Wednesday 7 December 2016


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 2016.

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 2016


Mad Hatter's Easter Fun Day at Sudeley Castle

Mad Hatter's fun Day at Sudeley Castle

Venue: Sudeley Castle
What’s happening: Don’t be late for this very important date, with topsy-turvy fun and plenty of egg-cellent activities at Sudeley Castle and Garden’s Mad Hatter’s Easter Fun Day, on Sunday 27 March 2016. Inspired by the classic children’s tale, this fun day will be bursting with themed activities, such as an exciting tea party, ‘blooming good’ flower crafts, a fun Easter trail, a Mad Hatter’s Easter bonnet parade and more, with the chance to win a family 12-month pass to the award-winning destination for the best and most bonkers bonnet too.
SoGlos loves: Children can explore the Lost in the Willows maze, while culture-lovers can take a look inside some of the historic castle’s ruins. What’s more, visitors can take a peek at the owlery and pheasantry too, providing all the ingredients for another fantastic family day out.
When?: Sunday 27 March 2016
How much: Normal admission prices apply
For more info: See Mad Hatter's Easter Fun Day at Sudeley Castle.
To book: Call Sudeley Castle and Gardens on (01242) 602308, email enquiries@sudeley.org.uk or visit sudeleycastle.co.uk directly.


Easter at Leisure at Cheltenham

Easter 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 from eating one too many chocolates! Aspiring dancers can learn some new moves in its Zumba sessions, while those itching to get on the courts will be signing up for junior badminton. Meanwhile, the trampolining sessions are sure to be popular and are perfect for children that are bouncing off the walls with energy.
SoGlos loves: The leisure centre will also be running Children’s Swimming Crash Courses throughout the 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?: Tuesday 29 March to Wednesday 6 April 2016
For more info See Easter Holidays at Leisure at Cheltenham
To book: Call Leisure at Cheltenham on (01242) 528764, email leisure@cheltenham.gov.uk or visit leisureatcheltenham.com directly.


Easter at Cheltenham Racecourse

Easter at Cheltenham Racecourse

Venue: Cheltenham Racecourse
What's happening: Two days of relaxed springtime racing are taking to Cheltenham Racecourse this April. 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 under 18s enjoying free entry, while parents can take advantage of the free child’s play area, providing a suitable area to feed, change and rest on all race days.
SoGlos loves: Keep the festivities going, with the chance to catch another exciting day of racing at the Hunter Chase evening. Set to be the last event in the jump racing venue’s annual calendar, it’s sure to boast plenty of thrilling action and a busy atmosphere, with fingers crossed for some warm springtime weather.
When: The April Meeting takes place from Wednesday 13 to Thursday 14 April 2016, while The Hunter Chase evening takes place on Wednesday 27 April 2016.
How much?: Ticket prices range between £9 and £18 in advance, or £12 and £20 on the day, with packages and group discounts available.
For more info: See The April Meeting or Hunter Chase Evening.
To book: Call Cheltenham Racecourse on 0844 579 3003, email cheltenhamevents@thejockeyclub.co.uk or visit Cheltenham.co.uk directly.


The Amazing Bubbleman at Cheltenham Town Hall

Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
What's happening: Bursting with bubble tricks, comedy and science, don’t miss the Amazing Bubble Man when he returns to Cheltenham Town Hall, in a show of audience participation and spellbinding bubble tricks.
When: Monday 4 April 2016
To book: Call Cheltenham Town Hall on 0844 567 2210.


Family film screening at Bacon Theatre

Venue: Bacon Theatre
What's happening: Catch a family-friendly film screening of Disney's Big Hero 6 at Bacon Theatre, as well as a host of arts, crafts and simple science activities..
When: Monday 4 April 2016
To book: Call Bacon Theatre on (01242) 258002.


Easter at Primrose Vale Farm Shop

Venue: Primrose Vale Farm Shop
What's happening: Offering an Ultimate Easter Challenge, Spring Hunt and Toddler Trail, Primrose Vale’s Easter trail is sure to provide hours of fun.
When: Thursday 24 March to Sunday 10 April 2016
To book: Call Primrose Vale Farm Shop on (01452) 863359.


Easter in the Cotswolds 2016


The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt at Batsford Arboretum

Easter at Batsford Arboretum

Venue: Batsford Arboretum
What’s happening: Putting a twist on the traditional Easter Egg hunt, little ones at Batsford Arboretum can find the hens that laid them in the Big Batsford Chicken Hunt. Children must uncover all the secret locations of the hidden hens at the day-out destination, marking them on a map to win a special prize. Promising the perfect opportunity for children to burn off some of those Easter eggs, as well as the chance to explore the beautiful location in the fresh air, this special event is sure to go down a treat with Gloucestershire families.
SoGlos loves: Following the bloom of snowdrops at Batsford, the arboretum will be bursting with new colour in March at the start of its daffodil and magnolia month, promising plenty of picture-perfect photo ops for those family selfies.
When?: The Batsford Chicken Hunt takes place from Friday 25 March to Sunday 10 April 2016.
How much: Tickets cost £2.50 per child, plus normal admission charges
For more info: See The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt.
To book: Call Batsform Arboretum on (01386) 701441, email arboretum@batsfordfoundation.co.uk or visit http://www.batsarb.co.uk directly.


Lemur Week at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Lemur week at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Venue: Cotswold Wildlife Park
What’s happening: Animal lovers will be heading to the family-favourite destination, Cotswold Wildlife Park this Easter, with the chance to see some beautiful creatures, as well as get involved in a host of exciting activities during Lemur Week. With lemurs being the most threatened group of mammals on the planet, the park will be putting on a range of activities and keeper talks to help raise awareness and funds for Lemur Conservation in Madagascar. Promising the perfect day out for little ones to see some of their favourite animals, as well as inspire and educate the next generation of David Attenboroughs, Cotswold Wildlife Park is set to be abuzz with budding animal lovers.
SoGlos loves: Whether you want to see the lions and wolves, snakes and frogs or flamingos and owls, the park has an amazingly diverse collection of species, all nestled in 160 acres of parkland and gardens.
When: Lemur Week takes place from Monday 21 to Monday 28 March 2016.
How much: Normal admission prices apply
For more info: See Lemur Week at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
To book: No need to book, but for specific information, call Cotswold Wildlife Park on (01993) 823006, email enquiries@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk or visit cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk directly.


Easter Holiday Trails at Corinium Museum

Venue: Corinium Museum
What's happening: Inquisitive children can explore the family-friendly Corinium Museum and receive a special prize during its Easter Holiday Trails.
When: Saturday 26 March to Sunday 10 April 2016
To book: Call the Corinium Museum on (01285) 655611.


Easter in the Forest of Dean 2016


Easter art exhibition at Studio Cinema Coleford

Venue: Studio Cinema Coleford
What's happening: West Gloucestershire Art Society will host an exhibition and art sale at Studio Cinema Coleford across the Easter weekend, featuring a selection of talented members’ work.
When: Friday 25 to Monday 28 March 2016
To book: No need to book, but for specific enquiries call (01594) 835814.


Easter Activity Days at the Wilderness Cenrte

Venue: The Wilderness Centre, Plump Hill, Mitcheldean
What's happening: Little ones can enjoy tunelling, crate stacking, archery, a climbing wall and more at The Wilderness Centre’s Easter Activity Days.
When: Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 March 2016
To book: Call The Wilderness Centre on (01594) 542567.



Easter in Gloucester 2016


Easter at Gloucester Folk Museum

Easter at Gloucester Folk Museum

Venue: Gloucester Folk Museum
What’s happening: Culture lovers and fun-loving families will be hopping to Gloucester Folk Museum this Easter to explore the fascinating life of one of the best-loved children's authors in On the Trail of Beatrix Potter. Little ones can see their favourite characters on display and learn some fascinating facts, while parents can take a trip down memory lane. What’s more, 2016 signifies the author’s 150th anniversary, making this the perfect event for celebrating the timeless work of Beatrix Potter.
SoGlos loves: Brave visitors can experience the magic of Gloucester Folk Museum after dark on Saturday 2 April 2016, during a late night visit. Giving guests the chance to look around after opening hours, organisers add ‘you never know what you might find!’
When?: Thursday 24 March to Saturday 2 April 2016
How much: Tickets cost £5, £3 for children
For more info: See Easter at Gloucester Folk Museum.
To book: Call Gloucester Folk Museum on (01452) 396868, email museums@gloucester.gov.uk or visit gloucestermuseums.co.uk directly.


Easter at Gloucester City Museum

Easter at Gloucester City Museum

Venue: Gloucester City Museum
What’s happening: Little ones will be kept busy at Gloucester City Museum this Easter, with a whole host of egg-citing activities, allowing children to unleash their creativity. Museum Tots will see parents take a coffee break while nippers play with toys, get crafty and enjoy story time on Tuesday 22 March. While the ever-popular Museum Makers will make a welcome return on Tuesdays 29 March and 4 April, with the chance to create felt puppets and felt tortoises, before brave children join forces with a Roman Soldier in the Eastgate Chamber Tours on Saturday 26 March and Friday 1 April 2016.
SoGlos loves: Brave visitors explore the city museum after dark and uncover all sorts of secrets on Saturday 2 April 2016, during its Museum After Hours tour. The event gives guests the chance to look around after opening hours, with organisers saying ‘you never know what you might find!’
When?: Tuesday 22 March to Saturday 2 April 2016
How much: Tickets cost £5, £3 for children
For more info: See Easter at Gloucester City Museum.
To book: Call Gloucester City Museum on (01452) 396131, email museums@gloucester.gov.uk or visit gloucestermuseums.co.uk directly.


Junior Rugby Camps at Gloucester Rugby

Junior Rugby Camps with Gloucester Rugby

Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What’s happening: County children will be chasing an egg-shaped ball this Easter at Gloucester Rugby’s latest series of junior rugby camps. Aimed at boys and girls aged between eight and 13, rugby-loving children can take part in a two-day course taking place at either Lydney RFC on Thursday 31 March 2016, or Stroud RFC on Friday 1 April 2016. Meanwhile, the increasingly popular Girls Only rugby camps will take place at Drybrook RFC, Cirencester RFC and Dursley RFC on Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 April 2016 respectively. These camps will encourage and inspire young players to reach their full potential, with a little help from the team’s professional players and coaching staff, who will be using their experiences to pass on top tips and advice.
SoGlos loves: For a little taster of what your child might aspire to be, head to the Gloucester Rugby clash against Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday 9 April 2016 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter final – with tickets for children costing just £1 for anywhere in the stadium with any paying adult.
When: Junior Rugby Camps take place on Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April 2016; Girls Only Rugby camp on Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 April 2016; and Gloucester Rugby versus Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday 9 April 2016.
How much: The Junior Rugby Camp costs £60; Girls Only Rugby camp costs £25; Gloucester Rugby versus Connacht tickets starts from £10.
For more info: See Junior Rugby Camp in Lydney; Junior Rugby Camp in Stroud; Girls Only Rugby camps; or Gloucester Rugby versus Newport Gwent Dragons.
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on (01452) 872286, email communitymarketing@gloucesterrugby.co.uk or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.


Mad Hatter Tea Party at The Eastgate Shopping Centre

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Venue: Eastgate Shopping Centre
What's happening: Little ones will be hopping to the Eastgate Shopping Centre for a very important date this Easter when it hosts the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Taking place on Friday 25 March 2016, the centre will be abuzz with free entertainment, crafts and games, in a celebration of all things Alice in Wonderland.
SoGlos loves: Promising lots of quirky fun, little ones can get creative at a host of Easter Craft Workshops on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March 2016, with the chance to get a Lucky Card too, which will see little ones receive either a prize or a forfeit.
How much: Free of charge
When: Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March 2016
For more info: See Mad Hatter's Tea Party at The Eastgate
To book: No need to book but for specific information call The Eastgate on (01452) 520023, email contact@eastgateshoppingcentre.co.uk or visit eastgateshoppingcentre.co.uk directly.


#ToysNotChocolate at King's Walk Shopping Centre

ToysNotChocolate at King's Walk Shopping Centre

Venue: King's Walk Shopping Centre
What's happening: King's Walk Shopping Centre has got a cracking Easter planned this spring, with its flagship store for families, The Entertainer, hosting a whole heap of fun activities. Little boys and girls can take part in a number of egg-citing competitions in store, with the chance to win Entertainer gift cards, Star Wars toy bundles, and even win a visit from Optimus Prime at their school. What's more, little ones can get more for their pocket money, with offers including 30 per cent off Star Wars goodies; 25 per cent odd Transformers toys; 33 per cent off Nerf Blasters; and 25 per cent off Geomag; not to mention the store Buy One Get One For A Penny sale.
SoGlos loves: With a number of great shops spanning River Island, HMV, Claire’s Accessories and BHS, the retail destination offers the perfect opportunity to make a day of it and do a spot of shopping, safe in the knowledge that there’s something going on to keep all family members happy.
How much: Free of charge
When: Thursday 24 March to Wednesday 20 April 2016
For more info: See #ToysNotChocolate at King's Walk Shopping Centre
To book: No need to book, but for specific information, call King's Walk shopping Centre on (01452) 304953 or visit kingswalk.co.uk directly.


Henry's Easter Adventure at Over Farm Market

Venue: Over Farm Market
What’s happening: Henry the Tractor will host its biggest ever Easter event this year at Over Farm, with quad trains, hidden eggs, fairground and inflatable rides, as well as a chance to visit the new-born chicks and lambs.
When: Friday 25 March-Sunday 3 April 2016
To book: Call Over Farm Market on (01452) 387447.


Spring Fest at Gloucester Quays

Venue: Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet
What's happening: Taking place over four days, Spring Fest will feature plenty of family fun spanning live music entertainment, an adventure zone, a vintage tea room, food and drink, and much more.
When: Friday 25 to Monday 28 March 2016
To book: No need to book, but for specific enquiries call (01452) 338933.


Easter in Stroud 2016


The Giant Duck Hunt at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

The Giant Duck Hunt at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What’s happening: Head out on an Easter egg hunt with a twist this spring at Slimbridge Wetland Centre as a group of giant ducks are set to take over. Hiding from visitors in a number of places across the grounds, little and big explorers alike can pick up an activity sheet on arrival before setting out to find the allusive ducks, with a special yummy treat for anyone who can find them all! What’s more, there will be plenty of opportunities to hand feed some hungry geese, spot the downy ducklings and head to an otter talk during the adventure hunt.
SoGlos loves: Creative children will have the chance to get involved with some arts and crafts at Slimbridge, with plenty of Easter activities to get stuck into – perfect for creating a lasting memento of the day to take home.
When?: Friday 25 March to Sunday 10 April 2016
How much: Normal admission prices apply
For more info: See The Giant Duck Hunt at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
To book: Call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891900, email info.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk or visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge directly.


Easter Bunny Trail at Museum in the Park

Venue: Museum in the Park
What's happening: Little ones will be on the hunt for the hidden Easter bunnies at Museum in the Park this spring, particularly as there will be a chocolate reward for anyone who can spot them all.
When: Saturday 26 March to Monday 28 April 2016
To book: No need to book, but for specific information call Museum in the Park on (01453) 763394.


Easter Trail at Rococo Gardens

Venue: Painswick Rococo Garden
What's happening: Little explorers can discover the great outdoors at the beautiful Rococo Garden over Easter weekend, when the family-friendly attraction sets up an Easter trail leading around its gardens.
When: Friday 25 to Monday 28 March 2016
To book: No need to book, but for specific enquiries call (01452) 813204.


Easter at Berkeley Castle

Venue: Berkeley Castle
What's happening: With an Easter dragon hunt; arts and crafts; dragon puppeteers; a Mary Rose pop-up museum; and an appearance from King Henry VIII, there’s plenty going on to keep little ones entertained this Easter.
When: Friday 25 to Monday 28 March 2016
To book: Call Berkeley Castle on (01453) 810303.


Painswick Easter Egg Hunt

Venue: Painswick, Gloucestershire
What's happening: The Painswick Easter Egg Hunt will see children hunt for 30 beautifully designed eggs, while bouncy castles, tombola, face painting, live music, and more fun-filled activities promise another brilliant family day out.
When: Saturday 26 March 2016
To book: No need to book, but for specific information, call (01452) 813316.


Easter Beyond the Border 2016


Countrytastic at Three Counties Showground

Venue: Three Counties Showground
What's happening: Chick-handling, tractor rides, and more await little ones this Easter holidays at Countrytastic in Malvern, in an action packed day of fun, food and farming for kids.
When: Thursday 31 March 2016
To book: Call Three Counties on (01684) 584924.


Peppa Pig's Surprise at Malvern Theatres

Venue: Malvern Theatres
What's happening: With life-sized puppets, new songs and plenty of fun, little ones can expect a delightful show when Peppa Pig's Surprise comes to Malvern Theatres.
When: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 March 2016
To book: Call Malvern Theatres on (01684) 892277.


Easter at Cribbs Causeway

Venue: Cribbs Causeway
What's happening: With an Easter train, the chance to fish for chicks and chocolate galore, there’ll be more than shopping on offer for little ones this holiday.
When: Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March 2016; and Monday 28 March 2016
To book: No need to book, but for specific enquiries, call 0117 903 0303.


© SoGlos
Tuesday 22 March 2016

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