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.
What's happening: Stagecoach West's extensive services throughout Gloucestershire provide the perfect opportunity to get out and about with the family during the Easter holidays. Whether you want to visit Everyman Theatre or The Roses Theatre to catch a family show, see some sporting action at Gloucester Rugby, head to a local park for some fresh air, go swimming at Leisure at Cheltenham, hit the shops or head off for a day out with the family, there are endless destinations, attractions and events to visit during the week. What’s more, Stagecoach West’s handy free app makes it even easier to plan journeys in advance, discover routes and bus stops, and even pay safely and securely through your phone for the ultimate convenience.
SoGlos loves: Stagecoach West has made bus travel more convenient than ever as it now accepts contactless on-board payments. Sure to delight families and prevent any last-minute panics for loose change, Stagecoach allows bus riders to pay quickly, safely and securely – making your day out even easier to plan!
When: Stagecoach buses run daily throughout Gloucestershire
How much: Price vary as per ticket type
To book No need to book, but for specific information visit stagecoachbus.com directly.
Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening: A sensational story that's set to have little and big kids entertained during the Easter holidays, David Walliams' smash-hit show, Gangsta Granny will take to the stage at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre. Promising a comic cracker of a show, audiences will be taken on an adventure with Ben, who’s staying with his Granny for the night; expecting an evening of cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake, things take a turn when Ben discovers that Granny has a secret… and it’s about to make his night more exciting than he could ever imagine!
SoGlos loves: There's even more fun on the cards at the Everyman Theatre this spring, as everyone's favourite clown, Tweedy, will delight his loyal following of fans with his new show, Tweedy's Slapstick Symphony. Promising silly slapstick and lots of laughter, the show will follow Tweedy in his quest to put on a performance in Cheltenham – but chaos ensues when Ludvink Loyal thinks he’s putting on a classical symphony concert on the same night; when the two try to work together to make the show a success, there’s plenty of music and mayhem on the cards.
When?: Gangsta Granny takes place from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 April 2018, Tweedy’s Slapstick Symphony takes place on Sunday 8 April 2018.
How much: Tickets for Gangsta Granny range from £18.50 to £23.50, tickets for Tweedy's Slapstick Symphony range from £14 to £19.
For more info: See Gangsta Granny at Everyman Theatre and Tweedy's Slapstick Symphony 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: Bursting onto stage, quite literally, at Cheltenham Town Hall this spring, the internationally acclaimed Amazing Bubble Man will mesmerise audiences with his spectacular show. Featuring terrific tricks, magic, science and plenty of fun, the talented performer will explore the incredible dynamics of bubbles, ranging from square, fog, and helium bubbles, to giant bubbles with people inside, and is set to delight Cheltenham audiences old and young, raising laughs and gasps during his anticipated show.
SoGlos loves: Cheltenham Trust has plenty to keep the kids entertained during the holidays, with a range of activities taking place across its Cheltenham venues. Highlights include 2D Felt Masterpieces and Monoprint: A Kids' Workshop at The Wilson, while at Leisure at Cheltenham there's everything from swimming and soft play to junior trampolining.
When?: The Amazing Bubble Man takes place on Saturday 7 April 2018
How much: The Amazing Bubble Man costs £13
For more info: See The Amazing Bubble Man 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, who will put on an amazing display of heroic action. The event will also welcome royal appearances from King Henry VIII and his ladies of court who will oversee the proceedings. What’s more to warm crowds up for the jousting, there will be fantastic falconry flying displays – and visitors have the chance to see the birds resting before and after their performances.
SoGlos loves: Aside from springtime entertainment on Easter Sunday, Sudeley Castle will also host two Children's Wednesday events during the school holidays, promising plenty of fun for little ones and even more incentive to visit the fabulous family attraction.
When?: The Easter Joust takes place on Sunday 1 April 2018. Children’s Wednesdays take place on 4 and 11 April 2018.
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.
Venue: Funky Warehouse
What’s happening: Cheltenham’s ultimate trampoline park, parkour and soft play area, Funky Warehouse, is the ideal destination for every generation of the family, thanks to its fantastic facilities that comprise 28 trampolines complete with a dedicated soft play area for children under five, monkey bars, Ninja Warrior course, foam pit, parkour jump boxes and even a basketball area. From five years up to adults, the Warehouse sessions offer an hour of jumping fun across the main park, inviting all ages to enjoy free rein as they take on the ropes, hoops and nets on the Ninja Warrior course, fight it out on the battle beams, or jump into the foam pit. What’s more for little ones the centre hosts regular toddler sessions which allow full use of the trampolines and soft play area, the latter featuring three bouncy storeys with ball pits, swirly and wavy slides, various fun obstacles, and an area for under twos with small a slide and ball pit.
SoGlos loves: Funky Warehouse has a number of ongoing promotions which offer even more incentive to visit during the Easter holidays. For example, its Two For Tuesdays deal allows visitors to snap up super savings, offering two hours of fun for two people at just £10. What's more its Funky Thursday offer allows jumpers to save on their visit and even includes a free pizza!
How much: A Warehouse session costs £10, £7.50 for off-peak times. A soft play session starts from £2.95 and is free of charge for children under 12 months. A toddler session costs £2.50.
When: Funky Warehouse is open from 10am daily
For more info: See Funky Warehouse
To book: Call (01242) 300101, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit funkywarehouse.co.uk directly.
Venue: Explore Learning centres in Cheltenham and Gloucester, and Hatherley Library
What’s happening: Voted the best private tuition centre in the UK, Explore Learning’s Gloucester and Cheltenham centres will be hosting a series of free workshops during the Easter holidays, offering the perfect chance for children to keep busy and benefit from some extra learning. And parents don’t have to worry, because there will also be a selection of information sessions for them too! The workshops cover a great range of maths and English skills, including creative writing, preparing for the SATs and learning about phonics, and are held both in the Explore Learning Cheltenham and Gloucester centres, as well as in local libraries. Get in touch with your nearest centre today to find out when and where each workshop will be happening and book your place!
SoGlos loves: Explore Learning's National Young Writers’ Awards offers the perfect opportunity for children to get creative and start their very own story, with the competition to be judged by David Walliams! Open for youngsters aged four to 14 years old, the competition requires 500 words on a set theme, and encourages young budding authors to put pen to paper and conjure something brilliant. See explorelearning.co.uk/youngwriters for more information.
When?: The workshops take place on certain dates during the Easter holidays; see below for how to contact Explore Learning’s Cheltenham and Gloucester centres to book your place.
How much: The workshops are free of charge
For more info: See Free workshops in Cheltenham and Free workshops in Gloucester.
To book: Call Explore Learning Cheltenham on (01242) 279947, call Explore Learning Gloucester on (01452) 717000, visit explorelearning.co.uk/tuition-centre/cheltenham and explorelearning.co.uk/tuition-centre/gloucester directly.
Venue: Rendcomb College
What’s happening: Rendcomb College will be keeping the children busy during its egg-citing Easter Activity Camp, offering dedicated sessions for five to seven-year-olds, and eight to 11-year-olds. With a jam-packed timetable bursting with fun-filled activities, there’s something for everyone. For the five to seven age group, camp highlights include parachute games; gymnastics; tag rugby; dance; arts and crafts; dodgeball; and time in the play park. Meanwhile for ages eight to 11, activities include quick cricket; volleyball; ultimate frisbee; drama games; and benchball. And, sure to be a highlight for everyone at the holiday camps, there will be Friday Fun to finish the week on a high.
SoGlos loves: The Easter Activity Camp offers the perfect opportunity for kids to explore Rendcomb College’s award-winning Forest School, with both age groups getting time to visit the fantastic facility. Located in the ‘wilderness’, the Forest School boasts a beautiful and expansive outdoor area which allows children to have fun and explore the natural world within a safe environment.
When?: The Easter Activity Camp runs from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 April, and from Monday 9 to Friday 13 April 2018
How much: The Easter Activity Camp costs £25 per day
For more info: See Easter Activity Camp at Rendcomb College
To book: Call Rendcomb College on (01285) 832367, email email@example.com, or visit rendcombcollege.org.uk directly.
Venue: Batsford Arboretum
What’s happening: Putting a twist on the traditional Easter Egg hunt, little ones at Batsford Arboretum can hunt high and low for the Easter Bunny’s helpers, which have escaped and are hopping around the Cotswold attraction. Children can help to find all the escaped animals, with the chance to win a special prize if they uncover them all! 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 April, with spring signalling beautiful blossoms galore, promising plenty of picture-perfect photo ops for those family selfies. And while the adults soak up the sights, the children are sure to enjoy Batsford’s play area, not to mention the aviary with resident parrots!
When?: The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt takes place from Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April 2018.
How much: Tickets cost £2.50 per child, plus normal admission charges
For more info: See The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt at Batsford Arboretum.
To book: Call Batsform Arboretum on (01386) 701441, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.batsarb.co.uk directly.
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Venue: Gloucester Rugby
What’s happening: The Cherry and Whites will be facing Harlequins at Kingsholm Stadium in an AVIVA Premiership Match this April, with Gloucester Rugby fans keeping their fingers crossed for a spring victory, during what promises to be a thrilling sporting showdown on home turf.
SoGlos loves: County children who like a slice of the action can join Gloucester Rugby’s latest junior rugby 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 Sir Thomas Rich’s. The two-day Easter holiday camp has been developed and designed using the most up-to-date techniques, in order to offer the best possible experience and chance to develop core rugby skills. Junior players will receive expert coaching with bespoke feedback and specially tailored individual advice to ensure an enjoyable and educational experience.
When: Gloucester Rugby vs Harlequins takes place on Saturday 14 April 2018. The Junior Rugby Camp takes place from Monday 9 to Tuesday 10 April 2018.
How much: Ticket prices for the match vary, contact organisers for details. The Junior Rugby Camp costs £60.
For more info: See Gloucester Rugby vs Harlequins and Junior Rugby Camp in Gloucester
To book: Call Gloucester Rugby on (01452) 872286, email email@example.com or visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk directly.
Venue: The Barn at Severn & Wye
What’s happening: Situated on the edge of Gloucester and the Forest of Dean, Severn & Wye Smokery is home to The Barn, encompassing an open-plan restaurant and modern theatre-style kitchen that offers a relaxed setting for family dining, not to mention an excellent children’s menu! Featuring food that’s delicious and nutritious, the options certainly raise the bar on kids’ cuisine, with dishes spanning salmon and asparagus fishcake; deep-fried fillet of cod in crispy batter; scrambled egg and smoked salmon on toast; free range chicken goujons; sausage roll; and penne pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella, all of which are served with two sides including roasted root vegetables, new potatoes, chips, and mixed salad. And of course, adults can look forward to plenty of enticing choice during their visit, whether they’re after a light bite, main meal or sweet treat.
SoGlos loves: With Good Friday traditionally a time when people eat fish, Severn & Wye Smokery is the perfect destination to visit, thanks to its impressive fish counter that offers plenty of choice encompassing both fresh and shellfish. Visitors can expect a magnificent array of products serviced by an expert fishmonger who can fillet, scale and prepare your chosen fish as required. What’s more with the onsite food store brimming with delectable local food and drink ranging from chocolates and condiments to wines and beers, there’s plenty to peruse.
When: The café is open for breakfast from 9am to 12pm daily, and open for lunch from 12pm to 5pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 12pm to 3pm on Sundays. The restaurant is open for lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm daily, and for dinner from 5pm to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The food store is open from 9am to 6pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
How much? Prices vary as per menu and food products
For more info: Call Severn & Wye Smokery on (01452) 760191, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit severnandwye.co.uk directly.
What’s happening: The kids can burn off some steam at fantastic family facility, XJump in Gloucester, which boasts a whopping 90 trampolines, giant foam pit, walk-the-wall challenge, and the chance to battle your friends with trampoline dodgeball – offering plenty of jumping fun during the Easter holidays, whatever the weather. The Open Jump sessions are suitable for kids aged four and over, with parents and supervisors able to relax in the dedicated viewing area which has excellent views across the park, perfect for keeping an eye on the kiddies’ safety and watching them have fun. What’s more, children under five can explore the trampoline park during dedicated Toddler Sessions, bouncing to new heights, leaping into the foam pit, and building with soft play, all to the sounds of nursery rhymes and Disney tunes.
SoGlos loves: The perfect seasonal gift which is available to purchase from Thursday 1 March 2018, the XJump Easter Bundle is a brilliant gift for youngsters. The package includes one Open Jump session along with Easter trampoline socks and a Cadbury Easter egg – which is sure to put a smile on children’s faces!
When: XJump is open daily, with times varying as per activity.
How much: The Easter Bundle Open Jump costs £11, with prices for other activities varying.
For more info: See XJump
To book: Call XJump on (01452) 221800, email email@example.com, or visit xjump.uk directly.
Venue: International Centre for Birds of Prey
What’s happening: Eagle-eyed children can enjoy some hunting fun this Easter at popular family destination, the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent, which will host an egg-citing egg trail during the school holidays. Promising a fun-filled Easter day out, the trail gives kids the chance to search for all the eggs around the attraction, with the chance to claim a prize at the end! What’s more, some youngsters might be lucky enough to spot some real eggs at the centre, or some cute babies, with the breeding season underway.
SoGlos loves: Not only will there be a seasonal egg trail, but the International Centre for Bids of Prey has plenty of other highlights to put a smile on everyones’ faces. Whether families want to pack up a picnic and relax in the beautiful gardens or indulge with a slice of cake in the café, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a sweet treat. And with three flying demonstrations daily, vistors can expect to find a new love for some incredible animals, experiencing everything from owls flying over their heads to breathtakingly speedy falcons!
When?: The egg trail runs from Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
How much: The egg trail costs £1, in addition to normal entrance fees
For more info: See Easter Trail at the International Centre for Birds of Prey
To book: Call International Centre for Birds of Prey on (01531) 820286, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit icbp.org directly.
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 puppetry, dragon tales, a colourful procession, arts and crafts, and the chance to get up close and personal with some ‘baby dragons’. What’s more, eagle-eyed children can go hunting to help Dickie the Jester find his newly hatched ‘baby dragons’ which have hidden in the castle grounds – with a prize for those who manage to find them all!
SoGlos loves: As well as the Easter egg-stravangaza, there's plenty of fun going on at Berkeley Castle during the school holidays! The castle will welcome accomplished warriors and armour makers, Dressed to Kill, who will be sharing their battling knowledge; youngsters can experience how knights were trained in the 15th century and learn the ancient skill of sword fighting. What's more, there's the chance to Step Back in Time with Falconry Displays and Tudor Gentry, enjoying exciting displays and seeing King Henry VIII, his Queen, ladies in waiting and noble gentleman.
When?: Easter celebrations will take place from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018; the Gallant Knights event takes place on Sunday 8 April 2018; the Step Back in Time event takes place on Sunday 15 April 2018.
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: Stroud Subscription Rooms
What's happening: Stroud Subscription Rooms will set the stage for some 'thrillingly grisly, darkly funny’ entertainment during Fairytales Gone Bad this Easter, offering two shows which present classic stories in a whole new light. Presented by performance poet Joseph Coelho, audiences can see Grannylocks and Monstrous Duckling in the morning, followed by Zombie-rella and Blood Red Hood in the afternoon. The former tells the tale of a mean, thieving granny who has nasty plans up her sleeve, while the latter is the true story of Cinderella, where the heroine dies and becomes a zombie who falls in love with a vampire prince.
SoGlos loves: Tweedy's Slapstick Symphony will also be taking to the stage in Stroud, promising to raise loud laughs from children and adults alike! The much-loved clown’s solo show will follow Tweedy as he plans to put on a show to show off his skills – but when classical musician Ludvink Loyal thinks he’s putting on a concert too, the two must work together, resulting in music and mayhem in what promises to be a fantastic family performance.
How much: Fairytales Gone Bad costs £10, £8 for concessions, £30 for a family; Tweedy's Slapstick Symphony costs £13.50, £11.50 for concessions
When: Fairytales Gone Bad takes place on Thursday 12 April 2018; Tweedy's Slapstick Symphony takes place on Saturday 31 March 2018.
For more information: See Fairytales Gone Bad at Stroud Subscription Rooms
To book: Call Stroud Subscription Rooms on (01453) 760900, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit subscriptionrooms.org.uk directly.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s happening: Enjoy an Easter panto at the Roses Theatre this spring, going down the rabbit hole for a fun-filled performance of Alice in Wonderland. Starring Dave Benson-Phillips, Ashley and her dog Sully, and Men Behaving Badly's Leslie Ash, the sensational show follows Alice on her adventures in the fantastical wonderland; meeting characters including Duchess Dolly, the Mad Hatter, the evil Queen of Hearts and her henchmen Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee, find out if Alice will find her way back during this exciting family pantomime.
SoGlos loves: As well as the live entertainment in Tewkesbury, the Roses Theatre will be screening family flicks during the Easter holidays. Hugely popular blockbuster Paddington 2 continues the story of the lovable bear in London; searching for a present for his Aunt Lucy, Paddington gets involved with a robbery and a theatrical villain. There will also be screenings of classic children's story Peter Rabbit, when film fans can go on an adventure with the mischievous rabbit whose feud with Mr McGregor escalates to new heights!
When?: Alice in Wonderland takes place on Monday 9 April 2018. Paddington 2 will be shown on Monday 2 and Tuesday 10 April 2018. Peter Rabbit will be shown from Friday 30 March to Thursday 5 April 2018.
How much: Tickets for Alice in Wonderland range from £15 to £17. Tickets for the films range from £5 to £8.50.
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: Eastnor Castle
What’s happening: Promising a royally good time for visitors of all ages, Eastnor Castle will host a Royal EGGstravaganza Easter Treasure Hunt across the bank holiday weekend. The egg-cellent trail gives visitors the chance to search high and low throughout the castle and its grounds; hunters can follow their map and solve the clues to work out which famous Royal Wedding couples the bunnies are dressed up as. What’s more with a chocolate egg for each child, and a giant chocolate egg prize up for grabs too, the Easter Treasure Hunt is sure to put a smile on visitors’ faces.
SoGlos loves: As well as the seasonal treasure hunt, visitors can take the opportunity to discover Eastnor Castle’s brilliant attractions which promise a fun-filled day out. Explore the Knight’s Maze, burn off some steam on the junior obstacle course and adventure playground, reach new heights on the tree-top walkway, let loose in the woodland play area, and go wild at the castle’s new rope-swing route. And for a tasty sweet treat and some relaxation, Eastnor Castle’s ice-cream parlour and tea room are just perfect!
When?: The Royal EGGstravaganza Easter Treasure Hunt takes place from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018. Eastnor Castle will also be open on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April 2018.
How much: Entrance tickets for the castle and grounds cost £12, £7.50 for children aged three to 15, £32 for a family ticket. There are also discounted online tickets available.
For more info: See Royal EGGstravaganza Easter Treasure Hunt at Eastnor Castle
To book: Call Eastnor Castle on (01531) 633160, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit eastnorcastle.com directly.
Venue: Painswick Rococo Garden
What’s happening: Happy families can go hunting at the beautiful Rococo Garden during the Easter holidays, when the Painswick attraction sets up an Easter trail leading around its gardens, featuring illustrated characters from talented artist, Hannah Shaw.
When: Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
To book: Call Painswick Rococo Garden on (01452) 813204
Venue: Gloucester Cathedral
What’s happening: Children can enjoy an egg hunt like no other around Gloucester’s iconic building; egg hunters can try to find all of the hidden eggs before collecting an egg to take home and enjoy.
When: Saturday 31 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
To book: Call Gloucester Cathedral (01452) 528095
Venue: The Barn Theatre
What’s happening: The Barn Theatre, welcomes audiences to its first professional production of The Secret Garden, a Tony award-winning musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s best-loved book.
When: Friday 16 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
To book: Call The Barn Theatre on (01285) 648240
Venue: Over Farm Market
What’s happening: Head off on a trail at Over Farm during the school holidays, searching for the Easter Bunny’s giant eggs along the Easter Trail, with a prize awaiting at the end.
When: Thursday 29 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
To book: Call Over Farm Market on (01452) 521014
Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What’s happening: Slimbridge Wetland Centre will be hosting its Giant Duck Hunt once again – a paddling of giant ducks will be hiding around the family attraction, including the centre’s very own Dusty Duck.
When: Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
To book: Call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891900
Venue: The Garden at Miserden
What’s happening: The Garden at Miserden will host an Easter Egg Hunt this spring, giving children the chance to explore the beautiful garden for hidden treasures, while parents can soak up the sights.
When: Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018
To book: Call The Garden at Miserden on (01285) 821303
Venue: Three Counties Showground
What’s happening: Little and big kids are in for a treat when Countrytastic returns to Three Counties Showground with a sheep theme, animal encounters, tractor rides, Adam Henson, and much, much more.
When: Thursday 5 April 2018
To book: Call Three Counties Showground on (01684) 584924
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