Easter 2017 – Get ’em outdoors
I might just be saying this because it is 15 degrees today and I am about to expire in my winter coat, but I reckon we’re in for a swelter of an Easter. There’s loads going on around Wiltshire in the great outdoors – let’s get out there and suck it up!
St George’s Day Medieval Faire, Calne, 22-23 April
They’ve got your bog-standard court jesters, knights in armour battling, horses jousting, a Medieval banquet – natch – kids kingdom and, holy moly, ferret racing. Can’t miss that one.
Easter at Avebury, dates during April
There’s loads going on here, from mini digs looking for Bony Tony (who he?) to hunting for mini beasts with the rangers. Follow a Bronze Age story walk, there’s oodles of craft activities and of course the obligatory Easter Bunny hunt. Wed 6th April is a Wild Wednesday – oooooooh – when you can get down and dirty with the frogs, newts and edible plants.
Wilton House, Wilton, 9-23 April
Run ’em ragged in the fabulous adventure playground here (with a special area for the tiny ones, just so’s my lot don’t get told off for stamping on them). There are 22 acres of parkland and gardens with two rivers running through them making the whole place totally picnic-tastic. They’ve shot shedloads of films here from The Young Victoria to Johnny English Reborn, so if you’re lucky maybe you can sneak into the next blockbuster as an extra.
Easter Eggspress, Longleat, Warminster, to 23 April
Climb aboard the Longleat Railway and keep your eyes peeled for the egg-celent egg characters (sorry). Once the monkeys have pooped on your car, you’ve hit the Marvellous Monsters exhibition with a vengeance and eaten your body weight in candyfloss, rest your weary limbs on this little choo choo ride.
Brokerswood Country Park, Westbury, throughout April
Wind ’em up and let ’em loose to forage, canoe, willow weave, shoot at their siblings on the archery field, go ape on the Tarzan trail. There are adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and a blooming massive lake. Take your pick!
Egg Hunt, Mompesson House, Salisbury, to 22 April
This uber-gorgeous 18th century townhouse in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close isn’t quite the great outdoors, but it’s stunning and is worth a mention. Spot the signs of spring, join a family trail, find the choccies etc etc
Go Sky Dive, Old Sarum, Salisbury, throughout April
Are you kidding me? Jump out of a plane? Well no, I’m not kidding. Skydiving over stunning Salisbury Plain is the experience of a lifetime and one you will never forget (nor the kidney you had to sell to pay for it.) It’s a treat, but it’s worth it. Go on, you can do it.
Caen Hill Locks, Kennet & Avon Canal, throughout April
I’m not an engineer, me, but even I can see how awesome an example of engineering these locks are. They are the longest continuous flight of locks in the country and the kids’ll love running across them every (and I mean every) fifty yards. Slightly more importantly, there are pubs along the way so you can break the trek with a bag of cheese n’ onion and a large spritzer.
More, I hear you say? Check out our Muddy Guide for April