Easter adventure trails, plenty of egg hunts and chocolate-themed activities for all the family are on offer across Warwickshire during the holidays.
Members of Shakespeare’s England are offering a whole host of ‘egg-citing’ Easter-themed events to keep children and parents entertained during the break.
Young adventurers are being encouraged to crack the family Easter Adventure Quest at Kenilworth Castle and track down the allusive dragon egg within the castle’s walls with a special certificate and chocolate to celebrate your find.
Parents looking for activities to un-wind can enjoy the Purity Brewery and Cotswolds Pub Tours on Saturday, April 6 which includes tasting and if you’re looking for family-friendly tours for Easter, the Cotswolds Tours will also run on Good Friday and Easter Sunday with plenty of stories of local legends and folklore from the driver.
Warwick is hopping with activities including the Eggstravaganza Craft Activity at the Warwick Fusiliers Museum, the brand-new Doggy Day Out Trail to walk your pooch through the top dog-friendly places in the town and at the Market Hall Museum, the Arty Tots at Easter season on April 16 is perfect to occupy under-5s this Easter.
There’s also plenty of activities planned at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall with their Easter Family Quiz and Bunny Trail through the historic buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Stratford will also be buzzing during the Birthday Celebrations for Shakespeare on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 with the Traditional Celebration Parade, Quill Ceremony, National Living Statue Championships and many more free activities and workshops taking place across the weekend.
Here is the full list and details of events:
- Stratford Town Walk – A must do for visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon; learn about the history of Shakespeare and the town with the daily tours (11am Sunday to Friday, 11am and 2pm on Saturday) and ghost walks every Saturday evening. Tickets provide discounts to other Stratford attractions, more information at https://www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk/
- Warwick Castle – This Easter will see the launch of the UK’s largest birds of prey show, the Falconer’s Quest with over 70 birds in the skies daily from April 6. For tickets to the Castle, visit https://www.warwick-castle.com/.
- RSC – Stage Fighting Workshops on April 11, free Easter craft day on April 12 and 19 and plenty of theatre-based workshops across the weekend. For the full list visit https://www.rsc.org.uk/ and for information on activities for the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations visit www.shakespearescelebrations.com.
- Kenilworth Castle – Easter Adventure Quest to find the dragon eggs in this Medieval Castle from April 13 to 28.
- Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall – Put your Shakespeare knowledge to the test with the Easter Family Quiz and an Easter Bunny Trail through these historic buildings. More information at www.ShakespearesSchoolroom.org.
- British Motor Museum – Mini Madness with the Mini Trail, join a family tour with our very own Mini factory costumed characters, and design your own Mini in our air-drying clay workshops followed by the traditional Easter Egg hunt around the museum on April 19-22. More information at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk.
- Bicester Village – With the 10% discount VIP card, you can enjoy exclusive discounts at some of the top stores.
- Johnson’s Coaches –Door to Door Easter Holidays across the UK and Europe, Express Excursions and Step into Spring Great Days out starting at just £47.50. Call the reservations team for more information on 01564 797 000.
- Warwick Fusiliers Museum – Eggstravaganza Craft Activity to make an Easter egg card and a hoppy bunny on Tuesday, April 16 followed by the St George’s Day Family Craft Activity to make a sword, shield or helmet on Tuesday, April 23. Book entry tickets at www.warwickfusiliers.co.uk.
- Fleece Inn – British Asparagus Festival to celebrate the Vale of Evesham Asparagus with the launch on April 23 including the Asparamancer, Gus the Asparagus Man, gras tieing demos, family fun and the first Hundred of Gras. The Great British Asparagus Run in the form of a Classic car treasure hunt followed by traditional morris dancing at the Fleece Inn.
- Dallas Burston Polo Club – Victor Ludorum marks the start of the Summer Events Season at the Club with an incredible 2-week international tournament displaying some of the highest-goal polo in the country with the tournament coming to a head on May 26 as the team’s face-off for the finals of the DBPC stage.
- Doubletree by Hilton – Drinks reception, three-course dinner and live music, to book call 01789 271006.
- Go Cotswolds – Tours of the Cotswolds every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday including on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and the monthly Purity Brewery and Cotswolds Pub Tours on Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, May 4, to book visit www.gocotswolds.co.uk/product/cotswolds-day-tour/.
- Coombe Abbey – Speakeasy Blinders, 1920s themed event including arrival drink, three-course meal, live entertainment, casino tables and a post-show disco on April 20. Visit www.coombeabbey.com to book.
- Belgrade Theatre – The stage adaption of Tim Hopgood’s Wow! It’s Night-Time is playing from April 16 to 18 followed by Pongo’s Party on April 20 and The Worst Witch on April 24 to 27. The Easter shows conclude with Grandad’s Island from April 24 to 27, for tickets visit www.belgrade.co.uk.
- The Bell – Good Friday Menu on April 19 featuring live music from Jessica Rhodes and the Easter Sunday lunch from just £22 per person followed by the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and live music from 8-10pm.
- Stratford Butterfly Farm – Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions from April 13 to 28 with the giant African millipede and African land snail.
- Wootton Park Glamping – Pod Pizza Party, eith BBQ, fire pit, outdoor seating, hot tub and a new pizza oven for the perfect Easter break from only £57.50 per person, more information at www.woottonparkpods.co.uk.
- Warwick District Council – Warwick’s First Green and Free From Festival on Sunday, April 14 including free yoga classes in the Market Square.
- Market Hall Museum – Eggs and Nests show lead by museum Curator John Radley on April 17 and a Crochet Workshop using a model Warwickshire Dinosaur on April 25, followed by Arty Tots at Easter with plenty of Easter crafts for under-5s on April 16 and the Heritage Afternoon Tea in the Museum using original recipes from Mary Wise’s 18th century cookbook on April 28.
- St Mary’s Church – Alycia Timmis, Chaplain of Warwick School, Lent Address on Faith in Education, part of Choral Evensong on April 14 at 6:30pm.
- Lord Leycester Hospital – The Lost Village of Billesley, a smart talk by Alan Bailey on April 18, more information at www.lordleycester.com.
- The Globe – Trivia Trails starting here on April 22 at 11:30 and 1pm. Teams of up to six search Warwick town centre for the answers.
- Warwick Visitor Information Centre – Doggy Day Out Trail, the perfect dog-friendly trail around Warwick with stops at different points for free treats from local shops and restaurants.
Helen Peters, chief executive of Shakespeare’s England, said: “There’s so much going on across Warwickshire to keep the whole family entertained this Easter, the region will be packed full of Easter eggs and special family activities!
“Our members are offering a range of activities and events with egg hunts, chocolate and Easter bunnies to go around!
“We’re thrilled that such brilliant offerings continue to draw large amount of both international and domestic tourists to our region to experience everything we have to offer.”
For more suggestions and accommodation for the half term break visit https://shakespeares-england.co.uk/