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Easter’s upon us! 25 local things to do with kids

Easter holidays alert! Panicked about what to do with them? Not on our watch: we've found 25 fabulous, local family activities across Wilts. Easy peasy.

EASTER EXTRAVAGANZAS

(Brownie points for not spelling it ‘eggstravaganza’?) It’s that time of the year again: spring colours, burnished displays of marzipan, and children pinging off the walls with sugar. Time for a series of egg-themed activities from the family attractions of Wiltshire. Let’s take a gander through the options, shall we?

An egg and spoon race inside a Castle? It’s right here! Play some classic Easter games at The Old Sarum from 2 – 24 Apr – just try not to get too competitive. Meanwhile, the mystery of Stonehenge is cranking up a notch with this Egg Hunt hosted by English Heritage at the site also from 2 – 24 Apr.

I spy… giant eggs! The Salisbury Museum has not one, but two Easter eggs on legs sneaking around the premises on 12 Apr to celebrate the launch of their Easter trail.

The Cotswold Farm Park’s Easter events are as wholesome as the new members of their herd this spring. There’s lots to do – think classic egg hunts, face painting and pop-up craft workshops – all running throughout 9 Apr to 24 Apr

The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is hosting a nest of fun Easter challenges at the Lower Moor Nature Reserve and Langford Lakes on 13 Apr and 21 Apr, respectively. What better opportunity to wear the kids out while you sip on a relaxing tea blend at the Kingfisher Cafe overlooking the Langford Lakes?

Alice awaits at Longleat, with more Easter adventures than you can shake a jam tart at happening from 8 Apr to 24 Apr. Have tea with the Mad Hatter, play some golf with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and keep an eye out for Easter clues around the park.

Planning a relaxing family holiday near nature? The Woolley Grange Hotel has launched an Easter schedule for 2 Apr to 24 Apr. They also offer safaris to the Longleat park and have dog friendly-hotel rooms! Reward yourself for surviving the Easter holidays by booking yourself in for their brand new Matilda Afternoon Tea, available from 26 Apr – adults and children’s options available.

SOMETHING ACTIVE

The Canford Easter Sports Academy is back! From 11 Apr to 13 Apr, the academy is running both a cricket and a tennis course for Years 5 to 8. While the kids hone their skills you can enjoy a fairytale-inspired show at the school’s Layard Theatre – just don’t eat any stray apples…

Activate Camps has two schedules running from 4 Apr to 8 Apr and 11 Apr to 14 Apr, hosted at Muddy favourite Pinewood School. Aimed at kids aged 5 to 14, the two camps (Urban Skillz and Global Games) cover everything from breakdancing and DIY fashion shows to Quidditch.

A SuperCamp for your super champ! Children can be enrolled for multiple sports, crafts and educational activities at Muddy-approved Godolphin School – slots are available throughout April. 

SOMETHING CREATIVE

Sweet treats by the sweet little ones? Sign us up! The Daylesford Cookery School has slots remaining for their 20 Apr baking course for 9 to 12-year-olds – but get in quick, because they’re bound to go faster than freshly-buttered hot cross buns.

Fancy a little sustainable crafting? The Wiltshire Scrapstore is hosting a one-of-a-kind workshop at Salisbury Arts Centre on 13 Apr where 4 to 7-year-olds can unleash their creativity to make the best out of waste. For older kids, the teens would totes want to attend this – a block-printing fabric workshop to make your own tote bag, hosted at the Fisherton Mill on 14 Apr.

The Holst Victorian House has two drop-in craft sessions teaching littles how to make Easter Baskets and Spring Hares, both running on 12 Apr. While there are no catering services inside the Museum, quaint little coffee shop Havana Cafe is just a short walk away. The adults can enjoy an elegant evening of floristry as well at the Holst Victorian House on 11 Apr.

WATCH WITH FAMILY

Little Grimm Tales at The Wiltshire Music Centre on 23 Apr is certain to be an Easter hit with kids aged 3+ up, thanks to a hefty dose of magic, whimsy and puppets of course. Binge watch on Netflix? Nah, how about a theatre binge instead – follow up Little Grimm Tales with Percy Penguin’s Lighthouse Party, also at The Wiltshire Music Centre just an hour later. Chicks would have been more seasonally appropriate, but we’ll let it slide.

More on storytelling and music is on at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham, thanks to a fun session hosted by storyteller Iona Johnson on 12 Apr. The arts centre has a range of Easter-themed events and shows across April (including a screening of Disney’s Encanto which is followed by an exotic animal making workshop). And if you can’t make it to Iona’s show at the Pound Arts Centre, The Salisbury Arts Centre is hosting another one on 23 Apr!

Passively watched a lot of CBeebies because of the kids? Seeing Justin Fletcher in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on 16 Apr might just be for you then (try not to get too star-struck!). The Wyvern Theatre also has TV star Richard Caddell joining forces with Sooty, Sweep and Soo from ITV for a comedic magic show on 12 April. Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy indeed!

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