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 and the Cotswolds with SoGlos’s cracking guide.
Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening: One of the country's favourite clowns, Tweedy, will take his latest show, Tweedy's Lost Property to Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, offering an afternoon of hilarity and havoc. Big and little kids can enjoy comic entertainment as Tweedy attempts to ‘find himself’ by getting a new job at a lost property office, with chaos ensuing as the objects in his position develop a life of their own, and he is constantly prevented from answering the telephone.
SoGlos loves: For children who like getting involved in the on-stage action, Everyman Theatre will also host a special Easter Project during the school holidays, offering the chance for budding young performers to explore text, audition, rehearse and perform The Insect Play at Everyman Studio Theatre, working with professional practitioners, Young People.
When?: Tweedy’s Lost Property will be performed on Sunday 9 April 2017. The Easter Project will run from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 22 April 2017, with performances at the end of the week.
How much: Tickets for Tweedy’s Lost Property range from £14 to £19. The Easter Project costs £100.
For more info: See Tweedy's Lost Property at Everyman Theatre
To book: Call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 572573, email email@example.com, or visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
What’s happening: Lewis Carroll's children's classic, Alice in Wonderland will take audiences on a magical journey at Cheltenham Town Hall, letting little imaginations go wandering as Alice falls down the rabbit hole and into a wonderful world of mischief and mayhem. The exciting adventure offers the chance to meet famous characters such as the Mad Hatter, and avoid losing your head to the formidable Queen of Hearts. Offering a twist on the traditional pantomime, this Easter show promises a thoroughly entertaining afternoon, with the fast-paced, fun-filled performance featuring pop songs, magic, puppets, and best-loved characters who are sure to leave a smile on children’s faces.
SoGlos loves: Aside from the pantomime fun, the whole family can give something new a 'glow' during the holidays, when the popular Glow Sports event returns to Leisure at Cheltenham. What’s more, with two new sessions for children and their parents, the whole family can now be part of the fun, with the chance to play tennis, badminton and more under the UV lights.
When?: Alice in Wonderland takes place on Wednesday 12 April 2017. Glow Sports take place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 20 April 2017.
How much: Tickets for Alice in Wonderland cost £12.50. Glow Sports costs £6 for a child, £8 for a child and their parent.
For more info: See Alice in Wonderland at Cheltenham Town Hall.
To book: Call Cheltenham Town Hall on 0844 576 2210, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk directly.
Venue: Sudeley Castle
What’s happening: The Easter Joust is set to go into battle in Winchcombe, promising a fun-filled family event with thrilling displays and exciting entertainment. Highlights include a high energy performance from The Cavalry of Heroes, its talented horses and experienced horsemen; the chance to boo the baddie, Black Knight Lord Pendragon, and cheer on the noble knights during a thrilling jousting match; and royal appearances from King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and members of the Tudor Court, who will oversee the proceedings.
SoGlos loves: Aside from springtime entertainment on Easter Sunday, Sudeley Castle will also host two Children's Wednesday Science and Nature events during the school holidays, promising a weatherproof day of fun featuring interactive workshops; the chance to explore the castle’s natural areas; and discover creatures in their natural habitat.
When?: The Easter Joust takes place on Sunday 16 April 2017. Children’s Wednesdays take place on Wednesdays 12 and 19 April 2017.
How much: Normal admission charges apply.
For more info: See The Easter Joust at Sudeley Castle.
To book: Call Sudeley Castle and Gardens on (01242) 602308, email email@example.com or visit sudeleycastle.co.uk directly.
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Venue: Airborne Trampoline Park
What’s happening: Airborne Trampoline Park’s exciting facilities are perfect for burning off some steam during the school holidays, with the activity centre home to 35 trampolines, basketball hoops, a jump tower, a reaction wall, and much more. The Air Time sessions run daily and promise one hour of fantastic family fun, during which all ages can jump to their hearts’ content. There is also dedicated Toddler Time in the morning for young jumpers and their parents.
SoGlos loves: Airborne Trampoline Park offers the chance for speedy jumpers to become the master by tackling the Ninja Run, the premier obstacle course where children can test their skills in stealth and complete the route as quickly as possible. What’s more, with monthly prizes to be won, children have even more incentive to take on the challenge.
When: Airborne Trampoline Park is open daily
How much: Prices vary as per activity
For more info: See Airborne Trampoline Park
To book: Call (01242) 255551, or visit airbornetrampolinepark.com directly.
Venue: Prescott Speed Hill Climb
What's happening: Perfect for car enthusiasts and fun-seeking families, Prescott Bike Festival offers the chance to snap a selfie with some famous names, with other highlights including an appearance from Darth Vadar, live music, delicious food and drink, and motorcycles galore.
When: Sunday 9 April 2017
To book: Call Prescott Bike Festival on 07005 968687.
Venue: Holst Birthplace Museum
What's happening: Holst Birthplace Museum will open its doors during the Easter holidays for some seasonal fun, decorating biscuits and getting the chance to see the museum’s specially designed hare statue, which is part of the Cotswold Hare Trail.
When: Tuesday 11 April 2017
To book: Call Holst Birthplace Museum on (01242) 524846.
Venue: Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, GL50 4RN
What's happening: Cheltenham Trust’s ever-popular play scheme returns, giving children the chance to burn off some steam with a host of fun-filled activities including outdoor exploring, art and design, sports, cooking, swimming, sensory play, and much more.
When: Monday 10 to Thursday 13 April 2017; Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April 2017
To book: Call Cheltenham Trust on (01242) 528764.
Venue: Central Cross Cafe, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE
What's happening: An Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, and a new boating season await happy families in Pittville Park this spring, offering the perfect chance for a day trip to the park – not to mention a rest-stop in the delicious café, where homemade cakes are sure to go down a treat.
When: Saturday 15 to Friday 21 April 2017
To book: Call Central Cross Café on (01242) 234907.
Venue: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
What's happening: Children can jump on board a steam train when GWSR promises a day of egg-cellent fun for all the family and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny too.
When: Monday 17 April 2017
To book: Call GWSR on (01242) 621405.
Venue: Holst Birthplace Museum
What's happening: Children can get creative during an Easter painting session, using pretty pastels to create art which is inspired by the museum’s new portrait.
When: Tuesday 18 April 2017
To book: Call Holst Birthplace Museum on (01242) 524846.
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 Big Batsford Chicken Hunt takes place from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 April 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.batsarb.co.uk directly.
Venue: Corinium Museum
What's happening: A host of Easter-themed activities will be keeping youngsters busy at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum, with highlights including an Incredible Insects workshop, family film, and Illuminated Birds drop-in session.
When: Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Friday 21 April 2017
To book: Call Corinium Museum on (01285) 655611.
Venue: The Hollow Bottom
What's happening: Families can enjoy a sprinkle of magic during their Sunday lunch when close-up magician Andy Cole visits The Hollow Bottom for some mind-boggling entertainment.
When: Sunday 9 and Sunday 23 April 2017
To book: Call The Hollow Bottom on (01451) 850392.
Venue: Daylesford Organic Café
What's happening: Head to Daylesford Organic Farmshop for some hunting fun, foraging for chocolate treats, rather than hen eggs, at the Cotswold attraction.
When: Sunday 16 April 2017
To book: Call Daylesford on (01608) 731700.
Venue: Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity Studio
What’s happening: Creative children can enjoy a host of seasonal activities at Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity Studio, with its parent and child Easter craft session a sure highlight. The two-hour workshop offers the chance for little and big kids to have fun working together to create a charming keepsake, making a mixed-media Easter bunny with paint and mosaic tiles. Meanwhile, with a hot drink or squash, and an Easter cupcake provided on the day, happy families are in for a sweet treat this April.
SoGlos loves: The creative studio is set to host a number of other Easter-themed events throughout the season, with the chance to make and decorate an Easter bunny 'dingle dangle bookend' during a kids' Easter craft morning; and create beautiful burlap bunting complete with bunnies and cute pom-pom tails at the no-sew shabby chic Easter bunting workshop.
When?: The Parent and child Easter craft takes place on Monday 10 April 2017; the kids' Easter craft morning takes place on Thursday 13 April 2017; and the no-sew shabby chic Easter bunting takes place on Thursday 6 April 2017.
How much: Tickets range from £15 to £22.
For more info See Easter at Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity
To book: Call Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity Studio on (01594) 844221, email email@example.com, or visit www.rachelshilston.co.uk directly.
Venue: The Speech House Hotel
What's happening: Archery, Segways, forest bushcraft, children’s entertainment, a fun dog show, live music and much more awaits happy families at the third annual Forest Activities Festival, promising a thoroughly entertaining day out.
When: Sunday 23 April 2017
To book: Call The Forest Activities Festival on 07980 357747.
What's happening: Eagle-eyed youngsters can search high and low throughout the magical moss and towering trees during Puzzlewood’s Easter Egg Hunt, promising plenty of searching fun.
When: Monday 10 to Monday 17 April 2017
To book: Call Puzzlewood on (01594) 833187.
Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What’s happening: The Cherry and Whites will be facing Sale Sharks at Kingsholm Stadium in an AVIVA Premiership Match, with Gloucester Rugby fans keeping their fingers crossed for a spring victory, during what promises to be a thrilling sporting showdown. The rugby match at Kingsholm Stadium will be a family day and offer fantastic value, with up to three children getting free entry with one full-paying adult – making for an exciting and affordable afternoon’s entertainment.
SoGlos loves: County children who like a slice of the action can join 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 Berry Hill RFC or Sir Thomas Rich’s. Meanwhile, the increasingly popular Girls Only rugby camp will also be taking place at Sir Thomas Rich’s, aimed for girls aged between 11 and 18.
When: Gloucester Rugby vs Sale Sharks takes place on Saturday 15 April 2017. Junior Camps take place on Monday 10 to Tuesday 11 April 2017; and Wednesday 19 to Thursday 20 April 2017. Girls Only Rugby camp takes place on Friday 21 April 2017.
How much: Tickets for the rugby match start from £5. The Junior Rugby Camp costs £60; Girls Only Rugby camp costs £25.
For more info: See Gloucester Rugby vs Sale Sharks, Junior Rugby Camps in Gloucester, and Girls Only Junior Rugby Camps.
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on (01452) 872286, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
Venue: King's Walk Shopping Centre
What’s happening: Located in the heart of Gloucester, King’s Walk Shopping Centre has plenty of shops to keep the little ones entertained, as well as the adults. The Entertainer is brimming with toys for boys and girls of all ages; CEX is great for picking up a family film for a great price; and WHSmith has everything from arts and crafts to books, perfect to making sure children are busy with some educational but enjoyable entertainment. Meanwhile, the convenient on-site parking facilities promise an easy homewards journey despite any bulging shopping bags!
SoGlos loves: Aside from its child-friendly stores, King's Walk Shopping Centre is perfect place for snapping up some tasty Easter treats, not to mentioning having a relaxing refuel, with delicious cafés including Jane's Pantry, and Costa Coffee.
When: King’s Walk Shopping Centre is open daily
How much: Free of charge
For more info: See 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.
Venue: Gloucester Quays
What’s happening: Little monkeys can have heaps of seasonal fun at Gloucester Quays' Springfest during the school holidays, with an Adventure Zone perfect for burning off steam; tackle the high ropes climbing challenge, take on the ninja assault course, or go tunnelling in some very realistic caves! Meanwhile, for more gentle fun, there will also be plenty of lawn games for fun in the sun. There will also be a Bunny Run, offering free fun for little ones who can collect a map and go hunting for Easter bunnies, with a small sweet prize for children who manage to spot them all!
SoGlos loves: From Good Friday to Easter Monday, the Easter Weekend Spring Market will set up at Gloucester Quays, boasting an impressive array of artisan stalls, selling everything from sweet treats and jewellery, to plants and outdoor furniture. Families can also look forward to a pop-up mini golf attraction, in addition to a vintage funfair with traditional rides and sideshows, which are sure to provide an egg-citing Easter bank holiday.
When?: The Adventure Zone and Bunny Run are open from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 April 2017. The Easter Weekend Spring Market takes place from Friday 14 to Monday 17 April 2017.
How much: Prices vary per activity, contact organisers for details. Entry to the Easter Weekend Spring Market is free of charge.
For more info: See Springfest at Gloucester Quays.
To book: Call Gloucester Quays on (01452) 338933, email email@example.com, or visit gloucesterquays.co.uk directly.
Venue: Brickhampton Court Golf Complex
What’s happening: Budding young golfers have the chance to practice their swing with expert tuition from Stuart Archibald PGA Professional, when Brickhampton Court Golf Complex hosts a series of Easter Golf Camps during the holidays. Perfect for practicing skills and having fun in the sun, the camps are inclusive of golf clubs and golf balls, and cover all aspects of the game. Meanwhile families can look forward to an egg-cellent dining experience at the sporting venue during its special Easter Sunday Carvery. Promising to take the pressure off cooking, visitors can opt for a one, two or three course meal, which is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
SoGlos loves: From Wednesday 12 April 2017, Brickhampton Court's hugely popular Footgolf and Rugbygolf opens for the season, perfect for families and groups of friends. Combining golf with football or rugby, the hybrid sport is fun for all ages, whether you’re an experienced golfer or complete novice.
When?: Easter Golf Camps take place on Tuesday 11, Friday 14, Tuesday 18, Friday 21 April 2017. Easter Sunday Carvery takes place on Sunday 16 April 2017.
How much: Easter Golf Camps cost £35 per child, per day. Easter Sunday Carvery starts from £7.50.
For more info: See Easter Golf Camps at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex
To book: Call Brickhampton Court on (01452) 859444, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit brickhampton.co.uk directly.
Venue: Gloucester Guildhall
What's happening: The Australian Ballet’s Coppélia will be casting a spell on audiences when it’s shown on the big screen in Gloucester, encompassing all the magic and romance you would expect from the ballet.
When: Wednesday 19 and Saturday 22 April 2017
To book: Call Gloucester Guildhall on (01452) 503050.
Venue: Gloucester Cathedral
What's happening: Gloucester Cathedral will play host to an enjoyable trail during the Easter holidays, with the chance to discover what happened on the very first Easter day, spot eggs on the journey, and finish with a visit to the shop to claim a small egg.
When: Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 April 2017
To book: Call Gloucester Cathedral on (01452) 528095.
Venue: Over Farm Market
What's happening: Over Farm Market’s Easter Adventure event returns for a feast of holiday fun, with highlights including tractor trailer rides, animals, rubber duck racing and more.
When: Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 April 2017
To book: Call Over Farm Market on (01452) 521014.
Venue: Berkeley Castle
What’s happening: Happy families can enjoy four days of egg-citing activities at Berkeley Castle across Easter weekend, when a host of dragon-themed fun lights up the historic attraction. Highlights include puppeteers, dragon tales, a procession, a jester dragon hunt, arts and crafts, and the chance to get up close and personal with some ‘baby dragons’.
SoGlos loves: After re-opening to the public, visitors will be royally welcomed back to Berkeley castle for the new season by King Henry VIII, Queen Ann Boleyn and their courtiers, with festivities including medieval falconry displays on the castle's lower lawns. Meanwhile, visitors can also witness authentic sword fight displays during the castle's St George's Day celebrations.
When?: Easter celebrations will take place from Friday 14 to Monday 17 April 2017; the re-opening event will take place on Sunday 9 April 2017; and St George’s Day will take place on Sunday 23 April 2017.
How much: Prices vary, contact organisers for details.
For more info: See Easter at Berkeley Castle
To book: Call Berkeley Castle on (01453) 810303, email email@example.com, or visit berkeley-castle.com directly.
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, including its popular Dusty Duck. 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 spot the downy ducklings, head to an otter talk, and have fun in the adventure playground.
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?: Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 April 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge directly.
Venue: Painswick Rococo Garden
What's happening: Soak up the sights and have fun at leading attraction, Rococo Garden, with an Easter trail leading around its gardens, perfect for energetic children to have fun in the great outdoors.
When: Friday 14 to Monday 17 April 2017
To book: Call Rococo Garden on (01452) 813204.
Venue: Museum in the Park
What's happening: Museum in the Park’s Easter Bunny Trail, offers plenty of hunting fun, challenging little ones to find all of the bunnies hiding around the attraction, with an Easter egg reward for eagle-eyed visitors who spot them all.
When: Wednesday 12 to Sunday 23 April 2017
To book: Call Museum in the Park on (01453) 763394.
Venue: Painswick, Gloucestershire
What's happening: A popular event year after year, the Painswick Easter Egg Hunt returns to town, with 34 beautifully designed eggs, bouncy castles, tombola, face painting, live music, and more fun-filled activities for families to enjoy.
When: Saturday 15 April 2017
To book: Call (01452) 813316.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s happening: Ballet Theatre UK will be taking audiences on a magical journey during its adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland. Follow Alice on her adventure down the rabbit hole as she meets some astonishing characters including the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit, during an enchanting performance complete with music, joyful dance, and plenty of imagination.
SoGlos loves: For children who prefer comedy to ballet, Tweedy's Lost Property is sure to suffice, with the county's favourite clown wreaking havoc and hilarity in his new job. Meanwhile, Emma Watson will be singing and dancing on the silver screen when this spring's anticipated release, Beauty and the Beast invites families to be their guest at Roses Theatre.
When?: Alice in Wonderland takes place on Friday 21 April 2017; Tweedy’s Lost Property takes place on Saturday 15 April 2017; Beauty and the Beast takes place from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 April 2017.
How much: Tickets for Alice in Wonderland range from £17 to £25; tickets for Tweedy’s Lost Property range from £7.50 to £15.50; tickets for Beauty and the Beast range from £5 to £9.
For more info: See Alice in Wonderland at Roses Theatre
To book: Call Roses Theatre on (01684) 295074, email email@example.com, or visit www.rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: Westons Cider Visitors Centre
What's happening: Westons Cider's free play park reopens for the season on Good Friday, just in time for some Easter holiday fun. Promising to have little monkeys going wild in the great outdoors, fun facilities include a zip wire to go zooming along, in addition to the brand new children's adventure track, offering even more excitement for young visitors. Meanwhile, accompanying parents and scrumpy fans can enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the venue on a Cider Mill Tour, while the host of deals in Weston Cider’s shop offer a great excuse for snapping up some tasty tipples to take home.
SoGlos loves: From Good Friday to Easter Monday, The Old Rosie Steam Engine steam up offers an additional attraction for happy families, while there will also be a hilltop birds of prey demonstration on Good Friday and Easter Monday mornings. Plus, with plenty of tasty refreshments, in addition to free parking, Westons Cider Visitors Centre has all the bases covered for a great day out.
When: Westons Cider Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 5pm across the Easter weekend, and the play park is open from Friday 14 April 2017 onwards. The Old Rosie Steam Engine takes place from Friday 14 to Monday 17 April, and the hilltop birds of prey demonstration takes place from 11am to 1pm on Friday 14 and Monday 17 April 2017.
How much: Admission charges apply
For more info: Call Westons Cider Visitor Centre on (01531) 660108, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit westons-cider.co.uk directly.
Venue: Three Counties Showground
What's happening: Donkey rides, insect encounters, tractor rides and more await little ones this Easter holiday at Countrytastic in Malvern, in an action packed day of fun, food and farming for kids.
When: Thursday 13 April 2017
To book: Call Three Counties on (01684) 584924.
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