Friday 22 March 2019

Gloucestershire Easter guide

Celebrate Easter in Gloucestershire and find out exactly where the bunnies will be, with SoGlos's cracking guide to Easter events in 2019.

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, sponsored by Stagecoach West.


Guide sponsor – Stagecoach West

Stagecoach West

Explore all the county has to offer this Easter with Stagecoach West. Families can take advantage of the fantastic savings on bus travel thanks to Stagecoach West’s Friends and Family Explorer ticket.

Costing just £15 for up to four passengers, explorers can discover everything the county has to offer with unlimited travel for one day across Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.

For more information, visit stagecoachbus.com directly.


Easter holiday events in Cheltenham

The Great Easter Egg Trail at Sandford Park


When and where?

Saturday 20 April 2019 at Sandford Park in Cheltenham.

What’s happening?

The Easter Bunny has been busy hiding eggs around Sandford Park in Cheltenham, ready for children to find. Taking place on Saturday 20 April 2019, The Great Easter Egg Trail at Sandford Park will raise funds for local charity, Cobalt.

Grab a quiz sheet from Sandford Parks Café and follow the trail around the park to scoop up a delicious chocolate treat at the end.

SoGlos loves

Families that buy a quiz sheet can show it to staff at Sandford Parks Lido on Saturday 20 April 2019 and get 50 per cent off the entry price to the swimming pool.

The important bits

Quiz sheets cost £2.50 per child and can be purchased at Sandford Park Café. The trail is on from 1pm to 4pm.

How to book

There’s no need to book in advance, but families can find out more by visiting cobalthealth.co.uk directly.


Easter holiday events in the Cotswolds

Activity camps at Cotswold Clubhouse


When and where?

From Monday 8 to Thursday 11 April and Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April 2019 at Cotswold Clubhouse near Bourton-on-the-Water.

What’s happening?

There’s two holidays camps to choose from at Cotswold Clubhouse this Easter. For children aged four to 12 years-old, the gymnastics camp is great for all abilities. Girls and boys can test their balance on the beam, skip along the sprung floor or launch themselves into foam pits.

Also running through the holidays, the activity camp is ideal for children aged two to four years-old. There’ll be open play, crafts, activities and use of the soft play. Both camps offer early drop off and late pick up for parents.

SoGlos loves

Cotswold Clubhouse is a great soft play facility with a café that serves up great food for adults and children. Ideal for a rainy day, the soft play also has a specific toddler area.

The important bit

The gymnastic camp costs from £30 a day per child and the activity camp costs £30 a day.

How to book

Visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk or call (01451) 263130.


The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt


When and where?

From 9am to 5pm on Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April 2019 at Batsford Arboretum.

What’s happening?

Families can go on an egg-citing hunt around Batsford Arboretum’s glorious grounds, where they can keep their eyes peeled for the Easter Bunny’s helpers which have run off. A lovely way to explore the setting, The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt is on every day throughout the Easter holidays.

Keeping the kids busy for the rest of the day won’t be hard either as Batsford’s play area is great for busy children. There’s also the chance to say hello to the parrots in the aviary and check out the children’s trail too.

SoGlos loves

The café at Batsford Arboretum offers a selection of delicious lunches. From soups to scrumptious cakes and bakes, all food is freshly made onsite. What’s more, the café overlooks the children’s play area so adults can enjoy a cuppa whilst the kids play.

The important bits

Tickets for the Bunny Hunt cost £2.50 per child in addition to the entrance fee. Entry to the Arboretum costs £8.95 for adults, £3.50 for children aged four to 15, and free for under fours.

How to book

Visit batsarb.co.uk directly or call (01386) 701441.


Easter Trail at Rococo Garden


When and where?

Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April 2019 at Painswick Rococo Garden.

What’s happening?

The glorious Painswick Rococo Garden will be open for little detectives to solve the mystery of the missing Easter eggs. The Easter Trail at Rococo Garden will take place from Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April 2019.

With spring in full bloom, the garden will be looking gorgeous and families will have plenty to do with a maze, bluebell walk and play area. Don’t miss the giant tree swing too for mini and big thrill seekers.

SoGlos loves

The stunning backdrop of the Rococo Gardens makes the ideal spot to take some family photos this Easter. Take in the gorgeous spring flowers, get the kids ready to pose, then get snap happy! You’ll make memories of a lovely day out that can live on the wall too.

The important bits

The Easter Trail will take place from Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April 2019 and is included in normal admission charges.

How to book

There’s no need to book, but for more information visit rococogarden.org.uk directly or call (01452) 813204.


Easter camps at Rendcomb College


When and where?

The Tennis Camp will take place from Monday 8 to Friday 12 April 2019 at Rendcomb College. The Multi Sport Camp will take place from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 April 2019, also at Rendcomb College.

What’s happening?

Expert coaches will lead a fun and informative Tennis Camp from Monday 8 to Friday 12 April 2019. Aimed at children age six to 15, all coaches are LTA qualified.

The Multi Sport Camp will be led by Gecko Sport coaches and will take place from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 April 2019. Suitable for children aged six to 12, the camp will be packed with fun activities to keep kids busy.

SoGlos loves

For busy parents, the holiday camps at Rendcomb College are ideal for active and engaging childcare through the Easter break. Early drop-off from 8.30am is available too at an extra cost.

The important bits

The Tennis Camp costs £40 per day and the Multi Sport Camp costs £24 a day.

How to book

Visit geckocricket.com and rendcombcollege.org.uk directly.


Easter holiday events in Gloucester

Easter at Gloucester Cathedral


When and where?

Saturday 6 to Tuesday 23 April 2019 at Gloucester Cathedral.

What’s happening?

Children can explore the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral and its grounds when Eggsplore Easter takes place from Saturday 6 to Tuesday 23 April 2019.

Boasting free entry, the Cathedral is a great day out for the whole family.
See where parts of the Harry Potter movies were filmed and discover some of the building’s impressive history on your way round.

SoGlos loves

Children who take part in the Easter egg hunt will each receive a token egg to take home.

The important bits

Admission to Gloucester Cathedral is free of charge, with a £1 fee for the Eggsplore Easter trail.

How to book

There’s no need to book, however, visitors can find out more by visiting
gloucestercathedral.org.uk or call (01452) 528095.


Easter holiday events in the Forest of Dean

Easter Holidays at Dean Heritage Centre


When and where?

Monday 8 April to Friday 19 April 2019 at Dean Heritage Centre.

What’s happening?

Two weeks of fun are on offer at Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean. Outside, there will be an Easter egg trail and the chance to see the grounds looking blooming lovely with spring flowers.

Get creative with spring crafts and family workshops. Kids can even make their very own Easter crown. If the weather isn’t so great, Dean Heritage Centre will also have an indoor Easter gallery trail for everyone to enjoy.

SoGlos loves

Even if the weather is rubbish, Dean Heritage Centre has plenty for children to enjoy on a rainy day. But, if heavy rain stops you from exploring the outdoor activities, the centre gives visitors a free voucher to return within a month.

The important bits

Tickets to visit Dean Heritage Centre cost £8 for adults and £6 for children. Under threes have free entry.

How to book

There’s no need to book but you can find out more by visiting deanheritagecentre.com directly.


Swing through the trees at Go Ape


When and where?

Open everyday in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The Tree Top Junior course is at Beechenhurst Lodge and the adult’s course and segways are at Mallards Pike.

What’s happening?

Let your little monkeys see what it’s like to be way up high with the Tree Top Junior course this Easter. Based at Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean, the course is suitable for children over one metre tall and is packed full of thrilling zip wires to zoom along, wobbly crossings to test their balance and platforms to launch off.

For adults, there’s the high ropes course at Mallards Pike. Promising the chance to face your fears, as you scale high above the ground. The course is a fantastic family activity or a great way to spend the Easter bank holiday with friends.

SoGlos loves

If heights aren’t your thing, Segway adventures are a great way to whizz through the beautiful forest and are suitable for both children and adults – as long as they’re over seven stone.

The important bits

Tickets for the Tree Top Junior cost £18. Adult tickets for the Tree Top Adventure cost £33, whereas 10 to 15-year-old’s tickets cost £25. Segway tickets cost £35.

How to book

Visit goape.co.uk/forest-of-dean directly.


Easter holiday events in Slimbridge

Easter at Slimbridge Wetland Centre


When and where?

Throughout the Easter holidays at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

What’s happening?

A whole new Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail is heading to Slimbridge Wetland Centre from Saturday 30 March to Monday 6 April 2019. Families can hunt for all 14 giant Dusty Ducks, all of which have been designed by stars including Joanna Lumley, Kate Humble and Mr Tumble.

Keeping the kids busy this Easter, the Aardman model making workshops will take place on Wednesday 17 April 2019. Aardman Animations are the designers behind Wallace and Gromit, Dusty Duck and Shaun the Sheep and the workshops give kids the chance to get creative and make their own models.

SoGlos loves

There’s plenty to do at Slimbridge Wetland Centre this Easter, with the Welly Boot Land, an adventure playground and soft play area all regular features.

The important bits

The Dusty Duck Trail runs from Saturday 30 March to Monday 6 May 2019 and the Aardman Model Making workshops will be on Wednesday 17 April 2019. Tickets for the model making workshops cost £10.50 per person and entry into Slimbridge costs from £13.45 for adults and £7.60 for over fours.

How to book

Visit wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres or call (01453) 891900.


Easter holiday events in Tewkesbury

Easter at Roses Theatre


When and where?

Friday 12 to Wednesday 24 April 2019 at Roses Theatre.

What’s happening?

Who says pantomimes are just for Christmas? Roses Theatre is providing some family fun this Easter with two shows of Beauty and The Beast on Tuesday 16 April 2019.

Starring television favourite Basil Brush and CBBC presenter, Lauren Platt, the performance will have audiences signing, dancing and laughing along for what promises to be a highly entertaining afternoon.

SoGlos loves

If the kids don’t fancy Beauty and The Beast this Easter, Roses' cinema will be screening Dumbo from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April and Wednesday 17 to Wednesday 24 April 2019.

The important bits

Beauty and The Beast will be on Tuesday 16 April 2019 from 3pm and 7pm and tickets cost £17.50, with concessions costing £15.50.

Tickets to the Dumbo screenings cost from £6 per person.

How to book

Visit rosestheatre.org/events or call (01684) 295074.


Easter holiday events across the border

Easter at Eastnor Castle


When and where?

From Friday 19 to Thursday 25 April 2019 at Eastnor Castle.

What’s happening?

There’s so much going on at Eastnor Castle this Easter. An Easter Treasure Hunt will take place from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April 2019 around the castle and its lovely grounds – and there’s the chance to win an enormous Easter egg.

From Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 April, the castle’s Runaround Days include a tree trail and walks around the arboretum. What’s more, the whole family can enjoy a great day out over the holidays, with the Knight’s Maze, Woodland Play Area and of course, beautiful castle to explore.

SoGlos loves

There’s plenty to do at Eastnor Castle for a whole day out so families can head to The Castle Tea Room for spot of scrumptious lunch. Even better though is the ice-cream parlour which serves locally sources ice cream.

The important bits

Tickets for the Easter Treasure Hunt, including entry to the castle and grounds, cost from £11.50 for adults, £7.25 for three to 15-year-olds, while a family ticket for two adults and three children is from £31.

How to book

Visit eastnorcastle.com/whats-on or call (01531) 633160.


Other Easter events in Gloucestershire

Countrytastic at Three Counties Showground

When and where?

From 10am to 5pm on Thursday 18 April 2019 at Three Counties Showground.

What’s happening?

Countrytastic at Three Counties Showground is back for 2019 and will be bigger than ever before. Taking place on Thursday 18 April 2019, the event has everything from farmyard animals and tractor rides to crafts and the chance to feed lambs.

The important bits

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and children’s tickets cost £5.50. Tickets must be purchased in advance as none will be available on the gate.


Easter Petting Zoo at The Valley Evesham

When and where?

From 11am to 3pm on Sunday 21 April 2019 at The Valley Evesham.

What’s happening?

A pop-up petting zoo is springing up at The Valley Evesham this Easter on Sunday 21 April 2019. Children can meet furry friends from the farmyard – and it’s completely free.

The important bits

The event is free of charge and there’s no need to book, simply turn up on the day.


The Amazing Bubble Man at Bacon Theatre

When and where?

From 2pm on Monday 15 April 2019 at Bacon Theatre.

What’s happening?

Internationally acclaimed Bubble Man, Louis Pearl, will delight audiences at Bacon Theatre on Monday 15 April 2019 creating incredible square bubbles, tornado bubbles and even flying saucer bubbles.

The important bits

Tickets cost £12.50, with concessions costing £10.50.


Victorian Easter Festival at Holst Birthplace Museum

When and where?

From 11am on Saturday 6 April, Tuesday 9 April, Tuesday 16 April, Monday 22 April 2019 at Holst Birthplace Museum.

What’s happening?

Take a step back in time this Easter when Holst Birthplace Museum hosts its Victorian Easter Festival. Special events include Victorian baking, children’s crafts, flower arranging and spring cleaning tips from the Victorian era.

The important bits

Entry to the museum costs £6 for adults and £2 for children. All activities are included in the entry cost, apart from flower arranging which cost £35 and The Spring Hares session costs £1 per child.


Easter Trail at Cleeve Common

What’s happening?

Families can head to Cleeve Common and follow the egg-citing Easter Trail where visitors can solve clues to receive a special prize.

The important bits

Adult tickets are free of charge, children’s tickets cost £2.75. Booking in advance is essential.


Easter egg hunts in Gloucestershire

When and where?

Various venues throughout the Easter holidays.

What’s happening?

Hunt high and low for Easter treats around Gloucestershire with an egg hunt during the school holidays. It’s not only chocolate eggs that little ones can hunt for, there’s a bunny hunt, dragons and much more for all ages to enjoy.

The important bits

Check out SoGlos’s round of up 14 cracking egg hunts in Gloucestershire this Easter .


© SoGlos
Monday 18 March 2019

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