From Eggs-travagant trails to find those hidden eggs to an exquisite exhibition showcasing the finest geometric fashion from the 1980s, we’ve got all you need to ensure your Easter is full of fun
The Roman Baths
See history brought to life at the Roman Baths. Help yourself to one of its free children’s audioguides or follow its child-friendly trails. There’s the chance to meet with and talk to real life Roman characters who work and play around the Great Bath. This Easter’s family event will be all about Glorious Gardens taking place on Monday 26 March. There is no extra price and no need to book for this drop-in event. The fun doesn’t stop when you get home. The Roman Baths have some great interactive games on the children’s page at romanbaths.co.uk. For anyone living in Bath & North East Somerset, entry is free to the Roman Baths with a Residents Discovery Card. See bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard for further information.
Fashion Museum Bath
A new exhibition exploring the fashions worn by successive generations of women in the royal family is now on view at the Fashion Museum Bath. Royal Women is a family tree exhibition looking at the clothes worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret. Plus an ensemble worn by the Countess of Wessex. For younger visitors there is a themed trail and a dressing-up area where they can see what it was like to wear coats and hats, dresses and bonnets from the past. This Easter’s family event, 1980s Geometric takes place on 27 March and is free with admission to the museum.
For anyone living in Bath & North East Somerset, entry is free to the Fashion Museum with a Discovery Card. Evening dress worn by Princess Margaret, 1953 at Fashion Museum Bath
The Bishop’s Place
Head on down to The Bishop’s Palace in Wells to take part in a fortnight full of engaging family events. The Easter fun kicks off on Saturday 24 March when the Easter Egg Trail begins. Children can follow the clues to find the coloured eggs all around the gardens, and when they’ve found them all, they can return to claim their chocolate prize from the Shop. On 26 March and 2 April, there will be Make-it Monday sessions in the Undercroft of the Palace. Families can take part in an array of crafting activities including Easter-themed card-making, daffodil windmills, baby animal-themed masks and puppets and making use of spring flowers.
Check out the full schedule of events taking place at The Bishop’s Palace this Easter at: bishopspalace.org.uk
Bowood House and Gardens
Four days of Easter fun awaits you at Bowood House and Gardens. The Bowood Easter Bunny has left clues around the estate to find the chocolate that he left behind. The route will take you around Bowood House, to the lake, before heading back to admissions where your completed activity sheets can be swapped for an Easter treat. Children’s Easter arts and crafts will be taking place throughout the day in the Gardeners Bothy. In Tractor Ted’s Little Farm children can see the chicks hatching. A stone’s throw away you will find the Adventure Playground, aimed at children up to the age of 12, featuring treetop aerial walkways, several thrilling slides and a newly refurbished Soft Play Centre for the 2018 season.
Tel: 01249 812102; visit: bowood.org/childrens-activities
Mill on the Brue
Easter holidays should always be fun, maybe a bit crazy, a time to make new friends, discover something about yourself or others, achieve something different. Open from the end of January to the beginning of December, there are more than 40 exciting, outdoor adventure, educational and environmental activities on this 25 acre site in the heart of beautiful Somerset. Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre is definitely different from others. It is a family run, not for profit, educational and environmental organisation which has been inspiring and educating children and adults since 1982.
See: millonthebrue.co.uk or call 01749 812307 to learn more.
Corsham Town Centre
Come and have some fun in the Easter holidays and track down the little chick-shaped Easter eggs hiding in shops and businesses in Corsham’s historic town centre. It’s eggs-tremely easy to take part – get an entry form, spot a chick, write down where you’ve seen it hiding, pop in the shop and get a star on your entry form (or colour it in if the shop’s shut), and drop the form back to the Town Hall. Everyone who brings their entry back will get a little chocolate treat for taking part – and whoever’s names get pulled out of the Easter bonnet at the end of the holidays will win a big chocolate treat! The Easter Egg Hunt runs from Good Friday on 30 March until Sunday 15 April. Entry forms need to be back by 17 April and the winners will be announced on 18 April. You can pick up an entry form from Corsham Town Hall or the Tourist Information Centre, both on the High Street, or download a copy at: corsham.gov.uk. And if you’re heading to Corsham for the chick hunt then why not check out the eggs-traordinary holiday activities at The Pound (poundarts.org.uk) or Springfield Campus (springfieldcampus.org.uk).
The Holburne Museum
Easter Eggstravaganza. Whatever the weather, be transported to sunnier climes with fun and creative activities inspired by Anthony Fry’s vibrant, colourful paintings. Decorate an eggstraordinary Easter egg inspired by traditional Indian patterns on 25 March, 12 – 4pm.
Free family drop-in. No booking required. visit: holburne.org
Cheddar Gorge & Caves
This Easter, Cheddar Gorge and Caves is hosting an eggs-pedition like no other. It seems the Easter Bunny has made an unexpected visit because clusters of magical, glow in the dark eggs have appeared in all the nooks and crannies of the mysterious chambers of Gough’s Cave. Egg-splore Gough’s Cave between 24 March and 8 April to crack the mystery code and get your paws on a tasty treat. There’s also the chance to get creative in the Museum of Prehistory where younger ones can make their own Easter decoration to take home.
Wiltshire Music Centre
On Sunday 15 April at 3pm, join Wiltshire Music Centre for a folk-filled Easter special featuring storyteller Kate Hadley, guitarist Matthew Forbes, percussionist Tom Gregory and morris dancing Neil Valentine. The ABC Bunny Band will get you into the Easter spirit with a show full of exciting folk music and lots of dancing, singing and jiggling. Clap along to some of the best tunes from the British Isles and join in with the massed Morris Dance. Put on your bunny ears and get ready for an egg-traordinary concert.
Easter Bunny Hop Family Show, 15 April. Tickets: £8 / £4 U18s and students. Visit: wiltshiremusic.org.uk
Victoria Art Gallery
Victoria Art Gallery will be hosting the prestigious Bath Society of Artists annual exhibition from Saturday 24 March – 12 May. Now in its 113th year, this hugely popular exhibition showcases the best of the region’s artistic talent and is a must for art lovers and collectors alike. Entrance to the exhibition is £4.50/£4 or free to children under 16 and holders of a Discovery Card. The gallery’s highlights include paintings from the 1400s, Italian views by British artists and the newly restored portrait of Henry VIII, dating from the mid-1500s. Family activities will also be taking place at the gallery over the Easter holidays at no extra charge. Create some egg themed crafts and cards on 28 March, or use a collage technique to create a historical portrait on 4 April.