7 eggcellent Easter events in the Cotswolds
If you’re looking for things to do over the Easter break, these are sure to go down a treat…
There’s no surer sign of spring than the bright and sunny emergence of daffodils along the hedgerows, in your garden or even in your local supermarket. While the weather might not quite be exclaiming that spring has sprung just yet, there’s still plenty of time before Easter half term and the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend for the sun to make an appearance – and you’ll be wishing that you booked a break in the beautiful Cotswolds! This area really comes into its own this time of year: so many parks and gardens start to burst into bloom, baby animals fill the local fields, not to mention the fact that the warm glow of Cotswold stone is never more distinctive than when its basking in sunshine.
There’s plenty going on throughout the Cotswolds over the Easter period for all ages, from egg hunts to exhibitions. What’s more, we’ve still got a great selection of cottages available over selected dates, whether you’re looking for a long Easter weekend break or a whole week of half term fun! To help you find what tickles your fancy, we’ve put together a handy guide of the best events going on over the Easter break – wherever you find yourself in the Cotswolds, we guarantee you’ll have a truly eggcellent time!
For the green fingered and nature appreciators – and the royalists!
HRH Prince Charles’ magical country home in Tetbury is open to the public for pre-booked tours this spring. Enjoy a 75-minute tour around Prince Charles’ intricate gardens with an experienced gardener, full of funny anecdotes and stories about the area to which Prince Charles has dedicated so much time and attention. Visitors can then explore the lovely Highgrove shop, full of seasonal plants, homeware an artisan goods, as well as the delicious restaurant.
For big and little kids alike!
Is there anything more joyous than lambs at Easter? Popular television farmer Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is home to 660 ewes waiting to give birth between the 16th February and the 28th April! Visit the Farm Park during lambing season for the opportunity to bottle feed lambs and goat kids, hold chicks, experience daily talks on lambing from the experienced staff – and hopefully catch a live birth! Additionally, there will be plenty of Easter-themed activities, from a park-wide egg hunt to puppet shows and crafts!
For those looking for a little culture amongst the Easter mayhem!
A unique exhibition from the 10th February to 22nd April at Winston Churchill’s incredible ancestral home and birthplace, showcasing a selection of JMW Turner’s first commissions and most celebrated topographical works.
Turner painted Blenheim, Oxfordshire in 1833 for his Picturesque Views in England and Wales series. This exhibition, organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, focuses on his increasing expertise in depicting architecture and perspective from the 1780s to 1810s.
Among the loans from the Ashmolean, Tate and other private collections are Turner’s first sketchbook and diagrams from his Royal Academy lectures in perspective, artefacts that have rarely been exhibited before.
Something for the children, indoor and outdoor!
Between 6th-28th April, Sudeley Castle will be home to a flock of chicks hiding in the rooms throughout the castle, and it’s your mission to spot them all! If the weather is nice, why not head outside into the spectacular castle grounds where you can hunt for the Giant Easter Eggs as well between 13th – 22nd!
For those looking to walk off the Easter eggs!
Explore glorious Batsford Arboretum in all of its spring-time glory whilst hunting for the Easter Bunny’s naughty escaped helpers! No need to book this joyful trail, just turn up and pay the additional £2.50 per child for a day filled with exploration and a prize if you find all of the bunnies! Trail runs 6th – 22nd April.
For the bird-lovers!
Home to the only breeding group of king penguins in England, Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water makes for a great day out. With dozens of eggs in incubators due to hatch over the Easter holiday period, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some of their important conservation work in action! There’s also plenty of Easter-themed activities taking place, including trails, quizzes and daily egg-themed talks and shows.
For all the family, this event will appeal to all ages!
Climb aboard one of the fabulous GWSR Steam Engines ‘Easter Eggspress’ at either Cheltenham Race Course, Toddington or Broadway Station and make your way through the beautiful Cotswold Countryside to the charming Cotswold village of Winchcombe, home to Sudeley Castle. At Winchcombe Station you will find a huge variety of Easter activities, from an egg hunt around the station to crafts, making Easter cards, baskets and bunny ears! There’s a café at the station to enjoy a reviving treat, and even a possibility to make an Easter bonnet and win a prize on the train!
So, what are you waiting for? Come and visit the Cotswolds for what promises to be a wonderful Easter holiday period!