Wednesday 5 August 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 2015.

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 2015


Lost in the Willows at Sudeley Castle

Venue: Sudeley Castle
What’s happening: The family-favourite destination, Sudeley Castle and Gardens, will launch its Lost in the Willows Maze on Wednesday 1 April 2015, just in time for Easter weekend. Inspired by the classic children's tale, Wind in the Willows, the maze will boast a dipping pond as well as featuring dens of the family favourites, Ratty, Mole and Badger. Sudeley Castle will also be joined by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for the official launch, where a storyteller will be reading extracts from this classic novel, and families will be among the first to explore this exciting new addition.
SoGlos loves: On Easter Sunday, children can explore the Lost in the Willows, where golden eggs will be hidden all around the maze for little ones to find. What’s more, Sudeley Castle and Gardens will also have face painting and Easter arts and crafts on offer.
When?: Wednesday 1 April and Sunday 5 April 2015
How much: Normal admission prices apply
For more info: See Lost in the Willows launch at Sudeley Castle and Gardens.
To book: Call Sudeley Castle and Gardens on (01242) 602308, email enquiries@sudeley.org.uk or visit sudeleycastle.co.uk directly.


Charlie and Lola at Parabola Arts Centre

Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening: Based on the beloved children's books by Lauren Child, and the popular CBeebies series, the Everyman Theatre is bringing Charlie and Lola's new Extremely New Show to Cheltenham’s Parabola Arts Centre. Telling tales of swashbuckling adventures, things that seem different and a promise to look after Sizzles the dog, little ones will be delighted with this magical show of puppetry, live action and music. Playful, funny and full of surprises, this show is about friendship and adventure and is sure to be a treat for the whole family.
SoGlos loves: If your little one wants to learn a new skill, or get involved with a fun club, throughout the year the Everyman Theatre hosts Everystep Juniors dance classes every Monday, aimed at five to 10-year-olds, introducing young dancers to musical theatre.
When: Charlie and Lola is on Saturday 4 to Monday 6 April 2015
How much: Tickets cost £12
For more info: See Charlie and Lola at the Parabola Arts Centre, call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 572573, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.


Easter activities 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 street dance classes or Zumba sessions, while those itching to get on the courts will be signing up for Mini Squash, Short Tennis and Junior Badminton Coaching. Meanwhile, perfect for children that are bouncing off the walls with sugar, Trampolining sessions are sure to prove popular.
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: Monday 30 March to Thursday 9 April 2015
How much: Ticket prices range between £3 and £7 for individual sessions, while the swimming crash course costs £20
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 Regent Arcade

Venue: Regent Arcade
What’s happening: If you need to stock up on chocolates, Easter eggs, sweeties and more this Easter holiday, Regent Arcade offers everything for an easy one-stop shop. The renowned chocolatiers, Thornton’s, is sure to be fully stocked with delicious treats and personalised Easter eggs, with its gooey chocolate fountain proving popular, while Jessica’s Sweet Shop will provide all things sweet, both traditional and contemporary, including Wonka bars, Lucky Charms, Reece’s Pieces and Marshmallow fluff, ensuring you don’t go without this Easter. Or, if your little one has had enough sugar for one day, there are plenty of alternative gifts to buy, with the family-owned Toys to Grow providing children of all ages with a selection of fabulous toys. Meanwhile, stores such as Sugarloaf and Tiger are sure to stock a supply of unique Easter decorations, egg cups, woollen chicks, and egg baskets to make the day truly special.
SoGlos loves: With more than 500 parking spaces on site, Regent Arcade makes shopping a breeze, with customers able to stock up on as much chocolate as their arms – or cars – can carry without having to leave the building.
When: Regent Arcade opens from 9am
How much: Prices vary
For more info: See Regent Arcade
To book No need to book, but for specific information call Regent Arcade on (01242) 521345, email info@regentarcade.co.uk or visit regentarcade.co.uk directly.


Win an Easter hamper at Beechwood Shopping Centre

Venue: Beechwood Shopping Centre
What’s happening: Beechwood Shopping Centre will cater for all of your chococlatey needs this Easter, with Card et Chocolat supplying all the essentials and selling its ‘Make-your-own Easter egg trail kits’; while the expert chocolatiers, Thorntons, will have a pop-up shop in the middle of the centre offering hand-decorated, personalised Easter eggs. Plus, to celebrate the Easter holidays, shoppers could be in with a chance to win up to £80 worth of luxury Thorntons chocolate by simply keeping an eye out for the mini Beechwood Bear, who will be hiding in a shop window in the shopping centre’s yummiest competition yet.
SoGlos loves: If you’re looking for a fun activity during the Easter holidays, Art Playground will transform one of Beechwood Shopping Centre retail units into a full-size art maze, boasting work from both amateur and professional artists in the area.
When: The competition runs from Thursday 26 March to Friday 10 April; and the Art Maze is open from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 19 April 2015.
How much: Free of charge
For more info: See Win an Easter Hamper, see Art Maze, call Beechwood Shopping Centre on (01242) 261122 or visit beechwoodsc.co.uk directly.


Journey of Turtle at Cheltenham Town Hall

Venue Cheltenham Town Hall
What's happening: Children can dive into an imaginary world at Cheltenham Town Hall with one of the most fascinating animals in the world in a show of shadows, table-top puppets and traditional storytelling in Journey of Turtle.
When: Monday 6 April 2015
To book: Call Cheltenham Town Hall on 0844 576 2210.


The Lego Movie at Bacon Theatre

Venue: Bacon Theatre
What's happening: Keep the little ones entertained at the Bacon Theatre in Cheltenham this school holiday with a whole host of Easter activities, treats for everyone and a special screening of The Lego Movie.
When: Tuesday 31 March 2015
To book: Call Bacon Theatre on (01242) 258002.


Easter Holidays sports and play in Cheltenham

Venue: Various locations in Cheltenham
What's happening: A fortnight of play, sports, day trips and fun activities await children across Cheltenham during the Easter holidays 2015, thanks to an overflowing schedule organised by The Cheltenham Trust.
When: Monday 30 March to Friday 10 April 2015
To book: Call the Play and Sports Development on (01242) 774740


Easter Egg Hunt at The Gardeners Arms

Venue: The Gardeners Arms
What's happening: Little ones will be searching high and low for plastic eggs around the village of Alderton this Easter, before claiming their prize at The Gardeners Arms.
When: Sunday 5 April 2015
To book: Call The Gardeners Arms on (01242) 620257


Mini Farm at The Brewery

Venue: The Brewery, Henrietta Street, Cheltenham, GL50 4FA
What's happening: Get up close and personal and learn all about goats, chicks, rabbits and many more farmyard animals when St James City Farm brings its mini spring farm to The Brewery.
When: Tuesday 7 April 2015 and Thursday 9 April 2015
To book: Call Cheltenham Brewery on (01242) 574378.


Easter in the Cotswolds 2015


Girls Only rugby camp in Cirencester

Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What’s happening?: County children will be chasing an egg-shaped ball this Easter at Gloucester Rugby’s junior camp. Aimed at boys and girls aged between eight and 13, rugby-loving children can take part in a two-day course taking place at Drybrook RFC on Tuesday 7 to Wednesday 8 April 2015; while a Girls Only rugby camp will take place at Cirencester RFC on Tuesday 31 March 2015. 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, why not head to the Gloucester Rugby clash against Connacht on Friday 3 April in the European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter final – the perfect way to start a long weekend.
When?: Girls Only Rugby camp on Tuesday 31 March 2015; Gloucester Rugby versus Connacht on Friday 3 April 2015.
How much?: The Girls Only Rugby camp costs £20; Gloucester Rugby versus Connacht tickets starts from £10.
For more info: See Girls Only Rugby camp; or see Gloucester Rugby versus Connacht.
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on (01452) 872286, email communitymarketing@gloucesterrugby.co.uk or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.


Easter in the Forest of Dean 2015


Junior rugby camp in Forest of Dean

Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What’s happening?: County children will be chasing an egg-shaped ball this Easter at Gloucester Rugby’s junior camp. Aimed at boys and girls aged between eight and 13, rugby-loving children can take part in a two-day course taking place at Drybrook RFC on Tuesday 7 to Wednesday 8 April 2015; while a Girls Only rugby camp will take place at Cirencester RFC on Tuesday 31 March 2015. 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, why not head to the Gloucester Rugby clash against Connacht on Friday 3 April in the European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter final – the perfect way to start a long weekend.
When?: Gloucester Rugby versus Connacht on Friday 3 April 2015; and Junior Rugby Camp on Tuesday 7 to Wednesday 8 April 2015.
How much?: Gloucester Rugby versus Connacht tickets starts from £10; and the Junior Rugby Camp costs £60.
For more info: See Gloucester Rugby versus Connacht; or see Junior Rugby Camp.
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on (01452) 872286, email communitymarketing@gloucesterrugby.co.uk or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.


Paint Your Own Easter at Mary Rose Young Pottery

Venue: Mary Rose Young Pottery
What's happening: Bring some spring sunshine into your home this Easter and head to the cheerful shop and studio of Mary Rose Young, where visitors can paint their own blank rabbit egg cups and egg-shaped trinket boxes to take home.
When: Monday 30 March to Sunday 12 April 2015
To book: Call Mary Rose Young on (01594) 563425


Easter in Gloucester 2015


Easter Holiday at Gloucester Museums

Easter Activities at Gloucester Folk Museum

Venue: Gloucester Folk Museum
What’s Happening: Gloucester Folk Museum has will be packed with egg-tastic family friendly activities this Easter holiday. The popular Museum Makers Craft Workshops will make a welcome return on Wednesday 1 April where crafty children can make pansy brooches, and on Tuesday 7 April for a Gloucester old spot pig workshop. Meanwhile, brave little ones can go face-to-face and even pick up a couple of slithery friends on Thursday 2 and Wednesday 8 April in its Reptile Handling sessions.
SoGlos loves: While paying admission for the museum, you qualify for re-admission to both the Folk museum and the City Museum for an entire year, meaning you’ll never miss out on its future events.
How much: General admission charges apply for the reptile handling sessions, while the Museum Makers Craft Workshops cost £7.50.
When: Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 April; and Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 April 2015.
For more info: See Easter Activities at Gloucester Museums
To book: Call Gloucester Folk Museum on (01452) 396868, email museums@gloucester.gov.uk or visit gloucestermuseums.co.uk directly directly.


Easter Holiday at Gloucester Museums

Easter Activities at Gloucester City Museum

Venue: Gloucester City Museum
What’s Happening: Gloucester City Museum will the one-stop shop for Easter activities this spring with a number of egg-cellent events. Littles ones can get up close and personal with some scaly and slithery friends in the Reptile Handling Sessions on Tuesday 31 March and Friday 10 April, while getting creative in a felt dinosaurs session at the Museum Makers Craft Workshop on Wednesday 8 April 2015. Meanwhile, professional magician Kerry Scorah is set to amaze on Monday 6 and Friday 10 April with some wicked workshops.
SoGlos loves: Little ones can explore the city like never before and journey beneath the pavement with a Roman soldier in the Eastgate Chamber tours, while those who prefer the open air can run around Gloucester searching for clues in the museum’s Easter Treasure Hunt.
How much: Prices vary per specific event
When: Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 11 April 2015
For more info: See Easter Activities at Gloucester Museums
To book: Call Gloucester City Museum on (01452) 396131, email museums@gloucester.gov.uk or visit gloucestermuseums.co.uk directly directly.


Easter egg hunt at The Eastgate

Venue: The Eastgate
What’s happening: In the lead up to Easter Sunday, eight shops in The Eastgate Shopping Centre will be displaying Easter egg stickers for little ones to spot. Once children have found them all, they can exchange the eight shop names at the shopping centre’s forum for a yummy bag of chocolate eggs.
SoGlos loves: If mum and dad need to get a bit of shopping done before Easter, this inventive Easter egg hunt is an ideal way to keep little ones entertained and on best behaviour in the popular Gloucester shopping centre – and is a perfect excuse to hit all the shops.
When: Friday 3 to Saturday 4 April 2015
How much: Free of charge
For more info: Easter Egg hunt at The Eastgate
To book: Call The Eastgate on (01452) 520023, email helpdesk@intoeastgate.co.uk or visit intoeastgate.co.uk directly.


Easter at King’s Walk Shopping Centre

Easter 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 an egg-citing Easter egg hunt and could be in with a chance of winning £100 to spend in-store, while there will also be Easter loom band workshops, demos of the new Transformers Robots in Disguise game, and Easter activity sheets to take home. What’s more, mummies and daddies will enjoy the fantastic range of in-store and online offers, with up to 50 per cent off name-brand toys.
SoGlos loves: With a number of great shops, spanning River Island, HMV, Claire’s Accessories and BHS, this is 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 26 March to Wednesday 22 April 2015
For more info: See Easter 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.


Easter Adventure at Over Farm Market

Venue: Over Farm Market
What’s happening: Over Farm Market will host its biggest ever Easter event this year, with tractor rides, quad bikes, hidden eggs, fairground and inflatable rides, as well as a chance to visit the new-born chicks and lambs.
When: Saturday 28 March to Monday 6 April
To book: Call Over Farm Market on (01452) 387447.


Hatter's Tea Party at Blackfriars Priory

Venue: Blackfriars Priory
What’s happening: Join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and more on Easter Sunday where Blackfriars Priory will host an Alice in Wonderland-inspired extravaganze, complete with live music, scrummy snacks and even a petting zoo.
When: Sunday 5 April 2015
To book: Call Gloucester Guildhall on (01452) 503050.


Easter eggstravaganza at Hucclecote Meadows

Venue: Hucclecote Meadows, Lobley’s Drive, Gloucester
What’s happening: There’s an Easter-themed treat for little ones and their families at the Hucclecote Meadows’ Easter eggstravaganza, with egg-hunts, arts and crafts and fancy dress to be expected.
When: Monday 30 March 2015
To book: Call Hucclecote Meadows on (01452) 303206.


Easter at Nature in Art

Venue: Nature in Art
What’s happening: Two weeks of egg-cellent activities will take place at Nature in Art this Easter, spanning an Easter bunny trail, candle making, marbling and copper embossing workshops and many more.
When: Tuesday 31 March to Friday 10 April 2015
To book: Call Nature in Art on (01452) 731422.


Easter in Stroud 2015


The Giant Duck Hunt at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What's happening: Little ones will be picking up an activity sheet and searching high and low for the giant ducks hidden around Slimbridge Wetland Centre this Easter, with a yummy treat for everyone who spots them all.
When: Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April 2015
To book: No need to book, but for specific information call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891223.


Easter Hares at Museum in the Park

Venue: Museum in the Park
What's happening: Make your own magical Easter hare to take home this spring in a number of family drop-in sessions at Museum in the Park.
When: Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 2 April 2015
To book: No need to book, but for specific information call Museum in the Park on (01453) 763394.


My Friend Mole at Stroud Subscription Rooms

Venue: Stroud Subscription Rooms
What's happening: The tale of special friendship and imagination will be told at Stroud Subscription Rooms this Easter in Birdnest Theatre's beautiful and heart-warming production of My Friend Mole.
When: Tuesday 31 March 2015
To book: Call Stroud Subscription Rooms on (01453) 760900.


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 4 to Monday 6 April 2015
To book: No need to book, but for specific information call Museum in the Park on (01453) 763394.


Easter in Tewkesbury 2015


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 magical fun in Pop!, the word-free, magic show. Audiences will see Christian Lee and his teddy bear set off for a relaxing day at the seaside until the day takes a turn and things don't work out as planned. Dubbed the most fun-filled show for children around, don't miss this mind-blowing feast of comedy and illusion. Meanwhile, movie buffs can look forward to joining the most loveable animated robot around on his adventures in a screening of Big Hero 6, while everyone's favourite sheep gets his own big screen outing in Shaun the Sheep Movie, before a chance to catch the heartwarming tale of Paddington at the Roses.
SoGlos loves: If your little one wants to use this week off to learn a new skill or get involved with a new hobby, Roses Theatre will give aspiring dancers the chance to see behind the scenes of a real ballet company in its Introduction to Ballet workshop, while dance officer, Rosie, will host a day dancing and fun in Pom-Poms and Twirling.
When: Pop! takes place on Tuesday 31 March 2015; screenings of Big Hero 6 takes place on Monday 30 March to Thursday 2 April; screenings of Shaun the Sheep Movie takes place on Friday 3 to Saturday 4 April; the Pom-Poms and Twirling workshop takes place on Monday 30 March; while the Introduction to Ballet workshop takes place on Wednesday 1 April 2015. .
How much?: Tickets for the Pop! costs £7; film screening cost from £6; Pom-Poms and Twirling workshop costs £40; and Introduction to Ballet is £5.
For more info: See Easter at Roses Theatre.
To book: Call the Roses Theatre box office on (01684) 295074, email boxo@rosestheatre.org or visit rosestheatre.org directly.


Easter at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre

Venue: Out of the Hat
What's happening: Tewkesbury Heritage Centre will host an array of fun and crafty events this Easter to keep little ones busy, including Stained Glass activities, Beastly Bugs and Butterflies workshop and a Scrambled Egg trail.
When: Thursday 9 to Saturday 25 April 2015
To book: Call Out of the Hat on (01684) 855040.


Easter Beyond the Border 2015


Shaun the Sheep screening at Malvern Theatres

Venue: Malvern Theatres
What's happening: Children can follow Shaun on his adventurous day of fun when the family-favourite film, Shaun the Sheep Movie is beamed onto Malvern Theatres’ silver screen.
When: Friday 3 to Sunday 12 April 2015
To book: Call Malvern Theatres on (01684) 892277.

© SoGlos

Saturday 28 December 2013

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