book: Call Cotswold Farm Park on (01451) 850307, email or visit directly.

Venue: Westonbirt Arboretum
What’s happening: Nature-loving families can venture out to Westonbirt Arboretum and discover bursting buds, colourful blooms, wildflower carpets and more along a special trail.
When?: Tuesday 8 to Friday 18 April 2014
For more info: See Awakening Woods trail at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Venue: Barnsley House Hotel
What’s happening: The Cotswold hotel’s plush in-house cinema will be screening hilarious Pixar caper Monsters University especially for film-loving families, with the ticket price including dinner at The Village Pub afterwards.
When?: Saturday 12 April 2014
For more info: See Family Film Afternoons at Barnsley House.

Venue: The Old Rectory, Quenington
What’s happening: Pick up some of the more unusual members of the flora family at a Rare Plant Fair in Quenington, and raise money for charity too, with homemade teas making it a quintessentially British family affair.
When?: Sunday 13 April 2014
For more info: See Rare Plant Fair in Quenington.

Venue: Corinium Museum
What’s happening: The Help a Hedgehog team will be visiting the Corinium Museum to give nippers a chance to get up close to their prickly friends, while there will also be creepy crawly activities planned for those feeling brave enough.
When?: Saturday 19 April 2014
For more info: See Meet a Hedgehog and Creepy Crawly activities in Cirencester.

Venue: Westonbirt Arboretum
What’s happening?: Visit Westonbirt Arboretum this Easter to find the four segments of the Easter Egg and learn about spring wildlife, in what promises to be a fun day out for the whole family.
When?: Saturday 19 April 2014
For more info: See Crack The Egg nature puzzle at Westonbirt

Venue: Westonbirt Arboretum
What’s happening: Take along your four-legged friend to enjoy the fresh air and explore the stunning surrounds of Westonbirt Arboretum’s Silk Wood, on one-day only this Easter.
When?: Saturday 19 April 2014
For more info: See Guided dog walks at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Venue: Escape to the Cotswolds Centre
What’s happening?: Families can tuck into a traditional two-course Sunday roast at the Escape to the Cotswolds Centre this Easter, before kids spend an hour hunting for chocolatey treats in an anticipated Easter Egg Hunt.
When?: Sunday 20 April 2014
For more info: See Easter Egg Hunt in Northleach

Easter in the Forest of Dean 2014

Venue: BattleSports Glos
What’s happening?: This Easter holiday, BattleSports Glos is offering families two chances to experience its unique laser combat adventure on its purpose-built battlefield in Longhope.
When?: Friday 11 and 18 April 2014
For more info: See BattleSports Glos family fun sessions.

Venue: Harts Barn Cookery School
What’s happening?: Harts Barn Cookery School will be offering children the chance to decorate four cupcakes however they want, providing them with cutters, moulds and colours, and children can even have a go at creating a sugar person or animal.
When?: Wednesday 16 April to Tuesday 27 May 2014
For more info: See Children’s cupcake decorating event at Harts Barn Cookery School.

Venue: Dean Heritage Centre
What’s happening?: The anticipated Room on the Broom woodland trail, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular children’s book, launches at Dean Heritage Centre with a whole weekend of family fun, talks, film screenings, themed menus and more.
When?: Friday 18 to Monday 21 April 2014
For more info: See Room on the Broom trail at Dean Heritage Centre.

Easter in Gloucester 2014

Easter at Nature in Art

Venue: Nature in Art
What’s happening: A whole host of creative and Easter-themed activities will be keeping nimble fingers and minds busy at Nature in Art, with no less than three sessions running each day at the popular art gallery and museum. Spanning all age groups, there’s making sessions covering felt Easter pictures, bunny and chick hand puppets, wire and resin Easter wreaths and miniature scrapbooks; arty sessions covering marbling, surface embellishment, oil pastels and decoupage; plus three kinds of Easter Hunts, including finding, drawing and orienteering, with the chance to win an Easter Egg for the successful sleuths.
SoGlos loves: While the kids are getting creative in the discovery zone, mums and dads can admire the works of the Midlands Textile Forum and wildlife pencil artist, Gary Hodges, in two exhibitions running over the Easter holidays.
When: Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 and Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 April 2014.
How much?: Tickets cost £6 per activity
For more info: See Easter at Nature in Art.
To book: Call Nature in Art on (01452) 731422, email or visit directly.

Easter holidays at Gloucester Museums

Venue: Gloucester Folk Museum
What’s happening?: A cracking and creative workshop awaits nimble-fingered nippers at the Folk Museum this Easter, giving them the chance to not only pick up new skills but leave bursting with pride as they show off their creation to friends and family. The half-day sewing workshop offers hours of fun as they learn how to hand-stitch their very own 3D felt chicks.
SoGlos loves: The Easter holidays give families the perfect opportunity to check out the new exhibits at the Folk Museum, which recently reopened following a three-month makeover. These include an army recruitment office and fashion gallery, alongside the popular reconstructed Victorian classroom, original pin factory and the folk boutique and tearooms, where families can tuck into an array of delicious treats.
When?: Wednesday 9 April 2014
How much?: Tickets cost £10
For more info: See Easter holidays at Gloucester Museums.
To book: Call Gloucester Museums on (01452) 503050, email or visit directly.

Easter holidays at Gloucester Museums

Venue: Gloucester City Museum
What’s happening?: The family-favourite museum is giving children the chance to unleash their inner artists this Easter, by running a self-portrait workshop inspired by its Tudor Faces: The Gloucester Portraits exhibition. Children can put paint to canvas and let their creativity run free for a whole morning or afternoon, with the ticket price including all materials, squash and biscuits.
SoGlos loves: Besides the workshop, the City Museum has plenty on offer to entertain children of all ages, including interactive displays, the chance to dress up as a Roman or Celt, explore a Roman kitchen and medieval street, and have a go on a Roman building site.
When?: Wednesday 16 April 2014
How much?: Tickets cost £10
For more info: See Easter holidays at Gloucester Museums.
To book: Call Gloucester City Museum on (01452) 503050, email or visit directly.

Venue: Gloucester Cathedral
What’s happening?: Follow the trail at one of Gloucestershire’s, and the UK’s, most popular attractions to find out what happened on the very first Easter Day.
When?: Saturday 5 to Monday 21 April 2014
For more info: See Spring Brings Easter Things trail at Gloucester Cathedral

Venue: Gloucester Waterways Museum
What’s happening: Kids can meet fluffy bunnies, guinea pigs and pygmy goats, make their own Easter cards, hats and sheep, embark on a special trail and much more at Gloucester Waterways Museum during the Easter holidays.
When?: Monday 7 to Monday 21 April 2014
For more info: See Easter at Gloucester Waterways Museum.

Venue: Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Road, Gloucester, GL4 6SX
What’s happening?: Local families are invited to a number of Easter fun-filled events, including the chance for children to make their own Easter bonnet – as well as Easter treasure hunts.
When?: Tuesday 8 to Friday 18 April 2014
For more info: See Easter Eggstravaganza at Robinswood Hill.

Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What’s happening?: South West rivals will go to war at Kingsholm Stadium when Gloucester Rugby takes on Bath in an AVIVA Premiership match – making for a thrilling Easter holidays day out for the whole family.
When?: Saturday 12 April 2014
For more info: See Gloucester Rugby vs Bath Rugby

Venue: Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre
What’s happening: Everbody’s favourite television gardener, Mr Bloom, will be inspiring and entertaining green-fingered nippers at the third annual Gloucester Quays Garden Party, which will also feature big names such as Carol Klein and Joe Swift; more than 80 stalls; live music; and plenty more family fun.
When?: Saturday 19 to Monday 21 April 2014
For more info: See Gloucester Quays Garden Party.

Venue: Dearmans Restaurant
What’s happening?: A three-course lunch, face painting, bouncy castle and the chance to explore 12 acres of stunning surroundings all form part of Bowden Hall’s Easter Lunch and Egg Hunt.
When?: Sunday 20 April 2014
For more info: See Easter Lunch and Egg Hunt at Bowden Hall

Easter in Stroud 2014

Easter holidays at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What’s happening?: Slimbridge will play host to a full programme of activities throughout the Easter holidays, including a special trail with chocolatey rewards and the chance to spot downy ducklings each day, plus themed craft activities to entertain creative kiddies. There will also be daily guided tours, as well as otter and Toad Hall talks. Add to that a host of interactive games and activities lined up in the Discovery Centre and the opportunity to splash about in Welly Boot Land, and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable Easter outing.
SoGlos loves: All of the Easter activities are included in the normal admission price, in addition to the opportunity to see the world’s largest collection of swans, geese and ducks; all six species of flamingos; and wildlife including water voles, waders, hares and dragonflies.
When?: Monday 7 to Monday 21 April 2014
How much?: Normal admission charges apply.
For more info: See Easter holidays at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
To book: Call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891223, email or visit directly.

Venue: Cattle Country Adventure Park
What’s happening: Meet Dora the Explorer and Disney’s Jake the Pirate whilst jumping, exploring, sliding and scrambling through the courses and playbarns at Cattle Country Adventure Park – don’t forget to pack the camera!
When?: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April 2014
For more info: See Meet Dora and Jake at Cattle Country.

Venue: Berkeley Castle
What’s happening: County kids will be hunting for Dragon Eggs and much more at the recently re-opened Berkleley Castle, this Easter weekend.
When?: Sunday 20 to Wednesday 23 April 2014
For more info: See Easter at Berkeley Castle.

Easter in Tewkesbury 2014

Easter at Roses Theatre

Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s happening: A mix of exciting live events and family-friendly film screenings will undoubtedly keep local kids busy during the two-week break. Kicking off with some izzy wizzy fun and games in The Sooty Show, the sold out crowd will see Sooty and Sweep get messy as they attempt to make a cake for Sooty’s birthday party, while Soo simply can’t decide what to wear. Those who missed out on tickets for Sooty need not despair, for there’s still availability for the Jungle Book live, described as a faithful adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel following the adventures of Mowgli, complete with appearances from Baloo, Bagheera and the evil Shere Khan. Meanwhile, movie buffs can look forward to special screenings of swashbuckling adventure, Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy; 2014 blockbuster The Lego Movie; the time-travelling adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman; and the life-affirming story of The Book Thief too.
SoGlos loves: Always passionate about supporting aspiring actors, the Roses has worked tirelessly with its young performers and members of the community to bring The Hospital to the stage over Easter, which shares the true stories of Tewkesbury Hospital during WWI through the medium of song, dance and drama.
When: The Sooty Show takes place on Saturday 5; The Hospital on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13; and Jungle Book on Tuesday 15 April 2014. While Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be screened from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9; Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy on Monday 14; The Lego Movie from Friday 18 to Monday 21; and The Book Thief from Friday 18 to Wednesday 23 April 2014.
How much?: Tickets for the Jungle Book cost £7; The Hospital £8; and range between £5.50 and £6.50 for each film screening.
For more info: See Easter at Roses Theatre and Jungle Book at Roses Theatre.
To book: Call the Roses Theatre box office on (01684) 295074, email or visit directly.

Venue: Out of the Hat
What’s happening: An exciting range of fun and crafty events awaits at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre, Out of the Hat, including a Create a Spring Collage day, colouring competitions and an Easter Eggstravaganza featuring basket weaving and egg decorating.
When?: Wednesdays 9 and 16 April 2014
For more info: See Easter at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre.

Venue: The John Moore Museum
What’s happening: Mini history buffs can learn about the harsh realities of problem pests in 16th century Britain, when the Tudor rat catcher appears at The John Moore Museum for one-day-only.
When?: Saturday 19 April 2014
For more info: See The Tudor Rat Catcher in Tewkesbury.

© SoGlos

Thursday 31 January 2013

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