For a fantastic family day out without the hassle of parking this Easter, hop on a Stagecoach West bus in Gloucestershire.
SoGlos rounds up some fabulous Easter adventures, from egg hunts to nature trails – and all easily accessible by Stagecoach West bus services across the county.
Easter Eggstravaganza at Over Farm
Families with children aged two to eight will have a cracking time at Over Farm’s Easter Eggstravaganza from Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 April 2022 – with plenty of egg-citing activities, including an Easter egg hunt, live entertainment and an appearance from the Easter Bunny, alongside the adorable animals, including lambs, that call Over Farm home.
There are several Stagecoach bus services stopping near Over Farm from Cinderford, Coleford, Gloucester and Newent.
Easter pantomime at The Roses Theatre
There’s a pantomime this Easter at The Roses Theatre – oh yes there is! – as The Wizard of Oz takes to the stage on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 April 2022. See the all-singing, all-dancing story of how Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion defeat the Wicked Witch of the West in this fun family show starring Kerry Katona, Basil Brush and Barney Harwood from Blue Peter.
The number 41 bus service from Cheltenham to Northway stops near The Roses Theatre.
Sense-sational Spring activities at Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum near Tetbury is bursting into spring colour –
and there’s plenty for outdoorsy families to discover during the Easter holidays.
Kids are encouraged to use all five of their senses as they explore, with free activity leaflets available from the Welcome Building throughout Easter, packed full of top tips and suggested locations to head to.
The number 69 bus service from Stroud to Old Sodbury stops at Westonbirt Arboretum.
Easter activities at the Dean Heritage Centre
Promising two weeks of family-friendly Easter activities and nature-inspired crafts this April 2022, the Dean Heritage Centre near Soudley is a wonderful day out for young families.
As well as discovering the fascinating history of the Forest of Dean, there’s also a Gruffalo trail, where little explorers can find their favourite characters nestled within the woodlands around the Dean Heritage Centre – perfect for letting off some steam!
The number 24 bus service from Gloucester to Chepstow stops near the Dean Heritage Centre.
Superworm trail at Beechenhurst
Become a hero of the forest at Beechenhurst, where children can join Superworm and his friends on an exciting new trail. Inspired by the Julia Donaldson story, the family-friendly trail takes around an hour to complete and is packed with stimulating activities and questions to help little ones learn all about the minibeasts that care for the nation’s woods and forests.
To make the fun last even longer, families can also pick up a trail pack full of stickers, creature fact cards, a superhero mask and an activity sheet to take home from the Beechenhurst Café for £3.50.
There’s plenty more to do at Beechenhurst too, from the captivating Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail to Go Ape Beechenhurst Lodge, where older and more adventurous kids can take to the trees for an egg-citing Easter adventure.
The number 27 bus service from Cinderford to Lydney stops near Beechenhurst.
Spring Trail at the Corinium Museum
Take a step back in time at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum this Easter and follow its spring trail to find nine minifigures hidden around the exhibits.
With fascinating facts to discover about springtime in ancient Rome, eagle-eyed little ones can find out everything from the rituals of the spring festival of Parilia; the god the month of March was named after; to how the Romans honoured Flora, the goddess of flowers, during springtime.
The number 51 bus service from Cheltenham to Cirencester stops near the Corinium Museum.
CoExistence at Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe becomes home to a host of new inhabitants this March 2022, as a brand-new exhibition takes over the gorgeous grounds.
CoExistence brings life-sized, hand-carved sculptures of camels, orangutans, zebras and more to the historic castle – as well as a message encouraging people to peacefully coexist with nature. Entry to the outdoor art exhibition is included with standard admission to Sudeley Castle, which offers plenty more to do and discover on an Easter day out, too.
The W bus service from Cheltenham to Winchcombe stops near Sudeley Castle.