Find all the cracking Easter events in SoGlos’s handy guide – including egg hunts, free trails and Easter camp. Here’s how you can have an egg-cellent Easter in Gloucestershire.
Camp 4-2-11’s Easter camps are being held in Cheltenham and Gloucester and run across both weeks of the Easter school holidays – with the first week commencing on Tuesday 6 April 2021 and the second week commencing from Monday 12 April 2021.
There are two Camp 4-2-11’s camps available during the Easter school holiday: camp one is for little ones aged three to six; while camp two is for children aged seven to 14, with both camps incorporating activities suitable for each age group.
Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as well as providing safe childcare, the jam-packed timetables vary day-by-day and include swimming, arts and craft, drama, music, games, quests, archery, baking and more…
If you already have plans for Easter, booking has already opened for Camp 4-2-11’s other camps including May half term and the summer holidays, with October half term and Christmas dates set to be announced soon, if you’re feeling particularly organised!
Camp 4-2-11’s Easter holiday camps are taking place at both St Edward’s Senior School in Cheltenham and Dinglewell Junior School in Gloucester, with the first starting week commencing Tuesday 6 April 2021.
Camp 4-2-11’s camps run from 9am until 4pm, with the option to add extra time from 8am until 5pm. Prices start from £25 per day.
For more information, visit camp4211.co.uk.
The Museum of Gloucester is running a free Spring City Hunt trail over the Easter holidays from Friday 2 to Sunday 18 April 2021.
Head out on a different kind of hunt this Easter as the Museum of Gloucester has hidden colourful characters all over the city for its Spring City Hunt trail. From spring animals to fascinating characters from the museum, there are 16 posters to find, all with a QR code to scan.
Start from the Museum of Gloucester on Brunswick Road and head out to explore the city centre. Be sure to stop off at Blackfriars Priory and Gloucester Guildhall to see if you can find them all.
Each poster on the Spring City Hunt trail has a unique QR code which unlocks fun, free activities to enjoy at home.
The Spring City Hunt trail is free, so there’s no need to book. Just look out for the posters at various locations across Gloucester City Centre.
For more information, visit museumofgloucester.co.uk/springtrail.
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Tetbury will be open every day of the Easter holidays, offering family fun in the great outdoors from Friday 2 to Sunday 18 April 2021.
Families can have a sense-sational time at Westonbirt Arboretum this Easter, discovering the sights, sounds and smells of the magical tree garden through a series of sensory woodland activities.
With activity leaflets available to pick up from the Welcome Building – each based on a different sense – little adventurers will have the chance to engage with the wonders of the arboretum, which is home to 2,500 species of tree from all over the world, and even collect some natural materials to take home and get crafty with.
From strolling along a walkway through the treetops to spotting Gruffalo sculptures in the grounds, there’s lots to see at Westonbirt Arboretum. And, with two brand new eateries opening for takeaway this Easter, hungry visitors can refuel with something tasty from the smokehouse or cool down with an ice cream after an action-packed day.
Admission to Westonbirt Arboretum costs £11 per adult and £4 per child aged five to 18. With under-fives able to visit for free. Tickets must be pre-booked online and are on sale seven days in advance.
For more information, visit forestryengland.uk/westonbirt.
Painswick Rococo Garden, near Stroud, will be open every day during the Easter holidays, from Friday 2 to Sunday 18 April 2021.
Budding detectives will be egg-static to hear there’s a thief on the loose at Painswick Rococo Garden this Easter. Someone has been stealing Easter eggs from the garden’s beloved characters and it’s up to eagle-eyed visitors to crack the case.
With clues hidden around the garden, little ones will have the chance to track down the culprit while exploring the enchanting woodland and grounds. And of course, it wouldn’t be an Easter trail without a yummy chocolate prize at the end of it!
From letting loose on the rustic adventure playground to marvelling at magical follies, Painswick Rococo Garden is a truly unique place for families to get their daily eggs-ercise this Easter. Plus, the café is open for takeaway treats – including hot chocolates with all the trimmings!
Standard admission to Painswick Rococo Garden costs £9.30 for adults and £4.25 for children aged four to 16 – while under-fours go free. Families can enjoy the Egg Thief trail for an additional 50p per child.
Visitors must book a time slot online in advance, with admission paid upon arrival.
Booking for April will be open by 5pm on Wednesday 24 March 2021.
For more information, visit rococogarden.org.uk.
Explore Gloucestershire’s ancient woodland this Easter, with popular sites like Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike Lake open for families to discover the fabulous Forest of Dean.
From speeding off along the Family Cycle Trail to enjoying one of the forest’s many picnic spots on a sunny spring day, there’s lots for families of all ages to discover at the Forest of Dean this Easter.
It’s the perfect place to let loose and get some much-needed fresh air after being cooped up during lockdown three, with both lakeside and woodland walks, paddling spots and even a sculpture trail to discover.
While they might not spot the Easter bunny, kids can still find some famous creatures in the Forest of Dean by following the Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Beechenhurst. Just remember to download the new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app before you head to the forest and keep two meters apart from other Gruffalo hunters!
Visitors are encouraged to think ahead and have a back-up plan in mind in case the car park they want to use is full. Forestry England is also advising people to visit the Forest of Dean’s sites during quieter times, such as evenings and weekdays, to avoid disappointment.
For more information, visit forestryengland.uk/the-forest-of-dean.
Just over the Herefordshire border, Eastnor Castle near Ledbury is welcoming visitors to its grounds from Friday 2 to Thursday 8 April 2021 this Easter holiday.
For a cracking family day out this April, look no further than Eastnor Castle. The Eastnor bunny has hidden some signs of Easter in the castle grounds – and it’s up to little egg-splorers to find them, with a special chocolatey treat for every child that takes part in the trail!
While the castle itself is closed, kids can have hours of fun discovering the grounds, with trees to climb, obstacle courses to conquer and adventure playgrounds to explore. The tea room and ice cream parlour will be open for takeaway refreshments, too.
Welcoming dogs of all shapes and sizes, Eastnor Castle offers a great day out for all members of the family. With pooch refreshment stops scattered around the grounds and even dog-friendly ice cream available from the parlour, there’s no need to leave your furry friend at home this Easter.
In line with government regulations, visitors must attend with their own household, one other household or within the rule of six. Children must bring their own pens to complete the Easter trail.
Timeslots will be staggered to ensure social distancing and tickets must be booked online in advance.
For more information, visit eastnorcastle.com/easter.
Friday 19 March 2021
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