Friday 10 July 2020

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 2020.

Find all the cracking Easter events in SoGlos’s handy guide. From egg hunts to family days out, here’s where you can have an egg-cellent day out in Gloucestershire.


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Easter holiday events in Cheltenham 2020


Easter at Everyman Theatre


Please note, this event has been postponed. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

There are six performances of Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, this Easter holidays on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Peppa and her pals will be bringing Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever to the Cheltenham theatre – when the cheeky piglet will embark on an exciting road trip, exploring castles and caves, eating ice cream and, of course, jumping in muddy puddles.

Packed with songs, games and fun, and suitable for children aged three and above, it’s an ideal first introduction to live theatre for little ones. Honk!

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If you’re kids are too big for Peppa Pig, book ahead for a feast of forthcoming family shows at the Everyman Theatre – including Malory Towers and Box Tale’s Little Grimm Tales in May 2020, as well as Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, Giraffes Can't Dance and Dragons and Mythical Beasts in July 2020.

The important bits

There are six performances of Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever at the Everyman Theatre, taking place at 10am, 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 April 2020. Tickets cost between £18 and £23.

How to book

For more information see Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever at Everyman Theatre or visit everymantheatre.org.uk.


Easter activities at Regent Arcade Cheltenham 2020

Please note, this event has been postponed. Regent Arcade is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Billy Bonkers’ Chocolate Garden is open to explore from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 April 2020. The family fun day is on Saturday 11 April 2020.

What’s happening?

With fun arts and crafts, chocolate treats and special treats, kids will love Billy Bonkers and his chocolate garden at Regent Arcade this Easter. Families can drop in any time to make an Easter bunny, explore the fanciful garden and even get spoilt with a chocolate treat. Join in with the special family fun day, taking place on Saturday 11 April 2020, where the little ones can meet Auntie Shirley Bassett and Billy Bonkers himself. There’ll certainly be a lot of giggles and tasty treats, too.

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This free event at Regent Arcade is a great way to keep the kids entertained without spending a penny. Grown-ups can sit and relax while the little ones get stuck in with the arts and crafts. Plus, with a wide range of shops to hand, families can entertain the kids and get some shopping done all under one roof.

The important bits

The chocolate garden is open from 9am to 6pm from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 April 2020. The family fun day takes place from 11am to 4pm.

How to book

Booking is not required. For more information, see Billy Bonkers’ Chocolate Garden at Regent Arcade, Call (01242) 521345, email info@regentarcade.co.uk or visit regentarcade.co.uk.


Easter holiday events in the Cotswolds 2020


Easter Eggstravaganza at Cotswold Farm Park

Please note, this event has been postponed. Cotswold Farm Park is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Easter Eggstravaganza takes place at Cotswold Farm Park from Saturday 4 April to Sunday 19 April 2020.

What’s happening?

There’s an egg-stra special series of events at Cotswold Farm Park this Easter. Hop around the farm park for an Easter egg hunt, where little ones will each get a prize. Sit down for a puppet show or take part in some Easter crafts, as well as free face painting.
Cotswold Farm Park will also be offering its usual bunny stroking, animal cuddling and bottle-feeding sessions with furry friends around the farm.

There’s also the chance to meet new arrivals as lambing season will be in full swing too!

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All of Cotswold Farm Park’s Easter activities are included in the admission price. Even better, there’s so much to do at the farm park that families can easily spend the whole day in the various barns, on the farm safari or running wild outside and on the bouncy pillows.

The important bits

Cotswold Farm Park is open from 9.30am for members, 10.30am for everyone else and the café and shop open at 9am. Adult tickets for the farm park cost from £13.50, children aged between four and 15 years-old cost from £12.60 and two and three-year-olds’ tickets cost £9. Tickets are also at least 10 per cent cheaper when purchased online at least one day in advance.

How to book

Find out more information about this event and book tickets by visiting cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk.


Easter activities at Batsford Arboretum 2020

Please note, this event has been postponed. Batsford Arboretum is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt takes place from Saturday 4 April to Sunday 19 April 2020. The Family Forest School & Storytelling takes place on Wednesday 15 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Quick! The Easter bunny’s little helpers have been let loose around Batsford Arboretum, and they need to be found in time to deliver all the chocolate eggs. With a prize up for grabs, little ones will love using their egg-cellent detective skills to find all the mischievous bunnies dotted around the arboretum.

Keep the kids busy this Easter with the Family Forest School & Storytelling event, also taking place during the Easter holidays. Get crafty and make your own flower pot to take away, follow the forest trail and gather round with storyteller Michael Loader for an imaginative story.

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Batsford Arboretum boasts 56 wonderful acres of parkland, showcasing around 1,300 different species of trees, shrubs and bamboo from around the world. With a diverse programme of family-friendly events, it makes a great day out for everyone.

The important bits

The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt is from 9am to 5pm, costing £2.50 per child. The Family Forest School & Storytelling is suitable for children up to the age of 12 and takes place from 10am to 12.30pm, costing £10 per child.

How to book

Booking is not required for the Bunny Hunt – just turn up and hop right in! However, booking is essential for the Family Forest School & Storytelling event on Wednesday 15 April 2020. To book a space, call (01386) 701441.

For more information, visit batsarb.co.uk.


Activity camp at Cotswold Clubhouse

Please note, this event has been postponed. Cotswold Clubhouse is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Activity camps at Cotswold Clubhouse will take place every weekday from Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April 2020, excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday 2020.

What’s happening?

Kiddies will have an egg-cellent time at Cotswold Clubhouse’s Easter Activity camp. Jam-packed with games, bouncy castle time, arts and crafts, and of course, some time on the attraction’s soft play, the camp is suitable for children aged between three and 10 years-old.

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Great for working parents, Cotswold Clubhouse also offers and early drop-off and late pick-up facility for an additional £5 from 9am to 10am, £5 extra for 3.15pm to 4.15pm and £10 for childcare until 5.15pm.

The important bits

Activity camp at Cotswold Clubhouse costs from £20 to £25 a day, depending on the age of the child attending. Sessions last from 10am to 3.15pm, with wrap-around options available at an additional cost.

How to book

Call (01451) 263130, or visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk.


Easter activities at Westonbirt Arboretum 2020

Please note, these events have been postponed. Westonbirt Arboretum is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Westonbirt Arboretum is open every day throughout the Easter holidays, with a calendar packed full of fun family activities this Easter.

What’s happening?

Forget the Easter Bunny – the Gruffalo is coming to Westonbirt Arboretum this spring!

Follow the Gruffalo Spotter’s Trail deep into the woods in search of the lovable monster and his friends, using the free augmented reality app to bring them to life for the perfect photo-op.

What’s more, visitors of all ages can get creative at Westonbirt’s exciting family events. Make your own perfume inspired by spring smells at Scent-sational spring, taking place from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 April 2020, or craft a musical instrument out of Westonbirt wood at Spring symphony from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 April 2020.

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From play areas and arts and crafts activities to seasonal trails showcasing the arboretum in bloom, Westonbirt has something for everyone this spring. Make a day of exploring the arboretum with the whole family, stopping by the café for a tasty treat or enjoying a picnic in the spring sunshine.

The important bits

Westonbirt Arboretum opens from 9am every day. All events are free after admission, although Gruffalo-spotters need to pick up an activity pack in order to complete the trail from the Welcome Building for £3.50. Download the free app before arrival as signal in the arboretum can be sparse.

How to book

Booking is not required. For more information, visit forestryengland.uk.


Birds of Prey at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Please note, this event has been postponed. Cotswold Wildlife Park is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Birds of Prey demonstrations will be taking place at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens over the Easter weekend, from Friday 10 to Monday 13 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Feathered friends from Cotswold Falconry will soar above Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens over the Easter weekend. Families can marvel at a range of flying predators, from awe-inspiring eagles to quirky owls, while learning all about these majestic creatures.

There’s plenty of other things to see and do at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens – from visiting rhinos, lions and giraffes to riding the iconic narrow-gauge railway. Why not stop by the penguin habitat for the morning feed, or pay a visit to the children’s farmyard to pet some animal friends?

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With lots of low-walled enclosures, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens allows families to get up and close with exotic animals.

It also has one of the largest zoological collections in the UK, and is home to all manner of rare and unusual creatures – from tapirs and gundis to naked mole rats!

The important bits

The Birds of Prey demonstrations take place on the lawns in front of the manor house at 1pm and 3.30pm. Cotswold Wildlife Park is open from 10am until 6pm. Tickets for Cotswold Wildlife Park cost from £14.40 for adults, £9.90 for children aged between three and 16 years-old and free of charge for under twos. Additional charges apply if tickets are bought on the gate.

How to book

For more information or to book tickets, visit cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk.


Rococo Eggsplorers Trail at Painswick Rococo Garden

Please note, this event has been postponed. Painswick Rococo Garden is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

From 10.30am to 5pm on Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 April 2020 at Painswick Rococo Garden.

What’s happening?

Mini eggsplorers can help solve the mystery of the unidentified egg and its hatchling at Painswick Rococo Garden this Easter.

Created and illustrated by local children’s author Hannah Shaw, the Rococo Eggsplorers Trail will weave through the garden’s splendid scenery, which includes a maze and fantastic follies.
Even better, kiddies will get a chocolately treat after finishing off the trail.

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Perfect for a game of hide and seek, Painswick Rococo Garden also has a woodland play area, giant tree swing and plenty of room to run around. The on-site café is also a great place to stop off and refuel.

The important bits

Visit the Rococo Eggsplorers Trail from 10.30am to 5pm. The trail costs £1. Admission to the garden costs from £9 for adults, £4.10 for children over four years-old and is free for under fours.

For more information, visit rococogarden.org.uk.


Easter holiday events in Gloucester 2020


Easter at Gloucester Cathedral

Please note, these events have been postponed. Gloucester Cathedral is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Gloucester Cathedral is open every day, however, Mini Gardens is on Wednesday 8 April 2020 and Bug Hotels and Mini Beasts is on Wednesday 16 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Keep the kids busy this Easter at Gloucester Cathedral where workshops for making mini gardens and bug hotels are taking place. Little ones will make their very own design at the Mini Gardens workshops on Wednesday 8 April 2020, which are suitable for both children and their parents and last two hours. On Wednesday 15 April 2020, families can learn all about mini beasts and make their own bug hotel.

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These fantastic family workshops are free to attend, meaning kids can have a great day out without it costing their parents a fortune. What’s more, make a day of it and explore the cathedral’s interactive exhibitions and scenes from Harry Potter.

The important bits

The workshops last two hours each and are designed for parents and children. Workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

How to book

To book a place, visit gloucestercathedral.org.uk and select the event from the calendar.


Easter holiday camps at Gloucester Rugby

Please note, Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm stadium is now closed until Monday 20 April 2020. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Gloucester Rugby is hosting two Junior Rugby Camps this Easter holidays. A great opportunity to learn new skills, the first camp takes place at Painswick RFC on Monday 6 April and Tuesday 7 April 2020, while the second camp is at Sir Thomas Rich’s Sports Centre in Gloucester, from Wednesday 8 April to Thursday 9 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Keep the kids active this Easter holiday with Gloucester Rugby’s holiday camps. The action-packed camps offer a brilliant opportunity for kids to learn new skills and even find a new hobby. With both camps led by rugby player Terry Fanolua, budding athletes can train under the very best.

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Taught by professional instructors, Gloucester Rugby’s Easter Rugby Camps provide a friendly atmosphere for those new to the sport. With individual feedback and tailored sessions to suit the abilities of the participants, the camps are fantastic for the kids to burn off a bit of that boundless energy.

The important bits

Gloucester Rugby’s two-day Junior Rugby Camps are for children aged between eight and 13 years old and cost £60 per child.

How to book

Visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk/rugby-camps or email cdp@gloucesterrugby.co.uk.


Easter holiday events in the Forest of Dean 2020


Easter activities at Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean 2020

Please note, these event have been postponed. Dean Heritage Centre is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Easter activities are taking place at Dean Heritage Centre from Saturday 4 April to Friday 17 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Dean Heritage Centre is hosting an egg-cellent range of Easter activities this half term. Kids can crack on with Easter arts and crafts in the craft hut before hopping to the egg trail in the forest. Keep every bunny entertained with both indoor and outdoor activities and forest fun.

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With lots of activities for all ages, Dean Heritage Centre offers visitors the chance to explore an old mine as well as fascinating exhibitions and even a Victorian school. When the kids are eggs-hausted from the Easter fun, sit back with a cuppa and a bite to eat in the coffee shop, serving homemade cakes and savoury snacks.

The important bits

Dean Heritage Centre is open from 10am to 4pm, with last admission at 2pm. Admission costs £8 per adult, £7 per concession, £6 per child and £25 per family of two adults and up to three children. Under threes go free.

How to book

Booking is not required. For more information, see Easter Holidays at Dean Heritage Centre, call (01594) 822170, email info@deanheritagecentre.com or visit deanheritagecentre.com.


Easter at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean

Please note, all Go Ape locations are now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Open every day in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The Treetop Adventure course is at Beechenhurst Lodge and Treetop Challenge and Forest Segways is at Mallards Pike.

What’s happening?

Let the little monkeys run wild with the Tree Top Adventure 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 those over 1.4m tall and over 10 years-old, there’s the high ropes course at Mallards Pike. Promising the chance to face fears, scale high above the ground with challenging obstacles. The course is a fantastic family activity or a great way to spend the Easter bank holiday with friends.

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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 Adventure at Beechenhurst cost £19. Adult tickets for the Tree Top Challenge at Mallards Pike cost £33, whereas 10 to 15-year-old’s tickets cost £25. Segway tickets cost £28.

How to book

Advanced booking is required. To book a slot, visit goape.co.uk/forest-of-dean.


Easter exploring in the Forest of Dean 2020

Please note, forest facilities such as car parks, cafes and bike hire are now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Forestry England Forest of Dean is open every day this Easter, including Beechenhurst, Cannop Cycle Centre, Mallards Pike Lake and Symonds Yat.

What’s happening?

Swap searching high and low for Easter eggs and instead let the kids try their hand at alien hunting with the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail at Beechenhurst.

And that’s not all, the Forest of Dean is bursting with things to do this Easter including the Family Cycle Trail at Cannop Cycle Centre and spotting Peregrine falcons at Symonds Yat.

Or when it’s time to refuel, pack a picnic and tuck in at Mallards Pike Lake.

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Fire up the barbecue at Beechenhurst for some alfresco cooking, where barbecues can be hired in advance or disposable ones are acceptable too. What’s more, The Forest of Dean provides a fantastic family day out without splashing the cash.

The important bits

Beechenhurst, Cannop Cycle Centre, Mallards Pike Lake and Symonds Yat are open from 8am to 8pm daily. Admission is free, parking costs £5 for the day.

How to book

Booking in advanced is not required however, to find out more about the Shaun the Sheep Trail, visit forestryengland.uk/shaun-the-sheep. To find out more about the Forest of Dean, barbecues and opening times, visit forestryengland.uk.


Easter holiday events in Slimbridge 2020


Easter Duck Quest at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Please note, this event has been postponed. Slimbridge Wetland Centre is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

From Saturday 4 April to Sunday 19 April 2020 at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

What’s happening?

Go quackers at Slimbridge Wetland Centre this Easter where the Easter Duck Quest includes the chance to find the yellow ducks, learn about the wildlife and win a delicious prize. Fun yellow ducks will be hidden around the attraction and families can use their very own trail card to create their own fantasy duck.

Also returning for Easter, the Canoe Safari will be open (weather dependent) for an exciting way to see the wildlife by boat. As well as that, families can head up the new Estuary Tower or explore the Arctic Adventure Experience.

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Even if the heavens open, Slimbridge has plenty to keep kids busy. Head to Welly Boot Land to splish, splash and splosh around whatever the weather.

How to book

To find out more about the Easter Duck Quest or to book tickets, visit wwt.org.uk.


Easter holiday events in Berkeley


Easter activities at Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park

Please note, these event have been postponed. Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park is now closed until further notice. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

When and where?

Head to Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park this Easter holidays, open from 10am from Saturday 4 April to Sunday 19 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Have a cracking time at Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park this Easter, with an Easter egg hunt great for little egg-splorers to test their detective skills, baby chicks to hold and, back for 2020, the ever-popular pig racing. Plus, the kiddies can join Peppa Pig on Saturday 18 April and Sunday 19 April 2020 for lots of Easter fun.

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Saving the kids from half term boredom, Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park has over fifteen different attractions for the little ones to burn off some of that boundless energy. From jumping pillows to mini golf, outdoor assault courses to climbing nets, there’s so much to keep the little ones entertained.

The important bits

Admission to Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park costs £12 per adult, £9.50 per concession, £13 per child aged between four and 17 and £8.50 per toddler aged two or three.

How to book

Booking is not required. For more information, call (01453) 810510, email info@cattlecountry.co.uk or visit cattlecountry.co.uk.


Easter holiday events in Eastnor 2020


OlympEGG Easter Treasure Hunt at Eastnor Castle

Please note, this event has been cancelled. Eastnor Castle is now closed until further notice. For the very latest, see Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire.

When and where?

Eastnor Castle’s OlympEGG Easter Treasure Hunt is taking place in the castle grounds from Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020.

What’s happening?

Mini egg-splorers are in with the chance of winning a gigantic Easter egg at Eastnor Castle’s Treasure Hunt, this Easter half term. Put those detective skills to the test and hunt high and low for the clues around the castle’s stunning grounds. Little ones can also take part in an egg-citing egg and spoon race out on the Valley Lawn.

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A cracking day out this Easter half term, the ticket price includes admission to the castle and all its attractions. Tackle the junior obstacle course, swish through the rope-swing route, test those nerves at the tree-top walkway and let the kids run wild at the woodland play area.

The important bits

Eastnor Castle’s grounds are open from 10.30am to 5.30pm, with the castle open from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Advanced tickets cost £12.50 per adult, £7.50 per child aged between three and 15, and £33 per family of two adults and up to three children. On the gate, tickets cost £13 per adult, £8 per child and £34 per family.

How to book

For more information, call (01531) 633160, email enquiries@eastnorcastle.com, or visit www.eastnorcastle.com/whats-on


Easter holiday events across the border 2020


Other Easter events in Gloucestershire 2020

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