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Easter Holidays 2014 

From Bunnies & BBQs to Boating & Bearded Dragons! - how to make the most of the Easter four-day break & school holidays in Swindon
Easter in Swindon:
Plenty to do
Just when we've all recovered from the festive onslaught that is Christmas, it's hard to believe that the time for big cuddly bunny rabbits and chocolate eggs is virtually upon us!
To keep you busy we've put together our guide of what's happening over Easter in Swindon. So read on!
In the Town Centre
The Parade
Crafty Easter Eggstravaganza!
Friday 18 April
FREE Good Friday fun in The Parade with an Easter egg hunt, basket decorating and rabbit face painting.
Easter fun at The Parade Swindon
Easter Eggs Galore at Thorntons!
There is something for everyone this Easter at Thorntons - you can even go the extra mile with a personal message iced onto your favourite egg for FREE!
Meet the Easter Bunny with Eggs-tra!
Brunel Centre
05-19 April
Brunel Easter Bunny
From Saturday 5th April to Saturday 19th April you can visit the Easter Bunny in his garden on the upper level of The Plaza between Marks & Spencer and Boots.
The cost is £4.50 per child for a visit with the Easter Bunny and includes an Easter Egg, certificate and a photo opportunity.
The garden is open daily: 11.45am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11.45am – 4.00pm Sunday.
Easter breakfast & story-telling

You can also book a Breakfast session with the Easter Bunny at Mrs Allison’s Bakery on the upper level of The Plaza from 15th – 19th April 10am – 11.30am daily.
Breakfast includes a sandwich, drink, bunny cookie making and storytelling for £9.75.
To reserve a place call 01793 487150, 07909 505559 or call in to Mrs Allison’s Bakery.
Easter Egg Trails
Pretend you want some Sunday morning exercise, and then ask your kids to come with you! Tell them it's an Easter Egg hunt, and they'll say yes.

Easter Egg Hunt at The Royal Oak, Bishopstone
Easter Sunday, 20 April
The annual Royal Oak Easter egg hunt is loved by children and adults alike.

The Royal Oak is planning to lay 100 organic eggs in the Eastbrook valley - with ten fancy fancy ones to find! There are also tractor and trailer ride too!
Both the egg hunt and pub will be busy so please book.
Easter Egg Hunt at Purton Organics
Saturday 12 April
Come and celebrate the arrival of spring with us on the farm, and the kids can join in our eggs-citing Easter egg hunt!
The Farm Shop will be open 9am-4pm on Saturday 12th April and, as usual, bursting with local goodies and treats; plus there will be farm and woodland walks to explore, animals to meet (the chickens and pigs are particularly inquisitive), and hot drinks, snacks, lunches and cakes to enjoy. Entry is FREE.
Easter Family Fun Day
The Crown at Broad Hinton
Saturday 19 April
Crown Broad Hinton
An easter egg hunt, bouncy castle and family fun are all on offer in the garden (and it is a lovely garden!) at The Crown at Broad Hinton on Easter Saturday.
Children's meals are also 2-for-1 throughout the Easter holidays 05-21 April too.
Great Lydiard Park Easter Trail
Sunday 20 April
11am to 5pm
Lydiard Park Egg Hunt Swindon
Join in a great Easter family activity to find the clues hidden around the park, solve the puzzle and pick up a chocolate treat! £4.00 per child.

Easter Egg Trail at STEAM Museum
05 - 21 April
Children will love this fun trail through the museum which is especially designed to appeal to children of all ages!

And if you come to STEAM between Good Friday and Easter Monday, there will be a small chocolate prize at the end!

Easter Egg Hunt
Town Gardens, Old Town
Sat 19 April
10am - Noon
Every child gets an egg and is entered into a draw for a big egg! £1.50 per child.
Old Town
Easter Coffee Morning
Lawn Community Centre
Monday 14 April, 9.30am - 11.30am
A special Easter-themed coffee morning, with tea/coffee & a hot-cross bun for just £1! There's also a raffle to be drawn.
Easter Beauty at the Outlet Centre
The Swindon Designer Outlet are hosting a series of beauty, styling and fashion events every weekend this month.
Hair & Beauty Weekend
12th - 13th April
11 am - 4 pm
Visit the beauty pod inside the main entrance for mini nail, shape and polish from Tutta Bella, the Centre's very own beauty salon plus hair styling from The Hair Group.
The Body Shop Relaxation Weekend
19th - 20th April
11 am - 4 pm
Take a break and chill out in the relaxation zone courtesy of The Body Shop. Receive a mini hand massage and learn about their latest beauty products.
Style Weekend
26th - 27th April
11 am - 4 pm
Looking for some mini style and colour inspiration? Visit one of the Centre's stylists for some top seasonal tips and colour inspiration.
Opening times:

Good Friday 10am – 6pm
Easter Saturday 10am – 7pm
Easter Sunday 10am – 5pm*
Easter Monday 10am – 6pm

*Please note that there will be no farmers market on Easter Sunday at the Designer Outlet

Plus Polo Ralph Lauren, Clarks, GAP, John Lewis, Nike, Suit Direct, Next and Marks and Spencer will also be closed on Sunday due to trading laws.

Out in the country
What better time than Easter - if the sun's out - than enjoying the countryside in and around Swindon.
Stanton Park
Young Rangers
Saturday 19 April, 10am - Noon
Get your wellies on and spend the morning in a Ranger’s shoes, and learn what skills you need to prepare yourself for this rewarding and exciting vocation. Suitable for children aged 10 to 16 accompanied by an adult.
A Grand Day Out!
Horsin' About in Lambourn

Betfair Lambourn Open Day
Friday 18 April
A really great day out for all the family. Exlpore the stables, meet the famous horses and jockeys and enjoy the fun and games.
Lambourn Open Day
Scarecrow Trail
Highworth Scarecrow Trail
Highworth Scarecrow Trail
12-21 April
This trail is becoming a real Easter tradition, so why not join in and look around this lovely market town and see who you can spot.
The theme this year is 'World of Music' so there'll be plenty of bands, singers and composers dotted around, with prizes to be won!
For more information contact John Storey on 01793 861305 or e-mail storeys@talktalk.net
All aboard!
Swindon & Cricklade Railway

The Easter Egg-Spress!
Friday 18 April - Monday 21 April
Enjoy a steam train ride and visit the Easter Bunny handing out Easter Eggs in his specially decorated grotto.
Adult - £9, Child (inc egg) - £9, Senior - £8, Family of 2 children and 2 adults - £32.
Swindon & Cricklade Easter Express
Coate Water Minature Railway
Trains are running all four days over Easter: Good Friday to Bank Holiday Monday, 11am to 5pm.
Just one of the many reasons to visit Coate Water with all the family, voted Swindon's favourite place.
Or for something a bit faster!...
Swindon Karting

Swindon Karting
If you think you've got the next Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button on your hands, then let your little speed-demons put their racing skills to the test at Swindon Karting all over Easter.
£20 Tuesdays & £5 Fridays throughout the Easter holidays

Swindon Karting are open throughout the Easter school holidays with their Fiver Fridays deal where kids & adults can enjoy a 7 minute session for just £5 available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays too + £20 Tuesdays.

Meet the Animals
Otters, Meerkats & Bearded Dragons in Swindon
Studley Grange
If Easter Weekend has a spot of rain, don't worry! Get a taste of the tropics at Studley Grange. They've got hundreds of butterflies flying about plus loads more to see and do including a display a mini beats including snakes & a bearded dragon!
Their outdoor animal paddock includes otters, meerkats, ducks, geese, rabbits and goats.
The next door craft village is also a great place to explore.
Studley Grange Spring Update 2014
Roves Farm

Easter Bunny Chase and Much, Much More!
05 April - 21 April
10.30am - 5.00pm
FREE Tractor and Trailer Rides will take visitors on an adventure to find the Easter Bunny for the ever popular Easter Bunny Chase - rumour has it, he has learnt some new tricks!
Children's Craft Sessions offer visitors the opportunity to snip, stick and decorate Easter cards, pictures and fluffy chicks to take home.

As you'd expect at Easter, the lambs will be running around the farm, and there are plenty of chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits in Pets Corner for visitors to hold and stroke.

The Manor Farm Estate, Lechlade

Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Manor Farm Estate in Lechlade offers fun for all the family.

From their friendly farmyard animals to mountain biking, swimming, nature trails & more...

> Manor Farm - website
Butts Farm, South Cerney
Open from Easter to the end of September every year, Butts Farm always has plenty of hands-on activities going on incl. goat milking, bottle feeding, pony rides and chance to meet all of farm's rare breeds pigs and piglets.
And for Easter Sunday lunch why not pop in to the Butts Farm shop afterwards and take your pick of their award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken, perfect for a family roast.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Take your cheeky monkeys somewhere they can really run wild! Open all year round with fun activities to do and lots of animals to see.

Catch the animals at feeding time, jump around in the play area or take a train ride around the park.
Come On You Reds!
Swindon Town FC
Swindon Town Football Club
Bank Holiday Monday
21 April 2014, 3.00pm
STFC v Bradford

Town take on Bradford City at the County Ground on Bank Holiday Monday as they bid to keep their play-off dream alive.

Golf Open Weekend
Good Friday to Easter Sunday
Golfers always say Easter is the start of the golf season, so how about getting into the swing this weekend?
Broome Manor golf club is having an Open Weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday, where you can try out their facilities completely FREE.
Golf Swindon Easter
Try Sailing!
Bowmoor Sailing Club Open Day
Saturday 12 April

If you wish to try sailing for FREE a trip to the Bomoor Sailing Club just outside Lechlade will be worth it Saturday, 12th April 2014.
Between 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m, s ailing instructors will be on hand to take you out on their new lake and show you the ropes.
Bomoor Sailing Club
Easter on Horse Back!
At Rein & Shine with riding games, lessons & competitions
08, 10, 15 & 17 April
Pony days at Rein & Shine Swindon
Rein & Shine, the new riding centre in Braydon just outside Swindon, is holding four Easter Pony Days.

And there's lot on offer!

- Grooming & Platting
- Full length group riding lesson
- Stable routines and rugging
- Riding games & competitions 

> Rein & Shine - website
Or On Two Wheels?
FREE Family Orienteering
Why now explore Swindon and try some FREE family family on two wheels this Easter?
Orienteering in Swindon
Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices are providing FREE orienteering activity packs from local leisure centres and Central library throughout this week. 
There's three 7-mile routes to choose from in and around Swindon so even the unfittest mums & dads can have a go!
Theatre Time!
From Pirate Gran's to Peter Pan!
Wyvern & Swindon Arts Centre

Family fun this April in Swindon.

Book online at www.swindontheatres.co.uk and print your tickets at home.
Swindon Theatres Easter Entertainment
Barnes Coaches
Easter Holiday Day Trips
We understand if all the entertainment in Swindon is a little overwelming. So why not get away with for a day trip to the likes of Alton Towers, London Eye, Cadbury World, Eden Project, Legoland and many more.

Thamesdown Transport
Easter Bus Services
With two bank holidays, please be aware of alterations to the bus timetable over the Easter period.

Best of all though, a family of 5 can travel around Swindon all day for just £5!

Visit the Thamesdown Transport website for more information.
Family For A Fiver Swindon

In Case it Rains

At The Movies!
Local Cinemas

Popcorn, Pepsi and Pick 'n Mix. Surely everyone's dream. All you need now is the right movie!
Bowl 'Em Over!
Always good fun - a couple of hours letting it rip at the bowing alley.
Have a blast over the Easter weekend - quite literally. Enormous fun and thankfully open on Easter Monday until 9pm.
Indoor Play!
Little ones always like an indoor game - but the lounge is not always the best place!
.... And For Maturing Kids!
We haven't forgotten that Easter's all about the children, bunny rabbits, chocolate eggs and quality family time.... but, of course, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
So try fitting in these events in between the lunches and egg hunts just to redress the balance!
Easter At The Dogs!
Easter at Swindon Greyhounds. You might not see an Easter bunny at Swindon Greyhounds this Easter – but you will see a hare!
Plus you can get FREE entry with us here at SwindonWeb - just follow the link below!
Comedy & Live Music
Riffs Comedy Night
Riffs Bar
Comedy Night
Thursday 17 April 2014

Start the Easter break with a laugh at Riffs Bar Comedy Night on the Thursday night.
Featuring Headliner - Ivo Graham
Opener - Kate Lucas

Plus support from:
Bisha K Ali and Rick Murtagh

Compered by Steven Scott

To add to a great evening food is available including the Tapas menu.
Doors: 7pm

Admission: £5
Comedy Night at Cricklade House Hotel
Good Friday
Back by popular demand! A good laugh on Good Friday with 4 acts, compere, curry & disco.
£14.95 per person
Felix and The Funk
20 at The Kings
Easter Sunday
This must be the gig of the weekend if it's fun & funk you're after. This is a seriously good band!
The Harrow Inn

Easter Sunday, 8pm
The Plough, Old Town
Craft ales and Easter Sunday afternoon jazz with the acclaimed guitarist Trefor Owen Trio from 3.00-5.30pm.
Woodlands Edge

Cover Junkies
Easter Saturday
The Sun Inn, Coate Water
Easter Sunday
From 5pm
Plus live music at Holmes Music
Easter Saturday & Sunday
Throughout Easter Saturday & Sunday at Holmes Music in Faringdon Road featuring Sam Brookes, Bataleurs, Erin Bardwell, Ethemia & more as part of Record Store Day.
Eating Out

Easter Lunch
What better than a great British roast on Easter Sunday - followed by a family walk in the country. We've guides for both.
Or how about this!...
A Night of Smokey Delights
Bunch of Swines
Pop-Up Restaurant
Easter Sunday
Bunch of Swines Swindon
One of Swindon's best-kept secrets, the people at Bunch of Swines are world beaters - quite literally - when it comes to BBQ'ing.
And after the success of last year's pop up restaurant idea, they are bringing it back this Easter at the Regent Hotel.
Win Swindon
Tickets are £18 per person and the food on offer looks incredible - buffalo wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs and more.
There will be 2 sittings: 1pm & 6pm 
And best of all, we've 2 tickets to give away in a competition.
Just follow the link to enter.
Easter Goodies!
For an exquisite range of Easter gift ideas, there's one shop you must visit - The Christmas Shop in Lechlade. No, we haven't gone mad! They actually sell much more than Father Christmas figures and festive wooden toys, especially at this time of year.
And finally....

The True Meaning of Easter
We interviewed Father David McConkey SSC about the true meaning of Easter as part of The Swindon Show, recorded in 2012.

Happy Easter!
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