Find all the cracking Easter holiday events in Gloucestershire in SoGlos’s handy guide – including egg hunts, free trails and Easter camps.
Here’s how you can have an egg-cellent Easter in Gloucestershire.
Mr Mulligans at Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter is open every day throughout the Easter holidays, inviting visitors to have a go at adventure golf from 10am.
Families can battle it out to become a mini-golfing champion on Mr Mulligans two 18-hole courses in Cheltenham this Easter. Tackle Canopy Creek – the slightly easier of the two courses, created with a selection of underwater and Jurassic themed holes, featuring a small pull bridge for adventurers to trek their way across.
Or if you’re skilled enough, try your hand at putting on the Neptune’s Mist course, with shipwreck themed holes and an active volcano you can play through…
If you’re tired out from attempting to score hole-in-ones, refuel with a meal at Mr Mulligans onsite restaurant, featuring wings, pizza and more – there’s also a special menu for little ones.
Tickets for both 18-hole courses at Mr Mulligans cost £15.50 per adult; £12 for children under 12; and £48 for a family of four. Or, alternatively for a single course, £10 per adult; £7.25 for children under 12; and £30.50 for a family of four.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit mrmulligans.com.
With The April Meeting running from Wednesday 13 to Thursday 14 April 2022, coinciding with the Easter holidays, Cheltenham Racecourse has organised lots of family-friendly entertainment in The Centaur for racegoers with little ones in tow.
From jumping up and down on the horseshoe bouncy castle to racing around on the ever-popular derby hoppers, children will have plenty of opportunity to blow off steam, as well as get involved in more creative activities like rosette making.
Racegoers will also be welcomed by jazz musicians at the entrances to the racecourse, with The Hipcats helping to get everyone into the spirit of the day and ready for some family fun!
Young racing fans can enjoy free membership of the Junior Jumpers™ club, which gets them a swing badge, a raceday stamp collecting book, honorary ownership of Zara the pony and exclusive experiences like behind the scenes access and autograph sessions.
Under 18s can attend race days for free, with adult tickets costing from £8 each for The April Meeting.
For more information, and to book tickets, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk/Cheltenham.
There’s plenty of cracking fun to be had at The Brewery Quarter, from Easter discos for little ones to indulging in chocolatey Easter treats.
Little bunnies can hop on over to The Play Farm, where there’s an egg-citing Easter Disco on Thursday 14 April 2022 – with prizes to be won, fun Easter crafts, a treasure hunt and even a visit from the Easter Bunny. There are also lively laser tag sessions on Wednesday 13 and Monday 18 April 2022.
There’s plenty more family fun with Hollywood Bowl offering 25 per cent off for bowlers visiting before 11am during the Easter holidays, as well as Easter eggs up for grabs for scoring a strike on the Pink Pin between 5pm and 7pm each day.
Mr Mulligans and Escape Hunt are heaps of fun too. The Botanist will be serving up delicious roast dinners, ideal for getting the family together on Easter Sunday. Or forgo tradition altogether and have a family meal at one of The Brewery Quarter’s more adventurous dining destinations, like the newly opened Vietnamese street food specialist Pho, Mowgli Indian kitchen or burger-tastic Hub Box.
If there’s one time of year to indulge your sweet tooth, it’s Easter – with Creams Café serving up Easter-themed doughnuts and waffles topped with chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings, Cadbury mini eggs and a Malteasers bunny!
The Easter Disco at The Play Farm takes place from 3pm to 5pm on Thursday 14 April 2022 and costs £13 per child and £3 per adult. Laser tag sessions cost £12.50 per child and last for 90 minutes.
Early baller discounts at Hollywood Bowl apply to games booked online using the code EASTER2225 and bowled before 11am during the Easter half term.
For more information, visit thebreweryquarter.com.
Westonbirt Arboretum is open every day during the Easter holidays, welcoming visitors from 9am to 5pm – with free activities taking place at various times throughout the two-week break.
Families can look forward to fresh air and creative fun this Easter, with two free hands-on activities to try while the kids are off school.
From Monday 11 to Thursday 14 April 2022, Westonbirt Treasures encourages visitors to explore the arboretum, plotting their favourite spots on a blank map and picking up treasures to craft their very own view finder back at the Great Oak Hall.
The Colours of Spring sends children on a scavenger hunt to discover spring hues all around the arboretum, followed by the opportunity to design their own flowers at the Learning Centre – taking place from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 April 2022.
Families are never short of things to do at Westonbirt, from following the interactive Superworm trail through the enchanting Old Arboretum; to scouring the woodland for Gruffalo sculptures; and strolling among the canopy along the 13-metre-high STIHL Tree Top Walkway. Plus, with hundreds of beautiful flowers in bloom, discover why spring is Westonbirt’s best-kept secret.
Tickets to Westonbirt Arboretum must be booked online and are available up to seven days in advance, costing £11 per adult and £4 for children aged five to 18.
Westonbirt Treasures and The Colour of Spring are free after admission, with no need to book in advance. The Superworm trail is also free after admission, with activity packs also available to pick up from the Westonbirt Shop for £3.50.
For more information and to book tickets, visit forestryengland.uk/westonbirt.
Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power is open from 9.30am to 5pm every day, with Easter activities and various craft workshops taking place from Saturday 2 to Sunday 24 April 2022.
Little bunnies can hop over to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park for heaps of fun this Easter, hunting for eggs around the farm; getting their faces painted with springtime designs; and meeting the newest members of the herd, with the opportunity to meet the resident goats and newborn baby lambs, too.
There’ll also be a pop-up craft tent packed with activities to keep their hands busy, including chocolate egg decorating, flower headband making and pom-pom bunny crafting.
As well as daytime crafts, Cotswold Farm Park is also hosting a series of evening workshops for families to get involved in. Learn how to knit with your arms to weave a cosy blanket out of jumbo wool; get stuck in with decoupage to make a special Easter tree; or create a seasonal wreath out of fresh flowers, ribbon and Easter eggs to hang on your door.
Tickets to Cotswold Farm Park cost £17.50 per adult, £16.50 for children aged four to 15 and £12.50 for toddlers aged two to three. Babies aged one and under go free.
Daytime Easter crafts cost between £6 and £12 per child and must be booked online via Larkswold Creative Workshops after purchasing admission tickets to Cotswold Farm Park.
The evening workshops cost between £26 and £78 per person and there’s no need to purchase a Farm Park ticket to attend – but places must be booked online via Larkswold Creative Workshops.
Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water will be hosting egg-citing Easter events and activities throughout the school holidays, from Saturday 2 to Sunday April 24 April 2022.
What a selection of cracking Easter events are taking place throughout the holidays at popular attraction Birdland, with plenty of eggs due to be laid too!
Families can look forward to the Easter Challenge Quiz, hunting down 10 hidden eggs around Birdland and answering some fun ornithological questions.
Keen explorers can also go back in time to hunt for dinosaur eggs in the Jurassic Journey trail and discover prehistoric fossils in the Dino Dig.
Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to brush up on bird facts at daily feeding shows and talks – where visitors will also have the chance to meet the keepers who care for all the birds in the park, including penguins, flamingos and parrots.
Birdland will have exciting redevelopment work for the penguin enclosure finished by early April 2022, including a themed fishing village setting and an improved viewing area, making an Easter visit extra special!
Admission to Birdland costs £11.95 per adult; £8.95 per child aged three to 15; with under threes entering for free.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit birdland.co.uk.
To celebrate the change of season, the Spring Trail at the Corinium Museum is open for visitors to explore until Saturday 30 April 2022 – ideal for the Easter holidays.
Little Easter explorers will have the chance to find nine Roman figures hidden around the galleries. Find them all to discover fascinating facts about spring – such as what hares symbolise to Romans; the god the month of March is named after; and why Anglo Saxons got a whole new wardrobe in spring.
There’s a chance to try their hand at brass rubbing on Thursday 14 April 2022 and get hands-on using archaeological techniques in the Dig Pit on Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 April 2022, too.
Crafty kids will love making dinosaur mosaics on Wednesday 13 April 2022. Ideal for children aged eight and above, intrepid little ones can explore the museum looking for inspiration before making their very own dinosaur-themed mosaic using colourful tiles
The Corinium Museum is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 2 to 4pm on Sunday.
Entrance to the Spring Trail is included in admission – which must be pre-booked online – and costs £6 per adults; £2.85 for children aged five to 16; £16 for a family ticket; and free for under-fives. Brass rubbing and Dig Pit activities are both included with the price of admission.
The dinosaur mosaic workshop on Wednesday 13 April costs from £20 per child and includes all materials.
Forestry England has several visitor sites in the Forest of Dean, including family-favourite Beechenhurst; popular picnic spot Wenchford; the scenic Symonds Yat Rock; and the Forest of Dean Cycle Centre. They’re all open every day, from 8am to 8pm.
Children can become a hero of the forest this Easter, learning all about the critters and creatures that help the woodland to thrive by following the Superworm activity trail at Beechenhurst.
Pick up an activity pack to don your superhero mask and set off on the self-led trail, discovering more about the Forest of Dean’s fascinating minibeast population through a series of fun and interactive activities.
Offering endless outdoor adventures, the Forest of Dean is one of the best places in the county to make the most of the warmer weather and lighter evenings. From pedalling through the trees on the circular family cycle trail; to splashing through the brook at Wenchford; or spotting local wildlife at Cannop Ponds, there’s plenty to pack into your Easter holiday itinerary.
The Superworm trail starts at the visitor centre at Beechenhurst and takes approximately one hour to complete. Trail activity packs are available to purchase at Beechenhurst Café for £3.50.
There’s no need to book ahead, but for more information, visit forestryengland.uk/superworm-trail-beechenhurst.
Go Ape has two sites in the Forest of Dean, with an action-packed high-ropes course and Segway safari at Mallards Pike and courses designed for smaller adventurers at Beechenhurst. Both sites are open throughout the Easter holidays in 2022.
From whizzing down zip wires to testing your nerve on wobbly crossings high above the forest floor, challenge the family to an eggs-hilarating day out at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean this Easter.
Tackle hair-raising obstacles at Mallards Pike, heading 15 metres up into the canopy for its Treetop Challenge – with the option to crank up the difficulty of the high-ropes course with every lap. Or, head through the trees to Beechenhurst, where little monkeys can find their feet on the Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus courses.
Heights aren’t for everyone – and those who prefer to stay grounded can still get their adrenaline fix on the forest floor, navigating the bumpy trails on one of Go Ape’s all-terrain Segways at the Mallards Pike site.
The Treetop Challenge at Mallards Pike is suitable for anyone over 10-years-old and 1.4 metres tall, costing £33 per person. Meanwhile, the Forest Segway experience is suitable for all ages, with a minimum weight of 45 kilograms, and costs £35.
At Beechenhurst, the Treetop Adventure is suitable for all ages over 1 metre tall and costs £20; while the extended Treetop Adventure Plus course is designed for adventurers aged six and above, who are taller than 1.2 metres, and costs £25.
The Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean is providing two weeks of Easter family fun from Monday 11 to Sunday 24 April 2022 – featuring visits from Little Owlets; furry friends from Rupert and Chums mobile petting farm; and daily Easter activities.
Head to the Dean Heritage Centre for two weeks of hopping mad fun, as it hosts a brilliant indoor and outdoor Easter-themed trail – as well as offering little ones the chance to learn all about the creatures that makes the centre and surrounding woodlands their home.
What’s more, little explorers can take part in daily activities like creating nature-inspired crafts, as well as meeting winged guests when Little Owlets visit and cute four-legged friends when Rupert and Chums mobile petting farm is on site.
Animal-loving little ones will have a special opportunity to hold and pet fluffy owls and friendly farm animals when special guests from Little Owlets and Rupert and Chums make an appearance on selected days at Dean Heritage Centre this Easter.
Easter activities at the Dean Heritage Centre take place from 9am on Monday 11 to 2pm on Sunday 24 April 2022.
Little Owlets will be setting up in the car park on Saturday 16 April 2022 and Rupert and Chums will be taking up residence in the paddock on Saturday 23 April 2022.
Admission to Dean Heritage Centre costs £7.20 for adults; £5.40 for children; £23.00 for a family ticket; and free for under threes. Daily activities are free with admission but there may be charges or a donation request to hold animals with Little Owlets and Rupert and Chums.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit deanheritagecentre.com
Easter Eggstravaganza is taking place from Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 April 2022 at Over Farm near Gloucester.
With a cracking egg hunt, a chance to see the Easter bunny and a whole host of cute animals to make friends with, including lambs, Over Farm’s Easter Extravaganza is perfect for families with children aged two to eight-years-old.
There are live shows happening every day, not to mention giant jumping pillows to bounce on; tractor and quad train rides to go on; a double high slide to whizz down and plenty more.
Over Farm’s brand-new mini golf course and barnyard play area are both due to be open in time for Easter 2022, so families visiting Easter Eggstravaganza have even more to be egg-cited about.
Tickets for Easter Eggstravaganza cost £11 per adult and £14.50 per child and include a go on each of the attractions, as well as a chocolate egg for each child to take home. Babes in arms can come along for free.
Over Farm’s uneven ground isn’t suitable for wheelchair users or pushchairs, though all-terrain buggies should be fine. It can also be muddy when wet so wellies are recommended!
Gloucester Cathedral is welcoming families to celebrate the season with its Eggsplore Easter family trail and Easter activity sessions this April 2022.
Discover the story of what happened on the very first Easter Day, as you make your way around the Eggsplore Easter trail at Gloucester Cathedral. There’s plenty of interactive fun to be had in the Tribune Gallery and traditional games to play on Cathedral Green, too. The free Gloucester Cathedral app is a great way to discover even more hidden treasures.
While in the Chapter House, there’s a range of Easter activities to get stuck into on Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April 2022 – from crafts including designing prayer stones, creating clay candle holders and making Easter cards, to hearing the Easter story being told at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day.
After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring, The Monk’s Kitchen offers a range of tasty treats and the gift shop offers a selection of Easter cards, gifts and decorations to take home.
Gloucester Cathedral is also inviting people to its special services for Holy Week and Easter, taking place on Sunday 10, Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2022. Services are open to people from any faith and those who don’t have one, with the cathedral offering a warm welcome to all – as well as live-streaming services on its website and Facebook page for anyone who can’t attend in person.
Gloucester Cathedral’s unforgettable Tower Tours are running from Easter onwards, giving visitors a chance to discover the fascinating history of the tower and its bell, before taking in the most spectacular views over the county. There will also be tours of the cathedral’s stunning 15th century library on Saturday 9 April 2022.
The Eggsplore Easter trail runs from Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 April 2022, excluding Friday 15 April 2022. Admission to the cathedral and participation in the Eggsplore Easter trail is by donation at the Welcome Desk.
Easter activity sessions take place at Chapter House from 12pm to 3.30pm on Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April 2022 and are free to take part in, with the cathedral welcoming donations. Children taking part in Easter activities must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For more information, visit gloucestercathedral.org.uk.
The Museum of Gloucester is hosting fun family trails this Easter holiday – with plenty more to see and do around the museum, too!
Hop over to the Museum of Gloucester this Easter and follow its Family Fun Space Trail or Silly Museums Trail to see what you can discover. Or if you’re a fan of things prehistoric, see if you can spot some dinosaur eggs on Reggie the Raptor’s Trail Through Time.
There’s so much to discover at the Museum of Gloucester, from the world’s oldest backgammon set to parts of the original Roman walls – not to mention real human bones! History-loving families will love the Glorious Glevum tour, where the museum’s resident auxiliary Roman soldier takes visitors around the museum to discover fun facts and hidden treasures.
The museum is currently hosting the International Photography Exhibition too, with work from over 40 world-renowned photographers spanning portraiture, landscapes and abstract photography.
The Museum of Gloucester is also part of Visit Gloucester’s free Easter Eggsplorers Trail, where little bunnies can collect 10 different stickers from 15 different locations across the city. Pick up a sticker card from the museum, head off exploring, then bring the completed card back to the museum to receive a wooden Easter egg to take home and decorate.
The Museum of Gloucester is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Admission to the museum is free; Reggie the Raptor’s Trail Through Time and Space Trail sheets cost £1 each; admission to the International Photography Exhibition costs £4.95 for adults, £2.95 for 18 to 25-year-olds and free for under 18s. Glorious Glevum tours take place on Thursday 14 and Saturday 23 April 2022 and cost £20 for two adults and up to three children over 5 years old.
Sticker cards for the Visit Gloucester Easter Eggsplorers Trail are free while stocks last.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit museumofgloucester.co.uk.
From Saturday 9 until Sunday 24 April 2022, little ones can hop around Gloucester Quays to find the Easter bunny’s forgotten eggs, in return for a chocolatey reward!
Calling upon their investigation skills, Easter Explorers can use a trail map to embark on a chocolatey journey to find 11 of the Easter bunny’s forgotten eggs. Dotted in shop windows around the Quays, children who find all the eggs and complete the missing words will be rewarded with a yummy Lindt chocolate egg.
It’s a great way to eggsplore Gloucester’s historic docks. Seeing everything from colourful barges to impressive on land architecture – little bunnies can enjoy roaming free whilst older bunnies enjoy an excuse for some shopping.
The Quays are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 8pm; Saturday from 10am until 7pm; Sunday from 10am until 5pm and from 10am until 6pm on bank holidays, with the Easter egg hunt taking place within these hours.
Admissions will be a £1 donation per child with all proceedings going to the Pied Piper Appeal. Trail maps can be picked up from Gloucester Quays Customer Services.
For more information, call Gloucester Quays on (01452) 338933.
Berkeley Castle is open from Sunday to Wednesday throughout the Easter holidays, as well as from Friday 15 to Monday 18 April 2022 for its Civil War living history event.
Transporting visitors back to 1642, Berkeley Castle is re-imagining the English Civil War with living history activities and re-enactments from the likes of The Wardour Garrison, Deveraux’s Regiment and The Troop.
Expect a fun-filled Easter weekend of fast-paced arena displays, with soldiers on horse and foot; plus, get involved with period dancing to seventeenth-century tunes, and join in with children’s activities.
If the Civil War activities spark an interest for miliary history, dig deeper into the past at this year’s brand-new exhibition, ‘The Battles of the Berkeleys’. Families can follow the trail to learn all about the Berkeley family’s role throughout 900 years of war and conflict, hearing the stories of knights and crusaders along the way.
Civil War activities are included in the price of admission. Tickets to Berkeley Castle cost £14 for adults and £7 for children aged three to 16, with free entry for children under three.
The Easter Duck Trail is taking place at Slimbridge Wetland Centre from Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 April 2022.
Mini detectives can quack the clues and take on an Easter hunt with a difference, searching for the bright yellow ducks that are hiding around Slimbridge Wetland Centre – giving families the chance to get outdoors and discover more about the real-life ducks that live there during the school holidays.
As well as plenty of other quack-tastic Easter activities to look forward to, there’s so much to explore at Slimbridge – from splashing about in Welly Boot Land; saying ‘aloha’ to the world’s rarest goose at Mission Possible; to unlocking the secrets of Slimbridge with the family-friendly Wetland Heroes app.
With breeding season in full swing, Slimbridge’s feathery residents are looking even more vibrant at this time of year – with the chance to spot some handsome birds along the Easter Duck Trail, as they flash their brightly-coloured feathers for all to see.
The Easter Duck Trail is included in the cost of admission. Tickets to Slimbridge Wetland Centre cost from £14.50 for adults, £8.40 for children aged four to 16, and are free for children under four.
For more information and to book tickets, visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge.
Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, is hosting its Easter treasure hunt from Friday 15 to Monday 18 April 2022 – as well as letting little visitors blow off some steam at its Easter run-around days from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 April 2022.
Families are invited to join Eastnor Castle on a Global EGGventure over the bank holiday weekend, hunting for clues to complete its Easter treasure hunt. This year, there’s a globetrotting theme to celebrate the 150th anniversary of adventure novel, Around the World in 80 Days.
It’s a fantastic way to get little bunnies hopping around the impressive castle and its gorgeous gardens – with rope swings suspended from trees, an adventure playground, junior obstacle course and a challenging Knight’s Maze to discover too.
As well as getting a chocolate Malteaster bunny for their efforts, happy hunters will also be entered into an egg-citing prize draw after completing the Global EGGventure treasure hunt… for the chance to win a GIANT Easter egg to take home!
Eastnor Castle is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm for the Global EGGventure Easter Treasure Hunt and run-around days.
Tickets to Eastnor Castle cost £13 for adults and £8 for children aged three to 15, while children aged two and under can enter for free and don’t need a ticket. Tickets must be booked online in advance.
See The Roses Theatre’s Easter pantomime, The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 April 2022.
Tewkesbury’s The Roses Theatre is bringing back its much-loved Easter pantomime after a two-year hiatus, this April 2022.
Come along for the ride as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion go on an epic journey along the yellow brick road to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West – starring Kerry Katona, Basil Brush and Blue Peter star Barney Harwood.
There are four performances taking place at 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 12 April 2022 and 11am and 3pm on Wednesday 13 April 2022. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz cost from £16 to £18.
For more information, see The Wizard of Oz Easter pantomime at The Roses Theatre, or to book tickets, call The Roses Theatre box office on (01684) 295074.
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